Who here uses a laptop to play games on? Does it affect the game at all, asin graphics and speed of the game? Do you use a mouse with the laptop?
I pretend to do stuff.
16th January 2004
I play every game I have on my laptop; the very laptop I'm using at this moment. It runs smooth as silk, but you have to realize that if a laptop is not plugged in, it has only a limited amount of power at it's disposal. If your graphics card is too heavy for the available power, it will not run smoothly, if at all. I have never, ever experienced any problems when it was plugged in, though. And I always (nearly always) use a laser mouse with it, as RPG's are just not playable with a touchpad.
Also, moved to tech, as it's more of a techie-thing than a gaming thing.
I didn't make it!
u have 2 use a mouse. real time, rpg, watev. u have 2 use mouse. i think a really heavy duty laptop runs most games just fine. a light one not intended for gaming, i doubt it.
You will have to pay a fair amount more for a good gaming laptop than you would for the same quality gaming desktop.
If you are a casual gamer and don't need top good graphics, and you want a portable computer, a laptop should be fine. If you want to be playing games more smoothly, and get more bang for your buck, go for a desktop.
Most laptops will not perform well at all with games, so if you do want to play games on a laptop, pick one out that will do so. I know my laptop which had costed $1300 a year ago can barely play halo on the lowest settings.
If you do go with a laptop, definitely get a mouse. They're pretty cheap and well worth it.
I used to game on a laptop til the GPU died from overheating
I had a Alienware laptop with a P4 3.2GHz socket 478, 1GB DDR400, 80GB HDD, Mobility Radeon 9700 with 128MB.
Getting a gaming laptop is like getting a gaming PC. Need to get a good CPU, enough RAM, and good graphics card.
At work we sell a 2GHz Core 2 Duo with Nvidia 7600 to Go and 2GB of RAM and a 160GB SATA HDD. We have "tested" the laptop at work and it can play most games without problems.
I do feel a good mouse(or in my case a trackball) is required as the touchpad doesnt cut it for me.
dells XPS, ALIENWARE, and ASUS makes some really good laptops but i would wait to find one after a SP comes out for vista; it would suck to have a full crash on a 6 hour flight;)
We still sell XP home and Pro. Vista is only installed on request and we dont recommend it.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
A laptop I've just put in an order for comes with Vista. Guess the first thing I'm going to be doing with it is a reformat. =p Then probably playing a game or something.
Picking out a decent gaming laptop can be a tricky task, especially if you're on a budget. When I went shopping for my laptop I looked for the best compromise between price and performance, and ended up with an ASUS A6km, which sports a 1.8Ghz Turion64, 1gb of RAM, nVidia GeForce 7300, 100gb HDD, 15.4" WXGA Glossy TFT and the usual bells and whistles such as a DVD rewriter, internal webcam/microphone and an integrated wireless NIC.
It's not fantastic for intensive games like Oblivion (although it will run them semi-acceptably at a push), but for things like HL2, CounterStrike Source and UT2004 it's more than adequate and thus handles them with ease. It also came with a free mouse so I don't have to struggle with the touchpad. :p
In summary, if you want an extremely powerful gaming machine then there really is no substitute for a high-end desktop (although some of the better outfitted "power-user" laptops can equal them in performance, at the expense of battery life...and your wallet, of course), but if you're just a casual gamer who also needs to be fairly mobile then a midrange laptop should suit you fine.