The rise of the gaming laptop

Modern gaming laptops are challenging traditional desktops. Find out how these laptops have got serious game…  

24 Oct 2017

Gaming laptops of old were beaten hands-down by desktop PCs in every department – from physical size to graphics and processing oomph.

But that’s no longer the case. 

Clever and innovative design now means the latest gaming laptops boast much more power and performance – even at 14 and 13-inch laptop sizes.

rise of the gaming laptop

Why choose a gaming laptop?

Because not everyone wants to be chained to their desktop.

Take gaming and travel vlogger George Benson.

‘When it comes to gaming on the go, you cannot carry your PC, your desk, mouse and keyboard around with you in a backpack,’ says George.

‘Using a laptop to game means that even on the go or when going on holiday, you can play games without needing a removal lorry to bring your gear with you.’


4 major improvements to today’s gaming laptops


1. High-tech graphics cards

To run demanding PC games, you need a decent amount of dedicated graphics – it’s what delivers the images to your screen.

They’re called dedicated because graphics cards have their own memory and do not rely on your computer’s main processor.

This video memory is measured in gigabytes (GB).

NVIDIA is one of the biggest makers of graphics cards and it has spent a lot of time and money developing laptop graphics cards that offer excellent performance.

Better graphics cards allow games to run at faster frame rates, known as frames per second or fps, and at higher resolutions. You’re also able to turn up special effects to see even more detail in the graphics.

NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX cards massively improve your laptop gaming sessions.

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For the smoothest in laptop gaming, look at the GeForce GTX 1060 – use it to turn special effect settings and resolution to the max on the most demanding games. 

You can enjoy full-immersion in the virtual reality world of your game with a laptop that uses the GeForce GTX, such as the Alienware 15.

To run these demanding graphics, the Alienware 15 is fitted with the latest generation i7 processor – delivering a fast and powerful performance.

Power up the Alienware 15 to …

  • Stream rapidly over Killer Wireless technology and download swiftly using the Thunderbolt port
  • Stay on top of your game with a keyboard designed for rapid keystrokes
  • Keep cool even under extreme graphics pressure

2. Cooling technology

When you’re playing demanding games you’re pushing your laptop to its limits. This means its components get hot, causing games to crash and performance to become sluggish. 

Desktop PCs have high-tech cooling systems to offset this, but gaming laptops – particularly ones with thin designs – were left to suffer. But the latest gaming laptops are much better prepared for overheating with sophisticated cooling systems of their own.

dell inspiron 15 5000

Take the Dell Inspiron 15 5000, it has two fans, three exhausts and large vents with 240 thermal fins. This thermal cooling system keeps the laptop at palm-rest temperature for optimal processing that allows uninterrupted gaming.

With an all-day battery life, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 allows you to play wherever you are, and not overheat as you lean into the slim laptop, entranced by the intense game being played.

Other features of the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 allow you to…

  • Enjoy quick and powerful entertainment with the Intel Core i5 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050M graphics, supported by 4 GB memory and 256 GB SSD.
  • Experience premium audio through the built-in stereo speakers and subwoofer bringing games to life


3. Super-sharp screen technology

To see stunning graphics you of course need a stunning screen. Again this was an area in which laptops failed to compete with desktops.

msi apache pro

Games will look great on the Full HD (3840 x 2160) screen of the MSI Apache Pro GE62VR. The powerful matrix display, sharp audio and tactile sensations, launch you into the virtual reality of the game. This interactive experience is powered by the GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and the Intel Core i7 processor. 

Get even more out of your gaming experience with the…

  • Support of two external displays – to enhance your gaming experience or to multi-task like a pro
  • Detailed sound quality – including minimum distortion and noise interference with the Audio Boost 2
  • SteelSeries gaming keyboard – designed with ergonomic keys, anti-ghosting and mechanical-level shielding for durability
  • Innovative cooling solution – allowing you to play at the maximum for longer


4. Faster loading with SSD

Waiting for games and levels to load is much quicker today than back in the day of Mega Drives and cartridges, but it can still get annoying, right?

The latest laptops feature a new type of storage called SSD. It stands for solid state drive, and its much slimmer, smaller and – most importantly – faster than a traditional hard drive.

For gamers, this means much, much faster load times. This happens because SSDs transfer data much more quickly than regular hard drives.

PC gamer calls SSD an ‘essential component of a modern gaming PC’.


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