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5 Features You Should Consider When Shopping for a Gaming Laptop

5 Features You Should Consider When Shopping for a Gaming Laptop

With their premium prices, colorful designs and powerful components, gaming laptops are a different kind of beast from the standard all-purpose laptops. There are many gamers playing any of the latest games, such as Battlefield 1 or Star Wars Battlefront, who are looking for the perfect laptop that can support and satisfy all their needs for graphics, dimensions, memory, and portability.

Gaming laptops are unique when it comes to design. With their backlit keyboards and bold curves, they are almost certain to catch people’s eyes. The decision of which gaming laptop to buy will be dependent on the type of games you want to play, your gaming lifestyle and the budget you are willing to sink into the purchase. But, let’s say that there is a good chance you’ll be spending between $800 – $4000 on a gaming laptop.

So, if you are a professional gamer or you want to become one of them, then take a look at the following features that you’ll need to consider while shopping for a gaming laptop; this way you will be sure that you will make the best purchase decision.

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Portability

There are varying levels of portability when it comes to gaming laptops, including “slightly heavier than regular laptops” up to “too heavy to carry on your back.” A gaming laptop will be less portable and will have more power and functionality than an average laptop. If you plan on using it only at home or moving it between rooms in the same building, a laptop that’s 17”-18” wide, like the Alienware 17, would be a fine choice.

On the other hand, laptops that are 13”-14” wide offer the best portability, as they weigh less than 5 lbs. and have battery lives of up to 7.5 hours. A few good examples include the Alienware 13, the Razer Blade, and the Aorus X3 Plus V3.

Graphics Card/GPU

This is the cornerstone of every gaming laptop, as it processes and transmits data to your display in the form of images. This process can be more tedious when playing games, and as such, a GPU with dedicated memory, otherwise known as VRAM, is essential for gaming laptops.

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You should consider purchasing a laptop with at least 4GB VRAM. The majority are stocked with Nvidia GPUs. However, some brands allow gamers who like AMDs to configure their systems however they prefer.

Display

There is no point in having beautiful graphics and smooth frame rates if your gaming laptop doesn’t have a screen which can promote those vivid colors and beautiful landscapes. To avoid this ugly turn of events, there are a few things you should keep in mind.

For starters, the resolution of a gaming laptop should be at least 1920 x 1080. Do you like your displays glossy or matte? And, do you prefer the V-Sync or G-Synch Nvidia technologies? Note that neither of these technologies work on laptops with resolutions that are higher than 1920 x 1080.

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SSD or HDD?

When it comes to gaming, speed is vital, and this would explain why most gamers prefer SSD hard drives. They offer reduced hitching and faster game load times, ultimately leading to a great gaming experience. Consider purchasing a laptop with at least 1TB hard drive with 7200 rpm speed. If you can find a configuration with both HDD and SSD, go for it, as this allows room for your gaming files as well as everything else you may want to put on to the laptop.

Keyboards

While the above components are critical, you shouldn’t forget about the keyboard, as you will be pounding on this each time you play a game.

You want to be sure that the keyboard looks good and feels comfortable when in use. A good gaming laptop keyboard should have a customizable backlight and should deliver fast feedback without being uncomfortable. The Razer’s Synapse 2.0 software allows you to achieve all of the above with Razer hardware. The SteelSeries Engine and Alienware’s FX software are also helpful for creating quite the show with your gaming laptop keyboard.

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Lastly, finding the best gaming laptop comes down to your budget. Many of the laptop recommendations and components we mentioned above are commonly priced above $1,500, so if you are strapped for cash, you may need to settle for less. Be careful with your money and decisions, but remember that sometimes it is worthwhile to spend a little bit more if you will be completely satisfied with a quality product.

If you want to know more about this world, you can find it out by reading this article about which gaming devices (PCs or consoles) are the best choice for gamers.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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