It certainly will, but at 9.5 lbs there’s a definite tradeoff.
That Asus sells for $2k in the US. Compare that to the brand-new Razer Blade, also selling at $2k but dramatically more portable, less than half the weight at 4.25 pounds, with a high-DPI screen and gorgeous machined aluminum macbook pro-like build quality.
Of course that’s a 14" screen versus 17", and a 970M versus 980M, and no 1TB magnetic HD. But it is a dramatically nicer computer and it’s actually portable as opposed to “luggable”. So if you don’t plan to move your laptop, the asus is a clear choice.
And of course prices will probably vary in Denmark.
Thanks stusser - I did look at razer, but they do not sell their wares in Europe, and their keyboards are still american only, meaning, they miss our æ, ø and å. A small thing, but an annoyance in the long run.
I do think that maybe its a good idea to wait a few months, and see what happens with the EGpu thingie. But theoretically, any computer with Thunderbolt should be able to take advantage of it, right?
I don’t know if Dell sells in Europe or not. I purchased my Alienware, not without a few headaches, with a 970m for barely above 1K as a refurb. So far, once I fixed the rookie mistakes, it’s done well.
Yes. Certified direct from dell including a one year warranty. The warranty was the primary reason I considered it along with the price of course. Look for coupon codes, frequently at 35% up to 50% off Dell Outlet, but you have to browse a bit before you find one that is a modern machine with an ssd and at least a 970m. I saw the 980s too but it was more than I wanted to spend since next year I will be doing a full new desktop build.
Anyone got anything good or bad to say about Gigabyte’s laptops? I’m interested by something along the lines of the P55W v5. I mean, the Alienware 15 R2 also looks decent but reports about it having a poor 1080p screen put me off. I’m doing more photo work these days, and I really am over 1366 x 768 TN panels. ;) The 15 R2’s 4k screen might be a bit too rich for my blood though, and 1080p is fine otherwise.
I always hate buying new laptops. I fall between two stools; I don’t really need an OTT gaming laptop, but “business / productivity” laptops just don’t cut it for gaming I like to do when traveling. My old laptop always dies when the US to AU dollar exchange rates suck balls, and I can never find one that ticks all the boxes I need (15 inch, decent GPU that’s going to play mid-tier games for at least 2-3 years, good battery life for non-gaming use preferably >6 hrs, good quality display, decent keyboard, preferably doesn’t weigh a tonne causing carry-on luggage issues at airports).
My Lenovo Z580 has done good work, 3.5 years with a 2.9 GHz i7 GPU and a 640M. But its time is quickly coming to an end (I’m at the “back up all work at end of day in case it doesn’t boot the next day” stage), and I’m tired of its crappy screen.
My aging desktop has died and I’m looking for a non-travel laptop to replace it. My budget is just about $2000, or a bit more. I have my eyes on this MSI. Amazon reviews are positive, as are many other reviews. What does QTT think? Anyone have a similar computer and have advice for a purchase? It needs to be a laptop since I’m either in my bedroom, living room, or office. It won’t be for travel, so weight and battery life are not issues. Keeping up with current and future games, however, is an issue. All advice is welcome.
But remember that new GPUs are coming out in June, and rumors are that the AMD chips in particular are very power-efficient. Even though you don’t care about size and battery life, laptops are still constrained by cooling considerations. So you may be able to get a lot more for your money if you can wait a bit.
I’m ashamed to say that after almost 30 years of PC gaming, I’m still limited in my understanding of hardware and their various combinations. I looked at the MSI over the ASUS due to the 980m over the 970m, because if I ever entered into the VR world I read that the 980 is the card to get. I currently have an older ASUS ROG laptop that I love (despite having to send it in under warranty due to a crashed hard drive). The comparable ROG to the MSI I and considering is over my price range. Am I missing something important I should be aware of?
Side note: it is do or die as far as buying a laptop in the next couple of weeks. I convinced my wife to budget for a new laptop since we got our taxes back and refinanced our house (giving us a mortgage “free” month). If I wait too long the money will disapppear and my wife will cool off on buying the laptop. Yeah, I’m the man of the house…
The Wirecutter actually recommends a different variant of that same MSI laptop as their “step-up” configuration. The Wirecutter recommended version costs $100 less up front, also has a $100 rebate, has twice the SSD storage, and 8GB additional RAM, but comes with a slightly (100Mhz) slower CPU.
You’re correct in that the 980M meets the minimum spec for current-gen VR. It’s the second-fastest GPU you can get in a laptop today, beat only by the desktop-class GTX 980 (and SLI variants too). But laptops with the desktop GTX 980 start at almost $3k.
Funny you mention MSI gaming laptops. pcper.com recently posted this article/video explaining the differences between around 27 models of gaming laptops MSI makes right now. Hope it helps you settle your choice.
p.s. Consider buying more power adapters, so it’s one less thing to lug around beside your laptop.
I’d be wary about getting a laptop for VR without finding clear evidence that the particular model works well with it. From what I understand both headsets are really picky about various HDMI and USB attributes which may be lacking in a laptop.
It sounds like you may be okay with the Vive, but no mobile GPUs are even officially supported by Oculus. Although they DO sell a laptop with a desktop 980 in it and those will work.
I bought an MSI GE70 Apache Pro-061 and like it quite a bit. Good build quality, nice screen, and a backlit SteelSeries keyboard. The trackpad is a bit odd, but I rarely use it.
It only has an 860M in it (my budget was below $1k), but it runs recent stuff like Titanfall and PvZ:GW well. I don’t demand high settings of every game. It does run pretty warm on the left side exhaust when gaming, but that’s to be expected of any laptop with a dedicated graphics chip.