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Thursday, 15 December 2016

How to Buy a Good Gaming Laptop PT2

How to Choose a Good Gaming Laptop
As we continue from our previous post How to Buy a Good Gaming Laptop PART 1 
We are going to explore more details explanation on how to choose the best gaming laptop before you buy it.

Which gaming laptop is right for you

So, with so many great options on the market, how do we choose a gaming laptop that will best suit our needs and also our budgets?

Budget gaming laptops

Let’s start off with the budget friendly options that are on the market at the moment. Most of them sport either the NVIDIA GeForce 940M or the GTX 950M, which are both entry level graphics cards.
But for the gamer with a tighter budget and slightly lower expectations, these cards will perform perfectly fine for their gaming needs. But you will have to run some of the latest AAA titles on lower settings.
Try to avoid laptops with 5400rpm mechanical hard drives. They offer far more storage space, but they are very slow and you will notice the slower performance while booting or loading games.
Luckily, most laptops allow you to replace the hard drive with ease, so you will be able to install a faster solid state drive. Try looking for a laptop that offers a Full-HD display (1920 x 1080), as the cheaper 1366 x 768 display panels offer inferior image quality and lower resolutions while gaming.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG with GTX 940M
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG with GTX 940M

Mid-range gaming laptops

Most gamers will rather save up a little bit more for a mid-level gaming laptop. You will be able to find a laptop with a Skylake-based Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, but it will take some searching.
This processor offers far better gaming performance than the i7-6500U or the i5-6300U, which are both ultra-low wattage CPUs. You are also more likely to find a laptop that offers a larger 17-inch display.
This will make gaming on the go a lot more comfortable than the smaller 15-inch laptops that are far more common on the budget friendly gaming laptops. The mid-range gaming laptops also offer far better graphics.
The commonly used NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M will allow you to up your graphics settings and will allow you to achieve far better frame rates. AAA games such as Fallout 4, Overwatch and Battlefield 1 will run on high settings and with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
This will make your whole gaming experience that much more enjoyable. Some laptops in this category also feature the GTX 970M or the GTX965M, which both offer better performance over the GTX 960M, but are harder to find.
You also generally find better storage options. Luckily most mid-level gaming laptops feature Full-HD displays, try and avoid any laptop with a 1366 x 768 resolution display panel. While they are very rare in this category, they do exist. Most offer a smaller SSD for some of your games and for Windows, and a second larger SATA mechanical drive for all of your multimedia storage needs
With the vastly improved hardware, these mid-ranged gaming laptops are worth the extra cash and also offer better future proofing than most of the budget ones. If that wasn’t enough for you, many of the gaming laptops in this price category offer the newer and fast USB 3.1 Type-C port.
This will allow you to use a desktop graphics card in an external GPU dock. Meaning that you will be able to enjoy even better graphics performance than the stock laptop graphics card that are on offer.
ASUS K501UW-AB78 with NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M
ASUS K501UW-AB78 with NVIDIA Geforce GTX 960M

High-end gaming laptops

If you are after a gaming laptop that has been designed for the hardcore gamer, then look no further than the high-end category. Here you will find the most powerful gaming laptops known to man.
Ranging from smaller more portable 15-inch laptops all the way up to the larger 18-inch laptops. If you are looking at the lower end of the high-end spectrum, then expect to find an Intel i7-6700HQ processor.
But if you really want a powerhouse laptop then keep your eye out for the Intel i7-6820HK processor. This Skylake-based processor features an unlocked multiplier that can easily be overclocked if you really want to push the laptops performance.
But remember that overclocking a processor will mean a larger build-up of heat and you should make sure that the cooling system of the laptop can handle the higher temperatures.
When it comes to graphics, the high-end category usually never disappoints. You will easily be able to find a laptop that sports the powerful NVIDIA GTX 980M with up to 8GB of video memory. But now NVIDIA have released their latest range, the 10-series.
These newer graphics cards offer far greater performance and even the GTX 1060 will run your favorite AAA gaming titles with ease.
But rather keep your eye out for the GTX 1070 or the GTX 1080 as these are the cards that you want if you are a hardcore gamer. Some laptops even sport an SLI setup, but you will have to part with a small fortune to have one of these mammoth laptops at home.
Quite a few of these gaming laptops feature two larger SSDs or a large SSD and a second 7200rpm mechanical drive that offers far superior speeds than the slower 5400rpm hard drives that you will find in the cheaper gaming laptops.
Keep your eye out for a laptop with the faster M.2 format SSD. The biggest downside of these powerhouse laptops is that the battery life is not that great.
Even with some of the biggest batteries installed, the hardware still draws so much power that gaming at full tilt will only give you an hour or so of gaming. But most people use these laptops as desktop replacements and have them plugged in 99% of the time.
ASUS ROG G752VS OC Edition with GeForce GTX 1070
ASUS ROG G752VS OC Edition with GeForce GTX 1070

Bottom line

If you are after a gaming laptop that will run titles such as Diablo III or CS: GO then an entry-level gaming laptop will be perfect for your needs.
However if you really want to ramp things up for the latest AAA gaming titles, then save up and go for a mid-level or a high-end gaming laptop. These will offer you the best performance for your money and will allow you to enjoy games for years to come.
Take into consideration your needs in terms of portability and general use too, as you don’t want to be buying a powerhouse only to have lug a huge laptop with you to class every day. If you put in the research you won’t be disappointed.



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