Consumers themselves are divided on the issue on which reviews they would put their faith on in choosing the gaming laptops they have en come across in their shortlist. A good many will prefer professional reviews backed by sophisticated and presumably objective benchmark tests. The rest, a possibly half of consumers, prefer real-world experience behind the reviews made by fellow consumers. We use both perspectives.
Benchmark lab tests vs real world experience
Benchmarking tests may not reflect real world situation on a how a laptop is used, but they provide a basic repeatable and standardized way of measuring simulated performance that can always be challenged in other lab tests for a second opinion in arriving at an objective assessment of a laptop’s value for its price. On the other hand, while consumer reviews lean more on the subjective side, no one can dispute the experience of consumers with a particular brand or model. Each will have his or her own perception and in a capitalist society, getting an average of their ratings represent a more democratic way of judging how one brand performs against another in real world applications.
Hence, while we use benchmark tests of various graphic cards to arrive at how we judge the gaming ability of the many laptops we review, we cannot overlook how consumers assess the overall performance of these same laptops based on their experience and value perceptions. The five star rating is used, similar to what Amazon has and we present some laptops with some highest consumer rating received – from 4 to 5 stars.
Here we present you our Top 5 best rated gaming laptops of 2013
Toshiba Satellite S875D-S7239
With a rating of 4.3 stars, this Toshiba Satellite S875D-S7239 provides one of the best values for a laptop in the sub-$700 price point. It is now heavily discounted at just half of its list price at $655.49. Under the hood is a muscular quad core AMD A10-4600M accelerated processor clocked at 2.3GHz and supported by 6GB SO-DIMM system RAM. What makes this an excellent gaming laptop is its high performance AMD Radeon HD 7660G integrated with the A10 processor to drive a gorgeous 17.3-inch LED-backlit screen with 1600 x 900 HD resolution Just 2% slower than the discrete HD 7670M used by the Aspire V3-551G-8454, this laptop can play nearly all the demanding games at low to medium settings while many games like Diablo 3, F1 2012, Torchlight2, Dishonored and the recently released Dead Space 3 can be played smoothly in high game settings.
Toshiba Qosmio X875-Q7390
With a rating of 4.8 stars, the Toshiba Qosmio X875 blends multimedia versatility with the gaming prowess that has surely delighted serious gamers who enjoy HD movies on the side Discounted to $1,717.05 from its near-$2,000 price point, this Toshiba laptop a gorgeous 17.3” LED-backlit LCD screen with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1TB hybrid SATA drive running at 5400 rpm with 8GB SSD. Powered by a 3rd generation Intel quad core i7-3630QM clocked at 3.4 GHz with a 16GB DDR3 system RAM, its gaming muscle comes from a dedicated NVidia GeForce GTX 670M graphics engine supported by a 3GB GDDR5 that can play the latest Crysis 3 at a smooth 30fps in medium game setting and all the 2012 releases at medium at high settings. Check out our indepth review of toshiba qosmio x875
Razer Blade (Win 8) RZ09-00830500-R3U1
The latest Razer Blade RZ09-00830500-R3U1 wins a rating a 4.6 stars with is superb 17.3-inch LED backlit screen in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 3rd generation Intel quad core i7-3632Q clocked at 2,2GHz and with 8GB dual channel DDR3 running at 1600MHz. Housed in a relatively light 6.6lb body with 0,88 inch profile, this Razer could well be the slimmest and lightest gaming laptop on the market. Its GTX 660M graphics card with a 2GB GDDR3 video RAM provides high end gaming muscle that can play most of the sophisticated 2012 titles in high games settings with just a few like Max Payne 3 and Metro 2033 best played on medium settings, and Ghost Recon: future Soldier in low game setting. But it comes with a steep price at $2,499 which is the price range serious gamers expect a capable gaming laptop to be in. Check out our indepth review of Razer Blade
Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S01US
Rated with 4.3 stars, the Samsung Series 7 Gamer NP700G7C-S01US is a sub-$2000 gaming laptop that sports a 17.3-inch LED backlit screen with full HD 1080p resolution. It’s powered by a 2.3 GHz 3rd generation Intel quad core i7-3610QM processor with 16 GB DDR3 systems RAM. It gaming prowess is supplied by an upper midrange GTX 675M graphics card in the high end GTX 600M series and is considered the fastest single chip GPU as of March 2012. It comes with its own 2GB GDDR3 video RAM. You get to play the latest Crysis 3 seamlessly in high game setting and the highly demanding Ghost Recon: Future Soldier in medium setting. Check out our indepth review of samsung series 7 gamer
Rated 4.5 stars, the ASUS N76VZ-DS71sports an impressive 17.3-inch LED-backlit widescreen in full HD (1920 x 1080) and powered by a 3rd generation Intel quad core i7-3610QM clocked at 2.3GHz and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM. Considered a mid-priced laptop with a refurbished price of $1,034.99, this Asus has both the graphics muscle of Nvidia GT 650M with its own 2GB video RAM to play Diablo III at 92fps, Dirt Slowdown at 44fps and Batman: Arkham at 42 fps set at full HD resolution. However, while games like Anno 2070 and Metro 2033 are playable, they already border on the notebook’s limits that can tax performance at their high settings. Check out our indepth review of asus n76vz ds71
Consumer rating based on real-world experience in using their gaming laptops provide the best assessment of what we can reasonably expect form the laptops they have reviewed. This is not to downplay professional reviews whose higher level of objectivity offers a measurable and repeatable way to differentiate performance marks of each laptop from another. Some consumers prefer one or the other but both have their place in guiding us make a more informed choice in our buying decisions. Here are a few of the gaming laptops that have received 4-5 star ratings with at least 10 or more customers who have lived and used the laptops they reviewed.
Here are a few other notebooks that can handle current PC games well, as well: