Asus Vivobook i5 Vs. HP Pavilion i7

Feb 19, 2019
Hey all. I'm driving myself up the walls with this comparison and would welcome some opinions.

I'm looking at an Asus Vivobook F510UA with an 8th gen i5 and 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD combo for $620.

But I just found on sale an HP Pavilion with an i7 and 1TB HDD plus 16GB Intel Octane, for $650. This would normally be a $1000+ laptop.

But is the bump from i5 to i7 worth giving up the SSD? I think the Octane would be alright for my needs though. RAM is the same for both. The Asus is also lighter which is nice. Either of these will be an improvement from my current laptop.

Let me know what you think.