With the tech industry booming in our current era, gaming laptops are entering their stride as powerful, lightweight, and increasingly affordable alternatives to the desktop PC. In this day and age, the best gaming laptop in 2018 can replace a many of the desktops out there. So lets cut to the chase and get to the facts.
Best Design: ASUS ROG M GX501
CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ (quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.8GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM); Intel HD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,400MHz)
Display: 15.6 Full HD (1920x1080)
Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD
The ROG Zephyrus GX501comes equipped with an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce 1080 Max-Q GPU, giving solid gaming performance. However, the 1080 Max-Q GPU may be powerful for a thin and ultraportable laptop but may have troubles keeping up with a full-sized desktop GPU.
Regarding the battery life, I rather not mention. This laptop lasted short of 2 hours while playing Fortnite. With that being said, just remember to bring your charger along.
Best Battery Life: MSI GS65 Stealth
CPU: Intel Core i7- 8750H (6 cores)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM, Max-Q)
Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel
Storage: 512GB M.2 SSDs
At14.1 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches, the 4.1-pound laptop is one of the slimmest gaming laptops beating the Asus Zephyrus ROG M GX501 in terms of weight and size. It’s almost as portable as an Ultrabook, but it has enough power to contend with other gaming desktops.
As for gameplay, The Stealth Thin packs a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, which is powerful enough to deliver good frame rates at the highest settings. As for the keyboard, the Stealth Thin features a SteelSeries keyboard with RGB lighting. The battery life on this beauty will last you a solid 7 hours.
Best Performance: Alienware 17 R5
CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK (6Core, 12MB Cache up to 5.0GHZ)
Graphics: NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X Overclocked
RAM: 32GB RAM (2X16GB) DDR4 2666MHZ
Display: 17.3″ QHD (2560x1440) 400nits TN+WVM G-Sync anti-glare with Tobii eye tracking
Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD, 1TB HDD
A big part of this desktop replacement’s package is the 17-inch QHD screen with 120Hz refresh rate. the display is mindblowing, it can almost compare to an IPS monitor. The 120Hz G-Sync panel even the fastest pacing games look smooth and fluid, unlike a 60HZ display.
Now the Alien 17 R5 may not be as portable as the other gaming laptops mentioned in this article, but it will outperform them all. This laptop was created to just crush games. In addition to this laptop being wickedly smooth while gaming, it is also stellar with video editing programs and other CPU dependent apps.
Regarding the battery life. It’s laughable. it lasted about 1 hour and 40 minutes while playing Battlefront. So don’t forget your charger if your thinking about taking it on the go.
The Final Verdict? If you’re looking for the best performance when it comes to gaming, the Alienware 17 R5 is the way to go, no other laptop on the market will give this much power. On the downside, it is heavy, making it difficult to take on the go on a daily basis.
Best Google Best Display: Razer Blade Pro (2017)
CPU: Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) – 1080 (8GB GDDR5X)
RAM: 16 – 32GB
Display: 17.3-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 120Hz matte IPS – UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Storage: 512GB – 2TB PCIe SSD
The battery life is mediocre, the Razer Blade Pro lasted only about 2 hours on our battery test (Playing Fortnite). Overall, the Razer Blade Pro is a beautiful and powerful laptop that has features to replace most desktops however it is one of the priciest.
Graphics: 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q)
RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz
Display: Full HD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD
As far as design goes, the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming is relatively subtle in its appearance. The Inspiron has a mean red matte finish, however, if you prefer the murdered-out look, it also comes in black.
Regarding the battery life, this laptop lasted 4 hours and 31 minutes in our Techsnob battery test. For the price of this laptop, the games do look and feel amazing, which is what matters at the end of the day. On a scale of 1-10, this laptop is a solid 7.
Powerful enough for work and play.
Gets HOT after long usage.
Speakers are located at the bottom of the laptop.
Who should buy it: Anyone who needs a powerful yet stylish laptop that will fulfill both work and play requirements.