The epitome of mobile processing and graphics performance is well and truly realized only on a gaming laptop. Here are the best in the business!
This year, too, gaming laptops have continued to mop the floor with some of the other category laptop candidates, underlining just how powerful they can be if you do choose to splurge on buying one of these performance behemoths. We saw the industry rapidly shifting towards adopting SSD storage, while the prevalence of Intel’s latest 6th gen Skylake CPUs hasn’t really gotten underway. NVIDIA continues to lead AMD as the preferred graphics solutions provider among almost all gaming laptops manufacturers. Another trend we saw is the emergence of thin gaming laptops which gave heavy, chunkier rigs a decent run for their money.
Zero1 Winner: MSI GT72 6QD
This machine is the undisputed king among all gaming laptops we’ve tested this year and also its competitors available in the market. Weighing in at 3.8 kg, it’s no ultrabook, but who cares? Just take a look at its specs – 17.3-inch Full HD display with NVIDIA GSync, powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor clocked at 2.6 GHz (it can reach up to 3.5 GHz), 16GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2133 MHz, 1TB 7200RPM hard drive and discrete NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics with 3GB GDDR5 memory.
With a PC Mark score of 5465, 3D Mark (Fire Strike Ultra) score of 1673, offers unmatched CPU-GPU performance that simply blows away its nearest competition. What’s even great about the GT72 6QD is the fact that it stays relatively cool at 42C even at full load and offers a respectable battery life of 147 minutes in our tests. We had absolutely no trouble playing the latest and greatest games on this laptop as it accommodated all of them fairly well with no lag or stutter. What’s more, its onboard Dynaudio speakers are probably the best we’ve heard on a laptop, providing very good audio performance as far as laptops go.
Price: Rs. 1,85,000
Second: HP Omen 15-5116tx
What’s great about HP Omen 15 is not only the fact that it has very good internal hardware, but it manages to deliver a level of superlative performance while keeping its form factor unbelievably slim and lightweight – a 15-inch machine weighing just a hint over 2 kg and giving the best performing laptop in the country a run for its money is a testimony to HP industrial design team. The HP Omen 15 packs in a PCIe SSD giving it a massive boost over traditional SATA drives, and it also has an Intel Core i7-4720HQ chip, 8GB DDR3 RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory. In terms of pure numbers, with a PC Mark and 3D Mark score of 4496 and 967, respectively, the HP Omen trails only the MSI laptop in terms of pure performance. It’s the second best performing gaming laptop that money can buy in India right now.
Price: Rs. 1,59,990
Third: Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
Close on the heels of the HP Omen 15 is Acer’s Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition gaming notebook – out of 100 on our performance chart, it received 81, whereas HP and MSI received 85 and 96, respectively. Scoring 3704 and 961, respectively, on the PC Mark and 3D Mark scale proves that the Aspire V15 Nitro is right up there among the best of the best when it comes to raw performance and gaming proficiency. It’s also the only gaming laptop we tested this year which supports 4K UHD (3840×2160) screen resolution.
Price: Rs. 1,10,000
Best Buy: Acer Aspire V15 Nitro
The 15-inch gaming thunderbolt from Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition wins the Best Buy Award fair and square simply because it offers close to 75-80% of the MSI GT72 6QD’s performance at nearly half the cost. Music to any gamer’s ears desiring great bang for their buck.
Price: Rs. 1,10,000