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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 designs, 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 has a price range of N450,000 – N550,000. Some of the cheapest gaming laptops are Acer Nitro 5 (2020), MSI Bravo 15, HP Pavilion Gaming 15, Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i, and Dell G3 15 (2021). PLS NOTE THAT THESE ARE SOME OF THE BEST BUDGET LAPTOPS THAT ARE CURRENTLY POPULAR.
If you are looking for a mid-range gaming laptop then be prepared to spend more than N700,000 – N800,000. Some popular laptops in this category are Asus TUF Gaming A17, Asus TUF Dash F15, Dell G5 15 SE (2020) and so on.
Be prepared to spend more than N1,500,000 if you want nothing but the best gaming laptop. Examples of such Pcs are Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021), Asus ROG Zephyrus G15, and Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550).
Many computers come with integrated graphics, but those chipsets are optimized for office work for power saving and not performance-wise. 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 VRAM the GPU has. If you are the type that plays games at 1080p, then 4-6GB VRAM is okay. But if you play high-resolution games @1440p or even 4k then you need more VRAM. More VRAM means the GPU can hold and ultimately render more complex images and textures on the graphics chip, resulting in faster performance. That means you need the highest possible quality video card together with the most VRAM you can find for the best possible performance. Check this article for more details on how much VRAM you need for gaming.
CPU & RAM
Choosing a 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 processor. 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.
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 graphic game can take up to 200GB).
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 512 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 512 GB SDD with 1 TB 7,200-rpm HDD is ideal for gaming. If you can afford it, why not go for the 1TB or 2TB SSD?
More info on storage? Go and checkout this article on how to choose the right SSD storage.
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 powerful graphics cards.
For those who want an ultra-smooth gaming experience the screen refresh rates and Nvidia G-Sync must be considered.
If you are a PC gamer, choosing the right keyboard is an important aspect to consider especially backlight. 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 10 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 a 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.