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Techie Tuesday | October 3, 2018

Laptop Brands for Gaming

A question I am often asked is “What kind of laptop should I get for gaming?” for starters, a desktop is much cheaper than a laptop and can offer much more power, but if you need to find a good laptop brand, then you’ve come to the right place. There are many popular brands that sell laptops, including Dell, Lenovo, HP, Asus, MSI, Alienware, and Acer.

All of these brands sell laptops, but not all of them are good at it. The first one to cross off the list is Dell. Poor architecture and under-powered components make Dell less than optimal for a gaming laptop. The next brand to consider is HP. Although HP laptops have OK power and speed, they are optimized for work programs such as Office, Adobe, and MatPlot. They also are prone to overheating when taxed too much, so HP laptops should be discarded as well. Next, we come to the big boys, the brands that have made a name for themselves in the gaming industry, and deserve their own unique paragraph. Let’s jump right in!

MSI computers are inarguably the best computer brand in production when it comes to laptops. The higher end ‘tops have individual, RGB customizable keys and some of the most advanced components in production, minimized to fit in a sleek and compact platform. An MSI is top on my list of “things I want to buy, but can’t because I don’t have a job.” Jokes aside, MSI is a great brand that you can’t really go wrong with. Unfortunately, they tend to be quite unwieldy, as they have a lot of computers to fit in not a lot of case.

Alienware laptops are the iPhone to MSI’s Android. They are a little faster and look prettier but at quite an increase in cost. they also tend to be a little smaller, if portability is a big factor. That being said, they do have battery problems and a tendency to blue-screen (crash) at random times.

Next, we come to Asus, the jack of all trades when it comes to power. They have good speed and power, average power and cooling requirements, and come at a good price. Some of their gaming laptops come with the added bonus of a touchscreen, which can be quite a boon when working on school projects, and quite a bane when around kids who know where the x on your screen is. The main caveat I have with Asus is that their computers tend to be a little fragile. Just don’t drop it and you’ll be fine!

Lenovo computers are the tanks of the computer industry, combining power with the ability to survive just about anything. a ThinkPad bought in 2007 will still be running fine in 2020. Drop it, kick it, spill your water on it, whatever; a Lenovo pc will survive (just remember to IMMEDIATELY unplug the battery if you do spill something on your keys). They may not be the best for gaming, but I highly recommend a Lenovo ‘top for anyone who is a little tough on their computers.

Finally, we come to Acer. To be honest, Acer computers don’t really excel at anything, save price. Nowhere else can you get an inexpensive gaming laptop like you can with Acer. Take the Acer Nitro 5 for instance. It can easily run games like Rainbow 6 Siege, Ark: Survival Evolved, Rust, and Destiny 2. And it’s cost? $600. That’s pretty dadgum cheap if you ask me!

In conclusion, each PC brand has something unique that it brings to the table, and different people may have different needs. I hope this article cleared it up a little. Next week, I’ll explain how a gaming PC is actually cheaper than a console.

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