Hey peoples Ive got $1500 USD to spend on a laptop that i'm mostly going to be using for mobile gaming and video editing. I also do other workstation style jobs like music editing and animations but not horribly demanding. I know these questions pop up all the time but i have just been out of the hardware game for a while and would like some help getting a good bang for my buck.
I'm not picky either. 15-17" is perfect for me. I don't care about backlit keyboards, webcams, great speakers, aesthetics, weight, size, sound, smell... Really all i'm looking for is good hardware to run windows 10 and/or linux on. A good keyboard and panel with enough input/outputs for things like mice, capture card, HDMI out etc..
I've been looking at things like the MSI GS70 STEALTH-280 or the ASUS ROG G751JY-WH71 off amazon for a while now and would like either some feedback on those or some suggestions for alternatives because I trust the general consensus here more than on amazon.
fortunately I do have a good PC build otherwise I would be tempted to get that ridiculous MSI gt80 that just got posted and use that beast as a dedicated device. I'm really looking for a mobile "workstation" but it doesn't need to be god-tier it just needs to be able to fill in when I'm out. I figured $1500 would be okay, but hey like i said mobile hardware isn't my forte.
As mentioned I really just want good hardware for a workstation. Battery life and "portability" aren't really a need for me it can be as thick as a dictionary and sound like an airplane taking off. I'm not the type of person to hole up in a coffee shop and play League all day, more like the kind of person that will just sit at an empty table in a hotel room or a guest room with my laptop plugged in almost 100% of the time. I also use a USB mouse so the trackpad can be rubbish for all I care as long as the keyboard is decent.
I used to have a lot of respect in alienware just like I did in Apple, and forgot about them when they got bought out and changed with hardware just like i did in Apple. I'll look more into the 15 R2 though, and I am aways open to more suggestions as I'm in no rush.
Id look at getting a sager or clevo barebones laptop... In some cases you can get the same 980m/6600k thats in the $1800+ Laptops for $1500-$1600 and then later when you have the cash you can upgrade the unimpressive/meager storage and memory thats included.
Clevo is a new name to me. I Also forgot about Sager. Sager and Origin both make nice boutique towers in my opinion. After looking around a little at the Clevo Barebones "DIY" laptops i'm starting to like the idea, as long as i find a chassis and panel i like. I'll look into it more and see just how much I can get behind it.