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October 3, 2011 7:09:50 PM

I'm now on the hunt for a thin gaming laptop. Something that has performance but also keeps in line with being portable.

I'm using the specs from the Macbook Pro 17 inch as a figure I'm comfortable with. They are:

Height: 0.98 inch (2.50 cm)
Width: 15.47 inches (39.3 cm)
Depth: 10.51 inches (26.7 cm)
Weight: 6.6 pounds (2.99 kg)

So far, I've found that the Toshiba Qosmio X775 is the closest to being thin and still comes with a Nvidia GTX560M. It has specs of:

Height: 1.4 inches/1.1 inches (without battery)
Width: 16.3 inches
Depth: 10.8 inches
Weight: 6.6 pounds - 7.5 pounds (with most components)

Found another one that comes close but the GPU is compromised a bit. HP ENVY 17 series with a i7 and HD6850M.

Height: 1.25 inches/1.52 inches (with 9 cell battery)
Width: 16.38 inches
Depth: 10.83 inches
Weight: 7.25 pounds



Anyone have other laptops that can best or match these specs? I don't want to compromise the processor or graphics card, so I think the minimum in performance would be an i7 (2Ghz+) and GTX560M or equivalent.

Thanks!
October 3, 2011 8:13:32 PM

Found one more, although again this one is sacrificing the graphics card and I wouldn't want to go any lower than this.

Samsung Series 7 15.6" Notebook
Intel® Core™ i7 Processor 2675QM
AMD Radeon HD 6750M

Height: 0.94 inches
Width: 14.26 inches
Depth: 9.39 inches
Weight: 5.05 pounds
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October 3, 2011 8:37:11 PM

I wouldn't consider a 17 or a 15.6 inch laptop "light".

More importantly the heavier of these laptops tend to actually be the ones with the best quality. This is because cheap plastics are much lighter then strong metals that laptop companies use on their premium products.

I owned a 14 inch gateway and was very happy with it, it had a 330m in it and ran starcraft on low settings just fine. Perhaps you could find an equivalent to that?

I'm currently using a lenovo and I'm very happy with it, but I wouldn't consider it light either.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

You would be bumping your self down to a 555 but it comes with blue ray and has great build quality.
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October 3, 2011 8:40:00 PM

Also, I think you might want to look into something like.
http://www.ibuypower.com/IbpPages/Notebook.aspx

You seem really picky (which is a good thing!) so something like this might be right up your ally. Just note that companies like this have legendarily bad support. Also I cant vouch for their build quality, I've never owned, seen, played with one.
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October 3, 2011 9:05:22 PM

Thanks for the replies. The pricing on that site is good, although I'm having trouble finding the dimensions/weight. I'll have to do some research to see how reliable the company is.

I'm not necessarily looking for a small machine, but something light weight for its size. That is why I'm using the MacBook Pro 17 inch as my standard, since it is solidly built with aluminum and we have an older one already and are fine with the dimensions/weight of it. I want my wife to be able to use this laptop when she wants without feeling like it is too bulky.

The lenovo laptop you linked to may be an option though. Yeah the 555M is a bit disappointing, but it is better than the 6850M, which is good. The only real problem is it is out of stock :p  lol.

So I'll add that Lenovo to my list:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6"
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.00GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M

Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 15.2 inches
Depth: 10 inches
Weight: 5.95 pounds
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October 4, 2011 2:28:47 PM

Pallimud said:


The lenovo laptop you linked to may be an option though. Yeah the 555M is a bit disappointing, but it is better than the 6850M, which is good. The only real problem is it is out of stock :p  lol.

So I'll add that Lenovo to my list:

Lenovo IdeaPad Y570 15.6"
Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.00GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M

Height: 1.4 inches
Width: 15.2 inches
Depth: 10 inches
Weight: 5.95 pounds


That 555m is not better than the 6850m in this case. The Lenovo Y570 has a 555m with 96 cores running at 753mhz and it's 128 bit. It's basically a fast GT550m.

And Keep in mind that the 6750m is noticeably worse than even the Lenovo's 555m. It's probably around the GT540m.
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October 4, 2011 3:33:54 PM

Thanks for the warnings abyssalx, didn't look at the fine print.

Guess I will need to scratch those two off my list. I don't need a powerhouse GPU but something decent enough to game when needed.

Laptops are such a harder purchase then desktops...
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October 4, 2011 4:51:58 PM

http://www.asus.com/Notebooks/Multimedia_Entertainment/...

Intel® Core™ i7 2670QM/2630QM Processor
Intel® Core™ i5 2430M/2410M Processor
Intel® Core™ i3 2330M/2310M Processor

NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M with 1GB/2GB DDR3 VRAM

14"

34.5 x 24.3 x 3.3 ~3.5 cm (WxDxH)
2.4 kg
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