Even an RTX 3080 laptop couldn’t make me love PC gaming
I want to love PC games, really. Yet after years of trying to invest in my Steam library, I still find myself reverting to my regular console gaming habits.
But, when I finally got to try out an RTX 3080 powered laptop for a review, I figured I might finally be able to last fall for PC gaming. Once I plugged in a gaming mouse and mechanical keyboard that I had previously reviewed, this would be hands down the best gaming setup I’ve ever used – I couldn’t resist, right ?
And it almost got me. Without a doubt, the Lenovo Legion 7 is a great gaming device – which absolutely deserves the five-star rating we gave – but while my review was in the process of being finalized and I no longer needed to test it in priority, I found myself once again on my Xbox One X.
So why couldn’t an RTX 3080 laptop make me love PC gaming?
What’s in the specs?
I know specs aren’t everything, but the power behind the Lenovo Legion 7 allows it to create a superb gaming experience that you’d be hard pressed to find a rival for.
My usual desktop PC relies on a GTX 1660 Ti GPU and Intel Corei 5-10400F processor and is controlled by a basic Logitech mouse and keyboard that I bought from Amazon for around £ 20. It’s not terrible, but compared to the Legion it’s like a cyclist racing against a Formula 1 car.
Where my usual PC buzzes and purrs to deliver an average quality image with a somewhat reliable frame rate, the Legon comfortably delivers very high level graphics at 60fps.
Of Horizon Zero Dawn To Death loop in Destiny 2: Beyond Light, every game I started looked beautiful and loaded in seconds rather than the minutes that I was used to.
On top of that, the bright RGB infused lighting HyperX Origins 60 alloy mechanical keyboard and the Marsback Zephyr Pro The gaming mouse gave me a level of precision that my console gamer hands were not used to. A few days later, I still have a hard time going back to analog sticks.
It was an amazing PC gaming experience, and yet even now I don’t see it being my first choice when I want to relax.
What didn’t go well?
If nothing else, I think my problem with PC games is how isolated they can be.
Especially at a time when in-person life is opening up properly for the first time in over a year, the thought of sitting alone in a room – when I’ve already spent around eight hours working there home – can easily be repulsive.
While that doesn’t change much, if I’m in the mood to gamble, it’s best to seek out the change of scenery in my living room, relax on the couch, and fire up my Xbox.
Of course, it’s not as breathtaking as my PC setup, but it wins every time because while I play I can relax next to my partner while she is enjoying TikTok on her phone. .
As life gradually returns to a semblance of normalcy – and I start to head to a real office rather than working from home – I might gradually get more into PC gaming, but, for now, I am more than satisfied with my latest generation console.