In Search of the Perfect Gaming Laptop
7 Jun 2012 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+
Gaming laptops have become big business in the last few years and have gone from being part of a small, niche, market, to being a regular sight on the shelves of big companies like Currys. However, with so many new machines entering the market, it’s getting increasingly difficult to pick the best from the rest.
So, in an attempt to do things differently, we’ve put our heads together and come up with the set of characteristics that any gaming laptop has to have with the intention that you, when it comes to looking for a new one, just need to get as close to this ideal image of computing perfection.
Seems odd to start with battery life, but since any computer worth it’s salt should have a basic spec, getting the battery to function for more than a couple of hours is quite important. The best on the market at the moment offers about 3.5 hours, and that’s from Alienware and Battalion.
Getting the mix between portable and useable is tricky, the majority of screens weigh in at 17.3inches. However, the most important thing is that the technology inside the screen is up to scratch, so it might be worth investing in a smaller screen with better resolution.
One of the most popular machines around the market actually weighs 25lbs! Which for our money seems a little excessive and not exactly portable. Most machines come in just over the 10lb mark, if you can find anything lighter then you’re onto a good thing.
There’s very little chance that the OS will be anything other than Windows 7, and if you don’t like Windows, then you’re going to have to look pretty hard – or do something to the computer after purchase – to get what you’re after.
If you get more than one year you’re lucky, one or two companies stretch it out to two, but the likelihood is that 12 months is the best you’ll get.
RAM, Hard Drive, Hard Drive Speed
We’ve left these until last because, in all honesty, the bigger number you can get for any of them, the better. However, your average hard drive speed (at the moment) clocks in at 7,200RPM although there are computers that run slower and are still considered market leaders (the Battalion, for example). Hard drive is less important, you get ranges from 250GB to 1.5TB, but as most people use external drives to give extra kick, it’s a bit irrelevant (although 250GB might be too small). Finally, for RAM MSI surprisingly leads the way with a whopping 16GB, but as you can always put more in yourself if you want to, there’s no problem taking an 8 or a 4 providing the capacity is there.
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