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Best Overall: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin at Amazon
"Has an i7-8750 Intel processor, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an all-important GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card."
Best Budget: Dell G3579 Gaming Laptop at Amazon
"The laptop will keep your bank balance happy as well as your love of gaming."
Best Sound Quality: Acer Predator Helios 300 at Amazon
"Provides optimized Dolby Audio Premium sound enhancements alongside its built-in stereo speakers."
Best Screen Quality: Aorus X5 v7-KL3K3D at Amazon
"The screen is well built and benefits further from a Pantone screen color profile that enhances its looks."
Best for Portability: Razer Blade Stealth 13.3 at Amazon
"Only weighs about two pounds, making it the lightest gaming laptop out there."
Best Keyboard: MSI GT75 Titan at Amazon
"For people that type frequently or simply want to tap keys a little more effectively while gaming."
Best for Power: ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 at Amazon
"If power and speed is everything, this is the laptop for you."
Quietest: GIGABYTE Aero 15X at Amazon
"Manages to stay reasonably cool while making much less noise than its competitors."
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A good gaming laptop needs to combine many things. It needs to be able to handle any game you throw at it, while still being portable enough to be considered a laptop, as well as have a battery life that means you can actually take it out and about with you. The MSI GS65 Stealth Thin covers all these things; it has an i7-8750 Intel processor, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD, and the all-important GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card. It's easy to carry and only weighs just over four pounds. When gaming, expect a battery life of about four to five hours, which is pretty respectable for a laptop with good specs.
Besides that, its ultra-thin bezel means it looks great and looks just as appropriate in the middle of a conference room as it does when gaming in a coffee shop. The 1920 x 1080 pixel, 15.6-inch display has anti-glare properties for when you're in the sunshine gaming away and it boasts a superior screen than most. Even the webcam is well placed so it’s higher up than most laptops, lending itself perfectly to streaming.
If you don't mind playing games at a slightly lower graphics quality, the Dell G3579 Gaming Laptop will keep your wallet fat and happy. It has an Intel i5-8300 processor and a Geforce GTX 1050 graphics card so you'll be able to play most games at a decent settings level, and they look quite good on the 1920 x 1080 pixel screen. But if you're in the market for a more affordable gaming laptop you would ideally be into the cavalcade of indie games that run smoothly on any laptop.
You also get a slightly lower standard – but by no means bad – 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD along with a 1TB (one terabyte) hard drive. Battery life is an impressive six hours of gaming time. Sure, that comes at the downside of lower graphical fidelity, but it's a far more portable and cheaper option for many, especially because it comes with just enough power to get the job done.
A good gaming laptop that also offers a great sound system is hard to find. After all, there's only so much you can fit into the small shell of a laptop, especially when you bear in mind the need for portability. The Acer Predator Helios 300 uses its limited space well by providing optimized Dolby Audio Premium sound enhancements alongside its built-in stereo speakers. It's a great feature that co-exists with consistently high-quality specifications, such as its beefy 256GB SSD and 16GB of DDR4. As for battery life, it's rated at a lengthy six hours of general use or about four when gaming in a long session.
It sports a 9th gen Intel i7-9750H processor and Geforce GTX 1660 Ti graphics card (with a capacious 6GB of VRAM) to power your games. It's a veritable powerhouse contained in a reasonably thin metal chassis that looks quite special with some diagonal lines to it to make it look a little more eye-catching. And if you don't, the 1920 x 1080 pixel screen (with a very welcome 144hz refresh rate for silky smooth gaming) will definitely do it for you instead.
With a 3K resolution, 15.6-inch screen (2880 x 1620 pixels), the Aorus X5's screen is well built and benefits from a Pantone color profile that enhances its looks. We appreciate that few gaming laptops are going to be able to achieve nearly 4K resolution without their battery life hugely suffering, and that's why this laptop caught our attention.
It's powered by a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card and an Intel i7-7820 processor so everything you run will look gorgeous on your screen. Despite such horsepower, it's reasonably slim and weighs only around five pounds. The Aorus has an RGB (or Red Green Blue) keyboard so you can customize every key to look exactly how you want it to.
The battery life is about three hours of gaming, but it's unlikely you'll find as good of a screen with better battery life than this with the standard 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD.
The sleek and elegant Razer Blade Stealth is the perfect gaming laptop if you move between locations frequently. Its screen is only 13.3 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels) but that means much longer battery life and a thinner, lighter computer to carry around. Battery life is an impressive 11 hours for general use or about five when gaming, depending on how you tweak your settings in-game, and it only weighs about two pounds.
The laptop has an Intel i7-8565 processor, 16GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD hard drive. Its graphics card isn't the strongest in the world, being a GeForce MX150, but that's the only real concession for going with something smaller and more portable.
Few laptops have particularly great keyboards attached to them. The MSI GT75 Titan bucks that trend with its inclusion of a mechanical keyboard. That's a massive improvement for people who type frequently, or who simply want to hit their WASD keys a little more effectively while gaming (WASD being the primary buttons for movement in almost every single PC game). Tactile feel in your keys is underrated once you get a groove going playing games all day, and having an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 and Intel i7-8750 processor certainly doesn't hurt either.
The Titan has 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD, and a 17.3-inch screen which means this is a hefty laptop to carry around but one that's ideally suited for extensive gaming. Not that you'll be moving it around for long as, unfortunately, its battery life is a little light at only just under two hours of gaming. Still, it certainly offers a lot of useful features, and if you can find an outlet at an airport then you can experience any game the way it was meant to be played.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is a powerhouse laptop that boasts superior specs: an Intel i7-8750 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, and a GeForce 2080RTX graphics card. There's also a 17.3-inch Pantone validated display (1920 x 1080 pixels), and the laptop is quite impressively slim given everything under the hood. It offers pretty much everything you could want from a high-powered gaming laptop.
The battery will only last you a couple of hours if you play a game at max settings but otherwise should last you a while. For instance, you can switch between integrated graphics or the dedicated card to extend battery life at the expense of excellent graphics quality. Powerful computers are designed to run things like virtual reality really well, and if you want to delve into a whole new way to play video games, here is our selection of the best laptops for VR.
Overly hot and noisy laptops are commonplace when dealing with powerful equipment, but the Gigabyte Aero 15X manages to stay cool by making much less noise than most power-hungry laptops. That's an impressive technological feat given its specs: an Intel i7-8750 processor, Geforce GTX 1060 graphics card, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD. There's nothing slow about the Aero 15X, and its whisper quiet; that's a great combination, especially for a laptop that is super thin and lightweight.
Battery life for general usage is a confident ten hours, with about six hours of gaming out of it before you need to charge it. Other features worth highlighting include Dolby Atmos speakers and an anti-ghosting RGB keyboard.