Best Laptops for Gaming
PCWorld - What makes a great gaming laptop? You guessed: raw power, eye-popping graphics performance, and muscle-car looks. We've rounded up some of our favorite gaming rigs priced between $829 to a dig-deep-in-your-wallet price of $3442.
These systems (including ones from Acer, Alienware, and Samsung) aren't for the faint of heart: our biggest baddest system weighs in at a whopping 10 pounds. Eat your heart out, ultraportable shoppers.
Alienware M17x R4
You’d be hard-pressed to find a better gaming laptop than the Alienware M17x R4. Complementing its slick design is one of the most powerful mobile Ivy Bridge processors money can buy - the third-generation Intel Core i7-3720QM. This model is also specced-out with Kepler-based Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M discrete graphics card, RAM upgradable to 32GB, and a 500GB hard drive. The M17x R4 also sports a beautiful 17.3-inch glossy LED-backlit screen with a native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. As if that’s not enough, you’ll get close to five and half hours of battery life- two hours more than most of the M17x R4’s competition.
Alienware M17x R4 | From $1499
If you don’t mind lugging around an 11-pound computer/AC power brick combo, the Origin EON17-S boasts nearly unparalleled performance, above-average audio, and a 17.3-inch full-HD display. This desktop replacement laptop is one of the fastest computers we’ve ever tested, thanks to an available Intel Extreme Edition Core i7-3920XM CPU overclocked to 4.5GHz. You’ll also get up to 32GB RAM, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 674M graphics card in this gaming powerhouse.
Origin EON17-S | From $1560 (base) to $3442 (fully loaded)