- Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15
Worth the Splurge
- Asus ROG Strix Scar 17
- MSI Bravo 15
Buying a gaming laptop is a serious investment. Not only are they a serious investment, they also directly influence your gaming experience for whatever you decide to play on them. It’s important to make a balanced decision between splurging on the best of the best, and focusing on what you really need.
We’ve pulled together a list of gaming laptops that would do any gamer proud – and all you need to do is select the one you want to play on. You really can’t go wrong with any of these!
- Opto-mechanical keyboard
- 165Hz 17 inch screen
- Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
- Up to Nvidia RTX 3080
- Up to 32GB DDR4-3200 RAM
As far as larger laptops go, the ROG Strix Scar 17 is about as good as it gets. While it’s expensive, it offers pretty much everything a gamer could want. In particular, the battery deserves praise – for a gaming laptop, it’s great.
Add to that the top-tier screen and high-specs the laptop is available in, and you can see why it costs around the $3k mark. If you can or want to splurge on this sort of thing, this is definitely your best option. Although the 6lbs weight are considerable, the laptop is also fairly sturdily built, with a solid high-quality 17inch chassis. That means that there is ample space for a great cooling solution as well – and one that’s surprisingly quiet to boot.
- 240Hz 15.6 inch screen
- Expandable with multiple SSD/HDDs
- Intel Core i7 10750H
- Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q
- 16GB of RAM
The Acer Predator Helios 300is a shockingly good piece of tech for its cost. Not only is it one of the highest refresh rate gaming laptops you can get, it also combines a top-spec CPU, GPU, and good battery under the hood as well. Despite this, it is available around the $1300 mark, or even less in a good sale.
The battery life is decent but suffers in maximum refresh rate gaming sessions. The storage space is also somewhat limited, but given that it can be extended with additional drives, that is a problem that’s easily solved. Users can even do it themselves in just a few quick steps. The Helios 300 is fairly generic in its appearance, lacking fancy RG elements or unique design elements, but the sturdy build of the laptop more than makes up for that.
- 120Hz 15 inch display
- AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
- AMD Radeon RX 5500M
- Up to 16GB of DDR4-2666 RAM
The MSI Bravo 15 is an absolute value star. Available for about $900, it is one of the few models that combines a powerful AMD CPU with a whopping 16GB of RAM. The GPU is a little on the weaker side, and falls a little short of, for example, GeForce GTX 1660Tis, but it nevertheless delivers an acceptable performance. The laptop can run a little warm, but offers solid performances even under heavier loads.
One of the few drawbacks is that the keyboard backlighting isn’t RGB – it’s only solid-red, and can be turned off. This limits the customisation and style options a fair bit, but doesn’t affect performance. The keyboard itself is similar to that of the HP Omen that we’ve received before – both in style and in feel.
- Secondary display
- Unique design and setup
- No webcam
- Up to Intel Core i9-10980HK
- Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q)
- Up to 32 GB of RAM
The Zephyros Duo isn’t really the kind of laptop that a regular gamer would want or use. While it has a whole host of incredibly cool and unique features, its price alone makes it an unlikely pick. It can cost anywhere from $3k to $6k – more than some used cars.
For that price, however, you get some cool stuff. Obviously the incredible PC specs themselves, not to mention a crisp 4k 60Hz display at the top, and a second, smaller screen with a resolution of 3840×1100 pixels. The smaller of the two also functions as a touch display – and as a pretty practical space-saving feature, the trackpad is moved to the far right of the laptop. This will inconvenience lefties, but makes sense – it doubles as the number block when needed as such, making up for space lost with the dual-screen. For gamers, this screen offers tons of options – you could place maps, guides, or instructions on there… or even just Discord or other chat apps.
- Above average battery performance
- Unique aesthetic
- Customisable RGB in case and keyboard
- Up to Intel Core i7-10870H
- Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
- Up to 16GB of RAM
Alienware is well-known for making high-quality high-spec machines – this is no exception. What’s a little different is that the m15 R4 falls in the middle rather than at the top of the price range, costing between $2k and $2.5k. It features the unique kind of design that we’ve come to expect from Alienware, with appealing RGB elements that are individually customisable. If style is a selling point for you, this laptop can definitely back up its price tag in that category.
As far as actual performance, the m15 R4 boasts above-average battery performance, and a somewhat unique screen, in that it’s an OLED display. Capped at 60Hz, the 4K OLED display is vibrant, colourful, and bright, but the low refresh rate could still be a dealbreaker for some.
These are our favourite gaming laptops in 2021. Of course, we couldn’t put every great laptop on there – so we had to skip some other solid choices. Laptops like the Omen 15/17, the Razer Blade Pro 17, or the Dell XPS 17 are also worth looking at. If you use a gaming laptop, what model are you using? And what made you pick it? Let us know!