Look, nerds, I’ll admit I’m not much of a PC gamer. In fact, I don’t do a lot of gaming outside of my iPhone these days. I used to love Xbox/console games, but life became busy. Even so, the first games I ever really played were, in fact, computer games. The original Starcraft and Command & Conquer definitely got me started (yep, that old). But for those of you just getting into gaming now and looking for the best possible gaming laptop, I’ve gone ahead and picked out some of the meanest, fastest, most beast-mode machines on the market. Yes, some of them are ugly as butt—most of them, in fact—but if you’re looking for extreme performance and power, that’s what you get. Leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite or what other machines you think should have made the list.
Digital Storm Behemoth
The Digital Storm Behemoth gaming laptop takes it’s name seriously; this thing is HUGE. That’s because Digital Storm wants this to be the ULTIMATE gaming laptop. To that end they’ve packed in a desktop-class Intel processor, the ability to fit an astounding 32GB of DDR3 memory, up to 2 NVIDIA graphics cards (SLI), a multi-color and very unique backlit keyboard, Thunderbolt technology and even Hi-Fi speakers. You can get a “good” configuration for $2,305 but can upgrade to an “ultimate” configuration which will set you back $4,021.
MSI GT80 Titan SLI (GTX 980M SLI)
Dual next gen SLI GeForce GTX 980M graphics cards mean the MSI GT80 Titan SLI gaming laptop has blazing performance. Gaming laptops with this much power necessarily need to stay cool which is exactly what the 8-heat pipe cooling solution is for. If you’re looking for a precise and comfortable gaming keyboard in your laptop, it’s going to be hard to beat this one; the Cherry MX Brown switches ensure your keystrokes register—no ghosting. Did I mention the awesome touchpad that doubles as a number pad and that this machine was made to be upgradable?
The Alienware 17″ gaming laptop boasts power and performance in a nice looking package. Alienware has long been known as a gaming powerhouse. Known for crazy designs and powerful performance, Alienware was the gaming PC company to beat for a long time. Now there is definitely more competition, but Alienware is still a respected name. And, as it turns out, Alienware makes some of the more affordable gaming laptops you can buy (of course you can trick them out and make them pretty pricey). Serious gamers will want to add the optional graphics amplifier to this quad-core gaming setup.
The Origin EON17-SLX gaming laptop features a 1080p HD display, the ability to upgrade to a whopping 4TB of storage space, Thunderbolt connectivity, up to 32GB of DDR3 RAM, a 2MP video camera, and—importantly—24/7 lifetime service and support. But what really sets this rig apart from other machines listed here is the ability to customize it and make it feel like your own. You can change the color of the wording and logo to match your own personality. Plus—dual hard drives.
Lenovo Y50 Ultra HD
Personally, given the choice between all of the gaming laptops listed here, I’d go with the Lenovo Y70 Touch. Why? It’s a bargain, for one thing—and that’s without sacrificing the latest technology. For another thing, the design is understated. It’s not trying to look gnarly or crazy—it’s a bit more debonaire. While the other machines here are trying to look like the Incredible Hulk or something, the Lenovo Y70 Touch is more like the James Bond (weird analogy, I know). With premium display options and speakers, uncompromising power and performance boosting storage, there’s a lot to love about this option. You can also choose between a touch version or an Ultra HD version.
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