Best Gaming Laptops for 2016
If you’re passionate about gaming, and want to invest in a portable yet very powerful gaming rig, we suggest you try a gaming laptop. These are machines configured with the very best hardware specs out there. A gaming laptop will usually carry a powerful processor from either Intel or AMD (mostly quad-cores).
It will also come with a lot of RAM. The norm sits at somewhere of about 16 GB of system memory for a decent gaming laptop.
The hard drive will usually be an SSD. This is because SSDs perform a lot better when dealing with data. This means they can read and write to the memory about 10-12 times faster than a regular HDD drive that relies on spinning disk technology.
A gaming laptop should always carry a dedicated graphics card. This is because the graphics card can work independently of the GPU present in most modern CPUs, so it can render beautiful scenery without any lag whatsoever..
Look for laptop carrying the latest iterations from either NVIDIA or AMD mobility dedicated graphics cards.
The screen is another vital aspect of any gaming laptop. When you get a desktop, you always have to use an external monitor. Laptops created for games come with their own integrated display so you have to be quite picky, cause you’ll be stuck with whatever you’re getting, and it’s a crappy display, you’ll hate yourself for getting the laptop in the first place.
Gaming laptop screens come in all shapes and sizes, and they can render resolutions starting at 1366 x 768, full HD (1920 x 1080) and up to 2K or even 4K.
Also, screen size does matter. You shouldn’t have to squint to spot your enemies in the distance. Don’t get a 13 inch gaming laptop. That’s just crazy. Try to aim for something with at least a 15.4 inch screen size, 17 or 18 inches are even better.
Some laptops comes equipped with gaming keyboards, while others come equipped with standard one. This is where personal preference plays a huge role. If you don’t mind the regular keyboard, then by all means, go for it. If you do mind, either look for another laptop with a gaming keyboard or get some gaming peripherals to go with your notebook.
Another thing you should worry about is the connectivity side of things.. This is to say that whenever you buy a new laptop, you should check things like number of available ports , HDMI output and even the type of your supported WiFi.
Price for a new unit will vary a lot depending on the specs mentioned above. While you can probably get away with spending less than $1000 on a new gaming laptop, you shouldn’t expect to have the latest generation hardware or the most awesome screen integrated on into the thing.
The more you’re willing to pay at first, the better the hardware you can get, and the more you’re future proofing your gaming endeavors.
This is to say that if you’re spending more now, you won’t have to in the near future for additional hardware upgrades to keep up with the latest requirements modern games tend to carry.
The recipe for the best gaming laptop is really simple: A quad core processor, something preferably from Intel’s 5th or 6th generation , a minimum of 8 or even 16 gigs or RAM, an SSD drive with sufficient space to install your operating system and games, and at least 3 USB 3 ports, an HDMI port and at least a full HD screen, if not 2K or even 4K for extra visuals.
Here are a 6 of the laptops for gaming we recommend for 2016:
With a screen measuring 17.3 inches and an UHD resolution, along with top of the line specs, it’s pretty clear why the Acer Aspire V17 Nitro made it on this list.
The graphics alone consist of an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M dedicated video card with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM available for graphics processing. There’s also an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB DDR4 dual-channel memory that make this a multitasking beast.
The 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD combo take both speed and the need for additional storage into account. You’ll run the OS and most of your games from the SSD and keep other files like music, movies and game kits onto the separate drive.
We’re assuming you’ve heard of Alienware before, so it’s no use mentioning what they’re known for. The latest model in their product line is a 17.3 inch screen, 8.3 pounds monster. The screen is an UHD resolution panel with LED backlighting.
On the processing side, you’ll find an Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM to keep things running as smooth as possible. It comes with the Windows 10 OS installed, so all you have to do after getting it is install your games and play.
In terms of storage you’ll find a 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD combo. Like the model above, you can keep your OS, installed games on the SSD, while the rest of the bulk will be stored on the HDD.
The ROG G752VT-DH74 is perhaps on the most densely hardware packed of the bunch. At its core ticks an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, that can be ramped up to 3.50GHz. The system memory is pretty much overkill: 24GB DDR4.
There’s an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 6GB of available video memory. That’s enough to run any current game at ultra-high settings.
The storage is made up of one 1024 GB hard drive and a 256GB SSD. Like we mentioned earlier, an SSD is quite a top spec you should be keeping an eye out for.
Gigabyte is perhaps known for manufacturing hardware, but when they started building laptops, they couldn’t go wrong. The GIGABYTE P35Xv5-SL3 is a great gaming notebook that’s equipped like the previous models, with a huge 75.81Wh battery capacity.
The Core i7 CPU, along with 16GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M video coprocessor create lifelike visuals on the 15.6-inch screen.
There’s also a HDD + SSD storage combination, totaling 1.25TB so you won’t run out of storage space anytime soon.
Sleek design and a 4K LED touch screen is the first thing you’ll notice about the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 gaming laptop.
Aside from these remarkable features, it also comes equipped with the latest Skylake architecture CPU from Intel, 16GB of system memory and a 512GB SSD.
Out of the box it runs Windows 10 Home 64bit Edition, so all you have to do is power it on and play.
The Blade is a thin gaming laptop from the gaming hardware manufacturer Razer. It’s quite portable, measuring a mere 14-inches in screen size. But don’t let that fool you. The screen is indeed small, but it renders a 4K resolution and it’s touch enabled.
There’s also a quad-core processor running the show, along with 16 gigs of RAM and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M dedicated graphics card.
As you can probably notice on the laptop screen in the picture, it can run Witcher 3. This game has become like a benchmark for modern gaming rigs.
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