If you are an avid gamer, a regular laptop will not do it for you. Although competent in handling office applications it does not have what it takes to handle serious gaming. For that, you will need a dedicated gaming laptop. This means having a fast central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU).
The display must be a high definition 4k screen with a high resolution and frame rate. And this is just the start. There is still the battery and storage to consider. Choosing one out of the many available in the market today is tough. So to help you, here are the five best gaming laptops of 2016.
1. Asus ROG Strix GL502
The ROG will set you back $1,449 on Amazon but its specs are impressive. It has an Intel iCore 7 CPU, NVidia GeForce graphics card, and 16GB RAM. The SSD storage is 128-256GB while the HDD is 1 TB. Yet despite its specs, the Rog’s battery is wanting and the design is not striking. The only design feature on it is its red color, which makes it somewhat odd. But its 15.6-inch screen is a redeeming feature. At 1080p and 60fps, it manages to deliver quality images. If you do find you need to boost the performance of your device, you can always check out companies like Offtek for additional RAM.
2. HP Omen 17
Sporting an Intel iCore 7, NVidia GeForce GPU, and Intel HD graphics, the omen is bound to appeal to gamers. They will its love its big 17.3-inch 4k display with 1440p and G-Sync. Also attractive is the 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, and a 2TB HDD. With this much storage, you will never have to buy extra memory.
With these specs, the Omen delivers premium quality performance at the less than premium price of $1,419 on Amazon Marketplace. But prepare to be disappointed by its weight and build quality. The latter has not impressed critics who have compared it to that of a child’s toy.
3. Razer Blade
The Razer is poised to rival the MacBook Pro and this is why. It has a 2.6GHz Intel i7 CPU, NVidia GeForce GPU, 16GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD storage. Its tiny 14-inch may be small, but it packs a punch. Depending on which model you buy, it ranges from FHD to QHD. The Razer’s biggest selling point is the battery. It returns three and a half hours of serious gaming and up to six hours of video. On the downside, the fan whirs a bit too loudly, especially when you’re gaming. The Razer costs $1,799 at Amazon.
4. The Predator 17 X
At $1,899, the predator does not come cheap. For your money, you get an Intel i7 CPU, NVidia GeForce GPU, and 32GB of RAM. Storage is in the form of a 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD. In base form, the display delivers basic 4K quality picture quality. But fork out some more money and you get an Ultra HD screen with G-Sync. Besides the steep price, the weight of the Predator (10 pounds) might also prove to be an issue with gamers. So might the battery, which takes well over three hours to charge.
5. Lenovo IdeaPad Y700
This entry level gaming laptop costs only $880 at Amazon. But do not let its price fool you. Lenovo did not skimp on features to reach this price. It has an Intel i5-i7 CPU, NVidia GeForce GPU, up to 16 GB RAM. SSD storage ranges from 128GB -512GB and the HDD is a standard 1TB across all models. You will love the stylish design and decent battery life. But the Lenovo heats up when under load. Its trackpad could also be better.
When compared to their regular counterparts, gaming laptops are packed full of features. But this seamless gaming experience comes as a price. Only one of the laptops above is priced under $1,000.