The best gaming laptops in 2017 – The Telegraph – Telegraph.co.uk

Gaming laptops are a serious investment compared to a console or even a decent desktop computer, although there are advantages to a gaming rig you can pick up and take on the move.

While many purists will attest to the power and adaptability of a gaming desktop PC, if you need a piece of kit that you can take to a friend’s house or university then you may want to look for a laptop instead.

The best gaming laptops

HP Omen 15: Get the best budget gaming laptop from £829 (£762.68 with code OMEN).

Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming: The best cheap gaming laptop for battery life and performance from £899.00 (£791.13 with 12 per cent off).

MSI  GP72: The best value quality 17-inch gaming laptop from £1199.99.

Alienware 13: The best 13-inch gaming laptop from £1,249 or £1,849 with OLED screen.

ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS: Get the build you want with this gaming laptop from Asus for £1,770 (save £129.99).

Razer Blade 2017: The top ultrabook gaming laptop from £1799.99.

Razer Blade Pro: The best elite gaming laptop for VR from £3,799.99.

How to pick a gaming laptop

When buying a gaming laptop graphics are king. You will want to make sure you find a laptop with a serious graphics card built-in.

Nvidia’s GeForce series remains the most common pick for top devices and in the most recent models, you should look for the manufacturer’s latest series, Nvidia’s new 10-series configuration, is its 2017 round of graphics cards.

For a full breakdown of the highest performance graphics cards, Notebookcheck has a comparison chart judging the framerates of the latest chips against some of the most demanding video game releases such as Prey and For Honour.

Should I pick a desktop PC or a console for gaming?

There is a lot to be said for picking a desktop PC for gaming over a laptop. A gaming laptop will be chunky and often weigh more than two kilograms, meaning it is hardly portable.

They are also expensive, proportionally more so than if you customised a desktop to kit it out for gaming. For between £800 and £1,200 you could buy a powerful gaming desktop that offers longevity and interchangeable components.

Plus, if you wanted to run virtual reality (VR) games you will have to splash out for the latest gaming laptop technology, compared to the better value you could get from a PC.

Consoles like the PS4 Pro or Xbox One remain hugely popular, but a laptop does have some advantages. Gaming laptops will give you access to a far broader range of titles that are limited to Sony’s console, while Microsoft has aimed to make its Xbox series and its Windows 10 laptops more integrated.

However, laptops have come on hugely in recent years and most offer the power required to play the most high performance games if you are willing to spend the money.

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