Looking to pick up a great gaming laptop in time for Christmas? Here are the 5 best gaming laptops we’ve reviewed so far this year.
Origin EON15-X – $2000
Narrow viewing angles are the only thing stopping this gaming laptop from being perfect. Specs-wise, it’s one of the best we’ve seen – especially if your wallet has been feeling a bit heavy lately and you want to lighten the load.
Some of the key specs on this beast of a laptop include:
-4GHz Intel Core i7 4790K
-Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M, Intel HD Graphics 4600
-15.6 inch 1920×1080 LED backlit matte display
-240GB SSD, 1TB HDD
-2MP video camera
You can build your own version of the EON15-X as weak or as powerful as you want. The base model starts at a surprisingly reasonable $2,000, although you’ll probably want to put a few more upgrades into it.
You can also add a custom paint job and unique coloring to your laptop for around $150 to $200.
If you’re looking for premium laptop gaming, then the Origin EON15-X is a great place to start.
Aorus X3 Plus v3 – $2200
Priced at around $2200, the Aorus X3 Plus v3 is a slim, light gaming machine that features 4K resolution – and runs 4K resolution surprisingly well.
Some of the other specs of the laptop include:
-2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor
-Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M GDDR5 6GB
-2 x 256GB SSD
In fact, the only real downside to this laptop is that the 4K resolution can make it a little tough to read certain text. But if you don’t mind craning your neck to take a closer look at the screen every once in a while, you’ll be fine.
The beefy video card keeps even the latest video games running along smoothly at 60 frames per second. 16GB of RAM certainly doesn’t hurt either.
MSI GT80 Titan – $3500
This behemoth is called the Titan for a reason. Weighing in at 9.9 pounds, you might need two hands to take this laptop from your table to your bed. It’s also surprisingly difficult to use on your lap due to its bulky shape and heavy weight.
But if you can get past those exterior flaws, then you’ll find that the interior of the GT80 Titan has plenty for you to fall in love with.
Some of the other important tech specs on the GT80 Titan include:
-2.6GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ
-2 (yes two) x Nvidia GTX 980M SLI (16GB GDDR5), Intel HD Graphics 4600
-18.4 inch WLED FHD (1920×1080) display
-256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
This laptop is priced starting at $3500 – which makes sense when you consider that it includes 16GB of video memory and 16GB of RAM. The 18.4-inch screen is also great if you like to use your laptop to play movies or just like to have a bigger screen for gaming.
Oh, and it’s one of the few gaming laptops with an authentic mechanical keyboard. So if you like loud clickety clacking sounds every time you game, then the MSI GT80 Titan is an excellent option.
Gigabyte P55K v4 – $1200
Scared of the prices of our first three gaming laptops? That’s all right. The gaming laptop industry is filled with great budget deals along with higher-end models.
One of the best budget gaming laptops available today is the Gigabyte P55K v4. It doesn’t have the same brand recognition as some of its more famous competitors, but it makes up for it with speedy performance and an excellent price/performance ratio.
-2.7GHz Intel Core i7-5700HQ
-Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M, Intel HD Graphics 5600
-15.6 inch full HD 1920×1080 LCD display
-128GB SSD, 1TB HDD
Today, you can expect to find the P55K v4 for under $1,000 – although deals seem to be changing on a daily basis with the release of Windows 10.
Oh, and if you like premium-quality laptop sound without connecting third party speakers, then the Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater system on this laptop is one-of-a-kind and provides surprisingly good sound compared to the usual “tinny” sound you hear from laptop speakers.
Alienware 17 – $2400
Alienware is the best-known gaming laptop manufacturer. That brand recognition typically comes at a slight price premium – although some people are willing to pay more for Alienware design.
Some of the key features of the Alienware 17 include:
-2.5GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ
-GeForce GTX 980M (4GB GDDR5 RAM), Intel HD Graphics 4600
-17.3 inch 1920×1080 display
-256GB SSD, 1TB HDD
The large screen and inclusion of the 980M are both excellent. The only major downside of the 17 is that you do pay that Alienware premium – you can find cheaper laptops with better specs than this.
One reason why people like buying Alienware is for the GPU Amplifier, which gives you desktop-level performance even on gaming laptops.
With Black Friday and Boxing Day sales just around the corner, look for the laptops above to be available at sharply discounted prices!