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Buying a gaming laptop: what specification?

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When buying a gaming laptop, here’s what to look for


Look for laptops with powerful GPUs (Graphics Processing Units) and CPUs (Central Processing Units). NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon GPU’s the the recommended choices. GPU’s such as Geforce RTX 4080/4090 or the Radeon RX 7800M XT are great choices. Intel Core i7 or i9 and AMD Ryzen 7 or 9 processors are commonly found in high-performance gaming laptops. Look for 12th Gen or newer in intel processors.

RAM and Storage:

Aim for at least 16GB of RAM for smooth gaming performance.
Consider SSD storage for faster load times and overall system responsiveness. A combination of SSD and HDD can offer a good balance between speed and storage capacity.


Choose a laptop with a high refresh rate for smoother gameplay. A 144Hz or higher refresh rate is preferable for gaming.
Consider the resolution; 1080p (Full HD) is standard, but some laptops offer higher resolutions like 1440p or even 4K.

Build Quality and Portability:

Consider the build quality, keyboard, and overall design of the laptop.
If you need portability, look for a balance between performance and weight. Slim and lightweight gaming laptops are available but may sacrifice some performance.

Battery Life:

Gaming laptops are not known for exceptional battery life, but it’s still essential to consider if you plan to use your laptop away from a power source.

Cooling System:

Efficient cooling is crucial for sustained gaming performance. Laptops with advanced cooling systems or multiple cooling fans are preferable.


Gaming laptops can vary widely in price. Determine your budget and find the best balance between performance and features within that range.