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Thin and Light Gaming laptop + College

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by sonelone, Jun 22, 2012.

  1. sonelone

    sonelone Newbie

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    General Questions:

    What is your budget?
    $2600

    What country will you be buying this in?
    USA

    What size notebook do you prefer?
    14-16inch

    Would you consider a refurbished laptop?
    No

    What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for?
    School(computer engineering), gaming, movies, music

    What games will you be playing?
    Starcraft 1, 2, Battlefield 3, Portal 1, 2, TF2

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

    How many hours of battery life do you need?
    5+ of web browsing or movie watching

    Will you be buying online or in store?
    online or in store

    Which OS do you prefer?
    Doesn't matter

    List the screen resolutions that interest you:
    1080p or higher

    Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen?
    Doesn't matter

    Is the laptops design important to you?
    Yes

    Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop?
    Before 8/1/2012

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

    How much storage capacity do you need?
    250GB+

    Are you interested in SSD for storage?
    Yes

    Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type?
    Doesn't matter

    So far, I have been looking at the Retina Macbook Pro, Samsung Series 7, Hp Envy, and Dell XPS(rumors). I want a laptop that has an SSD or replaceable HDD and it must be 5.5 lb or lighter. Also a GPU around the performance of the GT650M is preferable.
    Some concerns I have:
    rMBP battery($200 to replace)
    Envy screen color problems
    Series 7 viewing angles
    XPS is not out
     
  2. RefinedPower

    RefinedPower Notebook Deity

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    also might be worth looking at the Lenovo Y580... comes with a 1080p now and a pretty decent gtx 660m.
     
  3. sonelone

    sonelone Newbie

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    I wouldn't consider the Y580 thin and light. It also does not fulfill my battery life requirements and IdeaPad(not ThinkPad) construction is questionable.
     
  4. agonyzt

    agonyzt Notebook Guru

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    The Samsung Series 7 is actually not that bad. I almost bought it today but the store didn't have any left in store beside the demo. The screen is def not the best (contrast is kinda bad), but it's bright... Like very bright. Colors reproduction is not bad at all once you set the display effect settings to "Sharp". My only complaint is really the blacks that are kinda grey.

    The rest of the machine is awesome. I unplugged the power at the store, enabled Wifi, brightness to 50% and started browsing on the Internet... 7h 30min of battery left! That's pretty good for a laptop with a quad-core i7 CPU, a discrete 640m graphic card (GDDR5 btw) and a 15" super bright display.

    Taking the laptop in your hands, you can feel the quality of the construction. It's all made of aluminium and it's very solid. The screen can be bent if you really want to, but hell, compared to everything else I saw at the store today, this is a damn good laptop.

    It's a shame that Samsung didn't put a better screen, that would have been the perfect laptop.

    Did you look into the new Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition? That could be another option. Might not be as thin and light as you want tho.

    I suggest the Sony VAIO S 15. I saw it today and it's nice. Not as solid as the Samsung, but def sexier and the screen is awesome.
     
  5. sonelone

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    I've been thinking about the Vaio S 15 as well, but it has one major flaw: The GPU. It is a GT640M LE, which has the performance of a GT635M. Just out of curiosity, does anybody know when the next Razer Blade is coming out? Ivy Bridge and Kepler would make it very nice and Switchblade is pretty cool.
     
  6. RefinedPower

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    the new Dell XPS 15 might be worth a look its using the GT 640m with GDDR5. its just very expensive.

    also the Sony S15 has the same screen issues as the Envy 15

    Vizio CT15-A2 looks promising as well. they should be in wallmarts/costco/sams club i think so it should be easy to preview them before purchase. Release date is june 27
    http://www.amazon.com/Vizio-CN15-A2...8&qid=1340736428&sr=1-2&keywords=vizio laptop
     
  7. kYUU

    kYUU Notebook Guru

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  8. RefinedPower

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    oops linked wrong one... fixed it =p
     
  9. sonelone

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    The GT640M LE is not sufficient for BF3 and will not run future games well.
     
  10. sonelone

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    Anybody have anything?
     
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