November 2, 2016
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Here are the Top 5 Gaming Laptops of 2016

Looking for a laptop that ensures quality performance in gaming and CPU/GPU intensive applications? You’ll need to be critical, thorough, and practical so we’re afraid it won’t be easy to scour the internet for the right one for you. Let us help you out!

There has been a wide variety of gaming laptops that have proven themselves this year, but only a few of them managed to get good reviews across the board. The following five laptops have consistently been well-reviewed by different tech advisors like PC Advisor, PC Magazine, CNet, Digital Trends, Tech Radar, and Laptop Mag.

Asus ROG G752

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The Asus ROG G752 is a powerhouse of a laptop, featuring Intel core i7, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M – 980M graphics driver, 16GB to 64 GB of RAM, a 17.3-inch, full HD 1320 x 1080p IPS LCD screen, and a storage of 128GB – 512GB solid state drive alongside a 1TB hard drive.

The 4.4 kg beast also features an Intel Skylake, 2.6GHz quad-core i7 processor in its G752VT variety with 3GB of video memory. It’s also equipped with Nvidia G-Sync for a smoother, tear-free gameplay. This laptop obviously packs a punch, but with these specs, it’s no wonder that its battery life suffers, functioning more as a desktop alternative than a real laptop you can carry around. The Asus ROG G752 is comparable to a tank: it loses on the portable side, but totally delivers in performance.

It also trades in the traditional heat pipes for a vapor chamber cooling system. This system sports a larger chamber that acts as a reservoir for cooling the liquid passing through the heat pipes, making it more efficient in getting rid of excess heat. Less heat means higher performance levels for a longer amount of time without baking your unit.

It doesn’t skip on its audio system either. It delivers convincing surround sound, underscored by a sub-woofer at the bottom, giving you an immersive audio experience in-game.

Though the G752 suffers in portability and battery because of its size and features, the laptop performs so well that it makes up for these disadvantages. The Asus ROG G752 retails for $1650.

Specifications

Processor 6th-generation Intel® Core™ i7 (‘Skylake’) processor
Chipset Mobile Intel® CM236
Operating system Windows 10
Windows 10 Professional
Memory DDR4 2133MHz (upgradable to 64GB)
Display ROG G752VL / ROG G752VT / ROG G752VY

17.3in anti-glare FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED backlit with NVIDIA® G-SYNC

Graphics card ROG G752VL

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 965M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM

ROG G52VT

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 970M with 3GB / 6GB GDDR5 VRAM

ROG G752VY

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX™ 980M with 4GB / 8GB GDDR5 VRAM

Storage ROG G752VL

2.5in SATA 2TB (5400 rpm)

2.5in SATA 1TB (7200 rpm)

M.2 PCIe® X4  NVME 256GB/128GB SSD

ROG G752VT/ ROG G752VY

2.5in SATA 2TB (5400 rpm)

2.5in SATA 1TB (7200 rpm)

M.2 PCIe® X4  NVME 512GB/256GB/128GB SSD

Optical drive DVD Super-Multi / Blu-ray Combo / Blu-ray writer
Camera Built-in HD camera with array mic
Size ROG G752VL / ROG G752VT

428 x 334 x 23 ~ 43mm

ROG G752VY

428 x 334 x 23 ~ 53mm

Weight ROG G752VL / ROG G752VT

4.06kg (with a 6-cell battery)

ROG G752VY

4.36kg (with a 8-cell battery)

 

Razer Blade

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This is the true MacBook Pro rival that gamers are looking for. Featuring a slick 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M (with 6GB video memory) graphics driver, it’s perhaps the best 14-inch screen gaming laptop of the year. With a 3200 x 1080p resolution display that also doubles as a quick and responsive touch screen, it features vibrant colors great for gaming and movies.

The Razer Blade combines performance with portability, keeping a light, easy-to-carry frame (at least, easier than most gaming laptops) and a decent battery life to match it. The battery can last 3 hours and 35 minutes while gaming or playing six hours of video non-stop. It does compromise a little in the graphics department compared with other units, but if you want you can add a Razer Core and a Titan X to boost its graphics capability. It comes as a relief then that the Razer Blade has pretty much improved its thermal design, allowing it to support an Nvidia GTX 970M graphics chip with double the amount of video memory, which is more than most of the competition. The screen churns out 57 frames per second in its original resolution.

The laptop introduces the Chroma Lighting System for PC keyboards to laptops like the Razer Blade. The keyboard features individually-lit keys that can switch between 16.8 million colors. Through the lighting system, a unique color can be assigned to each key to differentiate your most-used keys from the others or color-code them according to use. The system also lets you save different lighting assignments for different scenarios that fit your needs, whether it’s for gaming or using shortcut keys for creative applications.

The new Razer Blade packs more in a small device—more video memory, battery life, ports, and neat little features. It’s a definite improvement over its predecessor at a cheaper price. The laptop goes for $1999 for the 256GB solid-state drive and $2999 for double the amount of storage.

Specifications

GENERAL Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  Notebook type Desktop replacement, HD display, Gaming
  Manufacturer Razer Inc.
PROCESSOR / CHIPSET CPU Intel Core i7 (2nd Gen) 2640M / 2.8 GHz
  Max Turbo Speed 3.5 GHz
  Number of Cores Dual-Core
  Cache 4 MB
  64-bit Computing Yes
  Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM65 Express
  Features Hyper-Threading Technology, Intel Smart Cache, Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0
CACHE MEMORY Installed Size 4 MB
STORAGE Interface Serial ATA-600
  Type Solid state (SSD)
MEMORY RAM 8 GB
  Technology DDR3 SDRAM
  Speed 1333 MHz / PC3-10600
RAM Memory Speed 1333 MHz
  Memory Specification Compliance PC3-10600
  Technology DDR3 SDRAM
  Installed Size 8 GB
DISPLAY LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
  Resolution 1920 x 1080 ( Full HD )
  Widescreen Display Yes
  Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
  Monitor Features LED-backlit
  Type LED
  Diagonal Size 43.9 cm
  Display Resolution Abbreviation Full HD
HARD DRIVE Type SSD
  Installed Qty 1
  Capacity 256 GB
AUDIO & VIDEO Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M / Intel HD Graphics 3000 – 2 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
  Video System Features NVIDIA Optimus
  Integrated Webcam Yes
  Sound Stereo speakers
INPUT Type keyboard, touchpad
COMMUNICATIONS Wireless Protocol 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0
  Wired Protocol Gigabit Ethernet
PROCESSOR Type 2nd Gen Core i7
  Processor Number i7-2640M
  Generation 2
  Manufacturer Intel
  Clock Speed 2.8 GHz
BATTERY Capacity 60 Wh
AC ADAPTER Output 120 Watt
CONNECTIONS & EXPANSION Interfaces
  2 x USB 2.0
  USB 3.0
  HDMI
  LAN
  Headphone/microphone combo jack
MISCELLANEOUS Case Material aluminum
  Integrated Options Razer Switchblade UI
  Features K-lock security slot, security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
NETWORKING Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 3.0, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  Wireless LAN Supported Yes
DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT Width 16.8 in
  Depth 10.9 in
  Height 0.9 in
  Weight 6.44 lbs, 6.39 lbs
AUDIO OUTPUT Compliant Standards Dolby Home Theater v4
MAINBOARD Chipset Type Mobile Intel HM65 Express
OPERATING SYSTEM / SOFTWARE OS Provided: Type Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition
  Type Razer Synapse 2.0
VIDEO OUTPUT Graphics Processor NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M / Intel HD Graphics 3000
  Video System Features NVIDIA Optimus
VIDEO MEMORY Technology GDDR5 SDRAM
  Installed Size 2 GB

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

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The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (7559) has power that equals its reasonable price. At $749 (SRP), it offers a 15.6-inch display in full HD, 1920 x 1080p resolution with anti-glare coating, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, a 5400 rpm 1TB hard drive, dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2.3GHz sixth-generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ processor, and 8GB of memory.

The Inspiron 15 is an ace performer in gaming tests, churning out 74 frames per second on medium quality settings. Its battery lasts 7 hours and 28 minutes on a single charge. What really blows our minds is it’s such a powerful and cheap device that will surely beat the competition. It’s power in a budget.

The Inspiron 15 has one-year limited warranty and a one-year McAfee LiveSafe subscription.

Specifications

Processor Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (Intel Core i7)
Graphics adapter NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M – 4096 MB, Core: 1097 – 1176 MHz, Memory: 5000 MHz, GDDR5, ForceWare 353.62, Nvidia Optimus
Memory 16384 MB, DDR3L 1600, Dual-Channel, both slots occupied
Display 15.6 inch 16:9, 3840×2160 pixel, 10 points, LG Philips LGD04D9 / 156UD2 / Dell P/N: 53FC4, IPS, glossy: yes
Mainboard Intel HM170 (Skylake PCH-H)
Storage SK hynix SC300 M.2, 128 GB, + 1 x Seagate ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB
Soundcard Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections 3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 HDMI, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: combined 3.5 mm stereo jack
Card Reader: SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC
Networking Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size height x width x depth (in mm): 25.3 x 383 x 265 ( = 1 x 15.08 x 10.43 in)
Battery 74 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6 cells
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera Webcam: HD 720p
Additional features Speakers: Stereo + subwoofer, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 24 Months Warranty
Weight 2.67 kg (94.18 oz / 5.89 pounds), Power Supply: 514 g (18.13 oz / 1.13 pounds)


MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro-005

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The MSI GT62VR Dominator Pro-005 is one of the first gaming laptops that feature Nvidia’s Pascal graphic technology, imbuing it with a stellar VR-ready performance with a lot of storage for a reasonable price of $1499. Its 2.6-GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with 32GB of RAM and PCIe solid-state drive (SSD) can take the heavy load of multiple processes and its Nvidia G-Sync display ensures a beautiful, smooth, gaming experience.

The Dominator Pro-005’s 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080p screen gets a boost from MSI’ True Color software, allowing users to adjust color temperature in six different ways (Gamer, Anti-Blue, sRGB, Designer, Office and Movie). For all its heavy duty capabilities, however, the unit only lasts for 3 hours and 18 minutes on a full charge with heavy use.

One of its neat features is how customizable its backlit keyboard is. The keyboard has a GameSense feature that maps keyboard zones to specific games. For example, the left side of your keyboard can light up green or red according to your health, while the other parts can light up according to your bullet inventory, mana, and other in-game parameters, flashing when a significant change occurs.

Overall, the Dominator Pro-005 dominates in terms of graphics performance, power, display, and speed. It’s kind of heavy because of the power requirement though.

Specifications

OS Windows 10
CPU Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ
CPU Speed 2.6 – 3.5GHz w/ Turbo Boost
Chipset Intel® HM170
Color Aluminum Black
Screen Size 15.6″ Full HD eDP IPS-Level
Resolution 1920×1080 (16:9)
Visual Experience True Color Tech.
GPU NVIDIA GeForce® GTX1070
Video Memory 8G GDDR5
Keyboard Steel Series Full-color backlight with Anti-Ghost key+ silver lining
Audio Nahimic Sound
Speaker Dynaudio Tech Speakers 3W x2 + Subwoofer x1
Memory 16GB (8GB x2) DDR4 2400MHz
HDD Capacity 128GB M.2 SATA + 1TB (7200RPM)
HDD Interface M.2 SATA + SATA
Optical Drive Type DVD Super Multi
LAN Killer Gaming Network E2400
WLAN Killer N1535 Combo (2×2 ac)
Bluetooth BT 4.1
Card Reader SD (XC/HC)
Webcam FHD type ([email protected])
USB USB 3.0 x3
Thunderbolt USB 3.1 Type C
Video Port HDMI 1.4 x1 (supports [email protected]), mDP 1.2 x1, USB 3.0 Type C x1
Audio Port 1/1 (SPDIF) Line-in/Line-out
AC Power Adaptor 230W
Battery Pack 8 cell (75.24Whr)
Dimension 15.35″ x 10.47″x 1.56″
Weight 6.48 lbs
Manufacturer Warranty 2 year Limited warranty (Include 1 Year Global)

Origin EON17-X 

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The 17-inch Origin EON17-X is basically a desktop in a laptop shell in the way that it performs, which is good news because it does so at a reasonable price ($1716). Its specs include an Intel Core i7-6700K with a base speed of 4.0-4.5GHz., an 8GB GeForce GTX 980M, 16GB memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard drive.

The Origin EON17-X has a full HD display at 1920 x 1080p resolution and Nvidia G-Sync, giving you a streamlined visual experience when it’s on. However, G-Sync takes a lot out of the hardware so in some cases, you’ll have to tweak the settings for a good compromise between performance and amazing visuals. Naturally, with a high-performing hardware, it takes a lot out of its battery life, as most laptops do.

It sports a responsive touchpad with smooth finger scrolling and a fingerprint scanner located between the left and right click buttons. The EON17-X combines sleek external design with powerful hardware (a desktop-level CPU and graphics card), even beating highly-rated competition. It’s also the perfect upgrade from its smaller sibling, the EON15-X, which is also a decent gaming laptop in its own right and a cheaper alternative.

Specifications

CPU: 4.0GHz Intel Core i7-6700K (quad-core, 8MB cache, up to 4.2GHz with Turbo Boost)
Graphics: Single 8GB Nvidia GTX 980M (G-SYNC support), Intel HD Graphics 530
RAM: 16GB Kingston HyperX Impact DDR4 (2133MHz; 2 x 8GB)
Screen: 17-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS matte display with G-SYNC
Storage: 250GB Samsung 850 EVO m.2 SATA, 1TB Seagate solid-state hybrid drive
Ports: 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, 2 x DisplayPort, eSATA, SD card reader, headphone jack, microphone jack, S/PDIF output jack, line-in jack
Connectivity: Killer Wireless AC 1535 dual band + Bluetooth
Camera: Built-in 2.0MP video camera
Weight: 8.6 pounds
Size: 16.46 x 11.1 x 1.52 inches (W x D x H)

 

You can view the Origin EON17-X full spec sheet here.

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So there you have it. Did you see anything that fits your needs and taste? If you feel that we’ve missed anything, let us know in the comments!