With fast processor speeds, high-end graphics cards, and robust sound systems, laptops are now able to compete with the best computers when it comes to the gaming market, creating a product that not only meets the needs of serious games but anyone looking for a laptop with cutting edge features.
Gaming laptops are designed with gamers in mind, with extra attention paid to graphics, sound quality, and processor speed, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard gaming laptops if you don’t play video games. Gaming laptops are also great options for anyone who streams video on their computer, edits photos or videos, or just want a fast computer for professional or personal use.
While the term ‘gaming’ may scare off customers who don’t play video games, gaming computers meet the needs of a typical computer user, just on a larger scale. Microsoft programs like Word and Excel can be added to gaming laptops and everyday tasks like browsing the internet work the same on a gaming laptop but at a much higher speed. Gaming laptops are also a smart investment because they are typically made with the latest computer tech, meaning they won’t become slow and outdated nearly as quickly as regular laptops.
Using a laptop as your main computer is ideal for gamers who like to attend LAN parties, gaming conventions or tournaments, or want to be able to play video games when traveling, either on vacation or commuting to and from and work.
To make it easier to compare the models we’ve selected, all three laptops feature a 15.6 HD display, leaving their graphics card, processor size, and memory as the main deciding factors. Gaming laptops are typically on the larger size when it comes to screen, making them more versatile because they can be used on their own, with the screen large enough to display detailed video graphics, or attached to a larger monitor.
Whether you’re a gamer or just want a laptop that’s fast and has stunning graphics and sound quality, we’ve got three great options.
1. Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop has a superfast 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-Core Processor, making it the fastest computer on our list and the only laptop that is VR-ready.
Pros: The Acer Predator has a 144Hz Refresh Rate, which means gamers won’t see tearing in their NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics. The computer stays cool thanks to the two metal AeroBlade 3D cooling fans, and the 16GB DDR4 RAM memory means that the cool computer can boot up quickly with short loading times for games. The Acer Predator features the PredatorSense gaming control panel, which allows users to customize gaming features, like fan speed, system temperature and more.
Cons: The Acer Predator has seven hours of battery life, where the Acer Nitro has eight hours. The Predator also has the same 256 GB hard drive as the Acer Nitro, which is significantly smaller than the MIS’s 1000 GB hard drive.
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2. MSI 15.6″ Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop
Using Nahimic 3 enhanced audio for 3D surround sound, DDR4 RAM for higher bandwidth and faster loading of apps and games, and an 8th Gen Intel Core 5 processor, which performs 40 percent faster than previous generations, the MSI 15.6″ Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop can keep up with all your gaming needs.
Pros: The MSI features its own Cooler Boost technology, which will help keep your laptop cool and running efficiently even after hours of uninterrupted use. The computer is built with NVIDIA’s cutting edge GTX 1050Ti graphics for a fully immersive gaming experience, as well as the new memory technology Intel Optane, which helps to remember your gaming settings and loads apps and games faster. The MSI not only runs smoothly, but it also looks cool too, with a brushed tactical design shell and crimson red edge glow keys that have enhanced responsive and tactile feedback, a must-have for gamers.
Cons: Customers note that the CPU will decrease the laptop’s speed when using unplugged.
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3. Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop
Battlefield tested and featuring a futuristic design, the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop runs on a 7th Generation Intel Core i5 and Acer features TrueHarmony Technology and Dolby Audio Premium Sound for a high definition gaming experience.
Pros: The Acer Nitro is visually appealing with its bright red backlit keyboard and hard-edged black exterior. The 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor and 4GB of GDDR5 Video Memory will keep games and video streams running smoothly. With the Dolby Audio Premium Sound, games will come alive, and you’ll be able to play for hours thanks to the Acer Coolboost technology that keeps the laptop from overheating.
Cons: The Acer Nitro has the slowest processor of all three computers with a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor. It also has only 8GB of RAM, compared to the MSI and Acer Predator, which have 16GB.
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