The best thing about gaming is the fact that modern AAA games require incredibly powerful hardware to run. This means that, unless you’re heavily into graphic design, chances are that your gaming laptop will be able to handle all the business tasks in front of you with ease. With some weaker configurations, handling advanced and demanding software may be difficult or cause a no small amount of discomfort.
Nonetheless, a laptop that can run Far Cry 5, Battlefield 1 and GTA V on maximum requirements (preferably with more than 60 fps) will have no problem running any work-related program. With that in mind and without further ado, here is a brief list of some powerful laptops that can be used for both work and gaming. If gaming is a particular passion of yours, these devices are something that you have to consider.
Microsoft Surface Book 2
The first device worth discussing here is the incredible Microsoft Surface Book 2 which, although a notebook, is equipped with outstanding hardware. We’re talking about specifications like Core i7-8650U quad-core CPU, the NVidia GTX 1060 with 6GB, 16GB of RAM and, of course, 256 GB of SSD storage. This last part is particularly important for some games like Bioware’s latest entry Anthem, which needs the game to be installed to an SSD in order to avoid arduous loading screens. Sure, the game itself might not be worth the effort but having an SSD is always a huge boost. Finally, even though the device has a small 15″ screen, it is capable of developing the resolution of 3240 x 2160 pixels.
Gigabyte Aorus X9 DT
For people who want to get a high-end device and don’t care about the price, there’s nothing that beats Gigabyte Aorus X9 DT. It is equipped with a Core i9-8950HK, a 6-core 4.80GHz CPU, an outstanding NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB and 32GB of RAM. The screen is also substantially bigger than that of the previously discussed device (17.3″ 1080p display with 144Hz refresh rate), which gives you a greater immersion and a more pleasurable gaming experience. The fact that the hardware performance of this device surpasses current requirements means that the device won’t get outdated anytime soon, making it into a great investment idea.
Also, the sleek appearance of the device is quite impressive, which is, on its own, a huge plus. The device has one of the thinnest chassis, which makes it incredibly light (for such a powerful device). Remember, lighter means more portable.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR II GL504GV
If you really want to get an outstanding gaming laptop and don’t care how much you’re going to pay for it, you definitely need to consider Asus ROG Strix SCAR II GL504GV. The price is, indeed, a bit steeper, however, considering what you get is an NVidia GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM device, the price is more than fair. Other than this, you also get a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD memory, the benefits of which we’ve already discussed in modern gaming. The display is somewhat smaller at 15.6″, yet, due to the fact that the screen is non-glare full HD (1920×1080) more than makes up for its compactness in quality. Also, the fact that the device is VR-ready also contributes to its appeal.
Dell XPS 15 2 in 1
In a scenario where you want a reliable business laptop as well as something great for some casual gaming, getting a Dell XPS 15 2 in 1 might be the right choice for you. First of all, this is a two-in-one device, which means that you can easily transform it into a tablet at your own behest. This feature is particularly useful during long flights, in waiting rooms and during rides on public transportation. That being said, it comes with some impressive stats, including 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-8705G CPU and a Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 memory. As for the SSD, you get a decent 512 GB device.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Finally, we come to another two-in-one device, this time with somewhat less impressive stats but also a tad lower price. First of all, its CPU is a decent Intel Core i7-7600U vPro 2.6GHz CPU. The problem that most gamers have with it is the Integrated Intel HD 620 graphics, which is considered as inferior when compared to some of the other entries on this list. On the other hand, it’s SSD has 1TB storage space which is twice or four times the amount that some of the other devices listed above have. You would be surprised at just how important of a factor this can become.
The last thing you need to keep in mind is the fact that, as we already mentioned, gaming laptops don’t get outdated as quickly as their counterparts designed for work. This means that you won’t have to repeat this purchase anytime soon, which substantially improves the overall ROI of the investment. Second, it means that you won’t have to transfer files from one device to another, even though with the use of cloud services this method is quickly becoming obsolete. The list of reasons why these laptops are such a good idea seems to be going on and on.