Whether you’ve been eyeing that new Alienware laptop or that sleek Razer Blade, it’s always a good idea to know how much to spend on a gaming laptop. Based on experience, you can never be too careful with your money and it doesn’t even guarantee that a branded laptop will be worth your money. On my end, I have strict criteria that will help me pick the right gaming laptop for a particular budget. For this article, let’s say that I have a budget of $1000. That’s more than enough to get me a decent gaming laptop, right?
Now, if I have a budget of a thousand dollars, my first instinct would be to buy a name-brand laptop like MSI or Alienware, but I have to consider the criteria for choosing a laptop.
First is longevity. For gaming laptops to be really worth the money, you need to find one that will allow you to game for long hours. if you were to buy a laptop that won’t even let you game for 2 hours straight, I would consider that a waste of money. Brands like Alienware and MSI are known for making laptops that will last up to 5 hours of non-stop gaming.
Up next we have the hardware. You are paying good money for power that fits on your lap. One way of gauging hardware that meets your budget is to keep an eye out for processors like Core –i7 processors, RAMS that go up to 8GB, video card memory of up to 2GB. If the specs of the hardware are anything less than that, don’t go for it.
If you have met the two criteria above, you’re going to make sure that you meet the last one. The last criterion is portability. With all that power in your hardware, you can’t expect the laptop to be ultra-light. When it comes to portability, the best thing that you can do is to go for weight. Normally, gaming laptops weigh an average of 6lbs to 14lbs, so you really have to determine which weight is portable for you. I’m more than satisfied with 8lbs or higher, as I own an MSI laptop and it weighs close to 8lbs. My brother also has an Alienware and it weighed 15lbs, and I found it OK to lug around because it’s gaming laptop and you can’t hide power!
There you have it! These are my criteria for choosing the best laptop within a budget.