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The Best Gaming Laptops in 2020

What’s the best gaming laptop in 2020?

Looking for the best gaming laptop available? In order to make your search easier, we’ve ranked the top 1o portables that we’ve reviewed, including systems from Razer, Asus, Alienware and Acer.

It’s arguably a great time to buy a gaming laptop too, with processors recently getting a boost thanks to the arrival of Ryzen 4000 and 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series chips. That said, you may be tempted to wait for the upcoming Nvidia Ampere and AMD Big Navi mobile GPUs, although these could arrive either in the latter end of this year, or well into 2021.

If you’re not prepared to wait that long, the good news is that there are several fantastic gaming laptop options already available. Check out our top 10 picks in the quick-fire summary below, with more in-depth descriptions further down.

  1. Best gaming laptop: Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
  2. Best value gaming laptop: Asus TUF Gaming A15
  3. Best Full HD performance: HP Omen 15 (2020)
  4. Best for mechanical keyboard: Gigabyte Aorus 15G
  5. Best 4K gaming laptop: Razer Blade Pro 17
  6. Most powerful gaming laptop: Alienware Area 51m
  7. Best budget gaming laptop: Acer Nitro 5
  8. Best budget 17-inch gaming laptop: Asus ROG Strix Scar III
  9. Best gaming laptop for streamers: Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo
  10. Best looking gaming laptop: Razer Blade 15

Best Gaming Laptop - Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

1. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The new king of the gaming laptops

Display: 14in, FHD, 120Hz | CPU: Ryzen 9
GPU: RTX 2060 | Storage: 1TB | Weight: 1.69kg

Pros:

  • Incredible CPU performance
  • Great for Full HD gaming
  • Ultra-portable design
  • Impressive battery life

Cons:

  • Lack of RGB lighting
  • No integrated webcam
  • Underwhelming SSD speeds

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 addresses 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.

Best Gaming Laptop - Asus TUF Gaming A15

2. Asus TUF Gaming A15

Best value gaming laptop

Display: 15.6in, FHD, 144Hz | CPU: Ryzen 7
GPU: RTX 2060 | Storage: 1TB | Weight: 2.3kg

Pros:

  • Great value price
  • Fantastic Full HD performance
  • Quiet and comfortable keyboard
  • Better than average battery life

Cons:

  • Unattractive and hefty design
  • Loud fans when gaming
  • No macro keys

The Asus TUF Gaming A15 is not a very good looking and is a little unwieldy, but offers cracking value. The A15 packs some decent power, 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.

HP Omen 15 (2020)

3. HP Omen 15 (2020)

Best Full HD performance

Display: 15.6in, FHD, 300Hz | CPU: Intel i7
GPU: RTX 2070 | Storage: 1TB | Weight: 2.4kg

Pros:

  • Great value
  • Fantastic Full HD performance
  • High refresh rate
  • Design has broad appeal

Cons:

  • Fairly heavy
  • A bit of screen wobble
  • So-so battery life

The HP Omen 15 (2020) is a fantastic laptop, offering a top class Full HD performance while remaining very much affordable. HP currents lists this laptop at £1099.99, which features a GTX 1660 Ti GPU. There’s also an RTX 2070 option available for £1600, which is supremely good value considering you get access to the likes of ray tracing and DLSS.

We’re also big fans of the new HP makeover, with more subtle styling appealing to a wider audience. Build quality is a mixed bag, with a flimsy hinge a cause for concern, but it’s easily forgiveable since you’re getting so much bang for your buck here.

Those who want to take their laptop out of the home may want to look at the Zephyrus G14 instead, as the Omen is a rather hefty portable, but this is an otherwise superb option for portable gaming.

Gigabyte Aorus 15G

4. Gigabyte Aorus 15G

Best gaming laptop for mechanical keyboard fans

Display: 15.6in, FHD, 240Hz | CPU: Intel i9
GPU: RTX 2080 Super | Storage: 512GB | Weight: 2.2kg

Pros:

  • Mechanical keyboard feels great
  • High refresh rate
  • Excellent performance with modern games
  • Decent battery life

Cons:

  • Expensive compared to rivals
  • Aluminium chassis is hefty and a little boring
  • The screen is strangely flimsy and feels fragile

One of the biggest problems with gaming laptops is that the built-in keyboard feels like a poor substitute for a dedicated one. The Gigabyte Aorus 15G solves this issue by using mechanical switches, which is almost unheard of for a portable of this size. This gives the keys a clicky feel, which is perfect for like action titles.

The Aorus 15G excels in other categories too, with the RTX graphics cards belting out a powerful performance to make the most out of the Full HD 240Hz display. However, you can a similar level of performance for cheaper with the likes of the HP Omen 15, as the mechanical keyboard seemingly bumps up by a couple hundred quid.

Other complaints include a boring and flimsy design, which is also rather cumbersome to port around. Still, thanks to a stellar performance and mechanical keyboard, this is one of the best portable experiences for PC gaming.

Best Gaming Laptop - Razer Blade Pro 17

5. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2019)

Best 4K gaming laptop

Display: 17.3in, 4K, 120Hz | CPU: 9th Gen Intel i7
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 | Storage: 1TB | Weight: 2.75kg

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Pros:

  • Plenty of grunt
  • Can be upgraded
  • Gorgeous 4K visuals

Cons:

  • 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.

Best Gaming Laptop - Alienware Area 51m

6. Alienware Area 51m

The best desktop-replacement gaming laptop

Display: 17.3in, FHD, 144Hz | CPU: 9th Gen Intel i9
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 | Storage: 2TB | Weight: 3.87kg

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Pros:

  • The most powerful gaming laptop available
  • Can be upgraded
  • Stylish and premium design
  • Excellent keyboard

Cons:

  • 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.

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. 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.

Best Gaming Laptop - Acer Nitro 5 (AN515-54) review

7. Acer Nitro 5

Best budget gaming laptop

Display: 15.6in, FHD, 144Hz | CPU: 9th Gen Intel i5
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti | Storage: 512GB | Weight: 2.2kg

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Pros:

  •  Astonishing performance considering the price
  • Can run the likes of Fortnite and Apex easily
  • Great value for money

Cons:

  • 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.

Best Gaming Laptop

8. Asus ROG Strix Scar III (G731GU)

Incredibly affordable 17-inch gaming laptop

Display: 17.3in, FHD, 144Hz | CPU: 9th Gen Intel i7
GPU: Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti | Storage: 512GB | Weight: 2.9kg

Pros:

  • Solid gaming speeds
  • Impressive 144Hz screen
  • Reasonable RGB LED keyboard

Cons:

  • 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 available, 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.

But 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.

Best Gaming Laptop - Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo

9. Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo

Best gaming laptop for streamers

Display: 15in, 4K, 60Hz | CPU: 10th Gen Intel i9
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Super | Storage: 2TB | Weight: 2.4kg

Pros:

  • Incredibly fast performance
  • 4K display is an absolute beauty
  • Second screen useful for streamers

Cons:

  • Very expensive
  • Meh keyboard
  • Poor battery life
  • Limited compatibility for ScreenPad

The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo has a very obvious unique selling point: it has two screens. This allows you to look up guides on Google without pausing the game, or even move inventory screens and map displays to the lower screen with compatible titles such as Dying Light 2. Unfortunately, limited game support means the average gamer probably won’t get their money’s worth out of the ScreenPad.

It’s a different story for Twitch streamers though, with the ability to meddle with broadcasting settings and engage in chats without disturbing your League of Legends or Fortnite session proving valuable.

As well as the ScreenPad, the Zephyrus Duo boasts a gorgeous 4K screen and an industry-leading performance, making it a worthwhile (albeit expensive) alternative to a desktop gaming PC.

Best Gaming Laptop - Razer Blade 15 2019

10. Razer Blade 15 (2019)

Most stylish gaming laptop

Display: 15in, Full HD, 300Hz | CPU: 8th Gen Intel i7
GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 | Storage: 512GB | Weight: 2.1kg

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Pros:

  • 60fps in Full HD for almost every game
  • Ray tracing support
  • Premium design

Cons:

  • 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.

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