What a long way Gaming laptops have come. Gone are the days of the large, noisy, cumbersome chassis.
Nowadays, manufacturers know you want high power in a sleek, portable body. And that’s exactly what these top-of-the-line laptops are bringing.
Today’s best gaming machines are being used more commonly by non-gamers for things like animation, video editing and music production, so whatever your intentions, there may never have been a better time to ditch the console.
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However, we don’t advise buying a gaming laptop until you do a little research. Just because two laptops contain the same chip, doesn’t mean you can expect the same performance from both. Other factors, like cooling capabilities, will affect the performance of each laptop, respectively.
So let’s take a look at the best Gaming Laptops! We’re not going to rank these, as everyone’s needs and preferences are sure to be unique.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
This is a clear top-choice.
Specs: Display- 16″ (2560×1600) 165 Hz CPU- AMD Ryzen 7 5800H GPU- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Weight- 5.4 lbs./2.45 kg
Why Buy: Excellent high resolution display, awesome performance, and the best keyboard on the list. We also love the 16:10 aspect ratio.
Why Not Buy: Lower refresh rates, and a clunky body, combined with the very high cost, might not be preferable
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is an exceptional gaming laptop that reminds us of the ThinkPad with it’s wonderful, backlit keyboard and impressive performance.
ROG Strix Scar 17
The 360 Hz refresh rate on an FHD display has enough power for esports, and pretty much anything else.
Specs: Display- 17.3″ (1920×1080) 360 Hz CPU- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX GPU- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Weight- 5.95 lbs/ 2.7 kg
Why Buy: Great refresh rate, a comfy, backlit keyboard, excellent audio (especially low-end) and amazing production performance.
Why Not Buy: Extremely pricey, questionable aesthetic design.
If you’re using your gaming laptop to edit videos or for animation, the Strix Scar 17 is our top recommendation. It’s also a great choice for esports competitors.
MSI GE66 Raider
This is an absolute beast! The Raider is a more-than-capable business laptop, too.
Specs: Display- 15.6″ (1920×1080) 300Hz CPU – Intel Core i9-10980HK GPU- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Weight- 5.3 lbs./2.4 kg
Why Buy: Suberb gaming performance, display, and RGB light bar. We love the build of this laptop, even more than the others on the list.
Why Not Buy: The key board is fairly uncomfortable, and the audio isn’t great for the price.
Razer Blade 15
The best design among all others is also one of the strongest performers on the list!
Specs: Display- 15.6″ (1920×1080) 300Hz CPU- Intel Core i7-10875H GPU- Nvidia RTX 2080 Super Max-Q Weight- 4.7 lbs./ 2.1 kg
Why Buy: This gaming laptop is incredibly powerful, especially when considering how light and sleek it is! The port selection is terrific, as well.
Why Not Buy: The keyboard is the only part of the overall design we don’t find superior. Like the laptops listed above, you may not want to spend this much money on a gaming laptop.
Alienware M17 R4
The best performing laptop on the list is almost perfect.
Specs: Display- 17.3″ (1920×1080) 360 Hz CPU- Intel Core i9-10980HK GPU- Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 (165W TGP) Weight- 6.6 lbs./ 3kg
Why Buy: Based on performance alone, this laptop stands out, even among the more expensive gaming devices listed above. The design is very aesthetically appealing, and there is no better 17 inch gaming laptop available today.
Why Not Buy: The fan works great, but is very noisy. This is the heaviest laptop on the list.