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2016

Best Gaming Laptops in 2017

Having a computer powerful enough to run new games flawlessly is wonderful, but the problem with gaming rigs is that more often than not, they are overly bulky. The best gaming laptops find a way to take all the horsepower in huge gaming rigs and combine it with the portability of a laptop. Here, we present our top picks for the best gaming laptops.

Knowing what to look for in a gaming laptop isn’t as easy as you may think. It’s not as simple as ‘more money = more power’ since gaming laptops have a lot of nuances to figure out first. For example, something largely overlooked when selecting the best gaming laptop for you is the screen – not only what resolution the screen is capable of, but whether the screen itself is an IPS, TN or OLED panel. Since you won’t be hooking your laptop up to a separate monitor all that often, you’ll need to make sure you get yourself a gaming laptop with a screen you enjoy looking at and that delivers solid gaming performance.

Beyond that, do you want to prioritise storage space over RAM or vice-versa? What graphics card are you hoping to get into a small, thin laptop frame? What other features are must-haves for you and which ones can you live without? All of these questions should come into play when figuring out which fancy new laptop suits you best.

Most of all, though, is the question of budget. Buying a gaming laptop isn’t a cheap endeavour, so doing your research is absolutely essential before dropping a whole lot of cash and committing to one model. There are lots of fantastic gaming laptops out there these days, some with super intricate and unique features, so much that it can be hard to narrow down your selection and know which ones are the best gaming laptops and which should be avoided. With that in mind, we’ve put together the below list of our top picks for the best gaming laptop currently available on the market. Let’s begin, shall we?

Acer Predator 17 X

ACER PREDATOR X

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: GeForce GTX 980
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD, 512GB SSD

If there ever was a gaming laptop that was in danger of being a little too packed with features, it would be the Acer Predator 17 X. This particular model is a brand new addition to Acer’s gaming laptop line-up for the end of 2016 and it has definitely hit the ground running. Slender and lightweight it isn’t, weighing in at a hefty 10lbs (4.67kg), meaning this particular laptop might be best suited as more of an ‘around the house’ solution to gaming laptops. When it comes to performance, though, the Predator 17 X excels in almost every way. The massive 32GB of RAM, the two storage solutions totalling 1.5TB and the 4K display with G-Sync (if you go for the more expensive version) are all hugely impressive to fit inside box.

Beyond gameplay performance, the Predator 17 X also manages to remain surprisingly quiet, considering the horsepower within. It also features a litany of various ports and sockets for virtually any connective device you could imagine. It houses a GeForce 980 graphics card (note that this is the desktop model card and not a mobile version), which is both impressive and disappointing. Impressive that the full-powered card both fits and performs well in the Predator 17 X, but a shame that a more recent card isn’t pre-installed for the price. That being said, this is an expensive laptop and will not be everyone’s ideal choice – for the price, though, you are getting a laptop that lives up to pretty much every aspect of the asking price.

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HP Omen 17

HP Omen

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: GeForce GTX 1070
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB-2TB HDD, 128GB SSD
Screen: 17.3-inch 4K IPS with G-Sync

The HP Omen 17 does not have an asking price anywhere near the above mentioned Acer Predator 17 X. It’s almost half the cost, in fact. You may be tempted to ask why, but trust me, the HP Omen 17 is a laptop that should be seen in action to truly be believed. Featuring a massive 17-inch 4K screen with G-Sync, 16GB RAM, up to 2.1TB of storage space, Bang and Olufsen branded speakers, and a wildly powerful GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card (which has 8GB of VRAM on its own), this is a beast of a machine.

The one area where this laptop lacks is in the build-quality. For all of its mega-powerful innards, the actual framework of the HP Omen 17 feels a little on the cheap side. That being said, it does enough to keep the internal components safe and in working order while you play, which is more than a lot of laptops out there can do. Gaming performance from this machine is virtually flawless at 10080p, impeccable at 1440p and impressive at 4K. The 1070 may not lend itself perfectly to 4K gaming going forward, but it’s nice to have the option and at a ridiculously affordable price, too.

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Asus ROG G752

ROG

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: GeForce GTX 980M
RAM: 16GB-64GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD, 128GB-512GB SSD
Screen: 17.3-inch 1080p IPS

I’ll say this, the Asus ROG G752 is a distinctive laptop. That is to say that it has the most ‘gaming’ appearance of any of the laptops on this list, which will either be a big positive or a big negative for you, depending on your preference. The RPG G752 is not a subtle laptop in any way, with brushed aluminium plates making up the majority of the shell, alongside glowing red LED lights and the ROG signature logo emblazoned on the back.

That being said, what you will get aside from oodles of style is a gaming laptop that packs a punch. Kitted out with a GTX 970M or 980M, the ROG G752 will still be kicking for a good few years to come, delivering a solid 30 frames a second on almost all games running at 1080p, which coincidentally is the maximum resolution of the 17-inch IPS screen. A shame, perhaps, that this laptop does not come fitted with a 4K display, but you can always stack up to 64GB of RAM into this one if it makes you feel better.

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Alienware 13 R3

Alienwarez

CPU: Intel Core i5-i7
Graphics: GeForce GTX 1060
RAM: 8GB-16GB DDR4
Storage: 180GB-512GB SSD
Screen: 13.3-inch 1440p OLED touchscreen

The Alienware 13 R3 is one of the most unique gaming laptops we’ve seen so far. Not only does it feature a hinge-forward design, differentiating it from almost every laptop of its kind but also features Alienware’s distinctive shell shape, including the strange protrusion jutting outwards from the back of the screen. With a focus on SSD for storage, you’ll be able to get up to 512GB of space alongside up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM to power your little box.

One massive benefit of this laptop is the fact that it holds within its shell a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, able to run every modern game at a high frame rate and enabling the ability to play VR games at times. Where the Alienware 13 R3 really comes into its own and sets itself apart from virtually every other gaming laptop on the market right now, though, is the screen. The 13-inch display that the Alienware 13 R3 houses is a bit of a work of art. It is seemingly the only gaming laptop to feature a dedicated 1440p OLED display, bringing out vibrant colours and true blacks in ways that put every other monitor you’ll see of a similiar size to shame. It’s also a touchscreen display, which is a lovely little bonus on top of the masterful lighting, colour and brightness you’ll be getting with that display.

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Razer Blade

Razers

CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: GeForce GTX 970M (6GB VRAM)
RAM: 8GB-16GB DDR4
Storage: 256GB-512GB SSD
Screen: 14-inch QHD+ IGZO touchscreen

In all honesty, the Razer Blade and its numerous variations very probably have more in common with the MacBook Pro than any other gaming laptop on this list. I hesitate to use the word ‘Ultrabook’ for fear of many PC gamers fleeing from this page en masse, but the Razer Blade is essentially that. If there was a word more evocative than ‘Ultra’, you could utilise it in this situation. The Razer Blade delivers a whole lot of gaming performance in a tiny shell.

The screen is a 14-inch IGZO touchscreen, the graphics card is a GTX 970M (with 6GB VRAM), the storage space can be pushed all the way up to a 512GB SSD and the processor is a hugely resourceful i7. Razer has even gone and kitted the Razer Blade out with Thunderbolt 3 ports, to make sure users have everything they could possibly ask for. All that inside a sleek, discreet, matte black casing. Better still, you can take advantage of Razer’s ‘Core’ external GPU enclosure and use an even more up to date graphics card (hell, maybe even a 1080 or Titan X) to tear through games at an alarming rate.

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So that was some of, in our opinion, the best gaming laptops available to buy right now. This is by no means a definitive list, as there are a whole lot more gaming laptops out there, each boasting their own unique features. Buying a gaming laptop is not a cheap thing, though and as such, it’s a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly or made rashly. Take your time, read up as much as you can on each of the above laptops and figure out which one is best. Then, make sure you can afford it! Once you’ve sorted all that out, help yourself to one of the gaming laptops linked above and enjoy.

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