While some may be content to load down their systems with as many graphics cards and hard drives in them as they can, you’re a gamer on the go. You need portability with your power, and that means a gaming laptop is your weapons of choice. These rigs are tricked out with the latest and greatest in mobile processing, the most power efficient GPUs, and just enough RAM to make sure you won’t lag when buildings start exploding.
Asus ROG G751JY-DH71
The Asus ROG G751JY has the latest processor and GPU options and every feature a mobile gamer could want. Its optional GTX 980M beats Nvidia’s previous top mobile chip, the GTX 880, by about 30 percent. There’s also a 2.5GHz Intel Core i7 under the hood, so you won’t have to worry about a performance bottleneck. The G751’s other features include a beautiful semi-gloss 1080p display, a pair of hard drives (one SSD, one HDD), and up to 32GB of RAM. Yet, in spite of its capability, this notebook runs cool and last about four hours in web browsing, which is good for a gaming notebook. No competitor can match the broad appeal of this Asus.
Origin EON 17-S
The Origin EON 17-S has a bit of a weight problem, coming in at a hefty 9 pounds of pure gaming glory. The specs at the low end are modest, but run all the way up to Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors and state of the art Nvidia GPUs. And the maximum of three hard drives (our review unit had two SSDs and an HDD) ensures you won’t run out of space anytime soon. You shouldn’t pick the EON17-S if portability is a real priority, but it’s one of the most powerful notebooks around.
Available at: Origin PC
Origin EON 17-SLX
Okay, so the EON17-S is pretty quick, but what if you want to play the latest games at the absolute highest settings? Than you need the EON17-SLX. This notebook is like the Jeremy Clarkson of the gaming laptop world – it’s all about speed and power. Origin has crammed the fastest possible components into a standard laptop case, with optional SSDs in a RAID 0 array, up to dual GTX 980Ms, and up to an Intel Core i7-4940MX CPU, so you can run any game you want at the highest settings and 1080p (or beyond).
Available at: Origin PC
If you want a little more flash with your gaming laptop, and have a little more to spend, Alienware is the way to go. Its machines are known for their sleek design, customizable appearance, and durable build quality. The specifications aren’t the most extreme available on any particular budget, but can you really put a price on style? With its array of cutting edge GPU options, this is absolutely a machine tuned for gaming, at the cost of portability.
AVADirect Clevo P157SM-A
Like Origin, AVADirect sources computers from builders before making small, but necessary, changes to improve their performance. In the case of the Clevo P157SM-A, however, they didn’t change some things that should have. The parts are all there, and the price point is unbelievable for the hardware, but the mediocre screen and lackluster speakers mean if you aren’t plugging it into a monitor, you should probably skip it.
Available at: AVADirect
MSI GT60 Dominator Pro
Among the many gaming laptops MSI produces, the GT60 Dominator Pro stands out by packing extra pixels into its display. It takes a lot of power to run a 2880×1620 display, but Nvidia’s popular GTX 880M is up to the task, backed up by an Intel Core i7-4800MQ, which is no slouch either.
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition
Despite its mouth-full of a name, the Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition is sleek and powerful. The main draw is an incredible 4K display built right into the laptop, putting portability and battery life at a small disadvantage. It’s worth it when you see your favorite games in UltraHD, though the GTX 860M graphics chip unfortunately can’t power the latest games at 4K and high detail.
Available at: Amazon