portable light gaming laptop under $1,000?

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  1. marcv123

    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi,

    I am looking for a light, portable laptop capable of decent gaming for around $1K. This will be for multiplayer online games or strategy games, not top of the line FPS. 13-14 inch screen is preferable. A dedicated graphics card is ideal. I would also like it to be relatively light for ease of taking to school.

    The Lenovo Ideapad Y40 seems like a good fit, but it is on the heavy side. Asus Zenbook UX303LN also seems very nice, but a bit expensive unless some black Friday discounts come up. Any other suggestions? I prefer larger companies generally, as I have more confidence in quality and support with them.

    Thanks!


    What is your budget?
    $1,000

    What country will you be buying this in?
    USA

    What size notebook do you prefer?
    Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)

    Would you consider a refurbished laptop?
    No

    What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?
    Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming

    What games will you be playing?
    World of Warcraft, Shadow of Mordor, etc. No FPS

    Where will you be using this laptop?
    Will be used different places

    How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4

    Will you be buying online or in store?
    online

    Which OS do you prefer?
    Windows 8

    List the screen resolutions that interest you:
    Standard Resolution (1366 x 768)

    Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?
    Glossy or Matte is fine

    Is the laptops design important to you?
    No

    Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?
    Around 11/28/2014

    How long do you want this laptop to last?
    3 years

    How much storage capacity do you need?
    250 GB

    Are you interested in SSD for storage?
    No

    Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?
    No
     
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    Check out the MSI 1492 (GE40 barebones), the Sager NP7338, the Alienware 13, and the Lenovo Y40. The MSI comes with a GTX 850M, but is thinner han the others, the Sager and the Alienware both come with the 860M. The Lenovo comes with an AMD Radeon R9 M275, which is slightly weaker than the 850M (most of the time) but is also cheaper than the others, so you can add more to it and still have it fit in your budget (e.g. SSD, more RAM, bigger HDD etc.).
     
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    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the replies. I think I am leaning more towards a 13 or 14 inch screen, and would like to get as close to 4lbs as possible. Does the combination of <$1,000 (on black friday), dedicated graphics cards, close to 4lbs, and newest generation i5 or i7 chip exist?
     
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    D2 Ultima Livestreaming Master

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    The clevo W230SS should be your flick. It'll come with a i7-4710MQ and a 860M 2GB Maxwell, which will be okay. It should be under $1000.
     
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    marcv123 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Acer Aspire V7 482PG, Acer Aspire V7-482PG-6629 Review & Rating | PCMag.com seems like a great fit, but no one has it in stock. is there a comperable Acer?

    Thanks for the Clevo suggestion, Ill check it out. How are they as a company? I haven't really heard of them before.
     
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    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    Clevo has been around for many years, they make the barebones of many a high end boutique laptop. And has sold high performance laptops for many years. They make some of the finest gaming hardware you'll ever buy.
     
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    one more wish list item: with a touch screen, so windows 8 it usable optimally.
     
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    D2 Ultima Livestreaming Master

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    You're not getting a gaming laptop or anything with a touchscreen. You're going to severely cut down the power of the rest of the parts if you take touchscreen.

    If you WANT touchscreen, go for it. If not, use any of the following programs to make your Windows 8 a lot closer to Windows 7 in usability:
    Stardock Start8
    StartIsBack
    ClassicShell
     
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