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: January 10, 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
Alienware 18 Review
Big things come in slim packages.The world's thinnest gaming notebook, the Razer Blade 14 squeezes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, a speedy SSD, and the latest, quad-core Intel 4th Generation Core i7 CPU into its 0.66-inch frame. Even better, this $1,799 notebook has a high-end black aluminum chassis, a responsive keyboard and speakers which produce rich, immersive sound. A truly portable gaming notebook, the 4.2-pound Blade 14 can frag with the big boys and look good doing it.
Starting Price: $1,799
Razer Blade 14 Review
The Alienware 17 is a gaming powerhouse wrapped in a light show. Alienware signiifcantly updated the design this year, adding new light strips to the anodized aluminum lid and softening the sharp edges of its predecessor. However, the company hasn't skimped on specs, tricking out the Alienware 17 with a 1080p display, the latest Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU.
Starting Price: $1,499
Alienware 17 Review
The MSI GS70 crams a fourth-gen Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX graphics and a 17.3-inch 1080p display into an extremely slim chassis. Priced at $1,999, this machine measures just 0.85 inches thick, making it the world's thinnest 17-incher. We also like that the island-style SteelSeries keyboard was a pleasure to type on and that the GS70 held its own on our benchmarks.
Starting Price: $1,999
MSI GS70 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