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Considering a Laptop Upgrade

Hey all! I'm looking to upgrade my laptop some time in the near-ish future. I'm looking for something around $1500 or under since I already have a beefy gaming rig. I'd like an 8th-gen i7 for speed (preferably the 6-core but I can settle for a 4-core), dedicated graphics for light gaming and Blender modeling (GTX 1050-ish is probably good, 1060 at most), and 16GB of RAM so I can have an IDE and multiple instances of a networking program open at the same time. I currently have 3 laptops that I am considering based on pricing at Newegg. Do y'all have any suggestions for which one would work best or any that you would add for consideration (either currently released or planned releases)?

 

Current machine - Dell Inspiron 15-5559 from 2016 (~$800):

- i5-6200U

- 12GB RAM

- 120GB SSD, 1TB 5400 HDD

- 40Wh battery

 

Option 1 - Asus ZenBook 15 UX533FD-DH74 ($1400):

- i7-8565U

- 16GB RAM

- 512GB PCIe SSD

- GTX 1050 Max-Q

- 73Wh battery

 

Option 2 - Dell XPS 15 9570 ($1550):

- i7-8750H

- 16GB RAM

- 512GB PCIe SSD

- GTX 1050 Ti

- 97Wh battery

- Bonus: Thunderbolt 3 with 4 PCIe lanes

 

Option 3 - Gigabyte Aero 15W v8-BK4 ($1600):

- i7-8750H

- 16GB RAM

- 512GB SATA SSD

- GTX 1060

- 94.24 Wh battery

- Bonus: Thunderbolt 3 and 144Hz screen

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May I know where are you from? Budget? Any preference on weight and battery life?

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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Either the XPS or Aero 15.

 

XPS

Pros: better overall build quality, battery life, less 'gamery', slightly cheaper.

Cons: Worse performance and thermals

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MY RIG "ALCATRAZ"

CPU i7-4770K OC @ 4.3GHz | COOLING Cryorig M9i (review| MOTHERBOARD ASUS Z87-PROGPU Gigabyte 1650 Super Windforce OC | RAM  16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 MHzSSD Samsung 860 Evo 512GB | HDD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPMPSU EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750WCASE  NZXT H230 | HEADPHONES  Sony WH-1000XM3  | KEYBOARD Corsair STRAFE - Cherry MX Brown | MOUSE  Logitech G602 MONITOR LG 34UM58-P 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide

HOLA NIGHT THEMERS

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OTHER TECH I OWN:

2017 Audi Q7 | iPhone Xs Max | Sony a6000 | Apple Watch Series 3 42mm | 2018 MacBook Pro 15" [i7/555X/16GB/256GB] | Lenovo Flex 3 [i7-5500U, HD5500 (fastest on the forum), 8GB RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Evo] | Xbox One & Nintendo Switch [Home Theater setup] | DJI Phantom 3 Standard | AirPods 2 | Jaybird Freedom (two pairs) & X2 [long story, PM if you want to know why I have 3 pairs of Jaybirds]

 

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GeneXiS_X, I'm from the US, budget is around $1500, and I'd prefer something around or less than 5lbs (current laptop weight) with 5+ hours of battery life if possible.

 

Shiv78, thanks for the suggestion!

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53 minutes ago, Leif VII said:

GeneXiS_X, I'm from the US, budget is around $1500, and I'd prefer something around or less than 5lbs (current laptop weight) with 5+ hours of battery life if possible.

 

Shiv78, thanks for the suggestion!

Just FYI, use the @ to tag people so they are notified of replies, or quote them with the arrow icon under their posts.

 

Like this @Leif VII

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 OWNER OF THE FASTEST INTEL GPU ON LTT UNIGINE SUPERPOSITION [lol]

MY RIG "ALCATRAZ"

CPU i7-4770K OC @ 4.3GHz | COOLING Cryorig M9i (review| MOTHERBOARD ASUS Z87-PROGPU Gigabyte 1650 Super Windforce OC | RAM  16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 MHzSSD Samsung 860 Evo 512GB | HDD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPMPSU EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750WCASE  NZXT H230 | HEADPHONES  Sony WH-1000XM3  | KEYBOARD Corsair STRAFE - Cherry MX Brown | MOUSE  Logitech G602 MONITOR LG 34UM58-P 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide

HOLA NIGHT THEMERS

GET YOUR ASS ON NIGHT THEME

OTHER TECH I OWN:

2017 Audi Q7 | iPhone Xs Max | Sony a6000 | Apple Watch Series 3 42mm | 2018 MacBook Pro 15" [i7/555X/16GB/256GB] | Lenovo Flex 3 [i7-5500U, HD5500 (fastest on the forum), 8GB RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Evo] | Xbox One & Nintendo Switch [Home Theater setup] | DJI Phantom 3 Standard | AirPods 2 | Jaybird Freedom (two pairs) & X2 [long story, PM if you want to know why I have 3 pairs of Jaybirds]

 

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9 hours ago, Leif VII said:

around $1500

around or less than 5lbs 2.27

5+ hours of battery life

Lenovo Legion Y730 15 customize - a bit expensive, with TB3

MSI GP63 8RE

Alienware m15 with 60Wh battery - be aware of potential CPU overheating issue

Lenovo Legion Y530 customize - slightly heavier than 5 lbs

Lenovo Legion Y7000 - slightly heavier than 5 lbs

HP Omen 15 dc with 52Wh battery - slightly heavier than 5 lbs

 

There are a few tweaks to increase battery life

 

Try to avoid thin and lights due to worse thermals

 

Might also want to consider 'true' mobile workstations like Thinkpad P52

12 hours ago, Shiv78 said:

XPS

Pros: better overall build quality

Only exterior build quality. QC is still bad

My Desktop specs:

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AMD Ryzen 5 5600 Nvidia RTX3060Ti 8GB PNY XLR8 Gaming Epic-X RGB 16GB (8X2) 3200MHz CL16 Team Group MP33 Pro 1TB
ID-Cooling SE-224-XT White Gigabyte B550M DS3H mATX Tecware Forge M2 mATX White Case Montech Century 650W Gold

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Thanks for the tip @Shiv78! Didn't know that was a thing.

 

@GeneXiS_X thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely have to look into those models. I'm not too concerned about thermals since gaming is, at max, going to be Overwatch on medium settings for maybe an hour or two at a time. I'm mostly looking for a mobile coding machine with decent battery life that can game, rather than an all-out gaming machine. Anything extra at the price point is just a bonus! :D

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1 hour ago, Leif VII said:

Thanks for the tip @Shiv78! Didn't know that was a thing.

 

@GeneXiS_X thanks for the suggestions! I'll definitely have to look into those models. I'm not too concerned about thermals since gaming is, at max, going to be Overwatch on medium settings for maybe an hour or two at a time. I'm mostly looking for a mobile coding machine with decent battery life that can game, rather than an all-out gaming machine. Anything extra at the price point is just a bonus! :D

I'd go for the XPS then.

-----> Official Unofficial Favorite Keyswitch Type Survey <-----

 OWNER OF THE FASTEST INTEL GPU ON LTT UNIGINE SUPERPOSITION [lol]

MY RIG "ALCATRAZ"

CPU i7-4770K OC @ 4.3GHz | COOLING Cryorig M9i (review| MOTHERBOARD ASUS Z87-PROGPU Gigabyte 1650 Super Windforce OC | RAM  16GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR3 1600 MHzSSD Samsung 860 Evo 512GB | HDD Toshiba 3TB 7200RPMPSU EVGA SuperNOVA NEX 750WCASE  NZXT H230 | HEADPHONES  Sony WH-1000XM3  | KEYBOARD Corsair STRAFE - Cherry MX Brown | MOUSE  Logitech G602 MONITOR LG 34UM58-P 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide

HOLA NIGHT THEMERS

GET YOUR ASS ON NIGHT THEME

OTHER TECH I OWN:

2017 Audi Q7 | iPhone Xs Max | Sony a6000 | Apple Watch Series 3 42mm | 2018 MacBook Pro 15" [i7/555X/16GB/256GB] | Lenovo Flex 3 [i7-5500U, HD5500 (fastest on the forum), 8GB RAM, 256GB Samsung 840 Evo] | Xbox One & Nintendo Switch [Home Theater setup] | DJI Phantom 3 Standard | AirPods 2 | Jaybird Freedom (two pairs) & X2 [long story, PM if you want to know why I have 3 pairs of Jaybirds]

 

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