The Top 5 Powerful Customizable Gaming Laptops for 2014

Gaming laptops stand out for their visually stunning display, heavily-muscled processing power and excellent sound texture. With the absence of one of these traits, a laptop is simply an ultrabook or a notebook.

Since gaming laptops are one of the most expensive desktop counterparts, it’s no surprise that manufactures pop out here and there to convince consumers to pick their product. The freedom of customization and upgradeability is a big plus in the laptop industry.

It is important to know what to look for and have a brief idea of the top 5 customizable laptops before making a major gaming laptop purchasing decision.

For one thing, a gaming laptop will not only feel the part but it will aesthetically look the part- usually with back-lit LED keyboard and a chassis that screams powerhouse performance.

1. Dell Alienware 18 Customizable Gaming Laptop

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ  (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost), upgradeable up to 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz Overclocked)Alienware 18
  • 8GB memory, expandable to 32GB
  • 750GB hard drive, upgradable up to Triple Drive 768GB SSD RAID 0 (3x 256GB SATA 6Gb/s SSD)
  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M
  • 18.4″ WLED WideFHD (1080p) display (1920 X 1080)
  • Weight 12.064 lbs
  • Price starts from $2049>

There’s no denying that Alienware is one of the leading manufacturers of gaming laptops. Their 18 is an eye popper with its 1920 x 1080-p resolution. This Alienware can run Max Payne 3 (highest preset at 8x Anti-Aliasing) without breaking a sweat. And under normal settings, the 18 was easily averaging a frame rate average of 84 fps. It’s no surprise that this gaming laptop scored generously above 38,000 on the 3DMark Vantage.

Despite its shortcomings in the subwoofer department, the Alienware 18 produces decent audio. It also has a keyboard that features a complete number pad. As for heat, this 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M-outfitted laptop passes with flying colors by maintaining a temperature below 84 degrees Fahrenheit even while playing graphic intensive games such as Batman: Arkham City. Read more..

2. Dell Alienware 17 Customizable Gaming Laptop

  • 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ  (6MB Cache, up to 3.4GHz w/ Turbo Boost), upgradeable up to 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4900MQ (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz Overclocked)Alienware 17
  • 8GB memory, expandable to 32GB
  • 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M graphics
  • 750GB 7,200 RPM hard drive, upgradable to 256GB SSD + 750GB HDD
  • 17.3″ WideFHD 1600 x 900 60Hz WLED display
  • Weight 9.15 lbs
  • Price starts from $1499>

The term “pimping out one’s ride” should definitely apply to this particular gaming model. The 17 is known for its customizable keyboard and touchpad-lining LED lighting scheme. Accessing the Alienware Command Center provides the user the ability to switch the lights into 19 different colors (with the 20th being dark).

This said, the amount of firepower packed in this 9.15 lb beast is out of this world. Sporting a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 765M (2GB GDDR5) and an 4th gen Intel Core i7  processor, the 17 keeps up with Origin EON17 which almost costs twice the 17  price.
Finally, its exterior is coated with a fingerprint repelling chassis finish.

3. Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 Customizable Laptop

  • up to 4rd generation Intel Core i7-4700QM Processor Toshiba Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 Gaming Laptop
  • 4GB memory, expandable to 32GB
  • 750GB hard drive, upgradable to 1.0TB (5400rpm); Hybrid 8G Serial ATA hard disk drive
  • 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670M graphics
  • 17.3′ HD+ (1920×1080) LED display
  • Weight from 7.6Lbs
  • Price starts from $999>

Toshiba did not skimp in incorporating some high-end gaming class hardware in the Qosmio X70-ABT3G22. This Qosmio model is noticeably light weight at 7.6 lbs and is beautifully enclosed in an aluminum shell.

The exterior may not be what every gamer dreams of, but the 3GB 3D-capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M (GDDR5) graphics card bundled with it can be a head turner. Average frame rate on Dirt 3 using the high preset and 4x anti-aliasing was 52 fps.
The Qosmio X70-ABT3G22 outperforms laptops in its price range. Read more…

4. HP ENVY – 17t Touch Notebook

  • up to 4th generation Intel Core i7-4510U  processor HP ENVY - 17t
  • up to 16GB memory
  • Operating system: up to Windows 8.1 Pro
  • up to 1.5 TB hard drive
  • Blu-ray writer, SuperMulti DVD burner (optional)
  • up to 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M Graphics
  • up to 17.3” Full HD (1920×1080) WLED display
  • Weight 7.03 lbs
  • Battery life: up to 4 hours 15 min
  • Price starts from $829 > 

The  HP ENVY 17t touch customizable notebook is one of the latest gaming laptops out in the market. The term “notebook” doesn’t seem to fit it when this gaming laptop can easily break performance barriers with its 4th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M graphics card. The graphics card alone supports PhysX and TXAA technologies. There’s nothing more to ask from the 17.3″ Full HD 1920 x 1080 LED display.

The  HP ENVY 17t  notebook not only promises an intense gaming experience graphically, but  HP also made sure that this model is kept cool with its HP CoolSense Technology even after prolonged usage.

5. Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p Gaming Laptop

  • 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700MQ Processor 3.4GHz with turbo boostLenovo Y510p gaming laptop
  • 8GB memory, expandable to 16GB
  • 1TB hard drive 5400 rpm + 16GB SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT755M GDDR5 2GB graphics
  • 15.6″ HD LED display, upgradeable to Full HD LED display (1920×1080)
  • Bluetooth Version 4.0
  • 720P HD video streaming webcam
  • Weight 5.9 lbs
  • Price starts from 819>

 

The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p is a laptop for the true gamer who still wants or needs portability. It features a removable HDD bay that can be used as a space for a second graphics card, cooling fan or other gaming need. Read more …

Final Words

The line between gaming desktops and gaming laptops is slowly thinning. Manufacturers such as Alienware are starting to incorporate powerful processors and GPUs while at the same time putting into consideration thermal efficiency and weight. To experience gaming at its best, consumer research in important to be able to choose the right gaming laptop for every user.

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