The best

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 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.

Best large laptop

ASUS Strix GL702

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If you're looking for a gaming laptop then you probably want to take it out and about with you. The ASUS Strix GL702 is one of the most portable 17-inch laptops we've ever come across.

Inside you'll find a Core i5 or i7 processor, a 6GB GTX 1060 GPU, combinations of SSD and HDD storage and 8GB of RAM. It's easily upgradeable and with no optical drive it's fairly slim and light. The bezels around the 1080p 17.3-inch display are quite small, too, and you're getting a ton of laptop for around $1,500.

Bottom line: This big laptop is both powerful and portable.

One more thing: The bottom pops off easily to upgrade storage and RAM as you see fit.

Best budget

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

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The refresh to Dell's outstanding budget gaming laptop is a good one, removing the slow HDD-only storage option and introducing SSD as standard.

There's now also 7th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors along with options for the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050ti graphics card. This all adds up to great gaming performance without running away with your wallet.

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

One more thing: If you want a high-res display you can have a 4K touchscreen.

Best slim laptop

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.

Money no object

Razer Blade Pro

Razer Blade Pro

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If money isn't an issue and you want the ultimate laptop, you want the Razer Blade Pro. Not only is it crazy thin for a 17-inch notebook, it packs a 4K display, a GTX 1080 graphics card, and more RAM and storage than you'll know what to do with. The refreshed model comes with an overclockable Core i7 processor and is the first THX certified laptop in the world.

It's not all too often a PC comes along that ticks every box you could think of, but the Blade Pro does just that. Thunderbolt 3 USB-C and a mechanical keyboard just round out this epic laptop. It's as future proof as any laptop you'll be able to buy right now.

Bottom line: Expensive, but literally packing every spec imaginable. A remarkable piece of engineering.

One more thing: It supports the Razer Core, you know, if you wanted to use a GTX 1080 Ti or a Titan X with it.

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.

The best

Razer Blade 14

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.

Updated July 19, 2017: We've added a new laptop to the mix in the ASUS Strix GL702 as our top big for a big laptop.