What’s the best gaming laptop?
Looking for the best gaming laptop to help fulfil both your work and entertainment needs? Then you’re in the right place, as we’ve ranked the best systems currently available, including models from Razer, Asus, HP and Acer.
With AMD recently launching its Ryzen 4000 series chips and Intel revealing its 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series processors, there’s bound to be an influx of more gaming laptops too, making it a great time to invest.
If you want to buy a gaming laptop sooner rather than later, check out our top 10 ranking in the quick-fire summary below, with more in-depth descriptions further down.
- Our favourite gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
- Best value gaming laptop: Acer Predator Helios 300
- Best value ray tracing gaming laptop: Asus TUF Gaming A15
- Best performance under £2000: HP Omen 15
- Best desktop-replacement gaming laptop: Alienware Area 51m
- Best 4K gaming laptop: Razer Blade Pro 17
- Best budget gaming laptop: Acer Nitro 5
- Best budget 17-inch gaming laptop: Asus ROG Strix Scar III
- Most powerful gaming laptop: Acer Predator Triton 900
- Best looking gaming laptop: Razer Blade 15
1. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The new king of the gaming laptops
- Incredible CPU performance
- Great for Full HD gaming
- Ultra-portable design
- Impressive battery life
- Lack of RGB lighting
- No integrated webcam
- Underwhelming SSD speeds
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 has stormed onto the market with aplomb, quickly addressing two of the biggest issues in the gaming laptop world: weight and price. The Zephyrus G14 only weighs 1.69kg, yet still flaunts impressive power thanks to the top-spec combination of AMD’s new Ryzen 4000 processor and Nvidia’s ray tracing-capable RTX 2060 card – and only costs £1799 for the privilege.
Any Full HD game is playable with respectable frame rates here, exceeding the 60fps target for the majority of titles. CPU-focused games, such as Civiliaztion VI and Total War: Warhammer 2, will particularly benefit here, as will creative applications if you like to edit video in-between gaming sessions.
There is a lack of RGB lighting with the keyboard, but this means the Zephyrus G14 can easily fit in non-gaming environments such as the office. With a fantastic keyboard, gorgeous 120Hz display, whopping 1TB SSD and decent battery life, the Zephyrus G14 is an extremely versatile system. In fact, it’s hard to find flaws with this incredible gaming laptop.
- Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review
2. Acer Predator Helios 300
Best value gaming laptop
- Solid 1080p gaming ability
- Versatile Core i5 CPU
- Excellent screen quality
- Consistent quality for the price
- Keyboard could be a little better
- Exterior is too weak, thick and heavy
- RTX 2060 is a better GPU
There is nothing really remarkable about the Acer Predator Helios 300, it’s as basic as you can get for gaming laptops. But with a £1199 price, it’s one of the most reasonably price options you can hope for, despite having top class specs.
The double act of a Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU and Intel Core i5-9300H CPU ensure the Helios 300 provides a fantastic Full HD performance. The 15.6-inch 144Hz display is also perfect for eSports, with ultra smooth visuals.
And with a slim design and reasonable weight, this gaming laptop is actually portable enough to bring to the office or over to a friend’s house.
- Read our full Acer Predator Helios 300 review
3. Asus TUF Gaming A15
Best value ray tracing gaming laptop
- Great value price
- Fantastic Full HD performance
- Quiet and comfortable keyboard
- Better than average battery life
- Unattractive and hefty design
- Loud fans when gaming
- No macro keys
The Asus TUF Gaming A15 has a similar story to the above Predator Helios 300: it’s not very good looking and a little unwieldy, but offers cracking value. While the Helios is available for a cheaper price, the TUF Gaming A15 is slightly more powerful, with the option to fit the Nvidia RTX 2060 for some ray tracing glory.
Such a graphics card also allows for a fantastic Full HD performance, pairing with the 144Hz screen for some eye-candy action. The keyboard is comfortable for both gaming and typing, and is pleasingly quiet to avoid disturbing friends and family. AMD’s new Ryzen processor also gives it a great CPU performance and better-than-average battery life for a gaming laptop of this ilk.
It is a bit of an ugly laptop and it can get rather loud when playing games, but the TUF Gaming A15 is still one of the best value options around if you don’t fancy paying more than £1500.
- Read our full Asus TUF Gaming A15
4. HP Omen 15 (2019)
Best value ray tracing gaming laptop
- Superb 240Hz G-Sync screen
- Fast, well-balanced specification
- Robust, smart exterior design
- More affordable than key rivals
- Rivals faster in games
- Could be slimmer and lighter
- Underwhelming battery life
- Middling speakers and trackpad
The HP Omen 15 is an ace all-round gaming laptop, excelling at the main features. With an Nvidia RTX 2070 GPU, it’s not only capable of a blazing fast performance, but can also run ray tracing.
The 15.6-inch IPS display also has all the important gaming features, including a 240Hz refresh rate and Nvidia’s G-Sync technology which prevents screen tearing.
It’s admittedly not the slimmest or lightest gaming laptop, but it does look very stylish. Plus the compromise is well worth it to have an ultra-powerful laptop at a reasonable price, which you can chuck in a bag.
- Read our full HP Omen 15 review
5. Alienware Area 51m
The best desktop-replacement gaming laptop
- The most powerful gaming laptop available
- Can be upgraded
- Stylish and premium design
- Excellent keyboard
- Incredibly expensive
- Extremely large and heavy
- Underwhelming display
Most gaming laptop use mobile iterations of components in order to maximise portability. The Alienware Area 51m throws away the rule book, and instead fits a desktop processor. This not only makes this behemoth laptop incredibly powerful, but also allows you to upgrade it just as you would with a traditional desktop gaming PC. If you are considering this model though, Dell has now announced the new Alienware Area-51m R2 which takes the mammoth machine to a whole other level.
With the option of an Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card, you’re essentially getting a desktop equivalent performance. However, you’re limited to a Full HD display unless you hook up an external monitor, which is a real shame since this laptop has a jaw-dropping price climbing all the way up to £3799 with maxed out specs.
Of course, the term ‘laptop’ here is used very lightly since the hulking 3.87kg weight brings the Alienware Area 51m’s portability credentials into question. This is not something you want to carry on a commute, but a brilliant option if you’re happy to keep it rooted to your desk.
- Read our full Alienware Area 51m review
6. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019)
Best 4K gaming laptop
- Plenty of grunt
- Can be upgraded
- Gorgeous 4K visuals
- Super pricey
- Poor portability
There’s no question the Razer Blade Pro 17 is a great gaming laptop. It has the ultimate specs for gaming, including the option of an Nvidia RTX 2080 GPU and 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor.
The 17-inch screen is the main sell here, as it’s not only a blockbuster size for AAA games, but boasts a 4K resolution for some stunning visuals. The 240Hz refresh rate also ensures fast-paced action still looks sharp and smooth.
The only negatives about this gaming laptop is it weighs a tonne at 2.75kg and is dauntingly expensive. If you want your games to look as good as possible on the go though, there are few better options than the Razer Blade Pro 17.
- Read our full Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019) review
7. Acer Nitro 5
Best budget gaming laptop
- Astonishing performance considering the price
- Can run the likes of Fortnite and Apex easily
- Great value for money
- Keyboard layout is a little cramped
- Screen quality and brightness is sub-par
The Acer Nitro 5 is one of the best gaming laptops we’ve reviewed that’s available for less than £1000, proving a great option for students who want a machine than can blast through essays but also cope with the odd gaming session.
With the option of a GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 Ti GPU, the Nitro 5 won’t be able to run every single AAA game smoothly with graphics settings cranked to the max. But if you’re happy to stick to low intensive games, such as the likes of Fortnite, Rocket League and Sims 4, the Nitro 5 is a superb option.
This isn’t the most glamorous laptop, with a plasticky casing and boring design, but that will hardly be a concern when you remember how little you spent on the Nitro 5.
- Read our full Acer Nitro 5 review
8. Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU)
Incredibly affordable 17-inch gaming laptop
- Solid gaming speeds
- Impressive 144Hz screen
- Reasonable RGB LED keyboard
- Inconsistent design and build
- Poor battery life
- Noticeable fan noise
If you want a 17-inch gaming laptop, odds are you’re going to have to fork out over £2000. The Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU) rewrites the rule book in this regard, boasting a far more attractive price point despite the colossal screen.
Asus has been able to keep this portable affordable by using a GTX 1660 Ti graphics card. This isn’t the most powerful graphics card ever, but can run the majority of games in Full HD at a respectable frame rate. Unfortunately, Asus has made many more compromises, including a poor battery life and an omission of screen sync technology to prevent screen tearing.
Still, the fact you can get a gaming laptop with a blockbuster 17-inch screen is still impressive. If you want as big a screen as possible without breaking the bank, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU) is a worthwhile option.
- Read our full Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU) review
9. Acer Predator Triton 900
Most gaming laptop for performance power
|Acer Predator Triton 900 17.3" Touchscreen Gaming Notebook Core i7-9750H 32GB RAM 1TB SSD Black Model NH.Q4VAA.004||$3,992.53|
- One of the most powerful gaming laptops
- 4K display is gorgeous
- Convertible design is a jaw-dropper
- Ray tracing powers
- Ridiculously pricey
- Screen limited to 60Hz
- Not a lot of use for screen hinge when gaming
- Super heavy
The Acer Predator Triton 900 is our second favourite desktop replacement gaming laptop. While it can’t be upgraded like the Alienware Area 51m, it does boast a better performance – this may just be the most powerful gaming laptop available.
This is mostly thanks to its overclocking capabilities, allowing the Triton 900 to squeeze every last drop of performance power out of the Nvidia RTX 2080 graphics card. That hinge-mounted display is a big draw too, allowing you to swivel the screen closer for a better look.
There are a lot of limitation with the Triton 900 though, including the display’s 60Hz refresh rate, ridiculous heft and sky-high price. But if you want a desktop replacement that will get your friends swooning, this may well be your best bet.
- Read our full Acer Predator Triton 900 review
10. Razer Blade 15 (2019)
Most stylish gaming laptop
- 60fps in Full HD for almost every game
- Ray tracing support
- Premium design
- Ludicrously expensive
- No G-Sync
- Storage is stingy for the price
The Razer Blade 15 (2019) is close to being the perfect gaming laptop on paper. It can be equipped with almost any Nvidia GPU, ranging from GTX 1060 all the way up to the RTX 2080. The 15.6-inch display is gorgeous too, with both Full HD and 4K options available while the refresh rate can be boosted up to 240Hz.
Best of all, the Razer Blade 15 looks amazing thanks to its jet black casing and sleek aluminium casing. It’s just a pity how much of a fingerprint magnet this laptop is.
The biggest downfall with Razer’s 15-inch laptop is its price. Upgrade the specs, and the price can easily soar over £3000 which really isn’t justified for what you’re getting. Keep your greed restrained at checkout though, and you can find a great balance between specs and performance.
- Read our full Razer Blade 15 (2019) review