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Group test: what's the best high-end laptop?

The best laptops where money is no object

PC Advisor reviews the best high-end laptops available in the UK today.

5. Alienware 14

Alienware 14
  • Reviewed on: 30 October 13
  • RRP: £1,539 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Alienware's designers have done a great job tempering the excesses of traditional gaming laptops with good looks and matte aluminium, and the Alienware 14 doesn't just look great – it shifts, too. The quad-core processors puts paid to applications, and the GTX 765M graphics core handles modern games at high settings. It's not thin, light or quiet, but it's a more portable proposition than most of its 17in rivals.

4. Schenker XMG P503

Schenker XMG P503
  • Reviewed on: 15 October 13
  • RRP: £1515.00 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It's baby steps as far as the move towards a more stylish design is concerned, and there's certainly room for improvement in the battery life. However, the P503 provides all the performance you'd expect from a high-end gaming laptop. Schenker's web site also provides plenty of build-to-order options so that you can probably trim the price down a bit without compromising performance too much.

3. MSI GS70 Stealth

MSI GS70 Stealth
  • Reviewed on: 2 October 13
  • RRP: £1679 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The MSI GS70 Stealth combines style and substance to stunning effect, with huge power levels inside a chassis that's slimmer and smarter than any other gaming laptop. The 17in screen still means this laptop isn't exactly portable, though, and the high price puts it out of reach for most gamers. If you can afford £1679 and like your laptops to make a statement as well as play any game around, the MSI excels in every important department.

2. Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M

Chillblast Messiah 17 GTX780M
  • Reviewed on: 29 August 13
  • RRP: £1799 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

It's a shame that Chillblast can't manage some more interesting designs for its gaming laptops. However, the Messiah's gaming performance does justify the price, while its healthy memory and storage, along with features such as the Blu-ray writer and FireWire port ensure that it can handle demanding productivity tasks too.

1. Toshiba Qosmio X70-A

Toshiba Qosmio X70-A
  • Reviewed on: 14 November 13
  • RRP: £1699 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

The Toshiba Qosmio X70-A is expensive, but not over-priced when compared to many rival gaming laptops. And, in addition to its strong gaming performance the X70-A also provides an attractive screen and speakers that make it a great all-round entertainment machine.

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