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Not so long ago computers designed for the hardship of running the latest video games were gigantic stacks filled with fans, hard drives and, more often than not, garish neon lights.Despite the continued presence of neon lights in more cases than not, the shrinking and improved cooling of computer components has carved the way for ridiculously powerful computers that no longer have their own postcodes and laptops that allow you to play games on high graphics settings wherever you are.But which one should you buy? As with most technologies, over-zealous marketing can make it hard to know whether you are getting a good deal and if something you buy now will still be able to run the latest games in a year. Manufacturers, for instance, will almost certainly avoid telling you to 'hold off' on a purchase because Intel's Haswell processors with greatly improved 3D performance and battery life are currently only found in a handful of laptops.Ultimately if you want the latest and greatest or a current generation laptop at a reduced price to shift old stock you should hold off a few months. If you can't, no matter. As things stand, the following 10 gaming laptops are more than worthy of your money.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the story

Best gaming laptopsTop gaming laptops to buy in 2013Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013Ben Griffin2013-07-22T09:15:002013-07-22T09:15:00 trueTop gaming laptops to buy in 2013Not so long ago computers designed for the hardship of running the latest video games were gigantic stacks filled with fans, hard drives and, more often than not, garish neon lights.Despite the continued presence of neon lights in more cases than not, the shrinking and improved cooling of computer components has carved the way for ridiculously powerful computers that no longer have their own postcodes and laptops that allow you to play games on high graphics settings wherever you are.But which one should you buy? As with most technologies, over-zealous marketing can make it hard to know whether you are getting a good deal and if something you buy now will still be able to run the latest games in a year. Manufacturers, for instance, will almost certainly avoid telling you to 'hold off' on a purchase because Intel's Haswell processors with greatly improved 3D performance and battery life are currently only found in a handful of laptops.Ultimately if you want the latest and greatest or a current generation laptop at a reduced price to shift old stock you should hold off a few months. If you can't, no matter. As things stand, the following 10 gaming laptops are more than worthy of your money.Please click on the image above to view the rest of the storytopTop gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Top gaming laptops to buy in 2013(©Razer)Alienware 17Alienware 17Alienware is synonymous with gaming laptops and for good reason. While expensive, performance is usually top-notch. As befitting the name, the Alienware 17 boasts lots of strange angles and bright lighting to let you know it means business.The 17 part of its name comes from having a 17-inch display so make no mistake, this is not for those who want portability. Inside it comes with a Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB graphics card, an Intel Core i7-4700MQ Haswell processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, an Anti-Glare display and a 750GB hard drive. Spend €500 more and the resolution becomes full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) plus you get 16GB of memory and a slightly better graphics card.A cheaper 14-inch and a pricier 18-inch version - cunningly known as the Alienware 14 and Alienware 18 - is also available in case you need a smaller or bigger display.Key features: Intel Core i7-4700MQ CPU, Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB GPU, Windows 7 64bit.Perfect for: Fans of neon lighting and alien-looking laptops - check the latest deals with BingtopAlienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Alienware 17 - 2(©Alienware)Digital Storm VeloceThe Digital Storm Veloce is the latest gaming laptop on our list and as a result it comes with the battery-saving Haswell Intel processor. Most gaming laptops are a bit chunky but the Veloce is a mere 1.25 inches thick, weighs 2.08kg and has a 13-inch screen. Think of it as having almost Ultrabook proportions without any of the usual power limitations.Regardless of whether you opt for the 'Level 1' system or the top of the range 'ultimate', expect at least 8GB of memory, 750GB of storage, an Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB graphics card and Windows 7. Spending extra nets you additional, faster SSD storage and a slightly improved processor.Key features: Intel Core i7 4800MQ, Nvidia GTX 765M 2GB, 8GB 1,600MHz memory.Perfect for: Someone who wants big power in a small package and doesn't mind the extra shipping costs of getting it from the US  - check the latest deals with BingtopDigital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Digital Storm Veloce - 3(©Digital Storm)Medion Erazer X6823Medion may not sound like a gaming brand but its Erazer range of gaming laptops and computers says otherwise. No matter how much you spend, these are weighty (think nearly 4kg in some cases) beasts jam-packed with the components needed to make games run as smooth as possible without needing water cooling and numerous noisy fans.The cheapest Erazers come with a third-generation Intel Core Ivy Bridge processor so the 3D and battery improvements are missing, but you can always spend a bit more to secure the Haswell if you have the cash. The ultra-budget model also comes with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which means detail will be off par but by no means unbearable. Expect to part with at least a grand to see full HD goodness.Still, Ivy Bridge processing is rapid, Windows 8 is fast and the graphics cards available will run games on impressive settings, even if your budget is limited. If money is no object, the top-tier systems are a force to be reckoned with.Key features: Windows 8, SSD storage as standard, 17.3-inch full HD display.Perfect for: The value-minded gamer who still wants a bit of bling. - check the latest deals with BingtopMedion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Medion Erazer X6823 - 4(©Medion)Razer Blade 14Razer says the Blade 14 is the world's thinnest gaming laptop and we get the feeling this is true. Under 17mm thick and weighing 1.88kg, you can't accuse it of being fat, especially when the 1600 x 900 pixel display is a bag-friendly 14-inches.Apart from looking refreshingly sparse in the styling department (unless you count the green illuminated keys), the Razer Blade 14 is made from aluminium and comes with a number of gaming-oriented features such as an ultra-sensitive track pad and an 'anti-ghosting' backlit keyboard you can program to press certain keys for you. Great for games where you tire of pressing the same buttons over and over.Perhaps the best feature is the Blade's ability to be used for work, which is a bonus if you need to kill two birds with one stone.Key features: Intel Core i7-4702HQ CPU, 8GB of DDR3 memory, SSD storage.Perfect for: The gamer who wants a portable gaming laptop with work potential - check the latest deals with BingtopRazer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Razer Blade 14 - 5(©Razer)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5Scan's 3XS Graphite LG5 represents the smaller, cheaper end of the gaming laptop market but it's by no means a damp squib. In fact, it has a lot of things going for it such as the lap-favouring 1.8kg weight, an Intel Core processor ranging up from the still rapid third-generation i5 Ivy Bridge and 8GB of Corsair memory.Visuals are taken care of by an Nvidia GT 650M GPU and for connecting peripherals there's two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0, HDMI output and the usual headphone and microphone jacks. Because Scan offers a huge selection of components, you can specify more memory or an SSD drive if you so desire.Not an especially inspiring device but the specs are solid given the relatively low (for a gaming laptop) price tag and the sheer portability makes it practical.Key features: Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU, Intel Core i5 3230M, 8GB of memory,Perfect for: Those who care more about portability than screen size - check the latest deals with BingtopScan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Scan 3XS Graphite LG5 - 6(©Scan 3XS)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510pThanks to the sinister red lighting and dark grey brushed metal, the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p is one of the more eye-catching and tasteful gaming laptops in our list. The cheapest model can only manage a HD ready display but for less money you can opt for one model higher to get the full HD shebang, giving you more potential for detail.Powering the Windows 8 64 bit operating system is a Haswell Intel Core i7-4700MQ, Nvidia GeForce GT750M GDDR5 2GB graphics card 8GB of DDR6 1,600MHz memory, all of which ensure your games get the oomph they need.A sizable one terabyte hard drive, JBL speakers and a DVD recordable optical drive rounds off the impressive package.Key features: JBL speakers, full 1080p display, Intel Core i7 Haswell CPU.Perfect for: A gamer on a budget who wants strong performance and unique looks.Price: From $989 (Euro prices TBC) - check the latest deals with BingtopLenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p - 7(©Lenovo)Acer Aspire V3Acer isn't really a name that you'd associate with gaming laptops although the Taiwanese company is renowned for making good PCs. But, chuck in an Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M GPU to a solid Acer hardware setup and, you guessed it, you're looking at a pretty impressive gaming machine from a reliable brand.As well as the Nvidia graphics processing power you're also looking at a fourth-generation Intel Core i7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a whopping 1TB HDD.Key features: The Nvidia GPU that turns this multimedia laptop into a reliable gaming PC.Perfect for: Someone who doesn't want to jump in to the gaming laptop deep-end just yet - check the latest deals with BingtopAcer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)Acer Aspire V3 - 8(©Acer)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2Gaming laptop experts may recognise that MSI GT70 Dragon Edition. That's because it's based on the chassis used by the CyberPower FangBook and the iBuyPower Valkyrie CZ-17. Arguably it's a bit of a love or hate design as some may like the odd edging and garish red colouring, while others may despise the cluttered styling.Looks are only skin deep, especially in the case of the MSI GT70 Dragon Edition. Underneath the casing lies formidable specs that you would expect with such a high price tag. It has 4 lots of 8GB, giving it a grand total of 32GB of memory just in case games every start to need that much. Graphics duty is taken care of by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M GPU. Oh, and expect a Haswell processor. Rapid is an understatement.You also get a 1.73-inch full HD LED display, three 128GB SSD drives operating in RAID 0 for rapid storage needs as well as a 1TB hard drive for storing bulky digital items like downloaded films and video. It also has a SteelSeries keyboard and excellent onboard sound.Key features: Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, 32GB of DDR3 memory, Three 128GB SSD drives.Perfect for: Someone who cares more about sheer power than aesthetics- check the latest deals with BingtopMSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)MSI GT70 Dragon Edition 2 - 9(©MSI)Asus G750JWDon't be fooled into thinking the Asus G750JW is all talk and no action. Yes, it has borrowed vents from a sports car and the indented hinge adds bulk and looks awkward in our opinion. But make no mistake, Asus is adept at putting together a gaming laptop and here is the proof.The illuminated keys are sensitive but won't fall apart after a long gaming session. It has dual fans to keep the system cool during an Irish heat wave. Plus there's a spot of Haswell Intel Core i7 and Nvidia goodness underneath the garish styling so your games have every chance of being silky smooth and highly detailed. They should sound good, too, thanks to the SonicMaster and AudiWizard sound enhancements.At 4.8kg, the Asus G750JW is hardly a gaming laptop you can just throw in your bag, but the hefty size is a trade-off for a whopping 17.3-inch full HD display and plenty of connections including HDMI and 4 USB 3.0 ports. Definitely one of the better equipped gaming laptops on the market.Key features: Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, full HD display, Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M 2GB DDR5 GPU.Perfect for: A gamer seeking a well-thought out mid-range gaming laptopn- check the latest deals with BingtopAsus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Asus G750JW - 10(©Asus)Origin EON17-SOrigin gaming laptops are highly customisable pieces of kit that will make mincemeat of all but the very latest games on ultra-high settings. Fourth generation Haswell processor, a choice of colours and patterns to make your device stand out, at least a Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card: It's all there in the base model and can be upgraded further if money is no object.There's also a choice of Windows 7 or Windows 8, faster SSD storage, up to 32GB of memory, a number of sound cards and a TV tuner. A fingerprint reader is standard. Ultimately this stylish gaming laptop can be as powerful as you want short of having two graphics cards, which is arguably overkill anyway. No matter the power, the fast-moving games industry has a nasty habit of making components outdated in a short time so spending top money is often unadvisable.A 15-inch version known as the EON15-S is also available in case the EON17-S is a bit large.Key features: Illuminated keys, highly customisable, at least an Intel Core i7 Haswell processor.Perfect for: Anyone who wants a good-looking gaming laptop they can spec to their needs.Price: From US$1,784 - check the latest deals with BingtopOrigin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)Origin EON17-S - 11(©Origin)

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