Need a laptop for designing/light gaming that doesn't weigh like a brick

  1. What is your budget? (INR or USD) 1 lakh INR (max 1.2 lakh if worth it)

  2. What size & weight consideration (if any) would you prefer?

Thin and Light; 14" screen

Mainstream; 15" - 16" screen (preferred)

  1. What are the primary tasks you will be performing with this notebook?
    Programming:

Development (visual studio)

Design (Photoshop, adobe illustrator)

Gaming:

Arcade fighting games like street fighter/soul caliber

MMOs like Dota 2, Tera online etc

Casual:

Browsing and watching FHD/4K videos

  1. Any typical configuration in your mind you’re eying for ?
  • Display - Good color coverage and brightness with at least 1080p
  • CPU - At least i7-8550U (preferably i7-8750H)
  • GPU - At least 1050 ti Max Q GPU (preferably 1060 6gb, 1070 might overkill for me)
  • Weight - At most 2.4 kg
  • Storage - At least 128 GB SSD (preferably NVMe) and up gradable
  • RAM - At least 8 GB and up gradable to 32 GB
  • Battery backup - 6-7 hours on normal usage, 2-3 hrs on gaming
  1. Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don’t like?
    no

  2. Anything else you would like to say?
    Good display, CPU and weight are my priority however i also want to be able to do some gaming with it. Also i would prefer a laptop without any keyboard issue (as i’m gonna be programming on it). Might be able to order from outside India but not before December so would prefer to buy from India.

Shortlisted :
Here’s a list I made with pros and cons (in my opinion) :
Laptop list

From the above list i’m inclined towards buying these 3 laptops:

MSI GF63 (but not sure about this as there are not much reviews about this laptop. Also MSI support in India doesn’t seem to be trustworthy)

Dell XPS 15 9570 (looks awesome despite heating issues but is this worth the money? Also why is this laptop imported from USA?)

Asus TUF FX504 GM-en017t (Great laptop all around but something seems wrong here. The model i shortlisted in above list is only available on paytmall which seems weird considering such the specs and the price)

Also this is not very urgent requirement for me. Should i wait another 1-2 months to get a better deal or a better laptop being released? (Asus Strix scar 2/hero 2 have just been released and Asus TUF FX-505 got announced )

Please help!

BTW
1 lakh INR = 1400-1500 USD

Do you need to game on the go, or is a breakout box (i.e., thunderbolt or whatever) with a GPU in it acceptable for those times?

No i’ll be gaming mostly at one place only
Ive never tried the thunderbolt. How does that work?

It can basically let you hook an external GPU or PCI based cards and other stuff as well. A dell XPS would be good enough for your needs, razer isn’t bad either, and lenovo has some decent professional laptops as well.

Wiki link:

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A little more expensive for what you get, but you can then upgrade GPU as required and while out and about you can get better battery life, less heat, etc. by just having an integrated GPU for those times.

You can also drop to a 13" machine or similar with integrated graphics only, rather than a 15" as you don’t need something physically large enough/heavy enough to contain cooling for a discrete GPU inside the machine.

Smaller, lighter laptop, smaller power brick, etc.

With the recent intel parts you can now get a quad core in a 13" or smaller form factor if you wanted to go that small/light.

You can think of Thunderbolt 3.0 as essentially PCIe 3.0 4x on a cable.

No, it’s not quite as good as a video card on a real PCIe slot, but its not crap and gives you the best of both worlds kinda.

You can leave the thunderbolt box on your desk hooked up to monitor, video card, network, mouse, keyboard, etc. Then dock your laptop with a single cable and you’ve got everything connected.