Are you a gamer? Do you want to play your favorite games untied from a desktop, where you can play wherever and whenever you want?
The answer is yes, of course: if you have the proper gear. Most popular games played on personal computers are of high quality and have many hardware software requirements in order to play games with high resolution, no glitches and proper online connection.
Important laptop attributes for gaming includes: RAM (memory) space, Flash, a powerful and fast core processor, high graphics drivers such as AMD Radeon, NVIDIA, or Intel, a high capacity hard drive, high resolution screen, large screen size, and a laptop with a dependable cooling system and fan to keep your laptop cool while gaming.
There are many different options on the market for a top-of-the-line gaming laptop. It is important to buy new, latest addition laptops to make sure your computer has the latest software, drivers and patches that you won’t have to download later. One option is to build custom; the other is to buy a tried-and-true gaming laptop. Or, of course, you can do both and upgrade certain components of an excellent gaming laptop.
Alienware is a popular name in gaming—and for good reason. Their laptops are known for their gaming capabilities and trendy gamer look. However, you have to make sure you have the money to pay for this gamer’s dream laptop as they can run north of $2,100. Alienware 13, 15, 17, and 18 are the gaming laptops offered by Alienware. For those looking for a laptop south of the $2,100 price tag but wants to play with some serious power, the new 2015 model 15 and 17 are the ones to look at.
- The Alienware 15 is created out of carbon fiber and the 2015 model gives you the option to upgrade to Alienware Graphics Amplifier to unleash 4K gaming! It boasts an Intel Core i7 (Quad-Core, 8-16MB, 4.1GHz) processor, custom graphics up to NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 2-4GB GDDR5 and a beautiful design that lights up in all the right places for daytime or nighttime gaming that will illuminate your gaming experience on a 15.6 inch display. You can expect these models to set you back anywhere from $1,199 to a little over $1,500, depending on what customizations you want on your gear.
Another high-performing laptop is the MSI GE72 Apache Pro-242.
- This laptop boasts a 17.3 inch, 1080p display screen for an optimal gaming experience. It also contains an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB DDR3-1600 memory, NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB, and a 1 Terabyte hard drive.
- You can customize this laptop as well to suit your needs, but expect this gear to cost you around $1,399 for your high quality game play.An unusual but considerable option, is Digital Storm’s customizable notebooks built with the next-gen tech you love. With HydroLux Cooling, engineered to keep things cool during intense gaming, to two different laptop models, this may just be the future of gaming.
- We have the 15.6 inch Triton, starting at $1,575, which is a slim and sleek design at 25mm thick, which Digital Storm is providing while boasting an Intel Core i7 processor and up to 32GB of DDR3 memory. It includes NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 900M Graphics for extreme realism and power and high-performance storage in the form of dual M.2 SSD capability (up to 2.0GB/s), hardware RAID, and dual hard drives. There is no worrying about storage in this sleek and cool notebook.
- The triton also has a custom macro gaming keyboard, illuminated much like Alienware, with programmable hot keys, allowing you to personalize your keyboard to your own gaming style. Not to be outdone by other well-known brands, Digital Storm has amplified their headphone output and refined their audio experience for deep, clear bass and Hi-Fi integrated speakers with a subwoofer to surround yourself in the drama of the game.
If that has caught your attention thus far, then the 17.3 inch, appropriately named Behemoth, will blow you away. This notebook boasted as a desktop replacement for gaming, is monster-sized in power while remaining sleek and illuminating.
- The powerful desktop class Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, and advanced graphics featuring NVIDIA’s flag-ship GTX 980M graphics card, the performance of this gamer’s laptop is promising.
- What closes the deal is the storage, gaming tech and audio. As with the Triton, the Behemoth supports dual mSATA SSDs, hardware RAID, and dual hard drives. Even more impressively is the illuminating keyboard—make it your own by changing the colors and glow effects of the illuminated keys to set the mood for each game and every mood. This, with the matte, 17.3 inch, non-reflective screen, your gaming experience in 1080p high definition will be incredible.
- Hi-Fi integrated speakers and subwoofer and onboard amplifier for your headphones wraps up your gaming experience. Thunderbolt technology that allows you to move data twice the speed of USB 3.0 and 12x the speed of FireWire with Thunderbolt technology. The HyperX can connect multiple high-resolutions displays/devices on the same port—just think of the possibilities of this Behemoth! At $2,258, it is pricey, but if you are looking for the best, looking for something new to try, and are looking for something powerful and different—this may just be your dream come true.
There are many more options for the best of 2015 gaming laptops. LaptopNinja offers some comprehensive guides covering a ton of budget categories as well. PCMag has rated their own list of best gaming laptops of 2015, and among them are Alienware and MSI assortments , but there are affordable options from brands we know well, such as Acer.
- The Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro (VN7-591G-75S2) runs at $1,013 and contains the worthy Intel Core i7 processor, 2.5GHz of processing speed, 8GB of RAM, 1128GB storage capacity, NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, a 15.6 inch, 1080p high definition display, with only a 5.29 pound weight.Another well-known brand is HP, where PCMag has listed the HP Omen 15 for $1,497.
- It boasts much the same as other gaming laptops but is superior to Acer in that while it holds Intel Core i7, 512GB of storage capacity, it contains 16GB of RAM, has NVIDIA’S GeForce GTX 860M graphics card, 15.6 inch display, and weighs in at only 4.7 pounds.
Asus also makes the list at a pricey $2,999.99, but if you are a fan of Asus, the ROG G751JY-DH72X may be for you.
- It contains much of the power, storage, and graphics as the laptops featured in this article (Intel Core i7, 2.4GHz, 32GB RAM, 1512GB storage, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 17.3 inch high definition screen), but weighs a whopping 9.06 pounds. Alienware and Digital Storm may have this model beat for a lower price and a lower weight.
Half of the fun is shopping, researching, upgrading and customizing your gaming laptop to make your visual and auditory gaming experience as larger-than-life as you can make it. Hopefully, this article has helped you realize what to look for, what the newest gaming laptops have to offer, and what to expect of your new gamer’s dream as you search for and customize your own, unique, combat-ready station from which to unleash your gaming prowess!