For most hardcore PC gamers, ensuring that you’ve acquired the best of the best when it comes to your gaming setup is an absolute must.
And while it has been the desktop that has proven to be the most efficient means of getting the most out of the latest games, in recent years, advancements in technology have helped a new breed of gaming laptops emerge as an essential part of any gamer’s arsenal.
All of the gaming laptops listed below bring their own unique strengths and weaknesses to the table– just like each and every prospective laptop-owner will have their own specific requirements – both budget-wise and in terms of hardware.
With that in mind, we’ve made sure to include everything from the best budget model to the major investment that will make you something of a demi-god to your peers.
So whether you’re looking for a machine that can help you dive into an immersive single-player experience or one that will keep you up to speed when playing online, here are five of the very best gaming laptops on the market today.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
We’ll kick things off with a big-hitter – the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. Undoubtedly one of the very best gaming laptops available, it offers the perfect mix of endurance and power – leading many notable figures within the industry to single it out as the greatest that money can buy.
You know you’re on to a winner when your battery life can challenge even the most durable of notebooks – with some reporting a gargantuan 11-hour runtime during testing.
When coupled with its scintillating performance and overall classy, streamlined feel, it’s easy to see why the ROG Zephyrus is being heralded by so many. Sure, it’s not a budget laptop by any means but with a starting price of around $1250, it’s a pretty reasonably priced release from market staples ASUS.
While its lack of webcam may be off-putting to some, we couldn’t help but give this model a shining endorsement – leaving it as one of the slicker and more desirable entries to this list.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 14 inches, 1080p | Weight: 3.5 pounds
Alienware m17 R3
The third and most recent edition of the m17 range from Alienware is without a doubt one of the most impressive machines to emerge in the last couple of years.
From first glance, you’ll notice its beautiful body and lightweight chassis – but if you think that its weight is an omen for sub-par performance, think again. Boasting some exceptional power and a stunning 17” 4K display – this could well be the most perfect mix of performance, overall aesthetic, and affordability out there.
With a starting price of $1679, it’s certainly no budget laptop – but if you’re looking to make a true statement with your next purchase, the Alienware m17 R3 truly does tick all of the boxes and judging by the feedback after its release, it has been nothing less than a major hit with those who purchased it.
With a Sporting Intel’s new 10th Gen H-Series processor, a Nvidia Super GPU, and a Tobii Eye Tracker to boot, you are getting your money’s worth with this one without question – making it a very attractive option to those looking to buy around that mid-range pricing level.
CPU: Intel Core i9-10980HK | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Super | RAM: 32GB | Storage: 2 1TB SSDs | Display: 17.3-inch display (4K) | Weight: 6.6 pounds
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model
In today’s world, where being compact is king, there is perhaps no better example of a trim, but powerful gaming laptop than the Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model.
With a price that starts at $1599, this 2019 edition of the popular Razer Blade series is easily the most impressive entry to date. As a slim-line model that offers the perfect mix of performance and portability, it may come as a surprise to some that this laptop packs such a punch in power.
Boasting the same aluminium body that came with its predecessor and the most up-to-date NVIDIA graphics chip available, it’s a gaming laptop that oozes class and one that you’ll enjoy using for even the most menial of tasks.
When the gaming does begin, its display and performance are of the highest level within the field and everything from its elite-level track-pad to its wide range of CPU/GPU options make this one of the finest gaming laptops out there.
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD | Display: 15.6-inch 1080p | Weight: 4.7 pounds
MSI GL63 8RC – 15.6-inch
Everybody’s gotta start somewhere and if you are, in fact, new to the world of gaming laptops, you’d be hard pressed to find a better and more suitable entry-level option than the MSI GL63.
Armed with an impressive set of specs that includes Intel’s Core i7 9750H,Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, you won’t break the bank with this model to the same extent as you might with some its more advanced counterparts.
With a starting price of around $899, the GL63 does indeed suffer in comparison to many of the others on this list due to its lack of an included SSD. Fear not, though, for as far as specs are concerned, given the price, the GL63 does bring quite a lot of good value to the table and as you would expect, upgrading the RAM and storage is always an option.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a cheaper laptop that houses a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card on the market today and in comparison to other budget models – both within and outside of the realms of gaming – this release by MSI does stand as a very useful machine, all things considered.
CPU: Intel Core i7 9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666 | Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD 60Hz IPS | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 3-cell 41 Whr | Dimensions: 15.07 x 10.24 x 1.14 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs
Power is the name of the game when it comes to 2020’s Area-51m from Alienware. With a truly unique looking magnesium-alloy chassis and a comfortable, unmistakeably modern keyboard and overall feel, you’re well and truly getting your money’s worth when you decide to invest in this absolute gem.
Given that its starting price comes in at around $3299, you’re looking at a long-time friend in the Area-51m and thankfully, Alienware have made it easier to keep this one by your side for many years to come, making the laptop fully future proof – allowing you to upgrade several key components such as CPU and GPU at your own discretion.
Not that it’ll need it for quite some time – given its desktop-grade Intel Core i9 CPU and full Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. Outstanding performance in every sense of the word is a given with the Area-51m.
Overall, this is an absolute monster of a gaming laptop, one that is built to last and more importantly, built to be enjoyed from the moment you pick it up and play.
CPU: Intel Core i7-9700 – i9-9900K | Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 – 2080 | RAM: 16GB – 64GB | Screen: 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz Anti-Glare IPS – 144Hz IPS NVIDIA G-SYNC | Storage: 1TB SSHD – 2TB RAID0 SSDs + 1TB SSHD