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The Best Gaming Laptops: 2017 Definitive Edition

The Best Gaming Laptops in 2017

Best Gaming Laptops 2017

For a PC gamer, the possibilities are endless. You can keep on upgrading your computer or laptop as and when games requiring more higher end specs get released. If you are someone, who needs a laptop which is heavily power-packed, then look no more. This list is for you.

If you want a gaming laptop that matches your fine balance of weight(portability), price and performance, then you can be sure to find the best choice for you in this highly detailed comparison of the Best Gaming Laptops of 2017. Also, several laptops in this list have several models with different price tags. So, this list is the Best and the Final Buying Guide you need for Gaming Laptops of 2017!

1. Asus ROG GX800 - The Most Powerful Gaming Laptop

Asus ROG GX800 Best Gaming Laptop 2017

Asus ROG GX800 Best Gaming Laptop 2017
You won't find many sites listing this device in their list of top gaming laptops. And there is a perfectly good reason for that. 

The reason is that this device is insanely packed with top-of-the-line specs that supercede all the other contenders in this list by a great margin, which subsequently results in an abnormally high price- price, so high, that only the most hardcore gamers with an insane amount of money will buy!

How Asus ROG GX800 looks: Design and Display

Asus ROG GX800 Design

The beast weighs about 5.7 kg, so carrying it about may prove to be quite tiresome. Asus therefore provides a bag and a wheelie case for the laptop and its dock.

It is made of plastic, with some fine-touches of metallic colors. Its upper cover is dark grayish-blackish in color that is further highlighted by LED. 

It also has a generous number of available ports - 3 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.1 Ports with thunderbolt 3 support, 1 Mini DisplayPort 1.4 socket, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, 1 Gigabit Ethernet port, one 3.5 mm headphone and microphone socket, 1 SD card reader.

Asus ROG GX800 Display

As for the display, it is a humongous 18.4 inch IPS LCD screen which supports 4K resolution. The extreme power of its dual graphics lets the laptop easily G-Sync. The G-Sync is important as it will prevent screen tearing as the GPU will far exceed the refresh rate of the display.

The GX800's keyboard is back-lit and are coated by a soft-touch material. The ROG software, further lets you  customise the light from each and every key. The top end of the laptop has a row of shortcut keys. There is 2.5 mm of key travel so that key-press is more responsive. Also, 30 keys can be pressed simultaneously thanks to its Anti-ghosting technology.

Truly gorgeous, with an amazing display and featuring probably the best laptop keyboard, this device is far superior compared to the others in this list when it comes to design and display.

Asus ROG GX800 Performance

The Asus ROG GX800 goes tremendously overkill on this one. It has a whopping 64 GB of DDR4 RAM and a quad-core Intel Core i7-6820HK processor that is about 8% faster than all the other i7 processors. Its clock speed is 2.7 GHz which goes to a maximum of 3.6 GHz at maximum.

Further the liquid cooling in the laptop lets you safely overclock the processor to 4.4 GHz. However, to be honest, it is not needed for a long time to come because, there is no game, which will put even the slightest pressure on this device.

Asus ROG GX800 Best Gaming Laptop 2017

The two water-cooled Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics card provide tremendous power to the laptop for gaming at even 90 FPS. Also Virtual Reality is a breeze in this device.

Then there are three top-end Samsung SSD in the laptop running in raid 0 at extreme speeds. Oh! And its 64 GB RAM all have a clock speed of about 2800 MHz.

READ: Best RAMs for a gaming PC

So, as you can see, this laptop is leagues above all its competitors in terms of gaming performance and you will have no need to upgrade it for months to come. Though it is the best gaming laptop of 2017, its price is expectedly $9476! However it has some versions with lower price as well.

Note: There is the Acer Predator 21x 1080 SLI, which is another monster when it comes to laptops for gaming.

Following are links to buy the Asus ROG GX800. All versions of the laptop can be found in the link:

2. Alienware 17 R4

Alienware 18

Dell's classic Alienware series achieved its peak with the Alienware 17 laptop. Essentially it is an 17.3 inch display packed with several options of specs, weighing 9.6 pounds and having a dimension of 16.7×13.1×1.2 inches, whilst all of them being high end.

The Alienware 17 R4 laptop comes in three buying options, each with their own separate specs.

Alienware 17 R4 Display and Design

Alienware 17 R4 Best Gaming Laptop 2017

There are 3 options of the IPS LCD display:

  • Full HD (1920×1080 pixels) with 300 nit brightness and 60 fps frame rate.
  • QHD (2560×1440 pixels) display with 400 nit brightness and 120 fps frame rate. It supports Nvidia G-Sync.
  • 4K display; IGZO panel with vibrant colors and a much superior color gamut.
None of the displays support touch however.

The laptop sports a gunmetal grey color, and has a body made of aluminium and plastic. The edges are right angled, which furthers the glamour of the device. The Alienware 17 cover has its trademark logo.

When you lift the lid, a black and soft-touch keyboard and touch-pad greets you. The keyboard and touchpad are backlit and the Alienware logo on the laptop cover can be illuminated with the LED lights situated there. The touchpad is accurate and measures 3.5 x 2.2-inch. Though it is sufficient to use all the Windows 10 gestures, but considering the ample space all around it, it would have been better had its size been more.

There is also the Tobii eye-tracking camera, which sits on the bottom-left side of the laptop's display. 

Alienware 17 R4 Best Gaming Laptops 2017

Alienware 17 R4

Apart from that, the Alienware 17 has an appreciable number of ports- a RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet IPv6 port, three USB 3.0 ports (one of them supports Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C), a mini DisplayPort and a HDMI output. 

Alienware 17 R4 Performance and Hardware

The OS is the Alienware 17 R4 is Windows 10.
It uses a Intel 6th generation Skylake CPU. Depending on the model you choose, you get a Intel Core i7-6700HQ with a clock speed of 2.6 GHz or a Core i7-6820HK processor with a clock speed of 2.7 GHz. What's more -  these processors can be overclocked!

As for the graphics card, there are the options of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 in the base model, while the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are available in the costlier counterparts. All the three GPU packs 8GB VRAM to deliver you an amazing gaming experience.

These Nvidia GPU are slightly more powerful than their desktop counterparts. 

However, worth noting is that, while the GTX 1060 and GTX 1070 makes gaming at FHD and QHD a breeze, the GTX 1080 slightly struggles to give you the best experience in some (very small in number) games at 4K with all the graphics options like Anti-Aliasing turned on and set to highest.

The Alienware 17 R4 also has 16 GB (2400 MHz) DDR4 RAM, that can be further upgraded to 32 GB. There is also a 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and a boot PCIe SSD for fast boot. Its costlier models also offer 512 GB PCIe SSD, which you can use for storage.

Alienware has made a smart choice of offering NVIDIA Optimus switchable graphics on the 1080p IPS and 4K IGZO models which helps you save battery when you are not gaming. 

The base model can last about 8 hours 30 minutes when continuously surfing the internet using a WiFi, while the most expensive one lasts about two hours and 45 minutes; which is expectable considering the high resolution and brightness of the display.

The fans in the laptop are quite audible but not actually noise when gaming. As for gaming, there is not much heat produced unless you are gaming at 2K or 4K resolution.

All in all, this is one of the best gaming laptop out yet. It packs a superb performance, with its price starting at $1479 for its base models.

While it is completely VR-ready, the only negative aspect about this laptop is its weight, which makes it difficult to carry about.

Following are links to buy the Alienware 17 R4. All versions of the laptop can be found in the link:

3. MSI GT83VR Titan SLI

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI - Best Gaming Laptop

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Design

The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI is one of the giants when it comes to gaming laptops of 2017. Weighing 13.1 pounds, and measuring 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.7~2.5 inches, this device is made of aluminium. The back of the device has large vents and is outlined by red colored aluminium. 

The keyboard is mechanical and to its right is a touchpad and digital number pad. To the top of the keyboard is a large open space, which can be opened to access the RAM and SSD. The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI features Speed Silver switches in its mechanical keyboard with 3.4 millimeters of travel between the keys. The keys also require a quite low force of about 62 grams to actuate. And there is also backlight capability!

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI - Best Gaming Laptop

The laptop has no dearth of ports and slots. 

To its left is three USB 3.0 ports, a 3-in-1 card reader, a Blu-ray burner, a digital audio port, headphone and mic jacks, a audio jack and also a security lock slot.

To its right, there are two USB 3.0 ports.

Along the back, there is a Thunderbolt 3 port, a mini DisplayPort, an HDMI 1.4 port and a power supply slot.

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Display


It has a 18.4 inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display, which is a disappointment considering the immense power and high-end hardware of this device. However the display is clear, vivid and offers vibrant colors. The problem with FHD displays on laptops with such large screens is that the pixel density suffers and the GPU cant do justice to the display details.

However, the Titan can produce 114 percent of the sRGB gamut, resulting in vibrant and vivid colors. As for brightness, the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI got an average of 295 nits, which is not quite appreciable.

MSI GT83VR Titan SLI Performance and Hardware

This beast features an Intel Core i7-7920HQ processor and two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphic cards with 8GB VRAM. The immense graphics makes the laptop completely VR ready and gives immensely high frame-rates, considering the display is stuck at FHD.

Added to that is a package of 64GB RAM, which makes the laptop quite unstoppable.

Here are some of its benchmark tests:
  • 121 frames per second while playing Hitman
  • 139 frames per second while playing GTA 5
  • A score of 15,908 in the Geekbench 3 test
As for storage, it features two 512GB PCI-e SSDs in Super RAID 4 configuration and a 1 TB (7,200 rpm) hard drive. The SSDs have an extremely fast transfer rate of 1,017.9 MB per second, which is amazing considering the average of 572.2-MB/s.

The Titan SLI is an extremely fast and powerful gaming laptop.

There are two large exhaust fans on the rear of its aluminium chassis and one by its processor at the center to keep the laptop cool.

THE GT83VR Titan has a powerful Dynaudio speakers and bottom-mounted subwoofer, for crisp sounds with deep lows.

This MSI masterpiece has a battery life of 2 hours and 18 minutes, when surfing the internet continuously using WiFi. Not surprising, because it employs dual GPU(which sucks quite a lot of power) and a top-end processor.

This device costs quite a lot, and has powerful hardware packed in it. But considering the fact that the display is FHD, renders a lot of gaming pleasure nullified. After all, even FHD phone displays are not enough nowadays. However, if frame-rate, VR and speed outweighs cost and display resolution for you, then here is how you buy it!

Following are links to buy the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI. All versions, models and price options of the laptop can be found in the buying links:
Related: Full Review of the MSI GT83VR Titan SLI

4. Acer Predator 15 丨丨Acer Predator 17

Acer Predator 15 Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator 15 and Acer Predator 17 are two premium choices when it comes to gaming laptops. Armed with high-end specs, these laptops are not going to disappoint you if you are mad about gaming!

  • Acer Predator 15 Design

Acer Predator 15 Gaming Laptop

Acer Predator 15 continues with its black and red color scheme in this laptop with soft touch finish, 15.6 inch Full HD display. Open the cover, i.e., the lid and a backlit keyboard with a spacious palm rest and touchpad awaits you. On top of the keyboard are 5 macro keys with a profile and power button.

Weighing at 8.2 pounds and measuring 15.6 x 11.8 x 1.5 inches, this is a top-tier gaming laptop. While its weight may affect portability, I remind you that all the other gaming laptops before it in this list weigh more.

As with all other gaming laptops, there is quite a lot of ports all along its body-

  • To its right there are two USB 3.0 ports, a Thunderbolt port, HDMI, a DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet and a Kensington secure lock.
  • To its left is a DVD drive, two USB 3.0 ports, a SD card reader and headphones, microphone jacks and a slot for power supply.
The DVD drive can however be replaced by the Predator FrostCore, which is included, when you buy the laptop. It helps act as an additional safeguard to keep your laptop cool, during intense gaming sessions.

The keys are bouncy and take 60 gram force to actuate. The key travel is also an impressive 2.6 millimeters. Its Acer PredatorSense software allows keyboard customisable backlighting. You can choose different color backlighting in different zones of the keyboard.

Acer Predator 15 Best Gaming Laptop

As for the touchpad, it is extremely responsive and thankfully quite large, measuring 4 x 2.5 inch.

  • Acer Predator 15 Display

While the display resolution is just Full HD, the screen however provides vibrant and sharp colors. The Acer Predator 15 measured 110 percent of the sRGB color gamut, which is a quite appreciable score. 

However, the brightness attains an average score of 268. Also, its color accuracy attains an average score of 1.4, where 0 is the ideal score.

  • Acer Predator 15 Hardware & Performance
It features a 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor, with clock speed of 2.6GHz (Up to 3.5GHz) and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card with 8 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

Also it has 16GB DDR4 RAM. For storage, it has got a 256GB SSD in RAID 0 configuration paired with a 1TB HDD. The SSD's file transfer speed is below average, and gets a score of 145.4 MB/s.

The Predator 15 does not produce much heat. Its battery life is quite good though. It lasts for 4 hours when surfing the web continuously over WiFi.
(Read the complete Acer Predator 15 Review)

  • Acer Predator 17 Design
Acer Predator 17 Best Laptop for Gaming in 2017

Acer Predator 17 Best Gaming Laptop 2017
The red and black colors swathe over Acer's premium gaming laptop made in soft touch material. 

The chassis of this laptop is quite gorgeous and its massive backlit (customisable) keyboard deserve mention. 

Six macro keys reside to the left of the keyboard and a backlit touchpad is located on the palm rest below the keyboard along with a button to switch on and off the input.

Acer Predator 17 Gaming Laptop

No dearth of ports here either-

On the right, there are two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt 3 supported USB 3.1 Type-C port, a HDMI 2.0 port, a DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet jack and a Kensington lock slot. 

To the left there are two USB 3.0 ports, a SD card reader, microphone jack, headphones jacks and power supply slot.

It weighs 9.8 pounds, and measures 16.7 x 12.7 x 1.6 inch.

  • Acer Predator 17 Display
Thankfully, two options here - 4K and Full HD. 4K means Ultra HD resolution. Its display can produce a superb 181.5 percent of the sRGB color gamut.

Therefore colors are extremely vivid and vibrant. 

Its color accuracy is also very good and it scores 0.2 on the Delta-E test, where 0 is ideal.

It does not compromise on brightness either and rakes up a brightness of 318 nits,which is quite appreciable.

Its screen measures 17.3 inches.
  • Acer Predator 17 Performance & Hardware
It uses 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor with clock speed of 2.6GHz (Turbo Boost Technology can increase it up to 3.5GHz).

It runs on Windows 10 Home.

It features 16 GB DDR4 RAM and Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB VRAM.

1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive is fixed for storage in all its models but the SSD storage varies in its different models (You can check them in the buying links provided below).

There are four Built-in Stereo Speakers and its battery lasts for 4 hours 44 minutes when playing a video continuously.

My personal opinion would be that the UHD model of the Acer Predator 17 is the best option for an average gamer.

Following are links in Amazon to buy the Acer Predator 17 and 15. All the different versions, models and price options of the laptop can be found in the buying links:

5. HP Omen 17

HP Omen 17 Best Gaming Laptop 2017

While HP Omen is available in both 15 inch displays and 17 inch displays, the 17.3 inch takes the top spot because of better hardware and 4K display options.
Because it is available in several configurations, you can easily choose for the ideal one according to your needs and budget.

HP Omen 17 Best Gaming Laptop 2017

Its top end model supports 4K display, has a better graphics card and stocked with more RAM. That's not all. It is also VR ready and quite reasonably priced.

The top model boasts a VR-ready Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU (graphics card) with 8 GB of VRAM and a sixth-gen Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed of 2.8 GHz that can go up to 3.8GHz, 

As for memory, it is stocked up with 16 GB RAM.

It uses a 512GB NVMe SSD with 1775 MB/s read and 560 MB/s write speed and a 1TB 7200rpm Hard Disk Drive for storage.

The keyboard is backlit and has a reasonably well travel space between keys. The touchpad is also quite spacious.

The HP Omen 17 runs on Windows 10.

HP Omen 17 The Best Laptop for Gaming in 2017

HP Omen 17 The Best Laptop for all Gamers

On the left of the HP Omen 17 is a USB 3.0 port and one mic and headphone jack.

On the right are two USB 3.0 port, an SD card reader, Ethernet jack and HDMI and Mini DisplayPort.

It has got Bang & Olufsen-branded sound system including front-firing speakers and one speaker situated just above the keyboard.

The battery life however is quite appreciable for such a powerful device that also boasts 4K resolution in its display. It lasted for a full 4.5 hours streaming videos continuously.

However there are some variations to the HP Omen. While some offer Full HD display, some have 12 GB RAM and tone down the SSD storage to 256 GB to cut down on costs.

Following are links to buy the HP Omen 17 in Amazon. All versions, models and price options of the laptop can be found in the buying links:

6. Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro Gaming Laptop 2017

A powerhouse when it comes to gaming, this laptop is another top-tier gaming laptop that of-course accompanies a high price. 

However, for people who don't need such extreme power, the Razer Blade Pro tones things down including its hardware and price.

For starters, the Display Rocks! The Razer Blade Pro features a 17.3 inch display with IGZO 4K (Ultra HD) resolution that cuts on screen tearing using NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. The colors are extremely vivid. 

The high resolution makes sure the details are near perfect. Also, the display is rather rich and vibrant, as expected from a true gaming laptop.

As for the Razer Blade Pro's design, well it is top notch.
Weighing 7.8 pounds and having a dimension of 16.7 x 11 x 0.9 inches, the laptop in its durable CNC aluminum unibody chassis is extremely thin (0.9 inch) and is considerably a lot more portable than the others in this list.

Razer Blade Pro Best Gaming Laptop of 2017

There are 4 USB 3.0 ports. But charging it using a USB Type-C port is not possible yet. It also features Thunderbolt 3 support and a SD Card Reader along with Ethernet, headphone and mic jacks.

The keyboard is mechanical and feels much like a desktop. It is however quite accurate and backlit too. The touchpad situated to its right is accurate and supports Windows 10 gestures. The keyboard keys require 65 grams to actuate and features anti-ghosting capabilities along with optimized reset points.

That's not all. The Razer Synapse software allows you to assign individual colors to each and every key.

Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro Performance and Hardware

It has a Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad-Core Processor with clock speed of 2.6GHz, which can be overclocked to 3.5Ghz with Turbo Boost.

Its memory is 32GB DDR4 2133MHz RAM in its top model but is lowered to 16 GB in its base model.

Its GPU(graphics card) is a VR-ready NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM.
The Razer Blade Pro goes all in for SSD storage employing upto 1 TB SSD for gamers who don't want to compromise! But of course the lower models have 512 GB and 256 GB SSD storage.

Check out the Complete Review of the Razer Blade Pro.
It is quite an impressive and jaw-dropping power packed gaming laptop of 2017 and may even be the best!

Following are links to buy the Razer Blade Pro in Amazon. All versions, models and price options of the laptop can be found in the buying links:

These gaming laptops are as good as it gets and are at the top when it comes to gaming. It does not matter what your budget it as they come in various models, and you can easily choose the best one according to your wallet. While there are some more like-

  • Asus ROG GT752CT-DH72
  • Razer Blade Stealth
the laptops feature a dip in price vs performance after the Razer Blade Pro. These six contenders are the laptops you would want to stick to when you go shopping!

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