What laptop should I buy? Budget: $1400

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  1. theryguy

    theryguy Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $1400

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    a. Netbook; 10" screen or less
    b. Ultraportable; 11" - 12" screen
    c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen
    13-14 inches

    3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.
    United States

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like: Lenovo (Thinkpads not Ideapads), Dell
    b. Dislike: HP, MSI/Acer/Asus/etc., Apple
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    If it's a good deal, sure.

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    CPU-Intensive Tasks

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Yes. I will be carrying this notebook quite a lot.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?
    Yes. I play Europa Universalis 4, Microsoft Flight Simulator X, Civ V, etc.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    4+hrs

    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?
    Seeing it online is fine

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 8), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows 7 preferably, Windows 10 is fine.
    Mac OS or Linux is NOT ACCEPTABLE!


    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.

    Anything above 1080p

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

    Glossy

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Highly Important! I really love the looks of the Macbooks, but they are both overpriced and lack Windows, so there not an option.

    15) When are you buying this laptop?
    In about a month

    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?
    SSD is crucial. I would like at least 256GB

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


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    I previously owned a Dell XPS 15 9550 and while I am generally satisfied with Dell, the design of the XPS 15 is shoddy.
    I am NOT WILLING TO CONSIDER ANYTHING THAT HAS A Skylake-U or Broadwell-U processor. I need something quad core.
    I also need a discrete graphics card, GeForce 940M or better.
    This must be very light weight. No more than 4.5 pounds.
    A quality keyboard is important to me.


    Thanks for your help in advance!
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    The ThinkPad T460p might be worth a look.
     
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Minus the gaming, you could get what you want for your budget. The aforementioned Lenovo ThinkPad T460p is probably the best of those choices.

    Since you plan to keep the notebook for several years, consider a weak card like the Nvidia 940M may not cut it down the road. That card is hardly better than Intel's "Iris" integrated graphics available today. To that end, you might consider slightly upping your budget for a MSI GS43VR.

    Charles
     
  4. mishkasm

    mishkasm Notebook Consultant

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    I play EU4 and CiV with integrated Intel graphics. As long as you don't insist on max settings they should run no issues. So the T460p is a solid choice.
     
  5. Galm

    Galm "Stand By, We're Analyzing The Situation!"

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    OP really needs to decide how important gaming is. The T460p iGPU is leagues below the GTX 1060 in the GS43VR. One plays most things on low-medium settings, the other plays nearly everything on ultra.
     
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    mishkasm Notebook Consultant

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    Right, there is a HUGE jump from Intel integrated (even though it has gotten a lot better over time) to the 1060. But the games the OP listed - EU4 and Civ V - I play on a 5-year-old laptop with Intel integrated graphics, with settings at medium-low. So with today's iGPU the OP should be able to play them at least on medium, if not somewhere between medium and high. So if that is all that's required I think the T460p is fine. But it sure won't play Fallout 4 on ultra.
     
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    Krowe Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't really think graphics fidelity is a focal point of EU4 or CIV5, 1060 is IMHO quite unnecessary.
     
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    theryguy Newbie

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    Thanks for all the feedback, guys! I think I'm going to go with the T460p
     
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