Shall I get a gaming laptop? Yes, I know I want to and my experience of playing BG3 on my working machine, was poor.

Here’s some pages and links, the reviews

  1. Best for Baldurs Gate 3 from pcguide, includes the min and recommended spec. They point at Acer, Lenovo, and MSI, whom I have not heard of before. About MSI!
  2. I also found this, Best gaming laptop from PC Gamer, who recommends a Lenovo and Best gaming laptops compared from GamesRadar, who doesn’t look at HP/Lenovo, but does look at the Alienware range.
  3. Is Lenovo better than HP? from laptop outlet. And good old intel vs AMD, looks like Intel today or whenever this was written.
  4. This explained how to understand the video card names and capability.

I need W10 (or newer) but the following hardware is recommended, Processor: Intel i7 8700K / AMD r5 3600, 16GB RAM, Graphics: Nvidia 2060 Super / RX 5700 XT (8GB+ of VRAM) & 150 GB of SSD space, which given people are shipping 512 GB SSD, at the cheaper end, is a bit tight!

I made a short list at Currys. Having looked at some HP laptops, I chose to look at couple of Lenovo’s & a couple of MSI systems. I went to visit my local Curry’s and decided I wanted/needed a bigger screen, but the 17″ screens become very expensive. My final list consisted of a Lenovo Legion Slim 5 and an MSI Stealth 16, which was on special offer. So I got the latter, I think because the screen technology is better and it was on special offer. The good news is that it comes with a two years manufacturer’s warranty, a back lit keyboard, and a fingerprint reader, which I wanted.

Inside the box

MSI have a forums site, which I first visited to see if I could change the keyboard colours. You can, but i found youtube more helpful.

I also checked out a couple of HPs, but came to the conclusion that if buying mainstream the Lenovo’s were better.

I have a, currently, private page on BG3 but have shortened the technology paragraph.

Dave Technology , , , ,

One Comment

  1. I removed my HP notes from the article today and have inserted a slide show of my unboxing it. I said about the HPs, earlier in the month, I looked at an OMEN 16 Gaming Laptop NVIDIA® Ryzen 7, GeForce RTX™ 4060 (8GB), 16GB RAM, At the HP web store, they allow you to specify the SSD size and Video cache size. I also looked at another HP Omen which is very similar but offers an intel CPU, OMEN 16 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7 Processor, RTX 4060 (video cache unstated), 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, 16″ WUXGA, from John Lewis and an HP “Victus” from John Lewis, or Lenovo Idea Pad.

    I got the MSI yesterday, and it’s not very light, but I was reminded of the weight of my MacBook Pro as I got rid of it today and had to carry it to the library. i.e. it is/was pretty heavy, I am not surprised I gave up taking it to work.

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