We tested a handful of gaming laptops and it was surprisingly pleasing. It brought our inner kids back alive. Many of us relived our Sega childhood. Anyways, back on the real topic of Best Gaming Laptop we tested by running the following games and apps on the machines:
Today the myth about gaming laptops has been removed. A laptop is not fragile and sluggish anymore. With advancement in latest CPU and GPUs, performance is top-notch, low power consumption and Over Clocking is inbuilt. Laptop may seem small in comparison to desktop PCs, however they are now packed with cutting edge CPU and other technologies. We understand that gaming machines are built for best experience and performance, since the latest technologies like Nvidia Hairworks, volumetric fog, 4K resolution, etc are here to stay. So we collected a lot of gaming laptops, did extensive testing using games, CPU hogging applications and benchmark tools.
Here is the list of gaming laptops which you may consider for year 2020:
We start off with the most powerful and costliest gaming laptop. This is currently an outrageously pricey and out of this world performance laptop. This is not for the fainted hearted, you empty your pockets to get the best. It is available for customization in terms of HDD(1TB/2TB), RAM (16/32/64GB) and processor (i7/i9).
Area 51 is not just pretty looking but high in performance, it can guarantee any game at the highest FPS. It topped in all tests. Best thing about it is its upgrade-ability, base model comes with 16 GB RAM which can go up to whooping 64GB. While its top-end i9 processor comes with slowest 3.6Ghz clock speed to mind blowing 5Ghz highest speeds. This is no ordinary laptop, it does what it is built for and can keep performing for years to come.
Specs (Top End):
Processor: 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9900K
Chipset: Intel Z390 Chipset
Display: 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz, IPS, NVIDIA G-SYNC
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 (OC Ready)
RAM: 64GB, 4x16GB, DDR4 2400MHz
Storage: 2TB RAID (2x 1TB NVMe M.2 SSDs) + 1TB (+8GB SSHD) Hybrid Drive
Pros: Highly priced, loud while running hot
Cons: Futuristic, VR ready, ergonomic and comfy keyboard
All gaming laptop doesn’t have to look badass, some look sleek and yet powerful. Asus ROG Zephyrus S is one of them. It is a heck of machine, delivering at all games and yet being sexy. With 17.3inch screen it is huge but eye catching, thanks to its all magnesium chassis. Zephyrus can’t be hidden in your backpack, it is one heck of attention seeker. Though it comes with some issues but its 17.3 inch true gaming performance can’t be ignored. In other words it is great but not the best.
It wasn’t surprising that Zephyrus faired very well on some benchmark tests. It has one of a kind hardware setup, where Geforce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics card takes a bow. Zephyrus also comes with a Full HD (60fps) external webcam, which can be clipped on the system when needed.
Processor: Intel Core i7 8750H Processor, 2.2 GHz (9 M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz)
Chipset: Intel HM370 Express Chipset
RAM: 8 GB DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM Onboard memory, 1 x SO-DIMM socket , expandable up to 24 GB SDRAM
Display: 43.94cm(17.3) (16:9) LED-backlit FHD (1920×1080) 144Hz Anti-Glare Panel with 72% NTSC with wide 178° viewing angles with G-SYNC
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design, with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM
Storage: 1TB PCIe Gen3 x4 SSD
Pros: Large screen, slim and powerful
Cons: Battery issues, expensive
Here is another heavyweight contender in the gaming laptop series. MSI is not a new name in the game, they have been providing some serious hardware concerning the Motherboards, graphics cards and other accessories. MSI have been pushing the gaming laptop performances to the limit with overclocking capabilities of 8th gen Intel Core i9 CPUs. Intel Core i9 are built to be married with gaming and performance machines. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that its true place is to be with performance chassis like of MSI TITAN series.
Though these 17 inch gaming monsters are not made to be used as a traditional “lap” top,
MSI Titan can surely be placed on your lap, but not for much long period. This is the heaviest amongst its competitor gaming laptops. GT75 Titan is not flashy but it will get others attention anyhow, with its glossy aluminum back and best backlit mechanical keyboard. It comes with customization options for graphics card to chose between RTX 2080 or 2070, and RAM upto insane 128 GB.
Specs (Top End):
Processor: Intel Core i9-8950HK Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.80 GHz)
Display: 17.3″ UHD (3840×2160), IPS-Level, 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080), 144Hz, IPS-Level
RAM: 32 GB DDR4-2400 speed up to 4 slots, DDR4-2666 speed up to 2 slots upgradeable upto 128GB
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 with 8GB GDDR6
Storage: 1TB SSD + 1 TB HDD
1x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3)
2x M.2 SSD Combo slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3 / SATA)
2x M.2 SSD slot (NVMe PCIe Gen3) , support Intel M.2 NVMe SSD Device only
Pros: Great overall performance, amazing mechanical keyboard, powerful
Cons: Expensive, battery backup
The first time we got hands on this machine, the first thing we noticed is it is amazingly good looking for a white machine and second is how light it is for a gaming machine. M15 R2 is the thinnest and lightest Alienware you can get hands on. That being said, it doesn’t feel flimsy at all, it is very sturdy and continues to bring the Alienware quality. It comes with Tobii Eye tracking, personally we didn’t feel it was much useful. The other aesthetic features like Tron lights on raised the back fins are good looking. Not mention this machine comes with lot of custom options for processor, RAM, storage and graphics.
Good thing about it is it comes with cheap options to high ones which one can prefer based on its preferences. The cheapest options comes with Intel Core i7-9750H 9th gen, Gefore GTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 and 8GB of 2666GHz RAM, but who cares it’s an Alienware gaming laptop at the end of the day.
Specs (Top End):
Processor: 9th Generation Intel Core i9-9980HK
Display: 15.6″ OLED UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz display + Tobii Eye
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
RAM: 16GB, 2x8GB, DDR4 2666MHz
Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD (Class 40)
Pros: Very lightweight and slim, good looking, great custom options
Cons: Trackpad is not user friendly
Last but not the least Razer, a brand which is made for enthusiasts only. Razer Blade 15 is a serious performer with minimal design aspects. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t pretty. Razer Blade 15 is a class in its itself boasting of its two core features rigidity and minimalism. It is thinner than Alienware M15, though not lighter even after getting a magnesium chassis. The key custom options on Razer 15 is the display, one can chose from 1080p 60 Hz, 1080p 144 Hz, 4K UHD 60 Hz touchscreen, 4K UHD OLED 60 Hz touchscreen, and also 1080p 240 Hz. It has one of the highest display custom options.
Specs (base Model):
Processor: Intel 9th Generation “Coffee Lake” Core i7-9750H
Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920×1080) 60Hz
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
RAM: 16GB DDR4/2667MHz RAM, upgradable to 64GB DDR4/2666MHz RAM
Storage: 128GB M.2 PCIe SSD + 1TB HDD, upgradeable to 1x 2TB PCIe NVMe x4 SSD or M.2 SATA SSD + 1x 2.5″ 2TB HDD or 4TB SATA III SSD
Pros: Minimal design and great options on display
Cons: Loud fan, poor battery life
We wanted to include only the top 5 from our list. However, here are the other contenders we tested and we have listed them in our order of preference (based on performance and usability):
- Dell Alienware M17
- MSI Gaming GS75 Stealth
- Acer Predator Helios 500
- Asus ROG Strix GL502
- Lenovo Legion Y740
- Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531
- Gigabyte Aero 15
- HP Omen 15
- Acer Predator Triton 500
- Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming