7 Best Gaming Laptops of 2017 for Casual and Hardcore Gamers

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The technology curve is inevitability on par with death and taxes -- no matter how much you dropped on that killer rig, eventually, it's going to end up at the bottom of the barrel as new components are released.

If your sad, old laptop can only successfully run Minecraft and (maybe) OpenOffice, with no hope whatsoever of even booting up Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus or Shadow Of War, then it's probably time for an upgrade.

The holiday buying season is the perfect time to keep an eye out for a new laptop gaming rig, whether you are a hardcore Steam fanatic with thousands of games or just a casual gamer looking for a budget option.

At this point, around 16GB of RAM and a 1060 graphics card is essentially the industry standard to shoot for, with budget options cutting corners on those fronts and the bleeding edge entries rapidly shooting up in price for negligible gains from that point. The differences to look for from there are screen size, backlighting options, sound quality, battery life, and what sort of ports any given laptop includes.

We've rounded up seven of the absolute best gaming laptops currently available in 2017 -- ones you should keep an eye out for come Black Friday and Cyber Monday. These range from affordable budget options in the $750-range, all the way up to absurd $5,000 offerings with all the bells and whistles. 

Regardless of your needs, you'll find something that suits your needs in this laptop guide. 

Published Nov. 9th 2017

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