Gaming has always been a craze amongst the younger generation. With the advent of laptops, PC gamers are not restricted to desktops to play their favorite games. There is a huge market for gaming laptops and the laptop giants such as Dell, Toshiba Sony is cashing by providing options in various price ranges, varying capabilities. While a good graphic card, superior processor strength, and a good RAM are indispensable, some of the features that can actually add to the experience are as follows:
- Video Memory- How much video memory is good enough? It is a question, the answer to which has never been easy and straight. It will automatically depend on the games that you play and how much of video memory is used whilst playing the games. Many gamers are now using monitoring tools to understand usage. However, this is not of much use because these tools provide information about video memory allocation at the Operating system levels. The GPU driver determines the usage of video memory in Direct 3D games. On a safer side, with resolutions of 4k or below, cards with 4GB will work adequately.
- Display- The energy spent on equipping a laptop will be wasted if your device does not have the best visual effect. For this you consider various options like Resolution, whether it’s a touch screen, a preference for a matte or glossy look, OLED which is the Organic light emitting Diodes(thinner, power efficient panels which give brighter colors).
- Portability- On a general note, the more high-end or powerful laptop is, the less portable it is. What you should do is to figure out how much portability is required. Minimal Portability: If you are not planning to move around with your laptop much (movement being limited to between rooms in your house), you should definitely consider a 17”-18” display.
Medium Portability: A system that weighs 4.2 pounds to about 7.5 pounds, with a display of 15 inches is convenient if you are planning to carry it around a bit more. It will last about 5 hours after charging.
Maximum Portability: If you are always on the move, it is best to go with a 13”-14” display laptop like a Razer Blade or an Alienware13R3 OLED. They will weigh under 5 pounds and possibly a better battery life.
- Keyboards and Touchpads- Keyboards and touchpads need to be strong while at the same time not be uncomfortable to the touch. While you will research other specs and invest heavily in those, what should not be ignored are keyboards. You will be hitting those keys with quite a bit of force every time games are being played. It is important to consider the quality, depth of the keys and if customizing is possible. And for a good gaming laptop, always consider a backlit keyboard.
- Audio- The sound of a game is as (or maybe) more important than the visuals. Typically, headsets are used as far as laptops are concerned, but the laptop should have good speakers to allow you to enjoy the audio of the games. Nahimic Audio speakers are rated one of the best as far as surround sound is concerned.
Eventually what is important is to have a basic understanding of the budget and the kind of games that you will be playing. Once that is done, you can go about picking the specs that actually suit both and come up with your own customized laptop for gaming.