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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I want a laptop that can do school and light gaming. I know there are many that are good at this but I also am looking for a laptop that you can draw on. So I want to know if there are many laptops with this ability. I know of the Surface Book but that’s too expensive for me. 

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Theoritically, this is @ZM Fong's role, but since he doesn't seem to be here, I'll ask you: what is your budget? What size of screen do you want? I assume you need something rather thin, light and sturdy, with good battery life.

 

If you're looking for 15" options, the Yoga 720 15" is a good one, as well as the upcoming 730, possibly (same GPU, low-power 8th gen CPU, but way smaller battery, wait for the reviews). The XPS 15 2-in-1 is probably better in some regards, but it's more expensive. The HP Spectre x360 15" is also a pretty good (though expensive) device, provided you only plan on doing some very light gaming (25W mx150). If you're looking for something smaller, be aware that 13 and 14" convertibles with anything else than integrated graphics or a poorly-cooled / low-power mx150 are quite uncommon. In fact, I only know of the 13" Surface Book.

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2 hours ago, InertiaSelling said:

what is your budget? What size of screen do you want?

^^this, OP pls answer first


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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 hours ago, ZM Fong said:

^^this, OP pls answer first

I would like a 15" and under or near $1000

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1. Lenovo Yoga 720 15, I suggest the 7700HQ model even though it's slightly higher than your budget. Good IPS panel.

2. HP Envy x360 (8250U+MX150 or Ryzen 2500U+Vega), entry level IPS

3. Lenovo Flex 5 15 (Yoga 520), no dGPU option in US, good IPS panel

 

Make sure you get 8250U CPU, at least 8GB RAM and SSD. All options above with touchscreen enabled but no pen included (extra charges)

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Posted · Original PosterOP
59 minutes ago, ZM Fong said:

1. Lenovo Yoga 720 15, I suggest the 7700HQ model even though it's slightly higher than your budget. Good IPS panel.

2. HP Envy x360 (8250U+MX150 or Ryzen 2500U+Vega), entry level IPS

3. Lenovo Flex 5 15 (Yoga 520), no dGPU option in US, good IPS panel

 

Make sure you get 8250U CPU, at least 8GB RAM and SSD. All options above with touchscreen enabled but no pen included (extra charges)

What about the Lenovo Yoga 730? I am liking the 720 though. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, mattdmg said:

What about the Lenovo Yoga 730? I am liking the 720 though. 

Not much different with Yoga 720 15. Use KBL-R CPU, performance wise the KBL-R CPU should be able to perform like 7700HQ with a few tweaks (undervolting, increasing PL1 limit) assuming that there's no change to the cooling design. Slightly slimmer and slightly lighter. Smaller battery capacity should not be a concern since it uses LP CPU, battery life should be about the same (need to wait for reviews to confirm). Also with HDMI port, one of Yoga 720 15 weaknesses.


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Headphones - SonicGear Vibra 5 (no mic)

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Posted · Original PosterOP
14 hours ago, ZM Fong said:

Not much different with Yoga 720 15. Use KBL-R CPU, performance wise the KBL-R CPU should be able to perform like 7700HQ with a few tweaks (undervolting, increasing PL1 limit) assuming that there's no change to the cooling design. Slightly slimmer and slightly lighter. Smaller battery capacity should not be a concern since it uses LP CPU, battery life should be about the same (need to wait for reviews to confirm). Also with HDMI port, one of Yoga 720 15 weaknesses.

Hey I was also wondering if right now is a good time to buy a laptop or not. Because I was wondering if some new technology like the 11 series from nvidia is coming soon or like the one Intel mini pc that has the gpu and cpu on the same chip that will make its way into newer laptops

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4 hours ago, mattdmg said:

 if right now is a good time to buy a laptop or not

Umm no. Wait for more CFL-H options. If you're patient wait for new Nvidia GPUs too.


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My Laptop - Y520

Intel Core i5 7300HQ 2.5-3.5GHZ Kingston 8GB DDR4 2133MHZ RAM Samsung 850 EVO 250GB Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB
FAREWELL 4GB DDR4 2400MHZ Samsung RAM  Seagate 1TB 5400RPM HDD

 

Brother's Laptop - Aspire 5

Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6-3.4GHZ 4GB+4GB DDR4 2400MHZ RAM WD 1TB HDD+Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB Nvidia MX150 2GB

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My Ultra Budget Peripherals:

Mouse - Logitech G102 Prodigy (Mercury sensor)

Mousepad - Steelseries QcK Mass

Keyboard - Tecware Phantom TKL (red backlit, Outemu brown switch)

Headphones - SonicGear Vibra 5 (no mic)

Speakers - SonicGear Quadro 2 mini speakers

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

 

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Best bang for the buck gaming laptops (for Malaysians)


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"buy model not brand, brand is less relevant"

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