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Laptop - long battery life + gaming capability?


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#1 User2011

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 09:59 PM

Hey there.  Looking for a laptop for personal and college usage that falls under this difficult set of criteria:

 

- Long battery life, long enough to last through a college day (~7-8 hours?  I wouldn't mind buying an extended capacity battery for this if there's an option)

- 1600x900 or 1920x1080 screen resolution, 15" (portable enough to take from home to college twice a week)

- Around ~$1000 or less, basically something that isn't overpriced for the specs I get

- The capability of handling Skyrim at medium settings (I do not plan on gaming under battery power for the most part)

 

Why am I upgrading?  The laptop I currently have only lasts 4-5 hours on battery under regular usage, has an underwhelming 1366x768 screen, and has an i3.  What should I get, or is this criteria too un-realistic?

 

Thanks.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 04:03 AM

Under $1000 ain't gonna happen for an high-end industrial grade lappy.



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Posted 31 October 2014 - 05:35 AM

If you're willing to go refurbished you might hit your price point.  If you're not in a hurry I'd recommend checking in with Woot! (an Amazon company) daily and checking out their computer deal for sure (today they are desktops), but look through what else they have because it may also fall under their sell out or another category.



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Posted 31 October 2014 - 05:00 PM

Ok.  What if the criteria was made a little more flexible (eg. $1500 max.etc)?

 

I've known about and checked Woot already a couple times and I find laptops with either no dedicated graphics, or poor battery life, plus I find it much easier to know and be set on specific models.  I've been doing more research, and I'm still struggling to find a good model

(stressing the requirement of also long "internet browsing/word processing" battery life)

 

(PS I double-check battery life stats through NotebookCheck under "wifi surfing", aiming for around at least 6 hours)


Edited by User2011, 31 October 2014 - 05:00 PM.


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Posted 07 November 2014 - 08:40 PM

No, a laptop that matches your criteria does not exist, regardless of your budget.

 

Nobody wants a gaming laptop with a 15 inch screen, so they don't make them. I could be wrong but I'm pretty sure.

 

Also, you simply can't have gaming stuff *and* a long lasting battery.

 

My suggestion: get a desktop gaming PC, and a nice portable ultrabook.


Edited by bludshot, 07 November 2014 - 08:42 PM.


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:14 AM

I have a 15" gamer laptop. I bought it at http://cyberpowerpc.com I see they even have 14" if that's what you want. I think that's a little small, but hey, some don't.

I've had mine for over a year with no problems, the battery will last between 2-3 hours surfing the net, but when gaming I plug it in due the power a game takes so I don't know how long the battery will last. :blink:


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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:58 AM

Asking for a laptop with anything "decent" would even be trouble with 2 grand to blow. If you're going to head to Alienware, I would strongly suggest not to. You'll have a solid month of "supreme" performance, followed by dying motherboards, leaking batteries, exploding CPUs and immense PSU surges.

 

Gaming laptops are a joke.


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