Best Gaming Laptops

By Reviewed.com Staff

Since time immemorial, gamers have demanded the best performance from their computers. If it weren't for gamers, the state of the art surely wouldn't be the same and there's no greater example than in the realm of gaming laptops. Long thought of as an oxymoron, gaming laptops are now powerful enough to tackle most modern games. Sure, performance isn't as good as you might get from a desktop PC. But then again, portability is ideal for spontaneous sessions of Witcher III or Overwatch, whether it's at work on your lunch break or in the airport waiting for your boarding call.

The gaming world is still one filled to the brim with options, although many of them have polarizing styling choices. That's not to say that you can't find a gaming notebook that isn't decked out in lights and vents, but subtle design isn't quite the norm. Where some companies have been staking out new turf lately is in the sub-$1,000 price range, offering great value for budding gamers headed off to college.

Styling aside, what wins for gamers is the best performance. It's something we take seriously here when we test gaming laptops. So, without further ado, here's our list of the latest, greatest, screamingly-fast gaming laptops.

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Updated May 12, 2017

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Expert Score
9.0

Razer Blade (Late 2016)

Our top-scoring laptop also happens to be an excellent buy for power users and gamers alike. Running rings around the more expensive MacBook Pro, this Razer features bleeding-edge Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics, a good keyboard, and normal USB ports. Thunderbolt 3 lets you hook up Razer's Core accessory to boost your graphics performance even more. Only a poor trackpad really spoils the fun, all things considered.

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Razer Blade Stealth (Late 2016)

Razer's second ultrabook is a slightly better take on the same idea. While it has a great screen, keyboard, and fast internals, it's still behind Dell, HP and Apple in trackpad execution. That said, if you need a premium ultrabook with a fast chip and 16 GB RAM, Razer's delivered surprisingly good value in the Blade Stealth.

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Where To Buy

$999.99 Razerzone.com Buy Click for price Amazon Buy

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming (8GB RAM, 256GB SSD)

For under a grand, the New Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is powerful enough for modern games, video editing, and day-to-day tasks. While there's a lot we love, like the subdued design and graphics power, the display is disappointing and the laptop itself is huge. We still think it's an excellent value though, especially if you're looking for power on a budget.

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$849.99 Dell Buy

Lenovo Legion Y520 (16GB RAM, 2TB HDD + 256GB SSD)

With its mature look, steady performance, and reasonable price, there's a lot we like about the Lenovo Legion. You're getting the power of a gaming laptop without the flashy look. But it's not without its drawbacks. The battery life is lacking and the angular touchpad is uncomfortable (if not impossible) to use. While the Legion has a lot to offer, we feel like there are better options out there.

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Where To Buy

$1,249.99 Walmart Buy
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