A gaming laptop is defined as a portable computer with high-end graphics and the capability of supporting virtual reality. Gaming laptops powers hardware components such as processors, sound cards, and video cards to provide smooth graphic rendering and 3D simulations. This article will highlight how long gaming laptops can last under specific working conditions and environments.
How long does a gaming laptop last?
Gaming Laptops are a relatively new technology that has been around for less than ten years. The first true gaming laptops were introduced in 2006 by Asus (Acer and MSI followed shortly after). Gaming notebooks have come a long way since their launch debut. However, they are still faced with many issues, including poor battery life, short processor lifespan, short motherboard lifespan, short display lifespan, best RAM, etc. This information may seem bleak, but it is difficult to predict the lifespan of these laptops accurately.
The Short Answer to the question might be 3-4 years on average. However, for some premium laptop models, the span might extend to even 5 or 6 years.
The following reasons will help explain why some gamers replace their laptop every 2-3 years while others struggle to get 3 years out of them.
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Production quality for gaming laptops is relatively low compared to normal (non-gaming) notebooks. This is because these machines use cheaper materials such as plastic vs. aluminum or carbon fiber-like other non-gaming notebooks. The main reason for this is ventilation. Since gaming laptops require powerful hardware, they need better cooling systems than your average notebook; therefore, more space has been dedicated towards ventilation on all sides (top, bottom, left, and right).
Another factor that can affect the lifespan of a gaming laptop is the display. Gaming laptops use either a TN or IPS panel. A TN panel has a faster response time, allowing smoother in-game rendering, while an IPS screen typically provides better viewing angles and deeper color contrasts. Unfortunately, these panels have been known to fail much sooner than their regular counterparts.
It is estimated that gaming laptops will last about 1/3 less time when compared to regular notebooks because gamers tend to play them harder with longer sessions throughout the day. In addition, gaming laptops are not designed to be plugged in 24/7, which directly contributes to their short lifespan despite having fewer components that may cause failure.
It is important to remember that gaming laptops are often exposed to more extreme conditions than regular notebooks. Heat, humidity, dust, moisture, and even pets have been known to cause the failure of gaming laptop motherboards due to their increased tolerance for these issues. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not expose your gaming laptop to any of the above elements consistently (daily).
Frequent cleaning (once every couple of months) can prevent heat-related hardware failures like short processor lifespan or early motherboard failure. Unfortunately, although some gamers take good care of their machines, others tend to neglect them completely, which in return can lead to a hardware failure within 1-2 years, depending on how bad it was treated.
Repairability & Upgrades
Repairability is one of the most critical factors that come into play when talking about how long something will last. Are parts easily replaceable? Are replacement parts expensive? Is it easy to get inside the device without voiding the warranty (a requirement ever since the DMCA came into effect)? Repairability doesn’t seem like a significant factor, but it is more important than you think.
When looking at gaming laptops, you’ll notice that many of them are not very “upgrade friendly,” or they allow minimal hardware upgrades before making it impossible to upgrade any further (trying to force you to buy new hardware). As a result, it can significantly affect your ability to keep up with more recent hardware releases that would otherwise be different notebooks. In addition, some games have been known to require newer hardware than what was initially released to play them; this will cause your gaming laptop to feel outdated very quickly.
It is difficult to predict how long your gaming laptop will work with any form of accuracy. Some gamers get 3 years out of their machines, while others only get one. Operating temperature, storage type (SSD vs. HDD), gamer sessions per day, and component quality all contribute to how long your device will function properly for you. However, if you take good care of it, chances are you’ll be able to squeeze more life out of it than somebody who tends to neglect most things they own.
One thing is sure, no matter how much money or time you put into your machine, it will eventually become obsolete. Gaming laptops are constantly improving, and these improvements equate to higher costs. The day always comes when you’ll need to purchase a new machine to keep up. If you plan on keeping your device for more than 2 years, be sure to save some extra cash so that you can afford one of the newer machines. Don’t let the fear of obsolescence drive your future purchases because this is inevitable – even with regular notebooks.