Lenovo Thinkpad T430s? HP Envy Spectre? Or another?
by bestbetter - 6/1/12 6:07 PM
I've been thinking about my college laptop, but I can't decide which one I want to get. The college I'm going to offers the Thinkpad T430s with Intel i5, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, Intel graphics, and a three year protection/warranty for $1550. I was also considering the HP Envy Spectre ($1400), which looks physically appealing and offers SSD, but (1) I'm worried about getting fingerprints all over the gorilla glass (2) integrated graphics and (3) no optical drive.
Mainly I'm looking for a solid PC (no Macs, please) that'll be dependable, is built solidly (no flimsy hinges), is relatively compact/small, and will perform well without overheating/making tons of noise. Visually appealing laptops are always a plus, but I'm fine with a no-nonsense laptop, as long as it can perform well. Suggestions?
(Also, $1500 is probably around the higher limit of my budget)