This year we had several gaming world-shattering news. AMD introduced its Ryzen chip that helped secure a significant market share in PC gaming, Microsoft introduced its 5th edition Surface, not to mention even more powerful chips and VR plans. And there is still half of the 2017 left.
But what all of that means to the laptop gaming landscape? Does it change anything?
Champion Gaming Laptop in 2017
As far as we are concerned, undisputed champion laptop for playing games is the Acer Predator. Not only does it possess the strength of a Hulk inside, Acer has added 4 top-of-the-line speakers as well as 1080p LED-backlit screen for the ultimate, immersive gaming experience.
Please note that by saying it’s the best laptop in 2017 for gaming, we don’t take into account battery life. Gaming is not exactly a battery-saving activity and in the words of Jeremy Clarkson, all you need is ‘speed and power’.
But it’s not to say that the Predator doesn’t have any title contenders.
Runner-up Gaming Laptops in 2017
For example, MSI’s GS43VR Phantom Pro is similarly built as the Predator (6th gen. i7 processor, 16 GB RAM, NVIDIA’s GTX 1060 on both). And it is similarly priced. And the Phantom is almost three times as light as the Predator.
But in our opinion, smaller screen and pretty loud cooling system makes it a contender, but not the champion.
Also, a notable mention is the Razer Blade. While it still lacks in a couple of departments to become world’s best gaming laptop, 2016 edition is a damn good build. Razer have done an amazing job by making it small and lightweight while still maintaining one of the strongest cores among laptops (512 GB SSD, GTX 1060, 16 GB RAM).
It is a beast. But a pricey one currently available for around $2100.
And we can not close this article without mentioning a name you were thinking about the moment you clicked the title. Alienware. Yes, in 2017 they did release a R4 version of their powerful laptop series. With 13, 15 and 17-inch editions, it is certainly among the top picks this year (or any year, to be honest) for high-end gaming.
However, it has its own drawbacks. For a laptop it’s incredibly heavy and while the price starts at $1,200, customization may bring the cost up to $3,000.
The question remains, if you do have the cash to buy a high-end gaming laptop, do you do it now or is there something to wait for? If quality display is a priority, it may be worth waiting a bit until Ultra HD becomes a more common occurrence.
But other than that, everything seems to indicate that now is a decent time to buy a gaming laptop. With GTX 1060 released recently, expandable 16 GB RAM, at least 256 SSD + 1 TB of storage you would get yourself a fantastic portable gaming station for a couple years ahead.