What all is needed in a gaming laptop?

If you are planning to buy a gaming laptop and are confused about the specifications then this article would be of help to you. Gaming laptops are designed to give you the ability to play all the 3D games out there. They are also equipped with more powerful processors so they are more capable in processing.

Remember, there is no way to upgrade the Graphical processing Unit (GPU) and Central processing Unit (CPU) because it is deeply integrated within the laptop, so be precise about the configuration of the Gaming laptop. The strong GPUs produce superior performances. RAM should be greater than 1GB for latest games. The connectivity options should be another thing to consider. There are a lot of gamers out there who would rather use special gaming peripherals. This is especially true if you want to take your gaming experience to a higher level. In this case, it would be important to have an HDMI port.

Quick Gaming requirements :-

CPU : Dual core processors or greater (i3, i5 and i7 recommended)

GPU : Graphic card 1gb or greater (nvidia, ati redon or intel)

RAM : Minimum 1GB (4GB recommended)

Display : 14 inch or more with 1080 pixel (recommended 15 inch HD display)

Hard Disk : 160GB or more (SATA, 7200 rpm recommended, or solid state hard drive)

Networking : Wifi, Ethernet

Optical Disk Drive : CD/ DVD drive with 4x speed

Port : 2 USB ports, Display port/HDMI port

Gaming Accessories : Gaming Mouse, controller, joy stick, headphone, HDMI cable (StealSeries gaming products) Buy Gaming Accessories

Precaution : Provide proper heat ventilation to your laptop when you are playing games.

 

Be aware that gaming laptops can be very costly and they are not meant for those who are on a tight budget. Some gaming laptop manufacturers are Asus (affordable), Allenware (costly). Considering the requirements discussed in the article for a gaming laptop, you would be able to pick up a decently configured laptop with adequate features.

MAC Vs PC

It’s no surprise that the war between Mac and PC users has been going on for ages. But now- a- days, Ultrabooks (the PC world’s answer to the MacBook Air) are getting better day by day. Models such as the Asus Zenbook, HP Envy and Dell XPS are a credit to the breed. We will take a closer look to evaluate the important features and technical specifications of both the Macs and the PCs.

OS
Operating System Versions - Market ShareMac operating system has traditionally been more stable than Windows. The main reason for this is that Apple used to produce both the hardware (Mac computer) and the software (Mac operating system). They had better control over the integration of the entire system. Now Apple uses the same architecture as a PC, but is selective about the components within the system to ensure stability. Since the Windows operating system can run on hundreds of different types of computers, variations in hardware configurations within those computers can cause stability problems. Now three years old, Windows 7 offers PC users superb speed, stability and functionality – with very few problems.
Winner: Tie

MAC into a PC (and vice verse)
A MAC can run Windows on it(By installing software like Boot Camp) whereas Apple does not allow the use of its operating system on non-Apple hardware. So a Windows PC cannot run Mac OS X.
Winner- Mac

DESIGN
Apple spends years sweating design details. As a result Macs are known for their elegant designs and stunning lines. Attractive colors and curvy looks make the MAC aesthetically more appealing than the PC. PCs have also come a long way in changing their looks. New generation ultrabooks are getting its looks closer to that of the Mac but it depends upon the PC manufacturer.
Winner: Mac

User Interface
The most noticeable difference between Macs and PCs is in the user interfaces. While both have a graphic user interface, Mac was the pioneer of the GUI technology and still continues to be the masters of it. But here we cannot say PCs have bad GUI, it totally depends upon personal preferences.
Winner- Tie (depends on user preference)

Gaming
Traditionally PCs have had the upper hand when it comes to gaming because more publishers developed games for the PC platform and PCs have also provided more powerful processors and speed is an important criterion when it comes to gaming.
Winner- PC

Hardware
Hardware - Mac vs PCBoth computer runs on same architecture and processor (generally intel’s processor ) but as discussed above the Mac OS and hardware are designed for each other but PCs have different hardware configurations like Macs typically have smaller hard drives than PCs and Macs have the memory between 1 to 4gb while PCs have anywhere from 2gb to 8gb.
Winner- tie game

Software
Both systems support most open-source software’s. Software for both systems is user friendly and easy to learn. For the average user, this may be more of a tie. But if you’re a finance person or a gamer, you know the Mac finishes a poor second.

Adobe programs and other major software titles are very similar or identical on both platforms. If a game-maker even deigns to make a Mac version of a title, it will come out months after the PC release. Instrumentation and general application software’s are generally made for PCs.
Winner: PC

Connectivity
PCs and Macs can usually share peripherals if they connect via USB, FireWire, or Bluetooth, Most popular applications for Mac and PC use the same file formats, making it simple to exchange documents with friends and coworkers or move existing files from a PC to a Mac.
Winner- tie game

CUSTOMIZATION
When you are choosing Mac then you accept a compromise that you cannot upgrade your Mac. You can’t even replace the RAM in a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro with retina display because the memory is soldered to the logic board. With PCs, it’s easy to swap out drives and sound and graphic cards, or even build a custom PC from the ground up, if you’re reasonably handy.
Winner: PC

SECURITY
Mac computers are inherently more secure than PCs. Macs are rarely the target of malware attacks and no notable virus has been written specifically to attack the brand. The reduced number of its users also allows the company to focus much of their strategy on excellent technical support and security measures while PCs have maximum number of users and hence maximum virus are made for PCs. Yet you’re secure on a PC when you have an antivirus software installed – and can withstand a hit.
Winner: Tie game

PRICE
Some of the highly engineered Ultrabooks have finally caught up to or dipped under the Rs. 55,000/- entry-level price tag for MacBook Air. But most PC users can buy a perfectly good laptop or desktop for around Rs 30,000/-.
Winner: PC

Conclusion
Mac Users
Mac computers are most widely used in the creative professional market, including journalism and desktop publishing, video editing and audio editing, and have also made inroads into the educative and scientific research sectors. PCs are also used with some of the video and audio editing and research purposes but are found largely as the Home or Office Computer. PCs are also widely used in gaming due to a wider variety of games available for the Windows platform.

PC UsersSo which one is better – a Mac or PC? That really depends on what the user wants to do and is comfortable with. Weigh the pros and cons based on your work needs and personal requirements to get the best out of the brand and model of your choice. Well, the sole purpose of this post is to show you all the facts about both types of Computers, and let you decide. After all, the only person who knows you the best is YOU!

 

Mini Display Port

The Mini DisplayPort (MDP) is a miniaturized version of the external display connecting port. There are many other display connecting ports like VGA port, DVI port and HDMI port. All these are used for connecting external displays (like Projector, LED/LCD TV) to your laptop, notebook, desktop and mobile devices.

Mini Display Port - What is it?

 The main differences between Mini Display Port and other Display connecting ports are:

Size : There are practical issues. With other display ports, you have to use thumbscrews to insert and secure a connection; whereas you just have to push a Mini Display Port connector into place as you would with a USB device. And, you can’t easily bend a MDP (Mini Display Port) connector’s pins, like you can do with that of a DVI/VGA connector.

Higher resolution: The use of a digital micro-packet signaling protocol enables the standard to support higher resolutions. Mini Display Port supports up to 2560×1600 pixels resolution Display.

Audio: Generally audio signal is not transmitted through MDP but it depends upon the manufacturers of laptop/notebook/ultrabook. Some devices support audio transmission over MDP, but in case of no audio transmission we can use standard sound card that is the available audio out jack (3.5mm audio jack) on laptop/notebook/ultrabook for sound.

Mini Display Port was first introduced by Apple but now it is being adopted by a number of PC makers, these ports are generally used in notebooks/ultrabooks. Following are the devices which have mini display port:

  • Apple- MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro
  •  Dell- dell XPS13”, 14”, 15”, and 17” HP- HP Envy 14t
  • Lenevo – ThinkPad notebooks X1 Carbon, X230, L430, L530, T430s, T430, T530, W530
  • Microsoft Surface tablet devices

Now the question comes to compatibility, which means whether external devices have Mini DisplayPort or not. If yes, there will be no problem. But, in case the external device has other standard display connecting port (VGA port , DVI port and HDMI port), we will have to buy display adapters ( Mini DisplayPort to VGA, Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or Mini DisplayPort to DVI) as per the requirement.

What Are Ultrabooks?

Mainly we may define Ultrabooks as the next generation of Laptops. Intel introduced this word “Ultrabook” and framed rules for companies to call their Laptop an Ultrabook. Here are some rules by Intel:

  • Responsiveness and Availability
  • Security features
  • HD Media and mainstream gaming capabilities
  • Long battery life / high efficiency
  • Mainstream processing performance
  • Competitive price

The key of an ultrabook is the design which shows its sleekness and thinness. The best ultrabooks feature clear screens with high-definition quality and quick start-up times, both from sleep mode and from off. Many top models have screen sizes of 14 inches and Intel HD Graphics cards. The weight of the Ultrabooks is also half of the traditional laptops and it vary around 1.5kg. We had reviewed many Ultrabooks in past and on the behalf of them we are going to show the main aspects which we found in every Ultrabook.

Performance

There are big problem for manufacturers to fit the powerful components in slim designs. But they are able to put the Intel i series processors with the clocking speed at 1.6 GHz to 2.9 GHz. Which can process at very fast rate.

Design

Design is one of the unique features of the ultrabooks because these are very ultrathin type of the Laptop it looks as almost as the text book you could not even feel that you are containing ultrabook in your Bag.

Battery life

This also is the prominent feature of the ultrabook where as in standard laptop their is the battery life upto 4-5 hours but in ultrabook their exist the battery life upto 9 hours.

Memory

Some ultrabooks have more RAM than standard laptops but have less storage space because in ultrabooks Solid State Drives are used which have no moving parts in it as in HDD their is a Read/Write head which moves when Read/Write operations are perform. Solid State Drives are fast as compared to HDD.

As stated above the features of ultrabook, it is the need of the time that people want more compact laptops along with them ultrabooks having more advanced in it than laptops. Stay tuned to us at blog.mirchimart.com for further information.

HP introduced the New Range of Ultrabooks and Sleekbooks

HP has launched its brand new range of Envy Ultabooks and Sleekbooks in India with starting price Rs. 41,990. This range of Ultrabooks from HP is very thin and light in weight. HP also powered this series by Intel 3rd genration Ivy Bridge processors, USB 3.0 connectivity and ImagePads.

The HP ENVY Ultrabook comes in two variants Envy 4 and Envy 6. Envy 4 comes with 14 inch display and Envy 6 comes with 15.6 inch display. It includes an mSATA solid state drive along with Intel Rapid Start, Intel Identity Protection Technology, Intel Smart Response, Intel Smart Connect technologies and offers upto eight to nine hours of battery life. They are as thin as 19.8 mm, and start at a weight of 1.75 kg. The starting Price of this range of Ultrabooks is Rs. 57,990.

Envy Sleekbooks also offer up to eight to nine hours of battery life along with optional discrete graphics to experience strong gaming and multimedia performance, optimal audio experience with Beats Audio and HP ImagePad. Here are the official words from Vinay Awasthi, Senior Director, Products and Marketing, PPS, HP India:

[quote]We are delighted to offer a whole new range of thin and light notebooks. This new portfolio of Ultrabook systems and HP Sleekbooks truly deliver an unexpected twist to your computing experience.[/quote]

So guys what have you been waiting for? Head to the market to buy the Ultrabooks from HP’s new stock.