Category: Guides

If you’re looking to buy a new gaming laptop – or simply want to get the most out of the one you own – look no further. Here you’ll find buying guides as well as upgrade options and other articles on our favorite topics.

HP dv6z

HP dv6z with AMD Fusion: Good Enough Gaming Performance?

HP recently rolled out the brand new AMD Llano APUs in the AMD version of the HP Pavilion laptop, the dv6z. It is a considerably more affordable alternative to the dv6t, which also use AMD graphics but Intel on the...

/ August 11, 2011

Making the Case for the Affordable Gaming Laptop

Unless you happen to be a dedicated geek who stays constantly up to date with the latest hardware updates, any laptop purchase can turn into a chaotic state of affairs. You have to check up on a lot of things...

/ July 11, 2011
HDD - SSD side-by-side

The Solid State Drive Laptop Upgrade – Is it Worth it?

In any recent laptop (or desktop), the mechanical hard drive is the component with the most detrimental effect on overall performance. This shouldn’t be surprising, as hard drive technology has remained more or less the same for decades. Sure, some...

/ July 5, 2011

Dell XPS 15z Vs. MacBook Pro 15: Gaming Performance

A comparison is inevitable; there’s no doubt that what Dell is offering with the slim XPS 15z is a replacement of Windows users looking for a PC equivalent of the 15-inch MacBook Pro. On the other hand you can run...

/ June 7, 2011

Buying a Refurbished Gaming Laptop – Things to Keep in Mind

There may be many reasons to buy a refurbished gaming laptop, but the most deciding factor is of course cost; the price tag on a refurbished gaming laptop or any other pre-owned laptop is always much less than that of...

/ May 30, 2011
Half Life 2

Benchmarking in Games: Built-in Vs. Actual Gameplay

By Gary Navat Introduction Benchmarking is a test or series of tests to assess the component or the computer’s capability. This is also a way to know how well the product would perform against the others. To PC enthusiasts and...

/ May 21, 2011
Not a Gaming Laptop

When does a Laptop Qualify for the ‘Gaming’ Prefix?

It would be presumptuous to answer that question. You might consider your old Eee PC 701 a gaming laptop–after all, you can play the original Duke Nukem and the original Fallout series on it along with lots of other great classics. And...

/ April 11, 2011

Oh No! Another ‘Tweak Laptop for Gaming’ Article

You could easily find a few million articles around various topics like “laptop tweaks for gaming,” “tweaking your laptop for gaming” and so on online. Sure, it’s fun to tinker with your machine–disable a few Windows services, hack your drivers,...

/ March 29, 2011

HP dv7t vs. Dell XPS 17: Gaming Performance

Both of the new Sandy Bridge-equipped HP dv7t and Dell XPS 17 are bound to become very popular desktop replacements. None of them specifically target gamers–Dell has their Alienware lineup for that and HP has the Envy series. They are...

/ March 21, 2011

Retro Fun: Alienware Area-51m Gaming Laptop, 2003

Only a computer can be called ‘retro’ when you talk about a gadget less than 10 years old. It’s interesting and highly entertaining nonetheless to get some perspective on how fast the tech industry moves forward. At least as long...

/ November 9, 2010