Gaming laptops have carved a niche out for themselves for being powerful machines. It is tough to generalise what exactly makes for a gaming laptop, but, you are looking at an HD display, a fast processor, 1/2GB of a dedicated graphics card, and lots of storage. You are talking of a super powerful laptop, with a jing-bang of colours and few extra keys, to give those special controls in the hands of the gamers.
I was sent out an Asus G752 a week or so ago by their generous PR team. For all its power, it weighs 4.3 kg with its 6 cell battery as compared to about 1.5 kg that Retina MacBook Pro does. The machine has the build of a tank thanks to the Aluminum surfaces with sets of strong copper accents and plastic. Most of the aesthetics give the laptop a feel of the rear of a sports car. In a world where manufacturers are looking for the sleek look, this is a 4cm thick machine. And if you pick up any gaming laptop, the makeup would be similar.
Having used it, I asked myself for justification for the existence of this machine. As impressed as I was with the speed, the general performance as well as the gaming on the gaming laptop I tried out, pretty much all of it could have been done on a desktop too. On a desktop, I would always have the opportunity and chance to go ahead and configure the machine my way. For example, what if I do not require 2 x 256SSD + 1TB of HDD that the Asus machine comes with? That right there alone is component worth Rs 15,000. For someone who does not game professionally, a lot of this can be had over time than at one go.
The Intel Core i7 (6th generation) chipset with 3.20GHz is a super fast processor. However, we are sure that tomorrow, a better, and a more efficient model will be out. Components like the CD-ROM, the exceptionally good 3D Vapor Chamber (exclusive to the ROG G752VY) may not always be things you would care about, as good as they are. This is where an assembled gaming PC just gives you that freedom. Not just this, hooking a keyboard, speaker system of your choice and a gaming mouse also are possible.
However, there are people who will justify spending about Rs 1,50,000+ on a gaming laptop. If you are looking for a ready to play machine, gaming laptops like the Asus G752VY are God sent. All you really need to do is pay the cash for it, and get going as it takes care of most things itself. For example, the G72VY allows you to make a choice whether what you have connected is the external speaker or it is headphones and therefore adjust the Sonic Studio accordingly. I am sure that such solutions will exist on other gaming machines too.
The other application is if you are an avid gamer and want to participate in a lot of gaming events. You would want to carry your armour with you and having a capable machine helps. In fact, as a proper laptop, the performance is exquisite too. I had about 30 odd Chrome tabs opened, iTunes playing music in the background, a game of Football Manager 2016 running simultaneously. The machine did not break a sweat. It was pretty much the perfect super computer. The same set of applications on my MacBook Pro 2015 would put the machine to life support.
While the battery life on most of the gaming laptops is nothing to write home about, in a country like India, you appreciate even those three hours of sad backup that these gaming machines can give. The G72VY, only gave about 2:30 hours of battery backup without any game, but something is better than nothing, right? The likes of a UPS can save you some slack, but sadly you only have enough time to pause, save and quit, depending upon whether your UPS was charged. The laptop gives you a sense of freedom to be not depending upon the power source always.
Another instance is if you like to keep your desk neat and clean. This could be an overall solution to your game thirsty mind. Since the keyboards are generally really good, a gaming mouse and you are good to go. Yes, you could ask for a large screen with 4K resolution, but, in that case, you are anyway better off playing on a console. With PC shipments falling YoY, there is no telling what the future will hold for these machines. We feel that the lines between gaming laptops and super fast or high-end laptops are diminishing, precisely because of this cloud of doubt.
Every gaming laptop is basically a well-stocked and powerful machine. And we all know that as much as we would want to think, the post-PC era is still a few years away. Till we get there, these super fast machines will hold their values and owning a gaming laptop is justified.