Best Gaming Laptops

In 2016, we implemented a new PC test suite which includes 11 popular titles, several synthetics, display measurement, battery life testing, and a thermal imaging camera. Since then, we've tested dozens of gaming laptops in a variety of sizes and display resolutions. This article only includes models we've awarded based on performance and/or value.

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Best Gaming Laptops

01/26/2018 Update: reviewed the Acer Predator Triton 700 Max-Q (no award, not listed).

11/13/2017 Update: reviewed the Eurocom Q5 Max-Q (no award, not listed).

10/30/2017 Update: added the Acer Predator Helios 300 (earned a 2017 Editors' Choice award).

Acer Predator Helios 300
$1099.99Amazon
Asus Strix GL502VM-DB71
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Asus Strix 15 GL502VS
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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-034
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Alienware 15 (GTX 1070)
$2,443.99Dell
Acer Predator 17 G9-793-76KV
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EVGA SC17
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Gigabyte Aorus X7 DT v7
$2,899Amazon
Gigabyte P57W v6
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Asus Strix GL702VM-DB71
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MSI GT73VR Titan Pro-201
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Display
15.6” FHD (1920x1080) widescreen, IPS
15.6" @ 1920x1080 (60Hz, G-Sync)
15.6” IPS @ 1920x1080 (G-Sync)
15.6 IPS @ 1920x1080
15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080), 60Hz, IPS, Anti-Glare, 400-nits, Nvidia G-Sync Enabled
17.3” IPS @ 1920x1080 (G-Sync)
17.3” UHD (3840x2160) IPS Display
17.3” QHD (2560x1440) 120Hz, 5ms Wide Viewing Angle Anti-Glare, Nvidia G-Sync Enabled
17.3” IPS @ 1920x1080
17.3” @ 1920x1080 (60Hz, G-Sync)
17.3" @ 1920x1080 (120Hz)
CPU
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Intel Core i7-7820HK
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
Intel Core i7-6820HK
Graphics
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5X
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5X
Memory
16GB DDR4-2133MHz
16GB DDR4 2133
16GB DDR4 2400
16GB DDR4 2400
16GB DDR4-2400MHz
16 GB DDR4 2400
32GB DDR4-2667
16GB DDR4-2400MHz
16 GB DDR4 2133
16GB DDR4 2133
64GB DDR4 2400
SSD
256GB M.2 SSD
128GB SATA3 SSD
256GB Samsung SM951 NVMe
256GB M.2 SSD
256GB
256GB (M.2)
512GB M.2 SSD
256GB
(2) 512GB Samsung SM951 NVMe, RAID 0
HDD
1TB 7200 RPM
1TB 5400RPM HDD
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000
1TB 7200RPM HDD
1TB 7200 RPM
1TB 7200RPM
1TB 7200RPM
1TB 7200 RPM
1TB 7200 RPM HGST Travelstar 7K1000
1TB HGST Travelstar 7K1000
Optical
DVD Writer
Blu-Ray Writer
Networking
Qualcomm Atheros QCNFA344A, RJ-45 LAN port
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet; Intel 8260 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, Bluetooth v4
Killer E2400, Killer N1535 2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
RJ-45 LAN, Killer Wireless AC-1535
Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265, Bluetooth v4.2
Killer Wireless AC-1535, Killer LAN Chip
Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1 +LE
Realtek Gigabit Ethernet, Intel 7265 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0
Killer Gaming Network E2400, Killer N1535 2x2 Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1
Video Ports
(1) HDMI 2.0
(1) Mini-DisplayPort 1.2, (1) HDMI 1.4
(1) HDMI 2.0, (2) Mini DisplayPort
(1) Mini-DisplayPort, (1) HMDI 2.0
Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port, Mini DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI 2.0
(1) DisplayPort, (1) HDMI 2.0
(1) HDMI 2.0, (2) Mini DisplayPort 1.3
(1) HDMI 2.0, (1) Mini DisplayPort 1.3
(1) HDMI 2.0 (1) VGA
(1) Mini-DisplayPort, (1) HDMI 2.0
(1) Mini-DisplayPort, (1) HDMI
USB Ports
(1) USB 3.0, (1) USB 2.0 x 2
(1) USB 3.1 Type-C Gen2, (3) USB 3.0
(3) USB 3.0, (1) USB 3.1 Type-C
(1) Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, (3) USB 3.0
(2) USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Type-C, Thunderbolt 3 Type-C
(1) Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, (4) USB 3.0
(2) USB 3.0, (1) USB 3.1 Type-C
(1) USB 3.1 via Type-C, (4) USB 3.0, (1) Thunderbolt 3 via Type-C
(1) USB 3.1 Type-C, (3) USB 3.0
(1) Thunderbolt 3 Type-C, (3) USB 3.0
(1) Thunderbolt 3, (5) USB 3.0
Audio
(2) Speaker, Predator TrueHarmony high-performance sound system, Headphone/speaker/line-out jack
(2) 2W Speakers, (1) 3.5mm Head/Mic Combo
Asus SonicMaster Technology
(4) Speakers, (1) Headphone, (1) Mic
Alienware Sound Center, 2.0 Speaker Configuration, Headphone input, Microphone input, S/PDIF (digital) input, Line-in
(2) 2W Speakers, (1) Headphone, (1) Mic
Realtek ALC 255, Integrated Subwoofer, 3.5mm Headphone/Mic
(2) 2 watt speaker, (2) 2 watt woofer, Microphone, ESS Sabre Audio Hi-Fi DAC, Aorus Audio Technology, Microphone In, S/PDIF Out
(2) 2W Speakers, (1) Headphone (SPDIF), (1) Mic
(2) 2W Speakers, (1) Head/Mic Combo
(2) 3W Speakers w/5W Subwoofer, (1) Headphone, (1) Mic
Camera
HD (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
1.2MP 720p
HD Web Camera
1080 @ 30fps
2.0 megapixel built-in web camera
720p w/Mic
Full HD 1920x1080
2.0 Megapixel FHD Camera
720p w/Mic
1.2MP 720p
1080p @ 60fps
Battery
4-cell, 48 Whr
64Wh 4-Cell
62Wh, 4-cell lithium ion battery
57Wh 3-Cell
99Wh
8-Cell Li-ion (6000 mAH)
4900mAh Lithium Ion, 74.48Wh
94.24Wh Li Polymer
75.81Wh Li-poly
76Wh 4-Cell Li-ion
75Wh 8-Cell
Power Adapter
180W
180W
230W
180W
330W
230W
240W
265W
180W
180W
330W
Operating System
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Dimensions (WxDxH)
15.35 x 10.47 x 1.5 inches
15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92"
15.40 x 10.50 x 1.20"
14.96 x 9.80 x 0.69"
15.3 x 12 x 1 in
16.7 x 12.7 x 1.56-1.6"
16.06x 11.63 x 1.07"
16.9 x 12 x 0.9 - 1 inches
16.42 x 11.46 x 1.13"
16.34 x 11.02 x 0.94"
16.85 x 12.36 x 1.66-2.52"
Weight
5.95 lbs
4.8lbs
4.9lbs
3.96lbs
7.69lbs
9.26lbs
9.04lbs
7.05 lbs
6.6lbs
5.95lbs
8.59lbs
Other
Backlit red keyboard with dedicated numeric keypad, Precision touchpad, SD card reader, Kensington lock
3-in-1 Card Reader, Kensington Lock
Backlit keyboard, Card reader (SD/MMC), Kensington Lock
SD (XC / HC) Card Reader
Alienware TactX keyboard with AlienFX, Noble Lock
SD Card Reader
Backlit Keyboard w/Numpad, Kensington Lock
Island-style Aorus RGB Fusion Keyboard with per-key backlit control, Individual macro keys, Kensington lock
SD Card Reader
SD Card Reader, Kensington lock
SD (XC/HC) Card Reader
Price (as configured)
$1,100
$1,400
$1,699
$1,800
$2,450
$2,000
$2,799
$2,899
$1,700
$1,400
$3,600

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