Best Gaming Laptops of 2014
As far as gaming laptops are concerned, the platform of choice goes to consoles, but there are many people who wish to experience gaming at the best quality, and this means investing in the best laptop. Gaming laptops are also suitable for rendering, photo manipulation and video editing because they have powerful processors, a lot of memory and the best graphic cards with dedicated memory. Granted, Desktop computers might give you the extra oomph, but the fact that they are not portable is extremely inconvenient (no more LAN parties *sadface* ). Before you even phantom the idea of purchasing a gaming laptop, you should learn how to buy a gaming laptop.
The best gaming laptops are tweaked specifically for game performance, and this means the best graphic card on the market (at the moment the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M or the AMD Radeon HD 8870M). Battery life should not be one of your concerns, especially considering that games will instantly drain it, but you should worry about screen size and resolution: the bigger, the better. Here are the top 10 Gamin laptops, sorted from luxury to moderate, which can still command respect in the gaming field:
1. Alienware 18
The Alienware 18 is one of the best, if not the best, gaming laptops on the market. It will also suck your wallet dry because it costs approximately 4000 euros. Nevertheless, if you aren’t willing to make any compromises, this 18-inch monster is the best choice on the market. One of the best features of the Alienware 18 laptop is the fact that you can customize it. In other words, you can chose from
different components if you want to increase, or decrease performance. The cheapest Alienware is approximately 2200 euros, and the most expensive one is 4260 euros. For this amount of cash you will receive the immensely powerful Core i7-4930MX CPU, 512GB mSATA SSD and the GTX 780M SLI graphic card.
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The Good: highly costumizable, dual video cards, lots of RAM and storage space, beautiful design, powerful.
The Bad: quite bulky, primo parts are expensive, battery life is poor (which is not so bad considering it’s a gaming laptop)
2. Origin EON17-SLX
If you are searching for a high-end gaming laptop that has the best of everything in it, you will love the Origin EON17-SLX gaming laptop. It is equipped with an overclocked quad-core processor and SLI graphics. Just forget about the money for a second (even if we are talking about 4000$ for full specs) and concentrate on the specs: the NVidia GeForce GTX 680M graphic card combined with the overclocked Intel Core i7-3940XM quad-core processor will offer you the best gaming experience in the world.
If you’re planning on taking it somewhere with you, know that it weights 13 pounds. Unlike other contenders it looks amazing, and it sounds pretty good. Origin has inserted not one, but two NVidia GeForce GTX 680M GPUs, which made games like Alien vs. Predator work superbly, even in full HD quality.
The Good: beautiful for a gaming laptop, powerful, superb graphics, excellent customer service
The Bad: large, heavy, difficult to carry around, short battery life
Purchase link: here
We are not Alienware fanboys, but we did say that we will sort the laptops according to their price & performance, and, well, the Alienware 17 is the second most expensive gaming laptop on the market right now. If money is no concern, you might want to purchase this 1080 full HD, 17.3 inch laptop.
In many ways it is similar to its larger counterpart, the Alienware 18, which means that it is not the most portable device in the world. (aprox. 11.25 pounds). Nevertheless it’s a powerful and imposing gaming rig which you can customize and amaze with. On top of all this, it is beautiful, durable and reliable. If I had the cash I would definitely purchase an Alienware 17, especially after seeing how it works.
The Good: impressive 3D performance, Quad core Haswell processor, HD screen
The Bad: bulky, difficult to carry around, low battery life.
The Samsung Gamer Series 7 may not be the Prince Charming of gaming laptops, but it does its job well. Yes, it is huge and unnatractive, but it is full of high-end technology, like the Ivy Bride Core i-Series CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX675M graphic card. The best feature, however (which many other laptops lack), is the 1920×1080-pixel-resolution 17-inch display which creates spectacular images.
The keyboard is huge, spacious and it has the gaming keys lighted in different colors. So if you are planning on playing a lot, especially in the dark, you should know that the keyboard is extremely comfortable.
The Good: amazing performance for an acceptable price, fantastic screen quality, many ports, excellent for gaming
The Bad: quite heavy (nearly 9 pounds), a little ugly and bulky, and hard to move around
Finding a good gaming laptop is not difficult, but finding a good one for less than 2000 dollars, now that’s a challenge. Granted, there are plenty of decent gaming laptops on the market at the moment, for less than 2000 dollars, but most of them lack certain ceatures.
The CyberPower FangBook x7-200 has made no compromise in the performance department. It is equipped with an 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-3630QM and a Nvidia Gefore GTX 675MX graphic card.
As far as appearance is concerned, you can imagine that it’s not the best looking laptop on the market. It’s not the lightest either. Together with its adapter it weights approximately 11 pounds. While we do not like the ugly design and short battery life, considering its price, the CyberPower FangBook is one hell of a contestant, especially for gamers on a budget. The average price ranges from 1300$ to 1500-1600$ depending on the specs.
The Good: great performance for a decent amount of money, excellent storage, sounds good and has a good display quality
The Bad: ugly design, heavy, short battery life, no blu-ray and weird USB ports
6. Maingear Nomad 15 Ultimate
Maingear Nomat 15 Ultimate makes an interesting addition to an otherwise unremarkable chassis: its beautifully colored (black, plum, purple, white, vertigo, red, green etc) lids. As is the case with most gaming laptops it is difficult to move around (it is nearly 10.5 pounds heavy), but it packs quite a strong punch. The display has a 1920×1080 resolution, and matte-finish to prevent glare.
The Nomad 15 is also equipped with two 128GB solid-state drives (SSD) in SuperRAID. As far as the processor is concerned, it benefits from a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-3840QM quad-core processor, 16GB of RAM and the invidia GTX 680M graphic card, with an outstanding 4GB dedicated storage. Bottom line, whatever your game of choice, this laptop can run it with every little eye-popping detail.
The Good: screaming fast processor, decent graphic performance, beautiful display, interesting design
The Bad: very heavy, hard to move around, single graphics processor, short battery life
Purchase Link: here
7. Eurocom Scorpius Clevo P370EM
As far as the Eurocom Scorpius gaming laptop is concerned, everything is possible. Like the Alienware flagships, the Scorpius is also 100% costumizable, and this means that prices may vary vrom 1800$ to a wooping 7500$. We will review a laptop with the specs listed below. So it has one of the best processors, the Intel Core i7-392XM Extreme edition processor, the dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680M graphics card, and the SSD dual capacity drives. To be completely frank, we consider that the prices are a bit too much for a normal gamer, and the battery is a joke, it only lasts one hour and 10 minutes during a standard run.
The Good: high-resolution display, amazing performance, back-lit keyboard, well-placed ports and expansion options
The Bad: not very appealing hollow, plastic feel, useless battery, noisy fan, large and heavy
8. Novatech Elite N1724
The Novatech Elite N1724 is an absolute beast, with insanely high spec for a decent price. Unlike other gaming laptops it is actually beautiful, and manufacturers take pride in offering everything gamers will ever need in order to enjoy a seamless playing experience. Storage options come by way of a dual SSD/HDD with 128GB and 1TB respectively, which means more than enough space for media and games.
You can even customize it yourself for extra features, and the sound quality is excellent. Novatech is an award winning manufacturer with over 20 years of experience, so you can rest assured that your laptop will be of excellent quality. Also, if you have problems with it the tech support team will help you with everything you need.
The Good: insanely powerful, great price, extensive storage, great customer support
The Bad: bulky, difficult to transport
Purchase Link: here
For the first time a laptop manufacturer tried to bring some innovation in the world of gaming. Razer, mainly known for its keyboards and mice, has started to gain reputation in the laptop industry after releasing the Razer Blade 14 Inch laptop. This little beast has the power to support complex games, while also offering sufficient battery life in case you are on the road.
Granted, this may not be the first gaming laptop to have this feature, but it is definitely the first to pull it off. You can actually take it on the road, and not worry about pluging it in for 5-6 hours. Yes, you can play for 5-6 hours on it (unbelievable). As far as design goes, it is rather slim (it’s actually the thinnest gaming laptop on the market) and minimalist looking.
The Good: excellent for gaming on the go, powerful thanks to its processor and graphic card, more than 6 hour battery life
The Bad: has no Ethernet or optical drive
10. Chillblast Genesis 15
Fusion Genesis 7970 is the results of months of research and development in the industry, and it offers everything that a high-end gaming laptop should offer for seamless experience. The laptop is equipped with a full HD, non-reflective screen, a powerful Intel i7 3740QM quad-core processor, 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 memory and probably one of the fastest graphic cards on the planet, the Radeon 7970.
Unlike some of the previous models it is lighter (3.1kg) and easier to carry around, but it is the keyboard that will delight gamers. Its backlit for night-time playing board and the numerical keyboard is ideal for typing and gaming. Onkyo has provided with the soundsistem, and the sound card is THX certified for cinema-like experience.
The Good: full HD screen, comfortable keyboard, extremely powerful, reasonably priced gaming rig
The Bad: boring design, not very attractive
Purchase Link: here