72% of casual gamers use a mobile device, including laptops. Bow down to the Top 5 this Black Friday
The need to be flexible and mobile has become more apparent in 2020, which has meant that laptops for gamers have become quite popular. However, unlike gamers, new people entering this market aren’t as savvy as to what they need to look for when buying the perfect multi-dimensional laptop. With 64% of casual gamers playing up to 10 hours a week and over 82% stating that gaming had a positive effect on mental health, there is an obvious correlation of workers seeking gaming laptops to support their growing hobbies and new lifestyles.
Mobilizing the gaming experience has also been a factor for hardcore gamers, which is why we have pulled together a set of laptops that we see as being the top contenders over Black Friday.
You don’t want to be adding to stress levels as you switch up your day and location through poor hardware and component choices. When buying a laptop, you need to consider these components when working across multiple projects, using video/voice calls, accessing powerful graphics, and switching between work and gaming during lockdown as a priority.
An SSD storage solution is vital in modern computing, especially in a gaming laptop. Hard Disk Drives (HDD) are slow and can make it really hard to switch between programs/files and load things up quickly, which is vital in gaming (and work!). Solid State Drives (SSD) are the Ferraris.
IPS panels give a better color reproduction, accuracy, and improved image quality, with speedy response times – perfect for day-to-day use and gaming. The viewing angles you get from the IPS angles are worth it.
Powerful GPUs are a must, otherwise, it will ruin your gaming experience and also your daily use for other things, like watching Netflix, TikToks or YouTube. Any video experience on your laptop needs powerful frames per second (FPS) and when you’re investing in technology that complements your lifestyle, then this is a no-brainer. If you’re paying for AAA games, then do not compromise on this feature.
The CPU plays an intricate role in how well your laptop and PC runs games; but picking the best CPU for all your needs can be a little strenuous, especially if you aren’t up-to-speed with the latest offerings. Annoyingly, the CPU market is forever changing with new, more powerful options altering prices all too often. We’ve got you covered though.
You definitely want a minimum of 16GB RAM so you get a really swift, fluid experience when juggling work alongside a fully mobilized gaming experience. All the RAM in these laptops is DDR4 and the higher-spec gaming laptops feature as much as 32 GB.
Most gaming laptops are going to be 1080p and even with smaller screens, you can get a brilliant image out of 1080p. However, 4K gaming is becoming really popular.
The screen refresh rates per second are crucial in creating a really smooth, fluid view. The higher the Hertz (Hz), the more dynamic your visual experience. You can learn more about your current computer’s Hz rate here.
Now you know what to look for, here is an overview of the best laptops for you to nab over Black Friday.
Packed with power in such a small space, this has some of the best components you could want in a gaming laptop, and it looks incredibly thin. A brushed aluminum casing and backlit RGB keyboard towards the front rather than having a big space for a tracker pad makes it excellent if you want the screen a bit further away. The tracker pad cleverly co-exists with the number pad. The i7 CPU is a powerful chip that sits with Nvidia’s latest RTX 2080 graphics card and can run any game at max stings. Whilst featuring HDR and an IPS panel, this full HD screen also comes with a refresh rate of 144Hz, making for smooth, responsive gaming and experience.
One of the nicest gaming laptops we have seen in a long time thanks to its ultra-thin build, gold trim, and an RGB backlit keyboard. This gaming laptop is similar in performance to the Asus ROG Zephyrus only with an older CPU and half as much storage space. At the heart of this laptop sits the 8th gen i7 which is capable of running at 4.1GHz with a little boost. Supporting this CPU is the Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU and will run whichever game you desire without breaking a bead of sweat, and you can be sure to get good FPS counts. The fast 512 GB is enough for your operating system and games. Don’t worry, it isn’t just a looker, it has enough power underneath to keep you Working and Gaming for years!
There are only a few subtle differences between this Blade and the 240Hz one next. While the design is mostly the same, the price certainly isn’t, and that comes down to the lovely components. Its aluminum is one of the most premium feelings of the laptops in this list, and it has 4K resolution up its sleeve. The Intel i7-9750H is an excellent gaming CPU for laptops and will run at 2.6GHz; it can be boosted (if required) to 4.5GHz. The Nvidia RTX 2080 is one of the best GPUs out there at the moment and will handle all the games in the world – and do it in max settings. 16GB of RAM is a good amount for gaming these days, but the 512 SSD for this price is not! It’s the biggest resolution display of the bunch with 4K and the UHD display sports an OLED touch screen which is extremely high quality. The refresh rate is only 60Hz, but this is considered the right figure for 4K gaming. An expensive choice, but 4K gaming has finally been made portable!
The 1080p display offers the highest refresh rate on the list with 240Hz. If you look at this at any angle, it doesn’t scream ‘gaming laptop’ but it performs brilliantly and is the most affordable of the bunch. The laptop overall looks excellent and screams Razer thanks to its simplicity constructed out of aluminum, giving it a real premium feel. An Intel i7-9750H CPU will run at 4.5GHz max boost, which is excellent for gaming and quick enough to make this laptop your day to day computer. Supporting the processing power is the RTX 2070, which may not be as good as a 2080 but it sure does perform well for gaming. Razer includes a dual kit of 16GB RAM, which should be more than enough for the average gamer. Razer does let itself down with the poor storage solution in this laptop. You only get 256 GB of SSD space, so you may need to buy an external drive for backup.
The budget option of the bunch, and while it resembles a standard laptop from the outside, once flipped open it is immediately recognizable as a gaming budget beast! The plastic laptop features a brushed aluminum effect. We think the RGB lighting on the keyboard is the nicest aesthetic feature on this laptop. Usually, laptops speakers are a bit lacklustre, but this has a 7.1 feature, which is great. It also has an anti-dust cooling vent, pushing out the dust enemy! At the center, we see a 2.3GHz Ryzen 7-3750H that can be boosted to 4GHz that can handle both your workstation and gaming tasks without a hitch. A fantastic mid-range GPU, the GTX 1660 Ti, you get plenty of FPS in any AAA title, and that’s in max settings too! It needs to be supported with an adequate amount of fast RAM, so we see 16GB of DDR4 RAM featured. It only has 256 GB SSD which may not seem like a lot, but it is enough for your operating system and a couple of your favorite games. The SSD is backed by a 1TB HDD, which will easily store the rest of your bits and bobs. The 15.6″ 1080p display may not seem like a lot for your cash, but it is a typical gaming spec at this price range. It still comes with a 120Hz refresh rate so you can get some smooth action on the go. The IPS panel gives you a greater picture quality and improved viewing angles.
Gaming laptops can be pricey, so this budget option gives you a chance to spend a bit less and still get some great gaming results.