We don’t have the pretention to know literally everything about gaming laptops. That’d be utterly impossible, considering the constant technological advances which allow for new models to appear every now and then. Not to mention the whole range of things that the companies are developing and the public knows nothing about.
What we do know, however, is that when you want a gaming laptop, you basically want the portable version of a hardcore desktop. You don’t want something slim and light, although there are a couple of models that fulfill these conditions as well. You don’t want something classy enough to take with you on a corporate meeting. You don’t want something tiny enough to take with you when you’re mountain trekking.
What you do want is a true monster, capable of running the most demanding games of today AND tomorrow, on ultra settings, @30fps (at the very least). The games of the past, you can play even on a flagship smartphone – what you want from a good gaming laptop is to be able to play Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Far Cry Primal, The Witcher 3, Ashes of the Singularity, Bioshock Infinite, and so on, on native resolution and max detail, without your FPS dropping below a bearable limit.Read also
We tried to make your job a bit easier and did some specific research ourselves. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of the best gaming laptops commonly accessible on Amazon. Mind you, this is not a list of the best gaming laptops for a certain budget, nor a list of the most affordable gaming laptops; it’s simply a list of the most powerful and best-rated laptops, regardless of price. If you’re certain you have some cash to spend, or at least you plan to save some in the future, you’re welcome to take a look at what we liked and perhaps get one of them for yourself.
1.ASUS ROG G701VI OC Edition – lightest 17 inch laptop
In all probability, this Asus model is exactly what we’d buy if we were to buy a completely cray-cray gaming laptop. Sorry, but we’re Asus fans. And speaking of fans, this is exactly why we love Asus: the brand new Asus Vapor Chamber makes overheating a thing of the past. It even has a dust-release tunnel, in order to not clog the components, and the dedicated cooling modules allow for a level of overclocking we’ll discuss in a jiffy.
The display is a pleasant 17.3” FHD which manages 112% of the sRGB color space – not astonishing, but seriously solid. Some claim that it has light bleed issues, but we didn’t find them significant enough to damage the gaming experience. It doesn’t have a mechanical keyboard, which is a shame, but it also allows the laptop to not be a complete brick in terms of thickness, and reviewers class it among the top 5 gaming laptop keyboards anyway.
It’s 1.3” thick and 7.8lbs heavy, but hey… if you want a thin and light notebook, buy a ZenBook.
In terms of power, this laptop is a true beast, completely worth the price you’d pay for it. It’s powered by a 7th generation i7-7820HK, 2.9 and up to 3.9GHz, which we discussed above. It’s an unlocked processor, which means that you can overclock it as much as the cooling capabilities allow you to. Which is a lot? The GPU is a beautiful Nvidia GTX 1080 and we’re happy to tell you that this configuration aces the 3D Mark Fire Strike at 15,812, pretty high for a laptop. It has 32GB overclocked DDR4 RAM @2800MHz, and 2x 256GB SSD for a nice 512GB storage, which is, of course, upgradeable.
Is it completely VR-ready? Sure as hell it is, and that’s valid for all of the laptops here. Some may work better or actually be optimized for VR, but not one of them will have problems running VR apps. Word.
2. MSI GT83VR Titan SLI – best 17 inch gaming laptop
Are you a completely power-crazy tyrant? If yes, here’s your computer. This is the single most powerful gaming laptop we’ve seen and it’s also the most expensive. It features an FHD IPS wide-view non-reflection display which may seem insufficient for an 18.4” laptop, but it’s genuinely high-quality. If it’s not enough for you, the laptop supports another two 4K displays simultaneously, so here you go. It’s the first on the list to feature a mechanical keyboard, which reviewers think is amazing enough to justify the 2.5” thickness and 22.5lbs.
MSI has had cooling problems since forever and they’re set to solve them with the 2017 models. The new technology includes 15 heat pipes and three coolers, which are absolutely necessary for the level of heat produced by this absolute monster.
The Titan SLI-212 is equipped with the literally most powerful consumer-grade CPU available, an i7-7920HQ, quad-core, 8-thread, 3.1GHz and up to 4.1GHz with Turbo Boost, 8MB cache. It’s paired with the also literally most powerful consumer-grade laptop GPU, a dual GTX 1080 (hence the SLI part of the model name) with 16GB GDDR5X VRAM. Add 64GB DDR4 RAM @2400MHz and a 1TB SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo and you will understand why we say this is the best gaming laptop in terms of sheer performance.
Side note: if you expect the battery to last more than an hour, you should get a reality check.
3. Alienware New 17 AW17R4 – best 17 inch laptops
There’s no list of gaming laptops without an Alienware and this is no exception. The fact that it ranks third on our list is rather a matter of taste than one of performance. Alienware also claim that they’ve solved the cooling issues that used to appear with the pre-2017 models and beta testers say they’re actually right. Due to a construction peculiarity, with the main body extending 1.5” or so behind the screen hinges, there’s more room for coolers and your palm rests will remain as chilly as they should be.
The display featured is a 17.3” QHD 400-nit anti-glare @120Hz, which is TN for some reason unknown to us. It also has the Tobii eye-tracking system, which is really neat. Alienware claim to have reduced the thickness and weight of the laptop and it seems that they kept the promise: at 1.15” and 9.7 lbs, it’s what you’d expect from a pretty normal 17-incher.
The mother ship of the future is based on the same great i7-7820HK as the ROG G701VI. We do know, however, how much it can be overclocked here: an amazing 4.4GHz. It has the same single GTX 1080 you’ll see very often around here, as well as 32GB DDR4 @2400MHz, a 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.
In all honesty, we really like the new Alienware design. It looks kinda… ominous, in a way, but the anodized aluminum is a nice change from the all-pervasive black/red color scheme.]
4. HP Omen 17 – 17 inch gaming laptops
If we were to characterize this gaming laptop in a few words, it would have to be “classics gone crazy”. It’s not the most beautiful laptop here, not by far, nor the most hardcore. However, we have to say that HP made a pretty great effort and they totally deserve their spot here. We also have to commend them for the sound system, it’s seriously awesome for a laptop and it doesn’t have that tinny reverberation often found in similar models.
The display is a 4K UHD UWVA anti-glare, which is nice. It can reach up to 173% of the sRGB color space, which is also nice. The brightness is 265nit, which is not so nice. Also not nice is the fact that it gets pretty hot when you try to overload it a bit, but that’s to be expected.
It’s equipped with the mainstream CPU i7-6700HQ, quad-core, 8-thread, 2.6 and up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost, 6MB cache. It comes with a sweet GTX 1070, which manages to obtain better benchmarks in the 3D Mark Fire Strike than some 1080-based configurations. 32GB RAM? Check. 512GB SSD + 2GB HDD? Wow. Check that.
5. Razer Blade Pro 17 – best 17″ gaming laptop
We have to say it: for a 17-inch gaming laptop, this thing is incredibly thin and light. When it comes to that, it beats all the others hands down: it’s only 0.88” thick and 7.8lbs. Does that make it any less solid? Nope. The chassis is made of CNC-milled aluminum and it’s made to resist. Not to mention pretty. Does it make it any hotter? Yes. The fans are also a bit noisy, which is annoying if you aren’t playing games at full volume.
This model has possibly the best display around here: a 4K touchscreen. Not only is it super-high-resolution, but it can also manage 185% of the sRGB gamut, which is more than impressive. Is the graphics card enough to support it? Mostly, yes. Is the cooling keeping up? We certainly hope so, seeing as this model has really great reviews. The reviews are also really nice when it comes to the keyboard – an ultra-low-profile mechanical keyboard.
The processor on this one is the same mainstream i7-6700HQ. It’s not bad, but it could get better. The graphics card, on the other hand, is the same beautiful GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X. 32GB RAM and a 512GB SSD and you get a neat configuration, although a bit on the expensive side.
6. Acer Predator 17 X – gaming laptop 17 inch
Some reviewers claim that this laptop looks plain bad. We beg to disagree. Sure, it does have its plasticky parts, but we are of the opinion that Acer did a pretty good job, a whole lot better than it did with the mainstream mid-range options. Even better, it did a pretty good job AND made it cheaper: the whole thing is a lot cheaper than whatever others have to offer. They seem to have skimped on the camera, it’s pretty grainy for the price.
We’re usually annoyed with Acer displays, but this one is OK. It’s not as luminous as others, at only 288nit, but it’s enough for most purposes and it also covers 112% of the sRGB. The keyboard is also pretty satisfying, which is also surprising for Acer. Even better, the cooling system evolved and it now features not two, but three fans and it appears to be doing its job.
The Decepticon in disguise has a configuration we consider ideal for modern games and some future ones: an i7-7820HK, a GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X, 32GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage combo. All in all, the best Acer has to offer is enough to earn it a place in the gallery of the actual best.
7. Origin PC EON17 – best 17 gaming laptop
We’re not actually sure whether we’re reviewing a laptop or a weird desktop right here, and you’ll see why in a second. For the time being, you have to know that the display is neat and vivid and the sound system is probably the best you can get on a laptop. Seriously, the bass is epic. The design is rather boring, or so we’d say, but it has a metal grid on the exhaust vents which we find pretty awesome.
We can’t describe how comfy the keyboard is – a perfect 1.9mm travel distance and an equally perfect 62 grams of force necessary. It’s like the keyboard itself is typing and also gently caressing your fingers. We also can’t describe how hot this gets. Not a very pleasant surprise, in all honesty, but I think we can get over it if we consider the performance.
This laptop is a desktop. Yup. It features a desktop CPU, an i7-6700K, quad-core, 4GHz and up to 4.2GHz overclocked, 8MB SmartCache. Not only that, but it also has a desktop GTX 980, which scores a great 12011 on the 3D Mark Fire Strike benchmark. It only has 16GB RAM, but it’s upgradable to 64, and also 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD.