Gamers will have a blast with this one. The era of the clunky desktop is long over; I remember the days when we used to carry around boxy and heavy rigs just for a night of fun and LAN party. Gaming laptops are slim, sexy and powerful these days; their specs are more than enough to stick right on the heels of their oversized cousins. sure, a laptop is slightly more expensive, but hey – mobile gaming comes with a price. So, which way to go?
Well, this is why we’re here – to talk about the best gaming notebooks out there and make sure your favorite game will run smoothly. Prices may vary!
10. Acer Aspire V3-572G-54S6
This wasn’t meant to try out all new games at maximum resolution, but for getting a lot of power for a little money, the Aspire is the perfect choice. You’ll get a dedicated Geforce GT 840M 2GB video card that will play most games at their native 1366 x 768, without getting sluggish or dumping your fps below 40. Starts off with 8 gigs of RAM, which is easily upgradeable, while the 1.7-2.7 GHz Dual-Core Intel i5 4210U comes complete with hyper-threading. The hard-drive is a terabyte (TB), at a disappointing 5400rpm; feel free to upgrade to a SSD.
9. Lenovo Y50
Gaming and 4K screen don’t really go well together. However, a GeForce GTX 860M 2GB vid card sounds nice, although the standard screen is a 15.6″, so it’s clear where Lenovo cut costs. There’s the Y50, keeping components cool, aside from the bottom and the WASD keys; the Intel Dual Band 802.11ac wireless card uses high-end wireless routers to maximum effect, while the Intel i5-4200H 2.8 GHz Processor with 8 GB DDR3 RAM runs the show at a nice clip.
8. Alienware 13
Two Dell Alienware 13 Non-Touch notebook computers.
A single inch thick and just 13″ across, this is the smallest Alienware product on the market. Meant to be a small backup gaming laptop, this thing is more than capable of running most games at a decent framerate: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU with 2GB VRAM, the 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5-4210U CPU and 16GB RAM make this laptop worthy of attention. Looking at the 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1440p display, it’s easy to get mesmerized; if you want to dazzle, drop $300 and get their graphic amp.
7. Asus RoG GL551JM-DH71
This laptop offers a Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, a firm chassis with a dense, weighty sense and metal top. The display is reasonable at 15.6″ with a 1920×1080 res, while the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5 runs everything quickly. Heat is always an issue with less expensive gaming laptops, and this is no exception.
6. Alienware 17
Though you wouldn’t expect much from a 17.3-inch matte anti-glare 1920 x 1080-pixel display, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M behind it means you’ll really see some crisp textures, quality blending, and accurate colors. Alienware has made a display worthy of attention; despite being equipped with a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ, framerates tended to fall below expectations at the higher settings. This laptop includes tons of USB ports, HDMI interfaces, and gaming headset jacks.
5. Asus RoG G751JY-DH71
The praises of this Asus can’t be sung highly or loudly enough. A sweet 2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ quad-core processor linked up to a GeForce GTX 970M graphics card, expandable RAM slots starting at 16 GB with the option to kick up to 32 GB and a 256 SSD and 1TB HDD. Now that’s a package meant for gaming. Asus chose to go with a 17″ IPS display with a 1920×1080 resolution, and the cooling is phenomenal with rear vents that keep both the interior and the keyboard cool around the WASD keys and the trackpad.
4. Origin EON17-SLX
Beneath that odd exterior lurks the heart of the L337. Origin went for a pair of GTX 980Ms from NVIDIA that blast out graphics onto the 127 pixels per inch (PPI) displa, resulting in a contrast ratio of 640:1, while the i7-4940MX Intel Core should has been scoring points at the top of the benchmark pile. The performance coming out of the Samsung 840-EVO SSD’s is spectacular!
3. Razer Blade 2015
This laptop comes with a GTX 970, into a slim and slender build; the quad-core 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 CPU that bears 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM surely doesn’t hurt. The cherry on top is the display which comes in either a 1080p or 3200 x 1800 resolution. With a thickness of 0.7 inches, there’s a lot of power in very little sppace. The only drawbacks are low battery life, limited storage and a powerful display that the hardware can’t really support.
2. Aorus X7 Pro
At 6.6 lbs., the stellar performance coming out of this gaming laptop is amazing. It uses dual Nvidia GTX 970M SLI 6GB GDDR5’s and a quad-core i7-4870HQ with a 6 MB cache that starts at 2.5 GHz and can turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz. Sadly, all this performance comes at a price, while the fans are loud, the heat is intense, and the battery can’t hit the 2 hour mark.
1. MSI GT80 Titan SLI
With a mechanical keyboard, for a deeper, more accurate sensation, this laptop has got me droolin’. You push a button on the side-mounted trackpad and it is suddenly a numeric keypad; behind the powerful 18″ display is a pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPUs in SLI configuration boasting 16 GB of VRAM. Tons of ports, an easy-access panel for upgrading and tweaking, and heat that never seems to even reach 80 degrees inside or out – perfect!