UK Laptop to move back into PC gaming from console, and get into VR.

ErrantRook

  • Total budget and country of purchase: UK, around £1,300 - £2,000.
  • Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply. Traditional form factor is fine, battery life is nice but not a priority, best spec for money is most important.
  • How important is weight and thinness to you? I like a sleek, non-gaudy design, so slim would be nice but not vital.
  • Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux. Windows.
  • Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A. Around 14" would be ideal, but from what I've seen it looks like I may have to settle for a larger size to get a decent spec -- 15.6" max.
  • Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run. Predominantly gaming including VR, but I also do some video/graphic editing for work.
  • If you're gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want? I don't have particular games to prioritise, but modern games at a decent graphics setting.
  • Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)? Who wouldn't want reliable build quality? Otherwise no, not really.
  • Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion. Some smaller gaming laptops seem to only offer a 256GB SSD, which I don't think is feasible -- would need a larger SSD, or a second HDD along with it.

LonerIM2 05/26/2019

I would recommend this ASUS ROG Zephyrus

Slim like you want, high-quality case, the bottom of the GM501 is made of plastic, the top and the display cover are metal (the lid has a brushed finish). It comes with 512GB of SSD and 1TB FireCuda SSHD and as you mentioned it is what you need.

Screen is IPS with 144Hz refresh rate, G-Sync.

the keyboard is much more comfortable.

Color coverage is very good at 60% for RGB and 93% for sRGB.

Battery life is about 4 hours a maximum runtime.

It has 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 port, 1x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type C Thunderbolt port.

It did not have to deal with real throttling (when the clock rate falls to below the base rate). Even under load, the CPU managed to keep up a minimum clock rate of 2.3 GHz. The GeForce GTX 1070 also runs in boost mode all the time.

it comes with GTX 1070 graphics (fully powered, fully unthrottled), you can check the below link to see how the 1070 GPU perform on the games you are planning to play (scroll down for the FPs and settings expected or ctrl+f then type the name of your game).

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX-1070-Laptop.169549.0.html