Best gaming laptop 2017: obliterate low frame rates with one of these top systems

T3 rounds up the absolute best gaming laptops available to buy in 2017

T3 thinks the best gaming laptop on the market today is the Razer Blade Pro. If you just want to know which gaming laptop you should go out and spend your money right this second then the Razor Blade Pro is the system for you. Razor's Blade Pro delivers insane desktop-power performance but in a super slim and streamlined design that is also ultra portable. It essentially gives you the absolute best of both worlds and smashes comparatively thin laptops into the ground with a stunning build, awesome tech specs, and super sexy design.

Here is the Razor Blade Pro's official trailer:

 

What you are looking for in a gaming laptop is the ability to enjoy today's most demanding, graphically intensive games, without having to make loads of settings compromises. Bad gaming laptops advertise themselves on their gaming credentials, however deliver vastly inferior performance to desktop counterparts. High resolution screens are a nice added bonus too, however keep in mind that high frame rates are far more important, so it is pretty pointless plumping for a laptop with a 4K screen if it doesn't have the interior hardware to power games on it.

Other things to look out for when buying a gaming laptop include weight and portability - after all you are buying this to carry/transport round unlike a desktop - battery life, which tends to be a fundamental issue with many gaming laptops, and price. Here at T3 Towers we think you should be spending a minimum of £800 ($1,000) on a gaming laptop to ensure a good level of performance.

For those who want more information about the Razor Blade Pro, as well as about other great gaming laptop options then read on, as here we have the top five systems on the market today.

Best gaming laptops 2017

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1. Razer Blade Pro

Mind blowing power meets ultra portability

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5) | RAM: 32GB | Screen: 17.3-inch, UHD (3,840 x 2,160) IGZO touchscreen with G-Sync | Storage: 512GB – 2TB PCIe SSD

4K screen
Awesome gaming performance
Slim and portable design
Off-putting price
Under 5 hours of battery life

The Razor Blade Pro does what many other gaming laptops don't, and that is to genuinely deliver desktop-grade performance. The fact that it does this despite being only 0.88-inches thick, packing a gorgeous 17-inch, 4K, multi-touch display, as well as a superb Ultra-Low-Profile mechanical switch keyboard too is just scandalous really. Obviously, the price is sky high and the battery life when used for intense gaming action under 5 hours, however there is no doubting that you are getting the absolute best out there right now in gaming laptops, with the Razer Blade Pro's crazy specs crushing even today's most demanding AAA, graphically intensive games.

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2. Asus ROG Strix GL502

A great all round gaming laptop with an attractive screen

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 - 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch full HD 1,920 x 1,080 IPS | Storage: 128GB - 256GB SSD, 1TB HDD

High level specs
Bright, vibrant screen
Standard battery life

If you couldn't care less about gaming at a 4K resolution then the Asus ROG Strix GL502 is the gaming laptop for you. That's because it comes packing a brilliant and vibrant 1,920 x 1,080 IPS screen and then pairs it with some superb, top-tier gaming hardware. An Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM makes short work of any title at that resolution (and often consistently surpass 60fps!) and makes playing games a totally stress-free experience in terms of performance. As you would expect, battery life isn't stellar, however the rest of this very well priced gaming laptop make it a top contender.

3. Alienware 13 R3

Gawk at the first-ever OLED gaming laptop

CPU: Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 13.3-inch HD 1,366 x 768 TN – QHD 2,560 x 1440 OLED touchscreen | Storage: 180GB – 512GB SSD

Gorgeous OLED screen
Improved hinge-forward design
Power!
Rather dense
Short battery life

Alienware has such pedigree in the gaming laptop market that, unsurprisingly, its latest R3 refresh of the classic Alienware 13 is an absolute treat for gamers. Configurable with a gorgeous QHD 2,560 x 1,440 OLED screen, as well as some really tasty internal hardware (Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 and 16GB of DDR4 RAM anyone?), the Alienware 13 R3 delivers real gaming power in a super portable, compact-screen-size package. In addition, a new forward-hinge design allows the system to be thinner than past iterations too, with a 0.81-inch (0.22cm) chassis delivering Alienware's typically cool off-world aesthetic with aplomb. As ever, battery life or weight isn't the best, however these are minor issues to a really tasty, top-tier gaming laptop.

4. Acer Predator 17 X

A feature packed gaming laptop with good specs to boot

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 | RAM: 32GB DDR4 | Storage: 1TB HDD, 512GB SSD

Loaded to the max with features
Relatively quiet cooling fans
4K capable gaming system
GPU is powerful but old hat
Long battery recharge time
Heavy

Incredibly heavy at 10.03 pounds (4.67kg), the Acer Predator 17 X is certainly not a gaming laptop that you would want to carry around all day, and that's not even mentioning its bulky power supply either. However, if ultra portability isn't a major requirement for you (i.e. you're not going to have to walk round much with it, more commute with it in a car or on public transport), then the 17 X is a really competitive choice of gaming laptop. That's because it comes packing a desktop-grade Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (which is a little old now but very powerful), a 4K screen with G-Sync functionality at the top end of the configurator, as well as as much RAM as you can shake a stick at (a max of 32GB DDR4). The price is also very competitive compared to similarly specced rivals.

5. Aorus X5 v6

High power and a low profile with few concessions

CPU: Intel Core i7 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 15.6-inch, FHD 1,920 x 1,080 – WQHD+ 2,880 x 1,620 IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD; 256GB SSD

Powerful performance
Slim design
Noisy fans
Build quality not the best

Aorus doesn't have the name recognition or pedigree of some of its more established gaming laptop rivals, however, that  doesn't stop it delivering a really tasty system in the form of the X5 v6. This bad boy comes rocking a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (that's 8GB of GDDR5 people!), a 15-inch IPS 3K resolution display, and an Intel Core i7 CPU. The design, while unspectacular, is also very slim and easy to carry, and the price lower than other comparable systems. Caveats come in the form of B-grade build quality and rather noisy fans, which whir and hum with intensity when pixels are being pushed.

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