Best Gaming Laptop 2014

Gaming laptops are not about good enough performance. They're about screaming fast speeds, delivered via a combination of the fastest processors and most powerful graphics cards you can fit in something that's portable. The very best gaming notebooks can plow through the latest titles without breaking a sweat.

A great gaming laptop should also deliver a high resolution display that immerses you in that 3D world, as well as speakers with serious punch. Other key ingredients include a comfortable backlit keyboard and a design that turns heads, preferably with fun customizable lights. Here are the best gaming laptops you can buy in every size and price range.

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Best Gaming Laptop Overall: Alienware 17

It's now more powerful and just as beautiful. Alienware's gaming beast has received some significant upgrades, including a faster Core i7 processor and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M GPU. The laptop's gorgeous 1080p display and bevy of keyboard lighting effects continue to wow, as well as the excellent audio system. Overall, the Alienware 17 offers the best combination of design, audio oomph and power among all gaming laptops.

Alienware 17 (2014) Review

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Best 14-inch Gaming Laptop: Razer Blade (2014)

The Razer Blade is the laptop that launched a thousand copycats. The latest iteration of the Blade continues to do what it does best: deliver powerful specs (including an Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia graphics) in an impossibly slim aluminum chassis. Razer also crammed a 3200 x 1800 touchscreen into this 14-inch stunner. For smoking hot performance with a chassis to match, accept no substitutes.

Razer Blade (2014) Review

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Best 15-inch Gaming Laptop: Gigabyte P25X v2

Weighing 4.2 pounds and sporting a slim 0.78-inch profile, MSI's GS60 Ghost is one of the lightest and sleekest gaming notebooks in the world. It also sports a 15-inch 1080p display so gorgeous, you'll swear you've been sucked into that first-person shooter. Throw in Nvidia's speedy GeForce GTX 860M graphics and more than 5 hours of battery life and you've got a laptop that can haunt our LAN parties anytime.

MSI GS60 Ghost Review

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Best 17-inch Gaming Laptop: ASUS G750JZ

This yellow is anything but mellow. Gigabyte's P25X v2's cheerful marigold frame belies the beast beneath. Packing a Core i7 processor and a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M GPU, the P25X will play even the most taxing games as smooth as butter. Throw in more than seven hours of battery life -- during web surfing -- and a crisp 1080p display and you've got a force to be reckoned with.

Gigabyte P25X v2 Review

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Best Lightweight Gaming Laptop: MSI GS60 Ghost

Boasting looks that would make a super-car enthusiast drool, the ASUS G750JZ is definitely a looker. But beneath its sleek design lies the raging specs of a gaming powerhouse. This beast packs the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M GPU, currently the world's fastest laptop graphics card. If that's not enough power, the notebook is also equipped with a Intel Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive and dual 256GB SSD in RAID 0.

ASUS G750JZ Review