Why did I sell my gaming laptop to buy Steam Deck

After waiting for almost a year, I finally got the Steam Deck. I’ve been excited about this device ever since Valve first announced it, and although Steam Deck has some problemsI love using my Valve gaming laptop. I like it so much, in fact, that Steam Deck replaces the Razer Blade 15 – a gaming laptop This costs more than four times as much.

I wouldn’t pretend that Steam Deck is as powerful as a gaming laptop, or that it would kill gaming laptops in general. calm down. But for me, I can’t find a reason to open the lid on Blade now that I have the Steam Deck in my hands. Here’s why.

Less powerful and more practical

Steam platform sitting on top of a computer.
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Steam Deck is nowhere near as powerful The best laptops, no doubt about that. On Steam Deck, you’re looking at 720p at 30fps for most modern AAA games, while you go at 60fps for older titles and games. This is much lower even than machines like MSI GS66 Stealthwhich comes with a 1440p screen capable of raising a refresh rate of up to 240Hz.

But Steam Deck only allows me to pick up and play. I don’t have to bother with graphics settings because I’m getting frame drops, I don’t have to mess with my Xbox console constantly losing its Bluetooth connection, and I don’t have to stay limited to a massive power tile just to play games.

Look at the spec sheet on any gaming laptop – even if it’s GPUs don’t tell the whole story – And you’ll be convinced that it can rip even the most demanding games at the highest resolution. And although this is true for giants like MSI GE76 RiderThe reality of playing games on a gaming laptop is a lot different.

That fact is very loud fan noise, which is a constant among gaming laptops from all vendors, and so much heat that you can’t even use the keyboard. Even when offering higher frame rates and more demanding graphics settings, using a gaming laptop seems like a chore. Gaming laptops are laptops first, gamers second. The steam surface stirs it up.

And for me, I don’t need crazy power on the go. I play a lot of platforms, and I have a huge catalog of old games running at 60fps on Steam Deck. Mobile gaming is all about sacrifice, and Steam Deck makes custom sacrifices that gaming laptops can’t make.

Windows is a hoax, not a professional

Linux laptop with console installed on it.

What about Windows? Steam Deck is a great device, but it’s built on SteamOS – a platform that doesn’t support many big games like Destiny 2, Rainbow Six Siege, And any multiplayer game that uses anti-cheat software. Even with that in mind, SteamOS is actually a pro for Steam Deck, and Windows is a trick for gaming laptops.

as I discovered Uninstalling Windows on my gaming PCLinux (which is the basis of SteamOS) has become really good for gaming. The vast majority of games in my library of more than 700 titles run perfectly, and I don’t have to worry about Windows sucking power in the background or dozens of peripherals competing for my attention.

Steam Deck doesn’t come packed with bloatware either. I have been using a file Lenovo Legion 5 Pro I’ve been playing games for a while now, and I’ve had to shutdown games completely and restart Windows due to McAfee notifications that I can’t ignore. I didn’t have a lot of popups on Steam Deck.

Windows is certainly more flexible than SteamOS – at least without getting into How to use Linux But this flexibility has a cost. It comes at the cost of performance, comfort, and frankly fun. Windows may win point by point, but here’s the truth: I have to jump through a few loops in about half the time I want to play a game on a gaming laptop. I’ve never had to use Steam Deck.

Console first, computer second

Desktop mode on Steam Deck.
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Part of the reason I prefer the Steam Deck is that it has a different purpose than a gaming laptop. Gaming laptops focus on being laptops first — even with more powerful hardware, you need Windows, a keyboard, trackpad, and webcam on any gaming laptop. The Steam Deck cuts the fuzz and focuses on gaming.

If you are like me and already own gaming pcSteam Deck makes more sense. I will always run demanding and non-gaming applications on my desktop. Outside of gaming, my laptop is mostly there for the basics: checking email, watching YouTube or Netflix, and shopping at Amazon.

Steam Deck can do all of that. It’s not ideal for surfing the Internet or using the desktop mode with a touch screen, but you can still connect a keyboard and mouse. hope once Steam Deck is hereIt will serve as a gaming-focused laptop alternative.

A compliment, not a substitute

The Steam platform is on a laptop.
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I’m selling my gaming laptop now that I have a Steam Deck, but that doesn’t mean it’s a complete PC gaming alternative. I like it as a compliment to my main desktop, so I can cycle between less demanding titles or jump into my endless collection of roguelikes on the couch. I even play God of War on Steam Thanks to FSR 2.0Which I didn’t think would be possible.

If you don’t already have a gaming PC, I wouldn’t recommend buying Steam Deck. But if you already have a desktop, save yourself some hassle (and money) by choosing Steam Deck instead of your gaming laptop.

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