Perhaps one of the most difficult choice that any gamer has to make is to choose between a gaming desktop PC and a laptop. Each comes with perks and cons that should be considered when making a choice. Let’s take a look at these factors that would help to get an answer:
Factors to Consider
Before even diving into choosing the right option, it’s important to know the factors that should be taken for assessment. For starters, CPU/ processing power is important so that you can get ample power for gaming.
Next, you need a high performing GPU that will offer outclass graphical accuracy without any hassle. Having a high-end GPU will allow you to get immaculate graphics, running high tiered games without any hassle.
Apart from that, you’ll need gaming components, including a gaming mouse, gaming keyboard, headset, etc. Apart from that, you’ll be needing a sound system that can offer an immersive gaming experience.
Lastly, you need the facility of upgrading your gaming setup, irrespective of your choice. there are times when you need to add something to your existing setup. Keeping that in mind you should make a reliable choice. Now that we know what the major factors are to be considered for making a choice, let’s take a look at how well gaming laptops or gaming desktop PCs play their card:
In terms of processing, a gaming PC is bound to take the lead due to its easy to upgrade options. Even though many latest gaming laptops come with high-end processors, featuring the latest 8th, 9th and even 10th generation processing units, you can easily get a gaming PC and upgrade it any time. However, if you manage to get a gaming laptop that comes with a high-end processor, your problem will get solved easily. But in a nutshell, having a gaming PC saves you from this hassle.
As highlighted earlier, having a high-end GPU is utmost important for any gaming PC or a laptop. Not only does it offer better graphical integration but allows you to enjoy top of the line graphical accuracy. From gaming PCs to laptops, each comes with a dedicated graphics processing unit that would bring immersive graphics on the go. However, it is again the gaming PC that takes the lead in terms of upgrades.
Latest gaming laptops do come with high-end graphics processing units. You can easily find GTX gaming laptops and RTX gaming laptops in the market. However, these are costly, and once bought you probably have to stick with it. Taking the element of upgrades out, you can still get a high-end GPU with a gaming laptop. The choice then depends upon your gaming needs.
This is probably the deciding factor, and yes it does go in the favour of gaming desktop PCs. Gamers tend to choose gaming PCs because they come cheaply than gaming laptops. You’ll probably have to spend half to get a good-end PC for gaming. In addition, the option of upgrades boosts this choice as well. Apart from that, buying accessories such as keyboards, mouse, headset, gaming monitor, etc. all come with gaming laptops too. In short, one can make a beast of a gaming PC in half the price compared to a laptop.
If you’re looking to have gaming on the go, then buying a gaming laptop is a much safer option. Consider travelling and you get bored or want to stick with your work. With a PC that’s nearly impossible unless you get an entire compartment to yourself and an electrical outlet to power your setup. On the other hand, several laptops have emerged in the market that come with more than 6 hours of battery life. This makes it easier to get work and gaming on the go.
With a PC, you’ll probably have to spare some amount for buying a gaming monitor. However, with a laptop that’s not necessary. Latest laptops for gaming come with full HD display and at least 60Hz refresh rate. This combined with the GPU gives a great outcome. On the other hand, getting a gaming monitor is utmost necessary for a PC but complementary for a laptop.
This is quite troubling for laptops since many users complain about heat issues shutting the laptop down. On the other hand, PCs get an advantage in this case. Upgrading to liquid cooling is also easy if you’ve got a PC. But with a laptop, you’ll have to get a solution to keep them cool. Some laptops come with liquid cooling coating, dual-channel fans and effective heat sinks. However, it’s still an issue for the laptops.
Latest gaming laptops come with at least 128GB SSD alongside 1TB HDD. The same goes for PCs. Though you would only need to access the slot bays to make room for new storage components. On the other hand, you’ll have to get inside the laptop and install the component. Not much of a point as one can now easily carry external storage devices that can be used for both laptops and PCs.
You can’t deny the fact that anything can be added to a gaming PC. You can even create a custom chassis (joker chassis got pretty famous, and let’s not forget Henry Cavill building his PC). Keeping this mind, gaming laptops come stock appeal that has been added by the manufacturing company.
Considering the elements discussed above, it can be said that gaming PCs are better than gaming laptops in the UK. It’s decided in terms of cost, upgradability, and appeal. But that doesn’t put gaming laptops behind. The decision of the choice rests on your needs.