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non-gam­ing pur­poses. In that re­spect, you’ll find a lot of vari­ance, with some—such as Gi­ga­byte’s Aero 15—of­fer­ing de­cent bat­tery life, al­beit with a trade-off in gam­ing per­for­mance.


$2,500 at go.pc­

The ar­rival of Nvidia’s Pas­cal-based mo­bile GPUS ( go.pc­ trans­formed high-end gam­ing lap­tops. These days, get­ting desk­top-equiv­a­lent per­for­mance is just the nat­u­ral course of things, and you no longer have to pay through the nose for it, ei­ther.

Our cur­rent pick for best gam­ing lap­top is the Alien­ware 17 ( go.pc­— with a GTX 1080 mo­bile GPU and a 17.3-inch 2560x1440, 120Hz G-sync panel, it starts at $2,500. For that chunk of cash, you’ll get smooth, high-frame-rate gam­ing at a pre­vi­ously un­prece­dented level. Our re­view unit posted frame rates over 150 fps with every­thing maxed out in Mid­dle-earth: Shadow of Mor­dor, and over 100 fps in Rise of the Tomb Raider.

No, it’s not as por­ta­ble as other gam­ing lap­tops sport­ing Nvidia’s new Max-q mo­bile

Alien­ware 17

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