Laptop shopping

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Kalin, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. Kalin

    Kalin Begat G'zok

    I'm looking to buy a laptop so I have something to do during my breaks at work. It will mostly be for surfing the web and playing games, though I may try to learn a modern programming language so I can make my own games (though previous attempts have been freakish disasters).

    So I went to a store yesterday to see whats available, then spent several hours searching retail and manufacturer websites for what I want. And discovered my requirements are not only eccentric, but surprisingly hard to search/filter for:

    1. Price < $1000

    2. Keyboard with a numpad and full-sized arrow keys.
    I'm not a hardcore gamer, but I'm also not really casual either. I'm a cheap gamer who likes playing big, complex, free games (RPG, TBS, CCG). Which means I often have a spreadsheet open to take notes.

    These two requirements eliminate all manufacturers except Asus and Lenovo.

    3. Dedicated video memory
    While cheap desktops with integrated graphics were perfectly fine when indie/hobby game devs were all using Flash, Adobe and browsers are now abandoning Flash, so devs are being pressured into using Unity instead and my current desktop isn't quite good enough to run it. I'm assuming that's due to the lack of video memory, and figure that any amount of VRAM will be enough for anything I want to play.

    4. Touchscreen
    In addition to free PC games, I'd also like to try some mobile games (I don't own nor want a smartphone or tablet). I also find touchpads to be amazingly hard to use (never owned a laptop before) so I want some alternative when I don't have space for a mouse.

    As far as I've been able to tell, there is only one laptop model that meets all my requirements:
    Lenovo Flex 4 15" (80VE000MUS)

    Any comments? Anyone able to convince me that #3 isn't necessary? Anyone have experience playing mobile games on a Windows 10 touchscreen?
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  2. ParodyKnaveBob

    ParodyKnaveBob Thaumaturge

    My only real comment is thanks for doing legwork for me. I've been in a similar boat for awhile. Technology keeps leaving me behind. For the most part, I don't care, but since I want to develop, too, ugh ugh ugh. My computer is below spec for the latest versions of an IDE I've been using for over a decade $:^ [ plus I've said how many times around here that it's not rare that I crash playing Card Hunter. That computer you listed looks decent (i.e. a lot better than what I currently use), but I've never even heard of that hardware manufacturer before... (Plus, I don't have the $699 anyway.) Hm.
  3. Scarponi

    Scarponi Moderator

    I have a laptop that I frequently plug a USB full keyboard into when I want more keyboard functionality. Something worth considering maybe.
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  4. ParodyKnaveBob

    ParodyKnaveBob Thaumaturge

    I've plugged a full USB keyboard into my laptop for over a year I think. The laptop's keyboard is slightly broken... Lol...
  5. MitchLucker

    MitchLucker Kobold

    Check this review laptop under 1000

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