If you’re looking to get set up for the New Year, you can drastically improve your gaming and streaming capabilities with a high-end laptop for 2019. With updated hardware, a laptop can transform from a portable word processor to a powerful machine, and can function just as well as most desktops. These high performance laptops keep streaming and gaming portable, allowing access to great entertainment from a myriad of locations. Whether you’re climbing MTG Arena ladder in between classes, or finally watching Birdbox on the long train ride home, an epic high-end laptop for gaming and streaming will help start 2019 the right way.
Although the VivoBook Pro be but little, it is fierce. Despite boasting an impressive 17.3 inch monitor display, this full HD laptop weighs only 4.6 pounds, and is less than an inch thick. Packed into such a slight space is the latest i7 1.8GHz processor from Intel, and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB of RAM directly on the card. Additionally, the VivoBook Pro comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM, with the capability of holding up to 32GB, making it not only fully equipped to handle gaming currently but also future-proof to account for more demanding games released at a later date. Beyond raw power, the VivoBook is sleek and aesthetically pleasing, with a backlit keyboard and grey-on-black color scheme, and accommodates a myriad of devices, such as headphones, HDMI, and multiple USB ports. Ultimately, the ultra-thin and super lightweight VivoBook Pro is one of the most portable gaming laptops available.
The Acer Predator series is known for astounding performance, and the Helios 300 does not disappoint in this regard. In terms of processing power, the Helios 300 comes with the 8th generation Intel Core i7, a 6-core processor capable over overclocked speeds up to 4.1GHz. Further, this laptop derives its graphics output from the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060, housing 6GB of dedicated RAM, making the Helios 300 one of the best laptops for HD streaming in 2019. Although the Helios 300 has a slightly smaller screen than the VivoBook, measuring at 15.6 inches, this full HD wide-screen still has an incredible 144Hz refresh rate, and offers an excellent display by virtually any standard. The Helios 300 also comes with PredatorSense gaming control panel, which allows easy manipulation of a number of system elements such as fan speed and core temperature, to maximize performance and optimize output.
The OMEN X is a behemoth of a machine, one that deserves a class of its own. Although it uses the slightly less powerful quad-core i7-7820HK, the OMEN X crushes the other laptops on this list graphically with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, a GPU that comes with an insane 8GB of DDR5 RAM on the card itself. This laptop also comes with 16GB DDR4 RAM, with two additional slots for RAM upgrades, allowing it access to outputs on par with some of the best laptops for video editing and graphic design. Visually, the OMEN X demands attention with sharp edges and high red-on-black contrast, in addition to its impressive size and 17.3 inch anti-glare WLED-backlit screen. Overall, the only real drawback to the OMEN X is its price; significantly more expensive than both the Helios 300 and the VivoBook Pro, the OMEN X is perhaps only for those truly afflicted by the need for power.
With these great high performance laptops, gaming and streaming need not be confined to your home. Instead, any location with internet can become a great place for streaming WCS or playing games on Steam. The incredible power these high-end gaming laptops are capable of producing make them more than sufficient for most current performance demands, and offer viability for whatever the future may hold. Where is your favorite place to play games away from home? Comment below!