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tiesandbowties Level 50 Broa Assassin
what's a good laptop to get under $1200.00?
at least 8gb of ram is my only specification and maybe removable graphics card. mostly doing some photoshop and running a virtual machine for linux ontop of windows os.
Posted: A few weeks ago Permalink

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burning Level 200 Khaini F/P Arch Mage
+2 Answer as many questions as you are willing.

What country/state do you live in?
Would you like to save money or do you want to spend as much of your budget as possible?

How much hard drive space do you want?
What games do you play or want to play?

Do you have a preferred laptop weight?
Do you have a preferred screen size?
Is battery life important?
Why do you need a laptop? To where and how often will it be moved?

Mention any other special requests you may have. Be as detailed as you can with all your responses.
Nov 05 2017
shamieekill Level 43 Windia Cannoneer 2
@burning I love this guy, always answers any laptop/comp related questions
Nov 06 2017
torque Level 152 Zenith Luminous 4
chromebook
Nov 06 2017
tiesandbowties Level 50 Broa Assassin
i live in usa
i think 1200 is my budget, im hopeful that i may spend less but im willing to exhaust the budget if the machine is right

i have a tower i can run games id like to play on. light gaming on this laptop would be nice though, maybe some stardew valley here and there

i will be traveling a lot with this laptop so something light, preferably. anything around 13 inches. smaller than 15 inches.

thanks burning
Nov 06 2017
burning Level 200 Khaini F/P Arch Mage
+1 $969.99 (sale lasts only 4 hours since I posted this)
...otherwise $1199.99
ASUS Zenbook UX303UB-DH74T Ultrabook
>> www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834232777
>> www.xoticpc.com/asus-ux303ub-dh74t-2.html
~3 lbs ... an ultrabook which means a focus on being lightweight. Has pretty good battery life. 12GB memory and 512GB SSD caught my attention. Though the Core i7 6500U processor is two generations behind now - Intel hasn't significantly improved their laptop CPUs for years. Despite the i7 in the name, this ultrabook-optimized CPU is somewhat more comparable to a desktop i3 in performance. For performance, it's just okay, nothing amazing.

Various configurations, $900-1200
Lenovo Legion Y520 Gaming Laptop
>> www3.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/lenovo-legion-y-series-laptops/Lenovo-Y520-15IKBN/p/88GMY500808
15.6 inch screen, 5.3 lbs ... true quad-core Core i7, GTX 1050 Ti or GTX 1060 6GB. This one has the best performance for the price if for some reason you need quite a bit of CPU and gaming performance on the go.
Nov 07 2017
xronellx Level 139 Scania Night Lord
Sorry to hijack this thread, but I am also in a similar situation. My laptop's battery is dead and is showing some issues when doing CAD, like solidworks, programs.

What country/state do you live in?
CA, LA

Would you like to save money or do you want to spend as much of your budget as possible?
$1500 or less (Thinking of getting it at a good discount this coming BlackFriday)

How much hard drive space do you want?
RAM: 16GB. For SSD need more than 256GB. (Not sure which one is more important for CAD, or rendering).

What games do you play or want to play?
Need more towards Programs like SolidWorks. While having other programs opened (Photoshop, pdf files).

Do you have a preferred laptop weight?
Less than 5.5 lb, but prefer below 5 lb. (Going to be carring this on my back, while walking to school)

Do you have a preferred screen size?
Anything from 12-15 inch wide and 7-10 inch high.

Is battery life important?
Probably not, since it seems that they all die eventually. Just need one that can run atleast 3hours with light usage(Browsing, reading pdfs).

Why do you need a laptop? To where and how often will it be moved?
Need this for school/club with a focus on solidwork usage. Will be moved very often, so durable will be needed (probably be bringing it with me 3times per week).

Thanks!

Are these specs even reasonable below 1500?

Oh btw, Here is a site I use to keep track for deals:
slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?src=SearchBarV2&;amp;q=laptop&pp=20&sort=newest&previousdays=-1&forumid%5B%5D=9&forumid%5B%5D=30&forumid%5B%5D=25&r=1
Nov 07 2017
tiesandbowties Level 50 Broa Assassin
thank you so much for your thoughtful response burning, is your field related to hardware?
Nov 08 2017
burning Level 200 Khaini F/P Arch Mage
Yes it is.
Nov 08 2017
tiesandbowties Level 50 Broa Assassin
quick question, i looked at all your suggestions and they seem reasonable but whats your opinion on the XPS 13'?
Nov 08 2017
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