It is assumed that with each new year, our technology will improve. But in 2023, gaming laptops aren’t just stepping forward — they’re taking a leap forward.
No matter what kind of gaming laptop you prefer, you’ll likely see significant improvements in key areas like performance, battery life, and display quality — that’s great news if you’re looking to buy in 2023. While it may be a few months before some are available, These models to buy, will be worth the wait. Here are three reasons why a gaming laptop should be an exception in 2023.
RTX 4090s are everywhere
Nvidia announced its RTX 40-series mobile graphics at CES 2023, which includes a new top-of-the-range for laptops, the RTX 4090. The names of the GPUs are just names, but it’s clear that Nvidia thinks it can deliver enough performance to justify calling this laptop card” RTX 4090″.
But other than the raw performance and new features of this new GPU, it’ll be more widespread than any high-end card before. Notably, the RTX 4090 will end up in more compact gaming laptops than ever before, including 14-inchers. In the past, the Razer Blade 14 was the only 14-inch gaming laptop that could be configured for the most powerful graphics (RTX 3080 Ti at the time). Other 14-inch laptops (gaming or not) have often been restricted to the RTX 3050 Ti or RTX 3060.
Now, though, all of that will change. A lot of small 14-inch laptops coming out in 2023 will have an RTX 4090. The updated ROG Zephyrus G14 is a great example of this. This popular little gaming laptop now offers configurations up to the RTX 4090, which should greatly expand the kind of performance you can expect from it. How powerful these systems are will be determined (and will likely vary from laptop to laptop), but we can expect small laptops to get a big boost in 2023.
HDR has always been a sore spot in PC gaming. The transition to more advanced backlights like mini-LED or OLED in the PC world has been agonizingly slow. This meant that proper HDR performance wasn’t within the reach of PC gamers, outside of connecting your PC to a TV.
But now, many high-end gaming laptops are finally offering tiny LEDs as a configuration option. This includes the Razer Blade 16, ROG Zephyrus M16, and much more. With over 1,000 local dimming zones and 1,100 nits of peak brightness, these new gaming laptops should offer some solid HDR performance in games. The new mini LED panels have a high resolution and a high refresh rate too – in terms of visuals, there’s really no downside.
In the past year, we’ve seen only a handful of high-refresh rate OLED gaming laptops, limited to just the Razer Blade 15 and MSI Raider GE67 HX. The adoption rate of mini-LED is much greater already, and given how bright these panels are, there’s finally reason to get excited about HDR gaming on laptops.
Advanced MUX and Optimus keys
There are two other features you’ll see in nearly every gaming laptop in 2023, and they should help with battery life. MUX switches aren’t anything new — and neither are Nvidia’s advanced Optimus. But in 2023, these two features are more prevalent than ever, working in tandem to improve battery life by helping laptops switch between integrated and discrete graphics.
A MUX switch is the hardware component that actually switches the switch that connects the display from the integrated graphics to the discrete graphics. Nvidia’s advanced Optimus is the software side of the equation – it automatically (and hopefully intelligently) detects what graphics the application you’re running needs. The goal is to improve battery life, since you really don’t want a heavy RTX GPU running while you’re typing in Microsoft Word.
These technologies will be even more important if you opt for one of those more advanced screens and higher refresh rates, which can hurt battery life on gaming laptops that don’t really last long. And in 2023, it’s no longer a premium feature reserved for the most expensive gaming laptops — which is really nice.