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Best Gaming Laptops

Gaming laptops featuring the top CPUs and GPUs today are surprisingly well-stocked during a global shortage, and that makes these diminutive machines, a quick and easy way to get hold of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series GPU or AMD Ryzen 5000-series processor.

Gaming laptops actually have a lot to offer as your primary gaming PC these days. They’re not necessarily on par with the best desktop gaming PC in terms of raw performance, but today’s notebooks are far slimmer, quieter, and more powerful than those that came before. Do you want high refresh rate screens? No problem. Do you want high resolution too? You got it. The latest GPUs with ray-tracing acceleration? Of course!

Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
Desktop-replacement performance

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H – 9 5900HS – Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080 – RAM: Up to 32GB – Screen: 15.6-inch QHD (1440p), 165Hz, 3ms, 300 nits – Storage: 1TB

REASONS TO BUY
+ Outstanding performance
+ Incredible battery life
+ Great price

REASONS TO AVOID
– No webcam
– Tenkeyless keyboard

The Asus ROG Zephyrus line has produced some of the best gaming laptops out there, and the new ROG Zephyrus G15 is no exception. Fitted with the latest and most powerful AMD Ryzen and Nvidia RTX 3000 series, they’re incredibly powerful and able to see you through the most demanding games. Of course, that legendary battery life has made an appearance, as well as that stylish chassis. If you want a high-performing gaming laptop that’s affordably priced to boot, nothing beats this one.

Asus TUF Dash F15
Affordable CAN mean sheer power

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-11375H – Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 – RAM: Up to 16GB DDR4-3200 – Screen: Up to 15.6-inch WQHD anti-glare 165Hz IPS-level display with Adaptive Sync – Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Long battery life
+ Super thin and light
+ Strong gaming performance

REASONS TO AVOID
– No webcam
– Keyboard lighting color can’t be changed

The Asus TUF line is no stranger to affordable great performers. Last year’s Asus TUF A15, for instance, was simply brilliant while keeping things accessible to budget-conscious gamers. The Asus TUF Dash F15 is back to preserve that affordability while also delivering brute strength. It brings in Intel Tiger Lake processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, and up to a 240Hz 1080p display without costing a fortune while also keeping things light, thin, and military-grade durable.

Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)
New age hardware, old school vibes

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7 – Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 Series – RAM: Up to 64GB – Display: 17.3-inch FHD 300Hz NTSC 72% IPS panel – Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Incredible mechanical keyboard
+ Powerful gaming performance
+ 300 Hz display

REASONS TO AVOID
– No upgraded design
– Extremely heavy

A tactile mechanical keyboard and a 300Hz refresh rate display are just the beginning. The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) touts an incredible gaming performance that might just be worthy of desktop gaming PCs. With one of the RTX 3000 GPUs under the hood, this will see you through the most graphics-intensive games, including competitive ones. And, because of its impressive battery life, you can do so away from a power source.

Alienware m17 R4 (2021)
Big. Powerful. Beautiful.

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: Up to 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10980HK – Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 – RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4 2933MHz – Screen: 17.3″ UHD 60Hz 25ms 500-nits display – Storage: Up to 4TB SSD + 512GB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Blazing fast performance
+ Stylish chassis
+ Plenty of ports

REASONS TO AVOID
– Expensive
– Basically no battery life

It’s not always going to be substance over style. The Alienware m17 series continues to prove this with the new Alienware m17 R4, an extremely powerful gaming laptop with plenty of ports and an extremely stylish chassis that lights up like a Christmas tree. That way, you can play all the latest AAA games smoothing and in style. Of course, this being one of the fastest gaming laptops in 2021, it won’t be cheap. However, if you have the money, you’ll be glad you chose this.

Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition
AMD’s swing at the high-end

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX – Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800M – RAM: 16GB – Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1080pp), 300Hz – Storage: 512GB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent performance
+ Jaw-dropping battery life

REASONS TO AVOID
– Some growing pains

Powerful great-value laptops aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, so when one does come out every now and then, we’re only too happy to test it out. The Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition, one of the latest best value laptops to hit the streets, is AMD’s successful swing at the high-end, boasting AMD’s top processor and GPU. But, it isn’t just its performance that takes center stage here. That battery life is astounding as well, especially considering those powerful specs.

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)
RTX 3000 gaming goodness

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7 – Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080 – RAM: Up to 32GB – Screen: 17.3″ Full HD 360Hz – 17.3″ 4K Touch 120Hz – Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Extremely powerful
+ Gorgeous display
+ Great performance at 1080p

REASONS TO AVOID
– Very expensive
– Gaming at 4K needs tweaking

If you’re looking for an absolute beast, the best gaming laptop for you might just be this follow-up to Razer’s 17-inch leviathan. More than just a gaming portable, it makes for an excellent mobile workstation for creators as well – although gamers who have the cash will appreciate the RTX 3000 GPU, up to 64GB of memory, and display with fast refresh rates. It’s pretty expensive, though, so unless you need all that power or you just have the money to throw away, you really have to make sure you’ll make the most of it.

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733
The best of AMD and Nvidia

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX – Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 – RAM: 16GB – 64GB – Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 anti-glare – 17.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 anti-glare display – Storage: 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent performance
+ Cool design
+ Brilliant mechanical keyboard

REASONS TO AVOID
– Expensive
– Poor battery life

One of the most powerful gaming laptops that money can buy in 2021, the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 barely breaks a sweat. That excellent performance is due to the impressive specs it’s kitted out with, which also sadly put out of most people’s reach, price-wise. If you can afford it, however, there are a few other things you’ll love about it, including that unapologetic design that lights up like Christmas due to its resplendent RGB lighting and that optical-mechanical keyboard that’s simply one of the best we’ve experienced on a laptop. This is among the best of the best out there, and a worthy consideration if you’re not limited by your budget.

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Nearly perfect

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H – Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3070 – RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz – Screen: 16-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS 500 nits, 165Hz – Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Incredible gaming performance
+ Fantastic QHD display
+ Excellent hardware controls

REASONS TO AVOID
– On the heavy side
– Fairly generic design

Hands down one of the best gaming laptops we’ve tested, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro comes with all the makings of a nearly perfect portable for gaming. Its incredible performance is matched only by that gorgeous QHD IPS screen with up to 500 nits of brightness, Dolby Vision, and up to a 165Hz refresh rate. It also boasts excellent hardware controls, admirable battery life, and a full-sized keyboard. Budget-minded gamers will also appreciate the fact that while it’s among the best in its class, it’s also reasonably priced, making it a better value than its peers.

Dell G5 15 SE (2020)
A fantastic value

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H – 7 4800H – Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 5600M – RAM: 8GB – 16GB – Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-touch Narrow Border WVA Display – 15.6 inch FHD (1920×1080) 300nits WVA Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display(non-touch), 144Hz refresh rate – Storage: 256GB – 1TB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Excellent CPU performance
+ Very affordable for a gaming laptop
+ Quick and vibrant display

REASONS TO AVOID
– Gets pretty hot under strain
– Plastic build feels flimsy

Though Dell has its premium lines, it’s also been very good at building excellent budget machines. The Dell G5 15 SE (2020) is a very good example of that, touting impressive AMD specs, especially in the CPU department, to keep costs down without compromising performance. This is among the very few gaming laptops out there that are affordable and also deliver a staggering performance for the price, with a stunning display to boot. Of course, being a budget gaming laptop, some sacrifices have been made – namely, in the chassis and with heat management. However, this is still a great gaming laptop.

Razer Blade 14
Portability and performance

SPECIFICATIONS
CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX – Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080RAM: 16GB – Screen: 14-inch 144Hz Full HD – 14-inch 165Hz QHD – Storage: 1TB SSD

REASONS TO BUY
+ Beautiful chassis
+ Rigid
+ Thin and light

REASONS TO AVOID
– Expensive
– Lower performance than other laptops

A luxurious portable option comes in the form of a Razer, naturally. The manufacturer’s latest gaming laptop release, the Razer Blade 14, comes with lots of power with a Ryzen 9 from the 5000 series as well as the most powerful Nvidia 3000 graphics. That means you can pretty much play the latest AAA game on it without lugging a heavy device around with you. At 0.66 inches thick and just under 4lb, that thin and light chassis is definitely a boon to gamers who often travel. Luckily, it also boasts a luxe design so you won’t hesitate to pull it out at a cafe or on a train. Of course, things are still solid, from performance to build.

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