The contenders for the title of Best Gaming Laptop 2017 has to offer are actually available now. The features of these highly advanced laptops are so impressive that they’re almost futuristic in their ability to play video games that are ravenous in their appetite for speed and memory resources. So, for those who simply want the best when it comes to laptop gaming, here are your nominees:
The Alienware 18
The name Alienware seems apt with this laptop, because its features are simply out of this world. Just look at the specs: a 4th generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ, 32GB of system memory, 500GB SSD boot drive and 750GB 7,200rpm SATA hard drive, and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M graphics cards. With this setup, you can play just about any game on the planet with the video settings all set to the maximum. That’s quite a feat, since a lot of games are really resource-starved and this laptop comes with an 18.4-inch 1,920-by-1,080 full 1080p HD screen. There are even three audio ports to accommodate a headset or a mic and headphone setup, although this isn’t a ASUS Gaming Laptop we still recommend it as a top 3 pick.
For normal non-gamers, the bulk, heavy weight, and the abysmally short battery life makes it quite impractical. But for many gamers bent on LAN adventures, there’s probably nothing better than this!
The Origin EON17-SLX
In many reviews, the Origin EON17-SLX fails to get perfect marks because it borders on the insane. But then again, if you’re dead set on the best, then paying crazy money for crazy performance makes a lot of sense. The stock version comes with Windows 8, but since it doesn’t have a touch screen and Windows 8 isn’t really all that impressive, you have the option of going with the more reliable Windows 7.
Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S02US 17.3-Inch LaptopThe specs on the other hand are truly astonishing. It has a 3GHz Intel Core i7-3940XM (Extreme Edition) and a torridly quick quad-core processor that’s been overclocked up to 4.0GHz. It also has two Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M GPUs, which provide top frames per second performance even for graphically busy games and with the settings on full with 1080 resolution.
Let’s not forget about the other definition of “best”: value for money. The Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a great example of this philosophy. It is built with an Intel Core i7-3630QM 2.40 GHz processor, 1.5 TB HDD, and Nvidia GTX 675M graphics card. It can also run most games with medium to high settings, and yet the price is a pittance compared to the other two on this list. With great graphics and less propensity to overheat, it’s ideal for those who never won the lottery but would like to purchase a really good laptop nonetheless.
While 2017 is still a few months away, for many gamers the wonders of the future are already at hand. With any of these contenders for Best Gaming Laptop 2017, the technology of tomorrow is already available today. Just remember that these laptops are prime examples of the principle of diminishing returns: for every tiny improvement, you’ll have to pay hundreds of dollars more.