All-Time Best Gaming Laptops in 2019
Based on our extensive display, audio, keyboard, and performance testing, as well as playing and benchmarking the latest top PC games, here are the best gaming laptops you can buy right now for every budget.
All-Time Best Gaming Laptops in 2019
Latest News and Updates (January 2019)
- The first laptops with Nvidia’s RTX GPUs have arrived! Stay tuned for reviews of the MSI GS75 Stealth and the Gigabyte Aero 15.
- Looking for an affordable gaming system? Check out our review of the $799 MSI GF63 8RB, which like for its lightweight chassis and fast performance.
- At CES 2019, we got hands-on time with the Asus ROG Mothership, one of the craziest, wildest and most jaw-dropping gaming laptops we’ve seen in ages.
Best Overall: Alienware 17 R5
The Alienware 17 packs impressive raw gaming performance and a big-honkin’ 17-inch screen into a sexy intergalactic chassis that’s perfect for fragging your enemies in virtual reality or watching movies with friends. The latest version of Alienware’s flagship laptop sports more customizable lighting zones than ever, as well as quieter fans and louder speakers. Factor in up to a gorgeous 3840 x 2160 G-Sync display and Nvidia GTX 1060, 1070 and 1080 graphics options, and you’ve got a gaming laptop that’s as powerful on the inside as it is stunning on the outside.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7/Core i9 | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060/1070/1080 | RAM:8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB SSD | Display: 17.3-inch display (1080p/1440p/4K) | Weight: 9.8 pounds
Best Under $1,000: Dell G7 15 Gaming
Who says that you can’t get a stylish, moderately powerful gaming laptop for under $1,000? Pairing head-turning colors with sleek, sophisticated design, the G7 15 Gaming doesn’t look like your typical gaming laptop. And outfitted with a Core i7 processor and an Nvidia 1060 Max-Q GPU, it doesn’t perform like your typical budget gaming laptop either. The system consistently performed above expectations and is an emphatic step forward for the brand.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050/1060 | RAM: 8GB/16GB | Storage: 1TB hard drive | Display: 15.6-inch 1080p display | Weight: 6.3 pounds
Best Under $1,500: Asus ROG GU501
The Asus ROG GU501 does a lot right: It plays games well and its audio quality is solid. It also doesn’t hurt that it looks almost identical to one of the company’s pricier flagship gaming laptops, the ROG Zephyrus. Armed with its Nvidia 1060 GPU, the notebook can deliver solid midlevel performance on high settings. And thanks to its Core i7 processor, it’s not too shabby on the multitasking front, either.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 | RAM: 16/32GB | Storage:128GB SSD + 1TB hard drive | Display: 15.6-inch 1080p display | Weight: 5.4 pounds
Best 15 inch: Asus ROG Strix Hero II
Strap in and enjoy the ride. Asus’ ROG Strix Hero II boasts some robust specs, including an 8th Gen Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics. That means you’ll have no problem playing the latest titles at smooth settings. And with its colorful, 144-hertz panel and mesmerizing speakers, your games will sound almost as good as they look. The keyboard is nice and comfy and optimized for fans of first-person shooters.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 | RAM: 16/ 32GB | Storage:256GB/512GB SSD, 1TB hard drive |Display: 15.6-inch 1080p display | Weight: 5.1 pounds
Best 17 inch: HP Omen 17
Instead of playing it safe, the Omen 17 sports a daring, futuristic look that’s sure to turn heads. And the shock and awe don’t stop there: The company has added Nvidia’s powerful GTX 1070 GPU and paired it with an equally robust Intel Core i7 processor and a crazy-fast SSD. The laptop also serves up an enticing 4K display with a nice pair of speakers. The result is a rig capable of delivering showstopping performance, whether you’re playing games or crunching numbers.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7-7700HQ | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050/1070 | RAM:8GB/16GB/32GB | Storage: 1TB hard drive or 512GB SSD | Display: 17-inch display (1080p or 4K) | Weight: 8.2 pounds
Best Design: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Say hello to my skinny friend. At a mere 4.1 pounds and 0.7 inches thick, MSI’s GS65 Stealth Thin is one of the company’s slimmest gaming laptops to date. The laptop features Intel’s new 8th gen, six-core Coffee Lake processor, which promises 20 percent more performance than its predecessor. But since this is a gaming laptop at its core, MSI squeezed an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU into that slim frame. It’s a true jack-of-all-trades system that should be at the top of your list.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1060 Max-Q/1070 Max-Q | RAM:16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD | Display: 15.6-inch 1080p display | Weight: 4.1 pounds
Best Convertible: Acer Nitro 5 Spin
Twist it, turn it, any way you want it. The Acer Nitro 5 Spin is a cornucopia of versatility, able to transform at the drop of a hat. In addition to its bendy antics, the notebook offers solid multitasking power, good battery life, a comfortable keyboard, and an easily convertible design. An Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU means that you’ll get good frame rates while gaming — just not at the highest game settings.
Key Specs – CPU: Intel Core i5/i7 | GPU: Nvidia GTX 1050 GPU | RAM: 8GB | Storage:256GB SSD + 1TB hard drive | Display: 15.6-inch 1080p | Weight: 4.9 pounds