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April 29, 2014 8:23:25 PM

Hi I am looking at getting the alienware 14, here http://www.bestbuy.com/site/14-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb.... Is there a better laptop? Don't just tell me not to get Alienware

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April 29, 2014 8:36:34 PM

Also, can I ask why you need a gaming laptop?

For the same amount of money you can get a netbook or chromebook that will perform sufficiently for school or work, and build a gaming desktop that will absolutely trash gaming laptops that are far more expensive than it.

If it needs to be portable, you can build a gaming desktop that's the size of a shoebox.
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April 30, 2014 8:05:09 AM

agreed with construkt - asus n550jk is a solid machine in almost every way.
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April 30, 2014 4:20:19 PM

Construkt said:
Well... unfortunately, don't get Alienware, haha.

Seriously though. You can get an ASUS N550JK with a significantly more powerful graphics card and processor. As well as having a larger, and a much higher quality display.

I could use more information about what you need out of it, though.

My budget is around the cost of the Alienware. I play League of Legends and will play Diablo III. My current laptop is trash. Building a desktop is not an option for me. It also needs to be at Best Buy or at least on their website,


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April 30, 2014 4:39:22 PM

mshannonjr7 said:
Construkt said:
Well... unfortunately, don't get Alienware, haha.

Seriously though. You can get an ASUS N550JK with a significantly more powerful graphics card and processor. As well as having a larger, and a much higher quality display.

I could use more information about what you need out of it, though.

My budget is around the cost of the Alienware. I play League of Legends and will play Diablo III. My current laptop is trash. Building a desktop is not an option for me. It also needs to be at Best Buy or at least on their website,




Does the screen size matter?
If not, I found a laptop with a better graphics card, http://www.bestbuy.com/site/ge70-apache-pro-061-17-3-la...$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=8

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April 30, 2014 5:05:00 PM

HoneyNut said:
Here's another laptop with a better processor and a better graphics card than the Alienware.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-8...$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=6

Thanks that looks amazing. What laptop bag could i get with that? My current one is only big enough for a 15" one sadly.
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April 30, 2014 5:11:41 PM

mshannonjr7 said:
HoneyNut said:
Here's another laptop with a better processor and a better graphics card than the Alienware.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/17-3-laptop-intel-core-i7-8...$abcat0502000&cp=1&lp=6

Thanks that looks amazing. What laptop bag could i get with that? My current one is only big enough for a 15" one sadly.

Here's one, but I'm not a laptop bag expert. I didn't pick it for the price but for the amount of good reviews on it.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/xenon-slim-brief-laptop-cas...$abcat0515028&cp=1&lp=2


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April 30, 2014 10:41:36 PM

Construkt said:
Monitor, external keyboard, mouse all combined far exceed the size of a laptop.

Also, Chromebooks and Netbooks rarely function for school purposes as their operating systems are limited at best and Chromebooks especially need to be online to really function at all. A smaller laptop, maybe, but then, why not just combine the price and get a good gaming laptop? They can play the most intense games on the market with ease at the $1000-$1300 price bracket.


I never said they don't exceed the size of a laptop... I said that you could build an uber-powerful gaming desktop that was still quite portable, if you were moving it between, say, parental custody, or between school and visiting home.

Netbooks can very easily have stock windows on them, and as for chromebooks, you're wrong about that. You can very easily take notes on a chromebook and have them sync when you get home... but if you're using it for school or work, why in the world wouldn't you be online anyways?

As for combining the price and getting a good gaming laptop, because you get far better value out of splitting it. You get a smaller machine that's likely perfectly sufficient for school, and is lighter weight, AND you get all the benefits of a gaming desktop.

Yes, an expensive gaming laptop CAN play the most intense games on the market... it can come nowhere close to maxxing the most intense games on the market, and when you compare the power of a $1300 gaming laptop with the power of a $900-$1000 gaming desktop, the laptop is going to lose, hard, every time. Simply put, you get better framerates with far better settings with a desktop... AND you're able to upgrade it in the future.

High end laptop parts are roughly half the power of their desktop equivalents, but can't be upgraded, so two years down the road, your 770M is struggling to keep up, when your 760 is still doing fine in games... and could easily be upgraded to a 960 for a paltry $250, rather than having to buy a new laptop to get a significant performance upgrade.
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