Viewed at first as only modest solutions in terms of configurations compared with desktop computers, laptops have finally come to be used including for playing the latest games. Thus now, we are not surprised by the notion of “gaming laptop”, attributed to devices configured with top graphics cards, although, inevitably there are some disadvantages for them.
No doubt, portability and low autonomy are two major disadvantages of a gaming laptop (obviously, besides the high price). On the one hand, powerful components and 15″ – 17″ display contributes to weight gain, and on the other hand, you cannot claim to have a good autonomy when you use the most advanced graphics cards and processors.
So if you want to buy a laptop for gaming performance, you must look for a desktop replacement that will hardly leave the office. The good part is that you’ll escape of many cables and gain more space in a compact format.
However, over the years have been revealed three types of laptops for gaming: typical laptop with decent features and peak prices, top powerful laptops, and portable laptops specifically built for gaming. We will examine each of these segments and give some examples of notebooks for each category.
Typical gaming laptops:
If your budget is quite limited, but still want a laptop for games, prepare to allocate a minimum of $800 for such a purchase. Otherwise, you will notice that prices are much higher, and good offers at reasonable price are quite rare.
Dell Inspiron N5110 – The proposed laptop model from Dell is of 15.6″ diagonal with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and is equipped with an Intel Core i7 2670QM at 2.2 GHz frequency, NVIDIA GT 525M graphic card, 8GB DDR3 RAM and 750 GB HDD. Audio is provided by SRS Premium Sound technology and connectivity options are as follows: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA. The laptop costs $800 with FreeDOS operating system, or $950 with Windows 7 Home Premium, 64 bit version.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y570A – Chinese from Lenovo comes with a similar offer, but offers a stronger video card: Nvidia GT 550, this laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i7 2670QM at 2.2 GHz frequency, 6 GB DDR3 RAM and 750 GB HDD. Connectivity options are: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 x2, USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA. Weight is 2.7 kg, and the laptop integrates Kensington Lock technology, which provides protection against theft. The price for this laptop starts from $1000 with FreeDOS and reaches $1150 with Windows 7 Home Premium OS.
Acer Aspire 5750G – Acer is renowned for top laptops offered at decent prices, and this is why it can’t miss this top. The present model has a screen diagonal of 15.6″, comes with an Intel Core i7 2670QM CPU at 2.2 GHz frequency, NVIDIA GT 540M video card, 4 GB of RAM and 750GB HDD. A total of $1000 paid for a decent package of 2.6 kg.
Toshiba P755-10M – In a design that includes a 15.6″ display, this model from Toshiba offers a hardware platform consisting of Intel Core i7 2630QM running at 2 GHz, Nvidia GT 540M video card, 8 GB of RAM and 500 GB HDD. The laptop enjoys the benefit of Harman Kardon speakers, and is featuring Wi-Fi, USB 3.0, USB 2.0 x3, HDMI and VGA. It costs $1300 and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Portable laptops for gaming:
If portability plays an important role for you and you want to transport your laptop easily, you have to use a portable notebook of 11.6″ diagonal, or 13.3″, which comes in a compact package and is about 2 kg. Prices are higher, therefore you must be very “generous”.
Alienware M11x – Owned by those from Dell, Alienware continues to release top laptops with a special design for gamers, and M11x is one of the best example: the display is 11.6″, powered by an Intel Core i7 2617M CPU at 1,5 Ghz frequency, and Nvidia GT 540M video card, plus 8 GB RAM and a 256 GB SSD. The keypad is illuminated for night game sessions, and the special design wins you at first sight. The price is: $2000 with Windows 7 Home Premium.
Dell Vostro 3350 – Dell is well represented in this category, and this model with a display of 13.3″ is accompanied by an Intel Core i7 CPU 2640M at 2.8 GHz frequency, AMD HD 6490 video card. This time, storage is done on a classic 750 GB HDD, which has the advantage of a more generous space. Unfortunately, is weighing 2.1 kg, making it somehow difficult to carry. The price is $1400 and includes Windwos 7 Home Premium.
Sony Vaio VPCSA3Q9E – Sony could not miss this party: The Vaio model that we present has a display diagonal of 13.3″, Intel Core i7 2620M at 2.7 GHz, and the first time in this article, AMD 6630M HD video card. Unfortunately, you must be content with 4 GB RAM and only 128 GB SSD, by far the worst versions of this article. The advantages are the fingerprint reader and a weight of only 1.59 kg, but even so, the price of $1800 is quite high.
Dedicated gaming laptops:
Without limits. That might characterize the laptop category created specifically for gaming, where we find the best components for video card and processor, and displays offering Full-HD resolution. As for prices… dedicated too…
Asus G74SX – Under the brand Republic of Gamers (ROG), Asus has a wide variety of dedicated gaming laptops, and G74SX is one of them. With a screen of 17.3″, this “monster” is equipped with an Intel Core i7 2670QM at 2.2 GHz frequency, Nvidia GTX 560M video card, 8 GB of RAM and 750 GB HDD. The keyboard is also illuminated, but do not expect to move it too easily from your office, as weighing 4.28 kg. For this laptop, you must dig for $1600.
Toshiba Qosmio F750-10M 3D – Not only is it a laptop for gaming, but displays 3D images that you can watch without special glasses. This is the Qosmio, a laptop model of the Japanese range from Toshiba, it comes with a display of 15.6″, Intel Core i7 2630QM at 2 GHz, Nvidia GT 540M video card, 8 GB RAM and a HDD capacity of 500 GB. The format also allowed the inclusion of a Blu-ray device, while the weight is only 2.9 kg. The price? $1800.
Alienware M17xR3 – Without doubt, this is the best laptop from the top: it has a screen of 17.3″ offering Full-HD resolution, an Intel Core i7 at 2.0 GHz and the most powerful video card of the moment: AMD Radeon HD 6990M. Add to that 6 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB HDD and you have a complete picture of a monster weighing 4.26 kg, of course, we have a nicely backlit keyboard too. Unfortunately, the price is: $2600.
If you want a laptop especially for gaming, there are the solutions for almost every budget, starting from the premise that you cannot have a good notebook for modest sums. Depending on your budget, you can choose a decent laptop for games of up to $800, or you can switch to portable solutions priced between $1400-$1800, or specially designed gaming laptops reaching even over $3000.
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