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So my 3 year old Asus laptop broke a hip recently, and with the lack of driver support for the odd xfire configuration the system was ready to be replaced anyway.

After some consideration, I've concluded something along the lines of an i7 4720 with a GTX 950m (GDDR5) would be an ok enough balance between battery and power for me (and not particularly interested in waiting for a good deal on a newer config).

The problem I run into is that most GTX 950m systems I see use the inferior GDDR3 memory as opposed to the GDDR5, at least in the price range I've been looking at (~$1000).

HP Currently has their Envy Quad laptop for a decent enough price and the GDDR5 950m, but I honestly can't bring myself to gamble on their build quality.

Any thoughts?

Edit: Turned out HP does not use GDDR5 950ms, unit was returned, the sales reps just pulled my chain to make the sale.

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Oops, I could have swore I responded to this thread, sry Jabbit.

I ended up ordering the HP Envy Quad Slim figuring I'd return it if I don't like it. I looked at the Y50, and it looks good (and you can actually find it on display!), but I was able max out all the options on the Envy for $300 less than the starting point on the Y50. Figuring worst case scenario I end up returning the Envy, and by then maybe I'll find a good deal on a better unit.
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I have an Envy myself, an older model and it plays games pretty good but not the heavy load games. It just over heats and shuts downs.
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I have an Envy myself, an older model and it plays games pretty good but not the heavy load games. It just over heats and shuts downs.
Yea, my experience with HP has always been that they get pretty hot, even the ones without GPUs. I finally received the unit, and although I haven't really sat down with it, the initial 20-30 minutes seems to show about the same. Just like my current/previous Asus, the unit builds up crazy heat on the upper left of the keyboard and outputs it onto my mouse hand (I'm a lefty).

Initial Thoughts on it:
The body feels better than I was expecting, no flex whatsoever. Dissapointed that per the windows battery estimate, the hp website advertises the battery life when you're using the upgraded battery, not the default, so having gone with the upgraded battery I get the same estimated 5.5 hours. With Diablo 3 running the life estimate dropped to 1 hr 23min. The fan gets decently loud running D3/HotS but I suppose that's to be expected right?
The one immediate drawback I noticed was that the 1080p screen is awful. I knew it wasn't IPS, but my 4 year old 720p Asus laptop screen looks better or at least on par with it; colors aren't quite there, and the brightness is definitely not there. Also experienced a lot of screen tearing on the D3/HotS opening videos but that may just be a driver/verticalsync issue.
Oh, the keyboard is also of the same chicklet styling you see on most other HPs. I personally dislike it, but I was aware this would likely be the case before ordering.

These are just initial thoughts after 30 minutes, and I'm having a hell of a long week, so I'll take a better look this weekend.
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Yea, my experience with HP has always been that they get pretty hot, even the ones without GPUs. I finally received the unit, and although I haven't really sat down with it, the initial 20-30 minutes seems to show about the same. Just like my current/previous Asus, the unit builds up crazy heat on the upper left of the keyboard and outputs it onto my mouse hand (I'm a lefty).

Initial Thoughts on it:
The body feels better than I was expecting, no flex whatsoever. Dissapointed that per the windows battery estimate, the hp website advertises the battery life when you're using the upgraded battery, not the default, so having gone with the upgraded battery I get the same estimated 5.5 hours. With Diablo 3 running the life estimate dropped to 1 hr 23min. The fan gets decently loud running D3/HotS but I suppose that's to be expected right?
The one immediate drawback I noticed was that the 1080p screen is awful. I knew it wasn't IPS, but my 4 year old 720p Asus laptop screen looks better or at least on par with it; colors aren't quite there, and the brightness is definitely not there. Also experienced a lot of screen tearing on the D3/HotS opening videos but that may just be a driver/verticalsync issue.
Oh, the keyboard is also of the same chicklet styling you see on most other HPs. I personally dislike it, but I was aware this would likely be the case before ordering.

These are just initial thoughts after 30 minutes, and I'm having a hell of a long week, so I'll take a better look this weekend.
I loved my Envy when I got it and now when I go from my desktop to that, it is so loud and hot, and the picture is horrific. They are good laptops but no laptop will be a true gaming PC ever.
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I loved my Envy when I got it and now when I go from my desktop to that, it is so loud and hot, and the picture is horrific. They are good laptops but no laptop will be a true gaming PC ever.
[Edit: My experience was actually exactly the same with my Asus laptop, except the screen didn't bug me as much because the system was way cheaper.]

Relative to a desktop PC yea, those are all givens. Just not entirely sure HP makes "good laptops" Big Grin

I've been desktop gaming for years, but these days I'm suffering from an odd schedule that prevents me from sitting in front of the thing most of the week, so a laptop with some light gaming capacity is a good/wanted supplement on my end.
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Well, I finally sat down with it, played a little Diablo 3 (recently picked up Reaper of Souls) and Battlefield 4...even started getting used to the screen but frames where a bit lower than what I expected, so I double checked the specs on the gpu and HD only to find out the HP sales team BS'ed me on both. Most annoying of which is that the 950m is the DDR3 model I specifically told them I didn't want. Tried contacting them today but was told I have to wait until Monday for their returns department.
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[Edit: My experience was actually exactly the same with my Asus laptop, except the screen didn't bug me as much because the system was way cheaper.]

Relative to a desktop PC yea, those are all givens. Just not entirely sure HP makes "good laptops" Big Grin

I've been desktop gaming for years, but these days I'm suffering from an odd schedule that prevents me from sitting in front of the thing most of the week, so a laptop with some light gaming capacity is a good/wanted supplement on my end.
Yeah I get that. Having a solid Laptop is great but honestly gaming on the go can be done on tablets and smart phones now a days. I do enjoy lighter games on my laptop still but after 35 minutes of minecraft it does a thermal shut down on me if I don't have the "PERFECT" settings. Could be because I got it refurbed and the fans aren't right.
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Yeah I get that. Having a solid Laptop is great but honestly gaming on the go can be done on tablets and smart phones now a days. I do enjoy lighter games on my laptop still but after 35 minutes of minecraft it does a thermal shut down on me if I don't have the "PERFECT" settings. Could be because I got it refurbed and the fans aren't right.
Yea, might have been a dud; my current Asus runs hot but doesn't crash at all. If you can stand tablet and phone games that's great, but personally I can't stand them. My 3DS does pretty good though when I can't carry around a laptop bag.

Either way, it's looking like the Quad Slim is going back, just need to request a label and get my data off the system. I suspect the sales reps might have some shady habits, because the resolutions department didn't seem to care, and their only fix is return and refund.
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Yea, might have been a dud; my current Asus runs hot but doesn't crash at all. If you can stand tablet and phone games that's great, but personally I can't stand them. My 3DS does pretty good though when I can't carry around a laptop bag.

Either way, it's looking like the Quad Slim is going back, just need to request a label and get my data off the system. I suspect the sales reps might have some shady habits, because the resolutions department didn't seem to care, and their only fix is return and refund.
I plan on getting a 3ds in the future. I had a ds ages ago and miss having a hand held.
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