Gaming has become a huge part of many people’s lives all across the globe. However, desktop gaming PCs and consoles are solely designed for players who wish to play games in the comfort of their homes.
But, for college students, travelers, or those who want to game on the go, there are powerful portable gaming laptops that are comparable to high-end desktop PCs. With regards to performance, most gaming laptops today are more powerful than consoles and are even more powerful than some desktop gaming PCs.
In addition, it is not just the performance that makes gaming laptops a great buy, but it is also the portability. Besides school, these gaming laptops are also great for work, surfing the web, Microsoft Office, and even video editing as they sport extremely powerful CPUs, GPUs, and display resolutions.
Gaming laptops for college students should be versatile. Not only should these machines be good enough for day-to-day tasks such as completing homework and assignments; but gaming laptops should also have good power, durability, and thermal solution (cooling) to support the various game titles such as Battlefield 5, PUBG, Fortnite, and more.
MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051
Thin but powerful. The MSI GS65 Stealth gaming laptop weighs just 4.1 pounds and about 0.7 inches thick. Don’t let the physical attributes of this gaming laptop fool you because it’s quite powerful despite being slim. It features Intel’s 8thgeneration, a six-core processor that can deliver up to 20 percent better performance than its predecessors.
The processor’s performance is further improved by the Cooler Boost technology of MSI. Plus, there are three thin fans and four heat pipes included in this machine to ensure maximum performance even during intense gaming situations. And coupled with 16GB of RAM, this laptop can take on multiple tasks without showing latency.
This MSI laptop also boasts of having a superior battery. With its power-efficient graphics processing unit (GPU), the laptop can last nearly 6 hours of continuous web surfing.
Additionally, expect this laptop to deliver real life-quality images with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 6G GDDR5 graphics card. The GPU is good enough to yield good frame rates even when a game is played at its highest settings.
In short, the MSI GS65 Stealth is a portable and powerful gaming laptop that’s ideal for most college students.
Razer Blade 15.6-inch Gaming Laptop
The claim to fame of the Razer Blade 15.6-inch gaming laptop is that it is the smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop in the world. It is around .66 inches thin.
However, despite being small and thin, this gaming laptop is not exactly the lightest weighing at 4.5 pounds. The weight, though, is still low for many students.
The 15.6-inch display has a 144Hz refresh rate. The screen occupies close to 85% of the display area, giving realistic visuals with limited distraction. The full HD display also benefits from the RGB color gamut, resulting in visuals with a wide range of colors and at high accuracy.
With such a small form factor, it can be challenging if not difficult to manage heat without compromising the performance of the laptop. Razer uses vapor chamber technology instead of the traditional heat pipes in cooling this laptop.
This gaming laptop is also no slouch when it comes to performance. It is powered by an eight generation Intel Core i7, six-core processor. Simply put, it is ready for multitasking. This laptop is also powered by a GTX 1060 graphics card.
Speaking of multitasking, this gaming laptop also features 16GB of RAM and SSD storage of up to 512GB.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is an affordable and upgradable gaming laptop that can give college students the best bang for the buck. It measures 15.4 inches x 10.5 inches x 1.5 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds. It’s not the most portable laptop in this list but it makes up for it by having one of the lowest prices.
The aluminum and plastic design of the Helios 300 is typical of other budget gaming laptops from Acer. It has a 15.6-inch 144GHz full HD IPS 1080p display which falls right into the sweet spot for gaming laptops.
It is backed by an Intel 8th Gen Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM plus an NVMe SSD of 256GB. With those specs, this gaming laptop has enough power for serious multitasking. It is also armed with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. The laptop also features dual cooling fans to control temperature, especially during intense gaming sessions.
This laptop is also powered by a Li-ion battery with an output of 3220 mAh. The battery can last up to seven hours which is quite impressive.
Plus, this laptop features Predator’s gaming control panel that lets users customize and control game features such as system temperature, system fan, and CPU fan speed.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II Gaming Laptop
Asus is a brand known for its powerful yet reasonably priced laptops. It is thus not surprising that the ROG Strix Scar II gaming laptop makes it to this list. The SCAR II is one of the two models under the Strix line of laptops. With its design and specs, it’s a good buy for serious gamers.
The Scar II may have a 15.6-inch screen but it is surprisingly an inch narrower compared to its predecessor. Weighing 5.29 pounds and measuring 14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inches, it is portable enough for most college students. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate, resulting to clear images and reduced ghosting and blurring.
One of the standout features of this gaming laptop is its cooling system. The HyperCool Pro thermal system is boosted with two 12V fans coupled with triple radiators. There’s also a trapezoid cut lid on the back of the laptop designed to improve thermal performance by nearly 30%.
The cooling system helps ensure optimal performance of the laptop’s Intel Core i7-8750H processor and its GeForce GTX1070 8GB graphics card. For good measure, Asus includes a switch mode for its GPU enabling it to shift between discrete and intense graphics. For serious multitasking, this laptop can also rely on its 256GB solid-state drive.
GIGABYTE Aero 15W Gaming Laptop
The Gigabyte Aero 15W gaming laptop is powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H processor with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card.
Those specs are backed by 16GB of RAM thus this laptop won’t have any troubles handling the most demanding of titles. Moreover, it boasts of 512GB SSD to help limit loading times and enable quick data transfer.
With its 15.6-inch thin screen with full high definition resolution, the laptop is fully capable of showing crisp graphics.
The battery life of this laptop is one of its more notable qualities. Its 94.24Wh battery lasts up to 10 hours. Of course, the battery life will also depend on the use meaning more intensive games can shorten it. Still, it cannot be argued that the battery life of the Aero 15W is outstanding.
This laptop is also lighter compared to the other models previously discussed. It weighs just 4.62 pounds while measuring 14 x 9.8 x .78 inches. It’s lightweight and portable enough for most college students.