The Best Gaming Laptops You Should Buy
Technology and innovation are meeting in a wonderful way, making it so much easier for you to play your favourite games.
Not only has mobile technology made the internet (and online gaming) available in your pocket via smartphones, but now you can take advantage of super-fast processors, more efficient memory, and beautifully crafted visuals in laptops – something that was only available in a desktop PC up until quite recently.
There are so many types of laptops available on the market, and if you are looking for the one you should splash out on so that you can spend some time poker gaming or get involved in some online playing of Rocket League, then this is the guide for you.
What to Look For in a Gaming Laptop
- Resolution is important, and while 4K is available it is costly – and for gaming on the relatively smaller screens of a laptop, it might actually not be the best format. You will find that 1080p or 1440p will be more than good enough – and won’t overwork the processor.
- The refresh rate of the screen will affect how smooth the action is, and the higher the better. The minimum you should be looking at for gaming is 120Hz.
- The screen size of laptops are more standard these days, and you can choose 13, 15, 16, or even 17 inch screens.
- The lighting of the screen is important too – OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) screens offer better quality picture, with better depth and contrast than LED-lit LCD screens.
CPU and GPU
- The clock speed of the CPU will show how fast the laptop works, with the number of cycles per second described as GHz. The higher the speed, the better.
- The core count will help with multitasking, which is important when you are gaming.
- Look out for things like overclocking and power efficiency to help performance.
- GPUs can be limited by the space in a laptop – they need cooling to work properly, so the GPU might be less than in a comparable PC just because it cannot be cooled effectively.
- The latest storage option is SSD, which is more reliable and faster than HDD. However, it is more expensive.
- The minimum RAM that is required for most games is 8GB, but you will probably want 16GB or 32GB.
Of course, design and aesthetics come into it as well – the size and weight, the chassis material, and the colours, as does things like connectivity, ports, and battery life.
The Best Laptops
Razer Blade 15
One of the best laptops for gaming that really looks the part is the Razer Blade range. Lots of tech and high spec details in a compact body, the 15-inch model is a good balance between light and easy to transport, with a MacBook gaming aesthetic that makes it well worth the hefty price tag.
With the price at around £2,200, the Razer Blade 15 offers an Intel Core i7 processor, and an Nvidia RTX3070 GPU alongside 1TB SSD and 16GB dual-channel RAM.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14
The ROG range is a well-known gaming tech provider, and the Zephyrus G14 is small and compact but packs a huge punch. For those that are looking for a good balance of price and performance, the Zephyrus is a great example of something that can cope with all sorts of gaming without costing the earth.
With AMD CPU and GPU on board, and the opportunity for 32GB RAM as well as 1TB SSD, this laptop has a 14 inch screen and costs less than £1,800.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Lenovo offers a gaming laptop that is just as good for other applications – the keyboard is wonderful for typing, and the performance balance is brilliant with bright, excellent colours on the 16-inch screen. One of the benefits of this laptop is that the extra space adds more cooling – so you can have a higher spec GPU.
This is one of the cheapest in the list, coming in at around £1,300 – and still packing a punch with an AMD CPU and up to 2TB SSD with 32GB RAM.
Acer Predator Helios 300
This is the best value laptop on the list, and the sleek form with smaller bezels makes it seem smaller and lighter than it is – in fact, it is almost an inch thick and weighs nearly five pounds. It does have a smaller SSD than the others, but the performance is still up there.
This laptop comes in at around £1,200, with just 1TB SSD, and an Intel i7 processor.
Alienware m17 R5 AMD
Alienware is another well-known and recognised company that is reliable when it comes to gaming, and although this iteration of their gaming laptop really is excellent, it is also quite expensive. Alienware can be relied upon for excellence, and with a 4K display and a great level of cooled power this laptop delivers in every way.
Different configurations exist – with a CPU up to AMD Ryzen 9, a GPU up to AMD Radeon RX6850M, and an eyewatering amount of storage (4TB SSD and 64GB RAM).