For a great gaming laptop you need high performance
processors, dedicated graphics cards and a lot of
system memory. These days top gaming laptops are
using dual or even quad processors and hooking up two
or more graphics GPUs thru SLI configurations to get
the ultimate gaming performance.
1. NEW Alienware Area-51 m17x
Alienware has always been the established leader
for superior gaming machines. Unfortunately, while
they make some of the best gaming rigs, you will
have to pay for all that performance and for all
that style. Many believe Alienware is too overpriced
for what you get. However, if money is no object,
Alienware should be your first consideration for a
Currently, one of their fastest machines is the
Area-51 m17x which sports some impressive specs:
CPU: Intel® Core® 2 Extreme X9000 2.8GHz (6MB Cache 800MHz FSB)
Memory: 4GB† Dual Channel DDR2 SO-DIMM at 667MHz – 2 x 2048MB
Hard Drive: 250GB (250GB x 2) 7,200RPM (8MB Cache) w/ Free
Graphics: 512MB NVIDIA® Quadro® FX 3600M
OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Ultimate with Service Pack 1
Display: 17" WideUXGA 1920 x 1200 LCD (1200p) with
Weight: 10.5 lbs
But don't expect long battery life as gaming laptops
are usually power-hungry creatures that burn up your
power source very quickly.
2.Rock Xtreme 780 X9100
Offering some serious competition to the Area-51 m15x is
the Rock Xtreme 780 X9100. This is the follow-up to the
very high ranked Xtreme 770 which you may also consider.
The 780 sports the new Intel® Core2 Extreme processor
and the latest gaming technologies.
CPU: Up to Intel® Core® 2 Extreme processor X9100 (2 x 3.06GHz)
6MB Level 2 Cache
Memory: Up to 4GB DDR3 1066Mhz RAM
Hard Drive: Up to 320Gb 7200rpm SATA
Graphics: NVIDIA 9800M GTX 1GB GDR3
OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Home Premium
Display: 17" WUXGA+ X-Glass TFT Screen (1920 x 1200)
Weight: 8.4 lbs
You should know Rock (Rockdirect) is a leading UK laptop
manufacturer and was recently acquired by the Stone Group.
It should be business as usual since the Stone Group is also
a leading hardware specialist and laptop manufacturer.
3. Gateway P-7811FX
The Gateway P-7811FX is an inexpensive alternative
to all the pricey gaming laptops you might be considering.
If you're looking for a good gaming machine, yet want to
stay within a limited budget, this laptop may have your
name on it.
CPU: 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Memory: 4GB, 667MHz DDR3
Hard Drive: 200GB 7200rpm
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTS
OS: Microsoft® Windows® Vista® Premium (64-bit)
Display: 17.1 inches HD-friendly 1920x1200.
Weight: 9.0 lbs
This gaming laptop offers great value for your
money and well worth your consideration, especially
if you're on a tight budget.
4. Sager NP9262
In case you want to go in the other direction and
break the bank, the Sager NP9262 maybe calling
your name. Built on the Clevo D900C / D901C
(Worlds 1st Quad Core Laptop) the NP9262 sports
some very impressive gaming specs.
CPU: Intel® Core® 2 Quad Processor Q9650 / 12MB L2 Cache,
3.0GHz, 1333MHz FSB
Memory: 8GB memory available on NP9262 with 64bit edition
of Windows VISTA
Hard Drive: 320GB 7200rpm SATA 300 Hard Drive + other HD choices
Graphics: Dual Nvidia GeForce 9800M GTX Graphics with 1GB DDR3
Video Memory in SLI mode
OS: Windows® Vista® ULTIMATE 32/64-Bit Edition
Display: 17" Wide Viewing Angles WUXGA LCD with Super Glossy
Surface (1920 x 1200)
Weight: 11.55 lb
5. XPS™ M1730 Laptop
Some gamers wouldn't be caught dead mentioning Dell
and gaming laptops in the same breath. There's no
accounting for gaming snobbery or brand name bias.
However, Dell which now owns Alienware and some of that
style must be rubbing off since the XPS M1730 is one
of the most striking gaming laptops you can buy;
looks do count and this one leaves all takers in the
dust. If you can get over the idea of having a Dell
in the first place, the XPS M1730 also sports some
very impressive gaming specs.
CPU: 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Extreme X7900
Memory: 2GB of 667MHz
Hard Drive: 400GB (2x200) at 7,200rpm
Graphics: Dual 256MB Nvidia GeForce 8700M GT in SLI
(scalable link interface)
OS: Windows Vista® Home Premium
Display: 17 inches 1,920x1,200 resolution
Weight: 11.1 lbs