I purchased my first laptop in 1999, used it at college, and forgot about it a year later. Although most of my use was for schoolwork, I did have several games installed to pass the time. I played Civilization, Mob Rule, and various other strategy games that did not require the best graphics card or most RAM to run. Today, technology has surpassed even itself, and it is possible to get a high-end gaming laptop for a lower end price. Here is a list of five laptops which are excellent for the casual gamer.
This laptop features an 11 inch 720p HD screen, and packs a powerful punch with a 1GB Nvidia graphics card. Perfect for school or work, this laptop can be customized to fit one’s gaming needs. Alienware is a subdivision of Dell, so quality is never an issue.
Gateway® P-7815u FX Edition
Gateway’s best casual gaming laptop has a huge 17 inch screen and a NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800M GTS card capable of playing the newest and most graphic-intensive games available. This computer has 4GB of RAM, and a hard drive large enough to store well over 100 DVD sized games.
TOSHIBA Satellite A665D-S6059 NoteBook AMD Phenom II
Toshiba has always had several nice offerings for the casual gamer. Their best example for those on a budget, would be the Phenom II. This has a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5650 card with 1GB DDR3 video memory. The quad core processor allows even the newest games to run smoothly and never lag. The Radeon card is also a battery saver, which means you can play more on the run without plugging up.
For those with cash to spend, ASUS makes some of the finest gaming machines on the market. This particular model has Nvidia GTX 460M Graphics with 1.5GB GDDR5. Oh, and it is a 3D model. And it has 6GB DDR3 memory. And it is equipped with a Blu-Ray drive. And it has a 750GB capacity hard drive. And, you had better get my point. There is no finer laptop for the money. Asus also makes some cheaper models that are not directly marketed for gamers, but can still perform just as well as household name brand models.
Dell XPS 15
No review would be complete without a mention of Dell’s XPS line of gaming laptops. This XPS 15 comes with a NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 420M 1GB graphics with Optimus card and 4GB of DDR3 memory. For an extra $100 you can upgrade to a GeForce GY 435 2 GB card, but for the casual gamer, this laptop’s basic specs should be fine. This is also a media friendly unit, so the sound rivals that of the best laptops available.