Deciding on a new laptop


Sep 23, 2014
Hello guys and gals I'm trying to find a laptop for under $650. I've been looking and researching for a few days now still can't make a decision on what to buy. I currently have 3 that I'm interested in, but will gladly take suggestions for other options. The laptop will be used for school and while I don't plan on playing games a dedicated GPU is always a plus. These are the 3 I'm currently looking at.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-573G-75B3 15.6-Inch Full HD Laptop (Charcoal Gray)

Intel Core i7-5500U 2.4 GHz Processor (3 MB Cache)
1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
15.6-Inch Full HD Screen, NVIDIA GeForce 940M Graphics with 4GB DDR3 VRAM
Windows 8.1, 5-hour battery life

HP ENVY - 15t Slim Quad Laptop
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
6th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor + Intel(R) HD Graphics 530
Windows 10 Home 64
6-cell 47WHr Lithium-ion Battery
15.6-inch diagonal Full HD WLED-backlit IPS Display (1920x1080)
Backlit Keyboard
HP ENVY - 15t Slim Quad Laptop
Intel 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth(R) [1x1]
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone
Security Software Trial
No DVD or CD Drive
8GB DDR3L System Memory (1 Dimm)

HP Pavilion 15.6" Flagship Laptop,

Newest 6th Gen Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.60 GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.50 GHz, Intel HD Graphics 530 with shared graphics memory
8GB DDR3L 1600MHz SDRAM(1 DIMM), 1TB Hard Drive, Tray load DVD Drive (Reads and Writes to DVD/CD), 2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0
15.6 inch Full HD IPS Touchscreen (1920 x 1080), 10-finger multi-touch support, HDMI, 720p HD Webcam
Gigabit 802.11AC WiFi, 1G LAN Ethernet, Bluetooth, Multi-format digital media card reader
Windows 10 Home 64, B&O PLAY with 2 speakers
That HP Pavilion has some really nice specs. While I typically don't like HP, that's model looks really good for the price.

If you don't need the dGPU, don't get it. The HD 530 integrated graphics is actually quite powerful, you can do light games on the IGPU without a problem.