Top Rated Gaming Laptops of 2018

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Are you looking for a gaming laptop? It is the beginning of 2019 which opens up to endless possibilities with new and exciting things to come. 2018 was a great year filled with many releases of technological marvels and devices. Now it has ended let us look back at the top gaming laptops that made the top list and promise to deliver you the best gaming experience.

Razer Blade 15

Hardware Specs

8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H | 15.6” Full HD 144Hz | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) | 512GB | 16GB Dual Channel – 2667MHz | 4.63 lbs/2.1 kg | Windows 10 Home | Click here see price and buying options

Benefits

  • Lightweight
  • Good battery life
  • VR Ready and Max-Q Design to optimize media rendering and editing
  • Great gaming performance

Costs 

  • Pretty but Expensive
  • No Ethernet input port;
  • Uncomfortable keyboard layout

They call this the worlds smallest because of the 15.6-inch size, that comes with a powerful Intel i7 processor, 16GB memory, and a powerful GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card that promises to deliver you great gaming experience.

Overall, the Razer Blade 15 is considered one of the best. With a great gaming performance to play the latest demanding games and a solid slim aluminum black body design, this gaming machine will deliver you a great gaming performance and a unique look and design to turn heads.

Logo Design and Side Input Port

It is an expensive laptop but it will be worth the buy. It comes no Ethernet input port but comes with a Thunderbolt 3 USB-C input port, which means you getting a USB-C adapter that contains an Ethernet input port. If one of the top performing laptops is what you are looking for, and have the budget for it, it is worth considering.

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FINAL SCORE: 4.3 out of 5

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL703 (Scar Edition)

Hardware Specs

8th Generation Intel Core i7, 2.2 GHz | 17.3” Full HD, 1920×1080, 144Hz | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 | 1TB Hybrid Drive | 8GB DDR4 | 6.5 lbs/3 kg |  Windows 10 Home; Click here to review and buy!

Benefits:

  • Great gaming performance
  • Efficient cooling system reducing overheating of GPU and CPU
  • Slim and lightweight

Costs: 

  • Low battery life per charge
  • Noisy cooling fans

The technical specification gives a good impression that this laptop will deliver great gaming performance. the fact that you are able to increase your refresh rate to up to 144Hz, means that your gaming will be smoother and with a top-of-the-line graphics card you will experience some excellent visuals in both gaming and enjoy movies.

Keyboard Layout and Touchpad

The cooling system is another to be happy about as it works to cool down the GPU and the CPU for longer use of the laptop and prevent it from overheating. It is slim and weighs under 3 kg, so it can fit inside a laptop bag well. If you are aiming at playing without the battery adapter you are looking at less than 3 hours of playtime or doing business on the laptop.

Side Input Ports

It is recommended you keep your laptop plugged in. The cooling fans get noisy especially when gaming with high demanding games. For a longer playtime, I suggest purchasing a cooling laptop stand.

FINAL SCORE: 4.3 out of 5

 

Gigabyte Aero 15X

Hardware Specs

8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H | 15.6” Full HD 144Hz, 1980×1080 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB) | 512GB SSD | 16GB DDR4 | 4.4 lbs/2 kg | Windows 10 Home; Click here to view price and buy! 

Colourful Keyboard Layout and Touchpad

Benefits

  • Excellent visuals and great gaming graphics performance
  • Great battery life per charge
  • Slim and lightweight

Costs

  • Very expensive
  • Upward facing webcam

This gaming laptop is rated as one of the best gaming laptops of 2018. It delivers top of the line graphic performance for a gamer and delivers stunning visual displays at full HD quality. You are looking at about 7 hours usage and gameplay on one charge so it’s great when you on the move. It is slim and lightweight making it easy to carry in your laptop bag.

The downside is that it really is expensive, but if you can afford it, it will be worth it. Overall, it is one gaming laptop that you will be the best. If you are for a laptop that can play high-end games well, then consider this one as an option.

FINAL SCORE: 4.4 out of 5

 

Acer Predator Helios 300

Hardware Specs

Intel Core i7-7700HQ | 15.6” Full HD, 1980×1080 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (6GB) | 1TB HDD | 8GB of RAM | 5.95 lbs/2.7 kg | Windows 10 Home;

Benefits

  • Red backlit keyboard layout
  • Good performance gaming laptop
  • Cheaper price
  • Good battery life

Costs

  • Disappointing sound performance
  • Heats up too often
  • Noisy cooling fans

This is another budget laptop of 2018. It is a good gaming laptop but it is not one of the best. You can play a high demanding game at medium settings rather than at high. It is a powerful laptop with mid-range specs at its price. The red light gives it a nice glow and makes your keyboard look awesome. Another great feature is the battery life. You are looking at up to 6 hours of gaming and working, which also good for a budget laptop.

Logo Design

The sound quality from the speakers is not that great. It will be a good idea to get good headphones to help get the best sound output. Another negative is the cooling unit. The laptop will heat up and affect your gaming performance. The cooling work as standard but must be set to max to avoid a drop in gaming performance.

Side Input Ports

Overall, it is a good laptop for gaming and is a budget laptop so it may not perform like the high-end laptops. If you want a gaming laptop that is easy on your budget and can manage the flaws than it is worth considering.

FINAL SCORE: 4.0 out of 5

 

MSI GT75 Titan

Hardware Specs

Intel Core i9-8950 | 17.3” Full HD, 1980×1080, 120Hz | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5) | 1TB HDD | 16GB | 10 lbs/4.5 kg | Windows 10 Professional; 

Monstrous Black and Red Design

This is one of the first gaming laptops to come with the Intel i9 processor, with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics which is also the newest GPU introduced.

Benefits

  • Great looking visuals and great gaming performance
  • Great sound quality
  • A good cooling system as it keeps it cool whilst gaming
  • Comfortable typing experience

Costs

  • Very expensive
  • Slightly heavier than standard

This is one impressive gaming laptop indeed, worth taking the crown of the best gaming laptop of 2018. It comes with an overclocked Intel i9 processor that was the latest release from Intel, and comes with the latest released graphics card, the NVIDIA GeForce 1080 GTX, so with these high-end hardware specs, this promises to deliver great looking visuals and a great gaming performance overall.

It also comes with a great sound speaker package, a cooling system that can keep the CPU and GPU cooler, and a keyboard layout and functionality that promises a great typing experience. Out of all the incredible features that the laptop comes with, it is very expensive. It is also slightly heavier than the other standard laptops.

Colorful Keyboard Layout & Touchpad

Overall, this gaming laptop was impressive out of all other laptops in the market with features that will satisfy your working and gaming experience by far, but if you have the money for it and looking for the one laptop either the most up to date hardware specifications, then consider this one as an option.

 

FINAL SCORE: 4.7 out of 5

 

MSI GS65 Stealth THIN

Hardware Specs

Intel Core i7-8750H | 15.6” Full HD, 1980×1080 | NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) | 256GB HDD | 16GB | 4.1 lbs/2.1 kg | Windows 10 Home;

Benefits

  • Great overall gaming performance
  • Good-looking display
  • Elegant black design with a backlit keyboard
  • Slim and lightweight
  • Good battery life
  • Good heat management cooling system
  • Less expensive

Costs

  • Difficulty in opening underneath to input hardware
  • No G-sync
  • Unsuitable placement of sound speakers

The MSI GS65 Stealth THIN is another good gaming laptop that has been criticized as a great all-around great performing laptop for video games and work activities, all because of the 8th generation i7 processor, the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a 16GB of memory that is included. It is slim and lightweight so it easy to carry, has a good battery life of up to 6 hours on a single charge, and a good fan cooling system to diminish heating of the system.

The sound is not that as the speakers are positioned underneath, which brings down the audio quality. If you have external sound speakers, I recommend connecting them or headphones. If you wish to increase memory or input a bigger hard drive, it is going to be a challenge to open up underneath as it is said to be difficult, but it is not something to worry too much about as the memory is good enough and you can get an external hard drive to increase storage.

Overall, this was another contender for one of the best gaming laptops of 2018. If you are looking for a laptop that can comfortably play the latest games and is usually at a lower cost, then consider this one as an option.

 

Yellow/Gold Coloured Layout

 

FINAL SCORE: 4.5 out of 5      

 

FINAL WORD

What sort of gaming laptop are you looking for? Do you also use your laptop for creative means? What gaming laptop are you looking forward to in 2019? What are the factors that you like or do not like about gaming laptops? Leave your comments below.

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11 Comments

  1. Dany
    February 10, 2019

    I nephew’s birthday is approaching, and I know that he wants a new gaming laptop. Luckily I found your article, and now I can make a decision. I do not know many things about gaming laptops, but with the help of your review and comparison, it’s easy to choose. I heard my nephew talking about Alien (I hope I remember the name well) laptops. What are your thoughts about it?Thank you for a great informative article.

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    1. admin
      February 10, 2019

      Much appreciated. Thank you. 

      I hope you mean the Dell Alienware gaming laptop. It is a great gaming laptop. It has a unique design, good hardware specs, and if your nephew is really into gaming then he is going to love it. It has a great gaming performance plus you can also do normal tasks as well. If you want to get more info click on the link here. https://amzn.to/2MYIsmb.

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  2. Dammy
    February 10, 2019

    I have also longed to come across an article like this once again. Although you could have really input the real prices of the products though to know for sure what is hitting us.  Am also surprised no alienware laptop made this list but this are all amazing heavy gaming machine the Asus Is still the most preferable to me you did your research well and the content was very amazing a lot of incisive content passed across nice article

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    1. admin
      February 10, 2019

      Yes, thank you for the comment. much appreciated. Your input is noted. Thanks again. If you are keen to find out about Dell Alienware gaming laptops, click on this link here, https://amzn.to/2MYIsmb.

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  3. Louis
    February 10, 2019

    I’m kind of window shopping through these gaming laptops at the moment. I actually use a Dell Inspiron laptop and it hangs all the time. I just wanted to see what the standard was for gaming laptops. The MSI Titan really looks like a beast and that system, I don’t think anything will separate me from my gaming anymore. Someday, I will own one of these beasts

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    1. admin
      February 10, 2019

      These are some great looking machines I give you that, especially the MSI. I like the MSI Titan as well, but its so expensive. I hope you end up owning one of these ‘beast’. Thanks for the comment. Much appreciated.

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  4. seofarhan
    February 10, 2019

    Much obliged to you for sharing us such a fantastic blog. This blog is extremely useful to the amusement of sweetheart individuals like me. Whatever you simply portray the various types of the PC. Those are the best. The individuals who need a workstation for gaming this blog will support him. There are various types of PC here. We simply need to comprehend what is best for us.

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    1. admin
      February 10, 2019

      Agreed. And Thank you so much for the comment. So have you made a choice? Which one are you most interested in?

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  5. Kenechi
    February 10, 2019

    These laptops are pretty good. They have wonderful features in them. But why are they called gaming laptop? Is it basically for gaming or is it that they are specifically for gaming? They actually have good features in them and they looks attractive also with the colourful keyboards.  I like the shape of the Acer predator.

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    1. admin
      February 10, 2019

      Yes they are good looking attractive laptops. They are called ‘gaming laptops’ because of the hardware specs that permit high rated commercial PC games to work in. So if you are into gaming you can play games such Call of Duty Black Ops 3, FIFA 19, Doom, etc. but also since it is a laptop you can also do normal activities such as internet browsing, document processing, watch series or movies.  Thanks for the comment. much appreciated.

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  6. Dreama
    March 13, 2019

    A very interesting article, it was useful for me to learn a lot of new things, I wanted to take an MSI GT75 Titan laptop, but for me it was very expensive, I was looking for similar in performance and cheaper, but I still dreamed of that MSI GT75 Titan. I was helped by the site https://ipayloans.co.za/ where I could lend money and buy myself this long-awaited laptop as a gift and now I enjoy it. This is a really good MSI GT75 Titan notebook, I recommend it to everyone.

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