In the past, desktop computers were the tool of choice for most gamers out there, yet, nowadays things are somewhat different. There are more and more digital nomads, people use the same computers for work and personal reasons and, even in this day and age, laptops are more convenient for LAN parties. Moreover, you can always attach your gaming laptop to a 4K Ultra HD monitor and create an impression of using a desktop computer. In fact, at home, you can even make an entire setup and even attach a keyboard, instead of using your standard laptop keyboard.
That being said, a laptop can act as a desktop quite frugally, while the same doesn’t go the other way around. For these reasons, people who have a budget that allows for only one computer probably want to opt for a laptop. In fact, it’s not just about being able to purchase two separate computers. Think about it, why go for two mediocre devices if you can purchase a single high-end one, a single outstanding computer. Here are some of the top gaming laptops on the market.
Asus ROG G703GI
The first thing that pro-desktop people argue is the fact that the screen can never be too large. Nonetheless, this is not necessarily true when it comes to competitive video games. Sure, single player games always benefit from a larger screen size, yet, for a MOBA, FPS or a Battle Royale, you need something a bit more compact. This is just one of the reason why it’s bad to use a TV as a gaming monitor. Speaking of which, 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz is more than an adequate solution. Pair this up with an NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM) and Intel Core i7-i9 and what you get is Asus ROG G703GI.
When it comes to gaming peripherals, Razer is second to none in both performance and reputation. Nevertheless, when it comes to next-gen laptops, it doesn’t lag that far behind, either. Razer Blade is a perfect example of this. The screen size may be up to 15.6 inches which seems a tad lower than what the previous device had to offer, yet with 3,840 x 2,160 60Hz resolution, it offers a superior performance. The GPU is slightly inferior, seeing as how it’s NVidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5 VRAM), when compared to the previous laptop, yet, even with the AAA games of 2018, you shouldn’t be able to tell the difference in visuals. Finally, with 512GB M.2 SSD storage, this device provides a seamless gaming experience and amazing data transfer.
Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501
As we already mentioned, one of the selling points of a laptop is the portability. This is where Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 is particularly handy, seeing as how it’s under an inch thick. Despite this, it still carries a punch with its NVidia GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7. The downside of this device lies in the fact that it has a fairly weak battery and pretty inefficient keyboard (by any standards). All of this, however, is a direct result of high portability. Fortunately, the screen size is more than decent at 15.6 inches, with the anti-glare feature which makes it even more gaming-friendly, regardless of the light conditions in the room. As for the price, it moves at a standard range for a high-end gaming laptop.
Dell XPS 15 2-in-1
Previously, we spoke about portability, well, when it comes to size-to-power ratio, it’s really hard to top Dell XPS 15 2-in-1. With Intel Core i5-i7 and Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory, this laptop is more than capable of competing even with some of the most amazing gaming devices out there. The greatest downside is its price which might seem a bit steep when compared to other laptops capable of offering the same performance. Still, if what you aim for is the compromise between power and portability, you needn’t look further than this device.
Gigabyte Aero 15
For the last, we’ve saved the amazing Gigabyte Aero 15 with the powerful Intel Core i7 8750H, NVidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5) and 8GB – 16GB RAM in its arsenal. One of the main reasons why you should consider this device is due to the fact that it’s almost as efficient for work as it is for gaming. Therefore, if you’re looking for a dual-function device, you needn’t look further than Gigabyte Aero 15.
As you can see, most of these devices are in the range between $1500 and $5000, which may seem like a steep difference for such a slight performance boost but remember that this is an investment you make once every 5-6 years (or more). Therefore, you shouldn’t feel bad going with the idea of purchasing the very best.