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Laptop Recommendations?
« on: October 17, 2017, 04:30:25 AM »
My wife's laptop died, and we need to replace it.  We now have the same problem as we had earlier this year when we replaced the main PC: We're several years out of touch with what's out there and how much things cost, but it must be able to run Diablo III.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that in the grand scheme of things, D3 does not require much in terms of RAM, graphics, etc.  I honestly had no idea.  We had about a grand to spend, and just bought the juiciest 64-bit machine we could find for $1000, since pretty much anything out there (above the most basic student PC) could run D3 pretty well.  Everything comes with decent graphics and plenty of RAM these days, it seems.  Good!

Is it the same with laptops?  Once again, we have about a grand to spend, and I'm guessing/hoping that we can find a laptop that can run D3.  I know that in the old days, graphics on a laptop weren't really robust unless you specifically went high-end.  Can we spend a grand and anything in that price range should be plenty?  In that case, it would just come down to size, looks, features, etc.?  Or is it trickier than that?

Any recommendations?

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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2017, 07:32:43 AM »
For less than $1000 on Newegg you can chose from a few gaming laptops (ASUS ROG and MSI brands) that have 17" screen and a dedicated graphics card.  Smaller screen sizes will mean more and cheaper options.  I'm not sure what you want to spend, but you could run D3 on laptops for less than that because you don't need a separate graphics cards for D3.  Use the filtering options on the left side of the screen to narrow down your options.  I'd go for a dedicated card, an i7 chip, and 16GB RAM if you have the cash to spend.

Amazon might have some similar deals too.  I didn't check there.

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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2017, 10:07:52 AM »
I never keep up with the industry so I can't give any well-thought recommendations. I bought a new laptop a few months ago and after a bit of research I realised my budget wasn't enough for more than the bottom end of gaming laptops, which meant I didn't bother to find out what the top-end tech is like.

I ended up buying a Dell Inspiron 7000 series gaming laptop, I think this one here: http://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/laptop-and-2-in-1-pcs/inspiron-15-7000-gaming-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-7577-laptop. Price would be equivalent to slightly over US$1000. It's a 15 in screen, but since I use it side-by-side with a monitor that's not an issue for me. I've been really happy with it so far, it runs D3 and Elder Scrolls Online both at max settings with no problems.
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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2017, 12:18:57 PM »
Thank you both for your recommendations.  I probably should have been more clear.  By "recommendations" I guess I meant "things to know about laptops these days, and things to keep in mind while shopping for one".  Specific models do give me an idea of what I can get for how much money, though, so that also helps. :)

It seems to me that when it comes to a laptop, the difference between 15" and 17" could be pretty significant.  On the other hand, the main PC only has a 22" monitor, and I'm thinking of upgrading that, which means the 22" would be available for multiplayer gaming if she wants to hook it up to the laptop.  I'm assuming a 15" screen is fine otherwise, since that's what she's used to, and laptops with 17" screens are obviously bulkier.  She already complains about carrying it around.  I personally don't see why she needs one in the first place; she doesn't use it that much.  But I'm pursuing it because of the D3 angle.  It'll be something we can do together, and now that I've introduced her to (gotten her hooked on) Diablo III, we occasionally fight for the PC.

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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2017, 02:08:49 PM »
My old laptop has a 12/13 inch screen and because of my second monitor I was actually willing to go less than 15, but they didn't seem to exist in gaming quality machines (I guess video card, RAM, etc. take up space so you might as well put a bigger screen on it). 15 inches only just fits in the space on my desk so I couldn't go larger. Battery life and portability were secondary considerations for me as I still have my old one to take away - although the battery is shot on that one so I am thinking of getting another supercheap one. Another thing to consider is whether you need an optical drive, I have a cheap USB one for when I want to watch a DVD or install an old game or whatever.
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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2017, 04:16:04 PM »
Maybe the old laptop is 12" or 13".  I'm not sure now.  Whatever the standard was seven or eight years ago.

Yeah, optical drives seem to be optional these days.  Our new PC didn't come with one, so I picked up a USB DVD burner for like $40.  I wanted to go Blu-ray, but they were out of stock.  I figured I'd still need an external drive to install software that we still have on CDs and DVDs, but most of it didn't run under 64-bit.  I did burn a CD a couple weeks ago, though.

Anyway, if we ever need to, we can hook up the external drive to the laptop, so for now we won't need it.  Good thought, though.

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2017, 12:56:25 PM »
We picked up a new laptop for Mrs. Orbert over the weekend.  Got a relatively low-end "gaming laptop".  Apparently a "gaming laptop" means that they're not worried about making the thing as tiny and lightweight as possible (which is what businesspeople usually want), so it's got a 15.6" screen, SSD hard drive, and an upgraded graphics card.  It's big and thick looking, compared to the "notebooks" you see these days, but since it's basically going to just sit on her TV table which she sits on the couch, portability was not nearly as important as performance.

The important thing is that we've been multiplaying Diablo III.  So we had to buy another copy of D3 (and D3X and the Necro pack) and set up another account, but that was expected.  I tried to warn her that she'd be starting from scratch, but she didn't really understand what that meant.  By time I started showing her D3 on my Orbert account, I had Paragon points, all the Artisans were trained all the way up, and everything was unlocked.  She's starting from literally nothing.  Can't go higher than Expert difficulty for now, no Adventure Mode until she's played through the Campaign at least once, and no (virtually) unlimited stash of gold and crafting materials to work with.

She got to Level 25 or so last night, and I told her that Haedrig should be able to make her a helm with hopefully a socket, so she could put the Ruby into it and get more XP faster.  She crafted three, no sockets, and was out of yellow crystals.  Oops.  Wow, remember those days?

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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2017, 02:19:17 PM »
We picked up a new laptop for Mrs. Orbert over the weekend.  Got a relatively low-end "gaming laptop".  Apparently a "gaming laptop" means that they're not worried about making the thing as tiny and lightweight as possible (which is what businesspeople usually want), so it's got a 15.6" screen, SSD hard drive, and an upgraded graphics card.  It's big and thick looking, compared to the "notebooks" you see these days, but since it's basically going to just sit on her TV table which she sits on the couch, portability was not nearly as important as performance.

The important thing is that we've been multiplaying Diablo III.  So we had to buy another copy of D3 (and D3X and the Necro pack) and set up another account, but that was expected.  I tried to warn her that she'd be starting from scratch, but she didn't really understand what that meant.  By time I started showing her D3 on my Orbert account, I had Paragon points, all the Artisans were trained all the way up, and everything was unlocked.  She's starting from literally nothing.  Can't go higher than Expert difficulty for now, no Adventure Mode until she's played through the Campaign at least once, and no (virtually) unlimited stash of gold and crafting materials to work with.

She got to Level 25 or so last night, and I told her that Haedrig should be able to make her a helm with hopefully a socket, so she could put the Ruby into it and get more XP faster.  She crafted three, no sockets, and was out of yellow crystals.  Oops.  Wow, remember those days?

Did she hit you?  :)
We're trying to do the same thing with Whitetiger.  But she's more interested in getting a new phone, so...
Eventually.
Also looking for a new one for me.  Currently thinking of a decent, middle of the road ASUS Republic of Gaming model as they have everything needed for more juicy games as well. 
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Re: Laptop Recommendations?
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2017, 03:21:13 PM »
She didn't hit me.  She wasn't even pissed, just kinda disappointed.  We were in a multiplayer game, and she was taking forever in town (I'll skip the obvious joke about women and shopping), so I asked her what she was doing.  She'd crafted three helms and couldn't make another one because the little icon with the yellow crystals had red numbers.  I explained again about how she's starting from scratch.

Anyway, I'd picked up a bunch of yellow and blue stuff too, so I gave them all to her and told her to salvage it all.  That's how we'll be MPing for a while; we both play, I try to resist the urge to clear everything on the screen with a single Multishot, and whatever I pick up I give to her to salvage.  It's working out pretty well so far.

She's playing a Monk for the first time.  It's hard to remember what it was like to not know every class and most of the popular builds, and want to just rush to 70 and start the "real" game.  She may never get to that point.  To her, the campaign is the story, the real game.  There's not much point in running endless Rifts and just watching numbers get bigger.  I share that mentality to some extent.  She finished the campaign with a Demon Hunter (on my account) and started a Necro.  Finished the campaign with him, now she's playing a Monk.  I almost envy her the all the discovery she gets to do, especially now that the game is so much better than when it first came out.  I was really turned off for a while when it first came out.