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Old April 1, 2018, 14:43   #1
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best laptop for playin Angband?

wondering what operating system/laptop people play Angband on and how they like it. Pretty sure I am going to return the MacBook Pro I just bought given that it is not at all pro in performance. Quite disappointed.Thinking maybe a Dell? What do people recommend. Not sure what the most stable PCs are these days.
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Old April 1, 2018, 17:26   #2
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I am using an Dell XPS 13 which is the best laptop I've ever had. But for Angband, a 15" screen on a 14" format laptop would be more ideal for me so the brand new Dell XPS 15" 2-in-1 would be my perfect choice. Expensive, but I am getting one for my wife since it not only has bigger screen but also more power and Nvidia graphics. I run Windows 10 Pro.

I'm sure there are other good options #iworkfordell
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Old April 1, 2018, 18:42   #3
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In the past, I'd say get the Surface 3 (not Pro). Unfortunately, there is no inexpensive replacement. Surface is now pretty pricey.
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Old April 1, 2018, 22:02   #4
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I use a MacBook Pro, but I can't say it's ideal. I'm envious of those desktop players with multiple monitors. Maybe then I'd be able to play using Shockbolt's cool tiles.
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Old April 2, 2018, 01:00   #5
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I like smaller, lighter laptops. I just bought a MacBook Pro 13" on a whim, because it was $1000 (down from $1300 on a "flash sale"), and I like the stability of Mac, but the computer is quite underperforming (struggles to record Hearthstone using Quicktime at its lowest settings). So I am going to return it. Quicktime also wouldn't record the screen properly (unlike my MacBook Air which records it perfectly). I also don't like the clicky, hard to press keys on this new MacBook Pro. The colors on this monitor are really beautiful, though. The wifi on this MacBook Pro also seems super fast and stable. Much better than my MacBook Air.

Dell is probably my first choice since I am pretty sure I want to switch back to PC for Angband (I think it will display better on the pc, but not sure). I have to zoom the entire screen to be able to see the game properly on the Mac, otherwise the game's main window takes up only 1/4 of the monitor.
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You need an Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 at minimum to play Angband without reduced framerate in the most crowded fights. Oh, wait, sorry, April 1 is over.

I have a Thinkpad t460s personally, but choosing a laptop just to have a better Angband experience is not a good idea. Everything sort-of works; the keyboard doesn't matter as long as you use the roguelike keyset (which you should, on a laptop without a numeric keypad; it is much more comfortable), and, as usual the larger screen the better, as long as you don't mind lugging it around.
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I'm new in the game world so it may happen that I'll ask something stupid but I'd like to know what is better between Dual-Xeon (I already own this PC) or Intel Core i9 ?
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anything with a numpad
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anything with a numpad
Or a port you can put a numeric keyboard on.

Seriously, esp. if you are running an efficient OS like, say, Bodhi Linux, this is such a lean program that you could probably run it off a 10-year-old machine without issues.
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And if you found a twenty year old machine, you could play Angband on that, too. (Alternatively, there is Raspberry Pi.)
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