School/gaming laptop

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by MP31B, Jan 23, 2018.

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  1. MP31B

    MP31B Notebook Enthusiast

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    Good day all and an advanced thank you to all those that help! I am looking to move past my 13R3 Alienware with the i56300 and 1060 to get something not so flashy but will have the capability to play modern games well. Have been looking at the dell 7577 I have read that the FHD screen was not the best, haven't seen much on the UHD one but how much more of a battery life drain would there be with UHD.

    Thanks again!

    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?

    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16"
    Enjoyed the 13 but it just seemed a bit small think the 15.6 would be the best size.
    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike: mac
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    Yes I have before with no problems

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    School classes both in person and online courses
    Gaming blizzard games mostly with some pubg and COD
    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes,blizzard games mostly with some pubg and COD
    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    A few can undervolt and run on low light for more.
    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?
    No can purchase online.
    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    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.)
    At least FHD
    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No just not overly flashy.
    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    Within a month or so.
    16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
    Couple years playing games and used for a couple years of school.
    Notebook Components

    17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
    A SSD HD combo would be great.
    18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?

    Please state any additional features you need. It's also helpful if you can indicate how experienced you are with computers. If you're a novice and don't know much, that's alright. Everyone's a novice at some point.

    Glossary and Explanations

    Glossy vs. Matte Screen

    Matte screens have an anti-reflective coating. Glossy screens generally offer more contrast and colors are more vivid. They do however produce more glare. Some people like them, others do not. The glare problem is most acute in well lit environments, like an office. Glossy screens tend to be better for multimedia uses like viewing DVDs or photos. If you are unfamiliar with the screen types, we would highly recommend you check some of each type out before you buy. The screen is one of the more important parts on a notebook. You don't want to get stuck with something you don't like.

    SSD (Solid State Drive)

    A solid state drive is a flash based storage device which uses non-volatile NAND memory chips instead of the traditional mechanical rotating disk and reading head. This newer technology drives perform much faster since they dont need spin up. Think of it as using your RAM as your hard drive. It consumes less power since there are no mechanical moving parts, this in turn also gives SSD's the advantage of running cooler. They are also impervious from damage by vibration, shock and magnetism.

    The downsides compared to a traditional HD is it lacks storage capacity and the cost is much higher per GB.

    Screen resolution

    If you are unsure of what to purchase, we would highly recommend you check some notebook screens before you buy to see what you like. You may also wish to take a look at the notebook screen guide for more information.

    • Netbook resolution: WSVGA
    • Actual resolutions: 1024x600 and 1024x576
    • Offered on Netbooks 10" and smaller
    • Netbook standard resolution. This is the lowest resolution available, and is designed to easily read text and icons on smaller-sized netbook screens. However, this leads to a somewhat “crowded” display that can generally only handle one visible window at a time. Typically not available on larger machines.
    • Standard Resolutions: WXGA, HD, 720p
    • Actual resolutions: 1280x800 and 1366x768
    • Offered on larger Netbooks and Notebooks up to 16"
    • Lower resolution screens offer big text and icons that are easy to read. Less stuff fits on the screen, which translates into more scrolling. Multiple windows can be worked with, though they may have to overlap some.
    • Midrange Resolutions: WXGA+, HD+, 900p
    • Actual resolutions: 1440x900 and 1600x900
    • Offered on all Notebooks. Keep in mind text will be very small on a 12" WXGA+ notebook.
    • A set of in-between resolution options that are found on some machines. Considered base resolution on 17" inch and higher laptops. Text and icons are smaller than standard resolution screens, and more windows fit onto the screen. These resolutions are very good for working with multiple windows side-by-side, without having to overlap them.
    • Maximum Resolutions: WSXGA+, WUXGA, FHD, 1080p
    • Actual resolutions: 1680x1050, 1920x1200 and 1920x1080
    • Offered on Notebook 15" and larger
    • On these screens text and icons will be very small. Text can often be hard to read, though some do like it. A very large number of windows fit on the screen, and there will be little need to overlap any of them. Max resolution screens are good for applications that require high detail (CAD, graphics editing, etc.)

    Typical Definitions of Refurbished Notebooks

    Refurbished notebooks often come at significantly lower prices and are generally covered by warranties by Dell, HP, and Lenovo. Lenovo generally has a universal 1 year warranty, while Dell has standard 3 on their business lines and 1 on consumer laptops (all extendable). HP offers a choice of 1 or 3 years. Other stores like Tiger Direct only offer 90 days. These laptops are in conditions ranging from being never powered on to scratch and dent (but still fully operational).

    Laptops that may or may not have been powered on.
    Laptops that may or may not have the security seal of the box broken.
    Laptops that may or may not have been used.
    Laptops that may or may not have minimal cosmetic "scratches".

    Laptops that where ordered and never delivered.
    Laptops that where place on order but never shipped.
    Laptops that where ordered but then canceled and never shipped.
    Laptop is new and sealed in box.
    Laptop has never been turned on.
    Security seal is not broken.
    Laptop is in mint condition.

    Scratch & Dent:
    Laptop has been turned on.
    Laptop has been used before.
    Security seal is broken.
    Laptop may have noticeable cosmetic dents.
    Laptop was fully restored to manufacturing state.
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  2. Vistar Shook

    Vistar Shook Notebook Deity

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    It will be hard to find a decent notebook with a 1060 at $1000....since you have a pretty good laptop already with a 1060, just wait until the next gen Nvidia cards are out....if you can.
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Not too many GTX 1060-based notebooks are available at your price range ...consider bumping your budget and getting a Gigabyte Aero 15. Also look in the Dell Outlet for an Alienware 15 if you can carry something considerably heavier.

    If you want to game, stick with 1080p, 4K won't serve a purpose since it's too high for most cards to game at (at least with modern AAA-level titles).

  4. MP31B

    MP31B Notebook Enthusiast

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    In the Dell outlet they have the 7577 with the i7 and 1060 for under 1000 would that be worth it? Also what's the i56300 13R3 with the 1060 worth?
  5. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    That's a nice machine for the money. It gets decent battery life and the build quality is fine.
    Note that its GTX 1060 is a lesser-powered "Max-Q" variant, and not the full-power card. It's still much better than a GTX 1050 Ti, though.

    As for selling your Alienware, use eBay to research prices. That's probably where you'll get the most exposure if you want to sell it.

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  6. NeonSun

    NeonSun Notebook Enthusiast

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    I agree with other responses, it'll be really hard to find a laptop with all that specifications not more expensive than $1000. Considering that maybe it's really better to wait for some upgrades for your current model? If it's still ok, than it could be a better solution, besides such upgrading will cost less than buying a totally new cool model :confused:
    I can recommend only Acer Aspire 7 for your case, it's the best for your specifications and price, it costs a bit more than $1000. This brand is one of the best for laptops, also Asus models are good according to many reviews , you can get Asus U5100UQ7200 for example, it's also ok for your budget limits.
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