Gaming laptops are the cream of the crop these days, largely because they have assumed the role of desktop replacements with their top specifications. It is really no surprise since if people didn’t want desktop computers powerful enough for gaming, they would go for ultrabooks or multimedia laptops instead. And those cheaper laptops are better suited for portability, but lack the power for the cutting-edge games, especially at the demanding, high settings.
There is a reason why gaming laptops are then the most pricey. The midrange to budget thin portables can never push these gaming laptops off the desk when it comes to rendering the latest games anytime soon. Getting a gaming laptop definitely means you get the utmost in ultimate premium quality. Even running extremely intensive video editing tools or just plain multitasking, gaming laptops are just designed to truly fly.
Choosing the right one can be the ultimate struggle though: over ten different vendors offer laptops with gaming configurations as you read this. However, we think these five gaming powerhouse laptops wiped the floor clean of the competition this far:
5 Best Gaming Laptops – Must-Have for Every Gamer
|Acer Aspire V15 Nitro||Alienware 15||Razer Blade |
|HP Omen 15||ASUS Rog G751jy|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-4710 HQ 2.5GHZ||Intel Core i7-4710 HQ 2.5GHZ||Intel Core i7-4720 HQ 2.6GHZ||Intel Core i7-4710 HQ 2.5GHZ||Intel Core i7-4710 HQ 2.5GHZ|
|Graphics Adapter||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB||NVIDIA GeForce|
GTX 970M 3GB
GTX 970M 3GB
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB|
|Display||15.6”, 1080P||15.6”, 1080P||14”, 3K QHD+||15.6”, 1080P||17.3”, 1080P|
|Storage||128GB SSD||128GB SSD||128GB SSD||256GB SSD||1TB SSD|
|Connections||3 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington lock, Audio connections, Card Reader||4 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, Audio connections, Card reader, Noble lock, Amplifier||3 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, Audio connections, Kensington lock||4 x USB 3.0, 1 DisplayPort, 1 HDMI, Audio connections, Card reader||4 x USB 3.0, 1 DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, Audio connections, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 Card reader|
|Networking||Integrated 802.11 WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN (10/100/1000)||Integrated 802.11 WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN (10/100/1000)||Integrated 802.11 WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN (10/100/1000)||Integrated 802.11 WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN (10/100/1000)||Integrated 802.11 WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, LAN (10/100/1000)|
|Size (Height x Width x Depth in MM)||24 x 389 x 257||34 x 386 x 270||17.9 x 345 x 235||20.3 x 383.5 x 246.4||20 x 416 x 318|
Processor and graphics tandem
Granted, these five laptops were released at different times of the year, and in some aspects of the configurations it is akin to comparing apples to oranges. But not when we are discussing processors and graphic chips for these gaming machines. All five of these laptops have the Haswell Intel Core i7s anyways. With only slightly different clock speeds, and a small difference in the cache, etc, it is clear these five gaming laptops offer near-best performance processor-wise.
However, it is the graphics cards that would be most crucial, and that’s where these five starts to pull apart. The ASUS Rog G751JY has Nvidia’s flagship 980M graphics chip, with the most hefty amount of dedicated memory in it, 4 GB. That could pay off on more texture-intensive games like Grand Theft Auto 5 or Mortal Kombat X, but the other graphics chips on tap really doesn’t fall far behind. The only difference would surface if we were aiming towards higher definition 3K to 4K visuals, in which case, the 980M and 970M would serve reasonably well, while you would still be satisfied with the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro and HP Omen 15 with only 1080p full HD.
They are priced accordingly, from high to low, but make no mistake, these games are designed to run the latest games at the highest settings with their most-comfortable native resolutions.
The subtle price differences
With the whopping 1TB hard drive and the 980M graphics, there is no wonder you would be paying a stiff USD2,500 for what is in the G751JY; the highest end specs. The ultimate dilemma comes with the two laptops following closely behind, the Blade and the Alienware 15, which both literally have identical processors and graphics capabilities. But when you are only paying USD143 more for the ridiculously sharp and gorgeous QHD+ screen and extra RAM in the Blade, it, surprisingly, turns out to be the most economical, overriding Razer’s notorious reputation for overpricing less premium (read: more plasticky) builds.
Our Gaming Laptop Top Choice
There is little in the Razer Blade to complain about: a premium MacBook Pro design language with more than relevant specifications in every category, topped by a swoon-invoking QHD+ display. Two caveats: you could possibly go top-end with the G751JY, while compensating for a lack of a 3K display with an affordable 4K HDTV (with a HDMI port that’s totally possible), or you could go thrifty with the Omen 15 and Aspire V15 Nitro, both still excellent for just above USD 1000. For the Alienware 15, there is just no denying the Razer Blade’s beauty, smooth feel and good value that sends the thick behemoth down to obscurity, never to be considered.
All in all, you won’t find yourself struggling with anything you throw at these powerful ‘beasts’ of gaming (and traditional computing) anytime soon.
What about you, what’s your choice among the laptops above?
Guest Post by Jeremy Cai. Jeremy is an avid gamer and a tech addict. He writes about games and tech for Shopback