THE BEST GAMING LAPTOP TO BUY 2020
The best gaming laptops come in all shapes and sizes and we picked out some of our favorites.
Gaming laptops have also gotten a lot thinner in the past three years. Some are still pretty chunky, especially the big 17-inch units, but compared to even just a few years ago, most of our picks have real potential to be nice, daily-use, powerful laptops that can also deliver a great gaming experience.
We've played around with a lot of different models from a variety of manufacturers, and in this guide, you'll find our personal recommendations and a buyer’s guide for the best gaming laptops currently available. We focused on the pros and cons of form factor, any unique traits, and used the benchmarking tool found in Assassin's Creed: Odyssey to help us compare the graphical performance of the models we tested--these benchmark numbers give us a rough indication of the average frames-per-second performance on the unit.
BEST GAMING LAPTOPS
1. Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model - 15.6-inch
The best gaming laptop
The Razer Blade base model has slightly lower specs, with a 6-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H CPU with 5.0 GHz max boost, up to RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics, a 144 Hz 1080p display or a 4K OLED non-touch display, and up to a 512GB NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD. Sadly, this model doesn't have an SD card slot.
The base model starts at $1,599 with GTX 1660 Ti graphics and a 144Hz 1080p display, and goes up to $2,299 with a 4K OLED display, RTX 2070 graphics and a 512GB SSD. The Advanced model starts at $2,599 with RTX 2070 Super graphics, a 512GB SSD and a 300Hz 1080p display, while the top-end $3,299 model features an OLED 4K touch display, GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics and a 1TB SSD.
2. Dell G3 15
The best budget gaming laptop with great battery life
Review Price: £779
Nvidia GTX 1050/1050 Ti/1060 GPU
Intel Core i5-8300H / i7-8750H
8GB RAM / 16GB RAM
15.6-inch Full HD screen
22.7 x 380 x 258mm
The Dell G3 15 (3579) is a mid-range gaming laptop that can run some of the biggest games in HD for a super-affordable price. There are four configurations that you can buy. The cheapest of them all comes in at a very wallet-friendly £690, which has a GTX 1050 GPU and an 8th Gen i5 Intel Core processor. If you’re happy to splash out more cash, though, you can upgrade the storage, CPU and GPU, with the GTX 1050 Ti and GTX 1060 cards on offer.
Our review unit has all the baseline specs of the Dell G3 range, just with a more generous helping of storage with the 256GB SSD. This model comes in at £779.
3. Asus TUF A15
The best mid-range gaming laptop
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB Graphics with ROG Boost
Octa-core AMD Ryzen 7 R7-4800H Processor (up to 4.2 GHz)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) 144 Hz IPS-Type display
512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, 16 GB DDR4 3200 MHz RAM, Windows 10 Home
Long-lasting 90 Whr Battery, Gigabit Wave 2 Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Durable MIL-STD-810H military standard construction
Dual fans with self-cleaning anti-dust technology to extend system longevity
RGB Backlit keyboard rated for 20-million keystroke durability
4. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin - 15.6-inch
The most stylish gaming laptop
High-quality, portable build.
Better-than-60fps gaming at appealing price via GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.
Long battery life for a gaming laptop.
Solid port selection.
512GB of storage in tester unit is a little tight for gaming.
A bit of lid flex.
5. Acer Predator Helios 300 - 15.6-inch
The best budget gaming laptop—GTX 1060 graphics for around $1000
The Helios 300 is available in multiple configurations, but my review system hit a price-to-performance sweet spot at $1,100. It's also available in the UK for £1,199 and Australia for AU$2,107. The only spec issue I had was its single 256GB SSD, which is too small. That amount is fine for an ultraportable, but it isn't going to go very far with modern PC games running 50GB or more. There's an empty M.2 SSD slot and a 2.5-inch drive bay, so you can easily add more, but you'll want to factor in that cost. Two other things that might turn you off: The laptop's USB-C port isn't Thunderbolt 3, and the Wi-Fi is 802.11ac, not the latest 802.11ax.
6. Lenovo Legion Y740 - 17.3-inch
A brilliant RTX-capable 17-inch gaming laptop
CPU: 2.20GHz Intel Core i7-8750H (hexa-core, 9MB cache, up to 4.10GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design (8GB GDDR5)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 SDRAM
Screen: 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080), NVIDIA ® G-SYNC, (144 Hz refresh rate)
Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD, 1TB HDD
Ports: USB-C, 1x USB 3.1 Gen 2, 2x USB 3.1 Gen 1, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, RJ45 Ethernet, 3.5mm audio jack, Kensington Wedge Lock Slot, NOVO hole
Connectivity: Killer Wireless 802.11 AC (2 x 2), Bluetooth 4.1
Camera: HD webcam (1,280 x 720)
Weight: 5.1 pounds (2.2kg)
Size: 14.2 x 10.5 x 0.88 inches (36.14 x 26.7 x 2.24cm; W x D x H)
7. Acer Predator Triton 500
The best all-around 15-inch RTX gaming laptop
Apart from the updated graphics card, the 2020 edition of the Predator Triton 500 also offers a fresh CPU. In this way, the PT515-52-70N3 model tested by us features a hexa-core processor from Intel's 10th Core-i generation. The Core i7-10750H replaces the very successful hexa-core model from 2019, the Core i7-9750H. The remaining components are also pretty good. 16 GB of DDR4 RAM (2x 8 GB in dual-channel mode) and a 512 GB NVMe SSD are now part of the standard repertoire in gaming laptops. Meanwhile, a Full HD screen with lightning-fast 300 Hz takes care of the image reproduction. The package is rounded off by Windows 10 64-bit in the Pro Edition. Cost of the test device (we couldn't find a completely identical configuration in German online shops so far): About 2,500 Euros (~$2,702).
8. MSI GL63 8RC - 15.6-inch
The best entry-level gaming laptop
MSI GL63-8RC is a stylish and powerful Gaming Laptop and is powered by Intel HM370 processor clocked at a speed of 2.3 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4 GHz and sports a 15.6 inch Full HD LED Backlit Wideview Anti-glare TN Display that comes with a resolution of 1920 X 1080 pixels,so the picture quality is crisp and detailed.The screen size is big enough for an enriching gaming, surfing and video watching experience.On the memory front, the laptop is equipped with a hard drive of 1 TB and a 8 GB DDR4 RAM,thereby making it possible to store ample amount of data.All the above features ensure that you breeze through all your tasks throughout the day.The connectivity options available on the device are Yes,Bluetooth v5.0.It is backed up by a 6 cell Lion battery that keeps the device running for upto NA hours or a considerable amount of time.It is loaded with Dual and Nahimic 3 Audio Technology Delivering 360 Degree Immersive Audio Experience, 5x Bigger Giant Speakers for Captivating Realism for a great audio experience.
9. MSI GS75 Stealth
The best 17 inch gaming laptop for RTX
This laptop normally sells for $2,899, but is now marked down to $2,599, making for a total 10% discount. With a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, 32GB of memory, a 1TB SSD and a 144Hz display, this laptop focuses on packing high performance into a sleek, classy exterior that doesn’t immediately shout gamer. Hence the name. In our MSI GS75 Stealth review, it beat the category average for performance in Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s highest settings benchmark by 16 frames, giving it a score of 68 fps over the average of 52. It also hit 109 fps on Hitman’s ultra settings, beating out the 97 fps average.
10. Asus ROG Strix GL503VS-DH74 Scar Edition
The best 15-inch desktop replacement laptop
CPU:Intel Core i7-8750H |GPU:Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 |RAM:16GB DDR4-2666 |Screen:15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) wide-view 144Hz with G-Sync |Storage:256GB NVMe SSD, 1TB FireCuda SSHD |Battery:64 Whr |Dimensions:10.3 x 15.2 x 1.0 inches |Weight:5.6