Are you planning to buy a gaming laptop but couldn’t figure which one is the best out there, or which one is the right gaming laptop for you? I have listed here the top 10 best gaming laptops currently on the market, and all of them are powered with the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Haswell quad-core processors, with the latest generation of the discrete graphics cards. The gaming laptops below are built with gaming features that would meet the demands of every mobile gamer.
Honestly creating the list was a bit tough, because I have to put myself in the shoes of a gamer who wants to get the most out of his/her money. Although the gaming laptops below are the best, they do come with different features, sizes, designs, specifications, and prices. If you are on a tight budget, get the one that your budget can accommodate. But if budget is not your concern, getting the one with the highest specifications and features would, most of the time, be the best option.
You might be asking why only Haswell-powered gaming laptops? Why didn’t I include 3rd gen Ivy Bridge powered gaming laptops? The Intel Haswell processor is the latest generation of core processors out there. Honestly, their performance difference compared to the Ivy Bridge processors is not that big. But the Haswell processors are more power-efficient compared to the Ivy Bridge processors. To a Desktop PC, this might not have a huge impact, but for mobile users, it makes a difference.
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Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops
Asus G750JW and G750JX
The Asus G750 is Asus’ latest gaming laptop that is powered by the latest Intel Core i7 Haswell processor. Basically you can choose from G750JW and G750JX lineups. The JW being the mainstream units, while the JX is built with higher-end components. The more popular models from the Asus G750 gaming laptops are the Asus G750JW-DB71 and G750JX-DB71.
The Asus G750JW-DB71 features a 17.3-inch nontouch and nonglossy display. It is powered by an Intel Core i7 4700HQ Haswell Quad-Core processor, with 12GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of hard drive storage, and NVIDIA GTX 765M discrete graphics processor. Originally it was priced at $1,399, but right now you can get it for a discounted price of only $1,299.
Meanwhile the Asus G750JX-DB71 has the same 17.3-inch display, powered by the same Intel Core i7-4700HQ, but comes with a 16GB DDR3 memory, a more powerful NVIDIA GTX 770M discrete graphics processor and a 1TB hard drive storage with 256GB solid-state drive. Originally this unit was priced at $1,899, now its only $1,689. Between the two, this is definitely the way to go.
UPDATE: The next generation Asus ROG G750 powered with GTX 800M Series GPU is now available. This is the new best Asus G750’s gaming laptop. Check it out here: Asus ROG G750JZ, G750JS, G750JM GTX 800M-Powered Gaming Laptops
UPDATE 2:As of this month (November 2014) The Asus G750 is no longer the latest and best gaming notebook. Instead, check out the following below:
MSI GE60 / MSI GE70 Gaming Laptops
MSI is offering a tad cheaper gaming notebook with its MSI GE60 and GE70. It’s not as feature-rich as the Asus G750, but it’s cheaper. The MSI GE60 2OE-003US features a 15.6-inch full HD anti-reflective display at 1920×1080 resolution. It is also powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ (upgradeable) Haswell processor, has only 8GB of DDR3 memory, and only 750GB of hard drive storage, and it has an NVIDIA GTX 765M for its graphics processor. It was initially priced at $1,460, but now it’s only around $1,198 USD. You can learn more about the features and specifications here.
Meanwhile the MSI GE70 is similar to the GE60, except that it has a larger display of 17.3-inch. The rest is basically similar to the GE60, but the MSI GE70 2OE-017US comes with a slightly large memory of 12GB DDR3 RAM. Currently, it is priced at $1,224.99.
UPDATE: There is an updated model for the GE60 and GE70. It’s the GE60 2PE Apache Pro and GE70 2PE Apache Pro, both featuring the latest GeForce GTX 860M discrete GPU and more. Check out the MSI GE60 Apache here and the GE70 Apache Pro here.
Razer Blade 14
Next on my list is the Razer Blade, a 14-inch gaming notebook that comes in a very slim design but packs quite the muscle power. You can say that this is a “gaming Ultrabook” due to its thinness of only 0.66 Inches or 16.8mm. The Razer Blade is one of those premium gaming notebooks, powered by an Intel Core i7-4702HQ Quad-Core Haswell processor with 8GB of DDR3L memory. It has a GeForce GTX 765M as its graphics processor and comes in either 256GB or 512GB of SSD storage.
The 256GB Windows 8.1 is only $1,999, while the 512GB is $2,299. If you like the Razer Blade or you are planning to get this one, I would recommend you get the 512GB model, since you won’t have much storage space with the 256GB SSD model.
UPDATE: The Razer Blade 14 is now being replaced by the all-new Razer Blade 2014, featuring the latest GTX 870M and a stunning display. Check out the new Razer Blade 2014 here.
If you want a gaming laptop with a bigger display but also as thin as the Razer Blade, you might want to consider the MSI GS70 Stealth instead. It’s powered by an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, comes with 16GB DDR3 memory, and has a GeForce GTX 765M as its graphics processor. It also comes with many features that are geared towards gaming, like customizable keyboard and LED, RAID SSD storage, Killer DoubleShot, and many more.
The MSI GS70 is only 21.8mm thin and weighs 2.66 kg, that’s pretty slim and light for a gaming laptop/notebook. The MSI GS70 2OD-001US that has a 750GB 7200 RPM HDD and 128 GB Solid-State Drive for its storage is only $1,619. Meanwhile is you need larger storage space, consider the MSI GS70 2OD-002US. It has 1TB 7200 RPM HDD storage and 256GB SSD (2 X 128GB RAID 0), for only $1,899.
Toshiba Qosmio X75
Next in the list of the top 10 best gaming laptops is Toshiba’s Qosmio X75 series, also powered by the latest Intel Core i7-4700MQ Haswell quad-core processor. There are two popular models of the series, the Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 (the cheaper one) featuring 16GB of RAM, 1TB (500GB+500GB) 7200RPM HDD, a 17.3-inch full HD display with GeForce GTX 770M as its graphics processor. It’s currently priced at $1,523 only.
Meanwhile, the Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298 comes with a 1TB Hybrid HDD with 256GB SSD and a Blu-ray RW optical drive. The Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7298 is priced slightly higher for the additional features of $1,759 only. Both models feature Black Widow Design, Harman Kardon quad speakers, and supports 4K UltraHD HDMI output.
UPDATE: The two models mentioned above are already old and may no longer be available. There are two new models that are currently available. These are the Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7170 and Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7180.
Alienware ALW14 / ALW17 / ALW18
Now we move on to Alienware’s latest lineup of gaming laptops. Just like the Asus G750, Alienware gaming laptops are built for serious mobile gamers. The latest lineup includes Alienware ALW 14, ALW 17, and ALW18 series. They feature 14-inch, 17-inch, and 18-inch monitors respectively, with the ALW18 being their highest-end lineup.
The Alienware ALW14 is the cheapest for only $1,099.99. But it’s not really that powerful since it is powered by a Core i5-4200M processor, a 14-inch monitor with only 1366×768 resolution, and comes with a GeForce GT 750M graphics processor only. I wouldn’t this one. Instead, better get the more popular Alienware ALW17.
The Alienware ALW17 is powered by Intel Core i7-4700MQ, 16GB RAM, 750GB HDD, GeForce GTX 770M and runs on Windows 7 64-bit OS (for those who do not like Windows 8). It’s currently around $1,899.99. Meanwhile the Alienware ALW18, aside from having a slightly larger display of 18.4-inches, also comes with dual GeForce GTX 770M in SLI mode for a faster graphics processing power. In terms of gaming, the ALW18 has the advantage thanks to the dual GPU setup (two GTX 780). It’s currently priced at $2,269.99.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P
Lenovo’s popular multimedia and gaming notebook, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p is not powered by a GTX 700M series discrete graphics processor, but instead it is powered with two GT 750M graphics processor. A single GT 750M is not enough for most modern-day games. You can play but performance and graphics quality will have to be the sacrifice.
But the IdeaPad Y510p features an “Ultrabay” where a secondary discrete graphics processor, in this case, a second GT 750M, can be inserted and run the two GT 750M in SLI mode, doubling the graphics performance. A GT 750M SLI is faster than a single GTX 765M and is almost on par with a GTX 770M discrete graphics processor.
For only $969.99 you can get a Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 with Intel Core i7-4700MQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB HDD+8GB SSD, Dual GeForce GT 750M SLI, a 15.6-inch non-touch full HD display and many more. If you want more memory, you can get the 16GB DDR3 RAM model for only $1,049.99.
UPDATE: There are new models powered by GTX 800M GPU, you should check them out: Lenovo Y70 Touch 80DU0033US and Lenovo Y70 Touch 80DU0034US.
The MSI GT70 is MSI’s full pledge gaming laptop, built and designed to meet every gamer’s need. The MSI GT70 2OC-065US features a 17.3-inch full HD display, powered by an Intel Core i7-4700MQ with 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and a GeForce GTX 770M discrete graphics processor. This unit is currently priced at $1,379.99. Meanwhile, MSI GT70 2OC-059US comes with a larger 16GB DDR3 memory and a faster 750GB 7200 RPM hard drive for only $1,479.99.
But if you want something really serious and feature-rich gaming laptop, MSI GT70 2OD-039US might be the one for you. Pack with 32GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB hard drive with 384GB SSD storage, and a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX780M discrete graphics processor. The GT70 2OD-039US is currently priced at $2635.99.
UPDATE: This model is being replaced by the newer MSI GT70 Dominator with GTX 870M and GT70 Dominator Pro with GTX 880M
Acer Aspire V3-772G
The Acer Aspire V3-772G is not really your high-end gaming laptop type. But it is a cheaper alternative. The 17.3-inch Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 features Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB 5400RPM hard drive and a GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics processor. It’s only $899.99. Meanwhile the Acer Aspire V3-772G-9822 comes with a larger 12GB DDR3 memory, a 1TB hard drive, and a GeForce GTX 760M discrete graphics processor for only $1,129.99.
UPDATE: The Acer Aspire V3 is already outdated. Check out the new Acer Aspire V Nitro instead: Acer Aspire V Nitro 7-791G-77JJ
Important Note: If you are getting a gaming laptop or notebook that has a 5400RPM hard drive as it’s the primary drive, better think twice. A 5400RPM drive is not fast enough and may cripple or bottleneck the system’s overall performance. I recommend you get a 7200RPM hard drive or replace the 5400RPM with 7200RPM hard drive. But I highly recommend you get a Solid State Drive or SSD since it offers a significant performance difference. The performance difference of a Hard Disk Drive and a Solid State Dive are oceans apart. See “Why You Need to Change the 5400RPM Hard Drive In Your Laptop”
Razer Blade Pro 17
Last but not the least, in fact, this one is also highly recommended, is the Razer Blade Pro. It’s not as slim as the Razer Blade 14, but it’s more feature-rich and I’m sure mobile gamers would love to have one of these gaming laptops. It doesn’t have a hard drive but instead, it’s all solid-state drive inside. It is powered by an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core Haswell processor, 8GB DDR3 RAM, GeForce GTX 765M, a 17.3-inch Full HD display and many more.
But what makes the Razer Blade Pro unique from the rest is the Razer Switchblade User Interface where you get an LCD trackpad with 10 dynamic tactile keys. The Razer Blade Pro 256GB is currently priced at $2,499, while the 512GB model is priced at $2,799. Between the two, better get the 512GB since storage will be very limited in a 256GB drive capacity.
The only thing that I did not like about the Razer Blade Pro is that it comes with a hefty price tag. Take note, it is only powered by a GTX 765M discrete graphics processor. You can get a GTX 770M or GTX 780M for a lesser price from above.
UPDATE: The all-new Razer Blade Pro 2014 is now available featuring the latest generation GTX 860M discrete GPU and more. Check out the new Razer Blade Pro 17 here.
There you have it, folks. Which gaming laptop will you most probably get from the list? For portability, I would go for the MSI GS70 Stealth or Razer Blade 14. Meanwhile, for performance, I would choose from either the Asus G750, Alienware ALW17, or MSI GT70.