Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

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Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018


Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018
Video games on PCs make your eye and you want to enjoy the best possible conditions? If you run out of space at home, we have the solution: gaming laptops.

 
Play everywhere, all the time and all the most demanding titles. Here is the complex mission of the laptops of this top 10.

 
Attention, we will not talk about entry-level PCs with limited 3D capabilities. Here, we tackle the heavy, in every sense of the word. And these machines are, on the whole, rather expensive. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
But the players really have good reason to look now at the gaming laptops! Because, for a long time, performance differences between laptops and desktops have clearly limited the interest of a portable gaming, all that has changed. From now on, the two families are really close to each other. The desktop PC, however, retains the advantage of full scalability, which the laptop does not always offer.

 

Mobile and fixed 3D chips at the neck-to-elbow


 
In terms of power, the 3D cards of laptops gaming lagged behind their fixed equivalents, despite what NVIDIA and AMD, the two chip designers at the head of this market, could say.

 
Today, high-end laptops are just a stone's throw away from their desktop alter ego. Three or four years ago, the cards integrated into the towers were at least twice as powerful. Today, NVIDIA notebook PC chips offer nearly the same performance levels as their desktop PC counterparts! A gap that has quickly tightened with the release of GeForce GTX 10 in the summer of 2016, cards whose power exceeds the wildest predictions. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
On the side of AMD, this beginning of the year 2018 is like the years 2016 and 2017: very calm. In the range of mobile graphics cards, the outlook is a little more blurry. The R9 Radeon mobile has totally disappeared from the landscape. As for AMD Radeon RX grinders, it's impossible to have the (rare) machines that are equipped with them. And, at the same time, they are not legion. The latest was announced at CES 2018. This is the Acer Nitro but for now, it is not available! So, quite logically, no machine in our top 10 is equipped with AMD graphics chips.

 

Processor: Intel keeps the advantage


 
On the processor side, Intel is still leading the way. The Intel Kaby Lake (Core i3 / i5 / i7-7xxx) largely occupy the field. AMD and its Ryzen are at least absent from the landscape. At present, only the ROG Strix GL702ZC ships a Ryzen.

After the announcements of Computex, we expected them to fall as a leaf in autumn. Fleas have been announced in October but they are in the form of APU, which is a bit too light to play seriously.

But again, you can not get your hands on it. The prospects for 2018 are tempting, hope that AMD is not content to make announcements, without them being followed.

 
Supported by large amounts of DDR4 RAM (up to 32 GB on some Asus PCs or Dell Alienware), Intel processors give the best of themselves in both games and other apps. Indeed, all pass without problems on these devices, often prized by users looking for powerful portable video editing stations or photo editing.

 

SSD everywhere, hard drive reinforcement!


 
Processor, graphics card and memory may be at the forefront, their skills will be restrained if the hard drive is not up to par. Now, good news, the price of SSDs are now very reasonable, so they have become widespread in gaming machines.

Their speed of reading and writing are such that they promote ultra-fast launches and loads both in games and in Windows 10. Note that the SSD modules (M.2 SATA, PCIe, NVMe) are well often alone in the finest gear or very often accompanied by a more traditional hard drive in the thicker computers.

 

Screen, keyboard, connectors: the good alchemy


 
For a brand to win votes with gamers, it must meet all expectations. Starting with the development of a balanced configuration with a good processor, 8 GB of minimum memory, 3D power and SSD. In addition, it must ensure that its device is quiet and well cooled to ensure longevity and proper operation of the components. Not to mention the special care to bring to the screen.

 
Most models in our top 10 have matte Full HD tiles. Good! It's the definition and the coating that's best for gaming. However, some manufacturers continue to offer gaming laptops equipped with 1440p tiles (GTX 1080 mandatory!) Or 4K. And brilliant in the latter case. A tip: run away! If the image definition is eye-catching, graphics cards, as powerful as they are, fail to provide a performance-fluidity ratio sufficient to display as many video game pixels.

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Based on our test results, we find that the screens of these expensive machines do not all offer the same quality of the display. The TN has been coming back very strong for a few months but the IPS display technology is still very present.

 
This return of the TN is a boon for the players. They prefer this technology because it is considered more "fast" in managing the transition between different color components. However, it is necessary to have a probe in place of the retina to perceive this difference! And it is clear that in use, the IPS is doing well even if it lacks, usually, a little brightness to perfectly offset the loss induced by the matte coating oh so popular to fight against the reflections.

 
In addition, IPS or TN, we find more and more slabs whose refresh rate exceeds 60 Hz, as on our gaming monitors for desktop PCs. This will increase the impression of fluidity in the game and make better use of Nvidia's G-Sync technology (or AMD's FreeSync).

The 10 top gaming laptops 2018


As for keyboards, all are backlit on gaming PCs, and that's good. On some models are also keys reserved for macros but it is a trend that disappears little by little.

 
Let's finish with the layout of the connection, essential for players to be able to deport their display on an external screen, while connecting a mouse to a player and their helmet without feeling the slightest embarrassment or abut in the catch. In this respect, some still have a lot of work to do! Yes, you'll understand, we do not improvise PC gaming designer overnight, without suffering some setbacks.

Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018


 
In this Top 10, we have grouped the machines tested, with different screen sizes and no price limit. An average price which has also experienced a slight increase with the arrival of the latest chips Nvidia, the generalization of DDR4 (whose price has increased) and SSD.

 
Be aware however that at the beginning of the year, the starting bet is usually around 1200 euros (200 euros less than this summer) because manufacturers have all multiplied so-called "casual gaming" machines like the Nitro 5 d Acer or the SaberPro 15 Gigabyte for example. They are much less powerful than the monsters of our Top 10 but are enough for those who are content to play 3D games a little dated or recent, but in the latter case, with the details set to "Medium". Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018 .

 
On the top of the basket, the prices fly away: many references turn around 1800 to 2500 euros and some manufacturers do not hesitate to exceed the astronomical bar of 4000 euros for their finest technological showcases.

 
Finally, Cleaning up in our Top 10 (exit end of life machines). Our rating system has changed slightly but did not move as much as in the autumn. Note that Dell is widely represented since able to live his machines very long, renewing configurations that often. We also specify that the Lenovo Legion and MSI GE73VR Rider are still being tested and that, according to their benefits, they could well integrate the Top 10 in the coming weeks.

 


Best gaming laptops 2018


 

1. Dell Alienware 15 R3




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The legendary Alienware 15 continues to win not only thanks to the excellent ergonomics that characterize the machines in the range but also because its matt slab is of excellent quality. It's rare enough to be underlined and awarded. The hardware configuration does not demerit, built around an Intel Core i7 processor, a GeForce GTX 1070 and enough DDR4 memory and SSD to meet the needs of games and gourmet apps. Better yet, it pays the luxury of being enduring: between 4 and 4 hours of autonomy recorded! Finally, its current price of 2280 euros (against more than 2600 at launch) does not seem so high compared to the services offered. Note, promotions are currently underway on the Dell site. So the price listed below is slightly higher than the price you will see after you set up a similar configuration on the Dell site. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
Rating: 8.11 / 10 | Price: from 1330 euros (config tested 2280 euros) | Read: Dell Alienware 15 R3 Full Test

 
2. Asus ROG Zephyrus (GX501V)

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Past second in the class at the start, the Zephyrus Asus remains on the podium. As a reminder, this is the first laptop to Nvidia Max-Q Design standards, and it's pretty packed. This attractive device is tailor-made for casual or amateur players who want to please and have a handsome device in their hands. Between the Core i7 and GTX 1080 Max-Q configuration and the all-aluminum case, this laptop has many arguments to put forward. Still, the 15.6-inch screen is not quite the expected level and that the autonomy of sins. If this summer the version tested did not have a tariff on its label, it is now done. Attention, it hurts 4000 euros. Yes, luxury continues to have a price. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
Overall rating: 8.12 / 10 | Price: from 3200 euros (config tested 4000 euros) | Read: Asus ROG Zephyrus

 

3. Asus ROG Chimera (G703VI-E5095T)


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Last PC notebook gamer date tested by us and already on the podium! It's deserved, the Asus Chimera impresses and radically contrasts with the second-ranked Zephyrus and other Asus latest-born in the ROG family. Let's be clear, the Chimera is not at all in place. His size is the image of his benefits: huge. In the imposing case, high-end components make everything turn and, for maximum speed, you can count on a RAID 0 of SSD and an HDD type SSHD. Also known as the G703VI, this 17.3-inch notebook PC puts a lot of emphasis on its 144 Hz full-featured Full HD panel (the first one we meet) and G-Sync-compatible to stand out from the competition. Is right?

 
Rating: 7.8 / 10 | Price: from 3000 euros (tested configuration: 3500 euros) | Read: The Asus ROG Chimera (G703VI-E5095T)

 

4. Dell Alienware 13 R3


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The Dell Alienware 13 third generation retains its UFO role in our top 10. This 13.3-inch manages to win against many behemoths, all much more powerful than him. It is characterized by an ergonomics foolproof while being more robust than the Razer Blade 14. In short, this laptop Dell remains a favorite of the year 2017.

It is the fatal weapon of the players who want a condensed of technologies under the fingers both at home and on the move, and who wish to put their retinas full thanks to a screen capable, according to the configurations, of having a 1440p OLED panel. And this was the case of our test unit, watch your eyes!

 
Overall rating: 7.6 / 10 | Price: 2180 euros approx. (from 1480 euros) | Read the Dell Alienware 13 R3 Full Test

 

5. Dell Alienware 17 R4




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The eldest Alienware remains in the lead pack but does not impose himself. But if its size and the sound of its ventilation lower its rating is because the configuration trapped in its case sends heavy! Dell selects a state-of-the-art Intel Core ultra-high-end processor, associates it with 16GB of memory and uses the services of the GeForce GTX 1080 to display the pixels and polygons of the games (out and coming) in 2560 by 1440 pixels, on the 17.3-inch matte panel, refreshed at 120 Hz and Nvidia G-Sync compatible. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
Rating: 7.55 / 10 | Price: from 1680 euros (config tested: 3030 euros) | Read the Dell Alienware 17 R4 Full Test

 

6. Dell Alienware 15 R3 (GTX 1080MQ)


 


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Funny extraterrestrial here! This version of the Dell Alienware 15 has not lost a gram and yet it embeds a Nvidia graphics card for the ultra-thin gaming laptop. A way for Dell to play the very powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (and the "Max-Q" card is important here) on its flagship laptop PC without having to plan the case. However, if the GPU is, like the rest of the configuration, very powerful, it remains nonetheless that we have identified some troublesome weaknesses. Weaknesses not present in the first ranking and do not meet our requirements, especially when the machine is sold almost 3000 euros. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018 .

 
Rating: 7.43 / 10 | Price: from 1330 euros (tested configuration: 2960 euros) | Read the Dell Alienware 15 R3 Full Test (GTX 1080MQ)

 

7. Acer Predator 17X (GX-792-713B)




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The extreme version of the classic Predator 17, the Predator 17X Acer comes in two versions. The most upscale, with a processor Intel Core i7 really muscular, flirting with 3000 euros and our copy, which is not devoid of assets, posted at 2500 euros. Apart from a case starting to date somewhat, we do not have much reproach to make this powerful machine and which, despite its "age" remains quite in the standards of the market. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018 .

 
Rating: 7.45 / 10 | Price: from 2500 euros approx (config tested: 2500 euros) | Read the complete test of the Acer Predator 17X (GX-792-713B)

 

8. HP Omen 15 (15-ce099nf)




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The 15-inch Omen moves back one place. Equipped with a graphics chip GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q less powerful than its counterpart "classic", it is however not as fine and light as the Zephyrus, second of our classification. It is nonetheless a good machine for the game with its Full HD, but not with the graphic details set in the recent games. Only its launch price (1800 euros) tarnishes the picture ... Fortunately, HP has decided to sell it on its own site as some other online stores, at a price below 1500 euros. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018

 
Rating: 7.2 / 10 | Price: from 1100 euros (config tested: 1800 euros) | Read the complete test of the HP Omen 15 (15-ce099nf)

 

9. Gigabyte Aero 15




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The Aero 15 has in the slab! This is one of the few laptops for gamers on the market to have a screen close to perfection. Why? Simply because the brand takes the time to calibrate the slab of each model before leaving the factory. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018 .

 
Here, no hard drive, everything is stored on SSD, the graphics are left to the good care of a GTX 1060 and the calculations to Core i7-7700HQ (and 16 GB of memory). Good components that can not compete with the cocktails in the bowels of other machines in the standings. In addition, the Aero 15 suffers from some other rather annoying faults. Finally, those who are looking for a more powerful (more expensive) version of Nvidia's Max-Q Design, the Aero 15X tested by us is also in store.

 
Rating: 6.87 / 10 | Price: 2100 euros approx. | Read the complete test of Gigabyte Aero 15

 

10. Gigabyte Aorus X9 v7




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The new entrant in tenth place, the Aorus X9 v7. His credo? Combine power and finesse to put them at the service of gaming. Power, that's for sure, the X9 v7 is not lacking. Its configuration is based on a very high-end Core i7, overclockable, and ... on a GeForce GTX 1070 SLI. Side measurements, the 3.5 cm thick housing are sufficiently rare on a laptop 17.3 inches gaming to be saluted. Just as the weight of "only" 3.6 kg. However, if the Aorus X9 v7 fails to win at the top of this top is that the defects are not lacking. Best gaming laptops 2018: The 10 top gaming laptops 2018 .

 
Rating: 6.84 | Price: from 3300 euros (tested config not sold) | Read the complete test of Gigabyte Aorus X9 v7

 
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