Top 10 Best Laptops for Gaming 2018

Gaming Portable devices are becoming common and more common nowadays as there are so many companies against each other on providing the best choices to the consumers. They have provided more and more choices because of one reason. There is huge demand from the consumers that lead them try to take as much as opportunity they can. Yeah, the popularity of E-Sport games lead people on buying more gaming laptops far better than what we see on these past couple years. Moreover, people nowadays seem to be more interested on kind that of devices that they could take anywhere and anytime.

Real gamers always seek the best gaming device regardless of its price. This is also true when they are looking for a gaming laptop. There are several reasons why the best laptops for gaming are always sought-after. To start with, the most powerful gaming laptop can always accommodate their needs. By using the best gaming laptop that they can buy, they don’t have to think about system requirements and any other things about hardware limitations when they want to play their favorite games. Secondly, the best gaming laptop is also future proof. Therefore, although they have to spend thousands of dollars to buy the device, they aren’t really concerned with the expense because the machine that they buy is an investment that they can still use for many years to come. They mostly believe that buying the best device is actually the most cost-effective way to buy a laptop due to this investment matter. Thirdly, the best laptops for gaming are also great tools for game developers. People who are developing their own games certainly need the best gaming rig to accommodate their game development and benchmarking needs. The most powerful gaming laptops that are available today will be reviewed here.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

Zephyrus GX601 2
The ROG Zephyrus is quite bit pricy for now, but you really need to take look into its specs and design. The company is combining of the most powerful PC hardware into such a small and thin chassis. The chassis itself only weights for around 4.9 LBS and having a thickness for around 0.7 inches. For me, 0.7 is something that amazing even for standard nowadays. Everything is possible now thanks to the Max-Q technology from NVIDIA. In term of look, I think you are going to love it. The entire chassis is created from aluminum then finished with black finishing to all over the body. The build quality is not an issue here especially on the hinge system that really looks sturdier now. For keeping the temperature as low as it could, ASUS equipped it with Active Aerodynamic system that will keep the system temperature during your gaming.

For satisfying your needs on gaming, the main operating system is powered by Intel Core I7 7700HQ and NVIDIA GTX 1080. These hardware result such a great power for doing anything you want. Keep in mind that GTX 1080 is probably one of the best powerful GPU available in the market right now. Both of CPU and CPU have supported for VR games if only you have supported devices like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. No need to adjust any setting on every game you want. Just launch of your games and then start playing. You do not have to upgrade any hardware on the inside because it’s already that satisfying. The last thing I want to talk about here is the battery life. The battery should easily run for 6 and 7 hours on gaming with 60 percent of brightness. The result itself can be better or worst depending on your activity.

ROG Zephyrus GX501Main Specs
CPUIntel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHz
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage512GB PCIe SSD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 18:32:01
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Dell Inspiron 5000 I7577-5241BLK

Dell Inspiron I7577 5241BLK PUS
If you are in tight budget, and now looking for budget gaming machine, then I probably will recommend you to take look into this product. The Inspiron 5000 is available for under 1000 dollars and far cheaper from its competitors, but it packs with something that not really common here. For CPU, it features of Intel Core I5 which is common and not that great, but just take look into its GPU and you soon are surprised. Yeah, they equip the machine with GTX 1060 that easily blow your mind. I never see any similar specs with this kind of price as product available on this price range mostly coming with GTX 1050 and even lower than it. I do not really know how Dell makes it possible at all. The company has to make few sacrifices in term of design, but it still looks great and not that bad to show it to your friends.

15.6 inch display is featured here with 1080p resolution. The IPS panel is equipped here and offering better brightness and viewing angles although the color accuracy is quite bit low. I did find the color is not that natural, but thankfully the brightness is bright and really helps me on getting better experience on playing games. For saving dozen of your games, the hybrid storage is ready to take your entire Steam library. The system has 128GB SSD for the system storage and another 1TB HDD for saving any stuff. The SSD is quite fast as seen on the booting time that appeared to be quite price. The same thing goes to the HDD although I still recommend you to upgrade it for better loading times on games. Better HDD would save more your time from loading times and that is the only thing we need to consider here. With its price tag, I think this is the right time for swapping your old laptop.

Dell Inspiron I7577 5241BLK PUSMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I5 7300HQ 2.5 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 17:51:53
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Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK
The lower and mid entry level is now becoming company’s most favorite choices because for some reasons people now quite bit strict on spending their money. Now they prefer to spend their money on mid entry or low entry machine rather than picking of premium product. Acer sees this momentum as the right time to show their product. For this reasons, the Acer Helios 300 is born to satisfy consumers need for cheap portable devices. Although its price considered to be quite cheap, they actually take some directions that really interesting to see. The entire body is designed from aluminum and not plastic. On the inside, there is a red backlit keyboard that looks wonderful when it’s glowing in the dark. What they put here is not that wonderful, but really worth for the price.

As for gaming test, I tried few popular games to test its performance. It seems that GTX 1060 really hold itself pretty well on any game that I test. In Rise of the Tomb Raider, the FPS mostly reaches for around 40 FPS on the high setting most all the time in every stage. The next game I tried here is For Honor. This game is brand new and many people said to be quite demanding in term of power especially on multiplayer mode. On the test, I was so surprised that the FPS is so stable even during most crowded situations on three versus four. There are some drops, but the framerate regains itself really fast, so the users will never notice it. I really not find any problem in term of power and the thing that really annoying is the temperature. Remember that the system gets hot pretty easily, so make sure to put it on free spot where the air blowing out from the system is not stuck.

Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QKMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7 7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 17:52:13
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The Razer Blade 14 Ultraportable Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade 2
The Razer Blade 14 takes the gaming machine into its new level by packaging of high powerful hardware into such a small and light chassis. It looks like common traditional devices we see nowadays, but packs with so much power on the inside. It’s rugged aluminum chassis only weight for 4.3 pounds with dimension at 9.3 x 13.6 x 0.7 inches. I was able to throw it easily into my small bag without need for any effort. If you find yourself a gaming device to carry around, then this product must be your favorite choice here. The port connectivity is well complete here with all standard and Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Thunderbolt 3 ports capable of playing games in 4K resolution by connecting of Razer external graphic. The port is fast and reliable, so never worry on plugging of your external HDD that containing of your games.

One of the biggest selling points to see is located on the display. The 14 inch 4K display looks wonderfully stunning on its level. It produces huge amount of colors and making such a natural color on any content I see here. The brightness itself is totally bright and dependable for any outdoor activities. They really put high quality hardware on the inside and this is the reason why the price is quite bit higher than its competitors. On the other side, the thing is more impressive on the battery life. The display is so bright and I think it’s going to make impact on the battery life. Luckily, it’s not true as the battery lasts for 7 hours and 30 minutes. I tested it for entire week and it always get similar result no matter what I have done. I think it’s finally safe to say that the Razer Blade 14 is worth to consider as the best option.

The Razer BladeMain Specs
CPUIntel 7th Gen i7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Display Size14-inch
OSWindows 10
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage512GB PCIe SSD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 18:32:55
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ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS-DS74

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS-DS74
The ROG gaming series is very well known around the world thanks to their big advertisement. Yeah, they really do big advertisement to make it so popular, but on the other side the thing that really makes their devices are so popular is the quality. ASUS always put such decent specs with really competitive price. The result is shown here where anything you find here is worth to mention. The 17 inch display is big and I thing you won’t miss any your important moment during your gameplay. The thing is even more satisfying with 120Hz refresh rate that offering smoother and faster responds than any normal size. Having 120Hz screen is not really that recommended, but this thing is actually so helpful on FPS games that really force you to have fast response.

For supporting your activity, the Intel Core I7 7700HQ and GTX 1070 will be your friend for a while right now. There is no need for power because this hardware are powerful enough to run of VR games at the highest setting, so any AAA games should be taken at ease without any issue. Moreover, most of parts like RAM and HDD are upgradable and means we can just upgrade it anytime we want. For the base level, it features of 16GB RAM DDR4 and hybrid storage that combines of 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD. I think these specs are more than enough for 4 or 5 years because we will not see any new gaming console for at least 5 or six years. This product is appeared to be expensive, but remember that spending more money would give you better productivity than most of low entry products could do. I recommend you to check it further and see how it works on you.

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VS-DS74Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070
Display Size17.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage512GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 16:50:01
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Gigabyte SaberPro 15W-KB3

Gigabyte SaberPro 15W-KB3
For the price not higher than 1500 dollars, Gigabyte SaberPro is able to provide of high level performance that would never let you throw it into a bargain bin. The GTX 1060 is capable of running VR games although it needs couple adjustment for some games. But, it feels so wonderful to see mid end product is able to do it. There is no chance we would able to see similar things at the same price on other competitors. Moreover, it features of fantastic RGB keyboard that can be customized to our needs in the software setting and Microsoft Precision Touchpad that gives you faster and more responsive on playing games. I really love their decision by making it more appealing to wide consumers rather than just targeting any specific consumers.

In term of look or packaging, I think there is no bad thing to say from it. It’s built from high quality material that finished alongside with premium black finishing all over the chassis. What I love here is the surface that really not slippery at all. It easy to hold and does not leave any much fingerprint. The build quality is fantastic as the entire material has been ruggedized to maximize its performance. At the center base, there is a full size keyboard that sits nicely and waiting for you to test it. The keyboard is excellent for typing as the travel distant between keys are not too far or too close and really preventing us to type the wrong buttons. This is far one of the most satisfying keyboard that I have ever tested. The only bad thing to say here is the battery life which is pretty underwhelming so be prepared to charge it over quite often for now.

Gigabyte SaberPro 15W-KB3Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR SDRAM Memory
Storage256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 16:49:59
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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 230

GS63VR
MSI GS63VR first generation has received so many complaints for its slim and sleek design that let temperature to go over and making it so unusable at all. Few months ago they have just refreshed it with second generation and at that time I did not really have any high expectation from it. At the end, it turns out to be huge surprised because this new version perform so wonderfully and appeared to be really different than its last version. The second generation is now equipped with more efficient hardware with Kaby Lake and Pascal Technology. Now this thin and light product is easier to recommend to everyone. It’s small and thin chassis is not becoming an issue anymore and it never get so hot easily. There are 2 fans that work simultaneously on offering maximum performance on extreme level.

The 15 inch level is also improved here where the 1080p display could produce more and deeper level of color. The high black level is on better level with sufficient brightness that totally acceptable for ambient lighting. I just hope the brightness can be over 274 nits, but with this level I think I still won’t make any complain. As for input devices, it still uses of familiar SteelSeries keyboard that has been their typical. Any gamer who have been into with their product for many years will feel like at home because the keys are firm and giving nice feedback. The numpad itself is smaller than its QWERTY keys as the base is smaller and they need to make an adjustment to fit everything. The touchpad is also gives similar impression for gaming although I will recommend using of mouse for FPS games. It feels great for MOBA and action games, but not that wonderful for games that need fast movement.

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 230Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD +2TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-22 16:59:52
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Alienware 15 AW15R3-7003SLV-PUS

Alienware 15
The Alienware 15 has new sophisticated and brethren design that appeared as more mature. The company decided to remove of entire epic aluminum lid and replace it with more cultivated design that feels more impressive and sturdier. The beloved LED lighting is still back, so never worry of losing this most favorite feature. In order to fit of ports and hardware, the body is built in with magnesium alloy material that works wonderfully matched with its top lid. Opening the lid you would be welcomed by its luxurious feel keyboard. The matte display itself is surrounded by thick bezel that adds premium touch to the rest of parts. The port connectivity is not an issue here as they were successfully of combining modern and standard port together. The company promises of 10gbps of data transfer with Thunderbolt 3 port and can move of 1GB of file in few seconds.

The Intel I7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 1070 are going to take anything you throw into the system included of VR games. One of the most demanding games to test here is the Robo Recall on Oculus Rift. On my test, it runs smoothly from any point to the point despite I teleport around to another area quite often. On SteamVR performance test itself, it got 15 score which is great as the mainstream level machine only achieve 6 or 7 scores. This machine was also able to deliver of great framerate with or without the G-Sync featured enable. Mass Effect Andromeda was successfully run on highest setting on 1080p resolution and delivers of 57 FPS all the time. Like I said before, it should run anything you throw into it without any issue. With its price range, powerful hardware, and sleek design I think this device is worth to take notice for your consideration.

Alienware 15 AW15R3-7003SLV-PUSMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 18:06:50
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Acer Predator 15 G9-593-71EH

Acer Predator 15
For many years Acer has taken some risk by providing of uniquely designed device like Predator 21X or affordable option like Aspire E15 that fit of premium hardware that impossible to fit on its price range. The company loves to play around and this is what they do with their Predator 15. Playing with new thing will give them such a big risk, but the company is actually successfully of making splashy and sturdy chassis that so optimized to fit of 1080p display, Intel Core I7 processor, and GTX 1060. The outside look is not really premium and sleek like Razer Blade, but carrying it over and showing it to your friend will never make you shame at all. When you open the lid, you soon notice a RGB keyboard that offering great way to type.

The Windows 10 is pre-installed as the main operating system and it’s also equipped with some kind of software that let you to control anything. Opening the PredatorSense software we will find some useful features like fan control for controlling the fan speed to our needs and dis tray feature that could be swapped and included of Predator FrostCore technology mechanism. For anyone who does not any disc tray, then you could just swap it back and adding of external cooler to get the system got extra cooling for gaming. Acer is not just taking care of the hardware fantastically, but they also put nice touch to the software that actually important as everything is dependable on it. The only thing that might keep you away from this device is the weight that quite heavy. It’s full of ports and great cooling system in cost of its heavy weight. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration from it.

Acer Predator 15 G9-593-71EHMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1070
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 16:50:12
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HP Omen 15 AX250WM

Omen 15
HP Omen 15 is going to the cheapest one that I could recommend here. With this price for under 1000 dollars, you deserve what you pay for. The machine is capable of running AAA or latest games on 1080p resolution and users are going to get of this performance in such a portable and sleek design. There is really nothing wrong from its packaging. The deck is coming with faux carbon fiber patter that combined with smooth black finishing. Moreover, it has enough ports connectivity to support of your small gaming station. There are USB port, SD card, Ethernet, and HDMI placed on the right side and alongside with headset jack, secure lock slot, and other double USB 3.0 ports that placed on the left.

For making everything is possible here, HP have to make some sacrifices on its keyboard and display. The keyboard for some reasons is shallow and offering lack of keyboard. I am able to type for more than 65 words easily, but that is far from my standard. On gaming, communicating with your friends should do with no issue, but might be bad for typing document in long or frequently usage. As for the display, it produces of 71 percent of SRGB color which is far from 95 percent standard. The same thing happened to the brightness that looks dim at 247 nits. These result is actually quite similar with Acer Aspire VX that has higher price, so it’s not something that so bad to have. The price is already that cheap and it’s pretty normal for them to make some adjustment. HP Omen 15 is worth to mention here as there is no similar option available at this price.

HP Omen 15 AX250WMMain Specs
CPUIntel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI 4GB VRAM
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10
Memory12GB DDR4 Memory
Storage1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-05-21 18:07:11

Final Thought

All laptops that we mention here offer unquestionable power. Some of them might be quite heavy to carry, but that is the consequence of having a laptop with all powerful components confined in its body. Some of them also offer quite reasonable price. Therefore, although you are currently in a quest to find the best laptop in the market, you can actually get your best rig without having to spend too much money. I just hope the information provided here is helpful for you. At last, thank you very much for reading the article and see you again next time.




  • 1 Comment
    1. Reply
      Sorielle April 26, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      Most important information is left out, almost on purpose…. the GPU!! List the GPU on the review. The rating then becomes really simple…. if the laptop does not have at least a GTX 980 then it should NOT be on this list.

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