Hello nerdy friends.
I am shopping for a gaming laptop to replace my desktop. Planning to purchase in the next few months. I built a gaming desktop back in 2016 that has served me very very well. (I work from home full time, remote IT work) I was prepping to update the graphics card in it when it hit me that my wife and I would be doing a lot of traveling over the next few years(for her PhD work) and getting a desktop to and from Europe and bouncing from place to place with the whole setup just doesn't sound like a great plan. This brings me to shopping for a gaming laptop instead, which I have actually never done, and it's awful.
Does anyone have any tips for cutting through all of the noise? It's infuriating to find a list that seems like a good breakdown of "the 5 best for April '21" or whatever, as a place to at least start to get an idea of what's out/coming out/etc, but then the link in the article will send you to an Amazon page for last years model of that device. The manufactures sites are barely better. Oh, this looks nice, where is it sold? Yup, that link takes me to best buy but not the build I want. (I'm not trying to find a list and just buy the one they tell me, just use those lists to figure out what models/brands to go look at further, then I can check some reviews and benchmarks on youtube/etc)
Partially, I feel it's the timing. In a couple of months, it might be better as stocks (maybe) start to sure up and the retailers update all their listings. I guess I am just looking for any tips from anyone who's played this game before. I know about what I want, I know about what I want to spend, but as of yet have not found a good way to sort through all that is available. I know I will have to make compromises due to it being a laptop, I just didn't expect finding the products themselves, their spec options, and what they cost to be as tedious as it has turned out to be.