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Going to college, need a laptop that is mobile.

#11OnlineBurn(Topic Creator)Posted 8/23/2013 11:02:53 AM
theject posted...
Lenovo y410p or y510p (if you absolutely must insist on a 15.6 inch screen.)

It'll be the most bang for your buck and handle most things. y410p entry/base model with a 1366x768p screen with a single gt 750m will give you the best performance while gaming plugged in and the best battery performance while out and in class, bout 4-6 hours browsing per charge, settings pending.

The reason I say go with the y410p is because 1366x768 looks good on a 14 inch screen, despite what some people claim, anything higher and it's just a battery hog/difficult to view for most people. Also, the 750m performs exceptionally well at that resolution, you can play nearly any modern game on high with shadows off or on low and no AA, of course there are a few exceptions, but you'll be able to slice through anything on low at the very least. Also, the size is good for chucking in a back pack and the battery pack is smaller if you need to take it with you.

If you want the y510p 15.6 inch model, get the dual sli or don't get it at all because it's 1080p and you'll need the extra power, but you lose a cd drive if for some reason you need it.

Both laptops carry haswell i7s, have good build quality, backlit keyboard, 1tb hdds, both have at least 8gb ram (for multitasking purposes of course), both have the same design, just a different size. The screen resolution really matters here. 720p will always look best on smaller, native screens and I highly reccomend it over the 1080p for what you intend to use it on.

Also remember, the majority of PS3/360 games are in 720p, scaled up in most cases, so if you're fine with that, it'll be good for you in the long run.

The reason I push that is for the simple fact that it's only 749 for the y410p with school and site discounts. That EASILY destroys every single laptop in the same cost bracket and undercuts most of the competition by a few hundred, from what I have found so far and I've been shopping around for some time now.



If you hate windows 8 and prefer Mac OS, well you really only have the option of a Macbook Air in the smaller budget range, they're the cheapest they've ever been, have pretty decent solid state drives, intel HD5000 can play most things on low to medium at or even above 30-40 fps, just always shut off shadows and you're good, just make sure to grab the haswell i7 if you play cpu intensive games and always grab the 8gb ram because it's soldered in and you WILL need it to compensate for the hd5000 using up ram to run games. it comes up to about 1k i believe with school discounts at the moment.


I've had several laptops with GPUS over the years. Nvidia gt X50+ series gpus can do well, with lower resolutions and less shadows. Intel is doing well with internal GPUs now, but it's very limited atm, I can't recommend getting any intel HD UNDER the 5000, so 5000, 5100, 5200 iris pro are the only decent ones at the moment, expect next year to yield some pretty decent results. The trinity APU from AMD isn't so bad for mobility and budget either. Acer is currently selling an A6-series laptop atm that can do "ok" for most things on low and no shadows.

I've been typing for a few minutes, i don't even know if you posted a budget, so sorry if I over shot, just trying to shoot some ideas your way.


You are absolutely amazing friend, you don't know ho much I appreciate all that insight and information.
Thanks for everything!
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#12thejectPosted 8/24/2013 8:34:11 PM
OnlineBurn posted...
theject posted...
Lenovo y410p or y510p (if you absolutely must insist on a 15.6 inch screen.)

It'll be the most bang for your buck and handle most things. y410p entry/base model with a 1366x768p screen with a single gt 750m will give you the best performance while gaming plugged in and the best battery performance while out and in class, bout 4-6 hours browsing per charge, settings pending.

The reason I say go with the y410p is because 1366x768 looks good on a 14 inch screen, despite what some people claim, anything higher and it's just a battery hog/difficult to view for most people. Also, the 750m performs exceptionally well at that resolution, you can play nearly any modern game on high with shadows off or on low and no AA, of course there are a few exceptions, but you'll be able to slice through anything on low at the very least. Also, the size is good for chucking in a back pack and the battery pack is smaller if you need to take it with you.

If you want the y510p 15.6 inch model, get the dual sli or don't get it at all because it's 1080p and you'll need the extra power, but you lose a cd drive if for some reason you need it.

Both laptops carry haswell i7s, have good build quality, backlit keyboard, 1tb hdds, both have at least 8gb ram (for multitasking purposes of course), both have the same design, just a different size. The screen resolution really matters here. 720p will always look best on smaller, native screens and I highly reccomend it over the 1080p for what you intend to use it on.

Also remember, the majority of PS3/360 games are in 720p, scaled up in most cases, so if you're fine with that, it'll be good for you in the long run.

The reason I push that is for the simple fact that it's only 749 for the y410p with school and site discounts. That EASILY destroys every single laptop in the same cost bracket and undercuts most of the competition by a few hundred, from what I have found so far and I've been shopping around for some time now.



If you hate windows 8 and prefer Mac OS, well you really only have the option of a Macbook Air in the smaller budget range, they're the cheapest they've ever been, have pretty decent solid state drives, intel HD5000 can play most things on low to medium at or even above 30-40 fps, just always shut off shadows and you're good, just make sure to grab the haswell i7 if you play cpu intensive games and always grab the 8gb ram because it's soldered in and you WILL need it to compensate for the hd5000 using up ram to run games. it comes up to about 1k i believe with school discounts at the moment.


I've had several laptops with GPUS over the years. Nvidia gt X50+ series gpus can do well, with lower resolutions and less shadows. Intel is doing well with internal GPUs now, but it's very limited atm, I can't recommend getting any intel HD UNDER the 5000, so 5000, 5100, 5200 iris pro are the only decent ones at the moment, expect next year to yield some pretty decent results. The trinity APU from AMD isn't so bad for mobility and budget either. Acer is currently selling an A6-series laptop atm that can do "ok" for most things on low and no shadows.

I've been typing for a few minutes, i don't even know if you posted a budget, so sorry if I over shot, just trying to shoot some ideas your way.


You are absolutely amazing friend, you don't know ho much I appreciate all that insight and information.
Thanks for everything!


Glad I could be of assistance!
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