Best overall: Alienware 17

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While the higher-end specs might be overkill for most people, you can land a mid-range Alienware 17 with enough power to run VR for about $1,750. This laptop is Oculus certified, meaning you have access to increased support should your Rift give you problems, and there are plenty of ports to handle the Vive or Windows Mixed Reality (WMR). The 17.3-inch display is big and beautiful, available in 1080p, 1440p, or 4K.

Bottom line: For the best VR-ready for most people, go with the Alienware 17.

One more thing: This laptop is compatible with the Alienware graphics amplifier if you need a bit more power.

Why the Alienware 17 is the best for most people

The Alienware 17 laptop was designed from the start to be ready for VR. The most important part of this laptop is the graphics card (GPU) — we have here either the NVIDIA GTX 1060, GTX 1070, or GTX 1080. All three will power VR, and prices rise accordingly for each.

Get up to a 4K resolution in your 17.3-inch display for times when you're gaming outside of VR, but you can save money by going with a 1080p option. After all, your face will mostly be inside a head-mounted display (HMD).

The middle configuration, available for about $1,750, has inside a seventh-generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor (CPU), 16G of DDR4 RAM, a 180GB solid-state drive (SSD) coupled with a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD), and an NVIDIA GTX 1070 with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM.

There are a ton of ports here that allow for easy VR connectivity, including two USB-A 3.0, HDMI 2.0, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C. If you need a solid laptop that's Oculus certified but nevertheless will work fine with the Vive and WMR, give the Alienware 17 a look.

Best budget: Lenovo Legion Y720

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The Legion Y720 (about $1,100) might not be the absolute cheapest laptop out there, but for the price you're getting an impressive set of hardware and a quality build. Get inside an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512GB PCIe SSD coupled with a 1TB HDD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM. All the ports you need are here, including three USB-A 3.0, HDMI, Thunderbolt 3, and DisplayPort, and the 15.6-inch FHD display is great for when you aren't in VR.

Bottom line: For a great VR laptop for less, have a look at Lenovo's Legion Y720.

One more thing: Check out our review of the Legion Y720 for more information.

Best 14-inch: Razer Blade

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Razer has always been known for svelte products, and the 14-inch Razer Blade (about $1,800) is no different — its body is only 0.7 inches (1.77cm) thick. The GPU is an NVIDIA GTX 1060 with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM which has plenty of power for your Rift or Vive, especially with 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to a 1TB PCIe SSD. The 1080p display is brilliant and is well-suited for a VR setup. The keyboard is backlit with a full spectrum of color, and plenty of ports, including three USB 3.0, one HDMI, and one USB Type-C, allow you to connect your VR rig.

Bottom line: For a great VR-ready laptop that isn't quite as big as the others, go for the Razer Blade.

One more thing: Be sure to have a look at the Pro version of the Razer Blade if you really want some serious power.

Best mobility: MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro

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If you're looking for a mobile 15.6-inch laptop, you've found it. The MSI GS63VR (about $1,730) comes with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which powers the laptop's 1080p display and your VR rig. You also get a seventh-gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU with a clock speed up to 3.8GHz, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB PCIe SSD coupled with a 2TB HDD. Despite its large, FHD display and powerful hardware, this laptop weighs less than four pounds and is 0.69 inches (1.75cm) thick.

Bottom line: For a 15.6-inch laptop that remains very mobile, have a look at the MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro.

One more thing: The SteelSeries keyboard has a full-color backlight that can be customized to your liking.

Best design: ASUS ROG Zephyrus

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The ROG Zephyrus (about $2,000) uses a Max Q design to fit a beefy NVIDIA GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 into a slim design with great thermals. Although is looks different than most other laptops, you're still getting ample power inside with an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. All the port you need are also here, including USB-A 3.0, HDMI, and USB-C.

Bottom line: Looking for a powerful laptop with a unique design? Check out the ASUS ROG Zephyrus.

One more thing: A 120Hz display in a laptop that's only 0.7 inches (1.77cm) thick? Outstanding.

Best 15-inch: Acer Predator Triton 700

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For a 15.6-inch 1080p laptop with a ridiculous amount of extra features, check out the Triton 700 from Acer (about $2,800). You're getting 32GB of DDR4 RAM, two 256GB PCIe SSDs in a RAID 0 configuration, Killer Internet with 2 x 2 MU-MIMO, a 7th-Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU, and a beefy NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM. The RGB keyboard uses mechanical switches for extra precision, the display has a 120Hz refresh rate, and you're looking at a bundle of ports, including Ethernet, HDMI, DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, and USB-A 3.0 and 2.0. All this in a laptop that's just 0.74 inches (1.88cm) thick? Sign me up.

Bottom line: For a 15-inch VR powerhouse, have a look at the Acer Predator Triton 700.

One more thing: Dual fans and five heat pipes help keep this laptop cool.

Best luxury: Origin EON17-X

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Origin's website allows you to build a VR laptop from the ground up. Choose up to an NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 VRAM, which has more than enough juice to power your Rift, Vive, or WMR and the laptop's 17.3-inch, 4K display.

Get up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM, an eighth-generation Intel Core processor, and plenty of SSD storage. You can even customize the laptop's case with stock and custom colors to best suit your style. Options vary widely, but you can expect to spend between about $2,000 and $4000.

Bottom line: For the luxury laptop built for you from the ground up, check out the Origin EON17-X.

One more thing: Even if you don't intend on spending this much on a laptop, it's fun to design a dream machine and save it for later.

Conclusion

For the best laptop for most people, you'll want to check out the Alienware 17. For mobility, have a look at either the 14-inch Razer Blade or the 15.6-inch MSI Stealth Pro, and if you're on a budget, have a look at the Lenovo Legion Y720. For a great design with impressive power keep an eye on the ASUS ROG Zephyrus or the Acer Predator Triton 700, and dare to dream with the Origin EON17-X.

Best Overall: Alienware 17

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While the higher-end specs might be overkill for most people, you can land a mid-range Alienware 17 with enough power to run VR for about $1,750. This laptop is Oculus certified, meaning you have access to increased support should your Rift give you problems, and there are plenty of ports to handle the Vive or Windows Mixed Reality (WMR). The 17.3-inch display is big and beautiful, available in 1080p, 1440p, or 4K.

Bottom line: For the best VR-ready for most people, go with the Alienware 17.

One more thing: This laptop is compatible with the Alienware graphics amplifier if you need a bit more power.

Updated March 8, 2018: We added the Acer Predator Triton 700 to this list to ensure you're still getting the best laptops for VR.