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Hey guys! I'm sure there's lots of threads about this already but I really needed help choosing between the following two laptops:

HP DV6TQE Quad Edition Laptop:
-2GB ATI 6770m
-750GB HD @ 7200RPM
-Intel i7 2720QM (@ 2.2GHz, can go to 3.3GHz with TurboBoost)
-6GB DDR3 Ram (2 Dimms)
-9 Cell Battery
-1080p resolution
-15.6"
Dell XPS 15 L502X:
-1GB Geforce GT525M
-750GB HD @ 7200RPM
-Intel i7 2620M (2.7GHz, can go to 3.4Ghz with TurboBoost)
-6GB DDR3 Ram
-9 Cell Battery
-1080p Resolution
-15.6" size

From what I understand, the dell supposedly has the best monitor in the market at the moment for that screen size and the sound quality is also superb... I understand that it's slightly heavier but that doesn't matter.

The HP on the other hand has the better GPU and is about 100 dollars cheaper but how does its screen quality compare to that of the Dell?

I'm going to be using this for college so I don't need a god-like GPU since I can take my desktop to do whatever I need. And from what I understand the Dell also has the better processor... so yeah. Does anyone know which I should stick with?
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I would say get the Dell overall its the better choice but the hp is a good lappy too and $100 dollars and a better gpu its a good one,

The dell will have the better screen but the hp will probs have a nicer case and a nicer keyboard to work with.

Go with the hp and save the $100 and put it towards books
post #3 of 16
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Well to be honest I think the Dell looks better but maybe that's just preference (And the fact that the touchpad has the left/right click buttons seperate)... I don't really mind dishing out an extra 100 for the dell but I don't want to buy it if the HP has a similar screen because then it's just a waste
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post #4 of 16
Get the dell If the screen is important then the dell has the best going, one thing dells do do well is screens
post #5 of 16
Go with the Dell, then again, if you say a budget perhaps we could find something better elsewhere
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i dont get it

you said you're taking your desktop with you, from that, i assume you will be gaming when you're at your apartment at your desktop

if so, why would you even need a dedicated GPU in your laptop?

depends on your major, as long as your major doesn't require excessive program runs(i heard engineering students do that), i dont see a reason to get a "more than enough" laptop


seriously man, if i were you, i would just get a mediocore i5~i7 laptop that cost like $700 and get it over with. its gonna do everything for you, notes taking, web browsing in library, etc. hell, i may even try to find one thats as bad as it can be, like I5, integrated graphics, 3G ram, below 500G hdd if theres an option, etc etc

you may also wait for the AMD's APU
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post #7 of 16
I think that what we need here is a budget, that way we can find something better for the money, and I'd also like to know the specific needs of OP to choose a laptop that can fit his/her requirements.
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post #8 of 16
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My budget is probably around like $1,100 max (I have coupons on those laptops I posted so the price actually falls in that range lol)

I'm doing a biochem major and a rhetoric minor so I understand that I don't need a super awesome dedicated GPU but I'd still like one just in case and I'm willing to throw in the money for it.

But yeah I really care about screen quality and things like that which is what makes that Dell so much more appealing haha. If I ever played games on the laptop it would be, at max, Starcraft 2 but I really don't do it that much.
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post #9 of 16
The Dell's 2620M processor is just a dual core. The 2720QM is a quad core. IMO I would go with the HP with a superior CPU and GPU. Otherwise, they are the same.
post #10 of 16
Take a look at these three and see if you like any...

Laptop 1
Laptop 2
Laptop 3
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