Best cool laptops for hard-core gaming

The days when PC gaming could only be done on a desktop computer are history. Gaming laptops are perfect for the mobile or casual gamer and there are many great options to choose from. Most even come decked out with mesmerizing LED lights and cases that look like something out of a Jason Bourne movie.Today's gaming laptops are packed with power and are more portable than big desktop rigs. Our buying advice and product recommendations will help you find your next on-the-go game machine. When companies continually try to shoehorn features like curved displays or modular add-ons into devices where they don’t necessarily belong, we often find ourselves wondering why they’re working so hard to include features of such dubious value. But perhaps the best example of this are all the manufacturers trying to install mechanical keyboards on gaming laptops. Every laptop with a mechanical keyboard seems to also feature a long list of compromises that include gargantuan chasis, excessive price tags, or awkward layouts that leave the system with a scrunched up touchpads.

A gaming laptop is constrained by its graphics card, which you can’t upgrade. Many cheap gaming laptops lack either a solid-state drive or a roomy hard drive for storage, so you may have to pay extra to upgrade later. You’ll need to put more money into keeping a budget laptop relevant in the long run—through storage and memory upgrades—compared with a high-end gaming laptop that already has a solid-state drive and at least 16 GB of RAM (not to mention a better graphics card). A cheap gaming laptop is a temporary fix for a couple of years if you can’t invest in a desktop or a more expensive laptop (or if you need something that’s moderately portable). without exaggerating more let's go to our list of laptops for hard-core gaming.


#1) Alienware 17 R4:

CPU 2.9-GHz Intel Core i7-7820HK CPU Operating System Windows 10 RAM 16GB & RAM Upgradable to 32GB Drive Size 512GB Display Size 17.3
Resolution 2560 x 1440 Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
GPU 8GB Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Touchpad Size 3.95 x 2.2-inch
Size 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches Weight 9.6 pounds

The laptop also has Tobii eye tracking to play games with your peepers. If you can spend the money on one of its more expensive
configurations, the Alienware 17 is the 17-inch mobile gaming rig to beat.

#2) Lenovo Legion Y520:

Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz Operating System: Windows 10 RAM: 16 GB Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Storage: 1.25 TB Screen Size: 15.6 inches Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Weight: 5.56 lb Graphics Memory: 4096 GB Storage Type: HDD, SSD Rotation Speed: 7200 rpm + SSD Networking Options: 802.11ac (2.4+5.0 GHz Dual-band) Battery Rundown: 5:45 hrs Quality - 1366 x 768

Expert gaming performance. Spacious hard drive plus boot SSD. Restrained, but stylish design. Well-built keyboard.

we found that the Lenovo Legion Y520 is the best you can get for
around $1,000. It’s one of the least expensive good options, and it keeps cool and quiet during demanding gaming sessions. Plus, the Y520 has a comfortable keyboard, a decent
trackpad and screen, and a healthy selection of ports. But it has short
battery life—only a few hours—and it’s a bit trickier to upgrade than our other picks.

The Lenovo Legion Y520 is a budget gaming laptop that requires you to make no compromises in build quality or performance. It delivers smooth 1080p gaming at high settings alongside a full feature set.

#3) MSI GT83VR Titan SLI:


CPU 3.1-GHz Intel Core i7-7920HQ processor Operating System Windows 10 Home RAM 64GB Storage; 512GB Drive Speed 7,200 Display Size 18.4 Resolution 1920 x 1080 8X Graphics Card Dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPUs Video Memory 16GB Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Touchpad Size 2.3 x 3.4  HDMI 1.4
Size 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.7~2.5 inches Weight 13.1 pounds

The MSI GT83VR Titan SLI has some new tricks up its sleeve. The gaming behemoth is the first in the world to feature Cherry MX Speed Silver switches, so you can spam out special moves that much faster. Even better, the Titan finally got with the program and added customizable RGB backlighting. But this beast's beauty is more than skin-deep; it offers searing transfer speeds, impressive dual-GPU graphics
power.

#4) Asus ROG Zephyrus:

2.8-GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor Operating System Windows 10 Pro RAM 24GB Hard Drive Size 512GB Display Size 15.6 Resolution 1920 x 1080 Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (Max-Q) 8265 USB) HDMI 2.0 Size 14.9 x 10.3 x 0.66 inches Weight 5 pounds

As one of the first gaming laptops to use Nvidia's new Max-Q design, the Zephyrus bridges the gap between power and portability by
squeezing an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU into its beguiling 0.7-
inch metallic frame. And if this laptop doesn't captivate with its design, the lovely 1080p Nvidia G-Sync display and strong gaming performance will.

Sexy, lightweight chassis; Innovative cooling system; Stunning Nvidia G-Sync display; Impressive gaming and overall performance; Runs cool when gaming.

#5) Razer Blade:

A gaming-ready MacBook Pro rival CPU: 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-6700HQ |
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5 VRAM) | RAM: 16GB | Screen: 14- inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) – QHD+ (3,200 x 1,800) IGZO (LED backlit, multi-touch) Storage: 256GB – 1TB PCIe SSD

For many gamers, Ultrabook is a four-letter word, but it doesn't have to be. The first time you get your hands on a Razer Blade, you'll be looking at a battery life of 7 and a half hours of non-stop video. While you could argue it does skimp as far as graphics are concerned, with the help of a Razer Core external GPU enclosure, you can strap an Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti to this thing down the road if you want. Plus, with the newly added 4K screen option, you may actually need it.

#6) Gigabyte Aero 14:

An Ultrabook that’s first-rate in performance and value
CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) | RAM: 16GB – 32GB | Screen: 14-inch, QHD 2,560 x 1,440 anti-glare IPS | Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Donning a 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Pascal-series GPU and a screen resolution that soars above 1080p, this laptop is more affordable than a comparably specced Razer Blade or Alienware 13 R3. At the same time, it fails to compromise in terms of portability and performance. Factor in the a reasonable battery life and 190-degree hinge, and it’s easy to see why the Gigabyte Aero 14 made the cut.

#7) Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501:

Under an inch thick and still kicking ass CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia
GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) RAM: 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 120Hz panel with G-Sync | Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD

It's almost as if Asus has initiated a new laptop category of its own with the Zephyrus GX501. That’s because, with the help of Nvidia’s Max-Q technology, the Republic of Gamers has crafted a hardy gaming notebook that measures no thicker than an Ultrabook. In fact, the only area
wherein it’s not Ultrabook-esque is the battery, which struggles to attain a consecutive lifespan beyond two hours.


★Depending on your budget, lifestyle and the games you want to play, you could end up spending anywhere from $800 to $5,000 on a system that's likely to weigh between 4 and 13 pounds.

▼Here's some a few tips to help you find your ideal gaming rig.

★Don't buy a gaming laptop for low-end titles like Candy Crush.These
games can easily be supported by an integrated graphics card.

★Avoid touch screens . They're more expensive and drain the battery.

★17 or 18-inch laptops are typically more powerful, while 13, 14 and 15-inchers are easier to carry but often lack higher-end components.

★Make sure the keyboard is comfortable. If you can take a trip to the store and try out the keyboard before you order or buy.
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