If you're looking to buy a new gaming PC, you have a choice between a desktop PC and a gaming laptop. For some the choice will be clear, others are unsure which is better. After all, both have their advantages and disadvantages. Which device suits you best depends on your situation and how you want to use the PC.
That's why we'll take a look at which type of gaming PC is suitable for which situation, so you can figure out what you should get. In any case, you will spend a lot of money for a good gaming machine. That's why a purchase should be considered carefully.
Advantages of the Gaming Laptop
Let's start with the gaming laptop and its advantages. The biggest advantage and probably the best reason for any laptop is portability. A laptop is much smaller than a full-fledged PC and can therefore be taken anywhere in the world. Thanks to the battery, you can also use it for a few hours without a power outlet.
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If you travel a lot and want to have your gaming setup with you at all times, the laptop is unbeatable. You get a complete setup for this. The gaming laptop not only has the classic components of a PC, it also comes with a screen, keyboard, mouse, speakers and ports.
This means you can use it anywhere you want without any additional equipment. This also contributes to the portability. However, since gaming with a trackpad is suboptimal, we recommend at least using a mouse or a controller. The keyboard in many high-end gaming laptops is often really good. However, it can rarely keep up with a real mechanical gaming keyboard. These are also available in a 60 percent form factor, which means you can carry them around without any problems.
Advantages of the Desktop PC
Let's continue with the desktop gaming PC. Many gamers swear by it, and often rightly so, because it offers several advantages over a laptop. Let's start with the probably most important one: Performance.
In general, gaming PCs have better performance than laptops. This is simply because they have more space. On the one hand, cooling is much easier due to the space in the case, and on the other hand, you or the manufacturer can install larger components like full-fledged graphics cards that simply do not have room in a laptop.
Even if two devices, a desktop and a laptop, have the same processor and graphics card on paper, the desktop always performs better. The reason for this is that other versions are installed in the laptop. These often clock lower so that they develop less heat and are smaller overall so that they fit into the slim case.
So if performance is the most important factor for you, you can't get around buying a desktop PC.
Upgrade Your PC
A desktop PC also allows you to add upgrades on your own. Gaming laptops sometimes allow minor upgrades, such as a RAM upgrade, but replacing the graphics card or processor is often not possible. If you're a bit tech-savvy, you can easily replace most components on a desktop PC yourself.
This also makes desktop PCs a better investment for the future. If you want a stronger graphics card, you can simply replace it and do not have to invest in a completely new PC.
Which One Should You Get?
That actually makes the choice quite easy. If you travel a lot and want or need to have your gaming PC with you at all times, you should get a gaming laptop. If you don't need to carry the PC around with you or only very rarely, for example when you move, the desktop PC is the better choice.
Here you get better performance and the possibility to easily upgrade the system. A small disadvantage here is that you have to buy a monitor, mouse, keyboard and speakers or headset separately. This has the advantage that you can choose the peripherals yourself.