My aunt has asked me to help her choose a laptop for her teenage son, and it's going to be a tough recommendation. He wants the laptop to learn video editing and gaming, and she'd like to spend as close to $500 as possible. I warned her that at this price point I doubt we could find one that can do both of these things well, but I'd to try. What can you recommend for them? I've found two options so far that I'd love some feedback on:
HP ENVY dv6z-7200
- Windows 8 64
- AMD Dual-Core A6-4400M (3.0GHz/2.6GHz, 1MB L2 Cache)
- AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7600 Series Discrete-Class
- 6GB 1600MHz DDR3
- 640GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
- 15.6-inch screen
- 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
- 802.11b/g/n WLAN
If he he absolutely needs a laptop then okay, but at that price range I really recommend a desktop. I know that isn't always an option and it isn't always what people want, but it will get the job done.
For video editing purposes, the lenovo has less storage and less ram. Its cpu is faster, though(mobile i5s are hyper threaded dual cores with turbo and higher instructions per clock while the dual core A6 is one piledriver module with one floating point unit and 2 integer cores). I am fairly certain that the gt635m is faster for gaming than the integrated graphics in the A6 as well. You should be able to easily add more ram later in the lenovo. Not sure about extra hard drive space(unless you use a usb external drive or something).