5 Best VR-Ready Laptops for High-End Gaming

Virtual reality games are a massive thriller, no doubt. Once you wear your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset, you find yourself drifting into a completely different world. It’s an amazing world where amazing things happen.

In practice, virtual reality technology lets you interact with a three-dimensional gaming environment using electronic equipment. Like any computer games, you need a powerful computer with certain specs to run VR games. We’ve sampled 5 VR ready laptops from across the web to help you with your selection.

1. ASUS ROG G752VS OC Edition

The ROG G752VS OC Edition is a stylish and powerful gaming laptop. It is powered by the latest-generation NVIDIA GTX 1070 Graphics Card with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM and an overclocked 7th-generation Intel Core i7-6820 processor. The machine also comes with a 1 terabyte 7200RPM hard-disk drive and a massive 32GB DDR4 RAM. Additionally, it has twin 256GB NVMe PCIe solid-state drives.

The ROG G752VS features a bright 17.3-inch full-HD G-sync display with 178-degree viewing angles and a sleek grey-and-copper body.

It boasts of an ROG 3D Mobile Vapour Chamber that keeps the heat down for seamless GPU performance. Coupled with the sleek 1080p display and a 120Hz refresh rate, the machine delivers the smoothest VR gaming experience you can think of.

2. Alienware 17

Alienware’s new 17-inch laptop is as expensive as it is powerful. It is powered by an NVIDIA GTX 1080 technology with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, powerful enough to smoothly and efficiently run any VR game in the tech market. The GTX 1080 is nearly top on the NVIDIA series so it’s just about the most powerful technology available for gaming.

The laptop is available in 1080p and 1440p display options, each looking amazingly elegant. There’s also a 4K configuration that’s equally great for VR gaming. Since you won’t be looking at the screen on a VR game, you shouldn’t be overly concerned with the display. The smart thing to do is go for a low cost option from the list and save something off your budget – it won’t have the slightest effect on your VR experience.

Alienware 17 boasts of the 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7820HK quad-core processor with the option to boost this up to a clock speed of 4.4GHz. In addition, the machine has a whopping 32GB DDR4 RAM and a huge solid-state drive. With this laptop, you can be sure to relish your VR game. On the downside some users reported heat issues which is surprising considering its hefty build size.

3. Origin EON17-SLX

Origin is known to have a robust tech support. Their EON17-SLX is a market leader with numerous customizable options to make your gaming a truly amazing experience. You can choose to go with a single or double-NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU option, each with an 8GB GDDR5 VRAM.

The single GTX 1080 CPU is just great enough for any VR game and the option can help you save quite some money. There’s a 4GB and 8GB RAM option for the Origin EON17-SLX laptop. Whichever you select will determine how much you pay for it (or save), but will not affect your VR gaming experience.

4. Razer Blade

As the name implies, the new Razer Blade has a thin body, just about 0.7 inches thick. Inside this extremely thin body is a powerful NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM and a 16GB DDR4 RAM. It also features a 1TB PCIe solid-state drive and a 7th-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor for a massive gaming performance. This combination of powerful features and state-of-the-art technology makes everything run smoothly.

The laptop has a 14-inch display with 1080p and 4K options. The Chroma keyboard looks great with its myriad of colours on the backlit keys. It comes packed with three USB 3.0 ports for your external cable connections.

5. Lenovo Legion Y720

The Lenovo Legion Y720 comes with two different processor options each that is great for VR gaming. There is a Core i5-7300HQ and a Core i7-7700HQ processor option to choose from. Compared to the CPU versions featured in this guide, the Lenovo Legion Y720 comes at the lower end of the range with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU and a 6GB GDDR5 VRAM.

By comparison, most of the powerful high end gaming laptops outperform the Legion Y720 by various margins, but this doesn’t mean it is any less suitable for VR gaming. The Y720 also comes at the lower end of the price spectrum. This is a major add if you are looking to save some cash – especially given the fact that it delivers the same great VR experience as its high end cousins.

The laptop comes with the bonus of an inbuilt Xbox One wireless controller support, Dolby Atmos speakers and Thunderbolt 3 USB-C.

Made your selection yet? The list should certainly point you in the right direction.