Quick buy! HP Omen, HP pavilion 15-bc201 same?

seankor

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Hey, I am in the road and need to buy a quick 4 core laptop, as my old is acting up.
I will upgrade with my own SSD and 16gb of ram.
I was looking at HP Omen and 15-bc201 pavillion model that look identical. No-cd rom(i really dont want to have) and same chasis and inputs and outputs. Just color is different and Pavillion is cheaper (725€ vs 850€) it is i7 6700hq with 960m graphics, battery seems the same as well.
Is there any build quality difference or something I am missing?
There is also HP Omen with i7 7700hq and 1050 available for cca 980€, but I don't use graphic card, just cpu with lot of multitasking and programs running and I think 6700hq is already good enough.

I read about some performance drops etc. after longer use, I need to have it running for 7-8 hours straight. Is that an issue? No games but cpu kind of intensive

Other options are Lenovo ideapad 700,lenovo y700, asus gl552, gl553, fx553 (7th generation).

I like no cd rom and IPS screen and that is fairly portable, otherwise like Asus as my preferred company

Thank you guys, need to go into action fast so any advice is really appreciated if you have any experience
 

photonboy

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1) If you don't game then the 960M is overkill as well.

2) Performance drops?
That's pretty vague, but I doubt you'd have any obvious drops aside from the settings you choose for BATTERY MODE (vs plugged in to wall power).

3) Not sure what else to suggest, except to remember that an "i7" doesn't necessarily mean it has four cores. The ones you listed do though.

If there's a choice I'd go with the newer i7-7700HQ or close (it is 4C/8T) and avoid the graphics card (unless there are program benefits such as adobe Premiere).

If you do get a dGPU like GTX1050 then remember some games/programs need to be added to the list (Optimus?) for it to start up instead of the Intel iGPU.
 

seankor

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Thank you for the answer. I know graphics is too strong, but here there are no models available without one. At least not with 4 core processor. I also talked with HO support and she said Omen has aluminum chassis and pavillion durable plastic, but for sure both were plastic in the shop when I saw them. So the question is, is 7700hq (and 1050 that I will not use) and cooler appearance is worth the 200€ extra?

That is why I wonder if there is something else different between the models that I m missing or it is same laptop
 

seankor

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Oct 9, 2012
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Thank you for the answer. I know graphics is too strong, but here there are no models available without one. At least not with 4 core processor. I also talked with HO support and she said Omen has aluminum chassis and pavillion durable plastic, but for sure both were plastic in the shop when I saw them. So the question is, is 7700hq (and 1050 that I will not use) and cooler appearance is worth the 200€ extra?

That is why I wonder if there is something else different between the models that I m missing or it is same laptop
 
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