The Best Gaming Laptops To Take Your Gameplay Anywhere (2022)

Gaming remains one of the most demanding activities you can throw at a laptop—which is why they require the latest and most powerful components. The best gaming laptops are portable powerhouses packed with the latest top-shelf components from Intel, AMD and Nvidia. And gaming laptops often have a display with a fast refresh rate, useful for smooth, responsive gameplay.

The best gaming laptops also pack great features like comfortable and responsive keyboards, with surprising key travel and subtle backlighting for gaming in the dark. Many have high resolution displays—either a 2K display (also referred to as 1440p) or a 4K display—and fast refresh rates, which lead to smoother gameplay and lower input lag. The input lag is an important criteria during competitive gaming, when you want every edge you can get against your opponents.

We've rounded up nine of the best gaming laptops available now. All of these models make the cut for their combination of components, features and design. Not a big gamer? Don’t forget to check out the best 2-in-1 laptops for something a little more work and school appropriate.

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Best Gaming Laptop Overall

High-End Hardware In A Streamlined Chassis

Razer Blade 15 Advanced

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700K | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Refresh rate: 240Hz| Battery:Up to 5 hours| Weight:2.8 pounds

Best for: Playing the latest games at high detail and high frame rates.

The Razer Blade 15 Advanced features the best mobile gaming hardware money can buy. From its Intel 12th-generation Core i7-12700H processor to its fast 240Hz 2K display, this laptop is stacked with power. (Razer sells a similar config via its own site, but with the slightly newer Core i7-12800H chip.) The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti graphics card gets big gains in performance over lower tier cards by using Nvidia's Ampere architecture, which delivers higher frame rates, finer detail settings and better handling at high resolutions. Inside, the Blade 15 Advanced has 16GB of RAM, 1TB of fast storage and a capable and quiet cooling solution to keep you gaming for hours.

With a solid design, this stylish laptop has a sleek finish on every surface and a minimalist chassis with a thin-bezel display. The revamped, comfortable keyboard has new, bigger keycaps and snappy responsive switches, making for more accurate typing and gaming over longer sessions. Razer’s classy Chroma backlighting highlights the keyboard, and makes this a distinctly gamer laptop. Battery life isn't extensive with such a high-end configuration, but you can get a solid few hours of play away from a power socket.

Pros:

  • High-end components
  • Excellent build quality
  • Runs cool and quiet

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Limited battery life, especially when gaming

Honorable Mention: Powerful All-AMD Gaming Rig, No Sticker Shock

Lenovo Legion Slim 7 AMD Advantage Edition

CPU: AMD Ryzen 6900HX | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800S | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 16-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | Refresh rate: 165Hz| Battery:Up to 12 hours| Weight:4.5 pounds

Best for: Playing games at high detail and high frame rates for many hours at a time.

The Lenovo Legion Slim 7 bucks the usual trends of high-end gaming laptops by offering great performance alongside long battery life and a strong complement of components—all at a more mid-range price. Armed with AMD's latest CPU and GPU technologies and their efficient process nodes, the Legion Slim 7’s 12-hour battery life extends well beyond the typical handful of hours most gaming laptops can manage. Throw in additional smart power management technologies (like AMD SmartShift, which helps maximize performance without impacting battery life) and you have a very capable machine that can game for hours at a time without difficulty. While the 6800S is not going to compete with the most high-end GPUs out there, it is more than enough for playing most games at high detail settings and frame rates.

This laptop’s bright and vibrant screen can hit 350 nits brightness, and its 2K resolution delivers crisp text and clear pictures. The 165Hz refresh rate ensures whatever you're playing will look buttery smooth, especially when playing at higher frame rates, and the 1TB of NVMe SSD storage means this laptop will start up fast and your game load times will be kept to a minimum. In spite of its slim moniker, at 4.5 pounds this is a relatively heavy laptop—but not as much so as some competitors. Nonetheless, the Legion Slim 7 is portable enough to carry around with you when the gaming mood strikes.

Pros:

  • Powerful and efficient components
  • Impressive battery life
  • Vibrant 2K screen, with a high refresh rate

Cons:

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  • Lacks flagship GPU power

Best 17-Inch Gaming Laptop

Big, Bold And Beautiful Display

MOST POPULAR

Dell Alienware X17 R2

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H | RAM: 32GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 17.3-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 360Hz | Battery:Up to 5 hours| Weight:6.8 pounds

Best for: Playing esports and high-paced action games at high frame rates.

With a giant 17-inch screen and powerful components, the Dell Alienware x17 R2 rivals desktop gaming rigs—and it does so in a more portable chassis than many of its contemporaries at similar sizes. This laptop’s Intel Core i7-12700H CPU and 16GB of DDR5 memory give this model impressive general compute power, and combined with one of the most powerful mobile GPUs ever, theNvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, this becomes a stellar gaming laptop with all the power you need to play anything.

One drawback: The display is only 1080p, a relatively low resolution for a high-end laptop. But where some gaming laptops target higher resolutions, this one goes for boosting frames. With its 360Hz refresh rate, this laptop makes high-speed games look gorgeously smooth, and if you're playing against other players, it gives you an edge by lowering your response time and input lag. Battery life isn't extensive, and you'll only get around an hour of gaming time without plugging in the power cable, but it does stay pretty cool due to advances in Dell's cooling technologies. The laptop’s styled aesthetics scream "gamer" at anyone who dares look its way, and it's heavy enough that you won't want to lug it around all day, but playing on a desk will give you a desktop-like gaming experience.

Pros:

  • Big, super-fast display for competitive gaming
  • High-end hardware can play anything at high frame rates
  • Gorgeous design

Cons:

  • Bulky
  • Poor battery life

Honorable Mention: An AMD Driven Gaming Powerhouse

Alienware m17 R5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 17.3-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 360Hz | Battery:Up to 5 hours| Weight:7.3 pounds

Best for: Playing the latest games at high frame rates.

If you're an AMD fan, or want something just a tad more modest and affordable than the x17 R2, then the Alienware m17 R5 is a great alternative. It comes packing AMD's flagship mobile gaming processor, the eight-core 6900HX which offers comparable performance and greater efficiency than the Intel 12700H. When paired with the powerful Nvidia RTX 3070 Ti, this 17-inch gaming laptop delivers excellent performance, helping to hit high frame rates in any game. With a 1080p display, you won't be taxing the GPU too hard, so you'll be able to set all in-game settings to the maximum whilst still enjoying smooth, high FPS. That makes this an excellent laptop for playing high paced esports games, where higher frame rates can help you win games by lowering input lag.

The overall design is attractive and understated, too, helping to avoid some of the over the top 'gamer' styling of other gaming laptops. It is very heavy, though, so you won't want to haul this around with you all day. Battery life isn't great either, with only an hour or two of game time away from a power socket. Consider this more of a gaming desktop replacement that you can take with you to LAN parties, and you'll have an amazing gaming experience whatever you want to play.

Pros:

  • Big 1080p display with a very high refresh rate
  • Powerful hardware helps play any games at high FPS
  • Understated, classy design

Cons:

  • Very heavy
  • Poor battery life

Best Gaming Laptop Under $500

A Low-Cost Config For Less-Demanding Casual Games

Acer Aspire 5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5500U | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Graphics: AMD Radeon 7 | Storage: 256GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inches | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 60Hz | Battery:Up to 11 hours| Weight:3.9 pounds

Best for: Casual esports and indie gaming.

Most gaming laptops are priced around the $800 mark, but that doesn't mean you can't get a gaming laptop if your budget is lower. The Acer Aspire 5 isn't a gaming-laptop per se, but its AMD Ryzen 5500U processor with onboard Radeon Vega graphics and 8GB of RAM is enough compute power to handle casual, indie and esports games. It'll even play less-demanding, older AAA games, though you may need to adjust the settings given this system’s specs.

The prosaic 1080p display ensures the onboard graphics processing isn't stressed too much when playing games at native resolution. The 256GB of SSD storage is more than enough for Windows and a handful of even modern games. This laptop has Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, as well as a built-in 720p webcam. It also has great battery life, lasting over 11 hours of mixed usage or well over five when gaming. This isn't a gaming laptop on paper, but it can play less demanding games reasonably well for a low price.

Pros:

  • Good for casual, less-demanding games
  • Cool and quiet even when gaming
  • Wi-Fi 6 support

Cons:

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  • Onboard graphics are underpowered for AAA gaming
  • Limited storage for bigger game libraries

Best Budget Gaming Laptop

Affordable Yet Packed With Real Power

HP Victus 15.6-Inch

CPU: Intel Core i5-12650H | RAM: 16GB DDR4 |Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Battery:Up to 10 hours| Weight:5.1 pounds

Best for: Playing casual esports and indie titles.

The HP Victus comes in a range of configurations, so if you want something more powerful than the budget option below, you could opt for this more aggressive design. It features the same high quality chassis and double digit battery life, but uprates the hardware to an Intel Core i5-12650H CPU, and more importantly, the Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip. This GPU is much more powerful, not only delivering higher detail settings and frame rates in traditional games, but it also comes with tensor and RT cores, which allow users to enable ray tracing (in supported games) and take advantage of deep learning super sampling to increase frame rates without sacrificing visual quality.

The display is 1080p and 144Hz, but as a pre-configured Best Buy system, you don't have the same upgrade options as the HP store. However, you do get an affordable laptop with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage, so it's an all round better configuration that will look and feel more responsive in whatever games you play.

Pros:

  • Plenty of RAM and storage space
  • Fast display

Cons:

  • Relatively heavy

Best Gaming Laptop Under $1,000

Won’t Break Your Wallet

Acer Nitro 5 15.6-Inch

CPU: Intel Core i5-12500H | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Battery:Up to 5 hours| Weight:5.1 pounds

Best for: Gamers who need performance without breaking the budget.

The Acer Nitro 5 packs a strong selection of components, with more memory and a faster display than other models at this price. The Nitro 5 has a 12th-generation Intel Core i5-12500H, 16GB of DDR4 system memory, and a Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics. This combo of components won’t perform at the same level as the Core i7 or Core i9 series with RTX 3070 Ti graphics, but it still has a respectable punch for full-blast gaming. The display has a fast refresh rate of 144Hz, so animations and gameplay render smoothly and multiplayer games have a faster response time.

One trade-off on this model: Weight. This model weighs 5.5 pounds, still portable but heavy enough that you’re less likely to pop it into your backpack. The dual speakers on the Nitro 5 support DTS:X Ultra spatial audio. The gaming-friendly keyboard has four zones and highlights the WASD and arrow keys to make keyboard gaming easier. The webcam is 720p, which is not as good as on some competing laptops in this range. The battery life is rather unimpressive too, but in a compact laptop with powerful hardware, that's not too surprising.

Pros:

  • Display supports fast frame rates
  • Capable CPU and GPU combo

Cons:

  • Heavy weight
  • Only 720p webcam

Honorable Mention: A Less Expensive Configuration For Gaming

HP Victus 15.6-Inch

CPU: Intel Core i5-12500H | RAM: 8GB DDR4 |Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | Storage: 256GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 144Hz | Battery:Up to 11 hours| Weight:5.1 pounds

Best for: Gamers looking for a basic gaming system with a not-so-basic screen.

The HP Victus is an entry-level gaming laptop with a good processor and a great entry-level GPU. It has enough performance to deliver excellent frame rates in esports games, and with a 144Hz display, animations look smooth and fluid and you won't be giving up any response time to gamers with more expensive laptops. Since you're buying from the HP store, there's also the option of changing up the display for one with greater brightness and a faster response time. Thanks to the improved efficiency of its Intel 12th-generation CPU, this model has a reasonable six hour battery life for video playback and up to 11 hours of mixed use. The laptop’s thermal design is optimized to keep the components cool through long gaming sessions. The keyboard has an HP Omen Gaming Hub key and is matched with a bigger-than-usual keypad.

The HP Victus is among the handful of entry-level gaming laptops priced between the $500 to $1,000 range. And when it goes on sale, it can be a real steal. Since this model is sold in the HP store, if you want to add more memory, improve the GPU, or increase your storage capacity, you can make some tweaks there—just watch the price tag as it will rise accordingly.

Pros:

  • Fast display
  • Low price
  • Capable computing power

Cons:

  • Lower-end graphics

Best Mid-Range Gaming Laptop

Step-Up Processor And Fast Display

Dell G15 5520 15.6-Inch

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Battery:Up to 9 hours| Weight:5.9 pounds

Best for: Playing the latest AAA games at ultra detail settings.

The Dell G15 5520 doesn’t cut corners. This iteration has a 12th-generation Intel CPU, 16GB of system memory and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card—a capable array of components to handle AAA and esports gaming at high frame rates. The overall laptop has a solid build, with an atypical split-level design. It also has strong battery life, making it a great portable gaming machine for taking on the road with you.

While the display is an unremarkable 1080p resolution, it does have a fast 120Hz refresh rate to provide competitive gameplay in fast games and smooth animations in slower games. It also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth, and has four USB ports (one Thunderbolt 4/USB Type-C and three USB Type-B 3.2 Gen 1), which makes it easy to connect all of your peripherals, accessories and controllers. This model can dynamically adjust performance by activating Game Shift, a technology first seen in Dell’s Alienware line. Game Shift pushes the fans’ speed to maximum to help keep processors stay cool and run efficiently while gaming.

Pros:

  • Attractive design
  • Strong battery life

Cons:

  • Underwhelming display
  • Heavy
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Honorable Mention: A Powerful CPU With A Fast, High-Res Screen

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15

CPU: AMD Ryzen 6900HS | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,440 | Refresh rate: 165Hz | Battery:Up to 10 hours| Weight:4.2 pounds

Best for: Highly detailed gaming while on-the-go.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 offers a potent combination of powerful gaming hardware and lengthy battery life, letting you play your games at high detail settings on its native 1440p resolution, no matter where you go. It'll last for up to 10 hours of mixed usage away from a power socket, so five hours of gaming should be more than possible. With a half terabyte of SSD storage too, you'll have plenty of space to store your expansive game library.

At just over four pounds, this isn't a light laptop, but it's not super heavy either. You could easily carry it around in a backpack and break it out when you want a game, or it could sit comfortably on your lap if you're trying to play on a train or plane. The rich display isn't just 1440p resolution, it has a 165Hz refresh rate, too, so when you're playing higher paced games with lots of action, or especially if you're playing competitively, this will give you a real edge by improving your reaction time and lowering input lag.

Pros:

  • Powerful combination of components
  • Strong battery life
  • Fast and detailed display

Cons:

  • More expensive than some mid-range options

Best Small Gaming Laptop For Students

Good At Everything—And A Sharp Screen, Too

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800S | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 14-inch | Resolution: 2,560 x 1,600 | Refresh rate: 120Hz| Battery:Up to 10 hours| Weight:3.8 pounds

Best for: Gamers after a solid all-around gaming machine with a fast, high-resolution display.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is one of the best all-around gaming laptops ever made. It has strong components for high-performance gaming, a gorgeous display with a fast refresh rate, and plenty of ultra fast storage for quick game load times. With its smaller 14-inch display, the chassis is both sleek and light, with an understated and classy design which looks good for gamers and serious students alike. The 2K display means text and graphics are sharp—helpful when writing papers in between gameplay. And at 3.6 pounds, this laptop can go to class or to your friend’s dorm room just as easily as it can stay on the desk at your home.

The Ryzen 9 6900HS CPU is more energy efficient than previous chip designs, which means this laptop can get a reasonable battery life. It has Dolby Atmos support for decoding spatial entertainment audio, and a built-in microphone with noise cancellation is a handy inclusion if you don’t have a gaming headset nearby. The Radeon 6700S is one of AMD's energy-efficient RDNA2 graphics, which further enhances battery life without sacrificing gaming performance. Between its professional look, moderate size and plenty of gaming horsepower, this laptop is the perfect companion for a hardworking student gamer—or even a mobile professional who appreciates gaming in their downtime while on the road.

Pros:

  • Clean aesthetic
  • Strong performance in esports and AAA games
  • Long battery life

Cons:

  • A bit expensive for the configuration

Best 2-In-1 Gaming Laptop

Play Laptop And Tablet Games Wherever You Go

Asus ROG Z13

CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H | RAM: 16GB DDR5 | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | Storage: 1TB SSD | Display: 13.4-inch touchscreen | Resolution: 1,920 x 1,080 | Refresh rate: 120Hz | Battery:Up to 8 hours| Weight:2.6 pounds

Best for: Playing a mix of traditional and touchscreen games.

When is a gaming laptop not a gaming laptop? When it's a gaming tablet. The Asus Z13 packs powerful gaming components inside a very portable and compact chassis—making it great for impromptu gaming sessions wherever you go. The laptop has up to eight hours of battery life, which is more than typical gaming laptops but not quite as much as some as the best battery performers in the category.

Its 13.4-inch touchscreen lets you play PC games as well as games designed for touchscreen tablets, too; just fold the keyboard away when it's not needed. With its high-end Intel 12th generation processor, the Z13 is a great machine for getting some work done if you need to. It does reportedly get pretty warm during heavy gaming sessions, and its hardware leans more towards esports and older games if you're looking for high frame rates, but it's still a very capable little machine—and at this size, a truly portable gaming laptop.

Pros:

  • Solid performer for its size
  • Light weight
  • Highly portable design

Cons:

  • Portable design more expensive
  • Gets hot during gameplay
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What’s The Best Graphics Card For Laptop Gaming?

The graphics card or chip is the most important component in a gaming laptop, helping to drive higher resolutions, higher frame rates and higher detail settings than any mainstream laptop can manage.

At the most entry-level end of the spectrum, for casual esports and indie games, integrated graphics may suffice, but better to find an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 or AMD Radeon RX 6400—either is a great option. These GPUs are perfect for simple 1080p gameplay at high frame rates and low detail settings. If you want to play more demanding games, step up to Nvidia's GeForce 3060 Ti or 3070 Ti, or an AMD Radeon RX 6700M. For 4K gaming look for the best graphics card you can afford (Nvidia’s 3080 Ti or AMD's 6800M represent the top models available now).

Is $1,000 A Good Price For A Gaming Laptop?

The best general purpose laptops usually start around $1,000 and that's not too dissimilar for gaming laptops. With that kind of laptop, you typically get a solid 1080p gaming machine which won't be the best for the latest and greatest games, but will give you great frame rates in esports games.

If you want to play at higher resolutions, aim for a model priced around the $1,300 mark; though again, the higher you go, the better performance. The best gaming laptops can cost $2,000 or more, with many of the most elite models costing north of $3,000. So your budget is your only limitation once you get into the high-end models.

All that said, if you time it right and buy one of the best gaming laptop deals available during a big sale, you can grab much more powerful gaming laptops for around the $1,000 mark, especially if you make do with a last-generation flagship which still offers excellent performance.

Do You Need A High Refresh Rate Display?

High refresh rate displays are a great way to improve your gaming experience, especially if you're playing esports or older games at higher frame rates. With a high refresh rate display and a high frames per second, you can enjoy smoother animations and a more responsive gaming experience, with limited input lag. That means that as well as making your games look and play better, it can actually make you play better too, giving you a light performance advantage in competitive gaming.

Higher refresh rates are often a more beneficial upgrade than a higher resolution, especially on the smaller displays on most gaming laptops. While you won't see a huge difference between 1080p and 4K on a 15-inch screen, you will be able to tell the difference between 60Hz and 144Hz. The difference between that and 240Hz or 360Hz isn't as pronounced, but you should still be able to feel it, even if it isn't super obvious.

Is A 13-Inch, 15-Inch Or 17-Inch Gaming Laptop Better?

When it comes to gaming immersion, a larger screen will almost always deliver a better experience. There's a reason there are gaming monitors that can stretch as big as 49-inches in 2022: it's an amazing gaming experience. You don't get anything that big on gaming laptops, with the largest typically maxing out at 17-inches. That's still an impressive size for a gaming laptop, though, and it'll certainly give you a more engaging gaming experience than a 13-inch model.

But you need to factor something else in with gaming laptops: portability. A bigger screen means a bigger, heavier, less wieldy laptop, and it often has worse battery life too.

A 17-inch gaming laptop isn't really designed to be played on the go; it's just a portable gaming desktop, really. You'll get bigger and better hardware in the largest systems too, with generally greater performance because the thermal headroom is greater. But you won't want to be using it to try to play on a bus or train ride.

Meanwhile, 13-inch gaming laptops are the most portable, offering true on the go gaming and often with good battery life, too. But the hardware will be weaker.

For a good middle ground, the latest crop of 14-inch and 15.6-inch gaming laptops offer excellent performance and much improved portability over their larger 17-inch cousins.

Pick the size, shape, and performance profile that's right for you.

Is A Gaming Laptop Worth The Money?

If you are looking to play games on your laptop more than anything else, then yes, absolutely. You'll get much better performance out of a gaming laptop than you will a more general-purpose laptop. On top of that, gaming laptops will also give you a much more responsive and fluid gaming experience, with high refresh rate and low response time displays helping to reduce input lag, ghosting, and screen tearing, which can be a real problem on non-gaming laptops.

Gaming laptops are also future proofed where non-gaming laptops aren't. With a powerful graphics chip, the best gaming laptops of today will still be able to play the latest games in years to come. While they might not be able to hit the highest detail settings anymore, non-gaming laptops without a decent GPU just don't be able to play them at all.

Who Makes The Best Gaming Laptops?

Modern gaming laptops are more mainstream, with many of the players in all-purpose laptops having a contender among gaming systems, too. You’ll also find a number of brands that specialize in systems fine-tuned for gaming.

The best brands for gaming laptops today include Razer, Asus, Acer, Dell Alienware, MSI and Lenovo. Most of these manufacturers have gaming laptop lines, but some also have options not branded as for “gaming” that can capably play games as well. Some companies focus on designs that are both lightweight and powerful, while others go all-in with more powerful systems that can rival some gaming desktops.

Do I Really Need A Gaming Laptop?

Gaming laptops aren't a necessity for anyone, especially if you don't do much gaming at all. In fact, if you don't plan to use your new laptop primarily for gaming, you'll get a lot more value for money by looking at more mainstream laptops without a dedicated GPU: Their battery life is better and they tend to have more vibrant displays designed for movies and office work.

If you are a gamer, though, and want to spend most of your time on your laptop gaming, then you should definitely consider it. The latest gaming laptops offer amazing performance that rivals some powerful desktops, and they almost all come with fast displays so you get a smoother and more responsive gaming experience.

Gaming laptops also come with handy features like smart power switching technologies that maximize efficiency and performance so make sure your games are playing at their best without sapping too much battery life or outputting too much heat. Speaking of which, most gaming laptops have excellent cooling, too, to make sure your system stays relatively cool and doesn't get too noisy while playing (although some gaming laptops can still get loud).

Most gaming laptops have good quality keyboards too, since a responsive keyboard can make all the difference in some games. Still you may want to add an external gaming keyboard and also a gaming mouse as touchpad gaming is notoriously difficult.

What CPU Do You Need For Gaming?

Intel and AMD are the main processor brands used for any computer, and the only two you want for a gaming computer. Their chips have gone through huge revolutions in design and performance potential in recent years. Chips continue to gain in efficiency and battery life is better than ever.

Although CPU performance isn't the keystone of gaming performance it once was, it's still important to have a good CPU, and some games, like F1 22 and Microsoft Flight Simulator (2020) that really benefit from it.

The specific performance of the CPU in your laptop will depend as much on the system's cooling as it will the CPU model, but as a general rule, you want a gaming laptop with a recent-generation CPU. For AMD laptops, that's a Ryzen 4000, 5000, or 6000 chip. For Intel, it's 11th or 12th generation. In both cases, though, you'll get a much better CPU if you can stick to the AMD Ryzen 6000 and Intel 12th-generation ranges, as they made big leaps in performance and efficiency over their predecessors.

The types of games you play has a big impact on the type of processor you need. If you’re a casual gamer or playing simpler indie games, then you likely won't need anything too powerful.

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FAQs

Which laptop can run all games? ›

Best Gaming Laptops
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G15. The best gaming laptop. ...
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus G14. The best portable gaming laptop. ...
  • Razer Blade 17. The best big-screen gaming laptop. ...
  • Lenovo Legion 5 Pro. ...
  • MSI GE76 Raider. ...
  • Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition. ...
  • Razer Blade 14. ...
  • Acer Predator Triton 500 SE.
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Can a gaming laptop run any game? ›

A gaming laptop can do anything a normal laptop can do; it just lets you game as well. Like we said at the start, a laptop that's designed for gaming is pretty much like any other laptop in that it has a CPU, temporary storage space (RAM), permanent storage space (hard drive, SSD or cloud storage), and more.

Can gaming laptops handle long sessions? ›

Gaming laptops are built for durability and performance. They are designed to withstand the rigors of intense gaming sessions and deliver the best possible gaming experience. Gaming laptops are equipped with the latest and most powerful processors, graphics cards, and other gaming-related hardware.

How much RAM is good for gaming? ›

16GB is the recommended amount of RAM for playing most games and will provide a noticeable increase in performance from 8GB. You will also be able to run applications in the background without affecting gameplay.

How long do gaming laptops last? ›

With moderate use, a gaming laptop lasts between 3 and 5 years. Gaming laptops get much hotter than regular PCs, and their internal components are more susceptible to overheating. It is also much harder to replace laptop parts, which means if one component dies, the entire laptop will be fried.

Is a gaming laptop worth it? ›

Gaming laptops are incredible, and for many people, they're the best way to experience games. Not only are gaming laptops portable, but they can serve double-duty as a work or school PC, and can even stand in for a desktop when connected to an external monitor.

Is ASUS better than Alienware? ›

Our Verdict. Although the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) and the Dell Alienware m15 R3 (2020) are both premium gaming laptops, they aren't in the same class. The ASUS' design focuses a lot on portability, so it's more compact and easier to carry around, whereas the Dell is a bulky and heavy device.

Do gaming laptops overheat? ›

Overheating in gaming laptops is a common problem that can lead to poor performance and even damage to the computer. There are a few simple solutions that can help to keep your laptop cool and prevent overheating. One solution is to use a cooling pad or stand that will help to dissipate heat.

How much should I spend on a gaming laptop? ›

Spending between $800 and $1,000 (or perhaps a little more) will get you a laptop with a GTX 1650 Ti, a 1660 Ti or even a 3050 Ti for a better gaming experience. If you're on a strict budget when shopping for a cheap gaming laptop, again, go with an Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics chip.

What is the difference between a gaming laptop and a gaming PC? ›

While a gaming laptop is smaller and portable, a gaming desktop is larger and more customizable. Both are excellent options, but both also have their strengths and weaknesses. Which form factor will best support your PC experience?

Can gaming ruin a laptop? ›

Can gaming damage my laptop? It's possible. If you play games on your laptop for hours at a time, the heat from the computer can damage the internal components. Over time, this can lead to a decrease in the lifespan of your laptop.

How long should I use my gaming laptop a day? ›

3. The average gaming laptop has a battery life of about 4 hours. The average gaming laptop has a battery life of about 4 hours. This means that you can play your favorite games for a longer period of time without having to worry about your laptop dying on you.

What temperature is bad for gaming laptop? ›

The ideal gaming laptop temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal gaming laptop temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Gaming laptops are designed to maintain this temperature while in use. If the temperature exceeds this, the laptop may overheat and cause damage to the internal components.

Is 32 GB of RAM overkill? ›

For the most part yes it would be “overkill” for today. Several years later it may be normal but for right now 16gb or even 8gb (for most games but some do need more to work properly so 16gb on the top of the top games) would be fine.

Is 64 GB of RAM overkill? ›

Is 64/128 GB of RAM Overkill? For the majority of users, it is. If you plan on building a PC purely for gaming and some general, basic, everyday activity, 64 GB of RAM is just too much. The amount of RAM you need will ultimately depend on your workload.

Which graphics card is best for gaming? ›

Best overall graphics card for gaming in 2022: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. While the GeForce RTX 3080 may not be the most powerful graphics card but on balance, it's still the best for gamers. The RTX 3080 is an excellent GPU in the RTX 30-series lineup that's perfectly capable of handling 4K gaming at 60FPS and above.

Do gaming laptops break easily? ›

Gaming laptops are designed to withstand a lot of wear and tear, but they are not indestructible. The most common causes of breakage are accidental drops or spills, overheating, and overuse. Accidental drops or spills are the most common cause of breakage for gaming laptops.

How do I keep my gaming laptop healthy? ›

4 Tips On How To Take Care Of Your Gaming Laptop
  1. Clean your entire laptop every four months. To ensure good airflow in your gaming laptop, be sure to get it cleaned every four months. ...
  2. Protect your laptop from viruses and threats. ...
  3. Use external keyboards and mouse pads. ...
  4. Refrain from using it in extreme temperatures.
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How long do laptops last? ›

You can expect a laptop to last four to five years, though Apple laptops have a longer life expectancy. No matter how well you care for a laptop, don't expect to use it for more than about 10 years due to software issues. Here are seven of the key signs it's time to upgrade to a new laptop.

Are gaming laptops better than consoles? ›

In terms of options, gaming laptops have the upper hand. However, consoles have many exclusive titles that you cannot play on your gaming laptop or PC. Sony has exclusive titles like Ghost of Tsushima and Bloodborne, only available on PlayStation. Many gamers purchase consoles just to play these exclusive titles.

Should you buy a gaming laptop if you are not a gamer? ›

Since everyone needs a laptop, getting a gaming laptop is often a better way to get into casual gaming than buying a dedicated console. It is cheaper and offers easy access to downloadable games. It also makes it easier to play a quick game in the middle of a long work day.

Is Razer better than Alienware? ›

Alienware laptops are a bit more affordable. Plus, if you go with the Alienware brand, you can count on better customer service and more dependable warranty plans. On the other hand, Razer laptops have impeccable performance features and slightly better battery life, but at higher prices.

Which is better MSI or Alienware? ›

Alienware particularly excels if you have an unlimited budget and want to go all-in for the best machine available. Its design and build quality also seem more modern and varied. On the other hand, MSI is a better choice if you're looking for a mid-range gaming laptop at a reasonable price.

Do you need a cooling pad for gaming laptop? ›

Gaming laptops can run pretty hot, especially while playing graphically-demanding titles, so you need a heavy-duty cooling pad that can keep up.

How hot is too hot for a laptop? ›

Laptops have been designed to work within a safe temperature range, typically between 50 to 95 degrees F (10 - 35 degrees C). This range refers to the optimal usage temperature of the outside environment and the temperature the laptop should be warmed to before using.

Do Alienware laptops get hot? ›

Yes, Alienware laptops do have overheating issues, and it has some symptoms too. Your laptop screen freezes and lags while gaming and your laptop may face random shutdowns and reboots. You also hear the fan spinning sound a bit louder.

What's considered a good graphics card? ›

The best graphics card on the market for most people, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 delivers excellent performance. It's on par with the RTX 2080 Ti even without costing an arm and a leg, bringing 4K gaming to the mainstream market for the first time. Before this card, 4K gaming was out of a lot of people's budget.

How much is too much for gaming laptop? ›

An average gaming laptop that will suit everybody's needs would cost around $700-$1000. The type of gaming laptop that is good for 4K tasks and will fill the needs of any gaming enthusiast should cost about $1000-$1500. While from $2000, you should expect to get a high-end laptop and is strictly for 4k gaming.

Is Intel Core i7 good for gaming? ›

For ideal results, a machine running an Intel® Core™ i7 processor or better with at least 8GB of RAM is sufficient for playing games and streaming at the same time. If you're hoping for less impact on your gaming performance, an Intel® Core™ i9 processor makes for an even smoother experience.

How many fans do you need in a gaming PC? ›

A gaming PC will need at least three case fans to properly regulate heat and keep the components cool. At the minimum, two case fans are needed for optimal cooling, and ideally three. An exhaust fan should be placed on the back panel, while an intake fan should be placed on the front panel.

How good is Alienware? ›

Alienware gaming laptops are some of the most powerful and popular gaming laptops on the market. They are known for their high-end specs and features, and their prices reflect that. However, there are some cheaper gaming laptops available that offer similar or even better performance.

What should I look for when buying a gaming computer? ›

What to Look for When Buying a Gaming PC
  • A Note About Parts Availability. With the global chip shortage not looking like it is going to be resolved soon, the best option is to buy a PC through a manufacturer or retailer. ...
  • The PC Case. ...
  • The Processor. ...
  • A GPU Makes the Gaming PC. ...
  • Memory and Storage.
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What is a gaming laptop good for? ›

Gaming laptops are made for accomplishing heavy graphic intensive tasks such as gaming, video editing, 3D rendering, programming, etc. Hence, it has more hardware in comparison to a normal laptop. Because of these extra components, gaming laptops are pretty expensive.

Does gaming reduce PC life? ›

But another concern that often raises its head, is whether gaming damages the computers they run on. If a game makes a desktop or laptop run hard, can that cause it to become damaged over time? The answer is mostly a flat and clear, no.

Does gaming destroy laptop battery? ›

Does leaving a gaming laptop plugged in all the time damage the battery? Short answer is No. if your gaming laptop is not older than 7–8 years old you most probably don't need to worry about that.

Can a game break your GPU? ›

To answer your question : yes (as others have pointed out), a software can definitely break hardware if the former is not protected in some way; if for instance the GPU fan is turned off then it will definitely blow up with a 100% chance of success :D.

Can I leave my gaming laptop on overnight? ›

Just make sure that your laptop's ventilators are not being obstructed and everything should be okay. Is it okay to leave my PC on overnight playing a game? Yes it is. PCs do not have any need to be ever turned off, really.

Is it OK to game on a laptop while charging? ›

Rest assured, you can play games on your laptop when you are charging your laptop, that will have absolutely no affect on your battery, you do not need to worry, that will do no harm to any of the components of your laptop and will not affect the lifespan of your battery . . .

Is it OK to keep gaming laptop plugged in? ›

In general, it is safe to keep your gaming laptop plugged into the power source. It is recommended to keep it plugged into a charging outlet while using the laptop. Gaming laptops are built differently than normal laptops or notebooks.

How hot is too hot for GPU? ›

The normal temperature range for a GPU under load is 149°F to 185°F (65°C to 85°C). So usually temperatures above 185°F (85°C) are too hot for GPU and not safe for them. When this temperature range is reached, the GPU begins to slow down in order to prevent overheating.

What GPU temp is too high? ›

The ideal temperature for a GPU to run when under load is between 65–85° Celsius. But, if your GPU is running hotter than the 110° Celsius mark, your GPU is running too hot and is at risk of damaging itself or other PC components.

How long will a CPU last at 90c? ›

At that temp the cpu should last 10+ years, your mobo is much more likey to fail. CPU's are hard to kill.

Is a gaming laptop worth it? ›

Gaming laptops are incredible, and for many people, they're the best way to experience games. Not only are gaming laptops portable, but they can serve double-duty as a work or school PC, and can even stand in for a desktop when connected to an external monitor.

What is the difference between a gaming laptop and a regular laptop? ›

Gaming laptops typically have better processors, graphics cards, and cooling systems than regular laptops. Gaming laptops typically have better processors, graphics cards, and cooling systems than regular laptops. This makes them ideal for gaming, but it also means they tend to be more expensive.

Is 8GB RAM enough for gaming? ›

8GB is considered the minimum requirement for effective gaming on PCs. Anything below 8GB of RAM will result in slower performance speed, lackluster graphics settings, and more. Doling out the extra cash for at least 8GB of RAM is well worth it.

Is GTX 1650 good for gaming? ›

The GTX 1650 is a great graphics card for gaming. It can handle most games at high settings and can even run some games at 4K resolution. If you're looking for a card that can handle any game you throw at it, the GTX 1650 is a great option.

How much should you spend on a gaming laptop? ›

Spending between $800 and $1,000 (or perhaps a little more) will get you a laptop with a GTX 1650 Ti, a 1660 Ti or even a 3050 Ti for a better gaming experience. If you're on a strict budget when shopping for a cheap gaming laptop, again, go with an Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics chip.

Do gaming laptops overheat? ›

Overheating in gaming laptops is a common problem that can lead to poor performance and even damage to the computer. There are a few simple solutions that can help to keep your laptop cool and prevent overheating. One solution is to use a cooling pad or stand that will help to dissipate heat.

How long do laptops last? ›

You can expect a laptop to last four to five years, though Apple laptops have a longer life expectancy. No matter how well you care for a laptop, don't expect to use it for more than about 10 years due to software issues. Here are seven of the key signs it's time to upgrade to a new laptop.

Should you buy a gaming laptop if you are not a gamer? ›

Since everyone needs a laptop, getting a gaming laptop is often a better way to get into casual gaming than buying a dedicated console. It is cheaper and offers easy access to downloadable games. It also makes it easier to play a quick game in the middle of a long work day.

Which is best gaming PC or gaming laptop? ›

While a gaming laptop is smaller and portable, a gaming desktop is larger and more customizable. Both are excellent options, but both also have their strengths and weaknesses. Which form factor will best support your PC experience?

Is 32 GB of RAM overkill? ›

For the most part yes it would be “overkill” for today. Several years later it may be normal but for right now 16gb or even 8gb (for most games but some do need more to work properly so 16gb on the top of the top games) would be fine.

Is 64GB RAM overkill? ›

Is 64/128 GB of RAM Overkill? For the majority of users, it is. If you plan on building a PC purely for gaming and some general, basic, everyday activity, 64 GB of RAM is just too much. The amount of RAM you need will ultimately depend on your workload.

Is 32GB RAM too much? ›

Finally, 32 GB of RAM might still be appealing for those who want to keep their PC future-proof and/or those who also use their PC as a workstation. However, for gaming in 2021, it's generally overkill.

Is RTX better than GTX? ›

RTX cards are therefore not only better for graphics, but also for traditional rendering performance. If you want the best gaming performance possible from an NVIDIA card, you're going to want a 30-series RTX GPU—at the top end, you'll want an RTX 3090.

Is RTX 3060 good for gaming? ›

The RTX 3060 is the graphics card you want for high-end 1080p gaming, and it'll even turn its hand to 1440p action too. ABS has built around that card sensibly here, ticking all the major spec boxes in the process. The CPU may be last-gen, but it's still plenty powerful, and importantly won't hold the GPU back.

Which is better NVIDIA 1050 TI or 1650? ›

The GTX 1650 is actually better than the GTX 1050-Ti, especially when it comes to benchmark results. The GTX 1650 is effectively 40% faster than the GTX 1050-Ti, with better lighting effects, reflection handling, multi-rendering, and much higher 3D benchmarks.

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