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The Ultimate Buyer's Guide: The Best Gaming Laptops of 2017




BY BILL GORDON   |   Leading edge gaming laptops grow more powerful and faster each year, and 2017 is set to introduce a number of new, high-powered machines to take your gaming experience to the next level. There are a wide array of new products to watch for in 2017, including the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro, the Razor Blade, and the new generation of Dell Inspiron (yes, Dell is now a force to be reckoned with!). Each one presents its own strengths, and the buying guide below can help you to make the right choice.


1. MSI GS60 Ghost Pro

Everyone is talking about 4k resolution these days, and the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro packages a powerful 4k GTX 970M video card into its ultra-thin frame to achieve stunning graphics only rivalled by high-end desktop computers. The Ghost Pro boasts an i7 6700HQ processor with 16GB of DDR4 memory, and is currently priced under $1,500. Its SteelSeries programmable gaming keyboard allows more flexibility and customizability than ever before, to ensure that you can set up your machine in the most efficient way for you. This machine has been fully optimized to run today's most popular games at full 1080p, including Battlefield 4 and Watch Dogs.


MSI GS60 Ghost Pro

2. Razer Blade

The 2017 Razer Blade comes packed with Intel's 7th generation i7 processor, the i7 7700HQ Quad Core with hyper-threading. The Blade includes 16GB of dual-channel DDR4 memory and a GTX 1060 video card, making it ideal for high resolution gaming with a choice between full HD or 4k UHD resolutions. The GTX 1060 utilizes NVIDIA's Pascal GPU architecture to introduce massive energy efficiency and speed without breaking the bank. The Razer Blade also comes with up to 1TB of PCIe-based SSD storage for the fastest load times. A unique feature of the blade is Razer's Chroma keyboard lighting, providing 16.8 million colour options, according to the official website. You can also choose between a touch display and matte display, and the machine is fully VR capable.


Razer Blade

3. Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK

For gamers seeking high power on a low budget, Dell is making a strong push into the market in 2017 with great bargains that can still keep up with most hard-core gamers' demands. The Inspiron i7559-763BLK is priced under $1,000, yet still includes an i5 6300HQ processor with 8GB of DDR3 memory and a GTX 960M video card. This powerful budget machine boasts a stunning 15.6" screen capable of outputting a 1920×1080 resolution, so you don't have to worry about a compact viewing experience. Dell has a long history in the PC market, and they've recently partnered with Alienware to make sure that gamers on a budget can keep up with the latest high-end desktop machines with laptops such this Inspiron.


Dell Inspiron i7559-763BLK

4. ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74

For those on a mid-range budget between $1,000 and $2,000, the new Asus ROG can provide the perfect balance between cost and performance. This laptop comes packaged with an i7-6700HQ processor and 16GB of DDR3 memory. You can show your style with this machine by choosing the new grey metal chassis, inspired by the F-22 stealth fighter to turn heads and inspire jealousy in friends and foes alike. The new ROG also boasts the new USB 3.1 Type-C port and a backlit keyboard with fast, responsive 9-key pad. It allows up to 1TB of storage and 128GB M.2 SSD for the fastest storage and response time.


ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH74


Having the right gaming machine can mean the difference between gaining that 1% advantage over the best players in the game, or sitting on the sidelines wishing you had the power to take the gold. Take a closer look at the four laptops covered above to find the best fit for your budget and performance needs. Get your hands on one of these high-powered machines this year to show the world your skills in the game!



BILL GORDON

About the Author: Bill Gordon is a freelance writer who likes writing articles that cover technology, lifestyle and family related topics. He has written numerous articles and contributed to several other blogs. When he is not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and riding bikes.




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