Best Gaming Laptop – The power of a Desktop, but portable

If you love gaming and are looking for something both portable and powerful then this article is for you. Featuring the top gaming laptops for 2015 that deliver speed, quality graphics, state-of-the-art performance and brilliant features while remaining small enough for you to carry in your bag.

Best Gaming Laptops

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  • 2.8GHz to 4GHz w/ Turbo Boost
  • 24 GB DDR3L RAM
  • 17.3″ – 1920×1080 (16:9)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 128GB M.2 SSD x 4 RAID 0 + 1TB HDD (7200RPM)
  • 16.85″ (L) x 11.57″ (W) x 1.89″ (H)
  • 1 Keyboard, Mouse, Cable Organizer included

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MSI GT72 Dominator Pro

$2599 – Solid one-body, much like the Apple Mac Book, full aluminum chassis. It adds the “gamer” red accents and a somewhat aggressive, cutting edge look. These machines are made to take a beating – with dual fan thermal cooling, you get a stable, high performing machine; even under heavy load in gaming situations. Leveraging an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M – it is one of the most extreme graphics cards in the world.  Just right for the high demands of today’s games.

This laptop has great speakers – but also boasts a subwoofer…yes let it rumble.  It also has the fastest storage configuration possible.  It uses SUPER RAID 3 increases read speeds to 1600 MB/s with 4 M.2 SATA solid state drives.  These are 15x faster than a standard 7200RPM hard drive.

Got monitors?  The GT72 Dominator Pro can drive up to 3 external monitors so you can stream, watch and play anything at the same time.  You’re welcome.

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  • Intel Core i7 4700HQ (2.40GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 17.3″ – 1920×1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M
  • 1TB 7200RPM + 256G SSD
  • 16.1″ x 12.5″ x 0.7 – 2.0″

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Asus G750JS-DS71

$2669 – Delivering a staggering 50% faster performance than the GTX 880M, the new GeForce GTX 980M brings high-end desktop gaming performance to the notebook.

Supporting DirectX 12 and thanks to the new Cone-Traced Global Illumination technology, new for GeForce GTX 980M is more realistic and provides a lifelike gaming experience.

Battery Boost delivers an incredible 30+ FPS experience with up to 3x the battery life.

Uniquely featured on the G750 & G751, three heat pipes direct heat to dual independent fans and copper heatsinks to provide maximum cooling efficiency.

The HDMI 1.4 port lets you connect to hi-res screens that go far beyond today’s 1080p systems.

Rated PC Gamer’s best laptop.

Best Mid-Priced Gaming Laptop

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  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ
  • 16GB DDR3L 1600MHz
  • 15.6″ WQHD+ 3K – 2880×1620 (16:9)
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX880M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 128GB M.2 SSD x 2 RAID 0 + 1TB HDD (7200RPM)
  • 15.35″ (L) x 10.47″ (W) x 0.78″ (H)

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MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K

$1849 – The greatest things about the Ghost Pro 3K: it runs on the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor; it is the world’s thinnest and lightest 15.6” gaming notebook, the NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 870M GDDR5 3GB discrete graphics card provides great performance and ultra image quality, has a dual fan thermal cooling system, provides wide viewing angles to experience accurate, vivid colors and consistent brightness and the SteelSeries Engine allows you to customize every key and device for personalizing your play style.

And that’s just the beginning. But if you get a serious look at the 3K screen – there isn’t a better way to enjoy your favorite game.

The multi-color, back lit SteelSeries keyboard is customizable, like a good gaming laptop should, and brings the whole spectrum of colors for you to use.

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  • Intel Core i7-4710MQ
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 17.3″ 1920 x 1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
  • 1 TB Hard Drive
  • 23.03 x 4.76 x 16.22 inches

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Alienware 17

$1690 – This 17″ gaming laptop packs 4th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA graphics and Alienware Command Center into a sleek new design.

The durable anodized aluminum shell, reinforced by a magnesium-alloy frame, protects your LCD and the internal components. Angled front and side walls give the Alienware 17 an elite and stealth look. And it’s designed for maximum performance, with a rear GPU/CPU exhaust vent to manage heat generated inside the system.

You can turn on lightning-fast FXAA antialiasing for the ultimate combination of image quality and performance. NVIDIA Adaptive Vertical Sync prevents image tearing, and NVIDIA PhysX brings your games to life with dynamic, interactive environments.

Comes preloaded with Dolby Home Theater v4 software.

Best Budget Gaming Laptop

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  • Intel Core i7-4700HQ
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 15.6″ 1920 x 1080
  • NVIDIA GTX-860M 2GB Graphics
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 8 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 10.37 x 0.94 x 15.24 inches

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Lenovo Y50 Touch

$1000 – For just a thousand bucks the Lenovo Y50 Touch boasts a 15.6” Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display with 10-point multi-touch technology, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics, JBL designed stereo speakers and subwoofer with Dolby Advanced Audio, an integrated 720p HD webcam and a dual digital array microphone, Intelligent TouchPad, optimized for Windows 8.1 with easy scroll, zoom and rotate functions, HDMI out, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, a backlit keyboard and much more!

Most people who have tested this laptop have really lied the addition of the touchscreen for their gaming experience. Definitely a great buy especially if you’re on a budget.

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  • Intel Core i7-4700HQ 3.2 GHz
  • 8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
  • 15.6″ 1920 x 1080
  • NVIDIA Geforce GTX850M with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.09 x 9.83 x 1.46 inches

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MSI GE60-033 Apache

$1185 – The Apache sports a 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) anti-glare LCD panel in LED backlight, the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M discrete graphics card, SteelSeries Engine so you can customize every key and devices,  XSplit Gamecaster for easily recording gaming moments, broadcasting and sharing live gameplay sessions, exclusive Cooler Boost technology, Super RAID with 2 SSD RAID0 giving you over 900MB/s reading speed and a lot more.

This machine finds a great balance between functionality and gaming, multitasking is effortless with the big i7 processor and 8 Gig of RAM.

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  • Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz
  • 16 GB DDR3 RAM
  • 15.6″ 1920 x 1080
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
  • 1 TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, 256 GB Solid-State Drive
  • 15.34 x 10.14 x 0.94 inches

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Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro

$1200 – This high speed gaming laptop comes with a 2.5GHz 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor (can get up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost technology), Windows 8.1,  a 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS display, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 16GB DDR3 memory, a 256GB solid-state drive, 1TB SATA hard drive, optimized Dolby audio enhancements, four built-in stereo speakers and built-in digital microphone, Secure Digital (SD) card reader, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, built-In HD webcam and 3 USB 3.0 ports.

The first amazong thing about this laptop at this price has to be the 16 fire-breathing Gig of RAM.  Also – the dual hard drive 1 TB/256 GB SSD combo is a great mix of mega storage and speedy access SSD.

Best Graphics Gaming Laptop

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  • Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2 GHz/3.2 GHz
  • 8GB DDR3L-1600MHz
  • 14.0″ QHD+ 3200×1800, 10 point Touchscreen
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M (3GB GDDR5)
  • 256GB Solid-State Drive (SATA M.2)
  • 13.6 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches

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Razer Blade

$2098 – Even though the Razor Blade isn’t cheap – who cares it is awesome and it delivers the best graphics you’ve ever seen. The world’s thinnest gaming laptop features the highest resolution 14 inch notebook display in the world. The spectacular QHD+ display pumps out 5.76 million pixels for astonishing clarity, hyper-realistic gameplay and brilliant color intensity. And that’s just the screen.

The Razer Blade is powered by a 4th gen Intel Core i7 processor, the latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870 GPU and uses solid-state storage for boot speeds four times faster than an ordinary notebook hard drive. Also features 8GB of fast 1600MHz DDR3L memory.

Why buy a gaming laptop instead of a PC? If  you like travelling  or you’re always on the go and need a computer you can carry around with you then something lightweight and portable that can almost match the power of a PC and provide jaw-dropping display quality is what you need. Also read our review on the best netbooks.