Right now I have a cheap school laptop with an Intel Pentium 2117U @1.80 GHz with two cores, 8 Gb of ram, and whatever integrated graphics come with this Pentium. I like to work a lot with animation in blender, however, I tend to get a bit gungho on the models and each frame ends up taking 10 minutes to render. I have tried everything to speed up the rendering without compromising quality too much. I usually run it at 1080 100% with 130 samples.
I just purchased a new School laptop that has an I7 7500u @ 3.5 GHz (base 2.7GHz)with 2 cores, 8 Gb of ram (with intentions to plug in another chip), and an AMD Radeon R5 M430 2GB DDR3. How could you possibly beat a \$730 (probably a ripoff) computer on sale for \$550? That's how I justified it to my parents.
How well will my new college laptop render scenes?