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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By Mark Spoonauer, Editor-in-Chief — Last Updated: March 17, 2014
Alienware continues to rule the gaming notebook roost. This 12.2-pound monster packs a pair of pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPUs, a fourth-generation Core i7 Haswell processor, a gorgeous 18-inch, 1080p display and a bevy of keyboard lighting effects. When you absolutely, positively have to frag everything in the room, the Alienware 18 is your best choice, provided you can handle its heavy weight and even heavier cost.
Starting Price: $2,099
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Razer could have been content with having the world's thinnest notebook. But the company sharpened the latest Blade to a fine edge with some notable updates. The new Blade keeps the stunning looks of its predecessor but adds a QHD+ 3200 x 1800 touchscreen display and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU. For the perfect blend of power, portability and beauty, this superslim rig looks like a winner.
Starting Price: $2,199
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Best 17-inch Gaming Laptop: ASUS G750JZ
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.
Starting Price: $2,499
ASUS G750JZ Review
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p's red backlit keyboard hints at the menace underneath. Outfitted with a quad core Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPUs, a 1080p display and 1TB of storage for less than $1,299, the Y510p delivers superb gaming power on a budget.
Starting Price: $819
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Review