Laptops have given people more opportunities to take their work and apps on the go in their workplace and meetings. With this invention some time ago, this gives gamers the option to take their downloaded games on the go too because there’s nothing like gaming on your portable personal device!
And speaking of portability, that word will be my main concern when it comes to laptops. In this list , I’ll be looking at these components when I evaluate what’s the best laptop.
1.) Power: Gaming these days, you will need a laptop that has at least an Intel Core i7 processor with 8 GB RAM. With games that involves intense graphics these days, you have to have these specs in the computer.
2.) Battery Life: There won’t be a power outlet in every place at your convenience. Having a gaming laptop computer that will last for hours is essential when you take it outdoors, so the touch screen panel computers are off this list since their batteries drain fast.
3.) The Dimensions: If you end up carrying a 15+ pound computer in your back to transport, you’ll end up getting a backache later on! So having a thin, lightweight laptop that can easily slide in and out of your backpack is important.
4.) Built: If you’re going to spend all this money and it’s gonna fall apart the next year, then no sense buying it.
5.) Price: The price for the laptop has to be reasonable. Of course laptops will be expensive but with all its features, it has to match the price tag.
Of course, there are other factors I will consider, such as the screen resolution, the number of inputs, the cooling system and the keyboard feel, but those things aren’t necessary when it comes to portability, in my opinion. With that being said, here are my recommendations:
Now this gaming laptop computer has “gaming” written all over it! The top has its Omen face logo with red accents forming an “X” mark . It has a carbon fiber feel (but it’s aluminum) throughout the whole top and inner surfaces of the laptop. On the bottom panel, it has the plastic material, as usual, for the fans and the cooling mechanism. Overall, the built and the craftsmanship is good, almost great!
It has the RGB lighting in their keyboards, divided with each section having its different colors. It’s just too bad that their trackpad and its two button click is disappointing. Having a button that is assigned for clicking is way outdated, in my opinion.
On the left side of the panel, it has a USB 3.0 port, audio in/headphone jack, and a full sized SD card slot for more storage. On the right side, it has another USB 3.0 port and a small barrel connector for your power. The best thing, in my opinion, is that the majority of the main inputs are on the back of the panel because cable management becomes a lot less of a hassle. It has an ethernet jack, another USB 3.0 port, an HDMI input, a mini display port, and a type C USB port with Thunderbolt 3.
As for the screen, it’s a 15.6 inch display with a 1080p HD resolution with IPS and a 60 hz refresh rate, which isn’t an ideal setting for gaming if you want a clear picture when things are moving around too quickly. The color display is only average at best.
The specs are spectacular on this gaming laptop computer!! It has an Intel Hexa-Core i7 8750H processor, a Nvidia 6 GB GTX 1060 graphics card, 16 GB DDR4 Ram, and a 128 GB SSD & 1 TB HDD. So playing all your intense graphic games is a synch on the highest setting! What’s so great about this laptop is it costs just over $1000! I had to wrap my head around this because it’s almost as powerful as my prebuilt PC desktop recommendations. What’s even greater is that you can game AND video live stream your gaming at the same time with the six core processor it offers. That’s insane!!
With the powerful processor comes a lot of heat. And the Omen handles it fairly. It does occasionally overheats the processor but when it comes to feeling the heat on the surface or the keyboard, it manages the heat well. However be prepared for a lot of noise from the fans when it does heat up because it does get quite loud.
The battery life is better than most laptops, providing with a 70 Watt battery life. With the standard use of the laptop, it can last up to 6 hours of battery life. With gaming, it lasts 3.5 hours, which isn’t bad at all.
With all that being said, with its mediocre screen resolution, the average cooling system, and its ok battery life, everything else exemplifies what a gaming laptop computer should be in 2018. If you’re want a fantastic budget gaming laptop, this epitomizes its title. Go get a HP Omen!
- It’s very cheap!
- Very powerful specs!
- Great cable management!
- Well made for its price!
- Has a thunderbolt 3 port!
- Tracking mouse pad is lame!
- Mediocre screen resolution!
- Fans get quite loud!
Switching things out with something WAY thinner, the Asus Zephyrus is a gaming laptop computer that has thinner dimensions but gives a LOT of power. Aesthetically, the top looks premium made, using a brushed aluminum sheet with its ROG symbol embedded on the side. It doesn’t go all out with the accent design to show people it’s a gaming device.
In terms of inputs, on the left side, you have the power connector, an HDMI port, 3 USB 3.0 port and an audio mic combo jack. On the right side, it has another USB 3.0 port and a Thunderbolt 3 USB C Port.
When you open the computer itself, that’s where all the magic appears! It has keyboard RGB lighting and has a sexy, slick look that’ll draw attention at a local coffee shop. When you open it, it also lifts the back half of the bottom panel letting the air flow go through in order to cool off the CPU and the GPU. This is a really cool feature to have when you have to cool the monstrous specs in the laptop.
Speaking of specs, when it comes to owning a decent slim gaming laptop computer, this computer has the power to knockout the competition. It has an Intel Hexa-core i7 8750H processor, an 8 GB GTX 1070 graphics card, 16 GB DDR4 RAM and a 256 GB NVME SSD & a 1 TB HDD. Playing all your favorite games today on the highest setting shouldn’t be a problem. The resolution on the display is a 1080p IPS resolution with a 144 Hz refresh rate AND a 3 ms response time, making it the fastest and prettiest display on the laptop market.
You’ll get a 55 Watt hour battery that won’t last very long. You do have the option to turn off G-Sync on your graphics card to reserve battery time to do other normal life stuff like browsing the internet, but the battery span is still unacceptable, running only 2.5 hours. So get used to carrying your almost 2 pounds power adapter with you on the go.
The keyboard has been a little bit of a roller coaster ride for some when they bought the previous model of the Asus Zephyrus. The previous model had the mouse touchpad on the right side of the keyboard. You can switch the mousepad into a digital number pad when you want to. That got a lot of mixed reviews from the people who owned this model, especially the left handed players. Thankfully, this year’s model went back to the classic model of having a regular mouse touchpad on the bottom.
When it comes to handling the heat, I did mention that the back half of the panel rises when you open it to get more air flow through the CPU. However, cooling a six core CPU monster isn’t an easy task. The panel on the computer will be on the hot side at times but thankfully, the CPU will drop the GHz to sustain the temperature at a reasonable level without slowing down the computer or overheating the processor, and that itself is great!
So overall, if you can forgive the battery life and are ok with carrying the blocky power adapter, you are looking at one of the best slim gaming laptop computers this year! If you are willing to hand over a good amount of cash for this gaming investment, this laptop is highly recommended! ROG has continued to be one of the best PC gaming platforms on the market and this slim laptop is no exception. Go buy one!
- Thin laptop with POWER!
- Aesthetic gaming look!
- Specs are off the charts!
- Cooling in CPU are great!
- Screen resolution is stunning!
- Battery life is low!
- Keyboard panel may get too hot!
There was a back and forth battle in my head between putting this gaming laptop computer or the MSI P65 Creator on the list. They both are fantastic computers but in the end, I’ve decided to put this computer on the list, due to its well built design, better touchpad and keyboard and cooling system to maintain the CPU. In other words, I pick this for its durability, which is important to me!
From a design perspective, its aluminum chassis is sturdy and well made to maintain the shape, the CPU and its content. The only stand out accent design is its Razer logo in the middle of the cover. When you open it, it surprisingly looks more of a professional look, almost similar to a macbook pro set up. So this laptop can pass as a productivity model in your workplace, as longs as you turn off the RGB lighting keyboard.
When it comes to ports, on the left side, it has a HDMI port, USB C Thunderbolt 3 port and a mini display port. On the right side, it has 2 USB 3.0 ports and a power connector. Unfortunately, it does not have an ethernet port so wifi is the only way to go for connectivity.
For what you’re getting for the price on this subtle, ridiculous laptop, you get a Intel Hexa-Core i7 8750H processor, a Nvidia GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, a 16 GB DDR4 Ram and a 256 GB NVME SSD with a 1 TB HDD. In other words, you can play all games in max setting while having a smooth gaming session. When it comes to the screen, you get a 144 Hz refresh rate on its 1080p IPS resolution, which is fantastic to look at.
With all that power, it needs to have something to cool the specs down, and the Razer Blade does a fantastic job cooling it off. It cools off both the CPU and panel without overheating and sounding too loud from the fans. Just be careful not to touch the hinges of the computer because that’s where it’s really hot.
The laptop comes with a whopping 80 Watt hour battery life, which is one of the biggest batteries out there in a laptop! For productivity such as video editing and streaming, the battery life isn’t that great, but for gaming for up to 4 hours, it smashes all laptop’s battery span by a mile!
So for what it’s worth, it’ll cost you $2400, which is a lot! But with its thinness, its quality build, its fantastic battery life, its powerful processor, its vivid & sharp screen, and its great cooling fans, this is a well balanced gaming/productivity high-end computer! I would call this the gaming Macbook Pro! If you want, what I consider the perfect laptop, then I would highly suggest that you save your money to get this laptop. Go get it because it is worth it.
- Well Made Thin Laptop!
- Great screen resolution!
- Fantastic cooling fans!
- Battery span is huge for gaming!
- No ethernet port!
If you have something to say for my picks, please let me know by posting a comment down below.