Second, the CPU should be, at a minimum, the Intel core i7. Intel CPUs have always been produced in three tiers: the i3, the i5, and the i7. Although modern games rely on the graphics card more than they rely on a CPU, the CPU provides fast turn-on, better multi-tasking, and faster response times for keyboard and mouse input. Also ensure that your processor is of a recent generation. Coffee Lake is the 8th/9th generation of i7 processors. An older gen i7 could be even slower than an a newer generation i5.
Third, the computer should have a variety of connections. USB 3.0 ports are much faster than USB 2.0 ports. USB-C is mostly based on the USB 3.1 standard, providing speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3, which has a port nowadays similar to USB-C, goes even further and pumps through 40 Gbps, can drive two 4K monitors and can even connect to external GPUs.
Shoppers should ensure the laptop has Bluetooth connectivity for the connection of powerful speakers. Although WiFi connectivity will allow for wireless internet connectivity, a gaming laptop should have an Ethernet port for wired connectivity, which is both faster than wireless and more reliable. For virtual reality gaming, the computer should have at least four USB ports and two HDMI ports. Other optional ports include an SD port for SD or micro SD cards.
Do not underestimate the power of a hard drive on your system speed. Slow hard drives can drag your laptop down into the murky mud of slowness. In games, pauses may be experienced while new parts of the game are loaded. This could ruin the whole experience and be detrimental for you in multi play games. For raw speed nothing comes close to a SSD drive. The effect is almost the same as having a sizable chunk of RAM acting as a disk drive.
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The video card can be overclocked and is cooled by a massive fan visible under a gorilla glass track pad, situated above the keyboard (with configurable back lighting).
Perhaps the best thing about the Triton is its sleek size. It is a beast of a laptop, but still comes in a chassis only 0.7 inches thick.
. It is sleek, slim, and lightweight.
- 1080 GTX card that can be overclocked
- Ports for 3 external displays
- 3 USB3 ports
- Thunderbolt 3 port
- generous 32GB RAM
- Track pad sitting above keyboard that can get somewhat uncomfortable
- Solid price-to-performance ratio
- VR ready
- Internal speaker might sound tinny to some ears
Note: WiFi speaker capability will rock the sound without taxing the hardware.
That said, the world’s smallest gaming laptop is not cobbled in any fashion. For instance, the Nvidia 1060 graphics card offers 6GB of dedicated video memory, and the i7, six-core CPU shrugs away hardware lag. The thin, aluminum uni-body feels much more solid than the typical, plastic, gaming laptops, and it is virtual-reality compatible with all the most current VR headsets.
- Thin and lightweight
- 1060 graphics card
- 128GB SSD hard drive is on the small side
This Alienware gaming laptop offers an Nvidia 1070 with a standard 8GB of dedicated video memory. For fast performance, the 256 SSD hard drive offers enough solid-state storage. However, the laptop also offers a 1TB hard drive for archival-related storage. The i7 CPU blazes in at 3.8GHz–with Turbo boost, and the 1920 x 1080 screen sports an anti-glare coating. Combined with enough connections for any gaming setup, it is both virtual-reality ready and powerful enough to handle the most-demanding 360-degree games.
- 1070 GPU
- 3.8GHz CPU
- Small size might need extra padding in a standard-size laptop case
Although the Helios 300 only has two USB 3.0 slots, it does have two additional USB 2.0 ports, making it VR ready.
All things considered, it does not seem little in any fashion whatsoever. In fact, for price-conscious consumers, its price-versus-performance blend is the best.
- Excellent price-to-performance ratio
- Only two USB 3.0 ports