10 Best Gaming Laptops for 2021

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10 Best Gaming Laptops for 2021

Elegant Gaming at 14 Inches – Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

The Predator Triton 300 SE is a 14-inch gaming laptop with an appealing combination of portability and performance. It combines a sleek design and long battery life with a modern Intel Core i7 “Tiger Lake-H” processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 GPU to create a solid mid-range gaming rig at an affordable price. Its smaller screen may be too small for some.

Price – $1499

ACER PREDATOR TRITON 300 SE SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-11375H
Processor Speed 3.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 1,920 by 1,080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.7 by 12.7 by 8.97 inches
Weight 3.75 lbs
Operating System Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 11:45

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Concede-Nothing Hardcore Gamers – Alienware m15 R4

The Alienware m15 R4 is a component-level refresh that keeps the same chassis but adds Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series “Ampere” GPUs, which were announced for laptops earlier this month at CES 2021. Our test unit includes an RTX 3070, which provides noticeable frame-rate gains over previous-generation counterparts, particularly at higher resolutions, and enables 60-frame-per-second (fps) ray tracing on laptops.

Price – $1579

ALIENWARE M15 R4 SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-10870H
Processor Speed 2.2 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 3840 by 2160
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology OLED
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.8 by 14.19 by 10.86 inches
Weight 4.65 lbs
Operating System Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 6:46

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CPU Muscle at the 14-Inch Size – Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

With the ROG Zephyrus G14, a 14-inch near-ultraportable with full gaming capabilities, Asus has teamed up with AMD to capitalize on the trend of increasingly compact gaming laptops. Aside from the small size, the main draw here is a brand-new AMD Ryzen 9 processor, the first “Zen 2” laptop CPU we’ve tested. We’re pleased to report that it’s lightning-fast across the board, ready for both gaming and media workloads, and outperforms the competition.

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Price – $1549

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS G14 SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS
Processor Speed 3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 14 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support FreeSync
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (Max-Q)
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.7 by 12.75 by 8.74 inches
Weight 3.52 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 7:43

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Peak Premium Portability at 15 Inches – Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021)

The 2021 Blade 15 Advanced Edition now includes Nvidia’s GeForce RTX “Ampere” 30 Series GPUs, enabling a new level of gaming performance—and our test unit’s RTX 3080 can take advantage of the fast 240Hz refresh rate of its 1440p display. Add a Core i7 CPU, 1TB of solid-state storage (both of which are standard), 32GB of RAM, a useful set of ports, and nearly nine hours of battery life, and there’s a lot to like.

Price – $2499

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Edition (2021) – SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-10875H
Processor Speed 2.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 2560 by 1440
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.67 by 13.98 by 9.25 inches
Weight 4.4 lbs
Operating System Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 8:46

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1080p-Play Power, Plus Loads of Storage Potential – Acer Predator Helios 300 (2021)

The price of Acer’s 15.6-inch Predator Helios 300—shown here—has risen by $200 since last year’s model. The only difference is an upgrade to Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 30 Series “Ampere” graphics, which significantly improves gaming performance. Everything we liked about the previous Predator Helios 300 applies here, as does our advice to stick with the base model: Its features and price are more appealing, and its RTX 3060 will outperform our test unit’s RTX 3070. (In addition, the base model has twice the storage space.)

Price – $1346

ACER PREDATOR HELIOS 300 (2021) SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-10750H
Processor Speed 2.6 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1,920 by 1,080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 240 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax
Dimensions (HWD) 0.9 by 14.31 by 10.04 inches
Weight 4.85 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 7:27
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Extreme Refresh Rates on a Giant Screen – Alienware m17 R4

The new m17 R4 builds on the 17-inch design we’ve seen before, but adds two key features: an Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU and an optional, low-profile mechanical keyboard co-developed with leading key-switch maker Cherry. Both are a success, boosting gaming performance to an impressive new level and providing a distinctively satisfying typing experience. The battery life is still disappointing, and configuring a system with all of the extras (such as a 360Hz screen) will cost you, but the base design is excellent and the options are numerous.

Price – $1812

ALIENWARE M17 R4 SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i9-10980HK
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Secondary Drive Type SSD
Secondary Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 17.3 inches
Native Display Resolution 1,920 by 1,080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support G-Sync
Screen Refresh Rate 360 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 16 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.87 by 15.74 by 11.58 inches
Weight 6.5 lbs
Operating System Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 2:33

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Balanced CPU and GPU Power – HP Omen 15 (2020)

HP’s Omen 15 gaming laptop has returned with a new minimalist design. This iteration also includes AMD Ryzen processors, with our review unit combining a massively powerful Ryzen 7 4800H with a 6GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti for smooth 1080p gaming frame rates. This HP has everything we’d expect from a mid-level gamer and then some, including a 144Hz screen, an excellent keyboard, and nearly 10 hours of battery life in our testing.

Price – $1699

HP OMEN 15 (2020) SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
Processor Speed 2.9 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.89 by 14.09 by 9.44 inches
Weight 5.42 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 9:52

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A Good First Gaming Laptop – MSI Bravo 15

MSI’s Bravo 15 is the Alpha 15’s successor and an all-AMD-powered gaming notebook. It more than makes up for its predecessor’s lack of CPU grunt this time around with a new “Renoir” Ryzen 4000 series chip, which is significantly faster than comparable Intel silicon found in laptops in this price range. Although the Bravo 15 falls short in overall gaming performance when compared to notebooks equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, its strong CPU, ample memory, a good-sized dollop of storage, and a high-refresh AMD FreeSync display make it an excellent value at or just below the four-figure mark, where you’d be hard-pressed to find a GTX 1660 Ti-based notebook equipped with the same display.

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Price – $899

MSI BRAVO 15 SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
Processor Speed 2.9 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 16 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 512 GB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1920 by 1080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support FreeSync
Screen Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Graphics Processor AMD Radeon RX 5500M
Graphics Memory 4 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.85 by 14.1 by 10 inches
Weight 4.1 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 6:55

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Ideal for Streamers Keen on Twin Screens – Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550)

The Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 notebook is unlike any other. This dual-screen gaming laptop is similar to Asus’s ZenBook Pro Duo in that it has a second full-width touch display between the keyboard and main screen, but it is enhanced by a tilting, retracting mechanism. With a GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q) GPU, 32GB of memory, and a 2TB solid-state drive from Nvidia. Those components deliver blistering performance, but the innovative second screen, which tips up to face you and allows you to multitask with your favorite programs while gaming, steals the show. Most customers will not pay the required multiple kilo dollars for this premium machine, but we think the concept and execution are excellent. It’s a one-of-a-kind technological showcase, and perhaps a glimpse into the future of high-end laptops.

Price – $2999

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS DUO 15 (GX550) SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i9-10980HK
Processor Speed 2.4 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 2 TB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 3840 by 2160
Touch Screen Yes
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 60 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super (Max-Q)
Graphics Memory 8 GB
Wireless Networking 802.11ax, Bluetooth
Dimensions (HWD) 0.82 by 14.2 by 10.6 inches
Weight 5.3 lbs
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 6:16

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Best for Hardcore Gaming on a Midrange Budget – MSI Stealth 15M

The MSI Stealth 15M is one such machine, with a GeForce RTX 3060 allowing for high-frame-rate 1080p gaming in AAA and esports titles alike. Our review unit has 32GB of memory and 1TB of solid-state storage, all wrapped up in a sleek, compact 15.6-inch form factor.

Price – $1399

MSI STEALTH 15M SPECIFICATIONS

Laptop Class Gaming
Processor Intel Core i7-11375H
Processor Speed 3.3 GHz
RAM (as Tested) 32 GB
Boot Drive Type SSD
Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested) 1 TB
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Native Display Resolution 1,920 by 1,080
Touch Screen No
Panel Technology IPS
Variable Refresh Support None
Screen Refresh Rate 144 Hz
Graphics Processor Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
Graphics Memory 6 GB
Wireless Networking Bluetooth, 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
Dimensions (HWD) 0.64 by 14.1 by 9.7 inches
Weight 3.7 lbs
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Tested Battery Life (Hours: Minutes) 5:46

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