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Topic # 128831 25-Aug-2013 00:23
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I'm wanting to get a high performance (but not primarily a gaming) laptop. I don't much care about "age" (e.g. Ivy tech will do), as long as it meets the other criteria. Oh, AMD is out and NVIDIA is in for this one - I'm running Ubuntu, and have had way too much trouble with AMD.
To be clear, I'm running a gaming 17" now for my work, since it was the only thing meeting my spec at the time. I suspect it will be the same again, but hopefully I can cut back a bit on the GPU side (save a few $$)

So, on to the priorities...


    1. 17” 



    1. 1920x1080



    1. i7



    1. 4 Ram slots



    1. Optimus Graphics / Battery life > 2hr, pref 3++



    1. Number pad



    1. Good sound



    1. Bright - I know windows auto-dims on battery, so I'm asking about linux. If I'm outside, I don't care about battery life - I care that I can use it if I want to.



Asus seemingly out due to rubbish sound - subwoofers make them worse it seems
MSI out because of stupid single fan cooling on their GT70 (“super” gaming) models.

So what other brands/options would you guys recommend? It's taken me hours to just get this far...

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  Reply # 884096 25-Aug-2013 01:39
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If money no limit, Toshiba Qosmio X70. Or Dell/Alienware X17 or X18. Or Razer Blade Pro.

I currently have Acer V3-771G, but should have got V3-772G for Haswell i7 CPU and nVidia GT750M (v3-771G has Ivy Bridge i7 and nVidia GT730m)




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  Reply # 884140 25-Aug-2013 10:22
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http://configure.ap.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=w510274nz&model_id=inspiron-17r-se-7720&c=nz&l=en&s=dhs&cs=nzdhs1

click on "review and add to cart" then scroll down specs
has 2Tb hard drives and 32GB SSD, 3D capable FHD screen 3D glasses included
$1999



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  Reply # 884398 26-Aug-2013 00:55
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Dell 17R only has 2 ram slots and Dell seems to reckon you could blow it up if you tried for 16GB
The Qosmio reviewed with an sluggish/erratic touchpad in one review (something I can add to my list).

Both have what I (now) consider bad battery life. While I stated Optimus, I didn't realise that that almost automatically meant 4hrs life.

The aliens look good, but a bit pricey - and I don't particularly "like" paying retail.
Once I go through this with my acceptable list, I'll wait for a clearance of some sort.

I guess to sum up what I'm wanting is a computer with all that stuff that comes with a gaming laptop, without the full CPU/GPU spec.

MSI would seem to be back in, since the reviews of fan issues were related (most strongly) to the high spec Dragon force.

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  Reply # 884519 26-Aug-2013 10:30
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Which Qosmio? The latest model - one that I saw in the weekend at Harvey Norman - had a play with it, it's touchpad is much better than than HP's.

Well to be honest, all these grunty gaminig laptops are pretty much tethered to a power-source.. their battery lives aren't impressive but their grunt is something that no other laptops can match - hence a gaming laptop.

For a gaming laptop, I am not too worry about battery's life.




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  Reply # 885807 28-Aug-2013 12:10
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Is the 17" screen essential? 

I have just got a brand new performance laptop (15.6" screen however) from an insurance claim and am using a desktop now instead...so haven't even opened the box. Selling for $1550, rrp is $1899.

Model: Toshiba P50-A01D
Processor: 2.4GHz 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4700QM Quadcore Processor with Turbo upto 3.4Ghz
Memory: 8GB DDR3 (1x8GB) 1600MHz Ram - 1 slot empty (upgradeable to 16GB)
Disk Drive: 1TB HDD with Toshiba HDD Accelerator and 3D shock protection
Optical Drive: DVD S-Multi drive
Display: 15.6" Full HD LED Backlit Screen (1920 x 1080p)
Webcam: 0.9M FF HD 2013SlimB-USB w/ MIC
ConnectionICPorts: 4 x USB Ports (2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0) with USB, HDMI Supporting 4K2K output, and 3D output to a 3D TV, Wifi 802.11 b/g/n - supporting DLNA + Toshiba Bluetooth V4.0
Software: Windows 8 64Bit
Warranty: 1 Year International Warranty, Includes onsite courier pickup and return service in NZ/AU
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GT745M 2GB with CUDA and Optimus + Intel HD 4600 Graphics

Thread > http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=77&topicid=128911


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  Reply # 892613 10-Sep-2013 12:05
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Got a $1 Reserve on the laptop detailed above now, if anyone was interested.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=636942635

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