Why would someone buy a gaming computer if they don’t play games on it?
The answer to the question above is simple to answer with another question. Would you buy a pickup truck without a trailer hitch?
Even if you don’t pull a trailer very often-or never- you would still probably want the hitch for the just in case scenario. And if that is not the reason, then why not buy a car?
The reason is probably because it is nice to have the extra features. It is nice to have the capability to haul items, be taller on the road, and have the added safety found in the pickup truck.
So, why would someone buy a gaming computer if they don’t play games on it?
That is the question I asked myself when I was looking for a new laptop for college. Someone recommended that I buy a gaming laptop for what I wanted in a computer. I took this into consideration as I continued my search for a pc that would suit me.
I looked into them and ended up getting a gaming laptop and I am very happy with my decision; even though I have never gamed to this day.
(And check out our blog article on things to keep in mind when shopping for a new computer!)
There are several reasons gaming laptops are the best laptops for work. Here are a few advantages of gaming laptops:
This is one of my favorite and noticeable features about my computer. From the time I push the power button after it has been off, it takes about five seconds before it is on and ready to run.
This is great when you have to get a business presentation up quickly or have data ready for a meeting. The laptop carries this same speed into opening programs too.
This speed is due to the processing necessary for gaming. Gaming computers can handle more information at once compared to regular computers and tend to not freeze or lag as much.
This is especially nice when you are editing videos or simply running a bigger program like QuickBooks to keep track of business operations.
2. Ease of Use
Something a lot of people don’t realize is that gaming computers do EVERYTHING your standard computer can do.
For example, I have Microsoft office, QuickBooks, and Google Chrome all on my gaming computer. It is a Windows 8 laptop and the layout is the same as any pc that I have seen.
This means there is no learning curve just because you make the investment in a higher quality computer, which equates to less time goofing around and more time to be efficient and get work done!
3. Higher Quality Parts
Since gaming computers are built for gaming, they have to be built to handle the games! This means a better picture, better sound, more memory, and more efficient processors that effectively use battery power.
All of these are necessary to have in a computer, and the quality means there will be less hardware and processing problems.
4. Gaming Computers Last Longer
If you buy a gaming laptop today, it is not going to be outdated as quickly as regular pcs. The reason? Gaming laptops are built for tomorrow’s computer programs and games, not today’s.
There is a continually widening gap between the technology in gaming computers and regular laptops. Here is an example. Have you ever had to transfer all of you data and files from an old computer to a new one?
It is a painful process and even then you aren’t sure if all of the files even transferred in the first place. With gaming laptops that last longer, you won’t have to go through the computer transfer process nearly as often.
Gaming computers are able to be upgraded more easily than regular pcs. The parts simply need to be swapped out. It is similar to changing the tires on a pickup truck, or any vehicle you may have.
When a vehicle needs new tires, it is because your current ones are worn out and not able to handle the road as well as new ones would. So you would drive to a tire shop and get new ones put on.
It is the same concept with a gaming laptop, other than it is the computer store instead of the tire store because I am pretty sure Commercial Tire only sells tires.
Anyways, if you have a gaming laptop that is five years old and you feel it isn’t running like it should, you simply can take it to a computer store, and buy the exact part you need to replace the existing one. Thus, saving you money and time compared to buying an entirely new computer.
The “investment” part of it
This blog wouldn’t be complete without the reason everyone doesn’t just buy a gaming laptop. The reason? The cost. It is hard to rationalize the high price of anything, especially when you are paying for it.
However, one must keep in mind the advantages and think about it as an investment strategy, as well as remembering you get what you pay for. On average, people buy new laptops about every five years.
A gaming laptop doubles this lifespan because it is able to keep up with the new technology coming out. This is in addition to the time and upgrading it saves you.
If someone was to buy a regular laptop for $800, it would suit them fine for the designated time period.
But, if someone was to buy a cheap gaming laptop for $1,500 for work, it would suit them for their needs and they would receive all of the extra benefits that come along with gaming laptops.
Your premium gaming laptop will never reach the performance of a similarly-priced gaming desktop. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t play the latest games. Rather, it puts extra pressure on you to ensure that your laptop is optimized for gaming.
With desktop computers, you can upgrade the hardware. Laptop users have limited upgrade options. So, what can you do to improve laptop performance? How can you make your laptop faster for gaming?
Keep Your Laptop Clean and Dust-Free to Improve Gaming Performance
Want to know how to improve gaming performance on your laptop but have no technical skills? Just clean it.
You’ll only enjoy improved performance on your laptop with a proactive attitude to physical maintenance. Dust and dirt are the enemies of performance. This detritus will reduce airflow, resulting in a computer that gets too hot.
Once the heat builds, the processor, GPU, and most other components will slow down. This doesn’t make for an effective gaming machine.
The best way to deal with this is to remove the dust. Obviously, this isn’t easy. Your laptop is probably sealed, and if it isn’t, opening it will almost certainly invalidate the warranty. The solution is to use some very specific cleaning techniques.
But it isn’t just the vents on your laptop that you need to keep clear. If you’re using the keyboard regularly (a staple of PC gaming) it’s important to ensure there is no dust, food, or other matter able to cause sticky keys.
How to Upgrade Your Laptop for Increased Gaming Performance
Installing new hardware is the key way to speed up your laptop for gaming. But what can you upgrade?
Laptops are famously non-upgradeable. There are three components that you can upgrade.
- RAM: increasing the memory amount and speed can have a massive impact
- Storage: switching to a solid-state drive (SSD) or fast M.2 storage will improve game performance considerably
- Battery: batteries are unable to keep games running for any duration with the full settings enabled
Furthermore, if you want a cheap upgrade, why not improve your personal game performance with an external keyboard and mouse designed for optimum gaming?