Purchasing a gaming laptop requires careful consideration.
Beyond the 'surface level' features like size and screen quality, those new to the market can quickly and easily become overwhelmed by the vast amount of abbreviations and acronyms they encounter.
From GPU and CPU to RAM and VRAM, this article will translate into layman's terms everything there is that you need to know.
So, first thing's first - how much can you expect to shell out?
Well, unfortunately and unsurprisingly, the answer is a lot.
In an age where game graphics are becoming more and more real-to-life, the machine's supporting them need to keep up and become more powerful.
While basic-level laptops are as inexpensive as they've ever been, even the cheapest gaming laptop will set you back at least £650.
What to look for
- CPU (Central Processing Unit)
Around the same size as a book of stamps, a CPU is responsible for carrying out every single task your computer is capable of.
With names like the "Intel Core i7-7700K" and the "AMD Ryzen 5 2600" it's easy to be bamboozled by them.
What you need to look out for is Intel only - this is the processor most gaming laptops will use.
Another tip is to know that you'll need at least sixth or seventh generation CPU - you'll know this by the prefix at the start of it's name, e.g. Core i5-72000U.
To get a better idea of the market, check out the website cpubenchmark.net
- GPU (Graphics Processing Unit)
Working in conjunction with the CPU, the GPU's job is to transmit images to your screen as quickly as possible.
If you've ever experienced 'lag' while playing a video game, you'll understand the importance of a high-end GPU.
Website techradar.com describes the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 as "the king of mainstream gaming" and you can weigh it up alongside a list of others on the market at videocardbenchmark.net.
Before committing to a purchase, you may want to consider further research starting with this PC Gamer Article 'How To Buy A Graphics Card: Six Things You Must Know'.
Games generally tend to take up around 5-10GB of storage, so make sure you invest in a laptop that has at least a 1TB hard drive.
If there's a model you have your eye on that doesn't possess that much storage space, then consider the possibility of purchasing an additional SSD (Solid State Drive) to share the load.
RAM (Random Access Memory)
RAM is a vitally essential component - and the more you have of it, the better.
It works by temporarily storing information and data so that it be accessed now or in the near future as quickly as possible.
Generally speaking, you want to look at models that have at least 6-8GB of RAM.
VRAM (Video Random Access Memory)
How much VRAM you need depends on your screen's resolution. 720p requires 2GB. 1080p requires 4GB. 1440p requires 6-8GB. 2160p requires 8-12GB.
Most gaming laptops have batteries that will last between 6-8 hours. Bear in mind, however, most advise you to stay plugged in to get the full performance.