Do you want a good gaming laptop that can play all the latest games? You could play online or with your friends at home.
But now you do not know which laptop is for games and you do not trust the sales person in the mall next to you.
But it is easy to find a gaming laptop when you know what specs to look for. You need just a few numbers to remember, and I will tell you about them below.
You need to remember that true gaming laptops must have a graphics processor made either by Nvidia or ATI AMD.
A sales person in a mall or a supermarket would tell you that a simple i3, i5, i7 or AMD laptop would do the job, but this is not true. Yes, some of games will work on those laptops, but to have a true gaming laptop that runs all games there should be two processors—one to run all the data and another to cater for visual information (the picture on the screen).
Let’s see now on Amazon what they have. We can start by typing “gaming laptop”.
Gaming laptops with Nvidia GeForce Graphics card
If we see in the title “Nvidia GeForce”, then this is the laptop we want to check out.
Please note, a bigger GDDR (graphics card memory) number is better.
Gaming laptops with AMD Graphics card
Let’s check out a laptop with an AMD ATI card. The actual company making these cards is ATI. However, ATI was bought by AMD, so they sometimes drop the ATI and just use the AMD brand.
What’s the difference between these two cards? Basically, there is small or no difference in terms of performance. I would say that AMD cards are more reliable, but Nvidia cards are a bit faster.
Usually, people buy that or another purely based on their love for the brand. I would buy an AMD card if I spent a lot of time on gaming.
Some gaming laptops will have only one storage drive, like this Asus TUF FX505DT.
I would look for another laptop that has at least 512GB SSD; I am not sure that 256GB is enough for a gaming laptop.
The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is a good candidate as it has a bigger drive of 512GB.
The ASUS TUF (2019) Gaming Laptop has 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD and is perfect for games. Though, it costs thirty percent more.
Now if we look for an AMD graphics processor we will find HP 15.6″ HD Touch-Screen Laptop Notebook Computer, AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5 3500U up to 3.7GHz, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD PCI-e, AMD Radeon Vega 8. Though, it has a small storage—just 128GB—but it is upgrade-able.
What specs the gaming laptop should have for 2019/2020
Recommended specs are Intel i5 or i7, AMD Ryzen; either processor will do the job.
16GB of RAM memory; this can be even 8GB.
First storage drive should be no less than 256GB SSD (solid state drive).
Second storage usually is for games and usually has 1TB. This drive can be a standard HDD (hard disk drive), SSHD (a hybrid drive is the preferred type) or more expensive version 1TB SSD (one terabyte solid state drive).
The screen should be no less than 1920×1080 resolution; otherwise, the picture will look awful.
I prefer matte screens because they produce no reflections. You may ask the seller if it matte or glossy. Recently, glossy screens have started to ship with anti-glare coating.
Do Amazon reviews matter? Yes, it matters a bit. I would buy a laptop that has no less than fifty reviews and has no less than four stars.
If it has 3.5 stars, then probably there is something wrong with it.
I would not buy a laptop that has five reviews, all of which are five stars. These are most likely dishonest reviews. People sometimes get paid to make those reviews, so I would be a little suspicious.
I can tell you one example: when I bought Bluetooth earphones purely based on five-star reviews, after a few months it lost battery life to one hour.
So, it is better to avoid laptops that have less than ten reviews.