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Hello everybody,
I own an MSI GX680 and through these years I've been using it to play games, edit my videos and photos but I'm planning for an upgrade. When I browse the market, there's an enormous number of options including the brands MSI, Asus, HP, Alienware, Lenovo and even Razor!
I really don't know what I should do!
I think an Intel Core i7 or i9 with an Nvidia 3060 or 3070 is good, but I don't know how to choose the perfect gear.

I was thinking about a gaming laptop with a touch screen, but I'm not pretty sure if a touch screen is really functional for me. It should also be light. My GX680 is around 4 kilograms.

When I Google for a good laptop I have too many options! I'm totally confused.
My budget is around 1300 dollars.
Thanks for your help.
 
Gaming/Performance laptops are usually heavier because they have bigger screens and overall larger and sturdier structural design.

Those laptops are usually used to replace a desktop PC so weight is not a big deal for most of people. If you have to carry such laptop with you, there is a backpack specially designed for large and heavy items.

To get an idea, you can start with this config then compare the price against laptops from other brands

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/laptops/intel/spd/alienware-m15-r7-gaming-laptop
 

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Gaming/Performance laptops are usually heavier because they have bigger screens and overall larger and sturdier structural design.

Those laptops are usually used to replace a desktop PC so weight is not a big deal for most of people. If you have to carry such laptop with you, there is a backpack specially designed for large and heavy items.

To get an idea, you can start with this config then compare the price against laptops from other brands

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/laptops/intel/spd/alienware-m15-r7-gaming-laptop
Thank you for your reply.
I do understand that, but laptops are much less heavier these days, even gaming ones. And I'm looking for something around 2 kilograms.

This Alienware one is a good one, but a bit expensive. Should I buy from Dell? How about MSI or Asus?

Mainly, I will be working with Adobe Premiere and Photoshop on my device. So which GPU and CPU should the laptop have?

I cannot afford a gadget more than 1300 dollars. Actually I'm planning on buying something between 1000 and 1300 dollars.

I do appreciate your response.
 

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Could you let me know what games you play and the sites you use to buy laptops? I would not recommend a touchscreen for a gaming laptop as this adds weight and makes the screen glossy.
I will be working with Adobe Premiere, Photoshop and Edius most of the times. I will be also playing fist shooting games like COD or sports games like FIFA.

I thought a touchscreen can be useful for Photoshop or Illustrator.

I'm not using any particular websites to find the laptop. I just Google it.

I do appreciate your help. I'm still on the fence.
 

velo3100

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If you use the cc versions of illustrator and Photoshop, then a touchscreen is good. But then you will be focusing more on 360 convertibles as they are better for pen input then gaming laptops. If you don't use a pen, then I would stay away from it as your hand is not as fast as your mouse.

I would look into the Dell XPS range as there was sales for it, Asus g14 or g15.
 

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If you use the cc versions of illustrator and Photoshop, then a touchscreen is good. But then you will be focusing more on 360 convertibles as they are better for pen input then gaming laptops. If you don't use a pen, then I would stay away from it as your hand is not as fast as your mouse.

I would look into the Dell XPS range as there was sales for it, Asus g14 or g15.
Should I buy an Intel or an AMD manufactured CPU? How about the GPU? An Nvidia is better, right? Should I buy an Asus ROG? How about MSI?

For the touchscreen, I will be working with CC version of Adobe products using a pen apparently.
 

velo3100

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You will need to make a choice, do you want a gaming laptop or a pen enabled laptop.

For gaming, I think AMD CPUs are better. The GPU will depend on if you want ray tracing as nivida is better.

For premier Pro, I think it favours intel chips.

MSI is a good brand for gaming but their productivity laptops tend to be expensive.
 

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Admittedly, I am even more confused! I don't know whether to buy AMD or Intel/ Nvidia or Radeon !!!

I know I need a good laptop that delivers high performance. My current gadget is an MSI so I was thinking of the same brand, while I found that Asus ROG, Lenovo Legion and HP Omen devices are also good.
Actually, I was going to buy a 13-inch Macbook pro but some people talked me out of it and told me that it will not deliver the performance I expect.

My current device is around 4 kilograms so I want something much lighter.

I am a graphic designer and an editor so mainly, I will be working with ADOBE CC and Edius software applications but I do enjoy playing video games so I cannot wait to run the latest games on my future device.

Here are some gadgets I found online, but I do not know which one to buy:

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/legion-laptops/legion-5-series/legion-5i-gen-6-(15''-intel)/82jh008hus

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/legion-laptops/legion-5-series/legion-5-gen-6-(15”-amd)-gaming-laptop/82jucto1wwus1

https://www.hp.com/gb-en/shop/product.aspx?id=4S1E4EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB

https://www.hp.com/gb-en/shop/product.aspx?id=39P51EA&opt=ABU&sel=NTB



I have not yet checked MSI laptops!
 

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I think the trick is going to be editing down the features. A 3060 and light and a touchscreen and new and under $1300 is not a realistic combination. You're going to have to decide what is more important to you and what is less important.
 

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I think the trick is going to be editing down the features. A 3060 and light and a touchscreen and new and under $1300 is not a realistic combination. You're going to have to decide what is more important to you and what is less important.
Thank you but all the laptops which I sent a link to, are around $1300.
The touchscreen was my priority but it is not anymore. By lightness, I mean more portable than my current device (MSI GX680) so around 2 kilograms would be fine.
So now which gadget should I go for? The one that gives me a high performance (for graming and editing), is around 2 - 2.5 kilograms, approximately $1300, and excellent build quality.

I was thinking that to build a good laptop companies should put together the best products in the best way, so which one is more successful in doing so? Asus? MSI? HP? Lenovo?
 
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Before suggesting anything, I need to know if you plan to use this laptop for gaming again. And it is pretty hard to use the same computer for gaming and editing videos; you may probably need a model with a strong processor. And this one should be universal, to cover all your purposes. I suggest you try the dell XPS 15 9570 15.6 inches laptop. It has a big screen, a good processor and is even lighter than your old one. Moreover, it can perform all actions perfectly and is compatible with many browsers. I use windows on it for work.
 
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Before suggesting anything, I need to know if you plan to use this laptop for gaming again. And it is pretty hard to use the same computer for gaming and editing videos; you may probably need a model with a strong processor.
I need it to use Adobe and Office family applications mainly. Sporadically I will be playing games. I don't know which brand to buy MSI, OMEN, MACBOOK OR SURFACE.
I do appreciate your help.
 

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