Lightweight Gaming Laptop

Hello all!

I am looking for a laptop that is under 5lbs that is capable to run games such as The Witcher or Skyrim.


Under $2500 unless financing is possible.


Weight is very important because this is my primary computer. I feel screen size should be decent.

13 inch sounds to be the most common. 11inch just seems to small to me.


Sony's S series looked promising. So did the Z series however I don't like the idea of the Media tower.
Never owned a Mac (except for an Apple IIGS when I was younger) but then I would have to do a PC conversion (which I know very little about)


At least 256GB HD, 500GB preferred. 8GB RAM.

I would like to find a laptop that will also last. 4 years seems to be the death cycle.

Also is it worth waiting for Windows 8 or Intel's Ivy Bridge?


In Summary:
Ultraportable
Gaming
13inch
500GB HD
8GB RAM
2nd Gen i7 or 3rd Gen i7

Thank you for your time,
BG
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  1. Hello and welcome to the forums
    We don't have many gaming 13" laptops,but if you are fine with 14" laptops,then consider AW M14x.It's a decent laptop and has been updated with Ivy bridge CPUs recently.
  2. I was actually looking at an ultrabook not too long ago - however it's not out yet. It was a Gigabyte ultrabook, something like 14" 1600x900 res, Geforce 640M and an Core i5.

    It looks like it will be a decent gaming machine for its size. I don't think it's out yet though.

    However the alienware is also a good reccomendation.
  3. Maziar said:
    Hello and welcome to the forums
    We don't have many gaming 13" laptops,but if you are fine with 14" laptops,then consider AW M14x.It's a decent laptop and has been updated with Ivy bridge CPUs recently.



    14inch is fine.

    13inch or larger but weight is the issue. I see the AW M14x is >6lbs


    I was hoping to find something <=4lbs.

    I guess what I am really looking for is an ultraportable laptop capable of gaming.

    Thank you for your response!
  4. Chainzsaw said:
    I was actually looking at an ultrabook not too long ago - however it's not out yet. It was a Gigabyte ultrabook, something like 14" 1600x900 res, Geforce 640M and an Core i5.

    It looks like it will be a decent gaming machine for its size. I don't think it's out yet though.

    However the alienware is also a good reccomendation.



    This looks promising. Anywhere to track it's progression?
  5. I think this one should take care of you...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131206

    Almost 5lbs even
    quad core i7 2675QM, 2.2 Ghz
    15.6" screen with a 1600x900 resolution
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of dedicated memory
    8Gb of RAM
    7200 RPM harddrive
    over 7 hours of battery life (on power saving mode, I'm sure)
    Windows 7 Professional (which has XP mode, which can be nice for running older games and programs)

    The singular concern I have is that if you wanted to play newer games on Ultra instead of high. That graphics card is very nice, but not THAT nice. So if that's a concern of yours, I don't mind looking around for something with a little more graphics muscle. Just keep in mind that you might see a considerable jump up in price because it's hard to keep the weight down with that much performance under the hood!
  6. Grand_Admiral_K said:
    I think this one should take care of you...

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834131206

    Almost 5lbs even
    quad core i7 2675QM, 2.2 Ghz
    15.6" screen with a 1600x900 resolution
    AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1 GB of dedicated memory
    8Gb of RAM
    7200 RPM harddrive
    over 7 hours of battery life (on power saving mode, I'm sure)
    Windows 7 Professional (which has XP mode, which can be nice for running older games and programs)

    The singular concern I have is that if you wanted to play newer games on Ultra instead of high. That graphics card is very nice, but not THAT nice. So if that's a concern of yours, I don't mind looking around for something with a little more graphics muscle. Just keep in mind that you might see a considerable jump up in price because it's hard to keep the weight down with that much performance under the hood!

    This is a great choice and for a 15" laptop it's quite lightweight.Another option would be Acer Aspire S3
    http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M-Kepler-Goes-Mobile-with-Acer/?page=2
    It's got a GT 640M and it's also lightweight
  7. Maziar said:
    This is a great choice and for a 15" laptop it's quite lightweight.Another option would be Acer Aspire S3
    http://hothardware.com/Reviews/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-640M-Kepler-Goes-Mobile-with-Acer/?page=2
    It's got a GT 640M and it's also lightweight



    I have never heard anyone actually recommend an Acer for anything. But it does look promising
  8. Yep I never recommend Acer either but the S3 is an exception
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