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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 May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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