Looking for a laptop for school and light gaming with good battery life

Jul 12, 2018
1. What is your budget?

I would like to stay at or below $800.

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

I would prefer anything below 17 inches and 6 lbs.

3. What screen resolution do you want?

At least 1920 x 1080.

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

Definitely something portable - I will be using this mainly for school, with casual/light gaming on the side.

5. How much battery life do you need?

At least 8 hours.

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)?

Casual gaming - I mostly play low-end titles (Telltale Games, Life is Strange, Gone Home, etc.). I do not plan on playing any AAA titles on this machine.

7. What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? (Photo/Video editing, Etc.)

Mainly web browsing, document editing/powerpoint creation. Mainly school-related tasks and leisure activities (such as watching netflix/youtube).

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

Since I will be using it for school, some storage would be good, but I am willing to use an external hard drive if needed.

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

10. How long do you want to keep your laptop?

I would like this laptop to last a few years, like 4-5 years or more if possible.

11. What kind of Optical drive do you need? DVD ROM/Writer,Bluray ROM/Writer,Etc ?

I would like an optical drive, but can live without it, honestly.

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.

Any brand is fine, I don't have any preferences.

13. What country do you live in?

United States.

14. Please tell us any additional information if needed.

I mainly need something that has good battery life, good life overall (can last 4 years or more), can handle light gaming and school work.


How light gaming are you talking about? Many laptops now don't have an optical drive, but you can get an external one if you want.

This is pretty nice, small, light, modern specs not too expensive for a more premium system https://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Slim-i5-8250U-Processor-Fingerprint-UX330UA-AH55/dp/B075N1YHVK Not really good for games outside of may things like LOL, CSGO on lower settings.

This has a better video card, may be better for you https://www.amazon.com/VivoBook-i7-8550U-GeForce-NanoEdge-Display/dp/B07B7VFTN9/ref=dp_ob_title_ce

Keep in mind the more powerful the video card, the less battery life you will have.
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