Top Gaming Laptops

What to look for in gaming computers

If you’re an avid computer gamer, you already know that standard Mac and PC laptops don’t always come with the hardware you need to get the most out of your favorite pastime. Gaming computers have special requirements, including enhanced graphics cards, faster and more powerful processors and increased amounts of RAM. These add-ons enable you to play at high resolutions and enjoy all the latest game updates without loss of performance. Depending on the games you play, you may also want a specially designed gaming mouse, gaming keyboard, headset and joystick.

Here are our picks for the best gaming laptops:




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Alienware M18X

While the Alienware M18X has drawn some flak for its bulk and weight, and the inclusion of a mid-range graphics processor, this is a high-performing gaming laptop with plenty of high-end bells and whistles. It is Alienware’s top of the line models, and as such, you can expect excellent performance even when running the most media-rich applications at real-time speeds. The company specializes in gaming computers, and as such, you can rely on it to exceed your expectations no matter what games you play.

One of its most useful features is its RAM design. The amount of RAM available for use varies, depending on how many applications you are running and how demanding they are. The RAM is also configured to work in tandem with the processor and video card to deliver excellent performance time after time.

Alienware offers you loads of ways to customize your M18X, so if the factory specifications aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, you won’t have a problem adjusting the system to meet your preferences. That said, this machine is extremely powerful right out of the box, so few users report any kind of dissatisfaction.

Specifications:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
  • RAM: 6 GB DDR3, varies according to application demands
  • Hard drive: 750 GB
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Asus G74SX

While this gaming laptop has a huge amount of RAM, an enormous hard drive and a top-of-the-line graphics card, it does not support live chat features, which is seen by many as a major drawback. Lots of gamers like to chat with fellow players during a gaming session, or trade secrets in chat rooms and online forums while gaming in the background. If you want these features, you might find yourself a little dissatisfied with the overall performance.

However, the company has a reputation for building some of the best computer hardware and PC laptops in the world, and this flagship gaming model is very powerful and reliable. Its generous 12 GB of RAM is one of the largest amounts of standard random access memory you can get, and provides superior performance and years of reliability.

Specifications:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M, supported by the DirectX11 quad-core processor
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
  • RAM: 12 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 1.5 TB
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Battalion 101 X7200

With a hard drive checking in at a relatively modest 500 GB, this computer may not provide enough storage for all your media if you want to keep it all in one place. However, for the price, this gaming laptop delivers outstanding graphics on its generously sized monitor. It also features one of the largest screens, fastest processors and top graphics cards on the market.

Specifications:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 760
  • RAM: 6 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 500 GB
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Toshiba Qosmio X500

The Toshiba Qosmio X500 scores excellent points for its powerful processor, generous RAM capabilities and top-of-the-line HD speakers. However, it suffers from its middle-of-the-road graphics card, and Toshiba is known for offering support services that leave something to be desired.

Specifications:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 1 TB @ 7200 RPM
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MSI GT683

The MSI GT683 has a high-end video card and tons of RAM and hard drive space, but suffers from poor customer support. However, for the price, this gaming laptop is a solid performer.

Specifications:

  • Video card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460M
  • Processor: Intel Core i7 2630QM
  • RAM: 12 GB DDR3
  • Hard drive: 1 TB @ 7200 RPM