Need help choosing a laptop.

ny246ny246 Junior MemberPosts: 31Member ■■■□□□□□□□
I wasn't really sure where to post this but I need some help with choosing a new laptop. My budget isn't that big & I've narrowed it down to two. One has a 6th gen i5 processor & 2.3ghz speed & 128gb ssd. The other has a 7th gen i5 processor 2.5ghz & 1TB HDD. They're pretty much the same price. I don't know whether to go for the ssd or HDD. Is the 7th gen a lot faster than the 6th gen i5? I also have a 2TB external hard drive so have been keeping that in mind while trying to choose. Any help would be appreciated.

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  • EANxEANx Posts: 959Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    You forgot to say what you plan to do with it.
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  • PseudonymPseudonym Senior Member Posts: 327Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Are they both dual core, or quad core?

    You should really just look at the benchmarks. Saying that, there won't be a huge amount of difference if they both have the same number of cores. SSDs are light years a head of traditional hard drives, so you should always go for an SSD if storage isn't a priority. You could always buy the one with the better CPU and upgrade to an SSD.. or just find the same laptop that ships with an SSD.
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  • Fulcrum45Fulcrum45 Posts: 557Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    If you're getting it with Windows 10 then I would get a SSD if you can. I picked up an Acer Swift 3 a few weeks ago for about $600. 256 SSD, Intel i5 (7th gen) with 8 GB of RAN. Absolutely love it.
  • ny246ny246 Junior Member Posts: 31Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I won't be using it for Photoshop or video editing or gaming. It will mostly be word processing, surfing the web & music. I'm sure I should get away with an i3 & 4gb of ram but I'd like something better.
  • ny246ny246 Junior Member Posts: 31Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Oh & they're both dual core.
  • GirlyGirlGirlyGirl Posts: 219Member
    ny246 wrote: »
    I won't be using it for Photoshop or video editing or gaming. It will mostly be word processing, surfing the web & music. I'm sure I should get away with an i3 & 4gb of ram but I'd like something better.

    You can honestly get a tablet that'll do what you mentioned. Being that you just want to do what's listed above, either laptop specification you provided could do such. You are going to do the most basic tasks. The laptops specs you mentioned could do all three with no problem. I think most if not any laptop on the market could do word processing, web capabilities and music..
  • ny246ny246 Junior Member Posts: 31Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    I don't want a tablet though. I'm replacing my almost 8 year years old & painfully slow Windows 7 machine. I've gone for the ssd now anyway.
  • TheWeathermanTheWeatherman Posts: 20Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Just get the 7th gen i5 and just upgrade the hard drive to a 500 GB or higher SSD when you can afford to.
  • chmodchmod Posts: 356Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Once i swapped from HDD to SSD i felt the difference, it is at another level when comes to performance.

    Once you go SSD you can't go back.
  • raji96raji96 Posts: 15Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Lenovo idea pad is the best laptop to buy.
  • shochanshochan Senior Member ARPosts: 785Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Buy a Panasonic Toughbook!
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  • ny246ny246 Junior Member Posts: 31Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    raji96 wrote: »
    Lenovo idea pad is the best laptop to buy.

    It is a Lenovo ideapad I've gone with.
  • TechGromitTechGromit Completely Clueless Ontario, NY Posts: 1,855Member ■■■■■■■□□□
    You can't go wrong with getting a black one.
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  • pirlo21pirlo21 Posts: 26Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    I would have recommended a thinkpad haha
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