8 Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Laptop

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If you’re a serious gamer, then you know pretty well the importance of owning a gaming laptop that’s considered a beast in terms of performance. This is so crucial, especially if you’re playing games like Grand Theft Auto V or The Witcher 3. But, the process of choosing the best gaming laptops can be daunting for those who are not too familiar with the right specs and components that provide the best performance. Luckily, this article will help you find the best one. So, check out the following things to consider before buying a gaming laptop. 

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The best GPU
Every gamer is aware of the fact that tons of images do pump out of the screen every second. Thus, the need for a gaming laptop that possess the best GPU. One example of this is the GTX 1060 that is capable of handling modern AAA games. If you’re into 720p gaming, the best GPU would be the Nvidia GeForce MX150. But, the Nvidia GeForce 940MX will also do just fine, depending on which suits your budget. Choosing the best GPU would largely depend on how much speed you are aiming to have while gaming and how much you are willing to spend to be able to achieve such speed. If you are a casual gamer, a GTX 1050 will already do just fine.

Your budget
The best and most powerful gaming laptops may only be for your eyes only if its price is way too high for your budget. But, don’t worry, this does not mean you have to settle for something that’s worse. In fact, there are already several gaming laptops below $700 which have advanced specifications. You just have to choose carefully which one suits your gaming preferences. Remember that the most expensive ones do not always guarantee the best performance from you. Take into consideration the kind of games you play and your level as a gamer.

High performing CPU
It is not enough that you have the best GPU. Your gaming laptop also needs to have the fastest CPU. If your budget would allow, opt for the one with Intel Core i7. Otherwise, you may just settle for Core i5. Steer clear from gaming laptops that only have Core i3 processors. When checking the CPU, also take into consideration the clock speed. A clock speed that has a bigger number also means a better option. Your priority should be to opt for the one that has a clock speed of 3.3-GHz. If yours only has 2.2-GHz, be aware that your opponents using a CPU with 3.3 Ghz are more likely to outperform you. When choosing your CPU cores, aim for the one that has at least a quad-core.

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Aim for SSDs
If a gaming laptop that you can afford only has HDDs (Hard State Drive) don’t fret. It’s not yet the end of the world for you. However, it could also mean you have to go through the agony of having a slower loading time. For as long as you can afford it, choose a gaming laptop that has SSDs (Solid State Drive). These SSDs are not power hungry, therefore, they do not generate as much noise and heat than HDDs does. SSDs are more reliable given the fact that they are not mechanical. These SSDs are smaller in size, lighter and thinner. They last longer even when running on a single battery as compared to laptops that make use of HDDs.

Laptop size
A laptop that has a screen size of 14 inches would be very convenient, especially if you’re looking to game on the go. Don’t forget to check the weight and see if it does not weigh more than 5 pounds. Gaming laptops that are thin and small can be a better option, although it could also mean more expensive. But, if you want your gaming laptop to be stationary, then its weight won’t be an issue. You may even opt for that MSI GT75 Titan that weighs more than 10 pounds. With this kind of laptop, it will not be too difficult for you to opt for a stronger hardware that gives you the great advantage to game with unlimited power.

A good display
FreeSync and GSync displays may not be among your list of must-haves. But these can be very helpful if you want to be spared from the hassles of screen distortions while you’re playing games. Displays that have AMD FreeSync or Nvidia G-Sync do a great job in mitigating screen tearing that usually occurs when the computer keeps on producing images that are not in sync with the refresh rate of your display.

Know your preferred brand
Gaming laptops from popular brands charge a hefty price for their logos. You should know that it is still possible for you to spend less on a laptop that has advanced specifications that could equal if not outperform those that have fancy big brands. For as long as it is fine with you not to have those flashy logos on your laptop shell, you can still have a solid gaming laptop at a price that is within your budget. But, if you have thousands of dollars to splurge, do not hesitate to buy one from Razer, MSI or Alienware.

Be aware of the risks
Purchasing a gaming laptop also brings with it some risks. For example, if your GPU suddenly stops working, you will most likely find yourself having too much difficulty replacing it. On the contrary, if you own a gaming desktop, it would be too easy for you to replace anything in it. This goes to say that when you decide to buy a gaming laptop makes sure that everything in it is durable enough to last until you’ve got another budget to buy another brand new one.

Now that you know what should be found inside your laptop, don’t forget to choose well those things that could make your machine an apple of your eyes. A backlit keyboard coupled with a fingerprint scanning capability are just two of the many features that you should not miss.

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8 Things to Consider Before Buying a Gaming Laptop
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If you’re a serious gamer, then you know pretty well the importance of owning a gaming laptop that’s considered a beast in terms of performance.

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