Dual-core laptops have their place — they can be excellent laptops for surfing the Web or doing some minor computational tasks. That said, they’re not so great when it comes to, say, high-end gaming or tasks that require a lot of computational power — that’s where quad-core laptops come into play. With a quad-core laptop, you can easily handle some of the most high-end games right now, and on Extreme settings. Not only that, but with overclocking capabilities, you can push your processor to the limits as to what it can do.
So, a quad-core laptop sounds right up your alley, but with so many out on the market, what do you pick up for yourself? That’s why we constructed this list — to show you all of the best quad-core laptops available today. Let’s dive right in, shall we?
Lenovo IdeaPad 330
You might’ve heard the name “Lenovo” thrown around quite a bit, but that’s because it’s quickly becoming the go-to brand for all things in hobby and professional life. Lenovo makes a wide range of laptops to meet development needs, graphic and 3D modelling needs, drafting, regular business use, and for hobbies like gaming. That said, the IdeaPad 330 is an excellent choice that will keep things not only running smoothly, but provide you great screen clarity as well. Here’s some of our favorite highlights:
- 17.3-inch HD Plus LED Backlit (1600 x 900) Display
- 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 1.6GHz, overclock up to 3.4GHz
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- 1TB 5400RPM HDD
- Intel Wireless-AC WLAN
- Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
Dell Inspiron 15 5000
The Dell Inspiron line of laptops might not be the most attractive set available today, but they come equipped with some excellent hardware inside. This particular one will be able to handle just about any game on the market with its high-end hardware. Not only that, but it keeps visuals and text looking sharp and clear with its high-end display. Here’s some of the highlights on the specs that you’re getting under the hood:
- 7th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-7300HQ 2.50 GHz, overclock up to 3.5GHz.
- 15.6-Inches Full HD Anti-Glare LED-backlit (1920 x 1080)
- Dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB GDDR5 VRAM video card
- Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 NGW
- Bluetooth 4.2
- Red Back-Lit Keyboard for night use
- Windows 10 Home, 64-bit
MSI GL62M 7REX-1896US
MSI has been a brand name that has been around for years, providing consumers with high-end and professional computer parts to build their own PCs. Not only that, but they offer a number of laptops and all-in-one PCs that should offer excellent performance. That said, the MSI GL62M laptop is no different. Designed for gamers and high-end use, you should have no trouble getting top performance out of this one. Here’s what’s under the hood:
- 15.6-inch Full HD eDP 1920×1080 display
- Intel Core i7-7700HQ, clocked at 2.8GHz, but can overclock up to 3.8 GHz
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4G GDDR5
- 8GB of DDR4 RAM
- 128GB M.2 SSD, and a 1TB 5400RPM HDD
Dell might not be the first name that comes to mind when someone says “gaming laptop”, and they certainly might not have the “leet” appearance, but the Dell i7577-5421BLK is a laptop that you shouldn’t shy away from. With top hardware, this laptop is no slouch, allowing you to easily handle video games on “Extreme” settings. Here’s the hardware you’re getting under the hood:
- 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7300HQ, can overclock up to 3.5GHz
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- NVIDIA GTX 1060 Video Card
- 128 GB (SSD) Boot Drive, plus an additional 1TB 5400RPM HDD for standard storage
- 15.6″ FHD 1920 x 1080 IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
- Windows 10, 64-bit
ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71
If you want the best of the best for gaming, you can’t go wrong with what ASUS is offering in its high-end specialty line — the Republic of Gamers. It doesn’t have a particular name, but does have a hard to remember model number: GL552VW-DH71. This one has some pretty high-end hardware in it (though, a slightly dated video card, and a 6th Gen Intel CPU), so it can handle all of your games on “Extreme” without a hitch. Check out the hardware for yourself:
- 6th-generation Intel Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz
- 16GB RAM
- 1TB 7200RPM Storage; no SSD, but there is room to add one should you want to upgrade the laptop.
- 15.6 inches Matte IPS FHD display –1920 x 1080
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M video card
- GameFirst III technology prioritizes the flow of the game data across your network.
- USB Type-C port for more connections
As you can see, there are a lot of great quad-core laptops out on the market. We’ve listed just five of them here, but we think these are easily five of the best you can get today, at least with the ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71 coming in at #1 place.
Is there one you plan on picking up? Do you have a favorite quad-core laptop? Let us know what it is in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you!