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post #1 of 12 Old 12-23-2013, 11:34 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Just like the title says best laptop for that price range 550 to 600$. Will be used for watching movies light to medium gaming starcraft2, civ5, SimCity, maybe some online games swtor things of the like. I been trying to do some research just not very good when it comes to laptops, I have main gaming rig, just looking for something fairly cheap that can carry around to places.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834314178

It is very hard to find a good laptop that can be used to game around that price range. That's probably as good as it is going to get.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834231455

You can spend $100(or $50 over your budget) and get this one.

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would go with the g505s
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you could also just go onto ebay, buy a used alienware, and swap in a ssd and it will be fine too
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yea didn't think about ebay ill check some stuff out on there as well
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A used Clevo/Sager would probably be a cheaper option than a used Alienware, but nonetheless a great suggestion

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Even if its going to be used for gaming, if its got win 8, make sure its touchscreen.

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Stay away from Lenovo's 505 model. Based on all reviews I have seen, quality control is horrible and bios is buggy.



HP has an Envy model with a 15 inch LCD, AMD A10 5750M, and Radeon 8750M graphics for just $639

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-ENVY/902171?ENVY-15z-j100-Notebook-Smart-Buy

It's a pretty neat buy IMHO. The A10 processor is somewhere on the same level with Intel's mobile i3 for single threaded tasks, but it has four cores which is nice for multi-threaded apps. I saw the laptop at Sam's club and overall it seemed pretty nicely built with solid feel and not too heavy. The only thing that's missing is a 1080p screen. You can certainly go to HP's web site and build a custom Envy laptop with 1080p screen, but it will end costing a bit more. Having spent last three years with a 1080p equipped laptop, it pains for me to work with 1366x768 screens. The difference in the visual quality of text and images is pretty obvious. Lower resolution is more grainy looking. 1080p is not great for games of course, as the entry level graphics GPU will struggle with it. However, I have no issues with downscaling 1080p to 720p to play games on portables. For the games I play, I didn't see much difference in visual quality going from 1080p to 720p. If you do want to stay under $600, you could configure a similar system, but without discrete graphics which will be quite a hit for gaming performance. AMD's integrated graphics are slightly nicer than Intel HD 4XXX, but the difference from 8750M will be huge.
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Even if its going to be used for gaming, if its got win 8, make sure its touchscreen.

Classic Start is nice and all, but at some point accepting and adapting to change is what you have to do.


Getting the touchscreen will result in the worst bang per buck return of all options you could equip a budget laptop PC with. The whole touch-aware paradigm of Windows 8 is useless on desktops and notebooks, and this is why so many people don't like it. When working on a desktop or notebook, my wrists are placed optimally to access the keyboard, not the screen. Having a touch screen does not make this horrific monstrosity know as "Metro" automatically better, and this is why most people don't see why they need to pay the big premium for touch screens.

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