2014 Top 10 Laptop (Gaming Notebook)

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Gaming laptops are not about good enough performance. They’re about screaming fast speeds, delivered via a combination of the fastest processors and most powerful graphics cards you can fit in something that’s portable. The very best gaming notebooks can plow through the latest titles without breaking a sweat.

A great gaming laptop should also deliver a high resolution display that immerses you in that 3D world, as well as speakers with serious punch. Other key ingredients include a comfortable backlit keyboard and a design that turns heads, preferably with fun customizable lights. Here are the best gaming laptops you can buy in every size and price range.

 

Best Gaming Laptop Overall: Alienware 18 2014

Alienware continues to rule the gaming notebook roost. This 12.2-pound monster packs a pair of pair of Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPUs, a fourth-generation Core i7 Haswell processor, a gorgeous 18-inch, 1080p display and a bevy of keyboard lighting effects. When you absolutely, positively have to frag everything in the room, the Alienware 18 is your best choice, provided you can handle its heavy weight and even heavier cost.› See more product details

Starting Price: $2,099

2014 Best Portable Gaming Laptop: Razer Blade 14

Big things come in slim packages.The world’s thinnest gaming notebook, the Razer Blade 14 squeezes an Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU, a speedy SSD, and the latest, quad-core Intel 4th Generation Core i7 CPU into its 0.66-inch frame. Even better, this $1,799 notebook has a high-end black aluminum chassis, a responsive keyboard and speakers which produce rich, immersive sound.  A truly portable gaming notebook, the 4.2-pound Blade 14 can frag with the big boys and look good doing it.› See more product details

Starting Price: $1,799

Best 17-inch Gaming Laptop: Alienware 17 2014

The Alienware 17 is a gaming powerhouse wrapped in a light show. Alienware signiifcantly updated the design this year, adding new light strips to the anodized aluminum lid  and softening the sharp edges of its predecessor. However, the company hasn’t skimped on specs, tricking out the Alienware 17 with a 1080p display, the latest Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU.› See more product details

2014 Best Budget Gaming Laptop: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p’s red backlit keyboard hints at the menace underneath. Outfitted with a quad core Intel Core i7 Haswell processor, dual Nvidia GeForce GT 750M GPUs, a 1080p display and 1TB of storage for less than $1,299, the Y510p delivers superb gaming power on a budget.› See more product details

Starting Price: $819

Traditionally, gamers have looked to hefty, monstrous machines with stylish designs — though some prefer the term “ostentatious” — for their portable gaming needs. Even as other laptops get thinner, lighter, and sexier, gaming laptops remain bulky and incredibly powerful, making them the best option if you’re looking for a portable — well, relatively portable — computer that can handle the latest games in their full glory.

However, wanting to play games doesn’t necessarily mean you want a gaming laptop. In general, they’re not known for being paragons of portability. None have exceptional battery life, and all need to be tethered to an outlet to game for any extended period of time. If you’re looking for a computer to take to work or class every day, or simply want a machine that can play less taxing games like Team Fortress 2, you don’t want a gaming laptop. But if you want to play all the latest, most demanding games on high settings, and only need to travel on occasion — perhaps to a LAN party with friends, home for the holidays, or simply from your desk to your couch — a gaming laptop is probably a good fit.

But deciding that you want a gaming laptop isn’t the final choice — it’s only the beginning. To learn more about the best gaming options on the market, and to find out which gives you the highest performance for your hard-earned dollar, read on.Read more ›

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