Are Gaming Laptops Worth It? Here's What We Think

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Are gaming laptops worth it? If you've been browsing some of the best gaming laptops around, you've likely asked yourself the same question.

Gaming laptops are getting better each year, from new processors, graphics cards, screens and much more to come.

Even with portable consoles like the Nintendo Switch or Steam Deck, there's nothing like being able to play AAA games in stunning resolution and at high refresh rates on the go.

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And with gaming laptops like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro and Razer Blade 14 (2022) on the way (not to mention the new Ryzen 6000 too), now is as good a time as any to consider upgrading.

If you wondering if gaming laptops are worth going for, we've broken down what we think are some points you'll want to consider.

Are Gaming Laptops Worth It?

So let's take a look at a few factors here, starting with perhaps the most important one of all - price.

Gaming laptop price

When looking at the price of gaming laptops it can be tempting to compare them to either some of the best gaming PCs or other consoles that boast similar specs, but the value is based on more than that...

So it's no secret that gaming laptops are expensive and while you can find some quality budget gaming laptops if you're looking for high-performance gaming on the go, you'll need to splash the cash.

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Case in point, laptops like the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro are tipped for over $1,569.99, while entries from Razer, like the upcoming Razer Blade 14 goes up to a whopping $3,499.99.

On average, to get a solid gaming laptop you'll need to come equipped with around $2000, but with that, you're likely to be getting seriously impressive resolution, a 120hz+ refresh rate, and a powerful graphics card to boot.

As we said, you can get some lower-cost gaming laptops that should be fine to play most games, but not at the highest settings.

Gaming laptop games

The amount of games you can play on a gaming laptop is staggering, plus, they're growing by the day.

Nowadays there are loads of AAA games available to play, and that includes some of the most popular titles out there today.

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Notable titles include Call of Duty Warzone, Red Dead Redemption 2, Horizon Zero Dawn, Death Stranding, and recently God of War.

As much as we love the Switch, being able to play games like Warzone on the go is a real luxury if you're a frequent traveller.

Double usage

If you're weighing up whether a gaming laptop is worth it, remember, it's still a laptop at the end of the day...and usually an incredibly powerful one at that.

On the whole, you'll find that most gaming laptops pack a ton of RAM (DDR5 in this years' cases), powerful graphics cards, advanced cooling mechanics, and huge internal storage too.

This is all made with gaming in mind which is, as we know, one of the most challenging tasks to perform for a computer.

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But what this also means is that these laptops can be used for seriously heavy lifting tasks, such as 3D design, video editing, or having multiple tabs and windows open just to name a few.

Many of the best gaming laptops double up as the best work or business laptops - making them a fantastic all-in-one solution for people on the move.

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Design

Gaming laptops range from the subdued and understated to the full-on RGB light shows, and everything in between.

There's no denying that if you're looking for a statement piece for your gaming setup, you'll find it with a gaming laptop, particularly from brands such as Acer, Lenovo, and Asus.

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But if you want to go a little more 'stealth-mode' brands like Razer create some minimal laptops that are absolute units under the hood.

Either way, if you're looking for RGB, you'll find it here.

Verdict

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Gaming laptops can get a bit of flack for being very expensive, despite being less powerful than their desktop counterparts.

The laptop's selling point is that it's portable, so comparing them against a gaming PC or a console is arguably not the best way to look at it.

What you're getting is something with a long life span, a powerful graphics card already installed (which saves you the trouble), an amazing display that rivals even some of the best gaming monitors, and a machine that will power through any workload with ease.

Sure, it's a premium price tag, but when you consider how much a premium non-gaming laptop is, is it really that high?

The choice is yours as always, but we'd say if you're looking for no-compromise portable gaming, you really can't go wrong with a gaming laptop.

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