Office laptop with weekend gaming ability?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by Algonar, Nov 20, 2021.

  1. Algonar

    Algonar Newbie

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    Hi everyone!

    Looking to replace an older Dell work laptop + my GTX1070 desktop and combine them into one powerful laptop that's going to carry me at least 4 years into the future with no worries.

    Would appreciate any help and input on this :)

    Here's some info:

    1) What is your budget?

    $1,200 - can stretch a little bit but only if the extra value is exceptional

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Ultraportable; 10" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    e. Desktop Replacement, though can settle on 15"-16" if that helps fit more power&quality into the budget
    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:
    b. Dislike:

    No restrictions there
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?


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

    Over the week: browser-based work, coding, minor graphics editing.
    Weekend: Gaming

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

    Weekdays - portable.
    Weekends (gaming days) - plugged into an external monitor on the desk.

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

    Yes, prefer to be able to play most recent games with as high graphics as possible - but don't feel the need to go over 120hz with fps in any game whatsoever.

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

    Not important, there's always an available power plug.

    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, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.


    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)

    Not important, for gaming - an external monitor is used. For non-gaming work, there's no significance for me.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)

    Not important

    Build Quality and Design

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

    Would prefer something that looks and feels good, but performance is 85% of value to me, style is 15%

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?

    500GB and over

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity

    16) When are you buying this laptop?

    Preferably in the coming week

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?

    At least 4 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?

    A few weeks

    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?

    I can wait a week or more if that's needed
  2. Tech Junky

    Tech Junky Notebook Deity

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    This keeps it a bit cheaper than mainstream options. I look at specs and find the system name and then go hunting for deals on google. I picked up a 9th gen / gtx1650 for $740 a little while back. There's a bunch of different resellers that rebrand them from the Clevo name but, the model numbers stay the same across the board.

    $1200 though looking at the site seems to get you 11th gen / RTX3050TI Decent enough to get you through a couple of years of use!

    The other option is go under the barebones category and build from there what you want or leave it empty and buy your own upgrades to install yourself for slightly cheaper.
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  3. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    This says 15" to me as it'll offer better portability and you'll have more choices in the 15" segment. You should look to buy a notebook for what you do the most, but your money, your call.
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  4. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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