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Play On — Using Gaming Laptops and GFX Cards for Multimedia

26 June 2023

Play On — Using Gaming Laptops and GFX Cards for Multimedia

When you think of gaming laptops, your mind probably goes to, uh, gaming. It’s in the name, after all. However, the inherent speed and power that come with a gaming laptop mean that it can actually be used for a whole bunch of activities that require a little extra juice. Gone are the days when you’d buy a standard Macbook for photo editing or just the latest base model HP for streaming—we’ve come so far with technology and graphics!

We’ve done the digging to cook up some out-of-the-box uses for gaming laptops and graphics cards that you may not have considered. These set-ups will supercharge your multimedia experience, whether you want to make beats, edit pictures, or watch Netflix. 

Video Editing

We mentioned Apple before as the default standard for multimedia, but sticking to one company when there are hidden gems out there is doing yourself a disservice. If your job requires video editing, you’d be well aware that this process can benefit from two things: a powerful machine with good storage, as well as the ability to see images crystal clear. 

The Razer Blade 18 is the gold standard for video editing on a gaming laptop. Its compact and attractive design is easy on the eyes, but don’t let that fool you—she’s more than just a pretty face, boasting a huge screen and a meaty Intel Core i9 processor. A step down in price but not in quality is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, a powerful machine that sports a crisp 16:10 QHD panel with full DCI P3 coverage. The MSI Creator Z16HXStudio is also a gorgeous, lightweight option that still packs the necessary hardware for great performance. 

A killer graphics card will also help bring some extra clarity to your process. Our picks for video editing are the mighty MSI GeForce RTX 3060 or the ASUS GeForce RTX 3050 Phoenix for a budget-friendly boost. Want to really splash out? You can’t go past the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4080 for premium power and quality. 

Music Production

Fancy yourself the next Dr. Dre? If your work (or play) centres on audio production, it pays to have extra power in your corner. Audio files take up a hefty chunk of space, so investing in a laptop that is purpose-built to handle labour-intensive programmes can help. 

Our first pick is the ASUS ROG STRIX SCAR—this bad boy packs an Intel Core i9 and a base spec of 16 GB of RAM, some great specs for audio production. The Razer Blade 15 is a strong, slick studio beast that is loaded up with power, not to mention it boasts some swish Apple-esque design features (for lovers of aesthetics). Finally, the MSI GF63 is the ideal blend of looks and performance, boasting a thin form factor and superior cooling features for when things get heated (or when your beats are just too hot). 

Graphic Design and Animation

Anything involving graphic design and animation requires some serious juice, both memory-wise and image-wise. For a desktop performance level in a tidy laptop package, the HP ZBook Fury 16 G9 16" Laptop is a lifesaver. With a dazzling 4K display and oodles of customisation options, you can create a machine that best serves your unique needs and workflow preferences. The MSI CreatorPro Z17 17" QHD+ Touch Workstation (available for preorder) has changed the game for design and animation, boasting a huge high-quality display and the Nvidia RTX 30 Series GPU as a standard feature. Talk about power! The Razer Blade 16" 240Hz WQXGA rounds out our picks, coming in as the best all-rounder thanks to its lighting-fast CPU and high-definition graphics (courtesy of its RTX 2070 GPU).

A new GPU can help enhance your existing setup and take your image quality to the next level. Some of our favourites that strike the right balance between memory bandwidth, core count, and clock speed are as follows: The top-of-the-line Leadtek NVIDIA Quadro RTX A4000 has awesome tensor cores and a high clock speed; the Inno3D GeForce RTX 4070 Ti has a smooth and speedy frame rate thanks to its 2.6 GHz clock speed; and the Gigabyte GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is perfect for those with a smaller budget who still value solid ray tracing performance.


In the age of streaming, we’re spending more time than ever toggling between the latest Netflix originals and Amazon Prime goodness. Your standard laptop just won’t cut it anymore; you need the speed to stream and the extra boost to your graphics to really pick up on those finer details. If you’re sick of lags, skipping, and seemingly endless buffering, it might be time to upgrade. 

For premium picture and audio quality, the MSI Katana 17 17.3" is a real treat—that 17.3" full HD display provides crisp imagery while the exclusive cooler boost technology stops things from getting too toasty. If pure power and zero lag are what you crave, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16IAH7H 16" is a perfect choice—it’s got desktop-calibre features all packed into a tidy laptop (hello, 12th Generation Intel Core processors). For a bigger screen with a budget, try the Infinity M 17.3" 144Hz on for size—it’s got a notebook feel without skimping on processing power.

Just want to give your existing setup a little extra love with a new GPU? We suggest the ASUS GeForce RTX 3080 for robust power and cooling, the ASUS GeForce RTX 3070 as a solid mid-tier option, or the PNY GeForce GTX 1650 as a wallet-friendly option to get that enhanced performance. 

Photo Editing

When it comes to editing images, every pixel counts. Photoshop, PaintShop Pro, PhotoDirector, and other editing software require more than your stock-standard RAM and graphics cards—you need additional space to ensure things run smoothly and your programmes don’t shut down halfway through a job (the eternal frustration). 

For healthy performance and a quality display, you can’t go past the Razer Blade 16" 240Hz WQXGA. This laptop delivers on speed, performance, and aesthetics, making it a perfect choice for photo editing. This does come at a price, as this model is one of the more expensive suggestions on the list. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 is also right up there with the best and is an excellent alternative if you can’t afford the Razer Blade lifestyle. The Gigabyte AERO 16 is another fantastic choice that offers speed and style in spades, but does require a little more love in the battery life department. 

Keen for a graphics card that will take your image visibility to the next level? We recommend the Sapphire Radeon RX 6700 as an excellent all-rounder for quality and value, the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1650 for Photoshop fiends, the ASUS GeForce RTX 4090 ROG STRIX OC for those who need serious power (we’re talking 24 GB), or the MSI GeForce RTX 4080 for Lightroom lovers. 

Australia’s Home of Multimedia Technology

Whether it’s for work or play, quality laptops and graphics cards are a valuable addition to your multimedia setup. At Mwave, we pride ourselves on stocking a huge range of tech equipment that is designed to level up your multimedia experience. Our selection goes from starter items that will add a little extra pep to your set-up right through to all-in-one custom solutions for gaming, photo and video editing, streaming, and so much more. We’ve got you covered no matter what your budget is, so take a look around and find the items you need at the best prices.


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