The Best Gaming Laptop in 2019

It's a banality to ridicule Walmart, however there's a trace of validity at the focal point of the jokes. The retail goliath's notoriety at low costs over excellent seems, by all accounts, to be very much earned. Take, for instance, the Overpowered Gaming Laptop 17+ ($1,699; as of now set apart down to $999): Walmart's first endeavor at a house-brand gaming PC. The framework is economical and the majority of its specs look great on paper. Be that as it may, its diminish show, flimsy certifiable gaming execution and inadequately structured power rope make it an extreme proposal at its the maximum.

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Evaluating and Configurations

The Overpowered 17+ comes in only one setup ($1,699, yet regularly set apart down), which at any rate makes it simple to recognize what you're getting. You'll get a 256GB SSD, a 2TB hard drive and 32GB of RAM, notwithstanding an Intel i7-8750H processor and a Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU. This is pretty much in accordance with what the machine's rivals offer, albeit careful hard-drive and RAM particulars fluctuate by model.


To give credit where it's expected, the Overpowered 17+ gets focuses directly off the bat for looking great without being overdesigned. The machine's dark plastic undercarriage is unassuming, and the silver "Overwhelmed" logo on the cover isn't so forceful as a portion of its rivals' plans.

The machine isn't offensively huge or substantial, estimating 15.6 x 10.3 x 1 inches and weighing 5.7 pounds.

Contrasted with the Acer Predator Helios 500 (16.9 x 11.7 x 1.5 inches; 8.3 pounds), the Alienware 17 R5 (16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches; 9.8 pounds) and the Asus ROG Strix Scar II (GL704GM) ($15.7 x 10.7 x 1.0 inches; 6.28 pounds), the Overpowered is effectively one of the lightest and slimmest gaming workstations in its size class. This is in any event incompletely because of the screen's about bezelless plan, which gives you much more land than you may anticipate.

The one thing I didn't generally comprehend was the LED light bar on the base portion of the workstation. There's a slight piece of lighting on the facade of the body, just beneath the touch bar. Be that as it may, this tasteful touch doesn't generally fill any need, since you're the main individual who will see it, and it doesn't serve to light up anything. I'm not over a simply decorative light from time to time, yet this is an odd spot for one, considering you'll never really take a gander at it.


The Overpowered 17+ offers a liberal grouping of ports. On the left, you'll discover a Kensington lock, an Ethernet port, a USB 2.0 port and two 3.5-millimeter sound jacks: one for mics and one for earphones. On the right, there's a SD card peruser and two USB 3.0 ports.

It's not until you get to the back that structure issues begin to raise their terrible heads. For reasons unknown, Walmart squirreled the USB Type-C port the whole distance in the back, alongside two Mini DisplayPorts and a HDMI port. I comprehend why the visual ports ought to go in the back of the gadget, yet USB Type-C is the quickest method to charge most new devices, and it's not going anyplace at any point in the near future.

The Overpowered 17+ has one of the most noticeably bad power ports of any PC we've at any point checked on.

Having it at the back of the gadget is a mind blowing burden, especially in case you're going to utilize the PC as your constantly associated home machine - which, given its cost, is truly practical.

Or on the other hand, rather, it would be achievable, notwithstanding the power port. Our associates at Tom's Hardware rushed to call attention to that the Overpowered 17+ has one of the most noticeably bad power ports of any PC we've at any point explored, and making a decision by surveys from different outlets and Walmart clients, we were not the only one.

Everything about the power line is free. When I initially grabbed the block, the connector rope promptly dropped out, despite the fact that I hadn't connected any weight to it. More regrettable still, the jack doesn't fit into the port legitimately, implying that you need to finagle it into spot every single time you use it. On the off chance that you prod the framework marginally, the line will drop out. Or on the other hand more terrible still, the string will remain set up, however quit charging the machine. There's no genuine method to know, but to watch out for the battery marker in Windows. Any reasonable person would agree that for a workstation, especially one with a unimportant battery life (more on that later), this is a lethal blemish.


When I previously opened up the Overpowered 17+'s top and saw the beautiful 17.3-inch, 1080p screen with scarcely any bezels to keep it down, I was idealistic. In any case, the more I utilized it, the more I understood that it didn't satisfy its plan potential.

While I was playing Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales, the diversion's energetic wide open appeared somewhat dull, with quieted green trees, brilliant protection and blue streams. All alone, it wasn't so awful, however beside a devoted gaming screen, the Overpowered 17+ made a lovely diversion look simply acceptable.

The greatest issue is that the screen simply isn't that brilliant. It maximizes at 260 nits - which, to be reasonable, isn't that not the same as the Asus ROG Strix Scar II's 261 nits. Be that as it may, it's dimmer than the Acer Predator Helios 500 (276 nits) and far from the Alienware 17 R5 (352 nits) or the classification normal for gaming workstations (290 nits).

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Then again, the Overpowered 17+'s shading extent of 120 percent surpasses the classification normal (115 percent) just as three of its nearest rivals (108 percent for the Acer; 110 percent for the Alienware; 114 percent for the Asus).

Console and Touchpad

At the point when Walmart first declared the Overpowered line, the retailer guaranteed that every workstation would accompany genuine Cherry MX Brown switches. Numerous analysts (myself included) were promptly wary of this case; all things considered, Cherry MX Browns are costly, top notch items, however they additionally don't commonly fit into slimline PCs.

All things considered, there probably been a miscommunication some place, since the keys are mechanical, yet unquestionably not Cherries. (The Walmart site presently basically records them as "mechanical RGB LED keys." I couldn't discover a brand, even in the wake of prying off the keycaps.) I'm conflicted about this. From one perspective, it's quite often preferred to have mechanical keys over layers, for both solace and sturdiness purposes.

Indeed, even with mechanical switches, the Overpowered's key travel feels shallow.

Then again, the Overpowered 17+'s mechanical keys don't feel all that vastly improved than a good layer show. The 1.8-mm key travel isn't so not quite the same as the 1.6 mm on the Acer, and the Alienware really offers a substantially more agreeable 2.1 mm. (The Asus has just 1.4 mm, so the Overpowered 17+ is better in such manner, at any rate.)

Indeed, even with mechanical switches, the Overpowered's key travel feels shallow and bottoms out effectively. They're likewise not the most dependable keys. While composing, I would every now and again miss letters or press two keys together - which isn't difficult to do, since they're packed together so intently. You do get a full number cushion, however, which is useful.

You likewise get full RGB lighting for the console, which is something of an irregularity, even among committed gaming models. While you can't reconstruct every individual key, there are an assortment of examples, including a somewhat alluring rainbow plan. You can likewise make the entire console a solitary shading, on the off chance that you favor some solidarity in your life. The lighting isn't too splendid, be that as it may, even with the splendor turned up the whole distance, yet it's pleasant to have and simple to control with the OP Control Center programming.

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The 5.2 x 2.8-inch touchpad decidedly overshadows most other gaming PC touchpads, which may be pleasant in the event that it really functioned admirably, however that is not the situation: The touchpad has a safe, plasticine feel, which makes it troublesome for you to drag your fingers crosswise over it.

And still, at the end of the day, it's frequently inert, and its right-and left-click catches have no unmistakable depictions from whatever is left of the cushion. Since it's a gaming workstation, you'll undoubtedly be utilizing a mouse more often than not, however I can't envision endeavoring to quit fooling around work finished with the Overpowered 17+ on a transport or a plane, especially in the event that it required any sort of exactness.


It really is great that the Overpowered 17+ has an earphone jack and a ton of USB ports, since you're most likely going to need some gaming earphones. The implicit speakers are tranquil as well as produce incredibly level and slender sound. Indeed, even with the volume turned up the whole distance, my Flogging Molly tracks achieved just a somewhat irritating volume, while at lower levels, they weren't capable of being heard in any way.

Obviously, the speakers aren't generally capable of giving great diversion sound, either. Music, exchange and audio effects all sounded truly obfuscated in Thronebreaker. In multiplayer diversions like StarCraft: Remastered and Destiny 2, this inadequacy was considerably progressively perceptible. Directional sound scarcely comes through, and it very well may be difficult to tell whether you're being shot at or if some piece of your base is enduring an onslaught.

Fortunately, this is by all accounts an issue with the speakers as opposed to the sound card, in light of the fact that everything sounds fine with a headset connected. Simply make certain to have one convenient before you get the Overpowered 17+.

Gaming, Graphics and VR

Controlled by a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB VRAM, the Overpowered 17+ beats the classification midpoints for gaming in numerous regards, yet at the same time misses the mark concerning its nearest rivals. The framework pulled 37 outlines for each second with Rise of the Tomb Raider set to 1080p on Very High designs settings. That is superior to the 34-fps normal, yet not exactly in the same class as the Asus (37 fps; GTX 1060) and a lot more fragile than the Acer (55 fps; GTX 1070) and the Alienware (68 fps; GTX 1080).

The Overpowered 17+ pulled off 71 fps against a class normal of 66 fps for Hitman. Be that as it may, the Asus pulled 73 fps, the Alienware pulled 99 fps and the Acer pulled 103 fps. Think about additionally Middle-earth: Shadow of War, where the Overpowered 17+ missed the mark concerning the 62-fps classification normal, scoring 53 fps. That is likewise beneath the Asus' 73 fps, the Alienware's 95 fps and the Acer's 82 fps.

In genuine testing, the machine could surely deal with requesting amusements at high settings. Be that as it may, the experience was never as reliable as I would have preferred. From Destiny 2 to Thronebreaker, the recreations would infrequently amaze and slack before coming back to a steady edge rate. It never happened more than once at regular intervals or something like that - yet it likewise occurred amid each amusement session, at some point or another. Amid a solitary player amusement, this is a disturbance; amid multiplayer recreations, it's a capital punishment.

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For VR devotees, the framework can deal with the innovation acceptably well, gaining a 7 out of 11 on SteamVR's execution test. Without a doubt, the Asus earned 7.4, the Alienware earned 11 and the Acer earned 10.4, however the Overpowered 17+ exceeded the 6.2 classification normal.


Aside from gaming, the Overpowered 17+ took care of everyday assignments great. I perused Facebook and Twitter, browsed my email, viewed a Netflix video, gushed music in Spotify and chipped away at two diverse Microsoft Office programs - all with no lull, on account of the framework's Intel i7-8750H processor and 32GB of RAM.

The Overpowered 17+ improved on general benchmarks than it did on gaming benchmarks, strikingly enough. On the Geekbench 4.1 execution test, the framework earned a score of 22,633, easily beating the class normal (20,220) just as the Acer (211,94; Intel Core i9-8950HK), the Alienware (21,333; Intel Core i9-8950HK) and Asus (19,572; Intel Core i7-8750H).

In like manner, transcoding a 4K video into 1080p took 8 minutes and 59 seconds on the Overpowered 17+, contrasted with 11:27 for the class normal, 9:33 on the Acer, 9:10 on the Alienware and 11:37 on the Asus.

Coordinating names and addresses on an enormous Excel spreadsheet took the Walmart workstation 35 seconds, while the Acer took 40, the Alienware took 42 and the Asus took 46. (The class normal was 49.) Granted, it is anything but a night-and-day distinction, yet the Overpowered 17+ offers a lot of intensity for ordinary office work.

The main spot where the workstation truly tumbled down was in taking 25 seconds to exchange 5GB worth of information from a USB drive to its 2TB SATA hard drive, for an exchange rate of 200MB/second. Its three nearest rivals took a large portion of that time, or less.

Battery Life

The Overpowered 17+ essentially does not have extremely great battery life, which is particularly tricky, given that it is so hard to charge the darned thing. The Laptop Mag Battery test (which comprises of ceaseless web surfing over Wi-Fi) evaluated it for 2 hours and 36 minutes, which missed the mark regarding the 4:15 normal. The Acer likewise overseen just 2:36, yet the Alienware and Asus improved, at 3:47 and 3:37, separately. Nobody anticipates that a gaming workstation should keep going particularly long, given how much squeeze its equipment channels, however 2.5 hours won't keep going for half of a crosscountry flight.


The webcam on the Overpowered 17+ is not much, yet it takes care of business. When I video talked into the Tom's Guide morning meeting, my picture watched washed out and somewhat grainy, despite the fact that the camera completed a genuinely great job catching subtleties like the plan on my shirt.

Moreover, my collaborators depicted the mouthpiece as "tinny" and "muted," so a gaming headset is likely your most solid option in the event that you mean to complete a great deal of multiplayer.


The Overpowered 17+ got a lot more sizzling than we'd trusted, especially on its touchpad and console (101 degrees and 102 degrees Fahrenheit, individually). Workstation Mag esteems anything more than 95 degrees excessively hot for an all-inclusive timeframe - which is the reason it's especially dangerous that the underside of the Overpowered 17+ achieved 99 degrees. It won't consume your jeans off, however in the event that you don't have a table convenient, don't hope to utilize the PC for such long.

Programming and Warranty

Fortunately, the Overpowered 17+ is tolerantly free of bloatware, accompanying only the standard cluster of Windows 10 programs and an Overpowered Control Center application for the console.

Guarantee data is somewhat harder to parse. On its site, Walmart guarantees a "2-year guarantee" on the gadget, yet never illuminates precisely what that covers. This is befuddling, since the client manual expressly indicates a one-year guarantee, with work costs secured for just the initial 90 days. (Regardless, the end client is in charge of transportation costs.)

The organization doesn't offer any signs with respect to what work may cost past the initial 90 days, so you would be advised to trust that nothing turns out badly - and take a screen capture of the "2-year guarantee" guarantee on the site, in the event of some unforeseen issue.

Primary concern

Despite the fact that the Overpowered 17+ looks extraordinary on paper, its genuine execution fails to impress anyone. It doesn't satisfy increasingly experienced gaming brands on benchmarks, and an entire host of minor defects block ordinary gaming in perceptible ways.

This isn't to imply that the item is irredeemable, however - particularly in the event that you can get it marked down (the $1,000 cost is extremely enticing). Also, the framework has great specs, and it can to be sure run some requesting amusements at high settings. It's useful for profitability, as well - in the event that you can wrangle the junky control string.

In any case, similar to a ton of Walmart items, it's difficult to shake the inclination that the PC was cobbled together out of the least expensive conceivable parts, and there's a familiar adage that it's costly to be shoddy. I wonder to what extent the framework will last, and how simple it will be to fix once the sketchy guarantee time frame lapses.

I won't state that you ought to totally maintain a strategic distance from the Overpowered 17+. It's reasonable and offers better than average specs at the cost. However, on the off chance that you can spring for a progressively premium workstation, for example, the Predator Helios 500 ($1,999 beginning) or Alienware 17 R5 ($1,399 beginning), you'll be in an ideal situation over the long haul.

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