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Hello, I've been patiently waiting on a Macbook Pro update with Skylake processor, as my current mid-2011 is on its last breath. It has proven to be extremely limited when it comes to gaming, and…
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
Hello,

I've been patiently waiting on a Macbook Pro update with Skylake processor, as my current mid-2011 is on its last breath.
It has proven to be extremely limited when it comes to gaming, and whilst I am by no means a hardcore gamer, I can become engrossed in such titles as Civilization 5, Football manager and some Blizzard titles. I am interested in getting involved in a possibility of video/game streaming also. As such seeing as Apple offer limited titles and mediocre gaming performance at best, I am contemplating switching to Windows. Whilst it would be painful to leave the Apple ecosystem which makes it the product of choice for me, having read a lot of positive things about Windows ten, I am willing to give it a try.

So ideally I am looking for a mid-range gaming spec laptop (would be great if it can support VR). Apart from a decent gaming spec, I'd like to have a generous battery life, weight, styling (not cheap plastic, wouldn't look silly in a conference) and thickness also important. Multi-tasking capabilities are important as I am quite disorganised and like to have tens of different tabs open as well as several applications, my mid-2011 MBP really struggles with that. Looking also for a full size quiet keyboard, comfortable to work on and type on. Also don't want a noisy machine or the one that overheats that you can fry eggs on. Ideally looking for something not more than £1,000 but could be enticed to spend more for something that will last a fair few years.

Alternatively if somebody could help out with building a credible desktop set up (including a good table, chair and accessories) plus a decent iPad alternative to watch movies in bed and for some light gaming, for a similar mark. I'd also consider it. Wouldn't be willing to spend more than £1k on the lot and future proofing is extremely important too.
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6m, 3w agoPosted 6 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
Unfortunately what you want doesn't exist. Gaming is still focused on desktops. AMD and nVidia plan their range at desktop heat levels and game developers develop towards those chips rather than the lower power ones.

If you try and stuff anything more than an entry level chip in a laptop it's hot, noisy and lasts three hours on battery if you're lucky.

Even entry level (960M) chips are still far more power hungry than a high end CPU and while you can certainly get quieter gaming laptops with them, you won't get one that's quiet, cool and thin at the same time.

Both AMD and nVidia are in the middle of releasing substantially faster chips and haven't yet got to laptops so you want to wait a couple of months if you do decide on that route.

You might be able to get a reasonable desktop setup & tablet for £1000 but it is pushing it a bit. You're looking at around £600-700 for a mainstreaming gaming desktop with an i5 and 480. Keyboard and mouse don't need to be anything special for gaming but a Freesync monitor will cost you £100-200 and you'd probably want to spend £30+ on speakers or headphones. That leaves £150-200 for tablet, chair and desk. Just about doable, but you're not going to get a high end tablet.
#2
EndlessWaves
Unfortunately what you want doesn't exist. Gaming is still focused on desktops.

I suspected it would be difficult to find something within my price range and with all my demands. However I am not prepared to give up just yet.

However, just a few that I've had a look at such as Asus G501JW which stood out in several criteria, even the tacky ROG nonsense I could live with. There are also a few MSI (GS series) models that I liked but as you said they don't fare well on battery life, overheating or noise.

A few other makers that I am less familiar with Gigabyte, Razer Blade and Origin seem to offer stylish laptops with 15" with good to excellent performance.

I wish I understood half the spec as well, as it would make a decision decidedly easier to make, that's why I like my Apple stuff where I needn't concern myself with the technical specifications all too much.

PS if I skip on the tablet can I build a decent gaming PC, buy a nice monitor, keyboard, mouse, recording equipment, speakers and table and chair for £1k?
#3
Would you not be better gettin an xbox one or a ps4. Either that or a gaming pc for ur games. Ur probably going to regret moving from a mac for ur everyday computer to a windows. I use a mac mainly for work and have a dell running windows in the workshop that the staff use running windows ten. Its not awful but pretty bad compared to the mac but again it was 400 pound cheaper
#4
123batman321
Would you not be better gettin an xbox one or a ps4. Either that or a gaming pc for ur games. Ur probably going to regret moving from a mac for ur everyday computer to a windows. I use a mac mainly for work and have a dell running windows in the workshop that the staff use running windows ten. Its not awful but pretty bad compared to the mac but again it was 400 pound cheaper

Xbox/PS4 has none of the games that I play and enjoy, if I were to move towards a streaming avenue, I'd prefer a windows machine as it has more options available.

I have several Apple products and whilst I like(d) them, they are all giving up on me - surprising for a company that is supposedly renown for quality and durability, as I've experienced neither. The repairs on my macbook at the apple store have been carried out shoddily and as a result have caused further damage, but alas I was already out of warranty and their replacements parts range are so costly, that the replacements would cost nearly as much as the laptop was worth.

And then there is the issue with each and every software update that actually slows the performance of hardware. If I could afford to spend silly money every single year and buy the latest hardware it wouldn't be an issue.

So that's the reason I am considering Microsoft and windows again, plus a lot of their hardware is getting good reviews too. Many companies are no longer lagging in product design and aesthetics behind Apple as they once did. Apple have waited so long to release a Skylake powered Macbook Pro, that Intel is already shipping next gen Kaby Lake in desktops. By the time a Macbook Pro with Skylake comes out, it will already be pretty outdated.
#5
PlayChase
A few other makers that I am less familiar with Gigabyte, Razer Blade and Origin seem to offer stylish laptops with 15" with good to excellent performance.

Looking Origin up they appear to be a US assembler of Clevo laptops, the equivalent in the UK/Europe would be the likes of PCSpecialist, Cyberpower, Schenker/XMG, Eurocom and most own-brand or niche stuff like chameleon or zoostorm.

The big names in gaming laptops are Acer, Alienware, Gigabyte/Aorus, Asus, Clevo, and MSI. HP, Razer and Medion also do gaming laptops, but don't quite have the history/brand awareness/range.

Some of the other laptop manufacturers or brands offer laptops that may be suitable as well such as Lenovo's Y-series or Dell's XPS 15.

PlayChase
I wish I understood half the spec as well, as it would make a decision decidedly easier to make, that's why I like my Apple stuff where I needn't concern myself with the technical specifications all too much.

Apple has used standard PC hardware for the last 10-15 years so anything you know already transfers over. It's more that you're looking to engage in a hobby that keeps up with the cutting edge than anything to do with brand.

Generally for gaming in a laptop the only thing that really matters is graphics card. The other stuff is fiddling around the edges. For generally use you probably want to avoid anything without an SSD but on a £1k budget that shouldn't be too difficult.

PlayChase
PS if I skip on the tablet can I build a decent gaming PC, buy a nice monitor, keyboard, mouse, recording equipment, speakers and table and chair for £1k?

Recording equipment? What sort of recording? A microphone for streaming?

You're looking at £650 for a desktop, £200 for a nice monitor, £50 for keyboard, mouse and speakers which leaves £100 for 'recording equipment', table and chair. You could certainly get an enjoyable gaming setup for that price, but you'd definitely have to choose where you spent your money.
#6
EndlessWaves

Looking Origin up they appear to be a US assembler of Clevo laptops, the equivalent in the UK/Europe would be the likes of PCSpecialist, Cyberpower, Schenker/XMG, Eurocom and most own-brand or niche stuff like chameleon or zoostorm.
The big names in gaming laptops are Acer, Alienware, Gigabyte/Aorus, Asus, Clevo, and MSI. HP, Razer and Medion also do gaming laptops, but don't quite have the history/brand awareness/range.
Some of the other laptop manufacturers or brands offer laptops that may be suitable as well such as Lenovo's Y-series or Dell's XPS 15.
PlayChase
I wish I understood half the spec as well, as it would make a decision decidedly easier to make, that's why I like my Apple stuff where I needn't concern myself with the technical specifications all too much.
Apple has used standard PC hardware for the last 10-15 years so anything you know already transfers over. It's more that you're looking to engage in a hobby that keeps up with the cutting edge than anything to do with brand.
Generally for gaming in a laptop the only thing that really matters is graphics card. The other stuff is fiddling around the edges. For generally use you probably want to avoid anything without an SSD but on a £1k budget that shouldn't be too difficult.
PlayChase
PS if I skip on the tablet can I build a decent gaming PC, buy a nice monitor, keyboard, mouse, recording equipment, speakers and table and chair for £1k?
Recording equipment? What sort of recording? A microphone for streaming?
You're looking at £650 for a desktop, £200 for a nice monitor, £50 for keyboard, mouse and speakers which leaves £100 for 'recording equipment', table and chair. You could certainly get an enjoyable gaming setup for that price, but you'd definitely have to choose where you spent your money.

Recording equipment, I was probably thinking more along the lines of a camera, microphone and some lighting, possibly a screen. It all adds up sadly. Issue I have with building a desktop is that I can read the reviews on graphics cards, pick a decent one in terms of performance vs cost, throw in a hybrid drive or 2 drives SSD + Flash, buy some RAM. The motherboard, the cooling, the fans, the casing, and whatever else that goes on top, I wouldn't have a clue about and would require help building a desktop.

With laptops... the aforementioned Asus G501W looks like it fits almost all criteria, although I have heard the build quality doesn't match the price tag. MSI GS60 also has great reviews, and seeing as my laptop is plugged into a socket 90% of the time, I think poor batter performance I could live with. The new Razer Blade has good reviews. The issue however is that most of these laptops have been out for at least a year, would you be able to recommend something similar to the ones I mentioned?
#7
PlayChase
Recording equipment, I was probably thinking more along the lines of a camera, microphone and some lighting, possibly a screen. It all adds up sadly.

I'd have no idea in that area. Camera kit is fairly expensive generally, so as a wild guess maybe £200 for the lot?

The minimum you'd want to spend is say £300 for a pre-build i3 machine, £100-120 for an RX 460 out Monday and £50 for an SSD. Say £450-470 in total. £120 for a monitor brings us to about £580. £630 with keyboard, mouse and speakers and £830 with Recording Equipment, so £170 for desk and chair.

It is doable and it should still work out slightly faster than a laptop but it's more of an entry level gaming setup than a mainstream one.

PlayChase
Issue I have with building a desktop is that I can read the reviews on graphics cards, pick a decent one in terms of performance vs cost, throw in a hybrid drive or 2 drives SSD + Flash, buy some RAM. The motherboard, the cooling, the fans, the casing, and whatever else that goes on top, I wouldn't have a clue about and would require help building a desktop.

Help is widely available so that's not an issue at all. Most of it just comes down to personal preference. Which case do you like the look of?

All that is just details , I'd focus on making a decision about what will work best for you in the long run. The delivery of that option can be worked out afterwards.

PlayChase
With laptops... the aforementioned Asus G501W looks like it fits almost all criteria, although I have heard the build quality doesn't match the price tag. MSI GS60 also has great reviews, and seeing as my laptop is plugged into a socket 90% of the time, I think poor batter performance I could live with. The new Razer Blade has good reviews. The issue however is that most of these laptops have been out for at least a year, would you be able to recommend something similar to the ones I mentioned?

The chassis only get major redesigns once every few years, so a lot of manufacturers will just updating their existing laptops when the new, much faster mobile graphics are released.

You've probably already see notebookcheck but they do have very good laptop reviews and actual game performance numbers for graphics cards. Their search also offers a lot of options:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Search.8222.0.html

I can't help with specific models.

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