Even though desktops are still quite synonymous with PC gaming, sometimes a bit more portability is required. Compared to typical mainstream notebooks, gaming laptops are an entirely different beast with their colourful designs, premium prices and powerful components. And they need to be if you wish to enjoy smooth gameplay on high frame rates on demanding games. There are also quite stunning in terms of design, with most featuring beautiful chassis with multicolour keyboards and aggressive lines. However, when it comes to buying a good gaming laptop specs are not the only thing to look at. Depending on the games you intend to play, your lifestyle and your budget you could spend anything between USD800-USD5000 on a gaming rig likely to weigh between 4-20 pounds. Below, is a guide on selecting the best laptop based on your needs and budget.
When it comes to gaming laptops, there are different options for portability, ranging from minimum to maximum portability. Generally, the more powerful laptops feature less portability. If you intend to not move around much with your laptop, you should be fine with one that features a 17 or 18 inch display, since they are usually the most powerful. People that seek a balance of portability and gaming performance should go for laptops with 15 inch displays that offer medium portability.
The keystone of laptop gaming is the GPU or graphics card. The GPU is a key factor to consider when buying a gaming laptop because even though some games rely on the CPU mostly, most games are still GPU bound. GPU’s deliver images on display by processing data and transmitting signals. Due to how demanding this process can be particularly when running games, you require a discrete GPU with dedicated memory i.e. VRAM for optimal performance. Even though most gamers go with the principle of more is better, the average gaming enthusiast should be quite comfortable with four GB of VRAM.
It does not make sense to have very smooth frame rates and beautiful graphics if your laptop display does not match up to this. When determining which displays best for you, some factors to consider include; size, resolution, refresh rates and G-sync or FreeSync. While touchscreens are not inherently bad, they should be avoided for purposes of gaining since they unnecessarily drain the battery.
When it comes to gaming, sound is just as essential as the visuals. Even though headsets may come in handy, sometimes it is more fun to enjoy audio from the laptop’s speakers.