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If you can throw in another 100 dollars you can get this.
Its SSD is twice the size, it has a GTX 940MX dedicated graphics card, and a backlit keyboard (according to reviews). That's a huge gain for a little more money.
Can you wait for this to come into stock?
If possible, spend the extra for this. Let me know if that is not an option though.
For $600 you don't even need to buy used/refurbished if you want to game. Can you wait for this to come into stock?
What about this?
Are those the only games you'll be playing? I would look into this option.
I would spend extra for this.
I think for MATLAB and only occassional gaming, an i7 is unnecessary. Laptops on i7 processors tend to run hotter than those on i5 processors since they're built for performance and thus, take up more battery. I suggest getting a laptop with the latest Skylake i5 processors since performance is great on those without sacrificing too much battery.
This Acer has great specs with 8 GB of RAM, a SSD, a Skylake i5, etc.: [link]
Best thing is later on if you want to, you can increase the RAM and put an another SSD for storage.
I would look into this.
Thanks for the replies so far. I'll look into that one. In my preliminary research, I came across this one -
What do you think?
For $50 extra you will want this.
What about this? Has a 940MX over a 940M.
What about this? This has a 940MX over a 940M.
Though as /u/shopineer said, if you want to play higher end games a 960M would be more ideal.
If you have a hard limit of $700 the Acer listed above would be the best deal, it's not as small and light as the Zenbook but much better suited for more intensive tasks.
If you need to stay under $700 including tax, it has a smaller sibling as well.
I would get this, it has a 940MX.
I was actually looking at a similar one from Acer. [link]
Is Asus better than Acer ??
If you can spend extra $50 if you want to get into some better gaming I would look at this, it has a 940MX compared to a 940M which is usually found at the $500 mark.
For programming and light video editing / gaming I would get at least an i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU.
What about the Acer Aspire E 15?
2 in 1 is out of the question if you want to do some gaming (at your budget).
What would be the biggest advantage of the Thinkpad over this? It seems like the Acer would work for me at a lower price point but if I knew, I wouldn't be posting here. Thanks.
You never responded to my questions about what your sister would be needing from a laptop but both of those are bad values unless she absolutely needs a touchscreen.
Here is a better option that has a discrete graphics card that scores higher than the AMD APU but paired with an intel cpu. All with a 256 GB SSD, 1080p screen, 8GB of DDR4, 12 hours battery life. Also it's cheaper.
No I have seen better specs for 550
This right here, same processor, more ram, A DEDICATED GPU!
A SSD, full 1080p display and a backlit keyboard.
I think someone mentioned that Twitch streams are quite heavy to play, and on an AMD APU, The Sims 4 shouldn't be much of an issue to run. I agree with the other commentator that you should do a clean install on your laptop. HP notebooks are riddled with quite a lot of bloatware and you need to rid it off them. Generally new laptops won't be filled with viruses so it should not matter.
On cases like the A8-7410 APU inside your laptop, every bit of power is kind of necessary to help make it run faster (It's not a fast one to begin with tbh). If you can still return it and get a rebate, you can perhaps get this. It's quite a faster system compared to the HP you're using right now
Check out this one too:
Acer Aspire E15
It's $550 - $600 depending on your taxes, have a GPU if you do any kind of mild gaming, however in reviews people complain about the build quality and the crappy display.
Could you go a little over $500? If you could, then you warrant your self a nice gaming laptop with a dedicated graphics card, a nice RAM, fast SSD and of course - an excellent battery life. This system I am speaking about is this Acer Aspire E 15.
This is the most powerful computer that budget can buy. Features a 1080 display, decent battery life, and will more than handle CSGO and league.
i was looking at similar ones to that, thats a US one but i see amazon is selling the same one on the uk store for £560
would there be any problems with buying a US laptop in the UK do you think? any problems with customer support or anything, only thing i see on the amazon page is it says US layout keyboard, not sure what the difference would be :P
The Acer Aspire E 15 would be a perfect choice withing your budget.
I'm not an expert on Linux driver support or anything, but this is the most powerful computer you can get for under 600 dollars to my knowledge. Decent CPU, Graphics card more than capable of handling casual gaming and graphics stuff, and an SSD. I don't see why you wouldn't be able to wipe 10 and just install an Ubuntu iso or something though.
When I compare this to the Acer E-15, it seems like a bad deal to me. Why would you recommend this laptop over the Acer?
Thanks for the response!
This Acer Aspire E 15 would be perfect both for watching movies as well as running those games you mentioned actually on great settings. It has a a nice 10080 p resolution and a nice screen quality which makes watching movies an excellent option. Importantly for running those games, though they are not super demanding, a dedicated graphics is good to have , this laptop does have that. It also has 8 GB RAM and a fast 256 GB SSD.. With a wonderful battery life of up to 12 hours, this laptop , the only thing this laptop lacks is the all metal body you requested. It will be difficult in your budget to get an all metal body laptop with a dedicated graphics card which I really want you to have. A great thing also is that this particular laptop stays in your ideal budget.
I would instead look at that Acer /u/shopineer suggested, or even better if you can spend the extra for this which will net you a 940*MX* and an SSD baked in along with it. In my opinion, much worth the extra money.
Welcome to our forum suggestalaptop. I would consider this Acer Aspire E15-575G it advertises 12 hour battery life which would be really important if you're trying to carry it around school.
It also has a backlit keyboard, i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD which would be great for launching your programmes and microsoft office, Nvidia 940MX graphics for your games, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display.
Your budget would cover this <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>.
It has great battery life, an i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX graphics (for your gaming), and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display. It's a great value in the US and it seems to be a great value there, too.
With your needs, you could easily get by with this <strong>Acer Aspire E15 575G</strong> which is a really good deal at $549 right now.
It has an i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX dedicated graphics, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display; all while advertising 12 hours of battery life.
I could suggest you some more expensive options, but I don't really think they would do you any better. The ThinkPad E560 suggested already has an alright keyboard, but it can't be compared to the higher end T series ThinkPad keyboards.
I think this one is the best. I actually got recommended this.
15.6 inch screen
Its says backlit keyboard, but I would check to make sure.
8 GB Ram
I5 and i7 Versions
Has an optical drive
I don't know about audio quality
Video Card: Nvidia GeForce 940MX
Yeah but it's kind of a waste of money. <strong>this one</strong> is the exact same thing, except with an i5-6200U, which really is barely less powerful than the i7-5500U, and it's $150 cheaper.
I'm not sure thats really possible for under 600 dollars. This is the best gaming laptop Im aware of for under 600, but its got a 256GB SSD instead. Maybe this plus a cheap 1TB external drive to hold your games might be a good choice?
If you want to stay well below the budget then I recommend the Acer Aspire E 15 it comes with Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (Up to 2.8GHz)
15.6-inch Full HD Display, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home; Backlit Keyboard, and Up to 12-hours Battery Life. if you need the i7 then it will be available for 700 USD
The Acer Aspire E 15 would actually be a good choice. It has a nice processor, decent 8 GB RAM, a nice SSD that will give some much needed speed and of course, it comes with a dedicated graphics card that will come in pretty handy should you have any graphic intensive tasks such as gaming to complete. It also has a nice keyboard, decent overall build quality and a very good battery life. Overall, I think it matches your criteria set out, very well.
Without jumping straight to $800, this is extremely light for a budget laptop that still has gaming capabilities. 5.3lbs, dedicated GPU that can run Hearthstone/Civ 5 no problem, to keep a steady framerate on something like Overwatch it's you'd likely want to bump the resolution and settings down a little. It is doable, though.
Backlit keyboard, 1080p screen, 4 USB ports (1 type C, 2 USB 3), HDMI out, and Bluetooth 4.1. Other nice advantages are that it uses DDR4 RAM which will help with battery life, and a decent sized SSD which will speed up pretty much every aspect of the computer.
you could look at the Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD
If you want good battery life, opt to spend the extra $49 to get this <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>.
It advertises a 12 hour battery life, which is not likely fully attainable, but you should be able to get a large faction of it which puts it far ahead of anything else in this price range.
It has a 15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD display, an i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and Nvidia 940MX dedicated graphics making it handle any of your light gaming easily. It's really the best bang for the buck anywhere near this price range.
This Acer Aspire E 15 would be a great choice for you.
The Acer Aspire E 15 would be a great choice for you. It has a nice performance coming from it's solid i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, fast 256 GB SSD and of course ,its nice medium level 940 MX dedicated graphics card. This laptop also has a nice back- lit keyboard, good display and a brilliant battery life. It will run Rocket League on max easily.
That game is a little demanding, but thisAcerAspire E 15 laptop would be able to run it on at least medium settings. It has a nice i5 processor, 8 GB RAM which is fine, and a dedicated NVIDIA 940MX graphics card. It also sports a 256 GB SSD which will provide some much needed speed. In terms of battery life, you will actually love this system as it provides up to 12 hours battery life.
LoL will play just fine on a toaster, but you'll want a minimum of an Nvidia 940M for Overwatch. I'd look into this <strong>Acer Aspire E5-575G</strong> if you want the cheapest way to play it.
The 940MX is more powerful than the 940M even, and it will play overwatch easily on low settings and decently on medium. So keep that in mind as a baseline of functionality.
If you want high settings in Overwatch (the only serious gain here is shadows in that game though), you will want a GTX 960M. Then you will want 8GB RAM and at least an i5-6200U. An i5-6300HQ or i7-6700HQ would be ideal, but aren't absolute necessities.
This Acer Aspire E15-575G is the best deal for a laptop at the moment, and it advertises 12 hour battery life which would be really important if you're trying to carry it around school.
It also has a backlit keyboard, i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX graphics for your games, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display
Oregon, eh? A fellow Portlander? :) Which school you going to?
Programming, generally speaking, takes very little unless you have to start working in multiple environments via VM's. A laptop should be no problem.
If you did want to game on your laptop, I'd definitely go with this <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>. Hell, even if you don't game on it, it's still a really good deal.
They're advertising 12 hour battery life which is going to be unbeatable if even a large fraction of that is true (usually they get about 75% of advertised with normal use). Also a backlit keyboard, full HD display, 8GB RAM, and 256GB SSD are just wins across the board.
Im kinda confused here. Nothing in the 1500+ range is going to be caring about battery at all. Its all going to be enthusiast grade performance gaming machines. Are you caring more about performance, and do you actually want to spend that much to get a really powerful machine? Or would you like the minimum machine required to meet your requirements and still have a good battery life? In the latter case, I think this would be a really good machine that seems to meet your needs nicely. It doesn't have 16GB of RAM, but I don't know of any machines that aren't battery hogging performance beastbooks that have 16GB of RAM. You sure 8 wouldn't be enough?
how about this acer? its a bit outside you budget but its the definitely worth it. it has a decent i5 cpu, an 8gb ram, a 256gb ssd storage spage and a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX gpu. battery life is just awesome (12 hours) and it also has a backlit keyboard.
You're looking for the <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>.
It advertises 12 hour battery life, has an i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX graphics, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display. It's the best in budget at the moment by a long shot.
Is there a reason you need an i7? If you don't max out the CPU, you don't get any more performance from it, and it doesn't sound like you're going to be doing anything that would warrant it.
The Y410p is old and runs hot. You really don't want to go that way. It's already a 2 year old machine with a GPU and CPU that are both 2 generations behind.
Your gaming isn't really terribly intensive though, so you could keep it cheap. You could get great battery life with the <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>. It has an i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX graphics, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display.
this Acer Aspire E 15 fits your budget easily. it has a powerful 6th Generation Intel Core i5 cpu, a nice NVIDIA GeForce 940MX gpu an 8gb ram, 256gb ssd storage space, a nice backlit keyboard and touchpad and up to 12 hours of awesome battery life.
I've been looking for a laptop in a similar price range recently, and I found a different version of the Acer Aspire.
The difference is that the laptop I linked lacks a touchscreen, which I think any college student can do without especially if you want better battery life. Also, there is no internal hard drive, but there is an unused 2.5 standard sata drive spot. So, you can purchase one along with this laptop. It comes with a 256GB SSD.
you could consider this acer aspire. you could search for this PC on the uk market
I think your best option would be one of the new Chromebooks with upcoming Android Apps support. You'll be able to get a fast computer that will have the Minecraft app, but no Illustrator or gaming on it unfortunately.
If you absolutely need illustrator / steam games: Maybe this but I have no experience with it. [link]
It's at 15 in. but has everything you need.
this acer i believe would be a great option for your budget as well as requirements. it comes with an 6th Generation Intel Core i5 cpu, a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX gpu, 256GB SSD storage space, an 8gb ram and a massive battery life of up to 12 hours!!! this laptop will be perfect for streaming.
The <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>, while slightly over budget, is going to be the best option for you to play OW.
The 940MX can play it comfortably enough on lower settings with good frame rates, and the E15-575G definitely packs the best specs in its class, as well as having some of the best battery life available which makes it ideal fore taking to class.
Go for this Acer Aspire E 15 gaming laptop. It is an absolutely great machine for it's price. It has a very nice i5 processor, 8 GB RAM, a 256 GB SSD and a nice NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics card which will do very well in the games you play. This laptop also has a wonderful battery life of over 12 hours which is simple terrific.
From what I've seen 960 is better than 940(I am not sure if you implied otherwise). Inspiron's CPU is better as well. Xiaomi is 200$ more expensive than Acer Aspire E 15 that has the exact same specs. They didn't come up with anything revolutionary here.
The graphics cards on those would probably not be good enough for things like DayZ and Rust. You could probably play COD on low settings.
Honestly an if you're interested in playing games a graphics card should be much more important and you don't really need an i7.
I would recommend something like this more: [link]
Do you think this will run it hooked up to a 1080p TV? [link]
EDIT: I actually mean rFactor 2, that's the one I purchased on steam, and am building my first racing simulatorp.
My friend just got this and it's a world of difference between his last computer. The only difference between the two is the amazon one has twice the SSD and better resolution on the screen.
But it's still nothing compared to a desktop... which even my VR capable machine still gets frame rate drops. I'd say we get similar performance, and probably will stay that way until they refine the performance more.
I have this: [link]
I have an excellent iMac that I mainly edit on so - so this is more of a "get out of the house" machine and so I can edit on jobs if I need to. That said, no issues whatsoever so far - fast enough and runs photoshop/lightroom without issue. If its your main machine, you may want to reconsider though - not sure how Id feel if it was my main squeeze.
lol that is simple, but I have owned this laptop for some time and sadly lost the recovery disk so even that isn't an option. I might be hopeless unless someone can get the game to run without admin privileges like I said, I think that's just the state of things for me atm. On a side note it is definitely around that time to replace it and I am looking for reasonably priced new ones. Do you have a good eye for judging how well a set of specs could run the game? I am looking at this one right now, [link]
Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6 Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, E5-575G-53VG
I just got the Acer Aspire E 15. It's handled everything I've thrown at it so far. I've played Payday 2, Portal, and Call of Juarez, and I haven't had any issues. I think it was worth it for $550, just had to use my external hard drive thanks to the limited internal SSD...
i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD
i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD
you would want something to walk around with i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD would be a great choice for you, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX which will play all the games you have mentioned, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD which brings storage and speed to boot your programmes,softwares and apps very quickly
The Acer Aspire E 15 would be a great pick for you.
This is the laptop you were looking for the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX ideal for running lol at consistent fps, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD
with a little compromise you could get this decent Acer Aspire E 15 it comes with a good processing unit, nice 8gb ram, a fast ssd storage and a decent gpu for your light gaming.
how about this Acer Aspire E 15 great for gaming and general use, Intel Core i5 cpu, NVIDIA 940MX gpu, 8GB DDR4 ram, 256GB SSD which will give some much needed speed.
then this Acer Aspire E 15 would be ideal
This one looks like it has spacious, plasticky keys? Other than that its basically the best laptop for 500ish dollars on the market right now, featuring a great battery life.
i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD which brings storage and speed to boot your programmes,softwares and apps very quickly
This is the lowest budget gaming laptop right now with a 940mx graphics card more than enough to run those games,i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD which brings storage and speed to boot your programmes,softwares and apps very quickly
Idk can you buy this in Russia? This is the pretty much the laptop between 500 to 600 dollars for any reason.
how about this Acer Aspire E 15? it has a nice i5 cpu for streaming a great 8gb ram decent gpu even tho its not a need but it might come in handy and lastly a good 256gb ssd for quick boot up.
i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX 20-60fps easily, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD
Currently, I have my eyes set on this. It was the upgraded version of the cheaper one I listed above. It has great specs I think for its price and has upgrade slot for 32GB of RAM and another SSD or HDD.
yes it is the Acer Aspire E15-575G is the best deal for a laptop at the moment, and it advertises 12 hour battery life which would be really important l. It also has a backlit keyboard, i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia 940MX graphics for your games, and a 15.6" 1920x1080 display
this decent Acer Aspire E 15 would be a suitable choice for you requirements. it has a decent Intel Core i5 5200U cpu, 8GB ram, 256gb ssd, and a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
I strongly recommend getting this laptop which is perfect for your needs,the Acer Aspire E 15, 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX which is ideal for gaming and will run those games you mentioned and give you 30-60fps, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD.
This laptop is the best right now in a $500 range that can run those games smoothly, i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 with is upgradeable and 256GB SSD
what do you think of this? [link]
A friend recommended me this, he says that the extra SSD is very important. What are your thoughts?
This Acer Aspire E 15 laptop would be a great pick for your tasks and based on the other criteria you mentioned. It has a very nice i5 processor, 8 GB RAM which is great, a decent mid level dedicated graphics card (NVIDIA 940MX) and a great 256 GB SSD that will provide some much needed speed. This laptop also has a decent enough build quality and a fantastic battery life.
ok so to run lol in low to med settings an i5 processor with a 940m graphics card is needed,i recommend getting the Acer Aspire E 15 15.6inch Full HD, Intel Core i5 processor with the NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB ram DDR4 and 256GB SSD
The best battery life and performance for your needs would be the <strong>Acer Aspire E15-575G</strong>.
Advertises 12 hour battery life, has a 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 15.6" 1920x1080 display, etc. Even the i7 version is in your price range. It'd do very well for you and easily play your games.
This is the laptop I got and it worked great the whole time with great battery life. Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG Laptop, 15.6 Full HD (Intel Core i5, NVIDIA 940MX, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Windows 10) [link]
I did have to add a hard drive to it but that was easy and not too expensive.