Asus vs Dell? Birthday gift for 18 year old.

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by tlw2018, Mar 8, 2018.

  1. tlw2018

    tlw2018 Newbie

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    Hi there. Looking for some input regarding Asus vs Dell laptops.

    Both of these cost the same and so looking for the best bang for my buck for general, everyday use for 18 year old son. Something that will last a few years.

    ASUS X555QA-BH12-CB
    15.6
    1366x768
    AMD A12-9720P
    Processor Cores - 4
    2.7 GHZ
    1TB
    5400 rpm
    12GB
    DDR4
    AMD Raedon R7

    Dell Inspiron 15 3000
    Intel i5-7200U
    8GB
    DDR4
    2400 MHZ
    8GB
    DDR4
    1TB
    5400rpm
    Intel HD Graphics 620

    Appreciate your help. I have both laptops at home so will need to take one back.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Danishblunt

    Danishblunt Notebook Prophet

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    I mean we really need some more information on what your Son is going to do with that notebook. Otherwise we can't really tell you anything.

    Ao far I think the Dell is probably faster. Even tho both don't have SSD and no dGPU which makes it really hard to recommend if your son actually does anything else besides youtube, facebook and maybe some officestuff. Anything that strains the notebook like Photoshop, Illustrator, Gaming, general 3D moddling etc. will be a nightmare on either notebook.
     
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  3. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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  4. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    I run Photoshop on the HTPC I built in 2009, which has an AMD Athlon and 4GB of memory. It touches up photos quite well and I sleep free of nightmares. I'd agree completing the FAQ stuck at the top of this forum and posting it here in your thread would help us flesh things out, so we could give better more informed recommendations. Good luck and welcome to NBR.
     
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    Danishblunt Notebook Prophet

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    If you do bigger projects even 16GB ram is not enough. I don't talk about some basic editing or small pics, I talk about proper usage of photoshop with high resolutions and pixel density, 4GB of RAM and an Athlon 2 is absolutely unusable.
     
  6. tlw2018

    tlw2018 Newbie

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    Sorry!

    My son is not a gamer. This will just be for homework and regular everyday surfing as far as I know. All I was given to go on was "at least 8GB."

    Both the Asus and Dell laptops are currently on sale for $599 down from $749 and $789 - there is also another Dell for $649 (reg $799) that I will cut and paste specs on as well. Sale ends today and so I was hoping for some insight. I know the price point is not going to get me top of line however, I want it to be used for the next couple years and not be a POS.

    ASUS (have on hand)
    · AMD A12-9720P

    · Processor Cores 4

    · Processor Speed 2.7 GHz

    · Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 5400 rpm

    · RAM Size 12 GB

    · RAM DDR4

    · Optical Drive Not Applicable

    · Graphics Card AMD Radeon R7

    · Video Memory Configuration Integrated

    · Wireless Display (WiDi) Capable Yes

    · VR Ready No

    · Card Reader SDXC

    · USB Ports 1 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0

    · Display Ports 1 x HDMI

    · Other Input or Output Ports

    1 x Headphone-out & Audio-in Combo Jack; 1 x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert; 1 x VGA Port (D-Sub)

    · Expansion Slots 1 Slot - 0 Available

    · Digital Audio Output Yes

    · HDCP Compliant No

    · Ethernet Port 10/100/1000

    · Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11AC

    · Integrated Bluetooth Yes - Bluetooth 4.0

    · Battery Type 2-cell Li-ion

    · Battery - Number of Cells 1

    · Battery - Capacity 37 Wh

    · ENERGY STAR Qualified Yes

    DELL (have on hand)

    Inspiron 15 3000 Series (Intel) - 3567

    7th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-7200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 3.1 GHz)

    8GB, DDR4,2400MHz (additional memory sold separately)

    1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

    Intel(R) HD Graphics

    15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display

    Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)

    Dell Wireless Card (802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.1, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1x1)

    40 WHr, 4-Cell Battery (removable)

    Intel 1810 Wireless Driver


    2nd Dell (have not purchased) i3567-5664BLK-PUS

    · Processor Type 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor

    · Processor Cores 2

    · Processor Speed 2.5 GHz

    · Processor Cache 3 MB

    · Hard Disk Drive Capacity 2 TB

    · Hard Drive Speed (Revolutions Per Minute) 5400 RPM

    · RAM Size 8 GB

    · RAM 2400MHz

    · Optical Drive Tray Load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD)

    · Graphics Card Intel HD Graphics 620

    · Video Memory Configuration Integrated

    · Card Reader SD; SDHC; SDXC

    · USB Ports 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 2.0

    · Other Input or Output Ports 1 x Combo Headphone / Microphone Jack

    · Digital Audio Output Yes

    · Ethernet Port 10/100

    · Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11n

    · Integrated Bluetooth Yes - 4.0

    · Battery Type Lithium-ion

    · Battery - Number of Cells 4

    · Battery - Capacity 40 Wh

    · ENERGY STAR Qualified No


    Thanks :)
     
  7. NYCtech

    NYCtech Notebook Consultant

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    I take it you are on a tight budget?

    Does he game? If so neither of those. If he doesnt game, he might prefer something more portable that he can take around with him wherever.

    You really need to state what his use case is, ie what he uses a computer for, and how much you have to spend?
     
  8. tlw2018

    tlw2018 Newbie

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    Hi.

    No, my son does not game. I want to stay in the $500-600 range not necessarily because I am on a tight budget but rather because he is 18 years old and asked for a laptop just because it was something electronic to ask for his birthday. I imagine it will be used for homework, surfing the net, watching movies, etc. I am certainly open to suggestions on other laptops within that price range. (He has iPad and iPhone.)

    Thanks again!
     
  9. nixliu

    nixliu Notebook Consultant

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    AMD Raedon R7 better than 620 a lot
     
  10. Kana Chan

    Kana Chan Notebook Consultant

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    Which AMD Radeon R7 is this? R7 isn't the model number.
     
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