Best gaming laptops 2020: top laptops for gaming

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Welcome to our best gaming laptop 2020 list, your essential guide through all the models on the market right now. You've got a number of excellent gaming laptops to pick from, but we'll make everything as straightforward as possible for you, explaining what each one of these models have to offer, and why they might be suitable for you.

We will of course take you carefully through all the key specs and features you need to know about to pick out the best gaming laptop, but we've also brought you the very best gaming laptop deals at the same time – top-notch hardware at very competitive prices, what's not to like?

The T3 team has years and years of PC-building and game-playing experience, and we've poured it all into the best gaming laptop guide that you see before you here. Whether you're looking for a premium, top-end model capable of real-time ray tracing, or a more affordable all-rounder, T3 can direct you towards the best gaming laptops in the UK, the US and Australia .

The best gaming laptops available today

Gaming laptops Asus ROG Zephyrus G14T3 Awards 2020

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the best gaming laptop on the market today for most gamers.

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1. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The best gaming laptop for most people

Specifications
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800HS – 9 4900HS
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
RAM: 32GB
Screen: 14-inch, 120Hz
Storage: 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0
Reasons to buy
+Thin and light+Great gaming performance+Battery that runs and runs

The Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 is a game-changing gaming laptop that delivers buckets of performance despite being compact and light. It does this thanks to its use of AMD's hot new Ryzen 4000 processors and Nvidia's RTX 2060 GPU, which when partnered with plenty of RAM and a quality 120Hz 14-inch display, makes for superb, highly portable gaming results.

The design is also really smart, with a dropped hinge screen and AniME Matrix LED display on the CNC milled, dot matrix lid radiating a futuristic aesthetic. A quad speaker system that is Dolby Atmos enabled also means that, for a laptop, the levels of audio it is capable of are remarkable and the battery life on the system, too, just runs and runs (10.7 hours of video playback). A copy of Windows 10 Pro completes the package.

It's the fact that the Asus Zephyrus 14 delivers such a quality all-round gaming package in such a compact and portable form factor that really sells it, though, making it a system that can be easily used for both work and play. It's only 1.60kg (3.53 pounds), so sliding it in a backpack is no problem at all.

The price, too, while not cheap is nowhere near the levels of what you can spend on a gaming laptop, which all in explains why consider the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 the best gaming laptop on the market today for most people. It simply does it all, and does it all for a great price point.

Oh, and the Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 has impressed so many people that it has just bagged the much-wanted Best Gaming Laptop award at the T3 Awards 2020.

best gaming laptops ASUS Zephyrus S GX701

The Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is the best premium gaming laptop available today.

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2. Asus Zephyrus S GX701

The best premium gaming laptop

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 (8GB VRAM)
RAM: 32GB
Screen: 17.3-inch up to Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 300Hz
Storage: 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredible gaming power+Hyper premium build+Max 300Hz refresh rate

You can always rely on the Asus ROG gaming series to provide some of the best gaming laptops on the market, and the 2020 Zephyrus S GX701 in maximum spec proves the point: it's crammed with powerful components, looks the part, and will play any game out there without breaking sweat.

Admittedly you're going to have to pay a lot for this laptop, but if you've got the cash, then it's worth it. You can pack the laptop with some of the best Nvidia GeForce RTX GPUs currently available, including the mighty RTX 2080 Max-Q, store loads of games on its spacious SSD drive, and even run the most demanding VR experiences right from this laptop thanks to its powerful Intel CPU and stacks of RAM.

And what about that 17.3-inch screen too – it looks simply gorgeous from any angle, and can ramp up to a refresh rate of 300Hz, meaning that screen tearing and blur are just blown away. For gamers the world over the Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 is simply a dream system, and one that while costs a lot, will last for years and years to come.

best gaming laptop Acer Nitro 5

If you have a very tight budget, then the Acer Nitro 5 is definitely worth checking out.

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3. Acer Nitro 5

The best budget gaming laptop

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H Processor
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6 GB
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch IPS, LCD Full HD
Storage: 1 TB HDD & 128 GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Solid all-round hardware spec+Big storage space+Low price point

The Acer Nitro 5 is among the lowest-specced systems in our best gaming laptops list, but that in no way means it isn't capable of delivering a good gaming experience, and we recommend it so highly thanks to its excellent price point.

An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB on-board means that, while you don't get any flashy new features like ray tracing, you'll still be able to run today's best PC games at decent settings without seeing your framerate plunge to single figures. The fact that the system comes with an 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD means you have plenty of space for games, movies, music, documents or anything else as well.

The Intel Core i5 and 8GB of RAM on-board ensure that the system can crunch through any light or medium computing task with ease, while a battery capable of delivering 8 hours of run time on a single charge means that you've got genuine portability as well. This is clearly a basic but well-thought out gaming laptop available at a very low price point.

Gigabyte Aorus 17x best gaming laptops 2020

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4. Gigabyte Aorus 17x

Oozing with raw power and with plenty of customisation options

Specifications
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK 2.4GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
RAM: 32GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD, 1920 x 1080, 240Hz, IPS LCD
Storage: 3TB HDD / SSD combination
Reasons to buy
+240Hz refresh rate screen+Top-end Nvidia graphics+Customise as you see fit

It's hard to imagine any more powerful components getting packed into a gaming laptop, which is why the Gigabyte Aorus 17x is so big and so heavy, and needs two power cables to run (it'll last about two hours on the battery, if you're just watching videos). It's a beast of a machine, inside and out.

The powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics card and eight-core 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor mean that this laptop will eat up even the most demanding of games, and with a 240Hz refresh rate on the 17.3-inch screen, you can enjoy close to 200 frames per second on a lot of titles.

It does make a bit of a racket and it is very expensive, and the lack of a 4K screen might bother some. Overall though, it's hard to argue against this being one of the best gaming laptops of the moment, especially with a ton of optimisations and customisations to play around with on the software side.

MSI GE66 Raider best gaming laptops 2020


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5. MSI GE66 Raider

A jaw-dropping 240Hz screen and stacks of power

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-9750H 2.6 GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 with Max-Q Design (8GB GDDR6); Intel UHD Graphics 630
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Screen: 15.6" FHD, 1920x1080, 240Hz, IPS-Level
Storage: 1x M.2 SSD slot (SATA) 512GB
Reasons to buy
+Awesome 240Hz screen+Premium build quality+Powerful internal spec

MSI continues its superb work in the gaming laptop field here with the 15.6-inch GE66 Raider, a system that packs a remarkable amount of gaming power into a laptop chassis that's not overwhelming in its size, bulk, or lighting system. It's also competitively priced too.

The 240Hz panel meaning that games look fantastic – screen tearing and blurring will soon become a distant memory. No matter what types of games you're wanting to run, the GE66 Raider has enough graphical oomph to handle them, even on the higher settings.

A variety of configurations are available to fit your budget, and the top-tier option – a 10th-gen Intel Comet Lake i9-10980HK processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of SSD storage and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card – is enough to get any gamer salivating at the prospect of having a go on this.

In our testing we didn't notice any sort of stuttering or slowdown as games raced along. The SteelSeries keyboard is excellent, with a variety of lighting effects available to you, and battery life is decent as well.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 best gaming laptop 2020

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6. Asus ROG Zephyrus 15 Duo

The best gaming laptop if you want a second screen

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i9-10980HK 2.4GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
RAM: 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch 4K, 3840 x 2160, 60Hz, IPS LCD
Storage: 2TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Hi-res 4K main screen+Packed with graphics power+Useful second screen

You can see the unique selling point of the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 as soon as you take it out of the box (or look at the picture above): it comes with a secondary 11-inch display, one which you can use to show system or gaming stats, or to watch some YouTube while you're gaming, or to do anything else with really.

Besides that second screen, Asus has put together a very impressive package here – an eight-core Intel Core i9-10980HK processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics card – and you shouldn't have any problems blasting through the most demanding games of 2020.

The 4K display that our model came with tops out at a refresh rate of 60Hz, which might put some gamers off, but you can swap it for a display with a 300Hz refresh rate, if you're prepared to go down to a 1920 x 1080 resolution. For a lot of potential buyers, that might be the sweet spot.

HP Omen 15 best gaming laptops 2020

The HP Omen 15 is a great all-round system with genuine gaming power.

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7. HP Omen 15

A really popular gaming laptop

Specifications
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 GPU
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS LCD, 144Hz
Storage: 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Clean and striking design+Packed with power+Reasonably priced

HP might be more often associated with offices and meeting rooms than gaming, but don't let the brand name put you off the Omen 15 – this is undoubtedly one of the best gaming laptops on the market right now, from the polished and bold design to the powerful specs under the hood. It is also one  of the most popular systems in our gaming laptop guide.

While the Omen 15 that we reviewed came with a powerful RTX 2070 and Intel i7 combination, there are various different configurations available at various different price points – take a look around and see what suits you best. We reckon that many gamers are going to find something suitable in the range.

Besides the raw power of the HP Omen 15, it also comes with some impressive chassis cooling, a screen with a speedy 144Hz refresh rate, and customisable keyboard backlighting. Add in the very reasonable price (for what you get in return) and it's not difficult to see how the latest incarnation of this series has made its way into our best gaming laptops list.

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In terms of bang for your buck, the Dell G7 17 is T3's top pick as the best gaming laptop you can buy.

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8. Dell G7 17

One of the best gaming laptops for RTX power at a mid-range price point

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6 VRAM)
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 17.3-inch, FHD (1920 x 1080)
Storage: 256B
Reasons to buy
+Budget friendly price+GeForce RTX 2060 on board+Thin, understated design

The Dell G7 17 is a fantastic gaming laptop choice for those who are, one, shopping on a budget and, two, who need a system that they can use for non-gaming computing tasks on the go, too.

The price tag gets you a sleek, mature chassis design housing enough power to tackle your everyday requirements, as well as comfortably run most AAA games on the market today, and with RTX-powered ray tracing, too.

Indeed, you just can't argue with a 9th-generation Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 and 8GB RAM combo at this price point, and the 256GB SSD and large 17.3-inch FHD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution screen seems perfectly judged for the spec, too.

Dell markets this laptop under the slogan "slim, but savage", and we think that for once the marketing is very accurate. The best price on this system at the time of writing is directly though Dell's official store, where you can also double the system's RAM up to 16GB if you desire for just £100 more.

A great all-rounder gaming laptop at a very competitive price point.

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The Acer Predator Triton 500 is the best upper-mid-range gaming laptop in the world.

9. Acer Predator Triton 500

A superb sweet spot for portability and performance versus price

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H, 2.20GHz
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 (6GB GDDR6)
RAM: 16GB DDR4
Screen: 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080, IPS, 144Hz
Storage: 512GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Ray-tracing capable RTX graphics+Clean, thin and portable design+144Hz screen with 3ms response time

Along with the Dell G7 17 listed directly above, if you want to jump onto the RTX bandwagon, so you can bask in the goodness that is real time ray tracing, but don't have super serious money to spend, then the Acer Predator Triton 500 is a great sweet spot.

The model tested by T3 packed in a strong Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 512GB SSD. And right now that model is retailing on Amazon at a very approachable price point.

However, if you are prepared to take a step down in the CPU and RAM department,  in the UK the line actually starts with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD model that rings in for a significantly lower price. 

And with the Triton 500's gamer-calibrated screen (the panel delivers 144Hz and an anti-ghosting approved 3ms response time), AAA gaming and much more is very much delivered as it should be. The three-sided thin-bezel design, while not quite as expansive as the four-sided beauty of the MSI GS75 Stealth, still looks modern too, while the system's overall understated finish make it a genuine work and play option.

Undoubtedly one of the best upper-mid-range gaming laptops on the market today.

Razer Blade 15 best gaming laptop 2020

The power and style on show with the Razer Blade 15 is hard to fault.

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10. Razer Blade 15

Supreme gaming laptop power in a hyper premium chassis

Specifications
CPU: Up to 8-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super
RAM: Up to 16GB RAM
Screen: 15.6-inch (up to 4K, 3840 x 2160 pixels)
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Incredibly strong hardware+Compact, cool design+Refresh rates up to 300Hz

From every angle, the Razer Blade 15 is a fantastic gaming laptop and one of the best in the business, as you would expect from industry veterans Razer – the performance, the build quality, the lighting, the display... it's all here.

You can pick up the Razer Blade 15 in a variety of configurations, including one with a 4K screen rather than the standard Full HD one. With the latest 10th-gen Intel chips inside and up to 16GB of RAM, performance shouldn't be a problem, and you can add to that some of the best Nvidia GPUs in the business.

Any game should soon smoothly on this setup, and Razer has managed to pack everything into a chassis that wouldn't look out of place at a boardroom meeting. Be sure to check out all the available configurations before buying.

Best gaming laptops 2020

The Lenovo Legion Y740 has a sturdy chassis and a very attractive RBG keyboard for added style points.

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11. Lenovo Legion Y740

Welcome to the high-end. A gaming powerhouse that's not messing around

Specifications
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 (Max-Q 8GB)
RAM: 16GB – 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) Nvidia G-Sync 144 Hz
Storage: 256GB SSD – 256GB SSD+1TB HDD
Reasons to buy
+2070 RTX is a great GPU from Nvidia+Fantastic chassis+Impressive configuration options

Lenovo's latest gaming laptop variant, the Legion Y740, is quite simply a powerhouse. With some impressive muscle in the GPU department (a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 no less), it's ready to run all your favourite PC games at ultra settings with barely a hiccup in sight. That lovely 15.6-inch screen is Full HD and comes with an 144Hz Nvidia G-Sync so your games will look incredible, wherever you're playing.

The only real area where the Legion Y740 struggles is battery life: with its Intel Core i7-8750H and that beefy GPU chugging away, the laptop does struggle to keep going for long enough. It's still very much a portable gaming machine, just make sure you've packed a power cable if you're playing away from home.

Lastly, it would be amiss of us not to mention the quality of the Y740's build quality – the chassis just feels wonderfully premium and dense in the hand. Meanwhile, the RGB backlit keyboard feels fantastic under the fingertips, be that while you're gaming or just typing out an email.

Acer Predator Helios 300 best gaming laptop 2020


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12. Acer Predator Helios 300

A great gaming laptop for not much money

Specifications
CPU: 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10750H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060
RAM: 20GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel, 144Hz refresh rate
Storage: 256GB
Reasons to buy
+Good performance for the price+Sharp 144Hz, 1,920 x 1,080 IPS display

One of the benefits of gaming on the go in the modern era is that powerful components are now far more affordable – and that means new models with affordable price tags that are still able to run almost any game from your Steam library (and beyond). 

With the latest version of the Acer Predator Helios 300, you're getting a beefy Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and a lovely 15.6-inch FHD display to keep your PC gaming hunger sated, and yet it won't burn a massive hole in your savings. It's not at the very top end in terms of specs, but it'll have enough oomph for a lot of people.

We particularly like the 144Hz refresh rate panel, the one-button overclocking mode for the most casual of overclockers (it gives you more power in return for extra fan noise), and the extensive set of customisation options when it comes to the RGB lighting. Definitely worth considering.

Best gaming laptops 2020

No one does it quite like Alienware and the m15 is no exception. 

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13. Alienware m15

From the iconic brand comes one of their best gaming laptops yet

Specifications
CPU: 8th-gen Intel Core i7-8750H (6-core)
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB GDDR6
RAM: 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch IPS, Full HD
Storage: 256GB SSD
Reasons to buy
+Oodles of power in a sleek design+Alienware pedigree+Loads of hardware configurations

There's something about Alienware that says gaming; you know the true purpose of the machine is to crank the resolution up as high as possible and watch as the FPS doesn't drop an inch. 

The current Alienware lineup – the m13, m15, and m17 – showcase this philosophy perfectly. Our preference has to be the middle option, however, as it balances having a big screen without also having a laptop that's essentially a desktop. 

From the huge array of ports – from Ethernet to Thunderbolt to HDMI – to the customisable keyboard and controls, this laptop has you covered, and then some. The cooling system has been specially designed to deal with the most demanding tasks, too, ensuring you get every ounce of performance you need. It really doesn't get much better than this.

How to choose the best gaming laptop for you

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Internal components to screen resolution balance is crucial when choosing a gaming laptop.

What you're looking for in the best gaming laptop of 2020 is the capability to run the most demanding games of the day – graphically intensive games, throwing up all sorts of shading and effects on screen – without having to make a ton of settings compromises along the way.

Bad gaming laptops advertise themselves on their gaming credentials, but then deliver vastly inferior performance to their desktop counterparts, so it's absolutely crucial that you avoid these clunkers.

High-resolution screens are a nice added bonus on a gaming laptop as well, but it's important to keep in mind that high frame rates are far more important when gaming on the go – so it's pretty pointless plumping for a laptop with a 4K screen if it doesn't have the interior hardware to power games on it.

In other words, a very high quality, Full HD screen can beat a 4K display in some situations, especially when it's partnered with stonkingly fast internals for a superb portable gaming experience.

Other things to look out for when buying a gaming laptop include weight and portability (after all you are buying this to carry around), battery life (a perennial problem with gaming laptops), and price.

Here at T3 we think you should be spending a minimum of £800 (about $1,000, AU$1,560) on a gaming laptop to ensure a good level of performance. If you can stretch to £2,000 / $2,000 / AU$3,500 or more, that will net you something from the premium end of the scale. There are some hyper-premium systems that retail for over £3,000 / $3000 / AU$4,5000 and, well, if you can spend that money then that is the price tier where you will get the absolute best tech and future proofing.

Gaming laptop news

Razer Blade Stealth 13

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11 November, 2020 – Razer has unleashed its latest hybrid gaming laptop creation in the form of the Razer Blade Stealth 13. This new compact gaming ultrabook has been well-reviewed by T3 on review, where we praised its sleek, subtle design and bright FHD 120Hz or 60Hz 4K panel.

Specs on the unit that T3 tested included a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 1065G7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD drive. Naturally, for an ultrabook that advetises itself on its ability to game as well, the Stealth 13 also comes equipped with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card installed.

Now, naturally, this doesn't equate to powerhouse gaming performance, with a 3DMark Time Spy score of 2,913 hardly setting the world ablaze, but this system can play modern games very well, with us getting a very respectable 50-60 frames per second in GTAV.

The 4K panel variant will no-doubt suit creatives more, while the FHD 120Hz screen the main go-to for gamers.

We really rate these sort of premium gaming hybrids here at T3, and while there's no doubting the Stealth 13 costs (as Razer's stuff always does), we feel this is a great shout for working professionals who want to game a bit in their free time.

best lightweight laptops Lenovo Legion Slim 7i

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2 November, 2020 – The first reviews are coming in for Lenovo's Legion Slim 7i and, thankfully, they are positive. For the uninitiated, the Legion Slim 7i is a gaming laptop that despite coming loaded with up to a 4K display, Intel 10th Gen Core i9 CPU, 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max Q graphics card, weighs in at a remarkably light 4 pounds.

The Legion Slim 7i's chassis is only 0.7 inches thick, too, meaning it is super portable and bag friendly. It certainly looks like one of the absolute lightest gaming laptops ever made, and really reinforces the fact that today gaming portables don't need to be like slabs of concrete in order to have some pixel-pushing power.

We're hoping to get hands on with the Legion Slim 7i soon here at T3 Towers, so be sure to check back in soon, as we're betting already that this system should made our best gaming laptop and best lightweight laptops buying guides.

Best gaming laptops Razer Quartz

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2 October, 2020 – Razer has revealed its 2020 Quartz range of gaming gear, which includes the Razer Blade 15 Quartz gaming laptop.

The Blade 15 Quartz is limited edition and features an Intel Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics.

Elsewhere in the range you can find a Quartz Razer Viper Ultimate, Razer Kraken Kitty, Razer Huntsman and Razer Seirēn X. Basically, you can kit out your entire PC gaming set-up in this quartz colorway.

Elsewhere in Razer gaming laptop news the new Razer Blade Stealth 13 offers a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics cards. Razer describe the laptop as "the world's first gaming ultrabook".

The Stealth 13's 13.3-inch display has an impressive refresh rate of 120Hz, while its bezel is very small and thin at just 4.9mm. If you want, you can also upgrade the screen to a 4K resolution, which means you'll get a "retina shattering clarity" of 331 PPI.

You also get Dolby Atmos speakers, which pump out audio via 4 in-built speakers.

Total dimensions of the Razer Blade Stealth 13 are: 15.3 x 304.6 x 210 mm (hwd), and it is available to buy now at the Razer store.

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21 May, 2020 - Exciting news indeed here for budget and mid-range gaming laptops, as fresh reports indicate that a suite of affordable AMD Ryzen 7 4800H laptops are incoming.

These budget blasters, according to NotebookCheck, are due to land later in 2020 and will also come equipped with 91 Wh batteries, 100% sRGB displays and Nvidia's RTX 2060 graphics card.

According to the new information, the systems may arrive as Walmart and Schenker-branded laptops in Q3.

In terms of what they will look like, a brace of Mechrevo machines were spotted and sources suggest that the chassis are Tongfang units, which will be sold under Code 01 and S2 Air names.

As of right now there is no pricing confirmed for these new budget systems, however if they are in the range of the existing Walmart Motile 14-incher, then these systems could be among the year's very best gaming laptops bargains.

Best gaming laptops Alienware

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18 May, 2020 - Great news here for anyone looking for a great new gaming laptop, as Dell has launched an Alienware sale over at the maker's official online store.

That means that when using the special code AW14 at checkout, you can currently cut 14% off Alienware desktops and laptops.

And it isn't just one laptop that can be discounted with the deal code, either. The Alienware m15, m17 and Area-51m gaming laptops are eligible.

Meanwhile, over in gaming desktops, the Alienware Aurora, Aurora R8, and Aurora Ryzen Edition can also have their prices reduced.

Our pick would be the Alienware m15, the system that is currently securely lodged in our best gaming laptops guide. This bad boy can be outfitted with a 9th gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM and then, by using the special sale code, a whopping £286.86 can be sliced off its cost.

These sorts of reductions don't come along often with Alienware, as they are among the very finest gaming laptops in the world, so we advise anyone who is currently in the market for an upgrade to check them out before the sale ends at midnight on Wednesday May 20. 

best gaming laptop Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15

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3 April, 2020 — Now this is definitely something a bit different. Asus has unveiled the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15, a thin gaming laptop that has a unique feature, a second 14.1-inch 3,840 x 1,100 pixel display that sits under its main 15.6-inch screen at an angle of 13 degrees. Sounds mad, right? Well, that appears to be method in the madness.

The second screen not only is obviously very useful but as it is elevated when the system is in use it makes extra room available for vents, thereby helping the Duo 15 expel heat and maintain high performance. And, in terms of hardware, be under no illusion from its unique looks, this is a powerhouse gaming laptop.

The top tier configuration of the Duo 15 comes with a world-ending Intel Core i9-10980HK CPU (that's 8 cores, 16 threads and a max single core Turbo speed of 5.3 GHz!), a desktop variant Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super, 32GB of RAM, and a 4K, 60Hz screen. It is, simply put, the gaming laptop of gamer dreams, and one that comes with not just one display but two. A guaranteed head turner!

The other thing that will turn heads, though, is the Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo's price, which in that max spec listed above will prize $3,699 out of your wallet.

Asus ROG Zephyrus 14

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1 April, 2020 — Asus's hot new ROG Zephyrus G14 gaming notebook looks, from the first reviews coming out, to be a game-changer. The ultraportable gaming system comes loaded with an 8-core AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS CPU, a Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, 32GB of DDR4 SDRAM, and a 120Hz 14-inch display.

Externally the G14 looks a bit special, too, with a striking dot matrix design on the lid created through precision CNC milling. Underneath this dot matrix lattice are 1,215 mini-LEDs that generate the machine's AniMe Matrix display (this allows external lighting, animation and audio to be displayed on the lid).

Other aspects of the G14 of note are its battery life, which is rated as good for 10.7 hours of video playback and 9.5 hours of web browsing on a single charge. The system's screen also boasts a 85% screen-to-body ratio, which is great for those who hate bezels, and the G14 also delivers Microsoft One Touch login functionality, a keyboard with N-Key rollover and fast-actuating switches.

Audio is comes courtesy of a Dolby Atmos virtual 5.1.2-channel surround sound system, which powers audio out with a quad-speaker array. Lastly, the ROG Zephyrus G14 is also WiFi 6 certified.

To us here at T3 we think the G14 looks absolutely fantastic, merging excellent gaming hardware with a super portable and professional notebook. Naturally, we will shortly be reviewing the G14 in full, so be sure to check back in soon for our full verdict.