Choosing the best gadget has never been this simple, it becomes even more challenging when you’re looking for a laptop with specific features like a gaming device.
You can buy an expensive laptop with all the design, but the performance can be disappointing. This is why when you are buying a gaming laptop, you don’t just look at the design alone. You have to look out for the complete specifications; including GPU, display, storage, RAM, battery, an integrated keyboard, accessories, and finally the design.
Here we explain all the choices you will have to make when you buy a gaming laptop so that you can get the best for your needs.
What do you plan spending on a gaming PC? Are you the kind of person that can spend lots of money on gadgets? Or are you the type who wants to have a low-budget PC? Well, whatever your choice is, your budget is what determines your taste.
A budget-priced gaming laptop like ASUS TUF FX505 has a price range of N300,000 – N450,000.
If you are looking for a mid-range gaming laptop then be prepared to spend more than N450,000.
Be prepared to spend more than N750,000 if you want nothing but the best gaming laptop.
Many computers come with integrated graphics, but those chipsets are optimized for budget and power savings — not performance. But if you really want to play a game on your laptop, you need a discrete card.
When buying a gaming laptop, you must consider the GPU or the graphics processing unit to be the most crucial part. This chip does the hard work, giving you high-detailed graphics. Choosing a laptop with a powerful GPU is recommended to run the most demanding games.
You also need to consider how much memory the card has in addition to a higher quality GPU. Although the amount of memory does not affect performance, it affects how much detail your card can render. That means you need the highest possible quality video card together with the most RAM you can find for the best possible performance.
So far, NVIDIA offers the best GPU, there’s no argument about that:
- For best high-detailed graphics, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (fastest graphic card), Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 => Best for 4K gaming.
- Using the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, you will get a powerful performance => Best for 1440p gaming.
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 => Best for 1080p gaming.
- If you do not want to play at the highest performance, you can go for the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M => Best for 720p gaming.
CPU & RAM
Choosing CPU is less important since most games take advantage of a quality GPU rather than a CPU, so you can probably get by with an Intel i7 processors. However, It is advisable to get the latest Intel quad or hexacore processor because they are not upgradable.
Never ever go below 8 GB of memory when looking at RAM, and that’s the absolute minimum that is recommended for gaming. When buying a laptop with less than 16 GB of RAM, make sure it can be upgraded.
Storage space is a very important aspect to consider when buying a gaming laptop. Games on your hard drive can take up a lot of space (a high graphics game can take up to 20GB).
HDD or SSD? or Both?
SSD: With their reading and writing times, the SSD, or solid-state drives, is much faster, making them perfect for installing games. Limited storage thou. At least get a gaming laptop with an SSD storage of 256 GB.
HDD: They provide enough room for game storage but they have lower reading and writing speed and tend to be slower than SSD. Most gaming laptops come with 1TB HDD or 2TB HDD storage.
If you can, you should go for a gaming laptop that offers both. A 256 GB SDD with 1 TB 7,200-rpm HDD is ideal for gaming. If you can afford it, why not go for the 512GB or 1TB SSD?
To me, a 15-inch gaming laptop is the best screen size, although there are some huge screen-size laptops (like the 17 and 18 inches) that are preferred by most gamers. The size you like is a personal choice but remember one thing, “the bigger the screen”, “the heavier the laptop”.
It is recommended to get a screen resolution of not less than 1920 x 1080 pixels. If you want a very clear image while playing games, a 4K-resolution laptop is the best option for you. Keep this in mind: you can not run 4k games or videos on any laptop that doesn’t have a powerful graphics cards.
Other things to consider is screen refresh rates and Nvidia G-Sync => For those who want ultra-smooth gaming experience.
If you are a PC gamer, choosing the right keyboard is an important aspect to consider especially Backlight, hmm this was one of the reasons why I bought Hp Omen 15 some months ago, not the main reason thou. Budget and mid-range gaming laptops mostly offer white or red backlighting. Whereas high-end laptops offer RGB colors and also allow you to customize the colors to your taste.
Battery life is a non-issue. Why did I say so? Because when you are playing video games, powerful GPUs suck up the energy. It is very difficult to find a gaming laptop that has a battery that will last for more than 3 1/2 hrs straight while playing a game. A battery can last for more than 7 hrs but when performing other tasks that do not require the heavy usage of the GPUs. If you are looking for a gaming laptop that has a long-lasting battery then you have to give up on the performance.
This is certainly not really crucial to overall performance, and you may not care what it looks like, but the overall look and feel of the laptop is almost as important to many gamers as to how well it performs. So try finding a laptop that looks great while keeping up with the latest hardware.
Now that you’ve figured out the most important aspects of your gaming laptop, it’s time to look at some of the other accessories or features you can get on a good gaming laptop. You can choose to improve your gaming with lots of different accessories like Gaming mouse, gaming headset, controller, portable gaming charger, backpack, desk, external hard disk, mouse pad, monitor, webcam, sound system, cooling pads, Steam Link, VR.
The problem is how do you know which of the accessories I mentioned above will enhance your gaming experience, with so many to choose from? Well, all this depends on your budget and personal choice.
Remember, Xbox one controller is something that you should never miss when buying an accessory.
Currently, these are the things you can rely on when buying a gaming laptop. But remember, always consider NVIDIA GPU first! before considering any other aspects.