Gaming laptops are a whole different breed of computers when it comes to laptops. Gamers use their computers for prolonged period of times and many of the games requires powerful graphic cards for optimum viewing quality. Due to its high specs, gaming laptops are usually much more expensive compared to regular laptops and often much chunkier too. Some extreme gaming laptops are so big and heavy that it weights more than a regular desktop. A laptop’s performance and media playback is the main priority when it comes to gaming computers. Here is a quick guide to choosing the best laptop for your gaming needs.
The Xtreme SL8 from Rock is an example of a perfect gaming laptop. It has a 17″ high-resolution X-Glass display, 4 speakers with surround sound output and weighs at a staggering 12 pounds. Although heavier than many desktops, technically, the Xtreme SL8 can be used from your lap, qualifying it as a laptop. It supports up to 4GB of RAM and has two NVIDIA graphic cards. This extreme gaming laptop also comes with a HD-DVD writer combo drive and a TV tuner. As you can see, the Xtreme SL8 has almost all the best specs in the market, in terms of performance and media playback. This extreme gaming machine also comes with an extreme price tag but in my opinion, for those who can afford it, it is worth every penny!
For those who can’t afford to fork out a couple thousand dollars for a gaming laptop, there are plenty of cheaper alternatives out there. The Gateway P-7811FX barely costs $1500 and has all the specs you need for a long enjoyable gaming session. It has a 2.26GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 processor, 4GB of RAM, a NVIDIA GeForce 9800M GTS graphic card, and a HD friendly 17″ display. Other ‘cheap’ alternatives include Toshiba’s Qosmio X305 and Clevo laptops.
Besides the various models above, there are many other gaming laptop models out there for you to choose from. When choosing a gaming laptop, make sure that is has the latest and fastest graphic cards. The graphic card is the most important feature of a gaming laptop as there is nothing more irritating than choppy graphics during a gaming session. It may cost a little more but the graphic card is something that you don’t want to skim on.
The processor of your laptop should be at least 2GHz and you should pack in as much RAM as the machine can support (min 2GB). Your display screen should be at least 15″ for an optimum viewing pleasure. The quality of the built in speakers will also greatly enhance your gaming experience. If you have plenty of cash to spare, consider custom building your own laptop. There are plenty of specialized gaming laptop assemblers there that would custom built a laptop to your specifications. Many professional gamers choose to custom built their laptops as they often out perform pre-manufactured gaming laptops in the market.