Five Gaming Laptops: The Best of the Best

Updated: 4 Feb 2020 3:01 PM PST
Posted: 27 Jan 2020 2:26 PM PST

If you're serious about gaming on the go, you can't just use any laptop. You need a dedicated gaming machine - and luckily, there are plenty of options from which you can choose. If you're looking to find the best gaming laptops on sale today, though, you'll want to take a look at the five laptops listed below.

These are the five best gaming laptops you can buy right now.

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

Razer Blade 15

This unit is a slightly upgraded model of what was already on the market in 2018. For some, that's going to be a problem - the upgrades aren't that big, and a handful of machines has usurped the Razer Blade in terms of size and weight.

For most players, though, the fact that it remains on this list should be telling - Razer managed to sneak in some upgrades to keep the quality of this brand quite high.

What you're getting out of this machine is a laptop that's capable of 4K gaming.

That's not just an idle boast - specific configurations of this machine really can run 4K games without missing a step. With a powerful i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and an exemplary 15.6-inch full-HD screen, this is as much a replacement for a player's current gaming laptop as it is for the vast majority of desktop gaming machines.

MSI GS65 Stealth

The tale of the tape on the MSI GS65 Stealth only tells part of the story when it comes to this laptop. With a 2.6GHz i7 processor, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti video card, there's no mistaking this machine as anything other than a legitimate gaming rig. It's when you go past the raw numbers, though, that you see what makes this such a standout laptop.

There's no mistaking this machine as anything other than a legitimate gaming rig.


This is an incredibly good-looking machine. It's not just the case that's great - even the individual keys are backlit. This might be a small thing to some, but it's nice to see a great gaming PC that pays attention to aesthetics.

Of course, most players are going to pay attention to the screen - and they'll be rewarded with the kind of performance that far outstrips the price point of this particular model.

In all honesty, this machine is probably the best in its class. You can't get better performance without spending significantly more, and even then, it's going to be a matter of minor boosts.

This isn't quite a budget model, but it's a mid-range gaming laptop that blows most of its more expensive competition out of the water.

Alienware Area-51m

It's honestly amazing to see how well Alienware has bounced back in the last few years. Once the go-to name in gaming PCs, the company hit a bit of a rough patch in which they were all about style over substance.

Though it's been a long road back, the Area-51m proves that Alienware still has what it takes to hang with the biggest names in the industry.

Alienware still has what it takes to hang with the biggest names in the industry.


This is a real beast of a machine, with 16GB of RAM 3.6Ghz i9 processor that can be overclocked to 5Ghz.

It's not much of a stretch to say that this is a desktop-class computer that happens to be in a portable format, one that pushes out an awful lot of power in ways that dedicated gamers are sure to enjoy.

The trade-off for this is that the machine is relatively bulky and that it has a short battery life, but it's a trade-off that an awful lot of players are going to be willing to make.

A special note should be made for how accessible the interior of this machine happens to be.

This is a rare laptop that you're going to be able to upgrade with no real problems, so it has some staying power that other machines can't match.

If your goal is to make a big investment that's going to last, this might be the machine for you.

Acer Predator Helios 300 - 15.6-inch

The first thing that most consumers are going to notice about this laptop is the price. At just under eleven hundred dollars, this machine is very much priced at the entry-level of serious gaming rigs.

Despite this, the laptop manages to outpace several devices that cost almost twice as much.


The numbers on this machine are much higher than what you'd expect from the price point. It has a 2.6Ghz i7 processor and 16GB of RAM, and it's using the same Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti that its much more expensive competition uses.

The only place where the lower price seems to be sticking is in the small internal hard-drive, something that will get filled up quickly by most players.

Another great addition is the native 1080p-resolution of the monitor. You're not going to hit 4K with this rig, but you're also not paying for it. If you're looking for a gaming laptop that's not going to break the bank, but that will stay competitive with most of the mid-priced machines on the market, this is exactly the laptop for which you have been looking.

You're not going to hit 4K with this rig, but you're also not paying for it.

HP Omen X 2S

There are laptops out there with better specs than the HP Omen X. With its 2.6Ghz i7 processor and its 16GB of RAM, you're not looking at anything you haven't seen before. It's the extras that this laptop brings to the table that not only make it stand out but make it worth the purchase over many laptops that might have slightly better specs.

The standout extra for this machine is the extra screen.

At just six inches, it's not a second monitor - it's a screen you can use for in-game communication.

Given the importance of outside chat tools like Discord in modern gaming, this is a spectacular little tool that most other laptops can't offer. Coupled with the incredibly strong build quality and a sense of style, this is a laptop that seems like it's willing to take some risks.


This laptop deserves a spot as one of this year's most exciting laptops. Others might have similar specs or price points and certainly plenty that can do more for more money, but this is one of the few that seems like it's not content to fall in line behind the rest of the market.


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