Why can’t we use an ordinary laptop? Why do we need a gaming laptop? And the answer to that (quite important question) is that the main difference between gaming laptops and word processing laptops is a careful balancing act between power, looks, portability, thermals and battery life.
The cooling system in a gaming laptop has to deal with the power-hungry hardware, meaning that the machine needs an effective way of keeping itself cool without burning you and your laptop out, and this is a crucial feature on a gaming laptop.
Battery life – the life of the battery on a gaming laptop doesn’t last that long because power-mad graphics cards + 45wh CPUs under load drain the battery very fast compared to their word processing cousins. The power brick is usually more prominent because you’re delivering more than three times more power to the computer (try comparing a 50wh power brick with a 180wh power brick, see what I mean?).
Then there’s also the screen to consider – Most notably, the screen must offer better quality, with some gaming laptops featuring 120Hz or even 144Hz displays, giving you a better experience while gaming and having lower latencies, mainly for competitive games or letting you try these new online casinos in all their full HD glory.
Once upon a time, you could only really game efficiently on a Gaming PC, but the increase in interest in eSports means the new generation of laptops are so much better than they used to be, and they are now more popular with gamers on the move than ever before.
So let’s see what’s available to buy to enhance your experience. The best gaming laptops of 2020 are ….
Alienware 51m – 17.3-inch FHD Anti-Glare IPS Tobii Eye-Tracker Gaming 2019 Laptop (Black) Intel Core i9-9900K, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX OC 2080 8 GB GDDR6, Win10 Home
An all-round great laptop that’s extremely fast, smooth, but heavy, although you expect this from a gaming laptop with desktop parts, do think about that if you are taking it on holiday. The battery runs out quickly, (though that’s not unusual from a gaming laptop).
Asus Zephyrus G14 – GA401IV 14″ Full HD 120Hz Gaming Laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB Graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 SSD, Windows 10) – With LED lighting
We found that with the AMD processor you are sacrificing TB3 connectivity, which can be a problem for a good number of people in the market for a laptop. However, the screen is excellent and bright (but is not certified 100% RGB, which is a problem for those who are particular about color accuracy). So all in all a good machine.
Gigabyte Aorus 17X -17.3 Inch FHD 240 Hz, i7 10875H, RTX2070 SUPER, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, Win10 Home
The first thing to say this is not cheap but the collaboration between Omron means the magic is all in the newly upgraded keyboard. Stylish to look at with vivid background keyboard lighting, a very slim machine. Each key can be individually programmed to light up, enabling the gamer to identify which keys to press.
All of that is great, but as one of the most expensive machines on the market the fact it’s mighty powerful is probably more important in the mind of the gamer than a fancy keyboard. Are we wrong?
MSI GS65 Stealth – Thin 8RE-011UK 15.6 – Inch Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop, Intel i7 8750H, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, GTX 1060 Graphics, Win10 Home and VR Ready
What we like about this laptop is that the build quality is excellent, and considering how light this laptop is, it works well, looks elegant and stylish. The battery life isn’t great, and maybe it’s a little style over substance but with a laptop that looks and feels this good, who cares about the battery life?
Dell G5 15 SE – 15.6 Inch FHD IPS Gaming Laptop – ( Black) (Intel Core i5-9300H, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD + 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB GDDR5 Graphics, Fingerprint Reader, Win10 Home
What can we say about this laptop except the fans can be loud when playing and this can be annoying. The SSD is small, but the HDD is large, so it compensates. The graphics card won’t win any awards but it’ll do the job nicely, and the battery life is not great but okay.
HP Pavilion – 17-cd1014na 17.3 Inch Full HD Gaming Laptop – Shadow Black only, Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Dedicated Graphics, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 1 TB HDD, Win10 Home
This laptop isn’t part of HP’s premium Omen gaming range, which means its a lower end of the market laptop, but considering the components, this is by no means a cheap laptop, but just a moderately priced model. This laptop has an Intel i7 processor, 8 GB of RAM, a dedicated 6GB NVidia graphics card 512 SSD, and 1TB hard drive, so all in all this laptop makes the grade.
So that’s the roundup, the other question you may all be asking is are these laptops backward compatible and the answer would probably be yes and no at the same time. Games are no different as time and technology move on, and there could be a time when we reach the point that you require a VR headset to play, and cloud-gaming could also become a standard.