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Looking for raw power to help you handle the onslaught on your next Fallout 4 or Battlefield 4, then you’re definitely going to need a souped-up laptop to deal with the performance upheaval. So the question is, what laptop should you get? Should you lean more on portability, raw power or that ever- elusive best-of-both-worlds feet of engineering? That’s why we’ve come up with a list of the best gaming laptops 2017. We’ve combined a rundown of machines with a great blend of each option to fit your dream machine.
Our choice is based on MOGZTech’s extensive testing of modern gaming machines. We feature a list of laptops with big screens, intergalactic themes, muscled up features or just pure and arguably best all-round gaming laptops.
Best Gaming Laptops 2017
- Display size/resolution 18-inch, 1,920×1,080 display WideView IPS-Level Non Reflection
- PC CPU 3.1GHz Intel Core i7-7920HQ
- PC memory 64GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,400MHz
- Graphics (2) 8GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
- Storage 2TB (2x 1TB) Samsung 960 PRO NVMe SSD + 1 TB 7200RPM HDD
- Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Donning with an Intel Core i7-7920HQ processor the MSI GT83VR has fast clock speed that is nothing short of impressive. Anyone would fall in love with the 18 inch Full HD screen and Nvidia’s new Pascal GPU. The latter enables the Dominator to be VR Ready and throw down some insanely smooth frame rates while at it.
This allows you to enjoy scaling mountains, explore housed houses or hand to hand combat in extremely toned up settings without worry of ghosting. This MSI rig also enjoys blistering transfer speeds thanks to a great port selection, whisper quiet fans and 64GB DDR4 SDRAM (2,400MHz) and impressive array of customizable RGB lighting. The downside however is a glaring weakness in its battery life and an almost $5,000 plus price tag.
Nothing about the Origin PC Eon 17-SLX 10 Series design and features is slack. Calling this 17 inch beast a laptop is almost an ‘alternative fact.’ The design is sleek and lid has lines glowing enticingly with placating lights that are a promise of nothing but unimpeded power within. While the notebook’s frame has little in the line of gamer centric/intergalactic theme, its stylish rear vents are sure to dish out that gamer feel. Looks aside, it also brands other key features include:
- Display size/resolution 17-inch (3840 x 2160) 4K Nvidia G-Sync Display
- PC CPU Overclocked 4.5GHz Intel Core i7-6700K CPU
- PC memory 16GB RAM
- Graphics (2) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB VRAM
- Storage 256 GB SSD 1TB HDD 7,200-rpm hard drive
- Networking 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0
Because it weighs a clean 12.8 pounds, lifting it is a herculean task but nothing much different from the drudgery of lifting the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI (11.6 pounds), the Acer Predator 17X (10 pounds) or the Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition (8.9 pounds). Any way you slice it, the Origin PC Eon17-SLX 10 Series is a taste of paradise in the gaming scene and an absolute beast ready to tear up anything you throw at it.
- Display size/resolution 14-inch ( 2,560 x 1,440-pixel matte IPS display
- PC CPU Quad-core 2.6-3.5GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ
- PC memory 16GB DDR4 memory
- Graphics 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
- Storage 512GB M.2 SSD
- Weight: 1.89kg
- Ports 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, mini-DisplayPort, 3.5mm headset, SD card reader
Just like the MSI, the Gigabyte Aero 14 laptop is well in the battle front for the truest desktop replacement. Its looks are somewhere in between ordinary clamshell and premium thanks to the plastic rather than metal material used. The matte black design and carbon fibre trim are remarkable but the chunky bezel dials down the sophistication.
The Aero 14 sports a full complement of the ports, the keyboard is backlit by plain white LEDs and it works with a fairly non-eccentric quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ from the Skylake architecture. With the 6700HQ processor, 16GB RAM( upgradeable ofcourse to 32GB), the Gigabyte Aero 14 is suited to handle intensive applications such as video rendering, photo processing and gaming.
The GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB DDR5 allows it to power through the latest games at Full HD with similar execution as the Razor Blade. Best of all, the engineers didn’t throw caution to the wind regarding portability; it weighs a mere 2Kgs which isn’t hernia inducing as the competition.
The Alienware is the go-to-laptop if you’re interested in a 17-inch laptop; something you can tote around the house or at a friend’s place. While gaming on desktop is still king, the Alienware 17R4 brings on to the table high end components that put run-to-the mil desktops and laptops to shame. It packs a top of the line angular spaceship case, 7th-generation “Kaby Lake” Intel processor and Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 GPUs which are perfect for VR setup such as Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Its key features are:
- CPU 2.9-GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU
- Operating System Windows 10 Home
- RAM 16GB
- RAM Upgradable to 32GB
- Hard Drive Size 1 TB HDD and 512 GB PCIe SSD
The Alienware stands out mostly for its Tobii eye tracking feature which is the industry’s foremost gaming eye tracker. At 9.6 pounds and 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches it is larger than the MSI GT62 Dominator Pro (6.4 pounds, 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches) and the Razer Blade Pro (7.8 pounds, 16.7 x 11 x 0.8 inches). It display panel is available in several different configurations ranging from 108p to 4K.
But our reviewed configuration had a base model of 1920 x 1080 with a high end model of 2560 x 1440. It has a great traditional styled keyboard, 2.3 millimeters of solid travel and plenty of palm rest; a perfect combination for long hours of typing. Thanks to the GTX 1080, you can turn on the gaming settings to high and suffer no tearing because of the G-Sync screen.
The Lenovo Y700 is ready for gaming. From a first glance it shows all the telltale signs of a gaming laptop with a stamp of approval rating. It has everything from exhaust vents reminiscent of a stealth fighter, aluminum casing and a premium rubber cover to warm up the wide wrist rest. Besides its fancy accented red keyboard and touchscreen , the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 has other features that make it stand out. Main features include:
- CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost)
- Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M (4GB DDR5 VRAM), Intel HD Graphics 530
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
- Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 LED anti-glare back-lit multi-touch display
- Storage: 128 GB SSD, 1TB HDD (5,400 RPM)
- Ports: 2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, HDMI, Ethernet, headset jack, 1 multi-card reader
- Connectivity: Intel wireless AC 8260, Bluetooth 4.0
- Camera: 720p HD webcam
- Weight: 5.72 pounds (2.6 kg)
- Size: 18.9 x 28.3 x 1.7 inches (48.2 x 72 x 4.6cm; W x D x H)
The combination of the Core i7, GTX 960M graphics and 16GB RAM help to put it a seat above its peers such the HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop and the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (also with Nvidia 960M). Overally, it is a great buy for less than $900 price, great 4 hours battery life, superb design and spectacular features.
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