But enthusiasts know that if you want to experience the true quality that a game has to offer, then PC gaming is the way to go. Gaming laptops give you the portability is a necessary for LAN or traveling pros. For those looking to take their game mobile without sacrificing too many frame rates, here are some of the best gaming laptops.
The best gaming laptops tend to be configured specifically for gaming performance. That means the best gaming graphics card (in this case, either an Nvidia Ge Force GTX 660M or AMD Radeon HD6990M), and at least an Ivy Brdge Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU. The LCD screen size for gaming laptops tends to be big (think 15 to 18 inches), though there are one or two ultra-portable gaming laptops on the market today. Although, all this performance (especially in a portable package) doesn’t come cheap, so you should be ready.
If you want a laptop that offers smooth game play on the lighter end of the 3D graphics spectrum, there are laptops available with lower-end GPUs that cost a little less than the higher-end stuff out there and still let you hold your head when competing in World of Warcraft or Torchlight, or older titles like Team Fortress 2.
Below are 10 of our best gaming laptops featured, which range from the luxury to the more moderate buy that can still keep you competitive on the gaming grid.
Alienware M17x R4
Dell Alienware M17x R4 adds the latest Intel Core processor and Nvidia Graphics to one of the best gaming laptop chassis in the business. It’s ostentatious, audacious, over the top, and strangely enough, more affordable than rivals.
Dell XPS 15 (Summer 2012)
This latest incarnation of the Dell XPS 15 boasts a refined, if not entirely original, design and impressive performance.
The Eurocom Scorpius is hands-down the fastest laptop to hit PC Labs, at least for now. It is offers ton of features, blazing frame rates, and a stunning big LCD screen display, but it is extremely heavy and extremely expensive.
Maingear Pulse 11
If you value portability in your gaming rig, then the Maingear Pulse 11 should be your gaming laptop of choice. It has the power to play games on its 11-inch screen, and portable enough to bring around the house or over to your friend’s place without risking a hernia.
MSI GT70 0NC-011US
You will find this one at Walmart.com Equipped with an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU and a super-trick SSD RAID storage system, the MSI GT70 0NC-011US laptop is a hardcore gamer’s bargain at $2,000. Read the full review ››. Amazon Marketplace, with its impressive specs, slew of nifty features, and overall cool design, and the MSI GT70 0NE-276US is a fine choice for a gaming laptop, but better choices are out there.
The Origin EON17-S is an attractive 17-inch gaming laptop powered by an over-clocked Ivy Bridge CPU and Nvidia’s latest GeForce GTX graphics engine. It’s big in stature and carries a hefty price tag but it delivers game-worthy performance. Read the full review ››
Razer Blade (2012)
At TigerDirect Slim and sexy, the Razer Blade (2012) laptop offers lighter, more portable gaming, and the creative Switchblade UI, but it will cost you, both in price and features. Read the full review.
Samsung Series 7 Gamer
At Kmart, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer delivers on most fronts, making for a powerful gaming laptop that’s equipped with some great features. Its reasonable price tag over shadows its minor shortcomings.