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December 12, 2023 - 4 min read
These days, it feels like almost everyone is a gamer, which is fantastic news because it means there are now more ways to game in more places than ever. The latest powerful, portable laptops make it easy. And with microchip shortages ending and the tech supply chain moving again, now really is the best time to invest in a dedicated gaming laptop to take your gaming set-up to the next level.
A gaming laptop is a laptop optimised for gaming, with a dedicated graphics card, powerful processor, lots of RAM, huge emphasis on cooling, and a screen with a high refresh rate. Some also have keyboards with mechanical switches and RBG lighting to properly replicate that home gaming set-up most gamers dream of.
Absolutely! “For a long time, gaming laptops were more like semi-portable cooktops, in that they were very heavy and got very hot,” says Jason Tavoletti, The Good Guys Buyer – Tech. “However, these days tech companies have cracked the code and worked out how to make thin, light gaming laptops with good heat dissipation, running the best graphics cards.”
Whether a gaming laptop is worth it for you depends on how much you want to streamline your gaming set-up, or game on the go.
That really depends on what you want the laptop for. “If you want to play games, then yes, a gaming laptop is much, much better than a regular laptop, because a gaming laptop is designed to give you the best graphical experience with the best performance for gaming,” says Jason Tavoletti.
Says award-winning technology journalist, Alice Clarke: “Gaming laptops are also really good for people who do other graphics-heavy activities, like video and photo editing, or running architecture programs.”
But if you just want to check your email and do some online shopping, and don’t play games, a gaming laptop could be overkill.
There are many things to consider when buying a gaming laptop, and a lot will come down to your individual needs, but Alice Clarke says there are a few things to keep in mind.
“The laptop’s CPU (central processing unit) and GPU (graphics processing unit) are obviously the two main considerations, and you want the best you can afford with these. But don’t forget the display – size, resolution and refresh rate are key.
“Size comes down to how big and heavy you want the laptop to be,” adds Alice. “But while you would usually prioritise resolution on a TV for daily viewing, the refresh rate will come first for a gaming laptop. The minimum you’ll want is 60Hz, but 144Hz or higher is better.”
Also, consider whether you want the better performance of SSD, or the better-value storage of HDD when it comes to hard drives.
Lenovo Legion gaming laptops are some of the most popular around, because they tend to be more durable and have well-priced levels to suit most consumers. Acer Nitro laptops are also a good choice because they frequently have excellent specs at lower prices than their competitors.
Lenovo LOQ 15.6" i7 16GB 512GB RTX 4050 6GB Gaming Laptop
Asus STRIX G15 15.6" Ryzen7 16GB 512GB SSD RTX 3050 4GB Gaming Laptop
MSI Katana 15 15.6" i7 16GB 512GB RTX 4050 6GB Gaming Laptop
An entry-level gaming laptop will cost around the same as a standard laptop, but once you start adding more premium graphics cards, larger cooling systems, more RAM and better screens, the price goes up accordingly. The Lenovo IdeaPad range has great entry-level gaming laptops with solid specs – they’re absolutely worth checking out!
Acer Aspire 7 15" 12th Gen i5 16GB 512GB Nvidia GTX 3050 4GB Gaming Laptop
Lenovo LOQ Gaming 15" i5 16GB 512GB RTX 2050 4GB Gaming Laptop
MSI Thin GF63 15.6" i5 16GB 512GB SSD RTX 3050 4GB Gaming Laptop
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