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So, my daughter apparently needs a laptop for school. For year 6… primary school… ridiculous but anyway.

 

So I'm looking for some recommendations along the following guidelines

1) Must be reasonably sturdy as its likely to be mistreated (I think that rules out Microsoft Surfaces ?)

2) Ideally be one of those 2-in-1 fold out tablet things with a touch screen (she'll actually get more out of being able to sketch on it than any school use!)

3) pretty cheap (less than $1k absolutely tops)

4) Run windows (no chrome books need apply)

 

Am I dreaming?

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I'm a fan of HP's offerings and have transitioned through 6 of the last yearly offerings myself (albeit, much higher spec).
I punched your criteria in and came up with this:

 

http://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=4CC02PA&opt=&sel=NTB

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9 minutes ago, Marc said:

I'm a fan of HP's offerings and have transitioned through 6 of the last yearly offerings myself (albeit, much higher spec).
I punched your criteria in and came up with this:

 

http://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=4CC02PA&opt=&sel=NTB

Thanks Marc

Been a long time since I had anything non-mac… is the Pentium processor a massive step below an i3 ?

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26 minutes ago, Sir Sanders Zingmore said:

So, my daughter apparently needs a laptop for school. For year 6… primary school… ridiculous but anyway.

 

Am I dreaming?

No its not ridiculous and you shouldn't dream.  My daughter was on the PC at the age of 4.  By the time she arrived in prep and grade 1 she was way ahead in class using any program in writing and drawing.  She was issues a MacBook in 2ns year high school.  Part of the initiative of the computer program where there is a annual fee.  The MacBook was loaded and reimaged to what the Victorian Education Curriculum required at the time and I was surprised that it had full MS office with all the full Adobe Package.  You can't load anything on it apart from a printer driver or accessing the internet such s wifi.

Most of the primary schools on this side of town have students issued some type of tablet device, mainly iPads.  its part of there initiative and usually its incorporated in the annual fee.

 

 

Edited by Addicted to music

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9 minutes ago, Sir Sanders Zingmore said:

Stick to @Marc suggestion, the HP are way ahead.

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5 minutes ago, Addicted to music said:

Stick to @Marc suggestion, the HP are way ahead.

Ok so JB has this which has i3 and 128GB SSD for $799

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/hp/hp-pavillion-x360-14-cd0008tu-14-laptop-blue/336797/

 

or this which has Pentium Gold and 128GB SSD for $699

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/hp/hp-pavilion-x360-14-cd0107tu-14-2-in-1-laptop/646778/

 

Is the i3 worth the extra $100?

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8 hours ago, Marc said:

I'm a fan of HP's offerings and have transitioned through 6 of the last yearly offerings myself (albeit, much higher spec).
I punched your criteria in and came up with this:

 

http://h20386.www2.hp.com/AustraliaStore/Merch/Product.aspx?id=4CC02PA&opt=&sel=NTB

 

8 hours ago, Sir Sanders Zingmore said:

As far as those two processors performance is concerned...

https://technical.city/en/cpu/Pentium-Silver-N5000-vs-Core-i3-8130U

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-Silver-N5000-vs-Intel-Core-i3-8130U/m499477vsm468020

 

Both can handle 4 threads, the i3 is comfortably ahead of the Pentium Silver. Total cache puts the i3 ahead also, (the i3 uses 15w the Silver 6w). That only the CPU usage, but could translate into slightly more power usage over all and slightly lower battery life, all other things being equal.

Edited by Muon N'

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8 hours ago, Sir Sanders Zingmore said:

Ok so JB has this which has i3 and 128GB SSD for $799

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/hp/hp-pavillion-x360-14-cd0008tu-14-laptop-blue/336797/

 

or this which has Pentium Gold and 128GB SSD for $699

https://www.jbhifi.com.au/computers-tablets/laptops/hp/hp-pavilion-x360-14-cd0107tu-14-2-in-1-laptop/646778/

 

Is the i3 worth the extra $100?

https://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Pentium-4415U-vs-Intel-Core-i3-8130U/m267685vsm468020

 

The i3 is a better performer again, just need to look at what connectivity she will need. The one with the Intel® Pentium® Gold Processor 4415U has

Webcam + SD Card Reader

802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.2

1 x HDMI Port

1 x USB C Port

2 x USB 2.0 Ports

 

 

The Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 8130U one has

Webcam + Multi format digital media SD card reader

802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth v4.2

1 x HDMI Port

3 x USB 3.1 Port

 

 

The Pentium Gold uses 15w like the i3.

Edited by Muon N'

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Battery life is always a consideration, so have a google and see if you can find that aspect to compare, between the respective 2 in 1 models.

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