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October 7, 2013 9:40:16 AM

Every laptop I've bought seems to have a problem with heat. I've decided to get into portable gaming and one of the biggest concerns is the laptop heating up while I'm in the middle of a quest and then the computer shuts down at the boss fight or something, I'm sure you've all had this problem.

I guess this means I'm looking for a CPU with lower TDP(?) and good ventilation.

1. $500-$700
2. 13-15 inches wide.
3. 1280x720 pixels resolution. Anything that can play 720p media files is fine.
4. What's the difference between portable or desktop replacement laptop?
5. As much battery life as possible.
6. The only game I really want to play is PSO2. The requirements aren't that demanding.
7. I want to use Photoshop and do heavy image editing, but please leave these specs to me. RAM is of major concern in this area, but I can buy and upgrade my own RAM as needed. The minimum supported RAM should be 4GB.
8. 500GB storage is good. Although a 128GB SSD is totally fine as well.
9. Neweggs, Amazon. Anywhere safe and reliable.
10. I want to keep this laptop for 5 years?
11. A plain CD/DVD drive is fine. If it doesn't have one, that's okay too.
12. I think my most reliable laptop so far has been a Toshiba. I would like to avoid Sony Vaios for being too fragile.
13. USA

Any suggestions that fit the bill is much appreciated.

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October 7, 2013 9:45:24 AM

have you thought about the new itx mb and itx cases and making a small gaming pc??
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October 7, 2013 9:51:39 AM

Sorry, but that's what they do. That's why they'll never replace desktops. I keep telling people who want "gaming laptops" to look at stories like yours but instead they seem to believe they can violate the laws of physics.
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October 7, 2013 10:06:13 AM

Physics dictates more performance = more heat. There is only so much performance and heat dissipation you can get with a 0.5" high case.

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October 7, 2013 10:23:15 AM

Playing games always results in high heat. As USAFRet stated, it is a matter of physics.

Even when testing the capabilities of the Intel HD 3000 in my Lenovo Y470 laptop (I disabled the nVidia GT 550m), the CPU can still hit 90c - 92c when playing games.

The Intel HD 3000 is integrated into the CPU. However, even when the GT 550m is active it makes no difference; the CPU still hit's 90c - 92c.

90c - 92c is "considered" normal for a 14" laptop in most cases it seems. I have read many reviews which measured the CPU temps of 14" laptops back in 2011 when I was searching for a laptop and 88c - 92c is considered normal for such a small laptop.

A larger laptop generally allows for better air flow and larger heatsinks to reduce internal heat. For example, many reviews (official and user) have confirmed that CPU temps in the 15.6" Lenovo Y570 ranges from 76c to 80c which is significantly lower than the 90c - 92c in the 14" Y470 model.
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October 8, 2013 9:35:06 AM

smorizio said:
have you thought about the new itx mb and itx cases and making a small gaming pc??


Hmm maybe. Although portability-wise, I'm not so sure. I suppose I could carry around a small brick, but I'd be out of luck without a monitor. Ah no, this is not to replace a desktop. I use a desktop as my powerhouse and a laptop for work and play on the go. I guess that answer question #4.

What's the /best/ option you can give me for a gaming laptop and what should I look for? I am looking for maybe 1 to 3 hours of continuous gameplay without burning and crashing.

@jaguarskx, thank you for the insight, especially on temperatures and suggestions for looking at larger laptops.
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October 8, 2013 10:38:03 AM

You're throwing good money after bad.
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October 8, 2013 3:47:43 PM

ram1009 said:
You're throwing good money after bad.


I appreciate the warnings, but I already know and understand the risks. This forum section is for laptops, no? I already have a full desktop so I'm really not looking to be converted or anything of the sort. So thank you, but I have already decided on a laptop. While your concern is appreciated, I feel like you are being too pushy and aren't really taking my needs into account. (◡_◡✿)

I need one because I live in a rural area and I don't have internet access at home. I'll be using this laptop for other things like email and Photoshop, so it's not like I'm pointlessly throwing money away. If possible, I'd like to be able to game on something that doesn't set on fire, but if you really don't have any suggestions, then that's okay.

Once again, I am NOT looking to replace my desktop or expecting any full capability. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear about this before. I'd appreciate any good suggestions you can give me. I hope it's not too unreasonable for there to be a laptop who could run at 82 degrees for more than 2 hours...
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October 8, 2013 4:04:02 PM

Tyrfing said:
ram1009 said:
You're throwing good money after bad.


I appreciate the warnings, but I already know and understand the risks. This forum section is for recommendations on good laptops, no? I already have a full desktop so I'm really not looking to be converted or anything of the sort. I'd appreciate it if you could stop opposing my question, since I have already decided on a laptop.

I need one because I live in a rural area and I don't have internet access at home. I'll be using this laptop for other things like email and Photoshop, so it's not like I'm pointlessly throwing money away. If possible, I'd like to be able to game on something that doesn't set on fire, but if you really don't have any suggestions, then it's better if you take your bias somewhere else.

Once again, I am NOT looking to replace my desktop or expecting any full capability. I'm sorry if I wasn't clear about this before. I'd appreciate any good suggestions you can give me.


A laptop that does not get hot after a hardcore, high res gaming session does not exist.

Email and PhotoShop? Sure. Constant banging on the GPU = heat. Period.
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October 8, 2013 4:28:45 PM

USAFRet said:
A laptop that does not get hot after a hardcore, high res gaming session does not exist.

Email and PhotoShop? Sure. Constant banging on the GPU = heat. Period.


I know they get hot, but are there any laptops with lower heat, and doesn't automatically shut down?

I am not a hardcore gamer and I am not playing on high res, but I would like a comfortable gaming experience. I'm not shooting people down in BF3 or anything of the sort. :Y The same game can be played on the PSP vita, so why not a laptop?

The answers on this forum weren't very helpful since you guys are very insistent on not playing any games on a laptop. I understand the resistance, and I know laptops aren't really for hardcore gaming, but I'm really just looking for something I can take outside to play every once in a while. But thank you for looking at my question, and taking the time to answer and whatnot. I'll look into the Lenovo Y570.
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March 10, 2014 11:27:42 AM

I have always had problems with over heating laptops. Then I bought a gaming laptop from ASUS. I have owned it for almost 2 yrs and it has never overheated... at most it's gotten a little warm, but only when playing high res for a few hours.
Anyway, here is their latest model. http://www.asus.com/ca-en/Notebooks_Ultrabooks/ASUS_ROG...
It has two fans and large vents on the back, which I love because it keeps the warm air blowing away from you.

My last laptop had its vent on the right hand side and it was like having a hot hair dryer constantly blowing on my mouse hand.
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