I've always had desktop PCs for gaming, but will shortly be going traveling and will be buying a gaming laptop and am considering what to purchase. The key considerations are:
- Laptop will be constantly on the move, usually in a daypack
- Games played will be more strategic, eg, Football Manager, and possibly (though unlikely) MMORPG, there will be no first-person shooter type-games.
- I'll use the laptop for editing and uploading short YouTube footage from a GoPro, probably 10 minutes twice a week as part of a travel diary.
- I'll also use laptop to watch TV/video - I'd expect this to almost always be on the laptop screen.
- I'll have a wireless mouse but no other peripherals
- I should have daily access to power as mostly staying at AirBnbs, and will have a decent powerpack with me so am not particularly concerned with battery life
- I'll be using it on buses, lying on beds, etc, so would prefer not to have something that will put out huge amounts of heat.
- The laptop will be used as my primary computer for about 2 years of travel, and then probably about a year after returning in a conventional residential set-up in the UK.
- I very much value the robustness of this laptop given it will be constantly on the move
- It is probably higher spec than I need being an Intel I7, 16G RAM, RTX 3060, but I'm not very price sensitive and I'd expect to be spending £about 700+ anyway on a lower spec laptop so this isn't that much more. There is an element of future-proofing here, as I won't be upgrading the laptop during its life.
- I'd prefer a larger screen, but I've not seen anything particularly attractive
- It doesn't have a webcam, but I wouldn't use a webcam for gaming, and will have a phone for anything I might want to use video for
- For reference, my current set-up is about 2.5 years old, and is a desktop, Ryzen 5 2600X, 6 cores, 12 threads, 8G DDR4 RAM, GTX 1650 so isn't anything special and still meets all my requirements.