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Looking for my very first laptop (for university)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Since I'm studying software engineering I want to get a laptop so I can get some work done on the go (mainly coding and some addittional uni work). I started looking for options at my local retailers since I live in Guatemala and getting stuff from the U.S. drives the prices way too high so I'm looking for great battery life, a light device and a good screen but if I can play games on it, that woud be awesome, so I narrowed down this into 4 potential laptops. 

 

  • What I believe are the best when it comes to battery and screen size.
  1.  ASUS X512 (i7 8565U - 12GB of RAM) - Link for Specs
  2.  ASUS X512 (i5 8265U - 8GB of RAM) - Link for Specs

 

  • What I believe are the best gaming laptops I can get for the price.
  1. ASUS GL503 (i7 8750H - 16GB of RAM) - Link for Specs
  2. ASUS GL503 (i7 8750H - 8GB of RAM) -  Link for Specs

 

Any thoughts or experiences you've had with these laptops such as battery life, weight, screen size and quality, please leave a comment and any suggestions would be gladly appreciated. 🙂

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Somehow it's all Asus?


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Hardware specs below

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.4?V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, Jurrunio said:

Somehow it's all Asus?

Yeah not really much options around here and the other options are just really bad ones, and in the end I just have to choose between 2 models but different hardware, but I'm not entirely sure yet, so that's why I came here to get some opinions.

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Have you looked at the Asus ux534ft? its pretty new, but it looks like it is going to be a great balance between portability and medium gaming. 

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Look at reviews and pick the one with the best battery life. In Uni, battery life is key. No one wants to be partnered with the person who forgets their charger, has their laptop die, and can't get the work done in the group.


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ON my experience with Vivobook. their thermal its kinda crappy. and the vivobook Ultra its a TN panel. like seriously a laptop with tn panel at that price?

22 minutes ago, Sorenson said:

Have you looked at the Asus ux534ft? its pretty new, but it looks like it is going to be a great balance between portability and medium gaming. 

UX534 for gaming? no its overpriced for gaming and never ever game on ultrabook unless its a gaming ultrabook.

 

 

If you really gaming and sacrifice couple battery life then gl503 might be the best. or MSI GF63 little bit weaker and 60hz panel. but they claim to have 6 hours battery


--------------------------------------------------------------------------------    Spec: Asus Vivobook S140UN    ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

 

| CPU: i5-8250U Turbo 3.4Ghz | 

| RAM: 8 single-channel DDR4 2333mhz |

| Storage: 128GB Sandisk SSD + 1TB HTSG HDD

 | GPU: MX-150 4Gb 25 TDP |

| Monitor: LGMK430H-B |

| Audio: JBL 450BT Wireless Headset |

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Preferred max weight and min battery life? Any links of local online stores? Good screen means that you want high sRGB?


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39 minutes ago, Wolfycapt said:

 

UX534 for gaming? no its overpriced for gaming and never ever game on ultrabook unless its a gaming ultrabook.

 

First off it has a gtx 1650 and a 4c 8thread cpu so it is more than capable of “gaming”. Games can easily be run at 1080p medium settings. 

 

Second he wants a laptop for college, that is why I recommended this. If he wanted a pure gaming laptop then I would suggest something else. Finding outlets at the library or in class can be challenging so anything with an actual battery life of less than 6 hours isn’t for “college” it’s for entertainment. 

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10 minutes ago, Sorenson said:

First off it has a gtx 1650 and a 4c 8thread cpu so it is more than capable of “gaming”. Games can easily be run at 1080p medium settings. 

 

Second he wants a laptop for college, that is why I recommended this. If he wanted a pure gaming laptop then I would suggest something else. Finding outlets at the library or in class can be challenging so anything with an actual battery life of less than 6 hours isn’t for “college” it’s for entertainment. 

If it doesnt thermal throttle, that is. Zenbook lineup has never been known for good thermal characteristics, and the previous UX533 with 8250U and 1050 Max-Q is already saturating the cooling system.


"What's under the heatsink?" ep1, "Why it's not as good as it seem?" AMD fanboy edition out, episode 2 "Why my gaming board is a scam?" Intel fanboy edition coming soon (this is a link)

Hardware specs below

CPU: i7-2600K 4751MHz 1.44V (software) --> 1.4?V at the back of the socket Motherboard: Asrock Z77 Extreme4 (BCLK: 103.3MHz) CPU Cooler: Noctua NH-D15 RAM: Adata XPG 2x8GB DDR3 (XMP: 2133MHz 10-11-11-30 CR2, custom: 2203MHz 10-11-10-26 CR1 tRFC:230 tREFI:14000) GPU: Asus GTX 1070 Dual (Super Jetstream vbios, +70(2025-2088MHz)/+400(8.8Gbps)) SSD: Samsung 840 Pro 256GB (main boot drive), Transcend SSD370 128GB PSU: Seasonic X-660 80+ Gold Case: Antec P110 Silent, 5 intakes 1 exhaust Monitor: AOC G2460PF 1080p 144Hz (150Hz max w/ DP, 121Hz max w/ HDMI) TN panel Keyboard: Logitech G610 Orion (Cherry MX Blue) with SteelSeries Apex M260 keycaps Mouse: BenQ Zowie FK1

 

Model: HP Omen 17 17-an110ca CPU: i7-8750H (0.125V core & cache, 50mV SA undervolt) GPU: GTX 1060 6GB Mobile (+80/+450, 1650MHz~1750MHz 0.78V~0.85V) RAM: 8+8GB DDR4-2400 18-17-17-39 2T Storage: 1TB HP EX920 PCIe x4 M.2 SSD + 1TB Seagate 7200RPM 2.5" HDD (ST1000LM049-2GH172), 128GB Toshiba PCIe x2 M.2 SSD (KBG30ZMV128G) gone cooking externally Monitor: 1080p 126Hz IPS G-sync

 

Desktop benching:

Cinebench R15 Single thread:168 Multi-thread: 833 

SuperPi (v1.5 from Techpowerup, PI value output) 16K: 0.100s 1M: 8.255s 32M: 7m 45.93s

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11 hours ago, Jurrunio said:

If it doesnt thermal throttle, that is. Zenbook lineup has never been known for good thermal characteristics, and the previous UX533 with 8250U and 1050 Max-Q is already saturating the cooling system.

I wouldn’t imagine a 1650 max q would be much more demanding than a 1050ti. The only reason I recommended the Zenbook was because all the other laptops were ASUS. 

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