My desktop has an
i3-4130 along with
4 GB RAM and no dedicated graphics card.
I am about to get a laptop, and want to evaluate these three:
Acer Predator Helios 300 -
Core i7-9750, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 256 GB SSD, 6 GB GeForce 1660Ti
Asus Zenbook Duo -
Core i7-10510U, 16 GB RAM (DDR3), 1 TB SSD, 2 GB GeForce MX250
Asus TUF Gaming A15 -
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 256 GB SSD, 6 GB GeForce 1660Ti
[There's some uncertainity in models of A15]
I'm just a student but I like programming so I do use Android Studio, Visual Studio Code, PyCharm, and some other IDEs which require less resources than how much Android Studio does.
Sometimes I need to create my own assets for my application, so I use PhotoShop.
I do make some videos for YouTube and I wish to use Adobe After Effects which I have actually used once on my desktop and as you will expect it ofcourse took my an hour to render a short video.
Each of the above laptop have some attributes that I like but are confusing me. My first preference is the Predator Helios 300 for sure, except it's battery but this is acceptable because it's just powerful.
Actual confusion arises due to Asus A15 which is launched recently (yet to be launched in India) because the processor as per I've heard is faster than the
i7. But again, some people said me that I should go for Intel because it's reliable. I don't know if AMD lasts less than Intel. Should be a Myth just like when people compare Snapdragon and Mediatek. [Asus TUF Gaming F15 has Intel Intel® Core™ i7 10750H but looks like this one will take a long time to arrive especially in India]
Also A15 has a plastic build with 3 heat sinks while Predator is all metal with 4 heat sinks.
Coming to the last one, I definitely wanted the Zenbook Duo for its second screen which indeed is very useful. But, it has
DDR3 RAM, weaker graphics, and only 2GB of video RAM. It does have a 10th Generation i7, but it is labelled
U, meaning it is low powered.
As I have mentioned earlier I need to use After Effects so I can drop idea of getting the Zenbook Duo.
[Zenbook PRO Duo is way too much expensive than these 3 so that's not an option for me]
TUF Gaming A15 is available with 90Wh battery which could be helpful. There isn't much difference else. But plastic body, can it be less rigid than Predator? That's why I'm confused else Predator is a good choice.
The aggressive gaming style of laptop won't be a problem; the Predator looks nothing less than a beast. I would be mostly home and wrapped around that charger, but even if I'm out, the Predator gives at least 2-3 hours of battery life [on light tasks, anyways won't be gaming outside of course] so shouldn't be an issue.
Which one should I go for? All these laptops are in price range of around
1300-1500 USD [1 - 1.20 lakh INR].
Also I hope it won't affect the performance if the laptop was released 1 year. The Predator, was launched in April 2019.