If you're looking for the best gaming laptop you can get right now, get a Razer Blade.

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Razer Blade

Razer Blade

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Razer makes the closest thing to a genuine gaming ultrabook, and the Blade almost defies belief. It packs top-of-the-line gaming hardware into a slim, light chassis and then wraps it all up with Razer's Chroma lighting system. At 14-inches it's extremely portable and with a GTX 1060 GPU it really is a go anywhere gaming system.

Bottom line: Thin, light and oozing with power, the Razer Blade ticks every single box.

One more thing: The Razer Core, available separately, can add full desktop graphics card power to the Blade over Thunderbolt 3.

Why the Razer Blade is the best

Razer's latest Blade remains the closest thing to a serious gaming ultrabook, as well as making a serious claim to be the ultimate portable for the serious gamer.

The new Razer Blade packs some impressive gaming specs, including a 14-inch QHD screen, a 6th-gen Quad Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU. In addition, the latest version includes Razer's Chroma lighting system on its keyboard, giving you literally millions of color combinations to choose from to light things up.

The Blade is the closest thing you'll find to a gaming ultrabook.

The additional Razer Core also gives the Blade a performance edge. The specs in the laptop aren't exactly weak, but dock it into the Core when you're at home and you add the power of desktop-class graphics for an even more serious experience. Not just graphics, either, with the Core adding desktop-esque connectivity to your laptop, too. So, with the Blade you have the option to have a top class gaming experience on the go, and a serious desktop-class machine at home. It isn't cheap, but it's a lot of laptop for it.

The desktop replacement

ASUS G752

ASUS G752

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ASUS knows laptops and they know gaming, so it should be no surprise that the ASUS G752 is widely regarded as one of the finest gaming laptops money can buy.

Inside we're up to an Intel Skylake Core i7 processor, specifically the 6820HK or 6700HQ, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, GTX 10 series graphics, up to 2TB of HDD storage or 512GB of NVMe SSD, a Blu Ray optical drive, Thunderbolt 3 USB-C and a Full HD matte display with G Sync. Enough? Oh, it also starts around $1,500, so it's very well priced, too.

Bottom line: This big beastly thing is well set to replace your desktop as well as your laptop.

One more thing: It is quite big, so if you want to take it on the road you'll possibly need a new bag!

Best budget

Dell Inspiron 15 7559

Dell Inspiron 7559

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This gaming laptop from Dell is almost crazy cheap for what you get. The one real trade-off is a fairly slow HDD storage option as standard, but you can easily add an SSD to overcome that. Everything else is a steal.

There's an Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor, 8GB of RAM, 1TB of storage and either a 1080p non-touch or 4K touch 15-inch display. It's not particularly thick or heavy and simple to upgrade the RAM, too. And with an NVIDIA GTX 960M 4GB GPU you'll get pretty good mileage from your games as well!

Bottom line: The best budget gaming laptop money can buy.

One more thing: Grab an m.2 SSD and an 8GB RAM stick for easy performance upgrades.

A slim alternative

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

MSI Stealth Pro

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It's not exactly an ultrabook, but the Stealth Pro from MSI puts VR-level power in a sleek and slim laptop. The GS63VR may have a boring name, but it's one of the first consumer notebooks to launch with NVIDIAs latest Pascal GPUs on board and as such you get immense gaming performance. Specifically, you're getting a 6GB GTX 1060, paired with an Intel Core i7 processor and super-fast DDR4 RAM.

The Stealth Pro is also fully equipped to be your only PC. Throw in all the ports you can shake a stick at, including USB-C Thunderbolt 3, and you're even enjoying a somewhat future-proof experience.

Bottom line: Slim, light and ready for VR, the Stealth is a performance powerhouse.

One more thing: The keyboard on the Stealth comes from well respected manufacturer Steelseries.

Great all-rounder

Alienware 15 R2

Alienware

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Alienware is a brand some love to hate, but Dell's gaming arm continues to churn out great machines. While there are choices that are smaller and more portable, or larger and more powerful, the Alienware 15 R2 sits right in the middle, offering the best all-round experience.

It's more portable than the 17-inch, and it's not actually much more expensive than the smaller 13-inch model while offering a better quality base spec. You can pack out an Alienware 15 with up to a Skylake Core i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 10 series graphics, a combination of PCIe SSD and HDD storage and either a 1080p or 4K display.

Bottom line: A solid, well made all-rounder that stands out in a crowd.

One more thing: Can hook into Dell's Graphics Amplifier to add desktop graphics power.

Conclusion

There are a number of terrific gaming laptops available right now to cater to all needs and budgets. But if you just want the best you can get then go for a Razer Blade. It's a product genuinely hard to fault.

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Razer Blade

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Razer makes the closest thing to a genuine gaming ultrabook, and the Blade almost defies belief. It packs top-of-the-line gaming hardware into a slim, light chassis and then wraps it all up with Razer's Chroma lighting system. At 14-inches it's extremely portable and with a GTX 1060 GPU it really is a go anywhere gaming system.

Bottom line: Thin, light and oozing with power, the Razer Blade ticks every single box.

One more thing: The Razer Core, available separately, can add full desktop graphics card power to the Blade over Thunderbolt 3.