If you want to do a bit of everything well but specialization is a bit too much, these notebooks may be just the thing.
What are allrounder notebooks?
Allrounder notebooks combine a processor and a dedicated graphics card in order to be able to do a bit of everything reasonably well. They can play games, run intensive programs as well as productivity applications, and perform some entertainment functions.
Why would you want an allrounder notebook?
If you want some entertainment functionality but don’t have Blu-ray movies or a desire to record or watch live TV, you should consider an allrounder notebook. If you want to play games but don’t mind them running at medium to high settings, you should consider an allrounder notebook. If you want to run productivity applications and programs but still want gaming functionality, you should consider an allrounder notebook. Basically they’re jacks of all trades, masters of none, but they’re consequently cheaper than specialist notebooks.
Why you would not want an allrounder notebook?
If you need specialized functionality for entertainment or gaming, an allrounder notebook isn’t really going to cut it. For that matter if portability is a serious concern than you should also look elsewhere. While allrounders aren’t exactly brawny, at 2.5kg on average they’re still heavier than any thin and light imaginable.
What are the specs?
This is the one category with probably the most variety in terms of specs, but a combination of a Sandy Bridge Intel Core processor and a dedicated graphics card is a shared baseline. The screen does tend to be between 15.6in to 17.3in, but otherwise there’s a wide range of potential options. RAM can be between 4GB to 8GB, hard disk drive storage can be between 320GB to 1,000GB, and occasionally you get extra features like a Blu-ray player or a TV tuner. Otherwise the optical drive will be a DVD burner.
For those that are either undecided or just want a notebook that can do reasonably if not spectacularly well at the majority for computing tasks, an allrounder is the way to go.