In general, we can see a huge difference between gaming laptops and programming laptops. Gaming laptops are usually bulky, consume more power while laptops that are dedicated to programming are lightweight and portable.
That’s why people who already have a gaming laptop think twice about using it for programming. If you are also worried about it, thinking if it creates any issues in the future, don’t worry, this is what I am gonna discuss in this post. Let’s start:
Is Gaming Laptop good for programming? Using gaming laptops for programming is not bad at all, in fact, gaming laptops do have high-end specs, so they give better performance than laptops that are considered as good for programming.
If you also have a gaming laptop already or want to buy a laptop where you can do both gaming and programming, I suggest going with a good gaming laptop.
Because you can do programming easily on gaming laptops but you can’t play games efficiently on a programming laptop.
Now let’s dive dipper why I suggest using a gaming laptop from programming especially if you already have one:
Why Gaming Laptop Are Good For Programming?
Gaming Laptops Are Powerful:
Gaming laptops mostly do have very high-end specs. As their main job is to run heavy games so they have good GPU, CPU, RAM. But you mostly don’t get such high-end parts in most of the laptops that are dedicated to programming and tasks like that.
Obviously, because of it gaming laptops also give better performance than normal laptops no matter what type of task you are doing on them, you are always going to get good performance.
I have compared Dell XPS 13 (one of the best for programming) with one of the best gaming laptops in the market i.e. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. I must say that both of these laptops are the best ones in their respective fields.
Dell XPS can give awesome performance in tasks like video editing, programming, rendering, etc. But it doesn’t come with a very good GPU, some models even don’t have a GPU.
That’s why although it gives good performance in general tasks when it comes to intense graphics processing, then it can’t give the performance like a gaming laptop.
While in the case of Asus Zephyrus laptop, it does come with a good GPU i.e. RTX 2060 which can give really good gaming performance along with other tasks.
Overall, because of the GPU, all this performance gap occurs between programming vs a gaming laptop. As good GPUs are bigger in size and also consume lots of electricity so it is impossible to fit them on a slim laptop (programming laptops).
That’s why if you have a gaming laptop already and it is portable enough, I suggest using that for programming too rather than buying a new one for it.
As gaming laptops cost higher, they also come with quality parts and good build quality. Now, I am not saying that programming laptops don’t come with good parts, if you buy good programming laptops (like Dell XPS 13) then in those laptops also you get awesome build quality along with parts.
I am just saying on average gaming laptops do come with better quality parts than normal laptops.
So, you can expect getting better performance and also last longer than normal laptops on average.
For giving good performance in the latest games, gaming laptops usually come with the latest and powerful parts. That’s why gaming laptops also last longer than budget laptops.
The average age of gaming laptops is 7-8 years and this is another big reason you should consider them for programming. As they last long, you might not have to upgrade them sooner.
These are the main advantages you get with gaming laptops. Now, let’s discuss what I suggest:
- If you already have a gaming laptop: You should use that for programming rather than buying a new one.
- If you don’t have any laptop: If you want to play games a bit (not the best for gaming) and also do programming then you should go with good programming laptops like the Dell XPS series, HP spectre series.
- If you want to do both gaming and programming: For doing both extreme gaming and programming, I suggest going with high-end gaming laptops.
- If you have a tight budget: You should go with budget laptops for programming.
Till now I have discussed why you can use gaming laptops for programming, but you might also face some issues & you must know them earlier, here are some of them:
Disadvantages Of Gaming Laptops:
Bulky In Nature:
Gaming laptops are generally bulky in nature. As they have bigger GPU, larger heatsink, and fans these all things make them bigger and bulky in nature compared to slim & ultra-portable laptops.
Although you can carry the gaming laptops with you if you travel a lot and on daily basis, you might find some trouble because of the weight. That’s why I suggest slim laptops if you travel a lot and need one for programming.
However, gaming laptops nowadays are also getting slimmer and portable-friendly. If you get one which you can carry easily, this won’t be an issue for you.
Consume Too Much Power:
As gaming laptops are made for high-tier performance, so the parts also use much more power than normal laptops. That’s why if you are using gaming laptops on battery power, chances are you can’t use them for long.
So, you have to take care of the power consumption well if you are going to use a gaming laptop.
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Frequent Asked Question (FAQ):
Is 8GB RAM Enough For Coding?
8GB RAM is more than enough for programming laptops and desktops. In this you can easily use Windows 10 (latest O.S) and able to use all the programming languages.
I hope after reading this post, your doubts about which one to choose between these two are cleared. If you have any questions further, feel free to ask me in the comments or reach us.
See you in the next one, be techy:)
I am the co-founder of untoldtech, it’s all about knowing and adapting to the new technology and using them in our favor.