Laptop specs

By speedyhumzy
May 2, 2015
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  1. Hello I'm going to buy a laptop for webbing, work, streaming movies but mostly gaming. I am wondering if it can run league of legends with constant 60fps without shadows but high resolution or minecraft with 100fps+ and maybe bo2 with smooth gameplay. The laptop is a Hp envy Intel i7 8gbs ram and gtx 850m with 4gb ram, here is full info
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,334   +622

    Laptops are lousy gaming machines due the absence of a decent GPU.
    I use my Dell (see profile for specs) for web development all the time and have
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  3. speedyhumzy

    speedyhumzy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Cool man, but I need the mobility and I'm not going for hardcore gaming, just for them 3 games basically. So is the laptop worth it?
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,334   +622

    Not a gamer personally, so I'm not a good reference on this. I'm the webmaster/I.T. guy.
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  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 900   +15

    Hello there! I've done a little review research on the laptop you mentioned (HP Envy 15 - K201) and I found two reviews of hp envy 15 with slightly different configurations:

    HP Envy 15 - K010
    HP Envy 15 - K230

    it appears that the one you're interested in is closer in terms of specs to the K230. basically if you're using it for casual gaming it's fine. but for more intensive gaming session, you're better off with something more high-end.

    if specs and gaming are your main concern, I would not recommend a hp envy laptop for gaming. my past experience with an older envy 16 (the one with first-gen i7) reminds me of the downclocked graphics and puny heatsink that result in poor graphic performance whenever the laptop heats up. not to mention the higher price tags just for the "envy" branding.

    Judging from the benchmark values listed in the reviews above, it seems that the downclocking routine is still present in modern envy laptops:
  6. speedyhumzy

    speedyhumzy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    By 'casual gaming' can it run the games I've specified and some modern games at medium settings such as counter strike?
  7. speedyhumzy

    speedyhumzy TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Shall I get the Asus n550jk or the hp envy for gaming
  8. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 900   +15

    that envy laptop will do high settings just fine at 1920x1080 resolution for the games you mentioned earlier:
    - league of legends
    - minecraft
    - black ops II
    - counter strike

    because to be frank those games are neither recent nor very demanding. if you play newer demanding games such as evolve, battlefield hardline and gta v, that laptop may only deliver low-medium settings at 1920x1080 (which is the native resolution for the laptop's display).

    I would choose the asus if the price is more competitive, since it uses weaker i5 cpu.

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