New work laptop

Craig Summers
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So I’m looking for a new work laptop, needs to be powerful so best options are gaming laptops. Have been looking at the new Razer Blade but would be open to other laptops if they are better, here are requirements as such:

1) What is your budget?

2) What size notebook would you prefer?
c. Thin and Light; 13" - 14" screen

3) Where will you buying this notebook? You can select the flag of your country as an indicator.

4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?

5) Would you consider laptops that are refurbished/redistributed?

6) What are the primary tasks will you be performing with this notebook?
Gaming, office workload, virtual lab such as HyperV, VMware, Gns3

7) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places, leaving it on your desk or both?
Travelling around city and office for work

8:) Will you be playing games on your notebook? If so, please state which games or types of games?

9) How many hours of battery life do you need?
Not relevant

10) Would you prefer to see the notebooks you're considering before purchasing it or buying a notebook on-line without seeing it is OK?
online is ok

11) What OS do you prefer? Windows (Windows 7 / 10, Mac OS, Linux, Chrome OS, etc.
Windows only

Screen Specifics
12) From the choices below, what screen resolution(s) would you prefer? Keep in mind screen size in conjunction with resolution will play a large role in overall viewing comfort level. Everyone is different. Some like really small text, while others like their text big and easy to read. (Scroll down to see screen resolution information.)
1080p or 1440p

13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen? (Scroll down to see explanations.)

Build Quality and Design

14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?

15) When are you buying this laptop?

16) How long do you want this laptop to last?
3 years

Notebook Components

17) How much hard drive space do you need? Do you want a SSD drive?
PCIe SSD 1TB also DDR4 RAM at least 16GB

18) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD Burner, Blu-ray Reader or Blu-Ray Burner?
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RaminTechnical Advisor

I think you selected the best Option.  Razer Blade pro is the best Option with 1GB SSD.
ReeceICT Consultant

I'm not too sure about the UK, but I'm in Australia and have an almost 3yr old Gigabyte P35K (i7/16GB/2x mSATA/2x 2.5" SATA3/GTX870M) and run 3 SSD's in it and a 1TB 7200RPM drive.  

I'd highly recommend the Gigabyte systems such as
If you take away your 14" constraint, you open up a much better range (see  
Gigabyte also make the Aorus range (, but they're a bit to flashy looking for me to get away with as a work laptop.
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let me correct my previous post,

I think you've selected the best Option.
Razer Blade is the best Option with 1GB SSD.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Gaming, office workload, virtual lab such as HyperV, VMware, Gns3

I do everything there except for gaming.

If you want another option to consider, I use the machine below for business consulting.

ThinkPad X1, i7, 16 GB, 1 TB SSD NVM-e drive (fast), 14 inch screen, 1/2 inch thick, 2.5 pounds, Windows 10 64-bit Pro, Intel 520 Video, Intel 8260 AC wireless.
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/Storage

Surface Book 2 with 15" display. Wow factor is pretty amazing and it has an awesome built-in graphics engine built on NVIDIA.

I personally like to write versus type so a tablet style device is important to me. Surface Pro 4 is my current principle device with the newest pen. When the 15" SB2 comes available in Canada it will be a top contender for an upgrade.

I don't game, I work with them all day. ;)

My principle power use is Hyper-V lab building for our proof-of-concept standalone and clustered environments. So, RAM and fast storage are a must. For storage though, I have an Intel SSD in a StarTech USB3 2.5" enclosure that has enough IOPS and bandwidth to do the job.
OMG.  Stop with the Lenovo.  I would not recommend Lenovo if you need support.  Their support is a bit lacking, from dealing with them a few times recently.  When Thinkpads were IBM, they were top notch, but Lenovo thinkpads are not in the same class.  The X1 is not what I would recommend from Lenovo for Gaming.

The Razor Blade and Gigabyte as suggested above are gaming systems.  Here's a good summary review of the suggested systems from above.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I get outstanding service from Lenovo as do my clients. Great service. Otherwise I would not recommend them
Robert OrnelasVP Operations at Cook's Computer

Take a look at the HP ZBooks  they are pretty decent.

Dell XPS 15 is well built, stylish and reliable.  Its edge display puts a 15 inch display in a shell about the size of razer blade 14 inch laptop.  Its thinner at 11-17mm vs 22mm on the razer.  

It also sports an  i7 7700HQ, can support 32gb memory, but only offers a 512gb SSD.   Ports are similar with USB 3.0, HDMI port and a Thunderbolt™ 3 (2 lanes of PCI Express Gen 3) supporting: Power in/charging, PowerShare, Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbps bi-directional), USB 3.1 Gen 2 (10Gbps), Native DisplayPort 1.2 video output.  

Its aluminum and carbon fiber case, gorilla glass screen option and variety of docking and connection options, make it a survivor for road warriors.   With a large base of corporate users and first class support department, Dell Latitudes/XPS have a history of providing  years of reliable service.  

I think they compare well.
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have a look at the Asus ROG series  :
ReeceICT Consultant

@Ramin - do you mean 1TB SSD?
RaminTechnical Advisor

Do you mean 1TB SSD?

Yes, Exactly.

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