Gaming laptops have been all over the place when it comes considering gaming on the go. Although one can easily build an equivalent PC or maybe even a better one in the same price range and with all the features but the portability factor is what takes these gaming laptops miles ahead of the latter.
With time, the gaming laptops have been getting more sexier when it comes to both looks and features.With the backlit keyboards and the glowing touchpads, the makers have put a lot of thought when it comes to making these laptops and making them a visual eye candy. Coming to the features, gaming laptops have different combinations of features and each one of them varies in sizes, designs, and other specifications.
Choosing a laptop does depend a lot on the green in your pocket.However, there are a lot of choices for different price ranges. Let’s see how you can choose a perfect laptop depending on these attributes:
Design and Display
In most of my reviews, I usually describe the design of a laptop, although this is not the criteria for buying a gaming laptop but I still consider it to hold some value because if given a choice between the plain Gigabyte laptop which looks like an office notebook and a visually appealing Alienware laptop, I would instantly be inclined more towards the latter even though Gigabyte laptop has a better performance.
Even though the design doesn’t matter when it comes to gaming, but that does not eliminate the impact it has on consumers. When it comes to gaming the looks are no way related however,the design might be a little helpful if it is introduced to make the working of the laptop more efficient.
The display of the laptop is important when it comes to gaming and anything less than 1920×1080 pixels is not worth it.There are laptops with much better resolutions available now although they are a bit more expensive but it is totally worth the gaming experience.
There are supporters on both sides, team matte, and team gloss, few find the matte display dull compared to the gloss whereas there are a few people who despise the glare that arises in a glossy display. Both the displays have been received well by the consumers so it totally depends on you and your needs.
Which side are you on? Team matte or team gloss? 🙂
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard and touchpad are really important when it comes to buying a new laptop and I strongly believe that before you buy any laptop, you do go to your nearest dealer and see how comfortable the keyboard and touch of the laptop is when you actually use it.
You can buy it online once you have made your decision but having a look at it is always better.I do find most of the laptops pretty okay when it comes to their keyboard and touchpad because it is a matter of time and you just get used to it (excluding a few laptops having a poor quality of touchpad).
However, most of the time I use a separate mouse and even keyboard in order to make the entire gaming experience much better and comfortable, if that is the case with you as well then these two factors should not be a deal breaker while buying a laptop.
The only feature that has been annoying in many laptops is the touchpad. When the touchpad is not as sensitive as it should be, it can get annoying.This issue is mentioned in most of the reviews so you can make a better choice there although the keyboard and the touch quality of the laptop are above average in most of the cases.
Gaming and Graphics
Most of the gaming laptops have the NVIDIA graphics card where you might mostly see the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M, 960M, 970M, 980M.
In the given deck of graphics cards, the 960M is the one which starts off by playing all the titles though not on high and ultra settings.So, if you are okay with not utilising the maximum of your display and playing on medium settings then the this is the graphics card you should be looking for in a laptop. Since the GPU in a laptop is not replaceable so it’s better to get the best one on the first go because unlike a PC, you cannot upgrade the GPU in a laptop.
Coming to the 970M it is a slight upgrade from the 960M but it lets you play plenty of titles in the high settings and maybe the less taxing ones in the ultra settings as well. To jump right in the ultra settings with most of the titles you need the 980M which is way closer in performance to its PC version as well.
With all the GPU talk now let’s move on to the storage. Having an SSD in your laptop will improve the performance speed multiple times when compared to using the HDD drive, in case you want to know the difference between the check out the video below.
Coming to the processor, all the laptops have the Intel i7 and since it supports multi-threading and turbo boost you would really not need to worry much when it comes to gaming as it is not as important as the graphics card but still it is recommended to go for the i5 or i7 processor for better gaming.
Battery Life and overheating issues
In laptops, battery life is something important though it is very rare to find a laptop with an above average battery life. Alienware gaming laptops have the best battery life and they have set standards very high for most of the laptops.Asus laptops usually have an average battery life.
The heat produced depends on the graphics card and the design of the laptop like thinner laptops tend to heat up faster but the thicker ones are usually thick due to the cooling exhaust fans in the system.This may not be true all the time so do check the battery life of your laptop before making a purchase.
The average battery life while gaming should be around 3 hours and if you have that then you are settling for a laptop with a really good battery life.
Important points to remember before buying
- Avoid laptop with a touchscreen as you barely use it while gaming and it will only deplete your battery faster.
- Make sure you have done enough research on the quality of the keyboard and touch or go ahead to your nearest vendor and see it for yourself before making a choice.
- Invest in a laptop with the best graphics card since you have no option to upgrade it in future. Upgrading a graphics card would simply mean buying another new laptop.
- Make sure that you have checked and clarified all your doubts about warranty period of the laptops.
- If you want the’Gaming on the go’ feature then check and compare the weights of different gaming laptops.
- Make sure you choose a laptop with a lot of SSD space rather than spending money on extra RAM. A laptop with 8 GB RAM is more than enough for gaming in most of the cases.
- Do not choose any processor below Intel i5.Intel i7 is better, however, make a choice according to your gaming needs.
In case I have missed anything or you have any further questions, leave them in the comment section below and I would be happy to help 🙂