The Best VR-Ready Laptops
Virtual-reality headsets like the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive promise incredibly immersive experiences, including 360-degree games and videos. But to reach the required 90 frames per second for smooth visuals — and to minimize the chances of nausea — you'll need pretty beefy hardware. We're talking about an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 desktop graphics card, not a mobile GPU.
Here are the minimum specs you'll need to game in VR:
- Intel Core i7-6700HK processor
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 GPU
- 8GB of RAM
- Two USB 3.0 ports
- HDMI 1.4
- 1920 x 1080 display
- Windows 7 or above
These are some of the first laptops with the desktop-grade power you'll need to join the VR revolution.
Origin PC Eon17-SLX (starting at $2,093)
The Eon17-SLX crams a ridiculous number of high-end specs, such as an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 and an Intel Core i7 Skylake processor, into a large chassis, feng shuing them into a gaming and multitasking powerhouse. Throw in an excellent set of speakers, and you'll be ready to take immersive gaming to the next level.
MSI GT72S Dominator Pro Dragon Edition (starting at $2,999)
Bearing MSI's trademark dragon symbol, the Dominator Pro is one of the flashier laptops on our list. But don't let the pretty looks fool you, as this beautiful behemoth rocks desktop graphics and an overclockable 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HK CPU and is chomping at the bit to unleash its power.
Aorus X7 DT
This gaming laptop is so slim and lightweight that you can wear it on your back. No, seriously — we did it ourselves. The Aorus X7 DT is the slimmest laptop that can power VR headsets, somehow managing to fit all that power into a seriously lightweight package. It's not exactly the mobile solution we were thinking of for the Rift, but we'll definitely take it.
Water cooling — it's not just for desktops anymore. The Asus G700v0 is the first gaming laptop to feature a water-cooling system, something normally left to the realm of desktop enthusiasts. Thanks to the innovative system, gamers can push their laptops with overclocking even further, squeezing out every bit of performance, while staying cool under pressure. It's a feature that will come in handy when it's time to suit up for VR.
MSI GT80 Titan SLI (starting at $4,599)
If unbridled power is what you're looking for, you've found it in the massive MSI GT80 Titan SLI. The 18-inch notebook houses not one, but two desktop graphics chips in SLI configuration, which should translate into smooth VR graphics available in this gaming laptop.