Are you in the market to buy a new gaming laptop?
Perhaps you are wondering, “Is a gaming laptop a good investment?”, well in today’s post, we’ll answer that question.
Ultimately, the answer to this question is different for each person based on their budget and gaming goals. Hopefully, this post can guide you in the right direction and even help you find a laptop that suits your needs.
What is a Gaming Laptop?
Well…it’s a laptop made for gaming to simply put it.
However, there is more to it than that. A gaming laptop comes with high-end specs. This means they will come with much more power compared to a regular laptop.
Gaming uses a tremendous amount of resources, especially games that are graphic intensive, an example would be games like Elden Ring or Battlefield. Not to mention if you want your game to look even better, while still performing well you’ll need a high-end laptop that can keep up.
This also makes gaming laptops great for other things as well outside of gaming.
For example, gaming laptops are also good at being used for video recording, video editing, programming, 3D art, game design, streaming, and much more.
This is again because they have high-end performance and can handle multiple applications simultaneously.
Gaming laptops don’t always have to be expensive either, you might be surprised that you can get a solid gaming laptop for under $1000 maybe even under $800. Still cheaper than a MacBook.
The Benefits of a Gaming Laptop
Let’s start with a simple listing of why a gaming laptop can be a good investment.
Gaming on the Go
No, we’re not talking about your cell phone or tablet games.
We’re talking about the full-on console or desktop gaming experience.
This is great if you’re someone that can’t afford to be tethered to a console or home computer.
Either because of a busy job, classes, or just a busy lifestyle in general, that doesn’t mean you can’t game while on the go. Gaming laptops are a great way to achieve that.
More Than Just Gaming!
As we mentioned previously, gaming laptops are great for more than just gaming.
Video editing, programming, 3D art, modeling, and much more. Why buy separate laptops when you can just have one powerhouse of a laptop that can do it all?
Not to mention that a gaming laptop can handle any basic needs that a regular laptop can do.\
Top Tier Performance
It always feels good to have a laptop that runs fast. You’ll be able to boot up in just seconds. Games and applications are also quick to load up.
You’ll also be able to run multiple applications at once.
This is extremely helpful if you want to record or stream your gameplay to websites like YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook Gaming.
Access to Thousands of Games!
If you’ve never owned a gaming laptop before or played on a PC, you’re missing out. PC gamers have access to platforms like Steam, Xbox Game Pass (which works with PCs!), Emulators, and more.
This gives them access to hundreds of thousands of games across these platforms and emulators.
Emulators allow you to play games from older consoles like Nintendo GameCube, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, and so on.
Even mobile games can be played on your gaming laptop or PC, you have more choices than ever when it comes to picking something to play.
What are the Drawbacks of a Gaming Laptop?
If what you have read so far about gaming laptops got you excited to start shopping, there are some downsides you should be aware of first.
Limited Battery Life
Something you should be aware of is that no matter what these brands claim about battery life, it’s always going to be much less than what they say it is.
So for example, if a gaming laptop claims it lasts for 8-10 hours, expect it to be 4-5 hours at best.
This is because when you are pushing your laptop to its limits while you’re gaming and doing other things, you will quickly drain the battery.
So if you wanted to game for those long road trips or flights, you might be disappointed.
Unlike a desktop computer than can upgrade each of its parts, a gaming laptop does not have that luxury.
The only things you can maybe upgrade, and this, of course, differs from laptop to laptop are the RAM and hard drive.
Most use an external hard drive for more storage space which can be cheap to get at least.
But if you wanted to upgrade other parts like the GPU, CPU, fans, motherboard, and so on, that’s just not possible with a gaming laptop.
For a lot of games, playing with a Trackpad isn’t exactly ideal. Good luck landing any shots in Fortnite with a trackpad.
We’re not saying it’s impossible, but it’s a lot harder for sure.
When you purchase a gaming laptop there are some accessories that we think are mandatory to have such as:
- A gaming mouse, playing shooters with a trackpad isn’t ideal and a big mousepad too!
- A gaming headset is also ideal since the webcam microphone most laptops come with is of poor quality. Not to mention the speakers as well. You also don’t want to disturb those around you when gaming and you can immerse yourself even further with a solid pair of headphones.
- A controller, preferably an Xbox controller as they work the best with PCs. There are just some games that are just better played on a controller than a keyboard, or you might be a console player and want what’s most comfortable for you.
It can be quite pricy once you add up the price of the laptop and these accessories. While they may not be mandatory, you can still game without them, these will greatly enhance your experience.
Unfortunately, this is just something that all computers, desktop or laptop, have to go through at some point.
Laptops especially, however, since Desktops have access to more fan slots or liquid cooling.
Those long gaming sessions can make your laptop overheat being pushed to its limits for so long.
Some brands try to alleviate this with their brand of technology, but ultimately, every laptop will get hot and overheat. Putting a dent into your gaming session, as you’ll have no choice but to switch it off and let your laptop cool naturally.
To round this blog post off, let’s try to answer some commonly asked questions about gaming laptops in general. If you feel like we missed something or we didn’t answer your question, leave a comment down below!
Where Can I Purchase a Gaming Laptop?
Most electronic retail stores sell gaming laptops these days. Stores like Best Buy, Fry’s, and even Walmart sell gaming laptops.
For online options, you have Amazon, Newegg, eBay, and much more.
Here’s a quick list of our top picks from Amazon:
- Lenovo IdeaPad 3 – Budget Gaming Laptop
- MSI Stealth 15M – Mid-tier laptop, that can handle most games
- ASUS ROG Strix G17 – Top-tier laptop, very expensive, but can handle every game while delivering the best performance.
How much does a Good Gaming Laptop Cost?
Depends on what your definition of “good” is and what your gaming goals are.
$600-$800 can get you a solid gaming laptop that can run most of today’s popular games without issue.
$1000-$1500 can buy you something in the middle. You’ll be able to play most games on high-quality settings without a hindrance to performance. Usually, these laptops have a small storage capacity though.
$2000 or even more gets you a beast of a machine that can handle anything you throw at it. They have extremely fast performance that can rival or even beat gaming desktops.
They are also future-proof as they will be able to run whatever games out for years to come.
If you just want to play games like Fortnite or League of Legends, go for something in the $600-$800 range. You might even be able to go cheaper.
If you want to play games like Apex Legends or Valorant then $1000-$1500 is in your range.
Finally, if you want to be able to play anything you want while also streaming or recording it in 4K, then any gaming laptop in the $2000 price range can handle that.
Can a Gaming Laptop Outperform a Gaming Desktop?
It depends on the laptop and desktop being compared, but most of the time a desktop will outperform a gaming laptop at a much cheaper price.
PC parts perform better on a desktop than a laptop for several reasons, but the short of it is that laptops can be portable.
That being said, if you buy one gaming laptop on the expensive end, it will outperform many gaming desktops.
Conclusion: Is a Gaming Laptop a Good Investment?
We hope you were able to answer that question for yourself, as it is a type of question that cannot be answered with a simple yes or no question.
It depends on your lifestyle and gaming goals.
If you are someone that out of the house often, but still want to play video games in your downtime, then you should consider a gaming laptop. Otherwise, a desktop will perform better and be much cheaper too.
Now depending on the kinds of games you want to play, that should determine how much you should invest in a gaming laptop.
If you just want to play basic games, you can afford to go cheaper. However, if the goal is to stream, record, or play the latest video games then you will have a gaming laptop that can keep up with you.
We hope you found this blog post valuable and we thank you for your time.
Feel free to check out some of the other blog posts we have written, they cover some additional laptop suggestions based on your budget. We also write about other types of electronics too like gaming headsets, keyboards, VR, and more.