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Black Friday Gaming Laptops Buying Guide

BLACK FRIDAY GAMING LAPTOP GUIDE

Anyone will tell you that the most essential feature of a good Black Friday gaming laptop is the GPU or graphics processing unit. The GPU is what is in charge of handling the graphics in a game and therefore the better your GPU the higher frame rates you will see, furthermore with so many high textures in modern games I would suggest looking for a card with at least 2 gigabytes of ram. I would also recommend using Nvidia not only if I found Nvidia cards to be very reliable, but they also come with many unique graphics options.

CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT

Another key area, although not as important, is the CPU or central processing unit. Certain games such as StarCraft 2 can be very CPU dependent. It is always a risk to cheap out on a CPU as you put yourself at the risk of bottlenecking. My recommendation would be the i5 Intel processor, yes, the i7 is more powerful, however for gaming you can probably get away with an i5 in most cases at the moment. I would say that 8 gigabytes of RAM, or random-access memory, is essential. However, it might be worth even going for 16 gigabytes if you are looking to future-proof the hard drive. On the other hand, it is something you can afford to compromise on. While SSD can make the general usage of a computer extremely zippy, it isn’t essential for gaming, although you would notice a difference in load times, frame rates would be hardly affected if at all.

SCREEN

The screen on a gaming laptop can be looked at in two ways. Firstly, I would recommend a screen that covers a large amount of the colour gamut ideally 90 to 100% I’ve been using a 99% colour gamut screen for a few months now without any impact on the framerate. It is not essential exactly, but it is a really nice thing to have.

RESOLUTION

When it comes to the resolution there is no sense in going for a 4k screen where most games won’t be able to play at that resolution without a huge impact on the framerate. 1080p probably sounds like the ideal choice, but on a 15-inch laptop screen 900p still looks fine. Perhaps the most obvious area to save money on these days is the optical drive. With all modern games being downloadable, a physical disc reader just isn’t necessary. Another thing you should check out before purchasing is the fan noise. Most laptops are going to rev up the fans during intensive sessions but some do tend to make more noise than others. Furthermore, to compensate for the heat that builds up beneath the keyboard, I often use a 360 controller. This choice isn’t going to be for everyone, but I find it to be very comfortable.