Most people had (or have) that negative image of gamers as recluses or informat Internet café residents. The cliché: they'd spend hours seated on cheap office chairs, eyes transfixed on their screens, junk food-dirtied fingers flying all over their backlit keyboards, playing the same games and occasionally screaming at their opponents, or anyone within earshot.
That perception has gradually changed for the better throughout the years — or maybe we haven't been to an Internet café or LAN party in a while. The games now aren't just about shooting or beating everyone up, indulging in violent crime in imaginary cities, or battling butt-ugly creatures in high-fantasy worlds. Professional gaming (or eSports) has also become a really big deal, bringing in major sponsors and media coverage. Hell, gamers are now considered professional athletes, so you can now truly say you can make a living through gaming!
We say you better get back in the game, and with a proper rig. The 10 gaming laptops we have in mind obviously aren't wallet-friendly. But if you're going to dream, might as well dream big!
One of the most popular gaming brands has done it again. This aluminum-clad 17” fighter from Alienware received both a menacing look — great for making your adversaries think twice — and bad-ass innards. Of course the Intel Core i7 chip and NVIDIA GeForce 970M or 980M graphics, Klipsch and Creative audio, and automatic overclocking are present, along with your choice of full or ultra HD/4K display, and up to 32GB of onboard memory. Alienware also offers its Graphics Amplifier (called by PC World as the “Ark of the Covenant of mobile gaming”) as an add-on, making the 17 R3 function as an entertainment system and VR gaming rig too.
Villman has the second R3 model (UHD display), and is selling it for PhP129,999. The other models (varying in terms of memory size and hard drive configurations) are listed as having SRPs of $1,249.99, $1,599.99, and $1,799.99 on Dell's US website; inquire with Dell Philippines on PH price and availability.
Out of our 10 selections, this MSI gaming laptop has the highest price tag at PhP299,995 (PhP289,995 if pre-ordered), according to this Facebook post. Is it worth the astronomical six figures?
It has the latest Intel i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card, with up to 64GB of memory and SSD/HDD storage. This bigatin can support up to three external 4K displays via Matrix Display. In case you want only one, it has a main 18.4” full HD display. What else? It's ready for virtual reality; supports Super RAID 4 storage, Killer DoubleShot Pro, XShift and WTFast; cools down with the Cooler Boost Titan's three fans and CPU/GPU thermal solutions; and has SHIFT tech to control resource usage. You know... we can spout more features here, but the only way to really find out is to test-drive this Titan.
Unlike other gaming laptops, the Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook goes for a whole lot of sublety, but only in physical appearance. The upgraded version packs in powerhouse internals like a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7500U dual-core processor (up to 3.5GHz) and HD Graphics 620, up to 512GB SSD storage for the QHD variant and 1TB SSD for the 4K variant, up to 16GB of memory, Dolby Digital Plus Home Theater Edition sound, and a 53.6Wh Li-Ion battery. The Stealth's 12.5” IGZO LED touchscreen with 170? wide viewing angle promises an awesome game night, too.
Since this newest rig was outed by Razer just last month, it isn't widely available yet. But the older models already have price tags on them. The Razer Asia-Pacific website lists the prices for the four early 2016 models (a.k.a. not upgraded) as going from PhP53,990 to PhP86,990; Widget City sells the 256GB variant for PhP85,000, and the 512GB model for PhP95,000. You can also visit or contact Razer's official resellers in the Philippines for more information on the updated Blade Stealth.
So far we're seeing the same specs rundown for the gaming laptops on this list. But what if we told you there's one rig that has all those, plus the ability to swap optical or storage drives? Yep, that'll be this particular laptop from Gigabyte. The P57X enables you to go for another DVD RW or Blu-Ray drive, or an extra hard disk for bigger game storage. We sure like the sound of that!
The HDR- and VR-Ready P57X is also making us want it for its full HD (1080p), anti-glare IPS display, and support for HDMI 2.0 with a 60GHz refresh rate. Don't mind us if we suddenly stop playing. We're just staring at the 17” screen.
Once again, the major retailers have failed us in terms of availability. But Benstore has one listing for this specific laptop (16GB RAM, order basis) at PhP108,800.
The Stealth's older sibling is as capable, and has something significant that the younger one doesn't: Razer's Switchblade UI and an LCD trackpad right beside the backlit anti-ghosting keyboard. This makes the Blade Pro perfect not just for gaming, but for those doing editing and design work too. The rig also gives you a free download and user license of FL Studio 12 Producer Edition, if you're looking to make your own music. Nice. Under the case, this 17”, full HD laptop's toting an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M card, unlike the Stealth. That makes it three significant things, not just one.
The Razer Store doesn't have a listing for the Pro, but we found one at PC Express for the RZ09-01171E51-R3U1 model for PhP139,999. Widget City has the same 256GB SSD + 500GB HD variant for PhP136,990.
ASUS describes this VR-ready gaming system as a battlefield dominator — and a quick look shows it can live up to the hype. It sports an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 card, plus up to an Intel i7-6820HK processor and up to 64GB of memory. The 17” FHD screen plus support for NVIDIA G-SYNC tech for truly seamless visual quality, ASUS' Sonic Studio and Sonic Radar for audio, and ROG HyperDrive complete this monster gaming package.
We couldn't find any listings for the ROG G701VI on any of the major retailers' websites, but we saw two on Benstore on order basis. The 32GB RAM model goes for PhP162,800, and the 64GB RAM model, for PhP198,500.
It's smaller than the ROG G701VI at 10.1”, uses up to a 1 TB HDD alongside a 256GB or 512GB SSD, and cools down with the ASUS ROG-exclusive 3D Vapor Chamber (it sounds more ominous than it actually is). Its design also looks more aggressive to us than the G701VI's. But the G752VS matches up to the aforementioned ROG rig in several ways. It also uses an unlocked 6th-gen Intel i7 gray matter and NVIDIA GTX 1070 card with G-SYNC support, has the same 64GB memory capacity and audio system, is VR-ready, and offers lifetime XSplit access.
Finally, a gaming laptop with an easy-to-remember name! Well, aside from the Alienware 17 and the aforementioned Razers, but... yeah.
This Predator doesn't go easy on its mission, though. The killer machine has that familiar assertive red-and-black exterior design (“inspired by intergalactic battlecruisers”, says Acer) appropriate for psyching out opponents within your proximity. Inside, the Predator 15's powered by a 6th-generation quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (6700HQ, 2.60GHz), up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M GPU, up to 32GB of memory, and HDD+SDD storage for some models. It keeps cool with Cooler Master, Predator FrostCore, and DustDefender tech, plus huge exhaust vents; and Acer has included PredatorSense software for user control customizations, SoundPound 2.1, and a 15” display (up to 4K) for long game sessions.
If you needed another reason to get the Acer Predator 15, this may be the best one: it's relatively more affordable than the other gaming rigs on this list. Click here to see compare models' specs, and inquire with Acer Philippines if you need more info. We found four Predator 15 variants over at Asianic, going for PhP69,990, PhP74,990, PhP79,980, and PhP89,980. Villman is also selling the G9-592-757L model for PhP74,988.
Dell is known for its business and mid-level laptops, but it also has an often overlooked entrant in the gaming arena. The Inspiron 15 7000 is ready to fight with its 6th-gen quad-core Intel i5 and i7 processors and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M card, 16GB of memory, up to UHD resolution for its 15” display, HDD+SSD storage for all the games you can download and play, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro for clear audio. And you know you'll be in that battle until the very last moment, cool AF, since this Inspiron is ready with multiple cooling fans, exhausts, and large vents.
Check with Dell Philippines' authorized dealers (Manila and provincial) for information on the Inspiron 15 7000's price and available variants.
We didn't know Lenovo had a contender for gaming, too! The 15” variant of the IdeaPad Y700 sounds like a true fighter — the 15.6” full HD screen with a nearly 180° viewing angle and anti-glare capability is begging for hours of eyeballing, the projected five-hour battery life is good enough for long rounds, the Dolby Home Theater sound quality and JBL speakers give you a rest from your headphones, and the optional Lenovo RealSense camera gives your opponents a real face to... face.
The Lenovo PH website doesn't list an SRP for the Y700, but we found the 80NV00DPPH model over at Villman going for PhP69,995, at PC Express for PhP67,995, and at Accent Micro for PhP69,990. PC Express also has the 80NV0086PH model for PhP77,995.