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The 10 Best Gaming Laptops for Late 2017

Craig Ward, 👁 Douglas Black, 11/24/2017

Defeat your opponents on the go. Is it time to upgrade to a new gaming laptop for the holiday season? Here are the top 10 gaming notebooks from our database and our picks for the top in each category.

Gaming laptops are one of the most exciting areas of notebook development. The designs themselves might typically be more old-fashioned or traditional than the sleek ultra-slim devices we often see today, but the idea that something that is still quite compact can pack as much performance as a gaming desktop is impressive. 

With Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas and New Years sales, the last two months of the year are a great time to snag yourself a bargain on a new notebook. We have pulled the top 10 gaming notebooks from our database based on the overall NotebookCheck score and identified our top picks for portability, display, gaming performance, battery life, and value.

To reduce the list, we decided that any candidates needed a review from within the last 12 months, a modern Intel Kaby Lake, Kaby Lake-R, Coffee Lake, or AMD Ryzen processor, and an Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD RX 580 or higher graphics card. Any specific subcategory requirements are listed in each section. Price isn't a limiting factor here; for budget models, be sure to check out our Top 5 Budget Gaming Laptops for Late 2017, which contains some great options.

This list is part of a series of holiday buying guides. For other categories, be sure to check out:

You can click on any laptop's name in the table below to read our comprehensive review for more details.

Top 10 Gaming Notebooks: Holiday 2017

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
189%04/2017Razer Blade (2017)Razer Blade (2017)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
15.9 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
1.8 kg18 mm14"1920x1080matte
288%10/2017Alienware 15 R3 Max-QAlienware 15 R3 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
3.6 kg25.4 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
388%06/2017Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738JAcer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793-738J
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
3.1 kg27.62 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
488%03/2017Schenker XMG U727 2017Schenker XMG U727 2017
Intel Core i7-7700K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
5 kg47 mm17.3"3840x2160matte
588%02/2017Alienware 13 R3Alienware 13 R3
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
2.5 kg22 mm13.3"2560x1440glossy
687%11/2017Gigabyte Aero 15XGigabyte Aero 15X
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.2 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
787%10/2017Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory,  SSD
3.1 kg22.5 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
887%10/2017Guru Mars KGuru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
4.2 kg41 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
987%08/2017MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan ProMSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.6 kg58 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
1087%03/2017Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DLAcer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
Intel Core i7-7820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
4.3 kg45 mm17.3"1920x1080matte

No single gaming laptop is perfect; the most portable devices might suffer from thermal issues, the most powerful often fall short when used away from the charger. The purpose here is to identify our picks for what we consider to be the best in each category, including our value recommendations.

Portability

We only have a couple of specific requirements to be eligible for most portable. First, the screen-size had to be 14-inches or less out of consideration for fitting into backpacks; second, they had to be under two kilograms, so that they wouldn’t be a burden during several-hour periods of transport.

Razer Blade 2017

Winner: The 14-inch Razer Blade 2017 (Score: 89%) takes the top spot here for its svelte dimensions (18 x 345 x 236 mm / 0.71 x 13.58 x 9.29 inches H x W x D) and weight (1.84 kg / 4.06 pounds). The inclusion of a full 45-watt i7-7700HQ and GTX 1060 is impressive when you consider that the internal dimensions are only 1.47 Liters. Unfortunately, there are problems with fitting components that produce this much heat into such a small chassis. While there was no thermal throttling detected during our gaming benchmarks, we did find that the Blade 2017 scored slightly lower than other models with the same graphics card — although we’re nit-picking with the difference only really being around 2-6%.

The cooling fans, which are thankfully idle during most office workloads, got to an obtrusive 51 dB during gaming — a comfortable pair of headphones is highly recommended. In the same testing period, the center of the keyboard climbed to around 44 C.

Aorus x3 Plus v7

Runner-up: The Aorus x3 Plus v7 (Score: 82%) gets second place here, despite the marginally smaller 13.9-inch screen and slightly lighter 1.80 kg (3.97 pounds) weight. We decided to put it in second place because of the larger body dimensions (22.9 x 327 x 263.5 mm / 0.9 x 12.87 x 10.37 inches H x W x D) caused by the cooling setup in the rear and a little extra thickness. The 1.97-liter body is still impressively compact for the performance parts that it contains and it only got relegated to second place because of small differences.

The Aorus x3 Plus v7 handled gaming with aplomb, posting good frame rates while also managing to keep the processor running at the overclocked speeds. In a stress test scenario, the clock speeds for both CPU and GPU dropped (but not as significantly as the Razer Blade). The main weakness of the X3 became apparent to us during our gaming testing and stress testing — in both scenarios the fans hit a whopping 53.6 dB.

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Gigabyte Aero 14 2017 and MSI GS63VR 7RF

Special mentions: The Gigabyte Aero 14 2017 (Score: 86%) very nearly made it onto this list as the runner up with dimensions of 20 x 335 x 250 mm (0.79 x 13.19 x 9.84 inches) H x W x D resulting in a volume of 1.65 liters. However, since we put a greater emphasis on weight, it was relegated out of the top two spots due to its slightly heavier 1.88 kg heft. The MSI GS63VR 7RF (Score: 84%) also gets a mention as the only 15.6” notebook with a GTX 1060 to come in under 2 kg, with a weight of 1.9 kg.

380 mm / 15 inch 249 mm / 9.8 inch 17.7 mm / 0.697 inch 1.9 kg4.19 lbs345 mm / 13.6 inch 245.1 mm / 9.65 inch 22.1 mm / 0.87 inch 1.9 kg4.25 lbs345 mm / 13.6 inch 236 mm / 9.29 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 1.8 kg4.06 lbs335 mm / 13.2 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 1.9 kg4.14 lbs327 mm / 12.9 inch 263.5 mm / 10.4 inch 22.9 mm / 0.902 inch 1.8 kg3.97 lbs

Display

Displays are an often-overlooked aspect when choosing a gaming laptop. Keen gamers who intend to use the notebook’s screen rather than an external one will benefit from picking a higher quality panel. For this section, we used black-to-white response time as our key metric and utilized other measurements such as refresh rate to decide between similar displays.

Alienware 13 R3

Winner: The Alienware 13 R3 (Score: 88%) can be configured with a beautiful 13.3-inch 1440p OLED display that is stunning to look at. When deciding between TN or IPS panels on gaming laptops, there are positives and negatives for each that must be considered, but the newer OLED technology is better suited for gaming with their fast response and punchy colors. Those who like fast-paced games will drool over the 2.8 ms (1.2 ms rise, 1.6 ms fall) black-to-white response time, which makes pixel ghosting a thing of the past.

The 310-nit brightness is decent and is enough to overcome the glossy surface on the screen when indoors, but it struggles outdoors. This screen produced rich, pleasing colors with true inky blacks and an sRGB rating of 97% and AdobeRGB of 78%. The only real downside of this OLED screen is the presence of PWM at 240 Hz through all brightness levels, which is low enough that those who are sensitive to PWM flicker are likely to be affected. This flickering is similar to competing laptops such as the Razer Blade 2017 and Aorus X3 Plus V7, but those two don’t have the lightning fast response time to redeem themselves.

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MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro

Runner-up: The MSI GT75VR 7RF Titan Pro (Score 87%) is a hulking beast of a notebook that is equipped with a 17.3-inch 1080p 120 Hz TN panel with G-Sync support. The black-to-white response time of 6.8 ms isn’t actually the second fastest after the Alienware 13, but it is close. Additionally, the grey-to-grey time of 11.6 ms is suitably low, and together these two figures combine to make it difficult to detect any slow-to-change pixels. The inbuilt support for Nvidia’s G-Sync technology will help reduce visual tearing as the framerate fluctuates, and this 120 Hz display will also provide smooth movement in fast-paced scenes. 

The screen is surprisingly color accurate for a TN panel, with a low black level, excellent DeltaE of 0.64 for grey and 1.36 for colors, and sRGB/AdobeRGB ratings of 100%/77% that bests many IPS panels. PWM is present at brightness levels below 15%, but at 25000 Hz the rate of flickering is high enough that only the most sensitive will notice any side effects. Those who are affected should just keep the screen brightness above 15%, something which should be reasonably easy given the disappointing 262-nit maximum brightness.

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Alienware 13 R3
JJT6C_133KL05 (SDCA029), OLED, 13.3, 2560x1440
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
CMN N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Aorus X9
AUO B173QTN01.3 (AUO1396), TN, 17.3, 2560x1440
Schenker XMG U507 2017
B156HTN05.2 (AUO52ED), TN LED, 15.6, 1920x1080
Eurocom Sky MX5 R3
ID: AUO52ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HTN05.2, , 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
21.6 (11.6, 10)
26 (14, 12)
20.8 (11.6, 9.2)
Response Time Black / White *
2.8 (1.2, 1.6)
6.8 (4.8, 2)
6.6 (4.6, 2)
7 (4.6, 2.4)
8.8 (6.8, 2)
PWM Frequency
240 (100)
25000 (15)
Screen
Brightness middle
313
274
346
384
416.2
Brightness
310
262
326
372
409
Brightness Distribution
87
87
88
88
94
Black Level *
0.26
0.54
0.67
0.86
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.54
1.36
5.98
9.89
8.4
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.94
4.1
9.77
14.56
15.4
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
1.43
0.64
5.47
10.41
11.2
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.19 100%
2.21 100%
2.02 109%
2.23 99%
CCT
6337 103%
6551 99%
7721 84%
9919 66%
10036 65%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
78
77
55
58
57.2
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97
100
84
89
87.3
Contrast
1054
641
573
484
Total Average (Program / Settings)

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

Graphics cards are the most critical component for providing visual fidelity, and while a single GPU is easily enough for most gamers — and most games — those who want the absolute maximum performance in supported titles, or smooth 4K gaming, will need to consider dual-GPU configurations. We based these results on 3D Mark’s Fire Strike combined score because it represents typical gaming scenarios, including the impact of CPU on physics calculation.

MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI

Winner: The MSI GT83VR 7RF Titan SLI (Score: 84%) squeaks slightly ahead of its closest competitor with a massive Fire Strike score of 22192. It achieves this score with two Pascal based GTX 1080s in SLI configuration, which posts results 75 - 90% higher than competitors with a single GTX 1080. Unfortunately, gaming performance doesn’t scale as well as synthetic benchmarks. Some supported titles, such as The Witcher 3, scored 35% (1080p) to 43% (4k) better than the single card Schenker XMG U727 2017, while other games provide near identical performance between the two models e.g., Resident Evil 7. When adding external displays into the equation, nearly every game we tested showed a significant improvement in frame rates at 4K.

While this section is all about the graphics cards, it is worth noting that the processor is a slight weakness in the GT83VR. The i7-7920HQ is one of the fastest mobile chips available right now, but it comes up short by up to 10 – 13% in CPU benchmarks when compared against overclockable HK-series mobile processors.

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Asus GX800VH

Runner-up: The Asus GX800VH makes its way onto the list via a technicality. Back in 2016, Asus provided us with a prototype of the Skylake version for testing, but as a pre-release unit, we didn't perform a full review or assign a score. Being tested more than a year ago, and running an older Skylake CPU would also have put it outside the criteria of this guide.

However, in late 2017 this water-cooled behemoth and its dual GTX 1080 SLI setup is still the second fastest notebook we’ve ever run through Fire Strike with a score of 22020 points. Since the graphics card configuration is identical to the GT83VR above, the same comments regarding gaming abilities apply here, except that the GX800VH comes with a 4K G-Sync display from the factory. Asus now has a Kaby Lake version with an overclocking-capable i7-7820HK, creating an incredibly potent gaming machine that could post an even higher score than the prototype we tested.

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Asus ROG G701VIK and Acer Predator 17 X

Special Mentions: Multi-GPU notebooks are a niche product, and the vast majority of shoppers are likely to end up buying something with a single GPU. Our first special mention is the Asus ROG G701VIK (Score: 86%) with a GTX 1080 and combined Fire Strike score of 17700 — 5 – 10% above most similarly equipped competitors. Another plus is that Asus included a 120 Hz G-Sync display to take advantage of this horsepower. The other laptop we'd like to highlight is the Acer Predator 17 X (Score: 87%) and its Fire Strike score of 17463, which is less than 2% behind the G701. The display has a better-than-normal 75 Hz refresh rate and G-Sync to help reduce screen tearing.

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Combined
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
8335 Points ∼100%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
8255 Points ∼99%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
8239 Points ∼99%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
7945 Points ∼95%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
7802 Points ∼94%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
7751 Points ∼93%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
7321 Points ∼88%
Asus GX800VH Prototype
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 6820HK
7316 Points ∼88%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
7176 Points ∼86%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
6946 Points ∼83%
The Witcher 3
3840x2160 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
89.2 fps ∼100%
Asus GX800VH Prototype
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 6820HK
87.2 fps ∼98%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
69.3 fps ∼78%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
52.6 fps ∼59%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
52.2 fps ∼59%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
50.4 fps ∼57%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
46.8 fps ∼52%
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Asus GX800VH Prototype
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 6820HK
115 fps ∼100%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
115 fps ∼100%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
99.9 fps ∼87%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
78.1 fps ∼68%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
75.9 fps ∼66%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
75.9 fps ∼66%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
74.9 fps ∼65%
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
68.5 fps ∼60%
Battlefield 1
3840x2160 High Preset AA:T
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
76.7 fps ∼100%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
74.1 fps ∼97%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
60 fps ∼78%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
58.7 fps ∼77%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
57.9 fps ∼75%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
145 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
138 fps ∼95%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
135 fps ∼93%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
132 fps ∼91%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
129 fps ∼89%
Resident Evil 7
3840x2160 High / On AA:FXAA+T
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
78.5 (min: 61, max: 93) fps ∼100%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
59 fps ∼75%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
56.3 fps ∼72%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
55.6 fps ∼71%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
42 fps ∼54%
1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T
Acer Predator 17 X GX-792-76DL
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
234.1 (min: 191, max: 284) fps ∼100%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
175 fps ∼75%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
165 fps ∼70%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
162 fps ∼69%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
123 fps ∼53%
Dishonored 2
3840x2160 High Preset AA:TX
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
71.2 fps ∼100%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
60 fps ∼84%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
55.2 fps ∼78%
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
52.3 fps ∼73%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
49.2 fps ∼69%
1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:TX
Schenker XMG U727 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700K, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256 m.2 PCI-e
88.4 fps ∼100%
Asus G701VIK-BA049T
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
84 fps ∼95%
MSI GT73VR 7RF-296
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM951 MZVPV256HDGL (RAID 0)
79.9 fps ∼90%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
78.6 fps ∼89%
MSI GT83VR 7RF-206 Titan SLI
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 7920HQ, 2x Toshiba NVMe THNSN5256GPU7 (RAID 0)
77.4 fps ∼88%

Battery Life

Although we are assessing gaming laptops, we decided to base the rankings on our WiFi Surfing v1.3 test, since for most people it is more important how long they can practically use their notebook when unplugged rather than how long they can game away from a power socket.

Razer Blade 2017

Winner: The Razer Blade 2017 (Score: 89%) makes another appearance, and although it has a good-sized battery for the form factor at 70 Wh, it is still a lower capacity than similar sized models from Alienware and Gigabyte. However, it might be Razer’s power policy — which is among the more aggressive — which achieves the 9h 5min ‘WiFi Surfing v1.3’ battery life. This policy is most obvious when looking at ‘idle maximum’ and ‘load maximum’ power draw. 

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Gigabyte Aero 14 2017

Runner-up: The Gigabyte Aero 14 2017 (Score: 86%) is another relatively compact laptop with a large battery, showing the advantage of a small screen in sipping power more frugally. Despite having a more substantial 94 Wh battery compared to the Razer Blade 2017, Gigabyte’s power policy allows for the CPU and GPU to both draw more wattage under load. This battery results in a (still excellent) measurement of 8h 44min in ‘WiFi surfing v1.3.’

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Battery Runtime - WiFi v1.3
Razer Blade (2017)
545 min ∼158%
Gigabyte Aero 14
524 min ∼151%
Gigabyte Aero 15X
491 min ∼142%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
419 min ∼121%
Gigabyte P56XT
384 min ∼111%
Lenovo Lenovo Legion Y720 80VR002XGE
380 min ∼110%
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro BE VN7-793G-52XN
374 min ∼108%
HP Omen 17-w100ng
363 min ∼105%
Acer Aspire VN7-593G-73HP V15 Nitro BE
357 min ∼103%
Gigabyte P55W v7
346 min ∼100%

Best Value

Sometimes the budget won’t stretch to cover features such as high refresh rate displays or premium construction materials. In these cases, the ideal gaming laptop is the one which gives the best trade-off between price and performance. We believe this is currently GTX 1060 (and Max-Q) equipped models around the US$1000-1100 range. Price eligibility was confirmed using Amazon US, but regional (and holiday) pricing may vary.

Acer Predator Helios 300

Winner: The Acer Predator Helios 300 (Score: 82%) is a great value orientated choice for those on a budget. The Intel i7-7700HQ has enough power to handle gaming tasks, and performance is in line with other i7-7700HQ models with Cinebench R15 scores of 159 (single) and 735 (multi). This GTX 1060 performs on the higher end of the scale with a Fire Strike Graphics score of 12009, with the gaming benchmarks showing that most games can be handled at the 17-inch screen’s native 1080p resolution on ultra-settings.

To reduce the price some shortcuts were taken. Our test unit has noticeable light bleed and clouding around the corners, and the color reproduction is just ‘ok’ (86% sRGB). The speakers were underwhelming, the sound was flat, and the noisy cooling fans make a high-pitched sound as they speed up, although most people will use headphones or an external speaker setup when gaming at home. Finally, the 48 Wh battery is significantly smaller than the 70 – 99 Wh typically found in 17-inch laptops, which explains the comparatively short 4h 39min battery life in our WiFi v1.3 test.

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Dell Inspiron 15 7577

Runner-up: The Dell Inspiron 15 7577 (Score: currently under review) is the GTX 1060 Max-Q upgrade to the popular GTX 1050 Ti equipped Inspiron 7567. Retail prices are similar to the Helios 300, but our test model is rocking the slower i5-7300HQ (131 / 514, Single / Multi-core in Cinebench R15), fortunately for gamers the i5 compared to the i7 doesn’t result in as large of a difference in gaming as it does in CPU heavy workloads.

Where we do see a more substantial performance gap is with the use of the more power-efficient Max-Q variant of the GTX 1060, but we are still only talking about a difference of around 8 – 14% lower than several different GTX 1060 based laptops in Fire Strike Graphics benchmark (10263). The Inspiron 15 7577 was still able to play our test games on 1080p Ultra between 45 – 98 fps.

Our review is still in progress, so it is too early to talk about many aspects of this laptop. However, our measurements found that the screen brightness is low with a maximum of just 223 nits, and the color reproduction is among the least accurate with 55% sRGB.

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Craig Ward, 2017-11-24 (Update: 2017-12- 3)