If you’re planning to buy a gaming laptop, there will be many things you ought to consider. Specs are just about the bulk of what you need to consider – the graphics card, the processor, the ram, the internal memory, and so on. You will obviously find different laptops with different specs, but below are some main questions and pointers besides these specs that you should consider about when buying a gaming laptop:
- What games will you play on it? – The biggest question that should be asked before you venture into this territory of computers is what you will need a gaming laptop for. Of course, for gaming, but what games? Gaming laptops are expressively meant for those high graphic games that will lag on your average computer and just not work – the examples that come to my mind would be the Call of Duty games, Grand Theft Auto and the like. On the other hand, games like Candy Crush and similar flash games or the MMORPGs like WoW (World of Warcraft) and LoL (League of Legends) are low-end titles – they play just fine on normal laptops with good enough specs.
- Budget? – Another thing you need to consider is your budget. Gaming desktops are expensive – the Alienware gaming laptops are rarely below a thousand dollars, and easily go over two or three thousand dollars even. Of course, there are lesser expensive computers, but at any rate, a budget of at least eight hundred dollars is a must. Get the picture? Gaming laptops are pretty much expensive, so make sure that you have an adequate budget.
- Leave the touch screens to graphic designers – When picking out gaming laptops, start by cutting out all those featuring touch screens. You don’t need touch screens on a gaming laptop to be honest – who plays with a touch screen anyways? Plus, touch screens make the laptop unnecessarily expensive and are also good at draining the battery of your laptop.
- The keyboard is your biggest problem – While touch screens are what you don’t need, a keyboard is what you definitely need. All laptops have a keyboard; what I mean by this point is that you have to make sure to find a comfortable keyboard. You won’t be spending this much to play games for an hour or two, so make sure to find a keyboard that will be easy on your hand posture for hours at an end.
- Resolutions? Low-end is no-end – Another place where you can safely cross out laptops is the resolution. Gaming is all about good graphics, so you will definitely need the best screen resolution you can find. Anything less than 1920×1080 is off-limits. Additionally, also search for laptops with HDMI ports, so that you can connect to a separate monitor for 4K resolutions.