In today’s day and age, the market is saturated with different brands and models of desktop PC’s, laptops, tablets and more. When it comes to looking for a portable solution to play high-end video games, looking for the right laptop can be a daunting task. If you are fairly new to computers and don’t know much when it comes to finding the right specs for a gaming laptop, we have provided some notes on things you need to know.
Before spending any kind of money on a gaming laptop, you should know what specs are needed. Gaming laptops require a lot of processing power, memory and hard-drive space in order to play games on the level of Sony PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Understanding a few basic notes will put you on the right path of selecting a great gaming laptop. When you are shopping online or at your local computer store, you want to look for laptops that have powerful quad-core processors. Other options to consider are laptops with AMD A10 and Intel Core i7 chips which will push your gaming laptop to the next level.
When it comes to GPUs you want to make sure that your laptop is supplied with one of the high-end graphics card or chips that can handle powerful HD graphics at full resolutions up-to 1080p or better. The hard-drive in your computer should be no less than 1TB. I say that because if you are a true gamer that likes to carry his or her library everywhere and want to have installed over 50+ games, that hard-drive space can run out really fast. As the years continue to progress into the future, you have to consider that the resolution of games and the amount of data contained within them will continue to increase, thus making 1 game to be the equivalent of 100GB. Both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are using Blu-Ray drives which the majority of gaming laptops now days have. Currently Blu-ray discs hold up to 50 GB of data which is huge!
When it comes to the design of the laptop, to me it is all about your personal preference. I tend to look at the over-all design of the laptop last because what sense does it make to have something so pretty, that can’t run a single game without lag? In today’s market it is hard to find a gaming laptop that looks cheap. Most gaming laptops have a certain design to them which off the back will tell you if the manufacture takes their product seriously. A lot of laptops for games will sport screens that are 17 inches way up to 24+ inches. With a screen that size, it must be heavy and boy it is. There are also designs that are much sleeker looking and look like an actual portable machine. That is why ultrabooks are becoming more popular. If you’re the kind of gamer that doesn’t want to lug around a huge briefcase with you, then slim ultrabooks may be a better choice.
When it comes to gaming, I recommend choosing a laptop with Windows 7 or 8. They are both most compatible with all the recent high def games on the market and are the most up-to-date when it comes to graphics drivers. XP has been phased out earlier this year in 2014 and Vista is far more inferior when compared to Windows 7. Pricing for a serious gaming laptop system would start out in the range of $1200. If you want to go all out and get the best gaming rig, look to spend around $2400. With high-end performance, speed and a beautiful crisp resolution, you wouldn’t regret it. The great thing about laptops now a day is that they all can connect to HD televisions. Bring your gaming experience to the big screen or hook it up to an HD LED projector and you are really in for a treat.