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Scafalon

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Hello everyone. I was looking to buy a new laptop and was hoping for your input.

Following the community guidelines:
1) Budget: <$650
2) 15.6"
3) Don't mind the bulkiness of the laptop. It'll just sit on my desk most of the time.
4) I'd like at least 5 hours of battery life.
5) I'd like to play games like LoL on low-medium settings. Wont be using it for hardcore photo/video editing, just occasional amateur stuff.
6) I would REALLY like an SSD for faster bootup times and snappy response.
7) Don't need an optical drive.
8) I don't want a 2 in 1 or touch screen. I'd much rather have that money in other laptop components.

I would love a good IPS display and decent build quality.
I will mostly use it for watching movies, doing school work, surfing the internet with 20 tabs open simultaneously :p and playing occasional games and doing occasional video editing.

Now the issue is that the only laptops that fit these criteria are around $1000 dollars (the XPS comes to mind) and I really don't have the option of buying used laptops. I've been using the HP envy sleekbook 6 for around 5 years now and I absolutely hate it. Hinge broke 4 times, battery is worthless (stays plugged in 24/7), terrible overheating problems etc etc.

I just want to save myself another heartbreak any buy a good laptop :(

 

jaguarskx

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The Intel HD 620 can handle LoL at 1080p with max settings pretty well. Then again, LoL is one of the most popular games with very low system requirements. However, for games that are more demanding like Overwatch, the Intel HD 620 is not really going to be a good solution.
 

geofelt

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Check Lenovo outlet.
They often have nice units on sale.
Also, look at units with minimal ram and hard drive, It is relatively cheap to add ram or ssd.
The Thinkpad units will have very good keyboards.
 
Agreed, lenovo and dell outlet would be a great place to look.

As far as #4 - If it has dedicated 940/950/1050 graphics card then it will play games on low to medium. Frankly for your price range getting something that can also play games is not a high probability.
 

Scafalon

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Nov 30, 2016
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I see. Thank you for the response. I was under the assumption the the intel HD620 could handle games like LoL on low settings. I'd have no issue with that. In that case, I wouldn't really require a dedicated graphics chip, would I?
 

jaguarskx

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Moderator
The Intel HD 620 can handle LoL at 1080p with max settings pretty well. Then again, LoL is one of the most popular games with very low system requirements. However, for games that are more demanding like Overwatch, the Intel HD 620 is not really going to be a good solution.
 
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