Are you looking for a laptop for gaming that suits your budget? Our special laptop buyer’s guide will help you make up your mind.
First off, we will list and explain the different “choice criteria” before then proposing the best models of laptops currently available on the market.
The Possibilities of Upgrading a Laptop:
Let’s start from the end, since this is information you should keep in mind when making your selection.
What will happen when your laptop starts to have difficulty running games?
You should be aware that contrary to desktop PCs, the possibilities of upgrading (changing components) a laptop are very limited.
To simplify things, there are only 3 possible upgrades you can make:
- Adding more RAM
- Adding an SSD
- Changing the hard drive
If you were paying attention, you will have realized that it is not possible to change the laptop’s graphics card!
When buying your computer, your priority should therefore be on obtaining the most powerful graphics chipset available, or else you run the risk of being left behind in very short order with the release of the next generation of even more resource dependent games.
It is a common mistake to mix the terms TDP (to make it clear, thermal watts) and consumption(electric watts). In this article, we will explain exactly what TDP is to which manufacturers refer in their processors, how to calculate it, how to use it, and why it is very important.
TDP (which literally means Thermal Design Power) is strictly the measure of thermic output of an ASIC (or, using other words, the thermal heat generated by the processor), which defines the necessary thermal solution to achieve its nominal performance.
How to calculate TDP
The formula to calculate TDP is the following:
TDP (watts) = (tCase°C – tAmbient°C)/(HSF Θca)
- tCase°C: The maximum temperature to the union between IHS and the processor’s die to achieve the nominal performance.
- tAmbient°C: The maximum temperature of the ambient at the entrance of the sink fan to achieve the nominal performance.
- HSF-Θca (°C/W): The minimum value of temperature per watt of the sink fan to achieve the nominal performance.
With these data in hand, let’s see an example with the new processor AMD Ryzen 7 1700, which as a 65 watts TDP.
What is the best processor for gaming? In this processor comparison, we have only chosen the best processors from each category.
The situation as it stands now (March 2017):
The Ryzen R7 line has been released. (This corresponds to Intel’s i7).
- The positive points: AMD has come out with some very good CPUs (8 cores) at very reasonable prices. This has lead to Intel significantly lowering their prices.
- The negative points: The architecture of these processors suffers from a small memory limitation which makes them less powerful for gaming than their INTEL i7 counterparts.
- Nuanced interpretation: It should be said that the Ryzen 7’s performance characteristics are still very good, and there is a very strong possibility that this processor will never cause you any game-play limitations.
Gamers should await the release of the Ryzen R5 line (which corresponds to Intel’s i5 line) in order to get the Ryzen CPU with the best performance to price ratio for gaming.
What is INTEL’S reply to these new RYZEN CPUs?
Intel will sharply decrease their prices in order to respond to the release of the new AMD Ryzen CPUs.
– Intel Core i7-6950X ($1599 US) – $300 Price Cut (-16%)
– Intel Core i7-6900K ($999 US) – $200 Price Cut (-17%)
– Intel Core i7-6850K ($549 US) – $150 Price Cut (-21%)
– Intel Core i7-6800K ($359 US) – $140 Price Cut (-28%)
– Intel Core i7-5820K ($319 US) – $100 Price Cut (-24%)
– Intel Core i7-7700K ($299 US) – $80 Price Cut (-21%)
– Intel Core i7-6700K ($259 US) – $140 Price Cut (-35%)
– Intel Core i7-4790K ($279 US) – $90 Price Cut (-24%)
– Intel Core i7-7700 ($289 US) – $50 Price Cut (-15%)
– Intel Core i7-6700 ($259 US) – $90 Price Cut (-26%)
– Intel Core i5-7600K ($199 US) – $70 Price Cut (-26%)
– Intel Core i5-6600K ($179 US) – $90 Price Cut (-33%)
– Intel Core i5-4690K ($189 US) – $70 Price Cut (-27%)
– Intel Core i5-7500 ($189 US) – $30 Price Cut (-14%)
– Intel Core i5-6500 ($179 US) – $50 Price Cut (-22%)
– Intel Core i5-4590 ($159 US) – $60 Price Cut (-27%)
– Intel Core i3-7350K ($159 US) – $20 Price Cut (-11%)
– Intel Core i3-7100 ($114 US) – $15 Price Cut (-12%)
– Intel Core i3-6100 ($109 US) – $20 Price Cut (-16%)
– Intel G4400 ($49.99 US) – $20 Price Cut (-29%)
– Intel G3258 ($49.99 US) – $27 Price Cut (-36%)
The situation as of January 2017:
The new Kaby Lake generation of Intel processors (January 2017) does not really bring anything new to the high-end processor market. In actuality, the performance increase, relative to the old Sky Lake generation, is only on the order of 3%.
In the last few years Intel has given us almost insignificant upgrades while steadily rising its prices. All in part because of AMD’s inability to offer a competitive processor. That’s over with Zen architecture. It’s all we expected and more and it will bring with it a renewed competition that will once again boost processors development, at least for the moment, in desktop systems.
The first models to hit the market are the Ryzen series 7. They will not be much different than inferior models, but they are the perfect example of what this architecture can offer to the domestic and professional users. These are eight-core processors where, for the first time in the history of AMD, the ability to process in two parallel threads by each of the cores is introduced.
After spending dozens of hours testing numerous models, I have concluded that the Asus C300 is the best inexpensive laptop.
1 – Acer Chromebook 14: Obtaining elegance and performance without going broke
If you are looking for a laptop which is not just fast but also well-built and with a great aesthetic design, the Acer Chromebook was certainly made for you.
With its entirely aluminum case and sleek design, this laptop is really easy on the eyes.
And the best thing about it is that not all the attention was paid to its design. It is fast and well-built. The Acer 14 also has a battery which can provide up to 12 hours of charge.
ASUS has some of the best manufactured laptops in the market. Especially its mid and high range of ultrabook laptops and convertibles made of aluminium. Laptops in which Asus integrates engineering, design, autonomy, sound and of course image quality.
14mm thickness. This is what this convertible laptop with touchscreen has, and is an aspect that adds to the screen thickness. Completely made in aluminum with that pretty anodized “purple” color of ASUS. Anodized and brushed with a circular treatment around the ASUS logo in the screen cover.
It’s a slim and light laptop, 1.2Kg with battery, where you can enjoy the latest in technology with an autonomy up to 12 hours thanks to its built-in 52Wh battery. It has a 360-degree screen rotation. It can switch into a 13 inch Tablet or use any position in between. The only bad thing I can notice is that ASUS didn’t properly protect the edges for the tent mode, the one you see in the picture.
At the time of buying a computer, part by part, one of the components that least receives attention is the power supply. This component is key for the correct functioning of the computer. We will explain why is not enough to say “I’ll just use the same 600W power supply”. When choosing a power supply, we have to check many factors, which can be summarized in quality of the components, stability, security, efficiency, power and quality.
The higher the quality of the components, the longer will be the useful life of the power supply. In addition, higher quality power supplies usually have a longer warranty, from 5 up to 10 years. A poor quality power supply could have a shorter useful life and damage other components if it fails.
Stability and security
Better components imply higher stability in power input. Furthermore, when buying a power supply, you have to look at the maximum time it can stay on without electricity. This is good to know in case there is a voltage drop. The minimum acceptable is around 17 milliseconds.
What is a Chromebook, exactly? You have probably heard people talking about Chromebooks, those strange computers that don’t run Windows, but that have other specific advantages.
In this article, I will give you a concrete explanation of what a Chromebook is and what the differences are between it and a Windows portable computer as well as its advantages and downsides.
Chromebooks, what are they?
Chromebook is the generic name given to portable computers which are based on the Chrome OS. It is not just portable computers that use this operating system, but it is more common to find it being used on a portable computer.
- Beautiful Convertible screen
- Very long battery life
- Solid and firm design
- Slight lack of brightness outside
What is the Acer Chromebook CB5-132T (R11) ?
The Acer Chromebook CB5-132T is an 11 inch portable touchscreen computer with a display resolution of 1366 x 768 and a price tag of 299€.
This Acer Chromebook is a hybrid portable computer in which the advantages of the Chrome OS are combined with the conveniences of a touchscreen.
The Acer Chromebook CB5-132T succeeds at being aesthetically appealing, practical and fast, all while keeping its price low thanks to the use of the Chrome OS. Keep reading to find out if this Chromebook is really worthwhile.