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Black Friday 2020 takes place this Friday (27) and is a good opportunity to find discount gamer notebooks. Our research shows that it is possible to find gaming laptops from brands like Samsung, Lenovo, Dell, Acer and Avell with values ​​up to R $ 2,100 lower. In the guide below, we cover criteria that you can use in your selection process to ensure the lowest price and also the best setting within your budget and needs.

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1. Attention to price history

Price comparators help you find offers and get away from misleading promotions – Photo: Filipe Garrett / TechTudo

The new coronavirus pandemic and the dollar’s rise had an effect on electronics prices in general, and notebooks and gaming hardware were no exception. A tip to find real offers and discounts, where prices really got lower on Black Friday, is to use a price comparator, like Compare TechTudo.

In Compare TechTudo, as well as other similar sites, you have access to a detailed history of prices for each model, something that allows you to see clearly how much the laptop you are looking for has been costing in the past weeks and months. With this information it is easy to see if stores have been increasing the price to create artificial discounts on this Black Friday.

2. Attention to the processor

Intel dominates the gamer notebook market in Brazil – Photo: Disclosure / Acer

In Brazil, the niche of gaming notebooks is dominated by Intel. Therefore, to buy a good model it is important to be aware of the evolution of the brand’s processors in recent years. The first detail you should look for is the generation of the CPU: this determines the architecture of the processor, which has an impact on the performance and power consumption of the device.

Currently, the newest gaming notebooks are leaving the factory with tenth generation units from Intel. But it is good to remember that ninth generation models are still found, and may even come up with more inviting prices without huge losses in terms of performance. As a last resort, you can consider models with eighth generation processors – aware that you will be giving up performance and life cycle in the search for a more affordable price.

Intel processors are easy to identify in terms of their generation. Each model has a numerical denomination in which the first numbers define its generation, for example: Core i5 10300H is 10th generation, as well as Core i5 9300H is ninth and so on.

3. Focus on performance for Full HD

G3’s 15.6-inch Full HD screen updates at up to 120 Hz and is the model’s differential – Photo: Disclosure / Dell

Most gaming notebooks sold in Brazil offer a Full HD resolution screen (1920 x 1080 pixels) which, in the reduced dimensions of 17.3 or 15.6 inches, still represents a satisfactory image definition. Steam data, automatically collected from players around the world, shows that Full HD screens are present on 65.67% of computers, even with all the attention generated by the PS5 and Xbox Series X, in 4K.

To run games in Full HD, with a view to keeping your system relevant and with breath for a few years of releases, it is interesting to look for notebooks that come equipped with at least the GeForce GTX 1650 from Nvidia with GDDR6 memory. With this card, you’ll be able to run recent games at 60 FPS without sacrificing graphics fidelity.

For those who have a larger budget and want something more advanced and with greater capacity to keep up with the latest technology, a good option is the models with GeForce RTX 2060, RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 (also considering Super and Ti variants). These cards have high graphics performance, allow hardware acceleration of ray tracing effects, support DLSS 2.0 and will face recent games at the ultra level without difficulty.

Bearing in mind that, in some cases, RTX cards are interesting to accompany notebooks with screens that update at 120 Hz, since the extra graphic power ends up making a lot of difference for this level of requirement.

Interfaces and robustness of the cooling system are important – Photo: Disclosure / Lenovo

But not everything is perfect. When looking for a gamer notebook, you already admit that you are giving up portability and discretion, since laptops of this kind rarely weigh less than 2 kilos and tend to present an extravagant design, full of LEDs and contrasts. But that does not mean that a gamer notebook cannot be functional according to your needs and perspectives, from those who want something for games.

It is important to check the types of interfaces offered. The USB-C output standard, for example, is already quite popular in accessories and a must. If it comes with Thunderbolt support and video output, even better: you’ll be able to connect high-quality monitors through the port, as well as having the prospect of using an extra GPU on computers that support this type of feature, such as Alienware.

Another interface that you should pay attention to is connectivity, especially for those who enjoy playing with multiple players online. The presence of Gigabit Ethernet port is a decisive factor, while the presence of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) can also be considered.

Finally, it is also important to take into account upgrades: notebooks that allow simultaneous installation of more than one SSD or HD are ideal, because you can expand the total space available on the machine. Also, check the total RAM memory that the notebook allows you to install and how much slots it offers.

Another detail to gain in the notebook’s lifetime is its cooling capacity. The hotter the laptop gets when playing, the lower its performance in the long run, and the greater the potential for irritation with crashes and other problems in the future. When searching for a gamer notebook, give up the slim design and prefer thicker models with more aggressive cooling systems.

5. Prefer hybrid or SSD storage

SSDs guarantee high speed to the system and make a difference in games – Photo: Filipe Garrett / TechTudo

Nowadays, it is a good tip to avoid notebooks that only bring conventional HD, even if they are cheaper. That’s because SSDs – especially PCIe (or NVMe) – are more suitable for demanding use in games. They will speed up your system and make your configuration more relevant for years to come, as the new generation of games created with the consoles in mind already assumes that a high speed SSD is a minimum requirement.

But it is an option to know the notebooks with hybrid storage, those that combine the best of both worlds: you take home a machine equipped with a SSD of smaller capacity, to install the system and the games that you enjoy at the moment, in addition to a high capacity hard drive for your backups and files. Keep in mind, however, that SSDs vary in performance and models with a SATA interface are inferior to NVMe.





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