Updated: October 15, 2021. When you hear the gun fire, every muscle in your body stiffens. You duck for cover, reload your gun, look around for the next place to hide. This may sound like a horror game. It isn’t. What you’re playing is a competitive survival game. I can’t tell if this game is out of its mind or ahead of its time.
All that aside, before we get into the nitty-gritty of what to look for the best laptop for Rust, I must mention a few things that might hinder your enjoyment of this particular game. Firstly, this game is not particularly well optimized for low-end machines. It’s OK, but considering it’s early access release in 2013, I’d assume it would run on a potato PC. In some ways it does, but in some ways it absolutely doesn’t. Secondly, these days we’re somewhat limited by global silicon shortage so some latest and greatest processors and graphics are in short supply.
With these acknowledgements out of the way, it’s time to look into the Rust laptop requirement breakdown that has been tuned to the latest GPU benchmarks (CPU benchmarks are not that relevant for Rust and you’ll see why). So whether you’re out to get a cheap laptop for Rust or you want the absolute best – I hope something picked for everyone.
Time is of the essence, let’s roll.
Updated: October 15, 2021. I remember when Apex Legends was first announced. It seemed that every streamer under the sun got invited into the closed beta and everyone was hungry for something fresh after a year of PUBG battle-royale formula (and its bugs) seemed to become stale. After a couple of years, it has managed to maintain its popularity. That’s not only because of the well-executed concept, but also thanks to constant development. With a continuous stream of new legends, new game modes, and the latest Legacy update (the one bringing Arena mode), AL seems to be doing just fine.
Time to focus on what you’ve come here for. [What can you expect if you’re looking for the best gaming laptops for Apex Legends](a list of top gaming laptops for apex legends)? Do you need one of the latest Nvidia graphics cards? Should you prioritize single-core or multi-core performance? Will a high refresh rate display help you to become a kill leader? To answer all of that and a bit more – I’ve done the research – best sellers, latest releases, reviews, and Apex Legends benchmarks. [The best laptop for Apex Legends is… well, let’s just say it might not be exactly what you’d expect](the latest top gaming laptops for apex legends). Here’s what we’re going to do. First, I’ll cover the basic requirements, followed by the [top budget picks](a list of best budget gaming laptops for apex legends) and, later – [top-end powerhouse options](a list of best high-end gaming laptops for apex legends). Now, as Lifeline would say, “I’m ready; let’s get the job done”.
Updated: October 15, 2021. Ah, Valorant, the lovechild of CS:GO and Overwatch, that was created by League of Legends developers. And here we are, trying to find a decent gaming laptop for Valorant. I don’t know about you, but I don’t particularly want to plop down a wad of cash on a prebuilt gaming PC that will likely sit unused. Let’s see if there’s a good alternative.
Since this is one of the rare games where you don’t really need a powerful laptop to run it, we’ll cover laptops that can run Valorant at every price point. More or less. So without further ado, let’s roll into my Valorant requirement breakdown.
Updated: October 15, 2021. It’s been years since the last title release. The wild world of Los Santos is just as fresh as it was back in 2013. Thanks to continous updates, role-playing servers such as NoPixel and an active modding community, it’s even better. You want a jetpack and a Gatling gun? Done. You want to walk through walls? Done. You want a Batmobile, Batman’s suit, and Robin as a sidekick? Done and done.
What we have here is one of the few games that are timeless. However, being an old title, there are a few things to take into consideration when buying a laptop for GTA V.
If you’re in for a cheap(ish) gaming laptop that runs GTA V on high settings with no issues, I’ve got you covered. I’ve put together a detailed guide of the best laptops for GTA V on every budget from $600 to $2000 and beyond. So enough chatter. Time to roll into my GTA 5 requirement breakdown.
Updated: October 15, 2021. Do esports games need sequels? I mean, if Epic Games would release Fortnite 2, that would split the current player base. And after all, people seem to be satisfied with Fornite the way it is (more or less). So, are we stuck with the current Fortnite forever? I guess not – Epic’s developers are continuously adding new features and experiences. That was one reason why Fortnite outcompeted PUBG, which infamously was stuck in a perpetual bug-fixing cycle. At one point, I couldn’t even play it on my laptop due to the shear lag. That’s where Fortnite stepped in – leave it to the Unreal Engine’s creators to show us how it’s done.
So, you’re looking for the best laptop for Fornite? It’s your lucky day since I’ve been on a gaming laptop article spree – I’ve researched an obscene number of laptops just to pick the very few that are actually worth buying. I’ve landed on the 10 best laptops for Fornite + plenty of alternatives in every price range just to make sure we’re getting the best deal out there. But before that, I’ll give you some pointers on how to know if a laptop is suitable for playing Fortnite.
Updated: October 15, 2021. I’m going to level with you. I’m not the biggest CS:GO fanboy around. I don’t have a 1.6 tattoo on my back, and I don’t spend hours watching ESL frag movies. But I have played quite a bit in my heyday – starting with 1.6 in my middle school years, then a bit of Source, and then I’ve finally caught on to the CS:GO hype train. But even with less time to play Counter-Strike, I’ve always kept up with the hardware needed to play it well. I know what you’re thinking – what’s there to keep up with? After all, I wouldn’t be surprised if a potato slicer could run CS:GO. While that is true, CS is one of the few games that seemingly benefit from an exceedingly high framerate. With high refresh rate displays, that’s even more apparent.
So what I’m going to do now? First, I’m going to take a look at what components you should expect to see at every price point, followed by a comparison of what’s available on the market right now, and for the grand finale, I’ll list 10 best gaming laptops for CS:GO in 2021. By the end of this article, you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which laptop to buy.
Enough chatter. Time to roll into my Counter-Strike requirement breakdown.
- you need a speedy processor to run CS:GO well, especially on high refresh rate displays
- there’s no need for the latest and finest hardware, unless you want to go above 300 FPS
Updated: October 15, 2021. Minecraft is a peculiar game. At first, it might look like a plucky little sanbox that should find fans in a small niche, then you look deeper and realize the sky’s the limit. Or, to be more accurate – The Sky is the limit (I can sense your eye-roll). I won’t give you a long-winded introduction; we all know why we’re here – finding your next laptop for Minecraft.
Given that you could play the game on a completely outdated computer, you might guess it isn’t that hard to find a decent laptop for Minecraft. So what’s the catch?
While it’s fair to say that any screen wired to a keyboard could play Minecraft (unless it’s a Chromebook, but even that might not a problem these days), the same gaming-capable laptop criteria still limit us. In some ways, it’s even more tricky to pick a laptop for a game like Minecraft because it’s not meant to be a single-purpose FPS-pumping machine but a general-purpose notebook with an emphasis on gaming. As a fair compromise between all-purpose and gaming, I found the ten best laptops to mine for diamonds no matter what your budget is.
Updated: October 15, 2021. Quite a few things changed since my last guide for Battle for Azeroth. We got arguably a better expansion with WoW: Shadowlands. It delivers new zones, covenants for continued character progression, and all the epic you’d expect from World of Warcraft. The question is, what’s the best laptop for WoW: Shadowlands in 2021 that can you depend on from Oribos to Revendreth.
We’re going to take a look at what components you should expect to see at every price point, followed by a comparison of what’s available on the market right now and the ten best gaming laptops for WoW. By the end of this article, you should have all the information you need to make an informed decision about which laptop to buy.
I’ll start with the essentials for World of Warcraft in 2021 – CPU and GPU.
Now, enough chatter. Time to roll into my requirement breakdown.
Updated: October 15, 2021. I have to say, I don’t know how Rocket League became one of the best PC games of all time but it did. I mean, it’s essentially soccer with cars and rocket-powered boosters. If that doesn’t get you going, then I don’t know what will.
The biggest plus of Rocket League is the game is simple to pick up yet hard to master. And it’s not like other games where you need to grind to progress. Whether you’re trying to learn your dribble or you’re playing in a tournament – you’re always growing, always moving forward. You’re not going to feel like you’re at the top until you actually reach it – and even then, there’s going to be someone better. This is where the addiction comes from.
So, let’s find out what are the prerequisites for a laptop that’ll make your game shine.
Updated: October 15, 2021. Black Ops Cold War does not require an extraordinary amount of computing power. As you’d expect, it’s progressively more demanding than the previous release – Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2019). Because it’s designed to be a shooter with a mass appeal – it’s pretty surprising that to run it well, we’ll need a pretty good graphics card, and these can be hard to come by in a laptop.
I had to do some digging to narrow down my extensive laptop database to the 10 best laptops for CoD: Black Ops Cold War.
I know you don’t have the time to read pages upon pages of specifications, so I’m going to cover all the basics here. With this, you should be able to find the perfect machine for Black Ops Cold War on any budget.