Work / Gaming Laptop, daily carry + Travel

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by AriStar, Jun 25, 2021.

  1. AriStar

    AriStar Notebook Evangelist

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    $4000+

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    d. Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen
    e. Desktop Replacement; 17"+ screen

    3) Which country will you buying this notebook?
    Canada

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    a. Like:
    b. Dislike:
    5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?
    No

    6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
    Primarily work, occasionally gaming

    7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
    Taking it with me daily, and on work trips.

    8) Will you be playing games on your notebook? (If so, please state which games or types of games?)
    Yes, all types.

    9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    2-3 hours? normally use my laptop plugged in.

    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.

    11) What OS do you prefer? Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
    Windows

    Screen Specifics

    12) What screen resolution(s) would you prefer? (See further below for explanations.)
    Currently using Surface Book 2, not sure what this is. Would prefer high refresh rate.

    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (See further below for explanations.)
    Doesnt matter.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    Yes, very.

    Notebook Components

    15) How much hard drive space do you need?
    512GB +

    Timing, Warranty and Longevity


    16) When are you buying this laptop?
    1-6 months, no rush.

    17) How long do you expect to use this laptop?
    3-4 years

    18) How long could you afford to do without your laptop if it were to fail?
    Very long.

    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.
     
  2. atquantrandash93

    atquantrandash93 Notebook Consultant

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    I'd recommend Legion 5 pro. Matte QHD 165Hz screen with both Freesync and G-sync. 5800H and 3070. If you can afford more, Legion 7 with 5900HX and 3080, with vapor chamber. The Legion 7 has been reported with some coil whine. If you can, upgrade the RAM to get better performance. YouTuber Jarrod's Tech has covered this issue.

    Besides those two, MSI GE66 Raider would be decent, although the screen is only FHD 300Hz no sync technology. Also, the Intel 10th gen may bottleneck the 3070.

    I don't recommend the MSI GE76 Raider, as it requires two power bricks, which is a hassle to travel with.

    The Asus G17 and G15 offer the same specs as the Legion 7 and 5 pro. However, the screen is only FHD, AND Asus Optimus limits the GPU performance. The only known workaround is to use a second monitor. GizmoSliptech has a video on this.

    Hope this helps!



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  3. AriStar

    AriStar Notebook Evangelist

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    Will look into the lenovo models mentioned.
     
  4. saturnotaku

    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The GE66 Raider is available with 11th-gen CPUs with Thunderbolt 4, USB-C charging, and a 1080p webcam. The Asus Zephyrus M16 has the same display as the Legion and a webcam, but half the RAM is still soldered to the motherboard.
     
  5. atquantrandash93

    atquantrandash93 Notebook Consultant

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    I didn't know about the GE66 Raider coming with an 11th gen. That's more option for OP. The M16 I think is another thin-and-light, which I generally don't go after.

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  6. JRE84

    JRE84 Notebook Virtuoso

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    well with 4000
    its easy


    aero 15 oled with the RTX 3080

    screen
    battery life
    thermals are good
    keyboard
    ectera
     
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