Gaming Laptops

I’m currently looking at getting a new laptop, although the main use of the laptop will not be gaming I like the hardware that is offered in these types of laptops. And with so many options it is really hard to choose the one that will be right for you.

First of all there is the size of the laptop, my current one is 15 inch and is an acquitted size. But I’m getting drawn to a 17.3 inch one due to the vast amount of screen space, making task much as data analysis a littler bit more comfortable, and of course to play the odd game on a slightly larger screen is a plus. The issue with a lot of powerful 17.3 inch gaming laptops is that they are not the lightest and thinnest. Meaning that the overall portability is to going to be limited. And considering i will be carrying this laptop around with me everyday i would rather something that isn’t going to weigh me down a huge amount.

So I started to do some research and initially checked the go to brands for gaming laptops, this includes Alienware, Asus, MSI and Acer.

The issues in my opinion with the Alienware laptops is how thick they are, i have seen the 13 inch models they use to do and it was about the width of two 13 inch netbooks. This is a slight deal breaker and I am yet to see them release a slightly thinner one like a lot of other companies do. Asus and MSI are both great examples of this as they bother offer there own flagship gaming laptops with incredible hardware and performance, but again size and weight. So after a number of searches 3 laptops just kept coming up



After looking at the hardware that I was after these 3 laptops came out on top, and the MSI and Asus ones went straight to the top of my list. Although the Asus one has a larger build it would still be a manageable size to use every day, but the MSI one just looks incredible. Granted it is the most expensive of the 3 but in my opinion it is the nicest looking with a sleek brushed metal finish and looking less like a gaming laptop than the other 2 i feel it suites my requirement the best.

It still amazes me somewhat the Pascal GPU’s can be put into laptops and have more or less the same specification as the desktop equivalent. And it might only have a 1060 in it but this card will stick pack a punch playing most games. I did look at ones with a 1070 but i just could not justify the extra money for a GPU that i really would not utilize that much. I have also read a large number of reviews on this deviceand it appears to be all positive. Something you would expect when a company like MSI brings out a gaming laptop.


So this is just a little food for thought if anyone is looking at getting a gaming laptop that looks sleek and professional while not weighing over 2.5kg, and stick packs a mighty punch!


If anyone has this laptop leave your opinion in the comments below.


Lenovo T400s: Ubuntu Machine Part 3

Another worry before delving into Linux is the lack of support for game, this turned out to be a common misconception. I will expand on that further in the next section, the first place for anyone wishing to play computer games these days is to download Steam. You can do this by either going onto the steam website, or the slightly more time-consuming way by going into the terminal and adding it that way. I opted for the quicker and more straight forward way as I didn’t see the requirement to use the terminal when steam offers a direct download.

After i installed steam and logged into my account i was concerned about the availability of games that i will have access too. And out of the 250ish game that i have connected to my steam account around 110 where available to play on my Ubuntu machine. For the record these where majority indie games such as Game Dev Tycoon and Software inc. Both of these games require low hardware specification, but i was very surprised to see ARMA 3 was available. I feel this could be largely due to steam trying to push Steam OS (Steams Linux Based OS) but there where still a vast amount of games to play. This was a genuine surprise to me as i was very much under the impression that Linux didn’t have game or supported them very well. I have not yet checked the compatibility of other game distributors such as GOG and Origin.

Another option is to use the Ubuntu software center i have only briefly looked through the games there and downloaded one to see what it was like. although it is a limited selection of games when you’re not paying for them it isn’t to much of a worry if you only download it to kill a little bit of time. playing games on Ubuntu wasnt without its challenges though, one of the games i attempted to install just would not load, and the download speed was terrible. I have a 10mb connection but was averaging 100kb-300kn max. This was frustrating because my windows Laptop on the same network was downloading games at about 8mb. After reading into this it is a common fault and there where a number of methods to fix this. I simply rebooted the device and it seemed to sort its self out that time. But if the problem persists then i will pursue the solutions i have found on-line.