Help finding portable Laptop, medium gaming

Royis

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1. What is your budget?
$1100

2. What is the size of the notebook that you are considering?
15.6"

3. What screen resolution do you want?
At least 1368X768, prefer 1900x1080 however.

4. Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop?
Portable

5. How much battery life do you need?

4-5hrs+

6. Do you want to play games with your laptop? If so then please list the games that you want to with the settings that you want for these games. (Low,Medium or High)?

I would like to be able to play League of Legends, Crusader Kings 2, Civ V, Starcraft 2 at High Settings at a stable 60fps.

I'd also maybe like to play the Mass Effect trilogy and Dragon Age at Med-High Settings at 60fps.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)
Use of the Adobe Creative Suite. Also using 3ds Max.

8. How much storage (Hard Drive capacity) do you need?
750GB

9. If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.
Nope.

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?
3-5 years.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?
None, but Bluray would be nice.

12. Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
N/A

13. What country do you live in?
USA

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I'm considering these laptops:
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
ASUS N550JK
MSI GE Series GE60

However I don't know what their battery-life is or I'm not sure if it's accurate.

I'd be using this laptop in college and would appreciate one with a nice sturdy, light design with good battery-life. I'd appreciate any help with this.
 

LummusMaximus

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If you're going for the Y510p with SLI, you can expect battery life in the realm of 2-3 hours. The best thing is to look at professional reviews. I can tell you the GE60 has the best GPU, though. I'm also pretty sure the GE60 can make 5-6 hours on battery.

You should never trust an OEM about battery life estimations. Just look at honest, unbiased reviews.
 

Royis

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May 23, 2014
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I looked it up and it looks like it only gets 3hrs. Could you tell me why you would think it'd get 5-6 hours.

Also, I'm having trouble finding good reviews of the ASUS N550JK and Lenovo Y50 with battery life expectations. Do they just not exist?

Also, thanks for the advice, I appreciate it.
 

Royis

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Weaker how? Gaming-wise? Or will I notice worse performance in some other places?

It seems like this laptop just has much better battery-life, and I don't know how long the life of the N550JK is, but I would think it's around 3 hours which wouldn't be enough for me.

Also thanks for the suggestions so far.
 

LummusMaximus

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I'm probably confusing it with a similar model. The Y50, as a machine, is fairly new so virtually no reviews exist. The Y510p has a good review on Notebook Check, however they use the SLI model. If you're not going dual GPU, the battery life should be a bit better.
 

Royis

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Thanks! This is very helpful.

Right now I'm leaning towards the Acer because of the better battery life. Do you think if I took this:
http://store.acer.com/store/aceramer/en_US/pd/ThemeID.35703000/productID.282872100
one with the i7 the battery-life would take a hit? Significantly?

Also, is it even worth it to get it with the i7? Would it only benefit games or would it help performance overall?
 

Royis

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I've done a bit more digging around and I've found this laptop Dell Inspiron 15-7537:
http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-7537/pd?oc=dncwb1565s&id=3cfaf815-f3b5-4a94-9325-6118577e85b0&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19#overrides=dncwb1565s:33~CCADP1

After their promotions it totals $1,100. It seems to me like it will perform similar to the Acer but with a much better build quality and slightly better battery-life.
It seems to have a good review:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-Inspiron-15-7537-Notebook.104976.0.html

Just wondering what your opinion on it is?
 

Royis

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Okay. If I were to go with the N550JK and I don't really need to buy this laptop right now since it'll be for school, would you recommend waiting for the G550JK?
 
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