Best Gaming Laptops of 2018 – Available at Walmart Canada

There’s nothing like a new gaming laptop that satisfies everything on your tech wish list: budget friendly, looks and feels good, and has the hardware horsepower to play the games you want. Choosing a rig with the right hardware requirements for gaming can get tricky at times, especially when trying to stick to a budget.

This article outlines the best gaming laptops of 2018 you can buy at Walmart Canada today, with recommendations for different budgets. These buying tips will help you find the laptop of your dreams, while meeting your budget, gaming demands, and technical requirements for your favourite games.

Featuring GeForce 10-series GPUs and high-powered Intel CPUs, new gaming laptops are becoming more powerful. At Walmart.ca, they’re more affordable too! Keep reading to the end for a complete list of hardware requirements for some of your favourite games.

Best Gaming Laptops by Budget

Part 1. Gaming Laptops Under $1500
Part 2. Gaming Laptops $1500 to $2000

Part 1. Gaming Laptops Under $1,500

If you’re serious about gaming and don’t want to spend more than $1,500, there’s an impressive range of gaming laptops that offer the best hardware options for your money. These are our recommendations:

1. Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i5, 15.6″

The Acer Nitro 5 Core i5 model is an affordable gaming laptop that has the hardware you need to find a great start in gaming. Featuring an Intel Core i5 processor, a mid-tier GeForce GTX 1050 GPU and a strong battery life, this Acer will typically cost under a thousand bucks, but keep an eye on our Walmart.ca page for specials and seasonal pricing. The Full HD display features an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel for superior graphics, plus ComfyView technology for anti-glare comfort.

While this laptop has the hardware chops to meet the recommended specs for many popular games, the tradeoff comes in the form of raw processing power that can sometimes impact how quick your response times may be in online/multiplayer competitive gaming. We’d recommend this model for single-player or online games with modest minimum requirements such as: Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy, Overwatch, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Fallout 76, Fortnite, The Sims 4, and Destiny 2.

Specs
• 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
• IPS technology; ComfyView
• Windows 10 Home
• Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H Quad Core, 2.3GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
• Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM (up to 4GB GDDR5); Dedicated HDD
• Storage: 1TB HD (up to 2TB)
• Webcam: 720p
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x USB 3.0; 2 x 2.0; Network (RJ-45); HDMI 2.0; 1 x USB 3.1; Gen 1 Type-C
• Battery: up to 7 hours battery life
• Weight: 5.95lbs

2. Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i7, 15.6″

Acer Nitro 5 Intel Core i7, 15.6This is the next step up in the Acer Nitro 5 lineup. The upgraded Intel Core i7-8750H CPU increases the processing cores from the i5 model to an i7 Hexa-Core. The extra graphics power comes from the slightly more powerful GTX 1050Ti, which means you can get those extra rich textures and shadows to immerse you in your gaming worlds. You’ll appreciate the added frames-per-second (fps) rate over that of the 1050.

With additional power and visual ‘smoothness,’ you can play medium-to-high graphically intense games, such as Final Fantasy XIV, Overwatch, and Call of Duty: WWII among others.

For only a few hundred dollars over the Core i5 Nitro 5 model (above), this laptop offers upgrades to some key hardware components while remaining a low budget, high performance gaming laptop.

Specs
• 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
• IPS technology
• Windows 10 Home
• Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core (6 core), 2.2GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5
• Memory: 12GB DDR4
• Storage: 1TB HD
• Webcam: 720p
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x USB 3.0; 2 x 2.0; RJ-45; HDMI 2.0; 1 x USB 3.1; Gen 1 Type-C
• Battery: up to 7 hours battery life
• Weight: 5.95lbs

3. Asus 15.6″ Gaming Laptop

Asus 15.6_ Gaming LaptopThe Asus 15.6″ Gaming Laptop hits our under $1500 category and offers respectable CPU and GPU power for medium-intensity gameplay, such as: Fortnite, Destiny 2, The Sims 4, and Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. What it lacks in pure processing power, it makes up for in lightweight mobility and convenience.

Featuring an IPS anti-glare display and a red, backlit keyboard, it’s ideal for gamers who prefer immersive gaming in lower light. It weighs less than other gaming laptops in our roundup at just 4.39lbs, which makes it easier to carry than most gaming laptops.

An all-around great entry level gaming laptop that will get you fired up and straight into the action quickly, especially if you are moving between locations, around campus, between coffee shops and the like.

Specs
• 15.6″ 60Hz FHD (1080p)
• Anti-Glare IPS-Level Display
• Windows 10
• Processor: Intel Core i5-8300H Quad Core, 2.3GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5
• Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM
• Storage: 1TB
• Webcam: 720p
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x HDMI; 1 x USB 2.0; 2 x USB 3.0; RJ-45
• Battery: 48WHrs 4 Cell Li-Ion
• Weight: 4.39lbs
• Red Backlit Keyboard

4. OMEN by HP 15-DC0010CA, 15.6″

OMEN by HP 15-DC0010CA, 15.6Entry level hardware can play most modern PC games with ‘okay’ results, but to achieve super smooth framerates on high graphics settings you need a machine with powerful processors. That’s where OMEN by HP steps in.

This gaming laptop has a 6-Core i7 processor, GTX 1050 GPU, backlit keyboard, 12GB of SDRAM, and a great-looking 15.6″ IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit display. This is a fantastic pick for gamers seeking power for more demanding games like Battlefield V, Call of Duty: WWII, Final Fantasy XIV, and Fallout 76.

The Omen is pretty lightweight for a gaming laptop at 4.59lbs, and it includes a Bang & Olufsen sound card and DTS Headphone: X surround sound technology for a great, immersive audio.

Specs
• 15″ FHD (1080p)
• IPS Anti-Glare WLED-Backlit Display
• Windows 10
• Processor: Intel Core i7+8750H Hexa-Core (6 Core), 2.2GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
• Memory: 12GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
• Storage: 128GB SSD
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x HDMI
• Weight: 4.59lbs
• Backlit Keyboard
• Sound Card: Bang & Olufsen
• DTS Headphone: X Technology

Part 2. Gaming Laptops $1,500 to $2,000

Upgrading your gaming laptop to better specs doesn’t have to be expensive. At Walmart Canada, you can outfit your new rig with higher-end hardware with the price to match your gaming budget.

These next selections feature the best gaming laptops from $1,500 to $2,000 at Walmart Canada to give you the best deal on the gaming laptop of your dreams.

1. Acer Predator Helios 300 17.3″

Acer-PredatorsThe Acer Predator Helios 300 is a behemoth that just launched in early August 2018. With specs and features to make any gamer jealous, the Predator is a powerful, VR-ready rig that will take your gaming performance to a higher level.

Available at Walmart Canada, this laptop features a beautiful 17.3″ IPS display and is packed with an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, a high-powered GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, and 16GB RAM. The AeroBlade 3D Dual Fan Cooling system fans are made from metal and will keep your laptop cool during those long gaming marathon sessions.

Along with the GPU, a favourite feature of the Acer Predator is the 144Hz refresh rate, which is smoother than the typical 120Hz. This means the screen will show graphics more quickly and smoothly, which translates into higher FPS and lower screen lag. Backed up by plenty of memory and storage, the Acer Predator Helios 300 meets the recommended specs of most high-end video games with power to spare.

This new model has a list of pumped-up features, including:

• 17.3″ FHD (1080p)
• IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate
• Windows 10 Home
• Processor: 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8750H, 2.2GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB Dedicated
• Memory: 16GB DDR4 RAM
• Storage: 256GB + 1TB
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 2 x USB 2.0; 1 x USB 3.0; 1 x USB 3.1 Gen 1; RJ-45
• Weight: 6.61lbs
• Dual-Fan Cooling featuring all-metal AeroBlade 3D Fans
• Virtual Reality Ready[/su_expand]

2. Asus ROG 15.6″ Gaming LaptopAsus Rog 15.6

Featuring an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core CPU, this Republic of Gamers (ROG) laptop by Asus has a range of impressive specs. Featuring a GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 graphics chip, a FireCuda SSHD, and a 120Hz refresh rate with Wideview display, this model has even more bells and whistles to check off on your immersive gaming experience wishlist.

The 3.9GHz turbo-boosted pushes beyond the already superior speed of the processor. The ROG series has no problem meeting the recommended requirements of demanding titles, including: Final Fantasy XIV, Destiny 2, Battlefield V, Call of Duty Black Ops 4, and more.

This is one of our highest recommended gaming laptops in the high-end, mid-price category.

Specs
• 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
• 120Hz Refresh Rate
• HD Wideview display with ultra-fast 3ms response time
• Windows 10
• Processor: 8th Gen. Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, 2.2GHz (up to 3.9GHz)
• Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5
• Memory: 16GB DDR4
• Storage: 128GB PCIe SSD +1TB FireCuda Hybrid Drive (Solid-State Hybrid Drive)
• Wi-Fi Connection: Gigabit Wave 2 Wi-Fi (up to 1.73Gbps) with 2×2 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C; 1 x HDMI 1.5; Mini DisplayPort
• Weight: 5.4lbs
• Asus Aura Sync customizable RGB Gaming Keyboard
• 12V Fans for superior thermal performance
• Virtual Reality Ready

3. Asus ROG 17.3″ Laptop

Asus ROG 17.3_ LaptopFor those who prefer larger screens, you’ll appreciate the Asus ROG’s 17.3″ matte-finish display. With a 120Hz refresh rate and 1080p resolution, this display offers smooth graphics, low latency (lag) and quick, responsive control without over-taxing your graphics processor.

This larger version of the Asus ROG model is ideal for performance gaming and future-proofing. It features an Intel Core i7 Hexa-Core CPU and a VR-ready GeForce GTX 1060 GPU that can handle the most powerful games out there. The ROG ups the ante by offering a whopping 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and 1TB HDD.

Finding a laptop with the right price and amazing hardware can be tricky, and most of the time, gamers have to make compromises. You can have it all for a lot less with the Asus ROG 17.3″.

Specs
• 17.3″ FHD (1080p); Matte
• 120Hz Refresh Rate
• Windows 10
• Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, 2.2 GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
• Memory: 16GB DDR4
• Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11ac
• Ports: 1 x USB Type-C 3.2 (Gen 2); 4 x USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen 1); 1 x Mini DisplayPort; 1 x RJ-45
• Weight: 6.5lbs
• RGB (4-Zone) Keyboard

4. HP OMEN 15-DC0025CA 15.6″ Laptop

HP OMEN 15-DC0025CA 15.6_ LaptopThe high-end HP Omen 15 is a serious contender for the best gaming laptop under $2,000. It offers a balance of budget and power. The Omen features an Intel Core i7 6-Core CPU, a powerful GTX 1060 GPU, and 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD of storage.

The 15.6″ display is stunning with an IPS anti-glare, WLED-backlit screen. The 1080p resolution and a micro-edge bezel is the cherry on top for a superior visual experience. Weighing in at 5.56lbs, it sits somewhere in the middle in terms of weight. If you’re just itching to play a demanding game like the latest Call of Duty, this is the gaming rig for you.

Specs
• 15.6″ FHD (1080p)
• IPS Anti-Glare Micro-Edge WLED-Backlit
• Windows 10
• Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H Hexa-Core, 2.2 GHz
• Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
• Memory: 16GB DDR4-2666 SDRAM
• Storage: 1TB 7200 RPM HDD + 128GB SSD
• Wi-Fi Connection: 802.11 b/g/n/ac (2×2); Bluetooth 4.2 combo
• Ports: Multi-format digital media card reader; 2 x USB 3.0; 1 x Thunderbolt 3; DisplayPort 1.2; 1 x Mini DisplayPort; 1 HDMI 2.0; RJ-45
• Weight: 5.56lbs

Walmart Canada carries the best gaming laptops for a variety of budgets and for all types of gamers, from newcomers to enthusiasts. From entry-level to high-end models, you will find the perfect gaming laptop for your needs on Walmart.ca.

Games: Minimum Recommended Specs

We’ve put together a list of popular modern games and the recommended specs you should look for when choosing a gaming laptop. Note that these are the recommended specs offered by the manufacturer of each game, not the minimum specs. While it is possible to run some of these games with lower-spec hardware, it is not recommended to do so due to quality issues this would pose.

Battlefield V
• CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K or AMD FX-6350
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
• Memory: 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 50GB
• DirectX: Version 11.0 Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows 7 (64-bit)/8.1/10 [/su_spoiler] [/su_accordion]

Fortnite
• CPU: Intel Core i5, 2.8 GHz
• GPU: NVIDIA GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11
• Memory: 2GB VRAM, 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 20GB
• OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)/Mac OSX Sierra

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy
• CPU: Intel Core i5-750, 2.67GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 965, 3.4GHz
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
• Memory: 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 30GB
• DirectX: 9.0c Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows 7 or better

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
• CPU: Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD R9 390 / AMD RX 580
• Memory: 12GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 25GB
• DirectX: Version 11.0 Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows 10

Overwatch
• CPU: Intel Core i5 or AMD Phenom II X3, 2.8GHz
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 / ATI Radeon HD 7950
• Memory: 2GB VRAM, 6GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 5GB at 7200RPM
• OS: Windows Vista/7/8/10

Final Fantasy XIV
• CPU: Intel Core i7, 2.66GHz or faster
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460
• Memory: 768MB VRAM
• Hard Drive: 15GB install, 6GB or more for download
• DirectX: Version 9.0c
• OS: Windows 7 (32-bit/64-bit) and up

Star Wars Battlefront II
• CPU: Intel Core i7-6700 or AMD FX-8350 Wraith
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB
• Memory: 16GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 15GB
• DirectX: 11.1 Compatible Video Card or equivalent
• OS: Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit)/8.1/10 (64-bit)

The Sims 4
• CPU: Intel Core i5-750 or AMD Athlon X4
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 650 or better
• Memory: 4GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 10GB (with 1GB needed for each expansion pack)
• DirectX: 9.0c Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows XP/7 (64-bit)/8/8.1/MacOSX 10.75

Destiny 2
• CPU: Intel Core i5-2400, 3.4GHz / Intel Core i5-7400, 3.5GHz or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X, 3.6GHz
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4GB / GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon R9 390 8GB
• Memory: 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 68GB
• DirectX:
• OS: Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit)

Fallout 76
• CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K, 3.3GHz or AMD FX-8320
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB or AMD Radeon R9 380
• Memory: 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 50GB
• DirectX: 11 Version Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows 7/8/8.1/10 (64-bit)

Call of Duty WWII
• CPU: Intel Core i3-3225, 3.3GHz or AMD Ryzen 5 1400 (Highly recommended to have an i5 and equivalent or greater)
• GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 2GB / GTX 1050 or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB / AMD RX 550
• Memory: 8GB RAM
• Hard Drive: 25GB
• DirectX: Version 11 Compatible Video Card
• OS: Windows 7 (64-bit) or later

 

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