We got our son a laptop a couple years ago when he started college. He brought it home for Thanksgiving and I was cleaning it up / checking things out.
it's an HP envy 15. It has an i7 processor with 16GB ram. Pretty good, I think? but it doesn't seem to be as 'peppy ' I would think.
It has a 1TB 5400RPM hard drive with 8GB cache. How can I tell how much the drive is a / the bottleneck? Yes, an SSD would be better - but by how much? and that's expensive for the same size drive (he's only using 200GB, so yeah, does he need that big a drive).
But I could get him a 7200RPM drive with 32GB cache for < $60 from newegg. is it 'worth' it? is there a n app / way to see how much of the cache is being used? I turned off superfetch which seems to have helped keep the disk use in taskmgr much lower than 100%
we upgraded the wifi card last night - it was 2.4 ghz and we put in a dual band with bluetooth. what a nuisance to get inside the machine - loads of screws on the bottom then lift up the top / keybard, deal with ribbon cables to get inside. I'd rather not have to go through all that to replace parts without knowing for sure we'll see noticable improvements