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5 Best Gaming Laptops in 2019

Written by Izak Van Heerden
Laptops continue to enjoy popularity among serious gamers wanting to experience the best graphics, the most power, and the convenience of portability.
However, it is precisely because most gaming laptops offer decent graphics, decent power, and portability that it is possible to end up with a mediocre machine, one that seems good but will, ultimately, not adequately serve your needs.
For the absolute most bang for your buck, as the saying goes, you need to look for specific components in terms of hardware and connectivity.
5 Best Gaming Laptops Graphics Card
First, the gaming laptop must have a (decent) graphics card, preferably no less powerful than Nvidia’s GTX 1060. Although the GTX 1050 has a lot of CUDA cores, the quantity of which is most often the determining factor of what makes a good graphics card, the 1050s are often coupled with lower RAM and a less-powerful CPU.
For a better package, a laptop with a GTX 1060 is always the better choice as the secondary hardware components are better, and the graphics card will have more grunt.

Second, the CPU should be, at a minimum, the Intel core i7. Intel CPUs have always been produced in three tiers: the i3, the i5, and the i7. Although modern games rely on the graphics card more than they rely on a CPU, the CPU provides fast turn-on, better multi-tasking, and faster response times for keyboard and mouse input. Also ensure that your processor is of a recent generation. Coffee Lake is the 8th/9th generation of i7 processors. An older gen i7 could be even slower than an a newer generation i5.

5 Best Gaming Laptops USB Type C

Third, the computer should have a variety of connections. USB 3.0 ports are much faster than USB 2.0 ports. USB-C is mostly based on the USB 3.1 standard, providing speeds of up to 10 Gbps. Thunderbolt 3, which has a port nowadays similar to USB-C, goes even further and pumps through 40 Gbps, can drive two 4K monitors and can even connect to external GPUs.

Shoppers should ensure the laptop has Bluetooth connectivity for the connection of powerful speakers. Although WiFi connectivity will allow for wireless internet connectivity, a gaming laptop should have an Ethernet port for wired connectivity, which is both faster than wireless and more reliable. For virtual reality gaming, the computer should have at least four USB ports and two HDMI ports. Other optional ports include an SD port for SD or micro SD cards.

Do not underestimate the power of a hard drive on your system speed. Slow hard drives can drag your laptop down into the murky mud of slowness. In games, pauses may be experienced while new parts of the game are loaded. This could ruin the whole experience and be detrimental for you in multi play games. For raw speed nothing comes close to a SSD drive. The effect is almost the same as having a sizable chunk of RAM acting as a disk drive.

The Five We Recommend

ACER Predator Triton 700


When it comes to gaming laptops, Acer’s Triton 700 is not fooling around. Uninterested in meeting the minimum requirements, its GTX 1080 8GB graphics card will crush just about any graphics on the market, achieving up to 100 FPS on Destiny 2 at the highest settings. The Intel i7 CPU accompanies 32GB of RAM, and the 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution ensures crisp graphics.

   

The video card can be overclocked and is cooled by a massive fan visible under a gorilla glass track pad, situated above the keyboard (with configurable back lighting).

5 Best Gaming Laptops Acer Predator Triton 700

Perhaps the best thing about the Triton is its sleek size. It is a beast of a laptop, but still comes in a chassis only 0.7 inches thick.

. It is sleek, slim, and lightweight.

Pros

  • 1080 GTX card that can be overclocked
  • Ports for 3 external displays
  • 3 USB3 ports
  • Thunderbolt 3 port
  • generous 32GB RAM

Con

  • Track pad sitting above keyboard that can get somewhat uncomfortable

MSI GS65 Stealth

MSI laptops are known by their distinct, dragon-emblazoned crest. While older models have been thick, heavy objects, the newer ones–especially the GS65–are thin and sleek. At the same time, they are more than capable.

Coming in at almost half the price of the ACER above, the GS65’s i7 CPU offers six cores, and the 16GB RAM will handle a variety of programs competing for memory. It comes with Windows 10, and the number of connections ensure virtual-reality compatibility with Oculus and HTC Vive. The graphics card, an Nvidia GTX 1060, offers 6GB of dedicated video memory, enough for most games on the market. In terms of hardware, for anyone seeking top-of-the-line capabilities at a moderate price, the MSI GS65 will be difficult to beat.

Pros

  • Solid price-to-performance ratio
  • VR ready

Cons

  • Internal speaker might sound tinny to some ears

Note: WiFi speaker capability will rock the sound without taxing the hardware.

Razer Blade 15: World’s Smallest 15.6″ Gaming Laptop


As far as Razer is concerned, the age of the computing dinosaurs is an epoch best left far behind. Perhaps to emphasize this point, the Razer Blade 15 is marketed as the world’s smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop.

That said, the world’s smallest gaming laptop is not cobbled in any fashion. For instance, the Nvidia 1060 graphics card offers 6GB of dedicated video memory, and the i7, six-core CPU shrugs away hardware lag. The thin, aluminum uni-body feels much more solid than the typical, plastic, gaming laptops, and it is virtual-reality compatible with all the most current VR headsets.

Pros

  • Thin and lightweight
  • 1060 graphics card

Cons

  • 128GB SSD hard drive is on the small side

Alienware Gaming Laptop


Alienware is known for its attractive, futuristic beveled design. However, their laptops are also known for a price-to-performance ratio that maintains affordability with an emphasis on powerful hardware–where it matters, in this case, the graphics card.

This Alienware gaming laptop¬†offers an Nvidia 1070 with a standard 8GB of dedicated video memory. For fast performance, the 256 SSD hard drive offers enough solid-state storage. However, the laptop also offers a 1TB hard drive for archival-related storage. The i7 CPU blazes in at 3.8GHz–with Turbo boost, and the 1920 x 1080 screen sports an anti-glare coating. Combined with enough connections for any gaming setup, it is both virtual-reality ready and powerful enough to handle the most-demanding 360-degree games.

Pros

  • 1070 GPU
  • 3.8GHz CPU

Cons

  • Small size might need extra padding in a standard-size laptop case

Acer Predator Helios 300


Acer’s Predator Helios 300 is the little brother to the Triton 700, but it might take offense to being called “little.” For instance, it offers the same size screen as the Triton and the same 1920 x 1080 resolution. Additionally, the i7 CPU offers six cores of computing power, ensuring hardware lag is a non-issue. 16GB of RAM will handle most memory needs, and the 1060 GTX offers 6GB of dedicated video memory.

Although the Helios 300 only has two USB 3.0 slots, it does have two additional USB 2.0 ports, making it VR ready.

All things considered, it does not seem little in any fashion whatsoever. In fact, for price-conscious consumers, its price-versus-performance blend is the best.

Pros

  • Excellent price-to-performance ratio

Cons

  • Only two USB 3.0 ports

About the author

Izak Van Heerden

Izak has witnessed a couple of decades worth of changing tech. He hopes to make it a couple more until his conscience can be copied to a cyborg body.

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