Hi all! My son is 11 and has been asking for a gaming laptop for the last year. It's such a big investment, so I've been trying to research, but I wonder if anyone has any good information to share. Like, is it better to go with a laptop or a desktop? Are there middle-of-the-road options that will grow with him? He also really loves music (he's a drummer) and has started making things in GarageBand, but I don't feel Apple is the way to go here. Any thoughts and feedback are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!
While you can use Apple for gaming, it is generally not recommended because Apple doesn't allow the same customization and capabilities for gaming as do brands like Acer, Alienware, etc.
Here is something similar to the laptop I have, and it's relatively cheap: https://www.amazon.com/AN515-58-525P-i5-12500H-GeForce-Display-Keyboard/dp/B0BSLVLS4P/ref=sr_1_5?crid=2CQ99D9VC0CFV&keywords=gaming+laptop&qid=1700660484&sprefix=gaming+laptop%2Caps%2C500&sr=8-5&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.17d9e15d-4e43-4581-b373-0e5c1a776d5d
Basically, you are looking for a graphics card at or higher than RTX 2050 to run a majority of games now, you need an iCore processor or similar (DO NOT GO WITH CELERON), and at least 16 GB DDR RAM. The difficult thing about laptops, though, is that they are hard to customize. So if your son decides he wants to upgrade his graphics card later, it might just behoove you to buy a new computer. This is where desktops can be a bit better in terms of customization, but if he games, he likely knows a little bit about what he needs in a PC to run his games.
Another piece of advice I have is to look up what is required to run his games. For example, here is Fortnites running requirements: https://www.fiercepc.co.uk/blog/games/fortnite-system-requirements
Mind you, those requirements are relatively low compared to most games. Likewise, a music computer has higher running requirements (minus the graphics card). Here is a good guide to what you should look for in a music PC: https://routenote.com/blog/build-a-music-production-pc/
Luckily, those requirements overlap with running most high-end games, so you could get a two-for-one. Desktops also have more plugins for equipment than laptops, so that may be something to consider when it comes to music.
I know this was long-winded, but I hope it helps you start looking. Good luck!
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