Touchscreens, convertible form factors, and ultra portable designs may be all the rage right now, but if you want a notebook that can do it all, you need a desktop replacement gaming machine. For this category of Best Gaming Notebook, we assessed notebooks that come with a full HD 17-inch screen, quad-core Intel 'Ivy Bridge' Core i7 processor, and a performance-oriented single discrete GPU.
MSI’s GT70 0NE is our winner in this category for its superb performance (in which, only Aftershock’s X17 was able to match it), as well as excellent battery life and better overall features. We love its Steelseries keyboard and 2.1-channel speaker setup with built-in subwoofer, as well as the addition of dedicated line-in and line-out audio ports, which let you use the system’s speaker setup if you’re lacking good audio output from your portable devices, or if you want to connect to a full-sized sound system. Combine this with its Blu-ray burner and matte full HD screen, and the GT70 doubles up as an excellent movie-watching machine. We also appreciate the addition of the Bigfoot Killer Gaming network module, which had a small but noticeable effect on reducing network latency during our online gaming tests. Here's a snapshot of some of the benchmarks from testing the six gaming notebooks:-
|Criteria/Model||Aftershock X17||ASUS G75VW||Dell Alienware M17X R4||MSI GT70 0NE||Razer Blade||Toshiba Qosmio X870|
*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.
For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.