Hey, how’s it going? here So, Right now in early to mid 2018 We actually see a lot of laptop companies Coming up with their 8th generation laptops So they are Coffee Lake H Processors Which are really powerful And for like the right user For CPU intensive applications, they are awesome So if you’re a streamer Or if you do video editing Or if you do like 3D stuff, machine learning 6 cores is excellent But for alot of people especially gamers those extra cores aren’t all that useful
you can actually find some very comparable performance from previous generation laptops and just save a lot of money So This is kind of like a guideto point you in the right direction
So, we gonna look at 2 things Refurb options and Used options
Refurbished Gaming Laptops:
Refurb devices like refurbished devices They’re sometimes a stigma when it comes to like buying refurbished stuff like it’s like…oh it used or whatever… but here is the thing a lot of refurbished laptops are coming from corporate devices, you like have that 45, 50 year old an executive at a company that like gets new devices every year. part of the company perk right? and one year later they get swapped out for a newer device and so that older device goes back to the laptop manufacturer.
They recondition it sometimes they swap out the battery and then they resell it at a severely discounted price point sometimes which is awesome And so those devices that come from corporate ownership are just they so lightly used that they basically brand new and if you can get your hand on some of those it’s like really good pricing.
So, refurbished options are excellent If..if you buy it from right brand. Apple has excellent refurbished options like some of the stuff that comes from Apple is basically brand new when you buy refurbished it gets all the warranty and everything.
If we talk about gaming laptops the one brand comes to mind the one brand that really sticks out as like gaming an excellent option for me is dell They have what I consider They have very big corporate market So, they have a ton of consumers out there and that whole corporate ownership that I just described, happens a lot with dell devices. Such as XPS line, they have tons of them at are just 25 30% off. very significant and Same thing goes with their Alienware lineup.
If you want like dedicated gaming same thing goes there So there are some other brands that have the refurbished thing as well Acer Asus, they all do it but the difference here is that the discount is not substantial. A lot of that comes from volume, dell just has very big corporate enterprise market So this is how a lot of this stuff do in this refurb cycle.
Used Gaming Laptops:
Another option is buying used and when it comes to buying used gaming laptop your price going to vary very wildly You can get some sweet deals here but i’m just kinda gonna go through a few points that peoples should keep in mind when it comes to buying used laptop.
Try to find a GTX 1050 or 1060 graphics card So, the 10’th series graphics cards are such a significant jump in performance from 9 series that you should try to get one if you can They just better at performance for lower voltage which means less heat and when you buying used, less heat is good!
Keep in mind is thermal performance You dont want to buy a used laptop that didn’t have good thermal performance because you never know how these things were treated right? If the previous user was constantly running their laptops at full tealt and had bad thermal performance…then yeah… You wana avoid device like that.
If you buying a device locally, you can actually go check this thing out before you actually pay the guy money You wanna stress test it Doesn’t just like go there and take a look at it and play some games. You wanna bring a USB key loaded up with AIDA 64 or 3D mark or any kind of benchmark that you are comfortable with because if there is a problem with the laptop It will probably appear in stress test but you might miss it when playing games or something like that so stress test it if you can. Make sure to check it out as thoroughly as you can.
Ok that’s basically it
I mean there is a lot of cool devices coming out right now 6 cores devices really powerful but for gamers, This is a just really good way to save some money.