Gaming Laptop Reviews for 2019

Best Gaming Laptop ReviewsGaming laptop reviews by our in-house gaming experts cover the range of high end, mid range, and budget gaming laptops. We cover the best gaming laptops by different brands such as Alienware, Razer, MSI, Asus, and Lenovo, comparing technical specifications, portability, design, and cost. Check out our latest laptop reviews for even more shopping advice.

Our experts will provide gaming laptop reviews to answer all of your questions about what kind of gaming laptop you need and where to find it. If you or someone in your household is in the market for a new gaming laptop, you should check out all our gaming laptop reviews to figure out which model or brand is best for you!

What Is A Gaming Laptop?

A gaming laptop, unlike a Chromebook or ultrabook, is a laptop that’s made for one thing and one thing only: serious power in a portable package. Gaming laptops are the perfect solution for anyone who needs to get a few rounds of their favorite games in between meetings on a business trip, during long flights, or just while you’re out grabbing a cup of joe at the local Starbucks. They make gaming accessible anywhere, while also providing enough power to watch your favorite movies or a get a little work done on the side at the same time.

What Price Should You Expect To Pay For A Gaming Laptop?

If there’s one thing you don’t want to skimp on when it comes to gaming laptops, it’s price. Most reputable gaming laptops worth the investment will run you anywhere from $1,000 – $3,500, though we should note you’d probably get a lot of utlity out of a model that strikes right in the middle of that range, around $2,000. The higher cost of these devices can be attributed to high end processors or graphics card, as well as the quality of the included screen, trackpad, and keyboard as well.

Which Are The Leading Gaming Laptop Brands?

Some of the major brands manufacturing gaming laptops are also companies you’d recognize from other computing products like monitors, keyboards, and desktops. Some of the best gaming laptops we’ve tested at Gadget Review have come off the factory lines of MSI, Alienware, Acer, Razer, and ASUS, who all produce high quality products that are worth a second look.

What Features to Look For in a Gaming Laptop

  1. Processor/Graphics Card
    • Both the CPU and the graphics card you get with your laptop will be the lynchpin of how much it can get done, and of course in this realm, the best cpu for gaming is always the bigger, or in this case, fastest one.
      • Usually, the higher the number you see next to the graphics card type, the faster it’s going to run, and the more games you can expect to run on it at a higher graphical fidelity. I.e – an Nvidia 860M will run slower than a 980M, because the former is one grade down from the latter.
      • In any laptop that takes itself seriously, you shouldn’t be shopping for anything less than 8GB of DDR3 RAM at 1600MHz. Most of the recommendations we have listed here hit that mark, if not go well over it (16GB DDR4 2133MHz in the case of the MSI Dominator GT72.
  1. Screen
    • As far as resolution goes, the absolute minimum display you should accept is 1920 x 1080.
  2. Keyboard/Trackpad
    • On the whole, the only two stats you’ll really want to pay attention to when choosing your next laptop are the spacing between the keys (how comfortable it is to type for different hand sizes), and how much diagonal width you’re going to get with the trackpad. These two numbers will indicate how you can expect the laptop to “fit” while you’re using it, whether you buy your gloves in extra large or fit just fine in a small.
  3. Cooling/Fan Noise
    • Plan to get a little gaming done on a long-distance flight? If your gaming laptop sounds like an air raid siren every time you turn on anti-aliasing, there are probably going to be a few people in coach that take offense while you’re fragging away at half-past midnight.
  4. Build Quality
    • Overall, you want to be sure that the laptop has a strong enough build quality that it will be able to stand the impact of a drop from a counter or tabletop, but not so much that the heft of the case adds too much extra weight or width to the overall profile of the system.
  5. Hard Drive
    • When checking out the hard drive configuration of your laptop, there are two main indicators you’re going to want to keep an eye on. The first is whether it offers an SSD (solid-state drive), an HDD (hard disk drive), or some hybrid combination of both.
    • SSDs are faster, lighter, and more reliable than their HDD cousins, but also come at a much higher price to compensate. In general, it’s a good idea to have your operating system and vital programs installed on an SSD for fast access, while loading your gaming library onto an HDD that’s got plenty of extra space to spare. Anything that comes in a 120GB/1TB configuration or higher is usually enough to handle anything you might be able to throw at it.

Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a New Gaming Laptop

The biggest mistake the average customer makes when purchasing their first gaming laptop is (as we mentioned in the intro) immediately equating better specs with being the best choice. This might be true for most desktops, but when you get a gaming laptop you also want to consider particular factors such as how heavy it is, the form factor, the resolution of the screen and how good the keyboard feels.

I’ve seen an endless amount of high-end, top of the line laptops do everything they can to stuff in the absolute beefiest processor and graphics card into the chassis, only to come up short when it comes to creating a comfortable experience in daily use.

Not only that, but many laptops will skimp on things like a solid screen or a buttery smooth trackpad in order to put more money into the power, a grave mistake that can make even the most rudimentary web browsing a trial in patience and personal endurance.

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