Best gaming laptops for 2020

by NKS

1- Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q (8GB GDDR6 VRAM)

RAM: 24GB DDR4 (2,666MHz)

Screen: 17.3-inch, Full HD (1,920×1,080) IPS, Pantone Validated (144Hz refresh rate with Nvidia G-Sync)

Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe x4 SSD

 

 

These days, the best gaming laptop manufacturers are scrambling to craft the thinnest gaming laptop packing raw power. Right now, the one that might be leading the charge is the Asus ROG Zephyrus GX701. At just 0.7 inches thick, this beast of a laptop boasts an Intel Coffee Lake Core i7 chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics and 16GB of RAM. That means you can play any PC game under the sun on Ultra, and also take it with you wherever you go – ideal for travelers with a penchant for gaming. Plus, it’s packed with RGB lighting that’ll dazzle just about anyone.

2- Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz

Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz

Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD

Battery: 80Whr

Dimensions: 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches

Weight: 4.63 lbs.

For years, the Razer Blade has been named one of the best gaming laptops on the market. For good reason, it boils down to some powerful elements and boasts a stunning display in its elegant chassis. This is also true of the 2019 model, which now shoots up to an Nvidia Jeffers RTX 2080. If that isn’t enough graphics power for you, you can use Razor Core for future expansion. Make no mistake: It’s expensive, but it can be worth it if style and energy are equally important to you.

3- MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz

Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide-view 144Hz

Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD

Battery: 82Whr

Dimensions: 9.75 x 14.08 x 0.69 inches

Weight: 4.14 lbs.

Play some of the best PC games on the move and very discreetly with the MSI GS65 Stealth, which might just be the gaming laptop of your dreams if you’re a traveler. Coming in at just 0.69 inches thick and packing impressive internals like Intel Coffee Lake processors and Nvidia GeForce GTX 10-series – refreshed with RTX 20-series graphics at CES – the MSI GS65 Stealth packs a punch in its very thing package. There’s nothing you won’t be able to throw at this thing that’ll slow it down. And, thanks to the smart aesthetic, you’ll be able to lug this beefy rig everywhere you go, making it among the best gaming laptops to hit the streets.

4- Acer Predator Helios 300

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz

Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz

Storage: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD

Battery: 3720 mAh

Dimensions: 10.01 x 14.23 x 0.90 inches

Weight: 5.07 lbs.

The new and improved Helios 300 has a 144Hz IPS screen as well as smaller bezels, keeping it thinner and lighter than the previous generation’s larger brothers. Also the RAM speed is bumped up to 2666 MHz, which is a great improvement. The only drawback here is the shorter SSD, though you want more space but have larger storage options (thanks to all SSD forms).

5- Acer Predator Triton 500

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2,667MHz

Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz

Storage: 512GB M.2 NVMe

Battery: 84Wh

Dimensions: 10 x 14.41 x 0.7 inches

 Weight: 4.41 lbs

The healthy balance between affordability, performance, and price is the Acer Predator Triton 500, a max-Q notebook. Either way, it’s worth it to you, as it can push the Metro Exodus to higher settings with ray tracing at an average speed of 56fps. And while doing so, you can enjoy the luxury of its deeply satisfying 1.7mm keyboard travel and a Microsoft Precision touchpad that we don’t surprisingly hate. Despite its awful default boot-up noise, the Acer Predator Triton 500 is a good choice.

6- MSI GT75 Titan

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q

RAM: 32GB DDR4-2,667MHz

Screen: 17.3-inch (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz

Storage: 512GB SSD

Battery: 82 Whr

Dimensions: 15.59 x 10.22 x 0.75 inches

Some gaming laptops just don’t pull any punches, allowing you to run any game you can think of on Ultra without breaking a sweat – and the MSI GT75 Titan is an excellent example. It’s the king of desktop replacements, fitted with 6-core Intel Coffee Lake processors, plenty of RAM and powerful Nvidia Pascal graphics. Aptly named, this is indeed a titan, and is neither portable nor cafe-friendly. However, if raw power is what you’re after, this is the best gaming laptop for you. Just be prepared to shell out the silver.

7- Lenovo Legion Y740

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2,667MHz

Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz

Storage: 1TB HDD; 256GB SSD

Battery: 76Wh

Dimensions: 12 x 16.2 x 0.91 inches

Weight: 6.4 lbs

The Lenovo Legion Y740 packs a lot of muscles inside its stylish yet accessible chassis, combining a very high refresh rate, Nvidia Turing graphics and a powerful processor with a gloriously effective thermal cooling, a nifty cable management system and a number of applications to make it truly yours. It’s as close to a complete package as you can get, wrapped in a beautiful chassis that you’d be proud to show off to friends and strangers. It still has the remnants of that gaming aesthetic, but it’s made classy so that you could be gaming in public without anyone knowing. Despite its shortcomings – unfortunate keyboard and webcam placement, as well as its subpar battery life – it’s still one of the best gaming laptops to date.

8- Alienware m17

SPECIFICATION CPU: 9th Generation Intel Core i5 – i9

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 – RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design

RAM: 8GB – 16GB

Screen: 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 60Hz – 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz                                                 .              Eesafe Display Tech + Tobii Eyetracking

Storage: 256GB SSD, 4TB SSD RAID

Dell has reinvented its flagship gaming brand. The Alienware m17 (2019) touts more powerful internals and a bold new design you won’t see on any other gaming laptop of its caliber. This Alienware gaming laptop looks good inside and out, so you can have the most immersive gaming experience of your life and look good while gaming, whether you’re at home on your couch or at a cafe. That’s not all; it’s impressively portable as well, with a thin and light chassis that’s ideal for gaming on the go. This is a well-rounded gaming laptop that is worth every penny you spend on it, though you will be spending a hefty amount.

9- Asus ROG Strix GL503VS-DH74 Scar Edition

SPECIFICATION CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070

RAM: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz

Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide-view 144Hz with G-Sync

Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD, 1TB FireCuda SSHD

Battery: 64 Whr

Dimensions: 10.3 x 15.2 x 1.0 inches

Weight: 5.6 lbs

10- ASUS ROG Zephyrus GA502

SPECIFICATION CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 3750H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB – Max-Q design

RAM: 16GB DDR4 RAM

Screen: 15.6-inch vIPS 120Hz (1,920 x 1,080)

Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD x 2

Battery: 6-cell 74 Whr

Dimensions: 15.8 x 10.9 x 2.9 inches

Weight: 4.63 lbs

It may not have the most original or innovative design, trading in the usual black and red aesthetic for one that makes you feel like its Halloween all year round (no complaints here, but some might find it particularly unattractive). Yet, Asus ROG Strix GL502 is still one of the best laptops when it comes to gaming in 1080p. In fact, during our tests, we were able to crank the settings all the way up in Overwatch without ever dipping below 60fps. It doesn’t offer the longest battery life, but there’s an easy fix – just have your charger on hand at all times. Rounding it all out are the display, power and onboard sound system, all of which more than make up for that middling battery life.

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