hp vs lenovo for programming

ragoo

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Hii there I need some help in making a choice for my new laptop. I'm programming in vb, netbeans. I use virtual machine for linux, and currently i am doing 3d game programming with dark basic pro and occasional use of blender. I have narrowed to 2 choices however the lenovo the graphics card is not good, but the hp it is, the battery life in the hp is ok, but the lenovo is over 7 hours which is a big + ; Also is it possible to install a new graphic card in the Lenovo, i'm not sure which to choose, here are the specs for both; Thank you :
ThinkPad T440s
• 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.60GHz)
• Windows 7 Professional 64
• T440s 14.0 HD+ WWAN
• Intel HD Graphics 4400 with docking connector
• 4 GB DDR3L - SDRAM 1600MHz Base
• Keyboard Backlit - US English
• Fingerprint Reader
• 1TB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
• 16GB M.2 Solid State Drive Single
• 3rd M.2 SSD slot
• ThinkPad Battery 3 cell Li-Polymer (23.2Whr) Front
• ThinkPad Battery 6 cell Li-Ion (72Wh) Cyl HC Rear
• 45W AC Adapter - US (2pin)
• ThinkPad Wireless 2 x 2 BGN with Bluetooth
• Integrated Mobile Broadband upgradable

and here is the other HP ENVY 15t-j100 Quad Edition Notebook PC
Windows 7 Home Premium 64
4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ Processor
NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 740M Graphics with 2048MB of dedicated video memory
15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
Two 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Batteries
No Internal DVD or CD Drive
Backlit Keyboard
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with Dual Digital Microphone, Fingerprint Reader
802.11b/g/n WLAN [1x1]
 

jaguarskx

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Well you are comparing an ultrabook to a regular laptop. So there are a lot of differences.

The ThinkPad gets better battery life partially due to the low power "U" model CPU; I think it is rated at 17w. The HP uses a "QM" quad core CPU which is pretty powerful, but also not energy efficient. I think it is rated at 47w.

The ThinkPad comes with a 1600x900 screen while the HP only has a 1366x768 screen. Personally, I prefer a 1920x1080 screen. The more you can see on the screen the better especially if you multitask. I have a 14" Lenovo laptop with a 1366x768 screen. While I find it to be fine for playing games, for anything else it is a bit low. The more data I can see on the screen the better. For rending graphics you want a higher resolution screen. If ordering the HP laptop directly from HP then the 1920x1080 screen is a $50 option and I consider that a bargain.
 

jaguarskx

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Well you are comparing an ultrabook to a regular laptop. So there are a lot of differences.

The ThinkPad gets better battery life partially due to the low power "U" model CPU; I think it is rated at 17w. The HP uses a "QM" quad core CPU which is pretty powerful, but also not energy efficient. I think it is rated at 47w.

The ThinkPad comes with a 1600x900 screen while the HP only has a 1366x768 screen. Personally, I prefer a 1920x1080 screen. The more you can see on the screen the better especially if you multitask. I have a 14" Lenovo laptop with a 1366x768 screen. While I find it to be fine for playing games, for anything else it is a bit low. The more data I can see on the screen the better. For rending graphics you want a higher resolution screen. If ordering the HP laptop directly from HP then the 1920x1080 screen is a $50 option and I consider that a bargain.
 

anacebuyer

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Just received my own HP Envy 15t-j100 Quad Edition, 8GB, 1TB, w/DVD, no backlit kb, std LED screen, and yes, the price was awesome. BUT, I'm chagrined to find some major lapses. e.g., there are NO customer access panels on the back of this laptop! Other than the battery removal levers, there's just a mass of screws to remove. I can only hope that will give me access to the memory upgrade area and, hopefully, I'll also find the second SSD area waiting to be tapped. What a shock; HP's manual and web site do not acknowledge this even exists. Also am having wild Windows 8.1 problems with ALL of my external HDDs, up to 3TB. 8.1 will NOT display the disk in Explorer, even though the Eject utility sees it is there. Man, oh man, this is not looking promising. In short, you may want to reconsider the 15t-j100 Quad Edition unless you've got the stomach for some aggravation. Mine was drop-shipped from China, direct to my home. Sort of surprising to me, but maybe I'm living in the past.
 
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