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Top 7: Best Gaming Laptops For Sims 4 [Updated for 2020]

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Frustrated by the people in your life that you just cannot control? Have you thought about playing Sims 4? Of course you have! It is the best place to take out all your frustrations, build homes and families, and then destroy them! Maybe… But to do all that, you need a decent laptop. Something strong, tough and transportable. A piece of tech you can take anywhere so that you are always on hand to guide the lives of those docile little sims. We totally understand, and we have for you the top 7 best gaming laptops for those relaxing games of Sims 4!

Whether you are just a part time gamer, full time fanatic, or just want something transportable for those times away from home and PC. No matter the reason, we have the solution! We talk laptop size, processing, graphics capability, and how all of this functions together to bring you the best (or worst) gaming experience possible. Plus, battery life, connectivity, and every tiny inch of each model that could make or break your day. Your sims need you, and you need a laptop that can keep up!

 

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Top 7 Gaming Laptops For Sims 4

We have all the need to know information here to guide us on our tour. Now, we just need to find the best laptop for Sims 4. This is personal to everyone, but while we look, you are sure to pick up extra information about what constitutes a decent working laptop, and which additional features are make or break for you.

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SEK-429ES 15.6″

First up in our range is quite the over-achiever. Whilst MSI aren’t likely to be high on your list of quality laptop purveyors, they do know what they are doing. As witnessed by the GL65 Leopard. This model comes with a Intel Comet Lake i7-10750H+HM470 CPU, featuring 6 cores (12 threads) for all your multi-tasking needs. It also features a 12MB cache, and can achieve speeds of up to 5.00GHz. This is important as it gives your processor the ability to directly access your most used data and applications. Storing a direct link to all data and information relating to the Sims 4 on your laptop means faster loading times, and boosted processing speeds. You are also set-up for success with the dedicated NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, GDDR 6GB Graphics Card. You are welcome!

This laptop has been designed with the gamer in mind. And it shows. With 16GB RAM and 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD, you are ready to boost your Sims experience with all the best mods and expansions. And all at faster speeds. The 144Hz screen is sharp, computing crisp and clean images with no blurring or ghosting. It also handles fast-paced games with heavy graphics perfectly, leaving no room for screen tearing.

Movies and high quality content is impressively rendered. You could even tend to some light photo or video editing. The Leopard certainly has a great colour renderings on the RGB scale, and viewing angles are wide at around 178°. The screen brightness of 400nits and matt screen also make this a perfect choice for a variety of ambient light conditions. It even handles outdoor gaming fairly well! And while the the battery life isn’t going to blow you away, 4 hours with medium usage makes this is a definite option. Just don’t stray too far from a mains socket!

The build quality is also pretty decent, with a metal lid and durable plastic bottom making this a great travel option. The keyboard is flashy, with capability for RGB LED multi-colour display. A red only option is also available. There are four levels of brightness and multi-colour options, with hotkeys on the keyboard to alter lighting and colour setting. It has a premium look and feel overall, with a number pad on the side which often comes in handy for gamers. The trackpad is decent, with separate click buttons at bottom.

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Connectivity is fair to middling. The Leopard has one Ethernet port, one HDMI, a mini DP, three USB-A 3.2 port, one USB-C 3.2. Sadly, there is no thunderbolt (great for fast charging) and no display output. It also has separate jacks for headphone and mic. This is a nice addition if you are into making videos of your Sims exploits. This model also full sized SD slot. The in-built speakers aren’t the, but they serve a purpose. If you would prefer sound that is less tinny and with more base, best to opt for headphones or an external speaker set.

As a higher end option in terms of price, it is really a valuable asset for those one group of gamers. Those who want to have all the latest software updates, mods and expansion packs, and play other graphics intensive games.

Product Features

  • 8GB x 2 DDR IV RAM (2666 MHz)
  • 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD drive
  • Comet Lake i7-10750H Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

Lenovo IdeaPad L340 15.6″

As a cheaper model in our review, this Lenovo IdeaPad is a great option for gamers on a budget. The 9th Generation Intel Core i5 is a great mid-level CPU measuring speeds of between 2.4 and 4.1 GHz. And while the dedicated 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU is not great for playing games in 4K, it can more than handle sims 4 and a host of those extra downloads. Lenovo have also equipped this model with 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD.

It has a 1080p resolution IPS panel screen, which is great for wide viewing angles and splendid colour reproduction. Screen brightness hovers at around 250nits. This is fairly decent, but may prove problematic in some very bright lighting conditions. But this is fairly standard, and the matt screen coating does well to ward off annoying glare. The contrast ratio of 1500:1 also gives some texture to image rendering, so long as you have the right lighting conditions.

With one Ethernet port, one HDMI, two USB 3.1, one 1x USB 3.0 Type-C and one combined 3.5 mm audio jack, connectivity isn’t the best, but its not the worst either. The USB-C port is also sadly lacking in a thunderbolt technology, meaning no fast charging for this model. The Dolby speakers achieve ample levels with little background noise, though they are lacking in depth and those base notes.

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The full-sized keyboard feels good under the fingers, and has minimal bend. Monochrome backlighting is adjustable in two tiers, and has a fairly decent brightness level for playing long into the night. There are also buttons at the top of the keyboard to control the fan. Switch from ‘quiet mode’ to ‘quick mode’ as needed, cooling your system down when it needs it the most. Unfortunately, the track pad is not as responsive as it could be, resulting in some difficulty navigating the click-pad areas. It takes a bit of getting used to, but is not ultimately a deal breaker!

For a budget laptop this does pack a punch, and is more than capable of running Full HD games with fast-paced sequences. So, it should be more than enough for a budding Sims 4 gamer. It is also one of our top players for battery life, clocking up an impressive 7 hours with medium usage!

Product Features

  • 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU
  • 9th Generation Intel Core i5
  • 8 GB RAM and 256 GB SSD
  • 1080p IPS panel

Razer Blade 15 Base Model (2020) 15.6″

With an aluminium body, and edge-to-edge narrow bezel design, the Razor Blade has a luxury feel from the get go. And it doesn’t skimp on quality under the hood. The Intel Core i7-9750H CPU works hard to bring you processing speeds of upto 5.0GHz, supporting the 8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060. Together with the generous 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, nothing can interrupt your gameplay. Again, this is a model for those who like to play a range of games, as you will find faster paced games and 4K video are rendered with ease. Watch in awe as you achieve a frame rate of over 100 per second. The 6GB VRAM integrated with the graphics card is poised for superior rendering. Movies and games are all brought to you with crisp clean edges and an overall cinematic quality. And with 6 hours battery life, this is portable, durable and long-lasting.

Supported by NVIDIA Optimus has been added to boost image rendering, whilst also preserving battery life by dropping the power usage of the graphics unit when not in use. And this is supported by the Full HD 1080p IPS panel. With wide viewing angles and a refresh rate of 144HZ, you can see that there are a tonne of features that could crown this model as the laptop for all games, not just Sims 4!

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One nice touch you wont find in many other models in this review is the Chroma RGB Lighting system. This is a system that can be operated internally, and has a distinct variety of lighting options. This can be connected with the rest of your lighting eco system, or even be used in conjunction with chroma integrated games to bring you the most immersive experience yet!

And that is not all. With integrated Wi-Fi 6 bringing you the latest internet connection speeds, and a decent set of connectivity options, you are really investing in a future-proofed piece of tech. No game is beyond the realms of its superior power and speed. The Razer Blade has a Thunderbolt 3 port, one USB Type-A and one Type-C port, an HDMI and ethernet port.

Whilst at a higher price point, this certainly includes all the qualities of a luxury laptop model. At 0.78″ thin, and made of lightweight aluminium, this also has supreme portability on its side. For the dedicated gamers who want a laptop to play Sims 4 alongside a host of other games, this one will leave you spellbound.

Product Features

  • Thunderbolt 3 port
  • 8GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 2060
  • Intel Core i7-9750H CPU
  • 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD

Acer Nitro 5 AN515-44 15.6″

The Acer Nitro 5 has featured in a few of our reviews for gaming laptops. And here is why. It has a lot of fantastic features, great for mid level gaming capabilities, and at a fantastic price. Plus, it has the capability for video and image editing. It does have similarities to the Lenovo laptop in this review, so the choice between the two will come down to which make, build and internal features you prefer.

With this model, the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H would put an intel i7 core through its paces, and when combined with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB VRAM, it is a match made in heaven. If you are itching to buy the latest expansion packs like Star Wars, and already have a bunch of others taking up your storage, no problem! The CPU and GPU together perform eye-watering speeds, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD boosts the most demanding. If you want more memory, no problem! As with all Acer products, there is the option to upgrade the SSD and RAM.

As is generally accepted, the IPS panel is perfect for wider viewing angles, while the 1080p Full HD display creates crisp images with no blurring or ghosting, assisted by the 144Hz refresh rate. With a setup like this, you may well want to spend hours getting the feel of the Acer gaming experience. Thanks to CoolBoost technology, this is not a problem. The twin-fan design and two slots set into the base provide your system with maximum cooling power when you need it most. This is backed up by NitroSense

And whilst you are gaming, the keyboard will be a joy to use. Set up to be compatible with WASD arrow keys, you can rest assured it is as intuitive as you want it to be. The trackpad is also impressively responsive with no lag issues. MaxxAudio stereo speakers are armed with Acer’s Harmony Technology, and achieve fairly decent sound levels. As is normal, the base notes leave a little to be desired, but the result is impressive for the sizer and price point.

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The build quality is decent, and weighing just over 3.4kg, it is pretty sturdy but a little on the heavy side. Still, this is not a deal breaker as such. In connectivity terms, the Acer does have a limited range with one USB 2.0, one USB-C 3.1, and an HDMI port. Battery life is also the best we have in our range here, clocking up an impressive 8 hours with medium use. The standard OS that comes with this model is Windows 10, so well above the recommended requirements.

Overall, the Acer Nitro 5 has the capacity to wow you with its impressive under the hood features, responsive screen and really rather good speakers! Gamin is intuitive, and the storage space as standard is good, with the ability to upgrade if you are in the market. As a gaming laptop goes, this is great for playing Sims 4 as well as video and photo editing, creating content, browsing the internet. A great all rounder at a fantastic price!

Product Features

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB VRAM
  • WASD compatibility
  • MD Ryzen 5 4600H
  • MaxxAudio speakers

Dell 15.6″ G3 15 3000

Whilst Dell have not set this model apart from the crowd with any flashy features, this is still a good option for a mid-range laptop. Its capabilities extend beyond just being a good gaming laptop for sims 4, and the IPS panel has a great colour rendering and wide-viewing angles. The 1080p FHD resolution also come with anti-glare coating for easy playing in most ambient light conditions. And when supported by the discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB GDDR5, it opens up the whole world of gaming to you. The Intel Core i7-8750H works in tandem with the GPU to boost those heavy-graphics games, and with no screen tearing or blurring. But it is the memory that is really special!

The 16 GB RAM is generous, but it is the 256 GB SSD and 1TB HDD that combines to bring you the latest technology. Literally. This is the Solid State Hard Drive we were talking about earlier. You might not notice its performance, though this is pretty much what it was designed for. To run seamlessly in the background to bring you the best performance at all levels. This is definitely a good option for those of you who love to play a variety of games with the newest and best upgrades.

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A couple of caveats with this model: the hinge, which sits in the centre of the laptop, stoping 2 inches short of the laptop edges. Open the lid from the corners, and you place strain on the screen as it bends. There have been some reported issues with this in previous models. If you are aware of this, however, and only open the lid from the middle it shouldn’t present too much of a problem. The system can also get a little overheated during long gaming sessions, so it would be good to see Dell address this in their next model, perhaps installing a better fan system and some kind of boost technology.

Dell have included Windows 10 as standard, as with all models in this review. Plus, the inclusion of SmartByte for better streaming capability is a nice touch.

The keyboard is tactile and very enjoyable to use, and little flex when applying pressure. Whilst the trackpad feels a little gritty under the fingers, it is very responsive. This model also comes with Waves MaxxAudio Pro speakers, which are great for gaming but not so great for music.

A nice additional feature of this laptop is the blue grips or ‘feet’ on the bottom. This stops your laptop sliding around, and is useful if you travel on trains and the like. And with 7 hours battery life, searching for a seat with a socket is a thing of the past. Plus, at 22.7 mm thickness for the 15 Inch laptop, it is very portable and wont take up too much space in your bag.

Connectivity is good, with one mini DP, one HDMI, three USB-A, and ethernet, and one thunderbolt 3 port! It also features a full sized SD slot, and 2 additional RAM slots internally. One great thing you can say about Dell products is their ability to be customised for bigger and better memory, graphics and processing power. Though a little on the higher priced side, considering the caveats, it is still a good laptop for multi-purpose use. And with the SSHD, this laptop has the capability for Sims 4 with all your favourite expansion packs.

Product Features

  • Intel Core i7-8750H
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 and 6 GB GDDR5
  • SSHD with 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • 1080p FHD IPS screen

ASUS TUF FX505DV 144 Hz 15.6″

The Asus TUF has been designed with the gamer in mind, and as such it delivers a laptop that can boost your Sims 4 experience. Even when played at maximum levels. AMD Ryzen 7 3750H CPU obtains fast processing speeds and boosts the already savvy NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Within this beast is housed the 6GB VRAM that boosts those images in a range of interesting ways. Texture, shapes and colours have never appeared so clear. This laptop could easily be used for a whole host of graphics or CAD intensive requirements, not just gaming!

The TUF is also equipped with a generous 16GB RAM and 512GB NVMe SSD, boosting storage capacity whilst reducing load times. This can also be upgraded at the time of purchase, or afterwards, which is always great to see. The 15.6″ screen features wide viewing angles, and with a FHD 1080p resolution and 144Hz, the sky is really the limit. Plus, those narrow NanoEdge bezels bring you uninterrupted gameplay and a sleek finish.

The keyboard feels a little small overall, and key travel leaves a little to be desired. However the trackpad operates smoothly and is very responsive. It is also nicely backlit and with a range of lighting settings.

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Asus have extended their design prowess to the speakers, which are actually fairly decent for playing music! As such, the audio quality will definitely fit with an immersive gaming experience. This features Windows 10 OS as standard, and in-built cooling technology with an ‘anti-dust’ mechanism supports epic gaming sessions.

the TUF also comes equipped with one USB Type-A, two Type-C, and Ethernet port and one HDMI. Alas, the TUF comes with only Wifi 5 instead of Wifi 6. Internet speeds are sure to be fast, however, as long as your connection is solid.

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Sadly, the battery life is underwhelming. with around 4 hours life with medium use. But with the inclusion of SenseMI technology the battery is improved whilst also boosting the function of your most used applications. This is another great laptop for both Sims 4 and those other fast paced games you might like to play. It also has the ability to work with computer aided design applications, and has a very decent colour rendering, and unusually good speakers. A great all-rounder indeed and with some solid memory!

Product Features

  • 16 GB RAM and 512GB NVMe PCI-e SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU
  • 144Hz refresh rate
  • AMD Ryzen 7 3750H

HUAWEI MateBook D 14 – 14″

The Huwawei MateBook is another of our great budget options if you are wanting something for gaming and general use. Tthe 14″ D14 model is a great laptop for playing Sims 4. The caveat is higher end graphics intensive games might struggle on their higher settings. The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U has good processing power. However the integrated Radeon Vega 8 GPU is lacking in te optimum punchiness to render demanding graphics. So the latest fast paced titles may suffer when played on this laptop at higher settings. But for the price and features it does have, it is still one to watch.

The 1080P FHD resolution screen has decent colour rendering, and is suitable for editing all sorts of videos and images. It also handles movies well. Whilst you cannot expect to play very intensive games, there is still the option to play with lower settings. And whilst this isn’t perfect, it does give you the capacity to play a short game whilst out and about. And with 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD, there is lots of space for storing software and files for those Sims 4 fanatics.

A neat feature of the laptop is its connectivity to other Huawei devices. If you have a smart phone, simply tap the phone to the base of the D14, click connect and your phone screen appears on your laptop! Great for moving files and viewing apps on a larger screen. The fingerprint sensor also gives the owner a personalised touch, with quick start technology to get you back into gaming at the touch of a finger.

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Contrary to most devices in this review, Huawei have placed the webcam inside the keyboard, which can be accessed by pressing the button above it. This has allowed the MateBooks bezels to be super narrow, so you get a fully immersive gaming experience. Huawei have included a fairly generous set of ports, with two USB-A ports, and HDMI and one USB-C with thunderbolt. This has the dual ability for fast charging your device, which always comes in handy!

This is a great option for travelling, thin at 15.9 mm and weighing in at 1.38 kg. Gaming long into the night is adequately supported with 8 hours of battery life. And the MateBook is designed to stay cool however long you play, with S-shaped fan blades to prevent the device from overheating. It should feel cool to the touch at all times. If you are a mega-gamer who wants all the options for the best and latest games, this is not the one for you. Though a gamer who is partial to the Sims 4, this is a good laptop with lots of internal storage space, and at a very fair price.

Product Features

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 8GB RAM and 512GB SSD
  • AMD Ryzen 5 3500U
  • Radeon Vega 8 GPU
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What are the Laptop Requirements for Sims 4?

When you choose a game like the Sims 4 for your laptop, your main concern should be investing in a decent Central Processing Unit (CPU). This is the system through which every command you give your computer gets processed and actioned. Like the brain of the laptop. That is not to say that the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) should get ignored. This is important too. The GPU works in tandem with the CPU to boost processing power by sharing some of the computational workload. Basically the GPU is the braun, doing a a lot of heavy lifting so the CPU can access applications and sending the right commands to the right places so you get to where you want to go. In a manner of speaking.

As the Sims 4 contains only characters who have no real ‘autonomy’ (as in, they haven’t been coded to really do anything specific without your commands), this takes a lot of computational power of the CPU to make them function, and all together. The processing power of the laptop you use, then, becomes mega important. You want it to be able to multi-task. Especially if you are a keen gamer who also likes to add expansion packs or software mods. And there are a tonne out there!

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And when it comes to choosing your laptop based on CPU and GPU, there is another thing to consider. Whether the graphics chipset is integrated or discrete. In each laptop, the GPU is either a processor in its own right (discrete), with an allotted amount of memory (RAM) and power, or a part of the CPU (integrated). The former is able to function at a higher rate because of this memory and power. The latter will rely on drawing power from the CPU, which can slow proceedings somewhat.

So, it is important to know if you are just playing for some downtime fun once in a while, or you are a serious player who wants all the latest upgrades.

Minimum Requirements

When it comes to choosing a laptop for Sims 4, and all Sims games, it is a plus that you do not need the latest equipment. Similar to playing Roblox or Minecraft, the game itself is not too taxing on your system overall. As it works as a slower pace, you don’t need to worry so much about refresh rates and response times. As you would in a fast-paced first person shooter (FPS) or e-sports title. But, you still need something that can handle multi-tasking and newer graphics. An old relic would likely crash before you even performed some basic tasks.

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We already know that the processor or CPU needs to be able to multi-task, and that is why a minimum requirement of 2 cores (4 threads) in your processor is best. Anything above the Intel Core 2 Duo E4300, or the AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ would suffice. You would need 2GB of RAM. Internal memory and storage increases the speed and processing capabilities of the laptop. It also aids in multi-tasking. So, the higher the RAM, the better the processing power.

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You will also require some storage space on a internal hard drive (HDD), or solid state drive (SSD). The cheaper option is an HDD with a capacity above 10GB or more. But honestly, the higher the better. In terms of your operating system (OS), anything above Windows XP or macOS X 10.7.5 Lion is great. For graphics, opting for an integrated card like the NVIDIA GeForce 6600 or ATI Radeon X1300 is fine.

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Recommended Requirements

If you would prefer great, fabulous or flawless, then we have some upgraded requirements for you. Choose a processor that is more in the ballpark of the Intel Core i5-750 or AMD Ryzen 3 2200G or above. When it comes to graphics cards, you can of course go for an integrated chipset. A discrete GPU with dedicated RAM like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650, however, would most definitely boost your gameplay! As would 4GB RAM or above, and at least 512GB SSD. This might seem a little high when compared with the minimum requirements, but to be honest you can get 200+GB of RAM in most budget laptops.

The higher the internal memory, the bigger boost to your gameplay! Whilst you can opt for HDD storage, the SSD is newer technology that achieves faster speeds whilst also being more durable. Splashing on a solid state hard drive SSHD is also an option. This is essentially a hybrid of the two options, where an HDD and SSD are soldered together. This achieves the dual positive of creating more storage capacity and dividing the storage for smoother running. The SSD holds the operational information and applications, while the HDD functions as a larger storage space for other files. The caveat is, as fairly new technology (release only in the last few years) it is both expensive, and longevity of the SSHD hasn’t been tested.

In terms of your operating system, don’t accept anything less than Windows 7 (running at 64-bit, not 32-bit), or macOS X Mountain Lion 10.8. Whilst some of these features in a laptop can make the product more expensive overall, it is wise to think of it as an investment. The more upgraded the CPU and GPU, the more endurance the system will have. That means if you want to add the latest expansion packs to your game, you can do so with impunity. And if you get hooked on a new game with better, faster graphics and more processing requirements, so problem at all! It is man and machine here, and you are only as good as the laptop you are working with. If you invest in the right kit, you will be rewarded in work and in play.

 

 

Which is the Best Gaming Laptop For Sims 4?

Choosing a laptop for Sims 4 is a personal thing, ultimately. But if you are a gaming fan who is looking for a laptop that will play the Sims 4 alongside all your other high end games, a higher priced device is going to suit you.

The Razer Blade or Asus TUF are great models. They have loads of memory, with the ability to upgrade. Higher end models often feature SSD storage, giving faster speeds to the discerning gamer. If you are into trialing new tech, opt for SSHD models, such as the Dell. Though as previously stated longevity hasn’t been tested. The MSI GL65 Leopard is similarly placed to offer extreme gaming capability, and with a very good battery life.

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However, if you are looking for a good all-rounder laptop to play Sims 4 without all the latest upgrades and expansion packs, a cheaper model is going to suit you just fine! Even if you run with a few expansions, but happy to play at medium settings. The Acer Nitro 5 and the Lenovo IdeaPad are both great options at at great prices. We are leaning toward the Nitro as it is built with the gamer in mind. And a decent keyboard with WASD compatibility. The speakers aren’t too bad either!

If you are keen on any of the laptops featured here, let us know you got on with your new set up! And as always, it is wise to keep coming back to us for all the latest news, reviews and tips on the best tech around!