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Feature: ...and RGBs that will scar you for life

Asus ROG Strix Scar II review: RTX on the go

Nvidia's first crop of RTX gaming laptops are finally here and the first one to slide across my desk is Asus' ROG Strix Scar II GL504GW. Packed with an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, 16GB of RAM and one of Nvidia's new RTX 2070 chips, this 15.6in laptop is primed and ready to take full advantage of its 1920x1080 resolution display and 144Hz refresh rate, but…

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Feature: Roll out the red carpet?

Alienware m15 review: An inc-red-ible gaming laptop with one worryingly big flaw

The new Alienware m15 is quite possibly one of the loveliest gaming laptops I've ever tested. I'm a sucker for anything red (it's my favourite colour) but when you stick it on a chassis that stands just 21mm high off the ground and weighs a comparatively non-brick-like 2.16kg with a Core i7-8750H and a GTX 1070 inside it, you have my full and undivided attention.

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CES 2019: Dell’s stuck a Core i9 desktop CPU in their new Alienware Area-51m laptop

While everyone else was busy adding Nvidia's new RTX graphics chips to their laptops at this year's CES, Dell's been busy with something else entirely for their new flagship Alienware Area-51m laptop. As well as being the first laptop to bear their new Alienware Legend design, it's also the world's first laptop to have a full-blown desktop Intel Core i9-9900K CPU crammed inside it. And…

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Feature: Beam me up, Asus

CES 2019: I take it back, the Asus ROG Mothership is the maddest gaming laptop I’ve ever seen

The Asus ROG Mothership is a preposterous piece of technology. I know I said earlier in the week that the Acer Predator Triton 900 was the maddest gaming laptop I've ever seen, but this desktop replacement really takes the biscuit. Not only does this huge great thing need a kickstand to prop up its 4.7kg chassis, but its keyboard can also be folded in half…

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Feature: RTX 2080-level power in a 15.6in laptop

CES 2019: MSI’s ultra thin GS65 Stealth laptop gets an RTX refresh

MSI's RTX 2080-powered GS75 Stealth laptop may have been their big announcement for this year's CES, but personally I was much more taken with the next model down, the newly RTX-refreshed GS65 Stealth. Also packed with an RTX 2080 in its energy-efficient and laptop-friendly Max-Q design, MSI's calling this 15.6in laptop the most powerful ultra slim device of its respective size category, and it's a…

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Feature: A stealthy gaming laptop indeed... until you open the lid, that is

CES 2019: MSI’s GS75 Stealth is a super slim 17in laptop with an RTX 2080 crammed inside

Nvidia's RTX 2060 may have dominated most of the graphics card headlines at this year's CES, but down on the show floor you simply can't move for RTX gaming laptops. Chief among them is MSI's new GS75 Stealth, which has been shoved in my face at no fewer than three separate appointments I've been to in the last two days. This is mostly because it's…

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Feature: It's daft, but I kinda love it

CES 2019: Acer’s Predator Triton 900 is the maddest gaming laptop I’ve ever seen

When it comes to bonkers gaming laptops, you can always rely on Acer to go that extra mile and create something that's utterly bananas. For as long as I've been writing about tech (and gaming laptops in particular), this Taiwanese giant has been responsible for almost every surprise and baffling bit of innovation I've encountered over the years, and their latest Predator Triton 900 laptop…

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CES 2019: AMD’s new Ryzen 3000 H CPUs pave the way for high-end gaming laptops

Eager to kick off 2019 with a bang, AMD have announced a slew of new 2nd Gen Ryzen+ CPUs for laptops ahead of this year's annual tech bonanza, CES. The seven-strong Ryzen 3000 series will cover everything from ultra thin notebooks to high-powered gaming laptops, and every CPU will come with one of AMD's Ryzen Vega graphics chips to boot. Here's the lowdown on everything…

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2018: Best PC gaming deals

Is... is it over yet? Are the Black Friday and Cyber Monday PC gaming deals finally finished? Just a couple more hours to go now, you can do it deals herald, you can get through this. You've got a week and a half holiday coming up soon, just get through the afternoon and then you can go and lie in a dark room and not…

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Black Friday 2018: Best gaming laptop deals

More often than not, gaming laptops tend to be a lot more expensive than their PC desktop counterparts, making them hard to justify unless you do a heck of a lot of travelling. Fortunately, Black Friday has got just as many deals on gaming laptops as every other PC component on the planet, making it a great time to crack open your wallet and take…

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Feature: One TUF customer

Asus’ new TUF Gaming FX705 might have solved the great gaming laptop display problem

Until recently, Asus' TUF brand was reserved for its heavy-duty, military grade motherboards. Now, however, Asus have repurposed TUF for a new line of entry-level gaming doodads - not quite as swanky as its classic ROG series, but tougher and better built than your typical budget fare. To that end, Asus have announced a new pair of TUF Gaming laptops today, the 15.6in FX505 and…

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Feature: The winds of change

Hands on with the world’s thinnest gaming laptop, the Asus ROG Zephyrus S

In the distant past of four or so years ago, buying a gaming laptop was simply a cooler, sexier way of saying you're getting a desktop replacement. They were huge, monstrous great things with often chunky, off-the-shelf chassis shells that would break your back almost as soon as you clapped eyes on one. That's just the way things were. Then, in the hallowed year of…

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Feature: Another good omen?

The new HP Omen 15 could be the gaming laptop to end all laptops

Out of all the gaming laptops I've tested so far, there have been very few that have justified their often extortionate prices. In fact, the only one I'd consider buying myself right now is Dell's Alienware 13 - and even that's not completely free of flaws. But after seeing the new HP Omen 15 laptop in the flesh, it looks like we might finally have…

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Feature: Deal or no deal

Amazon Prime Day 2018: Best deals on PC games and hardware

This year's Amazon Prime Day is almost at an end. At midnight tonight, Amazon's big day o' deals will be over for another year (or, you know, until Black Friday in November), so if you had a look at the deals yesterday and thought, 'Hmm... I could do with a new SSD or graphics card', then you've still got time to pick one up. I know Amazon is…

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Feature: An inspired choice of gaming laptop?

Dell Inspiron G5 15 review: GTX 1060 power for less than a grand

Try looking for Dell's Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming laptop series these days and you'll likely find they've been scrubbed from the internet. That's because they've now been replaced by Dell's new (and infinitely easier to parse) Inspiron G series, one of which I've got on test here today - the Inspiron G5 15. Now packing proper Intel 8th Gen [block id="637401" title="Intel Coffee Lake"] CPUs,…

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Get £400 off the Alienware 17 laptop today, plus loads of other Dell deals this week

Back when I wrote about other bits of tech, July was always the month where everyone was desperate to show you what goodies they intended to stuff down your stocking come the end of the year. Christmas in July, they called it, and it was downright depressing. Now, however, it seems to be morphing into more of a Black Friday in July kind of deal, as we…

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Acer Nitro 5 review: A budget gaming laptop with one massive flaw

'Gaming laptops' and 'cheap' aren't words that normally go together. Decent machines need well over a grand to be sunk on them. But Acer’s Nitro 5 is a stab at making a budget laptop gaming around the £800 / $900 mark. At that price, you get an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (you'll have to wait for one of Acer's Predator Helios laptops before we get a proper 8th…

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Feature: Zero to scar-faced hero

Hands on with Asus’ MOBA and FPS-friendly Hero II and Scar II laptops

The phrase "mid-range gaming laptop" often seems a bit silly, considering that even this tier – in theory the most sensible one – is still occupied by mad, distressingly angular notebooks costing as much or more as a 4K-ready desktop. That said, there’s certainly a gap worth aiming for between bulky, plasticky entry-level models and the swish but even more punishingly expensive high-end. This is…

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Move over ROG, Asus’ new TUF mouse, keyboard and headset are in town

PC gaming's E3 is finally here. No, not that other PC gaming show that's taking place next week at E3 proper. I'm talking about Computex 2018, Taiwan's yearly tech bonanza where the weird and wonderful of PC gaming hardware is shown off to the world for the first time. Sometimes these bits of hardware actually see the light of day. Sometimes they don't. I suspect Asus' new entry-level TUF peripherals,…

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HP Omen 15 gets Intel Optane Memory refresh, plus new ear-cooling headset, mice and keyboard peripherals

HP unveiled a mother lode of new Omen bits and pieces this morning, including a 2018 refresh of their Omen 15 gaming laptop with Intel Core i5+ and i7+ processor options (the + bit meaning they come with Intel's super fast Optane Memory gubbins). HP also announced a swathe of new mice and keyboard peripherals for PC, plus the world's first gaming headset with something HP's calling 'active…

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