There are those few, special gamers and tech lovers out there who want the best–the Shelby car of laptops that offer super specifications and features that are excessive even for today’s top-notch standards. These super laptops are perfect for the craziest of gamers and professional gaming techs. So, what are these super laptops and what can they do?
Alienware 17 R3 (2016)
The Alienware 17 R3 is an outstanding gaming laptop with super specs to match its secret weapon that makes it one of the most pumped up laptops on the market.
Starting at $1,499 and increasing in price up to over $3,000 for optional, special components, this laptop is actually priced very reasonably considering how much upgraded tech is crammed in its spaceship-inspired chassis.
For this 2016 edition, Alienware upgraded to the following specs:
- 17.3 inch 4K Ultra HD Display (3840 x 2160) IGZO IPS Anti-Glare 400-nits
- Intel 6th Generation i7-6820HK Quad-Core Processor CPU
- Dynamic Overclocking up to 4.1 GHz
- NVIDIA 980M GPU with 8 GB GDDR5 (Option to use AMD Radeon R9 M395X)
- Optional Alienware Graphics Amplifier: uses PCI Express Gen3X4 lanes for
- GPU bandwidth. Virtual Reality (VR) Ready.
- The Graphics Amp can cost up to $1,499.98 extra for: Alienware Graphics
- Amplifier + PNY GeForce GTX Titan X with 12 GB GDDR5. NVIDIA 980Ti GPU costs $980.
- Optional Graphics Amplifier (the NVIDIA 980Ti GPU)
- Game Controller: Optional. Use: Xbox One Wireless Controller + PC Adapter ($79.95)
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
- Hard Drive: 256GB PCIe SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)
- Memory: 32 GB Dual Channel DDR4 2133Mhz
- Option to purchase and add Alienware Alpha
- WiFi: 1 Killer E2400 Gigabit Ethernet IPV6
- 3 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports
- 1 Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB Type-C with Support for SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort)
- 1 Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
- 1 HDMI 2.0 Output
- Slots: 2 SODIMMs, 1 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, and 1 Noble Lock Port
- Backlit button image sensor trackpad with all-points addressable (APA)
- Weight: 8.33 lbs without optional extras
The Chassis is as unique as what is on the inside as well. Included in this model is AlienFX Lighting Zones, a Full HD 2MP Camera with dual digital microphones, Epic Silver exterior, 4-Zone keyboard, multicolor RGB, and other gaming pluses for super gaming.
With all of these incredible features, you can have yourself a super computer with the absolute best components and processing possible.
If price is no big deal to you, the Origin EON17-SLX is a super laptop that you must consider. For $3,382, this blistering fast gaming laptop is a great example of extreme power, speed, and elegant design.
- Display: 17.3 inch 1080p Matte, Backlit LEDs.
- G-Sync Display
- CPU: 4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (Desktop Chip)
- Video Memory: 8 GB
- RAM: 16GB up to 64GB
- Hard Drive: 256GB, M.2 Solid State Drive
- Secondary Hard Drive: 1TB, 7,200 rpm SSHD
- WiFi: 802.11ac (3x as fast as 802.11n)
- WiFi Model: Killer Wireless AC 1535 Dual-Band
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
- Touchpad Size: 4.2 inch x 2.4 inch
- Ports: Headphone, security lock, microphone, mini display port, USB 3.0,
- S/PDIF, fingerprint scanner, gigabit ethernet, HDMI, USB Ports (6), 2-1 card reader
- Weight: 10.5 lbs
The Origin EON17-SLX goes toe to toe with the Acer Predator 17. This powerhouse is an expensive alternative to many other pumped up laptops on steroids, but it uses a Skylake processor and a NVIDIA desktop chip inside of this laptop. With a blazing fast SSD and G-Sync Display, it is of no surprise that this laptop can easily be used for virtual reality.
The desktop GPU chip means that this is one of the very few laptops that can support Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. Some may say that these extras that no other laptop has is well worth the few extra hundred dollars from the other super gaming laptops.
Asus ROG G751JY
Available from $1,500 to $2,780 online, the ASUS ROG series G751YJ is one of the best, gaming laptops on steroids on the market. From the incredible GPU and blistering speeds, gaming with this model is a pleasure for the immersive player.
- Display: 17.3 inch 16:9 IPS FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare
- CPU: Intel Core i7-4710HQ 2.5GHz to 3.5GHz processor
- Operating System (OS): Windows 8.1
- Chipset: Intel HM87 Express Chipset
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5
- Memory: DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, 24GB, up to 32GB
- Storage: 1TB HDD 7200 RPM with 256GB SSD up to 512GB SSD
- Optical Drive: Blu-ray Writer
- Card Reader: 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC)
- Camera: HD Web Camera
- Network: Dual-Band 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 10/100/1000/Gigabits Base T
- Built-in Bluetooth V4.0
- Battery: 8 Cell 6000 mAh
- Weight: 8.4 lbs
- Interface: 1x Microphone-in jack, 2x headphone-out jack (SPDIF), 1x VGA port, Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 4x USB 3.0 ports, 1x RJ45 LAN Jack for LAN insert, 1x HDMI, 1x
- Thunderbolt port, 1x SD card reader, and 1x AC adapter plug
- Audio: MaxxAudio, Built-in Subwoofer, and Built-in Speakers and Digital Array Microphone
This insane Asus ROG series gaming laptop is top-notch and has a well-respected and well-deserved reputation for excellence in gaming. The G751JY has an unbeatable processor, graphics, TurboMaster technology for stable GPU overclocking, and immersive gaming audio. The Intelligent dual-fan cooling system means even during the heat of intense gaming, your pumped up laptop will remain cool. Included are special gaming keys for amazing gameplay.
MSI GT80 Titan
This outrageous gaming laptop from MSI is simply put: a beast. While it certainly deserves to make this list of the best gaming laptops of 2016, there are as always, both pros and cons. The Titan goes above and beyond just about every gamers’ needs with its pumped up specs and chassis.
This 18.4 inch gaming laptop is larger than most others, in both the display as well as its weight. At nearly 10 pounds in weight, it may be a laptop, but is best used when placed on a table as it is essentially impossible to use on your lap.
However, despite the weight, this large screen has monster features with the best in class mobile GPU.
- Display: 18.4 inch WLED FHD, 1080p, Anti-Glare Display
- CPU: 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-4720HQ
- GPU: 2x NVIDIA GTX 980M SLI (16 GB GDDR5)
- Intel HD Graphics 4600
- RAM: 16 GB
- Storage: 256 GB SSD; 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
Easily upgradable and featuring an authentic mechanical keyboard, the Titan has high performance parts in this two inch thick laptop. You can customize it and play any PC game with the highest of intensity without breaking a sweat.
Alienware has always been a popular gaming laptop, and the most popular are the Alienware 15 and 17. The Alienware 17 has a larger screen and is perfect for the serious gamer.
The flexible desktop mode and large screen makes this the perfect laptop for gaming as well as use as one’s main PC.
- Display: 17.3 inch, 1080p, IPS (In-plane switching) Anti-Glare Display
- CPU: 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7-4710HQ
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (4 GB GDDR5 RAM)
- Intel HD Graphics 4600
- RAM: 16 GB
- Storage: 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD + 1TB HDD (7,200 RPM)
- Added power of desktop graphics through the GPU Amplifier
While Alienware 17 is known as one of the highly priced gaming laptops out there, it is one that gamers swear is worth it. This machine is fully capable of handling any gaming challenges you throw at it.