Whether it's for showing off at a LAN or delivering awesome power in a package you can tuck away on a shelf, gaming laptops are a special breed.
Gaming has been the most dedicated domain of the DIY PC desktop builders, constantly upgrading and tweaking to keep maximising power through years of use. But as gamers grow up, they lose the time for tweaking and just want to dive in and play. That means either a shift to consoles or the tidy package that a gaming laptop can bring.
"Budget" isn't really part of the gaming laptop mindset, so our round-up features some of the most expensive laptops you're likely to find on the market today.
If you just want to play a few games now and then, you might be happy with a better-priced general-purpose laptop featuring Intel's latest Haswell processors. But for those who want to maximise their framerates in a well-built package, these are the laptops to explore.