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Hey guys. I have been saving cash up for a while, and It is tome for me to get a laptop. It is mainly for gaming, so I don't have to bring my rig when I go somewhere. I will also use it for video editing. I have been looking at the newest Asus g73, and the Sager NP8170, but I read that the sager has only 1-3 hours of battery life. That will just not work. So how is the Asus with battery?

Also, what are some other, laptops that sacrifice some performance for battery life?

My max budget is $2000, but obviously, the cheaper, the better.
post #2 of 10
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Ouch. just read that the G73SW has only 2hrs 22min battery life. What else is out there?
post #3 of 10
if you want battery life i expect you should look at the ones with optimus or switchable ati/intel but you would sacrifice some graphics. it would prob have the 540m. sager np5170 has optimus battery life should be around 3-5 i would expect around 3-4 wit ssd pushing around 4 depending which you get.
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Unfortunately you can't have the best of both worlds, a good gaming laptop with good battery life is non existent. If you want a good gaming laptop get one with an intel sandy bridge quad core and a gtx 485m. Unfortunately it will have about 2 hours battery life, maybe less if your putting the system under serious stress.
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Gaming laptop with more than 3 hours running games... you are gonna have to sacrifice on the gfx card if you want that
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is there some kind of middle ground?
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Maybe some company has a slice style battery that could work with one of these machines giving you 12 cells? Some companies have these for business laptops now. Also, I read that li-polymer is more efficient than li-ion so maybe there is an option out there. I would suggest checking the other custom makers like i-buypower, cyberpc and maybe Falcon Northwest. If anyone knows, it should be a company that already makes these rigs.

I just checked Falcons site and the battery they have for DRX is a 12 cell and it says DVD playback is...one hour! And the TRX looks to be more efficient but could be pushing your budget. It has an 8 cell 78wh.
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post #8 of 10
Dell XPS 15/17 with 9 cell battery and i7/540m combo would eb your best bet in my opinion.
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post #9 of 10
I'd just deal with it.


You just simply can't expect to have more than 3 hours out of a gaming laptop. Buy a couple extra batteries, and call it a day.
post #10 of 10
If you want like 3+ hours battery life your going to get a quad core with a 540m max, but that is going to have limited gaming performance. You really want a gtx 460m or 485m if you want to play modern games at high quality 1080p. Look at the sager/clevo laptops, the 8150/8170.
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