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Choosing a new laptop


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#1 achelgeson

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:58 AM

Hi guys, 

So, I already asked a few months back about choosing a good reliable laptop. But I never got the chance to buy one yet, so I need more assistance.

 

I have looked around for laptops that have a 15.6 inch screen (1080p resolution), reasonable weight that is not too hard to carry around, and good battery life. I would prefer the resolution to be 1080p. Also, a weight range around 5-6 lbs would be preferable, but I'd be willing to go a little heavier for the better laptop. And for the battery life, I would like at least 4 hours on power saving mode, higher is preferable. I am going to be doing mostly everyday tasks (typing, web surfing, the usual), but I will be doing a lot of video watching too (like youtube mostly). Gaming, probably not so much, but I use video game emulators to make videos of gameplay, and I might at one point need a good processor for other things. However, I have a desktop with an Intel i7-3770 and Geforce GT 640 for video rendering and stuff, so I will be using mostly that for very demanding tasks. 

 

I have looked at a few I am interested in:

 

ASUS N550JV-DB71

i7 - 4700mq

GeForce GT 750M

15.6 inch 1080p

http://www.ebay.com/itm/390748458710?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

Lenovo y510p

i7 - 4700mq

GeForce GT 755M

15.6 inch 1080p

http://www.ebay.com/itm/281251713530?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

HP Envy 15

i7 - 4700mq

GeForce GT 740M

15.6 inch 1080p

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370946392191?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

Lenovo Z510

i7 - 4700mq

Intel Integrated Graphics 4600

15.6 inch 1080p

http://www.ebay.com/itm/291063544062?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

 

And there are others that have the thinner Intel mobile processors, such as the i7-4500U, which means that it is lighter, better battery life, and easier to carry around than the others at the cost of performance. 

 

 

So, what would be the best choice for me? Is it worth having a GeForce video card, or are Intel Integrated Graphics 4600 close enough performance for the better battery life and cost? Also, I would downgrade to an i5 processor if i7 is overkill, I'm assuming it would help the battery life too...

 

EDIT: I also forgot to mention, I will most likely be upgrading the hard drives to an SSD, 250 or 500 GB.


Edited by achelgeson, 29 January 2014 - 01:05 AM.


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#2 waldojim42

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 11:50 AM

I happen to like Lenovo. That y510 has a very nice video card in there, as well as a capable CPU. The only other recommendation I would make, is to check out the "W" series machines. The w530 rocks a nice 1080P wide gamut display, and is physically a lot better built than most consumer machines. The W540 is brand new, and uses a much more powerful video card this time around, and offers a 2880 x 1620 ips display.


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#3 achelgeson

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 12:39 PM

Yes, I like the Lenovo y510p too. I have narrowed it down to 2: The y510p and the Asus N550jv. They have the exact same processor and graphics card, and have a similar weight, but the ASUS apparently has better battery life. It would be nice to have a longer battery life, so I may go with the Asus. How long can the y510p battery go?



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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:57 PM

Lenovo claims 4 hours.


Laptop: Alienware 14 : Intel i7 4700mq : 8GB ram : Nvidia GTX 765 : 256GB Plextor M3 : 1080P IPS display

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Posted 30 January 2014 - 07:08 AM

Though I have not had any issues with my Toshiba, if I bought again I would go with Asus. The warranty was two years not one plus one year covered dropping it.  If that is still in effect that is a no brainer. 


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 04:21 AM

Personal i  prefer Acer but Lenovo is fine too.


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