Since it’s now 2017 and 2018 is right around the corner, you’ll be able to save money if you decide to buy the best gaming laptop 2017 had to offer instead of opting for the newly released models. There’s been enough time to see how these year-old models have held up, and because they’re older (computer years are like dog years) you may find a lot of bargains when you shop online. Here are our top contenders:
1. Samsung Series 7 Gamer. Let’s put the capabilities of the Samsung Series 7 Gamer this way: it’s so formidable that its capabilities can still favorably compare with more recently released gaming laptops. It’s really that good. For your money, you’ll get a 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM, 16GB DDR3 RAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675M Graphics, a 17.3 inch screen with 1920×1080 resolution, and a whopping 1.5 terabytes of storage.
With the Samsung Series 7 Gamer, you can play just about any game—even those which were released a year after the launch of this gaming laptop. It’s that tough, and sometimes you’d think that it did some sort of time travel in order to be launched back in 2017.
2. Alienware M18x. When it was released, the Alienware M18x looked like and performed like how Spock would have imagined a gaming laptop to be. The 18.4 inch screen in 1920 x 1080 resolution is a joy to gaze at. You get a robust Intel quad-core (with Hyper-Threading) Core i7-3610QM processor, along with a couple of 2GB AMD Radeon HD7970M CrossFireX graphic cards. You even get a 5.1 surround sound, so you can clearly hear the death throes of your dying enemies.
3. The Razer Blade. The actual gaming performance of the Razer gaming laptop doesn’t really compare with the others on this list, because the makers put at least some sort of emphasis on the laptop part of gaming laptop. It’s actually a gaming platform for those on the go. It’s very light at just 6.4 pounds, and that’s because the screen is a bit smaller. It also sacrifices a bit in terms of graphics performance with its Integrated Intel® GMA HD – Mobile Mode NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 VRAM with NVIDIA Optimus Technology. The processor is powered by an Intel Corei7 Quad Core Processor with Hyper-Threading CPU: 2.2GHz (Base) and 3.2GHz (Turbo).Never mind the fact that it’s heavy and bulky, that the battery life seems like shorter than a snowball’s life in hell, and that the screen doesn’t really look great in direct sunlight. It’s not for those who like to play games while camping in a remote forest. It’s for those who like to play in a dark room with a table for the laptop.
It comes with a 17.3 inch screen with full HD 1920×1080, so you can also watch HD movies in style while on the road. It’s got 8 gigabytes of RAM, and just 500 gigabytes of hard disk space.
Choose any one of these “old” models which fought hard to vie for best gaming laptop 2017 honors, and you can be sure that they will last you far longer than you think.