I’ve been asked this question several times, since most people know that I am all about the PC. I played my very first video game on a PC, have fond memories of building PCs with my father, and have spent most of my life (and gaming life) on a PC. When it comes down to gaming laptops vs. gaming consoles, however, I consider it to be more of a personal preference than an actual rule or guideline. What works best for one person may not necessarily be the best option for someone else.
That being said, I broke each one down into a short list of pros and cons, to give everyone a better of idea of both sides of the coin. Again, this is personal preference. Feel free to weigh in and let me know your opinions.
* Laptops are far more portable than consoles are, since they are pretty much all in one unit and quite lighter. This is definitely advantageous when going to LAN parties, friends’ houses, or cons.
* There are myriad game options for PC, as opposed to console. Steam has over 5,600 games to choose from, and are constantly adding more all the time.
* This is definitely a matter of preference, but the KB + mouse style of gaming that is done on a PC is more accurate and easier to use with more options for RTS/MMO gaming.
* A gaming laptop can be used for many things other than gaming. Need to write an essay? Laptop’s got you covered. Need to research something? Go for it. Want to mess around on the internet? Sure thing. Want to do pretty much anything? You sure can.
* This really depends on your gaming habits, but the cost of hardware is higher on a gaming laptop than it is on console.
* In general, gaming consoles are far less expensive than gaming laptops. In illustration, below are screenshots of the current prices for Razer laptops (One of the best brands on the market, well worth the money) and the current prices for the PS4 (One of the best consoles).
* It is easier to have multiple people using a console than it is to have multiple people using a laptop. There are obviously LAN options for laptops, as well as the ability to hook up a couple controllers. However, this depends on the type of laptop you have and sometimes requires additional hardware. A console, on the other hand, was designed for multiple players to be hooked in at once.
* Access to console exclusive games can sometimes be a definite perk.
* In order to play on your console, you need a television. Without it, you have a glorified paper weight.
* There’s not much you can do with it, other than playing games. Yes, you can watch movies on certain consoles, but there aren’t a whole lot of other uses.
* There are extremely limited modding and/or upgrading options available. You’re stuck with what you’ve bought, and you cannot improve upon it.
So, which one wins out? The choice between a gaming laptop and a gaming console should have the pros and cons weighed for each, but the decision ultimately comes down to money. The money also depends on the experience you are looking for. You can certainly do more with a gaming laptop than you can with a gaming console, but there is little point in spending that much money if you are not going to take full advantage of its versatility. If you don’t game all that often, and just want to mess around in Call of Duty with your friends, then you don’t need to drop all that cash on a gaming laptop when a gaming console will suffice.
Now, I used to really like Alienware products. I loved the look of some of them, and loved my experience with their products. However, the more research I did, the more I would recommend staying away from Alienware products. (This is my opinion, and is not intended to bash Alienware. I know several people who love their products.)
When it comes to the best gaming laptops, though, I highly recommend Razer (I love Razer so much), Digital Storm, Origin, and Maingear. All of these produce superior products for a reasonable price. Yes, they are expensive, but they give you more value for your money than other brands do. If you need to go for a mass market gaming laptop (It’s okay!), then the ASUS ROG laptops, MSI gaming laptops, or something customized from Cyberpower is the way to go.