Best Gaming Laptops 2019

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After much anticipation, our signature to-the-point buyers guide for 2019’s top gaming laptops is finally out of the lab and live on the site. We have analyzed machines from each of the top manufactures to find the best gaming laptops 2019 has to offer gamers from budget to high-end. 

If you’re looking for the best laptop for gaming then we have everything you need to make an informed purchase below.

Best Gaming Laptops 2019

GAMING LAPTOP AWARD CPU GPU RAM DISPLAY SIZE WEIGHT
Asus ROG Strix Scar II
Best Gaming Laptop
Intel Core i7-8750H CPU
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
16GB of DDR4 memory
15.6-inch FHD IPS 144Hz panel
5.3-pounds
Acer Predator Helio 300
Best Value
Core i7-7700HQ CPU
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GP
16GB DDR4/2400 RAM
15.6-inch 1920x1080 60Hz IPS
5 pounds
Asus ROG Zephyrus M
Subtle
3.9-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU
16GB RAM
15.6-inch – 1920 x 1080 matte display
5.5 pounds
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Thin but not as fast
Intel Core i7
GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5
16-32 GB RAM
15.6" Full HD (1920x1080), 144Hz 7ms
4.1 pounds

1. Asus ROG Strix Scar II

Asus ROG Strix Scar II

PROS

  • Measuring 14.2 x 10.3 x 1.0-inches and weighing 5.3-pounds, the Strix Scar II is very portable considering all the power it carries
  • Its keyboard is split into 4 RGB lighting zones which makes it easier to see the WASD keys
  • Comes with useful software to customize the device or boost performance

CONS

  • You may need to get used to the new camera location, especially if you want to use it for video chats
  • Poor battery life compared to others on the list

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Featuring a 15.6-inch FHD IPS 144Hz panel with 3ms response time, the Strix Scar II embodies everything I’d want a gaming laptop to have in 2019. This beast rocks an 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of DDR4 memory, a 256GB SSD, a 1TB SSHD, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with various configurations ranging from an Intel Core i5-8300H CPU to a GTX 1060 GPU. 

With a carbon fiber body, the Strix Scar II has excellent design and feel. Located above the keyboard, volume up, down, microphone mute, and the ROG Gaming Center app are four shortcut keys you will find on this device. I know what you are thinking – ‘what of ports?’ well, the Scar II comes with many useful ports. Namely:

• A RJ45 ethernet jack,
• A mini display port, an HDMI port
• Two USB type-a 3.1 gen 1 ports
• A USB c 3.1 port
• An audio port
• SD card reader slot and
• A USB type-a 3.1 gen 2 port.

2. Acer Predator Helio 300 - Best Value​

Acer Predator Helios 300

PROS

  • Affordable gaming laptop
  • Easy to repair or upgrade
  • Great performance
  • Decent battery life

CONS

  • Slightly dimmer display
  • Cramped storage

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According to our results, the Helio 300 offers the best value compared to others on this list. With little concern for all the bells and whistles, Acer focused on providing users with the most bang for your buck on this one. It packs a Core i7-7700HQ CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GPU, 16GB DDR4/2400 RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, a display of 15.6-inch 1920×1080 60Hz IPS, two USB 2.0, one USB 3.0, one USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, SD card reader, Ethernet, headphone jack, and lock slot.

Measuring 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches and weighing about 5 pounds, the device also comes with a 720p webcam. Acer also offers a configuration of Helio 300 with 1TB mechanical drive supplementing the SSD.

3. Asus ROG Zephyrus M – Thin & Lightweight

Asus ROG Zephyrus M

PROS

  • Excellent graphics
  • Decent audio quality
  • Great viewing angles

CONS

  • Poor battery life

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Number three on this list is the Zephyrus M. Packing a 3.9-GHz Intel Core i7-8750H, the device has 256GB NVMe SSD with 16GB RAM, 1TB-7200 speed SSHD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and a 15.6-inch – 1920 x 1080 matte display. The Zephyrus M weighs about 5.5 pounds, measuring 5.1 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches and rocks a beautiful brushed-aluminum design with a Black Titanium color.

Like the Scar II, the Zephyrus M also has a the ROG Gaming Center and volume shortcut buttons above the keyboard. Not only that but the machine comes with four USB 3.1 Type-A ports, Thunderbolt port, secure lock slot, HDMI and an audio port.

4. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin - Thin but not as fast

MSI GS65 Thin

PROS

  • Has Slim bezels
  • Excellent battery life
  • Great HD performance in gaming
  • Flat display

CONS

  • Its memory is not configured to run in dual channel mode
  • Temperatures get high while gaming

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If you prefer a more thinner gaming laptop, then the MSI GS65 would be perfect for you. This device is powered by the latest 8th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, up to 32GB RAM, GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 with 15.6″ Full HD (1920×1080) 144Hz 7ms, an optional IPS-Level gaming display panel, and RGB gaming keyboard. Its software allows you to enter an exclusive gaming mode – boosting the performance of the machine. 

The MSI GS65 comes with one USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, a headphone port, mic-in port, one RJ45, HDMI, mini-display port, and three Type-A USB 3.1 ports. Measuring just 14 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches and weighing about 4.1 pounds, this is the thinnest and lightest gaming laptop on our list.

How We Picked Laptops For This List

We understand that many components in a gaming laptop can’t be changed. Hence, when choosing from the major players in the gaming laptop market, we looked at several factors ensuring that the laptops will play games well for years. These include:

• An effective cooling system especially when gaming.
• Powerful GPU and CPU
• Enough Memory for better performance and multitasking (16GB RAM minimum)
• At least 256GB of SSD Storage is essential plus an optional 1TB SSHD to supplement the SSD for game storage
• We prefer at most 15-inch high-end displays for portability of your gaming machine
• Decent Battery life
• We also test to see whether you can easily upgrade the equipment. Such as changing RAM or Storage.
• Availability of G-sync technology which matches the display refresh rate with those of the GPU to eliminate screen tearing. (This is battery draining)

Other factors we consider include: Keyboard, Trackpad, Speakers, Ports, Software and bloatware, Appearance and build quality, Portability, and Price

Conclusion

Although gaming laptops are still less powerful compared to a desktop gaming PC, they now offer a comparable solution for gamers looking for a more portable gaming machine without sacrificing performance. Ultimately the gaming laptop you choose will depend on your specific needs, and we feel that the machines on this list are the best gaming laptops 2019 has to offer gamers.

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