Laptop Comparison Help Needed - Expiring Airmiles


Nov 26, 2016
So Air-Miles are expiring soon, I don't have enough points for any type of flight and so I have to use it to buy stuff through their catalog.

I don't really like anything in their catalog, but I could always do with a new computer. I would prefer a new desktop machine, but they only offer laptops / notebooks. The selection is very poor though, there are two options.

==== The problem =====

I have an old laptop but it works fairly well. An upgrade would be nice but I don't want to get something that is new but has worse performance. I tried researching them but the specs are never the same as the review.

=== Things I don't care about ======

OS / Software - I reformat and install my own software.
Detachable screen - One has a detachable screen, I would have no use for this

===== What I use my current laptop for ========

Mainly programming - PHP Storm / VS.NET
Some basic graphic design - Photoshop CS6

Below are the specs for the two computers, and I used Belarc to generate a hardware profile for my current laptop.

========= Air Miles choice 1 ===============

HP 15-ay013ca Notebook - 15.6"

Operating System : Windows 10 Home
Processor : Quad Core Intel® Pentium® N3710 Processor
Memory : 4GB DDR3L SDRAM (1 DIMM) - Memory slot not user accessible
Hard Drive : 500GB 5400 RPM Serial ATA Hard Drive
Video Graphics : Intel® HD Graphics 405 with up to 2097 MB total graphics memory
Wireless Option : 1x1 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth®
Network Card : Integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet LAN
Audio : DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers
Display : 15.6-inch diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit display (1366x768)
Digital Media : Multi-Format Digital Media Card Reader
External Notebook Ports : 1 SuperSpeed USB 3.0, 2 Universal Serial Bus (USB) 2.0, 1 HDMI,1 RJ-45 (LAN),1 Headphone-out/microphone-in combo jack
Keyboard : Full-size island-style keyboard with numeric keypad
Dimensions : 10.02 in (D) x 15.12 in (W) x 0.95 in (H)
1-Year Limited Hardware warranty

====== Air Miles choice 2 ======================

HP Pavilion 10-p020ca x2 Detachable Notebook - 32GB - 10''

Operating system : Windows 10 Home 64
Processor : Intel® Atom™ x5-Z8350 Processor Quad-Core 1.44 GHz up to 1.92 GHz
Memory : 2 GB DDR3L-1600 SDRAM (onboard)
Hard drive : 32 GB eMMC
Graphics : Intel® HD Graphics 400
Display : 10.1" diagonal WXGA eDP anti-glare WLED-backlit (1280 x 800)
Wireless : Intel 802.11ac (1x1) and Bluetooth® 4.0 Combo
Audio : DTS Studio Sound™ DTS Studio Dual speakers
5MP rear camera and HP TrueVision HD Camera with integrated digital microphone
Keyboard : 91% size island-style
Ports : 1 micro HDMI,1 headphone/microphone combo,1 USB 3.1,1 USB 2.0 Type-C™
2-cell, 32.5 Wh Li-ion Battery
Dimensions (LxWxH in inches): 10.43 x 6.81 x 0.64, 2.40 lbs
Warranty: 1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Toll-Free Support

======== Current Laptop ===============================

Hewlett-Packard HP Pavilion dv6700 Notebook PC Rev 1

2.00 gigahertz Intel Core 2 Duo T5750
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache
64-bit ready
Multi-core (2 total)
Not hyper-threaded

WDC WD3200BEVT-60ZCT0 [Hard drive] (320.07 GB)

Main Circuit Board
Board: Quanta 30CC 79.2E
Bus Clock: 667 megahertz
BIOS: Hewlett-Packard F.58 06/16/2008

Memory Modules
3064 Megabytes Usable Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM 1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM 2' has 2048 MB

Mobile Intel(R) 965 Express Chipset Family [Display adapter] (2x)
LG Philips LP154WX4-TLC8 [Monitor] (15.4"vis)

======= My Research ===========

I am leaning towards Air Miles laptop 1

- Double the memory - However onboard memory is probably faster than a dimm slot (that I can't access - but probably could if i cracked it open)
- Hard drive - It is old SATA but I've read some bad stuff about eMMC being very cheap and slow
- Display is full size as well as the keyboard - Portability isn't really a concern for me

Any thoughts would be much appreciated.




Mar 17, 2015
I agree with you, go with Air Miles Laptop 1, the memory makes all the difference especially for what you are doing with it. hdd is nicer and odds are can always be changed out to something better. and its a okay upgrade in all. personally I wouldn't try to touch the ram, leave it at 4, if ya wanna access it you can always strip the laptop instead of cracking but not worth it.