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HP 6710B vs. HP 6715B

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by bupe, Jun 10, 2007.

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  1. bupe

    bupe Notebook Enthusiast

    Oct 12, 2006

    I'm having a hard time to decide between the following configurations:

    HP 6715b:
    Vista Business, 15,4" WSXGA+ (1680x1050), AMD Turion X2 TL60-2,0GHz, 2048MB, 160GB, DVD+-RW, WLAN, Bluetooth, Fingerprint reader, ATi X1250

    HP 6710b:

    Vista Business, 15,4", WSXGA+ (1680x1050), Intel T7500-2,2GHz, 1024MB, 120GB, DVD+-RW, WLAN, Bluetooth, Fingerprint reader, Intel X3100

    The latter is 25% more expensive for me and I'm just not sure if I want to spend 25% more money on the better processor (not to mention that I'll have to buy some extra RAM so it's closer to 30%...)

    So my requirements:

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Both laptops fit my budget I'm just not sure if the new C2D 2,2GHz is worth that much (30% extra)

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    b. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    c. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen

    I'm looking for something with a high resolution display.

    3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.


    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

    I like HP, Asus, Lenovo Thinkpads.
    I dislike Dell.

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?

    Working with several virtual machines at the same time, usual office stuff (Word, Excel), some SQL databases, Internet, E-mail...

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?

    Mostly on my desk, but I'd prefer to have at least 2 hours of battery life.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?

    Not really.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    At least 2.

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?

    No preference.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    Windows XP, Vista, Kubuntu

    Screen Specifics

    Higher resolution the better, 1280x800 is not enough, I need at least 1440x900.

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?


    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?

    c. UXGA - 1600x1200 - Very small text and graphics icons, you can fit lots of stuff on the screen.

    e. WSXGA+ - 1680x1050; Wider viewing version of SXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.
    f. WUXGA - 1920x1200; Wider viewing version of UXGA, good for movie viewing or spreadsheets.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?

    I'd prefer matte.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    Not really.

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?

    Next few weeks, it should last at least a year.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?

    At least 80GB.

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD-ROM, DVD-CD/RW or DVD-RW drive?

    Yes, DVD-RW.
  2. Kdawgca

    Kdawgca rotaredoM repudrepuS RBN Super Moderator

    Jan 21, 2007
    Get the HP 6715b and save some money. the Tl-60 +2gb should easily handle your needs.
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

    Jul 10, 2005
    The Intel T7500 is the faster CPU but as noted get the 6715b and save some cash. The 6710b is not worth 30% more for a CPU upgrade.
  4. lappyhappy

    lappyhappy Notebook Deity

    Nov 23, 2005
    I agree, get the 6715b. It's certainly not worth a 30% price increase for the Intel processor as the AMD one should suit you just fine for your needs.
  5. bupe

    bupe Notebook Enthusiast

    Oct 12, 2006
    Thanks for the advice so far, I was leaning towards the AMD, too as I read some posts that virtualization is somewhat better suited to an X2 CPU (thanks to the cpu-integrated memory controller and the fact that virtualization cannot be disabled in AMD CPUs) :)
    I'm still a bit worried about battery life... All my previous notebooks have been centrinos and they all had pretty decent battery life. This AMD comes with a 6-cell battery, how much should I expect compared to the intel variant (it also comes with a 6-cell)?
  6. bupe

    bupe Notebook Enthusiast

    Oct 12, 2006
    I looked around at HP and yes, the 12-cell ultra capacity battery seems to be compatible with both of these. So my worries are gone. Thanks for the help guys!
  7. sledge

    sledge Newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    Some useful links if you come to thinking more of Linux one day on your 6715B ;)

    I would buy 6710B, as it's new santa rosa chip is a total newie in Linux world, so I could help folks in crackling hardware issues (all summer :D).
    However you got right in not buying it for the fan issue (the fan is very loud and almost always on on 6710B):

    Good luck with your laptop, give a feedback once you buy it ;)
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