Help looking for a laptop

Feb 9, 2016 9:07PM PST

I'm looking for a laptop to use for school and occasional light gaming. I'd prefer a laptop with a roughly 15.6" screen, dedicated graphics card, an ssd, 8gb+ ram, and a relatively long battery life. I'd also enjoy a backlit keyboard. I'm not too concerned with price, though under $2000 is pretty much required and I'd prefer to keep it around or below $1500.

I'm finding it difficult to find any laptop that meets these criteria, specifically one that is around 15" with a long battery life and the option for an ssd. Any advice?

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Here's what my son had and went to.
Feb 10, 2016 12:05AM PST

I'll share my son just replaced his 5 year old laptop with another gamer laptop. Here's the old and the new. ( ASUS Republic of Gamers G51JX-X3 later upped to 8GB RAM, SSD ) ( ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 15-Inch Gaming Laptop, Discrete GPU GeForce GTX 960M 2GB VRAM, 16GB DDR4, 1TB ) and for 120 bucks we swapped out the 1TB HDD for a 512GB SSD.

Actually the old laptop could game quite well even after this many years. But he wanted to play a bleeding edge title called Metal Gear Solid 5. He says it's great now.

-> No gamer laptop today gets long battery times. Let's see what folk write about that.

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Try these.
Feb 10, 2016 11:38AM PST

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