Best Gaming Laptops

Review & Comparison, Last Update May 11, 2017
Laptops are used by millions of people all over the world because they are compact and easy-to-carry and thanks to the present-day technologies, laptops are high-performance enough to ensure a quick and lag-free gaming experience. It's always great to have your laptop around and be able to play your favorite video games away from home. We have chosen the 5 best gaming laptops for you to choose the right one to your needs and tasks. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
CPU
RAM
GPU
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
SCREEN SIZE
SCREEN RESOLUTION
STORAGE SPACE
BATTERY LIFE
SOUND
KEYBOARD
 
PROS

The integrated MSI Dragon Center will let you control all laptop settings as well as adjust it to different output content and lighting conditions.

CONS

According to some customers, the screen is somewhat dimmer than in competing models.

OUR VERDICT

This laptop for gaming is an ideal model for avid gamers craving not only for power but also quality graphics and VR support.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 2.8 GHz - 3.8 GHz

RAM

16 GB DDR4

GPU

NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY

Matte IPS Full HD display

SCREEN SIZE

15.6 inches

SCREEN RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080 pixels

STORAGE SPACE

256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD

BATTERY LIFE

6-Cell Li-Ion battery, (57Whr)

SOUND

4 x 2W speakers + 1 x 3W subwoofer

KEYBOARD

Backlight Keyboard (Full-Color)

PROS

The pre-installed Predator Sense software not only allows you to watch your laptop's operating condition but also adjust it to different tasks, including resource-intensive ones.

CONS

The laptop doesn't perform on Linux OS as good as it does on Windows.

OUR VERDICT

A perfect gaming laptop that combines lighting performance specs and an excellent cooling system. You will be able to immerse in the world of real games, even the most dynamic, thanks to the large screen size.

detailed parameters
CPU

Intel Core i7-6700HQ, 2.6 GHz - 3.5GHz

RAM

16 GB DDR4

GPU

NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5

DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY

IPS Full HD LED-lit display

SCREEN SIZE

17.3 inches

SCREEN RESOLUTION

1920 x 1080 pixels

STORAGE SPACE

256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD

BATTERY LIFE

8-Cell Li-Ion battery, 6000mAh (up to 3 hours runtime)

SOUND

4 speakers

KEYBOARD

RGB Backlit Keyboard

PROS
The well-balanced laptop that show the good quality of assemble. This unit can run most modern games on high settings. Seamless keyboard is very responsive and comfortable for any gamer.
CONS
Battery life could be better, particularly for really addicted gamers.
OUR VERDICT
A competitive gaming laptop with the incredibly high performance and stylish design. Perfect for those who don't need the best battery life.
detailed parameters
CPU
Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz
RAM
16 GB DDR4
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR5
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
Anti-glare IPS FHD
SCREEN SIZE
17.3 inches
SCREEN RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080 pixels
STORAGE SPACE
1 TB HDD + 128 GB SSD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 5 hours
SOUND
ROG AudioWizard 2 stereo speakers, ICE sound enhancement system
KEYBOARD
Red backlighting
PROS
Dell gaming laptop has a superb cooling system with 2 fans and 3 exhausts. Speakers are loud enough to enjoy watching your favorite movies. Excellent battery life - you can always rely on this laptop when you are on the go.
CONS
Some users find it a bit heavy, but it's quite OK for a gaming laptop with a high-capacity battery.
OUR VERDICT
That's a really versatile laptop that combines powerful hardware, extra-long battery life, and quite an attractive price.
detailed parameters
CPU
Intel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz
RAM
8 GGB DDR3L
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB DDR5
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
IPS wide-angle anti-glare
SCREEN SIZE
15.6 inches
SCREEN RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080 pixels
STORAGE SPACE
256 GB SSD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 10 hours
SOUND
Waves MaxxAudio Pro technology (2 speakers + 1 subwoofer)
KEYBOARD
Neon backlighting
PROS
Thanks to fast-responsive TN-screen this gaming laptop is the best choice for first-person shooters. This laptop features an excellent cooling system that prevents the laptop from overheating even under high load.
CONS
Not as wide viewing angle as on IPS screen.
OUR VERDICT
A middle-class gaming laptop. Thanks to lightweight and slimness it can be used not only for games but also for everyday use.
detailed parameters
CPU
Intel Core i7-6500HQ 2.5 GHz
RAM
8 GB DDR4
GPU
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 2GB DDR5
DISPLAY TECHNOLOGY
TN (matted)
SCREEN SIZE
15.6 inches
SCREEN RESOLUTION
1920 x 1080 pixels
STORAGE SPACE
512 GB SSD
BATTERY LIFE
Up to 7 hours
SOUND
2 stereo speakers with ASUS SonicMaster audio
KEYBOARD
White backlighting

What is a Gaming Laptop

Everybody knows what a laptop is, but it's also quite true that most laptops are less performing than conventional PCs and that's the reason why many people prefer the latter to maximize their gaming experience. Several years ago the difference in performance between laptops and PCs was very big, but not today. The situation has become a lot better for mobile computers. A gaming laptop is a usual notebook that boasts the most cutting-edge and high-performing hardware which makes it fast enough to compete with PCs in running all kinds of video games. However, a gaming laptop is often heavier than a usual one and that's something you need to take into account.

If you still want to have a high-end PC at home and enjoy all of your favorite video games without any problems - check out our review of Gaming PCs. Keep in mind that all further upgrades are much easier to carry out on gaming PCs.

What Features to Compare

There are many gaming laptop reviews online, yet making the right choice is quite difficult since most comparisons are too detailed and long, so a common person isn't patient enough to read. That's why we have decided to compare the most advanced gaming laptops by the most important criteria.

Performance

The first thing to take into account is the performance of the gaming laptop you're going to buy since it determines how long your laptop will remain good enough for modern games. There are several important issues that impact the performance and the CPU is certainly the most important one. The CPU, or central processing unit, is the brain of any computer and there are 2 major manufacturers: Intel and AMD. Intel is considered to be more performing than AMD and that's why most gaming laptops are equipped with one of the most up-to-date Intel CPUs - quad-core Core i5 or Core i7 models with the frequency of 2.4 GHz and more. Another crucial piece of hardware is the GPU or graphics processing unit which transforms a 2-digit code into a realistic image you see on the screen. There are 2 types of GPUs: integrated (they are built into CPUs) and discrete (the independent one which you can easily replace). Of course, most conventional laptops have just an integrated GPU but if your aim is playing video games - you must get a laptop with a discrete GPU. There are 2 main manufacturers of GPUs - NVIDIA and ATI (which is associated with AMD). NVIDIA graphics cards are usually considered to be better for laptops and that's why all of the devices we've picked in this review boast NVIDIA GPUs.

There's another important feature that impacts an overall performance of the laptop - RAM or random-access memory. It's responsible for short-term information retention and if you have a rather small RAM, your laptop won't be able to run all the games smoothly enough. RAM types are different - there are DDR, DDR2, DDR3 and even DDR4, but the newer one you get, the higher frequencies it will be able to support and the faster the data traffic will be. You need to choose a gaming laptop with at least 8 GB of RAM, though the more the better and the best laptops for games have as many as 16 GB.

Finally, check the capacity of the storage device and the technology used in it. For example, most simple laptops have hard disk drives (HDDs) which are quite affordable and have a huge capacity but they are relatively slow and somewhat outdated after solid-state drives (SSDs) have been invented. Of course, SSDs are much faster but more expensive than HDDs. That's why most gaming laptops have an SSD and an HDD. SSDs are used as system drives (Windows is installed on them), while all of your files are stored on HDDs.

Image Quality

Once you've decided on the previously mentioned features, consider the next one - the display, because the game is displayed on it. Therefore, you need to have a high-quality screen in order to enjoy the gaming experience. Game graphics has made a breathtaking progress within the last decade, so playing video games isn't only about killing some monsters, but also about admiring the graphics. So, begin with the screen size - most gaming laptops have a usual diagonal of 15.6 inches but if you want to feel as comfortable as possible while playing games - choose a larger screen (17.3 inches, for example).

Also, consider the resolution the screen provides. You can customize the settings before starting playing a video game and it's an advantage if your laptop supports one of the highest resolutions available. Most gaming laptops allow you to choose the resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (it's called Full HD). However, the best laptops for games can support a higher resolution.

In the end, check what technology is used in a display. All modern laptops have flat LED screens, but they are based on totally different technologies. The cheapest displays are based on the TN technology which has fairly poor viewing angles but boasts the excellent response time (1-5 ms), but gaming laptops belong to the upper class of computers and usually have displays based on the IPS technology which provides much more vivid colors and better viewing angles, but they're a bit slower - 5-8 ms. In general, the minimal response time of the screen for a gaming laptop has to be 10 ms.

Finally, you can't imagine a cutting-edge device without a touchscreen and most gaming laptops have it. It helps us a lot to use Windows, browse the websites, but it isn't a must-have feature for games.

Battery and Sound

The next step to make is to consider the battery. Any laptop is purchased for the sake of autonomous work without a necessity of plugging it into an outlet. And so the battery is important and you need to choose a laptop that provides a good battery life. Keep in mind that gaming laptops are very powerful and it means they consume a lot of energy, so no laptop for games is strong enough to ensure 10 hours of autonomous work. And yet, choose the one that provides no less than 5 hours of battery life - otherwise, you will need to have a power cord around.

Games aren't only about image and display, but also about sound, particularly if you like playing online. Present-day games allow you to even speak with other gamers and that's why the sound matters. And if a conventional laptop has just 2 simple speakers, gaming laptops are usually more 'charged' in terms of sound and boast high-end speakers and even a subwoofer. Surely, you can use the headset while playing video games.

Ergonomics and Design

At last, we've come to the last criteria to take into account - design and ergonomics. First of all, you need to choose the laptop by its appearance and material it's made from. Most laptops are made from plastic but the top-rated models have a metal casing (usually aluminum) which is better in terms of durability and cooling (keep in mind that a laptop has to have an efficient cooling system). The best and most expensive laptops for games boast a cutting-edge carbon casing which makes them really lightweight. However, if you choose a plastic model - it's good enough since fewer fingerprints and scratches are left on plastic.

And, of course, you need to check the keyboard - a crucial feature for any experienced gamer. A keyboard has to be convenient and that's why a lot of attention is paid to a keyboard layout by manufacturers. Although, only you can decide if a keyboard is comfortable. In the end, check the backlighting of the keyboard - most gamers like playing in the evening and at night, so a backlighting is important. The best gaming laptops allow you to even change the color of backlighting.

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Review of MSI GE62VR 15.6" Gaming Laptop

MSI GE62VR 15.6"

MSI GE62VR 15.6"

A Discreet Laptop That Boasts Immodest Performance Characteristics

The MSI Apache GE62VR doesn't look like a typical laptop for gaming. Unlike most high-end gaming laptops that boast innovative design, this one has a modest metal casing with the only red strip running across the lid. If it was not for the bright logo put on the lid you wouldn't even think this laptop is designed for gaming. The screen size of the MSI GE62VR is 15.6". It is equipped with a beautiful backlight keyboard the colors of which can be adjusted in a range provided in Steel Series. Another advantage of this keyboard is that it enables users to create custom startup macros that can be used during a variety of computer games. Let's take a closer look at what's being packed inside the GE62VR. There you'll find an improved Cooler Boost 4 system that combines 6 heat output tubes and 2 powerful fans to effectively remove the heat and maintain the optimal temperature of the electronic components.

Review of MSI GE62VR 15.6" Gaming Laptop

The Performance You Can Benefit From

When it comes to gaming, the GE62VR is surely one of the best laptops you could possibly find in the category, partially owing to its high-performance i7-7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, partially owing to 16 GB RAW. While in order to boost the speed of graphics processing the laptop's been fitted with a performing NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB. The graphics card falls in the category of devices of the 10th generation performance of which is 40% greater than of the GTX 900 M. 

MSI GE62VR 15.6" Gaming Laptop in the use

Amazing Specifications

What else we found great about this laptop for gaming is that it can be connected to 2 more computer monitors thanks to Matrix Display technology and hence, be used for a lot more tasks, revealing bigger potential in games. The connectivity options include HDMI and Mini DisplayPort 1.2 The resolution of the display of 4K tops up the rest of the specs we've already covered.

Detailed review of MSI GE62VR 15.6" Gaming Laptop

The Feeling of Participation

To let you get a real feeling of participation, the MSI GE62VR has been equipped with the Dynaudio system, comprising four 2-watt speakers and a 3-watt subwoofer. With it, you'll be able to hear the slightest sounds and talks as clear as producers of games or movies have meant them to be. 

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Review of Acer Predator 17.3” Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator 17.3”

Acer Predator 17.3”

A Gaming Laptop That Not Only Looks Cool But Also Performs Great

A bright gray and red Acer Predator G5-793-72AU has caught our attention right away. This laptop looks like the majority of gaming laptops. It has sharp straight edges, two vertical red lines and a company logo on the lid. The weight of the laptop isn't too big. At 9.26 pounds, you'll get a powerful model with an LCD backlit 17-inch monitor. Full HD resolution adds to amazing specs of the screen, setting the G5-793-72AU apart from many counterparts. At the sides of the monitor, you'll find 4 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 3.1 port, through which you'll be able to transfer data from external drives. In case of necessity, the G5-793-72AU could be paired with more screens thanks to the presence of HDMI and DisplayPort. In respect to the components packed inside the laptop, we'd like to take a note of three cooling fans, each featuring an ultra-thin 0.004-inch blade, that run the air through the casing and output it through the vents. 

Review of Acer Predator 17.3” Gaming Laptop

Boasts All The Right Features to Enable Enhanced Laptop Performance

Like most modern laptops, the Acer Predator comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 OS so it can be used out-of-the-box. With the help of a unique Predator Sense software the manufacturer installed, you will have an option to monitor the laptop performance, its working temperature, the speed of the cooling fans, and many other specs. The laptop features i7-6700HQ processor clocked at 2.6 GHz with a Turbo boost enabling you to increase its performance up to 3.5 GHz. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB contributes to seamless and at the same time dynamic graphics in games.

Acer Predator 17.3” Gaming Laptop in the use

Customize Your Own Profiles

Besides Predator Sense software that allows you to keep track of your laptop's operating condition, it is also possible to use and customize unique user's profiles, configuring startup macros on the keyboard and adjusting its backlighting. At the side of the keyboard, there's also a button by pressing which you'll be able to quickly access any of these profiles without the need of going through the menu settings.

Detailed review of Acer Predator 17.3” Gaming Laptop

Huge Storage

The obvious advantage of the Acer Predator laptop is its huge onboard main memory. It comes with two built-in drives where one offers 256 GB and another one provides additional 1 TB.

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Review of ASUS GL752VW-DH71 Powerful

ASUS GL752VW-DH71

ASUS GL752VW-DH71

Performance

ASUS gaming laptop boasts an impressive set of hardware and the first feature to notice is the stunningly fast Intel Core i7-6700HQ CPU that supports the maximum frequency of 2.6 GHz. The CPU runs alongside the latest-generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB DDR5 internal memory. As you can see, such a powerful hardware will be able to run any video game without any lags. Keep in mind that there are 16 GB RAM (fast DDR4 type). This laptop for gaming has a huge 1 TB HDD with a 128 GB SSD.

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Image Quality

This gaming laptop has a 15.6-inch screen that supports the resolution of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels (which is Full HD). The screen boasts a high-end IPS technology with matte coating so you don't feel uncomfortable when some light falls on the display. Unlike some other models, this gaming laptop doesn't have a touchscreen, but it isn't a trouble for playing video games. The touchscreen is necessary mostly for using the OS and browsing the Internet.

ASUS GL752VW-DH71 Powerful in the use

Battery and Sound

The sound quality is ensured by the sophisticated ROG AudioWizard technology that has 2 high-quality speakers and a special ICE sound enhancement system. You can customize up to 5 presets for different games to enjoy the best sound in your favorite games. Unfortunately, this really decent laptop for video games has pretty moderate battery life - it can work for just up to 5 hours which is insufficient for people who're always on the go. However, if you use a laptop mainly at home that won't be a trouble.

Detailed review of ASUS GL752VW-DH71 Powerful

Ergonomics and Design

ASUS has worked hard on the elaborate and stylish design of this gaming laptop - it looks really nice: dark grey casing and black keyboard. The keyboard backlighting is red and it looks stunning in the dark. Also, the keyboard has a metal plate underneath and provides the excellent responsiveness, so it's always a pleasure to push the buttons while playing.

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Review of Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK Optimum Performance

Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK

Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK

Performance

Unlike the rest of gaming laptops on our shortlist, this one has Intel Core i5 CPU, which is a 'younger brother' of Intel's top i7 family. However, this processor is powerful enough - it's a brand-new i5-6300HQ version which yields the maximal frequency of 2.3 GHz. The CPU runs in combo with a high-performing GeForce GTX 960M graphics card that has 4 GB of internal memory (fast DDR5 type). Such a powerhouse gives stunning frame-per-second results, so you can play even the newest games without lags. For the sake of even higher performance, this gaming notebook laptop has a 256 GB solid state drive which boosts the speed for both Windows and all software installed. Though most gaming laptops have 16 GB of RAM, this one has 8 GB, yet you can always upgrade it.

Review of Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK Optimum Performance

Image Quality

Dell gaming laptop has a 15.6-inch screen which is based on the most cutting-edge IPS technology that provides wide angles and vivid colors. Also, the display has an anti-glare coating which means the laptop will be comfortable even if you use it in the broad daylight. The maximal resolution supported is 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display isn't touchscreen, but it isn't a problem at all - most gamers don't use this option.

Dell Inspiron i7559 763BLK Optimum Performance in the use

Battery and Sound

Most gaming laptops lack battery life because of high-performing hardware that consumes a lot of energy. But this Dell gaming laptop is different - it has a high-capacity Li-ion battery that is able to run up to 10 hours of fully autonomous work. If you are often on the go and want to be able to play games - this device is certainly for you. And if you're a businessman who likes to play from time to time, but needs a laptop for work mostly - this model will also be suitable. As we've already said, gamers often need a good sound and Dell laptop offers 2 speakers and a subwoofer with Waves MaxxAudio Pro technology. The sound is great, though the bass could be better. Therefore, you can enjoy watching movies or listening to music without connecting additional speakers.

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Ergonomics and Design

Dell gaming laptop is quite affordable, so its body is made of plastic. However, the plastic is of high quality, so you can be sure it won't crack. The internal keyboard is typical of laptops - the keys are flat. Also, the keyboard is backlit, so you can feel comfortable using it at night or in a dark room.

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Review of ASUS K501UW-AB78 Pitch-Perfect Audio

ASUS K501UW-AB78

ASUS K501UW-AB78

Performance

Asus is known for its reliable high-performing laptops and the one we've reviewed is certainly worth every dollar it costs. So, this model has a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500HQ CPU with 4 independent cores that yield the maximal frequency of 2.5 GHz. The CPU works along with a middle-class GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB of internal memory. This tandem can handle most video games at the high settings - you can enjoy a realistic graphics while playing GTA 5, Battlefield 1 and other popular games. The memory is sufficient - 8 GB RAM (DDR4 type), so you don't need any upgrades. And there's plenty of storage: 512 GB SSD is a lot and you can install the most space-demanding games you're going to play.

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Image Quality

Asus gaming laptop has a typical 15.6-inch screen but it's superior to other competitors due to its Full-HD resolution support (1920 x 1080 pixels) which makes watching movies a real pleasure. Also, the newest video games can be run at this resolution without noticeable FPS loss. Of course, you can customize the resolution and choose a simple HD. This is appropriate while playing latest first-person shooters like Titanfall 2. The screen has an LED-backlit TN display which provides vivid and bright colors (you'll enjoy rendering or viewing your photos).

ASUS K501UW-AB78 Pitch-Perfect Audio in the use

Battery and Sound

Asus cares a lot about the sound quality because it's one of the key factors for millions of gamers. This laptop for games has the unique Asus SonicMaster sound system with 2 excellent speakers. Apart from providing a fantastic sound quality in games, this technology comes in handy when you are watching movies or listening to your favorite music. Now it's time to tell you about the battery - Asus gaming laptops has a really good capacity battery which provides up to 7 hours of autonomous work. That's quite a lot for a gaming laptop and you'll be able to play games on a fly from NY to LA without any troubles.

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Ergonomics and Design

Alienware gaming laptop has a cutting-edge backlit keyboard with chiclet keys. The keyboard is very responsive thanks to a thin metal plate underneath. The laptop made from premium brushed aluminium finish and it's really lightweight. IceCool Technology and Dual Fan Cooling System keeps it comfortable and cool.

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