Hey, i've been looking for laptops for school and i need power for some of my classes. I saw an ebay listing for the AW 13 with an i7 5500u 8GB DDR3 and an 860m for $950AUD which is pretty cheap for a laptop here. The graphics amp is also a + for some more gaming power, not sure if the 5500 will bottleneck tho. If there is other options for under $1800 AUD, I need under 14" (preferably <13") and some decent power (preferably 960m+ and any powerful processor). It will be used for Multimedia and IST work and casual gaming.
The 5500u is like a core i3 4xxxt with lower clocks and even lower tdp,it will bottleneck any gpu above the desktop gtx 960.In a few weeks/months new laptops with desktop grade gpu's like gtx 1050-1060 will come into the market with great perfomance boost than the previous gen.Consider that a gtx 960m is like a gtx750ti with a little less power,not what you want for 2016 games.