Buying A New Laptop Part 1

Written by Paulo Proenca on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 9:45 PM

Are you thinking of buying a new laptop?

It’s important to pay attention to some very important details and to define what you want/expect from a laptop. This article will help point out some tips for the many confused buyers out there...

First off, it’s important that you know laptops are not meant for gaming – don’t get me wrong – there are many gaming, extremely powerful laptops out there but they come at an extremely high price and their performance is not equivalent to a desktop of the same price and yet cost more. If you want mobility and comfort, plus a good time, then by all means, keep reading.

When buying a laptop, there are some main things you need to consider. This article will be published over the time by parts to explain them. Part number one explains about consumer profiles, budgets and game categories.

a) Defining your profile. We are all different people and have different tastes. Some settle for medium details for most games, while others can only play a game at its highest settings. However, we all have one thing in common: a budget.

What Type of Consumer Are you?

Anyway, here are 4 common consumer profiles:

Non-Gamer: If you just want a laptop by its portability/mobility and will only use it for work related options, such as document editing or browsing, then you fall under this category. This profile requires a very low budget.

Casual Gamer: Consumers who occasionally play non-demanding games or might give a try to recent modern games but settle for any visual setting, as long as the game runs fluently, fall into this category. This also includes the previous tasks in the Non-Gamer profile. This profile requires a moderate budget.

Aggressive Gamer: Consumers who want to play modern demanding and extremely demanding games and at, at least on medium settings fluently, fall into this category. Only consumers with a high budget will be satisfied.

Enthusiast Gamer:If you are usually testing every game out there, at the highest settings, to see how well it runs on your current rig, if you expect to run every game out there and at the highest settings then this is you. This profile requires a golden budget.

Chose your profile and keep reading!

b) Setting a budget. With a profile set, the next step is to define a budget. This article will consider the average budget and laptop’s price in Europe and Europe only. Recommended budgets:

How Much Money Do you Have to spend?

Non-Gamer: Less than 500€

Casual Gamer: Between 500€ and 700€.

Aggressive Gamer: Between 700€ and 1600€.

Enthusiast Gamer: Above 1600€

If you don’t have enough money, it’s best to save up and buy later rather than to spend money on something that won’t satisfy your needs.

c) The Games. Games also have different categories. They can be:

Non-Demanding: On this category are usually modern Indie games that have dated visuals or old games. Good Examples for this category are Super Crossfire and Age of Empires III.

Demanding: Games that fall in this category are probably recent (modern) and require at least a moderate GPU to be played optimally and with decent visuals. Good examples are Dead Island and Skyrim V.

Very Demanding: Metro 2033, The Witcher II and Alan Wake are 3 of the most demanding games ever released that require the most advanced techniques, such as Tesselation, to deliver outstanding visual effects. Only high-end GPUs got what it takes to play them at anything higher than medium.  

Next Part will include useful information about GPUs - probably the most important component on a laptop when it comes to gaming performance. Stay tuned for Part 2 soon!

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11:33 Aug-07-2012

good article...

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20:29 Aug-05-2012

I think its good to buying gaming PC/notebook, because 1 device can running almost all task, such as make school homework (for student)...
and save your money :D

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15:34 Aug-05-2012

We need a new category: Extremely Demanding.
Perfect Example? Most Wanted 2.

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16:31 Aug-05-2012

That's nothing compared to the Witcher II ;)

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12:21 Aug-07-2012

Oh really? I think you need to look at the requirements for both games again my friend. :3

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18:57 Aug-07-2012

Have you tried playing Witcher II with UberSampling on? :D
I have ;)

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10:16 Aug-08-2012

Most Wanted is like playing nfs th run or hot pursuit witch can't be compared ofcourse with Witcher II or Metro 3...

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13:07 Aug-09-2012

Yeah the new MW uses the same engine as the new HP ;)

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13:29 Aug-05-2012

While I agree that netbooks and lightweight laptops are not suited for video gaming, the desktop replacements like the Alienware laptops are. They weigh over 7 lbs. and usually come close to desktop standards. They are very expensive but since they are portable, the higher price makes it worth it. You can't take a desktop and monitor to the coffee shop. While desktops are cheaper, you will also need to buy a monitor, a desk and a comfortable chair so that adds up, too.

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15:21 Aug-05-2012

Hi,
Are you sure you have Crossfire with that GPU?
I agree with you but if you want to game the game, you need to really get a desktop as even a GTX 680M will get old quickly.

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15:24 Aug-05-2012

No, no crossfire here and yes, I'm shopping around for a top-of-the-line desktop at this time as my current laptop is aging quickly.

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16:31 Aug-05-2012

But you have it set as 'x2' :D

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19:08 Aug-05-2012

This computer claims to have "dual graphics" but I can't list both at once. I'm just going with AMD Radeon HD 6740G2 x2. According to Speccy, I have an AMD Radeon 6620G and some card in the 6600M-6700M series working together to create it. I figured X2 meant two cards. I can't seem to enable Crossfire, though I've heard it does more bad than good. Whatever the case, I have an aging laptop that I want to replace in the next 6-12 months with a Intel 7 based desktop.

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20:05 Aug-05-2012

Yeah it's kind of a Hybrid CF between the APU and the discreet GPU :)

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11:52 Aug-05-2012

Hey there!
Is an Inpiron 15R Special Edition a good laptop for demading - very demanding games?
Specs:
i5 3210M 2,5 up to 3,1Ghz
6Gb RAM up to 8Gb
Radeon HD 7730M 2Gb
1366X786 Resolution
1Tb Storage

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11:56 Aug-05-2012

Hi,
It's good enough for demanding games at medium to high settings and for very demanding games at medium.

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09:31 Aug-06-2012

Ok thanks a lot
Would mind giving sime more examples of very demading games?

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11:09 Aug-07-2012

BF3 multiplayer, Witcher II, Metro 2033, Alan Wake (with MSAA) and Max Payne 3 (with MSAA) ;)

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11:41 Aug-07-2012

So BF3 singlepayer and max payen 3 (aa disabled) could work on high settings?

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18:58 Aug-07-2012

Yeah they should ;)

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21:19 Aug-07-2012

OK thanks a lot bud!

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20:05 Aug-04-2012

Would Core i7 CPU + 16GB RAM + Geforce 560 2GB GPU = Golden budget?

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01:10 Aug-05-2012

Budget? :D :D

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01:15 Aug-05-2012

"Enthusiast Gamer:If you are usually testing every game out there, at the highest settings, to see how well it runs on your current rig, if you expect to run every game out there and at the highest settings then this is you. This profile requires a golden budget."
Though the rig I'm asking about is my desktop setup not a laptop.

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02:01 Aug-05-2012

Oh right :D :D

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09:44 Aug-05-2012

That's true but I have a desktop :D

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17:25 Aug-04-2012

Still no Fallout 2 in 'Non-Demanding' games... :(

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18:17 Aug-04-2012

Yeah Pip, get with the program here! Fallout 2, well, I'll just direct you here, its the fourth thread from the top.

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