It's LAPTOP time

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In the market for a new laptop, I've had 2 in 8 years. Both were business style (Toshiba and Dell) that could do some light gaming.

Now I'm on the hunt for a new laptop I'm planning on getting a beefier Laptop that can game if required.... but also has decent battery life. That combo is hard, I'm aware that gaming off the battery is for a better word pointless. But when I'm talking long battery life I mean qhen using it for internet searches etc.

At first I was leaning toward a HP Envy that would do well in video encoding as well as gaming. I've found the perfect compromise there.

There's a HP Omen that is weaker for video encoding but would be a good gaming machine.

I'm now thinking this...


Should I pull the trigger ??
 

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Well a week and a bit later.........



Purchased the 2021 version of the above laptop, Ryzen 7 5800h 3070


After seeing the version at JB Hifi, I stumbled upon another revision that had a bigger hard drive (1tb vs 512gb) and more ram (32 vs 16) for just $215 more. Then lightbulb moment, I figured if I'm going to spend $1914 on a laptop, why not spend just a little extra and have the current revision. Granted I've now got to conserve hard drive space.... and eventually upgrade the ram myself :p. On the plus side, I have the bigger battery.
 

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Where's Chrome?
Didn't install it at the time of the picture, and it's still not installed right now :p

I'm team Firefox. I do use Chrome occasionally when some sites crap themselves.

Also I'm not exclusively using the new laptop EVERYWHERE. I'm still using the old one in certain situations (eg: when needing something on in the background while cooking/eating dinner etc).

But I'm very happy with my purchase decision so far.

I still plan on replacing my desktop pc from 2012 with something current AND also build a media pc as well.
 

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In the market for a new laptop, I've had 2 in 8 years. Both were business style (Toshiba and Dell) that could do some light gaming.

Now I'm on the hunt for a new laptop I'm planning on getting a beefier Laptop that can game if required.... but also has decent battery life. That combo is hard, I'm aware that gaming off the battery is for a better word pointless. But when I'm talking long battery life I mean qhen using it for internet searches etc.

At first I was leaning toward a HP Envy that would do well in video encoding as well as gaming. I've found the perfect compromise there.

There's a HP Omen that is weaker for video encoding but would be a good gaming machine.

I'm now thinking this...


Should I pull the trigger ??
I purchased one of these recently, excellent so far, quick, work excellent with games (obviously). Worth the money imo
 

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I purchased one of these recently, excellent so far, quick, work excellent with games (obviously). Worth the money imo
Yep, youtube reviews did say it's a system for the price. Only downside being how how it gets underneath (the 2020 version, the 2021 version has a few more ventilation spots underneath). I haven't noticed it as much due to how I have the laptop resting.

I've done some video encoding with Handbrake, what used to take anywhere from 40 mins - 2 hours.... now takes 15-20 minutes at the most. Loving the time saved.

Pleased with the decision.
 

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