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School Laptop - Inspirion 13 vs flex 5- Good fit/Deal?

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School Laptop - Inspirion 13 vs flex 5- Good fit/Deal?

Hi,

Trying to find a good 2in1 laptop for Business school. They seem to be a bit pricier than expected. Was looking for intel i5 or above / an ssd and pref 1920x1080 screen. But if you can convince me otherwise I'm all ears.
Seems like anything with a dedicated gpu is at least in the 1400 range which I don't think I'm willing to spend.
I've been checking the hot deals forum lately but haven't come across anything.

I found the below 2 deals on Microsoft store which should have 5% from ebates also - which one would you recommend/ are they good value?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... pp57z/41G8 - Inspirion 13 $950
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... 967h5/7B60 - Lenovo Flex 5 $900

Thanks in advance.

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What's the reason behind wanting the i5 and dedicated GPU? If you're just doing basic note-taking then you don't really need the performance, and you can get the Lenovo Flex 5 with a perfectly decent i3 for $778.53 via the Lenovo IBM Friends EPP (access code FNDEPP). No SSD though.
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Hey, thanks for the reply.

The dedicated gpu is just for pleasure and definetly just an extra that is priced out of my range.

The reason Im aiming for an i5 is because most of the schools recommend that as a minimum for my program since we deal with a lot of excel work.

The ssd I figured would just help everything load
quicker and run faster.
I'm pretty much looking for something that would get the job done at the best value. Do you think the Lenovo at 200$ cheaper is worth the i7 to i3 / no ssd drop?

Thanks again for your reply!
Def will look into.
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riffraff1414 wrote: Hi,

Trying to find a good 2in1 laptop for Business school. They seem to be a bit pricier than expected. Was looking for intel i5 or above / an ssd and pref 1920x1080 screen. But if you can convince me otherwise I'm all ears.
Seems like anything with a dedicated gpu is at least in the 1400 range which I don't think I'm willing to spend.
I've been checking the hot deals forum lately but haven't come across anything.

I found the below 2 deals on Microsoft store which should have 5% from ebates also - which one would you recommend/ are they good value?

https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... pp57z/41G8 - Inspirion 13 $950
https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/store/d ... 967h5/7B60 - Lenovo Flex 5 $900

Thanks in advance.

Best Regards
I have the Inspiron 13 7000 with i5 and have upgraded both the m2 ssd and 8gb to 32gb. I do lots of excel and vm’s..no issues or complaints. Build quality for mine is fantastic, not sure about the one u posted (mine is the aluminum finish/7368 model). Just don’t expect to do any photo editing as Colour accuracy is well below the competition...
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Thanks for the reply.

Video editing isn't really my thing - mainly just need high enough quality to watch movies and such.

Do you mind if I ask how much you paid? Would like to evaluate if the value is there and whether or not it is a deal I should pull the trigger on. Also, how is the battery life? The i5 will likely last longer than the i7 but I want to guage if I can sit through lectures without needing a recharge.


Thanks again for the info!

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