Laptop buying advice forum: DELL Inspiron 15r SE 7520 or HP ENVY dv6?

by: Ankhee March 28, 2013 1:07 AM PDT

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DELL Inspiron 15r SE 7520 or HP ENVY dv6?

by Ankhee - 3/28/13 1:07 AM

Hi,
I'm looking for some advice on which laptop to pick. I'm a college student (architecture), and have narrowed my choice to these two - due to i7 processor (multi-core proc needed for renderings), and dense 1080p display with matte finish.

Here are the specs:

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition:
i7-3612QM (2.1 GHz, 3.1 GHz Turbo, 6 MB Cache)
8 GB DDR3 (1600 MHz) RAM
750 GB 5400 RPM
GPU: AMD Radeon HD 7730M

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15r-se-7520/pd

HP ENVY dv6-7360ew:
2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM
8 GB DDR3
NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M (2 GB GDDR3 dedicated)
1 TB 5400 rpm SATA

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c03669049&cc=ad&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_r1002_usen_c-001_title_r0001

these are in comparable price, and the HP seems a little better - better processor, keyboard has a keypad.
So, it comes down to reliability and design quality overall - which do you think is better? I've read some unfavourable posts on HP's customer service, but I don't know how DELL's look like.

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