Best Laptops for Windows Mixed Reality Windows Central 2019

The Razer Blade is simply the best gaming laptop you can buy right now. Razer has made a machine that is specifically designed to handle any gaming situation you can throw at it, including Windows Mixed Reality.

Our pick

Razer Blade 15

You will be hard pressed to find a better laptop for gaming

The Razer Blade is a fantastic laptop from start to finish. Whether you're using it specifically for VR or you're looking for a well-rounded gaming device that can do it all, the Razer Blade is our choice for you.

Who should buy this Laptop?

If you are looking to buy a laptop specifically with gaming in mind, then the Razer Blade is the right choice. With all the ports needed to run Windows Mixed Reality included and the GTX 1060 under the hood, it's the perfect VR laptop, even for the WMR Ultra hardware.

Reasons to buy

  • Graphically capable of running WMR Ultra
  • 144mhz screen available for when you aren't in VR
  • 16GB RAM and 1TB HDD on the base model
  • It just looks cool

Reasons not to buy

  • Fans are extremely noisy
  • Gets hot even when you aren't gaming

The best way to enter VR on the go

The Razer Blade 15 is fantastic. We love it here at Windows Central as you can see by Richard Devine's review. Although his review unit had a GTX 1070 GPU, you can also get one with the more affordable GTX 1060, which is more than enough power to run Windows Mixed Reality. Of course, the Blade also has all the ports needed not just for WMR but for any VR you care to throw on to the system. It can power it all.

However, there are a few issues with the Razer Blade. The fans are incredibly noisy and the laptop itself does get extremely hot, but those problems won't interrupt you when you're playing VR. You can't hear the fans since you're usually wearing noise-canceling headphones and the heat isn't on your lap. This is why we chose this as our top pick: The things that make the Blade a bad laptop don't make it a bad VR laptop.

The Blade has all the ports needed not just for WMR but for any VR you care to throw on to the system. It can power it all.

The Razer Blade also has options for different screens. If you're using it primarily for gaming, then the 144MHZ 1080p version is probably the one for you — though if you have more cash to splash you can opt for the 4K touchscreen. The 4K screen doesn't make any difference when playing in VR, but if you want to use it for more than just VR, video or photo editing for example, then it will be worth it.

As an added bonus, if you do opt for the 4K option, you'll get an NVIDIA 1070 under the hood, a significant upgrade from the 1060 that will allow you to run WMR Ultra in all its glory rather than relying on lowering your in-game settings to allow for a smooth ride.

Alternatives to the Razer Blade 15

There are plenty of choices out there for you if you don't want to go for the, let's be honest, incredibly flashy Razer Blade. We really enjoy the XPS 15 from Dell as an excellent laptop that isn't necessarily designed for gaming, and the Surface Book 2 from Microsoft is a great choice for anything you want to do.


Dell XPS 15

A workhorse that can run your WMR headset

Starting at $1,400 for a VR ready machine, the Dell XPS isn't just a gaming PC. It's capable of running Windows Mixed Reality at the Ultra level while still maintaining the look and function of a work laptop.

We like the Dell XPS. Unlike the Razer Blade, it looks like a professional, quality laptop that you would use every day at work, or at a conference, all the while hiding an GTX 1060 graphics card to give you the power for VR. At $1,400 for the VR ready model, it's also relatively cheap when compared to some other choices.

Made by Microsoft

Surface Book 2

Microsoft has made something really special

Yes, the Surface Book is expensive, but with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 under the hood, and a core i7 8th generation processor, it's the pinnacle of Windows 10 PCs.

The Surface book 2 is one of the very best laptops that money can buy right now. The only reason it isn't the top pick is that it'll cost you a significant chunk of change. You can get the 13.5-inch version with the GTX 1060, Core i7, and 8GB of RAM for around $1,800 and that will be enough to run Windows Mixed Reality just fine. Yes, the 15-inch has a nicer display, but if you're spending most of the time in VR and the rest using the laptop for everyday use, the 13.5 should fit your needs.

Bottom line

The Razer Blade has the best features and gaming pedigree for not only your WMR needs but for any VR or just regular gaming needs you may have.

Everything about it is geared towards making your gaming experience the best it can be and although it is pretty noisy, that won't affect you when you are deep in the virtual world.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

James Bricknell built his first PC when he was 13 and has never looked back. He can be found on Windows Central, usually in the corner where all the 3D printers are, huddled around the Xbox playing the latest games, or waving his arms furiously in VR.

Richard Devine Richard Devine is an editor at Windows Central. You'll usually find him deep in hardware, gaming, both or drinking root beer for which he openly has a mild addiction.

Cale Hunt is a full-time writer for Windows Central, focusing mainly on PC hardware and VR. He is an avid PC gamer and multi-platform user, and when he has some free time you can usually find him practicing guitar or reorganizing his ever-growing library. If you hear him say "Sorry!" it's only because he's Canadian.

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