Office and creative work on a gaming laptop: Does that make sense?

Gaming notebooks contain a lot of power. Can you also use them sensibly for office and creative work, and is the purchase worthwhile? We think so, yes.

Before I started my own business a few years ago, I thought about what type of PC could be the right one for me. It should definitely be a laptop so that I am always mobile and can change my location. In the beginning, the plan was to earn money by writing, for which I mainly use Microsoft Word, and a browser, of course. Since the money is often rather scarce when starting out as self-employed, I decided to buy a simple mid-range laptop for now.

However, I’m also a passionate gamer. With a simple laptop, I was only able to run small games with minimal graphics. When I had earned a little money, I invested it in a gaming laptop that allows me to play current titles without any problems even today.

With the Asus ROG Mothership, for example, you get a lot of computing power. (Photo: ASUS)

Today I work a lot with Adobe Illustrator and now and then with Photoshop and I’m glad I chose a gaming laptop. In fact, this has a number of advantages in everyday working life.

The differences between laptop and gaming laptop

Tech-savvy users are usually familiar with the differences between normal laptops and gaming laptops. But there are a few that you might not think of at first. To better understand how working with both laptop variants differs, I would like to briefly discuss the differences again here.

The biggest difference is the hardware. To be able to play current games with good frame rates, you need a good processor, a good graphics card, and it should also be at least 8 gigabytes of RAM. Since the processor and graphics card in particular quickly get hot when gaming, they must be well cooled. This only works with enough space, which is why gaming laptops are usually bigger and bulkier than other laptops.

Regular laptops are generally smaller and more compact. (Photo: LG)

The hardware also includes the keyboard. Since it is essential for many video games, many gaming notebooks have a very good keyboard that easily surpasses office keyboards in terms of haptic feedback and writing experience. Some gaming laptops even have a mechanical keyboard built in.

Additionally, gaming laptops have a good screen to give you a better gaming experience. This is usually reflected in a high resolution and a high frame rate of 144 Hz or even 240 Hz.

Of course, it always depends on the individual case which hardware, which screen, which keyboard the gaming laptop has. In general, however, these are the biggest differences between the two types of laptops.

Are there any benefits to working with a gaming laptop in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop?

Yes it has. It starts with the hard drive. Many gaming laptops have an SSD hard drive instead of an HDD. The difference between the two types of hard drives is that an SSD can read and write data faster. As a result, programs that are installed on an SSD hard drive load faster. My laptop, for example, has two hard drives: an HDD and an SSD. Here are the operating system and important programs, which I often use, installed on the SSD. As a result, the laptop boots up faster, runs more smoothly and frequently used programs load pleasantly quickly.

This is a big advantage, especially with Photoshop and Illustrator, as these programs usually take a very long time to get started.

With a gaming laptop, everything runs a bit faster. (Photo: Alienware)

Both programs also run on older computers. Nevertheless, a powerful processor and plenty of RAM help in particular so that the program itself can process processes faster. Adobe requires at least 8GB RAM for Photoshop and Illustrator; the motto here is: more is better.

In addition, a powerful graphics card is built into every good gaming laptop. This is not absolutely necessary for Illustrator and Photoshop, but both programs allow the graphics card to help edit certain processes. A good graphics card is therefore also an advantage.

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Microsoft’s Office programs are far less hardware-hungry than Illustrator or Photoshop. The stronger hardware of the gaming PC therefore does not have as much influence here. Of course, an SSD hard drive gives you faster loading times again. Personally, I mainly work with Microsoft Word, where I write things like this article.

A good keyboard makes a big difference

If you write a lot with your laptop, a good keyboard is of course an advantage. As mentioned at the beginning, gaming laptops usually have a good, sometimes very good keyboard that is pleasant to write with. Otherwise, however, Office programs only benefit minimally from the better hardware.

Disadvantages of a gaming notebook

Of course, a gaming laptop doesn’t just have advantages. Especially when you travel a lot with it, a gaming notebook is not your best friend. It is usually big and heavy and therefore not really portable. When you play with it, it can also get loud. When playing graphically complex games, the fans run at full speed. However, this should not be the case with Office applications or Adobe programs. The fan can already report, but it never runs at full power for me.

Another drawback is the high price. If you want full computing power, it can be in the thousands.

Does a gaming laptop make sense for office and creative work?

No At least not if you only want to use it for office and creative work. In that case, an ultrabook would probably be the better option. These usually have a powerful processor, sufficient RAM and are also portable. Ultrabooks are also cheaper than high-end gaming notebooks.

If you are a gamer and use the gaming notebook for gaming and work, the investment is definitely worthwhile. You can play all your games without any problems and also get nice benefits at work.