Best Gaming Laptops in India (March 2019)

by | Mar 18, 2019

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.

Best Gaming Laptops in India

1. Alienware 17 Overall Best Pick
2. MSI GT 75Runner-Up Pick
3. HP OmenBest Value for Money Gaming Laptop
4. Acer Predator Helios 500Best Value for Money Laptop
5. Asus ROG Strix Hero IIBest Build Quality
6. Lenovo Legion Y720Honorable Mention

1. Alienware 17

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Overall Best Pick
  • Unlocked overclockable CPU
  • G-sync certified display
  • VR ready machine

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, the all-new Alienware 17 surely lives up to its name and fame.

Design and Build Quality

The Alienware 17 retains the signature look of previous models but with subtle changes across the board.

The unibody aluminium body feels strong and premium with no flex to be noticed anywhere.

Mainly because of the desktop grade internal hardware and the metal build, the Alienware 17 isn’t that travel-friendly. This machine weighs around 4.4Kg.

Since the potential buyers of the Alienware series are known not to care about the weight of the device, this isn’t much of a dealbreaker.

The lighting effects and the light strip on the bezels remain in this version as well. The keyboard is of very high quality and the keys feel much more comfortable than the previous editions.

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, Alienware 17 runs on the latest eighth generation Core i9 8950 HK processor clocked at 2.9GHz with turbo boost up to 4.8GHz.

This is an unlocked processor from Intel, meaning you can safely overclock the processor, provided the metrics are within the allowed limits if you feel that the performance isn’t adequate.

Assisting the processor in the graphics department is an Nvidia GTX 1080 DDR5 8GB 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 a legacy?

The 32GB DDR4 RAM and the combination of 1TB HDD for causal storage and 1TB SSD for ultra-fast data speeds make this laptop the best in the business right now on the planet.

Display

A powerhouse without a good display is like a dead stick. Understanding this, Alienware has packed a quad HD IPS Antiglare display with great colour reproduction with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

This Nvidia G-Sync certified panel comes with a refresh rate of 120Hz ensures your gameplay will feel even smoother.

Nvidia G-Sync is a technology developed by Nvidia to minimize screen tearing issues and improves the overall fluidity of the visuals.

With a brightness of 300 nits, the screen will let you play your games under any light conditions.

Miscellaneous

Alienware 17 offers a plethora of ports for enhancing the usability of this laptop.

This device comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and a full-size thunderbolt 3 port for hooking up this machine with an external display or GPU.

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.

Battery Life

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.

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Industry-leading GPU

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Great display

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Superb keyboard with 2.2mm key travel

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Bulky and heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM32 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i9 8th gen 8950HK
SSD1 TB
Graphics8 GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display17.3 inch Quad HD LED IPS

2. MSI GT 75

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Made for hardcore gamers
  • Excellent display
  • No thermal throttling

Up until recently, the Alienware series ruled the gaming laptop segment with no second thought. But with the MSI GT 75, the story begins to change.

The MSI GT 75 has the upper hand over the Alienware laptop in almost every single aspects.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI GT 75 shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.

The metallic chassis with a brushed metal finish and sharp lines delivers a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

The red and black dual tone colour scheme matches the gaming flair and looks premium.

The keyboard deck is solid and there is no sort of flex while pounding the keys during intense gaming sessions.

With ample exhaust vents placed all around the chassis, MSI has succeeded in keeping the internal temperature in control without throttling the performance of the processor inside.

Processor and Performance

The processor inside this beast machine is an Intel Core i7 8750H with 16GB DDR4 RAM out of the box.

What’s more interesting than the use of the latest processor is the GPU. MSI decided to beat the competition single-handedly with an 8GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1080 card inside,

The results?

It delivers. In fact, this laptop crushes the competition by leaps and bounds.

The 1TB hard drive plus 512GB SSD combo works seamlessly to deliver high speed computing and gaming experience on this machine.

Display

Coming to the screen, this unit boasts of a 17.3-inch full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

What’s special about this display is that it’s got a whopping 120Hz refresh rate.

With great colour accuracy and brightness levels, this screen is perfect for gaming.

MSI got it correct when they paired a powerful processor and GPU with this 120Hz panel. It helps in utilizing the maximum potential of this laptop.

Lighting Effects

The next crazy thing about this laptop is its individually controlled RGB lighting effects.

The controls are comprehensive and the combinations you can try out is infinite.

Thermal Cooling

There are seven heat pipes inside this laptop to keep it cool without throttling. This keeps the laptop thermals in control.

Additionally, if you have to cool the laptop further, the Cooler Boost button is one touch away on the keyboard deck.

But do remember, this cooling comes at the expense of some fan noise.

Response Rate

Oops, we almost forgot one important thing about this laptop. The response rate.

The display on this machine has got a response time of 3ms which is the fastest among the laptop displays available for consumers.

Faster response rate?

Yes. Practically, this will increase the accuracy of your moves during games.

Negatives

Now let’s switch to the negatives about the laptop.

The gesture trackpad has no Windows precision driver support and the gesture accuracy is average to say the best.

Then comes the sound from the speakers. Even though MSI claims that this laptop has got great speakers, we didn’t feel the same.

Invest some bucks on a Bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go!

Verdict

To wind this up, The MSI GT 75 is the best laptop for gaming that you can currently get in the Indian market without a second thought.

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Excellent hardware

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Great 120Hz display

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Fancy LED lighting

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Mediocre gesture support

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7 8th gen 8750H
SSD512 GB
GraphicsGTX 1080 8GB DDR5
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display117.3 inch Full HD Wideview Antiglare

3. HP Omen

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Best Value for Money Gaming Laptop
  • Excellent fit and finish
  • Suited for gaming and media consumption
  • Wide service network

HP was reluctant at first to enter the gaming laptop market in India and concentrated only in budget and premium mid-range segment.

The Omen series is the revamped performance oriented laptops from HP targeting the young audience in the country looking for a gaming laptop.

Build Quality and Design

The new HP Omen has an aggressive design stance and unconventional form factor which might not appeal to everyone.

This is indeed a gaming laptop and features gaming-centric design choices to improve the overall performance of the machine.

The dual hinge mechanism works very well and holds the monitor upright without any flex or squeaks.

The back panel of this laptop comes with a mix of carbon fibre and brushed metal finish along with a very unusual Omen logo in the red accent colour.

The cooling vents are located at the back side and are adequately large enough to bring down the internal temperature from peaking at intensive workloads.

Processor and Performance

Inside the beautifully crafted chassis is an eighth generation Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz processor which is one of the latest offerings from Intel to the performance mobile computing market.

This processor in itself is capable of running the most demanding of apps without any hassles.

The all-new 6GB GDDR6 Nvidia GTX 2060 performs better than any other GPU currently in the market when it comes to gaming performance.

With this laptop, you’ll be able to play almost every game currently in the market in ultra settings with very high frame rates.

If you wish to have a future proof laptop, at least for a while, the RTX 2060 GPU helps significantly in the regard.

The 16GB DDR4 RAM gives enough leeway to perform multiple tasks simultaneously.

The 128GB SSD secondary storage along with the primary 1TB HDD makes the device boot up faster and even some of the most necessary app loading times can be reduced significantly.

Display

The 15.6-inch display on this laptop is one of the best in class, we’d have to admit.

This full HD panel with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels has amazing clarity and colour accuracy that will get you hooked up to this laptop in case you love to watch movies on your laptop.

The not so thick bezels around the screen make it look even larger and provides an immersive viewing experience.

When it comes to gaming, the 144Hz display provides a smooth full HD experience that feels buttery smooth without any frame skippings in between.

Miscellaneous

The RGB backlit keyboard is a sort of unique thing when it comes to this laptop. It feels refreshing and somewhat pleasing to the eyes.

The Bang & Olufsen tuned speakers are placed in the front keyboard deck facing the user and sound loud and clear.

The new improved design of internal Wi-Fi antenna provides you with the best possible signal reception resulting in guaranteed network connectivity within a certain possible range.

Battery Llife

With a 3-cell Li-ion integrated battery inside, the HP Omen can last for about 4 hours on a single charge.

The built-in HP fast charge technology will help you to juice up the battery up to 90% in just under 90 minutes.

Verdict

The HP Omen is a great performance oriented laptop that can double up as a capable media consumption device.

With the abundance of hardware feature such as USB 3.1 ports and an SSD at a couple of rupees less than its contenders, this laptop is definitely worth checking out.

The brand name and the national service network is yet another reason for you to consider purchasing this laptop.

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Aesthetically pleasing design

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Great display

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Powerful internals

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Bulky

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7-8750H
SSD256 GB
Graphics6 GB DDR5 RTX 2060
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch full HD

4. Acer Predator Helios 500

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Best Value for Money Laptop
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Suited for hardcore gaming
  • Powerful GPU

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is the flagship model of the company representing the performance-oriented Helios series.

This macho machine packs in some serious punch in terms of hardware internals which performs on par with the other counterparts in the similar price league.

Design and Build Quality

The Predator Helios 500 is designed to look like a macho laptop with sharp curves and accent lines.

The company chose to design this laptop in such a way that the importance is given for the function rather than the aesthetic beauty.

The black coloured chassis with blue inserts in between looks fantastic and blends well with the overall design strategy.

Acer has given practicality and durability over aesthetic beauty with this laptop.

The thick bezels around the screen and bulky body might not impress the purist in you, but with the performance, it sure will.

Easy hardware upgradability is one of the key aspects of this laptop. You can easily swap storage or RAM modules, even if you don’t have any prior experience doing so.

The metallic finish keyboard C deck is strong and offer excellent durability and comfort while gaming as well as typing rigorously.

Processor and Performance

The Acer predator Helios 500 is powered by the powerful Intel Core-i7 8750H
quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz that can go up to 4.1GHz with turbo boost.

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.

Acer has managed to include a whopping 6GB DDR5 Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 GPU on this laptop.

This GPU in conjunction with the powerful true quad-core processor exceeds our expectations in performance.

Display

The Acer Predator Helios 500 features a 15.6-inch full-HD IPS display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

This display has a 144Hz refresh rate for ultra smooth video and game playback.

Refresh rate denotes the number of frames the screen can display per second. The higher this number, smoother will be the visuals.

The colours appear vivid and vibrant with sharp and clear details on visuals as well as static images and text.

The bezels around the display are thick, but will soon get used to and pose no problem in the long run.

Miscellaneous

The keyboard on this device has a blue 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 anti-ghosting technology prevents accidental keypresses effectively, which is a bliss for those who use shortcuts while editing videos or pre-assigned keys while gaming with this laptop.

Battery Life

The battery on this laptop is a 4-cell Lithium-ion pack which will last up to 5 hours on a single charge and expect this to drop further while performing processor intensive tasks such as gaming.

Verdict

The Acer Predator Helios 500 is a flagship performance laptop which offers excellent value for money performance and durability.

Casual video editing and rendering would run with no hiccups or lags on this computer. Easy hardware expandability makes this laptop future proof.

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Quad-core processor

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Powerful GTX 1070 GPU

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Anti-ghosting keyboard

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Bulk and heavy

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Mediocre touchpad

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7 8750H
SSD256 GB
Graphics8GB NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1070
Battery Backup4  Hours
Display17.3 inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD

5. Asus ROG Strix Hero II

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Best Build quality
  • Powerful eighth generation i7 CPU
  • Excellent thermal design
  • 144Hz display

Asus has been a major player in the Indian market, thanks to its budget laptops and popular Android smartphones.

The ROG series from Asus is primarily aimed at gamers in mind featuring latest and greatest CPU + GPU combination delivering excellent performance.

The ROG Strix Hero II is a premium performance laptop from Asus that has is one of the most versatile laptops powered by an eighth generation i7 processor.

Design and Build Quality

Laptops of the ROG series have an intimidating and aggressive design aesthetics. The Strix laptop does have the same appeal as well.

There are sharp accent lines all across the chassis and a giant illuminated ROG logo at the back.

The cooling vents are placed at the backside of the keyboard deck to ensure maximum ventilation during the operations.

There is no flex on the keyboard deck or the chassis whatsoever. The whole laptop feels very durable and sturdy.

Processor and Performance

Asus has packed in one of the best available processors inside this ROG Strix Hero II gaming laptop. The Intel Core i7 – 8750H is a true beast when it comes to raw computing performance.

This eight core CPU can handle resource-intensive tasks like a champ and multitask between the apps like a breeze.

Supporting the CPU in its duties is the equally powerful 6GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU.

This laptop comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM on board with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 32GB.

For professional video editors, expanding the RAM is a must because they have to run resource-intensive apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Display

The Asus ROG Strix Hero II features a 15.6-inch full HD panel having a refresh rate of 144Hz with Nvidia G-sync support.

The refresh rate is the number of times a display’s image is repainted or refreshed per second. The more the refresh rate of a display, more smoother will be visuals for our human eyes

This 144Hz display will make editing a whole lot easier for professionals. Only with an enhanced refresh rate display, they can evaluate the content they have just produced.

Seeing a full HD video shot with 60fps on a display with 60Hz will grossly undercut the quality and certainly miss certain frames.

When it comes to the gamers, the response time of this display is 3ms meaning there is practically no delay with your mouse clicks and actions happening on the screen.

Excellent Thermals

Having the system remains at a constant moderate temperature is a must when it comes to high-performance laptops.

Especially during editing and rendering if the laptop becomes too hot, the processor will start to throttle and the performance will diminish.

The ROG Strix Hero II has an anti-dust design with dual fans to keep the temperature in check even during peak loads.

The trapezoid cuts in the ventilation systems at the back ensures maximum airflow from the interior to outside.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Strix Hero II is a performance-oriented laptop that is very much suitable for a variety of tasks such as video editing and gaming.

The comfortable, RGB keyboard and the larger 15.6-inch 144Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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144Hz Full HD display

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Excellent build quality

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Powerful processor

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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7-8750H
SSD256
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX1060 6GB
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED

 

6. Lenovo Legion Y720

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Honorable Mention
  • Powerful eighth generation i7 CPU
  • Excellent thermal design
  • 144Hz display

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 Y720 impresses us with its crazy fast performance even under heavy loads.

Processor and Performance

Lenovo Legion Y720 is powered by the same Core i7 7700HQ processor found in the Alienware 15 laptop.

Can you run your favourite games in high settings?

Definitely yes.

Graphics department is handled by an Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB DDR5 GPU that will run most of the titles in full settings with a constant 60 fps.

Not only gaming, but this card will also take care of other graphics-intensive tasks such as video rendering or animations.

Display

This device is equipped with a full HD 15.6″ Anti Glare 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.

Miscellaneous

Lenovo touts Legion Y720 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 with 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.

Connectivity Options

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 port is present for those who cherish the nostalgic wired connections.

Thermals and Cooling

With Dual metal fans hidden under the chassis, Lenovo Legion Y720 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 faster heat dissipation.

Also, the JBL speakers with chamber ensure the sound from the loudspeakers packs a punch.

Battery Life

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

Verdict

If you are a fan of the Yoga series from Lenovo and would love to possess hardware that stands out from the rest, the Legion Y720 is a great choice.

This laptop will handle all your gaming needs with relative ease and the internals are so powerful that you can enjoy any game that is currently on the market in its full graphics.

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Great built quality

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GTX 1060 GPU

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Xbox one controller support

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Heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory2 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4 2400MHz up to 32 GB
ProcessorCore i7 7th gen 7700HQ 2.8GHz
SSD256 GB
GraphicsGTX 1060 6GB DDR5
Battery BackupUp to 5 Hours
Display15.6 inch fullHD LED IPS Antiglare display

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.

With the latest Core i9 processor being revealed by Intel, we expect a lot of performance-based laptops to enter the Indian market soon.

Meanwhile, If you’d like to get a heads up, do check our article about Core i9 laptops – a glimpse to future mobile computing on our website.

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