Is a laptop all you need to get started?

I have a desk full of gaming perihelia: An Xbox One, a PlayStation 4, a PC, two monitors, a microphone, a webcam, and a game capture device. It’s a lot. It’s what’s needed to cover everything that I want to on the site but honestly, you really don’t need it all.

On a weekly bases, seemingly dozens of games launch across all platforms. It’s too much for anyone to enjoy every single mentionable game to release so which one should you go for to play games, maybe make some videos, create some thumbnails and content and even get your website up and running.

If I hadn’t blasted as much money as I had last year on building a new PC, I would genuinely be looking at laptops. I then started to wonder if a laptop was enough for it all. I then had a look at the Dell website to see their series of XPS laptops ( The company owns the lavish looking Alienware systems that are aimed at gamers but Dell themselves have decided to revitalise their XPS range and honestly I was rather impressed.

So many pre-built specialist laptops go for style over substance but the Dell XPS range on paper seems like everything you may need. It goes beyond the Core i7 processor and the Nvidia GTX960M 2GB graphics card. The Dell XPS15 in particular is both a powerhouse and insanely thin in its design. It boasts an 11-17 mm width and an almost borderless display. The XPS15 wastes literally no space.

On the storage front, the system features a solid state hard drive and DDR4 memory meaning the speed of which everything is carried out is enhanced. The wait time is minimal and accessing large files will be quick and painless.

While the new consoles play games at what would be considered medium settings, the power inside the XPS should give you something relatively similar and even beyond with some newer releases playable on the high or even ultra-settings. The added positive to this the fact that it doesn’t just play games. You can use it to write on your blog, edit video and due to both the SSD and DDR4 RAM, rendering would be faster. The stunning display which is available either in 1920 x 1080 or 3840 x 2160 using the world’s only 15 inch InfinityEdge display ensures visuals are top-notch.

So many of the games that people want to see from YouTubers and influencers are indie games. Ones that never managed to get headline attention from traditional gaming media so they Google the games or search for them on YouTube. A laptop is all you need to fill that gap and get creating. Dell also want to fill that space for mobile gaming and content creation.

This is a collaboration with Dell, but thoughts are my own.

Owner of Game-Smack, Jason plays everything that's possible. Goal of Game-Smack: Overhearing a stranger "Game-Smack? I've heard of that. It sucks!"

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