Yes, here’s why it’s important to play games with the charger connected.
Current battery technology cannot provide enough power to sustain a gaming laptop with discrete NVIDIA or AMD graphics.
Simply put, this means you will get worse FPS while playing on battery power.
Not to mention most gaming laptops only last between 1-2 hours on battery while playing a game in our testing anyway.
Many gaming laptops automatically lower the refresh rate of the screen down to 60Hz when you unplug to help save power, so this also means the screen won’t be as smooth. You can disable this feature, but then we run into the next problem:
Battery Degrades Faster
Laptop batteries degrade over time. An older battery with more use won’t last as long compared to when it was brand new – that’s just an unfortunate fact.
The more discharge and recharge cycles a battery goes through, the less it will last. So consider plugging in your gaming laptop unless you don’t have easy access to your charger and a power point.
If you’ve got your charger with you, plug your gaming laptop in to save the battery and get best performance.
But don’t let this stop you from actually using your laptop as a laptop! Laptops are meant to be portable devices, just stick to lighter workloads when on battery power for best longevity.