Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Graphics are important in any laptop purchase, especially so if gaming or video watching will comprise a major portion of laptop usage. Understanding what makes for good graphics is somewhat a matter of taste, although there are certain factors that are involved in producing truly lifelike graphics. Those looking for the best graphics laptop should keep these elements in mind when purchasing a graphics-oriented laptop.

Touted by many manufacturers as the key components to good graphics, resolution definitely plays a part. A laptop with good graphics will at least be full HD, if not WUXGA, which boasts an impressive 1920x1200 pixel resolution. A WUXGA laptop will provide the top clarity available, allowing for tiny pixel visualization and the ability to perceive even the most miniscule screen objects with superior visibility.

Graphics speed
Of course, resolution is just the beginning. The ability to perceive detail without ghosting or muddiness is largely dependent upon the speed of the laptop graphics card. Getting a laptop with a Radeon 7000 series graphics card ensures that those precise details will not blur or wash out in high speed environments, such as gaming.

Directly related to graphics speed is graphics memory. The more memory a graphics card allocates to processing graphics, the less strain on the central processor. A graphics card with DDR5 with 2GB of graphics memory will produce the crispest, quickest graphics on the market today.

MS and graphics
MS refers to the speed a monitor can go from gray to gray. The lower the MS, the faster the monitor is able to go from from dark colors to bright. A good laptop will have a low MS number. This prevents blurring and ghosting in high speed graphics applications. While it might not be easy to figure out a laptop MS speed, it is worth uncovering.

Dynamic colors
The dynamic ratio tells a buyer the number of colors that a laptop is able to produce. In this case, the greater the number, the more colors the laptop can accurately display. Look for a laptop of at least 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. This ratio will produce the most depth of color and best graphic representation.

To get the best graphics laptop of 2013, look for the above-mentioned criteria and consider price. We limited our selection to the top rated notebooks which have screen size more than 14 inches, at least 4GB Ram, 1.7 GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon graphics processor. Avoid 3D laptops, as this is only a niche market currently and will continue to be so until glasses are not required.





MSI Slim GS70
Dell Alienware 17(June 2013)
Razer Blade 14
MSI Slim GS70 2OD-002US Gaming Laptop
ASUS G750JX-DB71 17.3-Inch Laptop
Dell Alienware 17 Laptop
Razer Blade 14-Inch Laptop
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
17.3 inches, Widescreen, 1920 x 1080
17.3 in. LED backlight
17.3 in. WLED HD+ Anti-Glare
14.0 in. HD LED backlight
Hard Drive
1256 GB, HDD, SSD
1024 GB 5400 rpm HDD, 256 GB SSD
256GB mSATA Boot + 750GB SATA 3Gb/s (7,200 RPM)
Installed Memory
16 GB
16GB Dual Channel DDR3L
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Windows 8
Core i7-4700HQ 2.4GHz, 2.4 MHz, Intel Core i7-4700MQ
Quad-Core Core i7 2.4 GHz
Core i7 3 GHz
Quad Core Core i7 2.2 GHz
Laptop Type
Thin and Light Laptop, Gaming, Gaming Ultraportable
Gaming laptop
Gaming laptop
Thin and Light Laptop, Gaming laptop
Average Rating
 4.1 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.2 stars