Oct 30 2010 - As an increasing number of gamers require mobility, the gaming laptop sector has risen to the occasion with high performance machines capable of rivaling high-end gaming desktops. Below is a list of the best gaming laptops in a variety of price ranges from the top budget system to the ultimate gaming notebook money can buy.
The ASUS G73JW ranks best overall due to its high performance and sleek design. With a gorgeous 17.3-inch screen, NVIDIA GTX 460M graphics card, and an abundance of memory, the G73JW offers phenomenal gameplay. The ASUS G73JW is also equipped with a Blu-ray player for an enjoyable multimedia experience. This desktop replacement is more budget-friendly than many rival models, ringing in at $1,799, which is a plus for many gamers.
Despite the abundance of gaming laptops on the market today, ASUS owns the top two spots on this list with another G73 Series notebook, the ASUS Republic of Gamers G73JH-B1. Featuring the same 17.3-inch display and Intel Core i7-740QM quad-core processor as the G73JW, this gaming notebook comes in a close second due to the lack of USB 3.0 and HDMI 1.4 support. The ATI Radeon 5870 1GB GDDR5 graphics card makes the loss bearable, however. Gameplay is smooth and stunning on either ASUS G73 model.
Although the ASUS G51JX-X3 is equipped with a smaller 15.6-inch screen, it supports full HD 1920x1080 resolution and boasts 4GB of DDR3 memory. The ASUS G51JX also affords the ability to upgrade the memory to 8GB in the future and offers a variety of ports, including HDMI. This budget-friendly gaming laptop is a great fit for mainstream gamers looking for mobility without a steep price tag.
If you're a gamer looking for a gaming laptop under $1,000 without sacrificing screen size, the Dell XPS 17 is a worthwhile buy. The 17-inch display offers 900p resolution and incredible audio thanks to 22-watt JBL built-in speakers. Bonus features include an HD webcam and NVIDIA Optimus technology for better battery life.
If you're looking for the best gaming laptop on the market, the AVADirect X7200 gaming notebook tops the list. When customized with two NVIDIA GTX 480M graphics cards in SLI configuration and 12GB of triple channel memory, the AVADirect X7200 outperforms many gaming desktops. However, owning the fastest laptop on the market comes at a price. The AVADirect X7200 can easily top $6,000 or more with the available options.