Top 7 Best Laptops for Sims 4 in 2022 (Smooth Gameplay)

The Sims 4 is yet another addition to the long-loved life simulation of EA Sports. Everyone loves it and since you’re here, you do, too. But like me, you don’t just wanna play it at the lowest settings. Like me, you too want to delve into the game to create perfect lives for your sims or just kill them in their pools (ahem), but not at the expense of jitters in the gameplay. 

I’ve helped myself by buying the best laptop for Sims 4 and now it’s your turn. You don’t need to go for the machines that could run a NASA satellite but also not for the “cheaper models” that everyone talks about. You’re going to find the perfect balance between different specs of your laptop solely bought for the love of Sims 4. I’m here to help you find that balance. 

So, we’re going to look at a few basic components in detail to see which ones are the best. But wait, I’ve already done that for you. I’ve listed the best laptops there could be for this game. All you have to do is choose from the following list. I’ve listed a range of different laptops that you could tally to your financial status and general needs. 

The List of Best Laptops That Can Run Sims 4

ImageFeaturesRatingPrice
My Top Pick
Acer Predator Triton 300
Acer Predator Triton 300

Features: Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6″ Full HD IPS 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 1TB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, RGB Backlit KB

10
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Runner up
Acer Nitro 5
Acer Nitro 5

Features: 10th Gen Intel Core i5, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, 15.6″ Full HD IPS 144Hz Display, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, WiFi 6, DTS X Ultra, Backlit Keyboard

9.9
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Enthusiast Pick
ASUS ROG Strix G15
ASUS ROG Strix G15

Features: 15.6” 300Hz 3ms IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, RGB Keyboard

9.8
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Budget Pick
Lenovo Ideapad L340
Lenovo Ideapad L340

Features: 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS Display, Intel Core i5-9300H Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB Nvme SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650

9.7
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Extreme Performance
Razer Blade 15 Base
Razer Blade 15 Base

Features: Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 15.6″ FHD 1080p 144Hz, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Chroma RGB Lighting, Thunderbolt 3

9.6
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Gaming Beast
MSI Stealth 15M
MSI Stealth 15M

Features: 144Hz FHD 1080p Display, Intel Core i7-11375H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB, 512GB SSD, Thunderbolt 4, WiFi 6

9.5
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Long Battery
HP Pavilion Gaming
HP Pavilion Gaming

Features: Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 

9.4
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Let’s explore the different options and see which is best for you!

1. Acer Predator Triton 300 – Best Laptop for Sims 4

My Top Pick
  • Intel Core i7 10750H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU 
  • 15.6” FHD display 
  • 144 Hz refresh rate 
  • 16GB RAM 
  • 1TB SSD 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 6 hours battery life 

The Acer Predator Triton 300 exceeds the recommended requirements for the game. So, expect a blazing fast performance all cooped up in a laptop designed to look like it means real business. 

CPU 

Starting with the CPU, the laptop boasts Intel i7–1070H. This CPU has a benchmark of 12448 with a 2.6GHz clock speed and a whopping 5.0GHz Turbo Speed. This means the processor can pretty much handle the game just fine. 

Yes, the performance is a tad bit slower than recommended at least in terms of this component, but you have to look at the other components as well. Their combined efforts to create a system rife with power and prowess exceed expectations. 

But before I could talk about them, I’d like to mention that the CPUmark/price ratio of this CPU is even greater than the Apple M1 Core. What this means is that you’ll be buying better performance per price point. Not a bad deal at all. 

GPU 

The laptop’s graphical horsepower is commendable, too, as it’s run by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060. It has a 99 FPS System Benchmark, which is seriously high – meaning, the card can play Red Dead Redemption 2 at 1080p and 99 frames per second. Compared to the NVIDIA GTX 1650’s 52 FPS, you’ll be playing the Sims 4 at a double rate. 

I sincerely recommend this GPU for gamers who’d want to get a hold of all the expansion and other packs to be able to play the game to its fullest. To do that kind of graphics rendering, you need a monster like the RTX 2060.

RAM and Storage 

Thankfully, the laptop has 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 1TB NVMe SSD. All the recommended specs checked, your laptop won’t experience the worry of bottlenecking at all. The 16GB RAM is DDR4, which means it’s faster, reliable, and can work round the clock to give optimal performance. It will leave plenty of working room for your CPU and GPU, all the while aiding in their tasks to give you an all-around Sims 4 experience. 

Talking about the 1TB SSD, its NVMe architecture has the ability to reduce game loading time by offering it more bandwidth than the HDD. This make-up is relatively newer in the SSDs world. The responses are always faster as you can imagine. 

Display and Design  

The Acer Predator Triton does not shy away from looking like a futuristic machine with its diagonally cut edges at the far end of the screen and the chassis. The whole laptop has an appearance that would put other aluminum-brushed computers to shame. I loved its appearance as far as gaming is concerned. It’s just too game-like that you wouldn’t want to take it to your office. That had been the only bummer so far. 

The display is phenomenal with a 144Hz refresh rate and a 15.6” real estate for the Sims 4. It’s FHD, so expect good brightness but not the best colors, unfortunately. Needless to say, the display still managed to beat many at their games because of only a 3 ms response rate. So, whatever’s happening in the Sims 4 will be refreshed in the blink of an eye to give you a smoother experience. 

Design-wise, the only letdown was the offset touchpad. It’s slightly towards the left, which makes it inconvenient but who cares when you use a gaming mouse during gameplay. 

Keyboard 

You’re getting a full Numpad, RGB keyboard with this one. It has four color stations with a distinct color under WASD. The response is good and the travel time is just perfect. You can control the colors from the proprietary app installed on the laptop beforehand. 

Ports 

The ethernet connection along with a USB 3.2 Gen 1 is on the left while the right side has Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2, a USB 3.2 Gen 2, and an HDMI. So, you can play the Sims 4 right on your big TV or monitor and connect speakers you like without any difficulty. 

Comparing it to the previous model, in my opinion, Acer Predator Triton 300 is the best laptop for Sims 4.

Strength
  • Sturdy and tough 
  • Powerful enough to run other AAA titles 
  • Amazing keyboard 
  • Immersive screen 
Weakness
  • No defect found

2. Acer Nitro 5 – Cheap Laptop for Sims 4

Runner up
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, 15.6
  • Intel Core i5 10300H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti GPU
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM 
  • 256GB SSD
  • 15.6” 144Hz display 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 9 hours of battery 

The Acer Nitro 5 seems like a smaller, less powerful version of the Acer Predator Triton 300. It is, actually, even though the versions, series, and everything in between are different. Considering the specs, it runs the Sims 4 at decent fps – almost as if it knows where the middle point between the minimum and recommended game requirements is.

CPU 

The CPU is Intel Core i5–10300H. Yes, I know what I said about Core i5 above but this isn’t 7th but 10th gen. It has 4 cores and 8 threads that combinedly produce 8764 CPUmark. The clockspeed of 2.5 GHz can be jacked up to 4.5 GHz, which is again, decent.

Notwithstanding the CPU’s limitations, you’d still be able to play the Sims 4 just about right. However, bear in mind that you may have to curb playing any other game or performing any other task when you’re playing the game. Also, there could be slight bottlenecking when you’re playing more than one expansion pack. 

GPU 

The laptop wins in this department with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti. This is an advanced version of the GTX 1060, so you’d be getting better frames per second than what the recommended specs would give you. 

The Game-Debate or GD community gives it a 44 rating out of 100 because it only produces about 65 fps in the FPS System Benchmark. That does not mean that your game would perform poorly. It’s just about the limitation of the card. It is well over its limits for the Sims 4 but when it comes to playing bigger AAA titles, you’d see that limitation. 

RAM and Storage 

Well, this one is a mix-match of minimum and recommended specs, as I mentioned earlier. The RAM is only 8GB with a 256GB SSD storage option. Both have the latest technology at their disposal with the RAM being a DDR4 and the SSD, NVMe technology. 

One thing is for sure, though. To get the most out of the gameplay, you would have to kill other tasks when playing the Sims 4. Windows WIN+G command may help you do that in a jiffy. 

Display and Design

Its display is the same as Acer Predator Triton in terms of resolution and refresh rate but not the response timing. Both are IPS panels with minimum bezels. 

The cut edges are also a significant design aspect of this laptop as well, which are visible around the screen and the chassis. Unfortunately, here reigns the same design flaw I talked about above. The trackpad has a left offset. 

Thankfully though, the keyboard is backlit, but it has only one color – courtesy of its low price as compared to the bigger Acer. 

Keyboard 

I think Acer makes its keyboards by keeping all the series in mind. They have a design team that knows how to translate their signature responsive keyboards into each series. The previous one and this laptop are prime examples of it. Both have responsive keyboards with proper Numpad. The keys don’t feel slushy or mushy at all. Each stroke hits home as you want it to.

Ports 

The laptop comes loaded with all kinds of ports. There’s HDMI 2.0, ethernet, USB 3.2 gen 1 and 2, and so on. 

Overall this is the best budget laptop for Sims 4.

Strength
  • Lightweight gaming laptop
  • Cheap yet powerful enough for the game 
  • Immersive screen at a cheaper rate 
  • Advanced cooling system 
Weakness
  • No defect found

3. ASUS ROG Strix G15 – Best Laptop to Play Sims 4

Enthusiast Pick
ASUS ROG Strix G15 (2021) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 300Hz 3ms IPS Type FHD Display, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, RGB Keyboard, Windows 10, G513IM-EB74
  • AMD Ryzen 7 4800H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce TX 3060 GPU 
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512GB SSD 
  • RGB Keyboard 
  • 15.6” 300 Hz screen 
  • 12-hour battery life (advertized)

For this laptop, running Sims 4 could be a piece of cake. Ask me how?

If the Acer Predator Triton 300 was a beast, the ASUS ROG Strix G15 is a behemoth. I’ve absolutely no qualms about accepting that this is the best laptop to play Sims 4 at its highest possible levels. From the CPU to other powerful components, the laptop will definitely let you play future games without a tinge of worry. 

CPU

This is the first AMD-powered laptop on the list. With 8 cores and 16 threads, it pushes forward and leaves Core i7 and the like way behind. That is evident from its 2.9 GHz clockspeed that can be taken up to 4.2 GHz Turbo speed. All of this makes the CPUmark reach 19133 – the highest until now in this list. 

Just to give you a glimpse of how capable the CPU is, let me tell you that it gathers more CPUmark than the Apple M1 8 Core 3200 MHz. Using this machine will make your experience worthwhile.

Not just the Sims 4, but all other AAA titles will find the specs quite roomy.

GPU 

If there’s a pinnacle of GPU prowess for the Sims 4 and even its previous versions, it is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. The GD community rates it 98/100 in terms of overall performance. Even the FPS System Benchmark gives it a mind-numbing 114 fps. Appealing to your better logic, if the GPU can play Red Dead Redemption 2 at this many frames per second, think about the fps it will render to the Sims 4. 

RAM and Storage 

With a 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, I’m sure you won’t see even a small hiccup in the gameplay. The laptop has you covered in terms of multi-tasking and blazing-fast data transferring. 

Display and Design 

Even in terms of display, the laptop takes the bar miles away from the recommended requirements. The panel is a 15.6” treat to the eyes with bezels almost non-existent. The FHD display portrays true colors and covers a 100% sRGB color gamut. Your Sims’ colors won’t look dull at all. In fact, you’d see more contrast with deeper blacks. Couple that with the 300 Hz refresh rate and what you get is a complete blessing from God. 

The design is otherworldly, too. On its brushed aluminum chassis, the keyboard nestles a little deep into the screen. The trackpad is nicely tucked in the middle. Two aesthetically pleasing hinges connect the screen to it. There’s a slightly slanted edge beneath the screen that serves to add to the overall look. On the edges of the chassis, you’d see an RGB led strip, which is more than welcomed. 

Keyboard 

The RGB keyboard has two color areas and plenty of options in the ASUS ROG app. I did find the keys to be slightly mushy but nothing that I couldn’t handle. There’s no Numpad and none needed to be honest. 

Ports 

To the left, you’ll see one USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C, and an HDMI, and to the right, there are two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A and an audio jack.   

Strength
  • Premium laptop 
  • One time investment for the future 
  • More than enough for the Sims 4 
  • Outstanding screen and cooling system 
Weakness
  • Expensive 

4. Lenovo Ideapad L340 – Best Budget Laptop for Sims 4

Budget Pick
Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS Display, Intel Core i5-9300H Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB Nvme SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, Windows 10, 81LK00HDUS, Black
  • Intel Core i5-9300H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU 
  • 8GB RAM 
  • 512GB SSD
  • 15.6 inches FHD IPS display 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 9 hours (advertized)

After the Acer Nitro 5, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 is the best budget laptop for Sims 4. It has all the recommended specs needed to play the game up to its might. However, you may want to consider another laptop if you’re thinking about playing all the packs together. 

CPU 

The Intel Core i5–9300H manages to churn out a modest 7853 CPUmark. The 4 cores have 8 threads that together give away 2.4 GHz clock speed with 4.1 GHz Turbo. Typically, the CPU only performs better than the Core i7 7th generation. So, that should provide a little closure to you.

GPU 

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 is the recommended limit for playing the Sims 4 at decent fps. The GD community gives it around a 30 rating, which is understandable since this is merely an entry-level GPU that spits out entry-level frames. How many you ask? The FPS System Benchmark gives it 52 fps as FPS System Benchmark. 

That means you’ll be able to play the Sims 4 at 100+ fps just easily. 

RAM and Storage 

The RAM is 8GB and the storage is 512GB SSD. Again, both come well under recommended requirements. 

Display and design

With this laptop, you’ll get a 15.6-inch FHD screen that goes all the way to 180-degrees. I didn’t normally use that mode but if you can find a use to it, well and good. The bezels are thin but the colors are not impressive. Also, I wish it was brighter but considering the price, I don’t think we have enough left to complain about. 

The design is subtle and elegant. There’s a mixture of black and gray to give it a serious look and Lenovo succeeds in doing so. 

Keyboard 

Much like the rest of the laptop, the keyboard, too, boasts sophistication. You won’t find any in-the-face colors or backlight. Yes, there’s a backlight but it’s muted enough to only illuminate the keyboard and not your entire room. 

Ports 

There are only two USB ports and that, too, USB 3.0. Nothing else. You may have to buy a USB adapter if need be. 

Hence Lenovo Ideapad L340 is another budget laptop for Sims 4 on this list.

Strength
  • Truly a budget gaming PC for Sims 
  • Reliable and fast 
  • Subtle design to let you double it as a work laptop 
  • Thin elegant and quiet chassis 
Weakness
  • Not enough USB ports 

5. Razer Blade 15 – High-end Laptop

Extreme Performance
Razer Blade 15 Base
  • Intel Core i7–10750H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU 
  • 16GB RAM 
  • 512GB SSD 
  • 15.6” FHD 144 Hz display 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 5 to 6 hours 

The Razer Blade 15 is yet another high-end laptop for playing Sims. It has a boxed design that helps in doubling it as your work laptop. The speakers are truly world-class and there’s even a thunderbolt 3. 

CPU 

This one has Intel Core i7 10th generation under the hood with an average CPUmark of about 12448. With 6 cores and 12 threads, it wouldn’t just play the Sims 4 as you want but it would also come in handy in other tasks. Multitasking, I should tell you, is a breeze here. 

GPU 

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 has a GD score of 93, which means 93% of all the Game-Debate members recommend it to play AAA titles. The Sims 4 is fairly an old contender for the new games but even at that, it still takes a larger share on the world stage. So, if the GPU can play the new games immensely great, rest assured, it will play this one too. 

In fact, the Red Dead Redemption 2, which is a high-end game has been played with an average of 99 fps at 1080p, thus, giving it the same FPS System Benchmark. 

RAM and Storage 

I’ve no issues with the RAM or the storage and you wouldn’t have any also because the laptop comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. 

Display and Design 

Same old, but very much welcomed, the laptop boasts a 15.6” FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. The bezels are small but I wonder how Lenovo has managed to bring forth colors that deep. The display will show each and every color of your Sim; thus, helping you model its character, clothing, looks, and all with greater color accuracy. 

I absolutely am in love with the design. It’s so elegant and mature. There’s no in-the-face feature that shouts about its gaming prowess. You will have no problem doubling it as your work laptop as well. The shape is boxed with clear-cut edges – a Lenovo design legacy. 

Keyboard 

Here too, you won’t find flashy features. The keyboard sits comfortably between the two speakers on either side. It is backlit but single-zone. You can control the color intensity from Razor Synapse 3 app preinstalled on the laptop. 

The trackpad is situated right in the middle and has a glass touch surface that rarely misses a beat. 

Ports 

You get Thunderbolt 3 with this laptop that will let you transfer data at a mind-boggling 40 Gbps rate. The usual Type-C only allows up to 20 Gbps data transfer, so just imagine the speed you’re getting. With that, you also get a USB type-A and a type-C, along with an HDMI to let you play your Sim scenarios on the big screen. 

Strength
  • A two-in-one laptop – work and play 
  • Brilliant display 
  • Room-filling audio
  • Thin chassis 
  • Built to last 
Weakness
  • Slightly heats up when gaming 

6. MSI Stealth 15M

Gaming Beast
MSI Stealth 15M Gaming Laptop: 15.6
  • Intel Core i7–10375H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU 
  • 16GB RAM 
  • 512GB SSD 
  • 15.6” 144Hz FHD screen 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 4 to 5 hours on gaming 

The MSI Stealth 15M is yet another Sims 4 laptop with the latest GPU. It’s stunningly beautiful and entirely powerful – an amalgam you need for outstanding gameplay. 

CPU 

The Intel Core i7 11th generation powers the processes of the laptop effortlessly. I’m talking about an average CPUmark of 12305 – not the highest on this list but still very much commendable. The 4 Cores and 8 Threads of the CPU astoundingly produce a 3.3 GHz clockspeed that could be jacked up to 5 GHz. 

The meaning of this? Your Sims 4 gameplay will run smoothly without unfounded jitters. That’s not all, since this kind of CPU allows multitasking, consider playing the expansion packs with freedom. 

GPU 

The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 has a reputation for being a top-of-the-line graphics card. I’ve already talked about it above. Not just the Sims 4, but playing games like Hitman 3 and Need For Speed Heat at 1080p will be a breeze. Expect 100+ frames per second – that’s fluid enough for the eye to not detect frame tearing. The GD community has rated it 98 out of 100 while they’ve given it a total of 114 FPS System Benchmark. 

RAM and Storage 

The RAM at your disposal in this laptop is 16GB with a storage of 512 GB. Both are run by the latest technologies of DDR4 and SSD. 

Display and Design 

Much like other laptops of the same caliber, this one too comes with a 144Hz 15.6” FHD screen. The colors could have been better, although it covers the entire sRGB spectrum. The screen is just one of the many things in the design that meet the eye. With extremely thin bezels, MSI has been very keen on these tiny details. 

The whole laptop’s metal gray, which gives it a serious appeal. Thankfully, the trackpad is right in the middle and very much responsive. It’s overlooked by an Island-style keyboard with a single-zone backlight that could be controlled by the MSI app. 

Keyboard 

Absolutely no issues with the keyboard’s responsiveness. However, I do wish the keys had slightly more travel time. For a gaming laptop, that could have come in handy. 

Ports

Among other usual ports, you get Thunderbolt 4 and USB 4.0 – both of which are known for their humongous capacities to transfer huge data in less time. 

So, all in all, you’ll get the latest laptop with features built for your future use if you buy this one. 

Strength
  • Comes with the signature quality of MSI 
  • Thin chassis makes it portable 
  • Cooler than most of its contemporaries 
  • Made for high-end gaming 
Weakness
  • Battery life is a bit low

7. HP Pavilion

Ideal for Sims 4
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-Inch Laptop, Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 12GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 (15-dk0041nr, Black)
  • Intel Core i5–9300H CPU 
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU 
  • 12GB RAM 
  • 256GB SSD 
  • 15-inch 144Hz FHD screen 
  • Backlit keyboard 
  • 5 hours (advertized)

Yet another laptop that can run Sims 4, the HP Pavilion has specs that give it a central stage between the minimum and recommended requirements. 

CPU

The CPU is two generations above the minimum requirement for the game. The Intel Core i5 9th generation provides ample room for the GPU to work. Consider the laptop lucky enough to have the entry-level GTX 1650 GPU because a higher one would have made a good case for bottlenecking. 

Its clockspeed is fairly above average at 2.4GHz with a Turbo speed of 4.1 GHz. The average CPUmark, thus, is 7853 – not very impressive but nothing that couldn’t take the load of the Sims 4. Mind you, when you start playing the game with other things running in the background, you may experience slight hiccups. That is entirely okay, considering the limitations of the CPU. 

GPU

The GPU GeForce GTX 1650 is in the recommended requirements. So, rest assured because things will run smoothly even if you install multiple packs. But again, I wouldn’t recommend you play or run anything else in the background for the sake of good fps. 

RAM and Storage 

Surprisingly, this laptop has 12GB RAM, which is quite odd, considering the fact that its contemporaries have at least 16GB. The storage is also less at 256GB, but not less enough to be discarded. 

Come to think of its price, the specs are well under it. It’s not like HP is selling cheap junk for a low price. You’ll be satisfied with the laptop in multiple ways. 

Display and Design 

Maybe not in the design regime if, like me, you like modern and sleek designs. This one has a bizarre edge to it. The screen is attached to the chassis in the middle, making it look like it’s a monitor with a keyboard placed near it. By looking at it one way, you’ll feel that HP has tried its best to imitate Alienware. There are huge vents on the backside that have rendered the chassis to be larger than life, so the portability isn’t something you would get with the laptop. 

The display is the same old 1080p FHD 144Hz panel. It’s nestled between thin bezels from three sides but the bottom one is a bit larger. Talking about the quality, I’ve no qualms about accepting how brilliant it is. 

Keyboard 

The keyboard comes with a Numpad and only one zone backlight. The travel time is abundantly well suited for playing games. Although you don’t need a lot of keys when playing the Sims 4, you’d still feel how responsive and tactile they are to each stroke. 

Ports 

You get a USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A), an HDMI, and an ethernet port. 

Strength
  • Sturdy chassis 
  • Brilliant screen 
  • Cheaper for the Sims 4 
  • Wide vents 
Weakness
  • Heavy 

Let’s get an idea of the system requirements.

System Requirements of Sims 4

The Sims 4 isn’t just a one-off game these days. The basic pack is only 10GB or so, I agree, but once you start installing and loading an expansion pack after pack, not only does the storage requirement increase but also the power. Even a basic Core i5 with an integrated GPU could load the basic pack of the game in its lowest settings, mind you, but we Sims lovers seriously can’t stop there. We have to try different MODs such as those of roBurky’s. We want to take the experience to near-reality by trying Emotional Inertia and True Happiness from Meaningful Stories MOD or delve into different drama scenarios playing out in the neighborhood in the Life’s Drama MOD. 

The fun just doesn’t stop here, you see. We want to try the 11 expansion packs from getting to Work to Cottage Living and oh-my-god game packs such as Vampires and Dream Home Decorator. This story of never-ending insatiable hunger for the Sims 4 experience never ends. I didn’t even mention Stuff Packs and Kits. 

To play all that, here’s what the minimum and recommended system requirements are, according to EA. 

Minimum System Requirements 

To get the game started at minimum settings, you need at least Intel Core i5 7th Gen CPU with (hopefully) the NVIDIA GeForce MX250 GPU. The RAM should be 8GB and the storage 256GB SSD. If you don’t have that, then a 1TB HDD will suffice. The system should be running at least Windows 7. You’ll only enjoy this much on a 14-inch HD display that stays alive for up to 4 hours of battery life

As I mentioned earlier, the Core i5 7th generation is only a tad bit stronger when it comes to the gaming laptops regime. With only 3,410 CPUmark benchmarks, the CPU is powered by 2 Cores and 4 threads. The clockspeed is 2.5 GHz, which is decent and can be taken all the way up to 3.1 GHz. But it’s really not about that, the limited number of cores put a strain on its gaming performance. 

To get the best gameplay, though, here’s what you need. 

Recommended System Requirements 

To get the best gameplay, your laptop should have Intel Core i7 8th Gen with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. The storage should be 512GB SSD or more–no HDD here–and the RAM should be about 16GB. With a battery backup of 7 hours, your laptop should have a wide 15.6 inches FHD display. The system should be running Windows 10. 

The game performance will jump from mediocre to simply wow when you upgrade to these requirements. I mean the Intel Core i7’s impressive 6 Cores and 12 Threads with 3.7 GHz clockspeed are more than enough. They take the CPUmark benchmark from 3,410, all the way up to 13,893. Now, that’s the performance I was talking about. Obviously, the GTX 1650 offers more fps than the GeForce MX250. 

You shouldn’t fixate on these requirements because the sky’s the limit. But obviously, we’re not gonna go overkill. 

What’s the CPUmark benchmark?

It is a measure of how well a CPU performs against the processes. This benchmark has been developed by Passmark Software. I tend to rely on them because of their sheer transparency. The Average CPU Mark is a number given to each CPU they test. The higher the number, the better the CPU. So, based on that solely, you can judge how well a certain processor will perform when you bombard it with sophisticated processes such as running The Sims 4. 

What’s the FPS System Benchmark?

Besides the CPUmark, I’ll also quote the FPS System Benchmark for the GPU performance of a system. It is an average fps rating for a specific GPU based on Red Dead Redemption 2 played at the highest settings. The CPU and RAM are kept high-end so that there’s no bottleneck phenomenon by those. This way, only the GPU tends to be the source of the bottleneck experienced by a system. That is where and how its performance is evaluated.  

FAQs – Best Sims 4 Laptops

Following are some of the questions I have been asked in the recent podcast.

Can I play Sims 4 on an iPad?

No, the iPad isn’t supported. The Sims 4 is a PC game, which means it needs PC components to run. The iPad may be powerful in its own right but it does not fulfill the minimum and recommended requirements for the game. 

Can I play Sims 4 on Macbook?

Yes, you can absolutely play Sims 4 on Macbook. However, bear in mind that the version released for it is digital-only. This means you would have to download and install Origin, enter your credentials and then download the game. 

Is 8GB RAM enough for Sims 4?

Yes, 8 GB RAM is enough for Sims 4. In fact, according to EA’s minimum system requirements, 8GB RAM with 256GB SSD, and a 7th Gen Core i5 CPU with NVIDIA GeForce MX250 are good to run the game in base settings. Is 4GB RAM enough for the Sims 4? As mentioned, the minimum requirement starts from 8GB, so 4GB is not enough. 

Why does my Sims 4 keep crashing?

There could be many reasons. Your graphics card driver may be outdated, you might have downloaded a corrupt game from Origin, or your CPU might have overclocked. 

Is Sims 4 worth it?

The Sims 4 is really worth it if you want to play simulation games that mimic real life. You can create and design your sim’s character and take it through the roller coaster of life by choosing careers, inviting people over for parties, and so much more. 

How to make Sims 4 run faster?

Follow these steps to make Sims 4 run faster:
1. Delete junk files from your computer and empty the recycle bin. 
2. Uninstall unwanted files and programs from your laptop/PC.
3. Merge your custom content or CC by going to the Sims 4 studio, then logging in, and clicking on Merge Packages. Remember to merge only packages and not mods.
4. Go to the menu of Sims 4 and then Game Options > Graphics and bring down each setting to Medium. 

Conclusion – The Final Words

The Sims 4 is one of the most popular games of EA. It has earned it quite a lot. The experience of its gameplay is phenomenal in its own right as you go about in the lives of your sims to create the life you’ve always envisaged and play your fantasies for a moment. Therefore, you cannot trust or buy a laptop that isn’t suited to give you that level of experience. You’ve to at least fulfill the minimum requirements for the game. I’ve listed the 7 best laptops for sims 4 for you to choose from. So, don’t wait any longer and start playing!