16 April, 2021
The tech for gaming laptops has improved considerably in the last few years. Where these machines were once criticized for being a low-tech, ugly, and overheated equivalent of standard laptops, they have now become an attractive buying option and the only way for gamers to play AAA games with a portable computer.
Read on for our view on why gaming laptops matter more than ever in 2021.
Specs & Performance
In comparison to gaming desktops, gaming laptops are often seen as inferior in terms of graphical output and processing power. This is clearly borne out by benchmarking tests, but more recent machines on the market have begun to close this performance gap. It’s also important to remember that most laptops have hardware underclocked to reduce the chance of overheating and also to save power. Manufacturers often limit clock speeds for laptop GPUs up to 30-50% lower than desktop models.
Even so, gaming laptops are certainly a good option if you want a mobile computer that can still handle AAA graphics.
Composition and Weight
In the last few years, sleeker and more aesthetic gaming laptops have replaced the uglier builds that used to release. Powerful graphics cards and matching ventilation systems still mean that most machines are relatively large, but less so than before.
Laptop GPUs have become more compact which allows for smaller designs, an example is the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14, which boasts great visuals with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, but only weighs 3.75 lbs. Add customizable backlighting for keyboards, a quality chassis, and clear IPS panels, and you have various aesthetic gaming models which look less conventional than your typical PC.
A monster gaming laptop with top specs, will easily have you spending in excess of £2000. However, there’s also many cheap models for roughly half the cost which still allow for solid gaming visuals, albeit for a specs compromise in some form. For example, an MSI GF63 for just over £750, but an i5 processor and a GTX 1650 is still serviceable for most games, even if won’t hold a candle to high-spec machines.
When browsing, it’s important to factor in whether you want to play in your room or on the move. If it’s at home, then consider purchasing a desktop for higher performance, plus a more affordable price. Purchasing a cheap work laptop alongside this could match the cost of a typical gaming model. You can also stream from your desktop to another device you’re playing in another room.
Of course, gaming machines become necessary if you’re outside but still want that gaming fix. The tech for these models has come a long way which, along with better aesthetics and broader prices, allow for a great selection of models to choose from.
The Geeks Callout team has specialist engineers experienced in repairing and upgrading gaming machines. If you need a graphics card installation, benchmarking service, or anything else, call us on 0203 290 5190 to arrange a free home visit.
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