Need help choosing between two 17.3" HP laptops

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Hi, You all helped me pick my gaming computer (I ended up with an MSI so thanks!) but now I need a computer for my husband. He does not game but wants a nice computer to do his work on. I saw two computers on sale at Costco with the following specs:

HP Laptop 17-cn0065cl Product Specifications
Hardware
Software
Hardware
Product number
52V01UA
Product name
HP Laptop 17-cn0065cl
Microprocessor
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores, 8 threads)
Chipset
Intel® Integrated SoC
Memory, standard
16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
Video graphics
Intel® Iris® Xᵉ Graphics
Integrated
Hard drive
512 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD
Optical drive
Optical drive not included
Display
17.3" diagonal, HD+ (1600 x 900), touch, BrightView, 250 nits, 60% NTSC
Wireless connectivity
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5 combo (Supporting Gigabit data rate)
External ports
1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C® 5Gbps signaling rate; 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 HDMI 1.4b; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)
40.07 x 25.78 x 2.06 cm
Weight
Starting at 2.05 kg
Power supply type
45 W Smart AC power adapter
Battery type
3-cell, 41 Wh Li-ion
Battery life mixed usage
Up to 8 hours and 30 minutes
Video Playback Battery life
Up to 11 hours and 15 minutes
Webcam
HP True Vision 720p HD camera with integrated dual array digital microphones
Audio
Dual speakers
Software
Operating system
Windows 11 Home
Software included
McAfee LiveSafe™
Software - Productivity & finance
1 month trial for new Microsoft 365 customers

The second computer is:
HP ENVY Laptop 17-cg1075cl Product Specifications
Hardware
Software
Hardware
Product number
50U28UA
Product name
HP ENVY Laptop 17-cg1075cl
Microprocessor
Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 (up to 4.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 4 cores, 8 threads)
Chipset
Intel® Integrated SoC
Memory, standard
16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB)
Video graphics
NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 (2 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Hard drive
256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ TLC M.2 SSD + 1T HDD
Optical drive
Optical drive not included
Display
17.3" diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), multitouch-enabled, IPS, edge-to-edge glass, 300 nits, 100% sRGB
Wireless connectivity
Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5 combo (Supporting Gigabit data rate)
Expansion slots
1 multi-format SD media card reader
External ports
1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C® 10Gbps signaling rate (USB Power Delivery, DisplayPort™ 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 HDMI 2.0; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo
Minimum dimensions (W x D x H)
39.9 x 25.9 x 1.93 cm
Weight
Starting at 2.73 kg
Power supply type
65 W AC power adapter
Battery type
4-cell, 55.67 Wh Li-ion polymer
Webcam
HP Wide Vision 720p HD camera with camera shutter and integrated dual array digital microphones
Audio
Audio by Bang & Olufsen; Dual speakers; HP Audio Boost
Software
Operating system
Windows 11 Home
Software included
McAfee LiveSafe™
Software - Productivity & finance
1 month trial for new Microsoft 365 customers

The main issue I have is whether the single 512G SSD drive is better than a 256G SSD + a 1TB HDD. Additionally is the screens, resolution and nits. The first has a Brightview screen with 1600 x 900 resolution, 250 nits and 60% NTSC. The second one has an IPS antiglare screen with 300 nits, 1980 x 1080 resolution and 100% sRGB. Also the second one has faster ports. The second one also has an entry level video card instead of the IRIS integrated one.

The computer will mostly be used for work and no gaming.
I don't know if the first one is old and the second one is a better bang for the buck. They are $150 difference but are not on sale for long. I already bought a garbage one which I can't wait to bring back. I appreciate your feedback.
 
The single 512GB SSD setup is suitable for most of people who don't save a lot of videos and audio files on disk.

Moreover, the lack of a 2.5" mechanical HDD means longer battery life if you have to work at the places where there is no wall outlet.
 
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What I was concerned about was the two different screens. One is a Brightview with lower resolution and the other is an IPS screen which I believe is an matte finish with higher resolution. I also noticed there is a difference in the port speeds.

Could you please weigh in on that? I agree that a larger SSD drive is good but I wonder about the other specs with that computer. Thanks.
 

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