Are gaming laptops a good idea? Would they suit me if I am looking for something on a budget? I really like laptops and love the portability they offer, but I still really want to play games. Am I able to do that?
The above are just some questions I have received over the past few weeks so finally here is the blog post I have offered you guys. This is my opinion on gaming laptops. Are they worth it? Should you get one? Let’s read on.
So back in 2010 I owned a gaming laptop. It was fairly expensive, clocking in at the register for just a little over $1,000 including tax. I was in the same boat as the majority of you reading this article: I wanted the portability of a laptop and the comfort it brings, combined with the power of a desktop, but I also did not want to spend that much. At $1,000 I was breaking the bank (at the time) since it was quite expensive for me. I could have bought something cheaper but decided with the laptop that I should not go cheap.
Anyway, this laptop served me well. I ran awesome video games that came out that year and the year after. However, it was 2012 when I really hit a bottleneck. That was the year amazing video games came out like Mass Effect 3, Far Cry 3, and Max Payne 3 (all stunning looking games, even to this day). Of course, my 2 year old laptop at the time was able to run it. But I started to notice I was unable to run those games at high settings anymore. I was beginning to tone down the video settings to just around medium. 2013 came around and it kept getting lower.
The issue with gaming laptops is that you are not able to change out your hardware parts; which is a huge thing in terms of PC gaming. You need the customizability. You need to be able to change parts out to keep the whole system running efficiently and have you the ability to play the best games at settings you prefer. With gaming laptops, you are taking that away.
Because all the hardware is in a closed case (dare I say “limited” case, since you can actually open it, but not fully to where you are able to customize parts), especially if the manufacturer went for portability in the device rather than power, you cannot upgrade any hardware. Some laptops offer the ability to change out a CPU or a graphics card here and there, but those become costly just for the sheer ability to upgrade.
Now, if you are on a budget and seriously need a laptop (perhaps you are a college student or something similar), then by all means go for a laptop. I would not push it, though, with your expectations. In my experience, I can make a rough estimation that around $500 worth of a laptop would equate to $600-$700 in value and power of a gaming desktop. That is some power, considering you are able to purchase desktops with i5 processors and decent graphics in them in the whole package.
If, however, you do not necessarily have a budget and are still interested in getting a gaming laptop, I can’t stop you. It is a pretty good idea if you have the money. Again, the choice lays with you. Do you want the portability and accessibility of having a laptop that can also run games? Do you care that in a few years, the games will eventually outdate the power of the laptop and you would have to sell/purchase a brand new laptop to have the same kind of power? Then go for it.
Those are just my opinions. I personally still have my laptop from a few years ago, but I do use my gaming desktop to play PC games (for an updated and useful list of gaming desktops that are under a decent budget, visit this post from Mysteryblock Reviews). That is all for now, but stay tuned. Ask away in the comments below or send me an email; I will be willing to answer some of your questions.