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Is there a laptop you’ve been looking for and can’t decide whether you should get a gaming laptop or a standard one?
Making an educated purchasing choice is easier if you are aware of the differences between gaming laptops and other laptops. When it comes to gaming, it is important to recognise the distinctions between laptops and desktops.
In general, gaming laptops are meant to handle CPU and GPU-intensive operations like gaming, while standard laptops are made to do more mundane duties like surfing the web, composing papers, and preparing presentations.
Performance is the primary focus while designing gaming laptops. Graphics cards, CPUs that can run at a much higher clocked, more RAM, and sophisticated cooling methods are all included in these computers. Normal laptops, on the other hand, feature lower-quality technology that is designed for efficiency rather than speed.
Gaming laptops include high-performance technology that enables them to do things like gaming and graphics creation smoothly and without interruption for long periods of time. Because of this, they’re a popular choice for gamers because of their eye-catching chassis designs.
Normal laptops are lighter and have longer battery life since they don’t have separate graphics cards or CPUs that need a lot of electricity. Most of the time, I use them for simple things like word processing and online surfing. Their chassis design is normally kept basic and clean to suit into a professional setting.
All laptops that are not especially intended for gaming, such as business laptops, notebooks, and ultrabooks are considered standard laptops in this article.
Let’s go a little more into the distinctions between them.
|Gaming laptop||Normal laptop|
|Processor (CPU)||Have high-performance processors with high clock speeds built for gaming||Have standard processors designed for light tasks|
|Memory (RAM)||Usually have between 8 GB and 16 GB RAM||Usually have between 4 GB and 8GB RAM|
|Graphics Card (GPU)||Come with a dedicated Nvidia Geforce or AMD Radeon graphics card to handle graphically intensive tasks||Mostly rely on an integrated graphics card embedded on the CPU.|
|Cooling System||Have an advanced cooling system with multiple fans to control the extra heat produced by the dedicated graphics card||The cooling system is not as advanced as that of gaming notebooks. Usually, only one fan is installed.|
|Keyboard||Feature a robust keyboard with RGB backlighting that can withstand the stresses of gaming||Feature a delicate keyboard that’s built mainly for typing|
|Number of ports||Usually, have all the ports needed to connect the various gaming peripherals||Feature basics ports that are needed to connect regular devices|
|Portability||Heavier than regular laptops due to a bigger battery and extra components||Very light and perfect for travel|
|Display||Features displays with a high refresh rate of up to 300 Hz||Feature displays with a refresh rate of between 60Hz and 120 Hz|
|Speakers||Speakers are often louder than those of regular laptops||Feature standard speakers|
|Battery Life||Have bad battery life of about 6 hours with light use||Have a good battery life of about 12 hours with light use|
|Longevity||Longevity depends on use and how well you take care of them. However, due to their robust design, they can outlive normal laptops||Longevity depends on use and how well you take care of them.|
|Price||Are very expensive with a starting price of around $700 for entry-level models||Are cheaper than gaming laptops with a starting point of around $400|
As the computer’s brain, the processor is also known as the Central Processing Unit (CPU). In response to the user’s input and the applications running on the computer, it issues instructions to all other components and lets them know what to do.
In most laptops, you’ll discover Intel CPUs, which are the two most popular processor makers.
When it comes to operating Microsoft apps and accessing the internet on a laptop, the CPU doesn’t need to be as powerful as on a desktop computer. They feature fewer cores, slower CPUs, and are less costly.
There are a lot of mathematical and logical operations that need to be computed quickly in high-end gaming and other processor-intensive jobs like video editing and software compilation. High-performance CPUs may help with this.
It’s simple and usual to think that the CPU specs of both gaming and non-gaming laptops are the same since both laptops have the same Intel or AMD processor. That is not the case, though.
The internal architecture of an Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU in a gaming laptop differs from that of a Core i5 or i7 processor in a non-gaming laptop.
Suffixes U, Y, G, and T may be found in the CPU model names of standard laptops, but those of gaming laptops have suffixes such as H, HQ, HK, and K, as can be seen by looking at the suffix in the processor names.
The following video illustrates the significance of the letters in question:
For example, compare the Intel core i7 10510Y to the Intel core i7 9700K. This is what the suffixes for Intel processors are:
Processor suffixes for regular laptops
Processor suffixes for gaming laptops
It’s clear from the suffix that laptop CPUs are often severely power restricted, hence their performance is constrained.
If you need even more processing power, gaming laptop CPUs may be overclocked to meet your requirements.
Similarly, AMD Ryzen laptop CPUs are labelled in a manner that differs from Intel’s.
With more cores than a conventional computer, gaming laptops are more powerful and efficient at executing intensive apps.
Multitasking is made possible by the increased number of cores in your CPU. However, they produce more heat and deplete the battery far more quickly than other options.
Your computer’s short-term memory is called Random Access Memory (RAM), and it stores data for open applications so that the CPU may rapidly access it.
Because it is considerably quicker to read and write data from and to RAM than it is from other storage devices like a hard drive, RAM is essential.
Between 4 and 8 GB of RAM may be found in normal laptops, whereas 8 to 16 GB of RAM can be found in gaming laptops. Modern gaming laptops seldom have less than 8 GB of RAM.
Most people, at least for the time being, won’t need 32 GB of RAM on their gaming laptops, which some high-end models will come equipped with. On general, the more RAM you have in a laptop, the more you pay.
Because they are designed to run less demanding programmes like video players, web browsers, and light business applications that don’t need a lot of data to be stored in memory, normal laptops contain less RAM than gaming laptops.
Games, graphic design software, and other resource-intensive programmes, on the other hand, come with a large number of assets that must be loaded into memory before they can function properly. AAA games like Fallout 4 need at least 8 GB of RAM.
This implies that if you want to stream Fallout 4 while playing the game, you’ll need at least 16GB of RAM. For this reason, applications like as antivirus software and operating systems also need RAM to function properly.
Windows 10 OS, for example, necessitates 1GB (on a 32-bit system) or 2GB (on a 64-bit system) of RAM to run properly.
Your computer is forced to get more data from your hard drive, which as we previously discussed, is much slower than RAM. This is going to slow down your computer in the long run. Having more RAM makes it possible to run numerous apps at the same time without encountering any issues.
In addition to the larger memory capacity, gaming laptop RAM often runs at greater clock speeds than standard laptop RAM. Megahertz is the standard unit of measurement for RAM clock speed (MHz). The speed of RAM is less important than the amount of RAM it can hold.
Good news for anyone looking to update their laptop’s RAM is that it can be done on both daily and gaming computers. This means that you should only purchase laptops that have a future-proof memory expansion slot, rather than one that comes with a fixed amount of RAM.
Video cards, or GPUs (Graphic Processing Units), are the hardware components that produce the pictures and movies you view on your computer screen. Input from the processor (graphics-related data) is converted into visual information by the graphics adapter.
A gaming laptop’s graphics card is much more powerful than a standard laptop’s. Laptops with integrated graphics cards (iGPUs) are more common than those with dedicated graphics cards (DGCs).
The CPU and RAM are both shared by an integrated graphics card, which is often found on the same chip as the CPU. It’s common for manufacturers to favour processing power above graphics power when both pieces of hardware are on the same chip.
An integrated graphics card is constrained in terms of both power and memory allocation because of this limitation. Integrated graphics cards are ideal for watching films, viewing PowerPoint presentations, and browsing through picture albums, among other applications.
When it comes to running contemporary graphics-intensive games, 3D rendering and heavy picture and video editing, they have problems. Here’s an example of what it’s like to play games with just an integrated graphics card, as shown in the movie.
As opposed to the CPU, a dedicated graphics card has its own VRAM (Video Random Access Memory) and GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) with its own processor (Graphics Processing Unit). VRAM (Variable Random Access Memory) is significantly quicker than the main memory (RAM) and is only utilised by the GPU.
For graphics-intensive tasks like as gaming, 3D modelling, and virtual reality (VR), a dedicated GPU is much superior than an integrated graphics card in terms of performance. specialised Nvidia and AMD (Radeon) chips are the most frequent in laptop games.
There are cooling devices built into both gaming and non-gaming laptops in order to maintain the laptop’s temperature. However, there are significant distinctions.
Gamers’ laptops are often equipped with more sophisticated cooling systems than those found in everyday laptops. This is due to the fact that their internal components don’t create a large amount of heat; instead, the CPU is responsible for the vast majority of it.
There is usually just one fan, smaller air vents, and lighter heat sinks in standard laptop models Laptops such as the Acer Spin 7 and Huawei MateBook X are fanless and use passive cooling techniques instead of a fan. Thus, they are more lightweight and more suited for usage in quieter settings.
Gaming laptops, on the other hand, are known for their high levels of heat generation due to their high power consumption and graphics cards. As a result of the increased heat generated by compressing all of these components into a tiny housing, it is necessary to install huge air vents, several high-speed fans, and larger heat sinks.
Thermal resistance is reduced and hot spots are dispersed using vapour chamber cooling, which is used in high-end gaming laptops like the Asus ROG G752vs.
Laptops that use vapour chamber cooling are unusual, since most don’t need it. When it comes to keeping gaming computers cool, unconventional approaches may be necessary. ASUS ROG Laptops are an excellent illustration of this.
When it comes to everyday computers, backlit keyboards are more frequent on gaming laptops. If you’re a businessman or student who doesn’t need it, you won’t find it useful.
On the other hand, gamers require RGB backlit keyboards since they like playing games in low-light settings. As a bonus, backlit keyboards make it easier for gamers to discover and hit the correct keys without having to take their eyes off the screen.
Gaming keyboards with RGB backlighting may be programmed to enable gamers to designate a separate colour to individual keys depending on the application they are running. Most games utilise these keys to move characters and objects around, hence they typically get their own colour to distinguish them from other keys.
RGB backlit keyboards may also provide lighting effects like ripples and waves, which enhance the game environment. When not in use, keyboard backlights may be switched off to save battery life.
Standard laptop keyboards, on the other hand, are designed primarily for everyday tasks like typing and accessing shortcuts. To do these tasks, you don’t need a very responsive keyboard, nor do you need to hit the same keys over and over again.
In order to keep up with the rapid pace of today’s PC games, you’ll want a keyboard that responds quickly. A more robust keyboard is also needed so that it can handle aggressive players’ repetitive and occasionally violent strokes.
Mechanical keyboards with N-Key rollover functionality are only seen on high-end gaming laptops like the Razer Blade 15 Advanced and the Aorus X9 DT. Mechanical keyboards are more durable than membrane keyboards, and each keystroke feels more substantial.
As many keys as you want may be pressed concurrently without any ghosting thanks to N-Key rollover. In games like Tekken, the N-Key rollover feature makes it easier to execute complex combinations and movements.
Gaming laptop chassis (computer casing/cover) is often made differently from that of a standard laptop. The flat and basic shape of a standard laptop’s chassis lends it a more professional appearance that is suited for places like the workplace or school.
The chassis designs of gaming laptops tend to be more flamboyant and intricate, which helps them stand out from the crowd. Logos, LED illumination on the body panels, big air vents resembling racing car grills, patterns, and stripes can all be seen on some of their casing designs.
For example, Asus and MSI employ red highlights, while Razer uses green highlights on their gaming laptop chassis surfaces.
It is not uncommon for gaming laptops to include more than simply a protective casing for their internal components. Airflow may be improved by opening up part of the bottom panel of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus, for example. Laptops often don’t have this capability.
The number of ports on gaming laptops vs standard laptops is often different, rather than the kind. Because of this, gamers may often attach additional peripherals to their gaming laptop, including keyboards, mouse and Bluetooth adapters.
Comparing the HP Omen gaming laptop to its business counterpart, the HP Elite Dragonfly is a good illustration. Both laptops are made by the same company, however the number of USB ports varies.
The business laptop has two USB ports, whereas the gaming laptop has three. Gaming laptops with less than three USB ports are quite rare. As many as five USB ports may be found on certain gaming laptops, such as the MSI GT75 Titan.
There is a noticeable difference in size and weight between standard laptops and gaming laptops.
Compared to gaming laptops, normal laptops are lighter and smaller in size. Dedicated graphics cards and external ports aren’t as common on these systems since they have less internal components. They also have a smaller battery since they are very power-conserving devices.
It is more usual to locate normal laptops with 13.3-inch screens than it is to find gaming laptops that have this display size. A 17.3-inch or bigger screen is standard on most gaming laptops.
A long way has been made since the enormous briefcase-sized devices of the past. But because of the additional technology they carry, they nevertheless fall short of the mobility of normal laptops.
Even though the Razer Blade 15 is the smallest gaming laptop, it still isn’t as portable as the HP Spectre X360 notebook, which is both lighter and smaller.
A 4.6-pound Razer Blade 15 weighs in at 14×9.3×0.7 inches, while a 12.2×8.6×0.6-inch HP Spectre weighs 2.8 pounds.
There is a noticeable difference between the refresh rates of conventional laptops and gaming laptops.
An image refresh rate is the number of times an image is repainted or updated per second on a display. Recalibration of the display occurs 60 times per second at 60 Hz refresh rates.
Refresh rates of 60Hz or higher are recommended for frequent usage. Refresh rates of less than 60 Hz will result in screen flickering. The picture on the screen is smoother when the refresh rate is high.
Between 60 Hz and 120 Hz, the refresh rate of most laptops is typical for the market. 144 Hz and 240 Hz refresh rates are common on gaming laptop screens. The Acer Predator Triton 500 has a 300 Hz refresh rate display, which is common in gaming laptops of this calibre.
With high refresh rates, the screen is able to keep up with the player’s quick motions without stuttering or tearing. If you want high refresh rates, you’ll need a strong graphics card and CPU, so keep that in mind.
The speaker size is another variation between gaming laptops. The speakers on most computers are modest and not particularly loud. You may use them to view movies, listen to music, and make phone or video conversations on a regular basis.
Large speakers can’t be installed because of the restricted space in laptop chassis.
It’s impossible to completely immerse oneself in a game if your audio is of low quality.
Larger speakers on gaming laptops allow you to hear all of the dialogue, sound effects, and music from the game’s characters and settings, all of which contribute to the overall fun and excitement of the experience.
Gaming laptops with large chassis sometimes have an integrated woofer to enhance the bass sound. Gaming laptops with stronger speakers also assist to drown out the sound of the laptop’s fan if it becomes too noisy.
Plugging in a decent set of headphones or an external sound system to your laptop will help improve the sound quality of your laptop speakers.
Longer battery life is a direct result of gaming laptops having different hardware components than standard laptops. Laptops’ most power-hungry components are their displays, processors, and graphics cards.
Because of their power-restricted CPUs and lack of a dedicated graphics card, most laptops have longer battery lives. Active cooling techniques such as extra fans aren’t necessary for them since they depend more on passive cooling processes.
High-performance CPUs and specialised graphics cards are used in gaming laptops since they are designed to replace a full-sized desktop computer. Extra features like backlit RGB keyboards and LED lighting on their body panels are also included.
The battery life of these devices is greatly reduced by the addition of all these additional components. When doing CPU and GPU-intensive activities, such as gaming, it’s difficult to keep a computer going for more than two hours at a time. If you’re doing anything like this, it’s best to have your laptop plugged in at all times.
How long a laptop lasts depends on how often you use it, whether you’re using it for work or play. In order to get the most out of a standard laptop, you’ll need to utilise it for more demanding activities.
When gamers attempt to play games that need a lot of processing power and graphics processing power on a standard laptop, this is frequently the case. They don’t last long on the field until their hardware fails or their performance suffers.
On the other hand, a gaming laptop may be used for both gaming and daily chores without severely affecting its lifespan. If both laptops are utilised for the same purposes, a gaming laptop is more likely to last longer than a non-gaming laptop.
This is due to the fact that the gaming laptop’s technology, especially its cooling system, is designed to perform both light and heavy activities. In reality, once the technology becomes obsolete and no longer supports today’s games, it is fairly unusual for gamers to convert their old gaming laptops into regular laptops.
Another distinction between the two is the price. Gaming laptops tend to be more expensive than standard laptops. Gaming laptops, on the other hand, are much more expensive than standard laptops.
It’s difficult to find an excellent gaming laptop that costs less than $1,000. Customers are forced to bear the expense of their high-performance hardware, as well as additional extras like backlit keyboards and complex cooling systems.
Despite their gaming origins, gaming laptops aren’t limited to gaming. Additional features such as specialised graphics cards are required for daily chores to be performed on these laptops, which contain all the functionality you would find in a conventional laptop. But gaming laptops have a short battery life because of their high-performance components. Because of their larger size and heavier weight, they are also less portable than standard laptops.
No matter how hard you try, you can’t turn a conventional laptop into a gaming one. The original design and production of the motherboard must take into consideration components like as the graphics card, which are often soldered onto the motherboard.
In addition, even if a gaming laptop’s cooling system is updated, the CPU and GPU will still overheat. In most laptops, the only hardware that can be upgraded is RAM and storage.
Gaming laptops outperform regular laptops in terms of speed and battery life. Normal laptops, on the other hand, provide the finest combination of battery life and mobility.
The biggest difference between a gaming laptop and a regular laptop is in the computer’s components. Rather than performance, most laptops nowadays are designed for power efficiency. Compared to gaming laptops, they’re smaller, lighter, and have a longer battery life.
It is possible to think of gaming laptops as portable desktops. Designed for high-demand applications like gaming, these computers contain powerful processors and graphics cards. Their biggest shortcomings are battery life and mobility.