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I need a new laptop.  I have decided on one of two identical Acer models with three differences.
  1. 256 SSD vs. 512 SSD
  2. I5 vs. I7 processor
  3. $499 vs $799
I really don't need a 512 SSD but it would be nice since, to me, it is unlimited storage space.

Also, I could get the almost identical model as a 2-in-1 for $999.  Is a 2-in-1 really useful?  I've never had one.

Any comment would be appreciated.
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John. I have a surface which is a 2n1. Love the touch screen but I never use it in tablet mode.

I say look for the one you can dock easily. I don't believe in buying cheap computers. Buy the best and don't worry about the price. I've been happy with the surface but I usually prefer dell equipment. It's just better.


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I go cheap as a major criteria for laptops.  In 3-4 years you won't be using that laptop computer...  Don't store valuable data on it!  Mark my words!

I will splurge on a computer tower because they are cheap, powerful, TB of storage, and last 10 years.  

I think 256 ssd is fine if you don't have a bunch of media crap to store (could off-set important data to a stand alone hard drive)
I prefer faster processor speeds.
All that said, I hate Acer and would give my money to any other major named players.  I've got a few in the bone yard...

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Whatever you buy, get it directly from the manufacturer... Hopefully from a professional division.

If you buy a dell or Hp from the shelf at best buy, you get a piece of schittilydooda.  If you contact their business department and get a professional grade laptop, you have a real quality machine that will last years.  My last dell, I got in 2010... Still runs like a champ.  The only reason I gave it up was the battery was failing and I wanted something smaller and more portable.

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Of the specs that were posted, I'd probably go with the smaller machine and save 300 bucks.  Unless you're doing some intense media work, I doubt you'll see much performance difference between the I5 & I7.   

Maybe put the extra money toward a nice external HD and/or a decent tablet.

I have a Surface Pro and really like it, but I still use my laptop and tablet for appraisal work.  

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