Which laptop would be better?


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United States of America
Which of these two laptops would be better? I would use it mostly for schoolwork but would also like to play games like Minecraft, Supreme Commander 2, and Battlefield Play4Free all on high graphics settings. I will also be editing photos with Gimp/Photoshop.

An Hp Envy 14 Beats edition laptop (Refurbished) 700$ with shipping

Operating System: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Processor: Intel Core i5-480M Processor 2.66GHz with Turbo Boost
Technology up to 2.93 GHz


• 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 DIMM)

• Max supported = 8GB

Accessible Memory Slots: 2

Video Graphics:ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 switchable graphics with 1024MB
DDR3 with up to 3738MB total graphics memory

Hard Drive: 750GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive (SATA) with HP ProtectSmart Hard
Drive Protection

Finish and Features:

• Aluminum in black with soft-touch surfaces threaded throughout the

• HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated microphone

Multimedia Drive: LightScribe SuperMulti 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support

Display: 14.5" diagonal High-Definition(8) HP BrightView LED Display (1366 x 768)

Network Card: Integrated 10/100BASE-T Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 connector)

Wireless Option: Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n WLAN

Digital Media: Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital cards
and Multimedia cards

Audio: Beats Audio

Keyboard: Full-size backlit island-style keyboard

Pointing Device: HP Clickpad with On/Off button

External Notebook Ports:

• 3 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 3rd port shared with eSATA
• mini-Display port

• 1 HDMI

• 1 RJ -45 (LAN)

• 1 Headphone-out/Microphone-in combo jack (compatible with
3.5mm 4-conductor jack with stereo audio and mono mic)

Or a customized Hp pavillion dv6ze series. 685$ with tax and shipping.

Color dark umber edit
Operating system Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit edit
Processor AMD Quad-Core A8-3530MX Accelerated Processor (2.6GHz/1.9GHz, 4MB L2 Cache) edit

Graphics card 1GB GDDR5 Radeon(TM) HD 6750M Graphics [HDMI, VGA] edit

Memory FREE UPGRADE to 6GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm) edit

Hard drive FREE UPGRADE to 640GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive with HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection edit

Primary battery 9 Cell Lithium Ion Battery edit

Display 15.6" High Def LED HP Brightview (1366x768) edit

Primary optical drive SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support edit

Personalization HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Integrated Digital Microphone and HP SimplePass Fingerprint Reader edit

Networking 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R) edit

Keyboard Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad

Any help would be greatly appreciated. My price cap is a strict 700$


I would personally go with the second option. The processor and GPU outperform the first laptop.


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Eeek, it's a toss up, unfortunately the Llano in the second build is underpowered compared to the i5 in the first one, but the GPU in the second one is a bit better than the first. It's up to you which is more important moving forward.