Lenovo - 15.6" Touch-Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive - Silver
I usually do not recommend laptops for Second Life, but some people like them. Here is a very good (and genuine) deal over at the Lenovo web site for today. I checked, and this price is lower than the retail outlets by at least $100,00.
The Intel Chipset (a fourth generation I-7) and memory are excellent, and there is even a 16 gig solid state drive component. Where this computer (and all laptops) has lower performance than the excellent Acer Predator I reviewed here yesterday was in the size and power of it's graphics card. Laptops get very hot since there is not much room to blow air around components to cool them down, and graphic cards heat up to a great degree. Nothing will degrade the performance of any computer as much as overheating,
Still, this does have an NVIDIA card (much better than ATI cards for Second Life due to architecture issues), the largest that that I would recommend for a 15 inch laptop,- and should run Second Life in high graphics settings almost all the time (except for very busy sims) and should let you do ultra shadow photography if you are stationary.
This laptop also has a touch screen, something I would not use on a desktop, but see the need for on any device I would travel with. Many people like them on laptops even though they come at a premium -- but at this price the cost,it hardly matters.
Lenovo U530 Touch - 59436103 - Silver
Processor:4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB)
Operating system:Windows 8.1 64
Graphics:NVIDIA Geforce GT 730M N14M-GS DDR3 2GB
Memory:8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
Display:15.6" FHD LED AntiGlare Multitouch with integrated camera (1920x1080)
Pointing device:Multi-finger one-piece TouchPad without buttons
Hard Drive:1TB 5400 RPM+16GB SSD
Height 0.9 inches
Width 15.2 inches
Depth 10.2 inches
Weight 4.9 pounds
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