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Laptop for school...

Hi all! I'll get straight to the point: I've been using a MacBook Air mid-2013 for about 5 years now (so I'm obviously now used to and familiar with the OS) and so I'm getting a new one. It has to last at least 4 years to get me through my computer science degree at university. I've been leaning towards a MacBook because I've heard they're really good for programmers and I also have an iPhone/iPad so I'm definitely well into the ecosystem. In terms of gaming, I used to try playing CS:GO at 20 FPS on my laptop but eventually got fed up but I'd really be interested in getting back into it which is why I'm considering a gaming laptop. I won't be doing any particularly demanding photo/video editing or playing that many games any more resource-intensive than your average eSports game and I also have an Xbox so if I do have to get a laptop that can't game, it's not the end of the world. It does, however, have to be portable so anything bigger than about 15-inches is pretty much out of the question. In terms of budget, I'm at an ABSOLUTE maximum of about 1500-1700 but I'd really prefer to get it down to about 1000 USD.

Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks :)

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https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-envy-x360-15z-touch-laptop-3ec81av-1

 

The good old Envy X360. Ryzen Flavoured. Decent esports preformance and CS reaches a good 100ish FPS on low at 1080p. Anything more demanding than something like GTA 5 and your gonna be outclassed. I own this laptop so any questions are welcome :P 

Primary Laptop (Gearsy MK4): Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 24 GB DDR4 2400 Mhz, 512 GB SSD+1TB SSD, 15.6 in 300 Hz IPS display

2021 Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

 

Secondary Laptop (Uni MK2): Ryzen 7 5800HS, Nvidia GTX 1650, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 16 GB DDR4 3200 Mhz, 512 GB SSD 

2021 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 

 

Meme Machine (Uni MK1): Shintel Core i5 7200U, Nvidia GT 940MX, 24 GB DDR4 2133 Mhz, 256 GB SSD+500GB HDD, 15.6 in TN Display 

2016 Acer Aspire E5 575 

 

Retired Laptop (Gearsy MK2): Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 12 GB 2400 Mhz DDR4, 256 GB NVME SSD, 15.6" 1080p IPS Touchscreen 

2017 HP Envy X360 15z (Ryzen)

 

PC (Gearsy): A6 3650, HD 6530D , 8 GB 1600 Mhz Kingston DDR3, Some Random Mobo Lol, EVGA 450W BT PSU, Stock Cooler, 128 GB Kingston SSD, 1 TB WD Blue 7200 RPM

HP P7 1234 (Yes It's Actually Called That)  RIP 

 

Also im happy to answer any Ryzen Mobile questions if anyone is interested! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do you really need macOS? If yes, your choice is obvious

 

If no, may I know your location? Preferred max weight in kg/lbs and min battery life in hours? Any other special requirements?

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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8 hours ago, Silentprototipe said:

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-envy-x360-15z-touch-laptop-3ec81av-1

 

The good old Envy X360. Ryzen Flavoured. Decent esports preformance and CS reaches a good 100ish FPS on low at 1080p. Anything more demanding than something like GTA 5 and your gonna be outclassed. I own this laptop so any questions are welcome :P 

Thanks for the idea, I'll definitely check it out!

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3 hours ago, GeneXiS_X said:

Do you really need macOS? If yes, your choice is obvious

 

If no, may I know your location? Preferred max weight in kg/lbs and min battery life in hours? Any other special requirements?

I've mainly been looking at MacBooks but would be open to getting a Windows one if it's more worth it... I'm actually living in Canada (Toronto) and I'd probably want a maximum weight of about 6-8 pounds and in terms of battery, I'd definitely need it to last the whole day so at least 8-10 hours.

Thanks!

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3 hours ago, CluelessLorand said:

I've mainly been looking at MacBooks but would be open to getting a Windows one if it's more worth it... I'm actually living in Canada (Toronto) and I'd probably want a maximum weight of about 6-8 pounds and in terms of battery, I'd definitely need it to last the whole day so at least 8-10 hours.

Thanks!

Well, The Envy X360 I have isnt that great with battery life. Usual is about 6 hours but its wild. From 2 to 12 hours. Ryzen Mobile is very wild like that :/. As for weight 4.7 pounds isnt too bad. 

Primary Laptop (Gearsy MK4): Ryzen 9 5900HX, Radeon RX 6800M, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 24 GB DDR4 2400 Mhz, 512 GB SSD+1TB SSD, 15.6 in 300 Hz IPS display

2021 Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

 

Secondary Laptop (Uni MK2): Ryzen 7 5800HS, Nvidia GTX 1650, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 16 GB DDR4 3200 Mhz, 512 GB SSD 

2021 Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 

 

Meme Machine (Uni MK1): Shintel Core i5 7200U, Nvidia GT 940MX, 24 GB DDR4 2133 Mhz, 256 GB SSD+500GB HDD, 15.6 in TN Display 

2016 Acer Aspire E5 575 

 

Retired Laptop (Gearsy MK2): Ryzen 5 2500U, Radeon Vega 8 Mobile, 12 GB 2400 Mhz DDR4, 256 GB NVME SSD, 15.6" 1080p IPS Touchscreen 

2017 HP Envy X360 15z (Ryzen)

 

PC (Gearsy): A6 3650, HD 6530D , 8 GB 1600 Mhz Kingston DDR3, Some Random Mobo Lol, EVGA 450W BT PSU, Stock Cooler, 128 GB Kingston SSD, 1 TB WD Blue 7200 RPM

HP P7 1234 (Yes It's Actually Called That)  RIP 

 

Also im happy to answer any Ryzen Mobile questions if anyone is interested! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16 hours ago, CluelessLorand said:

I'm actually living in Canada (Toronto)

Budget in CAD?

On 11/21/2018 at 1:29 PM, CluelessLorand said:

which is why I'm considering a gaming laptop

but don't have good battery life usually

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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