HP OMEN 17.3" Full-HD Intel i7 GTX965M Laptop
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Shipping Estimates: Ships in 1-2 business days (Wednesday, Jul 26 to Thursday, Jul 27) + transit
Condition: Factory Reconditioned
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Good graphics card, 12GB RAM, 1TB(!) SSD - these are pretty great specs for the price.
Usually at this price you’d need to add RAM and an SSD.
So for a kid entering high school this fall, and needs a machine for schoolwork and the occasional game of Hearthstone, this is total overkill?
Here’s my opinion: When my son entered high I made him get a job because he wanted to build his own computer. The agreement between us was he had to pay half the cost. I bought his components, he build a PC for gaming and whatever, and I got paid half back. The cost wasn’t $700+ by a long shot and it was a PC, not a laptop that someone could rip off. I would think this laptop would be a desired rip if left in a car or on a desk at school, etc. So bottom line is that if it does disappear, how much pain are you willing to absorb? Having the child buy into whatever you get them, provides a sense of ownership and responsibility to take care of it. That way you don’t promote the "Well if it gets ripped, the parents will fork out for another one. Otherwise, I’d get a laptop at half that price and have them focus more on school than video games. Remember that electronic devices become outdated very quickly once you buy them. I did the same thing as the PC when my son wanted his first car. Pay half the cost and all the insurance. He ended up getting 2 jobs and maintained over a 4.0 GPA. BTW, my son ended up graduating from a great college with a double major: Computer and Electrical Engineering and is now a Senior Controls Engineer that programs PLC’s and designs the “Brains” for package moving systems for some very large well known companies. He can diagnose a crashed PC or laptop in minutes and get it running in very little time as long as it’s not hardware related. So it worked out well for us. The best of luck, I know you’ll make the right decision!!
By the way, this is built more for gaming and seems like a decent machine. I’d search the Amazon and the like for the same machine and remember when comparing prices, this is a refurb with usually a 90 day warranty; not new with a better warranty!!
It’s a solid state HYBRID drive, not an SSD. As someone who works in technology, I have yet to have a good experience with an SSHD.
Go big (SSD) or go home. Also, this thing needs way more RAM for the VMs.