Alienware M17x R4
The M17x R4 is the 4th version in M17X laptop series of gaming laptop from Alienware. Featuring a Quad-Core Intel Ivy Bridge Processor alongside GeForce GTX 680M discrete graphics, this thing is a beast. For the gamers who desire to have desktop kind of gaming experience on the go, this 17 incher is one of the best options available. This laptop grabs the attention with its full HD screen which delivers very good picture quality. Summing up, this laptop from Alienware Sports a 2.6 GHz core i7-3720QM processor alongside 8GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM, 32 GB of SSD boot drive and GeForce GTX 680M GPU.
With all this in it, M17X weighs 4.3 KG and that’s quite heavy! To the left laptop are list of multiple ports that includes a full sized Ethernet port alongside a VGA port, Mini Display Port and an HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, 3.5 mm headphone jack and a microphone. To the Right side there is a Blu-ray player, a card reader and another pair of USB 3.0 ports, an e-SATA port and HDMI input. Casual usage makes the battery lasts for nearly 4 hours, but a gaming experience on this battery chokes up the battery in about an hour. Playing Just Cause 2 at 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, this notebook delivered a frame rate of 79 frames per second while the Battlefield 3 ran at formidable 44 fps. All in all, this gaming laptop costs INR 1,62,000 ($3000) in India which is the costliest of all the Dell Laptops. With this huge price, this notebook also delivers one of the best gaming experiences and is definitely one of the best gaming laptop in the market.
The Origin Eon 17
The Origin Eon 17 has a look and feel which is very similar to the Dell Alienware. The company Origin PC was in fact founded by ex-executives of Alienware. The laptop comes under the high end category of gaming with Intel Core i7-3920XM alongside Nvidia GeForce GTX675M GPU. The display is a 17.3 inch full HD that renders bright colors alongside good viewing angles. Keyboard doesn’t sport an island layout and is more of a classic type. The touchpad is responsive and speakers sound good which are present on top of the keyboard. The left side of the notebook features three USB 3.0 ports, a LAN port, a card reader and a mini- FireWire port. The right side sports audio jacks for headphone and surround sound, a USB 2.o port and an optical drive. The rear of the notebook has a HDMI, DVI, Display port, Blu-ray drive and a power jack.
Powered by Intel Core i7-3920XM Extreme Edition clock at 2.9GHz and a 16GB of system RAM and a pair of SSD’s in RAID 0, the EON17-S’s is one of the most powerful gaming laptop in the category. The gaming experience on this notebook is amazing and a battery life of nearly 5 and half hours. If you are looking for one of those top gaming notebook then EON 17 is something that should be worth considering.
One of the powerful gaming laptop currently available in the market from MSI is the GT70. A desktop replacement in gaming, this laptop sports a Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Processor, a 16 GB RAM and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX670M GPU. All these features are available for a price of $2000. The MSI GT70, as other gaming laptops is quite heavy weighing 8.6 pounds. The built quality is very good and feels quite solid with an aluminum palm rest. The operating system is hosted on a pair of 64GB m-SATA. The left side of the notebook has three USB 3.0 ports, a card reader, a headphone, microphone alongside line in and line out jacks. On the right is pair of USB 2.0 ports and Blu-ray burner. Other ports such as Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, HDMI and e-SATA ports are located on the rear side. Display is 17.3-inch with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Viewing angles are not good with a slight screen tilt giving drastic color changes. Speakers are good and are located over the keyboard tray at opposite sides. Featuring wide Chiclet keys and multicolored LED backlighting, the key board is designed by Steel Series and is quite responsive. On a resolution of 1920 x 1080, the games gave a smooth 30 fps and on lower settings, the games such as “Just Cause2” rendered 34 fps with anti-aliasing on and 40 without the same. The gaming performance of the device matches with its rivals. A normal usage of browsing and music stream drains the battery in 3 hours 45 minutes. But when gaming, it’s good to use the power as the battery gets chocked. All in all the MSI GT70 is one of the strong gaming laptop that has a beautiful looking Keyboard with multicolored backlit illumination.
Samsung Series 7 Gamer
Samsung’s series 7 gamer is one of the sleekly designed gaming laptop, but like any other gaming laptop; it’s oversized and weighs 8.39 pounds. But it sure carries with it, the power to make it through to the top 5 gaming laptops. Series 7 gamer features a 2.3Ghz Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (3.3Ghz with Turbo Boost), NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 675M, GPU, a 7,200 RPM 1.5TB hard drive with Express Cache, a Blu-ray drive and 16GB of DDR3 RAM. Left side of the notebook features a pair of USB 2.0 ports alongside the Blu-ray drive. The right side is occupied by a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a card reader along with HDMI output, VGA, Ethernet and an AC adapter. Keyboard features a backlit illuminated “classic” key layout and not the Chiclet ones that we see now-a-days.
The display is a 17 inch with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and this display quality is one of the best in the gaming laptops. Watching video on this display is a pleasure. Speakers are mediocre offering an average audio experience. Games such as GTA IV were smooth ran at nearly 30 fps and Arkham City’s street gave 61fps. Team Fortress 2 gave an amazing 128 fps. Series 7 gamer is one of the top class gaming laptops that doesn’t disappoint. Priced at $1900, this is sure one of those gaming laptops that at least should get your attention.
Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG-6666
Another one to come under the umbrella of top 5 gaming laptops is, the 15.6 incher Acer’s Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG-6666. Timeline U M5 features An Intel Core i5-3317U processor clocked at 1.7-GHz, a 6GB of RAM, a 500GB 5,400-rpm hard drive alongside Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE GPU and an additional 20GB SSD for OS boot up. The laptop is ideal for college goers who wish to get a multimedia and gaming experience in budget gaming laptop. The design of Acer Timeline U has a simple design with a brushed aluminum lid and the interior of the notebook is made from anodized aluminum. The display is surrounded with a gray touch bezel. This notebook weighs at around 5.5 pounds which makes it the lightest gaming laptop from the top 5 ones. The 15.6 inch LED screen has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels which does not feel as crisp or clear as some of the others and the viewing angles are good but not great. Change the angle for more than 45 degree and you will see colors fading. Speakers are good and are supported by Dolby Home Theater v4 software. The keyboard is a typical Chiclet one and features a full number pad. Touch pad is good enough and has good palm rejection mechanism. Right side of the notebook sports a card reader, headset jack and to the right are DVD drive and AC adapter. Rear of the notebook features a pair of USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port, a HDMI and an Ethernet port. Graphic performance is good. On a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels “World of Warcraft” delivered an impressive 137 fps while Batman: Arkham City delivered 36 fps.
It took 7 hours of browsing experience to drain the battery completely. Finally to wrap it up the Acer Aspire Timeline U M5-581TG-6666 is one of those gaming notebooks, in fact with its look it has been classified as the ultrabook, which suits for gamer who wants gaming experience in budget price, thereby giving him a complete multimedia and gaming experience in one. At $829 this gaming laptop is surely a value for money buy.