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Topic Title: Laptop recommendations since DPI 15.61 needs less powerful/less expensive computers
Topic Summary: Will new 17.3" laptop with i5, 4 cores, 16 GB RAM, work well?
Created On: 03/21/2021 04:37 PM
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 03/21/2021 04:37 PM
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I’m in the market for a laptop with a 17.3” display, and I have been reading Lunis and others saying that DPI 15.xx doesn’t use the same amount of power as in the past, so that an i5 works indistinguishably from the usual i7 I’ve been getting. And it looks like a quad core is plenty, as people say that Dragon doesn’t go beyond 1 or 2. I remember reading about the various levels of caches, is there a minimum or sweet spot for L3 cache? 6 MB, 12 MB?

It looks like 16 GB RAM is the sweet spot, Dragon and many open chrome tabs are my main RAM eaters.

I will get a FHD 19K X 1080 display, is every graphics card good enough for special effects in movies? I play no games.

I’ve been reading that it’s good to keep an SSD drive half unused. So I was thinking 512 GB, along with a 1 TB hard drive. I’m going to get a subscription to a backup service like Carbonite (recommendations for better?). Or is it better just to have a single drive, which would mean a 1 TB SSD?

If I’m just a user, I will be fine with Windows 10 home, correct?

Weight is not an issue. Cost could be $1400 + if there would be productivity dividends, but it looks like laptops are plenty good $1200-$1300, like this HP envy below.

I’ve also been looking at Lenovo and Dell

HP ENVY Laptop - 17t-cg000 touch optional

Product #: 8MX93AV_1

$1364.98   $1214.98


Primary Specs
Base HP ENVY 17 Laptop PC
Color Natural silver
Operating system Windows 10 Home 64
Processor and graphics Intel® Core™ i5-1035G1 (1.0 GHz, up to 3.6 GHz, 6 MB L3 cache, 4 cores) + NVIDIA® GeForce® MX330 (2 GB)
Memory 16 GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM (1 x 16 GB)
Display 17.3" diagonal FHD, IPS, WLED-backlit, edge-to-edge glass (1920 x 1080)
Storage 1 TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD

Additional Specs
Productivity software Microsoft® Office 2019 Home and Student - Save $15 instantly
McAfee LiveSafe™ security software Security Software Trial
Primary battery 4-cell, 55 Wh Li-ion
External optical drive No DVD or CD Drive
Keyboard Full-size island-style backlit natural silver keyboard with numeric keypad
Personalization HP Wide Vision HD Camera with camera shutter and integrated dual array digital microphone
Networking Intel® Wireless-AC 9560 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® 5 Combo (Supporting gigabit file transfer speeds)



DPI 15.61, KB 2017, DESKTOP: Dell Inspiron 3670, Windows 10 Home 64, Sennheiser MD431 II+Andrea USB-MA, 8 GB RAM. LAPTOP: Lenovo ThinkPad W541,Windows 10 Pro 64, TwistMike+Andrea USB-MA, 16 GB RAM.

 03/22/2021 08:03 PM
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Will defer to the honchos to answer your actual question on the spec worthiness.  However, just by glancing through the hardware subforum, I don't think on paper there are any glaring deficiencies.

I cannot recall any GPU or IGP in recent years that cannot handle movies in 1080p.

The bigger question is: if your Thinkpad W541 didn't even last 5 years for you, what's the chance an Envy (or an Ideapad) will do 2 years of trouble-free heavy lifting?  Maybe you will get lucky.  I sincerely hope so for you.

Personally, I'd take a good chunk of the commander-in-chief's red envelope offering toward something along the line of an Elitebook or a ZBook, not necessarily a 2020 model.

Last year they were even screwing storage customers with unmarked SMR spinning drives.  What is the chance that they will discover business ethics in this even more inflationary year so that they won't screw you with bottom-of-the-pile "QLC nand" in your "1 TB PCIe® NVMe M.2 SSD" in that shiny new Envy?

Anyway, possibly I am being overly cynical.  Best of luck!



P.S., pardon me, they have moved onto "PLC" it seems ... while resurrecting a slice of "Optane" with it?  Personally, I would much rather try out some avant garde microphone than gamma-testing "cutting edge" PC hardware any day ... 

 03/24/2021 07:44 PM
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I have an i5 Intel processor that is about five years old and it works fine (very snappy) with Windows 10 and Dragon 15.61.


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 03/25/2021 10:43 AM
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We recommend 16 Gb of RAM (8 Gb minimum) for most end-users; 32 Gb of RAM or more for power users. We prefer Intel i9, i7, i5 or AMD equivalent processors. Note that DPI/DPG 15.61/DMPE 4.3 require notably less processing power than previous Dragon releases. 


SSD (solid-state hard drives) have recently become much more affordable and recommended over traditional HDDs. We recommend 512 Gb SSD (256 Gb minimum) or larger. 


Your computer choice hits all the numbers and should be fine.


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