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Buying The Perfect Gaming Laptop

Buying The Perfect Gaming Laptop

As more and more jobs shift over into the remote niche, more young people are finding the freedom to work at home. While it’s always nice to have an office with a desktop, a laptop can work just as well, especially if you find yourself travelling a lot. 

But does that mean you need to put an end to the gaming? This is a questions many ask when they weigh up the pros and cons of buying a new laptop. While it is true that desktops tend to handle games much more efficiently thanks to better cooling, it’s very possible to buy a powerful laptop that can do everything you need and run all the latest games.

These are the most important factors to consider when looking for a new gaming laptop.

Screen Size

The size of the laptop has a direct correlation to how portable it is. Bigger laptops tend to be more powerful, but will often weigh more and are more difficult to lug around. Smaller laptops are much more portable, and while this is often better for travellers, they have to accept that the smaller laptops tend to be on the lower side of the power spectrum.

The most commonly sought after laptop size is 13 to 14 inches. Laptops like the Razer Blade are some notable small laptops that are still extremely powerful. They also tend to have longer-lasting batteries, making them the better choice for long-distance travel. The screen size will matter depending on what you intend to use it for, whether it’s for gaming, office work, or playing real slots NZ.


Most laptop graphics cards will come with a standard 4 to 6 gigs of VRAM. While we’re lead to believe that more is always better, graphics cards tend to generally tend to have higher requirements than most modern games will need, so any current graphics card should do the trick. The GTX 1050TI, 1060, 1070, and 1080 are all available on laptops, and should play just about anything. This also applies to other types of software that are graphically intensive, such as editing software.


Most laptops today come with either an HDD or an SSD. While we’re starting to see HDD storage falling away, especially for use as the main drive containing the operating system, they are still very much around. It’s recommended to purchase a laptop that uses an SSD as its main drive. SSDs tend to be much faster, produce far less sound and head, are more reliable, and have overall better read/write speeds, perfect for gaming. HDDs should solely be used for mass storage, as a large SSD tends to be quite expensive, although prices are constantly dropping.

Some Tips

  • Avoid touchscreens, they’re clunky, drain the battery faster, and tend to produce more heat.
  • Avoid cheap, no-name brands, these will be far less reliable in the long-run.
  • Avoid laptops that have a resolution display below 1920×1080.
  • Try and avoid integrated graphics unless you are playing low-end games.