The past year has left the computer industry in “waiting mode” for future developments in the fields of gaming, software and overall computer performance. After almost ten years of having to update your system at least on a yearly basis (due to technological breakthroughs), 2011 has left the gaming world with a new concept: computer and laptops that have outclassed the recommended technical specifications of the best games, thus making it possible to use the same laptop for years to come. This makes it possible to foresee the best gaming laptops of 2012 and most importantly to make the best choice according to your own personal needs.
Of course, finding the best laptop is entirely an individual preference, the center question being: “What do you need it for?”. First of all you should decide between long battery life and state of the art performance, mobility or experience, a gaming laptop or its business counterpart.
The most relevant user reviews and professional recommendations have almost unanimously decided the top 5 laptops of 2011-2012. Even if it is hard to foresee the future, most market studies agree on the fact that the best laptop of 2012 will be one of the following: HP Pavilion DM4X, Dell XPS 15z, Apple MacBook Air, Acer Aspire Ethos and the Sony S Series. Even if the differences between these computers are mostly regarding battery life, design and warranty, most predictions have considered the HP Pavilion DM4X to be the laptop of 2012.
The HP Pavilion DM4X is a new generation laptop with a 14 inch screen that is equipped with an Inter Core i5 processor. A first impression regarding this machine is a distinctly good one: it has a durable aluminum casing and is rather light weight for its specifications. A short glimpse upon its technical specifications can leave even the most hard to please gamers quite pleasantly surprised; 6 GB of RAM, a Intel Core i5-2410m 2.30GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.90GHz, an Intel HD 3000 Graphic Card and 640 GB Hard Disk.
Being thought of as a student laptop, one of the most impressive specification is the 6 hour battery life, which can also prove useful for people who are always on the road. This model also has all the ports that an average user can need, but if you are in need of a high number of USB ports (the HP Pavilion has only 3), a USB hub is recommended.
The „island style” keyboard is very comfortable and also prevents crumbs and dust to fall between the keys and into the laptop. Regarding the display, touch pad and speakers, they are standard for laptops, so don’t expect anything outstanding.
To sum up, the HP Pavilion DM4X has been intended to be an academic tool, but for its price range, it can also give gamers a good experience even with some of the newest games. From design to performance and warranty, the HP Pavilion seems to be a natural choice for a lot of different types of buyers, thus having a real chance of being considered the best laptop of 2012.