ALIEN­WARE 13

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In­sp­iron 15 7000, which of­fers a quad­core I5-7300HQ, 8GB RAM, and an Nvidia Ge­force GTX 1050 Ti in its $850 base con­fig­u­ra­tion.

It’s a lot of mus­cle for the price. This sys­tem can han­dle to­day’s games on High at 1080p (in Rise of the Tomb Raider, this In­sp­iron ran at over 50 fps), and it can def­i­nitely play pop­u­lar ti­tles like League of Leg­ends, Dota 2, Rocket League, CSGO,

Team Fortress 2, and Over­watch.

There’s one catch, how­ever. The launch ver­sion of the In­sp­iron 15 7000 Gam­ing had a ter­ri­ble TN panel with ex­tremely bad view­ing an­gles and washed-out col­ors—our re­view ( go. pc­world.com/d700) is based on this ver­sion. Some of these still are avail­able for pur­chase (through Dell’s out­let site, for in­stance), but the ver­sion we rec­om­mend is the cur­rent model that fea­tures an IPS dis­play.

BEST POR­TA­BLE GAM­ING LAP­TOP

From $1,149 at go.pc­world.com/d136 Nvidia’s Pas­cal GPUS haven’t just put the tra­di­tional beefy gam­ing lap­tops on a par with desk­top ma­chines. They’ve also made it so the term “por­ta­ble gam­ing lap­top” is no longer an oxy­moron. Put a Ge­force GTX

1060 into a lap­top and you have a ca­pa­ble ma­chine that can sur­vive away from a wall socket—and won’t break your back while car­ry­ing it, ei­ther.

Now, at five pounds, the Alien­ware 13 is a lit­tle heavy for its size—but it’s worth tot­ing around those ex­tra ounces. The model we re­viewed ( go.pc­world.com/d136) packs a gor­geous OLED 2560x1440 dis­play, a quad-core i7 pro­ces­sor, and a Vr-ca­pa­ble Nvidia GTX 1060 for flaw­less 1080p gam­ing. (Yes, you can play at 2560x1440, too, if you crank down some of the set­tings…or buy an Alien­ware Am­pli­fier ( go.pc­world.com/almp) and pop in a beefier video card.)

Dell In­sp­iron 15 7000 Gam­ing

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