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Med student looking for a laptop.

I’m looking for a Convertible high quality laptop that i can use to take notes while in lectures, and connect to a projector and project using it later.
Home use might be also watching movies.
I need it to last for few years, so i’m looking for a relatively new tech.

In my region i ended up with 2 options that come with almost the same price and almost similar specs.

1) Asus ZenBook UX370UA-C4195T. (Advantage: RAM 16GB, i7-8550U Quadcore)

2) HP Spectre x360 Convertible 13-ac000nj (RAM: 8GB, i7-7500U Dual core)

Which one do you think i should pick? is there any known problem in those laptops?

[–]steventran334 2 points 

From the two, the Zenbook has better specifications. If we compare the processors, the 8th gen processor on the Zenbook would have more cores, to handle more high-end tasks, lower TDP (increasing battery life when doing low-end tasks), higher clock speed when you are doing higher end tasks (I believe it has a higher clock speed for turbo boost).

You’re also getting double the memory with the Zenbook, where having the extra 8gbs is nice, but the average end user uses around 6gbs on normal use. Having more is definitely better than having less. Try to see how much memory you currently use to see if there’s an 8gb model for the Zenbook to get the best value for your use.

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

8GB is enough for now, but i’m afraid that with time 16GB is more future proof as programs get heavier.

I’m not familiar with Asus products and I had HP Pavilion that started falling apart less than a year after i bought it. So i wonder which is the higher quality one, as i’m unfamiliar with both companies (with HP more).

[–]Corval3nt 2 points 

Zenbooks tend to have pretty good build quality. Not macbook level, but still really sturdy.

[–]steventran334 2 points 

They are both high quality products, but in terms of physical hardware, the Spectre is more solid, but again; both devices are high quality. For the HP Pavilion, comparing it to the Spectre would be a long shot. The Spectre’s physical quality is MUCH greater than the Pavilion.

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

I’m afraid the 4K screen and relatively “weak” cpu will kill the battery and the performance. The Spectre has a Built In USB A port which is an advantage as i hate touchpads and will use a mouse.

[–]steventran334 1 point 

The 4k screen will definitely lower battery life. Usually I say if battery is a concern, then definitely go for a laptop with a 1080p screen.

[–]myjordansonfire 2 points 

The iPad 10.5 seems perfect for academics. Though if you want a more productivity focused device, the Zenbook is a better option. Because of the 8th gen processor. 16Gb ram is more than enough. 8Gb will just do fine for the next 4 years. (Considering you don’t run any CPU intensive softwares for Video or Image editing etc)

On the contrary, I’d suggest you wait a month or two before your purchase cause the 8th gen processors are coming steady and they’re a nice upgrade over the 7th gen. But if you absolutely have to get on, get the Zenbook.

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

I’m planning to put linux on it. I f***ing hate Windows. But I’ll need Windows for some programs that will lag if i run them using Wine. So I’ll dual boot them. That’s why an IPad is ruled out.

The ASUS comes with a Gen8 processor. I need it urgently, that’s why i came to get the advice of the wise on Reddit. I’m just skeptical with the build quality of the ASUS, and if it justifies the price.

[–]myjordansonfire 1 point 

Tell me your budget and country you’re purchasing from.

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

About 2000$, Israel.

[–]myjordansonfire 2 points 

Ohk. I checked again.

Asus ZenBook UX370UA HP Spectre x360 Convertible Laptop – 13-ae052nr Lenovo Yoga 920

All of these 3 have a highly portable form factor. There are some differences but they won’t matter for real. They all have the same specs available. They all have an excellent build quality.

Though Lenovo Yoga 920 is better at note taking.

It’s all about your brand preference now.

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

I was told lenovo has screen problems, and i generally hate them because i i used to work in tech support and fixing lenovo connection problems was nightmare.

I’m between spectre and ASUS, and I’ll probably choose the cheaper.

[–]bigbiltong 2 points 

The x360 is the coolest laptop ever… And also the least well built laptop, ever. I bought one and brand new, out of the sealed box it had a broken screen. My GF got one 2 months ago and the WIFI would constantly go out and the back-light was messed up. The whole return cage at Best Buy was filled with them. If you need to fix one under warranty, well… just google HP’s RMA reputation.

 

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

Bruh! Your gif is so cool it looks like an episode of Black Mirror.

On a serious note, i don’t know if RMA reputation is true to all countries. I have no clue what’s their reputation here, but they give a 2-year warranty with pick and drop from the costumer’s house (with option to extend to a 3rd year). On paper it sounds good, but I’d rather never use it. Ever!

[–]guidedhand 2 points 

[–]bansheeee[S] 1 point 

I’m finishing next year, that’s a laptop for life. So i wanna get something that i won’t have to worry about Laptops for 3/4 years.

 

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