Laptop for programming and light gaming

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#1 Posted by wkwan (155 posts) -

Hey, I am looking for a laptop mostly for programming and some light gaming... such as FTL

I am leaning towards the XPS 15 9530 (link), as I got a XPS studio 1640 back in early 2009 and it is still working even withstanding my rough usage but quite slow due to outdated specs.

I am also considering the HP Envy 15 (link). It is cheaper and has better specs but the thing I am worried is that I used to have an HP Pavillion dv9t and it used to shutdown immediately due to overheating... Have they fixed the heating issue on the newer models?

Also are there any other models and brands that can be recommended?

The things I am looking for:

must be 4th gen Intel processor (preferably i5 or above)

must be ~15 inches

must have backlit keyboard

highly prefer with numeric keypad

prefer a matte screen

dont need dvd drive

dont need touch screen

dont need discreet video card

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#2 Posted by 04dcarraher (22775 posts) -

Lenovo Y510p

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#3 Posted by kraken2109 (13271 posts) -

@04dcarraher said:

Lenovo Y510p

A friend has one of these and it's a good machine. Battery life is terrible though.

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#4 Edited by wkwan (155 posts) -

looks a bit fat and heavy to bring to work everyday. im looking for something about 4.5-5 lbs maximum. thanks for the reply tho

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#5 Edited by jun_aka_pekto (22282 posts) -

Just wondering what kind of light gaming is it?

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#6 Posted by wkwan (155 posts) -

rly light gaming that its almost irrelevant lol. like FTL, sword of the stars the pit, various roguelikes such as Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup (awesome game check it out), ToME (also awesome game of the same type). so basically any 4th gen integrated video card will be totally fine

and if it works like diablo3 on low, starcraft 2 on low, dota 2 on low.. but if it doesnt run these games I dont really care. this is mostly my computer for bringing to the office/ factory or when i travel like once or twice a year.

Most of my gaming will be done on a desktop at home

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#7 Posted by donalbane (16383 posts) -

I really love my surface pro, but I'm sure I'm in the minority here.

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#8 Posted by PredatorRules (11946 posts) -

@wkwan said:

looks a bit fat and heavy to bring to work everyday. im looking for something about 4.5-5 lbs maximum. thanks for the reply tho

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