Are gaming laptops still the big travesty they were years ago?

Are gaming laptops still the big travesty they were years ago? I've been thinking in getting one since buying parts and bringing them where I live is a no go since I get tax raped (third worlder). Not looking at the very high end PC gaming since I barely follow newest releases but something I can keep up with for at least 5+ years.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i heard lenovo legion laptops are decent

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I have an older Legion 5 I got for a couple hundred bucks. Actually played Cyberpunk 2077 so-so on it but I can't get emulation for GC games on Dolphin smooth. Also played both Nu Doom games at max pretty well and a bunch of other backlogged games that weren't too new. I'm going to try the new Jedi game tomorrow and see if it can push at least PS5 level graphics and framerate

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >Actually played Cyberpunk 2077 so-so on it but I can't get emulation for GC games on Dolphin smooth.
        I was getting smooth dolphin on my shitty x220 from like 2009 and it doesn't even have a gpu. You must be doing something wrong

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Really the only game I've been trying to run on it is Rogue Leader and I've read that's just a more difficult one to run.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    11th gen i7 / 3070 laptop user. 2 years in.
    The built in software for controlling things like keyboard RGB and fan curve is shitty and the fans get loud. Otherwise, it's fine. Modern games run at 1080p/1440p typically above 60fps with high settings though it struggles with raytracing.
    Just don't be an idiot and keep a close eye on the temperatures so it doesn't melt.
    If you have the space, you should probably build a desktop, but if portability actually matters then laptops are decent options these days. My brother has a 4080 laptop and it's hilariously thick and the power supply is enormous so keep that in mind if you plan on going balls out

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'd rather buy a prebuild.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      How to make sure a prebuild doesn't have shitty bootlegged components?

      >free backpack
      >free mouse
      Psst, they're not free

      I'm still wondering what's supposed to be in the mystery box.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I just buy from well known prebuild makers. They cost a bit more but they tend to not get any parts that are bootleg

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >How to make sure a prebuild doesn't have shitty bootlegged components?

        Buy from a trusted place, that's a starter. Also do your own price comparison by looking at the components

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >How to make sure a prebuild doesn't have shitty bootlegged components?
        Find a good company
        Post country + budget in

        [...]

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >mystery box
        That's the box for the laptop, ya dingus

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my craptop has been working for 6 years now

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >free backpack
    >free mouse
    Psst, they're not free

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They are a bigger travesty than they were years ago because the current gen is the god awful 40 series.

  7. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my buddy has one he got for $1000. it ran hogwarts just fine when we were on vacation.
    he travels a lot, uses it for remote work and isn't a serious gamer.
    >I barely follow newest releases but something I can keep up with for at least 5+ years.
    yea go for it dude. most new games probably won't great but if they couldn't bother to optimize, the game is probably trash anyway. tons of great old games, indie games, well optimized new games, emulators, etc

  8. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They’re decent if you know what to look for. I have one for 2D games and my PC for 3D games, like to use my laptop in bed.

  9. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    There's nothing worth playing in the AAA range anyway, a 10 year old shitbox will run shit fine.

    I picked up a mini PC the other day, if you've already got a monitor and keyboard they might be a consideration, given they're typically cheaper for the same kind of spec. They're mostly filled with cheapo chinesium components these days, though.

  10. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The lower entry one make sense if you want a laptop with dGPU because they are bulkier which allow better ventilation. Don't get a higher spec one because they like to upsale it with various shit you might not need, being far too bulky for a laptop and likely have terrible thermal due to the higher power draw of the GPU

    If you care about using it for a long time, check the difficulty of repaste them or particularly the thermal paste they use. Some laptop like legion from i heard might use PTM 7950 material which last indefinitely, meaning you will never have to worry about repaste

  11. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Unironically, they are more travesty now. In the past you could pack the 120W of a top of the line sytem in a 15'' laptop, but you can't do that with 600W+ today

  12. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I got an MSI gaming laptop and it's been pretty good
    I play Titan Quest and Evenicle on it

  13. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    heat will always be a problem, I don't think the problem is solvable

  14. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my gayman faptop almost gets to 100c when play anything made after 2020

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      mine starts throttling cpu at 95C

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      mine starts throttling cpu at 95C

      Repaste morons

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        That saved my old MSI once, after that I think one of the connections was cooked or something. Even on the desktop the temps would shoot up to 90+ C on GPU.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have disassembled the whole thing, it's now as clean as new. I noticed that it got worse when I added extra m2 ssd and 64 RAM, I think it just can't cope with overall heat

  15. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, they've gotten loads better. Bought an Asus G512 (i9/2070) a couple years ago during the crypto parts drought and it could handle CP2077 on moderate settings at 60, and did fine with most games I threw at it. I think the only thing it choked on was Immortals of Aveum, but that game strangles GPUs like back alley hookers so I don't really count it.

  16. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a lenovo legion laptop anon
    Ignore what any moron tells you the laptop will hook you up for at least 7 years of gaymin before needing an upgrade.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Considering getting the 9i since I'm in need of a portable desktop replacement, but I'm worried about the liquid inside shitting itself as I carry it around in a bag. Might just get an Asus Scar 18 or the 7i instead.

  17. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You can get 4060 gayming laptop for like $1200 these days. Its a good deal.
    Problem is, slim gayming laptop means more expensive. A friend of mine bought 2060 laptop for $3500 back when it was newly released in the market, there's another version of that laptop with the same specification that are $1000 more cheaper than that one, but he specifically bought the expensive one because its lighter

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      >Its a good deal.

      No it fricking is not you moron.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        It is if you're gonna get it up the back door on import taxes like OP. It's suboptimal, obviously, but it's better than paying what amounts to a tax stamp on every part in your desktop.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          When the option of not getting anything (the only sane option) exists it's not a good deal by any stretch of the imagination.

  18. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're good if you travel a lot
    I have a 1080p 15" laptop with 3050ti and I was able to play stuff like CP2077 and Dead Space remake on it no problems
    I've recently upgraded to a 27" 1440p PC with 4080S and, to be honest, I found the graphical improvements in games (while of course still very noticeable and an improvement over the laptop) to be not that great and mind blowing to really justify the price I paid for building a PC if I were to use it for gaming only

  19. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >far weaker than a desktop counterpart (the desktop 4070TI actually beats the """"""mobile 4090""""")
    >HORRIBLY overpriced
    >if your desktop gets fricked you can't change anything on it
    >no upgradability, limited life span due to being unupgradable
    >garbage cooling
    >LOUD fans

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      In my experience with laptops you pay ~20% extra for ~20% but you gain mobility. For someone like me who travels a lot it's a fair trade off.

      >>far weaker than a desktop counterpart (the desktop 4070TI actually beats the """"""mobile 4090""""")
      mobile 4090 is almost always bottlenecked by cpu in real gaming scenarios. Otherwise in a vacuum it would be on par with desktop 4080.

  20. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Get a laptop with highest processor, ultra 9 or ryzen 9 with the latest rtxs and you can never go wrong.

    t. 2021 Razer Blade 14 with Ryzen 9 5900 and RTX 3060 may be shitting the bed after 2½ years

  21. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >its putting a 450w gpu and a 250w intel house fire into a tiny compact package next to a lowest chinese bidder lithium cell all cooled by a single blower out of a 2" vent a good idea
    You tell me pal.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's either that or pay double the price with taxes. I appreciate the input tho.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        There is no way at all ever that a desktop is more expensive that goyiming laptop. You are literally just moronic and lazy.
        t. most expensive place on earth to import any thing if you are too fricking lazy to fill out the correct form yourself.

  22. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    nah a gaming laptop will play all the games worth playing pretty much. fan noise, heat, if you dont care, sure.

  23. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have an ASUS F15 with a 4050 gpu. It pretty much runs everything that I throw at it, the only downside is its permanently plugged to a charging port. If you want a 5+ years lifespan, a pc will save you more than a gaming laptop.

  24. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >modern gaming laptop
    >battery watt battle between CPU & GPU
    >thermal throttles within 20min if plugged in to the wall running anything modern
    >designed to die within a couple years due to lack of solid cooling solution
    >LOUD
    >costs as much as a gaming PC + non-gaming laptop

  25. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The only reason to have a laptop is if you specifically need the portability
    Otherwise just git gud at hardware and build a pc, it's not hard

  26. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    bought one recently as I don't have space for a rigg, quite happy with it

  27. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    i have the 2022 version of the Acer Nitro 5 it's pretty nice compared to the fricking piece of shit HP Pavilion gaming laptop I had. Hands down one of the worst fricking laptops I ever had the displeasure of using

  28. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    my msi 1660ti laptop is still going strong after 3 years and the only problem I had lately was running elden ring, mostly the game runs fine but in some areas I do get fps drops.
    I was looking to upgrade and could get one with a 4060 for the same price I bought this one new but also I could upgrade my PC for 2 thirds of the price.
    It's a hard choice since I like playing from my bed and haven't turned on my PC in years.

  29. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Gaming laptop is a scam.

  30. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Most are garbage. Honestly if you don't NEED a laptop, just get a desktop either piece by piece locally or buy overseas in ways that will be good for your wallet (ie buy used hardware from reliable enthusiasts and they'll ship to to your however you want etc). I strongly suggest a desktop overall if your only concern is tax or pricing for hardware if you can get around that. Alternately, you can get something like a Steam Deck and a Deck Dock to have a full PC experience on the cheap, on a solid platform.

    If you still think you need a a laptop, then look into Framework, notably the 16" model as it has discreet GPU modules. Framework is a truly modular and upgrade capable laptop company unlike most others and the hardware i decent too. Alternately, look at System76 which is Linux powered and well supported even for gaming grade GPUs depending on the model. Other than that most others are crap with bad support .

  31. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >Are gaming laptops still the big travesty they were years ago?
    If you mean 15+ years ago, no.
    You can get GREAT laptops for <500 bucks these days.

  32. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    can i just get the free mouse

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Wouldn't you prefer what's in the mystery box?

  33. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    as long as you don't get gpus higher than xx70 version as xx70 and lower mobile gpus actually are very similar to PC performance

  34. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're fine, so long as you know you're paying a premium for size and less powerful parts.

    The people trashing gaming laptops are the people who spend 12 hours in their horrible little dens lit up with gay RGB lights. A normal human being wants to hang out on their couch or in bed, a laptop lets you do that.

  35. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have a G14 with Ryzen 9 and rx 6700s GPU, it cost about 1k burger bux new, has a great battery life, excellent performance (I don't play modern AAA slop or AI slop) and the CPU self-immolates with the simplest of tasks. It does everything I need it to.

  36. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Just set it on one of those little fan stands and you're good to go. Those things do actually work and keep temps down

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      It's usually not the fans that help the most, but just lifting up the laptop from the table to let in more air

  37. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You need to build laptops yourself, prebuild laptops are always use 1 gen old cpus old videochips, smallest amount of ram (6gb) and smallest ssd possible (256 gb) thats basically a scam because you need minimum 16gb or ram and 1 tb or 2 tb of storage.

  38. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >big travesty
    Nah, they are big transvestites now.
    They will never be a gaming PC and their users will never be a woman.

  39. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    theyve been fine for like 10 years now
    honestly depends on what you're doing in RL and what games you play
    i used one for 6 years backpacking and playing dota/planetside in hostels
    once i stopped traveling i turned it into my media machine for my TV and for couch co-op games with controllers.
    still works fine 9 years later. though the graphics card struggles with games made after 2018, but like 80% of people play shit made before then anyway

  40. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're fine short term but not good long term, manufacturers cut costs and the components are crammed and under alot of stress depending on how much you play it's not uncommon for things to start failing after 3 years. I'm not saying your laptop will die after 3 years but they get disproportionately more problems than regular work laptops, overheating is a given but also weird errors and crashes, GPU problems. There's always a degree of lottery but from what I have seen personally they just age poorly.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Most consumer electronics will never be "long term" anon. Try powering up your old PSP or iPod and see if they still work or if they've been neglected too long.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        I have a bunch of retro consoles and they all work including an imported OG Famicom I AV modded almost a decade ago. PSP is still working fine although I concede the LCD display isn't as pristine as it used to be.

        No I think there is a problem specific to gaming laptops, and when you think about the constraints there are when manufacturing these it makes sense. I've seen too many problems on those even recent ones, my brother got an Omen during covid and it started to have artifacts at the beginning of the year, thank God I convinced him to build an actual PC. If you get a gayman laptop at least undervolt it and use Vsync with fps limit.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          You're not wrong. There's a reason why Apple gays stand by their laptops and that's because they don't let morons push the hardware too hard.

  41. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No, not really. The problem are homies not understanding the hardware limitations and trying to run cyberspunk on ultra settings on a upper-middle shelf "gaming laptop" then crying that it got hot and had bad fps

  42. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I'll wait for the next generation of hardware and of it's good I might build a mini itx

    I hate clunky desktop boxes and laptops overheat and don't last long

  43. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I overpaid for one then on top of that I felt compelled to get a bigger mini SSD and extra RAM for it.
    Other than that it is serving me very well. I play all sorts of shit on it as it is pretty powerful while still being small form.

    If it's a component intensive game I take a 15 minute break every hour to let the computer cool down a bit.

  44. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're actually a lot better nowadays thanks to GPU's being a lot more efficient.
    The 4060 laptop chip is actually identical to the desktop one and performs similarly as well.
    It's still a bad idea to buy the higher end chips cause they'll just overheat anyway but even a lower end modern GPU is powerful enough to let you play games like TW3 or DS3 at 1440p ultra 60fps.

    Anyway if you want a gaming laptop I would wait until Nvidia's 5000 series GPU's arrive, should only be another half year from now I think.
    I'd recommend a Lenovo Legion or Acer Nitro laptop, both have decent keyboards.

  45. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've been using gaming laptops since 2019 and they're honestly fine these days. I used to shitpost about them on Ganker because "why pay moar for less performance lolololol" but the price to performance is fine now. I paid just over £1000 for my current one (ASUS TUF with a 4060mobile) and it runs literally everything I want with no issues. If you move around a lot then it makes sense to just get one, I move country every other year on average so the shipping costs of moving my rig around is prohibitively expensive.

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Damn, I paid like 1400 USD for my ASUS ROG 14 with the same gpu

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      i've moved across the atlantic twice with my rig with tiny costs
      i dismantle and carry everything in my luggage leaving the case behind, then buy a new cheapo case when i arrive

  46. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    They're only a travesty because of them being hot, loud and the only path to upgrading being buying a whole new one.

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