Updated: September 2018
It wasn’t long ago the best gaming laptops were too expensive, too underpowered, and too cumbersome to really compete with desktop gaming, but times have changed. Right now, the best gaming laptop in 2018 can replace a desktop in many cases. A gaming laptop won’t compete one-to-one with a comparably priced desktop in terms of cost, but the best gaming laptops make up for it by virtue of convenience. In fact, the cost of gaming laptops has come down to where that convenience becomes ever more attractive.
Here are the top laptops we’ve reviewed. Read on to see what the best gaming laptop for your needs is.
- Razer Blade 15
- ASUS ROG Strix GL503V Scar Edition
- Origin EVO15-S
- Razer Blade Stealth + Core V2
- MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro
- Acer Predator 17
Overall Best Gaming Laptop
Not only is the Razer Blade 15 the best laptop this year, it’s one of the best 15-inch laptops we’ve ever seen. Its thin and light build belies an incredibly powerful gaming PC, with an available Nvidia GTX 1070 and 144hz display. You can even get one with a 4K, touch-enabled display, if you’re hungry for more pixels. The Razer deftly sliced through every benchmark we threw at it, topping the list of its laptop-competitors in 3DMark scores. Yet somehow, the Razer Blade 15 manages to go easy on the battery, with one of the longest-lasting charges we’ve seen. Read our Razer Blade 15 review to see why we loved this laptop so very much.
Next Best Gaming Laptop
Cool and quiet, the ASUS ROG Strix is a serious contender. There are more powerful laptops out there, but not by much, and this strikes a perfect balance between beefy performance and price. The NVIDIA GTX 1070 8GB graphics card is a wonderful thing, and its accentuated by the beautiful 144Hz display. In fact, those two features alone are worth the price of admission. Everything else, from its Intel Core i7-7700 to its ample storage space, are icing on an RGB-colored cake. Check out our ASUS ROG Strix GL503V review. You can also pick it up at Walmart with free 2-day shipping. In the UK? Get it at eBuyer.
Another Great Gaming Laptop
This gaming laptop is neck and neck with the ROG Strix, both in terms of power and available options. Origin has a dizzying array of customization options available for the EVO-15 S, so you can build one to suit your needs. You can go so far as to trick it out with a 4K display and a GTX 1070 8GB graphics card, if you’re so inclined (and your wallet is thick). It also beats the snot out of almost every other laptop in its class in terms of battery life, with 144 minutes in our testing. That’s not great, but in the case of gaming laptops, that’s a lot better than most. Check out our Origin EVO15-S review to see why we liked this one.
Best Gaming Laptop With Expandable Graphics
Razer made a name for itself with its attractive design and utilization of RGB lighting. The latest Blade Stealth is a gorgeous, compact machine with a stunning 13.3-inch 3200 x 1800 touch-enabled display. It’s a beauty on its own, but when coupled with the Core V2 external GPU attachment, the Blade Stealth unlocks its true potential. The Core V2 lets you drop in the graphics card of your choice and power your gaming, making this a great gaming set-up and portable laptop that’s the best of both worlds. For a more in-depth look, read our Razer Blade Stealth + Core V2 review
Best 120Hz Gaming Laptop
The MSI GS63VR is, as the name suggests, a VR-ready laptop right out of the box. It includes a 120hz full HD display, but there’s an available 4K option if you’d rather have resolution than refresh rate. A lovely customizable RGB keyboard lets everyone know this is a gaming laptop, and an available 32GB of DDR4 RAM makes this a pretty future-proof choice. Its 512GB SSD and 1TB HDD make this a roomy laptop for all your gaming needs. Check out our MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro review to see what we loved about this laptop. It’s also available in the US at Walmart, with free 2-day shipping.
Best 17-inch Gaming Laptop
Acer’s Predator 17 is a rare laptop in that it comes equipped with an optical drive, letting you watch your movie collection on its gorgeous screen without needing to purchase digital copies. But the optical drive is easily removed and swapped out for an extra cooling device, to let you run your favorite games at their max settings without running the Predator 17 too hot. And like some of the other laptops on this list, it comes with a GTX 1070 8GB and Intel i7 CPU equipped. Since it’s a 17-inch laptop, it has all the ports you could ask for, including 4 USB 3.0 ports for lightning fast data transfer. You can read more about it in our Acer Predator 17 review. It’s also available from Walmart, if you’re in the US.