The best laptops for gaming

 Introduction and technologies of Gaming Laptops that arrived this year

This year has left  important developments in the world of gaming laptops, especially with the arrival of new processors such as the tenth generation Intel Core H present in a large number of current gaming laptops and the revolution that led to the entry of the AMD Ryzen 4000 H in a market that, until now, was dominated by Intel, hitting the table and beating the most powerful models on the market as we have seen in the review of the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 or the MSI Bravo 17 . Intel's 11th gen has arrived too, but only in low-power models that have no niche in the gaming laptop market.


The best laptops for gaming

As for graphic novelties, there has not been so much movement, NVIDIA continues to have the upper hand with its RTX 2000 covering all ranges, at least while the RTX 3000 does not reach laptops, and AMD, while RDNA2 continues to be exclusive for desktop and console , is left with a small gap in the mid-range.

The best laptops for gaming

Other technologies that have also become popular this year in gaming laptops are the increasingly present WiFi 6, USB-C and, of course, screens with high refresh rates, where the figures above 100 Hz are already something common and even began to see notebooks with screens above 200 Hz as the last ASUS ROG Zephyrus S.


The best laptops for gaming

Along the way we have also seen some absences, such as the disappearance of the webcam in some models, but also some new and striking additions such as the double screen of the aforementioned Zephyrus S.


All this at a time when new games are arriving, with high graphic demands such as Cyberpunk 2077 , which require the latest in hardware.


As an annual summary and to also serve as a buying guide or possible orientation when choosing a laptop, we have made this compilation with the 10 best laptops to play . We have only stuck to the laptops that have passed through our laboratory, since they are those that we have thoroughly tested and about which we know all their details and performance, likewise, there are models with more or less power, but we have taken into account what they offer globally and their price.


The 10 best laptops for gaming

10 - ACER Nitro 7 

This Acer Nitro 7 variant arrives with a somewhat more modest configuration than usual, equipped with an Intel Core i5-10300H with 8 GB of DDR4-2666 RAM, 256 GB of NVMe SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. All this under a screen of 15.6 "FullHD 144 Hz


ACER Nitro 7

It is the most modest model on this list in practically all its specifications, even so the 1660Ti has proven to be a solvent graphics and the Core i5-10300H, even without being able to compete with more advanced models, performs well in games, although the 4 nuclei begin to weigh. The 8 GB of RAM is usually sufficient, although the 256 GB of SSD will fall short.


It has, that if, with WiFi 6 and USB-C connectivity, and a fairly contained thickness where RJ45 also enters.

ACER Nitro 7

The main problem with this equipment is that its price, between 1,000-1,200 euros when it arrives in Spain, does not differ much from models with clearly superior hardware that we can see in this same ranking.

Pros

  • Wide expandability, WiFi 6 and good performance of the 1660 Ti.

Cons

  • Low storage and high price for the hardware you carry


9 -  ACER Predator Helios 300 PH315-53

This team integrates the Intel Core i7-10750H processor, a 6-core model that has been overshadowed by the competition from AMD and its own older brothers but is still a good option for "pure" gaming at more or less contained prices.

In the ACER Predator Helios 300 of this new generation, at least the model that is sold in Spain, we have an accompaniment of 16 GB of DDR4 memory at 2,933 MHz and 1 TB of NVMe SSD for 1,299 euros.

ACER Predator Helios 300 PH315-53


That price also includes an NVIDIA RTX 2060, a mid-range model but with all the benefits and technologies of the RTX series that also comes with its full version without Max-Q limitations.

This team will offer us a solvent performance for most games on its 144 Hz FullHD screen for a fairly contained price, although it is not the lightest or quietest laptop on the market and its autonomy is not its strong point either.

Pros

  • The RTX 2060 has a performance bonus with OC

Cons

  • Noisy and little autonomy  


8 - PCSpecialist Vyper 17 XR

This PCSpecialist model comes with the Core i7-10875H, an interesting processor that has been displacing the Core i7-10750H due to competition from AMD. It offers 8 cores and 16 threads and is accompanied by an RTX 2060 in its normal version, without the limitations of the Max-Q range.

The PCSpecialist Vyper 17 XR is based on a 17.3-inch FULL HD IPS display with a 144Hz refresh rate, albeit without G-sync, as well as 16GB of DDR4-2666 and 1TB of NVMe SSD.


PCSpecialist Vyper 17 XR

Its price is 1,720 euros, although Geeknetic readers can buy it with 1,675 euros. In return, it offers USB-c and Thunderbolt 3.0 connectivity, with the possibility of expanding most components, and WiFI 6.

It is a laptop with good CPU performance and a medium GPU, but it belongs to the RTX range and without as many limitations as the Max-Q.

PCSpecialist Vyper 17 XR

Pros

  • Good performance and expandability in 17.3 fine format

Cons

  • No G-Sync, high CPU temperature



7- ASUS TUF Gaming A15

The cheapest ASUS model with an AMD Ryzen 4800H is this TUF Gaming A15, a laptop that combines the high performance of that CPU with a price of 1,399 euros, an amount for which 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory and 1 TB are included NVMe SSD.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15


The graphics is an NVIDIA Geforce RTX 2060 in its full version, without the Max-Q tagline, and in charge of moving its 144 Hz FullHD screen with FreeSync.

Among its shortcomings we must mention the lack of WiFi 6 (it stays on WiFi 5), or being somewhat noisy, in addition to not having too much color or brightness coverage on its screen, however, with a fairly content price we have one of the most powerful notebook processors on the market with which you can play a large number of games without problems.

ASUS TUF Gaming A15

Pros

  • Very good performance of the Ryzen 7 4800H and adjusted price

Cons

  • Mediocre screen, no WiFi 6 and noisy


6 - MSI GS66 Stealth 

The MSI GS66 Stealth is the latest addition to MSI's range of ultra-thin gaming laptops, with a thickness below 2 cm this 15.6 "device hides a 300 Hz FullHD screen along with one of the most powerful processors in Intel, the Core i9-10980HK that offers good performance here although somewhat limited by the temperatures reached in this compact format.

MSI GS66 Stealth

The graphics is carried out by an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, one of the most powerful models in the max-q line designed for this type of thin notebook.

It is accompanied by nothing more and nothing less than 64 GB of DDR4 memory and 2 TB of high-performance NVMe storage and a huge 99.9 WH battery, the maximum that can be integrated into a laptop, although so much performance makes its autonomy not be your strong point precisely. The price of 3,199 euros also sets it apart from other models with superior hardware, although it is common for teams that seek to combine performance and very thin thicknesses like this one.

MSI GS66 Stealth


Pros

  • Excellent performance and capacity, 300Hz display in 15.6 "fine format

Cons

  • High price, no g-sync and high temperatures

5 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 GXR

We now turn to talking about the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 GXR , a 17.3-inch model for those looking for a large format gaming machine and that hides inside an entire RTX 2080 Max-Q along with the Intel Core i7 processor- 9750H six-core 

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 GXR

The processor is of the last generation, but its performance is very similar to the 10750H, although far from the models with more current cores, however, if we focus only on games, it offers a more than solvent experience, especially when accompanied by a whole RTX 2080 Max-Q, one of the most powerful models in the Max-Q range of moderate consumption.

Its 17.3 FullHD screen reaches 300 Hz, one of the highest in the laptop market

32 GB of DDR4-2666 memory and 1 TB of NVMe SSD round out the main specifications, along with USB-C and WiFi 5 connectivity. All for a price of 3,199 euros at launch.

Pros

  • Excellent graphics performance and a 17.3 "slim format 300Hz display 

Cons

  • Hefty price tag, next-gen CPU and connectivity



4 - MSI Bravo 17 A4DDK

The MSI Bravo 17 A4DDK is a laptop that makes use of the latest AMD Ryzen 7-4800H , a processor with Zen architecture that has turned the portfolio of notebook processors upside down offering superior performance to practically the entire line of notebook CPUs from Intel with a very balanced consumption. 

In this team it shows excellent performance accompanied by a 1 TB NVMe SSD and 16 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz memory, and all this for a price of 1,199 euros.


MSI Bravo 17 A4DDK

In addition to the Vega 7 that integrates the CPU, we have an AMD Radeon RX 5500M, a mid-range card that is close to a GTX 1070 Max-Q and above the GTX1650, but below the RTX 2060 Max-Q . This graphic is in charge of feeding the 17.3 "screen with 144 Hz and AMD FreeSync, which allows us to play current games, although in the most demanding we will have to lower the detail somewhat.

The rest of the components offer WiFi 6, GbE, USB-C connectivity and a somewhat modest autonomy, however, for a price of 1,199 euros, the MSi Bravo 17 is an excellent option for those looking for a great CPU performance for a price more content than usual.

Pros

  • Low price and excellent CPU performance 

Cons

  • The graph moves away from the most powerful models



3 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 9 4800HS

This variant of the G14 with the 4800HS instead of the 4900Hs offers basically the same benefits as the top model, but somewhat limiting the performance of the main CPU and the capacity of the SSD. In return, the price is reduced by about 400 euros.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 9 4800HS

The 4800HS continues to show excellent performance, above many higher-end models, especially when it comes to multi-thread performance thanks to its 8 cores and 16 threads. It is accompanied by 16 GB DDR4-3200, 512 GB of NVMe SSD and WiFi6 and USB-C connectivity among others.

For the rest, we have an RTX 2060 Max-Q, capable of running the vast majority of games at 1080p from its 120 Hz screen with FreeSync along with the technologies of the RTX range.

Its compact 14-inch format is combined with a very good autonomy to make it a valid equipment for gaming and also as a laptop for work or general use, with more than 7 hours of autonomy at full capacity.

Pros

  • Compact, good CPU performance and autonomy

Cons

  • The RTX 2060 Max-Q is the most modest option of the RTX


2 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS

At the gates of the throne we find the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with its AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS,  a laptop that deserves to be on the podium as it has become one of the surprises of this year due, above all, to the processor it integrates.

With a TDP of just 35W , this processor was crowned as one of the most powerful on the market, above laptop CPUs with higher consumption and even surpassing desktop models. It was the big breakthrough of AMD in the gaming laptop market and all this in a compact format with less than 18 mm thick and with a really surprising autonomy, well above what we usually expect in a gaming laptop.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS


It is accompanied by 16 GB of DDR4-3200 memory along with a 14-inch FullHD screen offering FreeSync and 120 HZ refresh rate, in addition to USB-C, HDMI, WiFi 6 connectivity along with a 1 TB NVME SSD.

In the graphic section we find an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q, a model with all the technologies of the RTX range, but a contained consumption to fit within the compact format of the G14. It is one of the more modest graphics in the RTX line and does not offer the same performance as graphics such as 2070 or 2080, but if we take into account the format of the equipment and the great performance of its processor, the Zephyrus G14 is one of the most amazing gaming laptops of recent years.

Pros

  • Compact, excellent CPU performance with the best autonomy on the market

Cons

  • The RTX 2060 Max-Q is the most modest option of the RTX




1 - ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550L

How could it be otherwise, at the top of the ranking and as the best laptop for gaming is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550L, a laptop that currently holds the title of Best Laptop from GEEKNETIC.  The reasons are obvious and are summarized in that, basically, it has the latest in hardware and components in the vast majority of aspects, from the processor to the graphics through the screen.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550L

It offers a powerful Intel Core i9-10980HK, the world's most powerful notebook processor from Intel, with 8 cores and 16 threads that reach an impressive 5.30 GHz of Boost, accompanied by 32 GB of DDR4 RAM at 3,200 MHZ. 1 TB of NVMe PCIE 3.0 SSD completes the storage field, standing out in both speed and capacity.

As for the graphics card, we still have the best of the best, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q which, again, is one of the  most powerful graphics for laptops on the market. After all, the graphics card is one of the most important components of a laptop designed to play games, and we cannot find more powerful than this model.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550L

We do not forget the screen, with a panel of 15.6 "inches FullHD with G-SYNC and that not only exceeds 200 Hz, but reaches nothing more and nothing less than 300 HZ. In addition, it is complemented by a secondary screen , the ScreenPad Plus, perfect for multitasking while we play or to control all aspects of the PC and the game.

ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 GX550L

Connectivity Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, HDMI, RJ45 or WiFi 6 eventually completed the best portable gaming that has passed through our labs. Of course, having something like that is not cheap and its starting price was 3,499 euros. In return, we will have a gaming laptop capable of moving any current game on the market.

Pros

  • Integrates the most powerful and advanced components on the market

Cons

  • Its price is high



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