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First off, I appreciate any all help in advance.

So here is the situation. I am moving cross country, and I am trying to downsize. I am selling off my main rig to afford a laptop.

By the time all of my stuff sells, I will probably have around 2500 bucks or more to spend on a laptop.

What I am looking for is a thin and light gaming machine with very good battery life.

The minimum specs I would like to see would be as follows.


CPU: i7 6700HQ

RAM: 16GB of DDR4

SSD: 512GB PCIe SSD

GPU: 960m and preferably a 970m

Screen: 1440p or above.

Battery life: 8 hours + of basic web use.

Size: 14 inch minimum although I would prefer 15 inches.

Weight: 6 pounds or less.


Right now the only laptop I can find that meets those requirements is the newly released gigabyte areo 14. Unfortunately pricing and availability have not been released. So it could be months before I see that laptop come to market which simply will not work for me.

The only two other laptops that come close are the Dell XPS 15 and the macbook pro 15 retina.

The XPS 15 meets all my requirements except for battery life. 6 hours of web use is a no go, and laptops like the new razer blade and the MSI ghost have similar specs and even worse battery performance.

The macbook pro lags behind in all the specs, but the battery life and the 16:10 aspect ratio screen make up for it.

Is there anything out there that checks all the right boxes?
Edited by Tjj226 Angel - 6/4/16 at 7:37am
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You cannot get a 970M GPU on a laptop and expect it to have amazing battery life. If you want a powerful GPU and long battery life it just doesn't exist. You can get a laptop that lasts for a good 8+ hours but you will not be able to play GPU intensive games on it. If you get a laptop with a powerful GPU you will only average 3-4 hours of battery life.

What you're asking for simply does not exist. My last gaming laptop I owned was in 2003, the battery life averaged 3-4 hours and I paid $1,200 for it. Today's gaming laptops do not do any much better than the 3-4 hours of battery life. Desktop replacements are just that, powerful enough to be mobile but will have the worse battery life possible.

If you're after battery life it's tough to beat the Lenovo laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 sports a 2GB Nvidia Quadro K620M discrete graphics which is the equivalent of a 840M gpu. But a battery life test for 16 hours and 49 minute on the W540 is rather impressive when you're not playing a game which I suspect you will not always be playing games 100% of the time.

Good luck with the search for finding a GPU powerhouse laptop that has more than 3-4 hours of battery life.
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Originally Posted by anoob View Post

You cannot get a 970M GPU on a laptop and expect it to have amazing battery life. If you want a powerful GPU and long battery life it just doesn't exist. You can get a laptop that lasts for a good 8+ hours but you will not be able to play GPU intensive games on it. If you get a laptop with a powerful GPU you will only average 3-4 hours of battery life.

What you're asking for simply does not exist. My last gaming laptop I owned was in 2003, the battery life averaged 3-4 hours and I paid $1,200 for it. Today's gaming laptops do not do any much better than the 3-4 hours of battery life. Desktop replacements are just that, powerful enough to be mobile but will have the worse battery life possible.

If you're after battery life it's tough to beat the Lenovo laptops. The Lenovo ThinkPad W540 sports a 2GB Nvidia Quadro K620M discrete graphics which is the equivalent of a 840M gpu. But a battery life test for 16 hours and 49 minute on the W540 is rather impressive when you're not playing a game which I suspect you will not always be playing games 100% of the time.

Good luck with the search for finding a GPU powerhouse laptop that has more than 3-4 hours of battery life.

Oh yeah, I know.

I meant 8+ hours of doing web surfing and basic stuff. I just want the gpu there so that if I need to do some CAD or some light gaming, I can.
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p870dm from rjtech with 980DT
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Even web surfing and not heavily using the GPU is a stretch to get to 8 hours. Probably the best you'll get is around 5 hours of web surfing time over wireless. Closest laptop:

ASUS ROG GL502VT-DS71 Intel i7 2.6GHz 16GB DDR4 1TB HDD GTX970M 3GB 15.6-inch Full HD Gaming Laptop

Probably not going to get much better than this for more money if you consider battery life not using the GPU. Only problem is lower screen resolution.

Also found:
ACER PREDATOR 15 (G9-592-74A5)
Slightly out of your budget at $2,799 and will match the resolution you wanted and will get about 5.5 hours of battery life.


P870DM too heavy, too expensive, and abysmal battery life.
Edited by anoob - 6/4/16 at 11:09am
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Last night I had a chance to play around with the GL50, and its still not what I am looking for.

I think I am just gonna have to hold out for the gigabyte aero or the new 15 inch macbook pro.
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MSI 16L1

4K 15.6
GTX 980M
Any LGA1151 processor ( base configuration = i5-6500 )
6 lbs


FANGBOOK 4 XTREME G-SYNC 100 Gaming Laptop
NOTEBOOK: 15.6" UHD, (3840x2160) 4K G-SYNC eDP Wide View Angle w/ Programmable Full Color Keyboard, HDMI 1.4, mini display Port 1.2, Li-Ion Battery & Universal AC Adapter
6700K
GTX 980M
~6lbs


Eurocom MX5
15.6
4K IPS Matte Sharp IGZO 100%sRGB 72%NTSC
980M 4GB or 8GB
6700HQ or 6820HK
~5.7lbs

A 4K monitor would drain the battery life much quicker than a 1080P monitor.
Edited by Kana Chan - 6/8/16 at 6:23am
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