There are 2.47 billion gamers worldwide, and Newzoo projects that number will hit 2.7 billion by next year. In the U.S. alone, 3 out of 4 households have gamers, while 64% of homes own at least one gaming device. These figures underscore the immense popularity of gaming, which now includes serious gamers who play computing-intensive games such as Red Dead Redemption 2 and The Witcher 3: Wildhunt.
Yet while those games are ideal for PC owners, many people are more likely to own a laptop, which can be an issue as today’s AAA games have high system requirements. For gamers who want to play on the move, there are a wide range of high performing models available, with the gaming laptops on Adorama showing how brands like MSI, Acer, and ASUS have all designed devices that can match the requirements of graphic intensive games. Depending on the specs, gaming laptops can range from as low as $699 to a whopping $3,999 or even higher.
To accommodate all our readers, we’ve compiled this list of gaming laptops — starting with the budget-friendly all the way to the most expensive one.
1. Lenovo IdeaPad S340
Starting at: $659
- Display: 15.6” FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 60Hz
- CPU: Core i7-1065G7 Ice Lake CPU
- GPU: Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
- RAM: 8GB Optane DRAM
- Storage: 512 GB SSD
- Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Size: 14.1” x 9.6” x 0.7”
At this price point, the Lenovo IdeaPad S340 is a good score. It can run most games without lag thanks to its Ice Lake Intel i7 processor and Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 GPU. What’s more, the massive, clear screen makes playing an immersive experience. Its battery has lots of juice, too, which means longer playing time without the frequent charging.
2. Asus TUF FX505
Starting at: $1,099
- Display: 15.6”, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5 VRAM)
- RAM: 32GB DDR4, 2666 MHz ● Storage: 512GB SSD PCIe NVMe + 1TB HDD
- Weight: 4.9 pounds
- Size: 14.17″ x 10.31″ x 1.02″
You’d be hard-pressed to find a gaming laptop sporting the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, which is on par with the GTX 1080 and the Maxwell Titan X, with its 6GB GDDR memory, 8-pin power connector, tensor cores, and 1,880 MHz frequency. It’s a beast of a GPU that, when coupled with the AMD Ryzen 7, is perfect for high-performing gaming. It also comes with an 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD storage, plus a superior FHD IPS screen for ultimate viewing pleasure.
3. HP Pavilion Gaming
Starting at: $1,129
- Display: 15.6” FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
- GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (3GB GDDR5)
- RAM: 12GB DDR4, 2666 MHz ● Storage: 128GB SSD + 1000GB HDD
- Weight: 5.1 pounds
- Size: 14.37″ x 10.12″ x 1.00″
This elegant-looking, jet-black laptop is the spiritual successor to the equally impressive HP Pavilion 15T, which made it to our list of 10 best under $1,000 gaming laptops of 2019. Like the 15T, the HP Pavilion Gaming sports an Intel Core i7 processor, only faster. It also has a more powerful GPU, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q. w
4. Razer Blade
Starting at: $1,699
- Display: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) matte display 144 Hz IPS – OLED 4K
- CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (Hexa-core, up to 4.1GHz with Turbo Boost)
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 (8GB GDDR5 VRAM; Max-Q); Intel UHD 630
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 (dual-channel, 2,667MHz)
- Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD (NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4)
- Weight: 4.6 pounds
- Size: 13.98” x 9.25” x 0.70”
The Razer Blade is routinely named as one of the best gaming laptops on the market. It is still one of the best today, especially for its price point, with its Intel Core I7-8750H processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. Plus, you get all that in a stunning, super-thin package.
5. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
Starting at: $1,999
- Display: 15.6”, FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level anti-glare 240 Hz
- CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
- GPU: Nvidia RTX 2060 Max-Q
- RAM: 16GB DDR4
- Storage: 1 TB SSD
- Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Size: 15.9” x 10.8” x 1.0”
The Verge notes that the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 delivers, especially on the gaming front with its supercharged 4900HS and Max-Q combo complementing the G14’s AMD Ryzen 9 chipset. For years, the knock on AMD is that it can’t compete head-to-head with Intel’s best CPUs. The Ryzen 9, with its 8 cores, 16 threads, and 3.0 GHz clock speed, changes all that, making the G14 perfect for gaming.
6. Gigabyte Aorus 17G
Starting at: $2,238
- Display: 17-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS, 240Hz LCD
- CPU: Intel Core i7-10875H (8-core, 16MB cache, up to 5.1GHz
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q (8GB GDDR6)
- RAM: 16GB DDR4 (2,933MHz)
- Storage: 512GB SSD (PCIe)
- Weight: 5.95 pounds
- Size: 15.9 x 10.8 x 1.0 inches”
At over $2,000, the Gigabyte Aorus 17G provides desktop-level performance in a durable, rugged-looking laptop. It packs some serious punch with its powerful Intel Comet Lake-H i7 processor complemented by the equally impressive Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q GPU. Then, its 17-inch full HD screen all but guarantees the best view of your favorite game.
7. MSI GE65 Raider
Starting at: $2,699
- Display: 15.6”, FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-level anti-glare 240 Hz
- CPU: Intel Core i9-9880H
- GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, Intel UHD Graphics 630 (integrated)
- RAM: 32GB DDR4-2666
- Storage: 1TB SSD
- Weight: 5 pounds
- Size:14.1” x 9.8” x 1.1”
The MSI GE65 Raider more than justifies its exorbitant price tag. It’s sleek and stylish on the outside, but has a lot of power inside, boasting an i9-9880H CPU and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU. Put simply, think of it as a pricier, better looking, and more powerful version of the aforementioned the Gigabyte Aorus 17G.
8. Alienware 17 R5 AW17R5
Starting at: $3,974
Display: 17.3” QHD display
● CPU: 8th Gen Core i9-8950HK
● GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
● RAM: 32GB
● Storage: 512GB M.2 PCIe SSD
● Weight: 9.7 pounds
● Size: 16.7” x 13.1” x 1.1”
The Alienware series will always make lists like this one, as Alienware gaming laptops are mostly in a class of their own when you factor in price, speed, durability, resolution, display, memory, and hard drive space. The Alienware R5 AW17R5 is no exception, with its 8th Gen Core i9-8950HK CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 108 GPU. Needless to say, you’ll get your money’s worth with this powerful gaming rig.
So, what do you think? Did we cover the laptop you are after? If so, drop us a message here on B4Games. Send us a line, too, if you’ve got your own gaming laptop recommendations. After all, the more choices for our readers, the better.