I’m buying myself a new laptop later this year with the intent of using it for sporadic gaming while not at home (4 weeks around Christmas, maybe 1 week during the year and 2-3 hours every 2 weeks or so). The problem is that I’m usually gaming on my laptop with other people in the room who get bothered the moment the fans start spinning up, so the laptop needs to be low noise while gaming. I’ve been checking a lot of laptop reviews and apparently modern gaming laptop fans at most put out 50 decibels, with most being around 40-45.
When I mentioned this to my father, he said that’s too loud, and I’m not sure what to think of this. He said that 50 decibels was the volume of the noise my mother’s toothbrush made because that was what a site told him, and that was already too loud for him because he could hear it going on in the bathroom from his bedroom. However, I then checked this toothbrush myself and it was well over 70 decibels at a rough 2 arm’s length away according to the sound meter app on my iPhone (NIOH SLM). There’s also a difference between 50 Decibels of annoying toothbrush rattling and 50 Decibels of gentle fan whirring.
I’m currently trying to figure out what exactly 40-50 Decibels mean as fan noise in relation to other noise and what common household object I might be able to compare this to. I’ve done some research, and apparently the testing for laptops during reviews is generally done from the position of the head relative to the laptop, while someone who’s sitting 2 meters away from the laptop would have 6-12 Decibels less than recorded during testing because Decibels decay by 6 decibels every time the distance doubles. Like, if my father says 50 decibels is too loud, that would impact my choice of laptops and how I can use them.