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Top 5 Gaming Laptops to Buy in 2016

Every year brings breakthroughs and innovations for gaming laptops, allowing gamers to run the latest video games on the highest settings. The top 5 gaming laptops bring serious some hardware into a portable package so that you can play the most demanding video games on the go.

Here are IGCritic’s top gaming laptops of 2016, rated not just on their statistical power, but also their portability, special features, and of course price. We made sure to include at least 1 option that cost less than $1000 (US) for gamers interesting in a great, but affordable gaming laptop.

  1. The New Razer Blade (2016) – 6th Generation

Razer Blade pro gaming laptop 2016

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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Hard Drive (SSD): 256GB (standard) / 512GB
Processor: 6th Gen Core i7 w/ 6GB VRAM

The Razer brand is known for their top quality gaming hardware, and the new 2016 Razer Blade gaming laptop does not disappoint in this regard. The high resolution 14” 3200 x 1800 pixels screen and touch capacity ensure that you always get a great looking image on the screen.

With an Intel i7 6700HQ as the processor and equipped with a Nvidia GTX 970M, the new Razer Blade is able to handle modern games with ease. Combined with a stylish black looking design and a backlit keyboard, it’s safe to say that the Razer Blade looks and performs great. As an added bonus, the Razer Blade is also relatively lightweight at just over 4.2 pounds (1.9 KG). It is, however, one of the more expensive gaming laptops which doesn’t allow a lot of customization other than the Razer Core graphics solution.

  1. Alienware AW17R3 FHD Laptop

Front view of the Alienware AW17 Gaming Laptop 2016

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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5
Hard Drive: 1 TB HDD + 256 GB SSD
Processor: 2.6 GHz Core i7 6700HQ
RAM: 16GB (Standard) / 8GB

For those desiring a bigger gaming laptop in 2016, the Alienware AW17R3 is an excellent choice for its hardware. The 17.3-inch display is great for gamers who like watching or playing on a larger screen. This Alienware gaming laptop comes standard with a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M, 16GB of RAM and an i7 6700HQ processor.

Alienware’s laptop designs are typically heavy and aggressive in looks (the AW17R3 weighs 8.3 pounds or 3.76 KG), so if that is something that appeals to you, then this might just be the best gaming laptop for you to buy. The Alienware AW17R3 can also be purchased with a 4K resolution and a GeForce GTX 980M graphics card.

  1. Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series gaming laptop

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Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Hard Drive (SSD): 256 GB
Processor: 2.3 GHz Core i5 6300HQ

Cost efficiency, stylish, and awesome for gaming. The Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop is a great, and affordable gaming laptop for those on a budget!

Equipped with a 15.6 inch 1080p screen, the Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop comes standard with baseline gaming components. With a 2.3 GHz Core i5 6300HQ Processor, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics card, and 8GB of RAM, this Dell 15.6-Inch Gaming Laptop will be able to run all but the most graphic demanding video games out on the market.

The Dell Inspiron 15 is arguably the best affordable gaming laptop and definitely a worthwhile investment.

  1. ASUS ROG G751JY 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG G751JY 17 Inch Gaming Laptop

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Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX980M
Hard Drive (HDD): 1TB
Processor: 2.5 GHz Core i7-4710HQ

The ASUS ROG G751JY is an excellent choice for gamers who want something that is guaranteed to work. The ASUS ROG (Republic of Gamers) laptops are top tier and of amazing quality. The ASUS ROG G751JY comes with a 1920 x 1080 pixels display. The ASUS ROG G751JY also comes with an insanely powerful graphics card to ensure that you can play the latest and greatest games on high or ultra graphics.

The only downside of the ASUS ROG G751JY is that it doesn’t ship with a SSD but the 1TB 7200RPM drive does make up for it as most other high end laptops only provide a small drive due to space limitations.

  1. MSI GT72S Dominator PRO Gaming Notebook

MSI GT72S Dominator PRO Gaming Laptop 2016

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Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX980M
Hard Drive: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Processor: 2.7 GHz Core i7 6820HK

Its name doesn’t lie. The MSI GT72S Dominator Pro is an absolutely monster of a gaming laptop and our number 1 in terms of best gaming laptops. This 17.3” gaming laptop has an Intel i7 6820HK processor under the hood, alongside 16GB of RAM and a Nvidia GTX 980M graphics card.

Storage is not an issue either, as the MSI GT72S Dominator PRO comes standard with a 128GB SSD paired with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD. With a backlit keyboard designed by SteelSeries, it’s safe to say that the MSI GT72S Dominator PRO doesn’t lack much in the terms of the power department. However, its price clocks in at around $2200 (US), and like most 17” laptops, weighs at 8.4 pounds (3.8 KG).

The great thing about this top gaming laptop is that it is available in 10 variations so you can pick the best for your needs. There is even an option for 4K resolution among them. By clicking the image above you can see all 10 options available.

Be sure to check out our top list on the best gaming keyboards of 2016, as well as our list of the best gaming headsets of 2016 to get the best combos for your new gaming laptop.

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