2. Alienware 14
It's not the thinnest. It's not the lightest. But, Alienware has earned the reputation of being the "gamiest." Alienware laptops might be great for game play, but they're also perfectly suited for general use too. And parent company Dell has refreshed the entire Alienware line for Haswell. For example, the Alienware 14 like other very high-end laptops is offered with a 4th-gen Intel Core i7-4900MQ quad-core processor, up to 16 GB of 1,600MHz DDR3 memory, a 512-GB SSD, a slot-loading dual-layer Blu-ray reader and discrete Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory driving a 14-inch IPS display that puts out 1,920 x 1,080 -- just right for the high-performance computing required for scientific applications, oil and gas exploration, medical imaging, CAD/CAM, and entertainment and media production ... or to play DayZ. It has ports galore, including Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band Wi-Fi with 802.11ac high-speed support and dual video output. List pricing starts at $1,199; weight starts at around 6 pounds.