As incredible as it may sound, the gaming industry has been around for over 70 years. It all started in the 1940s, when professor Dr. Edward Uhler Condon unveiled the very first machine designed for gaming, at the New York World’s Fair. The game itself was based on a popular society game, Nim. Although the computer won more than 90% of the games versus its human counterparts, this breakthrough invention would soon change the fates of millions. From this game to the plethora of games and gaming machines we have now was just a stepping stone.
It would still take a fairly long time until people could enjoy the excitement of playing from a true gaming laptop, as the first years of the 3rd Millennium were seized by desktops. Most of the gamers would helm away from laptops, as they were clearly inferior in nearly every aspect. However, the hope rose in the hearts of laptop lovers starting from 2010s, when the gaming laptops industry literally exploded. We can say that now, as we entered slowly in the 2020s, that it is worth spending some of your finances on a gaming laptop.
First True Gaming Laptop
The first true laptop gaming in all its meaning was Razer Blade. This laptop managed to produce an incredible domino effect that would skyrocket gaming laptops to the top. As I mentioned before, until 2010 gaming was basically confined to desktops (some of them very bulky) and TV consoles that were obliged to be kept at home. These are the times when Razer entered the scene, with its physics defying gaming laptop. The release price was somewhat expensive for those times standards, and Razer couldn’t really justify it. One of the many obstacles that they stumbled upon because they were new on the market. So this company came with something interesting. As they produced and distributed accessories the laptop came along its own peripheric kit (mouse, keyboard, headphones and mouse pad).
Although the company success was not that high as expected, its effort still opened the eyes of the audience, basically 10 years later not only a single laptop manufacturer hasn’t dipped their toes into the gaming laptops ocean.
Razer Blade’s first gaming laptop was considered the new trend at the time of its release but this still it was not clear of flaws. The problems kept bombarding its users. The laptop would experience artificial induced shut-downs. It wasn’t fairly popular among “the cooling” club either, as it suffered from overheating quite a lot. Of course we will keep our mouths shut about the many other problems like dust collecting and others emerged from congesting a powerhouse into a 15 inch screen box.
New House-Hold Names on the Scene
After seeing its success and failure of Razer Blade, the next big powerhouse that entered the scene of gaming laptops was none other than Alienware. A common name nowadays between the gaming scene, Alienware had at first the same problems with its gaming laptops as the first from above. Sure, they did come up with a more modern design, and with superb aesthetics. But the real problem still persisted, namely the overheating of its processors. This only maintained some of the critics’ opinion that gaming laptops from that time were considered a failed investment. It even came up with others mocking this kind of laptop. Saying that the only games the laptops could support were browser ones, like blackjack or similar to this.
This did not deter these companies from trying again and again. And as we know today, their efforts were not in vain. As they kept learning from their mistakes, both Alienware and the other manufacturers began improving their lifespan of the products. The apparition of new smaller but better chips and other components, gaming laptops challenged all kinds of adversities.
The most beneficial for moving forward was the competition itself. The high number of companies competing one with other had done miracles for gaming laptops evolution. Soon Razer and Alienware were surrounded by competitors, Lenovo, MSI, Acer, Asus just to name a few. It didn’t take much until apparition of gaming laptops that were more innovative and more efficient. Their designs keep improving, some laptops might even be considered real-life pieces of art.
Gaming industry is still fairly young, with just over 10 years of experience we can expect even greater things in the future. Although some people are not willing to spend a high amount of money on gaming laptops. Because they are still inferior to the best PCs, this might change fairly soon in the future. If we take in consideration the evolution trend, we might blink a few times and voilà, the gaming laptops are now number one.
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