10 Best Gaming Laptops For 2018 – Which Gaming Laptop Should I Buy?

Need the right instrument for fragging? These are some of the best gaming laptops that Mid 2018 has to offer in the range that you prefer. The main question of the decade for gaming laptops used to be, “Can it run Crysis???”. In fact, even a couple of years ago heavy duty gaming on a laptop seemed to be a hoax. As long as it had a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and discrete graphics, it used to be called as the best gaming laptop.

However, the game or in fact ‘gaming laptops’ have totally changed. These days, the best gaming laptops may all run Windows 10, but you can pick up a gaming laptop with Nvidia Max-Q tech for a MacBook Air or an extremely powerful and clunky behemoth that can easily replace even the best gaming PCs.  Computex 2018 gave us a glimpse of what the next best gaming laptops are going to look like.

This beast can be for your Triple-A gaming and also for your Everyday work. This list covers the best gaming laptops for all of the choices any gamer would need.

1. MSI GS65 Stealth

Priced at 1879$ at Amazon, this is the most you can get in a laptop at such a price.

Rocking an 8th-generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, there’s nothing that can stand in the way of this laptop. Priced at $1899 this is the most you can get in a laptop in a range of this. And there’s nothing you can throw at this thing that’ll slow it down. What’s better than a subdued design which can be carried to places well a stealth.

Key Features:

  • Thin
  • Beauty
  • A Beast

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM, Max-Q)
  • RAM: 16 GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 144Hz panel
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD

Pros –

Beautiful, subtle design
Excellent performance Amazon

Cons –

Gets very hot underneath

2. Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

Priced at $2,697.99 at Amazon for its 8th-Gen model, this device is under an inch thick. One of the thinnest gaming laptop around!

Asus has engineered a high-air chamber to give this ultra-thin gaming laptop the cooling capabilities of a much thicker machine so you should have no problem of overheating. Talking about price, rocking a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 it’s a few hundred bucks cheaper than the equally capable $2,999 Acer Predator Triton 700. If your problem is noise, then this one’s for you as this laptop is virtually silent.

Key Features:

  • Super Slim
  • Best of both worlds ( thinness of an Ultrabook and performance of a gaming laptop)
  • Silent killer

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) anti-glare, wide-view 120Hz panel with G-Sync
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD

Pros –

  • Astonishingly powerful
  • Innovative and quiet cooling

Cons –

  • Laughable battery life
  • Poor keyboard and ergonomics

3. Asus ROG G703GI

Priced at 2,799$ at Amazon. This is a heavy monster that any gamer can totally depend upon.

If you reject all of what 2018 has offered, then this monstrous metal armored Asus ROG G703GI laptop is the one for you. Interestingly, this laptop can rival some of the best gaming pc, in performance.

Key Features:

  • Brilliant performance
  • Solid build quality
  • Desktop replacement

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-i9
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • RAM: 64GB
  • Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080)144Hz
  • Storage: 3 x 512GB SSD (M.2, RAID 0), 2TB HDD

Pros –

  • Insane performance
  • Large screen

Cons –

  • Extremely expensive

4. Razer Blade

Priced at 3,999$ at Amazon. This is one of the best gaming laptops from Razor and a must buy if u are a Razer fan.

Fitting up to a 4K Ultra-HD display and beautiful chassis. This laptop is one of the best ones that the razor has to offer. Having a refresh rate of 144Hz gaming looks insanely smooth. That’s not to mention the expandability that the Razer Core X opens up.

Key Features-

  • Beautiful chassis
  • Massive variety of colors
  • Insane battery life

Key Specs-

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Screen: Up to 15.6-inch UHD (3,840 x 2,160) 60Hz
  • Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD

Pros –

  • Impressive battery life
  • 4K display option

Cons –

  • Fans whir loudly under load
  • Limited upgrade options

5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 

Priced at $2,729 at Amazon. This is making steroids power elegant and portable.

Packed with an Intel Kaby Lake G-series processor, this gaming laptop can keep up with its competitors rocking a GTX 1050 without featuring truly discrete graphics. It’s a total win – even if you have to endure some fan noise to get there.

Key features:

  • Incredible color, sound, and streaming
  • Up to 15 hours, 53 minutes of battery life
  • Provides stability and upping performance by adjusting the temperature if the device is in your lap or on desktop mode

Key specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-i7
  • Graphics: Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch, 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) InfinityEdge anti-reflective touch display
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD

Pros –

  • Impressive power
  • Ultra-thin design

Cons –

  • Kind of expensive

6. Asus ROG Strix GL502

Priced at $1,999 at Amazon. This laptop is funky and stylish.

This laptop has one of the best performance when it comes to gaming in 1080p.  Although, the battery life is a little disappointing, the screen, the performance, and the onboard sound system more than makeup for it. And just imagine the power of speakers of Ice Power that priced at $1500!

Key Features:

  • The vibrancy of colors on the Strix is on a whole other level
  • Overpowering Ice Power speakers
  • ASUS ROG Strix GL502  doesn’t really feel that cumbersome

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 – 1070
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS
  • Storage: 128GB – 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

Pros-

  • Rocks Full HD gaming
  • Deliciously vibrant screen

Cons –

  • Middling battery life

7. Acer Predator Helios 300

Priced at $1,999 at Amazon. You can call this “The beast”

It’s a straightforward, no-nonsense gaming laptop that delivers a refreshing amount of bang for your buck with a Core i7-7700HQ processor and a GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.

Key Features:

  • Predator packs the same quad-core Core i7-7700HQ processor found in laptops that cost two or three times more
  • Aren’t overly loud in use
  • Easy to upgrade storage and RAM

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Core i7-7700HQ
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4/2400
  • Screen: 15.6-inch 1920×1080 60Hz IPS
  • Storage: 256GB M.2 SSD

Pros-

  • Bang for buck
  • Easy to repair

Cons-

  • Display runs dimmer
  • Crumbled storage

8. Gigabyte Aero 15

Priced at $2,199 at Amazon. This is “Thin, Light and Powerful (Bruce-Lee?)”.

This laptop packs a 6-core 8th-generation Intel I7-8750H and a GTX 1060 into a package that allows it to pass as an Ultrabook.

Key Features:

  • Greater display real estate without increasing chassis size
  • The processor manages 3x lesser battery consumption in 4K video playback
  • Is able to transmit data of up to 40Gbps

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB GDDR5)
  • RAM: 8GB – 16GB
  • Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD (1,920 x 1,080) LCD anti-glare
  • Storage: 512GB SSD

Pros-

  • Super thin bezels
  • Deceptively thin and light

Cons-

  • Unfortunate webcam placement

9. Alienware 17 R5

Priced at $1,999 in Amazon. You can basically dominate everything else with its 9th gen.

You just know, if a gaming laptop doesn’t need an introduction, it has to be the ‘Alienware’!

Key Features:

  • 2.1 stereo speakers  booming gaming experience
  • Desktop replacement system
  • Insane battery life

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Screen: 17.3-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440)144Hz
  • Storage: 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD, 1TB 7,200RPM HDD

Pros –

  • Out-of-this-world performance
  • Beautiful 17-inch display

Cons –

  • Weighs almost 10 pounds

10. Alienware 13 R3

Priced at $1,999 at Amazon. This is an awkward first OLED laptop

A hinge-forward design, the OLED touch display caught our attention. By moving the heat sinks behind the screen, the chassis is allowed to be thinner, at 0.81-inch (0.22cm). Unfortunately, this means you won’t find many 13-inch laptop bags that will actually suit the Alienware 13 R3.

Key Features:

  • First OLED gaming laptop
  • Nvidia Pascal graphics makes it a VR-capable machine
  • The display sits directly above the keyboard for a more intimate typing experience

Key Specs:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
  • RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 13.3-inch HD 1,366 x 768 TN – QHD 2,560 x 1440 OLED touchscreen
  • Storage: 180GB – 512GB SSD

Pros-

  • Gorgeous OLED screen
  • Improved hinge-forward design

Cons-

  • Unexpectedly dense
  • Short battery life

Indeed, gaming laptops have evolved quickly in these few years. Having a long list of quality/attractive options, it is quite a time to be a gamer ‘on the go’!

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  1. Sammy September 9, 2018
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