Best overall: Razer Blade

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Razer makes the closest thing to a genuine gaming ultrabook, and the Blade (starting at about $1,700) 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 graphics card (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 GPU 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 Intel i7 processor (CPU), 16GB of RAM, and 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 17-inch: 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 (starting at about $1,500) is one of the most portable 17.3-inch laptops we've ever come across.

Inside you'll find a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, an NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU, combinations of solid-state drive (SSD) and hard-disk drive (HDD) storage, and 16GB of RAM. It's easily upgradeable and with no optical drive, it's fairly slim and light. The bezels around the G-Sync enabled 1080p display are quite small, too, and you're also getting a 120Hz refresh rate for smooth visuals.

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 15-inch: Acer Predator Triton 700

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It's not perfect, but it's difficult to hate on a laptop that squeezes in an NVIDIA Max-Q GTX 1080 GPU and still remain thinner than a lot of standard notebooks on the market today. You're also getting up to an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 120Hz refresh rate on the display for a smooth experience.

Despite the Triton 700 (about $2,800) being so thin, you're getting a good selection of ports, including Thunderbolt 3, three USB-A 3.0, RJ45 Ethernet, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

Bottom line: For a ton of power and a thin 15-inch design, check out the Predator Triton 700.

One more thing: Have a look at our review for way more information about this laptop.

Best budget Dell: Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Gaming

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The refresh to Dell's outstanding budget gaming laptop (starting at about $800) is a good one, removing the slow HDD-only storage option and introducing SSD as standard.

There's now also seventh-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 CPUs along with options for the 4GB NVIDIA GTX 1050. This all adds up to great gaming performance without running away with your wallet.

Bottom line: This is the best budget gaming Dell has to offer.

One more thing: All the ports you use most are here, including HDMI, three USB-A 4.0, and Ethernet.

Best budget Lenovo: Lenovo Legion Y520

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Starting at just $650, you can get a Legion Y520 with 7th-Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 1TB HDD, and an AMD Radeon RX 560 GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM. There are plenty more configuration options available, including up to an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU.

Lots of ports let you connect your peripherals, and the 15.6-inch display's 1080p resolution is perfect for the hardware inside. Top it off with a backlit keyboard, and you have one fine machine.

Bottom line: Lenovo's Legion Y520 is its best budget gaming option.

One more thing: Have a look at our review for way more information about this awesome laptop.

Best slim laptop: MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

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It's not exactly an ultrabook, but the Stealth Pro from MSI (about $1,700) puts VR-level power in a sleek and slim laptop. The GS63VR may have a boring name, but it was one of the first consumer notebooks to launch with NVIDIA's 10-series 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 i7-7700HQ 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.

Best Max-Q: ASUS ROG Zephyrus

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NVIDIA's Max-Q technology is the future of gaming laptops. It's helping manufacturers make slimmer, lighter gaming laptops that have more power than ever before. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus (about $2,580) is the poster child for Max-Q, and rightly so.

You can get one with a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and an 8GB GTX 1080 GPU. As a 15-inch notebook it's still got some size, but it's almost unnaturally thin given the internals. A clever design and cooling system helps make it all possible, and you get a great 120Hz display.

Bottom line: One of the thinnest, lightest laptops with a GTX 1080 GPU inside is the Zephyrus.

One more thing: Have a glance at our review if you're interested in learning more about this awesome laptop.

Money no object: 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 (about $4,000). Not only is it crazy thin for a 17-inch notebook, it packs a 4K display, a GTX 1080 GPU, and more RAM and storage than you'll know what to do with. The refreshed model comes with an overclockable Core i7 CPU 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: Be sure to check out our review for more information on this behemoth gaming laptop.

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.

Best overall: Razer Blade

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Razer makes the closest thing to a genuine gaming ultrabook, and the Blade (starting at about $1,700) 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 graphics card (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 GPU power to the Blade over Thunderbolt 3.

Updated March 29, 2018: We refreshed this post with a new budget and new 15-inch option to ensure you're still looking at some of the best gaming laptops available.