IT SHOW: Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Behold, the gaming laptop! The pinnacle of engineering and performance. The ultimate tool of dominance wielded by the PC Master Race, incapable of tolerating any less than “Ultra 60FPS”.

Want to join their prestigious ranks? Look no further than the IT Show’s definitive list of the Top 10 Gaming laptops available in Singapore.

10. HP OMEN (SGD 2,299)

 

The HP OMEN sets the standard of what defines a gaming laptop. This mobile powerhouse packs respectable specs beneath its lightweight frame. It comes with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from a gaming laptop such as custom gaming keys on its backlit keyboard. What sets it apart is its rich audio courtesy of dual speakers powered by BeatsAudio™. This is the ideal starter for those who prefer to carry around their machines.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2GB DDR5)
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 15.6” (1920x1080) Touchscreen
Weight: 2.1kg

 

9. Lenovo Y700 (SGD 1,888)

The first of what we would consider “desktop-replacements” on this list provides unparalleled value. The Y700 provides outrageous specs for the sub-$2,000 price bracket. It also comes equipped with an excellent cooling system, and a full JBL sound system within its 15”frame. This hands-down the perfect entry level gaming laptop.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB DDR5)
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Storage: 1TB HDD
Display: 15.6” (1920x1080)
Weight: 3kg

8. The New Razer Blade (SGD 3,599)

Razer has put Singapore on the map with its quality gaming hardware and accessories. Nothing encapsulates that superb build quality more than the latest iteration of its Blade. This is by far the most aesthetically-pleasing gaming laptop out there. It seamlessly marries top notch specs with the clean lines and elegance of a MacBook. Beauty is also found on-screen with its 14-inch 3200x1800 QHD+ display, which churns out the highest PPI count on this list.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-4720HQ Quad Core (3.66GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3GB DDR5)
RAM: 16GB DDR3
Storage: 256GB SSD
Display: 14” (3200x1800) QHD+ Touchscreen
Weight: 2.03kg

 

7. MSI GS60 6QE Ghost Pro (SGD 3,099)

 

Weighing in at only 1.9kg, the Ghost Pro is MSI’s best mobile platform to date. Giving it the Ghost moniker is apt, as one wonders how they’ve managed to fit in such beefy hardware into such a light package. As with any other MSI product, it’s definitely not short on bells and whistles. The Ghost Pro sports a customizable SteelSeries keyboard which is a joy to both your hands and your eyes.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (3GB DDR5)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Display: 15.6” (1920x1080)
Weight: 1.9kg

 

6. Aorus X5 (SGD 3,699)

While Aorus may not be a household name among gamers just yet, with the X5, they’ve proven that they’re no pushovers. This 15” beast is a perfect showcase of Nvidia’s latest innovations. It’s the first entry on the list with twin graphics cards running on Nvidia’s SLI technology, which cranks out about 50% better performance than its single card brethren. On screen, Nvidia’s G-SYNC keeps the 2880x1620 WQHD display running smooth and tear-free.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-5700HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M (2x4GB DDR5 in SLI)
RAM: 8GB DDR3
Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
Display: 15.6” (2880x1620) WQHD+ G-SYNC
Weight: 2.5kg

 

 

5. GIGABYTE P35W V5 (SGD 2,799)

Gigabyte has established itself as a provider of aftermarket gaming components, and their recent foray into the laptop market did not disappoint. The P35W would be the mid-range equivalent of Lenovo’s Y700, providing ridiculous value for its sub-$3,000 price. It definitely ticks all the right boxes of what a gaming laptop should possess and then some. Even if you don’t opt for the pricier 4K variant, it features the latest USB type-C and HDMI 2.0 ports to take full advantage of external 4K displays.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M (6GB DDR5)
RAM: 8GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD
Display: 15.6” (1920x1080)
Weight: 2.16kg

4. Alienware 17 R3 (SGD 3,999)

 

Alienware has been synonymous with gaming performance since they pioneered the very first flashy gaming PC many moons ago. While many manufacturers have since emulated or even surpassed their groundbreaking designs, they are by no means irrelevant today. Just looking at the 17 R3 inspires awe. Running around with a GTX 980 on board almost seems like icing on the cake. Think of it as the Lamborghini of the gaming laptop world. Crazy stuff.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ Quad Core (3.5GHz Turbo)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (8GB DDR5)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD + 512GB SSD
Display: 17.3” (3840 x 2160) UHD
Weight: 3.78kg (You’re basically carrying 2 MSI Ghost Pros)

 

 

3. Aftershock Titan 2016 (FROM SGD 3,875)

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Sometimes, if you want things done right, you got to do it yourself. Aftershock is Singapore’s go-to custom laptop manufacturer, and the Titan 2016 represents their ultimate desktop replacement gaming notebook. There’s not much use talking about specs here because everything is customizable; from filling it up with Diamond Thermal Compound to having 2.5TB worth of SSD storage. The sky’s the limit if you have the cash to splash. Having everything on it will set you back about SGD 7,000.

Spec Highlights (SGD 7,000 MAX Model)

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6700K Quad Core (4GHz Overclock-able Desktop Processor)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (8GB DDR5)
RAM: 32GB DDR4
Storage: 2.5TB SSD
Display: 17.3” (1920x1080) G-SYNC
Weight: 5kg ++

2. MSI GT80S 6QE Titan (SGD 5,999)

So… You’re not satisfied with having one GTX 980? We guess putting 2 GTX 980s running in SLI configuration into a laptop seems like a good idea. Pure madness. Enough said.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK Quad Core (3.6GHz Overclock-able)
Graphics: Dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M (2x4GB DDR5 in SLI)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Storage: 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD
Display: 18.4” (1920x1080)
Weight: 4.5kg

1. Asus ROG GX700VO (SGD 6,198)

 

Of course, we have saved the best for last. Asus has always been a contender among gaming manufacturers over the years, but the introduction of the GX700 just a few weeks ago has catapulted the company miles ahead of its competitors. It is the world’s first water-cooled laptop with a detachable cooling module. On its own, the 3.6kg behemoth already boasts some ludicrous specs. Combined with the cooling module however, the GX700 overclocks its way into the realm of extreme gaming desktops.
This ingenious innovation gives you the perfect balance between mobility and performance, and earns the GX700 the top spot on our list.

Spec Highlights

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-6820HK Quad Core (3.6GHz Overclock-able)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (8GB DDR5)
RAM: 64GB DDR4
Storage: 2x 512GB SSD RAID 0
Display: 17.3” (1920x1080) G-SYNC
Weight: 3.6kg (8.4kg with Dock)