5 Best Gaming Laptops The Beginner’s Guide to Portable Gaming
As you’ll find out in this review roundup, picking the top gaming laptop off the proverbial shelf isn’t always an easy matter of just putting the best specs against the rest.
Just as there are dozens of different types of gamers, there are different gaming laptops which cater to each section of the market at a certain price point. Some are light and thin with a sleek profile, others are big and burly so which one will be the right fit for you?
1. Asus ROG G75 – Best Affordable Gaming Laptop
The G75 combines beauty and power, unlike any other laptop.
When you get an Asus gaming laptop, you know you’re in for a solid piece of gaming hardware thanks to the company’s very own Republic of Gamers seal of approval.
All products in the ROG line, laptop or otherwise, maintain Asus notorious eye for packing more than enough quality, power, and price breaks into a machine that’s no business costing as little as it does for all of the extra frills you get on the side.
We love the G75 because it encompasses everything we love about gaming in one system, all without coming off as gaudy or audacious for what it achieves, which is why we name it our best gaming laptop of 2017.
2. Alienware 15 – Best Gaming Laptop Under $2,000
The Alienware Graphics Amplifier makes true AAA 4K gaming possible.
Alienware might be one of the oldest players in the pre-made PC game, but that doesn’t mean they still aren’t one of the best. With specs like a Nvidia GTX 970M and 1TB of hard drive space, this laptop does everything you need it to.
Not only that, but the Alienware 15 is also one of the few models which are compatible with the company’s Graphics Amplifier box. The Graphics Amplifier is a separate station that users can use to ramp up their gaming power to the max with all the help of an external GPU, providing you with the choice to run medium settings on the road, but crank the volume to ultra once you’re back home and plugged in.
3. MSI GT80S 6QE Titan SLI – Best MSI Gaming Laptop
The MSI GT80S is the most powerful laptop we’ve ever tested.
In the event that you need top of the line performance from a gaming laptop that takes no prisoners, the name of MSI’s GT80S 6QE Titan gaming laptop should be enough to convince you of what it can do.
With a dual GTX 980M SLI set of graphics cards and Intel Core i7-6820HK quad-core processor to boot, the Titan gives you the opportunity to completely demolish, destroy, and conquer any virtual opponent that might come your way, online or otherwise.
It might not be the lightest (or prettiest) gaming laptop out there, but what it lacks in polish and battery life it more than makes up for in the power department.
4. Razer Blade – Most Portable
The sleek and sexy Razer Blade goes anywhere you do.
We love the Razer’s gaming laptop because of just how darn thin it’s, and equally light to boot. The engineers over at Razer have somehow managed to pack due to the fact that many specs into the Blade as we expect from other contenders twice its size and three times as heavy, all while maintaining a sleek, stylish finish that looks just as great on a counter in the coffee shop as it does tuck away in your side bag.
The Blade also includes a gorgeous 3200 x 1800 QHD screen that trounces any other laptop in its category, making it one of the slimmest, sexiest gaming laptops we’ve had the pleasure of using in a long, long time.
5. ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT – Best Budget Gaming Laptop
The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VT is impossibly light with tons of power to spare.
Somehow, someway, ASUS has managed to achieve the impossible with its latest entry into the ROG laptop lineup: the ROG Strix GL502VT. At only 4.85lbs and just short of 1 thick, the Strix GL502VT still manages to sport an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor alongside a huge (only in power, not size) Nvidia GTX 970M with 6GB of onboard GDDR5 VRAM.
All that extra VRAM means plenty of punch to game with, all on a laptop that easily slides into any side bag or backpack with ease. Add to this a sleek, anodized aluminum casing and pro-gamer level keyboard trackpad combo, and you’ve got a laptop that’s fast enough to stand up with the big boys, but compact enough to fit in your airplane table tray with no sweat.