5 reasons to choose a gaming laptop over a PC

Which pays more: buying a gaming notebook or building a beefy desktop? This is one of the oldest debates in the PC market and has sparked heated debates on the internet by people from all over the world.

Although traditionally a bit more expensive, notebooks have some features that a desktop computer can’t match. Today’s article is about exactly that: the advantages of this format. Check out 5 reasons why you should choose a gaming laptop over a traditional desktop PC below.

1 – Portability first

The first and most important reason to choose a notebook over a traditional desktop PC is the need for portability. Notes can be loaded up and down and will follow you wherever you go.

Even if some gamer models are a bit heavy, it is still practical to close the lid and store it in a suitable backpack. It’s also much more convenient to move the notebook around the house (or even take it on trips) than to separate the cables and connectors for the monitor, keyboard, mouse and everything else from a desktop.

It is much more practical to move the notebook.

The presence of an internal battery allows you to play or work even away from the sockets. With new generations of Intel and AMD processors, the lifespan of these batteries has increased even further, giving you even more freedom of movement.

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2 – For those who need to do more

Laptops are all-in-one machines that can be used during the day for work while attending meetings with your team and clients, and during breaks or overnight for those quick gaming sessions. Everything is done continuously here, you don’t even have to turn off the machine if you don’t want to.

Everything is done continuously.

This means that the notebook user is always ready for action, be it to take notes or make the most of their free time.

Back to the battery, a notebook also proves to be a safer alternative for working compared to the desktop. The reason is simple: a power failure does not bother anything. If necessary, there is time to quietly save everything you do, to return once power is restored.

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3 – Gaming notebook: a ready-made, uncomplicated solution

Another important detail of notebooks is that they are complete systems. They are factory-equipped with their own keyboards, touchpads, loudspeakers, webcam and, in particular, monitors in a closed, performance-optimized system.

They are complete systems.

When you weigh the cost of all the components onboard the machine, the price difference to a gaming desktop isn’t that big, but it’s even more so when you consider a centralized warranty that covers all parts.

If you don’t want to bother configuring several components and want to have everything at hand, there is no more practical alternative than a notebook.

4 – Much more in much less space

Notebooks are also much more compact than desktops. Monitor, keyboard and cabinet, all in a small square that takes up little space in your home. They can be placed on any table, stand, or even on the sofa or bed if there is no more suitable space.

They can be placed on any table.

You don’t have to fight to keep the room tidy either. All wires and components are integrated except for a single cable from the external source. It’s a much cleaner aesthetic for the room (and some models even come with RGB LED lighting as standard).

Is your gaming session over? Just close the notebook sleeve and store it where you find it most convenient. Your table is free for whatever you need!

Your table is free for whatever you need!

Here some comment that there is a comfort disadvantage compared to PCs. But if you like to relax and enjoy a big screen, there’s an alternative: just plug your favorite peripherals and monitors into a dock and connect them all to your notebook with a single cable. It’s the best of both worlds!

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5 – Is firepower really that different?

In fact, desktops allow more powerful parts to be installed due to the available space and larger and heavier coolers. However, there are already several notebook models on the market that compare well in terms of performance (some of them feature Intel® Core™ i5, i7 and even i9 series processors, in addition to NVIDIA RTX graphics cards series, such as 2060, 2070 and 2080).

The result of that? A performance difference for everyday activities that may not go unnoticed. Check out the table below that compares the Intel® Core™ i7 9750H (laptops) and i7 9700K (desktops) processors:

Benchmark: Intel desktop i7-9700K series and mobile CPUs of the i7-9750H series. The difference in performance isn’t that big (Image: Hardware Canucks)

Many modern notebooks also come with fast SSDs and RAM in the 16GB range, so you don’t have to compromise on the overall performance of the device when choosing a notebook.

Comparison of SSD speeds on desktop and notebook (Image: Hardware Canucks)

Another detail is that some of the manufacturers have such advanced cooling systems that they end up putting desktop processors in a notebook case and keeping clocks and temperatures up to date.

Again, one of the arguments most often cited by desktop advocates is price: a notebook usually costs more per unit. However, you must remember that this is a complete set, with all components guaranteed, ready to go from the factory and ready to be transported up and down.

We would like to hear your opinion on the data in the table: which do you prefer and why? Tell us about your experiences with these machines and let us know which category best suits your lifestyle. To the next!

Source: VG Leaks, Hardware Canucks, Adrenaline