[Buying Suggestion] Which should I buy a Gaming Laptop or a Gaming Desktop?


Hello members,

My friend want to buy pc for gaming but he is confuse in between laptop and desktop please help him to decide.

My preference is gaming laptop.

Pros :-

Portability and space consumption - This is the biggest point of my preference for a gaming laptop. If you like to play games on the move , prefer a gaming laptop. It will also consume lesser space as compared to PC. If your house is small it should be the preferred option. Also you can use it in college and office. You will not have to keep gaming PC and laptop separately. Nowadays gaming laptops are also getting lighter in weight. You can get a gaming laptop at around 2 - 2.7 kg at a low price with cooling fans in it.

Multi-usage - In fact if you connect gaming laptop to TV and buy gaming controller you can get an xbox like experience. You can connect the laptop to TV to watch movies or anything as well.

Cons :-

Performance :- The performance of gaming laptop components at same configuration as of gaming PC is slightly lower because laptop components are smaller in size and are less powerful as compared to PC components. So, if are a professional gamer , gaming PC would be better for those. Casual gamer’s who don’t like to play multiplayer games like PUBG, CS, etc and like to play GTA, Call of Duty, etc. casually can opt for gaming laptop.

Upgrade - This is the biggest difference between gaming PC and gaming laptop. You cannot upgrade your main components like processor, motherboard and graphic card in a gaming laptop. Only RAM and storage upgrade is available that too on certain models. So, if you like to upgrade your components within 2–3 years, then prefer gaming PC.

Low screen size and refresh rates - A budget gaming laptop would give you a 15.6 inch screen size and mostly at 60 Hz refresh rate.This might matter to those who play competitive games like CS, PUBG since every millisecond matters for them and refresh rate becomes a major point for them. So, gaming PC would be preferable for them.

Battery - If gaming laptop manufacturers reduce the weight of a laptop then the battery life of those laptop will also be lesser.If your usage is lighter like internet surfing checking mails,making ppts then during that time you will get around 3 – 7 hrs depending on laptop.When you play heavy games that use GPU and other components extensively,then your usage time will 1 - 3 hrs. So, even while gaming you might have to keep your laptop connected to charger. This is a major issue especially with light weight budget gaming laptop.

Pricing - Price difference between a gaming PC and gaming laptop is very much.Gaming laptops are very expensive as compared to gaming PC build.

Then ,who should buy what ? If you are a casual gamer ,play games for fun, likes portability for other work and not concerned about high gaming graphic quality , just buy a budget gaming laptop. For those, who want to play competitive multiplayer gaming and want to make gaming as career, just buy gaming PC.For those people who work in animation and video creation, prefer gaming PC over gaming laptop. Budget gaming laptop will do the job for you but because of battery life drawback, prefer a gaming PC.