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HP ENVY x360 13.3" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop - Nightfall Black (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U/256GB SSD/8GB RAM) - 899$

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[Best Buy] HP ENVY x360 13.3" Touchscreen 2-in-1 Laptop - Nightfall Black (AMD Ryzen 5 4500U/256GB SSD/8GB RAM) - 899$

Good 4500u portable laptop with a decent display of 300 nits. Ram is soldered.
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Good for college student ? Need to start shopping for daughter , looks nice and light , maybe wait a bit for further price drops ?
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Amazon has the ryzen 7 16gb 512 gb ssd for 1399, Staples has the same model except with 512 gb ssd for 1099. Costco has the 15 inch ryzen 5 model for 899 and ryzen 7 model for 1099,15 inch model is heavy and screen is only 250 nits but plus point the ram is upgradeble.
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How does this compare to the Costco $899 version? Seems to be same processor and ram, but half the HD space. Also wifi 5 vs wifi 6. However it is a much more portable device.

BTW, Costco has both the $899 (40 units) and $1099 (106 units) models back in stock.

Very conflicted on whether to pull the trigger on one of these three options or wait for back to school promos.
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Tyler18 wrote: How does this compare to the Costco $899 version? Seems to be same processor and ram, but half the HD space. Also wifi 5 vs wifi 6. However it is a much more portable device.

BTW, Costco has both the $899 (40 units) and $1099 (106 units) models back in stock.

Very conflicted on whether to pull the trigger on one of these three options or wait for back to school promos.
The first question you need to ask yourself is what screen size do you want? There's a big difference between 13" and 15.6". My roommate really needed a big screen and the pen to take notes and write formulas, so she went with the Costco one. Of course it comes at a price: the weight. If 13" is good enough for your needs, then there's a lot of laptops to compare from with 8GB soldered RAM, including this one.
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willy0275 wrote: The first question you need to ask yourself is what screen size do you want? There's a big difference between 13" and 15.6". My roommate really needed a big screen and the pen to take notes and write formulas, so she went with the Costco one. Of course it comes at a price: the weight. If 13" is good enough for your needs, then there's a lot of laptops to compare from with 8GB soldered RAM, including this one.
Other option is this:

https://www.amazon.ca/Lenovo-Processor- ... +5+&sr=8-1

Kind of a saw off at 14" w/ 16gb (soldered) RAM.

There are numerous threads on each of these models, so no need to rehash here the relative merits of each. A quick summary though it's that there is no one Holy Grail model. They're all compromised in one way or another, so pick your poison -- or wait and see what comes next.
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Also this Acer one seems to have better spec (faster CPU, double-capacity hard drive) then the HP ENVY at the same price:
Acer Swift 3
Metal body with 14" screen at 2.65 lbs.
Edit: but the Acer one has no touch screen and is not convertible (flip to be like a tablet).
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stephroll wrote: Good for college student ? Need to start shopping for daughter , looks nice and light , maybe wait a bit for further price drops ?
what will said student be doing? if it's just for regular non extensive school work, this is more than enough. may run into eventual stockage problem but an external hard drive can solve the problem
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stephroll wrote: Good for college student ? Need to start shopping for daughter , looks nice and light , maybe wait a bit for further price drops ?
Yes, I would wait and compare. Most students I know prefer 14" screens and a weight of < 2.5lbs for commuting. Everything else appears very good though. Another extremely important feature for students is keyboard quality and to judge that, actual hands-on time is required.
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thelasthunter wrote: Yes, I would wait and compare. Most students I know prefer 14" screens and a weight of < 2.5lbs for commuting. Everything else appears very good though. Another extremely important feature for students is keyboard quality and to judge that, actual hands-on time is required.
Picked up today, keyboard is good but not great. Built quality is top notch, all metal built and weight feels condensed. Its much smaller than my previous 14 inch laptop which also has narrow bezels.
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GurdeepSinghS59295 wrote: Picked up today, keyboard is good but not great. Built quality is top notch, all metal built and weight feels condensed. Its much smaller than my previous 14 inch laptop which also has narrow bezels.
Yeah, that's what I thought. I saw the HP Envy's last year versions at the store and thought the chassis seemed like very good quality which is why it adds some extra weight. A 14 incher at this weight and price would have been pretty sweet. I have a 13.3" Asus Zen (that's only 2.4 pounds) that I bought really cheap from Costco nearly 2 years ago, and felt that it was a tad small for good task immersion on the go. But weight wise its a dream. Because of that, the chassis is no where near as good as the HP which is why its already got a dent and a few scratches after taking a little pounding.
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thelasthunter wrote: Yeah, that's what I thought. I saw the HP Envy's last year versions at the store and thought the chassis seemed like very good quality which is why it adds some extra weight. A 14 incher at this weight and price would have been pretty sweet. I have a 13.3" Asus Zen (that's only 2.4 pounds) that I bought really cheap from Costco nearly 2 years ago, and felt that it was a tad small for good task immersion on the go. But weight wise its a dream. Because of that, the chassis is no where near as good as the HP which is why its already got a dent and a few scratches after taking a little pounding.
This one measures 2.75 lb on the weighing scale but feels heavy for a 13.3 inch on holding. On the other hand screen quality is gorgeous, wish it had 400 nits like they have in US. But 300 nits is more than sufficient for indoor.
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stephroll wrote: Good for college student ? Need to start shopping for daughter , looks nice and light , maybe wait a bit for further price drops ?
A lot of students now take notes with pen directly on handouts and slides, for which a 14'' screen would be marginally more comfortable.

But in terms of computing power, this is plenty, unless said student is taking a very technical computation-heavy subject.

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