There are few things as technically satisfying as the best gaming laptops. These little tech masterpieces combine all the power of a desktop gaming PC into a form factor that’ll let you slip it into a messenger bag and take it on the road. And they just keep getting better, now AMD’s Ryzen 6000-series mobile CPUs are taking on Intel’s 12th Gen Elder Lake chips. We’ve also found AMD’s mobile GPUs pitted against Nvidia’s new RTX 3070 Ti and RTX 3080 Ti mobile GPUs. And if we know one thing from this industry, it’s that competition is good for our end users.
The latest gaming laptops are getting more portable, and still sport all the fancy features that high-end gaming PCs (opens in new tab) do. We are talking multicore CPUs, high-end GPUs and fast NVMe SSD. You can also find heaps of RAM and a super-high refresh screen under the hood. There are also gaming laptops with a mechanical keyboard, such as the Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 (opens in a new tab).
Getting a new graphics card for your desktop rig has been a pain lately (though the woes are looming (opens in new tab)), gaming laptops mostly outgrew the chip shorts. This means that manufacturers have turned their attention to high-end offerings, however, it means that midrange and budget configs are a bit scarce.
Of the hundreds of gaming laptops we’ve tested over the years, there are those that offer the best balance of performance, portability, and price. Whatever you’re in the market for—whether a high-end RTX 3080 Ti-powered powerhouse or a portable slim device—there’s got to be a laptop that’s right for you, and we’ll continue to update this guide with the latest models as they roll out. is pushed.
Top 3 Best gaming laptops
01. Razer Blade 15
REASONS TO BUY
- Unparalleled build qualit
- Wide range of CPU/GPU options
- Looks as good as it performs
- Great battery life
REASONS TO AVOID
- Trackpad can be awkward
The latest spin of the Razer Blade 15 once again improves upon one of the best gaming laptops ever. 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 Intel 12th Gen Core i9 CPUs.
We’ve played with the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with a 10th Gen Intel chip and the RTX 3080 (95W) GPU inside it. And we fell in love again. We’ve since tried the big Razer Blade 17 with an RTX 3080 Ti (opens in new tab) humming the inside, with one of those delicious 12th-generation chips and are still surprised that something like this What will fit inside the K’s compact and clean chassis.
That said, you’ll get some throttling due to that slimline design, and battery life can be a bit thin even on the larger Blade 17, but you’re still getting excellent performance from a pretty machine.
The Blade 15 isn’t the lightest gaming laptop you can buy, but five pounds is still better than a traditional gaming laptop, while also offering similar performance and specs. That weight also helps keep it feeling solid. It also means that the Blade 15 travels well in your backpack. An excellent choice for the gamer on the go… or if you don’t have the real estate for a full blown gaming desktop and monitor.
Keyboard snobs will be happy to see the big shift and half-height arrow keys. The Blade 15 Advance offers per-key RGB lighting over the base model’s zonal lighting. Typing feels great, and I’ve always liked the feel of the Blade’s keycaps. The trackpad can be frustrating at times, but you’ll want to use a mouse with a machine this gorgeous anyway, so it’s not the end of the world.
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 Advance with a 144Hz 4K panel, there’s something for almost everyone. It is one of the most beautiful gaming laptops around and still one of the most powerful.
Whichever configuration you choose, we think the Razer Blade 15 is the best gaming laptop on the market right now, though you’ll pay a premium for the now-classic design.
02. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 -2022
REASONS TO BUY
- AMD’s latest CPU and GPU
- Fantastic gaming performance
- Sturdy and stylish chassis
- 16:10, 2560 x 1440, 120Hz IPS panel
REASONS TO AVOID
- Not as affordable as I’d expect from G14
- Disappointing gaming battery life
The new version of the Zephyrus G14 for 2022 impresses us once again with its well-balanced features list and excellent gaming performance. Seriously, this thing cuts through the frames at up to its 120Hz refresh rate, and it’s great for a lot more than just gaming.
We tested the version with AMD’s RX 6800S under the hood, though there’s an option for the RX 6700S for less cash. Arguably, that cheaper option suits us a little better, as the high-end one can be a bit pricey and close to the expensive but excellent Razer Blade 14. Its 32GB DDR5-4800 RAM doesn’t help much in this regard. , though we like the sharp memory you’re eager to go through whatever you throw at it.
At its heart is the AMD Ryzen 6900HS. It’s one of the top chips in AMD’s Ryzen 6000-series, but it’s not its best and brightest—though you’re really fighting on Boost clocks and not much else when it comes to the tippy top of Red Team’s mobile processors. Comes. It delivers the Zen 3+ architecture’s eight cores and 16 threads, capable of clocking up to 4.9GHz (which it actually does on occasion), so it’s more than acceptable to me.
However, the GPU and CPU combo makes quick work of our benchmarking suite, and I have to say I’m very impressed with the G14’s gaming performance overall. This is also without turning to the more aggressive Turbo presets—I tested everything with the standard Performance mode. It’s able to top the framerate of the RTX 3080 and RTX 3070 mobile chips across the board, and while it slips below the RTX 3080 Ti in the Razer Blade 17, it’s a great laptop with a huge price tag.
One of my favorite things about the G14 is the name—it’s a 14-inch laptop. The mix of screen real estate and compact size is great between the bulkier 15- and 17-inch designs, and can’t be quite as compromised as the 13-inch model. But the big deal with the 2022 model is that the 14-inch size is fitted with a larger 16:10 aspect ratio compared to the previous model’s 16:9 panel.
The G14’s highly refreshed and high-resolution panel also looks great when it’s running smoothly. With such a bright and colorful IPS display on this model, you really get immersed in every detail.
The downside with this machine is the battery life, which isn’t really the best when gaming – less than an hour while playing, in fact. You’ll get more when doing something boring like playing videos or working, but we expect a little more from modern laptops. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it’s definitely something you’ll want to keep in mind.
The G14 has lost that quality of being surprisingly cheap for what you get, even if you get great performance out of it.
Perhaps one reason for this is the inclusion of 32GB of DDR5 RAM—16GB of that is soldered to the board, and another 16GB is attached to the bottom of the laptop via a removable SO-DIMM. That’s not cheap memory. DDR5 prices have hardly dropped since the memory standard was introduced last year, and 32GB is a bounty of high-performance memory compared to most gaming PCs today.
Overall, though, the G14’s experience is fairly smooth and straightforward. I haven’t had any major issues with it in a couple of weeks, and for the few negatives I have with the design, Asus has offset them with a plethora of positives. However, a cheaper model may be a better bet than the ones we reviewed. Same chassis and great design but with a slightly more benign price tag.
03. Razer Blade 14
REASONS TO BUY
- Looks great
- Outstanding build quality
- Excellent all-round performance
- Ultra-portable ultrabook style
REASONS TO AVOID
- Only way to bag a Razer Ryzen
- Pricey for 1080p gaming
- Higher-spec GPUs will sacrifice performance
I’m very tempted to push the Razer Blade 14 further up the list, simply because the 14-inch form factor has completely won me over. In the number 2 slot, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 reinvented the criminally underused laptop design, but Razer nailed it. Much smaller than the 15-inch Blade and feeling 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 real processing power you can stash in a messenger bag. And now you’re able to get the Blade 14 with the brand new Ryzen 9 6900HX chip at its heart, though in practice very little has changed other than offering some nice integrated graphics.
But add some extra Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics power—now all the way up to the RTX 3080 Ti, but wear earplugs—and you have a great mix of form and function that makes it the most desirable laptop ever. Maybe tested sometime.
My only issue is that the RTX 3080 Ti will be very limited by the diminutive 14-inch chassis and run a bit loud. So I’d then recommend the lower-spec GPU options, though if you’re spending $1,800 on a notebook, that sounds like a lot for 1080p gaming. But you’re not specifically buying the Blade 14 for outright performance and anything else; It’s all about having all the power you need in a working form factor for practical mobility.
PCs are all about choice, and Razer has finally given us the option of using AMD CPUs in our machines, though it would be great if we had the option elsewhere in the laptop category. It’s worth mentioning that we haven’t heard anything about a possible Blade 14 using an AMD discrete Radeon GPU with that Ryzen CPU. Okay.
Forgetting politics for a second, the Razer Blade 14 is excellent in its own right, and one of the most desirable gaming laptops in my hands this year. Maybe sometime. The criminally under-used 14-inch form factor also deserves to be one of the biggest sellers in Razer’s extensive lineup of laptops. And if this notebook is successful, the company may have to make some tough choices about which CPUs it offers, and where.
However, the choice you have to make is which graphics card to go with. Sure, the RTX 3080 Ti is faster, but it leaves a lot of gaming performance on the workshop floor. This is why the cheaper RTX 3060, with its full frame rate, gets my vote every day.