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Checklist: What to Look For In a Gaming Laptop in 2018

Hardcore gamers be like, ‘Oh, this gaming laptop seems a nice fit. No. The other one is better’. This happens when a market survey is done. Most of the gaming nerds often end up with a confused decision when it comes to buying gaming laptops. And yet the most obvious question that triggers their mind is “Can I play this game on this laptop?”.

So, let’s cut the clutter and come to the point. This extensively researched guide will help you make a fine pick from the best gaming laptops in 2018 . Let’s proceed…

Quick Tips To Start With:-

  • Display resolutions below 1920 x 1080 should be avoided at all cost;
  • TouchScreen displays are more prone to damage and eat up the battery quicker than normal displays. They are expensive as well. Avoid them;
  • 17-18”gaming laptops may offer you robust performance, but they are a pain to carry around. To their contrast, smaller laptops are less-portable, but you won’t get the desired high-end configuration;
  • Never opt for a gaming laptop just for the sake of playing those good’ol traditional low-end games. An added graphics card can do the same chore without having you to buy a heavy-duty machine.

Portability – A Major Concern!

17-18” Gaming Laptops = Heavy-Duty Performance ~ Less Portable + Battery Drainers

If you are more of an isolated gamer and prefer staying at home, a gaming laptop with 17-18” display size should be a nice fit.

15 Gaming Laptops = Medium Performance ~ Average Portability

If you’re here and there often (outside of your home) and prefer carrying your gaming laptop in a backpack, a 15-incher should do well.

13-14” Gaming Laptops = Low Performance ~ Highly Portable

Any gaming laptop in that size range should give you extreme level of portability on the bargain of performance. A 13 to 14-incher usually packs in low-configured GPU and not enough space to fritter away the excessive amount of heat.

(Rule of the thumb: One shoe size does not fit for all. The same goes for gaming laptops. Just bear in mind that the more powerful your gaming laptop is the lesser portability you should expect.)

CPU – The Center Point!

Intel is all the way your finest and the only CPU for vigorous gaming needs. An i7 quad-core processor is highly-recommended. To its contrast, an i5 dual-core won’t function well; you’ll experience excessive lags.

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Note: AMD APU quad-core processor is totally a NO GO!!!

GPU & VRAM – The DUO

GPU and VRAM are the two masterminds behind the whole scene. GeForce GTX 850M is the least you should go for. Moreover, 3-4 VRAM is a perfect match.

RAM – The Power Chip That Does Magic

Don’t even consider moving your finger for any less than 8GB of RAM if you’re in for a superior gaming performance. However, we recommend a 16GB RAM as the most-optimal performer.

Display Resolution – The Larger, the Better

Well, who likes seeing distorted graphics? Do you??? Obviously not! Buying a gaming laptop with QHD display of 2560 x 1440 resolution or 4K 3840 x 2160 panels should be the only goal in your mind. You’ll see a lot of gamers yelling about a 1366 x 768 resolution display that it is an ideal choice, but we suggest you not to hear them.

Storage – Should You Prefer SSD or HDD?

SSD is faster than HDD. If you’re on a low-budget, a 1TB hard drive with 7,200-RPM should be the best bargain. A gaming laptop that comes with both an SSD and a standalone hard drive is the right deal you should be looking for.

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About the author

Saurabh Saha

Pursuing MCA from the University of Delhi, Saurabh Saha is an experienced blogger and internet marketer. Through his popular technology blogs: TechGYD.COM & Sguru.org, he is helping several brands to gain exposure in front of high-quality web visitors.

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