Posted by Marlon McDonald @epsotron
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Marlon McDonald

There are a lot of gaming platforms available in the wilds of the world right now. Between PS4, Xbox, 3DS, iOS and Android games, it's a pretty awesome yet daunting time to be a gamer. But it's an even better time to be a PC or laptop gamer.

But where to start? What desktop or laptop is right for your specific needs Choosing to concentrate solely on some of the greatest gaming laptops available today, I'll break down the pros and cons of today's finest gaming portables and lump 'em into categories to help you decide which rig is right for you.

11 Of The Best Gaming Laptops Available Now

Let's begin with newly released hardware, shall we?

VR Ready Laptops

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

Intel Core i7 (2.6GHz) | GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5 | 16 to 32 GB DDR4 RAM | 128GB to 512GB SSD/1TB HDD | 15.6" FHD (1920x1080), IPS-Level (4K optional) | 1x USB 2.0, 3x USB 3.0/3.1 Gen1, 1x Thunderbolt, 1x HDMI, 1x Kensington Lock, 3.5mm audio jack, 3in1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)

One of the first gaming laptops to launch with Intel's Pascal architecture (6GB GTX 1060), this beastly tech is fully VR capable. Meaning, if you're lucky enough to own a VR headset, you'll be locked to the household no longer. If you have a really big bag, obviously.

The super thin and lightweight laptop also contains a multitude of ports beneath its brushed aluminium chassis, including a USB 3.1 Thunderbolt port, HDMI, three USB 3.0 and a singular USB 2.0 port.

  • Thin and powerful laptop
  • VR ready
  • Gets rather hot during play
  • Small SSD
  • Pricey
  • Poor battery

Origin EON17-SLX

Origin EON17-SLX
Origin EON17-SLX

Intel Core i5 or i7 | GeForce GTX 1070 or 1080 | 8GB to 64GB RAM | 120GB to 4TB SSD/ 500GB to 1TB HDD/1TB SSHD | 17.3", FHD (1920 x 1080) to UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS Matte Display with G-SYNC | 5x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, 2in1 card reader, 2x mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI, 1x S/PDIF, 2x Gigabit Ethernet and headphones and mic

If you're looking for a laptop to replace your ailing desktop, then you're in luck. The customizable, 17 inch, Origin EON17-SLX slips between effortless gaming laptop to a media creation powerhouse with consummate ease, but it's bulky weight and lacklustre battery life render it a more stay-at-home device.

  • Wonderful screen
  • Super fast SSD
  • Great sound system
  • Not particularly portable
  • Pricey

Gigabyte P57X

Gigabyte P57X
Gigabyte P57X

Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 | 16GB RAM | 256GB SSD/1TB HDD | 17.3" Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS Anti-Glare Display LCD | 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 (Type-C), 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x D-Sub, 1x RJ45, SD card reader and headphone and mic

Now the P57X is a special gaming laptop, because, despite it looking like a high-end supercar, it can run pretty much any game at a steady 1080p/60fps. Which is nice, right? Not having to worry about all the Ks and whether your favorite title will run smooth enough.

Its chassis is easy on the eye with no jarring shocks of red plastic to melt the face, but its under-the-hull goods are a little OTT for 1080p gaming. It's great, but if you really want your games to shine, maybe pick up a swanky monitor to slip into the laptop's USB-C port.

  • Will make every game look great
  • Beautifully crisp display
  • More ports than a battleship
  • May feel a little cheap
  • Bit OP for 1080p

Asus ROG Strix GL502

Asus ROG Strix GL502
Asus ROG Strix GL502

Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 1060 to 1070 | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 128GB to 256GB SSD/1TB HDD | 15.6" full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS | 3x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 (Gen2), 1x mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and card reader, ethernet and headphone and mic

Available in both Maxwell and Pascal architectures (with the latter being a little faster but less powerful), the Asus ROG Strix is a slim and sultry beast more than capable of running games at a steady 1080p/60FPS, even on ultra settings. Not only will your games run smoothly, they'll look and sound outstanding too, with the Strix's stunning screen and powerful built-in speakers.

  • Great screen
  • Tasty sounding speakers
  • Full HD FTW
  • Thin and powerful
  • Battery is a bit wack

Entry Level Machines

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (15")

Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (15")
Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (15")

Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 960M 2GB to 4GB | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 500GB to 1TB HDD (5400 RPM)/512GB SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920x1080) LED Backlit, IPS, Anti-Glare display or 15.6" FHD IPS AntiGlare Backlight (1920x1080) | 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI and 4in1 card reader, ethernet and headphone and mic

Heavy, powerful but with a sprightly touch, Lenovo's Ideapad Y700 is a touchscreen powerhouse. Though it's surmised as an entry-level laptop, the Y700 is very reasonably priced and packs more than enough punch to get your favorite games running. Most importantly though, I'd like to add the Y700 has an impressive battery life, lasting close to 4 hours with intensive use.

  • Not a bad looking device
  • Very competitive price
  • Great sound
  • Gets uncomfortably warm
  • Battery is a bit off the pace

Gimmick Factor

Razer Blade

Razer Blade
Razer Blade

Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 256GB, 512GB or 1TB SSD | 14" IPS Full HD Matt or 14" IGZO QHD+ (3200x1800) IGZO (LED backlit, with multi-touch) | 1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 3x USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and headphone and mic

Razer's beautiful Blade laptop has drawn many comparisons with Apple's world famous MacBook Pros, and for obvious reason. The device is slim, sleek and substantially powerful with all that i7 and GTX 1060 in its belly. Coming in two different varieties, the pricer version has a touchscreen, if you're into that sort of thing, and can be combined with a Razer Core External Graphics Dock to greatly increase your device's graphical potential to that of desktop level power.

  • A very good, powerful and highly portable laptop
  • But, of course, pricey

Alienware 17

Alienware 17
Alienware 17

Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 970M or 980M | 8GB to 32GB DDR4 RAM | 256GB SSD/1TB HDD (7,200 rpm) | 17.3", (1920x1080) IPS Anti-Glare display | 4x USB 3.0, HDMI, mini DisplayPort, Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port and headphone and mic

Another laptop with the potential to be boosted by an external graphics card dock, Alienware 17 is an outrageously pricey and rather badass notebook, capable of pumping out stunning graphical quality whether or not it's attached to its little amp. But if you've a pair of deep pockets, this eye-tracking, desktop-killer should definitely be checked out. I mean, imagine sticking a Titan X into the dock and gaming with that...

  • Looks great
  • Powerful and easily customizable
  • Keyboard and trackpad aren't great
  • Combination mic/headphone jack!

MSI GT72S G Tobii

MSI GT72S G Tobii
MSI GT72S G Tobii

Unlocked Intel Core i7 (3.6GHz with Turbo Boost) | GeForce GTX 980m | Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM | 256GB SSD/1TB HDD (7200RPM) | 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare IPS Wide View Angle | 6x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 Type-C, mini DisplayPort, mini HDMI and headphone and mic

Now talk about your high tech pieces of kit. Not only does this laptop have insane amounts of oomph under its hull, what with a majestically overclocked i7, but the GT72S was the world's first laptop that allowed you to use your eyes as a controller. Yes, eye-tracking comes complete with this behemoth. Not bad for a gimmick and not bad for a standalone gaming laptop.

  • Eye-tracking...
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Plasticky and not particularly easy on the eye
  • But... eye-tracking!

Pure Gaming Powerhouses

Acer Predator 17 X

Acer Predator 17 X
Acer Predator 17 X

Intel Core i7 (3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) | GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5) | 16GB to 64GB DDR4 RAM | 128GB SSD/1TB HDD (7400 RPM) | 17.3", (1920x1080) IPS LCD | 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1, DisplayPort, HDMI

Possibly the sexiest laptop on the list, barring the Razer Blade, the Predator 17 X is a machine all your pixel-powered dreams are made of. Yes it is rather heavy, but it's also insanely powerful, ready for VR, has a wonderful screen, and looks like it would literally rip your spine out and use it as a trophy.

  • Manages heat excellently
  • Lovely colorful and comfortable keyboard
  • Built in subwoofer and four speakers...
  • Pretty hefty

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition

MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition
MSI GT72 Dominator Pro Dragon Edition

4th gen Intel Core i7 | GeForce GTX 980M (GDDR5 8GB) | Up to 32GB RAM | 256GB SSD/1TB HDD (7200RPM) | 17" Full HD (1920x1080) Anti-Glare | 6x USB 3.0 or 4x USB 3.0 w/ 2x USB 3.1, 2x mini DIsplayPort, 1x HDMI port and headphone and mic

I hope you like dragons, because this laptop's decal scheme screams "RYŪ GA WAGA TEKI WO KURAU!1!1!" as viscerally as running into the centre of a tightly packed room in Overwatch just as Hanzo lets off his aggressively-vexing ultimate. But there's nothing vexing about the Dominator Pro, barring its weight and lofty price.

  • Seriously powerful laptop
  • Swift SSDs
  • Design isn't for the faint at heart
  • Battery life is poor
  • Well expensive



Intel Core i7 (3.5GHz with Turbo Boost) | GeForce GTX 970M (3GB GDDR5) | 16GB DDR4 RAM | 17.3", full HD (1920x1080), IPS LCD | 128GB SSD/1TB HDD (7,200RPM) | 4x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1, 1x mini DisplayPort, 1x HDMI and headphone and mic

Though it may not contain Pascal architecture don't let that fool you into thinking the romantically-designated G752VT is something to snark at. This laptop is an utter animal and an affordable one at that. It may be heavy and its battery life lacklustre, but with Intel's Skylake architecture, a superb mobile GPU and even a blu-ray drive, the G752VT is something worth saving for.

  • Really nice chrome and bronze design
  • Wonderfully well-rounded laptop
  • Insanely powerful
  • Crazy pricey