Top 6 Best Gaming Laptops From 2016

2016 may not have been the best year when it comes to gaming, but still, plenty of resounding names saw their debut in that year. We can remember Mafia 3, Watch Dogs 2, Forza Horizon 3, Dark Souls III, Overwatch, and many more. Therefore, you need some powerful hardware on your computer (at least for 2016) to run such games, and we’re glad to offer some help. Checking out these laptops is also a great way to get a computer that’s still capable of running most new games at mid-level settings but at a lower price tag.

Luckily for those who began their journey as gamers in the year when Donald Trump was elected as president of the United States, plenty of powerful laptops for their time were released. It’s not necessary to be a gamer to like the laptops that we’ll be proposing in this article. A gaming laptop also means a computer suitable for tasks like video editing, programming for apps and games, and more. Of course, such gear won’t be cheap at all, but it may still be worth the money even for a computer released 4 years ago. Therefore, you should consider these top 6 gaming laptops from 2016:

What is the best gaming laptop from 2016?

The best gaming laptop from 2016 is the ASUS ROG G752VT. The power speaks for itself. 24GB of ram, 256 GB SSD (plus a 1 TB of normal hard drive storage, a powerful GPU and a beautiful design, makes this computer objectively desirable even today in 2021.

More information on this laptop further down in this list.

)MSI GE62 Apache Pro

MSI GE62 Apache Pro

  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ Quad Core Processor of 2.6-3.5GHz
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4 2133MHz
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA Geforce GTX960M 2G GDDR5
  • Hard Drive: 1TB (7200RPM)
  • Optical Drive: SuperMulti DVD

You just cannot remain unmoved by the specs of this beauty, as they grant outstanding gaming performance. Besides the powerful hardware, the RGB LED keys built by SteelSeries improves your gaming with GE62 Apache Pro even more if you’re the kind of gamer that loves playing its favorite titles during the night. The laptop also features basic ports like HDMI, USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and USB 3.1.

The processor, RAM, and graphics card are arguably the most important aspects when it comes to gaming, and the GE62 Apache Pro model built by MSI qualifies very well. Furthermore, the gadget has enough space on the hard disk where you can store plenty of high-end games from 2016.

Alienware AW17R3Alienware AW17R3

  • Display: 17.3″ Ultra HD
  • Operating System: Windows 10 Home
  • Processor: Intel Quad Core i7-6700HQ of 2.6 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB DDR4
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
  • Hard Drive: 1 TB
  • No Optical Drive

Just like pretty much any other decent gaming laptop, this gear created by Alienware also features backlit keys. If you want to trick your parents that you’re sleeping when the lights from your room are off, but instead you want to play Mafia 3, for instance, the Alienware AW17R3 laptop will grant your wish.

The lack of an optical drive could be a problem for many, we must admit. But even for 2016, there are lots of games that you can play without inserting a physical disc. Besides, you could consider buying the laptop if you want a powerful graphics card and a processor that will make a lot of games to run smoothly. Not to mention that the 17.3-inch Ultra HD screen is meant to showcase crisp and very clear picture quality.

ASUS ROG G752VT

  • Display: 17.3″ Matte IPS Full HD with 1920×1080 resolution
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6 GHz (support for up to 3.50GHz)
  • RAM: 24 GB DDR4
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M w/ 6GB VRAM with G-Sync
  • Storage Space: 256 GB PCIeG3 x4 NVMe SSD+1 TB 7200 RPM HDD

As you probably had already noticed, it’s time to raise the stakes a bit with this laptop from ASUS. More RAM automatically means a much more imposing powerhouse, and the ROG G752VT from ASUS follows the recipe very faithfully. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of laptops from ASUS also follows the tradition of offering powerful hardware dedicated for gaming. The users of this laptop can enjoy the 1TB+256GB SSD storage as perhaps the main highlight.

ASUS doesn’t really need any presentation, however, and we believe that getting your hands on the ASUS ROG G752VT laptop is a good idea even in 2020.

Lenovo Y700

Lenovo Y700

  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4 SDRAM
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 960M
  • Hard Drive: 1TB (5400RTM)

This laptop from Lenovo isn’t really the kind of device that you would take with you on a lonely island, but it does the job at a decent level when it comes to gaming and not only. The graphics card support a maximum memory of 4GB, which is more than enough for running most of the mid-level games released until 2016. Also, the Intel Core i7 6700HQ processor grants enough power for such kind of purposes.

The Chinese company Lenovo presents its gadget as an ‘immersive gaming laptop’, and the complete multimedia experience granted by the hi-def display, surround sound, and subwoofer is also an important part of what the laptop is capable of. Lenovo also adds:

“When the competition heats up, don’t worry, because the Y700 has thermal cooling for serious gaming.”

Dell I7559-763BLK

Dell 15.6

  • Display: 15.6″ Full HD IPS, Anti-Glare Screen
  • Operating System: Windows 10
  • Processor: 6th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-6300HQ (up to 3.2GHz)
  • RAM: 8GB DDR3
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
  • Storage Space: 256GB SSD

An SSD is always better and grants faster speeds than an HDD, and this Dell model can prove it. 8GB of RAM is not extraordinary, but it’s still a decent choice for a laptop released four years ago. We have to admit that you won’t get the chance of storing too many big games on the Dell 15.6 laptop, but buying the machine was still a good deal in 2016.

ASUS ROG GL752VW

  • Display: 17.3″ Matte Full HD display
  • Processor: 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ of 2.6GHz
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4
  • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 4GB VRAM
  • Storage Space: 128 GB M.2 SSD and 1TB 7200RPM HDD.

ASUS laptops dedicated for gaming are well-known as amazing machines, and we can’t rule out the ROG GL752VW model. 16GB of DDR4 RAM was pretty high for 2016, granting some impressive performance for gaming and other tasks. The 1TB hard drive was also a trustful friend for those willing to store plenty of games, and the laptop could be a good deal even in 2020 if your expectations are not too high. The price revolves around the amount of $1,500.

Conclusion

It’s pretty difficult to say for sure which laptop is the best, as that conclusion ultimately belongs to each person interested in such devices. It depends on each person’s taste, needs, and of course: the budget. We love all the laptops presented here, and we believe that they all can do a good job in the gaming field (at least!) for titles released until 2016. Also, feel free to check out our list of honorable mentions:

HP Omen 15

ASUS ROG G752VY

Acer Predator 15 G9

Razer Blade Stealth

ASUS ROG STRIX

That’s all for our recommendations for the best gaming laptops from 2016. The mid- and high-end gaming laptops from 2020 are better, without a doubt, but there’s no telling when someone can be pleased with less powerful and expensive options. Gaming evolves tremendously day by day, and we have a big hunch that the best gaming laptops from 2020 will be enormously inferior to those from 2024.

Have fun and feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment below!


About James Sterling

James Sterling received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California (USC). His Bachelor of Science was completed in Computer Science (Games) and his Master of Science was completed in Game Development. James spends his free time contributing on popular forums such as Tom's Hardware and AnandTech while hanging out with his cat Jonathan. Humorously, his favorite youtube channel is Jimquisition by Jim Sterling.

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