In the last decade gaming has evolved largely and so have the gaming laptops. Earlier gaming laptops used to be big thick with added cooling peripherals and what not, but now powerful gaming laptops have slim body, elegant and sleek style and thin design making it easily portable.
Choosing the gaming laptop is very hard as there are varieties of laptops available in market all claiming to be the best one. Gaming laptops can be chosen on basis of performance, price and portability. I have made the task easy for you.
Here I have prepared a list of the 10 best gaming laptops of 2019 available in market after trying and testing each of the laptops several times.
Best Gaming Laptop 2019
|ASUS ROG G703||32GB DDR4||i9-8950HK||GTX 1080 8GB|
|MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US||32GB DDR4 2400MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1070 8GB|
|Acer Predator Helios 300||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1060 6GB|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus S||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1070(8GB)|
|GIGABYTE AERO 15X v8-BK4||16 GB DDR4 2666MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1070 8GB|
|Acer Predator Helios 500||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1070 8GB|
|MSI GV62 8RD-200||8GB DDR4 2400MHz||i5-8300H||GTX 1050Ti 4GB|
|DELL G5587-7866BLK-PUS||16GB DDR4 2666MHz||i7-8750H||GTX 1050Ti|
|ALIENWARE 17 R5 AW17R5||16GB DDR4||i7-8750H||GTX 1070 8GB|
|RAZER BLADE 15||16GB DDR4||i7-8750H||GTX 1060 Max-Q|
|ASUS TUF FX504 (Bonus)||8GB DDR4 2666 MHz||i5-8300H||GTX 1050 2GB|
1. ASUS ROG G703 – High-end Premium Laptop[amazon_link asins=’B07CCZXSLW’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
The very first laptop in our list is the ASUS ROG G703. This laptop has the potential to be on every gamers’ wish list as it can run any latest games with ease.
In terms of performance, no other laptop can match the potential of this monster. The ASUS ROG G703 laptop comes with Windows 10 with unlocked 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK processor up to 4.8 GHz.
The overclocked GPU is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB which can enhance the gaming experience to a next level. There is 32 GB DDR4 RAM provided in the machine for fast working with 2666 MHz speed of memory. The storage capacity is hybrid 2×256 GB PCIe SSDs + 2TB FireCuda SSHD storage drive. The screen is 17.3 inches with FULL HD non-touch IPS type. The refresh rate of the ASUS ROG G703 is 144HZ with NVIDIA G Sync.
There are many good attributes of this laptop; one of the best is the keyboard given in the laptop which is ASUS AURA SYNC RGB LED keyboard. The keyboard is rock solid with customizable individual keys. The travel distance is of 2.5mm.
For those who want a sleek model of laptop, the ASUS ROG G703 is not for you. It is a bulky laptop with a weight of 4.8 KG and 50 mm thick.
The build material is matte black plastic, gunmetal aluminum, and metal. Although the laptop body is bulky that does not diminish the style and elegance of this laptop.
The lid has a ROG logo that illuminates with LED. The build quality is great of the laptop with the hardy body and excellent finish.
The device also has built-in XBOX wireless controller module, 4 x 3.1 USB ports, 1 x 3.1 USB Type C, Gigabit WIFI, HDMI, Thunderbolt, SD card reader and 2 x audio jacks. Dual 12V fans with anti-dust feature and copper tunnels are provided for cooling the GPU and CPU.
With all these features the ASUS ROG G703 is certainly a dream for gamers around the world. But there is a small drawback in this device. The battery life is not as much as expected. It is obvious that to run high-end games on a powerful machine such as ROG G703 the battery will drain fast.
But before blindly buying this item just make sure your requirement match with the ROG G703. This laptop is a powerful beast that will run all games equally with ease but if you are a moderate gamer then you should not invest such a huge amount on this laptop.
2. MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US[amazon_link asins=’B07GXY31QS’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
The MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US is an ultra thin gaming laptop with 4.9mm bazel. The MSI has evolved as a gaming brand in recent years. The other laptops from this house also stand out in gaming market. The P65 Creator has a perfect display of 15.6” with anti glare, resolution of 1920x 1080, IPS FHD and refresh rate of 144 Hz 7ms. The sRGB coloring on the display is treat to watch. There are tailored color viewing modes like office mode, gaming mode, anti blue mode, designer mode and sRGB mode. The weight of the laptop in total is 4.14 lb with an ultra slim body of thickness .69 inches. The light in the back lid and keyboard are white backlit KB.
The MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US comes with 64 bit WINDOWS 10 Pro. The processor provided in this laptop is 8th Gen Core i7-8750H with 2.2 GHZ. The graphics installed is 8 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070. The RAM is 32 GB DDR4 which makes game playing smooth. The Hard drive is of 512 GB NVE.
The body is build with metal and the color is white. The battery is good enough to carry on heavy games but when the battery goes below 30% it starts to lag while playing heavy games like Batman. But if you plug in your charger then the issue seems to resolve on its own. There are 4 X 3.0 USB ports given in the laptop. Cooling is done by cooler boost trinity which can be controlled by you. Usually the fans are loud enough and can interfere with the speaker sound. The drawbacks of this device are Keyboard and speakers. Keyboard is very good for official use but not for Pro gaming. The sound of the Nahimic 3 Speakers is just not satisfactory for a gamer. Apart from these flaws the MSI P65 Creator 8RF-450US is an excellent laptop all over. The laptop can easily run light to heavy games perfectly without any issue. There is an added security feature that is the finger print sensor on the touchpad. So, you can unlock your laptop with just a touch.
3. Acer Predator Helios 300[amazon_link asins=’B07CTHLX8C’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
Predator Helios 300 from the house of Acer is a nice budget Laptop for gaming. The Predator Helios 300 gives you almost all the features of a top notch gaming laptop in a much lower price. Acer has provided a 15.6” inch Full HD screen with 144 Hz refresh rate with resolution of 1920 x 1080. The backlit RED LED enhances the look of the Laptop. The 144 refresh rate provides superb gaming experience as the supercharged refresh rate takes lesser time in frame rendering. The IPS technology used in the 15.6” inch screen and sRGB coloring allows the user to view games with magnificent colors output from every angle. The laptop is also made VR ready; all you need to do is just plug in your VR set and enjoy the new world of gaming.
The body is gun metal finished with metal body. The color is black with red edges. The logo of predator on the top cover adds to the whole outlook of the Helios 300. The laptop has a weight of 5.5-5.9 lbs. The thickness is 1.1” inch. The device is equipped with 1 x 3.1 USB type C, 2 x 2.0 USB, 1 x 3.0 USB, HDMI port, SD card reader and other standard ports. The camera is HD with resolution of 1280 x 720p. The keyboard provided has RGB red LED that looks very attractive on the laptop. The WASD keys are highlighted apart from that the keyboard is normal with matte finish for better grip while gaming. The touchpad and the keys are okay for normal use but certainly not for intense gaming. Better to use a mouse for accuracy. The speakers provided in this laptop are not so powerful compared to other attributes. The output of the speakers is flat on ears and is not so soothing.
Acer Predator Helios 300 comes with Windows 10 home 64 bit. The processor provided in the laptop is the 8th Gen i7-8750H with 6 core which gives quality performance throughout gaming process. The graphics used in the laptop is powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 which is over-lockable with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM so that users don’t have to compromise with the quality of gaming experience. For fast operations 16 GB DDR4 RAM is provided and the laptop is indeed very fast compared to other gaming giants. Storage capacity is provided in the Helios 300 is 256 GB NVMe SSD. Battery life is also decent. Although there are Aeroblade 3D metal fans for cooling but the laptop gets overheated easily.
4. ASUS ROG Zephyrus S[amazon_link asins=’B07G5Z9H8R’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S is another gaming giant from the house of ASUS. The laptop is ultra slim and has a lot of potential to give a competition to any gaming laptop in market. The display screen is of 15.6” inch with a refresh rate of 144 Hz with 3ms response time, IPS type display and 6.5mm bezel. Although the manufacturers had given every possible feature for best display still the ROG Zephyrus S fails to show a fine quality display. The corners can bleed in some laptops. The body is very thin only 0.62” thin and only 4.6 lbs. The ultra thin body is made of magnesium alloy with a back cover of aluminum CNC-milled. The Logo glows in ROG Red. The finish of the body is made to withstand rough uses.
In matters of processor and the graphics no compromise is done. The processor used is the 8th Gen 6 core i7-8750H, that can go up to 3.9 GHz. The graphics is also very powerful, 8 GB NIVDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max Q design for the best output. Your experience will change forever wheather be with AAA games or with VR experiences. The RAM provided is 16 GB DDR4 and the storage is PCIe 512 GB NVMe SSD. The operating system provided in the ROG Zephyrus S is the WINDOWS 10 Home 64 bit.
The cooling system is excellent with upgraded ROG Active Aerodynamics 12V fans and anti dust tunnels to keep the machine system cool and stable in long run and avoid overheating. To make gaming easy every possible port are provided. 2 X 2.0 USB port, 1 X 3.1 Type C USB, 1 X 3.1 Type A USB, HDMI are there in the laptop for easy gaming.
The customizable 4 zone ASUS AURA RGB gaming keyboard with ASUS Sync is a perfect partner to serve in pro gaming experience. The keyboard has extended durability with 20 million keypress. The keyboard is also illuminated with RGB ambient lighting and can be customized according to your preference and style. The battery life is decent and doesn’t seem to have any issue but not a top quality battery backup.
5. GIGABYTE AERO 15X v8-BK4[amazon_link asins=’B07BSXCCHK’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
The Aero 15X v8-BK4 is the best gaming laptop in terms of battery life with the huge 94wh battery capacity. On an average game or non-gaming works the laptop can run for 7 to 8 hours straight. On heavy gaming the duration can be 6 to 7 hours depending on your settings of output. The GIGABYTE Aero 15X is a powerful laptop with a next generation processor of 8th Gen 6 core Intel i7-8750H and DDR5 8 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics with MAX Q support for quality performance throughout gaming. The laptop gives uninterrupted service while gaming with the 16 GB DDR4 RAM of 2666 MHz. The storage capacity provided is 512 GB PCIe SSD. Operating system that comes with the laptop set is WINDOWS 10 Home 64 bit not Pro version. The efficiency of this laptop in any kinds of games is unquestionable.
The display screen is 15” inch with anti glare tech LCD of resolution 1920 x 1080 IPS and 144 Hz refreshing rate so no chance of game lag in screen. The laptop is very slim at 0.78” inch thickness and lightweight also with just 4.62 lbs. The body chassis is metal and in black color the laptop also looks great for a gaming laptop. The keyboard is full sized. The keys on the keyboard are lit with RGB lighting making the look more attractive; and it also adds to the in game experience of pro gamers. Although people with bigger hands might feel the keys size congested. The touch pad works well enough. The bezel is very slim almost negligible. But in doing so the standard webcam position has to be changed to bottom of the display screen. The position is awkward and does not get the right receiving angle. The ports offered are 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 2 x 3.1 USB Gen 1, 1 x 3.1 USB Gen 2, HDMI, SD cars reader and other standard ports.
Another top notch added to the AERO 15X is the color calibration. The manufacturers have joined hands with the X-rite Patone to provide the best quality color spectrum on the screen for the best possible gaming output. But after adding so much of specs to the display there remain the issue of screen bleeding.
6. Acer Predator Helios 500[amazon_link asins=’B07CTL2YRY’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’18e58459-e08f-11e8-a5d9-1bc88eea9ccb’]
The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a no doubt one of the best gaming laptop available in market. This laptop is certainly a great performer in the field of gaming. The laptop precedes its potential in matters of gaming performance. The manufacturers has bettered the design from Predator Helios 300 and added a bigger display screen of 17.3” inch (1920 x 1080) Full HD with NVIDIA G-Sync tech and refresh rate of 144 Hz so you can enjoy your gaming with ease. The operating system provided is the Windows 10 Home. The processor next generation is powerful enough to run any game without any issue and give efficient performance in the coming years. The processor is 8th Gen Intel 6 Core i7-8750H (up to 4.1 Hz). The 16 GB DDR4 2666 MHz RAM is provided for super fast functioning of the laptop. The graphics used is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with the overclockable 8 GB dedicated GDDR5 VRAM which is a major upgrade from the Helios 300. So now you can get more intensified clarity of picture of your games. The storage is 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD with 1 TB HDD.
To keep the system cool in extreme conditions all metal 2X Aeroblade 3D fans with 5 copper heat pipes are provided. With these inputs the laptop has became a little bit on the bulkier side and the weight is also heavy with 8.82 pounds. But the thick design does not compromise with the elegance of looks. More over the keyboard is provided with RGB backlit which enhances the style. The battery provided in this laptop is the only drawback I can find. To enjoy long hours of gaming without any interruption it is better to plug in your charger and play. MAXXAUDIO technology speakers with sub woofer like base give immersive sound output.
7. MSI GV62 8RD-200[amazon_link asins=’B07D4ZML7M’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
MSI GV62 is a whole and soul gaming laptop that is bred to serve gaming purpose mostly. The brand MSI has made a large name in manufacturing gaming laptop. This laptop is basically a low budget laptop for gamers with low budget. A gamer can get all the required features for serious in this laptop within a minimal range. The display is moderate 15.6” inch full HD but the refresh rate is very low just 60 Hz. The graphics used in it is 4 GB DDR5 NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti which is no doubt powerful enough to give a pleasant output on high end games.
The processor used in this laptop from the house of MSI is 8th Gen core i5-8300H. The Operating system provided is standard Windows 10 multi language. The RAM GB DDR4 2600 MHz, expandable up to 32 GB, is fast enough to play all your games quickly without lag or stags. The storage is partitioned into 16 GB Intel Optane memory and 1 TB HDD with 5400 RPM. The new Intel Optane technology launches the games and loads levels faster and also learns from the favorite app usage.
The sound quality is enhanced with the use of new NAHIMIC 3 tec. The 7.1 3D surround sound will surely take your gaming experience to a whole new level. The keyboard is lit with bright crimson Red lighting. The MSI’s NTSC tech brings the colors of games to life. The cooling system has 6 cooler tubes for better performance and stability. There are some drawbacks in this laptop. There is no VR support, the battery is short and no thunderbolt port provided. Apart from these it is a perfect gaming machine in low budget.
8. DELL G5587-7866BLK-PUS[amazon_link asins=’B07CD3MRZF’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
The Dell G5587 is a sleek laptop manufactured by the company for the gamers. It is moderate budget laptop that can satisfy the needs of any gamer. The laptop comes in Licorice black color with 1” inch thickness and around 6.8 pounds in weight. The attributes are just as much as any standard gaming laptop offers. The display screen is 15.6” inch with full HD LED and a refresh rate of 60 Hz can definitely serve you a quality view of your game. The laptop is designed to withstand loads of serious gaming so an 8th gen Intel 6 core i7-8750H processor is inserted. A NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1050Ti 4 GB DDR5 is provided; a latest GPU for the best viewing sensation to the users.
The memory is 16 GB DDR4 with 2666MHz. Windows 10 OS comes with turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz. The storage capacity of the Dell G5587 is dual drive 128 GB SSD (boot) + 1 TB HDD with 5400 RPM. Altogether you are getting a laptop that does run very fast.
Waves MaxxAudio tech two front speakers are given to provide a superior sound experience while gaming. For best experience you can use headphones. The ultra sleek design is finished with brushed metal and braces are made of magnesium alloy. The keyboard is decent with 1.4mm keystroke travel and soft keys. But the touch pad is not so efficient and accurate in terms extensive gaming. All the standard port along with the Thunderbolt type C and two USB 3.0 ports are provided.
Dell never fails to satisfy its customers whether be providing a powerful budget laptop or making top notch hardy laptops tor other purposes.
9. ALIENWARE 17 R5 AW17R5[amazon_link asins=’B07CWHWYPK’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
Alienware 17 R5 is a heck of a gaming laptop that stands apart in every arena in terms of gaming. It proves out to be a serious gaming beast in every sense. The laptop is magnificently designed for heavy gaming. The display screen is 17.3” inch Full HD with 60 Hz refresh rate and anti glare facility.
The laptop is heavy and thick so not easily portable unless you can carry a weight of 9.8 pounds. The thickness is 1.1” inch. The powerful processors are all fitted in the body with ease. 8th gen Intel 6 core i7-8750H 4.1 GHz processor is provided for hassle free performance with turbo boost tech. For beautiful graphical output one of the best NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB DDR5 GPU is used. The laptop is made fast by adding 16 GB of DDR4 RAM with 2400 MHz. The storage is 256 GB SSD and 1 TB HDD. The Operating system provided is the Windows 10. The ports offered are 2 x 3.0 USB, 1 x USB-3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3 port. The webcam is also very dependable.
Decent battery life as 99 Wh Li-ion battery is given for continuous long run without lags. The speakers also provided satisfying experience and are loud enough to cover the fan sound of laptop. Altogether this is very good dependable laptop for gamers.
10. RAZER BLADE 15[amazon_link asins=’B07D39HTMS’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
Hands down this is another top quality gaming laptop from the house of Razer Blade. But it has some serious issues to deal with. Coming to the specs it possess the best thing in this laptop is the beautiful Full HD screen that is 15.6 inch with edge to edge display and refresh rate of 144 Hz. The bezel is just 4.9mm. Almost 85% of the display board is taken by the screen delivering the users best visual treat while gaming. The slim design of the laptop adds to the beauty of the device. The body is compact and is made of durable CNC aluminum. The device is 0.66 inch thick and weighs just 4.56 pounds.
The quality performance of the laptop depends upon the new 8th Gen Intel i7-8750H with 6 cores. The GPU used is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 6 GB. It further more enhances the quality a bit. The storage capacity is 512 GB. All together acts as very fine beast that loads fast, boots fast, runs fast.
The touchpad is of exceptional quality from Microsoft glass that sets the bench mark very high in terms of precision. Now the extra feature that is possess is the Razer Synapse 3 that will certainly help you to control the performance of laptop and lighting on the laptop. Another good thing about this laptop is that there is not junk software installed. You get what you need and nothing else. The device has 1 x thunderbolt port, 3 x USB 3.1 HDMI port and other standard ports.
Coming on to the drawbacks; the biggest drawback is the overheating issue. The second is the weak battery backup. Mostly you have to play games plugging in your charger.
11. ASUS TUF FX504 (Bonus)[amazon_link asins=’B07BP9QG2J’ template=’Customtemplate’ store=’timesdtnw-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c369956a-e08c-11e8-8c48-ad468e911710′]
This laptop is an extra addition to the list. This ASUS TUF FX504 is a low budget laptop with every qualities needed to be a perfect gaming companion. The ASUS TUF can be a good gaming laptop for beginners. The display screen is standard 15.6 inch full HD. The processor offered is the 8th Gen Intel core i5-8300H with a refresh rate of 60 Hz. The GPU provided in the laptop is 2 GB NIVDIA GeForce GTX 1050. The RAM is 8 GB DDR4 2666 MHz. The storage capacity provided is 1 TB with the fast FIRE CUDA technology that claims to load games and applications very fast. This FireCuda is an excellent addition to the ASUS TUF FX504 but still the laptop loads games slowly. The OS is Windows 10. So altogether the laptop has all the power under its hood to give a powerful gaming performance to the users.
With power the laptop also offer easy portability with just 5.1 lbs of weight. The thickness is 0.98 inch which is moderate for a low budget laptop. The cooling system is good with 2 fans and anti dust technology for stable performance while gaming. It also has auto cleaning ADC tech and customizable fan boost. But the loudness of the fan on high speed interferes with the speaker sound. The chassis is made of plastic, which is normal in a low range laptop. The red backlit keyboard sits perfect on the color and style of the laptop. The keyboard has a travel distance of 1.8mm for smooth functioning of the keys. The keys have elongated life with 20 million key presses. All the required ports are provided with 1 x USB 2.0 and 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type A, HDMI and other standard ports. But Type C ports are not provided. Battery life is average. The speakers provided are decent.
Gaming Laptops Buying Guide – Things To You Should Check and Consider
Budget: Budget is the very first thing to be considered before buying a gaming laptop because on the basis of a certain budget you can sort out the best laptops available in that range. For high end laptops budget is not a serious issue but in case of medium to low range laptops you must ensure your desirable laptop fits in your budget.
Entry Level: Entry level laptops are comes within $1000 range. Most of them offers 15.6 inch full HD screen with average brightness and picture quality and refresh rate of 60 HZ. CPU has processors of 8th gen Intel core i5 with 8 GB RAM. GPU provided in such laptops were NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti or 1050 with 2-4 GB VRAM. The storage capacity provided ranges from 512 GB to 1 TB SSD. One thing is sure that these laptops are a bit on the slower side in terms of performance, loading and running applications and games. Low end games will run smoothly but while running high end games the laptop will slow down. The battery life ranges from 4-5 hours for normal use but while gaming it reduces to 3-4 hours. Speaker quality varies from brand to brand.
Mid-range: Mid range laptops offers 15.6 to 17.3 inch ultra full HD screen with 60-144 Hz refresh rate and resolution ranging from 1080p to 2160p giving excellent viewing experience to the gamers. In this range you will definitely have powerful processor 8th Gen Intel i7-8750H with 2666 MHz and a minimum RAM of 16 GB. The GPU offered is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060-1070 with 8 GB of VRAM. With all these power the laptop will provide a very fast loading and running, smooth and lag free High definition gaming experience without any issue. Battery life depends on usage pattern but some laptop offers battery of 94-99Wh that will provide 6-7 hours of battery life.
High-end: In this range you can get the best gaming laptops available with ultra 4k resolution very high ranged powerful processor like 8th gen Intel 8 core i9 with 32 GB DDR4 RAM. You can choose to have the color of your liking with customization. The laptops in this range offers more than 1 GPUs each with minimum 8 GB VRAM. And storage is enhanced with minimum 2 TB PCIe SSD and at least 1 TB SSHD hard drive. These laptops offer larger than life gaming experience in VR also.
CPU is the brain of your laptop so it is better to have a powerful brain that will run operations with efficiency. Choosing of CPU should be done on the basis of what type of games you would play. If you want to play moderate games then an Intel i5 processor with 8 GB RAM would serve you the purpose but if you like to play very high end games then you must go for the i9 processor for the best results.
Again the same condition is applied in case of GPU as in the case of CPU. The better GPU you have the better will be your in game pictures or images will you get. Most laptops are equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX which is a very promising name in the world of GPUs. A 4 GB to 8 GB VRAM is enough to run all your games efficiently.
RAM decides how fast your machine will function. Most gaming laptops come with 8 to 16 GB DDR4 Ram with 2666 MHz which servers well. Going for more RAM depends on you but it is not really necessary you can invest that money to get a better GPU or processor. But never go below 8 GB because most games demands a minimum of 8 GB RAM otherwise some games won’t run on your laptop.
Storage (SSD OR HDD):
Go for SSD with eyes closed as they are latest technology and very fast in transferring data loading games and launching applications. If not affordable then and only then go for HDD but remember to go for HDD that offers minimum 5400 to 7200 rpm, the more the better.
Gaming is mainly based on visual experience so the viewing platform must be a good one to enjoy the HD graphics of the games. For pro gamers good display is very essential as small variation can be crucial in intense games.
Most laptops have 15 to 17 inch display. You have very limited choice here as compared to desktops. Here is no guidance needed go for the one you like.
Standard resolution is 1920 x 1080 which is quite okay for gaming. But you are a gaming enthusiast and want to go for 4K display resolution then it is up to you. But keep in mind that to play games on higher resolution you must use highest quality of GPU.
Refresh rate is the speed of video rendering on the screen. Low budget laptops offer refresh rate of 60 HZ which is very average and you might face screen freeze or screen lag or unwanted video pause. The best option is to go for laptops that has refresh rate of 144 HZ, at this speed games won’t lag on the screen and you can have best gaming experience.
Q: Should you buy a touch screen Gaming Laptop?
No, definitely not. Touch screen laptops drain battery too fast and the screen is far too glossy. More over most games are controlled by laptop or by joystick so there is no need of touch screen.
It is better to play games with charger plugged on otherwise the GPU takes a toll on the battery. But still a good battery is very much essential. Do not compromise with the battery otherwise you have to waste time on charging and recharging your battery. Moreover some laptops may give up battery life while running high end games. It is better to go for laptops offering battery capacity over 90wh. Keep that in mind you are buying a gaming laptop because you want a portable gaming option. So if your battery isn’t great then you mind get in trouble if your battery drains out in mid way and no option to recharge.
First decide whether you need a laptop for frequent travels or just it will be occasionally moved. If the case is the first one then you should buy laptops within a range of 4-6 pounds and if the second case prevails then the weight does not matter much.
Design: Choice of design is a personal opinion but I can say only one thing do choose a slim design as it will be lighter in weight and easy to carry. Bulky laptops are also liked by many people and have a style of its own.
Keyboards are very important aspect of gaming laptops as most games are controlled through keyboard. Always choose laptops with keyboard with minimum key travel distance of 1.8mm and look for more. Another aspect of a good key board is actuation (force needed to press a key) over 60 grams don’t settle for 1 gram less. Anti ghosting keyboards are very useful for gaming as they can register multiple key press at a time. Keyboards on gaming laptops often have backlit color of blue, red or white. Keyboards offering customized RGB backlit are always preferable but they come in expensive laptops.
Brands are very important in case of choosing a gaming laptop. Some people are choosy about brands. Here are some top brands of gaming laptops.
MSI: Micro star international has evolved as the best brand house for gaming laptops. They offer the best design, powerful performance, fantastic display and ultra slim bodies. Customer satisfaction is also supreme. They have manufactured laptops for every range and their popularity is gaining day by day.
Acer: Laptops from the house of Acer like Predator 21 x and Predator Helios 500 have certainly made their marks in the market with their thumping design and massive leaps in innovation. They have held a good position in gaming market and their efforts are paying off.
Asus: Asus ROG series is breaking barriers set by others with the powerful performance throughout gaming. High end laptops are also serving the customers well enough. The best innovation is the Zephyrus.
Alienware: Alienware has given laptops like 17 R5 and 15 R4 that have trend setting designs. Their performance across gaming cannot be questioned. And their keyboards are wished by most gamers.
Razer: Razer synapse, Chroma design, customizable RGB lighting, excellent what more do you want. Razer has always been a paradise for gamers.
HP: HP is a big name in the market of notebooks and desktops for office use but the OMEN series they have made a place in the gaming market. HP is a name upon which you can always bank on.
Gigabyte: AERO from the house of Gigabyte has established itself as a powerful performer and the thin bezels are very attractive but the screen bleeding is a major issue in this brand.
Dell: Dell is a good maker of daily usage laptops but in case of gaming laptops their efforts haven’t really paid off.
Lenovo: Like Dell, Lenovo also has not been effective as a gaming laptop brand.
Q: Should you buy a Gaming Laptop?
- Gaming laptops are bred for gaming purpose mainly.
- They offer the best peripherals needed for intensive gaming.
- They have the high-quality display for best visual output.
- Powerful processor to run-heaviest of games with ease.
- More RAM for lag free functioning.
- Powerful GPU for the best viewing experience.
- Powerful fans to keep the system cool.
- Powerful keyboard to withstand the pressure of heavy gaming and stunning RGB colors.
When you are buying a gaming laptop always keep a budget fixed, look for what you need rather than what more does it have. And always keep in mind that you are buying a laptop that will be your gaming companion for next 2-3 years, so choose the laptop with the configuration that can easily match the requirements of the upcoming games over the next few years.