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Why do so many hardcore gamers insist that PC gaming is superior to gaming consoles?

It’s probably because:

-PCs are upgradeable, and thus are inevitably more powerful

-can be custom built to a wide range of specs, often for a better value

-the games are usually on sale on Steam.

-the games can be modded – and those mods downloaded for free

-If you’re a professional gamer, you probably should game using a keyboard, mouse, 120hz+ refresh rate monitor and high end PC because you would be getting a substantial advantage in your competitive gaming compared to console gamers.

-Also, gaming online is free.

However there are benefits to consoles too:

-Physical releases anyone? PCs rarely have those anymore. Some like to collect the boxes / cases for resale value – something you cannot do with Steam/Origin/Epic games.

-Consoles are easier to set up and use. You dont have to find the right GPU drivers, peripheral drivers, make sure u are running the minimum requirements etc – consoles are pick up and play.

-Console games are in general more stable than PC games. This is because developers know exactly what hardware a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X runs. For PCs, there are thousands of possible configurations. This is why console games crash far less frequently than PC games do.

-Console games have more exclusives. There’s only a handful of modern day AAA games that appear on PC only. Almost every recent game on PC you can find on console. The same cannot be said of console games. I can name a few games on PS4 – Yakuza 6, Horizon Zero Dawn, God of War, Last of Us, Infamous, Spiderman – that are only available on PS4. Xbox One games almost always appear on PCs so almost no exclusives there. Red Dead Redemption 2 and Kingdom Hearts III are exclusive to only PS4/Xbox One. Nintendo Switch – Nintendo games are always exclusive so thats a major reason to keep at least one console and a PC.

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Tech

What is the difference between a top-of-the-line iPad and a laptop computer?

I have an iPad Pro and a bunch of laptops. Honestly – the iPad Pro does 90% of what people do with a slim and light laptop generally. You can go to all your favorite websites, you can write in your blog, you can watch youtube, use facebook, twitter, reddit etc but the other 10% is stuff like:

-Any application that requires fine mouse control, personally I just prefer to use Photoshop and Excel on a laptop versus the iPad (I know there’s iPad apps for them but they are meh for me)
-AAA PC games
-programming
-torrenting or usenet or some service like that
-Video editing and Audio Production (Yes I know iMovie and Garageband is on the iPad but its nothing compared to Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro, ProTools etc)

thats about it. If you do one of those things above, you still need a laptop. Otherwise an iPad Pro will serve you well.

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What laptop are you using and why?

I’ll open with a preface because some certain Mac users here have a misconception about Windows computers: that they are unsafe. I’ve never installed an antivirus on my windows laptops and I’ve used them since 2003. How do you get viruses on your computer in the first place? That’s right, you clicked on a bad link or you went to sketchy websites or you used torrenting sites which downloaded malware to your computer. They don’t come with Windows. You cannot get a virus just surfing Facebook, Google, Youtube normally. It’s not that Mac is more safe – it’s just that Windows gets more viruses because more people use Windows, and more viruses target windows, and thus the chance of a regular non-tech person opening a file laced with a virus is higher, that’s all.

Now that’s said, I have 2 main laptops:

Lenovo Thinkpad 25

This is the anniversary edition that Lenovo put out in 2017. Cost me $1900. For that I got a MIL-SPEC tested design, water resistant keyboard, fingerprint reader, infrared camera that I can login with, 14″ matte touch display, 7th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia Geforce 940MX graphics, removable battery (actually, hot swappable), three methods of input (touchpad, trackpoint, touch screen), a 7 row keyboard, and 8 ports including a Thunderbolt 3 and full size SD / Ethernet.

Some people might say this laptop is overpriced – but I like it, it’s my daily driver, and the versatility of this laptop is amazing, and it only weighs 3.5lbs so its fairly portable. You could probably get the Thinkpad X1 Extreme now which is a good upgrade over this in power and display, but its missing some features like the keyboard, removable battery and some of the full size ports.

Alienware 15 R3

This is my power laptop, and the one I use for gaming and video editing. yes its big and heavy and not very portable, but hey thats why I have 2 main laptops. This is the 2016 model I got for $2000 when it came out. The specs are great – 15″ 120hz display, 6th gen quad core processor, 16GB RAM, I upgraded it to 2TB of SSD storage with the 4 hard drive bays, Nvidia Geforce 1070, this machine is a beast, and kills whatever I throw at it whether it be the latest games or an Adobe Premiere session.

I also have other computers on reserve (that are not my main ones): 2016 13″ MacBook Pro, 2016 Microsoft SurfaceBook, 2016 Lenovo ThinkPad P70.