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I think I've decided. Thanks guys!


I haven't been into heavy mobile gaming in quite a while, but I'd really like to get back into it. Especially with all of the deals from Lenovo right now, I'm finding it particularly difficult to resist making a purchase.

I'm in college right now and I already have plenty of books to carry with me. Mobility and performance are key concerns here.
I'm currently using an M4400 with a T9800 and an overclocked NVS FX770m. It'd be nice to have something around the same size and around the same weight.


Lenovo link:
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=C46D71ACFD7C4475B8E490358F8CA8C3

Are there any other choices that I should even be considering with deals like this? I have ~ $1200 to spend, but it'd be nice to save some money if I can. I mostly do gaming and school work, so having at least 1366x768 as a resolution would be nice.


Thanks for your help guys. Hoping to buy a laptop either tonight or tomorrow! thumb.gif
Edited by Jaguarbamf - 1/28/13 at 6:35pm
    
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1366x768 is actually the standard resolution for laptops for awhile. For the size I'm guessing you want to be the same size and weight of your current laptop OR SMALLER/LIGHTER right?

What other requirements do you want out of a new laptop? What games will you be play and at what graphical settings and resolution?
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What game are you playing? Light gaming might be on ok http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834215401
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I haven't been into heavy mobile gaming in quite a while, but I'd really like to get back into it. Especially with all of the deals from Lenovo right now, I'm finding it particularly difficult to resist making a purchase.

I'm in college right now and I already have plenty of books to carry with me. Mobility and performance are key concerns here.
I'm currently using an M4400 with a T9800 and an overclocked NVS FX770m. It'd be nice to have something around the same size and around the same weight.


Lenovo link:
http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/catalog.workflow:category.details?current-catalog-id=12F0696583E04D86B9B79B0FEC01C087&current-category-id=C46D71ACFD7C4475B8E490358F8CA8C3

Are there any other choices that I should even be considering with deals like this? I have ~ $1200 to spend, but it'd be nice to save some money if I can. I mostly do gaming and school work, so having at least 1366x768 as a resolution would be nice.


Thanks for your help guys. Hoping to buy a laptop either tonight or tomorrow! thumb.gif


What games are you going to play on it? What screen size do you prefer? And, have you tried out Lenovo Outlet? You might find a decent gaming laptop under 1000 dollar.
     
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If portability/build quality are more of a concern, as a university student, this is what I'm waiting for.
http://www.asus.com/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/U38N/
1080p IPS touchscreen, A10 APU, backlit, decent battery life, good build quality in a 13.3" frame. Great for gaming on battery, but it doesn't have the raw muscle of a laptop with a discrete GPU.


If you want something humerously powerful for it's size, look at the Clevo W110ER

The Gigabyte U2442N is also a fantastic option
http://www.gigabyte.com/products/product-page.aspx?pid=4209#kf

The Lenovo Y series is pretty decent too.
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oh man somebody mentioned it before I do, haha.

Define "gaming". That's what everyone wants to know before they can really help

If you want heavy gaming, and since you only require a notebook that weighs about just as much as your current, at 6lbs you have a wide range to choices. Generally laptops with 660M. The lenovo will be a decent choice.


However if you are opting for REAL portability, my suggestion for you will be the one and only gigabyte U2442n.


**note** This is my new laptop of choice. Been using it for 3 months and I like it so far.

Search the detail specs online, the brief spec is :

i5 3210m
8GB ram
GTX 640m (non-LE)
128GB SSD (there are various models with different harddisks bit this one is the best if you can have storage elsewhere)
14.1" display, 1600x900, backlit keyboard


all that to make a 3.4 pound laptop, roughly $1100-1200 depends on where you look. You will only realize the package itself is also ridiculous, coming with a mouse, a tablet-style sleeve AND a general (oversized) briefcase-style bag.


Yes, that's right. Don't even ask how they can pack so many things into such a package at that price. If you want heavy gaming, this is not for you as 640m does have limitations. But if you do plan to take it everywhere often, trying to balance gaming and portability, this is definitely a strong candidate to consider



PS - personal experience :
- its shell looks pretty
- screen looks OK-ish
- mediocre battery life (2 hours gaming, ~4 hours web browsing)
- fan does get a bit loud sometimes
- backlight is EFFing awesome
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