Best Gaming Laptops 2018

When looking for a laptop to buy, one tends to look for the kind that has it all. The best of the specs, powerful performance, promising gaming experience and beautiful plus a vivid display. With the ongoing competition among companies to come up with bigger and better laptops each year, there’s a lot to choose from. It can get confusing and that’s why we’ve compiled a list of what we think of as the best laptops of this year keeping in mind to look at them from a gaming point of view as well.

Also, have a look at our Best Cheap Gaming laptops under 1000 dollars, 2018.

1. Alienware 17 R5

(Winner: Best desktop-replacement Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i9-8950HK, 2.9 GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 OC (8 GB GDDR5X)
  • Display: 17.3 inches, QHD (2560 x 1440), 120 Hz G-Sync
  • Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD, 1 TB HDD (7,200 rpm)
  • RAM: 32 GB DDR4 (2,666 MHz)
  • Weight: 4.4 kg (9.74 lbs)

The Alienware 17 R5 features a rock solid sturdy look and it has the same classic look as its predecessor. Despite not bringing much of a change in the looks department in this model, Alienware has upped their game in the hardware section. Alienware 17 R5 weighs quite a lot which makes it hard to carry around and It’s more of a desktop replacement. The 17.3-inch screen is a great catch. This laptop is equipped with all the features one would need for an ultimate battle station. The keyboard, though, not a mechanical one, still is pretty great. The TactX keyboard is perceptive and has a great response time. It also offers customizable RGB which appeal to gamer aesthetics. Speakers are powerful and the audio output is loud and crisp.

The basic model features a QHD display but has various configuration options available. Even the basic display offers great visual experience and has an impressive refresh rate. It can basically run all the high-grade games mostly at high settings without breaking a sweat. Performance wise, it’s among the perfect laptops for hardcore gamers. It doesn’t lag, multitasking is great and efficient. Heating issues are negligible. For a laptop with hexacore processors and being able to run heavy-duty games, the battery life is pretty decent. Lasted an average of 3 hours 21 minutes. For an extensive review visit our Alienware 17 R5 Review.

Recommended for:

  • Beautiful graphics performance
  • Good battery life
  • Great display
  • Lots of configuration options
  • Tobii eye-tracking feature

2. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

(Winner: Best Portable Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (Quad-core, 9 MB cache, up to 4.2 GHz)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5, Max-Q)
  • Display: 15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), anti-glare, 144 Hz
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD (M.2)
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (8 GB x 2, 2,400 MHz)
  • Weight: 1.88 kg (4.14 lbs)

The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin is a very capable, slim and lightweight gaming laptop. The build quality does not feel as solid as one would expect from a gaming laptop. As for the design, it screams the word ‘premium’. It doesn’t look like a gaming laptop from any angle but rather has a sophisticated business look to it. Additionally, it has gold accents on the lid and hinges. It’s lightweight and easy to carry around. The impressively long battery life of up to 5 hours, give or take, is convenient for outdoor use. The keyboard is very comfortable to use, for both everyday use and excessive gaming. The keys feel springy and one can create a personalized jewel-tones theme.

This laptop has done an amazing job with the minimal bezel. In fact, it might be among the rare few gaming laptops with 82% screen-to-body ratio. As for the display, it’s pretty decent and vivid. It packs a bigger battery, better processor and GPU which amounts up to a great performance. Technically, all the high-end games can be played on the ultra settings but that would be pushing it because of the Max-Q factor. For light to moderate gaming on the go, this might be the best thing out there but for heavier gaming, this just isn’t it. Heating may be noticeable during extensive overloaded use. For an extensive review, visit MSI GS65 Stealth Thin review.

Recommended for:

  • Great graphics performance
  • Minimal bezels
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Slim design and good build
  • Lightweight
  • Long battery life

3. Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI

(Winner: Best Robust Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750HQ (Quad-core, 6MB cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5X VRAM)
  • Display: 15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare, 120 Hz refresh rate with NVIDIA G-Sync
  • Storage: 256 GB M.2 PCIe x 4 SSD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (2,666 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.49 kg (5.5 lbs)

What makes Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501VI stand out from the rest if laptops mentioned in this list of best gaming laptops 2018 is the dimensions of this laptop and it featuring some heavy hardware inside. Its surprisingly well put. The exterior feels flimsy but despite that, it’s beautiful to look at. It has a solid build and a strong chassis. The all black persona adds to the style it has got going on and the logo itself looks like art and it cherry on top. The 15-inch display is great with accurate color reproduction and good black depths. The mechanical keyboard has a nice large setting and keys have positive feedback. It isn’t the ultimate gaming keyboard but it fits the description of one. The trackpad placement is towards the far right and may need some getting used to.

The surface is smooth to the touch and its efficient enough for regular use and mild gaming. Now it may appear slim but it packs some powerful performance gear. The GTX 1080 makes sure that all the AAA games can run smoothly, even on ultra settings. It can take most of the heavy load tasks thrown its way. Another feature is its cooling system which is far better than any other laptop mentioned here. There’s almost no fan noise even when used extensively. The battery life, however, is shortlived lasting up to 2 hours only.

Recommended for:

  • Powerful performance
  • Great speakers
  • Beautiful display
  • Advanced cooling system
  • Beautiful design and build

4. Acer Helios 300 15”

(Winner: Best Amazon Recommended Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2 GHz processor)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Display: 15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, 144 Hz
  • Storage: 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (up to 32 GB) (2,400 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.7 kg (5.9 lbs)

Tired of the typical red and black gamer aesthetic combination? Acer Helios renewed the entire look for the latest 8th generation gaming laptops and they may have changed the game for the looks department. Clad in white and gold chassis, the newer Acer Helios looks like its own brand of sophisticated and pristine. Its lovely to look at and It comes in black as well, but the white color variant is what makes it unforgettable. The keyboard is pretty much average. It doesn’t stand out. The keys have a mushy feel to them and there’s no option of customizing the RGB lighting.

The 15.6 inches display has customizability options of up to 4K and even the FHD one is pretty good. The display is vivid, bright and clear. The backs and depths accurate to a healthy amount. It’s great for video and picture editing. The RAM and storage have been expanded which is another great appeal. They’re further expandable as well. As for the graphics, the GTX 1060 may not be the most powerful GPU but its blend with 8th generation processor gives a great output when it comes to gaming experience. It may not be able to run high-end games buttery smooth at ultra settings but it does a great job at high to moderate settings. The battery life is average lasting up to a maximum of 4 hours.

Recommended for:

  • Great build
  • Beautiful design
  • Good display
  • Powerful hardware

5. Eluktronics Mech-15 G2 VR

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (Hexa-core, 9MB L3 cache, 2.2 to10 GHz TurboBoost)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5 VRAM)
  • Display: 15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare, 60 Hz
  • Storage: 128 GB M.2 PCIe x 4 SSD
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4 (2,666 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.04 kg (4.5 lbs)

Eluktronics stands out because of not being among the top known brands when it comes to gaming laptops but because it has crept its way into the high-end market and come up with some great laptops that are now being recognized internationally. Among them is the Mech-15 G2 VR. An 8th generation gaming laptop that houses GTX 1060 GPU. Another great thing about this is that the display, the storage, and the RAM are upgradable depending upon the amount of dough one decides to put in. It’s very sturdy looking. Has a solid build and weighs a bit. The chassis is plastic and doesn’t look premium. The keyboard is aluminum brushed and its one of a kind and delivers a great tactile typing experience. There’s no negative space between the keys and they feel bouncy upon pressing.

As for the display, it’s colorful and vivid. The brightness is a decent amount, enough to make the good color reproduction and accurate blacks noticeable. The blend of an 8th generation processor and a GTX 1060 GPU is strong enough to run almost all the games. The gaming performance is not great but good. For what its worth, the gameplay is fluidlike and will appeal to softcore gamers. Another great thing about this laptop is the thermal regulation. Heating is not a problem. The battery life is pretty good as well.

Recommended for:

  • Good mechanical keyboard
  • Fine gameplay experience
  • Great overall performance
  • Efficient cooling system

6. MSI GE63 Raider RGB

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (Hexa-core, 9MB cache, up to 4.1 GHz TurboBoost)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8 GB GDDR5, Max-Q)
  • Display: 15.6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare, wide view angle display (120 Hz)
  • Storage: 128 GB Samsung SATA SSD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (8 GB x 2, 2,400 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.49 kg (5.5 lbs)

MSI is known to focus on the performance so most of its laptops are bulkier and sturdier than the others. This is a good thing in the sense that it cuts down upon a lot of engineering costs of stuffing high tech hardware into smaller space. This leads to more economical gaming laptops. That is why it’s a chunky piece of machine with a block-like design. It doesn’t have much of an appealing design wise. The keyboard and the screen layout, however, is a different story. The keyboard is spacious and we like the entire look. The RGB customization options and tactile feedback is great.

Keys feel mushy upon pressing and the travel distance isn’t ideal. As for the display, it seems great for gaming but the color accuracy isn’t that great. Not recommended for video and picture editing, the 8th generation processor exceeds 50% more performance as compared to predecessors. This varies among the models but overall enhances performance. Along with the GTX 1070 GPU, one can run the majority of the AAA games on low to moderate settings with ease. Battery life is not that great. It lasts up to 1 hour 40 minutes under extensive use.

Recommended for:

  • Great sound
  • Customizable keyboard
  • Game sense RGB lighting
  • Solid gaming components
  • Comfortable keyboard

7. HP Omen 15

(Winner: Best Multiplayer FPS Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2 GHz base frequency up to 4.1 GHz, 8 MB cache)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, 144 Hz FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, anti-glare, micro-edge WLED backlit
  • Storage: 1 TB5 SATA, 256 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 – 2,666 MHz, SDRAM (2 x 8 GB)
  • Weight: 2.37 kg (5.24 lbs)

HP Omen 15 2018 features the infamous black and red combination aesthetics on a plastic case with edgy design sporting sharp cuts and lines. It’s a decent laptop but not very premium looking. It is however slightly lighter than its predecessor. As for the keyboard, it’s not a gaming keyboard. But it has good tactile feedback and works absolutely fine for day to day use. It can be customized with the good old RGB lighting. The touchpad is average. Again cannot be relied upon for a great gaming experience but definitely plays its part for normal use. The screen stands out by having a relatively thinner bezel around it as compared to all other HP Omen series laptops.

HP Omen offers different configurations for the screen with the basic being FHD. The color reproduction and blacks are not as accurate but on high settings, get better. Brightness may be an issue, especially for outdoor use. It, however, does house a powerful blend of an 8th generation processor and various graphics configurations. This allows the user to set up a customized version according to personal preference. Even at the basic settings, most of the high-end games can be run without putting any load on the system. Gaming experience is good. Battery life is impressively long. It lasts up to 8 hours, give or take. For an extensive review, visit HP Omen 15 Review.

Recommended for:

  • Long lasting battery life
  • Customization options
  • Economical
  • Good cooling system

8. Gigabyte Aero 15X v8

(Winner: Best Light-weight Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: 2.0 Intel Core i7-8750H (6 core, up to 1.4 GHz Turbo Boost, 9 MB cache)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, 144 Hz IPS panel FHD (1920 x 1080) or 4K (3,840 x 2,160) UHD IPS Adobe RGB 100% Panel
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD PCIe NVMe M.2
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 – 2,666 MHz, (2 x 8 GB)
  • Weight: 2.03 kg (4.49 lbs)

The Gigabyte Aero is a clean-cut, smart looking laptop. No fancy designs or color coding has been used to make it stand out. Its good looking and has a nice appeal to it. Its lightweight and easy to carry around. The keyboard is large and covers the entire bottom surface. With the concave keys, good rebound, and tactile feedback, it’s a good keyboard. The size is also great for multiplayer modes. The trackpad is also among the better kind as compared to the negligence often seen in this case in other gaming laptops. The surface is smooth, friction level good and tapping satisfactory.

When it comes to screen, the first and foremost thing that stands out is the minimal bezel that surrounds the screen. It’s a treat for the eyes and makes the screen appear bigger than it actually is. The display although does not exactly have the refresh rate of 144 Hz but it still has a great output. The color accuracy and depth perception are great. The GTX 1070 GPU along with the 8th generation processor make sure that the gaming experience is a smooth one. It can run almost all the AAA games on high settings with smooth fluidlike ease. The Max-Q version of GPU is battery friendly and allows less consumption. This laptop is designed to take whatever amount of load is thrown its way. Battery life is impressive as well. It lasts an average of 6 hours. No major heat problems are displayed either. For an extensive review, visit Gigabyte Aero 15X v8 Review.

Recommended for:

  • Great gaming performance
  • Lightweight
  • Minimal bezel
  • Long lasting battery
  • Impressive graphics

9. Razer Blade 15 2018

  • CPU: 2.0 GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (6 core, up to 1.4 GHz Turbo Boost)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (8 GB GDDR5 VRAM Max-Q)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, 144 Hz FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Storage: 512 GB SSD PCIe NVMe M.2
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (Dual channel, 2,667 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.1 kg (4.63 lbs)

As the name Razer Blade indicates, this is among the skinniest gaming laptops out there. It has a sleek design with a width of only 0.68 inches. Despite being lightweight, the build quality is beautiful and the design looks premium. The keyboard is decent but it’s not a mechanical keyboard and thus doesn’t make the gaming experience any better. RGB color customization is another feature that’s a bonus. It adds to the gamer aesthetics and personification.

Even though the display panel is only a 1080p with an actual refresh rate of 144 Hz, it tends to give a great display output. It also offers a great response time and higher frame rates. This makes this laptop great for gaming. Razer Blade 15 can run any latest games without breaking a sweat. Although its performance in the battery life and heat section is not that great. Battery life is short. It lasts about 2 hours or slightly more. As for the heating part, it tends to get hot. Hot enough to make it uncomfortable to be placed in a lap. For an extensive review, visit Razer Blade 15 2018 review.

Recommended for:

  • Sleek design
  • Solid high-quality build
  • Customization options
  • Great display

10. Dell G7 15

(Winner: Best High-End Cheap Gaming Laptop)

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (4C / 8T – 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (6 GB GDDR5)
  • Display: 15.6 inches, IPS FHD (1920 x 1080)
  • Storage: 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4 (2 x 8 GB) (2,666 MHz)
  • Weight: 2.63 kg (5.82 lbs)

The plastic chassis makes these laptops great in the sense that they can be carried around with ease and have that pocket-friendly edge to them. On the contrary, they have the same plastic feel and are not that premium looking. The blue backlit keyboard is standard sized and doesn’t offer anything unique. Its durable and has decent key spacing and a good tactile feedback. The basic model comes with a 1080p display and it great for what its worth. Its brushed with antiglare technology which offers great wide angle views with no reflection of light.

Although brightness isn’t this display’s forte which tends to vary under different lights. The display, however, is clear, crisp and offers a good visual experience. The 8th generation processor combo with a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU serve as a powerful duo when it comes to running heavy duty games. The visuals are smooth and lag free. Dell G7 is equipped with huge cooling vents that ensure minimal heating and a good thermal regulatory system. For an extensive review, visit Dell G7 15 Review.

Recommended for:

  • Reasonable fan noise
  • Thunderbolt 3.0 port
  • Better chassis and build quality
  • Quick charging
  • Customization options available
  • Good speakers
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