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Not that long ago, there was nothing on the market that could be called the best laptops for gaming, as the manufacturers never really predicted that laptops would be used as extensively as they now are for gaming purposes. However things have changed and today the laptop manufacturers are making laptops that can be used for playing games, lots of media use, home use as well as business use.

The new age gamers are very excited about the fact that they do not have to invest in gaming consoles separately which can make an already costly hobby even more expensive (and I know this one personally!). Instead they can buy laptops that allow them to do school or business work and also play games for entertainment. Of course, that is only done after school or business hours…..wink, wink….

The best laptops for gaming are actually very powerful devices capable of renderings and high performance and can fulfill the demands of gamers all over the world. The only disadvantages is that these laptops are a bit heavy and can also be very expensive but if you are willing to shell out the money then they are worth every penny you spend on them. The best affordable gaming laptop permits users to play very high definition games with a lot of accuracy.

There is no doubt that the requirements for gaming are much higher than any other application. This is the reason why manufacturers are focusing on producing laptops that meet the need of any avid gamer.

What are the Specifications of the Best and Most Affordable Gaming Laptop?

Games need processors with high speed, so you should buy laptops that have quad core processors. Also, you should try to look for laptops that have a speed of at least 2.5ghz. Make sure the laptop has a good graphics card which essential if you want the maximum out of the games. My son tried to save a bit of money on his gaming laptop by downgrading the graphics card and regrets it now.

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The RAM of the laptop should be at least 4 GB (higher if you can afford it) as laptops used for gaming require a lot of memory. The hard disk space should be about 500 GB to 1 TB because most games consume a lot of the space on the hard disk. Choose the best gaming laptop that has a screen or monitor that is top notch. You want to make sure to have real screen clarity while playing games. Ideally you want to make sure your laptop has a screen that is about 17 inches so you can see the details within your games. Things can get kinda crazy if your screen is minuscule and you’ve got a lot happening in your game! Pay attention to the warranty and go for a laptop that comes with an extended warranty.

Next, you should also consider the brands that make top gaming laptops as many companies don’t make a product that is really designed for a gamer to love. In fact take the time needed to do quite a bit of research in selecting the perfect lap top for your gaming.

Some of the things to look for we’ve found when trying to determine the best affordable gaming laptop are listed below:

• Brand
• Warranty
• Great monitors
• Hard drives with good space
• A good RAM
• Good Graphics card
• High speed processor

A recent survey has revealed that more and more people are taking to gaming on their laptops so if you are one of them you buy good quality laptops if you really want to enjoy your games.

So let’s check out some of the best laptops for gaming based on our reviews:

Alienware 17 (2015)

The Alienware 17 is thinner and lighter than any 17-inch laptop created before. It’s crafted with aerospace inspired carbon fiber filled surfaces that add stiffness and durability, copper heat sinks that enable proper cooling. This laptop is powered by high performance latest generation intel processors and USB Type C port with support for superspeed USB 10 Gbps.

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Alienware 17 automatically overclocks and monitors internal temperatures to keep your system running cool when the action is hot and deliver performance precisely when you need it. This gaming laptop is a family powerhouse that is outfitted with latest with the latest generation Intel Processors that it is equipped for advanced power and a seamless gaming experience.

Alienware 17 More Features:

Alienware AW17R3-4175SLV 17.3 Inch FHD Laptop (6th Generation Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size17.3 inches
BrandAlienware
ColorEpic Silver
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
RAM16 GB DDR4
List Price$1,799.99
Memory Speed2133 MHz
Hard Drive1 TB HDD + SDD
Graphics Card Ram Size3
Number of USB 3.0 Ports3
Operating SystemWindows 10
Item Weight8.3 pounds
Processor BrandIntel
Computer Memory TypeGDDR5
Flash Memory Size256
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Memory16GB DDR4 2133MHz (8GBx2)
Price Disclaimer

Alienware M18x

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This company produces some of the best gaming laptops around. When it comes to high performance this laptop is not going to disappoint you! Some of the best features are listed below:

Features

• The laptop has a high speed i72920XM processor
• The RAM can be upgraded to about 32GB which is fantastic
• Users can combine a 1TB Solid state Hybrid hard drive with this laptop.
• This laptop also has a Blu ray reader.

So from the features this clearly is one of top gaming laptops to have hit the market right now.

Alienware M18x More Info:

Alienware ALW18-6490sLV 18.4-Inch Laptop (2.4 GHz Intel i7-4700MQ Processor, 8GB DDR3L, 750GB HDD, Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M, Windows 7 Home Premium) Silver

BrandAlienware
Screen Size18.4 inches
Screen Resolution1920×1080
List Price$2,549.99
Processor2.4 GHz Core i7-3630QM
RAM8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive750 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics Coprocessor2GB DDR5 NVIDIA GeForceGT 675M
Operating SystemWindows 7
Average Battery Life (in hours)8
Item Weight17 pounds
Processor BrandIntel Core I7
Flash Memory Size2
Product Dimensions
17.1 x 20.9 x 7.9 inches
Price Disclaimer

 

Origin PC EON15-X

Although it’s difficult for a laptop to match up to the performance of a desktop gaming, Origin PC EON15-X is based on Z97 Express an actual desktop platform. It’s designed to house some of the same high-end hardware found in more stationary systems. The EON15-X is very configurable and takes everything from a Core i5-4460S to the flagship Core i7-4790K. It has four memory slots that accommodates anywhere from 8 to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. When it comes to storage, the options are seemingly endless.

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Origin PC uses the mobile 980M which loses quite a bit of performance compared to the desktop version but has no problem providing smooth framerates at a 1920X1080 resolution. Origin PC EON15-X is a perfect choice if you want to take your gaming to next level.

Origin PC EON15-X More Features:

ORIGIN PC EON-15 Gaming Laptop, 8GB GTX 880M, Intel i7 4910MQ 2.9GHz, 16GB DDR3, 2x120GB SSD mSATA RAID 0 + 750GB HDD SATA, Windows 8.1 64-bit By:MP

BrandCyberWireAndCable
FeatureORIGIN PC EON-15 Gaming Laptop, 8GB GTX 880M, Intel i7 4910MQ 2.9GHz, 16GB DDR3, 2x120GB SSD mSATA RAID 0 + 750GB HDD SATA,
Operating SystemWindows 8.1 64-bit
List Price$8,264.24
Screen Resolution1920X1080
ProcessorCore i5-4460S
Memory Slots8 to 32 GB of DDR3-1600 memory
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HP OMEN

HP Omen is a CNC machined out of premium lightweight aluminum that surrounds a custom red motherboard and an attractive razor sharp 15-inch diagonal display. This gaming laptop is cool to the touch and pushes the heat away from you through smartly designed rear vents so you can play your best during intense games.

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The laptop has multiple I/O ports and it’s designed with gamer’s in mind. All ports on this machine are placed at the back of the unit for convenience.  You can take a full control and assign dedicated gaming keys so you can never miss a move. You can customize colors for each seven lighting zones and have the speakers LEDs move to the beat of your music.

HP OMEN More Info:

HP OMEN 15.6 Inch Laptop (Intel Core i7, 8 GB, 256 GB SSD, Black) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M – Free Upgrade to Windows 10

Screen Size15.6 inches
BrandHP
ColorBlack
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
FormatCD-ROM
Hardware PlatformPC
Processor2.5 GHz Core i7-4702HQ
List Price$1,599.99
RAM8 GB DDR3L SDRAM
Memory Speed1600 MHz
Hard Drive256 GB SSD
Product Dimensions9.7 x 15.1 x 0.8 inches
Operating SystemWindows 8.1
Flash Memory Size256.0
Size860M | Win 8
Price Disclaimer

Toshiba Qosmio X775

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This laptop is priced at around $900  based on a recent price check on Amazon which may be expensive to some but do not let the price intimidate you. This laptop is flawless when it comes providing accurate performance and you will feel that you definitely have gotten your money’s worth in the end. The features on this laptop are quite simply top notch.

Features:

• The laptop has a very powerful Quad core i7-2630QM processor with a GDDR5 memory.
• This laptop is designed to handle all the latest games on the market
• The laptop has a very powerful gaming Rig that supports 3D and also has a 1080p display
• The laptop comes with Harman Kardon speakers

Do not overlook this fantastic laptop as it is more than worth it!

More Features:

Toshiba Qosmio X775-Q7270 (17.3-Inch Screen) Laptop

Aspect Ratio16:9
Processor BrandIntel
BrandToshiba
ColorSilver
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Hardware PlatformPC
Average Battery Life (in hours)4
Hard Drive640 GB SATA
Memory Speed1333 MHz
RAM6 GB SO-DIMM
List Price$1,199.99
Item Weight7.5 pounds
Product Dimensions10.8 x 16.3 x 1.4 inches
Processor2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
Screen Resolution1600 x 900 pixels
Operating SystemWindows 7
Screen Size17.3 inches
Price Disclaimer

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Asus ROG G73SW-3DE

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Asus is a very popular name amongst those people who love to play video games on their laptops. If you haven’t checked them out before, you might want to now!

Features

• This laptop has Sandy Bridge Intel Core 2.0Ghz processor that gives smooth performances
• The space on the hard disk is 1TGB which is good as some games require a lot of space.
• The screen measures about 17.3 inches and has a fantastic resolution of about 17.3 inches.
• The laptop also has a blu ray DVD drive.

This laptop is on everyone’s list as it can play any game under the sun with enough speed to make it a blast.

ASUS ROG G73SW 17 More Info:

ASUS ROG G73SW 17-Inch Gaming Laptop [OLD VERSION]

Processor2 GHz Intel Core i7
BrandAsus
ColorBlack
RAM8 GB SO-DIMM
Hardware PlatformPC
Memory Speed
1333 MHz
Graphics Card Ram Size1536 MB
List Price$1,449.99
Item Weight8 pounds
Product Dimensions16.6 x 12.8 x 2.3 inches
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Operating SystemWindows 7
Computer Memory TypeSODIMM
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
Hard Drive Rotational Speed7200 RPM
Size17-Inch
Price Disclaimer

 

MSI GT72 Dominator

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This company has been doing business for more than 25 years and has a good reputation in the business. It might not be as well known as some other brands but is definitely worth checking out. MSI definitely gives other gaming computers a run for the money and are less expensive than some competitors.  In reviewing gaming computers, we were really impressed with MSI and will be covering them in more detail soon.

This laptop is another solid product in the market and should be picked if you are an avid game player and would like the ultimate gaming experience.

MSI GT72 Dominator More Features:

MSI Computer 17.3-Inch Laptop GT72 DOMINATOR G-1445

Screen Resolution1920 x 1080
BrandMSI
ColorAluminum Black
Screen Size17.3 inches
Hardware PlatformPC
Processor
3.5 GHz Intel Core i7-5700HQ
RAM16 GB DDR3L SDRAM
List Price$1,499.99
Memory Speed
1600 MHz
Graphics Card Ram Size
3000 MB
Item Weight
8.4 pounds
Product Dimensions16.9 x 11.6 x 1.9 inches
Operating SystemWindows 8
Processor BrandIntel
Warranty2-year Limited Warranty
Price Disclaimer

HP Envy 17

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The ultimate laptop in the market, this smart device is available for under $999 and is the talk of the town as it gives you the very best in terms of gaming experience. Definitely add this to your list as one of the best and most affordable gaming laptop.

HP ENVY 17 More Features:

HP ENVY 17-2090NR Notebook – Silver

BrandHP
ColorSilver
Processor2 GHz Intel Core i7
Screen Size17.3 inches
RAM8 GB DDR3-SDRAM
Hard Drive
1500 GB
Graphics CoprocessorRadeon HD 6850M Graphics
Screen Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels
List Price$1,699.99
Number of USB 2.0 Ports2
Item Weight14.2 pounds
Processor BrandIntel
Processor Count4
Operating SystemWindows 7
Warranty1-Year Limited Hardware Warranty
Price Disclaimer

 

So these are on our list for the Best Gaming Laptop 2016 and ones that you should consider buying when you are looking for one of the best gaming laptop for the money these days.

Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments below! Also tell us which of these you would get or which one you own too?

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