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 Sherri L. Smith — Last Updated: May 30, 2014
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
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
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
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.
Razer Blade 14 Review
Who says that a 17-inch gaming rig can't go with you? MSI defies the naysayers with the svelte GS70 Stealth Pro, which measures 16.47 x 11.29 x 0.85 inches and weighs 6 pounds. Despite the slim dimensions, the Stealth Pro packs some serious power via its Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M GPU with 6GB of VRAM. A customizable SteelSeries keyboard offers a comfortable typing experience with a slew of effects while the 17.3-inch 1080p display offers gorgeous vistas. It's a pairing of portability and power that gamers will be hard-pressed to pass up.
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro Review
The first gaming laptop to feature a 3K (2800 x 1620) display, the MSI GT60 Dominator is a font of vivid color and razor sharp details. If that's not enough, the GT60 comes pre-installed with XSplit Gamecaster video recording software so you can capture and share your gaming prowess with friends. The laptop has all the power you need for gaming bliss, thanks to an Intel Core i7 CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 880 GPU.
MSI GT60 Dominator Pro 3K Edition
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.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Review