You love playing video games. It’s one of your favorite past times. But, you’ve outgrown your console and you’re looking for something a little more “hardcore.” PCs are where the big boys play, and you want to get in on that action. The problem is that you don’t know where to start. Here are eight great laptops to consider. The laptops are highly configured for gaming using latest technology.
It’s a laptop from outer space. No, it’s really just a clever name for a really great gaming computer. This is the creme de la creme. The best. If money is no object, then this is the object you want to own. The 12-pound gaming monster has a really flashy design and a beautiful screen. The real cool stuff, however, is under the hood so to speak.
The computer is equipped with dual NVIDA DeForce GTX video cards for excellent frame rates. It also has more than a terabyte in there between the boot drive and the storage drive. There are even built-in features made specifically for gaming. It’s not cheap though. Expect to pay $5,000 for the most expensive, customized, version. But, when you’re done, you can download Vuze for freebie games or pony up more dough for the hardcore shooter games. But make sure that you only download games that don’t infringe on copyrights, and are authorized or licensed for free distribution.
No, this isn’t a joke. There’s more than one Alienware product. For similar features, and a much lower price tag, you can get the “17” version of this laptop. It also has a 1920 x 1080 pixel full HD screen, and you can even expand the memory to anywhere between 8 and 32 GB. The 17 only have a single video card though (the 18 has 2). However, you can opt to make it one of several powerful NVIDIA GeForce models. It’s also got the same high-quality response int he keyboard as the 18.
A decent quality in this tier will cost you between $2,000 and $2,300. Fully customized versions run about $4,500. But, for that price, you might as well spend the extra $500 and go for the big brother.
It’s not a shaving tool, it’s a gamer’s brand. This machine is a gaming PC through and through. The Razer Blade is smaller than most dedicated gaming laptops, but don’t let the 14 inch screen fool you. It also sports a cool Intel HD4600 and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M – it’s made for graphics and video processing.
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The Razer Blade Pro is what it sounds like. It’s a “pro” version of the original. The base graphics and video specs are the same, but with this model, the screen is 17.3 inches. The resolution – 1920 x 1080. It’s got a full HD 16:9 aspect ratio. It also has a unique Razer Switchblade User Interface. It acts as a trackpad or a free moving display.
MacBook Pro With Retina Display
MacBook Pros don’t exactly make you think of “gamer” when you see them. But, these Apple proteges are amazing when it comes to the graphical display. The games look great on the 15-inch model, and the processing side keep pace with both the Intel Core i5 and i7 and the graphics from either Iris or NVIDIA.
Bootcamp makes playing Windows games ridiculously easy, and you get the reliability of a Mac when you’re not playing and decide to switch over to Mac’s OS.
It is expensive though at $2,500 to $3,500, depending on the options you select. But, unlike all of the other computers on this list, you’re getting essentially 2 computers for the price of one: a Mac and a Windows machine.
The Origin is an awesome choice if you’re the type of person who likes to customize things. So, with this model, you can make several selections about the internals of this machine, you can choose whether you want single or dual graphics cards, and you can even choose specific specs for an Intel i& processor. You can also choose the amount of space you want for memory and a hard drive.
The more expensive machines will cost you several thousand dollars, but you’re also getting the backing of Origin’s top-notch tech support.
This laptop from Samsung is very compact. It’s not something you’d think of when you think of gaming. The display is a mere 15.6 inches, and it only weighs 5.6 pounds. That puts it into the category of almost being an endangered species.
Graphics power comes from an AMD Radeon HD 8870M card. Processing is accomplished by the Intel Core i7 3635QM chip. The ATIV Book 8 model also has a touch-enabled screen.
It’s a cheaper alternative to the more serious machines on the market. It’s a good choice if you’re not a hardcore gamer or you just don’t have $4,000 to spare on a dedicated gaming PC.
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p
Lenovo made a name for itself in the business world, but it’s also got a great gaming computer. It’s an inexpensive laptop, but it’s backed by 1 TB of hard drive space, a 15.6 inch screen, and it can be fitted with dual NVIDIA GeForce GT755M graphics cards.
The best part: you can pick this puppy up for as little as $789.
Ben Woods has always been particular about his technology. From car gadgets to mobile tech to computers, he enjoys blogging about options, features, and benefits of a variety of technological possibilities.