Let’s Talk About New vs Used Laptops

– Hey, guys, this is Austin Odds are you're watching this video on a laptop very similar to this, a nearly five-year old HP Pavilion

So for this one, I've teamed up with Intel, who are not only sponsoring this video, but an entire series on the channel taking a look at how technology is changing over the next couple of years So one of the first thing I'm really curious about is where we are today And, of course, what better way of doing that than to compare two very similar laptops spread out over nearly five years This is the HP Pavilion x360 two-in-one As it's powered by an eight-gen Core i7 processor, it's going to be powerful, although by no means some giant workstation

But importantly it is going to be good for the price, and even more importantly than that, it is going to be a very close match to our older HP Pavilion setup Put these two side-by-side and the family resemblance is clear So the Pavilion Touchsmart was one of the very first Windows 8 laptops that did come standard with a touchscreen And it actually does a lot of things right, although if you take a look at the brand new Pavilion x360, there have been a lot of upgrades and changes over the last few years The real question is whether you actually need to upgrade

So if you take a look at this older system, it doesn't seem that old, and to be fair, it still can do some basic stuff like web browsing It's not like it's going to be completely unusable, but when you step over to a newer system with the Core i7, with the Optane memory, you're going to be getting a much, much better experience You're getting pretty much everything you would expect on a modern laptop So stuff like USB 30 is here, you're going to be getting a fourth-gen Core i5, which is going to give you decent battery life and okay performance, and you're even going to be getting some extras like a DVD drive if you're still living in 1999

Actually, nah, that's not fair, right? 2005 was really the peak of DVD This guy is rocking a 156 inch, 1366 by 768 panel Now, it wasn't a terrible screen when it first came out, but put it side-by-side with a 2018 Pavilion and there is a huge difference Not only is the screen quality itself going to be much nicer on this guy, but having a full 1080p resolution makes a big difference

With this guy being limited to stuff like 720p video and sort of very little screen real estate, it feels kind of claustrophobic in 2018 Realistically, the screen is actually one of the most noticeable differences Having a nice quality 1080p panel does make a big difference And while the other one is going to be a touchscreen, this is going to be a much more accurate touchscreen You also have the HP pen if you wanna use stylus input

And one of my favorite party tricks is that you can actually can flip the entire thing around and treat it like a giant tablet Now, of course, this is going to be a 156 inch tablet, so you should temper your expectations for how portable it's going to be, but this, especially when you pair it with the stylus, does make a nice difference when you can, you know, actually use it with one hand as opposed to something like that, which doesn't, well Think it's kinda self-explanatory how close that comes to being a tablet Now, of course, your mileage is going to vary on something like this, but I actually do find that the pen can be useful in some situations

For example, if you wanna work on some graphics stuff, if you wanna make some notes, or especially for people who wanna have something that's going to be a little more ergonomic The touch screen paired with a pen can feel a lot better than sitting with a mouse and keyboard all day When it comes time to upgrade your computer, one of the biggest questions is always going to be to do with performance So when you're looking at such a wide range of years between these two laptops, obviously there are going to be some major differences, but some things are also going to be very similar Both are currently rocking 12 gigabytes of RAM, as well as a one terabyte hard drive, but look a little bit closer and there are going to be some major, major changes

In the last few years, Intel Core processors have seen some major leaps in performance Consider that we're going from a dual-core 27 gigahertz boost clock all the way up to a quad-core chip that can go all the way up to 4 gigahertz on boost Now, that is really impressive, especially when you consider that that's all going to be in the same 15-watt TDP Essentially, for the same amount of power, we're going to be doing a lot more work much, much faster

You're also getting a smaller, thinner and lighter PC in pretty much every aspect that not only does have that more powerful processor, but you're also going to be getting dedicated graphics as an option When you put it together, what essentially you're getting here is something that's going to be smaller, thinner, lighter, and more powerful on pretty much any way that you measure it A lot of it has to do with the processor Now, don't get me wrong, it's not like a fourth-gen Core is suddenly some archaic piece of old technology, but things have advanced a lot and it is very noticeable when you put them side by side Now, yes, it is very, very noticeable when it comes to stuff like gaming and video editing, as you would expect, but even for normal tasks, there's a big difference

I mean, something as simple as opening up a webpage can take a lot longer on the older system And that's something that stuff like benchmarks don't really quite get across always When it comes to stuff like editing 4K video, more performance is always going to be helpful Now, no, this is not going to be some giant, thick workstation-class massive editing laptop, but what you are getting here is a solid amount of power, especially when you compare it to the five-year old system That eighth-gen Core processor is also going to be, of course, capable of playing back 4K video, whether on the internal laptop screen if you've got a 4K display, or on an external monitor, but something else that sort of backs up this Pavilion is going to be the dedicated AMD Radeon 530 graphics

Now this opens you up for some light virtual reality and mixed reality use, but almost more importantly than that, you could do some light gaming on this guy, as well Now, of course, this is not going to be a great dedicated gaming PC For that, you're going to want some better graphics than the Radeon 530 in this particular system, but the important things is the Core i7 can definitely handle it So even when you pair it with something like an Nvidia MX150, as I've done in previous videos, you're going to be getting some much better performance, and something that could definitely hold up And with the idea that you can go with stuff like Thunderbolt solutions to get you even better external graphics options, having a powerful processor is very important

Intel Optane memory is an interesting piece of tech that I'm actually going to go much more in-depth on in a future video, but the basic idea is that it functions similarly to an SSD cache, but it allows you to get the full responsiveness of an SSD while still not losing the full-size capacity of a hard-drive So this is going to speed up things, such as opening up Windows, some of your major programs And it's also going to be useful for more creative applications, such as when you're photo and video editing, you're going to have that super-fast SSD cache, which is all going to be working in the background This is one of the clearest differences between a newer and older system There are so many more possibilities with this, whereas with the older computer you basically get what you get

In just a few years, we've gone from thin and light laptops being able to do basic tasks reasonably well, to having a lot more power to the point where you can do gaming on these You can do photo editing, and you can do proper video editing on something that is going to be this small, this thin, and this light I know this video was sponsored by Intel, but these new eighth-gen Core processors are a legit game-changer Having this level of performance in such a thin and light laptop just wasn't possible all that long ago And it's hard for me to imagine much of a better time to upgrade than now

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