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Gaming Laptops: Why Should We Buy Them?

March 2, 2013 by Meryll divider image

The alienexistence of ultraportable gaming gadgets these days may sound threatening to gaming laptops. The existence of so much bigger monitors and smaller CPUs that people can use as their ultimate multimedia entertainment appliance in their living room also sound threatening to gaming laptops. But you know what? They are not even close to threatening gaming laptop manufacturers. Yes, not even close.

Gaming laptops continuously sell in the market even at their extremely expensive selling prices. Why is that? Let us look into the different selling factors that hard core gamers would usually consider.


            What a lot of people usually notice about gaming laptops is that they cannot do away with the big and bulky designs that make them almost not really portable for some users. Well what people should really notice about the big and bulky designs of gaming laptops is what they have inside that makes them worth being big and bulky.

There are so many laptops in the market these days that primarily make use of plastic both for their casing and their keyboard. They are being sold at more affordable prices but are not really able to survive the beating of extremely challenged hard core gamers. Gaming laptops are designed for all types of hard core gamers. They make use of more durable materials like Magnesium Alloy, Aluminum, iron or copper. They are scratch resistant and can definitely survive the heavy beating.

Gaming laptops are also big and bulky because of their top performing processors and heavy duty optical drives and vents. Let us look into the Alienware M18x which is one of the best gaming laptops as an example. It is big and bulky because it has dual GPUs, optical drive and specially designed vents.

The sci-fi inspired design also somewhat a contributory factor to its bulky design but it does also add to the realistic gaming experience for most hard core gamers. They enjoy the AlienFX lighting technology; the backlit keyboard and everything else.

Another very important factor that adds to bulkiness of most gaming laptops ­­is their available ports. The Alienware M18x for instance has all the ports any hard core gamer would probably need to really enjoy a game. It has Power/DC Jack, Ethernet port, at least 4 USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0/eSATA port, mini-display port, HDMI port, VGA port, 9-in-1 card reader, Audio ports, Microphone ports, security lock port, etc. These ports would let hard core gamers do almost everything they want with their gaming laptops.


            New laptop users do not really look so much into the technical specifications of the laptop that they are going to buy. For as long as a laptop is portable or lightweight, they would find it good enough. Some would also just look into the integrated webcam; if they look good on it, they would buy it. Others look into the user interface; if it is easy to use or to navigate, they would definitely purchase it.

But what they fail to really understand is that, they are losing a lot of money on those superficial things that would not do them good when they are already using it. Performance should be their top buying decision factor.

Most gaming laptops have slot for dual graphics card. They can have two of the best performing GPUs in the market. Like for instance, a gaming laptop can have a 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M that is SLI enabled and a 2GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon HD 7970M. Both GPUs support the latest and most graphics-demanding games in the market these days but they have slight differences in response time and graphic details. Hard core gamers can switch between GPUs demanding on which one is best to use for whatever game they are playing or whatever heavy-graphic file they need to work on. Dual GPUs on board would guarantee them ultimate performance.

When it comes to storage, most gaming laptops also have multiple storage options. Although most laptops these days already make use of the newer and thinner solid state drive, gaming laptops still would not do away with the traditional hard disk drive which is said to be capable of handling more data. Most gaming laptops have around 1TB or 1500GB storage capacity.

Although most files these days are already being kept in USB devices and cloud storage facilities, the best storage for most software would still be the traditional CDs. Gaming laptops still have optical drives that allow them to easily install or modify their specifications. Gaming laptops also have ultimate performing speakers with subwoofer and 3D surround sound technology which most thin and ultraportable laptops do not have.

Gaming laptops have better performance than newer gadgets in the market these days. Spending thousands of dollars on them would really not be a waste of money.


            A bigger display is always better than just a 10-inch wide portable computing device especially when it is going to be used for gaming or film viewing. Gaming laptops have bigger and better display. The Alienware series of gaming laptops even have an 18.4-inch wide display that is WLED and full HD at 1080p resolution.

Gaming laptop displays are obviously able to give better display and image details.


While regular laptops have regular batteries and just sufficient battery life, gaming laptops have extraordinary batteries. They have at least high capacity 12-cell Lithium Ion batteries that are able to last long enough for gamers to finish an entire game. They also support it with adequate vents to make sure that they do not produce as much heat. Gaming laptops also have enough power-saving features.

Until ultraportable gaming gadgets are able to match these features or a 64-inch wide multimedia entertainment appliance in a living room is able to provide the same specifications, nothing could really be more worthy of thousands of dollars on gaming than a gaming laptop.

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