sorry for being a complete retard when it comes to computers.
Then everyone has been one at one point or another - and many computer users still are. The smart ones ask questions before jumping in!
I would like to know which of these are of the best value, and if you recommend any laptops.
Here's my take on this. Regardless what anybody, or any maker says, notebooks do NOT make good gaming machines. They may be able to pack the horsepower in there, but big power means lots of generated heat and big cooling requirements and that's not possible in small cases with one or two tiny fans. A comparable PC will likely have at least three large fans (one on top of the CPU, one inside the PSU, and one case fan in back). And gaming PCs typically have several big
120mm fans moving massive volumes of cool air through the case. Many newer PC cases support larger fans, with 250mm (10 inch!) fans starting to appear. There will typically be a decent size fan just for the graphics card, and perhaps a chipset fan on the motherboard too.
Setting aside the heat "extraction" issue for a moment, notebook fans do draw air through the case. But that means they also draw in dust, dander, smoke and other crud and contaminants too. ALL computer interiors require periodic cleaning
. That means notebooks require a proper cleaning of heat trapping dust too. For PCs, I recommend inspecting monthly, and cleaning when dust bridges the heatsink fins. But notebooks don't have an ATX Form Factor standard, or easy access side panel so notebook makers use proprietary parts. Technically, there is no reason notebook makers can not design in and include easy access ports for cleaning critical components - but they won't. In the competitive rush to claim bragging rights for the thinest, lightest notebook with the longest battery life, the big notebook makers ignore physics, forget that heat is the bane of all electronics, and use proprietary parts because they look and feel nice. Proprietary on this scale means fewer options and greater costs to the consumer, and more profit for the big makers.
Of course motherboard makers don't want their CPUs to burn up and Intel and AMD care if their products burn up so mobile CPUs in notebooks go into self-protect mode when temperatures get to high - that is, they toggle down clock speeds so they don't generate as much heat so the tiny fans can (hopefully) catch up. Clock speeds slowing down in the middle of a game is not usually something gamers like to see.
Until the notebook industry comes up with form factor standard similar to the PC's ATX standard, one that allows for the normal user to do required cleaning, I recommend unless you absolutely MUST have portability, get a PC.
As for the products you mention - I have never heard of Xplorer or Battalion computers but if you look at the images and follow the specifications link on the Cyberpower site, you will see both are simply re-branded MSI MS-1722 Notebooks
. That's not a bad thing - MSI makes good stuff. There's no doubt Sony makes good products, but they tend to be expensive, and I personally stopped being a Sony fan when they initially tried to deny they were dumping rootkits
on consumer's PCs.