The Sims 4 is the latest addition in life simulation game series Sims. In this updated version, you can design characters, make houses, develop a relationship between characters, and much more. The game, as per say, is not heavy on your laptop because it offers settings according to your laptop configuration. You can play it on low settings on cheaper laptops, and it will still work fine. For a smoother and HD graphics experience, play it on high tech computers with better graphics cards and RAM. Users can run it on almost every laptop, but only if it has a minimum requirement set by the game.
For downloading and playing Sims 4, your Windows operating laptop must have a minimum of these features:
- OPERATING SYSTEM: 64 Bit is a must and either Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10.
- CPU: In this section, you should have either 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, AMD Athlon 64 Dual-Core 4000+ or equivalent. In case of laptops that use built-in graphics chipsets, the Sims4 requires 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 or equivalent spec.
- RAM: At least 4 GB RAM.
- HARD DRIVE: minimum of 15 GB free space with at least 1 GB additional space for other content such as custom content and saved games.
- VIDEO MEMORY: to run the game smoothly, a laptop should have at least 128 MB of Video RAM and support for Pixel Shader 3.0.
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 6600, ATI Radeon X1300, Intel GMA X4500, or any other graphics card that may be better than these options.
- ONLINE CONNECTIVITY: Internet connection is a must for product activation.
However, game developers also suggest recommending specs for your laptop that will make the game run smoothly and will give you a full experience.
- OPERATING SYSTEM: 64 Bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10
- PROCESSOR: Intel core i5 or faster, AMD Athlon X4
- GRAPHICS CARD: NVIDIA GTX 650 or better
- RAM: 4 GB RAM
- HARD DRIVE: 18 GB of Hard Drive space
Laptop under 1000$ budget
ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300
|Processor||Intel Core i7-8750H|
|RAM||16 GB of RAM|
|ROM||256 GB SSD|
ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 is one of the best gaming laptops under budget. It has durable chassis and powerful performance. The Helios 300 usually comes as a gaming laptop, but designers and engineers also use it due to its high-tech components and impressive performance.
Design: The 14-inches laptop has a bit bulky design and weighs around 5.7 pounds. It comes in a metal chassis but has bottom plastic cover. When you open the base cover, you will find two compartments for hard drive and RAM, which are removable, and you can upgrade as per your preference.
The screen has thinner bezels on sides but has thicker on the bottom, and between those bezels is 15.6ʺ Full HD widescreen LCD IPS display with 144Hz refresh rate and 1920x1080p resolution. The matte coated screen prevents light reflection and also gives it an anti-glare feature. The screen shows vibrant colors, sharp visuals, and has bright-lit display even in an outdoor environment.
It features RGB lighting on a keyboard and around the trackpad, due to gaming laptop design you will see light pop up more around WASD and arrow keys. Keyboard has agronomical design, matte finish, and sufficient key travel; and gives responsive and accurate feedback. The touchpad is center align with the keyboard and has an on/off option. It is responsive and gets the necessary tasks done, but you may feel it going erratic when you also have a mouse attached.
Performance: it offers different CPU configurations according to price. This particular model under 1000$ comes with a powerful Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16 GB of RAM, and 256 GB SSD. The processor has six cores and a hyper-threading feature, and this exceptional feature divides the flow and allows 12 threads to run in total. These components carry out heavy multitasking and gaming seamlessly.
As for the GPU, the laptop comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. It gives a decent performance during gaming, and you have an option of update or replace according to your gaming needs.
Battery: The laptop comes with two Lithium metal batteries. Though, the battery span can go around 6-7 hours, which is pretty decent but still less than what its competitors offer.
The laptop supports both Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity. Moreover, as for ports, you get a USB-C Gen 2 port, three USB 3.1 port, an HDMI 2.0, a mini-DisplayPort, an Ethernet, and an audio jack. One downside is that the USB C port is not Thunderbolt-compatible.
HP PAVILION POWER 15
|Processor||Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-core 7th gen|
|ROM||128GB SSD & 1TB hard drive|
HP Pavilion Power 15 is another high tech gaming laptop which a bit below Helios 300 in terms of price and specs. Also, it comes in three different specifications with price variation, and you can choose the one you like.
Design: HP Pavilion has improved its design from previous models. Power 15 gives an aesthetic look with brushed aluminum chassis. It is sleeker with 0.95 inches thin body and weighs only 4 pounds, these specs make it portable, but it is still big enough to carry in hand.
Power 15 has a 15.6 inch wide diagonal IPS HD WLED backlight display within thin bezels. The wide viewing screen comes with an anti-glare coating and gives a 178-degree angle view. It shows sharp visuals and has a 1920x1080p resolution.
The island-style keyboard has backlit keys that have the option of on/off. It also includes a numeric pad, which is rare in many laptops but not in gaming laptops. The keys are soft and give tactile feedback despite being made of plastic and have deep travel distance. The wide touchpad delivers fast results and is responsive to multi-gesture but lacks click buttons.
Performance: HP Pavilion 15 comes equipped with 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad-core processor with turbo speed 2.8GHz to 3.8GHz. It also has a powerful 8GB RAM of 2133MHz speed. This powerful combo executes any intensive task and gaming without lagging or slowing down.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card with dedicated 4GB DDRS produces solid and sharp visuals and makes the Sims 4 run smoothly. Additionally, the laptop has 128GB SSD memory capacity and 1TB hard drive, which provides smooth transferring and immense storing of files.
Battery: HP comes with Li-ion 70 Wh battery. The life span can last up to 8-9 hours; depending on the game settings, it may vary but still offers impressive hours.
The laptop supports plenty of ports, USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, two USB 3.1 Gen 1port and USB 3.0 ports for connecting and transferring data, an AC adapter port for charging, an HDMI-out for viewing your game on a big screen, LAN for connecting internet cable directly, headphone/microphone combo jack and SD card reader. In wireless connectivity options, it offers an Intel 7265 2×2 WLAN module for 802.11ac and Bluetooth.
Laptop under 800$ budget
LENOVO IDEAPAD 330
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8250U 8th-gen|
|RAM||8 GB RAM|
LENOVO IDEAPAD 330 is a good choice if you want to enjoy smooth Sims 4 gaming under budget. The laptop offers a lag-free processor and bigger screen, which makes it best for gaming and streaming YouTube and Netflix.
Design: It is not only sleek and thin but also has solid build; and comes equipped with notable features. The plastic chassis cuts down weight and price just like any other laptop. It is lightweight and portable, with only 4.6 pounds.
IDEAPAD 330 offers a wide full HD 15inches screen with a 1366×768 resolution. The large screen size is exceptionally convenient for gaming and streaming shows; the bigger screen provides a wide-angle of action. The display is relatively dim as compared to other laptops in this category. Nevertheless, it produces satisfactory 188 nits of brightness and 66% of sRGB color gamut.
The island-style keyboard comes with soft and fairly clicky keys. Keys have shallow key travel and no backlit. The touchpad is relatively small but pretty responsive and executes Windows 10 gestures smoothly. Moreover, due to the small size touchpad, you get plenty of palm rest space.
Performance: The laptop comes loaded with a powerful 8th-gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor, 8 GB RAM, and 1TB HDD. Furthermore, it has an integrated graphics card which is upgradable to Nvidia MX110. IDEAPAD 330 gives an exceptional performance, and if you like to take your gaming further, you can always upgrade the components and have the best experience.
Battery: the battery life is mediocre; you can use it for 4-5 hours on a single charge. But if you are planning to use it for a longer time, then better have a power adapter with you.
The laptop has a single CD drive, a USB 3.1 port, a USB 2.0 input, an HDMI, an RJ45 Ethernet port, a 4in1 card reader, and a headphone/mic combo jack. Also, wireless connectivity comes via 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1.
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|Processor||Intel Core i5-9300H|
The MSI GF63 is another likable gaming laptop under an affordable range. The laptop, along with sleek, simple design, gives a powerful performance.
Design: the laptop comes in a mixture of metal and plastic chassis with a black brushed aluminum finish. The 15-inch laptop is compact and weighs around 4 pounds. Moreover, it features an 82% screen-to-body ratio.
The laptop features thinner bezels around 14inch wide and 1080p HD screen. The 60 Hz refreshing rate and IPS technology make Sims 4 a great experience. Visuals are sharp and clear, but display lacks brightness.
As for the keyboard, the laptop only has red backlighting. MSI had made gamer-friendly keyboards for its laptops, and MSI GF63 also features a robust keyboard with tactile feedback and decent key travel. Both the keyboard and touchpad is of smooth plastic material. The touchpad is responsive and accurately tracks multi-gestures. Two buttons on the bottom are rather stiff and may feel a bit cheap under the touch.
Performance: This under budget laptops comes with Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 512GB SSD. The high spec it offers makes it great at multitasking and gaming. Even designers prefer this laptop due to smooth task execution and budget-friendly. Along with the performance of Nvidia’s GeForce 1650 graphics card with 4GB DDR5, this laptop beats much pricy gaming desktop.
Battery: Due to MSI GF63 being a lightweight laptop, it only has a three-cell 51Wh battery. These batteries on a single charge only last for 4-5 hours.
It offers almost all the ports that you may need for external peripherals. The left side only has a USB 3.2 Type-A port. But on the other hand, you get two USB 3.2 ports, a USB Type-C port (not Thunderbolt 3 compatible), an Ethernet port for direct internet connection, an HDMI port, and separate microphone and headphones jack.
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- Processor: Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz
Laptop under 600$ budget
ACER ASPIRE E 15
|Processor||Intel Core i5 Quad-core 8th gen|
|ROM||256 GB SSD|
|Battery||12 to 15 hours|
ACER is a prominent name in the field of gaming and programming laptops. It has introduced many line-up models, and Aspire is one of the most successful ones. Acer Aspire E15 is perfect in features, looks, specs, and gives excellent performance. Game developers, graphics designers, and programmers prefer this laptop because it is affordable, can handle any intensive application, and has customization options.
Design: Aspire E 15 has a compact and smooth design. It is a bit bulky and made of chunky plastic with metal texture. This 15-inch laptop weighs around 5.2 pounds.
The laptop comes with a 15.6-inch full HD LED-lit IPS display with a resolution of 1920x1080p. The screen is wide but has thick bezels, and it offers decent viewing angles. It is brightly lit, has sharp visuals but lacks color contrast.
This laptop has a comfortable backlit enabled keyboard with shallow key travel distance. The keys are well spaced and bouncy, which gives tactile feedback and pleasant for typing experience. The touchpad is large and responsive and reacts to all Windows 10 multi-gestures.
The decent display combines with Acer TrueHarmony ensure that Sim4 game come to life. The two builds in the stereo sound system with its vast range of bass and the audio distortion feature makes music loud and clear.
Performance: In terms of performance, a laptop has 8th generation Intel Core i5 Quad-core processor (up to 3.4 GHz), NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM and 8GB DDR4 RAM. With its high specifications, the game will run smoothly, and you will enjoy Sims 4 to your heart’s content. The graphics give great visual experience and make it look like your game is jumping off the screen.
In the storage section, it has a massive 256 GB SSD storage, which is more than enough to store all your gaming files. The laptop offers an easy upgrade option if you run out of memory and need extra. The compartment on the back is easily removable and permits you to install the Hard Drive and Memory effortlessly as per your preference.
Battery: The battery life is the laptop’s most prominent positive side. It has a powerful battery runtime, you can go up to 12 or 15 hours of Sims 4 with a single charge, but battery life may vary according to settings. The high configuration drains the battery faster as compared to lower settings. Moreover, take precautions with it in terms of placing it in direct sunlight or any heat radiating source.
On the right side, the laptop features a USB 2.0 port and an 8X DVD-RW double-layer drive, also a headphone jack and a power connector. On the left side, a USB-3.1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, a VGA input, an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, and a Kensington lock. An SD card reader is also present on the laptop’s front-left edge.
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HP PAVILION Gaming 15
|Processor||Intel Core i7 8th gen Quad-Core|
|ROM||128GB SSD & 1TB HDD|
The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is another under budget gaming laptop that not only gamers use but also bloggers. This model offers better build quality and performance as compared to its predecessors. Sims 4 works pretty fine because the game provides settings according to the laptop’s configuration.
Design: As compared to other gaming laptops, it does not have an ultra-premium look. Nonetheless, it is made of plastic with a metallic design, which gives the laptop a stylish and attractive look. The laptop is thin but weighs around 4.2 pounds, and you can easily carry it around in your bag.
The laptop has a 15 inch HD IPS touch screen with 1920x1080p resolution and SVA Brightview WLED-backlit display. The screen has 60Hz of refresh rate and produces 250nits of brightness.
The pavilion features a Chiclet-style keyboard with green backlit overall and a bit intense around WASD and arrow keys. The keys are softer and comfortable and have shallow key travel, which serves a smooth experience. Just like any other gaming laptop, it also has a Numpad ad due to which the keyboard is a bit cramped. The touchpad is exceptionally wide, responsive, and sensitive to multi-gestures.
Performance: HP Pavilion offers 8th Generation Quad-Core Intel Core i5-8250U 1.6GHz Processor and 8GB of RAM. As for storage, it comes with both 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. The laptop gives a vast storage space and a powerful multitasking and gaming performance. Windows 10 Home is already installed on a laptop and offers great features and software.
Battery: The long hours of battery life is a pretty impressive feature. The 10 hours of battery span gives a significant advantage while playing Sims 4 on the go or if you want to take it with you on travel.
In terms of ports, it supports two USB3.1 Type-C, a USB 3.1 Type-A port, an HDMI a headphone jack, a full-size SD card slot, and an Ethernet port. For a wireless connection, it has both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2.
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Laptop under 400$ budget
DELL INSPIRON 15 5000
|ROM||256 GB SSD & 1TB HDD|
Dell has manufactured and delivered user-friendly laptops, and this is one out of many. This laptop has a sturdy build, attractive look, and high performance. You can play Sims 4 with medium quality settings without any issue.
Design: The aluminum metal with a matte finish gives a laptop a stylish look. The smooth surface of the chassis does not attract dirt and resists abrasion. It weighs around 4.4 pounds and 9mm thick. This laptop is comfortable to hold, and you face no hassle in carrying it around.
The Inspirion has a massive 15.6 inches HD anti-glare screen with 1366×768 p resolution. The laptop, however, has thick bezel design like in most of the premium laptops. The display is a little dimmer in colors and has satisfactory brightness.
The keyboard is backlit and has a decent key travel distance. The shallow key shape requires a bit more pressure to press. You get used to it with time and get a good typing experience. The full plastic touchpad with buttons is smooth and responsive. It also accurately tracks multi-gesture and performs flawlessly.
Performance: The laptop comes with 3.6 GHz Ryzen 5 2500U, AMD Radeon Vega8 Graphics Integrated graphics card, and a 4GB DDR4 RAM. It performs pretty well and executes tasks smoothly. The laptop has a massive 256 GB SSD and 1TB HDD, which makes storing and multitasking way easier.
Battery: It has an average battery span of 5 hours. The battery life is pretty enough for casual gaming or watching entertainment.
For external connectivity, the laptop supports USB 3.1 Type-C port, HMDI port, an Ethernet network port, two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, and a headset/microphone jack. Additionally, it has an old-style disc drive.
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ASUS VIVOBOOK 15
|Processor||Intel Core i3-8145U 8th gen|
ASUS VIVOBOOK 15 is another excellent choice for gamers that come under a 400$ budget. This new VIVOBOOK from ASUS comes with a powerful 8thgeneration processor, a dedicated graphics card, and RAM in a durable build chassis. Moreover, ultraportable and affordable qualities make it an ideal choice for gamers and students as well. You can play Sims 4 easily in any setting you like.
Design: It has a sleek, thin design and made of plastic with weighing only 3.7 pounds. The laptop has an Ergolift hinge, which lifts the laptop an inch higher to give the base a breathing space and comfortable typing experience.
The screen has thin bezels, which then allow full HD LED screen of 15.6inch with 1920 x 1080 resolution to shine through and gives you excellent gaming and entertainment experience. Colors are vibrant and vivid on brightly lit displays. However, it does not offer a wide viewing angle, colors washout after 45 degrees tilt.
The island-style keyboard with Numpad is pretty comfortable due to the Ergolift hinge. The keys are nice, with deep key travel distance and give tactile feedback. Though, the keyboard is not backlit and may sometimes hinder in dim light. The touchpad is spacious, with accurate tracking feedback. Also, it features a fingerprint reader on the right corner.
Performance: The CPU consists of 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8145U Processor with turbo up to 3.9GHz, 8GB DDR3 RAM with speed 1600MHz, and for storage, it has 128GB SSD. These specifications are powerful enough to run Sims 4 at a high setting without any lag. You can even multi-task without your laptop slowing down. Along with Intel UHD Graphics 620, the graphics and visual quality are great and smooth, which also makes your gaming experience pleasant.
Battery: VIVOBOOK, like any other ultra-portable device, gives an impressive battery life. It can last for about 8 hours maximum. You can easily play and work while traveling or outside.
In the ports section, you get on the left side, two USB Type-A 2.0 ports, that is reserve for peripheral connections. While on the right, it has the barrel-style power plug, a USB Type-A 3.1 Gen. 1 port, an HDMI port, a USB Type-C 3.1 Gen. 1 port, a combo audio jack, and a MicroSD card reader.
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Laptop under 200$ budget
HP Stream 14
|Processor||2.2 GHz AMD A4 Processor|
|RAM||4 GB DDR4|
|ROM||64 GB hard drive|
A streaming book, as you know, is an ultra-portable laptop that comes with all the powerful specs that you need for streaming, and even gaming. HP Stream is another cheap gaming laptop, and it offers functionality, connectivity, and value.
Design: The laptop is lightweight and weighs 3.2 pounds. It has a sleek look with rounded edges. The 14 inches screen has 1366x768p resolution. Moreover, it produces a good amount of brightness and color contrast enough for casual Sims 4 gameplay.
The wide Chiclet-style keyboard has bigger and well-placed keys. Unlike other gaming laptops, it does not have Numpad. The key travel distance is a bit deeper, which makes the typing experience smooth. It features spacious and buttons less touchpad. The touchpad is responsive to multi-gestures and gives tactile clicks.
Performance: It comes with a 2.2 GHz AMD A4 Processor, 4 GB DDR4 RAM, and 64 GB hard drive. The laptop gives a satisfactory performance and does not lag in multitasking and gaming. Storage may be insufficient, but you have an option for an upgrade with an extra SD card slot. As for GPU, Stream 14 has an AMD Radeon Integrated Graphics card, which offers decent graphics in gaming.
It works on Windows 10 S, the secure version of Windows, which only lets you download store approved apps and prevents the risk of getting a virus. Windows also has One Drive, which offers 1TB of free cloud storage for a year. Moreover, it boots up in seconds because it does not run unnecessary background programs.
Battery: The battery life varies according to usage; it lasts around 8 hours on basic tasks. Gaming on high settings will make a laptop last for 6 hours maximum or maybe less.
On the left side of the laptop, you have a Feinstein lock, an HDMI out port, two USB 3.1 type-A ports that are faster in transferring than the next USB 2.0 Type-A port, a headphone/microphone jack and an SD card slot. Furthermore, in wireless connectivity, it supports the latest Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth.
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DELL LATITUDE E6420
|Processor||Intel Core i5 Processor|
|RAM||8 GB DDR3|
|ROM||128 GB SSD Hard Drive|
The DELL LATITUDE E6420 is another great Dell laptop that comes at a low price and offers an array of good specs. It has all the powerful performance features that you may need for gaming or even streaming.
Design: the Dell Latitude has a bit heavy and bulky design with 1.3 inches thick and 5.6 pounds. The lid is made of metal with brushed aluminum finish and has angular shape corners. Meanwhile, the inside is made of soft-touch rubber and has matte chrome on bezels and hinges. Though, the internal chassis has magnesium alloy and protective LCD seal, which provides ruggedness and makes the device durable.
The laptop has a 14-inch, glossy touchscreen, which produces sharp and bright images. Though, it does not have a wide viewing angle and colors dim out around 45 degrees. The touchscreen works accurately and supports double finger touch. However, the screen does not rotate or flip in tablet mode, so the touch is limited and has fewer features.
It features a spill resistance keyboard with concave keys, which gives tactile feedback. The key’s soft touch and grip provide an efficient typing experience. The key travel is shallow, which lets you achieve 86 words per minute on average, with little error. Latitude has both a touchpad and a navigation stick. Though, navigation stick performs accurately but has a slippery touch. However, the small touchpad has a matte surface, which is easy to swipe. It is responsive to multi-gestures and also has two buttons.
Performance: the laptop comes equipped with 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 Processor, RAM 8 GB DDR3, and 128 GB SSD Hard Drive. As expected from Dell laptop, this laptop also gives exceptional performance in gaming and multitasking. The storage space is already enough, but if fall short, you can always attach an extra. Furthermore, it has Intel HD Graphics for an impressive visual experience.
Battery: the Latitude E6420 offers more than 8 hours of battery life, which is impressive in this price range and better than its competitors.
Though, a laptop has many port options but lacks a USB 3.0 port. Besides, you get an HDMI and VGA connectors, 5-in-1 card reader, four USB 2.0 ports, ExpressCard or a SmartCard Reader, an Ethernet connector, and headphone jack. That is not it; moreover, you see an 8X DVD optical drive, Wi-Fi on/off switch, lock slot, battery ac power slot, and exhaust vent on the side of the laptop.
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Here we have reviewed the best laptops in every price range that will run Sims 4 smoothly and give you pleasant experience. The mentioned laptops work on Windows operating system and have minimum to maximum required specs mentioned by Sims 4 developers. Categories by price range will let you select the best laptop according to your budget. If you don’t find a suitable laptop, then you can always check our other gaming laptops reviews.
CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz Processor or better.
RAM: At least 4 GB.
HARD DRIVE: At least 15 GB of free space and 1 GB additional space for custom content and saved games.
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT, ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro or better.
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