Best Gaming Laptops

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 8, 2018
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 5 gaming laptops for you to choose the right one to your needs and tasks. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The two 12V fans provide 20% faster rotation speed and therefore more airflow. The Anti-dust cooling technology helps drive the dust and grime away so you don't need to clean the unit too often.

CONS

It might be advisable to update BIOS to avoid crashing.

OUR VERDICT

The 17.3" Full HD display makes it possible to see everything clearly without squinting and the 120Hz refresh rate provides smooth frame transition and gives you the upper hand.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

17.3", Full-HD (1920 x 1080)

PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (Turbo up to 4.1GHz)

RAM: 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10 (64bit)

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1x mini Display Port, 4x USB 3.1, 1x USB Type-C 3.1, 1x SDXC Card Reader, 1x HP-out and Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 8 hours

DIMENSIONS

16.2" x 10.8" x 0.9"

6.5 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The MSI's patented Cooler Boost technology with its 6 heat pipes and 2 fans ensures high-quality heat dissipation from both CPU and GPU. You can easily adjust the cooling system settings with the included software.

CONS

Separate jacks for headphones and mic.

OUR VERDICT

MSI knows what gamers need, their innovative Gaming Mode allows you to set priorities for games and apps launched, quickly choose the audio profiles, and adjust a number of other things with just a few clicks.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)

PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-8750H (Turbo up to 4.1GHz)

RAM: 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1TB HDD

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10 (64bit)

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1x mini DisplayPort, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB3.1 Type C, 1x SDXC Card Reader, 1x HP-out, 1 x Microphone in, 1x RJ45 LAN

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 8 hours

DIMENSIONS

15.07"x10.23"x1.16"

4.8 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

A perfect solution for playing online while sitting further from the Wi-Fi router than you'd like since this model has a far-reaching module to catch even a weak-ish signal.

CONS

Can heat up quite a bit when at max load.

OUR VERDICT

This laptop will show you that it is not necessary to spend a fortune on a powerful desktop: everything for a successful gaming is here, closed in a portable body with a narrow bezel display. Jump right into playing.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

15.6", Full-HD (1920 x 1080)

PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8300H (Turbo up to 4GHz)

RAM: 12 GB DDR4

Storage: 128 GB SSD + 1TB HDD

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 TI 4GB 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10 (64bit)

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1 x mini DisplayPort, 3x USB 3.1, 1x USB3.1 Type C, 1x SDXC Card Reader, 1x HP-out and Audio-in Combo Jack, 1 x Microphone in, 1x RJ45 LAN

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 10 hours 45 min

DIMENSIONS

14.17" x 10.35" x 0.98"

5.4 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The pre-installed PredatorSense software makes it possible to monitor and control the laptop processing of certain tasks.

CONS

You will need to upgrade the drivers before the initial use.

OUR VERDICT

Powerful hardware and sturdy metal body make this laptop an obvious choice for many hardcore gamers. Be a player all your opponents will consider a threat. Be a predator.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (Turbo up to 3.8GHz)

RAM: 16 GB DDR4

Storage: 256 GB SSD

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10 (64bit)

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type C, 1x SDXC Card Reader, 1x HP-out and Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 7 hours

DIMENSIONS

15.35" x 10.47" x 1.05"

5.95 lbs

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Intense gaming often drags along repetitive keystroking, hence this laptop's highly durable keyboard with 20 million presses resource. The keys are ergonomically designed to avoid accidental pushing of the adjacent one.

CONS

You might want to expand the RAM.

OUR VERDICT

This ASUS gaming laptop is for those who are on a strict budget. In its price range, it is one of the best models and it will undeniably handle most of the latest games.

detailed parameters
DISPLAY

15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)

PERFORMANCE AND MEMORY

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8300H (Turbo up to 4GHz)

RAM: 8 GB DDR4

Storage: 1TB HDD

GPU: NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB 

OPERATING SYSTEM

Windows 10 (64bit)

INTERFACES

1x HDMI, 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0, 1x SDXC Card Reader, 1x HP-out and Audio-in Combo Jack, 1x RJ45 LAN

BATTERY LIFE

Up to 4 hours 20 min

DIMENSIONS

15.1" x 10.3" x 1"

5.1 lbs

WARRANTY

1 year

ASUS ROG Strix (GL703GM-DS74)

The Rogue One

If it’s laptops, it’s ASUS. This company specializes in laptops and it’s no surprise to see their product among the top-rated models for gaming. The ROG Strix Scar Edition was designed with gamers in mind. It is equipped with the 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processor with 6 cores that can be boosted to give up to 3.9GHz of clocking speed. With this kind of a beast for a processor, even the newest games won’t lag or glitch, you can play first-person shooters, action adventures, strategies—whatever it is that floats your boat.

For a processor like that, the other parts also need to be from the top shelf. For starters, the graphics card. The one here is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, a gaming graphics card tested with the most popular games out there like Overwatch and The Witcher 3, and this model has performed approximately two times better compared to its predecessor, the GTX 960. It is also VR-ready for immersive gaming, which is another sign that this is a model with high specs. Also, you can choose the GPU: the model is offered with a GTX 1060, a GTX 1050 Ti, and a GTX 1070.

When you play high-end games, the load can be impressive so a good cooling system is also a must. With the two 12V fans, you have nothing to worry about, they offer over 40% more airflow so that the dust does not accumulate on the chassis but is forced out through the specifically designed tunnels.

Review of ASUS ROG Strix (GL703GM-DS74) 17.3” 120Hz Gaming Laptop (8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB Hybrid HDD)

All The Opportunities to Play

This powerful laptop has 16GB DDR4 RAM that clocks at 2666MHz. That’s quite a lot. Moreover, there are both M.2 and DIMM slots in it to further expand the RAM up to 32GB. A RAM of this size teamed up with the aforementioned processor and a graphics card makes for an exceptionally high-performing and fast machine.

The Strix Scar Edition Series is a family of laptops with high refresh rate, a feature of some significance to gamers, especially those playing action-packed and competition-oriented titles. You can choose between the 120Hz and 144Hz display, both of them providing 3 ms response. The gaming process is much smoother than virtually any other laptop so you will get ahead of your rivals in no time. The resolution of this 17.3" laptop is Full HD though if you want a bigger screen, you can use any of the interfaces; there are even a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI 1.4, and a USB 3.1 Type-C.

As for the storage space, there is a choice there as well, between a 256GB and a 128GB one; both options are coupled with another drive, a 1TB hybrid. A hybrid drive is a mix between an SSD and an HDD that is faster and better than the HDD but cheaper than an SSD.

And now, to the cherry on the top! From October 9, 2018, and until the end of the year (December 31, 2018), with the purchase of this high-end laptop for video games, you have the chance to obtain game codes for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4! Head to the ASUS official site to check out.

ASUS ROG Strix (GL703GM-DS74) 17.3” 120Hz Gaming Laptop (8th-Gen Intel Core i7-8750H, GTX 1060 6GB, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD + 1TB Hybrid HDD) in the use

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MSI GV62 8RD-034

Top Model in a Middle-Price Segment

At the price this gaming laptop is sold, we expected somewhat less than it offers so that's a good thing. The model is one of the top choices for gaming, in major part thanks to its processor, which is one of the newest Intel Core ones, a 6-core i7-8750H. Did you know that "H" in the CPU name is there for high-performing graphics? Well, now you do. This kind of CPU provides additional support to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics card, which is one of the top gaming GPUs today. This graphics card is from the latest NVIDIA's edition and, though it is not the most powerful in the line, it is still a great option for a middle-segment (price-wise) gaming laptop this MSI GV62 8RD-034 is. It is not VR-ready, though, so if this is what you are looking for specifically, you might need to consider upping your budget—VR-ready laptops usually cost considerably more than a thousand dollars.

The battery here can handle up to 8 hours of continuous work but it is hardly all gaming time—the operational time for a battery is usually stated for the mixed operation like browsing, document work, some entertainment. Gamers tend to use even laptops with outlets, especially when it's an important moment and you can't risk your machine dying on you. However, this model still shows pretty nice numbers for gaming, too—you can be more or less certain it will live through up to 3 hours of playing, 2 if it's something really hi-end.

Review of MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-8750H, GTX 1050Ti 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Windows 10)

Ultimate Connectivity in a Compact Profile

There are other things to consider. For example, we can say it is one of the lightest models on the market of gaming laptops. At only 4.8 lbs, it is really lightweight and you can effortlessly carry it around when you need to, be it some regular stuff like school/office work or the actual gaming but offline (maybe you've got a convention to visit or some tournament with friends at a local gamers spot). In this case, a lighter machine will certainly be preferable.

Another thing about this MSI model is that it looks something between a gamer laptop and a normal one. Meaning, you can actually work with it in the office without too much attention yet any gamer will probably recognize the logo on the lid right away so you can make some gamers friends while sitting in the library researching a paper due next day.

This powerful yet portable device has everything you might need for gaming. Besides the aforementioned CPU/GPU combo, there is an 8GB RAM upgradeable to 32GB, a storage consisting of two drives, a 256GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, and a wide selection of interfaces to connect to external devices, including, besides a number of USB ports, a mini-DisplayPort in addition to the HDMI, which is a regular one. It is a whole set at a more or less moderate price if we're talking about gaming laptops.

MSI GV62 8RD-034 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-8750H, GTX 1050Ti 4GB, 8GB DDR4, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, Windows 10) in the use

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HP OMEN (15-dc0010nr)

The Good Kind of Omen

HP OMEN is the gaming laptop for those seeking good specs at a moderate price. Its i5 Intel processor offers a performance slightly below that of an i7 one but not really all that much. For starters, it has a 2.3GHz base clock speed yet it can reach 4GHz when used in Turbo mode. This is nearly the same as with some i7 processors so you're not missing out too much. And since it is an "H" designated processor, we can say that the company had allocated a major part of its attention to making it as good at graphics as possible. Besides, the CPU is assisted in this field by a robust NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphics card.

One of the most outstanding features here is the range of offered interfaces. In addition to the standard selection of a card reader, an HDMI, three USB 3.1 ports, an RJ45, there is a mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.1 Type-C, and a Microphone input separate from a combo jack.

As for storage, there is a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD. For installing the software, the SSD this large is more than enough unless you need a number of different apps of that scale and demands. In that case, you might need a more expensive laptop or, even better, a desktop workstation.

The model has 12GB of RAM, which is quite a good number for audio and video editing as well as video games. Some top-shelf professional software might ask for a 16GB RAM but it is most probably in the "Recommended" slot and not the minimum required for glitch-free work. Besides, in case you need or want more, there are two slots in this laptop so you can add extra DDR4 RAM.

Review of HP OMEN (15-dc0010nr) 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop (Intel i5-8300H, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1050Ti)

The Design Pushes You to Conquer New Heights

This laptop is unmistakably a gaming machine, with its thin bezel, sharp edges, and overall aggressive design you'll never mistake it for some office model. And there are features geared specifically towards gaming (though making videos is also more convenient with them). One of those would be the supreme cooling system. Thanks to it, the CPU can endure much more load than it would be able to otherwise. Hence, you can go for more demanding games and better quality settings.

The diagonal of the HP OMEN is 15.6" and the resolution is Full HD 1920x1080 on an IPS panel, you will have the best viewing angles offered today on the market. There is a backlit keyboard, you can choose either a 2-zone or 4-zone option, both with the highlighted WASD keys for utmost gaming convenience. Also, it looks super cool.

If you are a fan of good looks with great performance yet are not willing to pay over a grand for a laptop, this is your best bet.

HP OMEN (15-dc0010nr) 15.6" Full HD Gaming Laptop (Intel i5-8300H, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD, GTX 1050Ti) in the use

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Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK)

A Predator on Your Desk

A few minutes of using this laptop and you'll know you've probably made the right choice. It looks stylish—all sharp edges and corners, gray and red with its two red lines and a series logo on the lid, it just screams gaming. The lid is texturized metal, it's really durable. The display is 15.6" IPS, has an LCD backlight and supports Full HD resolution. The variety of ports enables fast and reliable data transfer, you'll find two USB 2.0, a USB 3.0, and a USB 3.1 Type-C at the sides, the latter supporting up to 5 Gbit/s speed. There is an HDMI port to connect to external monitors, of course, and a slot for an SD card.

The two fans were designed using the AeroBlade 3D technology and both have an increased number of super-thin (0.004") blades. The cooled air travels through the entire laptop from its front to the back lowering the body temperature to the safe levels.

Review of Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK) 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060, VR Ready)

Full Control over the Beast

This gaming laptop is delivered with Windows® 10 Home, it's ready to go. Additionally, the manufacturer provides their original PredatorSense software. In a nutshell, PredatorSense is a control panel with a user-friendly interface where you can monitor all the main working system parameters, from temperature to fan speed to frequency. It also offers several customizable options like assigning hotkeys, creating profiles, overclocking, etc. Speaking of overclocking, and of the processor in general, the one in this -model is Intel Core i7-7700HQ with processing speed of 2.8GHz normally and 3.8GHz via Turbo Boost. The NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5 memory makes graphics fluid, you'll be able to play the most demanding games at high fps.

Acer Predator Helios 300 (G3-571-77QK) 15.6" Gaming Laptop (Intel i7-7700HQ, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, GTX 1060, VR Ready) in the use

Gaming Day and Night

The keys have bright-red backlight and are easily seen even in a dark room at night. Moreover, the WASD keys, default for moving in most games, have enhanced highlighting than all other keys, you'll put your fingertips on them without really having to look. The touchpad here is 4.1" x 3.0", it's quite easy to use until you buy a gaming mouse.

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Roar!

The Acer Predator Helios 300 uses two TrueHarmony speakers which will drown you in realistic sound in any media, from music and movies to games.

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What customers say about this product

Processor

The laptop is really fluid, fast and smart. It boots really fast thanks to it's processor and SSD. Definitely a great combination of hardware.

Features

Though the screen may lack the contrast that make colors pop out, it is still an IPS panel, meaning that it will have great viewing angles and sufficient performance as a gamer.

Connectivity

It does have HDMI port which allows for only second screen

Memory

Yes, 16GB of RAM will be a little low for my needs in the near future, but I'm able to easily upgrade that when I'm ready to.
 

ASUS TUF (FX504GD-ES51)

For Totally Budget-Aware Gamers

When most top-grade gaming laptops start at approximately $2000 in price, seeing this model in a review for "best" ones may seem awkward. But since there are all kinds of gamers with all kinds of budgets, we feel it is justified.

For a price that is way under $1000 even, this model has very nice insides. For starters, there is an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor, one of those geared towards good visuals; it can reach 4GHz in Turbo mode, almost the same as some of the more expensive options. There is also an NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card. Though it is only a 2GB one and will hardly handle top settings in the latest games, you can successfully play on medium or low settings (depending on the game), which is, honestly, more than one would expect for this price.

The RAM is basic 8GB DDR4 but its frequency is good, about 2666MHz. The storage disc is 1TB SHDD, a hybrid disc that is not quite as expensive as an SSD but offers 5 times the performance of an HDD. You might want to expand the storage with an external drive if you tend to play and work with many apps or store a lot of media files on your computer.

Review of ASUS TUF (FX504GD-ES51) 15.6” Full HD Gaming Laptop (8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 8GB DDR4, 1TB FireCuda SSHD)

Now Hear This

One of the things this entry-level gaming laptop can be praised for is its speakers. If nothing else, listening to music on it is generally a pleasant experience, the speakers are loud and decently clear. The built-in array microphone is of a great quality as well, it picks up your voice and filters out everything else so if you're into streaming or communicating with fellow guild members during a raid, you will be happy with this machine.

ASUS TUF has a very limited battery life compared to what we are used to but that is probably for a reason that fewer and fewer people now really use laptops on-the-go when there are cheaper tablets and powerful smartphones with many necessary features present. Besides, if you are a gamer, you also probably prefer to be securely connected to the grid when you play, just in case your machine dies on you in the middle of a battle. At the same time, the 4 hours 20 minutes of battery life is enough for school or college use as well as sitting in the cafe or library without an outlet near you.

The number of interfaces on this model is fairly standard—no extra but nothing lacking. You will have an HDMI, 3 USB ports (two of them USB 3.0), a card reader, a combo jack for headphones with a mic, and a LAN.

This model is not the top-shelf one but it is a solid option from a famous and reliable manufacturer so we can say you should check it out if you're on a really tight budget but want to try yourself in gaming.

ASUS TUF (FX504GD-ES51) 15.6” Full HD Gaming Laptop (8th-Gen Intel Core i5-8300H, GeForce GTX 1050 2GB, 8GB DDR4, 1TB FireCuda SSHD) in the use

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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 conventional 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

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 have 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 highest-level gaming laptops allow you to even change the color of backlighting.

Did you know?

PC Is Still the First Choice for Game Developers

At times, it seems that the best games are created for consoles, the first examples that come to mind being the recent craze over the PS4-only Detroit: Become Human, Spider-Man, and God of War as well as Halo 5: Guardians designed for XBox. However, according to the UBM company research results posted on the Statista website, the platform most game developers are either interested in or work for is still PC. Which means that gaming laptops and desktops offer a bigger selection of games than PS4, XBox, smartphones, and, certainly, Mac computers that are suddenly on the last place this year. Well, Macs are instead the best option for everything graphics.

Gaming Is Not as Harmful as Our Parents Told Us

Remember all the heated debates over the topic of computer games being the reason behind violence elevation and school grades drop? It's been going on for years! Well, it is still ongoing but today, the research shows that modern games can bring more good than bad. It has been discovered that gaming can result in strengthening certain parts of our brains, developing real-life skills, upping our communication abilities (as opposed to the old argument that computers create loners and sociopaths), and even enhancing our eye coordination. There's so much we can gain from gaming. However, to get the benefits while minimizing the damage to your health (eyesight, back, etc.), do choose from good equipment, be it gaming laptops, desktops, or even a mouse or a chair. Also, don't overdo it, there's good and then there's too much.

Even Science Can Benefit From Gamers

With the rapid development of the game industry, the competition has also become quite severe, which led to the rise of expectations. One of the ways the developers came to capture the hearts of geeks and nerds is by making the games as close to reality as possible, including historical references and data as well as analysis of current events all around the world. It was originally an accident, a mistake in the coding, but in 2005, a pandemic happened in the World of Warcraft online game, which had led to a real panic among its players as it was unintended and thus unexpected. The issue had been dealt with but since all kinds of people play computer games, unexpected results have come out of it: several scientists observed the panic that broke out and came to believe that such virtual simulations can be used to study the so-called "human factor" in case a real pandemic starts. With a knowledge like that available, if we happen to stumble into a similar situation in the real world, it can be dealt with more efficiently. Now, isn't this great news?

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