Best Laptop for Development and Gaming

darien123

Estimable
Sep 7, 2014
2
0
4,510
0
Hello,

So I am heading into my sophomore year in college as a Computer Science major, and can no longer deal with the tediousness of having to do all my work on the lab machines. I need a laptop that can deal with development, imaging, and other CPU intensive projects. Because of this, I would prefer a i7 7700 HQ, but would go with an i7 6700 HQ as a minimum. I also need a good battery (8 hours plus and removable). I would prefer the screen size of around 15.6", and need SSD storage (at least 256 GB). A 1080 x 1980 FHD display is fine, but 4k would be nice. If it doesn't go over budget too much, I would also prefer a GPU that is able to run games like CS:GO, Overwatch, Men of War: AS 2, etc.

My problem is that I cannot find a decently priced computer with those specs. The ones I find that are within my price range (around 1,000) have older processors, or have other deficiencies like battery life. I found the Acer Predator Helios 300 for 1,100 dollars, insanely powerful laptop, but with a non-removable battery that gets too low of hours for my needs.

Can anyone give me a pointer to a good brand to look at? Thanks!
 

bjornl

Estimable
Mar 16, 2016
399
0
3,060
156

bjornl

Estimable
Mar 16, 2016
399
0
3,060
156

darien123

Estimable
Sep 7, 2014
2
0
4,510
0
@bjornl

I have read reviews stating that those computers don't have very good build qualities and are unreliable. Not sure if that is true or not. If I do not find a better laptop within a month, I will probably end up having to buy it, though.
 

bjornl

Estimable
Mar 16, 2016
399
0
3,060
156


I've had pretty good luck with Dells. We use them at work too. Overall build quality is not perfect but decent when considered within that price class.
 
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