The last thing online gamers would want is to panic about their laptop’s battery running out while they’re at the middle of a game. So you might want to make sure that the laptop you’re getting is a heavy-duty machine that can take care of business.So, off you tinker into specs. But for a busy gamer like you, deep in the game, spending time looking on hardware is not the top priority. But don’t worry, here’s a list of the 8 best gaming laptops that are not only budget-friendly, but come with the quality and durability for extremely long playing sessions in 2017.
Alienware 13 (OLED Display)
Alienware 13 with its OLED display boasts a very vibrant screen that no other gaming laptop can offer. Despite being one of the smallest VR-ready laptops, you can play the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive headsets. It’s also hailed for supporting buttery-smooth frame rates with its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and Intel Core i7 CPU. Its OLED screen is 13 inches wide, helping provide a fantastic gaming experience. You may also opt to add VR-ready desktop graphics. This gadget’s downside though is that it is not as finely tuned when pitted against higher-end OLED TVs. All in all, the OLED display makes this “limited edition” Alienware 13 a terrific gaming experience from the visual standpoint.
Asus ROG G701VI
The Asus ROG G701VI is a heavy, dynamic laptop that can muster long gaming hours made possible by its overclocked Intel Core i7-6820HK CPU. It has a 64GB-RAM, two 512GB PCIe M.2 SSDs set in RAID 0 configuration and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of VRAM. Gamers are given the visual treat with the 1080p, 120Hz Nvidia G-Sync display and 178-degree viewing angles that will entice you to play your favorite games wherever you are.
Origin PC Eon17-SLX (GeForce 980)
This Origin PC laptop is powered by desktop parts that include an overclocked processor and the likes of a desktop graphics card for VR systems such as Oculus Rift. The generic body, though, is the downside. It’s clunky and looks ordinary considering the cost of this laptop. If you get the VR configured be prepared for some extra expenses. The keyboard, touchpad and display are so-so. While the Origin PC Eon17-SLX is a bit pricy expensive and bare, it is praised for being one of the very few gaming laptops that contains components dedicated for VR hardware like the Oculus Rift.
The moment you get a glance of HP Omen, you’d immediately want to buy it because of its attractive, bold design. User customization options are also available, and the gaming experience is enhanced with its great keyboard. It also has a touchscreen, one thing that too many gaming laptops don’t have. Its biggest disadvantage is having a mediocre graphics card. But all in all, HP’s unique-looking, very portable, great performing laptop makes it a gamer’s favorite for the new and fresh 2017.
Acer Predator 15
Seldom you’ll see a 15-inch gaming laptop, which makes the top-end Acer Predator 15 stand out. Because gaming laptops are usually used for long hours, this one is made with extra cooling facilities to keep the parts running. Battery life is also excellent. Aside from its OK’ish looks, everything else in this laptop is great. It’s actually one of the fastest gaming laptops and with its extra cooling, you don’t have to worry that hours of gaming in 2017 might overheat this gadget.
Gigabyte Aero 14
Gamers agree that Gigabyte Aero 14 is great in performance at a value for money. With its 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia Pascal-series GPU and a screen resolution that exceeds the usual 1080p, the Gigabyte Aero 14 is packed with what every gamer is looking for at a more affordable price. Portability and performance matters most for gamers and this laptop delivers. It only weighs a little over 4 pounds and is just 0.78 inches thin but it can do heavy duty performance. It’s battery life is also worth praising (3 hours and 38 minutes nonstop).
Razer Blade’s battery life is one of the top reasons why gamers prefer this laptop. You can play on it for 3 hours and 35 minutes and its battery life could extend for up to six hours of non-stop video. The graphics are also great and with its Razer Core external GPU enclosure, loading the Nvidia Titan X comes without hassle for a great 2017 gaming experience.
Aorus X5 v6
Aorus is not as famous as other gaming laptop models, but wait til you try Aorus X5 v6; you’ll forget about other brands. It’s actually praised for being a durable gaming laptop, with a simple design giving it an attractive, sleek look. It comes in an all-black finish with a GTX 1070 powerhouse. Connect it to a 144Hz external monitor and you can enjoy Overwatch at up to 120 fps on Ultra. If its internal capacity isn’t enough for you, surely its 15-inch, 3K resolution display would suffice. So, who wants a subdued design when you can have powerhouse performer?