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I am looking to buy a laptop for my daughter for Christmas and can't decide between the Lenovo Ideapad 710s or the Yoga 710, both seem to have pretty good reviews. I have found the following configura… Read More
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
I am looking to buy a laptop for my daughter for Christmas and can't decide between the Lenovo Ideapad 710s or the Yoga 710, both seem to have pretty good reviews. I have found the following configurations and would appreciate any advise on which is best value (or better alternatives!). It will be used as her main multimedia device (streaming tv/music, youtube, Itunes, internet), word, powerpoint etc. She is studying Media and Communications so shouldn't need any specialist software for that, its more online research and essays

Yoga 710 14" i7 7500u 2.7Ghz, 8Gb, 256gb SSD M.2, £768.23 / i7 6500u 2.5Ghz, £692.99

Ideapad 710s 13" i5 7200u 2.5Ghz, 8Gb, 256gb SSD PCle, £674.99 / i7 7500u 2.7Ghz 8Gb 256gb SSD PCle, £764.99

Is there a big difference between the 6500u, 7200u and 7500u? Is SSD M.2 better or worse to PCle?

Any help much appreciated,

Thanks
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
I would also add what she will be doing at uni as different courses will require different spec
#2
matti120
I would also add what she will be doing at uni as different courses will require different spec
Thank you, have added the info :)
#3
Either of these will be more than ample for what she requires if she doesn't need specialist software. If she is studying media, are you sure she wont need any specialist software (if she is video editing a decent graphics card would make a lot of difference). She won't notice much difference in the cpu's or the ssd's.
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peaches18776
Either of these will be more than ample for what she requires if she doesn't need specialist software. If she is studying media, are you sure she wont need any specialist software (if she is video editing a decent graphics card would make a lot of difference). She won't notice much difference in the cpu's or the ssd's.
She isn't doing media production so shouldn't really be doing very much editing etc but may have to do a little. All of the options I was looking at seem to just say they have Intel HD Graphics so doesn't appear too much difference between them in graphics. Thank you
#5
Is there a big difference between the 6500u, 7200u and 7500u? Is SSD M.2 better or worse to PCle?

She won't notice any difference between any of them to be honest.
i7 7500 is the best by a small amount, i5 7200 is a tiny tiny bit better than a i7 6500 and has slightly better graphics like the i7 7500.
M.2 allows SATA SSDs and PCIe SSDs. So there could or could not be any difference between them. M.2 with PCIe is better than M.2 with SATA. So them saying M.2 doesn't mean much because it could be with SATA or PCIe, but again it will all make little difference.
What make a difference is having an SSD in the first place, which all the models listed do, so you have chosen well.
#6
If you could post links to the exact items that would be good because there are many different version.
#7
Thanks, I did know I wanted SSD so only looked for models with that. Here are the links to the models, the prices aren't the same as I was looking to buy with the student discount but I can't link to the education Lenovo store as you need to log in:

Yoga 710 14" i7 7500u 2.7Ghz, 8Gb, 256gb SSD M.2, £768.23 shows as £879.99 on this link as no discount / i7 6500u 2.5Ghz, £692.99


Ideapad 710s 13" i5 7200u 2.5Ghz, 8Gb, 256gb SSD PCle, £674.99 shows as £749.99 / i7 7500u 2.7Ghz 8Gb 256gb SSD PCle, £764.99 shows as £849.99



Edited By: csa1406 on Dec 09, 2016 13:28
#8
These both have smallish screens (13" and 14") though they are full screen (1080) displays.

If she is doing a lot of typing would a 15.6" screen suit her better?
#9
I thought they'd be big enough but it's a really good point, maybe I'll go and have a look at 13 and 14" laptops in the shops first to see if they will be ok. Oh no if I go for a larger screen I'll have to start looking all over again, thanks for the advice

Edited By: csa1406 on Dec 09, 2016 22:25: Typo
#10
Asus UX305 lightning fast, light, and reasonable price. If I hadn't given it to the daughter, I'd have had it myself. Mac beater.
Hunt around and u should pay around 580.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/ASUS-Zenbook-UX305CA-Notebook-Processor/dp/B01HIWOOEU/ref=sr_1_1?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1481404243&sr=1-1&keywords=asus+zenbook+ux305

Edited By: airbus330 on Dec 10, 2016 21:12
#11
csa1406
matti120
I would also add what she will be doing at uni as different courses will require different spec
Thank you, have added the info :)
i7 version just dropped below price of i5 at Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Lenovo-14-Inch-Convertible-Notebook-Silver/dp/B01HU6EP9S?SubscriptionId=AKIAJ7T5BOVUVRD2EFYQ&tag=cameltopdrops-21&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01HU6EP9S&th=1

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