recommend me a decent mid size laptop for long train journeys?

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  • President_Weasel 11 Sep 2011 14:42:30 8,977 posts
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    Dear Eurogamer group mind,

    I have a couple of long train journeys coming up and fancy playing some pc games while I travel. I would like to buy a non-enormous, non-ridiculously-heavy laptop for this purpose. I can't find one I like the look of in the UK. Can you suggest any?

    I quite like the look of http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/acer-aspire-timelinex-as3830tg/4505-3121_7-34844852.html (decent reviews in a couple of places) but it doesn't seem to be available in the UK.
  • Zerobob 13 Sep 2011 11:25:40 1,605 posts
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    I can only assume nobody is replying to these latop recommendation threads because everybody's new laptops are broken already.

    Come on, somebody must have bought a laptop recently that they are happy with. No?

    I've been looking at i3 and i5 laptops for around 500 (mainly Asus, Samsung, Lenovo and Acer) but after doing a fair bit of research online people seem to spit at laptops without dedicated graphics, supposedly because the on-board graphics capability on second gen i3 / i5 processors is terrible.

    Can anybody shine any light on this (or simply recommend a laptop) as this would help President_Weasel too if he's looking to do a little gaming on the train?
  • President_Weasel 13 Sep 2011 12:11:19 8,977 posts
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    I wondered what had happened to this thread; maybe nobody reads the "online shopping" section. I always put the forum in "old school" view though so I didn't think it would matter.
  • Clive_Dunn 13 Sep 2011 12:17:52 4,775 posts
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    I love my Sammy P480, I3 somethingorother, dedicated GF 330m GPU.

    I suspect it'll struggle to play any modern FPS's, but is happy for Civ5, Starcraft 2 etc.

    No idea if it represents good value for money, probably not, but it does a good job for my daily long train journey.
  • Zerobob 13 Sep 2011 12:23:38 1,605 posts
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    Cheers for the info. Personally I'm not too bothered about modern gaming on a laptop, as long as it has a nice screen, decent key layout, at least a dual core CPU and will output video at 1080p to my LCD TV.

    I'm guessing most laptops for 500 would be capable of outputting a blu-ray file at 1080p, but I'm only guessing.
  • Bremenacht 13 Sep 2011 13:33:22 17,613 posts
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    Are the new(ish) AMD APUs out in retail yet? They'd be ideal for someone who wants to play games on the go, but doesn't want weight and a high price.

    Sorry P_W - I've not looked at laptops in a long while so I don't really know what's worth getting, other than those AMD jobs, if they're available.
  • Clive_Dunn 21 Oct 2011 08:58:43 4,775 posts
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    Thanks for the wise words Mr Spambot.
  • THFourteen 21 Oct 2011 09:15:48 32,867 posts
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    Can't really help on specifics as I don't know the category very wel

    I used notebookreview and notebook check when I bought mine

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/
  • Dirtbox 21 Oct 2011 09:20:22 77,474 posts
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    Old thread.

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