Efficient gaming laptop?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by JKnows, Mar 11, 2015.

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  1. JKnows

    JKnows Notebook Consultant

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    I'm looking for an efficient gaming laptop with Broadwell U i5 or i7, combined with 850M, 860M Maxwell or 950M, 960M GPU. The rest requirements are here;


    What is your budget?

    • Up to $1000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    • d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    • USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    • a. Like: Asus, HP, Dell
    • b. Dislike: Fujitsu, Acer
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

    • Yes

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?

    • Internet

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?

    • Yes

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

    • Yes, GTA 5, The Walking Dead Game

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?

    • 2-3

    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?

    • OK

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.

    • 7

    Screen Specifics

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. Click here for Screen resolution information.

    • 1080p, 4K

    13) Do you want a Glossy/reflective screen or a Matte/non-glossy screen?



    Build Quality and Design


    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

    • Yes, thin preferred

    15) When are you buying this laptop?

    • In 3 Months

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?

    • A year

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?

    • SSD+9.5mm HDD

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    • No, maybe for extra HDD
     
  2. Mobius 1

    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    P650SA for 1175usd @xotic
     
  3. bernieyee

    bernieyee Notebook Evangelist

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    The only laptops that would fit your requirements of a Haswell-U processor + decent NVIDIA graphics would be certain models of the Acer Aspire line and HP Envy.

    Those run Haswell-U + 850M.

    You won't find Haswell-U + 860M, neither will you find any with 950M/960M as those GPUs are yet to be released.
     
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    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Either brand sucks, the build quality and features inside will not match Clevo.
     
  5. bernieyee

    bernieyee Notebook Evangelist

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    That depends. While I have no experience with the HP Envy, my brother's Acer V7 feels very sturdy and solid aside from the trackpad (then again, not very many laptops have a very good one).

    If OP is dead-set on a sub-$1000 notebook with Haswell-U/NVIDIA, those are his best options. The Clevo is over his budget, but it does seem to fit his needs.

    I am just not sure why he says he only needs 2-3 hours of battery, but requests Haswell-U, as almost all laptops will meet that requirement.

    My Gigabyte P35G with a 4710HQ + 860M last around 5 hours on battery.
     
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    P650SA for 1175usd:)
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  7. Game7a1

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    Well... one laptop that's outside his requirement (screen size) is the 13. Comes in three flavors, Broadwell-U + GTX 860m, Broadwell-U + 960m (it was for a short time), and Haswell-U + GTX 860m (only one in his price requirement).
    But given the OP's battery life needs, he can get away with a full voltage CPU like the ones you've and mobius have been recommending.
    I think the Lenovo Y50 (will soon be updated to GTX 960m) can be a recommendation and these 3 laptops.
    http://www.xoticpc.com/asus-x550jkdh71-p-7766.html
    http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-ge60-apache-pro003-p-6958.html
    http://www.xoticpc.com/msi-ge60-apache629-p-7777.html
     
  8. JKnows

    JKnows Notebook Consultant

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    Many thanks for the recommendations, I thought laptops are already available with 950M and 960M too. I like the mentioned ASUS from exoticpc, but Quad Core unnecessary for me and i do not want pay extra what actually generating more emission. So if my desired laptop just coming out, I better to wait little longer.
     
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  10. TomJGX

    TomJGX I HATE BGA!

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    A U processor is just dumb for gaming.. OP have a look at the Sager NP8651/8652.. Proper specs for gaming and you'll get 3-4 hours battery life for note taking! It's pretty thin too!
     
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