Gaming is not just a pastime. Ask any gaming enthusiast and you’ll know that it is a sport, and a passion, it is an emotion! Over the years, gaming PCs have set new standards for quality, graphics and performance with each new model launched being a bit more amazing than the last. Laptop manufacturers have been coming up with new models incorporating new technologies to give the gamers the ultimate gaming experience.
Here we have compiled a list of top 10 gaming laptops of 2018 that have set new benchmarks in the world of gaming.
Here they are:
10) Alienware 13 R3
Over the last few years, Alienware has carved out a niche for itself when it comes to designing gaming behemoths. But can the company ever stop impressing us? Not only have they designed a literal beast, but they have managed to accommodate all that computing has to offer in one of the thinnest laptops ever with the Alienware 13 R3.
Powering the 13 R3 is a quad-core Intel Core i7 HQ-series processor with a Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card making up for some amazingly good graphics. You would also be happy to know that Alienware has made the laptop VR-capable, giving you a wonderful gaming experience. However, let’s not stop there, this 13-inch gaming notebook comes with an OLED display and also includes the standard ports such as HDMI and Ethernet cables for you to continue gaming on your TV. Alienware has added in two USB 3.0 and a single USB – Type C port to bring it in line with other laptops in its class. They have also installed a 1TB SSD drive in the device. However, the laptop’s bulky weight would be a problem when it comes to portability. Weighing in at almost 6 pounds, you would need a much bigger bag to carry around the device. A major concern that most gamers would have is its short battery life, which means you would have to keep finding a power source earlier than expected. However, make no mistake, despite these flaws, the laptop is totally worth the $1199 price tag.
9) Alienware 17 R5
Talking about Alienware again, the manufacturer just can’t stop making great gaming laptops. Alienware has managed to create a wonderful piece of pure computing art with this 17-inch monster. Below the swanky interior is the new Intel i9 series of processors that are going to make lag a part of forgotten history. With the GTX 1080 graphics card and the new hexa-core Coffee Lake chips, streaming at 1440p is going to be a walk in the park considering its decent battery life. Just like its predecessor, it comes with a decent amount of 3 Standard USB 3.0, HDMI, Headphone and audio jack for you to have an ultimate gaming experience and has also been provided with a 1TB SSD drive for storage.
The Alienware 17 R5 is designed to provide great performance and reasonable battery life with no compromise. However, just like the Alienware A13 R3, the only con is its bulkiness. Weighing in at a hefty 10 pounds, it is going to be a little harder to carry around in a bag. The laptop also costs a whopping $3489.
8) Gigabyte Aero 15
Gigabyte has always attempted to provide its users with the ultimate gaming experience and the Aero 15 is the best example of that. Underneath this 15.6-inch screen is a combination of Intel’s new high-end 8th-generation 2.2 GHz Core i7 processor, a 16GB DDR4 RAM, dedicated Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU and a generous 94Wh Li-Ion battery to give you a cutting-edge gaming experience. Besides this, it comes equipped with 3 USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0 , Thunderbolt and Ethernet port for high-speed data transfer. Add a 512GB SSD ROM and you have a perfect setup. Its flaws only happen to be its cramped keyboard making using it somewhat of a nightmare at times in an otherwise extraordinary gaming setup. You could buy one of these for $1849.
7) Acer Predator Helios 300
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is what you could call a budget gaming laptop. But make no mistake, the device is still powerful enough to provide an optimum gaming experience.
Powered by a 2.8GHz, quad-core Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor, a Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card and 8GB of RAM, you could easily run the most demanding games on this machine at medium to high settings on 15.6-inch screen. Other specifications include the standard set of USB 3.0 and HDMI ports backed by 256 GB of SSD storage and Bluetooth connectivity. A few obvious flaws include inadequate cooling systems which creates a loud sound of the fan, but a refresh rate of 144Hz and crisp, 1080p display more than make up for it.
6) Asus ROG Strix GL502
The Asus ROG Strix GL502 is undoubtedly the best when it comes to 1080p gaming. With solid power from the Core i7 processor and the insanely powerful GTX 1070 processors with 16GB of RAM along with its vibrant screen and intense speakers, this device is going to give you the ultimate gaming experience. The laptop also comes with a 256 GB SSD that can be increased by means of the three USB 3.0 and a single USB 3.1 ports conveniently placed all around. Its battery life though is a matter of concern, but the performance more than makes up for it.
5) Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
One of the best gaming laptops that you definitely don’t want to miss out is the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. Packed with an Intel Core i7, a GTX 1050 graphics processor and 16GB RAM, this device can churn out some pretty solid gaming performance. On the storage aspect, the laptop boasts a good 512GB of SSD storage along with the standard USB and HDMI port configuration.
What works for the laptop is its vibrant 15.6 inches, 4k anti-reflective touch display and it’s maglev keyboard that gives awesome gaming experiences. While you may have to face some noise issues and you may find its price a little on the higher side, its ergonomic design is a total win.
4) Razer Blade
With one of the most catchy names ever, the Razer Blade’s insanely high-end specs and beautiful body is a visual treat. Powered by a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, the GTX 1070 with a 16GB RAM, the Razer Blade literally has the capability to cut through the competition! Supporting 4K video on its vibrant 15.6-inch screen, it is definitely one of the most comprehensive systems out there and comes with 512 GB SSD storage, standard USB, HDMI port and Bluetooth connectivity. The major issues though are its heating issues and its dense build combined with poor battery life. Even so, this amazing one-of-its-kind laptop can still be considered a winner owing to the superior gaming experience it offers!
3) Asus ROG G703GI
This heavy and monstrous laptop is a literal powerhouse when it comes to gaming. Powered by an insanely fast 2.9 GHzCore i7 processor and the GTX 1080 and 64 GB RAM with a 17.3-inch display, it is going to provide you with a formidable gaming experience. Awesome build quality coupled with unrivalled performance are strengths of this device. Even on the storage side, the laptop doesn’t disappoint with an amazing 3 x 512 GB SSD storage or a 2 TB HDD storage depending on the model besides the standard USB, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity. Given its high price, the laptop still does suffer from low battery life.
2) Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
The Zephyrus fits in comfortably between an insanely powerful gaming device and an everyday laptop with just enough power to ooze out 1080p gaming.
With the Core i7 processor clocked at 2.8 GHz, 16GB RAM and a GTX 1080 graphics processor and 15.6-inch anti-glare screen, it packs some solid raw power under its hood. It, however, takes a rather conventional approach with a 512GB SSD storage and a standard USB, HDMI and Bluetooth connectivity. However, do not underestimate this system just yet as it delivers great gaming performance! And it does this while remaining especially quiet. You would have to make a compromise on battery life and ergonomics, but this gaming laptop is still worth it considering the amazing speakers and stellar gaming performance.
1) MSI GS65 Stealth
The MSI GS65 is gold class when it comes to pure gaming. With raw computing power, this absolute beast is our top pick for the best gaming laptops of 2018.
Powered by an insane 3.9 GHz Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card and 16GB RAM, the 15.6 inch anti-glare screen is going to give you high-level graphics. The laptop also boasts a conventional 512 GB SSD storage but it can easily be extended by means of the USB ports. The laptop is so good that even though its suffers from minor heating issues, we believe that this setup can provide you with the best gaming experience you have ever had. If you are looking for the ultimate game-winner don’t look far; the answer is here!
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