When choosing a gaming laptop, you are probably in the market for portability. Laptops range from mini-laptops at 10 inches to huge behemoths at 17 inches. For most tasks for gaming and productivity, a 15-inch laptop is the sweet spot, being portable and still having a large screen for all the gaming and tasks you need.
Here is the GizmoFusion comprehensive list of the eleven best 15-inch gaming laptops to help you choose the one that fits your needs the most, whether you are a hardcore gamer or someone who is just getting started and needs their first gaming laptop.
Asus ROG Scar III
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 240Hz | Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD | Battery: Around 5 hours | Dimensions: 14.19 x 10.83 x 0.98 inches | Weight: 5.67 lbs
Great, high-speed memory
1 TB of SSD storage
240Hz IPS display
Great battery life
Runs loud at full load
The ROG Scar III laptop includes an Intel Core i7 9th generation CPU. It is currently the best laptop gaming CPU available, and can also crush any workload that comes at it, whether it be gaming or productivity tasks, this CPU will glide through it.
It also packs a great GPU, the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070. The RTX series of Nvidia GPUs are the latest generation technology graphics units that are the most powerful gaming cards yet.
The 2070 is one of the best graphics cards on the market currently, and can output over 100 FPS on the most demanding games at maximum graphics settings, and can also easily handle productivity tasks such as 3D rendering.
The laptop houses 16 gigabytes of 2666Mhz high-speed RAM, a great amount of RAM that helps out in every way. The most important way memory helps is switching between apps.
Let’s say you have open Google Chrome, Adobe Photoshop, and Rainbow Six Siege. You are waiting for a game to start, so you decide to edit a video and browse the web. On a low amount of RAM it would take a few seconds to switch between apps to have all the content load, but with a high amount of memory, all the information is stored in it, waiting for the moment that you switch into the app, loading it quickly.
So in your scenario, you can be quickly switching between Chrome, Premiere, and Siege without any slowdowns, and therefore allowing for advanced multitasking which in turn increases your productivity.
The display on the laptop is brilliant. It has a 1080p resolution, meaning the images will be very crisp and clear. It has an IPS panel meaning that the colors are rich and vibrant, and a 240Hz refresh rate.
This is the most important thing to note about the display, it can output up to 240 FPS. When a GPU can output 240 frames per second (the RTX 2070 surely can) you get the full, butter-smooth experience of those frames.
Most screens have a 60Hz refresh rate which means that you can only see up to 60 FPS, but this laptop’s monitor is four times that.
It also packs a whopping terabyte of SSD storage. It is a lot of storage for all your games and files. Being able to store everything without worrying about running out of storage is great.
It is also PCIe SSD storage, meaning that it has insanely fast transfer speeds. Boot up times with this drive will be very quick, and programs will start up almost instantly.
The laptop has around 5 hours of battery life. Usually, gaming laptops have sub-par battery lives, but this laptop has one that is exceptional.
The few bad things about this laptop are that there is no webcam and that the fans are loud. However, the fans are great and keep the machine cool.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 240Hz | Storage: 1TB PCIe SSD | Battery: Around 5 hours | Dimensions: 14.17 x 9.92 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 4.39 lbs
Lots of RAM
Runs hot at full load
The ROG Zephyrus M laptop has a thin and sleek design, and a distinct RGB keyboard where only the letters light up instead of the whole key.
The laptop packs an Intel Core i7 9th generation high-end processor that smoothly goes through any gaming and productivity workloads.
It also houses an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070. The latest GPU technology will make this high-end unit produce 100+ FPS on the most demanding AAA game titles such as Rainbow Six Siege, The Witcher 3, Battlefield V, etc., even at the highest graphics settings.
As previously mentioned, 16GB of high-speed memory makes it possible to have many applications running at once without slowdowns, and allowing to seamlessly switch between apps without loading times.
As for the screen, it is marvelous. Having a 240hz refresh rate makes it possible for the display to output up to 240 FPS, meaning that if your GPU can produce that frame rate (which is definitely possible with the RTX 2070) you get the full 240 FPS instead of 60, like on most displays.
It also has a huge 1TB PCIe SSD. A whole terabyte of storage is enough for many game titles. Games like Rainbow Six Siege are 75 gigabytes, so having a whole 1,000 gigabytes helps to fit all of your games and files without worrying about running out of storage.
Being PCIe, the SSD is even faster than regular, SATA SSDs. SATA link speed is 6 gigabytes per second (in terms of transfer speed) while PCIe is 16 gigabytes per second. That is more than twice the speed, and it makes a huge difference when transferring files and getting very fast boot times.
Lastly, it has a battery life of up to 5 hours, making it one of the best gaming laptops in terms of battery life.
There are a few things to complain about. They aren’t serious, but they are worth a discussion. Firstly, this laptop does not have a webcam. That can be a dealbreaker for someone who wants to video chat on the go or someone who doesn’t want to buy a separate webcam.
Another thing about this laptop is that it runs hot at full load. The laptop’s cooling system is sub-par compared to the system. If the laptop runs at full power for a long time, the CPU and GPU will temporarily lower their performance to prevent overheating. This process is called thermal throttling and will happen to this laptop if it runs hot for too long.
Asus ROG Scar II
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (3.9 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD | Battery: Around 3 hours | Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inches | Weight: 5.29 lbs
Superb amount of RAM
Battery life is mediocre
Runs loud at full power
This ROG laptop is a beautiful, thin, and sleek laptop that still manages to keep the “gaming” look that isn’t overwhelming with a bright RGB keyboard that makes the laptop pop.
It houses an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H high-end laptop CPU. As with any recent Core i7, it works great, and powers through games and programs that are CPU intensive. Whether it is rendering many objects on screen or 3D animation tasks, the CPU glides through it with the help of the GPU.
That GPU is the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070, just like in the previous two laptops. Once again, it is a superb gaming GPU for the most demanding of games at the highest settings at 100+ FPS. It works great for both games and in workloads requiring rendering, such as video editing or 3D animation, especially with the monster CPU this PC has.
Also, it has 16GB of high-speed 2666Mhz RAM. As always with a great amount of RAM, it speeds up workloads, decreases the time between switching apps, and boosts the speed of photo/video content-based programs.
It is also great in terms of the storage. It isn’t a whole terabyte of SSD storage, but it is still 512GB of high-speed PCIe SSD storage for games and files. As with PCIe SSD storage, it is the fastest method of SSD storage for fastest transfer speeds and insanely fast boot-up times.
It is coupled with a crystal clear IPS 1080p display which produces clear, crisp, and colorful images. It also has a 144Hz refresh rate. As always, a monitor’s refresh rate is how many frames per second it displays, and for this monitor is it 144 frames per second.
It isn’t the 240 like on the previous two laptops, still though, 144 is a beautiful, smooth looking refresh rate and looks amazing in gameplay.
The problems with this laptop are few. The battery life is only up to three hours. This might not be too bad for some, but it might be a dealbreaker for others.
Another thing to note is that the fans on the PC get loud when running at full power, but that is a sacrifice to prevent thermal throttling.
Asus ROG Zephyrus S
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (3.9 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD | Battery: Around 4 hours | Dimensions: 14.17 x 10.55 x 0.62 inches | Weight: 4.63 lbs
Lots of RAM
Strange keyboard and touchpad layout
Gets hot when at full load
This is the fourth Asus laptop on this list, and not surprisingly it delivers well. It has a clean, thin design of an ultrabook and a bright RGB backlit keyboard and a unique keyboard/touchpad layout.
As with many of these laptops, it packs a powerful Core i7 CPU which will smoothly glide through gaming tasks and power through any productivity task it’s given. Its processing power is great with its 6 cores and 12 threads.
Complimenting it is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070. It is not of the latest generation RTX card, it packs a little less punch than the RTX 2070 but it still delivers great performance. It is a previous generation GTX card that still powers through gaming tasks and productivity workloads great. It still easily produces 100+ FPS on AAA titles at close to maximum graphics settings.
As always, 16 gigabytes of 2666Mhz high-speed RAM for quick and easy switching between apps and greatly speed up photo and video editing which requires a lot of RAM.
Multitasking with this amount of RAM is very efficient. It is possible to be doing many things at once. I. e. playing The Witcher 3, then switching into Adobe Premiere Pro to edit a video while watching YouTube, all at the same time with no problems at all.
As for storage, it has 512 gigabytes of PCIe SSD storage for all your games and files. As always with SSD storage, it is much faster than traditional hard disks, and allows for much higher read and write speeds, especially since it is a PCIe SSD instead of regular SATA.
The most important thing about an SSD though is that it allows for incredibly fast boot-up times, which is always important for laptops, since being able to just open the laptop and start working in 15 seconds is always great.
It is always great when a laptop has an IPS display which produces the brightest and most vivid colors. And with such a GPU, the laptop has a 144Hz refresh rate to show off the 144 FPS that the GTX 1070 can achieve in games.
The battery on this laptop is above average coming in around 4 hours, which isn’t amazing, but it is better than lots of the laptops on this list.
One strange thing about this laptop is the keyboard/touchpad layout. On traditional laptops, the touchpad is on the bottom of the keyboard in the center, while on the Zephyrus S the touchpad is on the right of the keyboard. This might be comfortable for some, but others may find it hard getting used to it.
Another thing to complain about is the fact that the laptop gets very hot at full load and thermal-throttles sometimes.
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) TN 144Hz | Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD + 1TB HDD | Battery: Around 2 hours | Dimensions: 15.07 x 10.23 x 1.16 inches | Weight: 4.8 lbs
Lots of RAM
Amazing amount of storage
Bad battery life
Lots of bloatware
The MSI GL63 gaming laptop has a very thick and angular design that screams “gamer”. It houses a ninth-generation Intel Core i7, which is one of the most high-end gaming and productivity CPUs. It is able to handle rendering and computing tasks with ease.
It has a latest generation Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti which is a GTX card that was released in February of 2019. As far as this card goes, you can not compare it with the RTX 2070 or the GTX 1070 as the 1660Ti is weaker than those. It is not a bad card per se, but it is not capable of running demanding games at the maximum settings. It can definitely get frame rates of over 100 on medium-low settings though.
16 gigabytes of DDR4 2666Mhz RAM is obligatory with the utility it gives when multitasking, switching between apps, photo/video editing, and other programs that require memory to run smoothly.
The laptop has a great amount of storage, it has a 256GB NVMe SSD and an extra terabyte of HDD storage. The SSD can be used for your boot drive to get the fastest boot times, and games that take up lots of storage so they can load fast. The 1TB HDD can be used for other files and programs that do not take too long to load, such as web browsers, movies, and music.
Onto the display – the screen on this laptop is a nice 1080p 144Hz panel. The 144Hz means that it can output up to 144 FPS. So when getting 144 FPS in a game, you get the full experience.
Unlike IPS panels on displays (like with most other laptops on this list) this laptop has a TN panel. It produces slightly less vibrant colors, however, MSI advertises this display as “IPS-level”, meaning that it gets close to the vibrancy of colors that IPS panels output.
The laptop does not have a good battery life, though. The laptop only gets about 2 hours of gaming before running out of charge which is not good, even for a gaming laptop.
The machine is also loaded with MSI bloatware, programs that MSI created that are preinstalled on the laptop. Also, the speakers on the laptop are very quiet compared to other laptops.
Acer Predator Triton 500
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD | Battery: Around 4 hours | Dimensions: 14.11 x 10.04 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.41 lbs
Lots of RAM
512 GB of SSD storage
Nice battery life
Runs hot and loud at full load
The Acer Predator Triton 500 comes with the Core i7 9th generation CPU which can easily handle gaming tasks like rendering objects and productivity/computing tasks. The CPU is very high-end and very recent, making it a great addition to this laptop.
The GPU in this laptop is an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, not the 2070 on the top laptops on this list, however still close to it in performance. It will run GPU dependant games at 100+ FPS on medium-high settings without stuttering.
It will output it on the 1080p 144Hz IPS display, which is a beautiful, colorful, and bright display that can display up to 144 FPS.
As always, 16 gigs of 2666Mhz memory to minimize loading times when switching between apps, and allowing for advanced multitasking.
It has a good amount of storage, 512GB of PCIe NVMe SSD space for fast boot-up times and speedy read and write operations. 512 gigs is enough storage space for many games, files, and applications. It’s a great addition that it uses PCIe instead of regular SATA SSD storage for even faster transfer speeds.
The battery life on this laptop is exceptionally good, coming in at around 4 hours of gaming. Gaming laptops do not usually have a good battery life but this laptop definitely does and is one of the best batteries on this list.
The bad thing about this laptop, is it runs hot at full load AND it has loud fans. Usually, it is one of the two, but the laptop thermal throttles with a loud cooling system.
Another is that the speakers are weak, and will probably be worse with the fact that the laptop fans run loud. The screen is also dim even with the IPS panel.
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD | Battery: Around 5 hours | Dimensions: 14.11 x 10.04 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.41 lbs
Lots of RAM
Great battery life
Runs hot some of the time
The MSI GS65 includes an 8th generation Intel Core i7 CPU which is a gaming and productivity beast and crushes both with ease.
It also uses an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060. As it is the 2060 and not the 2070, it won’t deliver insane performance, but it nevertheless will run the most demanding games at 100+ FPS at medium-high settings with ease.
It uses a 1080p 144Hz display, which is great, as the 2060 can output 144 FPS at lower graphics settings. In general, FPS is better than graphics. Not only does it offer a competitive advantage, but it also looks much smoother.
It uses 16GB of DDR4 RAM, which is a standard for these laptops, but it always offers great utility. You can easily have many apps open and seamlessly switch between them, allowing for advanced multitasking, therefore increasing the amount of work you can get done at one time.
It also has half of a terabyte of SSD storage. That is a huge amount of fast, NVMe storage for fast boot-up times, lots of games and programs, and other files that you need to be accessible fast.
The laptop also has a 5-hour battery life which is exceptional for a gaming laptop of this caliber.
The only thing to complain about is that it runs hot, but not so hot that it thermal throttles. It’s overall a nice, reliable laptop for both gaming and productivity.
Acer Predator Helios 300
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD | Battery: Around 3 hours | Dimensions: 14.23 x 10.01 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 5.07 lbs
Nice amount of RAM
Not a lot of storage
Battery life is not great
Lots of bloatware
This is another Acer Predator series laptop with similar specs. With the Intel Core i7-9750H, the laptop doesn’t have problems with productivity tasks or applications and games that are CPU intensive. As with all of the laptops, the i7 can handle almost any process with ease.
With a GTX 1660Ti, the laptop can run demanding games at medium-low settings at over 100 FPS. It isn’t as great as the RTX 2070 or RTX 2060, but it is still a powerful card that is great for both gaming and productivity tasks.
It is displayed on a crisp 1080p display with an IPS panel that produces bright, vivid, and accurate colors. With a GPU like the 1660Ti, the laptop screen runs at 144Hz, meaning that it will display the full 144 FPS if the graphics card produces it, but you might need to lower some graphics settings to achieve that.
The storage is mediocre, however, with only 256 gigabytes of SSD storage. It’s great that it is still an SSD, and that it makes the PC boot up fast and the read/write speeds are speedy, but 256 gigs is simply not enough.
As previously said, one AAA game title such as Rainbow Six Siege can be around 80 gigabytes. Keeping in mind that games are not the only thing on a laptop, as there are programs/applications, photo and video content, and system files.
Lastly, the battery on this laptop is average, coming in at only 3 work hours. It isn’t terrible, but it isn’t great either. Another thing to complain about is that the laptop is filled with a lot of bloatware, but otherwise, it’s a nice and reliable laptop.
Dell G5 15 Gaming Laptop
CPU: Intel Core i7-9500H (4.5 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 60Hz | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | Battery: Around 3 hours | Dimensions: 10.8 x 14.3 x 0.95 inches | Weight: 8.1 lbs
Lots of RAM
All the storage you need
Gets loud at full load
This Dell gaming laptop houses an Intel Core i7-9500H which is a high-end CPU that is great for both gaming and productivity tasks.
The GPU for this laptop is an entry-level GTX 1650 which handles older game titles very well and can handle modern titles at lower settings at 60+ FPS. It also handles rendering tasks very well.
It has a nice, crisp, and bright 1080p IPS display which runs at 60Hz.
The most remarkable thing about this laptop is the 1.25 TB of storage. A 256 gigabyte SSD as the boot drive and for games, and a 1 terabyte hard drive for other programs and files. Being able to store many files and programs without worrying about running out of storage is great.
The battery life of this laptop is an average of 3 hours. One thing to note is that this laptop fans are loud at full load, however, the temperatures on the CPU and GPU are great.
Final thing is that the laptop is unusually heavy at 8 pounds, making it a little hard to carry in a backpack, however, the laptop is a great entry-level gaming machine.
Lenovo Ideapad L340
CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H (2.4 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 60Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD | Battery: Around 3 hours | Dimensions: 14.29 x 10.02 x 0.94 inches | Weight: 4.84 lbs
The Lenovo Ideapad L340 houses an Intel Core i5-9300H. This is definitely not an i7, and it will not handle tasks as well as the core i7. It is still a high-end CPU that handles most moderate gaming and productivity tasks with ease, but falls short in some of the more demanding programs.
The GPU is very average. The previous laptops on the list had RTX 2070s, RTX 2060s, GTX 1070s, and GTX 1660Ti, but this laptop houses a GeForce GTX 1650 which performs worse than the GTX 1660Ti.
The 1650 is an entry-level card, you can still run demanding AAA game titles, albeit at very low graphics settings.
It has a 1080p display, which is a standard for laptops. It uses an IPS panel to provide bright, vibrant colors. However, the display is only 60Hz, meaning that the display will only show up to 60 FPS. It isn’t bad, most displays have 60Hz, but recently, many laptops converted to at least 90Hz.
It has 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM. Seeing every laptop above this list, they all have 16 gigabytes. It is however not fair to assume that 8 gigabytes is little. 8 gigabytes will still allow you to have advanced multitasking and fast switching between apps, but a little less quickly. You also might get more loading when using programs for photo/video editing that requires lots of memory.
The laptop however has great storage, 512GB of SSD storage for many of your games, programs, and files. All SSDs are considerably faster than HDDs, with much faster transfer (read/write) speeds, and hugely better boot-up times, so there will be no problems with storage on this PC.
The battery life on the laptop is average, coming in at 3 hours. Gaming laptops don’t usually have a great battery life, and this is yet another example of that.
Another thing to complain about is the low quality, quiet speakers this laptop houses, but otherwise, the laptop is a great choice for entry-level gaming.
Asus TUF FX505DT
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H (3.7 GHz) | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 120Hz | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: Around 3 hours | Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.3 x 1 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs
Nice Ryzen CPU
Average battery life
This Asus TUF gaming laptop is the only one on this list to have an AMD Ryzen CPU. It has an AMD Ryzen 5-3550H laptop CPU which is a latest generation, high-end CPU. It is the equivalent of the Intel Core i5-9300H, a great CPU that can handle moderate workloads.
As with the previous laptop on this list, the GPU on this machine is a GTX 1650 which is an entry-level gaming card that can run Triple-A titles on very low settings at 60+ FPS.
It has 8 gigabytes of DDR4 RAM for multitasking and switching between apps. 8GB is just enough for moderate workloads, such as browsing the web and editing video at the same time.
It has a beautiful 1080p IPS display with a crisp image and great colors, and it includes a 120Hz refresh rate panel, allowing for up to 120 FPS to be displayed.
The bad about this laptop is the storage. It only has 256 gigabytes of SSD storage. When AAA titles at this current time are reaching sizes of 80 gigabytes, and many programs and files are stored on a single 256 drive, it fills up very quickly.
It only has a 3-hour battery, as expected, and the audio is mediocre. Overall, the laptop will suit only entry-level gamers, and hardcore gamers might find this laptop too slow to play AAA titles.
Overall Best Buy
The Asus ROG Scar III is the best laptop on the list because of the great CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, display, and battery life.
The Core i7 and the RTX 2070 make a great combo when it comes to gaming, able to run any game at maximum settings at 100+ FPS easily, and glide through any productivity tasks such as photo/video editing and 3D animation smoothly.
The RAM helps with the productivity tasks by allowing advanced multitasking. Having a large amount of RAM helps with programs by increasing the speed of the apps and making it so switching between apps is seamless.
The laptop also has a whole terabyte of SSD storage for fast boot-up times, and a lot of storage for all your games, programs, and files. The SSD is much faster than all hard drives, therefore allowing for high transfer speeds.
The display is a crisp 1080p IPS panel that produces bright, vivid, and vibrant colors and displays them at a very smooth 240Hz refresh rate, meaning that it can display up to 240 FPS.
The laptop also has the best battery life on this list, since most gaming laptops cap out at around 3 hours, this laptop could keep its charge for around 5 hours before stopping.
Overall, this laptop will suit any gamer, with great CPU and GPU, lots of RAM, a whole terabyte of SSD storage, a great display, and great battery life.
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James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.