Need light gaming 2-in-1

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by npaladin2000, Jul 12, 2018.

  1. npaladin2000

    npaladin2000 LOAD "*",8,1

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    I'll just start with a summary, I'm looking for a lightweight 2 in 1 that can handle light gaming, nothing heavier than FF13 or Starcraft 2 (low settings is fine). I can bring my own OS and do my own modifications if needed, so refurbs are OK.

    General Questions
    1) What is your budget?
    Trying to keep it under $1000 US

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" 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?
    Nope

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yep

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Remote desktop, web browsing, emulation, light gaming, systems management

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    I carry my laptop with me every day

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yeah, but older games, Starcraft 2, FF13 would be the most recent ones

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Need 4 hours. Would like more if possible

    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?
    Online is fine

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows 7 or 10 preferred for this

    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. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
    I prefer a FHD resolution, either a 16:10 or 3:2 screen

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    WHen I find it

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    at least a year, preferably two

    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    At least 256 GB, 512 would be better, but I have a spare 512 GB SSD around if needed

    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    Nope
     
  2. Starlight5

    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @npaladin2000 15" Yoga 720 with GTX 1050 or older 14" Thinkpad Yoga 460 / P40 Yoga with 940MX or its quadro counterpart are pretty solid options and within your budget. The former obviously performs much better, with quad-core CPU and mid-range graphics, while the latter offers superior typing experience and battery life.
     
  3. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    Acer Nitro 5 Spin is your best bet imo.
     
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  4. npaladin2000

    npaladin2000 LOAD "*",8,1

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    I appreciate the suggestions, but 15 inch is too big. 14 inch is the max I'm looking for. I'll check out the 14 inch Thinkpad.
     
  5. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Evangelist

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    Honestly, its not thay big. You'll have a much better time with anyways
     
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    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    The difference in size is small but the difference in performance is big since it's hard to cool a decent GPU in a 14" 2-in-1
     
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    Grant B Gibson Notebook Evangelist

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    Exactly!
     
  8. 9ac3

    9ac3 Notebook Consultant

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    For light gaming, I think something with a MX150 would do the job. Not a 2-in-1, but I would look at Lenovo 720s. It has both the 13.3" and 14" versions. The display is great and it also comes with a TB 3.
     
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  9. npaladin2000

    npaladin2000 LOAD "*",8,1

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    I have a 15inch Ryzen setup. It's too big and too heavy to carry around, I end up leaving it at home.
     
  10. don_svetlio

    don_svetlio In the Pipe, Five by Five.

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    Then you'll have to contend with lower performance.
     
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