The sales lady at best buy plays STO also. She showed me a website, canyourunit.com which will check computers to see compatability of games with that computer. The dell just met the specs and the hp far exceeded the STO specs. There was a smaller hp, 15 inch, but they didn't have it in stock. So I bought the 17 inch and I'm very pleased.
When I got home I loaded up canyourunit.com on all my laptops. All failed. I ran it on my desktops, all we're marginal. The only one that truly works in the hp. And I can tell a difference in game play even over the desktops.
I might buy a couple more just to replace the desktops. Lol.