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Looking for a New Laptop to Replace both of My Computers

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hello Everyone!


I am looking for a laptop to replace my current laptop and desktop. I have a Lenovo IdeaPad 330s 15.6" with a Core i5-8250u, 8 GB RAM, and HD 620 Graphics; I also have an AsRock DeskMini with a Core i3-8100, 16 GB RAM, and an integrated GPU. I'm ideally looking for something with a ThunderBolt 3 port so I can get an eGPU to use as a desktop replacement. I use my laptop at work, typically with web-based content and light Premiere video editing. My desktop is mostly for web surfing, but I would like to get back into gaming.


What I am really looking for is something light and portable, probably with a 13" display, Core i5 8th gen, Thunderbolt 3 port, and 6+ battery life. My budget is $750 and I am located in the US. I will consider Used, but prefer something new.


Thanks for the help!

Desktop: AsRock DeskMini 310

Intel Core i3-8100 | 8 GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-2400 | 500 GB Samsung 860 Evo | Intel UHD 630 | HP 22cwa 21.5" 1080p IPS | Corsair K55 RGB | Corsair Harpoon RGB | Corsair HS50 | Windows 10 Home


Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad 330s

Intel Core i5-8250u | 8 GB DDR4 RAM | 16 GB Intel Optane | 1 TB HDD | Intel UHD 620 | 15.6" 1080p IPS Display | Windows 10 Home


Mac: MacBook 13" (Late 2009) MC207LL/A

Intel Core 2 Duo P7550 | 8 GB Kingston DDR3-1333 | 256 GB AData SU850 | NVIDIA GeForce 9400m | 13.3" 1280x800 Display | Mac OSx 10.14 Mojave


Phone: iPhone Xs Max 256 GB


Other: Nintendo Switch | BittBoy V2

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Desktop replacement laptops and sub 1000usd msrp do not go well together. The cheapest laptops from major brands with tb3 that i can think of is xps 13 or ideapad 730s, both of which may cost over $800.


I was able to find 730s on ebay from us seller for just over $800 ($815 iirc) and refurbished previous gen xps 13 qhd for sub $800 on newegg. You might want to look into specifications, particularly how many pcie lanes are allocated to thunderbolt as that might affect egpu performance.


If I were in your position, I'd consider selling both lenovo laptop and asrock desktop and going for thin and light notebook with decent gpu (2060 or higher) that way you get the best of both worlds. 


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