How to Buy the Right Gaming Laptop: 101 Guide for 2019

Before buying your gaming laptop, you must take into account certain technical characteristics.

You need a high-performance processor (CPU), a graphics card (GPU) powerful enough to handle image rendering, sufficient RAM and storage space to backup your data, a screen of appropriate size and resolution, and finally a good design to contain all these components.

Which processor to choose for a gaming laptop?

At Intel, the seventh generation processors in the Core series (Kaby Lake) are very suitable for gaming laptop, but the latest eighth generation processors (Coffee Lake) are powerful and less energy-intensive.
You may have heard of Intel i9 processors, some laptops like the MacBook Pro are starting to be equipped with them. Beware of this processor on a gaming laptop PC, we advise you to consult independent tests in case users have had problems.

Which GPU should I choose for a gaming laptop?

The graphics card is probably the most important component of a gamer laptop computer since it does most of the work when you play.
Moreover, unlike a desktop computer, it’s not really possible to replace it on a laptop. It is therefore more cost-effective to know in advance which graphics card you need.
The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti, 1080, 1070, 1060 and 1050 GTX cards are impressive, thanks to which you will enjoy exceptional graphics, even in 3D.There are « Max Q design » versions of these cards, they are specially designed to fit in a laptop. GTX 1050 and 1050 Ti graphics cards are used on slightly cheaper gaming laptops.

What should I look for in a display?

Laptop monitors now adopt Full HD resolution (1920×1080) and use an IPS panel. They offer greater viewing angles, a better contrast ratio and better colour reproduction.

The TN display is generally found on slightly cheaper laptops.

Also note that when choosing a gaming laptop, you should pay more attention to the actual contrast ratio than to the brightness, which is expressed in candela per square meter (cd/m2).

The actual contrast ratio indicates the difference in intensity between the brightest and darkest point on the screen. If it is high then you will have a very good color rendering.

There is another ratio, called dynamics, which is often much higher than the real rate. Don’t rely on it because it is magnified by the manufacturers.

As for screen resolution, we recommend FHD/Full HD (1920 x 1080) or QHD/Quad HD (2560 x 1440), it is a good compromise between resolution and response time.

In addition, if you plan to play often outdoors, it’s advisable to opt for a computer with a matt slab screen (anti-reflective), like the Gigabyte Aero 15X (2018).

For a better user experience, visual comfort, choose a display with a refresh rate of 120 or 144Hz, however your graphics card must be powerful.

What about storage capacity?

As for storage, an SSD disk will allow your laptop to perform certain tasks faster, such as switching on, opening programs or backing up your files.

Loading between levels and starting them will also take less time, but the game itself will not be accelerated.

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