Recommendations for an Everday/Light gaming Laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by droidus, May 13, 2020.

  1. droidus

    droidus Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1200 at most

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    US

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Asus
    b. Dislike: Dell, Mac
    *Note, I am open to other brands other than those listed in "Like".
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Video conferencing (like Zoom or Skype), internet browsing/youtube, document editing, occasional gaming (NOT the primary use/highest concern, but nice to have!).

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    For the most part, it will stay within my house, but will move around within.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, Bioshock, Fallout, Possibly ESO

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Anything decent... 6-9 hours?

    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?
    I'd prefer to see it.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows. I am more of a linux user, but am looking for a decent laptop for Windows 10 for compatibility reasons.

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    1080 (would prefer not to have anything higher like 4k, as I'd like to have a decent battery life)

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    It doesn't really matter.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Kind of, but open about it.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    256 GB OK, 512 would be nice.

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    Next month or two... no rush

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-7 years (if possible)

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    This one I could spare.

    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?
    No need for add-ons like this. I am a computer techie! :)

    I have a Dell XPS 15 and LOVE it... I just had a bad encounter with them when my battery was at risk of catching fire and exploding, and I was not on an e-mail list, and they had reached the limit of replacments. I was not happy with how they handled that dangerous situation. I know the XPS 13 is a great option, but with my experience, I would like to now avoid them.
    I had a MacBook Air and LOVED it (13 in), mainly due to decent battery life, the weight, and dimensions (thin), and it was portable/light!
    Some viable options after sorting through a few, that really catch my eye:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y5WGXKK/?ref=r4m_udw_la_us_dd&th=1 - Anyone know how many GB's the video card is? I also heard of some kind of trackpad issues with these? I also heard these have an issue with thermal throttling, which is a little concerning...
    Considering similarily, the cheaper option, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QWLXCC7/?ref=r4m_udw_la_us_dd&th=1.
    I am open to other possibilites as well. Optionally, I just wanted to see if anyone has either of them, and what they think of them.
     
  2. kojack

    kojack Notebook Virtuoso

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    Surface laptop should get you there.
     
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