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​Best Gaming Laptops 2017

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We review the best gaming laptops for 2017

September 2017

We have reviewed the best gaming laptops for 2017 in this ultimate buyers guide, if you're looking for a new portable gaming machine then you NEED to read this guide first.

A few years ago, you would be crazy to try and play a "real" game on a laptop. But, times have changed, modern gaming laptops are able to run the best PC games at stable frame rates some models can even handle everything maxxed out in 4K and can handle VR.

These days you can find gaming laptops that are able to run the best PC games at stable frame rates some models can even handle everything in 4K.

A few years ago, you would be crazy to try and play "real" game on a laptop. But, times have changed with high spec gaming laptops being produced by Dell, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte and HP.

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​Best Gaming ​Laptops of 2017

Make / Model

Editors Choice Award

3DMARK Fire Strike Score

Editor Rating

Best Gaming Laptop 2017

18421

18421

Best Value HD

12514

Best Screen

11323

​12,514

Best 17" Laptop

14352

14352

​​​Razer Blade​​​

Best 14" Laptop

14120

14120

​​​Gigabyte Aero 14​​​

Best Mid-range

11625

Best Value

10344

Best Budget

5200

Gigabyte SabrePro 15

Best Value 15" Laptop

9466

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We have put hours of research and testing into this gaming notebook buyer guide of the 10 best gaming laptops available in 2017. Below we review high spec ​portable machines by Dell, Asus, Alienware, Gigabyte and HP.

We have put hours of research and testing into this gaming laptop buyer guide of the 10 best gaming laptops available in 2017.

​Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

The Best Laptop for Gaming 2017

The best money can buy

​The best money can buy, the thinnest fastest gaming laptop out there, this hardware is for serious gamers only! 

The best money can buy, the thinnest fastest gaming laptop out there this is the hardware a serious gamer needs.

Due to hardware cooling restraints, usually when you have to choose a gaming notebook you have to pick between thin and less powerful or thick and more powerful. Typically you’d never be able to have the best of both worlds. Enter the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501,  a gaming notebook that is both thin and powerful. Asus has managed to pull off an amazingly designed thin gaming notebook that has bags of power for the latest games.

Due to hardware cooling restraints, usually when you have to choose a gaming laptop you have to pick between thin and less powerful or thick and more powerful. Typically you’d never be able to have the best of both worlds. Enter the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501,  a gaming laptops that is both thin and powerful. Asus has managed to pull off an amazingly designed thin gaming laptop that has bags of power for the latest games.

image of the asus ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK 2011 GPU SCORE

​24487

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

​18421

​CPU - Intel Core i7-7700HQ

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​4131

​CPU - Intel Core i7-7700HQ

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

​12976

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming notebook. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming laptop. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus is setting the standard for thin and powerful gaming notebook and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming ​notebook with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

All in all, the Asus ROG Zephyrus tends to set a high bar for thin and powerful gaming laptops and is able to deliver a quiet operation with exceptional performance and a design which has been deemed to be truly innovative. If you’re after a powerful thin gaming laptop with an excellent display we highly recommend the Asus ROG Zephyrus.

PROS

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    ​Uber powerful, beast of a machine
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    ​Quiet and innovative cooling
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    ​Looks amazing
    ⦁    Quiet and innovative cooling
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    ​Excellent speakers and display


    ⦁    Excellent speakers and display

CONS

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    ​Battery life sucks
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    ​Not a fan of the keyboard layout
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    ​No SD card slot

​Asus ROG Strix GL502

The Best Value HD Laptop

Best Value HD Gaming Laptop
Asus ROG Strix GL502

​In the race for the thinnest gaming notebook, we have found many contenders competing for the top spot. Even though it might seem tempting to get the best of both worlds, very few manufacturers have managed to achieve this goal. However, the Asus ROG Strix has managed to strike the perfect balance between power and portability. Beyond measurements and parts, this ​notebook has managed to deliver on all fronts with snappy inputs, style, and a colorful display screen.

In the race for the thinnest gaming notebook, we have found many contenders competing for the top spot. Even though it might seem tempting to get the best of both worlds, very few manufacturers have managed to achieve this goal. However, the Asus ROG Strix has managed to strike the perfect balance between power and portability. Beyond measurements and parts, this laptop has managed to deliver on all fronts with snappy inputs, style, and a colorful display screen.

​Asus ROG Strix GL502

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

12514

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​3383

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

12559

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

In recent times, Asus appears to have been slowly edging away from their trademark all-black design with red graphics, which is a common design for most gaming laptops. The notebook has an orange trim around the all-black paint job, thus making the laptop look all the more eye-catching and unique. Even though this is not a major upgrade from the copper and titanium design, at least it’s a small step towards a change in design.

The chassis is now made from plastic, yes... plastic.

While this might seem heart-breaking at first, wipe away those tears. Asus decided to go for plastic as it’s perfect for a gaming notebookwhich often runs hot when gaming. Thanks to the efficient cooling system the fan rarely becomes painfully loud and due to the plastic design the laptop is never too hot to handle.

In recent times, Asus appears to have been slowly edging away from their trademark all-black design with red graphics, which is a common design for most gaming laptops. This laptop has an orange trim around the all-black paint job, thus making the laptop look all the more eye-catching and unique. Even though this is not a major upgrade from the copper and titanium design, at least it’s a small step towards a change in design.

The chassis is now made from plastic, yes plastic.

While this might seem heart-breaking at first, wipe away those tears. Asus decided to go for plastic as it’s perfect for a gaming laptop which often runs hot when gaming. Thanks to the efficient cooling system the fan rarely becomes painfully loud and due to the plastic design the laptop is never too hot to handle.

Asus are breaking new ground with a gaming laptop that is just 1.79cm thick. Not only is that extremely thin for a gaming laptop, but even if you compare the laptop to none gaming notebooks it’s still slimmer than traditional notebooks that are available on the market today. Asus has achieved the thin designed by incorporating a high-air chamber cooling system that gives this ultra-thin gaming laptop the cooling properties of a much thicker machine. In terms of design, Asus has gone for a distinctly squared-off design with a metal chassis. All that being said, it looks like something from the future and we loved the laptops design and performance.

​The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

The Asus Stix laptop is a full HD gaming machine, thanks to its excellent built in speakers and the vibrant screen (excellent color depth).

PROS

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    ​Capability to accommodate full HD gaming
    ⦁    Capability to accommodate full HD gaming

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    ​Excellent screen color depth
    ⦁    Excellent screen color depth
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    ​Powerful speakers
    ⦁    Powerful speakers

CONS

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    ​Poor battery life
    ⦁    Poor battery life


Alienware 13 R3 (OLED)

The Best Screen

Alienware 13 R3

In the past couple of years, gamers all over the world have seen Alienware introduce some truly godlike, high-class gaming laptops with wonderful features and unique designs. So, with the introduction of Alienware 13 R3, this has been regarded as one of the thinnest gaming notebooks available today.

In the past couple of years, gamers all over the world have seen Alienware introduce some truly godlike, high-class gaming laptops with wonderful features and unique designs. So, with the introduction of Alienware 13 R3, this has been regarded as one of the thinnest gaming laptops which could be found today.

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

11323

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Processor

 i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

3686

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Processor

 i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

13116

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​This is the feature where this Alienware notebook seems to falter which is actually quite a shame. Even though reports from official sources have suggested that battery life has been bumped up, unfortunately testing did not back up this claim. We only managed to get 4 hours and 30 minutes out the battery when we were using the laptop at a bare minimum.

This is the feature where this Alienware notebook seems to falter which is actually quite a shame. Even though reports from official sources have suggested that battery life has been bumped up, unfortunately testing did not back up this claim. We only managed to get 4 hours and 30 minutes out the battery when we were using the laptop at a bare minimum.

The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming laptop. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

PROS

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    ​A gorgeous OLED screen
    ⦁    A gorgeous OLED screen

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    ​Improved hinge-forward design
    ⦁    Improved hinge-forward design

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    ​Impressive performance-per-inch
    ⦁    Impressive performance-per-inch
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    ​The entry models have been priced in a competitive range
    ⦁    The entry models have been priced in a competitive range
    ⦁    Impressive performance-per-inch

CONS

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    ​Would not fit in several bags
    ⦁    Would not fit in several bags

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    ​Battery life sucked... again

​Razer Blade Pro 4K

The Best 17" Laptop

Between traditional laptops and gaming ones, there has always been a stark distinction – something which even amateurs would be able to point out. But, thanks to the introduction of the Razer Blade Pro, this one has managed to prove that power like a desktop could also be provided in a light and thin package. It's overclocked Core i7 CPU coupled with the Nvidia 1080 graphics card makes the Razer Blade a superior gaming machine, with enough power to replace a high end desktop PC.

Between traditional laptops and gaming ones, there has always been a stark distinction – something which even amateurs would be able to point out. But, thanks to the introduction of the Razer Blade Pro, this one has managed to prove that power like a desktop could also be provided in a light and thin package. Considered to be a superior gaming machine, this could practically replace any high-tech desktop out there.

Razer Blade Pro 4k

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

​14120

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​5488

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

​18398

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

The Razer Blade Pro has a 99WHr rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. While this might sound quite impressive, this has also not been found to be sufficient to boost the battery life. Despite reducing the brightness of screen and keeping your tasks to a bare minimum, you would barely be able to get four hours of usage. After that, there is no way that you could possibly make it run any longer.

The Razer Blade Pro has a 99WHr rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery. While this might sound quite impressive, this has also not been found to be sufficient to boost the battery life. Despite reducing the brightness of screen and keeping your tasks to a bare minimum, you would barely be able to get four hours of usage. After that, there is no way that you could possibly make it run any longer.
The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming laptop. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

​Therefore, the Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.

So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

Therefore, this gaming laptop from Razer could arguably be considered to be one of the best desktop replacement that you would be able to carry around. From the perspective of comfort and power, we have found ourselves to feel right at home from the very beginning. This is because this laptop would be vibrant and roomy for any kind of production work that you would require.
So, if a gorgeous quality, portability, incredible keyboard, and build quality would be some of the main determining factors for your next buy, then the Razer Blade Pro would be absolute value for your money.

PROS

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    ​Hardware that is fully loaded
    ⦁    Hardware that is fully loaded

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    ​Termed to be one of the first truly mechanical “laptop keyboard"
    ⦁    Termed to be one of the first truly mechanical “laptop keyboard”

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    ​Placement of the starboard trackpad
    ⦁    Placement of the starboard trackpad

CONS

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    ​Priced very high
    ⦁    Priced very high

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    ​Battery life is less than five hours
    ⦁    Battery life is less than five hours


​Razer Blade

The Best 14" Laptop

Best 14" Gaming Laptop

​In the gaming laptop scene, you would find Razer to be in an enviably good position. The previous 14-inch gaming ​notebooks produced by this company seem to have fared pretty well. That is why it would not come as a surprise that this latest version seems to have incorporated all the previous features and improved the glitches in order to introduce something absolutely bang for your buck.

In the gaming laptop scene, you would find Razer to be in an enviably good position. The previous 14-inch gaming laptops produced by this company seem to have fared pretty well. That is why it would not come as a surprise that this latest version seems to have incorporated all the previous features and improved the glitches in order to introduce something absolutely bang for your buck.

Razer Blade Laptop

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

​14120

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​5488

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

​18398

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​The Razer Blade seems to have come to be regarded as one of the most respected gaming ​notebooks in terms of battery life. Hence, we were able to see an increase of 30 minutes, which means that the total battery life would last you around 4 hours and 8 minutes when you would be operating the laptop at a brightness of 50%.

The Razer Blade seems to have come to be regarded as one of the most respected gaming laptops in terms of battery life. Hence, we were able to see an increase of 30 minutes, which means that the total battery life would last you around 4 hours and 8 minutes when you would be operating the laptop at a brightness of 50%.
The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming laptop. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

Even though the 2017 version of this notebook seems to be longer lasting and stronger than the previous year’s, it would be nice to see more original features being incorporated in it. In addition, even though the high price tag might be justifiable to some extent, better gaming notebooks are available in the market currently.

PROS

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    ​Stronger performance for games
    ⦁    Stronger performance for games
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    ​More durable battery life
    ⦁    More durable battery life

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    ​4K Display (optional)

CONS

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    ​Track pad buttons can be a pain

​Gigabyte Aero 14

The Best Mid-range

Best Midrange Gaming Laptop
Gigabyte Aero 14

​When the topic comes to thin gaming notebooks, you would not find Gigabyte to be a stranger to this concept. That is why with its latest offering, it has promised to deliver ultra-thin and affordable gaming notebook of your dreams. Equipped with Intel’s latest quad-core processor, a 3K screen, massive battery, and GTX 1060 graphics chip from Nvidia – there is not anything more that you could ask for.

When the topic comes to thin gaming notebooks, you would not find Gigabyte to be a stranger to this concept. That is why with its latest offering, it has promised to deliver ultra-thin and affordable gaming notebook of your dreams. Equipped with Intel’s latest quad-core processor, a 3K screen, massive battery, and GTX 1060 graphics chip from Nvidia – there is not anything more that you could ask for.
image of a gigabyte aero 14 gaming laptop

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

11625

11625

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​4242

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ i7 6700HQ Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

​12793

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​The thing with Gigabyte laptops is that they have always managed to attain that classic and traditional simple look. It would be because of this reason that the Aero 14 has managed to look straight up stylish. This is thanks to the lid option which is fully orange, along with a lime green version as well. On the other hand, people who would like to maintain a low profile would easily be able to opt for the simple black paint with an orange stripe.


You would also find the interior of the laptop to be quite different than what would usually be offered by Gigabyte. The keys have been found to be noticeably bigger with more spaces being added between them. The key switches would offer firm resistance when you would be typing and would also feel slightly bouncy.

The biggest claim to fame for this laptop would be all the hardware which has been inserted inside. Despite all this, it has been found to be very light. As a result, this would be a luxury that we would not be able to find in majority of the notebooks. It would also be because of this reason that we really enjoy having the freedom to tilt the screen back as much as we would like.

The thing with Gigabyte laptops is that they have always managed to attain that classic and traditional simple look. It would be because of this reason that the Aero 14 has managed to look straight up stylish. This is thanks to the lid option which is fully orange, along with a lime green version as well. On the other hand, people who would like to maintain a low profile would easily be able to opt for the simple black paint with an orange stripe.
You would also find the interior of the laptop to be quite different than what would usually be offered by Gigabyte. The keys have been found to be noticeably bigger with more spaces being added between them. The key switches would offer firm resistance when you would be typing and would also feel slightly bouncy.
The biggest claim to fame for this laptop would be all the hardware which has been inserted inside. Despite all this, it has been found to be very light. As a result, this would be a luxury that we would not be able to find in majority of the notebooks. It would also be because of this reason that we really enjoy having the freedom to tilt the screen back as much as we would like.

Asus are breaking new ground with a gaming laptop that is just 1.79cm thick. Not only is that extremely thin for a gaming laptop, but even if you compare the laptop to none gaming notebooks it’s still slimmer than traditional notebooks that are available on the market today. Asus has achieved the thin designed by incorporating a high-air chamber cooling system that gives this ultra-thin gaming laptop the cooling properties of a much thicker machine. In terms of design, Asus has gone for a distinctly squared-off design with a metal chassis. All that being said, it looks like something from the future and we loved the laptops design and performance.

​There is no doubt ​Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

There is no doubt that gaming laptops from Gigabyte have always managed to offered superb performance which could be packed in a portable and thin package. That is why it was good to see that Aero 14 was also no different. As a result, it has managed to stand above its counterparts with better numbers in benchmarks; that too at an affordable price.

PROS

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    Thin design and lightweight
    ⦁    Thin design and lightweight

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    ​Well priced, good value for money
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    ​190 degree display hinge

CONS

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    ​Bad battery life again
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    ​Full of bloatware

​Alienware 17 R4​​​

The Best Value

With so many options being available in the market, it can sometimes become difficult about which ​notebook you should go for. In that case, you can give a thought to Alienware 17 R4. Termed to be a “magnificent monster”, you would find it to be decked out in LEDs and in terms of performance, it has been found to be top-notch as well. All this could be found at a price which has been termed to be highly affordable and satisfactory.

With so many options being available in the market, it can sometimes become difficult about which gaming laptop you should go for. In that case, you can give a thought to Alienware 17 R4. Termed to be a “magnificent monster”, you would find it to be decked out in LEDs and in terms of performance, it has been found to be top-notch as well. All this could be found at a price which has been termed to be highly affordable and satisfactory.

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

10344

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

5151

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ ​i7-7820HK Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

17389

​Technical Specifications

This time Logitech has made it onto ​our list of the best gaming mice with its G900 Chaos Spectrum. This is one of the very few gaming mice that has the ability to go head-on against the Razer Ouroborus and the Asus ROG Spatha gaming mouse, the competition is based on price as well as the features that the mouse has to offer.

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​Where the battery life is concerned, that is where the actual woes begin. No matter how much of a stellar performance this laptop would be able to provide, it would only last you a mere 2 hours and 13 minutes. Even though this is regarded as the average running time, we feel that it has paled out compared to the other average and mediocre gaming notebooks.

Where the battery life is concerned, that is where the actual woes begin. No matter how much of a stellar performance this laptop would be able to provide, it would only last you a mere 2 hours and 13 minutes. Even though this is regarded as the average running time, we feel that it has paled out compared to the other average and mediocre gaming notebooks.

The only unimpressive part of the Asus laptop is its battery life which is a maximum of 2 hours. No matter how well we tried to optimize the operation system or how few applications we had running, it was impossible to squeeze more than 2 hours battery life out of the laptop, which is pretty poor for a modern laptop, even if it is a gaming laptop. This is definitely something you need to factor in if your often traveling or away from a power point.

Enter your ​Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

Therefore, if you are on the lookout for a good and stable 17-inch gaming notebook on the market, then this one would undoubtedly be a good buy. That being said, this would seem like a pretty good replacement for a compact desktop. However, it would not be suitable for people who would find themselves to be always on the run.

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    ​Looks great
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    ​Extremely powerful
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    ​Loads of configuration options

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    ​Battery life is not great
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    ​Fans are loud

Dell Inspiron 15 7000

The Best Budget

Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming

​Where gaming laptops are concerned, you would be able to find them to be in two opposite spectrums. On the one hand, you would find all the high-end ones. On the other, you would find the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming. This has been made specifically for those people who would want a capable and affordable ​portable gaming machine.

Where gaming laptops are concerned, you would be able to find them to be in two opposite spectrums. On the one hand, you would find all the high-end ones. On the other, you would find the Dell Inspiron 15 Gaming. This has been made specifically for those people who would want a capable and affordable gaming laptop.
As a result, we have found this one to deliver on almost every aspect which would be included in an affordable gaming laptop.

image of a dell Inspiron 15 7000 gaming laptop

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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

​GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

​5200

​CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7820HK Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

​5028

​CPU - ​Intel® Core™ ​i7-7820HK Processor

Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

​19942

​Technical Specifications

If you ask a professional gamer, he/she would typically never suggest the best gaming mouse would have several buttons, especially, in the thumb rest area. Having an array of buttons can make it harder for gamers to distinguish between the buttons with touch alone and can be a hindrance when it comes to gripping around the mouse. The choice and preferences will definitely vary from person to person and honestly speaking we have heard several gamers say that their gaming performance is much better when using a mouse with multiple buttons. The buttons can help them multi-task and keep their fingers on the keyboard where they are supposed to be.

As far as aesthetics are concerned, you would find this laptop to be so red that it might even blind you momentarily. However, when you get back to normal, you would also agree that this would be one of its most eye-catching features. The palm rest and keyboard deck has been made black with red color accents on the keyboard. All this would be complete with a red backlight. As for those people who would like to go with a more subtle look, an all-black variant has also been made.
Weighing only six pounds and just being an inch thick, anyone and everyone would be able to tell that you are carrying a Dell laptop in your backpack.
Other than all this, we would also like to point out that the hinge on this laptop would undoubtedly be the best hinge that has been used by us in a while.

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​In this budget-friendly gaming notebook, it uses the latest entry-level graphics processor from Nvidia. Even beyond performance in terms of gaming, there would be no denying the fact that this would be an all-out workhouse. During our testing period, there was never a time when we felt that the processor was being pushed to its limits. In terms of cooling the machine, it was found that the fans did a fairly good job. However, we found the colors on the screen to be muted and dull. Also, the sounds could sometimes get muted or bogged down despite the speakers located at various places.


In this budget-friendly gaming notebook, it uses the latest entry-level graphics processor from Nvidia. Even beyond performance in terms of gaming, there would be no denying the fact that this would be an all-out workhouse. During our testing period, there was never a time when we felt that the processor was being pushed to its limits. In terms of cooling the machine, it was found that the fans did a fairly good job. However, we found the colors on the screen to be muted and dull. Also, the sounds could sometimes get muted or bogged down despite the speakers located at various places.

When you glance over the specifications of this laptop on paper, you would typically assume that it’s going to be loud and noisy. But, you could not be further from the truth and much to our amazement, despite its thin form factor, it tends to run more quietly than most of the other gaming laptops we reviewed. When you’re not gaming and browsing the web and performing normal desktop tasks the laptop is virtually silent.

​Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

Thus, despite everything that Dell has to offer in this notebook, there is no denying the fact that it is in need of a major upgrade. However, it does do an excellent job of the everyday needs of computing while also keeping up with the demands of computer games.

PROS

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    ​Battery life has been found to be stellar
    ⦁    Battery life has been found to be stellar

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    ​Gaming setup which has been deemed to be super affordable
    ⦁    Gaming setup which has been deemed to be super affordable

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    Older, but high quality sensor

CONS

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    ​Track pad is very sensitive

HP Omen 17

​Even though it might sound crazy to call a two grand gaming notebook a steal, you would definitely change your mind when you come across HP Omen 17. With G-Sync and 4K display, it could not be regarded as a budget laptop. However, when you begin to see the things that it can do, the price would seem like downright bargain. In other words, this deal seems to be too good to believe.

Even though it might sound crazy to call a two grand gaming notebook a steal, you would definitely change your mind when you come across HP Omen 17. With G-Sync and 4K display, it could not be regarded as a budget laptop. However, when you begin to see the things that it can do, the price would seem like downright bargain. In other words, this deal seems to be too good to believe.
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Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

12994

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

4179

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

11778

​Technical Specifications

  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​In terms of design for gaming notebooks, you would find this to be designed in a conservative manner. Even though it looks and feels pretty durable, it does not in nay way feel like a premium laptop. This is because this laptop is plastic throughout and there would be no doubt about it. As for the keyboard, the keys were found to be responsive and yielding, but nothing worth raving about.


The other main two drawbacks of the design are its hinges and trackpad. Despite the metallic finish, it was found to be tacky. However, the most impressive thing about all of this was its quite operation. Despite the fact that it gets hot, you would never feel that it would not be something that you would be able to handle.

As for the weight, it does not come in light. It would also be more noticeable when you would pack it in your bag and sling it over your shoulder.

In terms of design for gaming notebooks, you would find this to be designed in a conservative manner. Even though it looks and feels pretty durable, it does not in nay way feel like a premium laptop. This is because this laptop is plastic throughout and there would be no doubt about it. As for the keyboard, the keys were found to be responsive and yielding, but nothing worth raving about.
The other main two drawbacks of the design are its hinges and trackpad. Despite the metallic finish, it was found to be tacky. However, the most impressive thing about all of this was its quite operation. Despite the fact that it gets hot, you would never feel that it would not be something that you would be able to handle.
As for the weight, it does not come in light. It would also be more noticeable when you would pack it in your bag and sling it over your shoulder.

Asus are breaking new ground with a gaming laptop that is just 1.79cm thick. Not only is that extremely thin for a gaming laptop, but even if you compare the laptop to none gaming notebooks it’s still slimmer than traditional notebooks that are available on the market today. Asus has achieved the thin designed by incorporating a high-air chamber cooling system that gives this ultra-thin gaming laptop the cooling properties of a much thicker machine. In terms of design, Asus has gone for a distinctly squared-off design with a metal chassis. All that being said, it looks like something from the future and we loved the laptops design and performance.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.

This laptop has overcome its shortcomings with its affordable price point and powerful performance. All in all, this would definitely be a trade that you would be willing to make.

PROS

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    ​Affordable price point
    ⦁    Affordable price point

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    ​G-Sync and 4G display
    ⦁    G-Sync and 4G display
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    Vivid display
    ⦁    G-Sync and 4G display

CONS

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    ​The build resembles plastic
    ⦁    The build resembles plastic

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    ​Large laptop

Gigabyte SabrePro 15

The Best Value 15"

However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.

Gigabyte SabrePro 15

However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.

Hardware

​Benchmark

​Score

GPU - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070

​3DMARK FIRE STRIKE

9466

9,466

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Single-core

4630

4,630

CPU - Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ

7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz-3.8GHz)
Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ
Intel Core i7-7700HQ

​GeekBench Multi-core

4224

4,224

​Technical Specifications

However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.
  • ​DESIGN
  • ​PERFORMANCE
  • ​BATTERY LIFE

​Even though you would find this laptop to fall under the affordable price range, you would be surprised to know that it has outperformed all the other notebooks in this category. Other than that, we were also impressed by the feature of playing on Ultra settings which would allow us to enjoy a silky smooth gameplay experience of 60 fps.


In terms of performance, the downside is that Gigabyte did not manage to bring down the noise of the fan. This would mean that when it would be running at full tilt, you might feel that a hairdryer has been placed right next to your ear.

Even though you would find this laptop to fall under the affordable price range, you would be surprised to know that it has outperformed all the other notebooks in this category. Other than that, we were also impressed by the feature of playing on Ultra settings which would allow us to enjoy a silky smooth gameplay experience of 60 fps.
In terms of performance, the downside is that Gigabyte did not manage to bring down the noise of the fan. This would mean that when it would be running at full tilt, you might feel that a hairdryer has been placed right next to your ear.

When you glance over the specifications of this laptop on paper, you would typically assume that it’s going to be loud and noisy. But, you could not be further from the truth and much to our amazement, despite its thin form factor, it tends to run more quietly than most of the other gaming laptops we reviewed. When you’re not gaming and browsing the web and performing normal desktop tasks the laptop is virtually silent.

​The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a ​laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

The thought of having to pay almost $2,000 for a gaming laptop would make any sane person pause. That is why the Gigabyte SabrePro would come as a refreshing change thanks to its affordable price. Even though it does not have the build quality that you would be able to find in other laptops, this definitely will be able to give you a good performance. All that being said, this would be one of the most affordable and powerful gaming notebooks that you would be able to buy today.

PROS

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    ​Priced affordably
    ⦁    Priced at an affordable range

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    ​Leading-class performance
    ⦁    Leading-class performance
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    ​Excellent touchpad and keyboard
    ⦁    Excellent touchpad and keyboard

CONS

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    ​Battery life has been deemed below average
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    ​Underwhelming display and speakers
    ⦁    Underwhelming display and speakers

​Congratulations, you made it the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops of 2017. Hopefully this ​has helped you make your mind up, and given you enough information to make a smart and informed purchase decision. ​But if you have any questions, feel free to ask us on twitter @BlizzGZ_

About the Author Olivia Huntington

Hey You Guys! (Sorry I can't resist a good Goonies reference), as you may have guessed I'm a child of the 80's. I've grown up playing video games such as Doom, Quake, Quake 2 and Half-life which obviously lead me to a serious Counter Strike addiction.

P.S - everyone says I look like the new 2017 laura croft *not the 1996 lara!*

Thus, that brings us to the end of the review of the top 10 gaming laptops in 2107. Hopefully this would have armed you with enough information to make a smart and rational purchase decision at the end of the day. In addition, it should also have made you aware of the particular features and specifications that you should be keeping an eye out for.

Ever since Nvidia 10-series Pascal GPUs seem to have entered the scene, you would not have been able to find many powerful and affordable gaming notebooks. That being said, that would actually have been quite a bummer because you must have had a very hard time making your choice with the limited range that you had at disposal.
However, thanks to Gigabyte, they have managed to break this trend with this SabrePro 15. As its name would suggest, this would be a higher-end version of its budget-friendly version Sabre gaming notebook. In this 15-inch version, you would be able to get better graphics, faster processor, and an RGB keyboard. In addition, thanks to it being reasonably priced, you would also not have to worry about breaking the bank.