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Best gaming laptops: Know what to look for and which models rate highest

Which gaming laptop should you buy? From size, to performance, to budget, to features, this buyer’s guide will help you find the right gaming laptop for your needs.

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There are great gaming laptops available now (even as pandemic-fueled sales remain strong), and you can see our tested favorites below. But if you yearn for the latest and greatest, you’ll want to hear the news about Ryzen 5000, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series, and the latest laptops from CES, some of which will begin shipping soon.

Check out the latest news and reviews, along with our top picks below.

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Catch up on the latest models we’ve tested here, including:

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The Acer Predator Triton 500 packs a lot of power into a surprisingly slim chassis.

Best 15-inch gaming laptop

The Acer Predator Triton 500 model we tested features a 15.6-inch, 1920×1080, 144Hz panel, an 8th-gen Core i7-8750H with 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, and a GeForce RTX 2060. It’s easily enough firepower to match laptops based on the slightly lower-cost GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, but it has the option to run DirectX Ray Tracing games, too.

If we were to ding the Triton 500, it would be for the SSD replacement. Let’s just say, adding more storage to the Triton 500 won’t be a five-minute affair. Read our full review of the Acer Predator Triton 500.

Best budget gaming laptop

The Acer Nitro 5 surpases what we expect of rock-bottom budget laptops. Its display is a bit dim, and its GTX 1650 graphics is only going to feel slower as time goes by. However its performance is solid overall, and its battery life is a nearly unheard-of (for gaming laptops) five hours. If you’re looking for solid budget value, or if you plan to buy cheap and upgrade more often (a reasonable plan in the ever-advancing world of gaming), this is a respectable entry-level machine. Read our full review.

[$830 as tested via Bestbuy.com]

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The Pavilion Gaming Laptop punches well above its weight in the entry-level range. It’s every bit as sturdy and refined as its high-end counterparts, and it even has surprisingly respectable battery life. The Pavilion Haming Laptop has sacrificed a few things to hit that budget level, namely a dismal display and no mouse buttons. Still, with models starting as cheap as $800 on HP.com, you can configure this overall solid machine to fit your budget.

[MSRP $1,600 on HP.com]

Best 17-inch gaming laptop

If you’re squinting at this story from your tiny 13-inch laptop screen, you may be like the many people who started working from home and realized that portability means nothing if you’re going blind using a small display.

Gigabyte’s Aero 17 has the answer, by offering superb performance and a gorgeous, 17.3-inch UHD 4K HDR 400 panel to boot. The laptop also features Intel’s 10th-gen, 8-core, Core i7-10875H Comet Lake H CPU and Nvidia’s stellar GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q GPU. Read our full review.

[$2,800 MSRP as reviewed; available from Gigabyte]

Best budget 17-inch gaming laptop

HP’s Omen 17 gaming laptops have a reputation with us that can be summarized in four words: solid performance. Surprisingly affordable.

Granted, its price has actually gone up recently because of a pandemic-fueled stampede of laptop purchases. Still, the Omen 17 has its place. Is it a looker? Debatable. Is it the best gaming laptop? Definitely not. But HP always manages to cram more hardware than you’d expect under the hood, then sell the Omen 17 way below market rate.

I’m not sure how HP pulls off this bit of wizardry, but it’s made the Omen 17 a hit. And the trend continues, as the 2019 model we’re testing (poetically monikered the 17-cb0040nr) packs in some of the latest and greatest CPUs and GPUs for hundreds of dollars less than the competition. Read our full review.

[MSRP $1,798 on Amazon.com]

Best portable gaming laptop

The ROG Zephyrus G14 debuts with AMD’s stellar Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, and we can safely say: Just give Asus your money. This laptop packs a stupid amount of performance into a stupidly small and stupidly light (3.5-pound) frame. You’re talking about a weight class that typically gives you lower-power CPUs and GPUs. Yet the G14 can hang in CPU performance with laptops that weight 10 pounds.

Obviously the star of the show is the Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, which we review in detail separately. But the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 as a whole package is nearly as impressive. Read our full review.

Best price-is-no-object gaming laptop

Alienware’s Area-51m flagship gaming laptop is big, thick, and fast, a return to form that should reassure people who got worried when the company unveiled the thin-and-light Alienware m15 last year. The new Area-51m very well might be the first gaming laptop to bring the Holy Grail of features to consumers: Upgradable graphics and an upgradable CPU. Read our full review of Alienware’s Area-51m.

Runner-up

The Alienware 17 R5 packs Intel’s debut high-performance Core i9 laptop chip, which turns this already beastly gaming laptop into an utter monster. The version we tested ($3,810 from Dell) pumps out more performance than we’ve ever seen in a gaming laptop with all-mobile parts. It offers over 55 percent more multi-thread performance than its already-potent direct predecessor. CPU benchmarks this fast were practically unthinkable.

Read on for guidance on how to pick the right gaming laptop for your needs.

Source: https://www.pcworld.com/article/3232986/best-gaming-laptops.html

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Virginia Lottery Board: ‘Temporary gaming as soon as this December is highly unlikely’

BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia General Assembly made provisions for legitimate casinos to open temporary operations for at least a year before permanent operations open. Though casino operators would have to be thoroughly vetted and licensed, the Virginia Lottery Board this week made it abundantly clear, the Hard Rock Casino Bristol would not be […]

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BRISTOL, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia General Assembly made provisions for legitimate casinos to open temporary operations for at least a year before permanent operations open. Though casino operators would have to be thoroughly vetted and licensed, the Virginia Lottery Board this week made it abundantly clear, the Hard Rock Casino Bristol would not be able to open by year’s end.

Last year, when the residents of Bristol, Virginia voted to approve a casino in their town, Hard Rock said a temporary casino would be expected to open by the fall of this year.

At a Virginia Lottery Board virtual meeting this week, Executive Director Kevin Hall outlined a timeline ruling out the possibility of such a temporary casino, at least through the end of this year.
The board this week voted to begin working on the final and permanent regulations casinos in Virginia would be expected to adhere to, saying applications for suppliers, vendors, and employees to get licensed by the Board.

“Again, as I just said that’s a very intensive, up to a one year process, suppliers and vendors have to be vetted and licensed. Every employee with access to a gaming area has to be fingerprinted and licensed. Temporary facilities, just like a permanent casino, have to have the same extensive surveillance and financial accounting systems in place before they can open for business, every slot machine, even in a temporary facility has to be linked to a central monitoring system. And that will require us to go through an RFP process,” Hall said during the meeting. “So we’re aware that at least one of the casino operators has expressed some eagerness to perhaps stand up, some temporary gaming. In fact they have publicly suggested temporary gaming could occur as soon as December of this year. Let me state for the record. In light of all of these steps that are required between now and then, that we believe temporary gaming as soon as this December is highly unlikely. Largely improbable next to impossible. I don’t know that I can be any more clear.”

Local businesses told News Channel 11 they are disappointed and added that they were counting on the influx of tourists promised by the temporary casino originally proposed by Hard Rock to open by the end of 2021.

But Southern Churn Owner Karen Hester said she is still optimistic for what the eventual casino opening will mean to Bristol, Virginia and the surrounding areas.

“Certainly it’s a disappointment, you know, we, we’ve been battling COVID and we’ve been restricted on visitors coming and certainly any kind of extra revenue at this time would be helpful to everybody’s bottom line, but I can certainly tell you we’re going to take it when we can get it for sure,” Hester said. “But, you know sooner than later, would that have been better, absolutely I think that would have been better for everybody and everybody’s book, but you know we’ll certainly take it when we can get it you know and it’s going to make a huge impact on Bristol and how exciting how many jobs it’s gonna produce some things like that so we’re looking for great things to come.”

To Southern Churn Owner Karen Hester, Bristol is an exciting place to live, and the news of the temporary casino not opening this year may be a hit to the projected tourism numbers, but she says she’s excited about what’s to come regardless. @WJHL11 @ABCTriCities pic.twitter.com/mYsSSAL5TF

— Bianca Marais WJHL (@BiancaWJHL) April 23, 2021

As for the potential economic impact of the Hard Rock Casino Bristol not opening in any capacity in 2021, Bristol Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Beth Rhinehart said she does not think this will be too much of a setback.

“I know we’re all disappointed, it can’t happen yesterday, we know what’s coming, and we know it will be here, just might take a little bit longer, so my guesstimate would be just that the economic impact will be maybe not even delayed but just a little bit of a lag and what we see on that we know it’s coming, and the sooner the better,” Rhinehart said.

She added that even though Bristol residents had their hopes up for some sort of ribbon-cutting within 2021, that the anticipation is still building.

“We’re all very excited about the project, we know it’s going to have an incredibly positive impact, not just to the Bristol community but all across the region. So, we’re all anxiously awaiting for that,” Rhinehart said. “However, we do know that this process – the regulatory process that the lottery board is charged with creating – is a first for them, really in terms of casinos, so it’s a big step to have to take and they want to make sure and get it right, especially for the first one.”

In a statement to News Channel 11 Hard Rock officials said they “look forward to working with the Virginia Lottery to open our temporary casino as soon as possible.”

The Virginia Lottery Board this week began work on the permanent casino gaming regulations that Hard Rock Casino Bristol will have to adhere to. The Board said they hope to have those final regulations approved and finalized by June of next year, at the earliest.

Follow News Channel 11’s Bianca Marais on Facebook and Twitter for news updates.

“Again, as I just said that’s a very intensive, up to a one year process, suppliers and vendors have to be vetted and licensed. Every employee with access to a gaming area has to be fingerprinted and licensed. Temporary facilities, just like a permanent casino, have to have the same extensive surveillance and financial accounting systems in place before they can open for business, every slot machine, even in a temporary facility has to be linked to a central monitoring system. And that will require us to go through an RFP process,” Hall said during the meeting. “So we’re aware that at least one of the casino operators has expressed some eagerness to perhaps stand up, some temporary gaming. In fact they have publicly suggested temporary gaming could occur as soon as December of this year. Let me state for the record. In light of all of these steps that are required between now and then, that we believe temporary gaming as soon as this December is highly unlikely. Largely improbable next to impossible. I don’t know that I can be any more clear.”

Source: https://www.wjhl.com/news/regional/virginia/virginia-lottery-board-temporary-gaming-as-soon-as-this-december-is-highly-unlikely/

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Georgia governor: Loss of All-Star game will hurt minorities

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses. “It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than […]

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Posted: Apr 10, 2021 / 01:32 PM EDT / Updated: Apr 10, 2021 / 04:00 PM EDT

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol on Saturday, April 3, 2021, in Atlanta, about Major League Baseball’s decision to pull the 2021 All-Star Game from Atlanta over the league’s objection to a new Georgia voting law. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Republican governor on Saturday stepped up his attack on Major League Baseball’s decision to pull this summer’s All-Star Game from the state in response to a sweeping new voting law, saying the move politicized the sport and would hurt minority-owned businesses.

“It’s minority-owned businesses that have been hit harder than most because of an invisible virus by no fault of their own,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “And these are the same minority businesses that are now being impacted by another decision that is by no fault of their own.”

Kemp spoke along with Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, also a Republican, at a seafood and po’boy restaurant miles from the stadium in a suburb north of Atlanta where the game would have been held, though he said he didn’t think the restaurant was minority-owned.

He has previously criticized MLB’s decision. The game will now be played in Denver. Kemp noted at Saturday’s news conference that Denver has a much smaller percentage of African Americans than Atlanta. And he said MLB’s move has injected politics into the “great American pastime.”

“People shouldn’t have to go to the game and worry about if they’re sitting next to a Joe Biden supporter or a Donald Trump supporter,” he said. “They ought to be able to go to the game, cheer for their team just like if you’re in church worshipping.”

Critics say it’s the voting law that’s political and will disproportionately affect communities of color. Kemp’s news conference was trying to deflect from that, as the governor gears up for next year’s election to try to win a second term, said Aklima Khondoker, state director of the voting rights group, All Voting is Local.

“He’s pivoting away from all of the malicious things that we understand that this bill represents to people of color in Georgia,” she said.

About two dozen protesters turned out near Augusta National on Saturday, holding signs that said “Let Us Vote” and “Protect Georgia Voting Rights.”

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he made the decision to move the All-Star events after discussions with individual players and the Players Alliance, an organization of Black players formed after the death of George Floyd last year, and that the league opposed restrictions to the ballot box.

A MLB spokesman said the league had no immediate additional comment Saturday.

Several groups already have filed suit over the voting measure, which includes strict identification requirements for voting absentee by mail.

It expands weekend early voting, but limits the use of ballot drop boxes, makes it a crime to hand out food or water to voters waiting in line and gives the State Election Board new powers to intervene in county election offices and to remove and replace local election officials. That has led to concerns that the Republican-controlled state board could exert more influence over the administration of elections, including the certification of county results.

The rewrite of Georgia’s election rules — signed by Kemp last month — follows former President Donald Trump’s repeated, baseless claims of fraud after his presidential loss to Biden. Democrats have assailed the law as an attempt to suppress Black and Latino votes, with Biden calling it “Jim Crow in the 21st Century.”

Carr and Kemp blasted that comparison.

“This made up narrative that this bill takes us back to Jim Crow — an era when human beings were being killed and who were truly prevented from casting their vote — is preposterous,” Carr said. “It is irresponsible, and it’s fundamentally wrong.”

Source: https://www.wivb.com/news/u-s-headlines/georgia-governor-loss-of-all-star-game-will-hurt-minorities/

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Virginia Beach game developer creates virtual Easter egg hunt on Minecraft

For those looking for a pandemic-friendly Easter egg hunt for fun, a local game developer has created one that is free and open to the public.

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For those looking for a pandemic-friendly Easter egg hunt for fun, a local game developer has created one that is free and open to the public.

Ian Westlake, a college freshman and member of Coastal Community Church, developed the egg hunt on the popular online game Minecraft. The egg hunt is on a server hosted by the church.

The game went live on Friday and took roughly three weeks to produce.

“It took some work, but when we started working and it came together, it was good,” Westlake said.

Westlake is majoring in computer engineering and said he creates online games for fun. For the Minecraft egg hunt, two other people helped him create it.

The game takes you through a Minecraft rendition of Coastal Community Church, where players will find clues to find eggs scattered across the virtual map. There is a total of nine eggs, as well as biblical scriptures players will encounter.

Westlake said 10 people joined the game on its Friday launch and hopes more will join.

“People seem to be enjoying it,” Westlake said. “We’ve got posts online tagging the church and getting excited about it.”

Anyone can join the game with a Minecraft account and can click on this link through Coastal Community Church. Those interested will be taken to the page where instructions are provided on how to log into the server and start playing.

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Westlake is majoring in computer engineering and said he creates online games for fun. For the Minecraft egg hunt, two other people helped him create it.

Source: https://www.wtkr.com/news/easter-egg-hunt-goes-virtual-on-minecraft-created-by-local-game-developer

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