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Interesting article about "Gaming Laptops"

#1ThePCElitistPosted 8/26/2014 8:03:02 AM
http://www.itworld.com/hardware/430509/are-laptop-vendors-giving-discrete-gpus

Pretty much everything this article says I agree with. I like the concept of a gaming laptop but the price/performance ratio is a joke and they run hot and have terrible battery life. The current trend I'm noticing is "pc cubes" which are tiny computers with powerful desktop components in them and they're smaller than a console. These make more sense if portability, transportation and LAN parties are a concern for you.
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#2SinisterSlayPosted 8/26/2014 8:09:46 AM
Some I agree with.
But I prefer a proper GPU because then I get driver updates unlike intel that still can't even run openGL correctly.
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#3Chaos_MissilePosted 8/26/2014 10:15:04 AM
Well, the article is not wrong...

I've been considering a possible replace for my laptop(Studio XPS17, bought in 2009, Core 2 Duo, HD4670) and most laptops I've been seeing recently are either dependent on the intergrated gpus, the Intel HDx000 or are ridiculously high-end Alienware and Ultrabooks.

There just doesnt seem to be any inbetween. My laptop is arguably only weaker because of the CPU and RAM(only 4GB), else I think it's more powerful than the low-end models being released today.
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#4dermoratrakenPosted 8/26/2014 1:45:37 PM
I know plenty of guys that prefer investing in a laptop for portability reasons. It's certainly a niche market, but i think much of the failure for gaming laptops to catch on is the vendor's fault. They tried putting budget parts into the laptops meant for serious gamers. There's no point in paying the convenience premium if you have a cheap cpu bottlenecking you or a sub 1080 resolution.
#5BilliePilgrimPosted 8/26/2014 2:13:53 PM
ThePCElitist posted...
These make more sense if portability, transportation and LAN parties are a concern for you.

Not really. It's not like you're just going to be carting your tower around after all. A laptop is a single unit that has everything except a proper mouse. Easier to tear down, transport, and hook up. If price is no object, a laptop is still the most convenient way to go for people who have to or want to move their gaming setup around a lot.
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#6_GRIM_FANDANGO_Posted 8/26/2014 2:17:58 PM
Did not read it. I would rather have a desktop, but when I was in college and spend part of my week in dorms, part of my week at my parents, and part of my week at a friend's place (for work) I certainly was happy they existed.

If you really need a highly portable gaming PC (and I am not talking about just going to a LAN every few months) then they are a great option.

After I finished college and no longer needed to travel so much and spend so much time in different locations, I immediately built a desktop.
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#7hitokiri13Posted 8/26/2014 4:14:40 PM
ThePCElitist posted...
http://www.itworld.com/hardware/430509/are-laptop-vendors-giving-discrete-gpus

Pretty much everything this article says I agree with. I like the concept of a gaming laptop but the price/performance ratio is a joke and they run hot and have terrible battery life. The current trend I'm noticing is "pc cubes" which are tiny computers with powerful desktop components in them and they're smaller than a console. These make more sense if portability, transportation and LAN parties are a concern for you.


I'll give you 1 min to get ready for LAN Party. Or I'll leave the house without you. lol Just saying.
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#8CardigansFanPosted 8/26/2014 4:23:27 PM
Chaos_Missile posted...
most laptops I've been seeing recently are either dependent on the intergrated gpus, the Intel HDx000 or are ridiculously high-end Alienware and Ultrabooks.

There just doesnt seem to be any inbetween.


http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np7338-clevo-w230ss-p-6992.html
http://www.notebookcheck.net/113676.0.html

Assuming you don't mind the smaller screen, it's relatively portable with decent specs and battery life.
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#9Chargers_31Posted 8/26/2014 5:16:36 PM(edited)
Problem with gaming laptops is they get extremely hot and have tiny keyboards that aren't comfortable for gaming. (And they cost like 150% of what a desktop of similar specs would).

It's probably better 99% of the time to just get a desktop and netbook unless you are homeless or absolutely have to play top-of-the-line games at work/school/on the bus or something.
#10TheEntitledOnePosted 8/26/2014 5:58:13 PM
News at 11, "gaming" laptops are garbage.
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