Thanks to their powerful graphics, gorgeous displays and great audio, gaming laptops provide an immersive entertainment experience in a portable package. Many portable gaming rigs also offer stylish designs, desktop-quality keyboards and the ability to use high-end VR headsets.
But, like other types of notebooks, not all gaming laptops are created equal. Your budget will determine what you can get. For example, for under $1,000, you can get a solid performer that can play most titles at a good frame rate (on lower settings). If you have more than $2,000 to spend, you can pick up a beast of a machine that can play games in 4K at the highest settings. Based on our extensive testing, which includes playing several top titles, here are the best gaming laptops you can buy.
The Alienware 17 packs impressive raw gaming performance and a big honkin' 17-inch screen into a sexy intergalactic chassis that's perfect for fragging your enemies in virtual reality or watching movies with friends. Just make sure you configure it with the 2560 x 1440 Nvidia G-Sync display and a PCIe SSD to get an optimal gaming experience. And to further enhance your gaming, Alienware has teamed up with Tobii to add integrated eye tracking to the mix so you can control some titles with your gaze. Take your pick from Nvidia GTX 1060, GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 GPUs.
If you're gaming on a budget, you can't do much better than the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop. It delivers smooth frame rates on the latest games (at medium settings) thanks to its Nvidia GTX 1060 (Max-Q) GPU, and it lasted more than 7 hours on our web-surfing battery test. The laptop also delivers good productivity and multitasking performance from its Intel Core i5 processor. If you're looking for a gaming laptop that can deliver solid frame rates without blasting a hole in your wallet, the Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming is a great choice.