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Ang pinakamahusay na gaming laptop sa 2023


Just because Cyber Week is over, that doesn't mean that the savings have ended. On the contrary, December is a great month to invest in a gaming laptop as there are still a great many deals still going on. And with CES quickly approaching and new models of your favorite laptops soon-to-be announced, I'm expecting to see even deeper discounts before the month ends. 

And to give you a little taste of what you can expect, I recommend checking out the HP Victus 15 RTX 4050 (2023) that's currently available for $989 @ Amazon -– a $180 discount. The Alienware x14 R2 is discounted $300, bringing the price down to $1,699. And Walmart has slashed the price on the Lenovo Legion 5 from $999 to $869.

I’ve been a technology journalist for well over a decade. And one of the things that always brings a big smile to my face are gaming laptops. They come in a multitude of sizes with a range of designs that go from understated to over the top. And speaking of over the top, many gaming laptops allow you to adjust the lighting, create macros and overclock the CPU and GPU. 

But like other laptops, consumers are spoiled for choice. Do you go for broke with a $3,000 RTX 4090 rig with all the bells and whistles, or do you want something a bit more tame and cost effective? What about screen size and resolution? Never fear dear reader, I’m here to walk you through the ins and outs of gaming laptops and have a list of some of my favorites. 

You might be asking how I narrowed down our best gaming laptop list.  A lot of testing. Over the course of a year the Laptop Mag staff reviews over 100 laptops covering every budget and use case. Each system undergoes rigorous benchmarking, testing everything from overall performance to battery life. Gaming laptops undergo an extra set of tests designed to test gaming performance, heat (or lack thereof) and endurance. 

Once all the testing is done, the actual reviewing begins, where the staff adds their anecdotal experience. If the system is indeed exceptional, earning four stars or higher or our Editors’ Choice award, the system will then earn a spot in this guide. Here are the best gaming laptops right now. 

Thanksgiving's almost here and you know what that means, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost here with all the juicy savings on your favorite tech brands. But rather than wait to get you fill of turkey, some of the big-box retailers and vendors have started dishing out the deals early. Here's a quick list of deals on some of the hottest gaming laptops just for you.

The Quick List

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Asus ROG Strix Scar 18Best overall

Best Overall

The Asus ROG is large and in charge with its overclockable Intel Core i9 processor and Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU. This beefy desktop replacement can handle all your gaming needs and then some. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Acer Predator Triton 300 SEBest under $1,000

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Best under $1,000

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is proof that you don’t have to choose between performance and affordability. The laptop delivers strong gaming and overall performance in a sleek 14-inch chassis. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Lenovo Legion 5i ProBest under $1,500

Best under $1,500

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is one of favorite gaming laptops because it offers mid-tier specs, which depending on the game, can consistently deal out high frame rates. It’s also under $1,500 which is music to our ears. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: MSI Katana 15Best under $2,000

Best under $2,000

Looking for a 40 Series Nvidia GPU without breaking the bank? Then we highly recommend the MSI Katana 15 which offers a powerful Intel Core i7 CPU and RTX 4070 which delivers powerful overall and graphics performance.

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: MSI Titan GT77 HXBest performance

Best performance

The MSI Titan GT77 HX is stacked. Not only does it have a beautiful display and a mechanical keyboard, it also has aCore i9 CPU and Nvidia 4090 GPU. It’s a beast of machine that destroyed everything we put in front of it. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Alienware m17 R5 AMD AdvantageBest AMD

Alienware m17 R5 AMD Advantage

Best AMD

AMD is back in a big way and the Alienware m17 R5 AMD Advantage is the proof. This all-AMD system puts up enviable performance whether you’re gaming or working. 

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Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023)Best 16-inch

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023)

Best 16-inch

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is the king of 16-inch gaming laptops. It’s got that beautiful 16-inch Nebula display, powerful performance and the eye-catching AniME Matrix display that’s an absolute showstopper. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Dell G16Best Dell

Best Dell

The Dell G16 is smack dab in the middle of performance and affordability with decent battery life for a gaming laptop. It’s a home run for people on the hunt for a Dell gaming laptop that delivers value alongside performance.

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Acer Predator Triton 500 SEBest Acer

Acer Predator Triton 500 SE

Best Acer

Acer fans, take note. The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is here and it’s not taking any prisoners. The futuristic 16-inch laptop serves up robust performance and is one of the few gaming laptops that lasted eight hours on our battery test. 

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: HP Victus 15Best HP

Best HP

Fans of HP laptops looking for a gaming rig that don’t want to break the bank have hit the jackpot with the HP Victus 15. Priced under $1,000, the Victus 15 is a great choice for entry level or casual gamers. 

Best Overall

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18

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Best gaming laptop overall

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i9-13900HX

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

RAM: 32GB

Storage: Dual 1TB SSD in RAID 0

Display: 18-inch, QHD+ (2560 x 1600), 240Hz

Weight: 6.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Flashy, futuristic design

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Captivating display

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Full, balanced audio

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Impressive overall and gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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Pricy

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Webcam could be better

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Below-average battery life

The Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 is my first taste of the new chips from Intel and Nvidia and I’ve got to say, it’s absolutely delicious. The Strix Scar 18 is an unmitigated beast, running with Intel’s 13th Gen Core i9-13900HX processor and Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 4090 GPU. Both are uber-powerful and highly overclockable so you can squeeze every bit of power out of the system. Plus, the notebook has this Blade Runner vibe that I’m very much into along with its 18-inch, QHD+ (2560 x 1600), 240Hz display that serves up a beautiful picture with buttery smooth rendering. 

So onto the tests. There were very few places the ROG Strix Scar 18 missed the mark. The laptop easily trounced everything we threw at it. During gaming tests, it was rare the Strix Scar 18 fell below a three-digit result. We saw a scorching 154 fps on the Assassin’s Creed Valhalla benchmark while it reached 181 and 152 fps on Rise of the Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto V. How about overall performance?

The 13th Gen CPU smoked the competition, scoring 19,233 on Geekbench 5.4; that’s more than double the premium gaming laptop overall performance average. This system completed our video transcoding test in just 2 minutes and 49 seconds (more than a minute faster than the MacBook Pro 16-inch M2 Pro Max, while its pair of 1TB SSDs dominated our file transfer tests.

However, all that power comes at a cost. The Scar 18’s battery life is on the short side at 4 hours and 26 minutes. Another con is the 720p webcam; we would expect 1080p at this eye-watering price. . But overall, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 is the gaming laptop to beat and has also earned its way onto our Best Asus Laptops page. 

Read our full Asus ROG Strix Scar 18 review

Best under $1,000

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

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Best gaming laptop under $1,000

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i7-11375H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 14-inch, 1080p

Weight: 3.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Strong performance and graphics

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Solid battery life

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Relatively affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Keyboard and touchpad could use some work

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Quiet audio

The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is a revelation. Our reviewer put it best as it sits in a “cozy spot where the company offers its best quality components packed into a relatively affordable package.” The slim, 14-inch beauty only weighs 3.8 pounds and a good grouping  of ports. It’s also got a lovely, bright 1080p panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, which is ideal for gaming. 

Speaking of gaming, the Triton’s RTX 3060 GPU is more than enough to handle most games on high or medium settings. The Predator Triton 300 SE consistently beat the category average on AAA titles such as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Shadow of the Tomb Raider. For instance, during the Far Cry New Dawn benchmark, the Acer scored 73 fps which was enough to match or beat most of the competition. 

The Triton’s Core i7 processor didn’t do as well on our overall performance test, scoring 5,234 which beat the category average but not any of the rival systems. On the Handbrake video transcoding test, the Acer turned in a rather slow time of 11 minutes and 36 seconds. We got a rosier picture on the battery life where the system lasted 6 hours and 41 minutes. 

Other cons include weak audio and a mushy keyboard, but for the price, these are small quibbles. 

See our full Acer Predator Triton 300 SE review

Best under $1,500

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Lenovo Legion 5i

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Best gaming laptop under $1,500

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

RAM: 16GB DDR5

Storage: 512GB PCIe Gen 4 M.2 SSD

Display: 16-inch, 1440p, 165Hz, IPS

Weight: 5.5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Stylish, sleek form factor

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Gorgeous display

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Strong performance

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Quiet fans

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Plenty of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Webcam = potato

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No biometrics

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SSD is slightly slower than competition

Need a gaming laptop that’s affordable without making too many sacrifices? Then the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro is just the system for you. Beneath its understated yet elegant design is a laptop that’s chomping at the bit to lay waste to the big bad in whatever game you’re playing and their minion horde. Despite its office-ready appearance, the Lenovo still has some gamer cred thanks to its vibrant RGB backlighting. And it’s got plenty of ports to create a formidable battlestation. 

The Legion 5i Pro marches onto our Best Lenovo Laptops and Best Lenovo Gaming Laptop pages with its last-gen RTX 3070 Ti GPU. While it’s not the latest 4000 series GPU, the Legion 5i Pro shows that the 3000 series still has plenty of punch, delivering an impressive 81 fps on Red Dead Redemption 2 and 132 fps on Grand Theft Auto V. The notebook’s 12th Gen Intel processor is also not to be underestimated as it crushed on both Geekbench 5.4 and our video transcoding tests. 

As good as the Legion 5i Pro is, there are a few hiccups, namely a lackluster webcam and a sluggish SSD. However, the gorgeous 16-inch, QHD display with its 165Hz refresh rate coupled with everything I mentioned above makes the Lenovo Legion 5i Pro an absolute win of a value buy. 

Read our full Lenovo Legion i5 Pro review

Best under $2,000

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: MSI Katana 15

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Best gaming laptop under $2,000

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i7-13620H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 1TB SSD

Display: 15.6-inch, 1080p

Weight: 8.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Superb RTX 4070-performance

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Solid productivity scores

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Affordable for its specs

Reasons to avoid

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Low peak brightness

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Lackluster display

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Abysmal battery life

Why pay more for an Nvidia 4090 GPU when the 4070 GPU exists? MSI seeks to answer that question with the excellent Katana 15. A laptop that kept pace with more powerful competitors without breaking a sweat. For those who prefer a more understated look, the Katana 15 exterior is done in all black aluminum chassis with the company’s logo engraved at the top of the lid. The interior’s a lot more colorful with its comfortable, 4-key customizable RGB keyboard. It’s on the heavier side at 8.8 pounds, so you’ll need a backpack with strong straps to tote this system around.

But let’s talk performance. Our reviewer reported the Katana 15 consistently gave between 50 and 55 fps on Elden Ring at 2K resolution. The Katana also dominated on the Borderlands 3 benchmark at 99 fps (1080p, high) as well as Assassin’s Creed Valhalla (106 fps), Dirt 3 (103 fps), Far Cry 6 (94 fps) and Red Dead Redemption (72 fps). Long story short, the Katana gave a master class in gaming performance. The MSI kept up the pressure during the overall performance. The system’s Core i7 CPU hit 11,581 on Geekbench 5.5 test and smokey the competition on the Handbrake benchmark with a blistering time of 5 minutes and 4 seconds. 

But there are a few places where the Katana 15 could stand for improvement. The 2 hour 48 minute battery life is abysmal in this day and age. And we wish MSI could have found a better panel compared to the dim, lackluster display its stuck with. But coming in at $1,600, it’s a much better value than the RTX 4090 systems that cost upwards of $4,000. 

See our full MSI Katana 15 review

Best performance

Best Gaming Laptops 2023: MSI Titan GT77 HX

The MSI Titan GT77 HX oozes sheer power, it's a gaming laptop, but also a serious force to be reckoned with.  (Image credit: Future)

Best gaming laptop performance

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i9-13980HX

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

RAM: 64GB

Storage: dual 1TB SSD

Display: 17-inch, 4K, 144Hz, Mini LED

Weight: 7.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Monstrous power

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Gorgeous display

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Tactile Cherry mechanical keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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So big and heavy

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Dated design

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Expensive even for a stacked gaming laptop

MSI has always taken a kitchen sink approach to its flagship gaming laptops, and we’re not complaining when you get something as powerful as the MSI Titan GT77 HX. This is an exorbitantly priced system even for a top-tier gaming laptop. But for that arm, leg and vestigial organ you’re contemplating selling, you get an absolute powerhouse that shrugs off almost everything you can possibly throw at it. 

The Titan’s Nvidia RTX 4090 with 16GB of VRAM cut through frame rates like a hot knife through ice cold butter, smoothly and immensely satisfying. With the exception of Metro Exodus, the Titan’s frame rates stayed in the triple digits at 1080p and at 4K. And with its Intel Core i9-13980HX CPU with 16GB of RAM, the notebook decimated our overall performance tests. Its dual SSDs in RAID 0 configuration posted a blistering 2,299.3 megabytes per second in our file transfer test.

The thorn in this mighty beast’s paw is the 3 hours and 24 minutes of battery life. Our reviewer also wasn’t a fan of the notebook’s design, calling it dated, and the webcam could be better.  But if you’re looking for the most powerful gaming laptop on the block, you’d be hard pressed to find one better. But if the MSI Titan GT77 HX isn’t your speed but you still want an MSI notebook, check out our Best MSI laptops page. 

Best AMD

Alienware m17 R5 review

Thanks to its powerful performance, high-refresh display and slim chassis, the Alienware m17 R5 is our overall best gaming laptop. (Image credit: Future)

Best AMD gaming laptop

Specifications

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CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900XT

GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6850 XT

RAM: 32GB

Storage: 1TB PCI m.2 SSDs

Display: 17.3-inch, 4K

Weight: 7.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great gaming and overall performance

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Super comfortable keyboard

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Superb battery life

Reasons to avoid

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720p webcam

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Expensive

Once upon a time, I would roll my eyes if I saw an AMD gaming laptop. Not anymore. The Alienware m17 R5 (AMD Advantage) brings serious power and endurance, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic because competition is good for both the industry and for you. 

The m17 R5 delivered blow after crushing blow on our benchmarks. The AMD Radeon RX 6850 XT GPU with its 12GB of VRAM came out the door swinging, scoring 112 frames per second on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla. It was the same story with Metro Exodus, Borderlands 3 where the notebook delivered 84 and 112 fps, respectively. When we turned up the settings to 4K, the Alienware m17 R5 stayed well above our 30-fps playabilty threshold. 

Powered by a 3.3-GHz AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor with 32GB of RAM, the m17 R5 showed it’s a beast whether it’s work or play. It sailed past the category averages on both Geekbench 5.4t and our Handbrake video transcoding benchmark. On top of that, gamers can look forward to the laptop’s sleek futuristic aesthetic, beautiful RGB lighting and a captivating TK-inch display. Plus, it lasted over six hours during our battery test. 

Unfortunately, something this epic demands an equally epic price, which means those of us on as budget will have to sit this one out. The 720p webcam is also lower res than we’d like to see. Still, the Alienware m17 R5 is without a doubt a champ and the No. 1 pick on our best Alienware laptops page. 

See our full Alienware m17 R5 (AMD Advantage) review.

Best 16-inch

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) review: RTX 4090 is the real deal

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Best 16-inch gaming laptop

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i9-13900H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

RAM: 32GB

Storage: 2TB SSD

Display: 16-inch, QHD+, 240Hz, Mini LED

Weight: 5 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Drop dead gorgeous display

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Mind blowing gaming performance

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Great for creative pro tasks too

Reasons to avoid

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Heats up quickly under strenuous use

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Kind of tinny speakers

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That 4090 is a battery killer

Surprise, surprise, we have another Asus gaming laptop on the list. This time it’s the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 and it’s just as impressive as its bigger brother. First off, it’s got that attention-grabbing AniMe Matrix Display that lets you create pixelated masterpieces that will scroll across the lid. And when you open the laptop, the 16-inch (2560 x 1600p) ROG Nebula HDR display, which uses Mini LED technology, is rightfully the center of attention. And with its 240Hz refresh rate, you better believe the latency is minimal and the rendering silky smooth.

Flashy light shows aside, the Zephyrus M16 has plenty of substance.. The Nvidia 4090 GPU flexed its mechanical might all over our benchmarks. For example, the Zephyrus M16 produced 30,152 on the 3DMark FireStrike test, which is much better than the 5,643 premium gaming average. When we ran the Cyberpunk 2077 benchmark, the M16 reached an excellent 69 fps at 1080p and 56 fps at 1600p. The Intel Core i9-13900H CPU also served up the wins, sailing past the Geekbench 5.4 category average and its competitors, including one decked out with an Intel Core i9-12900HX processor. 

There are a couple of stumbling blocks on the M16’s road to greatness, such as loud fans, a toasty bottom and a hefty price tag. But if you can afford it, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is a heavy duty powerhouse in a lightweight, glittering frame. 

See our full Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 (2023) review

Best Dell

Best Gaming Laptops: Dell G16

The Dell G16 lives at the intersection of affordability and gaming power. (Image credit: Future)

Best Dell gaming laptop

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: 32GB

Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 16-inch 1600p

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent gaming and productivity performance

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Elegant design with solid build quality

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Solid battery life for a gaming laptop

Reasons to avoid

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Audio could use a bass boost

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Cooling could be better during gaming

Here at Laptop Mag, we stan an affordable king. And that’s exactly what we have in the Dell G16. Alienware’s less flashy cousin, Dell’s G series laptops sit at the intersection of affordability and playability and straddles the fence quite well. It has its quirks, including mediocre battery life, but for everything you’re getting, these are small complaints. 

Armed with a mid-tier, last-gen Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, the Dell G16 allows you to game on higher settings with solid frame rates. The Dell G16 definitely impressed during our testing as it was consistently only several frames behind a notebook with an RTX 3070 Ti. And on games like Borderlands 3, the G16 edged out the rival system by a single frame and 10 frames on Far Cry New Dawn. When we switched over to our overall performance benchmarks, the Dell G16 put up solid numbers that kept it above the category averages. 

Other highlights include a sturdy build and a zippy 165Hz refresh rate for the 16-inch display, which is bright but not as colorful as we’d like. Overall, the Dell G16 is a great choice for the more value-conscious gamer who doesn’t want to compromise power in the name of staying on budget. 

Best Gaming Laptops: Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (2022)

The Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is slim, but packs a lot of power. Don't sleep on this gaming laptop. (Image credit: Future)

Best Acer

Best gaming laptop for Acer fans

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i9-12900H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: 32GB

Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 16-inch 1600p

Weight: 5.3 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Excellent gaming and productivity performance

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Elegant design with solid build quality

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Solid battery life for a gaming laptop

Reasons to avoid

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Audio could use a bass boost

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Cooling could be better during gaming

I’ve spent over a decade reviewing gaming laptops and I’ve become used to relatively short battery life. It’s the price to be paid for powerful specs, right? Wrong. At least, when it comes to the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE. This is one of the few gaming laptops to last over 8 hours on the Laptop Mag battery test. . Now the time was much shorter on our gaming test (1:13), but that’s par for the course. 

But the Predator Triton 500 SE is about more than its endurance. It’s got an elegant all-aluminum slate gray chassis with plenty of ports. The notebook sports a bright, vivid display that’s perfect for gaming and a comfortable keyboard with customizable RGB lighting. And unlike other gaming laptops, the Triton 500 SE has a great webcam. And in case you have sensitive information you need to protect, there’s a fingerprint scanner embedded in the touchpad. 

So onto the testing. The Predator Triton 500 SE’s RTX 3080 Ti GPU stayed above the category average, posting 79 fps on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, 71 fps on Red Dead Redemption 2 and 77 on Borderlands 3. On Geekbench 5.4, the Triton 500 SE’s Intel Core i9-12900H processor scored 14,155, which is nearly double the category average. The laptop posted a time of 4 minutes and 32 seconds on the Handbrake video transcoding test, which once again topped the category average.

Another plus? The full HD webcam, which captures crisp images. Overall, the Acer Predator Triton 500 SE is a great choice for gamers who want to work and play unplugged. Want more Acer goodness? Check out our Best Acer Gaming Laptops page.

See our full Acer Predator Triton 500 SE (2022) review

Best HP

Best Gaming Laptops: HP Victus 15 (2022)

The HP Victus 15 (2022) is a great value gaming laptop. (Image credit: Future)

Best gaming laptop under $1,000

Specifications

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CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H

GPU: Nvidia RTX 2070 Super Max Q

RAM: 16GB

Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD

Display: 15.6-inch, 4K

Weight: 5.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Great for casual gamers

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Sophisticated, all-black design

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Budget-friendly price tag

Reasons to avoid

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Dimmer-than-expected display

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Three-year-old GPU

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Middling gaming performance

The HP Victus 15 has a lot to like for a gaming laptop under $1,000. For starters, the notebook has an urbane look despite its all-plastic frame. We’re also a fan of the 15.6-inch, 1080p display’s 144Hz refresh rate, even though the panel could be brighter. 

Targeting casual or entry-level gamers, the HP Victus 15 is equipped with an Nvidia GeForce 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. More of an entry-level discrete graphics card, you’re not going to play most games above medium settings.. That translates to relatively low scores such as reaching 27, 26 and 23 fps, respectively on Assassin's Creed Valhalla,, Metro: Exodus and Red Dead Redemption 2. But keep in mind this testing was on very high settings. are on Very High. Dropping the settings to medium should provide a noticeable frame rate bump.

The Victus 15 relies on a 12th Gen Intel Core i5-12450H CPU to do the heavy lifting for productivity and for a mid-tier chip, it does a pretty good job, beating the category average on Geekbench 5.4.

The Victus 15 boasts a solid battery life of 4 hours and 47 minutes, it’s good, but not great. Which is great is the thermals, which stayed below our 95-degree Fahrenheit comfort threshold. While it’s not the most powerful gaming laptop on the block, you can also find the Victus 15 on our Best Gaming Laptops under $1,000 page as well as our Best HP Laptops and Best HP Gaming Laptop pages. It’s a great choice for gamers who play a lot of Fortnite, Minecraft or Overwatch 2. 

See our full HP Victus 15 (2022) review.

How we test gaming laptops

How we test gaming laptops

Why you can trust Laptop Mag Our expert reviewers spend hours testing and comparing products and services so you can choose the best for you. Find out more about how we test.

When we bring a laptop into our laboratory, our goal is to see how it would work if you brought it into your home or office. While we use a number of industry standard benchmarks such as Geekbench and 3DMark, we focus heavily on real-world tests that we have developed in-house.

To test endurance, the Laptop Mag Battery test surfs the web at 150 nits of brightness until the system runs out of juice. To judge pure processing power, we use a giant spreadsheet macro that matches 65,000 names with their addresses, a video transcoder that converts a 4K video to 1080p and the Geekbench 4 synthetic test. We measure graphics prowess with both 3DMark Ice Storm / Fire Strike and a series of actual game titles.

We use a colorimeter to measure screen brightness and color gamut while other instruments help us determine a laptop's key travel and ambient heat. See this page on How We Test Laptops for more details on our benchmarking procedures.

How to find the right gaming laptop

How to find the right gaming laptop

When shopping for a gaming laptop, there's a lot to consider. To help you choose a system, here are five key points to keep in mind when choosing a system.

Budget: What you get for the money.

You can find good inexpensive gaming laptops for under $1,000. However, more powerful mainstream gaming laptops are often priced between $1,500-$2,000. Premium systems typically cost more than $2,000 and come stacked with a host of high-powered goodies such as high-powered specs and tricked-out software.

Screen Size: 15 inches is the go-to

It's very rare that you'll find a 13 or 14-inch gaming laptops nowadays as smaller bezels and lighter frames have paved the way for seriously thin-and-light gaming laptops. That means the days of chunky 15.6-inch laptops putting a strain on your back are over (almost).

From there, you have the 17.3-inch desktop replacements that like their smaller counterparts are becoming super svelte. But there are still the big behemoths that don't skimp on the specs. However, weighing upwards of 8 pounds, those big boys are made for your home gaming station. 

Screen Resolution: 1080p for high refresh rates, 4K for detail

When it comes to gaming laptops displays, you want to strike a balance between frame rates and aesthetics. And in case you're planning to get a truly mobile system battery life is also deserves consideration. We recommend checking out a system with a 1080p resolution. Panel makers are now serving up screens with high refresh rate, topping out at 360Hz with a 3 millisecond response rate. But don't count out 4K screens yet as we're starting to see laptops with 4K displays with 120Hz. Keep in mind that laptops with lower resolutions tend to have longer battery life overall.

Refresh rate: 120Hz is the sweet spot

Depending what kind of games you're playing, particularly first person shooters and MOBA, you'll take anything that will enhance accuracy. Surprisingly, the higher a display's refresh rate is, the more accurate your shot become. It's a phenomenon that we've experienced first hand during many demos. And while 60Hz is passable, right now we recommend investing in a panel with at least a 120Hz refresh rate. 

Intel or AMD?

A couple of years ago, the answer to this question would have been undoubtedly Intel. But AMD has made a furious comeback with its new Ryzen CPUs, which are delivering great overall performance. Thanks to the architecture in the new Ryzen chips, they're super power efficient without sacrificing productivity. The Ryzen 5000 series CPUs have consistently impressed with its performance versus battery life.

Not to be outdone, Intel's 11th Gen chips are nothing to sneeze at. Laptop manufacturers have started rolling out systems with the Intel's 11th Gen H-series Tiger Lake chips. The 10-nanometer chips are extremely powerful, but still at the low-end of the spectrum with the overclockable HK-series CPU, due to launch soon. Why do you want to invest in an overclockable processor, because with the touch of a button, you can squeeze even more power out of the system. It comes in handy when you're multitasking or playing a really demanding game. 

Battery Life: At least 4.5 hours

Unless it's plugged in, gaming laptop battery life tends to be very short, especially when gaming. However, gaming laptop battery life has gotten increasing longer over the years. So much so, that anything under 4.5 hours is considered below average. But we've just reviewed our first gaming laptop that's lasted into the double digits. With results like that, we expect gaming laptops will match their non-gaming counterparts sooner than later. Our most power efficient gaming laptop ran over 11 hours and sits on our longest-lasting laptops page.

Specs: 1080p / Core i5 / 16GB Are Best Bets

You can spend a lot of time delving into specs, but here are the key components to think about. If you just want really good mainstream performance, go for a Core i5 CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 1080p screen.

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Sherri L. Smith has been cranking out product reviews for Laptopmag.com since 2011. In that time, she's reviewed more than her share of laptops, tablets, smartphones and everything in between. The resident gamer and audio junkie, Sherri was previously a managing editor for Black Web 2.0 and contributed to BET.Com and Popgadget.

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