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I am buying a laptop for my wife, who will use it for internet access, some photo viewing (not editing), and possibly streaming movies from netflix from time to time. Also, basic word processing. She is not a power user.
Choices: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 vs HP Pavilion dv6748us. Stuck on which laptop to get, as both are fairly comperable in specs. There is a real price difference, too.
DETAILS OF THE TWO SYSTEMS:
($529.99) Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 (Pentium Dual-Core T2330, 1.6 GHz, 2GB PC2-5300/667,Intel® Graphics Media Accelerator X3100 (up to 256MB), 250GB SATA (5400 rpm), Dual Layer CD/DVD Recordable, 15.4" widescreen WXGA VibrantView
($699.99) HP Pavilion dv6748us (2.0 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core TL-60, 2GB RAM, NVIDIA GeForce Go 7150M, 250GB SATA (5400 rpm), LightScribe Super Multi 8X DVD±R/RW with Double Layer Support, 15.4" HD Brightview.
Both have built-in webcam, 3 USB 2.0, card reader, etc. So, both are pretty close to each other (yeah, I know the Intel may be the better processor).
However, what about:
QUALITY, SUPPORT, USABILITY? Are there enough differences to choose the HP over the Lenovo, or do I just buy the cheaper item?
I don't know about warranties on these machines, but they count. Get the best you can, because laptops are virtually impossible for most people to work on, realistically. Some credit cards will offer a free buyers assurance perk, just for using the card, and it may double the manufacturer's warranty-Amex does, or used to, for instance. Worth asking your card company about.
I type a lot, and I have come to prefer a trackpoint. Some HP/Compaq have a button to shut off the trackpad. Trackpads and typing don't mix for me -- I brush the pad, highlight a bunch of text, and the next keystroke erases it. I can use Undo, but not having to is faster.
I've also come to use keyboard shortcuts a lot while browsing, and placement of the Home, End, Page up, etc. makes a difference in speed and convenience.
Keep in mind that although listed with 2 GB of memory,
The integrated Intel video chip will gobble up memory.
So, realistically, you actually have a bit less than 2 GB.
I suspect that the nVIDIA GeForce Go 7150M is integrated as well.
I have encountered HP after sales service about three months ago,
And found them alot better than those from Dell.
Considering how bad Dell's service was,
Just about any other would likely be better.
If Vista is not a requirement,
Last time I checked,
HP has an entire line of business notebooks with Windows XP available as well.