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Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:41 pm

So basically I'm looking a picking up a laptop that will mostly be used for productivity (office type stuff) for school (very handy for my capstone engineering courses) with the one caveat being that I want to be able to run Starcraft II on it. The idea is to be able to come home for weekend visits and play SCII with my dad.
Two important notes:
1) Through my work I can swing about 20% off Dell stuff
2) Through my school I can get 10-15% off Apple stuff

Thoughts?
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:08 pm

How about something like the Asus K42JV-X1 (14") or Sony VAIO E Series VPCEB2UFX/BI (15") or CW Series VPCCW22FX/W (14") ?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6834127206
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:11 pm

The Inspiron 14R looks pretty nice for around $800 and has HD5470 graphics in terms of dell stuff. Not overwhelming, but I would think it should be able to handle Starcraft at 720P anyway.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:14 pm

1. Do you have a budget? The mention of 'Apple' and 'Performance' in the same breathe should include the thought 'molest your wallet'.
2. I really don't like Dell's workmanship. Their keyboards and touchpads in particular turn me off, and Apple is definitely a win here, but I'd cross-shop HP. Consider your discount of course, it might be worth it to just get a keyboard and mouse. You can get a keyboard with a USB hub, wireless units, or a docking station depending on what you're looking for to alleviate a Dell's input woes.

SCII isn't the most demanding game, and shouldn't be considering Blizzard's wide audience. You might also want to tell us what you mean by 'play,' as well, because even the integrated graphics on a 965G chipset used with the first Core processors was able to 'play' World of Warcraft/Lord of the Rings Online/Torchlight. I'd recommend discrete AMD 58XX or Nvidia GTX-200 or 400 series cards for your top end, but these will cost you.

Looking at the basic Macbook, the $999 one, it seems that its Geforce 320M doesn't do to terribly bad; 48 Nvidia shaders at 450MHz is pretty good for integrated graphics, and it has all of the decoding goodies built in. It can handle WoW handily at medium settings. Looks good if you want a Mac, just remember that it only comes with 2GB of RAM, so you'll need to hit up the Egg.

Looking at the Dells, there seem to be quite a few options. I like the Studio 17, whose Mobility Radeon 4650 looks pretty competitive- 320 AMD shaders at 500Mhz.

And after some research, I have more refinement questions: what about screen size, quality, and resolution? There's an Alienware that has a low resolution 11" screen that doesn't otherwise look bad, and the Studio above is 17". It's a big difference. Also, the larger laptops usually include a keyboard that has a number pad attached, a relic reintroduced to the masses with the advent of 'wide' screens on laptops. It's definitely something I want in a laptop (1080p screens are usually large, and therefore wide, enough to support them).
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:27 pm

chasscF1 wrote:The Inspiron 14R looks pretty nice for around $800 and has HD5470 graphics in terms of dell stuff. Not overwhelming, but I would think it should be able to handle Starcraft at 720P anyway.
I'll agree with the Inspiron 14R. The Alienware M11x might be interesting, too.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:57 pm

Budget is around $1000, obviously less if i can swing it.

I was originally looking at 13 in. screens, but the 15s are looking nice too. I looked at the Dell studio 15 and was able to get 1920x1080 into that 15 in. display. That would be pretty sweet.

The reason i was looking at the apple notebooks was that i've always been impressed with their construction and i can get the 13in. macbook pro for the same price as the standard white macbook.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:02 pm

alloyD wrote:...the Dell studio 15 and was able to get 1920x1080 into that 15 in. display. That would be pretty sweet...

That's exactly what I have. It's nice. =) I expect that you could play SCII on low/medium settings with the HD 4570 or HD 5470 (they're basically identical), because mine can handle source engine and UE3 games with little trouble.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:16 pm

What do you think of the craftsmanship and all that about the Studio 15? Are the keyboard and touchpad okay?
I'm kind of leaning towards the Dell with these specs:
Studio 15
Processor: Core i3-350m
Graphics: Mobility Radeon HD 5470 1GB (I'm pretty sure it's dedicated)
Display: 1900x1080
Battery: 9-cell 85whr

The impression that I've been getting from reading around is that bumping up to the mobile i5's isn't going to get you much.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Thu Jul 01, 2010 12:00 am

If you could deal with horrid resolution this would be a good laptop:

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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Thu Jul 01, 2010 11:29 pm

The 5470 is just a die-shrink of the 4570, which I have. I like it; it does what I need it to. It is discrete, but towards the lower end of the discrete market.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Fri Jul 02, 2010 9:24 am

grantmeaname wrote:The 5470 is just a die-shrink of the 4570, which I have. I like it; it does what I need it to. It is discrete, but towards the lower end of the discrete market.


Yeah, I had read that too, but what I'm more concerned about is the craftsmanship of the laptop itself. How are the keyboard and touchpad?
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:36 am

I'm satisfied with them. Little to no flex. The key travel is less than I would prefer, to be honest. Check out the TR review of the Studio 14, it's little brother, to see what Geoff thinks.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Sat Oct 30, 2010 5:47 am

Just avoid anything with "Intel Graphics". This is the first filter you should set when you look for a new PC.
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Re: Laptop that can play Starcraft II

Postposted on Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:22 am

My brother has the ASUS G73JH-A2 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, which cost around $1,500, and it's fast enough to play crysis, but he uses it for HON.
I was very impressed, and if I was in the market for a laptop, I'd get it. The extra performance is well worth the additional 500$.
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