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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.

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

Rog Zephyrus GX501


ROG Zephyrus GX501 (8th-Gen) 15.6″ Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop
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 Asus ROG Zephyrus is a beautifully designed gaming laptop with the power to outperform some of the desktops out there. This ultra-thin design makes this laptop look elegant, yet with a touch of aggressiveness. The eye-catching design makes it a pleasure to show off to your friends. Only weighing 5 pounds, this gaming laptop comes in at the head of its class with a brilliant and innovative design, a color-rich display, amazing speakers and, most importantly, stellar gaming performance.
Unique to this laptop, the bottom panel separates when the lid is open, creating a 6mm high cooling zone. Aside from pushing the heat away from the components, the 6mm gap inclines the laptop slightly for better typing comfort. This may feel awkward at first when trying to set on the lap, but its rather easy to adjust. The thin bezels on the screen make the display look amazing. Graphics looked great and it gave a solid performance while playing Rocket League.

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



MSI GS65 Stealth 15.6" Gaming Laptop

MSI GS65 Stealth, Light weight, beautiful. Yet Powerful

CPU: Intel Core i7- 8750H (6 cores)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM, Max-Q)
RAM: 16GB
Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel
Storage:  512GB M.2 SSDs

MSI GS65 Stealth is now even more impressive than what we’ve seen before. The entirety of the laptop’s chassis is made from black, matte sandblasted aluminum alloy. MSI did something special with this laptop and replaced its classic red emblem with a printed black-and-gold emblem. Top off this beautiful design, MSI added a thin, diamond-cut golden stripline the top of the lid. The company also added some gold to the side vents for an elegant flash of color. Designed for work and play, MSI equipped the Stealth with a flexible hinge that allows you to lay the display flat.
The thin frame of the Stealth did not sacrifice any of the needed ports. On the right sits a USB 3.1 Type-A port, Thunderbolt 3, a Mini DisplayPort, HDMI and the power jack. You’ll find a pair of USB 3.1 Type-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a microphone jack and an S/PDIF jack for high-res audio and a secure lock slot.

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



Alienware 17 R5 17.3"

Alienware 17 R5 Top performing gaming laptop

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

The Alienware 17 R5 may just the most powerful gaming laptop out there, however, portability isn’t its strongest point. Weighing approximately 10lbs, this gaming laptop is thick, heavy and sturdy. This laptop may be heavier than other laptops on the market, however, most other laptops do not come strapped with the most powerful hardware available.
The Alienware 17 comes equipped with a full desktop version of the GTX 1080 and a 6-core Intel Core 19 processor. Packed with Tobii Eye Tracker’s utility, which tracks your eye movement. This tool can be neat at times with games that do support the feature. This laptop also comes with Windows Hello, Microsoft’s facial recognition login system.

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)



Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop

Razer Blade Pro 4K Touchscreen
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
With its slim, attractive chassis, the Razer Blade Pro is out to prove that a laptop can replace your gaming desktop. Blade Pro comes strapped with a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics, a 17-inch 4K display and 32GB of RAM standard – all packed away in a 0.88-inch thick frame. If that wasn’t enough, the slim stunner is also the first mobile device to feature THX audio certification. The premium design, 4K-resolution touchscreen, and mechanical keyboard make it a pleasure to use.
At 7.7 pounds, the 16.7 x 11 x 0.89-inch Razer Blade Pro is still the slimmest and powerful 17-inch gaming laptop. However, this beauty does not come cheap, starting at $3,999. Depending on your spending tolerance and on what you are looking for, this gaming laptop may be the one for you.

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.

 

Best Affordable: Dell Inspiron 15 7000



Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Graphics: 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (Max-Q)
RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2400MHz
Display: Full HD (1920x1080)
Storage: 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD
VR ready and packed with a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU graphics card, gaming laptops with these features can definitely come at a high, but not for the Dell Inspiron 15. With its starting price of $849.99, this may be the obvious choice for anyone who wants a solid gaming laptop that is still affordable.

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.

The build is solid, the chassis is stable and there is some flex to the screen. The Dell Inspiron does not have the nice RGB keyboard that other gaming laptops may feature, instead, the Inspiron 15 Gaming does have a red-backlit keyboard with a full-size number-pad.

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.

Our Top Pick: MSI GS65 Stealth



MSI GS65 Stealth 15.6" Gaming Laptop

The MSI GS65 Stealth won our top pick because it is not bulky or underpowered, it’s beautiful and its light enough to carry on a daily basis. Out of all the laptops that were tested, this one was the one I enjoyed working with the most.  The battery life was rather impressing, and the design of the laptop is stunning. In comparison to the Alienware 17 R5, it is not a hassle to carry it around when you have to do work other than gaming. to rehash, the MSI GS65 Stealth is the top pick on this list due to its portability, beauty, and power.

Pros:
Powerful enough for work and play.
Beautiful display
lightweight.

Cons:
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.