It’s that time of year when you may be thinking about buying a new laptop as a holiday gift for that gamer on your list, or maybe you want to start hinting for a new portable rig for your own gaming habits. Let me narrow down the field a bit for you, as I run down the five best gaming laptops, as rated by Best Buy customers, based on rank, number of ratings and availability.

1 – HP OMEN 15.6″ Gaming Laptop

HP has been a solid name in computers for a long while, and you can be sure that the company’s gaming laptops are going to deliver the kind of performance you need for long gaming sessions. The HP Omen sports an impressive Intel Core i7 processor and 8GB RAM, with a 15.6″ FHD display and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics card. The 1TB hard drive is more than enough space for all your favourite games, and it is Bluetooth-enabled and has HDMI connectivity so you can connect to a big screen and play on your living room TV.

“This laptop is powerful, fast booting and performs extremely well. Excellent for photography and for web surfing,” read one customer review.

2- ASUS ROG G752VS 17.3″ Gaming Laptop

If you’re a PC gamer then you know ASUS has its name imprinted on everything from monitors to mice, kick-butt desktops, components, laptops and beyond. It isn’t by chance that two of the five best reviewed gaming laptops on this list hail from ASUS. They know how to make computers, and they especially know how to cater to gamers. The ASUS ROG G752VS 17.3″ Gaming Laptop features the Skylake Intel Core i7 processor, a whopping 16GB of RAM, and GTX 1070 graphics card. When you don’t want to use its crisp and sharp 17.3 inch screen, you can use the HDMI port to connect to a big screen, and the 1TB hard drive can store all your music and movie files.

“This computer is a beast. It’s beautiful inside and out,” raved one customer.

3- Dell i7567 15.6″ Laptop

Packing a 15.6 inch screen, this little portable gaming rig from Dell offers NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 video card with 4GB of dedicated video memory, a built-in subwoofer, and a Full HD 1080p display, plus integrated Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and HDMI output. If you don’t like to use headphones, the Dell i7567 features front-firing speakers, built-in subwoofer, and Waves MaxxAudio Pro to give you bone-rattling game audio. And as with the previous laptops, this baby comes pre-installed with Windows 10, as well.

“Clear full HD screen, fast processor, tons of storage space and the 5Ghz wifi connectivity is very fast. I’ve played a couple games and the graphics card handled them without even heating up,” reported one user.

4- EUROCOM Monster 4 14.1″ Gaming Laptop

Small, but packing a lot of power, the EUROCOM Monster 4 14.1″ Gaming Laptop offers a Core i7 quad-core processor and surprising 8GB of RAM, plus a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M graphics card and 1TB of storage space on the hard drive. It also offers an empty M.2 SSD slot for you to install a solid state drive and upgrade the Monster 4’s performance. Integrated Bluetooth connectivity and HDMI output? Check! And also preloaded with Windows 10.

A recent testimonial on the model read: “To date this laptop has been able to take everything I’ve thrown at it with ease.”

5- ASUS ROG Strix GL502 15.6″ Gaming Laptop

The second ASUS laptop in our peer reviewed top five is the ASUS ROG Strix GL502 15.6″ Gaming Laptop. Offering a 2.8 GHz Intel Core i7-7700HQ quad-core processor and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, plus a 1TB hard drive, a 128GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card with 6GB of dedicated video memory, this laptop can give ultimate gaming power on the go. You get 1920×1080 resolution on the full HD 15.6 inch screen, and it comes, as usual, with Windows 10 pre-installed.

“It has all the features I need and more for a university student and gamer,” summed up one review.

So there you have it, the top five gaming laptops as reviewed by you, our customers. All five would make any gamer rpoud, and best of all, they are lightweight and portable, so you can take your gaming to a friend’s LAN party, or on the road wherever you go. And that’s really the beauty of these rigs; the infinite portability and ability to really game almost anywhere you like. The only real problem, I guess, is choosing which of these babies you want to buy for that gamer on your list…or for yourself. Look for these, and other similar powerful laptops in the Best Buy gaming laptop section.

I am an award-winning writer, freelance journalist and blogger who is a self-confessed geek and tech lover. When not playing the latest video games or salivating over the newest gadgets, I enjoy cooking for my family, mountain biking or snowboarding the deep powder on Whistler Mountain.