One of your friends recently purchased a fabulous looking laptop that’s specifically meant for gaming. What’s a big deal with a gaming laptop, you might ask. Is it not just like any other laptop that lets you play those graphically enriched games?
Now, that’s a valid point. No doubt, your regular laptop may be able to play your favourite games without hesitation. Then what’s the difference? Well, let’s have a look at some of them.
The Look and Feel
In case you are a gamer, you are possibly one of those who wouldn’t settle down for an ordinary looking gaming machine. You definitely need something fancy, something that makes you go, “Man! That’s awesome”.
So, in terms of design the gaming laptops look quite sophisticated compared to their regular counterparts. Take, for instance, the backlit keyboard found on the Dell Alienware, shown in the image below. The keyboard consists of sturdy keys that can sustain substantial impacts.
A regular laptop, on the other hand, has a straightforward design with no or too little glossy physical features added. Also, the laptop is much thinner than the one meant for gaming.
A regular laptop does not need a highly specialised cooling system, as the processor is generally clocked at a low speed and consumes less amount of power. On the contrary, gaming laptops have a high-end graphics processor onboard that requires more power to run heavy-duty game graphics uninterruptedly.
As a result, the cooling system in these laptops is much efficient and also comparatively larger, due to which the base of the laptop becomes much thicker. For additional cooling, some laptop manufacturers also offer external cooling pad.
As discussed earlier, a regular laptop is much lighter than its gaming sibling and therefore is easy to carry along. No doubt, a gaming laptop too can be carried around, but the excess weight is sure to make you feel uncomfortable.
How About the Price?
Many believe that gaming laptops are highly expensive. However, that’s not always the case. You can find a regular office laptop that costs well over Rs. 1 Lac. So, categorising the two merely based on the price is definitely not justified. Currently, brands like Dell, HP, and Acer do offer gaming laptops that cost not more than Rs. 40,000.
Similarly, you can also find a regular professional laptop that costs you almost the same. The only difference you need to watch out for is the processor, which in the case of a gaming laptop is much faster and powerful.
Screen Refresh Rate
A screen refresh rate is the number of frames the laptop is capable of displaying per second. It is measured in Hertz (Hz). Most of the standard laptops have a screen refresh rate of 60Hz. However, high-end gaming laptops usually have a much higher refresh rate, in most cases one that’s well beyond 100 Hz. Take for instance the HP Envy 17 3D, which has a display refresh rate of 120Hz. Games with heavy graphics can run smoother on screens that have a higher refresh rate.
Are two-in-ones available?
Of course, you can find a professional laptop with powerful gaming hardware packed-in. So, if you are used to living in both the worlds simultaneously, you might want to pick one of these. Also, keep in mind that some laptops are classified as entry-level gaming laptops and high-end gaming laptops. Toshiba has some cool laptops that let you rightly hop between the two worlds.
Well then, is there actually a difference between a regular laptop and a gaming laptop? While most would answer ‘Yes’ to the question, a few might wish to ignore the difference, as several professional laptops come packed with a powerful graphics processing unit that supports gaming as well.