Best laptops for Age of Empires 4 Windows Central 2021
The best laptops for Age of Empires 4 don't need to be particularly powerful, and we now know that minimum system requirements require only integrated graphics. However, with better performance hardware and a better display comes a more satisfying experience. Whether you're looking to stick to a tight budget or want to go all out on a gaming setup, we've rounded up a bunch of the best laptops for Age of Empires 4 right here as we await the Oct. 28, 2021, release date.
- Supreme value: HP OMEN 15
- The best around: Razer Blade 15
- Aggressive design: Alienware M15 R6
- Portable power: HP ENVY 14
- Budget gaming: Acer Nitro 5
- Multipurpose pick: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14
Supreme value: HP OMEN 15Staff pick
HP's OMEN 15 is a stacked gaming laptop that's less expensive than you might think. It's available with the latest AMD or Intel CPUs and up to a NVIDIA RTX 3070 Laptop graphics card for excellent performance. Choose from FHD, QHD, or 4K display options, including a brilliant AMOLED panel with HDR.
The best around: Razer Blade 15Editor's choice
The Razer Blade 15, now available with 11th Gen Intel Core CPUs is our top pick when it comes to best gaming laptops. If you want to absolutely crush performance specs and still get a thin laptop with stellar display, this is the way to go. Prices climb quickly, but this is really the total package with plenty of configurations from which you can choose.
Aggressive design: Alienware M15 R6
The new Alienware M15 R6 has been upgraded with stain-resistant paint, low-profile keyboard with 1.8mm key travel, and the latest performance hardware. Get up to a Core i7-11800H CPU with eight cores, NVIDIA RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, and 15.6-inch QHD display with 240Hz refresh rate and 2ms response time.
Portable power: HP ENVY 14
The HP ENVY 14 is an intriguing blend of portability, performance, and looks. It weighs in at just 3.53 pounds (1.6kg) and is 0.71 inches (18mm) thin, yet it packs up to an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, 2TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD, and NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU. The 16:10 display has an FHD+ resolution and brightness up to 400 nits. If you need a computer for work and play, this is a great pick.
Budget gaming: Acer Nitro 5
Those looking to stick to a tight budget and still get a gaming laptop should check out the Acer Nitro 5. A model with Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, and NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU is the cheapest option, though you can upgrade to a larger SSD and GTX 1650 Ti if needed. The 15.6-inch display has an FHD resolution and 60Hz refresh rate.
Multipurpose pick: Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 14
The relatively low system requirements mean you can enjoy Age 4 on non-gaming laptops, and the IdeaPad Flex 5 14 might be the right pick if you're on a budget. Get it with up to an AMD Ryzen 5 5500U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD. Integrated Radeon graphics should be able to handle the game well, and you have the added versatility of convertible hinges.
If we're making some suggestions
Age of Empires 4 is expected to launch Oct. 28, 2021, which is just a handful of months away. Now that we know about minimum system requirements — including Intel Core i5-6300U CPU, 8GB of RAM, and integrated Intel HD 520 graphics — we can suggest a few laptops that will run the game.
If you'd like a dedicated gaming laptop that doesn't break the bank, the HP OMEN 15 is an excellent choice. You get the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 Mobile CPUs and NVIDIA RTX 30-series Laptop GPUs for excellent combined performance, plus 15.6-inch FHD, QHD, and UHD display options built specifically for gaming. Any of these models should handle Age of Empires 4 with ease.
Those who have a larger budget should check out the Razer Blade 15. Choose from 15.6-inch FHD, QHD, and UHD displays with up to a 360Hz refresh rate and OLED panel, 11th Gen Intel Core H-series CPUs, and NVIDIA's RTX 30-series Laptop GPUs. These laptops pack a ton of performance into a slim, sleek body that's perhaps the best looking on the market.
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