Looking for a good laptop that can help you play all the games you want seamlessly? A lot depends on the type of gamer you’re. Serious gamers need high end specs while occasional gamers can do with a moderate priced gaming PC as well.
Let me ask you a question.
- Do you know what goes into a gaming laptop?
- What does a gaming laptop look like?
Well, if your subconscious conjured up images of Alienware and Razer Laptops, I don’t blame you.
But that’s not what I’m asking you.
Let me ask you a question you most probably will answer.
What makes a good phone?
Pat come the reply from your head- great display, amazing battery life, a good processor with more than sufficient RAM, good speaker output and call reception, you get the idea.
You didn’t think of iPhone or Galaxy, or OnePlus for that matter.
It’s because we as millenials have seen the rise of cellphones right before our eyes, and we have educated ourselves tremendously about them.
But the same doesn’t apply to laptops, or computers in general, where there’s still a lot of grey areas that we are not sure about.
This thought struck me last night, and so I decided to write it up for you.
So here’s what gets a laptop classified as a GAMING machine:
1. The CPU processor:
This one’s a no brainer.
You have to have an absolute beast-on-steroids for a processor in your gaming laptop.
No half measures here.
Take the latest and greatest that Intel and AMD have to offer, if you really are serious about gaming.
There are very few things in life as frustrating as a gorgeous game huffing and puffing and dropping frames all over the place.
Believe me, you are better off with a console if you don’t think splurging on Processors is a good idea. Yes , I said it.
Point to take note of: Go big in the processor department.
The Random Access Memory (RAM) has to be atleast 16 GB if you’re looking for a true serious gaming behemoth. If you aren’t, even a 8 GB works but you shouldn’t really think of having anything less.
And DDR3 or DDR4 at 400 Mhz (mouth-watering!)
It’s not just about the GB count. You have to take the reading and writing speeds into account as well.
3. The Display
A resolution of 2560×1440 is absolute killer.
You won’t believe what a killjoy a bad resolution can be (though it might help with speeding up the game as less resolution means lesser the pixels pushed around by the processor).
But we are talking about a gaming Laptop here, not some smartphone which can also double up as a clumsy handheld console.
There’s absolutely no excuse for a bad display in a gaming laptop. Period.
4. Graphic card:
You know about it. It’s where the magic happens.
It’s crazy for me to think some people actually want a gaming machine and still don’t want to spend on a graphic card!
If you’ve seen the “system requirements” behind any game cover that you buy, it mentions the processor, the Ram AND The graphics card.
Just go for a high end one already. Any brand can do. They are all amazing.he However, if you’re looking to play the latest games, you need the latest one. Choose from Nvidia or AMD.
5. Hard drive:
A 512 GB SSD hard drive at the bare minimum.
Thank you very much (nothing much to discuss here, its pretty much a given that you should have this as the bare minimum, gaming laptop or no gaming laptop).
You shouldn’t go in for a HDD for the simple reason that they can fail at any time. If you’re assembling your own machine, you might want to go in for a fusion drive as well. From Apple, they offer the stability you would need from a hard drive. If you are going to splurge, you could even go in for a 1 TB drive.
Well, finally we get to something, which is of utmost importance in almost every other type of laptop, but is the last thing to consider breaking the bank for, in a gaming machine. You would need your gaming machine to last long so you would want to get one that can put in the hours you want even without you have g the need to plug in to the power outlet.
Here’s why I say this.
You buy a non-gaming laptop for your business needs while you’re on the go, like replying to mails , or working on a few slides of your presentation that’s due next Wednesday, while you wait for your flight.
But you don’t buy a gaming laptop to make powerpoint presentations (though it’s perfectly fine if you use it for work stuff too!)
You don’t carry your gaming laptop around, and as such, you do not and should not care if the laptop has great battery life or not. You can always plug it in and game away!
Again, not a deal breaker for me at all.
Just invest in some home speaker system and headphones already!
On a serious note, it is a bonus if your gaming laptop can produce booming sound in all of your Call of Duty exploits, but frankly, it doesn’t really matter if they don’t.
8. Joystick/controller/insert your favourite word here J
This divides opinion.
I think you need it only for FIFA, and other sports games.
MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) is where the real gamers are at.
9. Gaming mouse:
A luxury according to me. You don’t really need it. But it sure is fun to have if you have some spare cash.
So there you have it. Systematic break down of a good gaming laptop.
Let me hear it in the comments below.