If you’re a gamer worth your salt and are up for the best portable hardware money can buy, or even if you aren’t a gamer but want some of the most powerful hardware that’s still portable, then a gaming laptop is what you need.
If you wince when you hear the words “gaming laptop” because you’re expecting a hulking behemoth that’s only really portable by the smallest of margins, think again. Modern gaming laptops are far from the bulky, heavy units they used to be–some can even pass for ordinary laptops.
Here’s a list of five of the best gaming laptops that you can pick up for yourself right now.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
Asus touts its ROG Zephyrus G15 as being the world’s most powerful 14-inch Windows 10 gaming laptop, and no wonder. It offers potent power, boasting up to an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU and GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Its display is up to spec too; choose from either a 120Hz gaming display or a WQHD panel, both of which are Pantone Validated and thus offer perfect color accuracy. Enjoy true to life sound thanks to the Zephyrus G15’s quad Dolby Atmos speakers, and turn heads by picking either the distinctive Moonlight White or handsome Eclipse Gray color choices. The Zephyrus G15 is only 1.9kg and is ultra-slim, ensuring that you can truly enjoy gaming on the go.
Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is a little larger than the Asus unit thanks to its 15.5-inch FHD IPS panel (300Hz/3ms2), but isn’t too much heavier at around 2.2kg. It’s another powerhouse thanks to its Intel Core i7 processor and GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q GPU. Hook up an extra display and more through its HDMI 2.0, Mini DisplayPort or USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports, and run silent and cool even during the toughest campaigns thanks to 4th-gen Aeroblade cooling technology. Lastly, the Predator Triton 500 also possesses standout style thanks to its striking RGB keyboard, “abyssal black” metal chassis, and LED-emblazoned cover.
Dell G5 15 SE
Dell’s entrant on this list is a simply-styled FHD 15.6-incher boasting AMD Ryzen processors (up to the AMD Ryzen 9 4900H processor) and AMD Radeon graphics (the RX 5600M). AMD SmartShift tech automatically distributes power between the CPU and GPU to reduce render times and help you enjoy higher frames per second. This laptop weighs 2.5kg and boasts a dual-fan cooling system to help ensure that it keeps its cool no matter what. Dual speakers with Nahimic 3D Audio allow for crisp and clear sound. The G5 15 SE is available only in Supernova Silver (with iridescent accents).
Lenovo Legion Slim 7i
Lenovo’s Legion Slim 7i, as its name suggests, is almost deceptively thin at just 18mm and 1.8kg starting weight. Nevertheless, this laptop is built to sprint, thanks to its 10th-generation Intel Core processors (up to the i9-10980HK) and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics (up to the 2060 with Max-Q Design). This is a 15.6-inch laptop with up to a UHD screen that’s VESA DisplayHDR 400-certified and supports Dolby Vision. Legion Coldfront technology helps ensure that this laptop’s chassis stays cool and quiet, and its cutting-edge TrueStrike keyboard helps offer a top-notch gaming experience. You can get the Legion Slim 7i in Slate Grey.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF
MSI’s offering is yet another 15.6-incher, but this unit sets itself apart by being an ultraportable laptop with a thin bezel gaming display: the world’s first 144Hz thin-bezel gaming laptop. Its monitor is a full HD display and an IPS-level gaming panel is optional, and it comes powered by 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processors (the first-ever Hexa Core notebook processors) and the GeForce GTX 1070 GPU. Thunderbolt 3 interfaces allow you to link up dual 4K displays with daisy chain capabilities; Cooler Boost Trinity helps you keep your cool even in the midst of the most tumultuous gameplay; and Nahimic 3 sound and an RGB gaming keyboard by Steelseries are also showcased. A striking black and gold premium design lends this laptop-style to spare.