The Alienware 17, with an NVIDIA GTX 1070 and 4K display, is the best VR laptop you can buy right now.

Best overall

Alienware 17

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The 17.3-inch, 4K display in this laptop is powered by the new NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM — this is more than enough graphics card for your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Backing up the GPU is up to an Intel Core i7-6820K processor with up to a 4.1GHz clock speed, up to 32GB of RAM, and two 1TB PCIe solid-state drives.

Bottom line: For the best VR-ready laptop available now, go with the Alienware 17.

One more thing: This laptop is compatible with the Alienware graphics amplifier if you need a bit more power.

Why the Alienware 17 is the best

A durable build, beautiful display, and plenty of power make this laptop ready for all your virtual reality games no matter where you play.

The new Alienware 17 laptop was designed from the start to be ready for VR. The most important part of this laptop is the GPU — we have here the new NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which is more than enough power for your VR setup.

Get up to a 4K resolution in your 17.3-inch display for times when you're gaming outside of VR, and use the comfortable, precise keyboard to get an edge on your competition. No matter what games you play, this laptop will deliver top-of-the-line performance.

You're getting up to a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6820HK processor that can be overclocked up to 4.1GHz, up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and up to 3TB of storage in the form of two solid-state drives and one hard-disk drive.

The ports on this laptop really make it a versatile machine — get two USB 3.0 ports, two USB Type-C ports, one Ethernet port, one Mini DisplayPort, one HDMI port, and an Alienware graphics amplifier port. Configurations start at about $1500 and run up to about $2650.

Best budget

ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM

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ASUS makes some great gaming laptops, and this one happens to be quite affordable. Get a new NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM — plenty of power for your VR setup — and a 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz. You also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1TB hard-disk drive.

The 17.3-inch display tops out at 1080p; if that isn't a high enough resolution for you, keep in mind you're going to be using your VR display most of the time. Plenty of ports, including one HDMI, one Mini DisplayPort, two USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, and one USB Type-C, will allow you to connect your Rift or Vive. This VR-ready laptop starts at about $1400.

Bottom line: A VR-ready laptop doesn't have to cost a fortune — check out the ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM.

One more thing: Dual fans and a copper cooling system help keep things from overheating when you're in the middle of a marathon gaming session.

Best 14-inch

Razer Blade

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Razer has always been known for svelte products, and the new 14-inch Razer Blade is no different — its body is only 0.7 inches (1.77cm) thick. The GPU is an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which has plenty of power for your Rift or Vive — especially with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive. The 1800p display is brilliant, but you can also get a 1080p display to save a few dollars. The keyboard is backlit with a full spectrum of color, and plenty of ports, including three USB 3.0, one HDMI, and one USB Type-C, allow you to connect your VR rig. Configurations start at about $1800.

Bottom line: For a great VR-ready laptop that isn't quite as big as the others, go for the Razer Blade.

One more thing: The 70WHr battery will last you through an extended gaming session, so you can game pretty much anywhere.

Best mobility

MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

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If you're looking for a mobile 15.6-inch laptop, you've found it. The MSI GS63VR comes with a new NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which powers the laptop's 4K display and is powerful enough to be your VR rig. You also get an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor with a clock speed up to 3.5GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB SATA solid-state drive, and a 1TB hard-disk drive. Despite its large, 4K display and powerful hardware, this laptop weighs 4.0 pounds (1.81kg) and is 0.7 inches (1.77cm) thick. This laptop starts at about $2000.

Bottom line: For a 15.6-inch laptop that remains very mobile, have a look at the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro.

One more thing: The SteelSeries keyboard has a full-color backlight that can be customized to your liking.

Best upcoming

Lenovo Ideapad Y910

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This upgraded version of the Ideapad Y900 comes with the new NVIDIA GTX 1070 graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, a 6th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, and your choice of solid-state drive. The 17.3-inch, 1080p display might not be the highest resolution, but you'll have your face in a VR headset most of the time anyway. This laptop has plenty of ports to connect your Rift or Vive, and the keyboard has been designed for precision gaming when you're not in VR.

Bottom line: For the best VR laptop coming soon, keep the Lenovo Ideapad Y910 in mind.

One more thing: This laptop will be available in November — you can sign up now to receive a notification when it becomes available.

Best luxury

Origin EON17-SLX

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Origin's website allows you to build a VR laptop from the ground up. Choose up to two NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPUs with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM each — one of these is enough to power your Rift or Vive and the laptop's 17.3-inch, 4K display.

Get up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, a 6th-generation Intel Core processor, and plenty of solid-state drive storage. You can even customize the laptop's case with stock and custom colors to best suit your style. Options vary widely, but you can expect to spend between about $2500 and $4000.

Bottom line: For the luxury laptop built for you from the ground up, check out the Origin EON17-SLX.

One more thing: Even if you don't intend on spending this much on a laptop, it's fun to design a dream machine and save it for later.

Conclusion

For a VR-ready laptop that costs less than the others, check out the ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM, and for a laptop a bit smaller than the others, have a look at the Razer Blade. For a mobile, 15.6-inch laptop, go with the MSI GS63VR, and if you're looking to the future, you might want to wait for the new Lenovo Ideapad Y910. For a luxury VR laptop you'll want the Origin EON17-SLX, but for the overall best VR laptop, stick with the Alienware 17.

Best overall

Alienware 17

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The 17.3-inch, 4K display in this laptop is powered by the new NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM — this is more than enough graphics card for your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Backing up the GPU is up to an Intel Core i7-6820K processor with up to a 4.1GHz clock speed, up to 32GB of RAM, and two 1TB PCIe solid-state drives.

Bottom line: For the best VR-ready laptop available now, go with the Alienware 17.

One more thing: This laptop is compatible with the Alienware graphics amplifier if you need a bit more power.