Portable laptop for student, light gaming

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  1. marcv123

    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi all, looking for a laptop to buy now to take to college. Will be used for some gaming, but also taking to classes and studying. Under 5lbs would be great, so anything in the 13-15" range would be good. Dedicated graphics card is a must, but does not need to be super fast.

    This is replacing a Lenovo edge2 with a NVIDIA GeForce 940M, so anything equal to or more powerful than this should be fine.

    So far, it seems the XPS15, Dell G5 or G7, or Lenovo Y530 seem good, but I am open to comments on these or others.

    Thanks for your help!

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1400

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" max
    Weight is important too...ideally under 5lbs.


    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?
    Do not really care.

    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    no

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    mid range gaming (world of warcraft, starcraft. No fps where high framerate matters.). Also, will use for college classes.

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

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes, world of warcraft, starcraft, warhammer, etc.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    not a big deal, as long as it lasts well when not gaming.

    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?
    on line ok

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

    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.)
    Don't really have a preference.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)
    Don't really have a preference.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Prefer something looking pretty mainstream, without a ton of neon or flash. So things like Dell, Lenovo, etc would be preferred over a gamer's look.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    asap

    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    2-3 years
    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    Don't really have a preference.


    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
    no
     
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  2. gnlu26

    gnlu26 Notebook Consultant

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    I think you were right on the money with the Dell G5 or G7. They seem to have the best bang for buck right now, and dells support is really good if you get the premium option. For light gaming the XPS will probably still work pretty well, the 1050Ti will still be much more powerful than that 940m. Not too sure about the Lenovo, haven't seen much on it, but their quality is usually pretty iffy. The build quality on the G3/5/7 is pretty darn good for the price.
     
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