Best overall: Razer Blade 15

Bigger and badder for 2018.

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Updated for 2018 with a 15-inch display and new hardware inside, the Razer Blade remains at the top of the heap when it comes to gaming laptops. Get inside up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H processor (CPU), 16GB of RAM, a 512GB PCIe solid-state drive (SSD), and an NVIDIA Max-Q GTX 1070 graphics card (GPU) with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. All this inside a chassis that's just 0.68 inches thick.

Bottom line: Grab the Razer Blade if you want the best of the best.

One more thing: Check out our review of the Razer Blade 15 for more information.

Why the Razer Blade 15 is the best gaming laptop

Although it gets hot when under intensive load, the Razer Blade packs a wallop and looks great while running. The 15.6-inch display is available with up to a 4K resolution at 60Hz, though most will want to check out the FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate for silky-smooth visuals. No matter what, you're getting near-perfect color reproduction and contrast.

The hardware available, including 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU and NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU allows for some serious gaming performance, yet this is one of the thinnest and lightest gaming laptops on the market. You're getting a good selection of ports if you'd like to connect peripherals or external monitors, and the 80Wh battery will get you between three and four hours of battery life when under load. Models with 144Hz FHD displays, GTX 1070 GPUs, and a 512GB SSD start at about $2,600.

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Best budget: Lenovo Legion Y530

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Lenovo has partially updated its Legion Y5 line, bringing a new design and refreshed hardware to the Y530. It has a new understated design with almost no bezel around the display, and it has performance hardware inside, including up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti GPU, and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Color reproduction and battery life leave something to be desired, but starting at about $1,090, you're getting a lot of PC for the price.

Best 15-inch: Acer Predator Triton 700

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Yes, it's pricey at about $2,700, but Acer's Predator Triton 700 is one beast of a laptop. It has inside a Max-Q NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU, 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 32GB of RAM, and a 15.6-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. It's slim, it has a mechanical keyboard, and it will tear through games like a hot knife through butter.

Best 17-inch: Alienware 17

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Dell recently gave its 17-inch Alienware lineup an overhaul, bringing in new hardware and a better cooling system. These laptops have plenty of ports, there are a bunch of customization options, and you can be sure they're all VR-ready. Inside, get up to an 8th Gen Intel Core i9-8950HK six-core CPU (ridiculous), 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and a NVIDIA GTX 1080 OC edition GPU with 8GB of GDDR5X VRAM. Toss in a 17.3-inch display that goes up to 4K at 60Hz, and you have one solid package. Configurations start at about $1,450.

Best Max-Q: ASUS ROG Zephyrus

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Like Acer's Triton 700, the Zephyrus has a funky design that sees the keyboard moved down to the lower edge of the chassis to make room for a NVIDIA Max-Q GTX 1080 GPU. You're getting a lot of performance here from the 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H six-core CPU and 16GB of RAM, plus the 15.6-inch 1080p display has a 144Hz refresh rate for a smooth picture. Choose from a bunch of storage options, and get a mouse, gamepad, and case included in the bundle. Expect to pay about $2,900 for a baseline model.

Best slim: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

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MSI loves making thin, powerful laptops, as evidenced here with the GS65 Stealth. It's just 0.7 inches thick and weighs in just under four pounds, but it has all the ports you could ask for (including Ethernet, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3) and up to a NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU inside. Add a six-core 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 32GB of RAM, and 1TB SSD to the mix for a lot of power, and enjoy it all on a 15.6-inch FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate. Models with a NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU start at about $2,315.

Conclusion

It's a great time to be in the market for a new gaming laptop, as we can see by this list. However, if you want the best, stick with the 2018 Razer Blade.

Best overall: Razer Blade 15

Bigger and badder for 2018.

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Updated July 13, 2018: I've refreshed this list with a bunch of new picks, including the new 2018 Razer Blade, to ensure you're still looking at the best gaming laptops out there.