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Discussion in 'Laptops & PDAs' started by Michael Petersen, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Michael Petersen

    Michael Petersen New Member

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    How practical is a gaming laptop in the real world? I use my computer for all kinds of things and part me just thinks that a Gaming laptop wouldn't be good for anything but gaming.
     
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    Djolovicl eTeknix Janitor Forum Mod

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    Actually it would be good for everything. Gaming laptops are just really, really, high-end laptops.
     
  3. Michael Petersen

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    What about the battery life? Do most of them come standard with a much larger battery? Otherwise a mobile GPU and a lot more powerful cpu would drain it really fast.
     
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    It will all depend on how you use it really. I doubt you will want to play games for longer periods of time on just battery power anyway. So expect to have battery life similar to what you would expect from a normal laptop battery.
     
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    Most modern gaming laptops (depending on the manufacturer) uses "smart" power-saving technologies, that disables the dedicated GPU and uses the integrated/onboard GPU (Intel HD) when you're not in a 3D application (games, 3D CAD, w/e), it's configurable per application, i.e. if you don't want the dedicated gpu to be enabled for playing your favorite casual game, since it's not very demanding, then you just tell it to use the integrated GPU. Nvidia's solution is called Optimus and AMD's is called Enduro.
    In other words, the laptop will perform just as well as a similar laptop with the same CPU, screen type/size and battery size but without a dedicated GPU when running on battery (given that the dedicated GPU is disabled). Expect 6-8 hours on battery saving mode (CPU downclock, low brightness) depending on the model/specifications of the laptop.
     
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    You don't buy a gaming laptop to ask about battery life. Consider it a desktop replacement. You use it on the desk plugged in. You transport it easily to your destination and then you plug it in there.
     
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    Well thats all fine and good but I need to do business stuff on the go without access to a plug or not being stationary long enough to use one, and I game a lot so when I go to relatives or friends houses I don't want to drag a whole system over there.
     
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    Wondering for myself, what price range would get you the most "bang for you buck" in a gaming laptop?
     
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    Laptops are behind PCs in performance simply because of the cooling. If you can't dissipate the heat, you get thermal throttling. I know a few people will disagree with me here so I'll put it like this. There are simply too many variables. Lets say We pay the same price for desktop and laptop counterparts. you pay a premium for a laptop form factor. so straight a away you think you're behind. but you can sit on a train and play a spot of farcry3 and everyone else is bored. who's the sucker now? then we have noise. a desktop can have as many fans as you wish to put in it (to an extent), if only laptops were that flexible. so a laptop will be louder to keep the same thermals. lets take lifespan into consideration, the PC is upgradable down to every single component. and it isnt recommended to change much after swapping your hdd to and ssd and getting better RAM.

    TL;DNR: Why not get two? I have a desktop for Serious gaming sesions. its silent and has the horsepower for beautiful graphics. And I have a laptop, it really isn't a gaming laptop, it has a gt640 in it. and an i5 it can play almost any game on minimum for when I'm at univerity and get bored mid lecture.
     
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    Also if you truly are wanting to buy a laptop. just hold up for a month as broadwell is to be released soon. that die shrink should give you a longer battery life or the ability for 1080p without breaking the battery life too hard.
     
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    The only downside of gaming laptops in my opinion is the price and performance difference, aside from that a gaming laptop can do what you want it to be doing.
     
  13. Velkro

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    yup batteries don't last too long but portability is great. I use mine mostly when I go to a LAN (and for during breaks at work) as it saves carrying loads more gear. Not a replacement for desktop but real handy.
     
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    i think that a gaming laptop with a battery that lasts too long doesnt exist, games "steal" a lot of energy.
     
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    The plain & simple answer is gaming laptops are useless.
     
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    recommended to you MSI
     
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    I recommend Asus ROG lines
     
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    pdonnell eTeknix Content Manager eTeknix Staff Forum Admin Forum Mod

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    They're fantastic, if you can afford a good one. The latest from MSI, Gigabyte etc can be quite expensive, but many offer desktop levels of performance these days.
     

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