10 Big Gaming Laptops That Get Stuff Done

10 Big Gaming Laptops That Get Stuff Done


So your parents, boss or school have said they’ll help you pay for a new laptop to kick off the year. Lucky you! If you’re a PC gamer, these powerful desktop replacements — many with vibrant 17-inch HD screens — will not only keep you on task, but also let you get your Steam on. Take a look…

These gaming laptops are just some of our favourites right now. We’ve listed them here in no particular order and with a completely non-scholastic disregard for battery life. Pricing is Australian and admittedly often skews on the high side — but damn, those specs!

Let us know your suggestions in the comments below…

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Alienware 17


launched mid-last year

If bigger is better, the Alienware 18 (18.4-inch screen) will be of interest, but for my mind the Alienware 14 (14-inch screen) hits the sweet spot between pixel pushing and portability. Each model has great speakers, viewing angles and anodized aluminium build-quality.

• Min spec: 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-470MQ
• Min spec: 8GB memory
• Min spec: 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
• Min spec: 1TB 5400RPM hard disk + 80GB solid state drive
• Windows 8.1

Price: Starting at $2499
More at: Alienware Australia

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Razer Blade Pro


14-inch Razer Blade sibling

This 4.05-inch (800×480) mini display can be used to browse the web or function as a multi-touch/gesture track pad. There are also 10 dynamic tactile keys, the icons of which are fully customisable.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad-Core
• 8GB memory
• 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
• 128GB / 256GB / 512GB SATA III solid state drive
• Windows 8.1

Price: Starting at $2499
More at: Razer Online Store (Australia)

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Origin EON Series


The EON15-S starts at $2163 and includes 4GB GeForce GTX 780M graphics, while the EON13-S starts at $1876 with Nvidia’s 2GB GeForce GT 765M chip. Both models feature 4th generation Intel Core i7 ‘Haswell’ processors, illuminated keyboards and HD displays.

Price: Starting at $1876
More at: Origin PC (Australian Store)

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Acer Aspire R7


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That could be a deal breaker for some, though personally, I’ll always have a fast-tracking laser mouse under my right palm. Elsewhere, you can see the Aspire R7 has pretty decent specs as well.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad-Core
• 12GB memory
• 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 750M
• 128GB / 256GB / 512GB SATA III solid state drive
• Windows 8.1

Price: Starting at $2499
More at: Acer Australia

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MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 Extreme


Just tell your oldies that the 17.3-inch display improves your productivity. At this price, you’ll need to think of something to say – though you do get what you pay for when it comes to them specs.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz) Intel Core i7-4930MX
• 32GB memory
• 4GB GeForce GTX 780M
• 3x 128GB solid state drives
• Windows 8.1
Price: From around $4600 street price.
More at: MSI Gaming Laptops

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ASUS ROG G750JX


It also supports a range of hybrid storage options with bundled hard-disk drives and solid-state disks for faster boot and load times.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad-Core
• 8GB memory
• 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M
• 500GB HDD stand-alone / 500GB HDD w/ 8GB SSD / 750GB w/ 256GB SSD / 1TB HDD w/ 256GB SSD
• Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Price: Starting at $2999 RRP
More at: Asus Australia

Gigabyte P35K


• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700HQ Quad-Core
• 16GB memory
• 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M
• 1TB HDD w/ 256GB SSD
• Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro

Price: Starting at $1999 RRP
More at: Gigabyte and MSY

Samsung ATIV 8


With a gorgeous 1080p panel, AMD Radeon graphics, a high-powered Core i7 processor and beautiful design, this laptop is the perfect balance of school- and work-safe design with hidden gaming power. Unfortunately, the svelte ATIV 9 series uses integrated graphics.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700QM Quad-Core
• 8GB memory
• 2GB AMD Radeon HD8870M
• 1TB HDD
• Windows 8.1 Pro

Price: Starting at $1274 RRP
More at: Samsung

Toshiba Qosmio X70


With up to 32GB of RAM, a 17.3-inch widescreen, Intel Core i7 processors and 3GB of video RAM from the NVIDIA GeForce 770M, it’s It also has Harman Kardon speakers and a subwoofer built into the base for when you’re gaming your face off in your dorm instead of writing that 3500-word assignment on the history of who-cares.

• 4th Generation 2.4GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad-Core
• 16GB RAM / 32GB RAM (8GB x 4)
• 3GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 770M
• 2TB (2x 1TB + 8GB SSD) / 2.2TB (2x 1TB + 256GB SSD)
• Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Price: Starting at $3499 RRP
More at: Toshiba Australia

Apple MacBook Pro With Retina Display


The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display packs in a beautiful panel with the ability to run Mac OS X 10.9 and and Windows 8.1 through a nifty little feature called Boot Camp, which basically sections off part of your hard disk to run the laptop as a Windows machine for all your games.

It isn’t cheap for the specs, however, coming in at $3199 compared to other laptops on this list. It is, however, the best way to get two laptops in one.

• 4th Generation 2.3GHz (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) Intel Core i7 Quad Core processor
• 16GB RAM
• 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 750M
• 512GB PCIe SSD
• Mac OS X 10.9 w/ ability to Boot Camp Windows 8.1 Pro

Price: Starting at $3199 RRP
More at: Apple