The Alienware AW17R3 packs all of the top-of-the-line hardware you would expect from a VR ready laptop. A sixth-generation i7 and GTX 980M provide the raw power for any level of gaming, 4k video display or creative editing, and the 16GB of DDR4 RAM make this machine a multitasking monster. Add in the hybrid hard drive, and you have a computer that scores on every point.
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ASUS made a statement with the ROG G752VS. The latest and most powerful i7 is backed by a full 32GB of DDR4 RAM and a GTX 1070, which boasts 8GB of DDR5 video memory. For the uninitiated, this is as powerful as laptops can be made. If you want VR, 4k gaming, video editing or anything else that taxes a computer, this device won’t even bat an eye. To cap it off, you can adjust power settings to fine tune performance and manage heat output.
MSI created the Stealth Pro series to handle high-end performance out of the box, and the Pro-034 lives up to expectations. It pairs a 6GB DDR5 GTX 1060 graphics card with the latest Intel i7 for impressive computation, and then it backs them with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The hybrid hard drive gives you peak performance with a PCIe solid state drive and tons of space with the 1TB platter drive. Best of all, MSI has mastered cooling. You won’t find another computer in this class that runs cooler.
Origin’s bid in the VR laptop war comes in the form of the EON17. Sixth-generation i7 computing, a GTX 980 8GB graphics card and 16GB of DDR4 RAM form the backbone of this machine, and they get the job done beautifully. As expected, the hard drive combines SSD speeds with traditional platter storage size for the best of both worlds. No matter how powerful your applications, games or video excursions are, the EON17 will be fine, but it really separates itself from the pack with exceptional sound quality.
ASUS has several laptops in the ROG STRIX family. The GL502VY is another high-end beast that uses 16GB of RAM, a GTX 980 and a sixth-generation i7 for the utmost in performance. What will really turn your head with this entry is the size. An ultra-thin design makes this one of the most portable laptops on the market that can still produce the best resolution and framerates, even during 4k and VR gaming sessions.
The GL502VS-DB71 is another member of the ASUS ROG series that sits on the highest spectrum of capability. A sixth-gen i7, 16 GB of RAM, GTX 1070 and Pascal architecture ensure that no laptop can truly outpace this behemoth. With all of that performance, it still manages to stay on the portable side of things, making it the ultimate all-arounder.
Razer is all about gaming, and the Razer Blade is a worthy flagship laptop. At 14” it’s intended to stay mobile. Unlike other computers that pack a GTX 1060, 16GB of RAM, a Skylake i7 and a 512GB SSD, this laptop isn’t designed to just sit on a desk. This is one of the few laptops on the planet that can handle powerful VR while sitting on your lap, as the impressive light weight and cooling system outclass competitors.
This model of the well-known Acer Aspire series uses the latest i5 and a GeForce 940MX to put powerful performance in an impressive price tier. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD complement the rest of the hardware and enable this computer to have excellent video management while maintaining a 12-hour battery life. If you want pure performance per dollar spent, this is hard to beat.
Dell has been making Inspirons for many years, but the latest entry actually exceeds expectations. Putting a sixth-gen i7, GTX 960, SSD and 8GB of RAM into a laptop for less than $1000 is downright impressive. The laptop is still very portable, at 4.6 lbs. Best of all, it can handle intense gaming and creativity software without setting you back thousands of dollars.
The MSI Stealth Pro-025 is one of their flagship VR models. With the most powerful i7 on the market and the unreasonably powerful GTX 1060 graphics card, you know that this is a machine that never struggles, no matter how hard you push it. Adding 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB SSD only add to the certainty that this machine is built for performance.