Are you a gamer? Do you want to play your favorite games untied from a desktop, where you can play wherever and whenever you want?
The answer is yes, of course: if you have the proper gear to do it. Most popular games played on personal computers are high quality games and have many hardware and software requirements that must be met in order to play games with high resolution, no glitches, and proper online connection.
Important laptop attributes for gaming includes: RAM (memory) space, Flash, a powerful and fast core processor, high graphics drivers such as AMD Radeon, NVIDIA, or Intel, a high capacity hard drive, high resolution screen, large screen size, and a laptop with a dependable cooling system and fan to keep your laptop cool while gaming.
Let us take a look at the best, top-rated gaming laptops out there.
Alienware is a popular name in gaming—and for good reason. Their laptops are known for their gaming capabilities and trendy gamer look. However, you have to make sure you have the money to pay for this gamer’s dream laptop as they can run north of $2,100. Alienware 13, 15, 17, and 18 are the gaming laptops offered by Alienware. For those looking for a laptop south of the $2,100 price tag but wants to play with some serious power, the new 2015 model 15 and 17 are the ones to look at.
The Alienware 15 is created out of carbon fiber and the 2015 model gives you the option to upgrade to Alienware Graphics Amplifier to unleash 4K gaming! It boasts an Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core, 8-16MB, 4.1GHz) processor, custom graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 2-4GB GDDR5 and a beautiful design that lights up in all the right places for daytime or nighttime gaming that will illuminate your gaming experience on a 15.6 inch display. You can expect these models to set you back anywhere from $1,199 to a little over $1,500, depending on what customizations you want on your gear.
If that has caught your attention thus far, then the 17.3 inch, appropriately named “Behemoth,” will blow you away. This notebook boasted as a desktop replacement for gaming, is monster-sized in power while remaining sleek and illuminating. The powerful desktop class Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and advanced graphics featuring NVIDIA’s flag-ship GTX 980M graphics card, the performance of this gamer’s laptop is promising. What closes the deal is the storage, gaming tech and audio. As with the Triton, the Behemoth supports dual mSATA SSDs, hardware RAID, and dual hard drives.
Even more impressively is the illuminating keyboard—make it your own by changing the colors and glow effects of the illuminated keys to set the mood for each game and every mood. This, with the matte, 17.3 inch, non-reflective screen, your gaming experience in 1080p high definition will be incredible. Hi-Fi integrated speakers and subwoofer and onboard amplifier for your headphones wraps up your gaming experience.
Thunderbolt technology that allows you to move data twice the speed of USB 3.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire with Thunderbolt technology. The HyperX can connect multiple high-resolutions displays/devices on the same port—just think of the possibilities of this “Behemoth!” At $2,258, it is pricey, but if you are looking for the best, looking for something new to try, and are looking for something powerful and different—this may just be your dream come true.
If you are a gamer, you expect to spend a little extra money on a laptop with strong processing power, excellent graphics cards, high resolution and superior auditory skills to immerse yourself in your gaming experience.
Acer is a well-known brand of laptops—they are also a distributor of high quality gaming laptops as well. Acer has a series called Predator—in September of 2015, Acer added two laptops and a tablet to their gamer series. But if you are seeking a laptop with some serious power, incredible graphics, variety in screen size, tomorrow’s high definition and every gamer’s dream laptop, you may need not look any further.
Acer’s Predator 15 and Predator 17 (named for their screen sizes), are sizzling in the gaming sphere while its FrostCore keeps things cool during intense gaming sessions. Predator’s thermal technology is a must-have for the gamers who don’t mess around. Bold, robust, powerful and dare I say it, more than a bit sexy, on the outside and inside, the Predator gaming series is wooing gamers everywhere—and for good reason.
The Predator 15 boasts a 15-inch display screen in high definition up to 4K! This is a rare option in even the gaming world, and is newly available in the Acer Predator series. Just imagine your favorite games in 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra resolution.
As a proper gaming laptop must have, Predator 15 has NVIDIA’s G-SYNC monitor support, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980M for insane gaming, and a 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, which is meant for power, processing, and an incredible asset for this gaming series. It also contains 64GB of DDR4 memory and runs on Windows 10, coming equipped with up to 512 GB SSD (solid state drive).
The 15 model also includes Killer Doubleshot Pro, which allows you to choose which applications get to use bandwidth. Even more impressive is that your wireless and wired connections can actually be used simultaneously—doubling your internet by allowing both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections to work in tandem. Killer DoubleShot Pro also kills lag, making your gaming experience smooth, uninterrupted and seriously engaging. Other features you will not find anywhere else is Dust Defender—the thankless defender of your laptop. Dust Defender alternates airflow, keeping things cool and avoiding dust clog-ups, avoiding problems before they can happen.
Predator 15 also includes PredatorSense, which allows you access to keyboard macro profiles (e.g. hotkeys), where you can switch between in-game and adjustable lighting configurations during game time. In the same spirit, Predator ProZone allows accuracy and four customizable backlight zones and programmable macro profiles that you can share with your gaming team. A number pad and macro buttons give you the control in the game.
And lastly, what is gaming without sound? Predator SoundPound 2.1 gives you 2 speakers, a powerful subwoofer and Dolby Audio for deep bass and immersion in sound for gaming.
If Predator 15 wasn’t enough to blow you away, perhaps the Predator 17 will.
Predator 17 has everything model 15 does, from FrostCore, Killer DoubleShot Pro, Lag killer, Dust Defender, PredatorSense, 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, and NVIDIA G-SYNC monitor support. However, there are two distinct differences that set Predator 15 and 17 apart: screen size and sound quality.
The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2 is also a considerable gaming laptop—it runs at around $1,013 and contains the worthy Intel Core i7 processor, 2.5GHz of processing speed, 8GB of RAM, 1128GB storage capacity, NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, a 15.6 inch, 1080p high definition display, with only a 5.29 pound weight.
The GPU is less powerful than most competitors, however, so whether or not this model is worth the $1,000 price tag is up to the buyer.
Another high-performing laptop is the MSI GE72 Apache Pro-242. This laptop boasts a 17.3 inch, 1080p display screen for an optimal gaming experience. It also contains an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3-1600 memory, NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB, and a 1 Terabyte hard drive.
This has a better GPU than the Acer Aspire, and a larger screen. You can customize this laptop as well to suit your needs, but expect this gear to cost you around $1,399 for your high quality game play.
Asus ROG G-Series
Asus ROG (Republic of Gamers) Series, including the new G-Series, have aimed and fired great emphasis on PC gaming coming up on their 10th anniversary since their introduction in 2006. Their new G-Series is a serious and innovative upgrade with hardcore computing capabilities for the ultimate gaming experience and landed top spots on many review guides. Click here to see the site and all the great reviews.
The ROG G752 is the successor to the ROG G751 sports, with all the amazing upgrades and new, aggressive designs that include a new ROG Armor Titanium and Plasma Copper color scheme.
The G752 was created so that you could play without having to turn down settings for quality, texture, anti-aliasing, shadows, etc…just to receive playable frame rates. Those days are gone.
The ROG G752 contains the latest 6th Generation Intel Core i7 processor (called Skylake Core i7), up to 64 GB of DDR4 (which is 30% more efficient and 20% faster than DDR3), NVIDIA graphics up to Ge-Force GTX 980 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM and an optional NVMe PCIe SSD, so you can be absolutely sure that when you play LAN, that you have the confidence to rock it.
The G752 has a must-have 17.3-inch Full-HD IPS (In-Plane Switching) display with G-Sync. This gamer’s dream has a backlit, anti-ghosting keyboard with 30-key rollover that will register every key you press. There is a dedicated Record key and other ROG macro keys to program multi-key, complex commands.
Most notably, the ROG G752 is the world’s first to incorporate a mobile 3D Vapor Chamber thermal system that provides more efficient cooling during gameplay. With an ROG-exclusive dust-released thermal solution for stability and longevity and a backlit and anti-ghosting keyboard, this is a gaming experience you will NOT find anywhere else. And did I mention that the 17.3-inch display is capable of 4K? No? Well, if you were worried, worry no longer. Your gameplay will be epic.
The G752VY is undoubtedly the beast out of the three G752 models, in terms of performance and the G752VL and G752VT have a slimmer profile and are lighter and more portable. So, whatever your needs are, the G-Series have brought their A-Game.