With all the blockbuster games arriving this year, the gamer in your life is going to need a souped-up rig to handle the onslaught. But which laptop to get? Do you go for extreme portability, face-melting power or find that ever-elusive best-of-both-worlds machine? To help with your gifting decisions -- and what to get for yourself -- here are our top picks for gaming laptops for 2015.
MSI packed a whole lot of win into the GT80 Titan SLI's imposing 9.9-pound frame. It's one of the first gaming laptops to feature a mechanical keyboard, which delivers speed and accuracy whether you're gaming or typing. In case you need a number pad to help you dole out the beat down, the digital trackpad transforms into a numpad with a quick touch of the button. But the Titan is more than its keyboard. Equipped with a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPUs in SLI configuration, it's double the power, double the fun. Best of all, the chassis allows you to upgrade the GPU, hard drive and RAM, future-proofing your purchase.
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.
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.
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.
At 4.5 pounds, 12.9 x 9.3 x 1.0~1.1 inches, the Alienware 13 is the thinnest, lightest notebook the company has ever released. Despite its svelte figure, the Alienware 13 can still power through some of the most graphically taxing games on the market, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU. But if you want even better performance, hook the laptop up to its optional Graphics Amplifier. Harnessing the power of a desktop GPU, even the monstrous Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M card, the Alienware 13 transforms from formidable to beastly.