Gaming Laptops: From Entry-Level to Top-of-the-Line!

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Gaming laptops are a lot like their users: no two are the same. Each gaming laptop is designed with a specific use case in mind. Light users, power users, entry-level, and experienced. Our champions have gone through all the options we carry (and there are a LOT!) and pulled out four of their favorites, ranging from a great first-time gaming laptop all the way to the top of the line!

Acer Nitro 17 AN17-51-70CB 17.3" Gaming Laptop by @tbarggs

If you’re in the market for a gaming laptop that combines power and performance, the Acer Nitro AN17-51-70CB is a model that should be on your radar. With a focus on being built for gamers, this laptop packs a punch in both hardware and features. Sporting a generous 17.3-inch display, it immerses you in all your favorite AAA titles with its ample screen real estate. With the larger screen size, it is also great for productivity tasks, making it a versatile option for both work and play.

Under the hood, the Acer Nitro AN17-51-70CB boasts an Intel i7-13700H, 16GB DDR5 RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 graphics card, which ensures that you’ll experience smooth gameplay even in demanding titles. These are important features for gamers who want to explore multiple titles, whether it be new AAA games, FPS titles, or RPG games. The inclusion of ray tracing capabilities and support for VR further extends its gaming prowess!

Moreover, this laptop doesn’t just excel in raw power, it also considers user comfort. Its keyboard offers responsive feedback, which any gamer knows is an extremely important feature. It also has great cooling, which will prevent overheating during prolonged use. The Acer Nitro AN17-51-70CB is a great machine that delivers both the power and features needed to ensure optimal gaming whether you’re a beginner or a veteran!

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533QS-DS94 15.6" Gaming Laptop By @ChaosDTV

The ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533QS-DS94 is a top-of-the-line gaming laptop that offers the performance, features, and style that serious gamers demand. With its powerful AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 graphics card, the ROG Strix SCAR 15 can handle even the most demanding games at ultra-high settings. The laptop also features a 300Hz IPS-Type display with a 3ms response time, ensuring that you'll never miss a beat in fast-paced action games.

In addition to its powerful hardware, the ROG Strix SCAR 15 also has several features that makes it ideal for gamers. The keyboard is backlit with per-key RGB lighting, so you can customize it to match your gaming style. The laptop also has plenty of ports, including two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C ports, two USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports, an HDMI port, and an Ethernet port. This gives you plenty of options for connecting peripherals and gaming accessories.

The ROG Strix SCAR 15 is also very well-built. The chassis is made of aluminum and magnesium alloy, which makes it both lightweight and durable. The laptop also has a number of cooling features to keep it running cool even under heavy load.

Overall, the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 15 G533QS-DS94 is the perfect gaming laptop for serious gamers. It offers the performance, features, and style that you need to dominate in any game. If you're looking for a killer gaming laptop, then the ROG Strix SCAR 15 is the one for you.

MSI Raider GE78HX 13VI-086US 17" Gaming Laptop by @ronwoodson

When it comes to pushing the limits of computing, the Raider GE78HX 13VI-086US Gaming Laptop is an unparalleled marvel. Featuring the latest 13th gen Intel Core i9 processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 graphics with 16GB GDDR6, 64GB DDR5-5600 RAM, and a whopping 2TB SSD, this machine has been designed for those who won't settle for ordinary. Whether it's handling intricate 3D rendering, operating complex simulations, or gaming at the highest settings, the 17" QHD+ IPS 240Hz Display guarantees an experience that's nothing short of extraordinary.

But why is the Raider GE78HX an absolute necessity for power users? The answer lies in its groundbreaking capabilities. The synergy between the Core i9 processor and the RTX 4090 graphics creates a performance that's far beyond conventional standards, making it perfect for demanding tasks such as real-time video editing, large-scale data analysis, and high-fidelity virtual reality environments. Its futuristic design symbolizes a combination of high-performing technology, sleek aesthetics, and the promise to "Make the impossible possible." With Windows 11 Pro, Killer WiFi 6E AX1690i, and Bluetooth 5.3, it's not just a laptop; it's a statement of professionalism and relentless pursuit of excellence.

Imagine harnessing this immense power in your daily tasks and becoming part of an elite community that refuses to compromise on quality or performance. The Raider GE78HX is not merely a purchase; it's an investment into a future where limitations are abolished. Don't let this opportunity pass by. Embrace the future of computing, join the league of power users, and elevate your work to an unprecedented level. Visit one of our stores today and experience firsthand the beast that is ready to be unleashed. Take control of your destiny with the Raider GE78HX and redefine what's possible.

Dell G16 7620 16.0" Gaming Laptop By @TreBouncee

It is always gaming season. Whether you’re heading back to school or just looking for a mid-year upgrade, Micro Center has you covered with a wide range of gaming laptops that excel in both work and play. Take, for example, the Dell G16 7620 16.0". The G16 is a budget-friendly machine that can not only handle the day-to-day grind but also allow you game to game a reasonably high level.

The G16 features an Intel Core i7-12700H, 16GB of DDR5 RAM, 1TB of storage, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with 6GB of dedicated GDDR6 RAM. Starting with the processor, the 12700H is a great chip. The six Performance Cores and the 8 Efficiency Cores should make even intense work a breeze. Just as in years past, the “H” series chip from Intel is their performance chip, signifying that computers that feature this chip are geared for high-intensity tasks. Backing that up is the GeForce RTX 3060, a low-key powerhouse. That card allows this “budget” computer to play some of the most graphically intense titles such as Red Dead Redemption, GTA V, and Far Cry 6. Beyond the GPU and CPU, the G16 comes with two sticks of DDR5-4800 ram and a 2280-sized 1TB. Both of those parts are removable and upgradable, which is a great way to extend the life of your laptop even further.

All these parts come in a 16-inch body with a 2560 x 1440 screen featuring a 16:10 aspect ratio to give the user a bit more real estate while maintaining clarity. Dell included a Thunderbolt 4 port as well three USB A ports, an HDMI 2.1, RJ-45, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

From the 2K display or the 12700H to the 3060 and expandable parts, the G16 checks a lot of boxes and is something I’m comfortable recommending for anyway looking to game as well as do high-intensity work.

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