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Gamers World | Top 25 Gaming Ultrabooks And Laptops Of 2016
The Best Laptops For A Smooth Gaming Experience
There was a time when the word gaming laptop was far-fetched. But along the years and with a much better technology, laptops these days have way more powerful hardware to deal with heavy tasks. Machines with integrated graphics can handle games with 13×7 resolutions with hardware running on Intel Broadwell or Skylake 15W. However, there are still limits on what integrated chips can deliver. Playing games with higher resolutions still requires dedicated graphics to run on your laptop or notebook.
Here’s a list of the top gaming ultraportables for smoother high-resolution gaming.
The most popular 13-inch screen with dedicated graphics, the Zenbook UX303LN was introduced back in 2014 with Intel Haswell hardware and Nvidia 840M graphics. It was later followed by the Zenbook UX303LB and Zenbook UX303UB with upgraded processors and dedicated graphics. Click here for more Zenbook details.
The Alienware 13 is a ultraportable which is made to deliver power better than the Zenbooks. Its dedicated graphics hardware is Nvidia GTX 960M alongside Skylake Core U processors with RAM of up to 16 GB. Definitely capable of catering to modern games, and more hardware particulars in this link.
This machine is slightly different from the Zenbooks and Alienware. It has a 14-inch screen with a 360-convertible display. It can also be a tablet, stand or tent which is strong for a device that has a plastic casing. Know more about the Lenovo Thinkpad Yoga 460 features here.
Gigabyte’s Auros X3 is a top-of-the-line 14-inch gaming laptop. It has a 23 mm thick body that weighs 4.1 pounds with the latest generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16 Gigabytes of Random Access Memory, Nvidia GTX 970M graphics with Optimus and dual M.2 storage, backlit keyboard with macro keys and customizable profiles. The latest model sells for around $2000 with all these powerful hardware inside with more detailed review here.
Razer Blade 14 has been dubbed a marvel for gaming laptops. It is thin, ligt, rock solid, and weighs 4.2 pounds and all these hardware tucked in, Core i7 quad-core processor, Nvidia GTX 970M graphics, 16 GB of RAM (onboard) and up to 512 GB of SSD storage space. Click here for more Razer Blade 14 specifics.
The Gigabyte P34W is a 14-inch ultraportable with basically the same powerful hardware that the Razer Blade 14 and Aorus X3 has, but sells way cheaper at $1500. Performance wise it can match other powerful laptops, but the P34W is made from both metal and polycarbonate, with plenty of flex in the lid and frame. When it comes to screen or speakers quality it’s still no match for the Blade as shown here for more comparison details.
This laptop is built on Core i7 HQ processors, supports DDR4 RAM (memory of up to 32 GB), along with the GTX 970M 3GB graphics chip and offers both a PCIe gen3 M.2 storage slot and a regular 2.5? bay for your mass-storage. It also has a 14-inch monitor display with quad core processors and dedicated Nvidia 970M graphics. Further hardware details for the MSI GS40 Phantom here.
With a case made mostly of plastic, the Lenovo Y40-80 is not too well built and sells at around $800. That gets you a Core i5 or i7 U-Series processor, 8 GB of RAM, hybrid storage (1 TB HDD with 8 GB SSD) and an AMD R9-M275 graphics chip, which is closely comparable to a Nvidia 940M solution, performance wise. Click here for a complete review of Lenovo Y40-80
There are two models for this laptop, the top version called the 3K 2PE and the lower-end model called 2PC, sharing most features except for the hardware and screen options. The GS60s are both 0.85 of an inch thick and weigh under 4.4 pounds. They also offer a good looking aluminum-alloy case, a backlit keyboard and all the ports you’ll want on such a computer. Check for more MSI G60s components in these reviews.
10. Asus Zenbook NX500 and GX500
There’s not too many information about these Zenbooks for now since release will be later in the year. The Zenbooks will have a metallic body, as usual, 0.8 inches thin and weight of under 5 pounds with top features tucked in. More possible features of the Asus Zenbook NX500can be found here.
11. Gigabyte P35G v2 and P35W v2 Ultrablade
The P35G v2 Ultrablade is the larger version of the P34G v2 14 inches. It has the same top features with Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 Gigabytes of RAM and the Nvidia GTX 860M graphics chip, but offers a possible quadruple-storage solution or a dual storage, plus a DVD Writer. More details can be found in this link.
The Dell XPS 15 Touch is one of the fanciest laptops with 0.7-inch thick aluminum body weighing only 4.4 pounds. It also has powerful features with Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor inside, up to 16 Gigabytes of RAM, several storage options and a Nvidia GT 750M graphics. More Dell XPS 15 Touch specifics here.
13. Acer Aspire V5-573G and V7-582PG
The Acer Aspire V5-573G offers the best features for under $1000. This includes Intel Core i7- 4500U CPU with 8 Gigabytes of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics and a 1 Terabytes hard disk drive. Other features can be found on this link.
14. Lenovo Y50
The Lenovo Y50 has a plastic built body much like the Y40. It’s not as portable as the other machines with 0.9-inch thick case and a total weight of 5.3 pounds. It does have nice specs though with an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia 860M graphics and various storage solutions, plus either a DVD or a Bluray unit. More of its design reviews here.
This model has a lot of potential and packs a huge battery. The specs include Intel Core i7- 4700HQ CPU, up to 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display, 94 Wh battery, 5.2 pounds. This machine is difficult to find in stores these days. But here’s a link for more details of the Samsung ATIV Book 8 870z5g.
16. Asus N550JK
The Asus N550JK features are Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 850M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display, 59 Wh battery, 5.7 pounds. The machine sells at around $1100 but it’s a bit thick at 1.1 inches. Click here for more specifics.
17. Asus N551JK
The Asus N551JK is a multimedia laptop with incredible audio and stunning 4k IPS display. It also has powerful 4th-generation Intel Core processor and Nvidia GeForce gaming graphics. Further reviews can be found in this link.
18. Asus G551JM
This laptop has a black and red themed metallic case and is the gaming version of the N551 series. The Asus G551JM also has Nvidia GTX 850M and 860M graphics with other features found here.
The Dell Inspiron 7537 is quite heavy for an ultrabook weighing 5.6 pounds. Other features include an Intel Core i5 or i7 ULV Central Processing Unit, up to 16 Gigabytes of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, 58Wh battery.
The HP Envy TouchSmart 15 has the same weight with the Dell Inspiron 7537and also top features Intel Core i5/i7 ULV CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen. Click here for more cool features.
21. Razer Blade Pro
This is the larger version of the Razer Blade with great specs tucked in Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB SSD storage and a Nvidia GTX 860M graphics chip, plus a 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display and a 74 Wh battery. Also added is a customizable LCD screen towards the right side of the keyboard, meant to improve your gaming productivity. Know the complete details in this link.
22. MSI GS70 Stealth
The MSI GS70 Stealth is a 17-inch laptop with the latest 4th generation Intel Core i7 Processor. It has a Matrix display with max 4 displays to expend the vision for extreme gaming experience or multi tasks. Its features also include a full HD non-glare screen and a dedicated gaming- keyboard, designed in collaboration with SteelSeries. More of MSI GS70 Stealth here.
This laptop offers the same hardware specs as the MSI GS70 but with 1600 x 900 px TN screen. The Medion Erazer X7611 has a great 17-inch screen with excellent CPU performance with high-quality chassis. Detailed Specifications can be found here.
If you really need the powerful graphics for a 17-inch screen, the Maingear Pulse 17 is the machine for you. It also has powerful hardware tucked in with an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16 Gigabytes of storage. Nvidia GTX 870M graphics chips and a number of storage options, plus a matte 1920 x 1080 px display. Click this link for more details.
The Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2 is the only device in this list with SLI graphics alongside an Intel Core i7-4860HQ processor, up to 32 GB of RAM and several storage options, plus a 73 Wh battery. It is the bigger version of the Aorus X3. Find out more of the Aorus X7 v2 here.
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There’s your ultimate list of the best laptops and ultrabooks for 2016. Though a few of them are yet to be released, this list offers the best in hardware specs to give you that seamless gaming experience and superior graphics. They may differ in some aspects though as the cheaper model mostly have plastic casings. Overall, gaming has never been the same with laptops.
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