Thanks to their powerful graphics, gorgeous displays and great audio, gaming laptops provide an immersive entertainment experience in a portable package. Many also offer stylish designs, desktop-quality keyboards and the ability to use high-end VR headsets. And your laptops are getting even more powerful, as Nvidia’s mobile RTX GPUs are rolling out to dozens of top gaming notebooks. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the best gaming laptops to help you start gaming faster.
Several companies have announced some exciting new gaming laptops in response to Intel’s new 9th Generation H-series CPUs and Nvidia’s new GTX 16-series GPUs. Many of them debuted at Computex 2019, like MSI’s GT76 Titan, which is a silvery beast that boasts a desktop Intel Core i9 CPU and a full Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU. Alienware is already refreshing the m15 and m17 to better align with the Area-51m’s Legend design — not to mention to get a sweet 9th Gen update. Interestingly enough, Gigabyte stood out as well, launching a new Aero 15 for creators that has a gorgeous AMOLED display. And on the budget side, the Dell G3 15 offers a whole lot of love for just N400K.
But if you’re not ready to spend exorbitant amounts of cash, check out our roundup of the best gaming laptops under $1,000 and our list of the best free PC games. And in case you need a regular notebook, check out our best laptops page. However, keep in mind that gaming laptops are also great candidates for video editing laptops.
Best Overall: Alienware 17 R5
The Alienware 17 packs impressive raw gaming performance and a big honkin’ 17-inch screen into a sexy intergalactic chassis that’s perfect for fragging your enemies in virtual reality or watching movies with friends. The latest version of Alienware’s flagship laptop sports more customizable lighting zones than ever, as well as quieter fans and louder speakers. Factor in up to a gorgeous 3840 x 2160 G-Sync display and Nvidia GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 graphics options, and you’ve got a gaming laptop that’s as powerful on the inside as it is stunning on the outside.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/1070/1080 | RAM:8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD | Display: 17.3-inch display (1080p/1440p/4K) | Weight: 9.8 pounds