I need a fast laptop for Excel spreadsheets and sufficient memory for large files; Asus 555 or Lenovo Flex 25

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Please help want a fast dependable laptop, I will have to download large blueprint files. I am undecided which to choose. ASUS K555LA DH71 i7-4510 8GB DDR3 1TB HDD Intel Graphic 4400 DVD-RW BT
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Lenovo Flex 2 15D
AMD A8-6410 APU 8GB RAM 1TB HD Radeon 5th Graphics 15.6" touch screen. ( I don't really need the touchscreen) they both come with windows 8.1.
Can someone please help
 

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Overall the Asus has the better processor and integrated graphics.

The i7-4510u is only a dual core CPU, but each core is far more powerful than each core in the A8-6410. The A8-6410 APU is an entry level quad core CPU based on the Beema architecture that is primarily meant for low end laptops. The A8-7xxx and A10-7xxx series uses the more powerful Kaveri architecture, but Kaveri still pales in comparison to a Core i5/i7 CPU.

The Radeon R5 (Beema) graphics core is only about as powerful as the Intel HD 4200 which is a bit less power than the Intel HD 4400 in the Haswell generation Core i7-4510u CPU.
 

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Thanks for your input jaguarskx. The Asus is a couple of hundred more but it sounds like its worth it. I've been reading mixed reviews on the tech support from Asus as well as the reliability of this product.
 

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Okay how does this compare?
HP 15-k233ca: i5-5200U, 2.2 GHz8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Drives:
750 GB 5400RPM hard driveSuperMulti DVD burner
Modern silver with a natural silver cover  Front facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphoneHP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
Display and Graphics:
15.6-in. diagonal HD Brightview™ WLED-backlit 1366 x 768Intel® HD graphics 5500




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HP 15-k233ca, Bilingual Notebook, Intel® Core™ i5-5200U

Your Price579.99$

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Features:

Intel® HD Graphics 5500, Microsoft®, Windows® 8.1, Beats Audio, Free 25GB Online Storage for 6 Months from Dropbox®

Product Details

This item may currently be in stock at your local Costco warehouse for immediate purchase at a cash and carry price.


The English and French operating system and software are preloaded on the computer but the user must make one-time choice of language on first start-up.


Processor and Memory:
5th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-5200U, 2.2 GHz8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Drives:
750 GB 5400RPM hard driveSuperMulti DVD burner
Finish and Features:
Modern silver with a natural silver cover  Front facing VGA webcam with integrated digital microphoneHP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
Display and Graphics:
15.6-in. diagonal HD Brightview™ WLED-backlit 1366 x 768Intel® HD graphics 5500
Audio:
BeatsAudio™ dual speakers and a subwoofer
Communication:
10/100/1000 Ethernet LANIntegrated wireless LAN 802.11acBluetooth®
Digital Media:
Multi-format digital media card reader for Secure Digital cards
Keyboard and Pointing Device:
Full-size island style keyboard with numeric keypadHP ControlZone™ trackpad
Ports:
3 SuperSpeed USB 3.01 HDMI1 Headphone out/Microphone in combo jack
Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows® 8.1
Power Supply:
Battery: Rechargeable, 4-cell lithium-ion (Li-ion)Power supply: 45W AC adapter
Specifications:
Dimensions (W x D x H): 38.5 cm x 26 cm x 2.7 cm (15.14 in. x 10.24 in.
Model: 15-k233ca

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Brand: HP 
Graphic Card: Intel HD Graphics 
Hard Drive Size: 750 GB 
Model: HP 15-k233ca 
Operating System: Windows 8.1 
Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD Burner 
Processor: Intel Core i5 
RAM Included: 8 GB 
Screen Size: 39.62 cm (15.6 in.) 

 
Don't get a laptop with sh^% 1366x768 screen - it will make your blueprints look blurry!
Pay a little bit more for 1920x1080 screen.
Do you need 750gb slow hard drive? Consider getting an SSD instead - then you will have really "fast" laptop.
 

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Okay I agree with you, the 1366x768 screen is sh*t. Can you recommend one or two that have the 1920x1080 display? Also with sufficient speed and memory... Please?
That's why I am on here. Although I'm learning a lot more, you guys already know this stuff. I just know what i want.
 

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I would consider the ThinkPad E550 which has a $550 base price and customize it with a Core i5-5200u CPU and a 1920x1080 resolution screen. This will bring up the price to $721.

http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/e-series/e550/?sb=:00000025:00003AE7:&AID=10499647&PID=3224826&SID=4-37526-nil-50-nil-82727&CJURL=http%3A%2F%2Fshop.lenovo.com%2Fus%2Fen%2Flaptops%2Fthinkpad%2Fe-series%2Fe550%2F%3Fsb%3D%3A00000025%3A00003AE7%3A&PUBNAME=Fast+Light+Beautiful%2C+LLC&NID=CJ

Apply the coupon code SAV20THINKPAD and that brings down the price to $577. The coupon code expires on May 27th (tomorrow).

It has a 500GB hard drive, but for $60 (excluding discount) it can be increased to 1TB. It only comes with 4GB of RAM, but it is cheaper to upgrade it yourself than it is to configure it with 8GB (an $80 option excluding any discounts). Purchase the following 4GB of DDR3L 1600 RAM for $28 and install it into the laptop for a total of 8GB of RAM.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148813

 

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So I think this one looks pretty good. What's your opinion?
This Dell laptop was designed for the entertainment enthusiast, boasting a HD touchscreen that brings graphics and movies to life with vivid colour and clarity. Store more media on its capacious 1TB hard drive and power through data-intensive tasks with help from an Intel Core processor and 12GB RAM.


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•15.6" LED-backlit touchscreen with 1080p (1920 x 1080) Full HD resolution displays your most immersive content in vibrant clarity on a responsive touch-enabled monitor
•2.2GHz 5th Generation Intel Core i5-5200U processor and 12GB RAM power a smooth and efficient performance, even when multitasking using data-intensive applications
•1TB 5400rpm hard drive lends enough space for internally storing up to 16,600 hours of music, 320,000 photos, 1,000 hours of video or 250 DVD quality HD movies
•HDMI port lets you connect to peripheral devices such as a second HD computer monitor, video projector, or HDTV
•Wireless AC keeps you connected to your home network and any WiFi hotspots around town
•Bluetooth 4.0 makes it easy to link wirelessly with enabled devices like smartphones and tablets
•USB 3.0 connects you to a variety of peripheral devices like printers and external storage drives for ultra-fast data transfers
•Preloaded with Windows 8, an intuitive operating system for use in both English and French
 

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Here is the Model #: i5548-5000SLV
It's on at Best Buy for $699.

 

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