Gaming today has become saturated with overindulgence in flashy hardware and military-grade specs and that is completely fine. Tank-like desktops dominate the virtual battlefield. While laptops were initially considered the feeble younger brother to the PC master race, time has matured them into considerable assets of their own.
The 11 Best 17 Inch Gaming Laptops – Reviewed in March 2020
With so many laptops to choose from, it’s no wonder some find it tricky buying the best laptop within their budget. From big-name brands to svelte bodies, this list has it all. Size matters not, but none can deny the superior 17-inch screen size of these gaming laptops. Gaming’s portability has never been better and while those PC tanks are powerful, mobility and speed are just as useful. Now consider, if you will, the GizmoFusion top 17-inch gaming laptops on the market today.
Asus ROG Strix Scar II (The absolute top choice for gamers – All games at ultra graphics settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD + 1TB FireCuda HDD | Dimensions: 10.7 x 15.7 x 1 inches | Weight: 6.5 lbs
Short battery life
At the top of this list lies the Asus ROG Strix Scar II, it is truly a powerhouse of a laptop.
This new Republic of Gamers model sports a sexy, sleek design with a pseudo-carbon-fiber body. It is not too heavy for a gaming laptop but remains durable nonetheless.
The hinges provide effortless opening of the laptop to show off a super-thin bezel monitor. Located at the bottom of the monitor near the hinges, the on-board camera is regrettably at an unattractive angle for the user.
Stylish keys sport a cool retro font, the white WASD keys stand out from the rest of the keyboard like other gaming models. The entire chiclet-style keyboard is backlit with a smooth RGB lighting. An RGB light bar illuminates the front of the laptop, even closed, it looks stylish and cool if a bit unnecessary and distracting at times.
The 3 milliseconds, 144hz refresh rate screen is perfect for gaming, although the 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution may seem a bit old-fashioned for such a new gaming laptop, especially one boasting a 17-inch screen.
The Scar II has two loud, mellifluous speakers. These speakers are high-quality, provide good sound, and can be used for gaming if the user is not using a headset.
The laptop’s Intel Core i7-8750H clocks in at 2.2 GHz with turbo boost up to 4.1 GHz for hypersonic computing speeds. The six-core, 12-thread CPU can take on the most demanding programs and processes one throws at it.
Combined with a single (ruling out any potential dual-channel configurations) 16 GB DIMM stick clocking in at 2.6 GHz, this efficient computer can serve anyone looking for a fast and powerful tool.
There is plenty of storage for games and media. The Strix II has a 1TB FireCuda HDD as well as a 512 GB SSD. This is an absolutely massive amount of storage that would last a lifetime for most users.
With respect to graphics, the Asus model stands at the top of the gaming food chain, so to speak. With an RTX 2070, this laptop can play the best games on the market with ease.
AAA titles such as BF1, Far Cry 5, and Witcher 3, on ultra settings, can easily clear 100 frames per second and beefy games like Assassin’s Creed Odyssey and Shadow of the Tomb Raider on ultra with 60 fps. One critique of this model is that the boosted fans can seem loud, they are definitely noticeable when performing heavier tasks.
The Asus Strix Scar II has a motley of ports on the sides: several USB 3.1, an HDMI 2.0, a mini-DP, ethernet, 3.5 mm audio jack, and USB-C port (non-Thunderbolt). The laptop also comes with an SD-card reader for the photographer in all of us.
The biggest thing to note about this laptop is that the battery life is terrible, especially when gaming. When using this laptop for heavier tasks, it is recommended the laptop be plugged in at all times. The 230W power supply is mediocre at best, proving this laptop was built to do one thing, play video games.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701 ( Play any modern game at ultra high settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 1TB NVMe PCIe SSD | Dimensions: 10.7 x 15.7 x 0.74 inches | Weight: 5.95 lbs
Sleek and stylish
Fast speeds for gaming
Weird keyboard layout
Short battery life
The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 ranks second on this list, and rightfully so. This laptop takes what makes everything great about gaming laptops and makes it even better, while also introducing a daring yet stylish keyboard layout that ultimately fits its slick design.
The brushed aluminum body and Republic of Gamers logo look professional and pleasing to the eye. The GX701 sports a motley of I/O ports including 3 x USB 3.1 type-A and 2 x USB 3.1 type-C, HDMI 2.0, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
The keyboard layout is pushed to the front of the laptop, allowing the back portion of the laptop to act as an air vent. When opening the Zephyrus, the base of the laptop lifts the body off its surface to further allow airflow for gaming.
The trackpad is also off-set to the right and doubles as a numeric keypad. While the keyboard layout is weird and uncomfortable at first, it is easy to get used to. The keys short strokes and tactile feel give good feedback which is perfect for gaming. The keyboard is backlit with an RGB LED, a classic among any gaming workhorse.
Sound on the laptop is controlled by a scroll wheel, a unique feature for a gaming laptop. Muting and unmuting using the scroll wheel is excellent to the touch. Two 2.5 Watt sound speakers lie on the side of the keyboard. Facing you, the speakers’ crisp, clear sound gives some of the best audio for any gaming laptop.
With an 8th generation Intel six-core i7 processor and 16 GB of DDR4 memory, this is one of the fastest computers on the market. Backed by the RTX 2080, one of the best graphics cards you can buy, there is no better combination for a gaming laptop. Gaming on this is top-notch, quite literally rivaling some of the best desktop computers on the market.
The crisp 144 Hz refresh rate monitor has thin bezels that look incredibly sharp and the 17-inch size is excellent for video editing or gaming. The monitor itself supports G sync for smooth gaming experiences.
There is no webcam installed internally, however, Asus provides a fairly nice external webcam that clips onto the bezel screen.
Unfortunately, the battery is not notable. When out of dedicated GPU mode and at 60Hz refresh rate, the battery provides about 5 hrs of life. The model includes a mode to switch between integrated and discrete graphics to increase battery life.
All in all, this is a killer machine meant to tackle any heavy-duty task or video game. The GX701 is one of the best laptops on the market. Desktop PCs, look out.
MSI GF75 Thin 9SC-027 (Plays most modern games at ultra settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (Max-Q) 4GB GDDR5 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe SSD | Dimensions: 10.2 x 15.6 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs
Design is made for airflow in mind when gaming
Super thin bezels and a great display
The laptop’s design makes it tough for use on one’s lap
Battery life leaves a bit to be desired
The MSI GF75 Thin 9SC-027 comes in third in this lineup, and brings plenty to talk about.
This MSI beast has an Intel Core i7 9750H for extremely fast gaming with smooth load times so you don’t miss a beat.
The GPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q has 4 GB GDDR5 memory which can play some of the top games on the market right now. The graphics card is quite good but doesn’t compare to the other RTX cards in this lineup of gaming laptops.
The RAM is 16GB of DDR4 memory clocked in at 2666 MHz, which is pretty standard and allows for a great experience when running multiple programs.
This laptop’s pride and joy is clearly its large screen with extremely thin bezels. The GF75-9SC has a screen size of 17.3 inches of full HD IPS display for full immersion in your games. The 3 ms response time and 144Hz frame rate make for a velvety-smooth experience. The screen’s thin bezels give room for more screen real estate, making a screen ratio of 88%: an impressive look for this gaming laptop.
The laptop itself looks beautiful with a sleek finish and an aggressively brushed aluminum body.
The GF75 has a typical port configuration, although it would be nice to have more USB slots. You will find an HDMI port for 4K video, 3 x USB 3.1 ports on one side and another USB 3.1 and USB 3.1 type-c port as well.
This MSI champion also has a 720p camera on the computer which doesn’t isn’t too bad, especially for a gaming laptop.
The full keyboard is backlit by red LEDs and is complemented by the red MSI Dragon emblem on the front. The Precision touchpad feels a little flimsy at times but is big enough for any task at hand. One major complaint is that the delete key has been moved, it should be located where the insert key is.
A design that has been a dividing factor for many is the hinge airflow design. When gaming on a table, this is an excellent design. When opening the laptop, the hinge pushes the bottom of the computer upwards to create a gap between the computer and the surface for airflow.
However, the sharp angles on the underside of the GF75-9SC can make it difficult for use on a lap or non-solid object such as a couch. The design might actually be this gaming laptop’s greatest strength as well as its weakness.
The heatsinks work perfectly in sync with the fans to allow for heat dissipation when it when tackling the heaviest games. The 150 watt AC adapter allows for around 7 hours of battery which is much better than some of the other computers on it this list, however, when tackling some of the heavier games and processes the battery can lack in the end.
The sound is not too great, especially when playing games, the user would definitely benefit from using an external headset or speakers.
All-in-all, the MSI GF75-9SC is a worthy competitor for anyone looking for a device specifically suited for gaming. While it is a laptop and thus created for mobility and work, the GF75-9SC ranks as a great computer for gaming. With its airflow design for heat dissipation, the MSI has a leg up on the competition amongst these gaming laptops.
Asus ROG Strix Hero III (Smooth gameplay at high graphics settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions: 11.55 x 15.74 x 1.03 inches | Weight: 6.28 lbs
ASUS keystone element for quick gaming setup
High-quality fans to keep the laptop cool
512GB storage isn’t much for AAA games
No webcam for streaming
The Asus Rog strix Hero III gaming laptop has the latest specs on the market with a 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H processor and 16GB of DDR4 2.6 GHz memory for lightning-fast daily use.
This model does use some plastic parts, the overall build is of a solid, durable quality. The brushed aluminum body is rugged and clearly durable for whatever sort of transportation is required. The hinge is extremely hefty and meant for opening and closing at ease.
This ASUS model is backed with an RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6 graphics card which is not max-q. The Strix Hero III truly has what it takes to face up against the other models on this list, including its previous model, listed at number one.
This model comes with fans that have a variety of modes including silent and turbo. ASUS claims they have 33% thinner fan blades in these fans which increase airflow as much as 17%.
The 66 Watt-hour battery keeps you gaming for a while. Although the laptop can also get very hot under heavy use, the fans help suppress and expel the built-up heat.
The Strix Hero III is incredibly stylish. The Republic of Gamers logo is led-backlit on the front and is complemented by a sexy backlit RGB keyboard with WASD highlighted keys, a quintessential gaming experience. The keyboard is an N-key rollover designed for fast-actuating keys with curved keycaps.
With a lifespan of about 20 million key presses, the keyboard can not only handle gaming but any sort of work and heavy typing one might do. Although the new pair keyboard buttons are fairly tiny and not spaced out which can be difficult for use.
The windows precision drivers for the trackpad have dedicated left and right mouse keys, which some people like, and others don’t.
There is also an RGB LED bar at the underside of the laptop on the three front-facing sides. This can be a little distracting when resting on a reflective table or surface during gaming.
The extremely thin bezels boast an 81.5% screen-to-body ratio surrounding an IPS-type display with 144 Hertz and a 3-millisecond response rate. This is top-of-the-line quality when gaming and the RTX 2060 GPU truly shines with the buttery-smoothness of the screen. The IPS screen also shows accurate color pixels barely giving up lag.
This ASUS gaming beast does come with a few upgrades in mind. For example, the 512GB PCIe SSD is pretty typical for gaming laptops, but it could use extra storage space specifically as AAA games get larger and larger. However, 512GB of solid-state storage is plenty at this level.
The full-sounding speakers are surprisingly effective, although no one would fault you for using your own headphones.
The ports are top-notch, the Strix Hero III has effortless connectivity with a USB 3.1 type-C and 3 x USB 3.1 gen ports as well as an HDMI 2.0.
The power cord port is located on the back of the laptop which might be strange for some users but allows for a more organized and streamlined setup.
The audio jacks and ethernet port are pretty standard, but the most curious piece of this laptop is the ASUS Keystone element. This is an NFC key one plugs into the side of the laptop and loads gaming and RGB preferences. It is a unique feature that stands out on this lineup.
Finally, the computer has a terrible webcam in the sense that it doesn’t actually exist. This might make streaming a bit more difficult.
The ASUS ROG Strix Hero III is a fantastic computer for any task. It has state-of-the-art technology sitting this model at the top of the shelf. If you want a gaming laptop that looks stylish and has unique features, the Strix Hero III is the model for you.
Omen by HP (Great performance at high graphics settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 256GB NVMe PCIe SSD & 1TB 7200RPM HDD | Dimensions: 11.22 x 15.94 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 7.26 lbs
Super slim body
Great for any workstation-level activities
Gets hot after short use
While gaming might be the central focus of this list, gamers do more than just play video games. And although other laptops on this list are high-quality gaming powerhouses, the HP Omen is built for versatility and this laptop delivers.
The HP Omen has a 17-inch gaming screen with decent bezels at the top and sides but a pretty horrid-looking lower bezel by the hinge. The model itself has a single center hinge for opening and closing, and the design looks clunky and more reminiscent of old, thick laptops.
The RTX 2080 8GB GPU (which is not a Max-Q design so no worries about being skimped on graphical ability) is at the top of the class. Arguably the best graphics card on the market, the Omen can easily bust 60 fps on stressful games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The Intel i7-9750H 6-core 2.6 GHz processor and 16GB of DDR4 2666Hz RAM combine for wicked-fast speeds. The memory is also upgradable with two accessible memory slots and has a storage capacity of 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 1TB HDD making this machine the perfect beast for any situation. Besides gaming, the Omen would work splendidly for video editing, 3D-modeling, or any heavy tasks at work.
The I/O ports are fairly typical: there’s an audio jack, 3 x USB 3.1 type A, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, Ethernet, HDMI, a Mini-DisplayPort, and a media card reader.
The audio is fairly good with “multi-dimensional audio”. The Omen’s speakers may leave the user wanting a bit more, but it will suffice for regular computer use.
This HP model has a battery life of up to 5 hours, but will, of course, be shorter when gaming, more like 1 to 1.5 hours.
The Omen also comes with Nvidia G-Sync technology, going hand-in-hand with its full HD IPS display of a 144 Hertz refresh rate, you will experience gameplay “smoother than a baby’s bottom”.
The 4 Zone backlit keyboard (unfortunately not per-key) with a full number keypad claims a 26 key rollover effect. The anti-ghosting keyboard has separately backlit WASD keys so people know you mean business. The touchpad is of good quality and is very responsive. The keyboard, however, is a fingerprint magnet.
Although the laptop can run a bit hot and the fans can be a little loud when reaching those high RPMs, the HP Omen is quite a contender. It’s slim, stylish, and punching way over its weight class.
Alienware M17 (Top end performance for even the most demanding games)
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (max-q) 6GB GDDR5 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 256GB SSD & 1TB HDD | Dimensions: 11.55 x 15.74 x 1.03 inches | Weight: 6.28 lbs
People say “size doesn’t matter,” but that’s not always true with respect to gaming. Often times, it’s the machines that are physically bigger and support better graphics cards that win out. But not with the Alienware M17. This laptop is one of the thinnest gaming laptops on the market and still goes toe-to-toe with the rest of them.
New magnesium alloy coats this laptop’s body phenomenally and shows off its swagger and sexy demeanor.
The screen is incredibly skinny and its 17-inch display makes it seem even thinner than possible. The screen does have a refresh rate of 60 Hz which is frankly not as good as any of the others on this list, which is a shame. The 800:1 contrast ratio screen is solid overall even with a bit of flexion when under.
The RTX 2060 GPU can handle modern AAA games with its 6GB dedicated memory. It is worth mentioning the GPU is Max-Q.
There is plenty of storage for all your favorite games too. The M17 comes with both a 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD and a 1TB with an 8GB SSHD hybrid drive. The 16GB of 2.6 GHz DDR4 memory allows the laptop to reach peak performance for uninterrupted gameplay.
The bezels on this laptop are pretty ugly and the top bezel houses the 1080p camera. Finally, streamers can be seen in high-quality video unlike most gaming laptops with 720p cameras.
The RGB backlit keyboard is nice but doesn’t add anything new.
There are HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, Thunderbolt 3, and power ports in the back of the model, aswell as 2 x USB 3.1 ports on one side and an Ethernet, USB 3.1, and an audio jack on the other side.
The battery on this laptop is sub-par, with about an hour when gaming and 3.5 hours when browsing.
The Alienware M17 is easily the thinnest model in this lineup. This Alienware beast is premium-built for an amazing bang for your buck. The doors to the gaming world fall off their hinges when you open this beauty, and it’s on this list for a reason.
MSI GE75 Raider-286 (A good performer even for demanding games)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions: 10.6 x 15.6 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 5.75 lbs
Massive speakers with great quality
Storage capacity could be more, at 512GB
No Thunderbolt 3
The MSI GE75 Raider-286 is a state-of-the-art laptop with thin bezels sporting a sleek MSI anodized aluminum body. The body looks professional and stylish but leaves fingerprints easily. The classic MSI logo pops right in the center of the lid.
The sides of the laptop have exhaust vents for cooling its top-tier hardware. With an Intel Core i7 9750-H 2.6 GHz processor and 16 GB of 2.6 GHz DDR4 memory, the laptop can process the toughest tasks at hand.
The storage capacity of 512GB of the NVMe Solid-State Drive can store plenty of games but it still can leave a bit to be desired. With an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 powering your graphics this laptop ranks as one of the best on the market.
A 144 Hertz panel advertises velvety-smooth displays with vibrant visuals. Any game will look amazing on this 17-inch IPS FHD display. It has a 96% standard RGB color calibration. The bezels are incredibly thing and yet somehow MSI is able to pull it off and add a 720p camera at the top. The camera looks pretty good and the mic generates clean audio.
The Raider’s full keyboard is per-key RGB backlit with individual customization. There is great key travel and a Microsoft Precision trackpad.
On the left side, you will find the ethernet, HDMI, mini-DP, USB 2.0, USB Type-C (not Thunderbolt 3 unfortunately), and audio jack ports. The right side is much more scarce with just two USB 3.0 ports and an SD card slot.
MSI’s “Giant Speaker” brand shines in the spotlight, figuratively, as one of the best aspects of this laptop. The two speakers on the bottom of this laptop are the best on this list. They are huge and produce mellifluous sounds, while they can get quite loud, they do lack bass in the lower registers.
Gaming on MSI’s Raider is surprisingly cool, even when gaming on one’s lap and not a table. The aforementioned exhaust vents and fans are not too loud, games run remarkably well.
The 51 Watt-hour battery will keep you in the game longer so you can win even more matches than ever before. If you’re looking for a solid entry to the high-end gaming market, this is a perfect option for you.
Acer Predator Helios 300 (Will play almost any game on high graphics)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 3ms 144Hz | Storage: 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD | Dimensions: 11.02 x 15.99 x 0.97 inches | Weight: 6.61 lbs
Great display colors
Classic, aluminum body
GPU isn’t as good as others on this list
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is one of the heavy-hitters in the gaming laptop battle royale. Like the Alienware M17, the Helios 300’s screen is so thin it almost disappears when looking at its profile.
The bezels are fairly thin on the sides and make room at the top for the 720p camera. The aluminum chassis looks classy and durable and has a great hinge functionality. The matte black aluminum body which is cool to touch has sturdy hinges for easy one-finger opening.
The Predator rocks a 17.3-inch Full HD screen with a 144Hz refresh rate and IPS display with a vibrancy that puts TechniColor to shame. With a 9th-generation Intel i7-8750H CPU at its core, this laptop hits peak operating power. It is important to note that the processor is undervolted a bit to help with better thermals.
The temperature of the Helios 300 keeps the machine cool and composed, and this goes back to the undervolting previously mentioned. Cooler temperatures are crucial when spinning up the GTX 1660Ti to tackle the most recent games. The 6GB GPU is mediocre compared to the GeForce 20-series other laptops have on this list, but it will still play modern games well.
The 4-zone RGB backlit full keyboard has exceptional tactile feedback, but with the Numpad addition the keyboard can feel a bit cramped. Also noted is that some models’ keyboards have only blue backlighting so check your region before buying.
It has plenty of ports for daily use including USB 3.1, Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C (non-Thunderbolt) and ethernet. The power outlet is located near the exhaust in the middle of the left side. This positioning is a bit weird, especially when the heat from the computer cooks the cord. The laptop itself can also become quite hot after heavy gaming.
Speakers wise, they are just okay, you’re better off wearing a headset.
The Helios 300 has 16GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory and lines up with most of the other top-notch gaming PCs. There is room for further configuration up to 32GB of memory and a free PCIe M.2 slot to make loading times even shorter.
The Helios 300 leaves enough room for easy upgrades in the future if you want to add more RAM or upgrade any other parts.
The look is stylish and professional but clearly shows off a gamer attitude. With an excellent port configuration and great specs, this Acer beast stands among the greats of laptop gaming. Acer’s product is a home run and a great choice if you want to get into mid-range gaming.
Acer Predator Helios 700(Most games on ultra graphics will run very smooth)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) G-Sync 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | Dimensions: 11.77 x 16.93 x 1.64 inches | Weight: 10.8 lbs
Graphical ability is top-tier
Pull-out keyboard for extra airflow and gaming mode
The Helios 300’s older brother comes out to play, listed at the 9th spot on this list. It would be generous to put this in the category of a laptop when it should really be listed as more of a portable gaming desktop.
The massive body and unsurprising heavy weight make it difficult to stuff the Helios 700 in a backpack and waltz down the street with it for your LAN party. The chassis is insanely durable and well built so you won’t lose a wink of sleep of protecting all the delicate parts inside.
The body houses a full set of I/O ports for all your daily needs. The 9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H and 16GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory for cataclysmic power and speed.
The power doesn’t stop there, this Acer Predator can hold up to 64GB of DDR4 RAM. This Acer Predator also comes with WiFi 6 for fast internet speeds, too. Benchmarking this laptop and its GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card is almost pointless because you can expect to get some of the top benchmarks listed.
The graphical ability is not wasted, either. With a 17.3-inch full HD IPS display, games are going to look stunning. The 144Hz refresh rate combined with its G-Sync capability results in silky-smooth gameplay and set it apart from some other models on this list.
With great power comes great responsibility to keep your machine cool. The fans keep the machine from overheating but are distractingly loud when spinning at full speed.
The cooling can be assisted by the Helios 700’s most unique feature: the keyboard can slide out to reveal two AeroBlade fans for better airflow and activating the overclocking mode. This does end up blocking the speakers and muffling the audio so it’s best to use a headset when gaming on this gaming powerhouse.
The Helios 700 also has a fully customizable RGB backlit keyboard as if you didn’t know this was a gaming beast.
If you are looking for a nice laptop that is very lightweight and portable, you might want to keep looking, but if you are looking to be the best on the field virtually and physically, then the Helios 700 gaming beast of a laptop is for you.
Lenovo Legion Y740 (Super smooth gaming at high to ultra for most games)
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) G-Sync 144Hz | Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD | Dimensions: 12 x 16.24 x 0.91 inches | Weight: 6.17 lbs
The first thing to note about the Lenovo Legion Y740 is how minimalistic its design is. The lid of the laptop is a matte metal finish and looks quite professional.
The keyboard design is flush, simplistic (but still has RGB lighting), and a clean look throughout. It would not look out of place to take this laptop into an interview… and then come home and game with it.
The full keyboard has per-key RGB lighting using the Corsair iCUE ambient system lighting which also illuminates the exhaust vents at the side and back of the laptop. The keys feel nice and large for typing, if not a bit shallow. The keyboard is a fingerprint maker, so it may use a wipe every now and then.
The bezels are thicker than most, but the G-Sync display and its 144Hz refresh rate more than make up for it. The 17.3-inch FHD screen looks great overall and hits 96% of sRGB and 900:1 color contrast ratio with respect to color calibration. The screen does flex a bit but the hinge point at the bottom allows for one-finger opening. There’s a 720p camera in the top bezel.
The sides have a minimal port configuration with an audio jack and USB 3.1 Type-C Thunderbolt on the left and a USB 3.1 Type-A on the right. The back of the Y740 has a mini-DP, HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet, and power ports keeping everything behind the laptop and out of sight.
Games run beautifully well with the RTX 2080 GPU and the Y740 easily hits 80 fps on top games like Shadow of the Tomb Raider on highest settings and peaking at 260 fps on high settings for CS:GO. Combined with an Intel i7-8750H CPU, this laptop is sitting with the greats.
The Lenovo Legion Y740 is a fine edition on this list of gaming laptops. The computer is sleek and subtle. For a mid-level gaming laptop with excellent specs and the ability to take it into the workplace without garnering too many looks, this model is marvelous. Although it ranks low on this list, it is a highly recommended laptop to get started in the gaming sphere.
Dell G7 17 (Beautiful screen and performs well on high graphics settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti 6GB GDDR5 | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666Mhz | Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS | Storage: 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | Dimensions: 11.7 x 15.91 x 0.98 inches | Weight: 7.28 lbs
Loud, powerful speakers
Decent graphical performance compared to others on this list
Finishing off our list is the Dell G7 17 gaming laptop. Like the Y740, the G7 has a low-profile, professional look. The port configuration includes an audio jack, a USB 3.0 and a Type-C Thunderbolt connection on the left and a USB 3.0 and SD card reader on the right. Like the Y740, the main I/O is on the back of the device, sporting an ethernet, mini-DisplayPort, USB 3.0, HDMI, and a charging port.
The CPU is Intel’s 9th-generation i7-9750H with a 12MB cache. The processor, like the others, is wicked-fast and more than suited for any program.
Adding 16GB of DDR4 2666MHz RAM this laptop outpaces others as if Usain Bolt were running. With a GTX 1660Ti as its main graphical unit, most of the gaming benchmarks are to be expected. The GPU can hit 90 fps on heavy games like Battlefield V and average more than 110fps on games like Fortnite.
The storage is quick with 512GB of PCIe NVMe solid-state drive. The G7 also allows for upgrading to a 1TB M.2 SSD or 2TB of HDD for even more storage.
The front-facing speakers are great for gaming or multimedia and can get pretty loud.
With a customizable 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard and a power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner, the professional G7 can rock the gaming laptop look.
The full-HD 17-inch display has a 144Hz refresh rate that looks beautiful. The aluminum body is sturdy and actually lighter than our #1 on this list, the ROG Strix Scar II.
With pretty decent graphical performance and a great build quality, this is a fantastic choice for getting started in competitive gaming while not breaking the bank. Even at the bottom of this list, the Dell G7 still ranks as a top gaming laptop in the current market.
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Every device listed here is completely worth the buy, however, there’s only one laptop seated at the top of this list of gaming laptops and that is the Republic of Gamers Strix Scar II.
This ASUS entry has everything you need when it comes to gaming and honestly sells out against other laptops in many areas. Even though it has a relatively poor battery life, you cannot deny that almost every gaming laptop suffers from short battery life and it is preferred to game while charging the machine.
The benefits of the Strix Scar II far outweigh the cons. The sleek body exudes a professional look you can take anywhere for a variety of purposes. The extra storage capacity is pivotal to store even more games, movies, and documents.
Unlike other entries on this list, the Scar II has quality speakers for any multimedia purpose, meaning you don’t necessarily need a headset for good audio.
Finally, gaming on this laptop is phenomenal. With top-notch specs, this ASUS powerhouse can perform just as well as many desktops, plus it’s portable.
As said before, the desktop PC has reigned supreme for decades . . . but it’s time we shook things up a little.
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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.