Gaming laptops...

snowhawk

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Hey guys! I am looking at gaming laptops. I came across this one, the Legion 5 by Lenovo. I hear the wifi card is bad and needs to be replaced with an Intel one.

https://www.microcenter.com/product...ming-laptop-computer-platinum-collection-blue

Are there any other laptops that come close to this laptop? I figure I can always upgrade the wifi card.
MSI/Acer/Gigabyte/Auss/HP/Razer ... do any of these compare?

I've been doing a lot of research, and reading reviews. Trying to get all my info together before I buy a laptop in the coming weeks.

Can I do better than this laptop I listed? Thank for your thoughts!
 

Jinto

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Legion 5 is solid. Wifi is definitely bad though, I have the same Realtek card in my ThinkBook and plan to swap it out with the Intel as well.

Best buy has Legion 7 Slim on sale for the same price. It is a good bit more premium and lighter but sacrifices a bit of wattage on the 3060. Good deal if you want your gaming laptop to also be portable.
 

jarablue

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Everything now is mostly shitty max q video cards. Where is the list of higher performing max p laptops?

Why do they not state this up front as a major selling point? I do not want to buy any laptop with a gimped max q vid card.
 

Aurelius

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Everything now is mostly shitty max q video cards. Where is the list of higher performing max p laptops?

Why do they not state this up front as a major selling point? I do not want to buy any laptop with a gimped max q vid card.
As I recall, NVIDIA more or less ditched that system; now it's more up to the vendors (and curious buyers) to disclose what the performance is. Yes, it's confusing, and yes, it can mean that a laptop with an RTX 3070 might perform faster than one with a 3080 if the thermals are different.

Also, a laptop with the equivalent of Max-Q isn't "gimped;" it just means that the emphasis may be on portability or longevity. I can certainly understand wanting the best-performing laptop for the money; just know that frame rates aren't the only deciding factor in some laptop purchases.
 

ThatITGuy

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I got a high end gaming laptop just before the pandemic. It actually has a mobile 2080 (not Max Q). I have enjoyed it and used it for a long time as a desktop, while i picked up parts for a new desktop build. My problem with it is that it gets hot, then gets loud. The chance for portability is nice, but I have found that I do not move it around as much due to the bulk (both the machine and the power brick), the heat, and the noise making it more awkward to use.
 

harmattan

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As I recall, NVIDIA more or less ditched that system; now it's more up to the vendors (and curious buyers) to disclose what the performance is. Yes, it's confusing, and yes, it can mean that a laptop with an RTX 3070 might perform faster than one with a 3080 if the thermals are different.

Also, a laptop with the equivalent of Max-Q isn't "gimped;" it just means that the emphasis may be on portability or longevity. I can certainly understand wanting the best-performing laptop for the money; just know that frame rates aren't the only deciding factor in some laptop purchases.
Ultra confusing. It can also mean a mobile RTX 3070 performs like a mobile RTX 3060 (which performs like a desktop 3050 ti) because of the power envelope the vendor decided on for their laptop. Also, nV has once again reverted to using cut-down chips with the same number designations as their desktop counterparts e.g. a mobile 3080 has significantly less CUDA and tensor cores than a desktop 3080.

Max-Q branding wasn't perfect, but you generally knew what you were getting: a power-reduced version of the chip meant for portability.
 
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