Guest post for The Guy Corner NYC from bizzmarkblog.com
Once gamers, now serious business professionals. But still gamers at heart. If you thought these two aspects don’t go hand in hand, several research results point out that playing video games at the workplace can serve as a stress reliever and increase work productivity. Taking 10-minute breathers to break up tasks (so-called micro-breaks) can be therapeutic for coping with boredom and anxiety at work, and many business travelers who are waiting at airports or winding-down in their hotel rooms play video games.
Self-discipline, time management, community building, and leadership are skills honed by a healthy gaming habit. Now, you’ve found yourself looking for a laptop machine equipped for both play and work, but you should know what to look for. Gaming laptops, due to their battery life, weight, and overall look, don’t really perform as well as business laptops (even if they perform well in most applications). A business laptop is better for gaming than a gaming one is for business. The best buy for your needs is a hybrid, which would suit both of your needs and help you balance your work and fun.
1. Dell Latitude E7470 14″
Dell Latitude E7470 is a lightweight (1.5 kg) little beast that has an Intel Core i5-6300U Processor (Dual Core, 2.4GHz, 3M cache), which guarantees both gaming and business performance. Also, it packs an 8 GB of DDR4 RAM, Intel HD Graphics 520, but not much storage space (128 GB M.2 SATA HDD). However, it’s very practical for business trips and is powerful enough to run any kind of software. If you travel to parts of the world with harsh climate conditions (Africa or Australia), this Dell model offers firm structure and great security features that will ensure a great user experience.
2. HP Elite x2 1011 G1 Detachable
Laptops with detachable components are the future because they provide more options for dynamic and smooth work organization. You can use some of this HP notebook models as a laptop or as a tablet, so consider getting it if you want a practical and multipurpose laptop. HP Elite x2 1011 G1 is very light (0.87 kg), and is equipped with an Intel Core M-5Y71 CPU with an Intel HD 5300 graphics card (2 cores, up to 2.9 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology), 256 GB SSD, and a 4 GB of DDR3 RAM. HP Elite x2 1011 G1 has an 11.6-inch IPS display with a Full HD resolution, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. This laptop is designed as a business hybrid and is crammed with office features, such as a Wacom-compatible stylus that works with the screen’s digitizer, which is a huge bonus if you ask any graphic engineer.
3. Asus ROG Strix GL502
Another affordable gaming laptop option that will be more than sufficient for your gaming needs is the Asus ROG Strix. It runs on Intel Core i7-6700HQ eight threaded quad-core processor 2.6GHz (3.5GHz Turbo speed) alongside an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. As for storage, this Asus model has 1TB of HDD, 256 GB SSD, and 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. The 15.6” Full HD display with G-sync technology fully supports HD gaming, for a great gaming experience. The only downside is the laptop battery that lasts for only about 3 hours of active gaming. Asus ROG Strix GL502 strikes the perfect balance between power and portability, and is one of the best all-around gaming laptops out there at the moment. With everything from its configuration to loud speakers and crisp keyboard, it offers a solid gaming experience.
4. Gigabyte SaberPro 15
This machine is powerful enough to run most of the newest applications and games on high specs, it’s affordable and provides excellent performance. Gigabyte SaberPro 15 has a 6th generation Intel Core i7 7700HQ quad-core CPU with eight threads, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of DDR5 VRAM. Also, it packs 16 GB of DDR4 RAM, 256 GB SSD, and 2TB of HDD. It has a 15.6″ Full HD IPS wide-viewing angle display and weighs 2.5 kg. Combined with Gigabyte Supracool, it does a great job of keeping performance up and temperatures down.
These beautiful little beasts are costly (an average price of a business/gaming hybrid is about $1,500), but definitely a great investment if you’re a type of business person that makes their money on their laptop. These four laptops can put up with both business and gaming requirements, especially if you find your video-game playing habits de-stressing and relaxing.
Author Bio: David Webb is a Sydney-based business consultant,online marketing analyst and a writer. With six years of experience and a degree in online business strategies, he is driven to help people to better understand this new digital age. In his free time, David enjoys writing, travelling and an occasional night out with his friends.