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Published On: Sat, Sep 1st, 2012

Top 5 Gaming Laptops: Get the Beast!

When it comes to gaming laptops, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. First, these laptops are quite bulky considering all the high end components inside. These peripherals are quite heavy and hence the best gaming laptops are mostly desktop replacement laptops. There are lighter ones available in the market but the performance is compromised for making it travel friendly.

One more thing that you should know about these laptops is that they are darn expensive. Even the least expensive gaming laptop will be a bit costly as compared to the regular ones. The high cost is due to the high end gaming components that are put inside. Compiling a list of five best gaming laptops was exciting for me but it was also a bit tough as I had to choose only five laptops.

Alienware M18x :

Alienware is one of the biggest names in the world of gaming laptops. Alienware machines are beasts, and when I reviewed the M18x, I knew that it had to be in this list. The price tag of this computer is quite high but people who want performance won’t bother to spend big. The price of this laptop is $2,088 or Rs. 92,700 (approx.)

Alienware M18x Laptop Specs :

  • Display – 18.4-inch, 1920 by 1080p WLED display
  •  Sound – 5.1 Klipsch surround sound speakers
  • Memory – 8 GB
  • Webcam and ports – Two USB 2.0 ports, an eSATA/USB combo with PowerShare, HDMI 1.3 input, 9-in-1 card reader, slot loading Blue-ray player, a slot-loading Blue-ray player, and an ExpressCard/54 slot all available at right side of the laptop. At left, HDMI 1.4 out, two USB 3.0 ports, VGA, a mini DisplayPort, Gigabit Ethernet, 2 headphone jacks, S/PDIF optional out, microphone jack, and a Kensington Lock slot. At the middle, a 3 MP camera for capturing stills and videos is available (2048 x 1536p). Wireless HD streaming
  • Processor – Intel Core i7-2920XM 2.5 GHz CPU that overclocks to 4-GHz
  • Operating System – Windows® 7 Professional
  • RAM – 16GB, two 750GB (7,200 rpm) hard drives in RAID
  • GPUs – dual AMD Radeon 6900M GPUs that comes with 2GB VRAM
  • Battery Life – 6hours 16minutes without WLAN and minimum brightness

Click here to read the Alienware M18x laptop review.

Alienware M18x

Asus G74SX :

This is a more affordable option for the gaming laptop and it is made for the people who don’t want to spend a lot of money for gaming. The screen size is 17.3 inches, a bit less as compared to aforementioned M18x. However, some people who think that 18 inches display is too big will be happy with G74SX. Price is $1,949.

Asus G74SX Laptop Specs :

  • Display – 17.3-inch 16:9 Full HD 3D(1920x1080p) LED backlight screen at 120Hz
  • Graphics – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 560M 3GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • Optical Drive – Blu-Ray DVD Combo *4
  • Storage – 1.5 TB (750 GB x 2) 7200 rpm
  • Camera – 2 MP web cam
  • Operating System – Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium
  • Processor – Intel Core i7 2670QM GHz processor
  • Memory – 16 GB DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM
  • Connectivity – a USB 3.0 port, three USB 2.0 port, a microphone in jack, a RJ45 LAN jack for LAN insert, built-in Bluetooth v3.0, 802.11 b/g/n
  • Battery – 8 Cells, 3 hours of run while gaming, Word documents, browsing web

Click here to read the Asus G74SX laptop review.

Asus G74SX

Sony VAIO VPC-F236FM/B – Sony VAIO’s F stands for ‘full featured’ and hence laptops in this series are mostly meant for gamers. It has everything that you’d look for in a gaming laptop and the price too is affordable. There is third generation Intel i7 processor along with Nvdia GeForce 540M GPU. The LED display size is 16.4 inches and price is $1,459.

Sony VAIO VPC-F236FM/B Laptop Specs :

  • Display – 16.4 inches 16:9 1920 by 1080 pixels with glossy feature
  • Graphics – NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M
  • Weight – 3.2 kg
  • Processor – Intel quad Core i7 2630QM clocked at 2.2 GHz/3.1 GHz Turbo
  • Memory – 8 GB, 750 GB hard disk
  • Connectivity – a USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, Camera, Blue Ray player, WiMax, and HDMI output port, one microphone jack, one headphone jack, one RJ-45 Ethernet port, VGA port, and digital media card reader
  • Optical Drive – Blue-ray disc/DVD burner combo
  • Webcam – built-in webcam along with microphone and face tracking technology
  • Sound – built-in stereo speakers
  • Networking – Bluetooth 2.1, Fast Ethernet LAN, Intel 4G WiMax, Wi-Fi
  • Battery – 6 cells lithium-ion, 4 hours of run

Click here to read the Sony VAIO VPC-F236FM/B laptop review.


Alienware M17x R4 :

It is hard to avoid Alienware laptops when it comes to gaming laptops. M17x is meant for people who think that M18x is too expensive. The gaming experience is superb and the design too is really cool. There is a third generation i7 processor inside and the display size is 17.3 inches. You can also get a 1080p full HD display by paying a little more money. Price of this laptop is $2,599.

Alienware M17x R4 Laptop Specs :

  • Display – 17.3 inches of WideHD (1600x900p) 60Hz WLED, 17.3 inches WideFHD (1920 x 1080p) 60Hz WLED, 17.3 inches WideFHD (1920 x 1080p) 120Hz NVIDIA 3D Vision Bundle
  • Memory – 6 GB DDR3 to 32 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
  • Operating System – Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium/Professional/Ultimate,all 64 bit
  • Processor – 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM / 3720QM / 3820QM
  • Video Card – 2 GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M / AMD Radeon HD 7970M / NVIDIA GeForce GTX675M
  • Audio – Creative Sound Blaster Recon3Di HD 5.1 Audio integrated along with standard THX TruStudio Pro Software. Klipsch audio, 2.0 speaker configuration, 7.1 digital audio out via HDMI out or S/PDIF optical port
  • Networking and Wi-Fi – Standard 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet NIC and/or standard Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 2230 With Bluetooth 4.0
  • Hard Drive – Up to 1000 GB hard drive / Solid State hard drive
  • Optical Drive – dual layer Blu-ray reader (slot loading), 8x SuperMulti Drive standard slot loading
  • Camera – 2.1 MP Full HD integrated with dual digital microphones
  • Connectivity – HDMI out with audio 1.4, HDMI in with audio 1.3, mini display port, a microphone in jack, three auto sensing jacks for line out, eSATA 3 Gb/s along with USB 2.0 combo port with PowerShare technology, USB 3.0 SuperSpeed ports, 9-in-1 media card reader, and a VGA DB-15 port
  • Software – Alienware Command Center, AlienTouch™, AlienFX™, AlienFusion, and AlienAdrenaline
  • Battery – 9 cell Lithium ion

Click here to read the Alienware M17x R4 laptop review.

Alienware M17x R4

Alienware M14x :

There is too much Alienware here isn’t it? This one is the most affordable gaming laptop by this company. This laptop is closer to the regular notebooks in terms of price and performance because a lot is compromised to keep the price low. There is no high definition gaming here and price starts at $1,099.

Alienware M14x Laptop Specs :

  • Display – 14.1 inches, 1600 x 900 p
  • Graphics Processor – 3 GB DDR3 NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Optimus technology
  • Weight – 6.5 pounds
  • Hard Drive – 750 GB / 7200 rpm, 8x, SATA
  • Optical Drive – 8x SuperMulti DVD along with R/RW slot load
  • Memory – 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM with 1600 MHz speed
  • Processor – 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 2860QM
  • Operating System – Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
  • Battery Life – around 4 hours and to increase, Alienware has deployed automatic graphic switching Optimum technology

Click here to read the Alienware M14x laptop review.

Alienware M14x

If you don’t like any of these laptops then I would recommend you go to your nearest vendor and tell them about your requirements and your budget. When it comes to gaming laptop, you should opt for a screen size that is between 15 and 17 inches. Processor should be Core i5 or Core i7. The latter is the best if you are going to play with max settings. The keys should be big enough for good ergonomics. Graphics is the most important part and hence you should opt for a powerful graphics card. Go for Nvidia GeForce brand and get the one that suits your budget the best.

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