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What laptop should I buy? MSI GS40 6QE or Alienware 13 r2?

Hello everyone,

I'm from France and I would like to buy a new laptop with a french AZERTY keyboard in order to be able to work at home also. Here, prices are higher than in the states, so my budget is about 2100 euros.

I wish to buy a 13-14 inch laptop with a lot of everything. I wish to be able to work easely on Office, be able to create a heavy website, run multiple softwares and be able to play games such as FIFA 16 or Tycoon World. I want everything to be fast.

I've researched and researched and I've found 2 models:
MSI GS40 6QE Phantom with 16GB of RAM and I7 processor
or
Alienware 13 r2 also with 16GB of RAM and I7 processor.

I want a fully operational laptop for at least 5 years.

What should I choose?

Thank you for your help.

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That 5 years is unlikely.

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The battery alone won't make it and we have to factor in user care along the way. I see so many clogged heatsinks that I changed my advice to every 1st of the month for canned air to the vents.

That said my son got 5 years from his last Asus ROG. And it's still working. but we did upgrade the RAM and replace the HDD with a SSD so would you say it didn't get to 5 years?

I say it did. We took care of it, never used it as a "student" and didn't transport it daily like students do. It got canned air on the vents on schedule, was on a hard flat surface and power from the mains for 99% of its use.

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Dell XPS 15

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I'm thinking also at the Dell XPS 15, it's almost small as a 14 inch laptop...and it has 32GB RAM etc etc. What's your opinion? Happy

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No sale.

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Even at the office we don't buy 32GB RAM systems. That's done for servers or specific machines. Today's 16GB DDR4 systems to spot on.

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My personal suggestion

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If I were you, I will choose the MSI GS40! For me, it is slim, thin, and portable! I have an MSI GE series as my gaming laptop, I have great experience when I'm playing the game at everywhere. It has the powerful performance on gaming and any data running! GS40 should be suitable for you as the specs are almost same!

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light gaming laptop

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5-year usage is quite a long time. Even if the laptop is still good to use, you may still be attracted by the newer spec or models. so maybe thunk it for 2~3 yr.

if you are requiring the light gaming laptop, I think GS40's design is very fit and its graphics card is GTX970M, better than Alienware R2.

When you're looking at the i7 processor, also check it gen5 or 6, and it's HQ or U..that may make some difference.

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GS40 is a great choice

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I would look at GS40 for several reasons; first of all, it’s extremely light. You can easily carry it around (just 3.8 pounds). Secondly, the battery can last around 5 hours if you using it for work on Office. Lastly, the construction is solid that really durable and looks stylish. There still have many merits for choosing GS40 such as, SteelSeries keyboard, Dynaudio speaker and ESS Sabre HiFi and so forth.

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