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Best and worst gaming laptop brands 2017

Best and worst gaming laptop brands 2017
From Engadget - July 15, 2017

When you are potentially investing more than $1,000, the brand matters as much as the specs and features.

In order to help you choose wisely, we have evaluated the top nine gaming laptop brands and given each a score on a 100-point scale. In order to determine the winners and losers, we rated them on eight different criteria: Design, Review Scores, Keyboards, Displays, Software, Innovation, Warranty and Customization/Selection Options.

Due to its consistently high review scores, beautiful displays, willingness to innovate and wealth of configuration options, Dell/Alienware earned first place. MSI took second place, thanks to a diverse lineup of laptops, powerful specs and impressive mechanical keyboards. Razer rounded out the top three, due to its sleek designs and useful software.

See how all the best (and worst) gaming laptop brands fared below.

Alienware / Dell (90/100)

Our top-rated brand, Alienware/Dell, has the best-looking laptops with the strongest keyboards and displays on the market. The company also offers some of the most customizable systems around and provides helpful utilities that enable you to play your best.

Alienware Report Card | Our Top Alienware Gaming Laptop

MSI (85/100)

Always the first or one of the first to implement new technologies, MSI has a huge selection of innovative and powerful laptops. The company's strong designs, snappy keyboards and helpful software make it a leader in the gaming space. MSI is also the only company that offers free accidental-damage protection on its laptops.

MSI Report Card | Our Top MSI Gaming Laptop

Razer (81/100)

We love Razer's sleek designs, beautiful screens and innovative ideas, and its Synapse software is among the best first-party utilities in the business. However, Razer's shallow keyboards and limited laptop selection hold it back.

Razer Report Card | Our Top Razer Gaming Laptop

Asus (78/100)

Asus has some of the most powerful gaming laptops on the market, and many are great values for the money. The company is also quick to implement new technologies like Nvidia's Max-Q standard for low-profile gaming laptops and AMD's Ryzen processors. However, Asus' design, keyboard and screen are all good, but not industry-leading.

Acer (76/100)

Origin (75/100)

Aorus / Gigabyte (70/100)

Lenovo (67/100)

HP (59/100)

Read LAPTOP's detailed report on each gaming brand:

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