What Are the Best and Worst Gaming Laptop Brands of 2018

Gaming laptops are becoming more and more popular.  As a matter of fact, I have many customers that purchase gaming laptop or desktops to use in a business setting.  They do this strictly for performance and it has worked very well.

The key here is dual hard drives.  You want to run your operating system off of a SSD (solid state drive).   Then all files will be stored on a separate internal hard drive.

I was amazed the first time I was called out to set up one of these gaming computers as an office computer.  With a booth time between 5-15 seconds and a reboot time that is also 5-20 seconds you can’t go wrong.  I found this article with the best and worst brands of gaming laptops and I completely agree with there findings.  Check it out below.

Which Gaming Laptops are the Best and Which are the Worst

Choosing the right notebook is hard, but selecting the perfect gaming laptop is even more challenging. In addition to specs like the processor, graphics card and storage drives, you need to consider the special sauce that each manufacturer adds to its systems in the form of design, software, keyboards and even warranty coverage.

When you’re potentially investing more than $1,000, the brand matters as much as the specs and features.

In order to help you choose wisely, we’ve evaluated the top nine gaming laptop brands and given each a score on a 100-point scale. In order to determine the winners and losers, we rated them on eight different criteria: Design, Review Scores, Keyboards, Displays, Software, Innovation, Warranty and Customization/Selection Options.

Due to its consistently high review scores, beautiful displays, willingness to innovate and wealth of configuration options, Dell/Alienware earned first place. MSI took second place, thanks to a diverse lineup of laptops, powerful specs and impressive mechanical keyboards. Razer rounded out the top three, due to its sleek designs and useful software.

 See how all the best (and worst) gaming laptop brands fared below.

  • Alienware / Dell (90/100)

    Our top-rated brand, Alienware/Dell, has the best-looking laptops with the strongest keyboards and displays on the market. The company also offers some of the most customizable systems around and provides helpful utilities that enable you to play your best.

    MSI (85/100)

    Always the first or one of the first to implement new technologies, MSI has a huge selection of innovative and powerful laptops. The company’s strong designs, snappy keyboards and helpful software make it a leader in the gaming space. MSI is also the only company that offers free accidental-damage protection on its laptops.

    Razer (81/100)

    We love Razer’s sleek designs, beautiful screens and innovative ideas, and its Synapse software is among the best first-party utilities in the business. However, Razer’s shallow keyboards and limited laptop selection hold it back.

    Asus (78/100)

    Asus has some of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market, and many are great values for the money. The company is also quick to implement new technologies like Nvidia’s Max-Q standard for low-profile gaming laptops and AMD’s Ryzen processors. However, Asus’ design, keyboard and screen are all good, but not industry-leading.

    Acer (76/100)

    Acer’s strengths are in its responsive keyboards and its innovative ideas (21-inch, curved-screen laptops, anyone?) but its flaws are just as obvious. Its warranty service is lackluster, and the company’s preloaded software doesn’t stand out.

    These were the five best gaming laptops.  Check out the five worst gaming laptops here:  Engadget’s best and worst gaming laptops

     

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