Laptops come in many varieties and for various uses, going from basic computing machines that can run most of your basic tasks to high-end mobile workstations that are used for graphics and animation work. Gaming laptops is another category which, as the name implies are machines that can run newly launched AAA gaming titles without any hiccups or lag. They offer the latest hardware specifications available in the consumer market. One often asked question is how they’re different from business laptops, like mobile workstations. Should you choose a gaming laptop for your professional work instead of a professional device? After all, they do come with the latest hardware and therefore should be able to handle any kind of workload. While gaming laptops may be able to take on intensive workloads, there are many reasons why they’re not suitable for professional work. Let’s understand why.
One reason is software certification of the hardware. While a gaming laptop might have the capability to run intensive workloads because it would have the latest Intel Core i7 processor paired with a GPU like NVIDIA RTX 2060 or GTS 1660 Ti. However, there’s no guarantee on the stability part. What if you are rendering a heavy animation and it crashes when it’s 98% completed? All your hours of hard work is gone, and there’s nothing you can do about it but to start over. A mobile workstation class laptop would have hardware that is certified by graphics and animation software vendors. They would have graphics based on NVIDIA’s Quadro chip, and 16 GB RAM and ample 2 TB of storage, which is meant for this kind of work, like what’s available in HP ZBook Mobile Workstations. All this ensures that the chances of software crashing on the device are minimal.
Even if you’re not into graphics and animation work, but still need a powerful machine for your work, then the device’s looks play an important role. If you’re going for an important business meeting, you wouldn’t want to open a large, bulky laptop with lots of blinking LEDs and frills, a huge X on the cover and a backlit keyboard that keeps changing colors from crimson to blue! Unless of course you don’t mind getting strange glares from others in the room! You would rather open something that looks more professional and sophisticated. Something that can maybe convert into a tablet if you’d like to do some light work. You would also need more battery backup so that your laptop doesn’t run out of juice when you’re out of office and away from a power outlet. Here again, you’d rather have a business laptop than a gaming one. Again, HP’s Elite Dragonfly is possibly one of the highest end business laptops out there, which provides over 24 hours of battery backup.
Lastly, business laptops have been designed keeping specific needs of business users in mind. We’ve discussed the specific features of business laptops elsewhere in this section, but the important thing to note is that business users need more stability, reliability, and security from their device. They might even like more portability, great looks, and longer life from their device, so that they can extract more productivity from their device for serious business work.
Gaming laptops on the other hand would offer great performance and speed, but they’re not designed to offer these features. They’re meant for gamers wanting to play a graphics intensive game with friends over the Internet.