Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops
Looking for gaming power on the go? Here’s a roundup of the top 5 gaming laptops on the market today to help you make the right choice. There are many aspects to judge laptops on, but we’re going to focus on the features that set great gaming laptops apart from the rest: graphics cards, keyboard responsiveness, weight, and processing power. That means we’re going to be looking at top of the line cards like the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M or and the AMD Radeon HD 8870M and processors like the Intel Core i5 and i7. At prices from attainable $1,200 Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 to the wallet-busting $4500 top of the line Alienware 18, you’ll be able to find something to fit your budget.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 – $1,200
If you look past the obvious brands of gaming laptops such as Alienware to the business focused Lenvo, there are deals to be had without sacrificing performance. First the bad: the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 comes with a decent, but not great, Ivy Bridge 2.4 GHZ i7 processor, a not quite state-of-the-art NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M video card, and weighs in at a bloated 5.95 pounds. The good news is it comes with the top of the line, beautiful Lenovo AccuType keyboard, the high build quality that Lenovo is known for, and a modular, upgradable “UltraBay” system. – Shop Lenovo
Toshia Qosimo X75 – $1,550
Toshiba has a solid entry into the multimedia and gaming laptop category with the Haswell i7 powered Qosimo X75. While the design and aesthetics may look dated, this laptop boasts modern, high end specifications. It comes with a NVIDIA GeForce GT 770M, 16 GB of RAM, and an optional 256 GB SSD. It has one of the best displays in its class, a gorgeous 1920 x 1080p TruBrite LCD. The full-sized keyboard is an impressive frameless aluminum with red backlighting and a full numpad as well. On the downside, it is stuck in a bulky chassis weighing in at an unnecessarily heavy 8 pounds. It is also outperformed by the similarly priced CyberPower Fangbook X7-200, next on the list. Shop Toshiba
Entering in the category of huge, powerful, unsubtle laptops we have the CyberPower Fangbook X7-200. Weighing in at a whopping 13.85 pounds, this is not going to be a portable option. However, for all that weight you get a massive 17.3 inch display, a 2.4 GHz i7 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce 675MX, 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, a primary 60GB SSD and a secondary 7200RPM HDD. The Fangbook is a great choice if you’re willing to sacrifice weight and battery life for performance. It also comes in at a relatively cheap $1,550 when compared to competitors such as the Origin EON17-SLX or Alienware 18. Shop Fangbook.
MSI GT70 20D Dragon Edition 2 – $2,500
Not to be confused with its little brother, the GX70, this is a big-boy laptop at a big-boy price. It comes with a top-of-the-line 4GB NVIDIA GTX 780M, a fourth-generation Haswell Intel Core i7 2.4 GHz processor, and a ludicrous Super RAID 2 with a set of 3 128 GB SSDs. This power comes at a price, it runs hot and heavy with vent temperatures in the 95 degree range and weighing in at nearly 9 pounds. For a laptop that out-performs an Alienware 17 and looks slick doing it, this dragon-themed behemoth is a great choice. Shop MSI
For those who don’t like to compromise with anything less than top-of-the-line, there’s the Alienware 18. As the only laptop on the market with the option of a dual GPU SLI system with the two fastest high-end graphics cards, the GTX 780M, this system absolutely blows the competition out of the water. It also includes the predictable best in class processor, beautiful display, responsive keyboard, and looks we’ve come to expect from Alienware. This comes at the cost of a 1 hour 58 minute battery life and a back-breaking 12 pound weight. Shop Alienware