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.
BEST 17-INCH GAMING LAPTOP
$2,500 at go.pcworld.com/dlal
The arrival of Nvidia’s Pascal-based mobile GPUS ( go.pcworld.com/nvpb) 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.pcworld.com/17r4)— 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