The gaming laptop has been the red-headed stepchild of the computer gaming industry ever since some guy with an innovative but sub-par idea decided to try cramming gaming performance into a small, less-modifiable case in the name of portability.
Over the years, that guy and gaming laptops have been the recipients of a justifiable but confusing mix of derision and awe. Much like gents and ladies, when gaming and laptops come together, magic happens. However, things aren’t necessarily worse apart, and generally apart is how things should be.
It pains a certain, PC-gaming loving muscle deep within all desktop gamers’ hearts to hear this, but that just is not so today. Today, gaming laptops are more amazing than ever. They are faster, better, more beautiful, and sleeker than ever before.
Without further ado, here are the top 5 gaming laptops available today.
This beautiful behemoth is bold, beautiful and a great performer. With the most RAM of any of the top 5 laptops and a powerful 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-4900MQ processor, this opulent powerhouse of a laptop crushes the competition.
This laptop was made to shine. Featuring Alienware’s FX lighting system, the keyboard of this gorgeous beast can be lit in 10 different colors. Games designed to support the lighting system can give you visual cues on your game status, pulsing slowly when your hp run low.
The 18.4-inch 1,920-by-1,080 full 1080p HD screen is a thing of beauty. But if it doesn’t satisfy you when you game or enjoy the Blue-ray drive, you can hook the Alienware 18 up to two external monitors for double your viewing pleasure.
Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards, its fourth generation processor, 32 GB of memory and a killer boot hard drive, make this laptop impossible to beat in its hardware niche.
The 18 comes with a 500GB mSATA SSD boot drive, which boots quickly and will launch your game within seconds. A 750GB 7,200rpm SATA hard drive completes the package and offers ample room for data storage.
It’s not the Alienware 18, but the Origin EON17-SLX (2014) is a laptop any gamer should still be proud to own. Coming in No. 2 on the top 5 list, the Origin’s blazing 3.9 GHz Intel Core i7- 4930MX processor, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M blow most of the competition out of the water.
This laptop features excellent sound, thanks to the built-in Onkyo speakers and integrated subwoofer. The Sound Blaster X-Fi MB control panel provides for further tweaking, and a thoroughly enjoyable, custom listening experience.
Connectivity and speed will never be an issue with the Origin, with its dual-band 802.11AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
The gaming performance of this laptop is difficult to surpass. Sadly, this is not the case for the battery life, which, at 1 hour and 13 minutes, is despicably short-lived. Plan on remaining near wall outlets with the Origin.
With its 4th generation 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-4800MQ processor, enthusiast level NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M discrete graphics card, and up to 512 GB Super RAID 3 + 1 TB HDD hard drives, the Dominator dominates the laptop gaming market at No. 3 on our list.
More powerful than most desktops, this titan of laptop gaming boasts ambitious specs and a sleek brushed metal finish. Its full-color backlight SteelSeries keyboard and large light-up touchpad provide a pleasing functional and aesthetic experience to boot.
An all-around excellent choice, the Dominator is the King Kong of this top 5 list. Perhaps in its next iteration, it will surpass even the Alienware 18.
The little brother to the MSI GT72 Dominator Pro, the lightweight MSI GS70 Stealth has a lot to live up to, and it succeeds.
Hitting above its weight with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M graphics card and 12 GB of RAM, the Stealth has slipped into the top 5 at No. 4. Even with these specs, the performance of this laptop is a step down from others above it.
The Stealth claims to be the thinnest and lightest gaming notebook in the world, with a weight of 5.73 lbs. An intelligent fan thermal cooling system is intended to keep this ultra-thin gaming laptop cool throughout gameplay. However, it fails. The fans are loud and the laptop gets hot during play.
The slimmer, more modern case stylishly contains a powerful, well-sized and lightweight gaming laptop. However, the form was put over function, and performance is noticeably reduced. Although it’s still a great choice, the Stealth is second to last on this list.
The Razer Blade Pro didn’t make the initial cut for the top five gaming laptops, but that was only due to ignorance and form factor prejudice. Weighing in at a little over one-third the weight of the Alienware 18, this petite beauty’s 4.47 pounds are packed with stunning performance and slim, slick style.
Of course, more should have been expected from the company that brought us the Razer Naga mouse, but in the past ultraportables, for all their hype, have simply not made the cut. This is not so with the Razer Blade, which is slashing through preconceived notions about the abilities of ultraportable laptops.
Highly notable is the Razer’s 14-inch screen. Normally notable simply for being small, particularly on a gaming laptop, the Razor’s capacitative 10-point touchscreen display stuns with IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology and a resolution of 262 pixels per inch.
Gameplay on the Razer is a smooth, enjoyable experience. This is thanks to the 2.2 GHz Intel® Core™ i7-4702HQ Quad Core and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M, which the engineers at Razer somehow packed into this thin, lightweight shell.