When it comes to gaming, the market is extremely competitive and the customer base is insanely demanding. Gamers always demand the best of everything and are ready to spend a fortune for it. The level of performance required for the current generation of games is at an all level high and many may argue that to get the best gaming experience, you need a desktop. But if you want all this performance in a more mobile device, gaming laptops are the way to go.
There’s still a considerable gap between the laptop and desktop gaming performance with desktop still being the more powerful but the gap is slowly decreasing with new features coming to gaming laptops every year.
Here we’re listing some of the best Gaming Laptops of this year. They have been classified into 4 categories – Low-Cost, Mid-Range, High-End and Ultra-Level gaming. The price ranging from around $900 all the way to more than 5 grand.
Let’s get started.
Lenovo Legion Y520 : (Price : $879 USD)
The Y520 is the first member of the new Legion series of gaming laptops by Lenovo. It’s a low cost gaming solution and should be considered if you are tight on budget.
It packs in a 7th Generation Intel Core i7 ( i7 – 7700HQ @ 3.8 GHz max Turbo), a 15.6 inch 1920×1080 FHD IPS Anti-Glare display, 8 GB of Dual-Channel DDR4 2400 Mhz RAM (16GB supported). It also includes a 256GB PCle SSD with an option for up to a 2TB 5400RPM HDD.
For graphics, the laptop is powered by a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB of VRAM which is capable of decent performance at 1080p. Expect most games to run at medium to high settings.
It has a full-size backlit keyboard, although it’s only in red. It has a number pad to the right side. The body is plastic made and contains a Kevlar-like woven pattern which gives it a very subtle and aggressive look at the same time.
For under $900 USD, the Lenovo Legion Y520 is a powerful option for gaming at FHD resolution and general computing at a lower price point.
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition 7567 : (Price : $1089 USD)
Next in this category is the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series Gaming Edition. Well, no points for Dell in the naming department. It’s a bit pricier than the Legion Y520. The 7567 has a 15.6 inch 1920×1080 Anti-glare IPS display. It also packs a 7th Gen Intel Quad core i5-7300HQ with a max turbo of 3.5 GHz (upgradable to the i7-7700HQ). It comes with a 128GB M.2 SSD which is quite small in my opinion and a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD, other than that it has 8GB of DDR4 2400 MHz (upgradable to 16GB).
For graphics department, it is powered by a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB VRAM and can be upgraded to a GTX 1060. Just like it’s Lenovo counterpart, it should do the job at 1080p.
The chassis is made of, as expected, plastic. It has black exterior and a black and red theme on the keyboard. It doesn’t have a very outrageous look but pretty much looks like a gaming laptop. It’s available in 3 different variants.
Now we’ll see some mid-range laptops with prices north of $1500 USD.
ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS- DS71 : (Price : $1648 USD)
First laptop in the mid-range segment is the ASUS ROG Strix Gaming laptop. It consists of a 15.6-inch FHD 1920x1080p 120Hz G-SYNC display.
To power this display is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GPU. Other than that it uses the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor along with 16GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM and a 1TB HDD along with a smaller 128GB SATA SSD. All these specifications make this laptop capable enough to run most of the latest at High/Ultra settings at the native resolution.
The body of the Strix is made of brushed-finished aluminium and is silver in colour. The build quality is said to be OK and it is known to get warm. The interior has the same brushed aluminium and has an RGB LED back-lit keyboard, with red print on the keys and around the trackpad. The higher variant of this model packs an 8GB GTX 1080, a larger 120Hz G-Sync moniter and a larger SSD among other options.
Razer Blade 14: (Price : $2099 USD)
With the Razer Blade 14, we’ve now crossed the $2000 mark in this list. The Razer Blade 14 has a smaller screen than the other laptops in the list but it doesn’t mean it is any less when it comes to specs.
It is equipped with a 7th Generation Intel i7-7700HQ with 16GB of DDR4 2400 MHz RAM. It has a 14 inch 1920×1080 IGZO display and to run this display is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB VRAM. Other than that, it contains a 512 GB PCIe SSD with an option for a smaller SSD and a 2TB HDD. Unfortunately since the GPU takes the hit here for the other premium features, as a result the gaming performance should be weaker than the ROG laptop.
The chassis is Aluminium CNC and has a very solid built, exactly as expected of Razer. Blade 14 is fitted with a membrane based keyboard with white coloured letters and individually backlit keys which can be customized using Razer Chrome software. Some may argue that the laptop is a bit overpriced considering it has a GTX 1060 inside but loyal Razer customers know there’s something else to the Razer’s laptops. Plus at 14 inch, it is one of the most compact and lightest gaming laptops out there. In the end, it comes down to a person’s own preferences and needs.
Now we come to the High-End gaming laptops. These are the laptops for those who want to enjoy their games at High or Ultra settings and nothing less and are ready to pay a lot for it.
MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-865: (Price : $2699 USD)
The first device in this category is the MSI GT73VR Titan Pro. It has the fastest single GPU available for a laptop, the Nvidia GTX 1080 with 8GB of GDDR5X VRAM. It is unstoppable at the default 1080p display and can handle virtually anything. Processing is handled by the 7th Gen Intel i7-7700HQ CPU coupled with a 32GB DDR4 2400 MHz RAM. A higher variant with i7-7820HK (2.9GHz/3.8GHz) is also available. For storage, it has a 512 GB SSD and a 1TB HDD.
Titan is a bulky laptop and is equipped with a 17.3 inch screen. The base model has a 1920×1080 120Hz G-SYNC display. There’s also an option with a 4K screen but with refresh rate reduced to half at 60Hz. It supports Thunderbolt 3, for external I/O options. The keyboard is made by SteelSeries. The RGB LED backlit keys are customizable using SteelSeries 3 engine. The laptop do provide high-end specs with the money spent and can be considered a good option for serious gaming.
Razer Blade Pro: (Price : $3999 USD)
This is the second Razer laptop in this list. Last year’s version of the Razer Blade Pro was known for its high-quality build and stunning display. This year’s update has the new Kaby Lake processor inside and the screen color profile and audio are certified by THX. Pro comes in two variants with either a 1080p or a 4K display. The 4K model features an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080.
The 4K model has an IGZO capacitive multi-touch panel, offers 100% Adobe RGB color reproduction. As mentioned earlier, it has a GTX 1080 with 8GB VRAM. The CPU taking care of the processing is the i7-7820KH at 2.9 GHz(Base), 3.9GHz(Turbo) or 4.3 GHz(Overclock). The RAM capacity is at 32 GB of dual channel DDR4 2667. Storage is handled by 2x256GB PCIe M.2 drives with option going up to 2TB, also in RAID 0 form.(2×1 TB drives)
Chassis is black in colour and is made of CNC machined aluminium and looks somewhat like a bigger brother of the Blade 14. Still, this is one of the lightest and thinnest GTX 1080 laptops around. It uses a mechanical keyboard with RGB LED keys which can be controlled by the Razer Synapse software. The trackpad is, unusually, to the right of the keyboard which may take some time getting used to. The price is quite outrageous but Razer is not known for its cheap prices but for its top notch quality.
Now we come to the last category in this list, these are the laptops which can’t be called a mobile device in any sense. These are full-sized, heavy laptops and aren’t exactly meant to be on a lap or be used without an external power source for a long period. They basically provide options that aren’t available in conventional laptops. What they provide are the best of everything you can get for a laptop and at a hefty price tag.
Mythlogic Phobos 8717: (Price :$2335 USD)
First in the Ultra gaming laptop category is the Mythlogic with their Phobos 8717. Thanks to the space available by the “luggable” design, it includes full size desktop Kaby Lake processors. Options are i5-7600K (4.1 GHz), a locked i7-7700 (4.2 GHz), to the i7-7700K running at 4.5 GHz. Upto 64GB of memory is supported at speeds up to DDR4 3000MHz using the four SO-DIMM slots. All the variants are equipped with 17.3 inch AHVA LCDs. The base model uses a 2560×1440 panel whereas the higher-end models uses a full 4K G-SYNC supported displays. The laptop is also capable to output 3 external monitors upto 4K through its HDMI and 2 display ports.
The GPU inside ranges from a single GeForce GTX 1070 with 6GB VRAM upto a dual, desktop level GTX 1080s in SLI. Storage concerns are fulfilled by 2 M.2 SSDs in wither SATA or PCIe mode, along with an additional space for 2 changeable 2.5” HDD/SSD using the SATA interface.
Design wise, the Phobos has a black chassis with an LED design on the lid. The design is quite plane and not very outrageous. The keyboard is obviously full size and includes a color illuminated numeric pad.
At $2335, it provides spectacular price to performance ratio when compared to other laptops mentioned in this list.
MSI GT83VR Titan SLI: (Price: $5399 USD)
This is so far the most expensive laptop in this list. This laptop is available in two flavors, SLI-212 and SLI-252. The only difference among them is the amount of RAM and storage. The SLI-212 is the higher model of the two.
The 212 has a 7th Generation Core i7-7920HQ CPU running at 3.1/4.1 GHz (Base/Turbo). The 212 contains a 64GB DDR4-2400 RPM while the 252 comes with 16GB DDR4-2400 RPM. The storage is handled by 2x512GB PCIe SSDs and a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD. The display is huge for a laptop at 18.4”. It is an IPS panel at 1920×1080. Surprisingly, there is no 4K support despite the 2 GTX 1080s.
The chassis is constructed from CNC machined aluminium. It has a black coloured exterior with the MSI Gaming Dragon logo in the middle of the lid. It has large exhaust vents in the rear. It looks and feels like it’s meant for gaming. The keyboard is a Cherry MX Silver keyboard with multi-backlit SteelSeries KB88 keys. The Titan SLI is a bulky laptop and weighs at a hefty 6kg but provides good build quality.
Asus Predator 21X: (Price : $9000 USD)
A special mention for a special machine. The Asus Predator 21X is an outrage in every sense. The laptop is basically an overkill. It is an 8kg beast which just represents how far laptop technology can be pushed. The fact that it ships in its own Pelican Case speaks a lot for itself. This is the by-far the most expensive laptop in this list, or matter of fact, in the world.
The laptop is the first in the world to have a curved display. It is powered by the 7th Generation Intel i7 processor and dual Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 GPU in SLI. The curved display is a 21 inch screen with 2560x1080p resolution with G-SYNC support. The storage is a 4TB SSD along with a monstrous 64GB DDR4 RAM. The laptop has 5 cooling fans and equips a full-sized mechanical keyboard with Cherry MX switches and RGB back-lighting under each key.
Uniquely, the 21X features a removable side panel that can be flipped over to reveal either a numberpad or a precision trackpad. The sound department has SoundPound 4.2+ which includes 4 speakers and 2 subwoofers, 3-way audio and Dolby Audio sound technology.
Other interesting feature is the Tobii eye-tracking technology which is integrated into the laptop, which lets you play selected games more intuitively. Eye tracking also enhances the experience by providing infinite views while walking through roads in a game.
This is a beast which is not for the common masses. This laptop basically pushes the limits of gaming laptops. It truly justifies the tag of being the most powerful laptop in the world. And if someone can spend that much money on a laptop, they deserve the best and nothing else.
So there you have it folks. These are our picks for the best gaming laptops at the moment. If you think we missed any particular laptop, be sure to let us know.