15.6" gaming w/narrow bezels, numpad, rtx2060, 120hz+

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by BorgDog, Jul 23, 2019.

  1. BorgDog

    BorgDog Notebook Enthusiast

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    Title pretty much lists the main criteria. I'm looking to upgrade from my thinkpad Yoga to a more capable machine, but want to keep it somewhat portable as I do travel with it a lot.

    I have been looking at Lenovo Y540 and ASUS ROG STrix Hero II both of which seem to fit what I am looking for. I don't think any MSI have the numpad on the keyboard for a 15.6" without having huge side bezels. Built-in numpad required for blender usage. I am looking for other options/recommendations out there, currently leaning towards the Y540.

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?


    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    15.6 size with narrow side bezels

    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: msi, asus, dell
    b. Dislike: hp
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed? yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    main computer, so everything, but high perf tasks I need it for are visual pinball and 3d modeling/rendering using blender and fusion360, as well as some photoshop, illustrator

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    will take with me frequently
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    visual pinball mainly
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    battery life doesn't matter
    10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
    would be nice to see, but not necessary
    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    windows is required

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080p much preferred as well as at least 120hz or 144hz.
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    prefer matter but would use either

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Not really within reason

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    512GB+, no spinning discs

    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    this fall, probably september/october
    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-4 years is usually how long I keep them
    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    seconds? j/k my current will be kept as a spare
    19) Would you be willing to pay significantly extra for on-site warranty, or would it be acceptable to you to have to ship the laptop to the vendor for repair with perhaps a week or more outage?
    No, I have no problem with mail in
  2. BorgDog

    BorgDog Notebook Enthusiast

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    The MSI GE65-Raider-052 looks like it might fit the fill as well, with 240hz display, pushes the budget slightly higher.

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