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The Gamer On-The-Go
Gaming and PC gaming, in particular, is facing dramatic growth thanks to eSports, Youtube and Twitch streaming. This has resulted in an increased demand for the latest and greatest hardware which is ever pushing the bounds of technology. Although gaming desktop computers are extremely powerful and generally cheaper than their mobile counterparts they do take up considerably more room, which for students and those on the go is at a premium. This has resulted in the need for more compact, portable solutions that can be used almost anywhere.
What is the Difference Between a Desktop Gaming PC and Gaming Laptop?
There are a variety of differences between the 2 formats although operationally they are very similar. Both contain similar core components, utilise a keyboard, mouse and screen plus run an operating system (OS) such as Microsoft Windows. Let’s delve a little deeper and take a look into the differences and benefits of owning a gaming laptop.
The most immediate difference is portability. Gaming laptops are considerably lighter and far more compact. They can literally be taken wherever you go. They are the perfect College and University companion allowing you to game or complete assignments and are ideal for those who love to attend LAN events – No more hauling a heavy computer!
Gaming laptops contain a powerful on-board battery which means they can be used for hours at a time without being plugged in. Not only does this go hand in hand with portability but also means you can game on the go without being tethered to a plug.
Laptops in general consume substantially less energy than a desktop so are much ‘Greener’ and even save your electricity bill. Gaming laptops are additionally manufactured using far less materials than your typical gaming desktop so yet again you’re doing your bit for the planet.
Ok, so gaming laptops aren’t anywhere near as upgradable as a desktop PC but you can still upgrade some of the core components once your warranty has expired such as RAM, SSD, HDD and DVD/Blu-Ray reader/writer. In fact if your gaming laptop is running slow and doesn’t contain an SSD we highly recommend the upgrade – It will make a huge difference to boot and loading times and can be bought from Overclockers UK!
Pioneering the impossible
The leading 4 manufacturers: ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, and HP have literally pioneered the field of mobile gaming, packing in desktop-level performance into a footprint no bigger than a couple of books. At one time, this was almost impossible but thanks to constant innovations, manufacturers have pushed the bounds of possibility.
Compromising on performance due to form factor is now a thing of the past.
Gaming Laptops: The Ultimate in Portable Performance
Designed primarily for performance. These machines generally excel at gaming applications, VR and other demanding tasks. As with all hardware they come in different tiers from entry level utilising anything from an Nvidia 950M upto the enthusiast grade Nvidia RTX 2080 and everything in between. Gaming laptops are almost always highly stylised featuring aggressive lines, LEDs galore, a large high resolution screen and full size keyboard.
Example Specifications :
|Entry Level||Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1050 2GB CPU: i5 7300 HQ RAM: 8GB|
|Mid Range||Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB CPU: i5 7300 HQ RAM: 8GB|
|High End:||Graphics: Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB CPU: i7 8750H RAM: 16GB|
|Enthusiast||Graphics: Nvidia RTX 2080 8GB CPU: i9 8950HK RAM: 32GB|
Treat your Laptop with a Range of Accessories at Overclockers UK
In addition to our wide range of gaming laptops and workstations, we also offer a multitude of laptop accessories including laptop backpacks, coolers and peripherals upgrading your overall experience and increasing productivity.
What Laptop Accessories do I Need?
This all depends on how you plan to use your laptop but in general, you will want a few key accessories. These include a laptop sleeve to protect your investment when not in use and if you decide to use on a desk: a laptop cooler will improve thermal efficiency and potentially extend its life.
Lets take a look at what accessories you might want to buy to compliment your setup:
|I'm an enthusiast gamer||Mechanical Keyboard, Mouse, Headset, VR Headset, laptop Cooler, External HDD/SSD|
|I'm a general gamer||Laptop Sleeve, Headphones, Laptop Cooler, USB Stick or External HDD/SSD|
|I'm a gamer that does a lot of traveling||Laptop Rucksack or Messenger Bag, Kensington Lock, Mouse, USB Stick or External HDD/SSD,|
|My gaming laptop is my desktop computer replacement||Headset, Mouse, Laptop Cooler, Monitor, Speakers, USB Stick, External HDD/SSD|