Best Laptops for Gaming 2016

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In Laptops World, portability and power are two sides of the same coin.

You can get either one of them but both at the same time in any typical laptop.

But there are same laptops that can let you enjoy the flavor of both worlds. They call it “Gaming Laptops“.

Traditional laptops have somewhat “underclocked” processor for the sake of extended battery life. That’s why you can’t do heavy gaming or complex calculations on an ordinary laptop, even if it got a dedicated Graphics card too.

Gaming Laptops are based on complete different philosophy. They’re stuffed with highly-clocked Processor, beefier RAM to make high graphics-intensive gaming super-easy — not to forget about their customary Gaming Card. That is the why not only gamers but video-editors and some programmers also love having a gaming laptop. But these notebooks have some disadvantages too.

General Limitations of Gaming Laptops:

  • Heat Issues. Since they perform tasks with their full potential, they release a good amount of heat.
  • Short Battery Life. They have a very short battery life when you compare them with any regular laptop. Even a flagship gaming laptop has a modest 4-5 hours of battery life.
  • Price. Yes, they’re expensive. An average one would cost you more than $1000.
  • Weight: They’re heavy too. So if you dislike carrying weight while moving your hardware, you should refrain from buying any gaming laptop.

Now since you’ve read some generic disadvantages of gaming notebooks, I think it’s time to show you my listings.

These are the Best Gaming Laptops, for those who are looking for some affordable options, they can check out Gaming laptops under 1000 Bucks

15 Best Laptops for Gaming 2016


 


 

1. Aorus X3 Plus v3 — $2200 — Check Latest Price

Aorus X3 Plus v3

Highlights:

  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ at 2.5GHz and 16 GB RAM.
  • 13.9 inch QHD+ IPS display at 3200×1800 resolution.
  • 512 GB Solid-State Drive and gaming-keyboard like tactile feedback. Through Macro Keys, you will be able to assign 25 commands.
  • 802.11 ac WiFi and 1.8Kg/3.97 pounds weight.
  • Having a dedicated graphics card means it can get hot quickly during gaming sessions.

Our Verdict:

While it is very slim and attractive by gaming laptops’ standards, it can get warmed up quickly. But also worth remembering is the fact that it has a Nvidia GTX-970M graphics card, so that much heating is may be justified.

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2. Aorus X7 Pro — $2600 — Check Latest Price

Aorus X7 Pro

Highlights:

  • 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM and Intel Core i7 process of 2.5 GHz.
  • 17.3 inch Widescreen and up to 2.5 hours of battery life – which is short – even for a gaming laptop.
  • 512 GB SSD, 1 TB storage of Hard Drive and Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB DDR5 graphics card ( 6 GB total) — courtesy of SLI technology.
  • Anti-Ghosting gaming keyboard with a row of customization macro keys. Anti-ghosting means you can press a large number of keys simultaneously.
  • Modern style and extremely thin – when compared with other gaming laptops.

Our Verdict:

While it is $400 more expensive than Auros X3, you will get a Bigger screen and More storage. But it’s far from perfect. Its fans produce quite a noise and its track pad is hard to click. Another fact that its new version is coming, might count against it.

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3. Asus ROG G751JY — $2200 — Check Latest Price

Asus ROG G751JY

Highlights:

  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ process of 2.6 GHz – can be boosted up to 3.6 GHz – and a 24 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 17.3 inch FHD IPS screen with G-sync hardware technology, dual Band WiFi 802.11 A/C and 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB DDR5 graphics card with G-SYNC.
  • Unimpressive battery life of 3-hours, 1 TB Hard Drive and 256 GB Solid State Drive.
  • Quiet fans – despite having a dedicated graphics card – and above par design overall.

Our Verdict:

Apart from Battery life — which is , by the way, issue with every other gaming notebook — it has every reason to please you. From Backlit-keyboard to ROG-key — made to open gaming dashboard at one-press — and from AudioWizard utility for audio to latest Nvidia GTX 980. You see, everything is there.

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4. Alienware 13 — $1400 — Check Latest Price

Alienware 13

Highlights:

  • 5th-generation Intel core i7 2.4 GHz processor that can be boosted up to 3.0 GHz and 16 GB DDR3L RAM.
  • 512 GB SSD and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB Graphics card.
  • 13.3 Inch QHD+ IPS-Panel TrueLife display at 3200×1800 resolution.
  • Compact design – something very rare for a gaming laptop – and more than 3 hours of heavy gaming sessions.
  • High resolution games are better avoided.

Our Verdict:

Being a gaming notebook in less than $1500-bracket means its owners will surely have to compromise in some areas such as small screen — but that may be a plus point for some users — and mediocre graphics card. But here’s one good and bad new for you. Good news is that you can boost its Graphics handling functionality using a Graphics Amplifier. The bad news is, that this Graphics amplifier is sold separately, so you have to shed some extra bucks for it. But, using that amplifier can give you even more graphics-power than Nvidia GTX Titan X graphics card.

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5. Alienware 15 — $1580 — Buy Now

Alienware 15

Highlights:

  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Processor and 16 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • 1 TB Hard Drive, 128 GB Solid-State Drive + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M 3GB GDDR5 Graphics card.
  • 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080, IPS screen and back-lit keyboard with seven programmable light zones. You can have customization macro commands too.
  • You can upgrade graphics, if even NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M isn’t enough for you – courtesy of Alienware’s external Graphics Amplifier.
  • Almost 5 hours of battery life and 7.1 pounds weight – heavy for a medium-sized laptop.
  • Stylish design when considering it as a Gaming notebook.

Our Verdict:

Yes, it is heavy but it really shines in almost all other areas. The most important of them is its long battery life. Considering that it is only $200 costlier than Alienware 13, it is quite a fair option. Because in extra $200, you’ll get a good Graphics Card, Bigger screen, more internal storage and good customization too. Like Alienware 13, it also supports the Graphics Amplifier.

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6. Alienware 17 (2015) — $1900 — Check Latest Price

Alienware 17 (2015)

Highlights:

  • 2.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7-4710HQ – up to 3.5 GHz with Turbo Boost.
  • 17.3 inch, 1,920 x 1,080 resolution IPS anti-glare screen and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5 Discrete Graphics Card.
  • 16 GB DDRL3 RAM, 128 SSD and 1 TB Hard Drive.
  • You can upgrade Graphic performance with Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier.
  • Though this external Amplifier is bottle necked.
  • Can get too hot – too quickly.
  • It comes in two versions: Touch and Non-touch.

Our Verdict:

Now it is the best Alienware gaming laptop you can get — albeit in $1900 (for non-touch version). Of course, it has a top-end Graphics card, Big screen and not to mention about amplifier once again.

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7. CyberPowerPC FangBook HFX7-500 — $2190 — Check Latest Price

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Highlights:

  • Intel Core i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz processor with 16 GB SO-DIMM (Small Outline Dual In-line Memory Module) memory.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX770M 3 GB discrete Graphics Card + 1 TB Hard Drive.
  • Optical-drive supported and 6-hour battery life.
  • 17.3″ 1080p Anti-Glare LED at 1920 x 1080 resolution.

Our Verdict:

It surely don’t have specs to amuse you, but in its price range it sounds a pretty fair deal.

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8. Gigabyte P35K v3 – Check Latest Price

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Highlights:

  • Quad-core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Processor – up to 3.6 GHz with Turbo Boost – with 8 GB DDR3L RAM.
  • 1 TB Hard Drive plus 128 GB Solid State Drive.
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 4GB GDDR5 Graphics Card and Intel HD Graphics 4600.
  • 15.6-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 Wide-Viewing LCD and other goodies such as 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.0 and Super Multi DVD-RW etc.
  • 5.07 pounds weight, which is very light when compared to other Gaming Laptops.
  • Excellent sound effects and diverse expansion slot.
  • Very thick screen bezels.

What Do Experts Say About It

“The Gigabyte P35K v3 is a nearly perfect machine through and through. It’s amazingly thin for a 15.6-inch gaming laptop that offers great performance and decent battery life. Compared to competing models in this affordable space, Gigabyte easily outpaces the Asus ROG GL551 and Acer Aspire V15 Nitro…….Through a gorgeous IPS screen and surround sound technology, the P35K v3 is one of the better mobile PC gaming mobile PC gaming machines – no matter what the numbers say” – TechRadar

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9. HP Omen 15-5010nr Gaming Laptop — $1450 — Check Latest Price

HP Omen 15-5010nr gaming laptop

Highlights:

  • Intel Quad-Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz, up to 3.5 GHz with Intel HD Graphics 4600.
  •  Dedicated 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M Graphics Card – very average for a gaming notebook.
  • 15.6″ FHD IPS LED-backlit 1920 x 1080 touch screen – something very overlooked when decide to buy a laptop for gaming.
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 256 GB mSATA SSD.

What Do Experts Say About It

With its midrange price, the HP Omen 15 pits itself against some potent competitors. While it easily outstrips the entry-level gaming rigs from other mainstream manufacturers, like Acer and Lenovo, this model is priced to compete with systems from gaming specialists, like Digital Storm and Maingear. In that comparison, the Omen 15 does fairly well, with solid performance and a gamer-friendly design. – PC Mag

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10. Lenovo Y50 Touch 4K — $1200 — Check Latest Price

Lenovo Y50 Touch 4K

Highlights:

  • 15.6″ Ultra HD Touchscreen Display at 3840 x 2160. It supports multitouch up to 10 fingers.
  • 4th-Gen Intel-Haswell i7-4700HQ 2.4GHz processor – with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.40 GHz.
  • 16GB DDR3L RAM , 256GB Solid State Drive and DVD-RW supported.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M 2GB Graphics Card.
  • Back-lit keyboard is standout feature. Instead of leaking around, back-light shines through keys.

What Do Experts Say About It

“The Lenovo Y50 Touch 4K UHD Laptop Computer 59423621 is superb in almost all regards and an excellent 4K choice due to simple display quality even if you’re not looking for 4K resolution specifically. However, for actual high speed gaming in ultra HD, it doesn’t quite deliver the frame rates you’d need thanks to a relatively modest GPU” – 4K

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11. MSI GT80 Titan SLI – Best 17+ Inch Gaming Laptop — $3300 — Check Latest Price

MSI GT80 Titan SLI

Highlights:

  • Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Processor with 16 GB DDR3L RAM.
  • 18.4 inches 1920 x 1080 Widescreen.
  • 1 TB Hard Drive plus 256 GB SSD.
  • Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB (4+4) Graphics Cards.
  • Uniquely designed mechanical keyboard, 2.5 hours of battery life.

What Do Experts Say About It

MSI’s GT80 Titan SLI has it all and then some. The notebook delivers blazing-fast gaming performance via its pair of 980M GPUs with 8GB of VRAM in SLI configuration. But more importantly, it has a mechanical keyboard that delivers both excellent precision and great feedback” – Sherri L. Smith

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12. MSI Computer GS60 GHOST PRO-044 — $1300 — Check Latest Price

MSI-Computer-GS60-GHOST-PRO-044

Highlights:

  •  Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.50 GHz with 12GB DDR3L RAM and 15.6-inch Full HD eDP Anti-glare Screen.
  • For Graphical performance, it has NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M with 3GB GDDR5 dedicated Graphics card.
  • 1 TB Hard Drive and 128 GB M.2 Solid-State Drive.
  • A complete gaming keyboard with tactile feedback, customizable backlighting and anti-ghosting.
  • SteelSeries Engine lets you modify each and every key, you can macro every key too.

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13. Origin PC Eon15-X

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14. Razer Blade 2015 — $1870 — Check Latest Price

Razer Blade 2015

Highlights:

  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 4720HQ. You can tubo boost it up to 3.6 GHz.
  • 3GB dedicated Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M.
  • 16 GB DDR3L SDRAM, 256/512 SSD and 14-inch QHD+ 3,200 x 1,800 touchscreen.
  • Impressive looks and performance when compared to its size. It also has responsive touch pad and keyboard.
  • Can get very hot.

What Do Experts Say About It

“Whether it’s for gaming, multimedia enjoyment, work or all of the above, the Razer Blade is a fantastic choice if you need high performance, but don’t want to sacrifice mobility to get it. Battery life and price are the only real downsides here. If neither are an issue for you, put it at the top of your list” – : Joshua Goldman From Cnet

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15. Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T — $1600 approx — Check Latest Price

Toshiba Qosmio X70-B-10T

Highlights:

  • Full HD1920x1080 resolution 17.3″ LCD display with LED backlight.
  • Its sound quality is impressive too – say thanks to Harman Kardon speakers with DTS Sound audio enhancement.
  • For processing for graphics performance, it has Intel Core i7-4720HQ packed with AMD Radeon(TM) R9 M265X with 4GB DDR3 SDRAM.
  • It has 16 GB RAM, 1 TB Hard Drive and 8 GB Hybrid SSD – not too jaw-dropping by gaming notebooks’ terms.

What Do Experts Say About It

“The Toshiba Qosmio X70 in its ‘B’ form with Haswell processor is a relatively powerful quad-core laptop with some gaming potential. But our games tests suggest the AMD solution here is not as fast as older nVidia graphics processors, let alone the rival firm’s latest 800 and 900 series GPUs made for mobile gaming. Our experience with a flakey trackpad may be isolated but serious enough that we would hastily return this laptop for a refund if we were a paying customer. Laptop build is improved over earlier Toshiba models, but at this price we would like to see better screen quality and a real solid-state drive for storage”. – PC Advisor

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Conclusion:

By no means, It is a comprehensive list of Best Gaming laptops in 2016. But these are very good options and you would definitely get what you pay for.

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26 COMMENTS

  1. why are this better? alienware have thounds of complains in motherboard dead, hp is even worse, asus and msi are known to overheat problems, how can this be the best?

        • offcourse not, never had anything from apple nor expect to have, overprice/overhyped BS.
          I had an Qosmio for 4 years, and never let me down,never overheated, and the keaybord susteined heavy gaming without any failures,thats why for my self,only buy toshiba.

          • The Asus one on this page is probably the best design out there, the rest are pretty crap. I have Asus with the same case but with 880m and it’s compeletely flawless other than the hardware being a little outdated. I’m afraid I will never find anything as good again.

          • The Asus one on this page is probably the best design out there, the rest are pretty ****. I have Asus with the same case but with 880m and it’s compeletely flawless other than the hardware being a little outdated. I’m afraid I will never find anything as good again.

  2. Hello bro,
    Suggest me good gaming laptop
    *16gb ram
    *Nvidia gtx 980m
    *Core i7 quad (6th generation)
    (please suggest me good one, low noise – good durability – good battery . touch is fine 🙂 )

  3. Hello’I need a very portable laptop with medium gaming graphic card like nividia 860 with pen and touch screen.please find a laptop like this for me.

    Thank you for your attention

  4. I need a laptop suggestion
    Games that I like to play are

    Age of empires
    Company of heroes
    Battlefield 4
    I so study languages
    And need power point

    Things I don’t need in a gaming laptop

    Long batter life
    Touch screen
    Special keyboards

    Things I’d prefer=

    Keyboard lights or visible at night
    Extremely durable (I live a rough life)

    I don’t like the idea of a gaming laptop that overheats.

    For me graphic cards don’t mean much
    But do come in handy with games like battlefield but I rarely play battlefield anyways.

    Mainly I am a rts gamer and i like company of hero’s and age of empires, games like that.

    I have a hp Pavillion g4 series.
    I hate it. It doesn’t handle company of heroes but it does play age of empires 2 HD edition

    Also most of my games are through steam and origin.

    2000.00 maximum

    And I’d prefer the new dream comluter to have low jack or some anti theft stuff or capability etc.

  5. What do you think about the GTX980m for 2016? Since I heard Nvidia is releasing a GTX 980(Desktop ver GPU) for laptops! I’m not too sure if the GTX980M can keep up with this year’s games as in maxing them out at 1080p and still getting a solid 50+ fps. Can anyone advise me whether or not if the GTX 980M 8GB DDR5 is as good as it claims to be? Thanks!

  6. Try custom configuration builds .. they are available .. and yes, they are pricey. But if you want the best of the best and one that can last easily 5 years +, order a custom configuration.

    I am particular with my specs. I don’t do any gaming, but do heavy graphics and multi-task like a bandit.

    A 17″ touchscreen is a must (no matter the weight, since I use it mainly as a desktop replacement) and with heavy specs with the 108-p true resolution on IPS & True Image form.

    The main consideration are the core specs.

    Intel® Core™ i7-6970HQ Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz) Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 580
    NVidia 980 8 GB Video
    32 GB DDR4 RAM
    1 TB Samsung 850 Evo SSD as the main drive and a simple 7200 RPM 1-2 TB slave (most 17″ form factors have 2 drive bays available)
    And now you are set to take on just about anything.. literally!

    Combine with typical basics, such as good AC wireless, Blueray burner, mechanical backlit keyboard, premium sound (like Beats Audio) .. and make sure you have an extra 120 watt power brick and two extra batteries in case of travel, you wind up with an ultimate machine. Sure, a bit bulky to carry around, but you can be assured, nothing else around you will even come close to matching the performance in any situation.

    You have choice of many vendors, so pick the one you like best and have then custom build it for you … most can.

    Expect to pay around the $2K area, but if you want the very best, that’s the price you must pay. The good news is, you won’t have to do any upgrades or change machines for at least 5+ years, so if having to buy another machine in a year or two, you’ll still be rocking and still beating most other preformed configurations for years to come.

  7. Hi guys
    I would ask for suggestions
    I’m really intersted in both msi titan gt80 and alienware 17
    Which one is actually worth to buy?
    Anyway the msi is “msi gt80 titan 6QE sli” version

  8. guys he talking about 6970hq the best processor ever built with 128 mb eRAM/L4 cache and what are you suggesting is just a 6500U under 800 bucks i would suggest to go for a dual processor configuration with 2x xeon 1575V5 processors with M6000 or M6100 grafix with 2 batteries for 35 hours of non stop heavy grafix rendering .it will cost around 3k with 2 mechanical HDDs of 14k rpm or you can go for 1 HDD 1 SSHD & 1 m.3 SSD for 4k it will easily long 7 years with no competition at all other than ssd as its not NVMe so i don’t know how much its write cycles are

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