ASUS TUF Gaming FX504 is a powerful Windows 10 laptop that combines gaming performance with an extended lifespan, thanks to its patented Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system. Infused with the spirit of The Ultimate Force (TUF) and designed to strike fear into the heart of the enemy, the durable and lightweight FX504 is the first laptop in the TUF Gaming family. Equipped with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti graphics and an 8th-Generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor: FX504 is able to play the latest games and multitask with ease. FX504 uses high-frequency DDR4 2666MHz RAM and Seagate FireCuda Solid State Hybrid Drive to ensure smooth performance. FX504 features one of the fastest Wi-Fi standards available – the latest Intel 802.11ac Wave 2 boasts data transfer rates of up to an incredible 1.7Gbps. To top it all off, it’s red-backlit gaming keyboard is rated at 20-million keystroke durability.
8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor (up to 3.9GHz) and GeForce GTX 1050 for superior gaming performance and multitasking
Portable design with 0.98″ thin profile and weight of only 5.07 lbs
Desktop-style red-backlit keyboard with 1.8mm key travel distance and rated for 20-million keystroke durability
1TB FireCuda Solid State Hybrid Drive, up to 5x faster than traditional HDD
8GB DDR4 high-frequency 2666MHz RAM
Gigabit Wave 2 WiFi. Up to 1.73Gbps with 2X2 802.11ac
Acer Aspire 7 A715-72G-71CT Laptop comes with these high level specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 4.1GHz (9MB Smart cache), Windows 10 Home, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 128GB SSD, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Acer True Harmony Sound System, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, 802.11ac Wi-Fi featuring 2×2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.1, HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 – USB 3.1 (Type-C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 port (featuring power-off charging), 2 – USB 2.0 ports, 1 – HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, 4-cell Li-Ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours Battery Life, 5.18 lbs. | 2.35 kg (system unit only) (NH.GXCAA.001).
8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4.1GHz)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 128GB SSD & 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
802.11ac Wi-Fi |Backlit Keyboard | USB 3.1 Type C Gen 1 port | Fingerprint Reader
Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK Gaming Notebook comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.8GHz, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 256GB SSD, Acer TrueHarmony Technology Sound System, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2×2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port), HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR), 1 – USB 3.1 (Type C) port (Gen 1 up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 Port (featuring Power-off Charging), 2 – USB 2.0 Ports, 1 – HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 4-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 7-hours Battery Life, 5.95 lbs. | 2.7 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q28AA.001)
Latest 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.8GHz | Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display, Red Backlit Keyboard
16GB DDR4 DRAM Memory & 256GB SSD | Extra empty expandable hard drive slot for 2.5″ hard drives
The new 14” Razer Blade strikes the perfect balance between power and portability. Experience streamlined performance with the latest 7th Gen Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor. Get faster, smoother and more detailed gameplay with the powerful performance of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. Choose from two great display options, Full HD or UHD, or connect a VR headset for an even more immersive gaming experience. Get the best-in-class performance with 16GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory, PCIe-based SSD storage up to 1TB, and Killer Networking technology. All this power packed into a thin and light 0.70” unibody aluminum chassis is what makes the Razer Blade the best in its class – Powerful. Portable. Perfect.
The new 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, typically found in thicker notebooks, gives the 14-inch Razer Blade 2.8GHz of quad-core processing power and Turbo Boost speeds, which automatically increases the speed of active cores – up to 3.8GHz. Work, play and create with ease and enjoy smooth, high definition 4K content like never before. With the Razer Blade’s thin and light design, you’d never guess it holds all that power. Only with Intel Inside.
Enter the arena with this slim, lightweight and powerful portable gaming PC. Powered by 7th Gen Intel Core processors and NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti discrete graphics, and featuring premium audio, it’s ready for action. A backlit keyboard lets you play day or night, while its optimized thermal engineering keeps it cool for as long as you want to play – which will probably be a while. This laptop is perfect for those who like to game on-the-go, online or with their friends in the same room.
Review:This laptop is wonderful. It does everything I hoped it would and more. It’s absolutely perfect for gaming, as every game runs as smooth as butter. It’s design is pleasing to look at with its black and red color scheme, and the added, adjustable, red backlight to the keyboard is also a great touch. The build is solid, and the speakers sound great for laptop speakers. Overall, this is an incredible buy, and the opportunity to pay this off in monthly payments is just another great thing to include. For anyone who’s looking to invest in a gaming laptop, or even just a nice laptop in general, they should most definitely consider this!
GAMING PERFORMANCE – This Y520 gaming laptop includes a 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor and 256GB of PCIe SSD storage to provide the speed and storage you need.
NEXT-GEN GRAPHICS – The Y520 laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Graphics, which will allow you to play games smoothly and delivers all the performance you need to dominate at your favorite game!
HIGH-QUALITY AUDIO – With or without gaming headphones, the Legion Y520 has you covered with 2x2W Harman speakers with Dolby Audio premium to deliver top-quality audio for truly immersive gameplay.
ILLUMINATED KEYBOARD – Lenovo Legion Y520 gaming laptop features a Crimson backlight keyboard that provides 1.7 mm of key travel distance delivering crisp, accurate and responsive keystrokes perfect for in-game chatting and gameplay.
ULTRA PORTABLE – This Y520 gaming laptop is a mere 1.01″ thick and wieghs only 5.5lbs making it easy to bring this powerful gaming laptop anywhere you go.
LATEST 6TH GENERATION INTEL CORE i7 PROCESSOR
Using the latest CPU architecture and faster DDR4 memory support the new Intel 6th Generation Core i7 processors, codenamed Skylake, brings significant improvements to gaming performance, multiple application data processing, and 4K video transcoding delivering superb performance leaps as the next platform for extreme gaming.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M Series brings extreme, next-generation graphics performance to serious gaming notebooks. Reaching performance levels higher than last generations high-end GTX 880M , the GeForce GTX 970M delivers desktop gaming performance in a ultra-portable design.
DDR4 MEMORY SUPPORT
Get the best possible performance out of your notebook with support of the advanced DDR4 memory. With over 32% faster performance than previous generations, DDR4 is the new standard to take your gaming experience to the next level.
PCI-E GEN3X4 SSD – LOAD GAMES IN SECONDS
Get in the game before everyone else with the latest PCI-E Gen 3.0×4 bandwidth utilizing NVMe technology on single M.2 SSD. Harness the full performance potential of the Gen 3.0 SSD through the optimization of the hardware and software outputting extreme read speeds up to 2200MB/s, 5x faster than SATA3 SSD’s.
THUNDERBOLT PORT – ONE PORT FOR EVERYTHING
Whatever you need, you can get it done with just one Thunderbolt Port. Transfer massive files faster than ever with up to 800MB/s transfer rates. Get more pixel power supporting dual 4K displays and extend your field of view with daisy chain capabilities. Even charge your phones, tablet and any device faster on-the-go or at home.
Review:I spent quite a long time researching ultrabooks before settling on this model. If I was going to spend nearly $2k on a laptop, I wanted to be doubly sure I got exactly what I needed. This laptop was clearly the best bang for the buck without compromising on build quality and specs. I played around with a few varieties of the Ghost\Stealth Pros at Fry’s. I much preferred the 1080p matte screen over the 4k gloss. I also wanted to get a feel for 15.6″ vs 17.3″ screens. I found the 15.6 had the better balance of portability and screen size. Overall, I’m really happy I went with the Pro-002 specifically.
The new ROG Strix Scar Edition is built for the next generation of gamers looking to take their game to the next level. It’s built for eSports and AAA titles thanks to a powerful Intel Core i7 processor, GTX graphics, and a high refresh rate gaming display. The 8th-Generation Scar Edition brings several refinements to the series, including: an AURA SYNC RGB keyboard and 12V fans for improved thermal performance.
ROG Strix laptops are equipped with the latest DDR4 memory that’s clocked at a blazing-fast 2666MHz.
Review:This is the first computer I’ve decided to persoinally buy in over 20 years. I’ve been using my work/corporate laptops and average laptops in the past. This one I put together through Amazon/CUK(Computer Upgrade King) after reading over alot of material and decided to pull the purchasing trigger after reading the new Intel 8th Gen, 6 Core, Coffee Lake (i7-8750H) CPU became available in early April 2018. With 32GB RAM, Nvidia GTX1060 GPU, 500GB NVMe SSD and 17.3″ display sounds impressive. I have a photography studio as well and the graphical power this machine has should keep me humming even when running and processing photos uising PhotoshopCC, Illustrator and Lightroom all at the same time. In about a year or so I will probably follow up this review and express my experience. Thanks for Reading!!
Review:Had the laptop for around a month now. The most pleasing aspect of the laptop is the build. The laptop feels solid enough but at the same is not too bulky. I can carry it around for a day without hurting my back. The performance is great. Thanks to the ssd the laptop boots under 8s and other functions are smooth as well. Having an additional HDD certainly helps for gamers though it gives a feel that it takes forever to load games or softwares. The wireless connectivity options are working properly and provide great speeds on wifi. The most frustrating thing is the battery backup. Even with power saving mode on the laptop lasts hardly over an hour and a half. Plus the power saving mode gives the feel of working on a 4-year old netbook! Other than that the laptop has been a great revelation and as a fairly active gamer I’m quite happy with it.
*The specs are awesome [i7-7700HQ|1050 2G|8GB|128GB+1TB] for the price its a bargain.
*The OS is installed on the 128GB SSD, it makes everything to run faster, the laptop has a very good performance.
*The red backlit keyboard is great. I would like to have more color options, though.
*The 1tb HDD was imperative to me.
*The image of the screen is beautiful and colorful. I like the anti-glare screens because the areas where i usually work on the day are always so illuminated with many windows.
*The plastic of witch it is made is thin and somewhat fragile.
*The sound of the speakers is bad… They lack of bass… i think.
*I dont like the touchpad of this laptop, i just dont get used to it… I liked the alienware 13 touchpad more…
I recommend this laptop, its a great option for work and play videogames.
Display: 15.6″ Full HD eDP IPS-Level 1920×1080 | Operating System: Windows 10
This is an impressive laptop that’s worth your consideration and represents a good value for a few reasons.
This is the nicest ‘feeling’ Acer product I’ve reviewed, though I’ve reviewed two other Acer computers and an Acer monitor. This seems like a premium product. The external branding is a more muted than on a lot of ‘gaming’ laptops and this model will not look gaudy in a classroom or office environment. That’s not the case for many competitors, which look obnoxious. The red screen bezel is a muted red, more like an accent, and the only really distinction will be that sweet backlit keyboard. While you can tell this is a gaming laptop at first sight, it still looks professional.
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-51-55WL Laptop comes with these high level specs: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.5GHz, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 8GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory, 256GB SSD, Acer TrueHarmony Technology Sound System, Two Built-in Stereo Speakers, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, 802.11ac WiFi featuring 2×2 MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port), HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting Super High Dynamic Range (SHDR), 1 – USB Type-C port: USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps), 1 – USB 3.0 Port (featuring Power-off Charging), 2 – USB 2.0 Ports, 1 – HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 4-cell Li-ion Battery (3220 mAh), Up to 8.5-hours Battery Life, 5.51 lbs. | 2.5 kg (system unit only) (NH.Q2QAA.016)
ASUS ROG STRIX GL503VD 15″ Gaming Laptop; GTX 1050 4GB; Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core 2.8GHz (Turbo to 3.8GHz); GeForce GTX 1050 4GB graphics; 16GB DDR4; 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD; RGB Keyboard; Dual Band 802.11AC WiFi; Bluetooth 4.1.
was looking for a computer with the juice to handle my data science demands and I found it in this gaming beast. The only gaming I’m doing in is tearing up data. It’s beautiful too and the programmable lit keyboard is an awesome touch. So far it has exceeded my expectations.
So far it has been an awesome laptop. I use it for 3d work and it flies with the new processors. The 1050, although no the best card, can run substance painter very well with 2k textures, but if you want to work directly with 4k textures it will slow down.
ASUS FX503 is the compact and powerful Windows 10 laptop that packs the latest Standard Voltage Intel Core processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics. A high capacity battery ensures you stay productive and entertained throughout the day, while the intelligent cooling system enables graphically-intense gaming sessions without throttling. And with its lightweight design, it’s easy to carry all the power and performance you need to play or produce, wherever you go!.
Dell Inspiron 15 is Very good budget gaming laptop.This DID come with 8GB DDR4 RAM, a 4GB GTX 1050 (not the Ti edition), and a 1TB hard drive. It does support up to 32GB RAM using 2 16GB sticks, and is upgradeable through a door on the bottom.
Max Screen Resolution
1920 x 1080
3.5 GHz 8032
8 GB DDR4
1000 GB Mechanical Hard Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
Graphics Card Ram Size
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
-This laptop feels sturdy and solid. I love the red accents and the solid black main body color.
-The graphics card has handled the light gaming I’ve done with it with flying colors. So far, I’ve tested Portal 2 at maxed out settings and it’s done roughly 180-200fps. LA Noire at all maxed settings keeps a steady 30fps (it’s frame locked), Metro 2033 at maxed settings runs at roughly 45fps.
-The Intel i5 has been a solid CPU for it as well.
-The wifi uses ac and b/g/n so it makes full usage of the 5ghz channel for wireless. The speed difference is night and day. I get almost triple the download speed using ac over b/g/n.
-Battery life unplugged and surfing the internet is really good. 7-8 hours.
-Ok, so this is my major issue and the only reason it’s not getting 5 stars. The speakers are…not great. They advertise a subwoofer, but I’m not sure what the deal with that is since the bass on this is average at best. The speakers do tend to crackle and distort at higher volumes to the point where a musician like myself gets very annoyed. I’m actually debating on buying a bluetooth speaker to use instead.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H is the best choice under 500.Acer Aspire E 15 E5-576-392H comes with these high level specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor 2.2GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.4GHz, Windows 10 Home, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit display, Intel UHD Graphics 620, 6GB Dual Channel Memory, 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive, 8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW (M-DISC enabled), Secure Digital (SD) card reader
HP Notebook 15.6 Inch is our 2nd choice for under 500 as it has 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz Memory, 1TB 5400 RPM Hard Drive, SuperMulti DVD burner,802.11b/g/n (Miracast enabled), Bluetooth 4.0, Multiformat SD, DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, Headphone output/Microphone input combo, LAN (10/100), HP TrueVision HD webcam,Windows 10 home 64 bit, 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery (31 Wh), 15.12 x 10.0 x 0.95, 4.60 lbs, Black.
The ASUS VivoBook F510UA is the perfect combination of performance and function. The F510UA is a Windows 10 laptop powered by an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, and ASUS NanoEdge display technology. It’s the ideal laptop for daily computing and entertainment.
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1.6 GHz Intel Core i5
8 GB DDR4
1000 GB Mechanical Hard Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Number of USB 2.0 Ports
Number of USB 3.0 Ports
Average Battery Life (in hours)
Powerful 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz (Turbo up to 3.4GHz) processor
14.2” wide, 0.8” thin and portable footprint with 0.3” NanoEdge bezel for a stunning 80% screen-to-body ratio
15.6” anti-glare Full HD WideView display with ASUS Splendid software enhancement
8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD; Ergonomic chiclet keyboard with fingerprint sensor
Comprehensive connections including USB 3.1 Type-C (Gen1), USB 3.0, USB 2.0, and HDMI; Lightning-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi keeps you connected through any congestion or interference
HP – 17.3″ Laptop is one of the great laptop with Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – 1TB HDD . It is trully an Excellent laptop. Large screen, light weight, easy to connect to an external monitor, keyboard and mouse, if desired. Great for routine tasks and web browsing which is what we wanted. Not designed for high end gaming, which we did not need. 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (2.5 GHz, turbo boost up to 3.1 GHz, 3 MB cache), DTS Studio Sound with dual speakers
17.3″ diagonal SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1600 x 900) Display, Intel HD Graphics 620, DVD/CD burner
Guide To The Best Gaming Laptop Under 1000 in 2021
What Makes a Good Gaming Laptop?
You’re going to buy a PC, and it’s going to be running Windows 10. The MacBook Pro can run some games if you force the discrete graphics card to run full time. However, your battery life will suffer, and you still won’t get the performance you want. Now here’s what else to look for.
A Discrete Graphics Card
Lots of computers come with graphics capabilities built into their CPUs, but those chipsets are optimized for budget and power savings — not performance.
A laptop with no discrete graphics card will keep you from playing anything more complicated than Minesweeper.
You may get lucky with less demanding titles, but if you actually want to game on your laptop, you need a discrete card. A laptop with no discrete graphics card will keep you from playing anything more complicated than Minesweeper.
Technically, you don’t need a lot of RAM right away, but you’ll want it eventually. If you buy a laptop with less than 16GB of RAM, make sure it’s upgradeable. Your laptop’s spec page should have your machine’s current RAM, as well as your maximum RAM.
Just because you can buy a laptop with a platter drive, doesn’t mean you should. If you must, make room in your budget for an SSD replacement as soon as possible. The difference in speed is unreal.
SEE ALSO: What Graphics Card Should You Buy?
PC Gaming Accessories
You’ll immediately want to buy a gaming mouse; even the nicest touchpads are garbage for gaming. The Logitech G series has been the gold standard for years; Razer makes well-reviewed mice, too. Depending on how hot your laptop gets, you may want a cooling pad, as well. And if you’ve sprung for a pricier laptop, you may want a second monitor for some games.
Now that you know the basics, let’s look at some specific models.
The Best Gaming Laptop for YOU
Indie Gamers Need a Budget Laptop
If you’d rather spend your money on Humble Bundles than hardware, then you don’t actually need a hardcore gaming laptop. Along the same lines, if you’re looking for a Minecraft box for the kids, you don’t need to spend the money attached to the phrase “gaming laptop.” A machine with a discrete graphics card, an SSD, and 8GB of RAM should take care of you.
If you’re looking for a Minecraft box for the kids, you don’t need to spend the money attached to the phrase ‘gaming laptop.’
That said, a cheap gaming laptop will also fit the bill. For example, Best Buy sells the Acer Nitro 5 with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM (upgradeable to 32GB), and a 1TB platter drive (which you should upgrade to an SSD) for $700.
As far as other options go, there’s a small horde of business productivity machines and previous-gen gaming laptops available in the $700 to $1,000 range; any of these should more than take care of the average low-res gamer.
So, how do you know that the computer you buy will tick all the boxes on your checklist? Well, the answers are all in the hardware. Below are the parts to consider when buying a gaming laptop:
1, GPU for Gaming Laptop
The GPU is akin to the heart of your gaming experience on any PC. Most all-purpose and ultraportable notebooks come with integrated GPUs, which are graphics processing chipsets directly embedded onto the CPU. Integrated graphics processors have their advantages, most importantly power efficiency, but even the latest ones pale in comparison to the average dedicated GPU.
Your gaming laptop of choice should, therefore, have a dedicated graphics card. Here, you have two options: NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon. Currently, the best rigs come with NVIDIA’s 10-series cards – particularly GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 – capable of rendering demanding games in high resolutions, framerates, and detail.
If your budget isn’t that accommodating, however, you can scale down to the GeForce 900M region or AMD’s 400M cards to get acceptable performance at tolerable price tags.
A laptop’s outward appearance might not mean much to some users, but to a gamer, it’s an important consideration. The design will determine how you present your newly-acquired gaming notebook to the world. When out shopping, pick out one that reflects your personality. Gamers tend to go for the bold designs, with sharp edges and striking colors, and some manufacturers even go the extra mile, to offer custom skins for added flair.
On the flip side, the most brilliantly designed laptops are also the most expensive. If you’re on a budget, therefore, it’s perhaps best not to get picky. Keep in mind that it’s what’s inside that will have the most influence on your gaming experience, and not the laptop’s appearance.
3, Gaming Laptop Display
Gaming is essentially a visual activity, which means that the screen should be among the first things you check when choosing a gaming laptop.
Regardless of the price tag, anything with less than Full-HD resolution is not worth your time. If your wallet allows it, reach for the stars and grab one with a QHD or UHD display. But remember, high resolutions typically demand top-of-the-range internal hardware. You’ll need more than just a 4K screen to play games in 4K resolution.
4, Keyboard and Mousepad
You can disregard the touchpad because you’ll very likely need to buy an external mouse for any real gaming. The keyboard, however, requires keen attention. If you can, get to the store and try it out before you buy the laptop.
Top-range rigs have keyboards that are specifically tailored for gaming, with features like mechanical-styled pressing, multi-colored backlighting, and additional programmable keys.
Laptops, even the most expensive, aren’t known to offer excellent sound quality. Nonetheless, don’t keep your expectations too low. For starters, be mindful of the speakers’ position. If they’re underneath the chassis facing down, the chances are high that they won’t be loud enough, especially when the laptop is on a desk. Gaming laptops usually have speakers facing upwards.
Additionally, check the specifications and look for statements like “Powered by Dolby” or “DTS surround.” The involvement of a reputed audio company is a good indication that the sound quality is great.
Among the strengths that give desktops an upper hand over laptops is versatile connectivity. That, however, isn’t to say that you won’t find a notebook with a comprehensive set of ports.
The gaming laptop you choose should have at least three USB ports, with at least one of them being USB 3.0. Laptops have relatively small screens, so you’ll also want a Mini DisplayPort or HDMI port to connect a larger external monitor. Moreover, a wireless card may be installed, but an Ethernet port is also needed to provide reliable and uninterrupted internet connectivity for online gaming. Other ports, like SD card slots and VGA-out, are not a necessity but they’re still pleasant to have.
7. Gaming Laptop CPU
AMD might seem like a befitting choice, but when it comes to gaming, you’re far better off with an Intel Core i-series processor. Today, the ideal gaming laptop packs at least a 6000-series quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU. But, if the laptop you’re eyeing has a high-end graphics card, you can get away with a dual-core Intel Core i3 or Core i5 chip.
However, pay extra attention to the processor’s model number and its suffix letter. Intel’s U- and Y- edition chips are designed for thin, light and power-efficient notebooks meant only for document processing and web browsing, while the M-range is native to all-purpose laptops.
For the best gaming performance, choose a laptop whose CPU model number ends with an “H” or “HQ.” The Intel Core i5 6300HQ, for example, is a high-performance 6th generation quad-core processor.
Because your GPU will come with VRAM, the laptop’s primary memory is one of the few things you can afford to overlook. 8GB is the minimum amount a gaming notebook should have but, if a laptop ticks all the right boxes, don’t let inadequate RAM be a deal breaker. You can easily and cheaply upgrade by buying a stick and installing it yourself.
9. Secondary Storage
Customers looking for a gaming laptop are often at a crossroad regarding secondary storage. On the one hand, there’s the choice of an optical hard disk drive (HDD), which although traditional, offers ample space for all your games. And, on the other, is new solid-state drive (SSD) technology that, despite providing less space, promises faster game startups and loading times as well as a general improvement in system performance.
So, the choice here depends on your preferences and your budget. If you’re hard-pressed for cash and wouldn’t mind waiting a few minutes for a game to load, a 1TB HDD with 7,200-rpm speed is the option for you. Otherwise, you can buy an external SSD hard drive along with your SSD-equipped rig and only use the SSD to store your favorite, frequently played titles.
The most reasonable option is, undoubtedly, a gaming laptop that has both an SSD and an HDD on board. And if money’s not a problem, go for a premium rig with a 1TB SSD.
Battery life may be a major concern among other laptop shoppers, but not gamers. Because of the robust and power-hungry internal components, you won’t find a gaming notebook with a more than half-decent battery. If the rig can last three hours on a single charge, take it. It’s probably the best you’ll get.
Laptops come in different shapes, forms and sizes, and for different users and tasks. Knowing what to look for is, therefore, crucial if you want the gaming laptop that will perfectly fit your requirements.