Recently we presented to you a short article on the best laptops for photographers and web designers, and today we are doing something similar. This time, we are focusing on mobile machines suitable for professional CS:GO gamers. We would like to first list a couple of requirements which are a must when it comes to playing this game, and give several more specific examples of machines you can currently find on the market. And so, here is our list:
– Firstly, you need a good display with a high refresh rate – recommend a 144 Hz option.
– Secondly, you should choose a GPU which can provide an average of 150-160 fps at maximum settings in CS:GO. According to our tests, this should be a 1060 Max-Q or better.
– Additionally, an SSD is also a great idea as it provides speedy loading.
– Another noteworthy specification that your laptop should have is 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi for a stable connection, in case there is no LAN cable.
– Furthermore, the cooling should be good enough so that the surface temperatures will be preserved cool. In this way, the player will not be distracted and will keep focused on the game.
– Last but not of least importance, a LaptopMedia “Gaming” display profile will contribute to increased visibility even in darker areas of the image. This helps you to see better your opponents and in turn, react more quickly.
#3 – HP OMEN 17 (17-an000)
#3 Starting from the third place – HP’s OMEN 17 (17-an000). Power-wise, this bad boy has got you covered with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, which takes the 4th place in our Top Laptop CPU Ranking. When it comes to the graphics side of things, we are looking at up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (8GB GDDR5X) which is more than enough and is also fourth in our GPU ranking. Furthermore, you get up to 32GB of RAM and a storage config of up to 1000GB SSD + up to 2000GB HDD!
When it comes to display options, the HP Omen 17 has quite a few of them. Our profiles are for the 17.3”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS panel variant which gives you comfortable viewing angles and satisfying contrast. However, there are other options – 4K UHD IPS, Full HD 122 Hz IPS, and Full HD 140 Hz. Another noteworthy feature is the available LAN port for reliable Internet connection. Its price starts at $1269.99.
You could check all of the configurations, belonging to this series right here: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-omen-17-17-an000/
15″ version: HP Omen 15 2018
#2 – HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2018 (15-cx0000)
#2 Moving on, our silver medalist – HP Pavilion Gaming 15 2018 (15-cx0000). This HP representative also comes with up to an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and graphics-wise, we are looking at up to an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (3GB GDDR5) The latter is number 19 in our GPU ranking but, as we said in the beginning, it is enough for the game in question. Memory-wise, you can get up to 32 GB of RAM, and when it comes to storage devices, you have a choice of up to 500GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD.
As for the screen side of things, you get three options but we recommend the fastest one – a 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS panel. It combines the best of both worlds – contrasty colors with comfortable viewing angles, on the one hand, and fast refresh rate, on the other. What’s more, this bad boy sports not only a LAN port but also Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2) connection! Its starting price is $909.99
You could check all of the configurations, belonging to this series right here: https://laptopmedia.com/series/hp-pavilion-gaming-15-2018-15-cx0000/
WINNER: ASUS ROG GL504!
#1 And finally, the gold goes to…ASUS ROG GL504! This bad boy’s top choice of CPU is once again the Intel Core i7-8750H. As for its GPU, your best pick is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5) which hits the 6th position in our ranking. Additionally, you can use up to 32GB of RAM and up to 6000GB SSD + up to 1000GB HDD storage config.
Display-wise, this ASUS laptop has two options – a 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS or a 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS. We recommend the first one for two reasons – it is faster (144 Hz) and we have display profiles for it, enhancing its screen quality. Just like the HP Pavilion Gaming 15, this bad boy has both a LAN port and Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2×2) connection! Price-wise, it starts at $1699.00.
You could check all of the configurations, belonging to this series right here: https://laptopmedia.com/series/asus-rog-gl504/
17″ version: ASUS ROG GL704
Other honorable mentions
17″ version: Acer Predator 17 Helios 300
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RX – It sits in the more premium end of the spectrum with a starting price of $1749.00 but its specs justify the price tag.
17″ alternative: MSI GS73 Stealth 8RX
ASUS ROG GL503VM – This one is between the above two at $1339.99 with just enough performance and sufficient display quality.
17″ version: ASUS ROG GL703 SCAR Edition