Most serious gamers would prefer a desktop machine over laptops because the former is considered to be more powerful. However, the latest generation of laptops can not only run most modern 3D games decently, but challenge desktop computers in terms of performance and efficiency. Given below are five of the best gaming laptops that money can buy.
Samsung Series 7
Priced at around $1,399, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer is a good option for gaming enthusiasts, but does it offer enough power for its cost?
The laptop delivers some amazing quad-core processing performance with an Intel Core i7 2670QM processor. Clocked at around 2.2 GHz, however, this processor lags behind the Core i7 980X and 2500K in terms of performance. However, it is still one of the most powerful laptops in its category.
A big addition to the gaming experience on a Samsung Series 7 Gamer is the AMD HD3D technology, which is AMD’s version of the NVidia stereoscopic 3DVision technology. Add to this the laptop’s 3D screen and a pair of 3D PC glasses that come with it and you can play all the 3D-compatible games easily on it.
The most notable features of this laptop include:
- AMD HD3D technology
- 3D screen
- Intel Core i7 processor
- 3D PC glasses for better gaming
Click here to read more about the Samsung Series 7 Gamer.
Toshiba Qosmio X770
The Toshiba Qosmio X770, much like the Samsung Series 7 Gamer above, is a laptop with a 3D screen and glasses. However, it does come at a lower price tag of around $1,700. Does this lower price tag translate to lower performance? For the most part, the answer is ‘no’. The 1080p resolution and surprisingly bright 17.3-inch screen offers a vivid gaming experience. The NVidia 3DVision technology works great too, especially when running first-person shooters and driving simulators.
At the end of the day, 3D is just one component to a good gaming experience. What really fuel the gaming performance of the Toshiba Qosmio X770 are its Intel Core i7 processor and, more importantly, its dedicated NVidia GeForce graphics card.
Given below is a list of its main features:
- 17.3-inch bright 3D screen
- Nvidia 3DVision technology
- Intel Core i7 processor
- Powerful GPU
Click here for more about the Toshiba Qosmio X770.
Medion Erazer X6819
The Medion Erazer X6819 is the cheapest laptop in this list at around $970, but it is quite the underdog. This laptop offers enough power to warrant a much higher price tag, making the $970 seem like a bargain price. This laptop comes with a very powerful Intel Core i7 2670QM processor, which is also used in the Samsung Series 7 Gamer, but what strikes you most about this laptop is its 16 GB RAM. At a time where most laptops are fitted wither 4, 6, or at the most 8 GB of RAM, the Medion Erazer X6819 comes with 16 GB DDR3 RAM. Any other laptop with this specification from another well-known brand like MSI, Toshiba, or Alienware would cost at least around £500 more than the Erazer X6819.
Erazer offers great processing power and an incredible among of speed with plenty of RAM, but does it offer enough graphics power to run games smoothly? The answer is ‘yes’, thanks to the 1.5 GB NVidia Geforce GTX 570 graphics card. Although this laptop lacks the 3D experience present in the above two laptops, it can play the latest games with the most complex details without any problem.
Here are the most notable features of this laptop:
- Low cost
- 16GB of memory
- 1.5 GB dedicated Nvidia GPU
- Powerful Intel quad-core processor
Click here to read more about the Medion Erazer X6819
The three Alienware laptops (M14X, M17X, and M18X) are some of the best and most powerful gaming systems available. Located in the middle-range and priced at around $1,750, the M17X offers (relatively) reasonable pricing, as well as great performance. This powerful laptop gets the new Intel Ivy Bridge architecture just like the other Alienware laptops. The processor is an all-new third generation Intel Core i7 3610QM processor that clocks at an impressive 2.3GHz normally and 3.3GHz with Turbo Boost.
The laptop can come with either an AMD Radeon HD 7970M or an equally powerful NVidia graphics card, and you get DirectX 11 support as well, thanks to the integrated Intel HD 4000 graphics unit. Overall, the Alienware M17X is exactly what it is sold as- a high-end and extremely powerful gaming machine with an equally big price tag.
The look of the Alienware M17X adds a lot to the overall gaming experience as well. From the heavy frame to the brightly glowing backlights, this laptop is unapologetically flashy, and in a surprisingly good way. The contours of the laptop and its overall shape clearly set it off as a loud and powerful gaming machine that is just begging to be pushed to the limit. In other words, the Alienware M17X really does justify its price tag with great looks and lots of power.
The main features of this laptop are:
- Alienware brand value
- Great external design
- Third-generation Intel quad-core processor
- Very powerful AMD or NVidia graphics card available
Read more about the Alienware M17X here
The MSI GT70 came around the same time as the Alienware M17X did, and so, it only makes sense to see that it gets the same Intel Ivy Bridge architecture as Dell’s machine. The 17-inch laptop is also marketed as a serious gaming machine with a hefty price tag of $2,100. It shares the same Intel Core i7 3610QM quad-core processing unit as Alienware, and it even shares the same outlandish, heavyset look.
Since the GT70 is primarily a gaming laptop, it comes with a pretty powerful graphics processor- the NVidia GeForce GTX 670M. The powerful GPU is complemented by MSI’s own Turbo Drive Engine technology, which boosts not only video encoding/decoding but also 3D gaming. The Intel HD 4000 graphics processor offers DirectX 11 support for more detailed games, and it handles amazingly well as a graphics card on its own too.
Overall, the MSI GT70 is as much as a powerful system as the Alienware M17X, but what distinguishes both machines from each other is the exterior design. While neither of these systems is in any way light or ultraportable, the MSI GT70 lacks the finish of the M17X. It has several design issues that take away from the overall gaming experience it provides.
Here are some features of the laptop:
- Powerful processing and graphics card combination
- MSI Turbo Drive Engine technology
- Ivy Bridge Intel quad-core processor
- Flashy, outlandish look similar to the Alienware M17X
Click here to read more about the MSI GT70.
You can also read more about the best gaming laptops in our gaming laptop buying guide right here.