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Great laptops for PC gaming

Enjoy some high-end PC gaming this year with these powerful portables.

Dan Ackerman
Dan Ackerman leads CNET's coverage of computers and gaming hardware. A New York native and former radio DJ, he's also a regular TV talking head and the author of "The Tetris Effect" (Hachette/PublicAffairs), a non-fiction gaming and business history book that has earned rave reviews from the New York Times, Fortune, LA Review of Books, and many other publications. "Upends the standard Silicon Valley, Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg technology-creation myth... the story shines." -- The New York Times
Scott Stein Editor at Large
I started with CNET reviewing laptops in 2009. Now I explore wearable tech, VR/AR, tablets, gaming and future/emerging trends in our changing world. Other obsessions include magic, immersive theater, puzzles, board games, cooking, improv and the New York Jets. My background includes an MFA in theater which I apply to thinking about immersive experiences of the future.
Expertise VR and AR | Gaming | Metaverse technologies | Wearable tech | Tablets Credentials
  • Nearly 20 years writing about tech, and over a decade reviewing wearable tech, VR, and AR products and apps
Dan Ackerman
Scott Stein
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Alienware 14

It might be thick, but the latest Alienware laptop's a heck of a performer, and not too insanely priced. And it has a neat glowing touch pad.
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Origin EON 13-S

It's almost impossible to find a true gaming laptop with a 13-inch screen, much less one that has 1080p resolution. The EON 13-S may look a little boxy, but it's a tiny powerhouse.
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Razer Blade 14

Beautifully slim and full of useful features, the Blade 14's a nearly perfect lightweight gaming laptop...if you can forgive its less-than-perfect display.
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Dell XPS 15

The best thing about the new XPS 15 is how it packs solid Nvidia graphics into a thin body while boasting a high-res touch screen. It's a mainstream notebook that's gaming-capable.

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