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Looking for college gaming laptop

by B3rs3k3r / July 28, 2013 8:35 AM PDT

Hello there,
I've been looking for some college laptop for solid while by now, I've managed to cut it to Lenovo Y series. However, should you have a better idea, I'd be happy to hear the advice.

I'm not looking for purely gaming rig, I need also certain degree of mobility. That's why I'd like to stick with the 15,6' inch models. I've been most 'attracted' towards Y580, but it seems that updated version (Haswell and GTX760m) is nowhere close to release. If I understand it right, it's been more-or-less replaced by Y500 or Y510p respectively.

Y510p looks very promising, I'm just a bit of a skeptic when it comes to SLi - battery heavy, hot, possible compatibility issues (rarer than in the past, but still). Also Optimus was a nice addition in Y580 that Y500 and Y 510p lack.

I do not consider buying Y500 much, as I'd definitely prefer the updated Y510 for not so high extra charge. I will need it to be a bit mobile as mentioned - I understand that I can't expect perfect mobility from gaming/multimedia laptop, but maybe updated harware will help a little (I know Haswell will, but I also know that Y510 has reduced battery when compared to Y500, so in the end, I do not know :-)).

So far the Y510p looks like the best choice. I wonder if somebody has any experience with that model - battery life in practice, durability and so on. Or, that would be best, if there's any info about Y580's updated version? I could not find anything and I fear the worst.

Or should you recommend a completely different brand, I would be interested in checking out that, too. Budget is somewhere arround the price of Y510, which is approx. 1300$ I believe.

Thanks for all the info Happy !

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That unit is shipping here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2013 9:06 AM PDT
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Battery? Nothing new here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 28, 2013 9:08 AM PDT

Gaming takes a lot more power. So much that if a member asks about battery time on a gaming laptop they might have lost sight that we don't have low power PC gaming yet.

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Sight's perfectly fine
by B3rs3k3r / July 28, 2013 9:31 AM PDT

I am not looking for low power PC gaming. I do not hope to play my way through six hours long train ride, not at all and nothing like that.

What I am interested in, is battery life in 2D (sorry if this was not implicitly obvious) - as I've mentioned that I'd be happy for Optimus. It's 3hrs on paper, I was interested in more 'hands-on battery life'.

Thus I do not hope to work for 10hrs without looking for the socket, but I was interested how would such PC fare. Haswell was main reason for me to be interested in this, as power-saving was one of the most proclaimed improvements. Again, battery - 2D - Office, WLAN probably on and such. Not a Crysis 3. Thanks for understanding.

I was looking into the model with 2 GPUs - one to the Ultrabay. It can be purchased individually, but if I'd go for this one, I'd take two at the beginning.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2013 2:09 AM PDT
In reply to: Sight's perfectly fine

Now let's hear what met your specs since a lot of folk will like you if you found this.

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Maybe I've overestimated possible advice.
by B3rs3k3r / July 29, 2013 8:06 AM PDT
In reply to: Good.

Clevo W350ST. Barebone. Not available in my country. You can check the specs. Battery life amidst 3 and 4 hours in 2D.

I am really not sure whether this is common procedure. As you can see, with Haswell and Optimus, it is not such a miracle to hit the 3hrs milestone, even for a gaming laptop.

If you are able to help, I'd really appreciate it. If not, what's the point of this? Let's spare time of yours and mine alike. Thanks in both cases, Bob.

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I tend to go with what's shipping.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 29, 2013 9:06 AM PDT

The model I noted looks like it hit all the marks. And the price. I can't tell what country folk post from so unless they reveal all I note the current hits and hope it's close enough.

For the all day laptop, Apple seems to have it (see top of this forum.)

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That is one of the best 15.6" gaming machines
by orlbuckeye / July 30, 2013 10:49 PM PDT
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by B3rs3k3r / July 31, 2013 4:55 AM PDT

Yes, I know what SLi stands for, but thank you. One is removable thanks to Ultrabay mechanics. Specs say 4 to 5, but I would not expect anything over 3.

This topic can be locked, as I've already received better tips elsewhere. Thanks.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2013 6:04 AM PDT
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What model did you purchase?

Folk love to read that.

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Not global
by B3rs3k3r / July 31, 2013 8:07 AM PDT
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None yet, sorry, just moving to a different forum.

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GLOBAL. That I understand.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2013 8:12 AM PDT
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As you move to the EU, Aus and other far flung places the models change. I really enjoyed trips to Taipei and made a point to see what was on display at the Acer HQ center there. A few months later we'd have them here!

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