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Got a new laptop!
Posted: Posted January 2nd by Castrael

I plan either getting rid of iPad or keep it.

It's an HP Omen so I'm pretty excited and it's also being delivered on Weds. That said, I can finally play me some Portal 2 and suck at it terribly. Haha

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The Omen does have some hardware ideal for gaming. I hate to be "that guy," but laptops are not as powerful as desktops, and not as portable as tablets. Any reason you wanted a laptop specifically, as opposed to a desktop for gaming?

Posted January 2nd by mariomguy
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What up, 1-up

I have a puppy and she hates it when I'm at the desk. So, I'm on my bed most of the time with her beside me. I was considering the 7th Gen i7 pcs but they're not out yet and I needed something to replace my iPad with. It's difficult to stream on, watch Youtube videos and writing. I also plan on having my own Youtube channel.

Edited January 2nd by Castrael
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Ironically, laptops can be very limiting. You can't upgrade them, and you can't really fix them. And the parts will be more expensive because they have to be small. If you're planning on doing webcam captures alongside game captures AND playback, good luck! You can do maybe 2 of those things at a time on an older game with OK settings, but not all three at once. I'm a stickler for bang-for-your-buck gaming rigs, but if you need portability you don't really have a choice. The Omen is a much better build than what I've seen other people purchase. Congrats!

Posted January 2nd by mariomguy
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I hate to be "that guy," but laptops are not as powerful as desktops

They can be, but they're more expensive.

and not as portable as tablets.

They can be, but the performance and usability takes a hit.

I generally prefer desktop-replacement laptops to anything else. I also have a super-compact laptop that's equally as portable as a tablet -- but has a keyboard and didn't break the bank.

Posted January 2nd by Xhin
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You can't upgrade them, and you can't really fix them.

What. I've done both of those things.



Posted January 2nd by Xhin
Xhin
 

Really? I had a Dell laptop that absolutely refused to open. I was under the impression laptop manufacturers printed the chips on their own boards. Maybe this was... ages ago? IDK. My old Dell laptop didn't open.

Posted January 4th by mariomguy
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I was under the impression laptop manufacturers printed the chips on their own boards.

Some Dell Models have their CPU's soldiered onto the board so you're not wrong. I had to do a replacement motherboard and it turns out it was soldiered on (forgot the model though).

Laptop Manufacturer's are trying to make their hardware more feasible to have powerful gaming on the go.
https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GT62VR-6RE-Dominator-Pro.html#hero-overview
I would get this if I already didn't have a gaming rig.

Personally, I prefer Desktops myself, but the laptop market has definitely gotten better than it has been for a good while.

Posted January 4th by Forte Lambardi
Forte Lambardi

https://www.msi.com/Laptop/GT62VR-6RE-Dominator-Pro.html#hero-overview
Now THAT is a fricking laptop! That's actually way more powerful than my desktop computer! WOW!

But I would never spend that kind of money on something like that. I did once, bad idea. Never again.

Posted January 4th by mariomguy
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But I would never spend that kind of money on something like that. I did once, bad idea.

I hear you on that one. I am not a big fan of laptops in general largely because the abuse they take seems to shorten their lifespan not to mention ton of hot components shoved in a small space.

I guess it's largely because I see nothing but people screwing around with their laptops myself.

Posted January 4th by Forte Lambardi
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Really? I had a Dell laptop that absolutely refused to open.

Some of them are tricky. Often the screws are underneath the bumps that hold the laptop above ground, or underneath the keyboard (which there's also no uniform way to pop a laptop keyboard up).

I was under the impression laptop manufacturers printed the chips on their own boards.

I've never had to replace a chip; the motherboard always fries first.

Laptop Manufacturer's are trying to make their hardware more feasible to have powerful gaming on the go.

It really depends on the size of the laptop too. My desktop replacement laptop is massive, heavy, requires a special 200w brick, only has a 3hr battery charge, has loud fans, but when it came out it rivaled the top desktops of the day and still performs very well three years later.



Edited January 5th by Xhin
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Personally, I find no use for laptops. If I need to do actual work, I use an actual computer. If I want to goof off, I use a tablet or a game console. But portability is really important to some people, and the unlucky ones that want the portability and gaming in one have to deal with excessive heat, low battery life, low life overall, and jacked up prices.

Posted January 8th by mariomguy
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