Best of Both Worlds: Laptops for Work and Play

There's one for every budget.

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(SPOT.ph) Since 2020, the distinction between having a work and home computer have become blurred. Although most have been homebound, laptops have become the preferred option because of their portability and versatility. They can be carried around or even function as a desktop replacement especially when attached to an external monitor. 

With flexible work arrangements becoming the norm, one minute you are checking work e-mails at a coffee shop and the next, you are playing your favorite hack-and-slash RPG to take the edge off from a long Zoom meeting. Having a dedicated device for these different activities seems impractical, especially if you’re not a hardcore power user with an enthusiast-level machine.  But there are capable computers that can do double duty as an entertainment device for streaming video, audio, and of course playing games. With that in mind, if you’re in the market for a new laptop, here are machines that strike the balance between work and play.

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Looking for the best laptops for gaming and work? Here are some devices to check out:

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 (P52,995)

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Lenovo’s reputation is well-earned when it comes to both productivity and gaming laptops. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 has no trouble living up to this reputation as a capable dual-duty device. The Onyx Black chassis gives the laptop a suitably understated look and the blue illuminated keys are great for low-light situations. Because of the 1.5mm key travel, long typing sessions on the keys results in less fatigue. Powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU with 8GB of fast DDR4 memory, this IdeaPad offers a fast 120Hz screen refresh rate and full HD display, with HDMI out for an external monitor, means there’s no screen tearing. The long lasting Rapid Charge battery can be charged up to 80% after an hour of charging. On the graphics front, a 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650Ti gives this machine enough muscle to run most games at high settings. As an added bonus, this version of the IdeaPad Gaming 3 comes with a digital copy of Death Stranding so you can start your after-work gaming session right away.

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Available at DataBlitz.

MSI Stealth 15M (P109,995)

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As the name suggests, the Stealth 15M’s thin and light chassis makes it easy to carry and stow away. Despite its slim frame, this machine can pack quite a punch with its latest-gen specs including an 11th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 mobile GPU. Without compromising portability and pixel-pushing power, the recently launched Stealth 15M is one of the lightest gaming laptops around that can play the latest games at max settings. Switching back to work mode is easy with its fast Wi-Fi 6 connectivity and multiple device connectivity via USB-C, Thunderbolt, USB 3.2, and 4K HDMI ports. The Stealth 15M offers ultraportable power that can multitask several applications with ease without a sign of slowdown from its 5.0Ghz single core turbo speed.

Available at MSI Concept Stores and authorized resellers.

Xitrix Travelpro G15R (P61,800)

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Xitrix's TravelPro G15R is targeted towards users who need more computing power in a machine that’s not overkill for office use. A six-core AMD Ryzen 5 3600 CPU powers the TravelPro G15R with 16GB of DDR RAM. Boot-up time and launching apps is fast and quick with a 500GB ultra fast SSD storage. The ample full HD 15.6-inch screen has thin bezels with wide viewing angle and blur-free 144Hz refresh rate. Up to two additional monitors can be connected to the G15R via HDMI and DisplayPort for extreme multi-tasking. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics chip with 6GB of fast DDR6 means the machine is no slouch when it comes to playing games at high settings with additional visual effects like real-time ray tracing. Adding to the impressive feature list is a Sound Blaster Cinema 6 speaker system for excellent cinematic sound. 

Available on Xitrix.

Gigabyte Aorus 5 KB (P59,995)

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This laptop from Taiwan-based computer maker Gigabyte, has the specs and power of a speedy desktop that doesn’t compromise on features. A 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU is paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics chip for a two-punch combo that’s more than enough for demanding applications and games. Delivering eye-popping graphics is handled by a 144Hz high refresh full HD display with anti-glare screen and fast 5ms response time (having a low-response time means less chances of image ghosting to appear). The Aorus 5 KB’s dual-fan Windforce cooling system can keep things cool while venting out heat with four heatpipes and three vents. The unit’s internal storage can easily be upgraded up to a whopping 6TB of storage space with dual M.2 SSD slots and a single 2.5-inch HDD bay.

Available at PC Express.

Asus TUF Dash F15 (P94,995)

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As a premium-priced laptop, the Asus TUF Dash F15 has a lot to show for its sticker price. The clean and angular lines of the chassis plus the TUF branding on the cover make it a stand out among other black slates. Calling the laptop TUF isn’t for show either since it meets military-grade standards for drops, humidity, vibration, and extreme temperatures. Inside, the Dash F15 has latest generation components including an 11th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 GPU for added computing and graphical horsepower. With almost double the refresh rate of other display panels, the 240Hz refresh rate with 3ms response time can easily match a desktop setup. Frequent video conference users will be glad to know that the Dash F15 comes with a built-in two-way AI noise cancellation that removes unwanted sound from outgoing and incoming audio.

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Available on Villman.

Acer Nitro 5 (P45,999)

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The Acer Nitro 5 is a budget-friendly workhorse that has enough oomph for casual gamers. The striking lines of the chassis gives the Nitro 5 an aggressive look that’s similar to Acer’s more premium line of Predator gaming laptops. The four-zone RGB backlit keyboard adds a layer of style not found in entry-level machines. Powering the Nitro 5 is a quad-core Intel Core i5 10300H CPU with 4GB GeForce GTX 1650Ti GPU. The 15.6-inch display supports full HD resolution with 144Hz refresh rate. It is equipped with a 53Wh cell, which gives the laptop a battery life of eight hours.

Available on Acer's Online Store.

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