The Best Gaming Laptops for 2021

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The Best Gaming Laptops for 2021
The Best Gaming Laptops for 2021
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The Best Gaming Laptops for 2021

Best for Hardcore Gamers Seeking the Best Value in Top Power Tier

Alienware m15 R3

New Alienware m15 R3 15.6inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Luna Light) Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home (AWm15-7272WHT-PUS)
New Alienware m15 R3 15.6inch FHD Gaming Laptop (Luna Light) Intel Core i7-10750H 10th Gen, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6, Windows 10 Home (AWm15-7272WHT-PUS)

The Alienware m15 R3 is a powerful and affordable high-end gaming laptop, with a uniquely styled design that sets it apart from a competitive field.

Alienware m15 R3 Specs

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 300 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.8 by 14.19 by 10.86 inches
Weight 4.65 lbs
Operating System Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 2:40
Pros
  • Stand-out aesthetic
  • Fast overall speed and potent gaming performance at a lower price than premium competitors
  • Enough power to utilize its 300Hz display in competitive multiplayer games
  • 1TB of SSD storage and plenty of useful ports
  • Handy features include Wi-Fi 6 and customizable chassis and per-key lighting
Cons
  • Brief battery life
  • The design may not be for everyone

Conclusion

The incredibly thin design and unrelenting power of the Alienware m15 let you game like never before. Featuring re-engineered hyper-efficient voltage regulation, Cryo-Tech cooling v3.0, and powered by a 10th Gen Intel Core i7K processor.

Best for Bang-for-Your-Buck Shoppers, Frequent Travelers

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

2020 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 14" VR Ready FHD Gaming Laptop,8 cores AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS(Upto 4.2 GHzBeat i7-10750H),Backlight,HDMI,USB C,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650,Gray,Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)
2020 ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 14″ VR Ready FHD Gaming Laptop,8 cores AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS(Upto 4.2 GHzBeat i7-10750H),Backlight,HDMI,USB C,NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650,Gray,Win 10 (16GB RAM|1TB PCIe SSD)

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an excellent gaming laptop, impressively powered by AMD’s newest Ryzen Mobile CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics in a compact 14-inch body.

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Specs

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
Processor Speed 3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support FreeSync
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (Max-Q)
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.7 by 12.75 by 8.74 inches
Weight 3.52 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 7:43
Pros
  • Superior AMD Ryzen 9 processor is fast on all fronts
  • Clean, attractive look
  • Compact 14-inch design for a gaming laptop
  • Greater than 60fps gaming in AAA titles
  • 120Hz screen refresh for competitive multiplayer games
  • Great value compared to competitors
Cons
  • Loud fans under load

Conclusion 

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is an impressive laptop on every front. We like the way it looks, the compact form factor is useful and, in a way, satisfying to use, and the performance is stellar. AMD’s new CPU really shines, and puts a lot of pressure on Intel in this price range, as it did on the desktop. This CPU is snappy for general use, more proficient than the competition for media, and was no bottleneck for gaming. Fitting a higher-tier GPU into this chassis is likely not possible, and is where larger competitors can set themselves apart (as well as boasting bigger screens). Still, this laptop goes comfortably above 60fps, which is what you want at this price range. With this power and the 120Hz screen, it’s a solid AAA gaming machine and an excellent competitive multiplayer laptop. If you really want higher frame rates than this, the options are out there, but we’re big fans of this total package.

Best for Gamers Keen on the Top Value at 15 Inches

Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6″ Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD

The 2020 edition of Acer’s Predator Helios 300 is more compelling than ever thanks to its subtler badging and nearly doubled battery life.

Acer Predator Helios 300 (2020) Specs

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (Max-Q)
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.9 by 14.3 by 10 inches
Weight 4.8 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 6:02
Pros
  • Excellent 1080p gaming performance
  • Super smooth 240Hz screen as tested
  • Room for three storage drives
  • Cleaner design than its predecessor
Cons
  • Chassis can get toasty under load
  • Metal chassis is strong but has some sharp corners
  • So-so CPU performance
  • Base model is a better value than our tester

Conclusion 

There’s little to dislike about the Omen 15. It could use a second storage drive, and it is more expensive than your average GeForce GTX 1660 Ti notebook. But this notebook meets or exceeds expectations for a mid-2020 mid-level gamer everywhere else.

Omen 15 shows how a gaming notebook can be practical. A productive keyboard, ample connectivity, and nearly 10 hours of battery life mean it can serve as a general-purpose PC. An eight-core AMD processor that makes short work of gaming, creative work, and multitasking seal the deal. Gamers after the most bang for the buck won’t go wrong with the Acer Predator Helios 300. But if you’re already spending that much for what is—let’s face it—a luxury item, the Omen 15 is a distinguished step up.

Best for Budget-Conscious Gamers

MSI Bravo 15

MSI Bravo 15 A4DDR-023 15.6" 120Hz Gaming Laptop AMD R7-4800H RX5500M 16GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win10
MSI Bravo 15 A4DDR-023 15.6″ 120Hz Gaming Laptop AMD R7-4800H RX5500M 16GB 512GB NVMe SSD Win10

MSI’s all-AMD Bravo 15 is a value-focused gaming notebook that, thanks to a Ryzen 4000 series processor, delivers admirable 1080p frame rates and features for the money. This time around, it more than compensates for its predecessor’s lack of CPU grunt with a new “Renoir” Ryzen 4000 series chip, which is head and shoulders faster than comparable Intel silicon you’ll find in laptops in this price range. Although the Bravo 15 falls a touch short in overall gaming performance next to notebooks packing Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, its strong CPU, ample memory, a good-size dollop of storage, and a high-refresh AMD FreeSync display make it an excellent value at or just below the four-figure mark, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a GTX 1660 Ti-based notebook equipped the same.

MSI Bravo 15 Specs

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
Processor Speed 2.9 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support FreeSync
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Graphics Memory 4 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.85 by 14.1 by 10 inches
Weight 4.1 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 6:55
Pros
  • Solid 1080p gaming performance
  • High-refresh (120Hz) display with support for AMD FreeSync
  • Potent Ryzen 4000 series processor
Cons
  • Single-color keyboard, versus RGB keyboard of the Alpha 15
  • CPU runs hot under load
  • Can’t quite match the gaming frame rates of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti notebooks

Conclusion

The Bravo 15 picks up the Alpha 15’s torch and carries it a lot further with its Ryzen 4000 series processor. It offers solid 1080p gaming performance, a FreeSync-enabled display, ample memory and storage in our tested configuration, and a redesigned chassis that looks great. It even gets pretty good battery life for a gaming laptop. It’s true that gaming notebooks with a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti can be found for around the same price, though they usually skim other specifications to achieve that. The Bravo 15 hits all the right marks for a budget-oriented gaming notebook and earns our Editors’ Choice laurels for being a standout in this category. Well done, MSI…or, as I noted at the beginning, “Bravo!” indeed.

Best for a Super-Low Price, Plus Storage Expandability

Acer Nitro 5 

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Alexa Built-in, AN515-54-5812
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6″ Full HD IPS Display, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit Keyboard, Alexa Built-in, AN515-54-5812

It’s short on storage, but the latest edition of Acer’s Nitro 5 economy gaming laptop is otherwise the best yet, delivering lively 1080p gameplay for less than $700.

Acer Nitro 5 Specs

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 4600H
Processor Speed 3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 8 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 256 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
Graphics Memory 4 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.94 by 14.3 by 10 inches
Weight 5.51 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 15:33

Pros
  • Impressive CPU and 1080p gaming performance for the money
  • Expandable storage
  • Great battery life
  • Wi-Fi 6 support
Cons
  • Skimpy 256GB boot SSD
  • Hard-to-read keyboard
  • No SD or microSD slot

Conclusion

The Nitro 5 more than doubled the next best systems’ runtime. You won’t see anywhere near 15 hours in actual gaming, but some unplugged gaming—along with a full day’s productivity or streaming entertainment—is eminently possible. The Nitro 5 has neither a face recognition webcam nor a fingerprint reader to let you skip passwords with Windows Hello. The 720p webcam is a typical laptop economy model that captures soft-focus, noisy shots. Audio doesn’t get very loud—it’ll fill a small room—but isn’t bad, short on bass but clear and mellow. DTS:X Ultra software lets you choose among music, movie, voice, strategy, RPG, and shooter presets or plays with an equalizer.


Things to ignore when buying a laptop

When it comes to spending your money on a useful computer, especially a
laptop, feel free to ignore these items:
Slick marketing campaigns: You’ll never be as cool as the person in the ad,
no matter how much effort you put into it. All laptops are tools, and they
should be judged by whether they offer features that you need, not by how
nifty their advertising looks.
Brand name: Too many people consider brand name first and don’t even
know which components they need. Similarly, you don’t need to buy a laptop
from the same manufacturer as the one who made your desktop PC. As long
as the laptop runs the software you need, you’re fine.
Low price: An abundance of cheap laptops is available. In haste, you may
buy a laptop, thinking that you’re getting a deal — but get stuck with a
brick instead.
High price: It’s easy to be duped into believing that the most expensive
laptop is the best. Buying too much is not a wise buying decision.

 

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Nice job brother…The thing i like the most is brief conclusion which refers you have a lot of experience of laptop and probably currently using one of them for blogging too.keep it up bro

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