Gaming Laptop Review Roundup

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TheRyGuy

"Fortunately, that configuration consists of two GeForce GT 750GB GPUs in SLI." - Wow, 750GB GPUs?!?! My GTX 780 only has 3GB! :P

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thomasomalley13

I have to be honest, I haven't touched my laptop for months.
Every time I think about getting a laptop, I always think I could use that money to build a desktop computer that is if not 2, 3 times better than the laptop.

Someone please, tell me, is it really worth it?

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Engelsstaub

If you don't personally need a really powerful portable computer then it's probably not worth it for you. ...all subjective TBH

Gaming laptops are expensive and a bit of a niche-market. It sounds like you've got everything you need in a desktop. If you haven't touched your laptop in months then you probably don't need a portable solution of any type.

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thomasomalley13

You're absolutely right.
One more question.
Very loosely speaking, how much better is a laptop graphics processor than a desktop graphics processor?
Obviously the desktop is better since there is more room, and they are typically are not made for portability. But does the merit you get from the portability of laptop cancel out the loss in performance and price gain?
Thanks.

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Engelsstaub

A mobile GPU is never "as" good (but can still do a decent job IMO.) The answer to your second question really depends on how much you value portability.

My personal preference would be to have a powerful desktop/workstation and an efficient Ultrabook-type laptop. Mobile graphics aren;t that important to me personally...I'm usually just sitting on the couch dicking around on eBay and stuff with my laptop. (Or trolling up some comment board lol)

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thomasomalley13

Thanks for answering the questions.

Its cool talking to an actually literate person on the internet about computers.

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PCLinuxguy

Agreed, Engelsstaub is a pretty cool guy to talk to.

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Engelsstaub

Thanks, dude.

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Vesuvius

After buying my last Alienware laptop out of need I can now get a desktop. What is important is this, you must be able to access all the fans for maintenance. If cant they will be clogged with dust and overheat and fail. Alienware 17 and 18 allow this and a few select others. I love the asus rog but no access so fail. Do not get a laptop unless you must. I mean just get a mini itx and a monitor for 1/2 the price of a similar power laptop. It will last longer and can upgrade it. Playing on a 13 or 15 inche screen really?? It is not that much fun I end up plugging mine into a monitor anyways. Alienware is by far the most quality, greatest looking and most reliable of the bunch with best warranty. No one else in the business will offer a 4 year bumper to bumper warranty and if you spend 4k or more on one of these you need that warranty!! The other ones offer a 1 yr limited warranty, good luck when your video card fails or need warranty support.

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vrmlbasic

One of my friends has a Lenovo Y500 laptop. He is just getting into PC gaming and has _refused_ to play Awesomenauts and Borderlands 2 at 1920*1080 because he doesn't want to strain the computer.

I kid you not. :(

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MrHasselblad

Although not specifically "tasked" towards gaming...

My Eurocom TWELVE core laptop. Last time I checked the cpu chip adds another twenty-five hundred onto the base price. Not difficult to get above the ten thousand five hundred level.

Although really looking forward to a soon to arrive Eurocom twelve core with an attached 4k screen.

Eurocom has no problems in making their twelve cores work perfectly in a laptop, while Mac is playing catch up in a desktop they cannot quite seem to make work properly.

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Engelsstaub

These all look pretty cool but I think if I were in the market for a gaming laptop I'd look at one of the Asus RoG stealth-looking ones. IDK much about them but I sure do like the way they look.

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acidic

haven't you learned your lesson yet from buying shiny stuff ? i mean with the alienware and crapples, you should have realized that shiny doesn't equal better. kinda like a raccoon that gets ahold of something shiny and refuses to let go regardless. you should buy tech for performance and not looks. come on now jay

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Engelsstaub

Nope, haven't learned my lesson yet. ...even though it's been a little over two years since I gained you as an internet-friend here:

http://www.maximumpc.com/article/news/apple_founder_steve_jobs_dead

I say "friend" because I know you must really like me to be this persistent. Otherwise it would be really pathetic. I like you too. You should look me up and come hang out. Invitation is open.

Looks can be a deciding factor for laptops like these that can be configured any way we want them. Fact is we can buy things for any reason at all.

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Gameaholic1337

I hope we see high refresh rate screens or even gsync on gaming laptops within a year or two.

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LatiosXT

Why is Intel not releasing Iris Pro and their higher end GPUs on lower end CPUs? This is the only thing that frustrates me most about Intel.

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vrmlbasic

Intel crippling millions of computers with horrible iGPUs infuriates me.

Intel just _has_ to cripple its hardware in some way; every Intel product that I've had this century has been. They've got a sadistic streak a mile wide.

That said, the Iris still sucks from the benchmarks that I've seen. A replacement for a real GPU it is not.

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zjwflippers1996

Why no Razer Blade?

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jimmthang

Because we've reviewed it already: http://www.maximumpc.com/razer_blade_review_2013 :)