Buying a laptop is one of the most complicated purchases one can make. And one of our readers, Matthew, needs your help in choosing the right gaming laptop for him. I really want to get a new gaming laptop. I need a laptop because I spend a lot of time in and out of the hospital. Or I put it in different rooms. Portability is nice, but it doesn’t have to be crazy light, I like the Surface Book 2 but it seems like the specs aren’t worth the money, so I’ve been eyeing an MSI GS65. Advertisement So, Buy Committee (that’s you), scroll down to the comments to share your experiences with your gaming laptops. Help Matthew decide which model he should buy. There hasn’t been a better time to shop for a gaming laptop than right now. In case you haven’t been paying attention, these portable gaming rigs are experiencing a sort of r Advertisement I, for one, am a big fan of Alienware and Razer laptops. I think they have some of the coolest … [Read more...] about Buy Committee: Which Gaming Laptop Should I Buy?
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It’s a great time to buy a laptop. Back to school deals are on now, and new models are hitting store shelves. We’ve talked about how to pick the perfect laptop, but if you’re headed to college, or even back to school, and aren’t sure what you’ll need, you have it tougher. Don’t worry, we’ll help you through it. Advertisement Check With Your Campus IT Department for Ideas Choosing a great laptop for school starts with understanding what your college or university recommends new students have. Check with your campus IT department. They probably have a published set of recommended minimum specs for laptops and desktops, along with some software they think you should have. Also, check with the department you plan to study in. For example, if you’re planning to be a computer science major, you’ll probably have different recommendations than someone studying graphic design. Keep in mind that department suggestions are a baseline, … [Read more...] about How to Choose the Perfect Back-to-School Laptop
One of the most frustrating issues you can encounter with a device, usually your computer, is when it starts doing something it never did before. Typically, this is something you didn’t want it to do: It takes 15 more seconds to boot, it’s emitting some strange noise, or it is unable to launch the application you’ve been using for the last three months. Weird things like that. To add to the pile, Lifehacker reader Melissa emailed us this perplexing problem: I’ve had my laptop for about 5 years. It’s an ASUS, running Windows 10, antivirus ESET, use Chrome as primary browser. I have always had the settings set to sleep (or hibernate? It’s interchangeable to me) when I step away. I don’t use the laptop in public, so there are no privacy settings needed other than my passcode. I go to work, it sleeps. I come home and hit the spacebar or power button, it picks up browsing the internet right where I left off. In the last month or 2, this … [Read more...] about Why Does My Laptop Shut Down Instead of Going to Sleep?
PG Gaming Gold Box | Amazon During Cyber Monday, Amazon is lowering the price on a number of PC gaming products. Inside, you’ll find gaming laptops and desktops, plus a number of accessories from Razer, Steelseries and HyperX. Not to mention a ton of monitors. Advertisement There’s a ton to choose from here and if you’re looking up upgrade your rig in a big way, start here. Just remember that these deals are only available today, and the best stuff could sell out early. Of course, there’s a ton of gear here, so make sure to visit the deal page to see all of your options. Advertisement Advertisement … [Read more...] about Upgrade Your PC With This Huge Cyber Monday Sale on PC Gaming Gear
It might feel like Nvidia has been focused on it’s priciest graphics cards over the last few months, with announcement after announcement related to its ray tracing whizzbang 20-series GPUs, but today the company acknowledges that not all people looking for a gaming device want the best of the best. Sometimes good enough is more than enough. To that end, Nvidia announced that the GTX 1660 Ti is coming to laptops. Nvidia only recently announced the availability of the desktop version of the 1660 Ti, which uses the same Turing microarchitecture as the 20-series, but without the ray tracing (and the high price it demands). Advertisement Nvidia claims this new laptop GPU will handle Fortnite, PUGB, and Apex Legends at 100 frames per second at 1080p resolution. More broadly, the company claims the new card will be approximately 1.5 times faster than a GTX 1060 and four times faster than the 1060's predecessor, the GTX 960M. It should be a little slower than the RTX 2060, but it … [Read more...] about Nvidia’s Cheapest Graphics Card Gets Nearly Two Times Faster for Better Gaming on a Budget