Best gaming laptops in 2022

Best gaming laptops in 2022

It’s already been a fantastic year for the best gaming laptops, and we’re only just getting started. AMD has blessed us with Ryzen 6000-series mobile processors, and Intel has is pushing back with 12th Gen Alder Lake mobile chips. New mobile GPUs from both AMD and Nvidia have arrived too, including a new king of mobile gaming: the RTX 3080 Ti. All this makes for some powerful and even sleek gaming laptops today.

The newest portable powerhouses are getting more portable, and yet still sport all the fancy features that high-end gaming PCs (opens in new tab) do. We’re talking multicore CPUs, high-end GPUs, and speedy NVMe SSDs. You can even find heaps of RAM and super-high refresh screens under the hood. Gaming laptops with mechanical keyboards even exist, like the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (opens in new tab).

While bagging a new graphics card for your desktop rig has been a pain recently (though the crisis may be easing (opens in new tab)), gaming laptops mostly sidestepped chip shortage. This does mean manufacturers have turned their focus toward high-end offerings, however, meaning midrange and budget configs are a little more rare.

Of the hundreds of gaming laptops we’re tested over the years, here are those that offer the best balance of performance, portability, and price. Whatever you’re in the market for, there should be a laptop that’s right for you here, and we’ll continue to update this guide with the latest models as they’re pushed out.

Best gaming laptops

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The best gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: 12th Gen Intel Core i7 and Core i9

GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR5

Screen: 1080p @ 360Hz, 1440p @ 240Hz, or 4K @ 144Hz

Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

Battery: 80Wh

Dimensions: 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches

Weight: 4.63lbs

Reasons to buy

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Unparalleled build quality

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Wide range of CPU/GPU options

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Looks as good as it performs

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Great battery life

Our favorite config:

The latest spin of the Razer Blade 15 once again improves on one of the best gaming laptops ever made. It has the same gorgeous CNC-milled aluminum chassis as its predecessor, only this time it can house one of Nvidia’s latest RTX 30-series GPUs and an Intel 12th Gen Core i9 CPUs.

We’ve played with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with a 10th Gen Intel chip and RTX 3080 (95W) GPU inside it. And we fell in love all over again, and we’re looking forward to getting the Intel Alder Lake versions with the RTX 3080 Ti humming away inside, too. 

These latest models, you see, have upped the graphics processing even further than the previous setups, with support for up to the 16GB RTX 3080 Ti, which is incredible in this small chassis. You will get some throttling because of that slimline design, but you’re still getting outstanding performance from this beautiful machine.

One of the best things about the Blade 15 is the number of configurations (opens in new tab) Razer offers. From the RTX 3060 Base Edition to the RTX 3080 Ti Advanced with a 144Hz 4K panel, there’s something for almost everyone. It’s one of the most beautiful gaming laptops around and still one of the most powerful.

Whatever config you pick, we think the Razer Blade 15 is the overall best gaming laptop on the market right now, though you will be paying a premium for the now-classic design.

Read our full Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2020) review (opens in new tab).

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming laptop

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The best all-round gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS

GPU: Up to AMD Radeon RX 6800S

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR5-4800

Screen: 14-inch IPS 1600p @ 120Hz

Storage: 1TB SSD NVMe PCIe 4.0

Battery: 76Wh

Dimensions: 12.28 x 8.94 x 0.73 inches

Weight: 3.79lbs

Reasons to buy

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AMD’s latest CPU

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And latest GPU

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Fantastic gaming performance

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Sturdy and stylish chassis

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16:10, 2560 x 1440, 120Hz IPS panel

Reasons to avoid

Not as affordable as I’d expect from G14

Disappointing gaming battery life

Our favorite config:

The new version of the Zephyrus G14 for 2022 impresses us once again with its well-balanced specs list and excellent gaming performance. Seriously, this thing shreds through frames up to its 120Hz refresh rate, and it’s great for much more than gaming, too.

We checked out the version with AMD’s RX 6800S under the hood, though there is an option for an RX 6700S, one can assume for a chunk less cash. Arguably, that cheaper option sounds a bit better to us, as the high-end one can get a little pricey and close in on the expensive but excellent Razer Blade 14. It’s not helped much by its 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM in that regard, though we do love having all that speedy memory raring to go for whatever you can throw at it.

Whichever option you go for, you’ll receive an awesome IPS panel with a 3ms response time and gorgeous colour. The battery life of this gaming laptop isn’t the best while gaming, but we can let that one slide since it nails just about everything else.

Read our full Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 2022 (GA402RK) review (opens in new tab)

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Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop

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Razer Blade 14 gaming laptop

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The most desirable compact gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX

GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: 16GB DDR5-4800

Screen: 14-inch 1080p @ 144Hz or 1440p @ 165Hz

Storage: 1TB PCIe 4.0 SSD

Battery: 61.6Wh

Dimensions: 0.66 x 8.66 x 12.59 inches

Weight: 3.92lb

Reasons to buy

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Looks great

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Outstanding build quality

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Excellent all-round performance

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Ultra-portable ultrabook style

Reasons to avoid

Only way to bag a Razer Ryzen

Pricey for 1080p gaming

Higher-spec GPUs will sacrifice performance

Our favorite config:

I am mighty tempted to push the Razer Blade 14 further up the list, simply because the 14-inch form factor has absolutely won me over. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 in the No. 2 slot reintroduced the criminally under-used laptop design, but Razer has perfected it. Feeling noticeably smaller than the 15-inch Blade and closer to the ultrabook Stealth 13, the Blade 14 mixes a matte black MacBook Pro-style with genuine PC gaming pedigree.

The Razer style is classic, and it feels great to hold, too. And with the outstanding AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX finally finding its way into a Blade notebook, you’re getting genuine processing power you can sling into a messenger bag. And soon you will be able to get your hands on the Blade 14 with the brand new Ryzen 9 6900HX chip at its heart which will actually be able to save on battery on the go by using its RDNA 2 based onboard graphics.

Add in some extra Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics power—now all the way up to an RTX 3080 Ti, but wear ear plugs—and you’ve got a great mix of form and function that makes it the most desirable laptop I’ve maybe ever tested. 

My only issue is that the RTX 3080 Ti would be too limited by the diminutive 14-inch chassis and run a little loud. So I would then recommend the lower-spec GPU options, though if you’re spending $1,800 on a notebook, that feels like too high for 1080p gaming. But you’re not buying the Blade 14 specifically for outright performance and anything else; this is about having all the power you need in a form factor that works for practical mobility.

Read our full Razer Blade 14 review (opens in new tab).

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The best budget gaming laptop with great battery life

Specifications

CPU: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7

GPU: Up to Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti

RAM: 16GB DDR4

Screen: 15.6-inch IPS 1080p @ 144Hz

Storage: 512GB SSD

Battery: 51Wh

Dimensions: 0.85 x 14.4 x 10 inches

Weight: 5.40lb

Reasons to buy

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Affordable configuration options

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Good battery life

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Powerful laptop

Reasons to avoid

A little chunky compared to pricier thin and light options

Our favorite config:

Let’s face it, trying to find a quality gaming laptop on a budget can be a chore. You have to make compromises in areas like performance, design, and even battery life. Thankfully, the Dell G3 15 offers decent 1080p gaming with configurations under $1,000, and the battery life is actually good.

The most significant improvement from its previous model is its slimmer, sleeker design. With thinner bezels around a 144Hz display, the sleeker design gives it a more high-end vibe. It’s a welcome toned-down look, in case you’re hoping for a gaming laptop that doesn’t shout “gamer” as soon as you pull it out of your bag. The display itself seems the only downside, not having as rich a color range as the other gaming laptops on this list.

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The best high-refresh QHD gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H

GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3070

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4

Screen: 16-inch 165Hz 2560 x 1600

Storage: Up to 2 TB M.2 SSD

Battery: 86Wh

Dimensions: 14.01 x 10.4 x 1.1 inches

Weight: 5.4lbs

Reasons to buy

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Excellent 165Hz QHD screen 

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Great keyboard

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Decent value for money 

Reasons to avoid

Poor mic and speakers 

720p webcam 

Our favorite config:

The Legion Pro 5 proves that AMD is absolutely a serious competitor in the gaming laptop space. Pairing the mobile Ryzen 7 5800H with the RTX 3070 results in a laptop that not only handles modern games with ease, but that can turn its hand at more serious escapades too. 

The QHD 16:10 165Hz screen is a genuine highlight here and one that makes gaming and just using Windows a joy. It’s an IPS panel with a peak brightness of 500nits too, so you’re not going to be left wanting whether you’re gaming or watching movies. 

The Legion Pro 5 really is a beast when it comes to gaming too, with that high-powered RTX 3070 (with a peak delivery of 140W it’s faster than some 3080s) being a great match for that vibrant screen. You’re going to be able to run the vast majority of games at the native 2560 x 1600 resolution at the max settings and not miss a beat. The fact that you can draw on DLSS and enjoy some ray tracing extras for the money all helps to make this an incredibly attractive package.

Read our full Lenovo Legion 5 Pro review (opens in new tab).

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MSI GS66 Stealth RTX 3080

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The most stylish gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to Core i9 12900H

GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR5-4800

Screen: 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz or 300Hz

Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

Battery: 99.9Wh

Dimensions: 9.76 x 14.1 x 0.77 inches

Weight: 4.63lbs

Reasons to buy

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Sleek and powerful

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Long battery life

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1440p options on the way

Reasons to avoid

Gets loud

Slim chassis compromises fps

Our favorite config:

The MSI GS66 is one hell of a machine: It’s sleek, slick, and powerful. But it’s not Nvidia Ampere’s power without compromise, however. MSI has had to be a little parsimonious about its power demands to pack something as performant as an RTX 3080 into an 18mm thin chassis. 

The top GPU is the 95W version, which means it only just outperforms a fully unleashed RTX 3070, the sort you’ll find in the Gigabyte Aorus 15G XC. But it is still an astonishingly powerful slice of mobile graphics silicon.

It can get a little loud, but thankfully, you have the benefits of all the Nvidia Max-Q 3.0 features at your disposal. This includes Whisper Mode 2.0, which will bring gaming down to barely audible levels, for when you want to be stealthy.

The GS66 also comes with an outstanding 240Hz 1440p panel, which perfectly matches the powerful GPU when it comes to games. Sure, you’ll have to make some compromises compared to an RTX 3080 you might find in a hulking workstation, but the MSI GS66 Stealth is a genuinely slimline gaming laptop.

Read our full MSI GS66 Stealth review (opens in new tab).

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A quality, affordable 240Hz gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7 12th Gen

GPU: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR5-4800

Screen: 15.6-inch IPS 1080p @ 240Hz

Storage: 1TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD

Battery: 58Wh

Dimensions: 10.01 x 14.23 x 0.9 inches

Weight: 5.51lbs

Reasons to buy

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Great performance for price

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Decent battery life

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Room for 2 x SSDs, 1 x HDD

Our favorite config:

We loved Acer’s Predator Helios 300 during the GTX 10-series era, and the current generation Helios still manages to punch above its weight class compared to other $1,500 laptops. It may not be the best gaming laptop, but it’s one of the best value machines around. The latest version of the Helios packs an RTX 3060 GPU and a sleeker form factor without raising the price significantly. 

The new and improved Helios 300 has a 144Hz screen and smaller bezels, putting it more in line with sleek thin-and-lights than its more bulky brethren of the previous generation. The only real drawback is the diminutive SSD, although the laptop has slots for two SSDs and an HDD, which makes upgrading your storage as easy as getting a screwdriver. 

Read our full Acer Predator Helios 300 review (opens in new tab).

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Asus Rog Strix Scar 17 gaming laptop

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Asus Rog Strix Scar 17 gaming laptop

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The best big-screen gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i9 12900H

GPU: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti

RAM: Up to 32GB DDR5-4800

Screen: 17.3-inch 1080p @ 360Hz or 1440p @ 240Hz

Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 PCIe 4.0 SSD

Battery: 90Wh

Dimensions: 11.1 x 15.55 x 0.92 inches

Weight: 6.39lbs

Reasons to buy

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Flashy but not obnoxious

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Optomechanical keyboard

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Quiet cooling

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Incredible screen refresh rate

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Fantastic battery

Reasons to avoid

17-inch screen makes it large

Our favorite config:

There’s absolutely no question you can buy a much more sensible gaming laptop than this, but there is something about the excesses of the ROG Strix Scar 17 that make it incredibly appealing. It feels like everything about it has been turned up to 11, from the overclocked CPU—which is as beastly as it gets—to the gorgeously speedy 360Hz screen on the model we’ve tested. Asus has pushed that little bit harder than most to top our gaming laptop benchmarks.

And top the benchmarks of the best gaming laptops it does, thanks in the main to the GeForce RTX 3080 that can be found beating away at its heart. This is the 115W version of Nvidia’s top Ampere GPU, which means it’s capable of hitting the kind of figures thinner machines can only dream of. You can draw on Nvidia’s excellent DLSS, where implemented, to help hit ridiculous frame rates, too. And if that’s not enough, Asus has introduced a model with an RTX 3080 Ti in 2022.

The 17-inch chassis means the components have a bit more room to breathe compared to the competition too, and coupled with the excellent cooling system, you’re looking at a cool and quiet slice of gaming perfection. This extra space has allowed Asus to squeeze an optomechanical keyboard onto the Scar 17, which is a delight for gaming and more serious pursuits.

Read our full Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 G733 review (opens in new tab).

Best gaming laptop FAQ

What’s the most important gaming laptop component?

When it comes to gaming, the obvious answer is the graphics card, but that’s where things have gotten a little more complicated recently. With GPU performance now so dependent on cooling, you have to pay attention to what wattage a graphics card is limited to and what chassis it’s squeezed into.

As we said at the top, an RTX 3080 confined in an 18mm chassis will perform markedly slower than one in a far chunkier case with room for higher performance cooling.

Should I worry about what the CPU in a gaming laptop is?

That really depends on what you want to do with your laptop. An 8-core, 16-thread AMD Ryzen chip will allow you to do a whole load of productivity on the road, but honestly, it will have little benefit in gaming. That’s one of the reasons Intel has launched its Tiger Lake H35 chips; they’re quad-core, 8-thread CPUs, but they’re clocked high to deliver high-end gaming performance when paired with something like the RTX 3070.

What screen size is best for a gaming laptop?

This will arguably have the most immediate impact on your choice of the build. Picking the size of your screen basically dictates the size of your laptop. A 13-inch machine will be a thin-and-light ultrabook, while a 17-inch panel almost guarantees workstation stuff. At 15-inches, you’re looking at the most common size of the gaming laptop screen.

Are high refresh rate panels worth it for laptops?

We love high refresh rate screens here, and while you cannot guarantee your RTX 3060 will deliver 300 fps in the latest games, you’ll still see a benefit in general look and feel running a 300Hz display. 

Should I get a 4K screen in my laptop?

Nah. 4K gaming laptops are overkill; they’re fine for video editing if you’re dealing with 4K content, but it’s not the optimal choice for games. The standard 1080p resolution means that the generally slower mobile GPUs are all but guaranteed high frame rates, while companies are slowly drip-feeding 1440p panels into their laptop ranges. 

A 1440p screen offers the perfect compromise between high resolution and decent gaming performance. At the same time, a 4K notebook will overstress your GPU and tax your eyeballs as you squint at your 15-inch display.

Where are the laptops with AMD graphics cards?

Your guess is as good as ours. A few gaming laptop SKUs offered the RX 5000-series cards, but they were thin on the ground. But AMD has promised RX 6000, Big Navi mobile GPUs will be on their way to gaming laptops in the first half of this year, but so far we haven’t seen them in the labs. 

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