Is it going to be transported around? If not, the higher tdp CPUs will be the way to go. If it will, you have to determine how much you value thickness, weight, noise, temps, etc. If you transport it or use battery I would probably opt for a lower tdp. I would still favour amd in the mobile space, but the right sale could push my recommend to intel. This looks like a pretty good deal at $900 (- any discount codes/cash back you can get). AMD 5700U, 16gb, 500gb nvme in a thin (ish) frame.
remember the report that was done a bit ago, showing how the i5 often beat the i7, despite the i7s higher base and turbo speeds because the higher heat those generated were constantly throttling it below the i5 levels, meaning the i5 was often besting the supposedly superior CPU in most tasks.
Thanks for all the suggestions and tips guys.
Turns out I didn't have much of an influence on the purchase lol.. She had a apple air book or the ms surface as a toss up.
She ended getting the surface go from bestbuy in store with 12 month interest free (minus administration fee 70$)
I just bought a 14" Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (I always have to double-check the name):
There are a few variations of this model but if you do go for it, make sure you get the IPS variant.
I have only had it for about 2 months but I can definitely recommend it. The IPS panel brightness isn't crazy so you'll definitely struggle outdoors with it, however, looks good indoors.
I got it for about 630 quid so right about her budget. I'm very happy with it, the only thing to fault is that although the build feels fantastic the plastic can make a bit of noise if you hold it from the size and apply a bit of pressure.
Performance is as you would expect (good), the battery is fine (nothing compared to m1 stuff) and the fingerprint reader is AWESOME! I can one finger set for my personal profile and another for the podcast profile.
It was the only thing I was able to find with a 2020 CPU in it for the price.
Hope it helps! If you buy it off their site as they've already mentioned you can get a discount in several ways.
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