Hello fellow Tom's Hardware peeps, I am currently living in Canada and I would like to purchase a laptop for gaming but also for school. I am in high school. I am looking for a laptop that gives me 3+ hours of battery life while still being able to play mw2,tf2,hl2 etc on medium-high settings. The price of the computer must be under 800$ (before taxes, taxes in canada are 13%).
Please give any suggestions and I will check em' out!
I'm not sure that the HP at costco will last 3+ hours for you, but if you don't mind driving down to Detroit to go to the Microcenter there, the computer that rpg123 suggested is pretty good.
Another possibility available at the Detroit Microcenter is this Acer AS 4820TG: http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml...
which is on the top end of your budget, but is a very nice computer.
I've heard that you can get the 13" equivalent, the AS3820TG, in canada, which has pretty much the same specs, but in a smaller package, so you might want to look into that.
While i have not heard much about the G60, I've read that the G51VX is a very nice laptop back when it first came out. It does have a previous generation processor, but if you're ok with that, it may work. Just note that neither will have the battery life you want.
Hey! You found the as3820TG that i recommended Yah that should work pretty well for you... in fact, i think it can handle HL2 and TF2 on med/high. I'm not sure how intense Project 64 is, since i've never tried it, but it'll probably run fine on it
Also which one will last longer throughout university since I am a grade 12 student going into university in a year
The HP has a processor that's about half as powerful as the one in the acer, while the acer has a graphics card that's half as powerful as the one in the HP... but if you want it to last through 4 years of university, i'd suggest the Acer, as it has a better CPU, which you can upgrade later if you want. That just means you won't be able to game as well... but that's the price you pay
Thanks! But like I said, if you had to choose with the university factor not in the balance, which one would you chose for gaming?
If i had to choose for gaming, right now, then probably the HP (except for games such as World in Conflict or Supreme Commander, which are often very CPU bound), as the Turion II is good enough for most games out now, and the 5650 can give you better frame rates in games than the 5470. It's really a tough call for future games, as they may become more CPU bound, and the core i5 in the acer (and its potential upgrade-ability) becomes more important... but I can't say for sure.