Top 5: Gaming Laptops
Once upon a time, gamers wouldn’t even consider a laptop for gaming purposes. Bu the landscape has changed and some power gamers actually prefer laptops over desktops. The obvious reason driving this preference is portability. One could always pick up their entire gaming platform and take it with them to play where ever they like. However, there are few caveats when looking to purchase a gaming laptop. For one, laptops aren’t as readily upgradable as their immobile desktop counter parts. So one needs to look for the innards that will serve them for at least a few years. Also, the games are evolving faster than the hardware it’s played on, so it’s almost vital that you choose the fastest processor, the best hard drive, the most memory and a top notch graphics card which will be able to render mind blowing graphics. All the gaming laptops we reviewed utilize the highest resolution in a large sized display format, which is great because unlike many cases, size does matter here. All of them carry a quad core processor, which is standard for gaming laptop these days, for incredible processing power. 8 GB of memory is plenty to move vast chunks of data from the hard drive to the processor. But considering that these days memory is dirt cheap and upgrading memory is hardly a hassle, the size of the installed memory should not be a major concern in your decision making. Just look for the number of available slots and the maximum amount memory a particular laptop will allow to be installed.
Our results and top picks have been nicely summarized in the table below. The side-by-side comparison of critical specifications will aid in a quick analysis. A member of Asus’s Republic of Gamers, which is ASUS’s flagship series of products take the top spot.
Laptop buying has considerably changed over the past few years. These days, one is not confined to a set and rigid configuration. Rather, every manufacturer gives a multitude of configuration options. Especially the Alienware line of gaming laptops from Dell are highly configurable. Our test cases that resulted in the ratings and rankings above was based on a typical starter configuration. The performance can undoubtedly be increased if more memory is thrown in, a SSD in used in lieu of a mechanical hard drive. But the most important aspect remains the build quality and the the CPU and even more important the GPU that drives the graphics within because after all these are gaming machines and the ability to deliver fully immersive and sensory experience depends on blindingly fast and superior graphics card. All the top 5 gaming laptops are top-notch and are able to deliver high impact gaming. At the end, what will determine your pick will most likely be the price point. The powerhouse that a gaming laptop is doesn’t come cheap. Therefore, consider warranty carefully and always look at getting extended warranty for investments of this kind.