Which Gaming Laptop is Right for You?

Posted on May 1, 2012 by Natalie Bracco

Gaming enthusiasts know that if they want to experience the best quality a console game can offer, then gaming on PC’s is the best way to go. For extra power and performance, a Desktop is often believed to one of the best options. However, for those of us on the go, portability is often essential and sees us turn to Laptops. Finding the best gaming laptop that doesn’t sacrifice too many frame-rates can be difficult, but there are some simple steps to make your search easier.

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High Impact Hardware

The best gaming laptop is typically one that is configured especially towards peak gaming performance. If your laptops hardware doesn’t reach the recommended system requirements you could be left with a frustratingly scrappy, choppy gaming session. When looking for a gaming laptop, some of the most important features you should be looking for are:

  • The best gaming graphics card you can find, such as an AMD Radeon HD 6990M or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M
  • A large screen size, ideally 15 – 18 inches
  • A high performance processor, such as a Sandy Bridge Intel Core i5 that is preferably quad-core
  • Large amounts of RAM
  • Super high resolution display
  • High-speed internet connection and WiFi for gamers on the go

Don’t make sacrifices

Gamers using laptops, instead of desktops, don’t need to make sacrifices in their purchases, or their game play. Ensure that your purchase has ample power, function and accessories such as USB ports, decent speakers, a webcam, microphone and a multi-card reader. Mid to high end gaming laptops will also offer Blu-ray disc drives and HDMI and eSATA ports.

The Best of the Best

When you’re looking for the best gaming laptop to buy it’s best to look for these features

  • Fast, high quality audio/visual capabilities
  • Speedy processor
  • Massive memory and storage capabilities
  • Extendable warranty and support systems optional

The following best gaming laptops meet all these criteria and depending on your specific needs and budget, there is a gaming laptop out there for everyone.

  • Alienware M18x has a sleek and intimidating look along with heavy duty gaming performance
  • MSI GT783-625US an ideal gaming notebook at a very reasonable and attractive price
  • Sony VAIO VPC-F236FM a gaming powerhouse that features Nvidia GT 540M and an Intel Core i7 CPU
  • Asus G74SX-BBK8 has a menacing look and while it won’t break the bank you’ll still have great performance

Also take a look at the Acer Aspire Ethos 8951G, the Alienware M14x, the MSI GT780DX and the Rock Xtreme 786 for great laptop gaming capabilities that won’t disappoint.

About Natalie Bracco

Natalie Bracco is a freelance writer and an amateur baker. When she's not busy in the kitchen, you can find her writing about technology, travel, food and finance. Follow her on Twitter @nataliebracco.


  1. BioHazzard says

    Nice Post 🙂
    Add the prices also if possible..

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