Finding the Best Laptops for Age of Empires 4
Almost 22 years have passed since the first part of “Age of Empires” was published. Now “Age of Empires 4” is finally supposed to be released – and fans can look forward to great innovations. Of course the, the older Age of Empires versions were not really ressource intensive in terms of CPU and graphics card. But for the new Age of Empires 4 this could change quite a bit. If you were already thinking abot upgrading your laptop to play Age of Empires 4, we can recommend you to do that. A good gaming laptop can make the expereince of Age of Empires a lot better.
Apart from successful series like “Company of Heroes” and “Warhammer”, Relic Entertainment has had little to offer so far. But with “Age of Empires 4” this could change rapidly, because already now, long before the actual release, the game enjoys a huge fanbase. The announcement trailer and the gameplay trailer for the new “Age of Empires” have played an important role in this.
What we know about “Age of Empires 4” so far
Microsoft delivered the Gamescom trailer in 2017 and made the game official. Since this announcement, however, we haven’t heard too much about the work around AoE 4, but this should change in July. “‘Age of Empires’ will have a segment on Inside Xbox in July,” said franchise community manager Jennifer Godwin, for example.
This announcement was made as part of the birthday update and could point to the long-awaited sequel to the popular game. Although Godwin didn’t directly mention “Age of Empires 4,” there are some references to the new article. Or maybe Xbox just plans to make fans aware of the release date of the Definitive Edition for “Age of Empires III” or “II”.
Test Results: Best Gaming Laptops for Age of Empires 4
Ranking First: Razer Blade Pro 17
- Amazing performance due to RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card
- Great Intel Core i7- 9750H preformance
- Thinner, more modern design
- Updated cooling system
- Noise under load
Best performing Gaming Laptop for Age of Empires 4
PC gamers who want to play on the go are spoilt for choice these days: many manufacturers pack their laptops full of high-performance components. But especially for longer journeys gaming notebooks need other qualities. How does the Razer Blade Pro 17 perform for Age of Empires 4?
As is well known, most AAA games of the year are released in the 4th quarter, as Age of Empires 4 might be also. If you are a sworn PC gamer and travel during this time, you may need a lot of patience. Namely when the game device of choice is a tower PC – and the many great new games can only be played after returning home. The alternative is a gaming laptop that allows AAA fun on the road. (Okay, there are PC gamers who also play on the switch or smartphone every now and then, but let’s deliberately leave that out – after all, the PC as a gaming platform has the undeniable advantage of having by far the largest selection of games).
So: A notebook is becoming more and more attractive for many gamers because it provides high-end entertainment at home and on the road. However, by far not every gaming laptop is suitable for permanent use on the road: Firstly, hardware wear and tear is significantly increased when travelling. Secondly, factors such as weight and shape play a greater role. Thirdly, laptops need long battery life and fourthly, flexible components to be able to adapt to changing conditions. What they are looking for is the egg-legendary wool-milk sow, which is not only simply mobile, but also guarantees AAA gaming fun everywhere.
The last late autumn, the aforementioned emergency arose for us: We were on the road in North America from the end of October to mid-December – and still didn’t want to miss out on gaming. The company Razer provided us with a copy of the Razer Blade Pro 17 for this period, which we then tested extensively for its travel suitability. Thereby, we directed our special attention to whether the laptop is well suited for typical travel situations (packing, carrying etc.). But it was also important to us how the Razer Blade Pro 17 plays out its core competence, namely high-end gaming, because for many PC gamers laptops are now also interesting for stationary use, as they take up significantly less space than the often bulky tower PCs.
A lot of choice
Our test device was a model that Razer launched in May 2019. It has a 17.3 inch IPS panel with a native Full HD resolution at 144 hertz. The gaming laptop is available with three different graphics units: an RTX 2060, an RTX 2070 Max-Q and an RTX 2080 Max-Q. In autumn 2019, Razer has released an additional version with a 4K touch display with 120 Hertz: This monster currently costs a lot and should only be interesting for gamers for whom only the best is good enough. By the way, Razer has an Intel Core i7-9750H, 16 GB DDR4 memory and a maximum of two NVMe SSDs.
On our trip we had the spring model with an RTX 2080 and a 512 GB SSD in our luggage – which was also by far sufficient for all current games. When packing the travel equipment, we were initially interested in another question: Would the laptop make travelling an ordeal? In fact, the Razer Blade Pro 17 isn’t exactly light as a feather with its 6.1 lbs. When carried in a laptop backpack, the weight becomes noticeable in the long run. However, one should put the whole thing in relation to the format: 6.1 lbs. is surprisingly light for such a solidly built 17.3 inch laptop. Like its predecessors, the new flagship has an aluminum-magnesium case that doesn’t wobble or squeak even in continuous use – and its extremely slim design is reminiscent of a MacBook Pro. The slim design of the laptop ensures that it fits into slim laptop cases. We really like the Razer Blade Pro 17’s looks. It is significantly more angular than last year’s models, which gives it additional sleekness. The smooth, matt black surfaces are reminiscent of a monolith.
Extremely solid quality
The Razer Blade Pro 17 can only be opened to a maximum angle of 140 degrees, but the lid doesn’t give an inch in the anchoring when opened. In other words: even after seven weeks of travel with constant carrying around, opening and closing, there are no permanent traces of wear on the device. The case may be a bit susceptible to fingerprints, but according to our test it showed no scratch marks whatsoever. This is a pleasant exception in times when more and more rickety plastic is used on laptops. Although this exception has its price, of course…
As mentioned in the beginning, the battery life was another important criterion for the evaluation of the travel suitability. In addition to the two standard fans, Razer has placed two more, but smaller ones in the laptop case. This reduces the space available for the lithium-ion battery. Accordingly, the capacity of 70 watt hours is lower than in the predecessor model, which achieves 99 watt hours. Those who watch 17 videos with the Razer Blade Pro can expect a battery life of around four and a half hours. In graphically complex games the battery life is of course reduced considerably once again, the complete charging of the battery takes about one and a half hours. In short: If you’re planning longer gaming sessions, you should always have a power socket nearby – whereby the battery life is an Achilles’ heel of all highly bred gaming laptops. Speaking of highly bred: The Razer laptop gets quite warm in places during gaming, and that despite the additional fans.
On our trip we not only were gamigng with the Razer laptop, but also wrote a lot of texts. Mechanical keyboards are of course best suited for something like that because they have a high stroke and a clearly noticeable typing resistance. Razer has built a flat chiclet keyboard into its slim gaming device, which is nice and quiet, but offers a little too little resistance in the long run to be really pleasant. Those who want to use the Razer Blade Pro 17 as an office laptop should therefore consider an external keyboard – Razer itself offers a good selection of models in this regard. The soft chiclet keyboard isn’t that problematic when gaming, but the test person lacks a number pad, which can be very helpful especially for gaming shortcuts. Razer has saved the number pad in favor of two loudspeakers left and right of the keyboard, which provide a decent sound. The touchpad is large and reacts to input very quickly.
Razer is by no means lousy when it comes to connections: There are three USB 3.2 Gen2 Type A and two USB 3.2 Gen2 Type C ports, one of which serves as a Thunderbolt 3 port. The laptop also has an HDMI 2.0b port, a Realtek Ethernet port (2.5 Gbps) and a UHS-III SD card reader. It communicates wirelessly via Bluetooth 5.0 and WLAN 802.11ax, which achieves a data throughput of up to 2.4 Gbps. All this was easily sufficient for our gaming needs.
Verdict: Best performing Gaming Laptop for Age of Empires 4
The Razer Blade Pro 17 has served us well on our journey. We could play graphically demanding titles like “Control” and Age of Empires 4, watch high-resolution movies and write the odd text. If you’re willing to invest a lot of money, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is a great gaming machine for Age of Empires 4 at your home and away.
Ranking Second: Gigabyte AERO 17
- Solid gaming performance
- Best price-performance ratio
- Great display
- Beautiful design
Best price-performance ratio Laptop for Age of Empires 4
Gigabytes notebook series Aero is available this year not only with 14 and 15, but also with 17 inch. The new Aero 17 (HDR) complements the Aero 14 and Aero 15 (X) series. Aero notebooks are characterized by fast hardware in a slim, high-quality manufactured design and traditionally offer comparatively good displays and very large batteries. In contrast to the Aorus series, Gigabyte positions them primarily as professional notebooks rather than as gaming notebooks. “Nahimic 3 3D Audio for Gamers” is still available. And in fact, both are possible with the hardware.
The only point at which the stronger focus on professional users also becomes technically noticeable is the display, which doesn’t rely on as much hertz and low latency as possible, but rather on viewing angle stability, color fidelity and brightness.
The notebook comes across as dignified with its simple appearance and the completely black and comparatively angular design. The case, which is made entirely of aluminum, is extremely torsion-resistant, even when lifted on one side with one hand – and that despite a weight of 5.1 lbs. Movements in the chassis are also limited when pressing on the palm rest or keyboard. The notebook can be opened easily with one hand. The Razer Blade Pro can’t overtake Gigabyte in these points, though.
At 5.1 lbs, the Aero 17 HDR is a bit lighter than the 17.3 inch notebooks recently tested by the editorial staff, but a bit thicker with a height of 21.4 mm. The Razer Blade Pro remains the most compact of the tested models with a depth of only 260 mm in direct comparison.
Directly above the on/off switch, which is centrally placed in front of the display, you’ll find the conventional webcam without IR functionality, which can also be concealed by a mechanical shutter. A fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello is built into the touchpad, which is comparatively narrow for the size of the device. The keyboard offers a very bright and colorful RGB LED backlight on request, but comes as a classic rubberdome keyboard with a spongy touch. Therefore, it comes up with a standard layout including a number pad.
It’s rare, but the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR is such a product that can always impress in the test. The first figurehead of this kind is the display, which is extremely bright on request, calibrated ex works with high contrast and the viewing angles typical for IPS. Even in unfavorable lighting conditions, it still works very well on the Aero 17 HDR.
Just as remarkable as the display is the performance available with the Core i9-9980HK and how users can adjust it according to their wishes. In the fastest setting, the mobile eight-core CPU is in the end even faster than a Ryzen 5 3600, in the slowest it is still faster than a Core i7-9750H unleashed in other notebooks. And even when running on battery power, it still matches the performance of other six-core notebooks with default settings in mains operation. If the computer is only moderately challenged, more than six hours of battery life can be achieved with reduced display brightness despite UHD resolution.
The Aero 17 HDR doesn’t even get unusually loud, but remains quieter than the collected and significantly slower competition with a maximum measured 42 decibels under continuous CPU load. In games (or applications that use the GPU), the tested configuration with GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is denied a top position, but the expected level is reached – and permanently, because even the tenth run of a game benchmark doesn’t lower the performance in any way. Once again, the volume is convincing, as most other tested notebooks are louder.
Nevertheless, it’s the fan control that is one of the points on the credit side in the end. If you switch from normal mode, which is always audible in idle mode, to quiet mode, you often don’t hear anything, but when working in Office or in the browser under Windows, you’ll hear a briefly turning up cooling system over and over again. This makes the current Razer portfolio clearly better, there is peace and quiet here.
Overall, the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR is still very convincing. Display, continuous power and cooling system under load together with the case make a very convincing package, which even the idle behaviour and the input devices, which don’t quite keep up with the rest, can’t deceive significantly.
Six configurations of the Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR will be available in German online shops at the beginning of October. A configuration with a Core i7-9750H, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD and GeForce RTX 2060 for 2,199 euro makes the price start. Interestingly, the small amount of RAM and the tight SSD size don’t fulfill the requirements of an “Nvidia Studio Laptop”. At the other end of the price scale is the variant with Core i9-9980HK, 64 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD and GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q for 4.199 euro. The configuration tested by the editorial staff, which combines Core i9 with GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, is currently not available in stores. With an identical configuration, but “only” Core i7-9750H, 2.699 euro are due.
Verdict: Best price-performance ratio Gaming Laptop for Age of Empires 4
Technically directly competing models with the Aero 17 HDR are currently not easy to find in the trade, because 17.3 inches with UHD in combination with current H processors and Nvidia Turing in a slim robe with less than 6.1 lbs.weight are not mass produced. Only the Acer ConceptD 5 and the Razer Blade Pro (review) in the new UHD version in mid-October should be mentioned. The notebook from Acer is available in different versions from 2.100 Dollar. With 16 GB RAM and a 512 GB SSD it offers significantly less memory than the large version of the Aero 17 HDR. A unique selling point is the UHD display with 120 hertz. All in all, the AERO 17 is a great gaming laptop for Age of Empires 4.
Ranking Third: HP Omen 17t
- Good IPS screen with G-Sync and 75Hz refresh rate
- Strong gaming performance
- VR ready
- Decent battery life
- No USB-C connector
- Lacks Thunderbolt 3 support
Great Gaming Laptop for Age of Empires 4
The HP Omen 17-an110ng places itself in our product index as a gaming notebook with its 17.3 inch screen. Currently, other versions that are very similar to this model are also listed in the HP Omen 17-an series. According to the data sheet, the HP Omen 17 weighs exactly 8.1 lbs and has a height of 1.3 inches. The aluminum case appears in red and black. The anti-glare 17.3 inch screen has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
Processor, RAM, graphics card and hard disk
The main drive of the device is the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, which has a maximum speed of 4.1 GHz and 6 units. Equipped with DDR4 SDRAM (PC4-21300 – 2666 MHz) technology, 16 GByte of main memory (RAM) are supplied. The company enables a maximum of 16 GB in this laptop. In terms of graphics performance, this device offers us an Intel UHD Graphics 630 and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6 GB VRAM. They are considered the main drives along with the processor and RAM. The one HDD hard disk (1 TB) and one SDD hard disk (256 GB) allow free space for your general data, clips, songs and drawings.
Connections and drive
External components can be connected to the HP Omen 17 via classic connectors. These include USB 3.1 – Type C (1x), Thunderbolt 3 (1x), USB 3.1 – Type A (3x), HDMI (1x) and Mini DisplayPort (1x). The built-in USB ports ensure that you can easily connect memory sticks, adapters, printers or external HDDs. Input devices such as mice, pens or steering wheels are also possible. You want to increase your field of vision and connect your laptop via cable to a display, powerful LCD or even a beamer? This is no problem either. This notebook has no optical drive. The reason for this is the lack of space and the low dimensions.
Verdict: Great Gaming Laptop for Age of Empires 4
You can access the World Wide Web and your home network quickly and easily via network cable (Gigabit Ethernet) or WLAN (802.11ac). Via Bluetooth 5 you also have the possibility to install wireless components. Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64 Bit) is the operating system. If there are any problems after the purchase, you are covered by a 2-year warranty from the manufacturer. All in all, the HP Omen 17t is a great gaming laptop for Age of Empires 4.
What’s new in Age of Empires 4 (AoE4)?
Before “Age of Empires 4” the remakes came
A good year after the release of “Age of Empires: Definitive Edition”, the controversial game received an update long awaited by fans. The fans had previously criticized that the studios had stuck too much to the old game mechanics. It was supposed to be a remake of the first part of the series, but apparently could not keep this promise completely.
The remakes for “Age of Empires 2” and “Age of Empires 3” are still pending. However, the community expects more innovations than were seen in the Definitive Edition of “Age of Empires 1”. You can find out what the patch has in store for AoE fans by reading the corresponding tweet. A little tip: The developers have come up with cool things for the gameplay.
But besides the two remakes, another, much hotter part was announced: “Age of Empires 4”. Although neither Ensemble nor Microsoft wanted to give more details about the new chapter of the era, we have summarized the most important rumors for you.
First gameplay trailer for “AoE 4
Now finally Microsoft has released a first gameplay trailer for “Age of Empires 4” and presents new design in fantastic graphics. But we do not want to anticipate too much. Take a look for yourself at what the new strategy game from Relic Entertainment has to offer. Together with the Xbox Game Studios, the developers have created something unique.
As you can easily see, “Age of Empires 4” is set in the Middle Ages. “On the one hand before Age of Empires 2 and also a bit after Age of Empires 2”, Shannon Loftis, General Manager at Xbox Entertainment Studios explains to PC Games. Adam Isgreen adds: “It starts a little bit before the beginning of civilization in Age of Empires 2 and goes back to the beginning of the Renaissance. That’s the period in AOE 4.”
“One thing we did in Age 4 was to make the gameplay strongly story-driven. The two civilisations you saw today were the English and the Mongols,” Isgreen continued. “Unlike in previous Age of Empires games, our civilizations are now further apart in terms of gameplay.”
In general, however, Age of Empires 4 will be based on the values of its predecessors, but will also feature major innovations such as organically grown cities, walkable walls and mobile equestrian nations.
But “Age of Empires 4” is by no means the only game you can look forward to in the near future. Bethesda also delivers two titles that are quite impressive: the brutal shooter “Doom Eternal” and the end time role-playing game “Fallout 5”. Rockstar Games is preparing the “GTA 6” release and is already working on “Red Dead Redemption 3”.
Age of Empires 4: Release allegedly not planned until the end of 2020
When will Age of Empires 4 be released? So far there has been no official announcement from publisher Microsoft and developer studio Respawn Entertainment regarding the release date of the new real-time strategy game, but unconfirmed information suggests that it will not be released next year.
More than two years after the original announcement of Age of Empires 4 (buy now), Microsoft recently showed the first gameplay material in the form of a short trailer at its in-house gaming event X019, which thematically revealed a medieval setting for the upcoming real-time strategy game. But it will probably take some time until hobby strategists can plunge into this game world, because according to supposed information from X019, 2021 is currently the target release year.
Age of Empires 4: Where do the release rumors come from?
At least that’s what one visitor of the event in the Resetera.com forum claims, who wants to have his insights from talks with developers and other officials on site. In addition, it was said that Age of Empires 4 has been in development for about three years. This would mean that it would already have some time on its hands for the supposedly planned release the year after next. Meanwhile the “Definitive Edition” of Age of Empires 3, which has also been confirmed recently, is supposed to be released in the middle of next year. Since the information can’t be confirmed at the moment, it should be treated with caution as usual.
Appropriate to the topic: Age of Empires 4: Information about factions and resources – no microtransactions
Meanwhile, fans of the game series can pass the time with the recently released remaster of Age of Empires 2 in the “Definitive Edition”. Nevertheless, a revised version of Age of Mythology should also be conceivable, that it already exists in a slightly revised “Extended Edition”, but could still be on the remaster program after Age of Empires 4.
Age of Empires 4: Rumor limits release date, remake of part 3 will be released in 2020
At Microsoft’s X019 event, one question remained unanswered during the presentation of the strategy game Age of Empires 4: When will it be released? Microsoft kept a low profile on this.
No release next year?
Now a rumour is circulating that Age of Empires 4 will not be released until 2021. At least Microsoft should aim for 2021 as the release date for the strategy game. The information comes from a Resetera user who claims to have spoken to the developers at the Microsoft event. These are rumors. Microsoft has not yet given an official release date.
Allegedly Age of Empires 4 is in development for about three years. It currently has alpha status, so a release date in 2021 makes sense. However, according to the user, we don’t have to wait that long before we can get back into Age of Empires battles, because the remake of Age of Empires 3, which is currently in development, is supposed to be released in 2020. But if all this is true, we will only find out when Microsoft makes an official statement.