There’s no denying the fact that gaming laptops have captivated the general folk of today, and caused a worldwide epidemic. Right from the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies to a tech geek in his university’s hostel room, everyone possesses a high end laptop.
Given the options at hand, picking the best one becomes a highly tedious job. But no matter which one you choose, it must ensure one basic outcome – a fantastic gaming experience!
To save you the trouble, here’s the list of the best gaming laptop under 2000 dollars:
Razer Blade 14” QHD+ Touchscreen Gaming Laptop – Price $2,199
Razer Blade is one of the most famous names in the PC gaming segment, thanks to their expertise in this field for the last 11 years. Their top of the line 14” laptop is a testimony to this, and is one of the best portable gaming machines to have graced this earth. Armed with latest configuration and tons of power, this laptop delivers great gaming performance in a package which is only 0.7” thick.
Specifications: Razer Blade 14” is powered by 2.6 GHz Core i7-4720HQ processor with 16 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SD RAM. Accompanying these components is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M with 3 GB memory. There is a 256 GB solid state drive for storage, and a 14”
3200×1800 pixels touch screen for display.
Pros: The Razer Blade 14” is built to the highest quality, and has a very nice matte finish all around. It is extremely compact and portable for this category, and is moderately lightweight too. But this does not mean that the performance is compromised, with the processor, RAM and Graphic Card forming a very potent and lethal combination. And it’s not just hardcore games this laptop excels at, it is as good as anything out there for media processing and day to day tasks as well.The display with the QHD resolution is quite good and enhances the experience.
Cons: Due to the small compact size and the high end configuration, the laptop des tend to run very hot at the bottom when playing heavy games at high graphic settings. The fans get disturbingly loud to cool it off, and headphones are a must if you wish to enjoy your audio.
Apple MacBook Pro 15.4” MGXC2LL/A – Price $2,099
Apple MacBook is a household name today, and is probably one of the benchmarks for laptop makers around the world. Even though it is not intended to be a gaming laptop, the MGXC2LL/A model is quite a beast in terms of raw graphical processing power. And the Retina display is certainly the best display you can set your eyes upon.
Specifications: The MacBook Pro is powered by a 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 processor which can run at 3.7GHz with Turbo Boost. The processor is accompanied by 16GB of DDR3L RAM at 1600 MHz, and a dedicated 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M graphic processor. A 512 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage is provided for memory and the screen is a beautiful 15.4” Retina display with 2880×1800 resolution.
Pros: The most unique characteristic feature of any MacBook is its looks and build quality, and this laptop remains true to it. The outside is beautifully sculpted in aluminium, and looks sharp as ever.
The notebook weighs in at 4.5 pounds and is only 0.7” thick, making it fairly easy to carry it around. Day to day tasks are a breeze with the latest OS X Mavericks, and the laptop is a great (probably the best) multimedia device. Gaming performance form the device is also good compared to the configurations, and can play most of the high end games at good frame rates with low-medium graphic settings.
Cons: There is not much wrong with the MacBook, primarily because it excels at what it has been designed to do. But for gaming it is not the most potent device available, and struggles when the environments become heavy and a lot of graphics come into play. The frame rates also drop at high graphic settings.
Asus ROG G752VT-DH72 – Price $1,649
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Asus is one the oldest motherboard manufacturers, and have a lot of experience with packing and matching various hardware components to get the best results. No wonder their gaming laptops have a good reputation with both critics and gamers alike. ROG G752VT-DH72 is one of their trademark massive 17” gaming laptop, with some top of the line hardware and a lot of promise.
This notebook is powered by the latest 6th generation Intel core i7 6700hq running at 2.6 GHz. It also has 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM (it runs at a cool 2133 MHz!) and 3GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX970M for tackling graphics. For storage, it has a combination of 1TB hard disk at 7200RPM + 128GB SSD (PCIEG3x4) to give tonne of storage for your games. The screen is 17.3” wide and runs at full HD resolution.
Pros: The device is one the few with the latest Skylake processors and is a beast in terms of raw performance, and can take on any hard-core game or task you throw at it. DDR4 RAM ensures that multitasking is breeze. The design is also an upgrade over last year, as it gets more refreshed features compared to the drab old look. It is also slightly slimmer at 1.5”.
Cons: The device is massive and weighs 8.8 pounds, which means it will be seldom taken out. The graphic card pairing is also odd from Asus, as the latest Skylake processor is paired with over a year old card form NVIDIA. The resolution is also not good enough for a screen this large, and looks dull when compared to competition.
Microsoft Surface Book (i7, 16 GB, 512 GB) – Price $2,489
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Though the price tag is not close to 2000 dollars, this one is on the list due to its power packed performance and low maintenance or repair costs, which compensate for the one time heavy investment. Microsoft started trying out with hardware with its Surface tablet series. Now they have introduced their full-fledged hybrid laptop called the Surface Book, and believe us when we say that this is one of the best windows laptop ever. It has a new innovative design, and the screen can be removed to work in tablet mode and reattached 180° reverse to use it like a conventional notebook.
Specification: It is powered by 6th generation Intel Core i7 6600u processor running at 2.5 GHz. It is supported by 16 GB of DDR4 RAM and a dedicated 1 GB custom NVIDIA GPU. There is a 512 GB SSD for storage and the screen is a touch enabled 13.5” display with Pixel Sense running at 2000×3000 resolutions.
Pros: The Surface book has great build quality and uses magnesium alloy for the outer structure, which also makes it very light at 3.34 pounds. The patented hinge allows the screen to be removed for usage as a tablet, and the operation is achieved a specially designed lock. Performance is slick and smooth on Windows 10 and it is a joy to perform any task on this machine, and the pen makes the experience even better for drawing or taking notes.
The device is not designed to play games, but that won’t stop you as it can easily render games like Bioshock 3 and Grand Theft Auto V at medium-low graphic settings. It has a great battery life of 10 hours too.
Cons: The screen has a weird resolution, and may not be the best for design work or gaming. It’s also very expensive and does not come with the highest configuration when compared to other dedicated gaming laptops.
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 4K-053 – Price $1,899
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MSI is one the leading hardware manufacturers in the world, and is a common name among gamers for high end gaming components. Their gaming laptops are well reputed among gamers and have serious fan following. Their top of the line GS60 Ghost Pro 4K-053 is a serious addition to this line up, and packs in serious promise and performance.
Specifications: Powered by the Intel Broadwell Core i7-5700HQ CPU, quad-core 2.7 GHz, it is supported by 16 GB DDR3L RAM and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with a mammoth 6 GB of dedicated memory. The screen is a 15.6” unit with 4K display, while storage is sufficed with 128 GB M.2 SSD SATA and a 1TB HDD running at 7200rpm.
Pros: The build quality on these devices is in line with MSI standard and is solid in simple terms. It is not the most attractive machine, but is quite thin for a gaming laptop at 0.8”. The keyboard has nicely weighted keys with good feedback, and the trackpad is accurate and recognises takes multi touch gestures easily. Gaming performance on this machine is incredible, and can run heavy games at high settings at upwards of 40fps. Games like Skyrim and Crysis got 35-45 fps consistently at maxed out settings. Daily usage is also quite satisfactory and it can double up to be quite a good multimedia laptop.
Cons: The 4k screen on this laptop has to be one of the most underwhelming ever. Visuals look dull, refresh rate is slow, and it doesn’t seem that it is a 4k screen. The device also tends to get hot due to the thin design. MSI badging at various places looks a little cheap.
Alienware 17-R2 ANW17-2136SLV – Price $1,800
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The brand Alienware is most easily recognised as the one linked with gaming devices. They are like the Apple of gaming computers, and have a following that swears by these devices, and they have a reason too. Alienware 17-R2 ANW17-2136SLV is no exception and brings to the table exceptional performance at a great price.
Specifications: This 17” full HD notebook is powered by Intel Core i7-4710HQ Processor at 2.5GHz. This is supported by 16GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz RAM and a combination of 1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive + 128GB Solid State Drive. It also uses NVIDIA’s top of the line 4GB GeForce GTX 980M graphic processor. The graphical processing power can also be expanded using NVIDA’s graphic amplifier.
Pros: This device is a beast, both in terms of design and performance.The chassis looks futuristic and is impeccably finished with high quality material and alienware logo. The red streaks look gorgeous and remind you what you are dealing with. The screen, even though only 1080p, looks good and reproduces colours beautifully, while the keyboard and track pad are also up to the mark.
But where this laptop really shines is, gaming performance and it blows any game out of the water. Consistent results of 50+ fps were registered with heavy games at low-medium settings, and average of 40 fps at maxed out settings.
Cons: This device is extremely heavy and large and portability takes a big hit. It also tends to get very hot with prolonged usage. Audio quality is also decent at best, and headphones are required for full immersion.
MSI GT70 ONE – Price $1,899
MSI has a diversified line up of gaming laptops, and constantly release products which are good and can be trusted to offer great gaming performance. MSI GT70 One might have become a little old, but for the reduced price it still offers great value for money, especially if you are a gamer. It has all the qualities to make it a great gaming laptop ~ huge screen, insane processor, loads of RAM and one the fastest GPU from NVIDIA.
Specifications: Rightfully part of the list of great gaming laptops for 2000 dollars, this laptop is powered by a 2.4 GHz Core i7-3630QM processor, and is supported by 16 GB of DDR3 RAM. The graphic card used is NVIDIA GeForce GTX680M with 4 GB of dedicated memory and operating at an insanely high frequency. The screen is a 17.3” unit with 1080p resolution and a matte finish.
Pros: GT70 One has a great build quality and looks like a gaming laptop through and through with lots of lights, cuts and edges on the chassis and a size that can compete with few desktops.
It is solid enough to be carried around, and fit and finish of components is in line with MSI standards. Gaming performance is still amazing, especially thanks to the high end NVIDIA chip. Even modern games play at decent to good frame rates, and the laptop is good enough for any other multimedia task as well. The screen is vibrant and has good colour reproduction, and gives an overall good experience.
Cons: This device is very heavy at 14.5 pounds and is bulky at 6.4” thick. Battery life is also poor given the size of the laptop, and the fans become quite noisy when the GPU is put to use.
MSI GS70 Stealth Pro – Price $1,699
When you talk about good gaming laptops under 2000 dollars, MSI has something up its sleeve for everyone. Even for gamers who do not like the bold look form conventional gaming laptops. MSI GS70 Stealth Pro bears true to its name and is designed to be a very subtle and conventional laptop, albeit a little large from the outside. Inside it is a true MSI product with some serious configuration and performance.
It runs on an Intel i7-5700HQ processor and is supported by 16 GB of DDR3L RAM. NVIDIA Geforce GTX970M is employed to take care of the graphical processing and storage is a combination of 128 GB SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD. The screen is a 17.3” unit and runs at 1920×1080 resolutions.
Pros: This laptop has a great exterior which wouldn’t be wrong in a more conventional business laptop. The build quality is extremely good, and the outside is a mix of black brushed aluminium and good quality plastic. The interior of the device is also made with black aluminium and look premium and well designed. It also sits pretty thin at 0.85” and feels portable even with the 17” screen. The screen itself is clear and sharp and works well for the most part.
The trackpad and keyboard are decent, but the battery life is pretty good for a gaming laptop. Everyday performance is a breeze and casual gamers can be extremely satisfied with this machine. Games with heavy graphics can be played at low-medium settings.
Cons: It is not a device which an avid gamer would buy, as better gaming devices are available at this price. It also runs pretty hot when a lot of juice is required.
Acer Predator 17 G9-791-78CE – Price $1,999
Acer is known for making good business and casual laptops. Gaming laptops are a recent addition to its line-ups, and from initial reviews they are pretty good too. Their latest Predator 17” is a high end gaming laptop with top of the line specifications. It also has a striking design and price tag that matches it.
Specifications: It is powered by the latest Intel Skylake Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz and is bundled with 16 GB of DDR4 Dual-Channel Memory. Graphical processing is done by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM, and storage is taken care off with a combination of 1TB 7200RPM Hard Drive and a 256GB Solid-State Drive. The screen is 17.3” with 1080p resolution.
Pros: The predator 17 has a very striking and attractive design for a gaming laptop, with neat lights running along the pre-dominantly black exterior. The build quality is also solid, and at 1.6” is decently thin too. The speakers on this notebook are also high quality and are loud and offer good bass. The keyboard and trackpad also have a pleasant feel to them and are good for gaming. But the strength of this device is its performance, and it is extremely good.
The latest components and wonderful software ensure that even the heaviest games do not drop any frames, even at high graphic settings. Throw whatever you can, it’ll just keep running. And yes, it has a pretty good battery life too!
Cons: The only thing this laptop can be faulted for is the screen. Even though the screen is not bad, the 1080p resolution does not do justice to the hardware with this great gaming machine.
ASUS Zenbook Pro UX501VW-DS71T – Price $1,549
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Asus has always had a versatile line up with models to suit everyone needs. Be it a business person, a gamer or a combination of both. The Zenbook Pro UX501VW is exactly this combination. It is a sleek and smart notebook on the outside, with some neat specs and capable graphic card on the inside.
Specifications: The Zenbook is powered by the latest Intel Skylake Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz Quad-core CPU and is matched with 16 GB of DDR4 RAM. It also gets a Nvidia GTX960M GPU with 2 GB dedicated memory and an ultrafast 512 GB NVMe Solid State Drive (PCIeGen3 x4). The screen is a 4K 15.6” unit and is also touch enabled.
Pros: The design is subtle but classy, and this notebook can surely make a statement. It is 0.8” thick and is fairly portable for a 15.6” laptop. The build quality is decent, and the metal chassis feels solid and durable. The keyboard on this device is great for typing with good amount of travel and feedback.
The trackpad is also accurate and works pretty well. On the performance front, it can blaze through everyday tasks and multimedia work thanks to the latest Skylake i7 processor. The NVIDIA chip although not the best does a pretty good job of running heavy games at decent frame rates in low-medium graphic settings. The battery life on the unit is also great, and can last for up to 7 hours with normal usage.
Cons: The screen on this notebook has a super glossy finish for some reason, and ends up reflecting any source of light which can be very annoying. The gaming performance is also nothing to boast about, but then that is not meant to be the forte for this machine.
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