Hi, (first post, please cut me some slack). I am looking into two laptops that I will be getting to help with my schooling and, of course, to play Minecraft Java Edition on. I have done some research and don't know which would be better. If you need I can give more details. Please someone give me a suggestion
The second option has faster CPUs/Graphics Cards, and more memory (which is important as Minecraft can benefit from a lot more RAM, I know from using modpacks). Otherwise the rest seems good.
I don't know a lot about AMD components but the second one seems the way to go from everything I could read regarding the specs and what I do know of the AMD naming. That and the second one is cheaper for the extra benefits but obviously has less storage.
The first has an alright touchpad I'd assume (doesn't matter if your using a mouse instead that you want to plug in). An SSD can be faster than a HDD but the difference in size is a big deal. I've never minded the HDD though as it's what I'm used to for Desktops. But an SSD can be good. And if you want to use an SD Card later (if it has a slot for one) or an External Hard Drive if you wanted to expand your storage.
Either way it is a tough choice, depends on what your going to use it for, how much space you think you'll need though but that's my thoughts, I honestly don't know which to go with either but for parts and price the second seems the way to go which will lead to a better running experience because of the CPUs and GPUs included.
The second option seems to be the better one, and I'd strongly recommend the one with the Ryzen 4500u CPU in it because it has 6 cores, which in the long term would be the more sensible choice over the i5 as Minecraft is multithreaded.
It's not just your game that needs CPU cores to work on, everything else that is running on your computer needs them too. If your OS is downloading and installing updates in the background which it would do if using Windows 10, you don't want these processes interfering with your gaming. Likewise you want more freedom for recording your gameplay, or hosting games for friends to join which would inevitably increase system load.
Some people have made the argument that you should use Intel CPU's for Minecraft because of the faster core speeds, but this is outdated information because AMD Ryzen architecture has well caught up with Intel on power per core. Intel is falling behind AMD and also offering poor bang for buck, also their integrated graphics suck and is nowhere near as good as Vega 6/8.