Battle Help me choose between HP Envy and ASUS Zenbook 14

Atlas147

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Basically using this computer for school and some editing with lightroom. Narrowed down the choices between the HP ENVY 13-ad117TU and the ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T.
Here are some of the specs HP ENVY 13-ad117TU:
i7-8550U
8GB Ram
512GB PCIe SSD
Intel UHD Graphics 620

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T: i7-8550U
16GB Ram
512 SATA SSD
Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2GB DDR5

So basically it comes down to if PCIe is a lot better than SATA because the specs on the ASUS are definitely better except the part where it's a SATA SSD.
Would appreciate the help in making the decision!
 

SumTingWong

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Basically using this computer for school and some editing with lightroom. Narrowed down the choices between the HP ENVY 13-ad117TU and the ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T.
Here are some of the specs HP ENVY 13-ad117TU:
i7-8550U
8GB Ram
512GB PCIe SSD
Intel UHD Graphics 620

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T: i7-8550U
16GB Ram
512 SATA SSD
Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2GB DDR5

So basically it comes down to if PCIe is a lot better than SATA because the specs on the ASUS are definitely better except the part where it's a SATA SSD.
Would appreciate the help in making the decision!

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN used M.2 SSD not SATA SSD. Here is the picture of it. Here are the reviewer links: Asus ZenBook UX430UN (i7-8550U, GeForce MX150) Laptop Review
Asus ZenBook UX430UA Review
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Digerati

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So basically it comes down to if PCIe is a lot better than SATA
I disagree. That is certainly something to consider but it is important to understand that only affects disk access. And the way I see it is it is like comparing a Porsche (SATA SSD) to a Bugotti (PCIe SSD) to a Honda Accord (a hard drive). The Bugotti is faster, but are you going to be unhappy with the Porsche? No way.

To me, the 16GB is the deciding factor. RAM is still faster than the fastest SSD. And with 16GB instead of 8GB installed, it is likely the operating system will need to use the page file on the slow (relatively speaking) drive less often. So I would go with the 16GB notebook.

The ASUS has better graphics too.
 

SumTingWong

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Apr 2, 2018
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Basically using this computer for school and some editing with lightroom. Narrowed down the choices between the HP ENVY 13-ad117TU and the ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T.
Here are some of the specs HP ENVY 13-ad117TU:
i7-8550U
8GB Ram
512GB PCIe SSD
Intel UHD Graphics 620

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T: i7-8550U
16GB Ram
512 SATA SSD
Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2GB DDR5

So basically it comes down to if PCIe is a lot better than SATA because the specs on the ASUS are definitely better except the part where it's a SATA SSD.
Would appreciate the help in making the decision!

I would go ASUS because Geforce MX150 is not a bad GPU to play 900P - 1080P games. If you don't play game at all, it still worth for graphics rendering.
 
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Basically using this computer for school and some editing with lightroom. Narrowed down the choices between the HP ENVY 13-ad117TU and the ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T.
Here are some of the specs HP ENVY 13-ad117TU:
i7-8550U
8GB Ram
512GB PCIe SSD
Intel UHD Graphics 620

ASUS Zenbook UX430UN-GV027T: i7-8550U
16GB Ram
512 SATA SSD
Nvidia Geforce MX150 with 2GB DDR5

So basically it comes down to if PCIe is a lot better than SATA because the specs on the ASUS are definitely better except the part where it's a SATA SSD.
Would appreciate the help in making the decision!

If you do a clean Windows install on the ASUS, you can permanently lose SecureBoot in Windows 8.1/10. The clean install does something to the ASUS BIOS. You better ask ASUS and search the web to see if they fixed this issue.
 

JB007

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I disagree. That is certainly something to consider but it is important to understand that only affects disk access. And the way I see it is it is like comparing a Porsche (SATA SSD) to a Bugotti (PCIe SSD) to a Honda Accord (a hard drive). The Bugotti is faster, but are you going to be unhappy with the Porsche? No way.

To me, the 16GB is the deciding factor. RAM is still faster than the fastest SSD. And with 16GB instead of 8GB installed, it is likely the operating system will need to use the page file on the slow (relatively speaking) drive less often. So I would go with the 16GB notebook.

The ASUS has better graphics too.
Hello,
Please BugAtti and not BugOtti :emoji_pray:
 
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