Laptops have received a bad rap over the years for being inadequate for the hardcore gamer. Portability has always come at the expense of having sub-standard or on-board graphics cards that just could not compare to a desktop. Modern gaming GPUs can weigh up to three pounds and a laptop is useless if it won’t fit in your bag. In recent years, however, things have changed. Leading companies like Nvidia and AMD have been putting out laptop versions of their leading cards with compelling results. Sure, the mobile version of the GTX 1080 will not outperform its desktop counterpart, but they are coming dangerously close.
So for those of you who are looking to invest in the world of high-quality mobile gaming (without using an external GPU), search no further. We have compiled a list of the best-of-the-best gaming machines that will melt your lap off.
Here is our list of the top 5 best gaming laptops:
5. Alienware 13R3
Alienware used to be THE computer hardware gaming company. I don’t know if they lost that status entirely because they were bought by Dell in 2006 or because computers shaped like alien heads just weren’t “cool” anymore. In any event, Alienware is making a comeback with the first ever laptop with an OLED screen. It has the features you expect in a gaming laptop such as the Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a GeForce GTX 10 series GPU… but that OLED screen… those colors… mmmmm.
BUY: Alienware 13R3
4. Razer Blade Pro
Razer products are expensive. There, I said it. Sometimes they produce quality products, but they are never inexpensive. While this laptop is no different in its price-point, I must say that you are definitely getting exactly what you pay for with this bad boy. The Razer Blade Pro packs an Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, 32GB of RAM and Nvidia’s newest GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 card. It’s 17.3-inch touch screen is also G-Sync capable and the 1TB HDD will ensure you can load up as many games as you need for the road. Couple all of that with a starboard track pad (why all full-size laptops don’t go with this is beyond me) and its mechanical switch keyboard and you have yourself a power house that can hold its own stylistically against any product that Macintosh company can “design”.
BUY: Razer Blade Pro
3. HP Omen 17
Unlike the previous entry on the list, Hp’s Omen 17 truly is a value. Also containing an Intel Core i7 processor, this laptop will take your gaming to the next level with its rich, 4K G-Sync display. It has just enough RAM at 16GB and has a GeForce GTX 1070 to round everything out nicely. Even though at 4K you won’t be seeing 60FPS, 30FPS is entirely likely and adequate for a gaming rig of this value. Also, you won’t be relegated to headphones with the Omen. Its Bang & Olufsen speakers will allow you to annoy everyone on your public transportation of choice while gaming on the go.
BUY: HP Omen 17
2. MSI GT62 Dominator Pro
Right out of the box the Dominator stands out with its Intel Core i7 Quad core processor. Nvidia is again providing its quality line of laptop cards and this MSI notebook has the GeForce 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 RAM. The 15.6-inch display has a full non-reflective surface that can reach resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080. Although many of the laptops on this list are certainly capable of processing high-quality VR, the Dominator is the only one that boasts being “VR-ready”. The Nvidia Pascal microarchitechture of their 10 series cards and the addition of the G-Sync will certainly help to keep framerates high and that VR motion sickness in check.
1. Asus ROG G701VI
The Asus ROG is a beautiful monster. It already has a leg up on most other gaming laptops with having the 8GB version of the Geforce GTX 1080 rather than the 5GB. The ROG has a ridiculous 64GB or RAM and two 512GB SSDs in RAID 0 configuration. That is some serious multitasking power… like streaming simultaneous 1080p video whilst switching between forty open tabs in Chrome serious. Asus has gone above and beyond by adding a 1920 x 1080 G-Sync display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It is beautiful when open or closed, as well. The ROG has a titanium and copper finish that is as sleek as it is sexy. This baby tends to heat up a bit (obviously), but that is a small price to pay for performance and gaming capabilities that not only go above and beyond the competition, but destroy them in every way imaginable. This is a machine that will still be top of the line for a while.