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Hi saadio: Thank you very much for contacting the Intel® communities. We will do our best in order to provide the information you are looking for.
In regard to your inquiry, to confirm which processor is better or more powerful it will actually depend on the needs of the customer or the usage you will give to the laptop. In this case, if you need to have several Excel and Word documents open and also several Chrome tabs both processors will be able to support those tasks. The more cores the better, as you mentioned, since both processors have the same amount of cores and also they are very similar in regard to the memory RAM supported, you can choose either one of them.
Remember that the performance on the laptop will not only depend on the processor it has, it will depend on different components such as: motherboard, hard drive, memory RAM, video card, software installed among some other customizations that in this case HP does to their laptops. Based on that we recommend to get in contact directly with them to confirm if the computers support coding and to get further information about the units, HP have the option to disable and enable all the features on the them:
Any further questions, please let me know.