There are so many options available from different manufacturers nowadays that buying a new laptop can be confusing. If you are looking for gaming laptops in particular, that can be even more challenging. So, how should you decide what to buy in 2022? Here are a few questions that you need to ask before making the best possible decision.
What Kind of Games Do You Play?
If you were just a casual gamer, you would not be reading this. That does not mean you are very serious about playing games or joining eSport, but it does mean you care enough about games to consider buying a gaming laptop. With that said, let’s divide PC games into a few broad categories.
Games developed by individual/small scale developers cover all genres and subgenres of gaming, but do not generally require a powerful laptop configuration. Popular examples would be Stardew Valley (2016), The Witness (2016), Inscryption (2021), Vampire Survivors (2021), Shovel Knight (2014), etc.
Adventure games are also known as point and click games and interactive adventures. Depending on the theme, the gameplay and the experience will vary quite widely, but most of them don’t need powerful hardware to run well. If you mostly play games like the Monkey Island series, The Walking Dead series, and Firewatch among others,most modern laptops should be able to run them easily.
AAA games are a bit difficult to define as their meaning can change depending on the context. Nevertheless, these are the big budget titles around which gaming hardware is developed.For example, if you wish to play Elden Ring, Far Cry 6, Forza Motorsport, F1 2022, Cyberpunk 2077, and the like in Ultra settings, that is when you will need to invest in atop gaming laptop with enough power to run demanding AAA tiles in their full glory.
What is Your Budget?
Before trying to find the best gaming laptop in your budget, it is important to set a realistic budget first. Anything between $1,200-$1,500 is a good starting point for 1080p gaming at 60fps. Unfortunately, the price of gaming hardware has increased exponentially, so that is indeed the minimum budget you will need to buy a decent gaming laptop that can run demanding games in high settings. In case you do not have enough right now, it is better to wait and save up more money, rather than wasting what you have on outdated hardware.
Is an Upcoming Release Pending?
If NVIDIA or AMD is about to release a new series of laptop/mobile CPUs and/or GPUs, you should hold on to your purse for a while longer. If your favorite OEM is due to release a new set of gaming laptops soon, the same advice applies.
Even if you are not able to afford the expensive new laptop models, you will see laptops sporting the current gen hardware drop their price to clear stocks. There is a high chance that you will be able to find great value on slightly older laptops when that happens.