I am currently deciding between two laptops:

  1. ThinkPad T460 with 512 GB SSD, 16 GB RAM, & i5-6300U
  2. ThinkPad X1 Carbon with 256 GB SSD, 8 GB RAM & i7-5600U

(Both Refurbished)

The X1 is a fairly new model, much more so than the T460, but it has lower RAM and storage than the T460, an older model with better RAM and storage. The X1 is superior in terms of CPU, however.

I want to pick the laptop that will have a longer lifespan and will give me solid performance overall for the tasks that I will which include:

  • Software Development in Python, C++, Java (VS Code and Github Desktop)
  • Browsing with 15-20 tabs open (max)
  • Working with Wolfram Mathematica
  • Basic work with CAD software
  • A lot of ML

Video/Photo editing will have a frequency of rare to none.

Which laptop is better for my purposes?

  • Why are you choosing between these two specifically? Would you be interested in another laptop?
    – JMY1000
    Aug 3, 2019 at 1:06
  • Yes, as long as it is under ~$700 Aug 3, 2019 at 4:58
  • What CAD software are you using?
    – JMY1000
    Aug 3, 2019 at 15:49
  • I actually may or may not use CAD, but if I do it will be freeCAD Aug 4, 2019 at 16:42

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Some things to consider:

I would go with the T460 because of the additional RAM and storage. I think you will be able to use it longer.

That being said, both are great laptops.

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