Gaming laptop, sturdy build for inflight carry, slight future-proofing
What is your budget? Preferably less than USD$1,000, max USD$1700
What country will you be buying this in? USA
What size notebook do you prefer? Thin and Light (13 - 14-inch screen)
What brands do you like or dislike? Like: Lenovo (for build quality) Dislike: HP (bad experience with loud fans, but change my mind if you can!)
Would you consider a refurbished laptop? Maybe
What are the primary tasks you need this notebook for? Web Surfing, Office and Productivity Software, Video Chat and Conference, Movie Streaming and Viewing, Output Video to TV or Large Monitor, Graphic Intense 3D Gaming
What games will you be playing? Dragon Age Origins, Torchlight 2, Starcraft 2, Mass Effect 1 + 2, Dawn of War 1 + 2
Where will you be using this laptop? Will be used different places and Will stay on desk
How many hours of battery life do you need? 3
Will you be buying online or in store? online or in store
Which OS do you prefer? Windows 7
List the screen resolutions that interest you: High Resolution (1600 x 900)
Do you prefer a glossy or matte screen? Matte is fine
Is the laptops design important to you? No
Approximately what date will you be buying this laptop? Preferably in a month or so, though I can wait longer if something important is on the horizon
How long do you want this laptop to last? 3 years
How much storage capacity do you need? 320 GB
Are you interested in SSD for storage? Maybe
Do you want a built-in optical drive, what type? No
Hi all, and thanks in advance for any responses!
So basically, I'm looking for a 14' or so notebook with a matte screen that can do some medium gaming (say, King's Bounty The Legend, Starcraft 2, Dragon Age Origins. No Crysis 2 or anything). I'll be using the notebook for word processing and research, so I'll be looking at text on the screen for quite awhile.
While I won't be commuting with the notebook everyday I will probably be making a long-haul (20+) international flight at the end of the year with the notebook in my carryon luggage. Build quality is therefore important to me, though not an essential trait I'm looking for.
Re: future proofing, I'd be willing to pay a little extra now to help ensure the notebook stays relevant tech-wise past the 3 year mark. I'm no expert, but I'm trying to understand Sandy Bridge? Ivy Bridge? Are either of these terms relevant to me? Should I consider / wait for them?
Oh, and finally I'd like to have an HDMI out, so I have the option of connecting to an HDTV if I'd like.
Re: Gaming laptop, sturdy build for inflight carry, slight future-proofing
You can't find a 14" gaming laptop with a 1600x900 matte screen. Totally dont exist. Maybe the Lenovo t430 will have a decent graphics card. You can wait for some ultrabooks but they will definitely have glossy screens.
As of right now the only laptop that really fits your needs is an HP. HP ENVY 14-2160se Beats Edition Notebook PC | HP® Official Store
Looks like the t430 and the budget l430 will be getting the Quadro NVS 5400m 1gb graphics. Sounds good but IDK what gaming card it compares to. Hopefully the gt 650m.