Best Gaming Laptops Of 2020 [Updated June]

Nowadays, choosing the best gaming laptop can be a challenging task. In the recent past, prices of the components have been dropping, SSDs are becoming cheaper and the technology is advancing rapidly. You are assured of getting value for your money with lightweight laptops that offers high resolutions along with increased speed and performance. Also, due to the ever-increasing variety of gaming laptops in the market, it can be difficult to pick the best laptop that will suit your needs.

Before deciding on the best gaming laptop, you should consider the following factors.

  1. Graphics

The graphics card or GPU is one of the major factors to consider when choosing a gaming laptop. Its main function is to process the data and transmit the images on the display. Nvidia Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. are the most common graphics chips companies in the market. Recently, Nvidia updated their GPUs to a 10-series pascal microarchitecture. The updated GPUs offers performance similar to the desktop-PC graphics cards

Nvidia GPUs are labelled with a modelling number which denotes performance. The higher the model number, the higher the performance. For instance, Nvidia GTX 1080 is more powerful with high-quality graphics than the GTX 1070 or the GTX 1060. A powerful GPU enables the user to play the latest AAA games at high resolutions. Adding a second GPU can help to enhance performance although it is a rare and expensive option.

  1. Processor

The Central Processing Unit (CPU) is considered to be the heart of a personal computer. Quad-core 7th generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 CPU are the most common processors in gaming laptops. These processors are based on the Kaby Lake chipset. However, Intel launched the 8th generation CPUs that are based on Coffee Lake chipset. The new chipset is expected to increase gaming speed and improve performance.

Gaming laptops with lower processing power such as Core i3 have low gaming performance and cannot support certain functions. However, high processing power such as Core i5 and above improves performance and quality of gaming. It is very difficult to upgrade the processor unlike other parts such as memory, graphics cards, and storage. Therefore, the general advice is that you should choose a gaming laptop that has the best processor for your needs.

  1. Memory

Memory is also another important factor to consider when choosing a gaming laptop. In order to have a smooth gaming experience, the laptop should have enough memory. A good gaming computer should have a RAM of at least 8GB and above. Increased memory enables the user to have more than one gaming session while still performing other tasks such as video streaming.

Video Memory (VRAM) is also an important aspect of the gaming laptop. VRAM enables the GPU to function properly without glitches. In addition, it also helps to store different frames, textures and other properties displayed on the monitor. Hence, it is recommendable to consider a laptop with high VRAM.

  1. Resolution

Even though the 1080P resolution is the most common with gaming laptops, the 3K resolution has been gaining popularity in the recent past. The 3k resolution provides clearer images on the display since it has three times more resolution than 1080P. However, in order to use the 3K resolution, you should consider increasing the size of the graphics processors to at least GTX 870/880M.

  1. Budget

Gaming laptops require high-end components than normal PCs and therefore their prices are consequently higher. In most cases, the price starts at $600 and go up to $1200. However, high-end gaming laptops can be pricier. At this price range, you can get a laptop that can play games at high resolution.

 

Below are some of the top ten models that are currently on the market

 

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 15.6-inch

The GS65 Stealth laptop is designed to provide you with everything you need in a gaming computer. This laptop is thin and light enough to provide high levels of convenience and portability. For instance, it has a thickness of 18mm and 4.9mm thin screen bezels. This makes the laptop to have a chassis size that is smaller than most gaming laptops in the same category. In fact, you can carry it around in your backpack without the stress of increased weight.

Apart from its portability, the laptop is powerful enough to play games at high resolutions and settings. It has a unique design that adores a sleek matte black aluminium body complemented with gold accents. This makes the laptop feel strong and lavish.

In terms of performance, the GS65 meets high standards. The lowest model features a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU. However, for a few hundred dollars more, you can get the GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU. This gaming laptop also features wireless capabilities and the latest SSD storage. These specifications enable the laptop to perform exceptionally in the latest games even at maximum settings. Also, the specifications let the laptop maintain a framerate of 60fps which can be increased up to 100fps by changing a few settings and disabling more demanding options.

 

Main features

MSI GS65 Stealth
MSI GS65 Stealth
Editors Rating:
  • CPU- Intel Core i7-8750H
  • GPU- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • RAM-16 GB DDR4-2400 MHz
  • Screen- 15.6-inch FHD
  • ROM- 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Weight- 4.4 lbs
  • Battery- 82Whr
  • Dimensions- 9.75 X 14.08 X 0.69 inches

Pros

  • Sleek body and powerful
  • Portable
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • No G-Sync

 

Razer Blade 15

The Razer Blade 15 is only a few days old since it was launched. It is one of the most sophisticated gaming laptops with great features that beats its competitors. First, it has a very solid aluminium body that provide a flex-resistance. According to the manufacturer, the body is milled from a single block of aluminium. Secondly, it has a thin chassis that outdoes other gaming laptops in the same category by half a millimeter. Thirdly, Blade 15 has a larger touchpad which is sensitive to the lightest touch.

Main Features

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Intel Core I 7-8750H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • RAM: 16 GB DDR4-2666MHz
  • Screen: 15.6-inch
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Battery: 80Whrs
  • Dimensions: 9.25 X 13.98 X 0.68 inches (23.4 X 35.5 X 1.7 centimetres)
  • Weight: 4.63lbs (2.1kgs)

Pros

  • Sturdy construction
  • Anti-flex resistant
  • High cooling capabilities

Cons

  • Does not feature an Ethernet port

 

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501

The Asus ROG Zephyrus is among the top rated gaming laptops in the world today. It has amazing features that makes it an amazing piece of engineering. This laptop is not only incredibly light and thin it is also very powerful due to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 GPU that is based on Max-Q technology.

Specifications of this laptop are also not disappointing. It has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor that is supplemented with 16GB of 2400MHz RAM. On the other hand, the screen features a wide-view 1080p resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen also has an anti-glare finish.

The GX501 has an amazing body design that provides a premium feel. The only downside of this laptop is high cost and cluttered keyboard. However, if you have the money, it is a great piece of machine for your gaming experience.

This gaming laptop is equipped with a quiet and cooling system enabling you to enjoy your games without the worries of overheating. The ROG Active Aerodynamic System helps to significantly improve airflow to reduce temperatures by up to 20%. However, the cooling performance of the laptop varies with environmental conditions.

 

Main features

ASUS ROG Zephyrus
ASUS ROG Zephyrus
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6 FHD 1920 X 1080 IPS
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Battery: 50 Whr
  • Dimensions: 14.9 X 10.3 X 0.7 inches
  • Weight: 4.9 lbs

Pros

  • Amazingly thin and light
  • Sleek design
  • Efficient cooling system

Cons

  • Cluttered keyboard

 

ASUS ROG Strix GL502

The ROG Strix GL502 is another amazing gaming machine from Asus. This laptop has a wonderful and vibrant screen that has a 1920 X 1080 IPS resolution. On top of that, the laptop features high-end gaming hardware that helps to improve performance. It has a Core i7 processor, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 GPU and a 16 GB DDR4 RAM. These specifications enable the laptop to sometimes surpass 60fps even at maximum settings. Also, it is among the gaming laptops that have managed both power and portability.

In their recent products, Asus has been trying to edge away from the black and red colour scheme found in most gaming laptops. The GL502, in particular, has an orange trim that accentuates the overall black colour. In addition, the keyboard has a red backlight that adds more appeal. In general, this laptop has a unique, attractive and aggressive design.

The chassis of GL502 is made of plastic which is a little bit disappointing keeping in mind that most manufacturers are adopting metallic chassis. However, the plastic helps to significantly reduce the weight of the laptop. For instance, it is more than half pound lighter than most of its peers like the Razer Blade.

Main features

ASUS ROG Strix
ASUS ROG Strix
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i7-6700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6- inches FHD
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Battery: 64 Whr
  • Dimensions: 15.35 X 10.47 X 1.2 inches (38.9 X 26. 5 X 3 centimetres)
  • Weight: 4.9lbs (2.2 Kgs)

Pros

  • Powerful speakers
  • A high definition gaming experience
  • Amazing cooling capabilities

Cons

  • Poor battery life

 

Acer Predator Helios 500

There is huge competition in the gaming laptops market and every manufacturer is trying to outdo each other. Unlike other manufacturers, Acer clearly knows their target audience and have produced the Predator Helios 500 with some of the best features for a gaming laptop. It comes with an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU, 16GB RAM, and storage of 512GB SSD.

Even though the exterior casing is made out of plastic, the Predator Helios 500 is a very powerful gaming laptop owing to its specifications. In fact, it is able to handle every game at maximum setting without any issues. Apart from the gaming power, the laptop has an elegant design that attracts the eye. For instance, it has a matte finish that does not track fingerprints. Also, it features blue trimmings instead of the red colour found in most gaming laptops.

The laptop has several ports that enable the users to connect to other gaming components such as extra displays to enhance the gaming experience. Additionally, for better air circulation, the Predator Helios 500 has two aeroblade fans, five heat pipes, and two intakes. This helps to provide optimum cooling even at ultra-settings.

On the downside, the laptop has very poor speakers compared to its peers. Also, the laptop is massive and heavy with a weight of 8.82 pounds (4Kgs). It is not the type of gaming computer that you can walk around in your bag.

Main features

Acer Predator Helios 500
Acer Predator Helios 500
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i9-8950HK
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 17.3 inches FHD
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Battery: 74Whr
  • Dimensions: 16.9 X 11.7 X 1.5 inches ( 42.9 X 29.7 X 3.8 centimetres)
  • Weight: 8.82lbs (4Kgs)

Pros

  • powerful cooling system
  • Large display
  • Elegant design

Cons

  • Poor speakers

 

Alienware 13 R3

Alienware is a Dell Corporation company that is renowned for producing incredible personal computers. Recently, the company introduced the Alienware 13 R3 which is among the thinnest gaming laptops in the market. The laptop features a Core i7 HQ processors and Nvidia Pascal GPU. These specifications enable the laptop to support VR devices. It also has an OLED display, unlike its peers that are still struggling with low resolutions.

The design of this laptop sets it apart from other gaming laptops on the market. To achieve this incredible thinness, some of the heatsinks that are normally placed beneath the keyboard have been moved to a bump that extends behind the screen. The company takes advantage of the extension to include full-sized ports such as HDMI, Ethernet, and graphic Amp connector.

Another amazing feature of the 13 R3 is the arrangement of the keyboard which is divided into four zones. Also, for the first time in the 13-inch gaming model, this laptop has a trackpad that comes with a backlight. In addition, the laptop allows users to customize the lighting effects into twenty distinct colours.

 

Main features

Alienware 13 R3
Alienware 13 R3
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i7-6700HQ
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GT 1060
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 13.3 inches
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Battery: 76 Whr
  • Dimensions: 13 X 10.6 X 0.87 inches (33 X 26.9 X 2.2 centimetres)
  • Weight: 5.8lbs (2.6 Kgs)

Pros

  • Impressive performance
  • Amazing OLED screen
  • Sleek design

Cons

  • Short battery life

 

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming

The Dell Inspiron 700 is an excellent choice for an enthusiast gamer on a budget. It is available on major retail stores under $1000. Is it possible for a gaming laptop under a thousand dollars to provide desirable portability and performance to handle intensive games? This laptop features a 15.6-inch 1080p display, Intel Core ih5 processor, 8GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 GPU and storage of 256 GB SSD. Therefore, in terms of performance, this laptop is able to handle any intensive games without any stress.

The exterior design of a gaming laptop is a major consideration for most gamers. The ventilation of this laptop looks sophisticated while the hinges are unique compared to most gaming laptops. Also, it has a matte black finish that is accentuated with red colour. On the other hand, the keyboard has a red backlight and a full-sized number-pad.

On the downside, the trackpad seems like an afterthought. It is relatively small and does not respond to touch effectively compared to its competitors. At the default setting, it is difficult to use the trackpad while using other keys on the keyboard. Therefore, users are recommended to acquire gaming mouse to counter this challenge.

 

Main Features

Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i5
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6-inches
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Battery: 56 Whr
  • Dimensions: 15.31 X 10.82 X 0.98 inches ( 38.8 X 27.4 X 2.4 centimetres)
  • Weight: 5.82lbs (14.7 Kgs)

Pros

  • Modest pricing
  • Minimalist design
  • Capable performance

Cons

  • Insufficient storage space

 

MSI GF63 8RC

MSI brand has been in the gaming industry for over ten years producing top of the range personal computers. The MSI GF63 8RC is one of their flagship product that is available under $700. It comes equipped with Intel’s Core i5 processor, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. Even though it has a 1TB HDD storage, it does not have an SSD. However, these specifications enable the MSI GF63 8RC to provide better performance than most gaming laptops with an integrated GPU. The performance can be enhanced further by conducting a couple of upgrades.

This laptop is very light with a weight of 4.10lbs making it one of the most portable gaming laptops in the market. Unfortunately, the light weight means that certain functions have been compromised. For instance, the battery of the GF63 is small to reduce weight.

Nevertheless, the laptop is a very good gaming laptop with amazing features. It includes all essential ports such as four USB ports, HDMI port, headphone, and microphone port Ethernet port. In addition, the keyboard backlight together with the narrow bezels makes the laptop look premium at this price range. Also, it has a 15.6-inch display with a 1080p resolution.

 

Main features

Alienware 13 R3
Alienware 13 R3
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Intel Core i5
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6 inches FHD
  • Storage: 1 TB
  • Battery: 51Whr
  • Dimensions: 14.13 X 9.99 X 0.85 inches (35.8 X 25.3 X 2.1 centimetres)
  • Weight: 4.10 lbs (1.8 Kgs)

Pros

  • Thin bezels
  • Upgradable RAM and storage
  • Incredibly light

Cons

  • Does not have an SSD

 

Dell XPS 15 2-in1

In the recent past, Dell has been redesigning and upgrading their flagship products to beat the stiff competition in the gaming industry. The XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the most sophisticated gaming laptops in the market which is a redesign of the XPS 13. In this laptop, Dell used the new Kaby Lake G processors to integrate graphics into a single chip. Additionally, the laptop is equipped with a magnetically driven keyboard and an advanced cooling system. These new technologies were used to significantly compress the size and reduce weight.

Apart from the technology involved, the XPS 15 has an amazing design. It has a silver-coloured aluminium lid and a carbon fiber keyboard. Also, this laptop has aluminium hinges that tolerate a 360 degrees rotation. Dell indicates that this is the smallest and thinnest gaming laptop on the market. It is 0.35-0.63 inches thin with a weight of 4.3 pounds.

How has the Dell managed to achieve the diminutive size in a gaming laptop? The secret is the technology used in the display and keyboard. Dell used an Infinity Edge display and a 1,500:1 contrast ratio to achieve a 15.6inches screen in a laptop that is just 13.9 inches wide. On the other hand, the new keyboard utilizes the maglev technology to achieve a thinner base than most gaming laptops. In addition, unlike other laptops, rare-earth magnets are employed beneath the keys instead of the membrane switches.

Main features

Dell XPS 9570 15.6
Dell XPS 9570 15.6
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i7
  • GPU: Radeon RX Vega M GL
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen:15.6 inches
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Battery: 75 Whr
  • Dimensions: 13.9 X 9.2 X 0.36-0.63 inches (35.3 X 23.3 X 0.99-1.6 centimetres)
  • Weight: 4.36 lbs (1.9 Kgs)

Pros

  • Incredible processing and graphical power
  • Tactile maglev keyboard
  • Ultra-thin design

Cons

  • Loud during heavy loads

 

Gigabyte Aero 15

The Gigabyte Aero 15 was recently upgraded to include the latest technologies. It features a 15.6 inches Pantone colour certified display, improved keyboard that contains number pad, an Nvidia GPU and a bigger battery of 94Whr. In addition, it also has the new 8th generation CPU, 16GB of RAM and storage of 512GB SSD. These specifications enable the laptop to perform exemplary even at ultra-settings.

The design of the Aero 15 has been influenced by the 15.6 inches screen that has been embedded on a laptop that is just 14 inches wide. Even though this enhances portability, it also compromises certain features. For instance, while the infinity display is amazing, it causes the laptop to have sharper and square corners. Also, the reduced bezel size left no space for the webcam at the top of the screen. Instead, the webcam is placed at the bottom which is not appealing.

 

Main features

GIGABYTE Aero 15X
GIGABYTE Aero 15X
Editors Rating:
  • CPU: Core i7
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GXT 1060
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Screen: 15.6 inches
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Battery: 94 Whr
  • Dimensions: 14 X 9.8 X 0.7 inches ( 35.5 X 25 X 1.8 centimetres)
  • Weight: 4.4lbs (1.9 Kgs)

Pros

  • Thin bezels
  • Full-sized keyboard
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Misplaced webcam

The gaming industry is growing tremendously in the recent past and most manufacturers are trying to outdo each other with the best machines. When buying a gaming laptop, you should consider certain factors to choose the best laptop that will suit your gaming needs. Even though the Dell XPS 15 2-in1 is loud during heavy loads, it beats most of the competitors in terms of performance and design.

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