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So between the MSI and the new Razer Blade (14in or 17in). Which one would you recommend? I am willing to overlook that its Razer if you think its worth it to me. My only experience with Razer have been their peripherals which in my experience have been fairly bad quality (Such as stop working after 6 months or so, not actual physical damage)

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Yeah, I am usually a very anti-Razer person, I am not sure if that 3K resolution on that 14 in screen would be good. The 17 inch Blade Pro would be nice because of the 1080p resolution. One thing though is that I would need the 512GB model Because that would be the amount of storage I would need.

The real question is, why would it not work? Just like on a Retina Macbook Pro or most modern smartphones, everything can be scaled. As far as power vs weight goes, you won't beat having a 870M at 4.5 lbs. According to Razer, it gets 2-3 hours of battery life when gaming, and up to 6 hours in normal usage. Real life math would put it to a solid 4-5 hours mixed non-gaming usage. At full res, unscaled, you also get some real nice work space. Besides, at this weight, keep an USB 3.0 2.5" 2TB HDD with you. When gaming, you can choose to dial down to 1600x900 resolution and have a 4:1 pixel scaling so it'd look like a native 1600x900 screen. 14" at 1600x900 is around 131 ppi, which is as sharp as 17" at 1920x1080 (130 ppi). If anything I would stay far away from the 17" Blade mostly because they brought back the touchscreen touchpad which is at where the numpad is supposed to be. It's very annoying when you want to use it normally.

It all comes down to preference which one you want. With the GS70 you have more options for storage configuration (and easily upgradable), and a superior factory warranty. The Razer Blade 14" offers an unrivaled balance between power and weight, but it's more expensive and has little room for expansion (replaceable SATA M2 SSD, but RAM is soldered onto the motherboard). Battery life between the two is very close.

If you're that worried about on-the-go storage, get the GS70. So far it seems like the one laptop we keep circling back to in this thread. There doesn't seem to be anything to upgrade if you go with this version: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1035165-REG/msi_gs70_stealthpro_024_17_3_notebook.html

That is unless 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD still isn't enough for you. At $1799 it's good value too.
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The real question is, why would it not work? Just like on a Retina Macbook Pro or most modern smartphones, everything can be scaled. As far as power vs weight goes, you won't beat having a 870M at 4.5 lbs. According to Razer, it gets 2-3 hours of battery life when gaming, and up to 6 hours in normal usage. Real life math would put it to a solid 4-5 hours mixed non-gaming usage. At full res, unscaled, you also get some real nice work space. Besides, at this weight, keep an USB 3.0 2.5" 2TB HDD with you. When gaming, you can choose to dial down to 1600x900 resolution and have a 4:1 pixel scaling so it'd look like a native 1600x900 screen. 14" at 1600x900 is around 131 ppi, which is as sharp as 17" at 1920x1080 (130 ppi). If anything I would stay far away from the 17" Blade mostly because they brought back the touchscreen touchpad which is at where the numpad is supposed to be. It's very annoying when you want to use it normally.

It all comes down to preference which one you want. With the GS70 you have more options for storage configuration (and easily upgradable), and a superior factory warranty. The Razer Blade 14" offers an unrivaled balance between power and weight, but it's more expensive and has little room for expansion (replaceable SATA M2 SSD, but RAM is soldered onto the motherboard). Battery life between the two is very close.

If you're that worried about on-the-go storage, get the GS70. So far it seems like the one laptop we keep circling back to in this thread. There doesn't seem to be anything to upgrade if you go with this version: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1035165-REG/msi_gs70_stealthpro_024_17_3_notebook.html

That is unless 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD still isn't enough for you. At $1799 it's good value too.

Yeah, the main and only upgrade I would get for the MSI would be a 500GB Msata SSD but thats about it. I could probably live with 512GB in the Razer
 
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Yeah, the main and only upgrade I would get for the MSI would be a 500GB Msata SSD but thats about it. I could probably live with 512GB in the Razer


The razer laptop is probably the highest build quality of any laptop ive ever owned.
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The razer laptop is probably the highest build quality of any laptop ive ever owned.

I'm not suprised, the physical build quality on Razer products was never an issue for me, it was the part of them stop working after about 6 months
 
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Hey quick question, my sister is wanting a laptop now too since she found out I was looking for a new laptop. Think this is a good one for her? Or should I get the 850m version? All she plays as of now I WoW but she wants to branch out to other games.
 
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Hey quick question, my sister is wanting a laptop now too since she found out I was looking for a new laptop. Think this is a good one for her? Or should I get the 850m version? All she plays as of now I WoW but she wants to branch out to other games.

What does she want her laptop to do? If she's playing mostly low requirement games, integrated graphics would do. Let's start with the following:

Size?
Weight?
Touchscreen? (Convertible? Active pen?)
Price?
Storage?
Types of games she wants to branch out to?
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What does she want her laptop to do? If she's playing mostly low requirement games, integrated graphics would do. Let's start with the following:

Size?
Weight?
Touchscreen? (Convertible? Active pen?)
Price?
Storage?
Types of games she wants to branch out to?

Size?

15in she says is perfect for her (Or she's used to it because her current laptop is a 15in?)

Weight?

Doesn't matter to her

Touchscreen? (Convertible? Active pen?)

Doesn't need it, for her art she already has a tablet pad that she rarely uses

Price?

Since I'm paying, I would like to keep it under $1300-1400 USD

Storage?

500GB-1TB She doesn't need a SSD either as she said

Types of games she wants to branch out to?

I'm assuming other MMO's or RPG's but I don't personally know
 
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Size?

15in she says is perfect for her (Or she's used to it because her current laptop is a 15in?)

Weight?

Doesn't matter to her

Touchscreen? (Convertible? Active pen?)

Doesn't need it, for her art she already has a tablet pad that she rarely uses

Price?

Since I'm paying, I would like to keep it under $1300-1400 USD

Storage?

500GB-1TB She doesn't need a SSD either as she said

Types of games she wants to branch out to?

I'm assuming other MMO's or RPG's but I don't personally know

Well if you want to be nice: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834152567 tongue.gif

Otherwise, if you're looking at specs only, the GE60 will be fine, but as we already know the GS chassis is far superior. The GE chassis feels like any average laptop we've seen for the past years. Also, what sort of battery life does she need?

I would stay far away from the GT chassis. It's extremely dated in design and feels downright nasty, like sitting in a car with an extremely cheap interior and nasty hard plastic everywhere. When I worked retail selling computers, we called them boomerangs since they almost always come back. The only thing it offers is value if you're looking at specs only.
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