New Laptop + Infrastructure Changes

Due to the death of my Lenovo Y560 a couple of weeks ago I have been looking into putting together a new desktop or getting a dedicated work laptop. While I was originally largely leaning towards either buying or building a desktop, a recent development led to me essentially spending $250 of my own money on a new laptop that meets and exceeds my expectations for specs on the machine I was looking for. As a result, I can safely say I can put the dead Y560 to rest and welcome in my new laptop.

I want to stress that I know I am going to get some flak for my choice of brand of laptop, especially since I have been so critical of Acer in the past, but I purchased an Acer Predator Helios 300. I’ve decided to name the laptop “Megumin” due to the “explosive” performance of this machine and the red/black color scheme that fits so well.

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
HDD1: 256GB Micron M.2 SSD
HDD2: 500GB Samsung SSD 850 EVO
OS: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

Originally the idea was to get a computer that I could put work files and applications on in order to dedicate it to productivity tasks for most of what I do, but in all honesty these specs are perfectly fine for me to make it my primary machine for most of my personal stuff. Instead, I opted to convert my gaming desktop into a work machine that I can also game on. The major reason for this is due to better storage options on the desktop allowing for me to keep work and personal stuff quite separate while also not needing to be able to move it.

I’ve moved the desktop into my room and my laptop moves between my room and the main room depending on what I am doing, especially when I am the only person in the house.

In terms of build quality, I am actually really impressed with it. It feels nice and solid making me feel like I could move it around on a day to day basis without worrying about breaking anything. It is lighter than the Dell laptop and might be lighter than the Lenovo was despite its weight being a “con” in many reviews. It also remains rather cool even when I am playing something like Path of Exile.

Rhythm games would require me to be connected to a monitor since the IPS display does introduce some input lag, but for everything else this works great. Overall very happy with the laptop and definitely looking forward to using this machine on a daily basis.

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