Laptop buying advice please, Elitebook 8470p with a i7-3520m, a 7570m and a 900p display, or a dell Inspiron 14 3442 with a i5-4210u, 820m and 768p display. I know both are shit tier but I already have a beefy desktop and just need something decent for when I don't have acces to said desktop.
Loads of the i7-m processors are just the i5s rebranded and clocked slightly higher.
The low-voltage versions are notorious for this. A low-voltage i7m can differ from its i5m version only by having a 200MHz faster clock. Same cores, same cache, same features, same goddamn die.
Removing bloatware won't be an issue. Only thing I don't really like about the dell is the 768p screen but I guess I can get over that, not like I have a lot of choices with a $250 budget.
Just general stuff, writing, watching Netflix and YouTube, maybe some light gaming in the form of TF2 or Fallout New Vegas. I've looked at T430s on eBay but couldn't find one with a 900p display at my budget. Like I said I guess I could deal with a 768p but having used a 1080p monitor for quite a long time I feel like I might have a hard adjusting.
Also forgot to mention the price of the laptops in the OP. The Elitebook is $200 and the dell is $240.