Originally invented in the 1950’s for academic purposes, computers have evolved from useful tools to gaming phenomena as hardwire terminals led to modems, and modems led to Wi-Fi. The speed at which gaming takes place has enabled players to compete from the other side of the room to the other side of the world which is, in part, due to the advent and popularity of laptops.
With so many games associated with online, gaming communities, you can literally carry your virtual gaming world around, to the park, school, or the local coffee shop. For this reason, the race is on for the latest and greatest gaming laptop.
Choosing the best gaming laptop is like choosing your favorite food. It really depends on your mission and mood, and whether speed, memory, portability, or affordability are most important to you. If money is no object, Alienware 18 is the highest ranked, according to PC Magazine.
With high performance, smooth graphics, and cool lighting, its features include “everything but the kitchen sink.” On the other hand, Alienware 18 is also one of the heavier gaming laptops, as well as one of the more expensive.
If affordability is your main concern, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500 offers solid gaming performance and its modular UltraBay system lets you reconfigure your system as needed. While the battery life tends to be short, “solid” and “decent” are two words commonly used to describe the Lenovo IdeaPad Y500, which is impressive when you consider that its price is roughly one-third of Alienware 18’s.
For a gaming laptop somewhere in between, you might consider the CyberPower FangBook, which offers great performance, fast and capacious storage, and quality graphics and sound. The CyberPower FangBook delivers strong performance and a healthy feature set, though may be considered too heavy for portability and, like most gaming laptops, does suffer a short battery life.
Now if battery life is your mission, there is the MSI GE40 2OC-009US which has the longest lasting battery on this list despite weighing only 4.4 pounds. This ultraportable laptop delivers solid performance on the go, though it has a few flaws that may be overlooked for the relatively low price.
If that’s not light enough for you, check out the Razer Blade 14, which is the world’s thinnest gaming notebook. And with a responsive keyboard and speakers which produce rich, immersive sound, the speedy 4.2-pound Razer Blade 14 can frag with the big boys and look good in the process, for a price that is roughly in the middle.
Still Not Sure?
If you still can’t decide, or if you need more information, you can find a comprehensive list of options on PC Magazine’s Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops. Choices and information abound to help you decide.
Are you game? Or are you gamer?
— By Tim Alan