With the arrival of the holiday season, it’s time to step back and review the best gaming laptops of 2018. Here’s a closer look at five gaming laptops that made our list of the best, fierce and cheap gaming laptops of 2018.
Razer continues to produce some of the best gaming laptops on the market today, and the Razer Blade 15 is the company’s latest entry in the 15-inch gaming laptop market. It is solid, slim and elegant, making it our choice for the best overall gaming laptop of the year. It comes packed with an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, in addition to a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, giving it plenty of gaming guts to take on even the biggest gaming titles. A sleek aluminum body is both solid and surprisingly flex-resistant, the result of being CNC-milled from a single block of aluminum.
There is a lot of gaming fierceness hidden inside the sleek black aluminum body of this 15-inch gaming laptop. In addition to an Intel core i7-875OH CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, this MSI laptop comes with a high resolution 1920 x 1080 screen that delivers a superior gaming experience. Adding to the fierce factor is a long-life battery that literally handles an entire day of streaming, browsing, and gaming. It’s light and very thin, with a total thickness of just 18 mm, making it very portable, wherever your gaming adventures take you.
A step down in price from the MSI GS65 is the MSI GF63, which is more of an entry-level gaming laptop priced at under $1,000. It comes with an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GPU. Given its affordable price tag, there are some missing features that you might expect from a robust, fully-featured gaming laptop, such as no included SSD. That being said, for any gamer on a budget, the MSI GF63 delivers plenty of bang for the buck.
Need to go even cheaper? It’s time to consider the Dell Inspiron I5 7567, priced well under $1000. This is the sort of ultra-budget gaming laptop that’s best suited for young students, or for those who prefer lightweight gaming titles like Fortnight. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GPU is a slight upgrade from the power of a standard GTX 1050 that you would expect to find in a slightly pricier gaming laptop.
While the Gigabyte Aero 15X might not have the luxe appeal or sleek curves of pricier models, it does come with a lot of productivity power. It all starts with an exceptionally long-life battery. The Gigabyte Aero appears to have fixed many of the issues found in earlier releases, and there are plenty of ways to upgrade it, including the addition of a beautiful 4K screen.
These best gaming laptops of 2018 aren’t the only options that are likely on the radars of top gamers. If you are looking for an ultra-robust gaming laptop that can challenge massive desktop computers, look no further than the MSI GT 75 Titan. And Acer has two Predator models – the Predator Helios 300 and the Predator Triton 700 – that showed up very high in performance tests. One thing is certain: gamers have plenty of high-quality, fierce and affordable options if they are planning on buying a gaming laptop during the holidays.