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post Yesterday, 04:12 PM

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QUOTE(coolkidz @ Jun 1 2020, 12:37 PM)
Dear sifus,

Currently looking for a laptop for wife.

1. Budget : Estimated 3k or max 4k
2. Usage  : Normal Ms Office usage, checking emails thru browser, multiple tabs in Chrome, occasionally YouTube/Spotify, planning to play The Sims 4
3. Requirements (display size, battery life, weight etc) :
- between 13 to 14"
- acceptable battery life (hopefully min 5 hours without power adapter)
- lightweight if possible (below 1.4kg)
- need min at least 8GB RAM and min storage 256GB SSD
- if there good laptop withing few months can still wait (aware the AMD 4xxx series is out)

Remarks: Will need to understand your professional opinion whether the default integrated gpu of Intel/AMD able to support playing The Sims 4 properly (decent frame rate/no thermal issue)? If not, is it advisable to switch to gaming laptop series to be able play The Sims 4 properly? If to switch gaming laptop, any chance my budget and weight still withing the range?

Thank you.!
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Hi, I think if u want to play it smoothly, you will still need a gaming laptop. I wouldn't suggest playing w integrated graphics haha, its hell. Price range wise varies, you can take a look at acer nitro 5. I think its within 3.5-4.5k
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post Yesterday, 05:02 PM

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QUOTE(coolkidz @ Jun 1 2020, 12:37 PM)
Remarks: Will need to understand your professional opinion whether the default integrated gpu of Intel/AMD able to support playing The Sims 4 properly (decent frame rate/no thermal issue)? If not, is it advisable to switch to gaming laptop series to be able play The Sims 4 properly? If to switch gaming laptop, any chance my budget and weight still withing the range?
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Do you play at highest video settings or fine with lower settings?
QUOTE(nite_eif @ Jun 1 2020, 01:39 PM)
yep casual gaming laptop for 2k-3k budget..
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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43-R3B4 +RAM
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post Yesterday, 05:30 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 1 2020, 05:02 PM)
Do you play at highest video settings or fine with lower settings?

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43-R3B4 +RAM
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Hi, not too sure as it will be my wife playing the game. Perhaps any chance for middle setting? or what option do I have for:
1. High setting
2. Low setting

Thanks a lot.
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post Yesterday, 05:53 PM

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QUOTE(coolkidz @ Jun 1 2020, 05:30 PM)
Hi, not too sure as it will be my wife playing the game. Perhaps any chance for middle setting? or what option do I have for:
1. High setting
2. Low setting

Thanks a lot.
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Something like MX150/MX250 25w should be fine with highest settings, however not many <1.4kg laptops equipped with the 25w variant of MX150/MX250

Can consider these:
Lenovo Yoga S740 81RS00AWMJ
Illegear Ionic
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post Yesterday, 06:10 PM

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Hi guys, budget 3K can get what good laptop that can play PUBG?
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QUOTE(hikaru85 @ Jun 1 2020, 06:10 PM)
Hi guys, budget 3K can get what good laptop that can play PUBG?
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Fine with lower video settings?
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post Yesterday, 06:25 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 1 2020, 06:12 PM)
Fine with lower video settings?
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yes. As long as no lag. graphic can compromise abit. saw a MSI at all IT Gf63 srcx-891bn rm 2999 very tempting. i5 9300 with gtx 1650. Any better option ? Not sure MSI good or not.

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post Yesterday, 06:36 PM

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QUOTE(hikaru85 @ Jun 1 2020, 06:25 PM)
yes. As long as no lag. graphic can compromise  abit. saw a MSI at all IT Gf63 srcx-891bn rm 2999 very tempting. i5 9300 with gtx 1650. Any better option ? Not sure MSI good or not.
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Acer Nitro 5 AN515-43-R3B4 +RAM
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post Today, 10:05 AM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 12 2019, 09:56 PM)
the new one is quite demanding from what I saw...need at least 1050TI

Illegear Raven / Raven SE or Level51 Forge 15, Y540 1650 not that worth if you don't have student discount

Get either A1000 or SX8200 Pro if you want PCIe drive

Which Swift 3 model?
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Student discount is roughly how much %?
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post Today, 11:05 AM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 1 2020, 05:53 PM)
Something like MX150/MX250 25w should be fine with highest settings, however not many <1.4kg laptops equipped with the 25w variant of MX150/MX250

Can consider these:
Lenovo Yoga S740 81RS00AWMJ
Illegear Ionic
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Dear Sifu,

Thanks for the suggested models.
If I to wait for upcoming AMD series laptops (max 2-3 months), any chance the performance to price ratio comparable to above models?

Thanks again.
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post Today, 11:15 AM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ May 31 2020, 06:15 PM)
They are not available yet, probably will arrive around August. If you can wait then wait

Around RM3k previously there are Thinkpad T495 and X395, but now both models are more expensive. If you want 'true' business laptops, consider Thinkpad P/T/X series (minimum L series) / Latitude 5000/7000 series / Elitebook 800/1000 series

I only recommend models not brands
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Why are the Thinkpad T495 & X395 more expensive now? I thought they should be getting cheaper due to newer models are available and stuffs.

And would you recommend Thinkpad E495? Thanks.

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ZM Fong
post Today, 11:42 AM

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QUOTE(chkwong @ Jun 2 2020, 10:05 AM)
Student discount is roughly how much %?
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QUOTE(coolkidz @ Jun 2 2020, 11:05 AM)
Dear Sifu,

Thanks for the suggested models.
If I to wait for upcoming AMD series laptops (max 2-3 months), any chance the performance to price ratio comparable to above models?

Thanks again.
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CPU performance will be significantly better, however most Ryzen 4000 laptops don't come with dGPU. Vega iGPU couldn't match MX250 25W in most cases.

You're welcome
QUOTE(starry-starry @ Jun 2 2020, 11:15 AM)
Why are the Thinkpad T495 & X395 more expensive now?
And would you recommend Thinkpad E495? Thanks.
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I really have no idea

E495 is consumer grade, still a decent model though but price has slightly increased as well
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post Today, 12:38 PM

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QUOTE(ZM Fong @ Jun 2 2020, 11:42 AM)

I really have no idea

E495 is consumer grade, still a decent model though but price has slightly increased as well
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Haha... I thought the should be getting cheaper as there are always newer and better models available. I also came across posts stating if we order from Lenovo, it is actually shipped from overseas? Worry might be a delay in receiving the laptop.

May I ask is there a major difference in T495 & E495? I mean what are the main difference since E495 is closer to my budget but if T495 is worth the extra cost, I will consider. And any idea the battery life? Can last for perhaps 7 hours? blink.gif

My current laptop is working fine besides the battery problem, just the laptop screen is making the cracking sound whenever I move the screen, and the cover gets dislocated sometimes.
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post Today, 01:28 PM

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QUOTE(starry-starry @ Jun 2 2020, 12:38 PM)
I also came across posts stating if we order from Lenovo, it is actually shipped from overseas? Worry might be a delay in receiving the laptop.

May I ask is there a major difference in T495 & E495? I mean what are the main difference since E495 is closer to my budget but if T495 is worth the extra cost, I will consider. And any idea the battery life? Can last for perhaps 7 hours?  blink.gif
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It's shipped from China for customized models

T495 uses higher quality materials (slight downgrade from T490, but still better build quality compared to E495, not to say that E495 isn't good tho), also better QC in general. Other differences you can check via spec sheet (weight, number of ports etc)

7 hrs should be obtainable in T495 under light load

 

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