An interesting paradox about being a gamer lies in the fact that while you have the time for games (in your high school and college years), you lack the money to get a decent setup. Once you start working and acquire enough money for a gaming computer you’ve always wanted, you won’t have much time for gaming.
Still, what if you were able to make a compromise and get the best of both worlds? Getting a gaming laptop is a great idea, even if you don’t intend to use it for gaming exclusively. A powerful GPU and CPU, an abundance of RAM and a durable battery can help you out immensely in your business endeavors. Some industry-specific tools you might be forced to use are incredibly demanding, which is yet another reason why you need to insist on an outstanding laptop. Here are four great suggestions.
Razer Blade 15
The first laptop you should definitely consider is the incredible Razer Blade 15. Aside from being an outstandingly reliable device, its casing is also state-of-the-art. This means that you might get an extra incentive to take your laptop to the office. As far as its performance goes, like everything else Razer, this device is designed to give you a competitive edge in multiplayer clashes. This doesn’t mean that you’ll lack anything when it comes to the single-player experience, which is a massive relief in the year in which we’re expecting titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider and Life Is Strange 2. With the incoming Cyberpunk 2077 by everyone’s favorite CD Projekt Red, this has an even greater importance.
One of the things you also need to consider is the mobility of the device. A standard device weighs between 2.1 kg and 2.5 kg, which is quite light when compared to a laptop such as Acer Predator 17 which can weigh as much as 3.5 kg. You would be surprised just how much of a difference this extra kilogram can make for a device that you’re supposed to carry to work and back again, every single day.
Earlier on, we talked about an Acer Predator device in a bit of a negative context (from a certain perspective); however, there’s a lighter device you can take into consideration, before unjustly writing off the entire brand. We’re talking about Acer Predator Triton 700, which is an absolute beast of a gaming computer. Now, due to the fact that it’s one of the most iconic thin-and-light laptops on the market, it’s the complete opposite of its Acer Predator 17 counterpart (at only 2.5 kg of weight).
As for its characteristics, it comes equipped with the amazing NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-7700HQ and staggering 32 GB of RAM. This means that if you plug it into any quality gaming monitor, you won’t see the difference even when compared to a high-end desktop setup. Another thing worth noting is the fact that this device has a 3-cell battery with 54-hour potential.
Asus ROG Strix GL503VS-DH74 Scar Edition
This incredible device is fairly similar, but a slightly inferior device to the previous laptop we’ve discussed. In fact, it’s a slightly heavier laptop, with less RAM (16 GB instead of 32 GB) and NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 instead of NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q. So, what are its advantages? First of all, for obvious reasons, it’s significantly cheaper than its Acer counterpart. Second, it has a touchpad in the place where it’s supposed to be (unlike with Acer Predator Triton 700), which, for people who prefer not to use a mouse for their laptop, maybe ground-breaking. On the other hand, this is usually not something that affects gamers that much. Nevertheless, when it comes to business advantages, several additional work hours on the battery might.
MSI GT75 Titan
Now, we need to switch to a tad more expensive, yet, somewhat superior device. Here, we’re talking about a laptop that packs Intel Core i7-8750H, NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 and has up to 64GB DDR4-2666MHz. Some upgraded versions of this laptop even pack an i9 processor, which is simply insane. It should go without saying that this device packs a cooling system capable of coping with all of this. On top of it all, it comes with a touchpad where it’s supposed to be (Acer Predator Triton 700 really set the bar low on this one) and a mechanical keyboard. We shouldn’t even have to stress just how big of an aid this is for people who write or code.
So, what’s the downside? Well, weight, obviously. At almost 4.5 kg, it’s one of the heaviest devices there are. Nonetheless, if you value performance above all else and are willing to make your commute a tad more difficult, there’s no device that’s more deserving than MSI GT75 Titan.
As you can see from the list, different devices offer different features. Seeing as how all of the above-listed four laptops are high-end, picking a single one is neither an easy task nor can it be done without making a compromise. Higher performance comes at a cost of a higher weight and a steeper price. In other words, it all depends on your needs and priorities.