Best Gaming Laptops in India – 2018

by | Apr 24, 2018

We will keep a close vigilante and update this list when a new product that can dethrone our best pick arrive in the market. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our newsletter to recieve regular weekly updates in your inbox.

Welcome Gaming Aficionados! In search of a mean machine that will let you play your titles like a breeze? Concerned about the specifications and budget? Don’t worry. We will help you sort the best gaming laptops curated according to the needs of every kind of gamers out there in India. Read along to find that one machine which will suit all your gaming needs.

1. Alienware 15

Overall Best Pick

Alienware 15 is our pick for the best gaming laptop without a second thought. Power packed performance coupled with a great display will let you enjoy the games in full potential. 4K gaming and VR even though not mainstream until now will work on this device effortlessly which makes this laptop future proof for the times to come.

Alienware is probably the first word that will come out of your mouth when talking about gaming laptops. Everyone in one way or the other would have heard about this beast at least once. Often considered as the holy grail of gamers, Alienware 15 surely lives up to its name and fame.

Under the hood, Alienware 15 runs on a Core i7 7700HQ processor clocked at 2.8GHz with turbo boost up to 3.5GHz. Assisting the processor in the graphics department is a Nvidia GTX 1060 DDR5 6GB graphics card that screams performance from the onset. Thinking about 4K gaming and VR? You’ve got that covered too. What else can you expect from this legend with such legacy?

A powerhouse without a good display is like a dead stick. Understanding this, Alienware has packed a full HD IPS Antiglare display with great colour reproduction. A refresh rate of 120Hz ensures your gameplay will feel even smoother. With a brightness of 300 nits, the screen will let you play your games under any light conditions.

Backing up the storage department is a 1TB HDD that spindles at 7200 rpm supported along with a 256GB SSD that will make boot time and game loading incredibly faster. Alienware comes with an 8GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400MHz which is expandable up to 32GB. The device comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home operating system.

Alienware 15 offers a plethora of ports for enhancing the usability of this laptop. With a USB 3.0 port coupled with a Thunderbolt display port that will let you connect the device to an external display if you would like to play games on a larger display. Also, an Alienware Graphics Amplifier port will enable the connection of external Graphics amplifiers if you want more firepower.

The keyboard is one area where Alienware laptops excel one step further than its competitors. Alienware TactX keyboard with 2.2mm of key travel will make your keystrokes feel confident. With a 4 area RGB lighting that can be controlled by the AlienFX software, you can choose the style you prefer with ease, making this device feel personal.

Alienware promises up to 4 hours of gaming on a single charge, but that will depend upon the type of games you will play and the brightness of the display.

R

Industry-leading GPU

R

Great display

R

Superb keyboard with 2.2mm key travel

R

Customisable LED lighting

R

Commendable build quality

Q

Bulky and heavy

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
INTERNAL MEMORY1TB 7200rpm
RAM8GB DDR4 2400Mhz up to 32GB
PROCESSORCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
SSD256GB SSD
GRAPHICSGTX 1060 6GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUP4  Hours
DISPLAY15.6″ full HD LED IPS Antiglare display 300 nits

2. Lenovo Legion Y 720

Runner-Up Pick

Lenovo Legion Y 720 wins this title with authority owing to its fantastic build quality and the futuristic design along with performance that rivals even Alienware series. Intelligent cooling with the help of dual metal fans keeps this laptop under a manageable temperature range that avoids the throttling problem found on many other gaming laptops.

Lenovo has impressed us with its tough and rugged ThinkPad series laptop before. This time, they’re back with legion series gaming laptops that offers Alienware a run for the money. With great features and superb build quality, Lenovo Legion Y 720 impresses us with its crazy fast performance even under heavy loads.

Lenovo Legion Y 720 is powered by the same Core i7 7700HQ processor found in the Alienware 15 laptop. Graphics department is handled by a Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 GPU that will run most of the titles in full settings with a constant 60 fps. Not only gaming, this card will take care of other graphics-intensive tasks such as video rendering or animations.

This device is equipped with a full HD 15.6″ Antiglare IPS display that offers great viewing angles and contrast levels. The colours will look more vivid and punchier and with ample brightness, the display output will look more lively. Lenovo touts Legion Y 720 as the world’s first Dolby Atmos certified laptop that will deliver crisp and clean sound over a wide frequency range. Xbox one controller support right out of the box will make you feel at home if you’re familiar playing games on the consoles.

On the storage front, a 2TB 7200rpm HDD coupled with a 256GB SSD will make the data transfer operations faster on this device. The apps and games will load from the SSD and data storage will be handled by the 2TB HDD. This laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM clocked at 2400MHz with an additional expansion slot that will let you catapult the memory game up to 32GB if you are in need of that extra oomph. Pre-installed Windows 10 Home will let you use this device right out of the box.

Port selection on this device is generous with three high-speed USB 3.0 ports assisted with a thunderbolt USB- C port for faster data transfer speeds. A display port has been provided if gaming on a 15.6″ screen is not enough and you want to hook it up to your 4K TV for that extra screen real estate. The RJ 45 LAN is present for those who cherish the nostalgic wired connections.

With Dual metal fans hidden under the chassis, Lenovo Legion Y 720 ensures the device remains cool even while performing heavy tasks. The rear air vent design is cleverly put together to ensure the sound level remains quieter and a faster heat dissipation is possible which will maximise the performance of the device. Also, the JBL speakers with chamber ensure the sound from the loudspeakers packs a punch.

The company promises a battery life up to 5 hours which is subjective and varies from user to user based on their usage patterns.

R

Great built quality

R

GTX 1060 GPU

R

Great loudspeakers with Dolby Atmos certification

R

Xbox one controller support

R

Low noise levels

Q

Not so great display

Q

Heavy

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
INTERNAL MEMORY2TB 7200rpm
RAM16GB DDR4 2400MHz up to 32GB
PROCESSORCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
SSD256GB SSD
GRAPHICSGTX 1060 6GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUP5 Hours
DISPLAY15.6″ full HD LED IPS Antiglare display

3. Asus ROG GL503VD-GZ240T

Best Allrounder

Asus ROG GL503VD-GZ240T wins the best all rounder title in this list because it checks almost all the right boxes that make a gaming laptop a better one. With a great display and good battery life that does not compromise on performance, this laptop is one of the compelling choices in this segment. Also, the software goodies that ASUS provided enhances the overall gaming experience with this laptop.

Asus has been concentrating on the gaming laptop segment with its ROG ( Republic Of Gamers ) series lately. ROG series is revered among the gaming enthusiasts for feature-packed performance at a relatively lower price point compared with Lenovo and Alienware laptops. Asus ROG GL503VD-GZ240T is one such device that offers great performance without skimping either on the features or build-quality.

Asus ROG GL503VD-GZ240T packs a Core i7 7700HQ processor that lets you custom clock the cores ( for geeks only !) for finetuning the performance of your laptop according to the demands.Graphics department is handled by a 4GB DDR5 GTX 1050 GPU that will let you play most of the AAA titles at full HD at 60fps.

This laptop has a 15.6″ full HD LED-backlit anti-glare display that is one of the best displays around with superb colour reproduction and brightness levels. The antiglare coating on the display ensures that the screen will remain less reflective even in an environment surrounded by flashing lights. At 60Hz refresh rate, the gameplay will look smoother and pleasing to your eyes with less strain while looking at the screen for extended periods of time.

Storage department is where ROG GL503VD-GZ240T outshines its competitors with its 1TB SSHD ( Solid State Hybrid Drive) that offers much higher data transfer speeds than conventional HDD’s out there. Complimenting this is a 128 GB SSD that will help decrease the boot and game loading time. This means you no longer have to stare at that eternal loading screen anymore.

Port distribution is excellent on this device with 3 USB 3.0 ports, a USB 2.0 port along with a USB – C port. Other regulars such as HDMI port and an SD card reader is present too. To aid wired connections, this laptop features an RJ 45 LAN port also.

The keyboard offers great tactile feedback and key travel distance is decent. Being backlit illuminated increases the night time usability of this device. Software features such as ASUS Splendid lets you adjust the screen modes according to your needs. A whole slew of gaming-centric settings can be found in the bundled pre-installed ASUS gaming centre software.

A 4 cell Lithium-ion battery ensures the device stays powered up to 5 hours on heavy usage. Unlike most of the laptops that advertise great battery life, this laptop actually proves it in real-world usage making this one of the laptops with better battery life.

R

Great screen

R

Good battery backup

R

Excellent performance

Q

Slightly outdated GPU

Q

No Disk Drive

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
INTERNAL MEMORY1TB SSHD
RAM16GB DDR4 2400Mhz up to 32GB
PROCESSORCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
SSD128GB NVMe
GRAPHICSGTX 1050 4GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUP5 hours
DISPLAY15.6″ full HD LED Backlit 60Hz Antiglare

4. Acer Predator Helios 300

Best Value for Money

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is one product worth giving your attention. It offers a 6GB Nvidia GT1060 GPU at a price where the competitors end up having less powerful GTX1050. At the price this laptop is on sale, this is a steal. This laptop can also be dubbed as the cheap budget gaming laptop as it matches even the Alienware 15 in some of the aspects. It has a great GPU, powerful processor, good sound and an affordable price tag that forced us to gave it a place on our list.

Acer is no strange to the gaming and performance computing scene. It has introduced its predator lineup with amazing value for money specs even beating out some of the higher priced competitors with a punch. The Predator Helios 300 is priced very aggressively in its segment with some best in the class internals.

Acer has decided to use a mix of plastic and metal in order to cut costs, but nothing goes out of hand. The quality of the materials used is good and there is no problem with the construction. The lid is made of metal with plastic strips on the sides. Similarly, the keyboard deck is metal with the bottom being plastic made.

This laptop is powered by an Intel Core-i7 7700HQ with four true cores clocked at 2.5GHz with a turbo boost up to 3.5GHz. The device comes with 16GB of DDR4 RAM that is expandable up to 32GB via the additional slot that is easily accessible by removing the backplate of the chassis.

The main USP of this device is that it has a 6GB GDDR5 Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU that will let you run games and do tasks such as video rendering blazing fast. A 1TB mechanical HDD is present for the data storage needs along with a 128GB M2 SSD. The drive bay is easily accessible if you want to install a bigger capacity SSD.

Speaking about the display, this device comes with a 15.6-inch full HD IPS panel that offers decent brightness and saturation levels. The refresh rate of 60Hz isn’t anything mindblowing to talk about but is pretty much acceptable when the price is taken into consideration. This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

The keyboard on this device has a red backlight that adds to the overall design flair of the laptop. The keys are sufficiently spaced and have a rubber feel to it. The size of the numpad keys is a bit smaller than the rest of the keys on the keyboard though. The speakers are placed on the bottom and produce a loud sound.

The usual ports are present and accounted for. There are 2 USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, a USB C port, an HDMI port along with an SD card reader.

The battery on this laptop is a 4-cell Lithium-ion pack which will last up to 4 hours on a single charge and expect this to drop further while performing processor intensive tasks such as gaming.

The display even though full HD, doesn’t look good. The colours are a bit washed out and the brightness is not up to the mark. It is evident that Acer has cut the corners with the display on this device.

The device looks chunky and is a bit heavy. Some people may not like the aggressive design as well as irregularly sized keys on the keypad.

R

6GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1060

R

Value for money

R

True four core processor

R

Exceptional heat management

Q

Average display

Q

Chunky design

Q

Sound output lacks bass

 

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
INTERNAL MEMORY1TB 5400 rpm
RAM16GB DDR4 2400MHz up to 32GB
PROCESSORCore i5 7th gen 7300HQ 2.5GHz
SSD128GB
GRAPHICSGTX 1060 6GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUPUp to 4 hours
DISPLAY15.6″ Full HD LED Backlit IPS Display

5. MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN

Best Budget Pick

MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN owns this title as it comes with some of the features only found on laptops that are priced way too high. A 1050Ti GPU runs much faster than the original version (1050) and this lets you enjoy your game without a drop in performance. The WideView display is excellent that has a better colour range and great viewing angles. At this price range, this laptop has many features that are well worth the money you spend on it.

MSI is a company known for its gaming hardware prowess. They have been making some great laptops to cater the increasing needs of the gaming community. Their devices are known to be affordable and proven to be the best bang for buck hardware right now in the industry. MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN is one of their better offering that might spike your interest.

MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN is powered by a Core i7 7700HQ processor with a base clock of 2.8GHz. Being a tried and tested processor in many highly acclaimed gaming laptops, the one inside this laptop performs as expected. Surprisingly, this device comes with a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB DDR5 GPU unit that is much powerful than the GTX 1050 counterpart. At this price range, GTX 1050Ti is indeed a welcome addition.

MSI provides a 15.6″ full HD Wide-View antiglare panel that offers up to 170-degree viewing. This is an NTSC panel that delivers a higher colour range and better contrast levels. Antiglare coating allows this device to be used under direct light with less or no reflections coming off the screen to hinder your vision.

1TB HDD at 7200 rpm along with a 128GB SSD is offered for faster data transfer and lesser loading times. SSD enables the device to boot almost instantly and fire up your game at will. This laptop comes with Microsoft Windows 10 Home edition preinstalled.

Ports-wise, MSI GV62 7RE-2401IN offers 2 USB 3.0 ports along with a USB 2.0, a USB-C, an HDMI port and an SD card reader. A 6 cell lithium ion battery powers the system that the company advertises to deliver up to 5 hours of usage.

MSI “SHIFT” technology allows the system to vary the performance as required and this delivers better battery life and quieter operation. Also internally, multiple cooling ducts have been placed to regulate the operating temperature and this saves the device from throttling in the middle of your favourite game. The unit features a Nahimic 2+3D sound technology that increases the depth and spatial effect while listening through headphones in game.

R

Powerful GTX 1050Ti GPU

R

WideView Display

R

Acclaimed Nahimic sound technology

Q

Average Build quality

 

Specifications

OPERATING SYSTEMWindows 10 Home
INTERNAL MEMORY1TB 7200rpm
RAM8GB DDR4 2400Mhz up to 32GB
PROCESSORCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
SSD128GB SSD
GRAPHICSGTX 1050Ti 4GB DDR5
BATTERY BACKUP5 Hours
DISPLAY15.6″ full HD wide-view Antiglare

Honourable Mentions

While curating the list by picking the best of each category, we have been forced to exclude some models with overlapping features that are perfectly great laptops for gaming. If you want to check them out, here are a few models we would suggest you to:

1. HP Pavilion Power 15-cb053TX
2. HP OMEN 15-ce072TX
3. Asus ROG GL553VD-FY103T
4. Dell 5000 5577

Here we are, with our best picks from each category of laptops that we feel are worth your hard earned money. Don’t take our word for it, consider this as a pointer and make your pick wisely. We wish you a perfectly rewarding purchasing experience. And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more such awesome suggestions and buying guides.

Buying Guide for a Gaming Laptop

Purchasing a gaming laptop is not a child’s play. Technologies will keep on coming, companies will update their product lineup quickly and it is easy for a consumer to feel lost in the middle. This little guide will let you know the basics that you have to cover while purchasing a gaming laptop.

Processor:

The processor is the first thing you have to keep your eye on. Every gaming laptop should have a great processor. Well, you can game on a usual laptop-grade processor but really? Do you want to get mediocre performance with frequent frame drops and lags? Arghh, no gamer would like to have their gameplay like a GIF cartoon.

How to identify a good processor? Look for the model number of the processor and look for a suffix HQ. HQ means High performance, Quad core. This indicates that the processor is true quad core and not the one with hyperthreading. if you see a U in the suffix, avoid the machine right then and there. They are ultra low power 2 core processors that won’t handle your gaming needs.

Display :

A good display is must for a great gaming experience. Go for a display with a refresh rate of 60Hz or more for smooth gameplay experience. The refresh rate is the measure of the number of times the monitor displays a content per second. More the refresh rate, more smooth will be the transitions on the screen. Also, select a full HD monitor, at least if you want to play games on high settings. The textures will look crisp and the images will be sharper on a full HD display compared to the HD ready 720p panel.

Graphics card:

Graphics card is the soul of a gaming laptop. It does all the magic pushing those pixels on your screen. A dedicated graphics card is an absolute norm if you want to play something serious on your laptop. Again, similar to the processors look for the model number. If it’s a processor with suffix MX, avoid. Go for Nvidia 10 series GPU’s such as GTX 1050, 1060 or better their Ti counterparts if available. You can also go with AMD’s similar offerings. The newer the GPU, better will be your chance of playing games with high settings.

Keyboard:

A keyboard with evenly spaced keys will make a huge difference in your gameplay. Accessibility is the key here. Gaming depends upon the timing of the gamer to initiate actions. If your keystrokes are not in sync with your fingers, you’re sure to have a hard time. Backlit functionality will help you see your Keys at night and all the cool LED lighting gimmicks will add flair to your overall experience.

Storage/ RAM :

Games are huge nowadays. Gone are the days with games ranging from 3GB -6GB. At present most of the AAA titles range anywhere between 30GB – 60GB, if not more. Having ample storage capacity is thus a necessity. Start with a 1TB HDD and make sure the spindle speed of your drive is not less than 7200rpm as this will affect the transfer speeds. If available and affordable, go for SSD’s. Faster boot times and quicker game loading guaranteed. RAM in most laptops is customisable, thanks to the presence of an additional slot under the hood. 16GB will be more than enough for starters but for those perfectionists, 32GB is a must.

Build Quality:

Gaming laptops are mostly bulky and heavy. Even though they might look rugged, the story might be different in person. Look for screen flex and keyboard flex. Both should be within tolerable levels. A gaming laptop with broken parts is as good as a dead laptop. Make sure you inspect the hardware in person if you have to, as this will provide a first-hand experience and not just that casual online suggestions.

To summarize, choosing a gaming laptop is a daunting task indeed. If you are not well versed with all the nerd jargons we’ve mentioned above, don’t hesitate to ask help from those who know the stuff up close. You can even mail us at [email protected] and we will help you sort out this mess. Thank you for reading and as always subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated about the latest gadgets and gears.