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Gaming laptops - more durable?

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#1 moveon


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 12:52 AM



Are you able to offer general advice about laptops as well as component based machines?


I am trying to fix problems with existing laptops, but need to get a new one soon so I at least have a reliable backup to hand. (Also want to get one whilst they still have Windows 8 out of the box.)


I use laptops very heavily, and it's rare the current one isn't on most of the day, 7 days a week. Most of this is just web use, word processing, films and music - but I wondered if the hardware in a gaming laptop is likely to last longer. I am not desperate for the latest tech - I replace because machines die off or start to fail due to fan and overheating issues, rather than because I want something new and shiny. I've basically gone through 3 in just under eight years, although one of the current ones probably has a decent bit of hardware life left in it if I can fix a virus. The other might be salvageable if opened up, but I'm not counting on it given the awful noise it's making. (If the first one of those 3 had lasted in hardware terms I'd still be using it. All 3 had Intel processors, which I heard are less prone to overheat than AMD.)


I also need a very soft touch keyboard - is that more or less likely to be found with gaming laptops than with standard consumer ones?

Edited by hamluis, 01 March 2016 - 01:49 PM.
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#2 Ram4x4


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Posted 27 February 2016 - 11:59 AM

I don't think a gaming laptop is any more durable or longer lasting than any other laptop.  Actually, I'd say there is potential for the opposite as the components are typically higher end, more power...i.e. more heat, and laptops already struggle in that area.


Buy one that fits your needs if you want/need a laptop.


Desktops typically last longer and have more options for replacing or upgrading specific components, especially if you build it from scratch.

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