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Best laptops for 500-700 USD?

#1Bazooka_PenguinPosted 2/22/2014 5:25:32 PM
It's mostly for work, maybe a little bit of light gaming (like Source games). Otherwise there aren't any other requirements, but the longer the battery life the better
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#2PsythikPosted 2/22/2014 5:33:18 PM
You're not going to be able to play games on a laptop in that price range unless it's on the low end of medium-low.
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#3Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2014 5:36:14 PM
Psythik posted...
You're not going to be able to play games on a laptop in that price range unless it's on the low end of medium-low.


That's fine
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#4R0N1N187Posted 2/22/2014 5:42:47 PM
Lenovo G505s is the one I'm thinking of getting, but people have said it dropped down to $450 before (reg price is $599), so I'll wait.
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#5PsythikPosted 2/22/2014 5:57:15 PM(edited)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1741483

Looked up the specs and was surpised to find out that it can give you PS4-quality graphics at 40ish FPS @ 768p. It's also ultrathin and even has a touch screen. Unfortunately it is an ACER, though.
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#6Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2014 8:47:05 PM
Psythik posted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1741483

Looked up the specs and was surpised to find out that it can give you PS4-quality graphics at 40ish FPS @ 768p. It's also ultrathin and even has a touch screen. Unfortunately it is an ACER, though.


I'm not sure AMD APUs in a laptop is a good choice for battery life, especially if it has a dedicated GPU, rendering the iGPU extraneous.

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#7PolarisPosted 2/22/2014 9:08:24 PM
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
Psythik posted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1741483

Looked up the specs and was surpised to find out that it can give you PS4-quality graphics at 40ish FPS @ 768p. It's also ultrathin and even has a touch screen. Unfortunately it is an ACER, though.


I'm not sure AMD APUs in a laptop is a good choice for battery life, especially if it has a dedicated GPU, rendering the iGPU extraneous.

Bump


I have an HP with an AMD CPU; the battery life is fine.
5:30 wired internet browsing
4:30 wireless internet browsing
1:40 gaming (3D)
That's with a Llano A8, which was the 2010-2011 model. Battery life has only gotten better from there (Except gaming, but it's pointless to game on battery anyway). This laptop also has a discrete graphics card which I didn't want, but was actually cheaper than the version without the discrete card, so that's why I got it. IIRC it's a 5750M, but it only turns on during 3D gaming.
#8Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2014 9:12:10 PM
Polaris posted...
Bazooka_Penguin posted...
Psythik posted...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA24G1741483

Looked up the specs and was surpised to find out that it can give you PS4-quality graphics at 40ish FPS @ 768p. It's also ultrathin and even has a touch screen. Unfortunately it is an ACER, though.


I'm not sure AMD APUs in a laptop is a good choice for battery life, especially if it has a dedicated GPU, rendering the iGPU extraneous.

Bump


I have an HP with an AMD CPU; the battery life is fine.
5:30 wired internet browsing
4:30 wireless internet browsing
1:40 gaming (3D)
That's with a Llano A8, which was the 2010-2011 model. Battery life has only gotten better from there (Except gaming, but it's pointless to game on battery anyway). This laptop also has a discrete graphics card which I didn't want, but was actually cheaper than the version without the discrete card, so that's why I got it. IIRC it's a 5750M, but it only turns on during 3D gaming.


I don't think battery life has improved very much for AMD's APUs. Notebookcheck's reviews show that it's not uncommon for a Trinity or Richland based laptop to get 4:30 of wireless browsing. With a discrete GPU that's probably going to be even lower, since even while idle GPUs a noticeable amount of power
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#9Bazooka_Penguin(Topic Creator)Posted 2/22/2014 9:21:41 PM
Found a review for the same model but different configuration apparently.

Well, two reviews for two different configurations.

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048522/acer-v5-review-sexy-looking-v5-552g-x414-is-only-a-competent-performer.html

http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-552PG-X809-Notebook.101315.0.html

So i guess it will probably get a little over 4 hours for basic tasks. Though between the two reviews it seems like the 552G is lacking in quality when it comes to do the keyboard, trackpad, and the general build quality.

What about the HP Probook 450 G1 or Dell Inspiron 15?
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#10DoramiPosted 2/22/2014 9:32:41 PM(edited)
What kind of work?

To be honest, Source games are not that resource intensive. If you accept lower graphics settings, they can run on Intel integrated--which you want for the battery life. Notice in the notebookcheck review for the Aspire, the reviewer mentions that the Intel Haswell model had over 7 hrs of battery life compared to the 4.5 on the AMD model.

Good screen real estate, keyboard, and pointer interface are more important.
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