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Our list of the best cheap gaming laptops is a great way to get your foot in the door, but this list is more of a penthouse view. We’re taking a look at the absolute best of the best when it comes to gaming laptops, regardless of the hefty price tags. If budget is no issue and you want a high-end gaming experience, read on for our picks of the best gaming laptops available now.

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Our picks are in no particular order and we’ve tried to highlight the heavy-hitters from across the board. We’ll mention the retail price for each model, but customizations can boost the prices significantly.

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Editor’s note: This list of the best gaming laptops will be regularly updated as new models are announced.


 1. Lenovo Legion 7i

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As the spiritual successor to the Y740, Lenovo’s Legion 7i has been completely refreshed for 2020. The Legion 7i is available with a 15.6-inch screen with a price of $1,429 before you add upgrades.

Now let’s talk options — the base model is packing a 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM. You can beef this up to a 10th-generation Core i7 with 32GB of RAM and upgrade the SSD from 256 to 1TB too. The base model is working with an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti GPU but that can be swapped for an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q for a cost.

See also: Best Lenovo laptops to buy

Lenovo’s Legion 7i is working with a TrueStrike keyboard and an aluminum finish for a top-notch experience with some classic styling. It won’t blow the other options away as far as RAM goes, but it’s a great pick and more affordable than many.

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Lenovo Legion 7i specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD IPS
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home or Pro

 2. HP Omen 15

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If there were awards to go along with the best gaming laptops, the HP Omen 15 would take home the most improved design. HP has managed to slim the Omen down by 11% without sacrificing any power or comfort. Even better, the Omen starts at $949.99 before upgrades.

See also: The best HP laptops to buy in 2020

You’ll really start to see how the Omen 15 earns its spot on the list once you add upgrades — there are seven options for processors and graphics cards to pick from. The Omen 15 ships with a base configuration of a 10th-gen Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. If you go all-in, you can jump to a 10th-gen Core i7, 32GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super.

Rounding out the setup, you can opt for a 15.6-inch 4K 120Hz display and up to 1TB of combined storage. A good setup isn’t complete without an RGB keyboard and you can select a one-zone, four-zone, or per-key keyboard on the Omen 15.

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HP Omen 15 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch 4K
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home or Pro

 3. Razer Blade 15

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The Razer lineup is the next on the list to benefit from a 2020 refresh. Not too much has changed in the already-great Razer Blade, but the processors have been upgraded to the 10th-generation Intel set. You won’t be able to escape the Razer tax though, with the base model starting at $1,599.99.

See also: The best Razer laptops you can buy right now

The base model is pricey, but you’re grabbing a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU along with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. If you want to add a few improvements, you can swap the 300Hz Full HD screen for a 4K touchscreen and up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super graphics.

Razer has slowly expanded the available colors of its laptops to include white and rose quartz, although neither option has made it to the latest Razer Blade 15 quite yet. The Advanced Model of the Razer Blade 15 swaps a heat pipe cooling system for a vapor chamber as well.

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Razer Blade 15 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch 4K
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 4. Razer Blade Pro 17

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Razer continued its 2020 refreshes with the high-end Razer Blade Pro. The 17-inch model has been beefed up with similar 10th-gen Intel Core hardware as the smaller Blade 15. Of course, the starting price reflects the larger size and more powerful specs.

For your money, you’ll get a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU with Turbo Boost, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, and at least 16GB of RAM. You can improve your system all the way up to 64GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. All versions of the Razer Blade Pro come with per-key Razer Chroma setups for up to 16.8 million colors.

Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 help to complete the experience and the Blade Pro 17 comes in the same matte black finish as the Blade 15.

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Razer Blade Pro 17 specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch FHD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 64GB
  • Storage: Up to 2TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 5. Alienware m17 R3

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Alienware and gaming laptops have gone hand-in-hand for as long as most people can remember. The glowing alien logo and the spaceship design have been imitated by more manufacturers than you can count. The m17 R3 is the latest powerhouse to come from the Dell-owned company, and it starts at aroud $1,520.

See also: The best Alienware laptops currently available

If you go for the base configuration, you’ll be all set with a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chip, AMD Radeon RX 5500M graphics, and a Dark Side of the Moon color finish. Alienware is an obvious choice if you want to maximize your ports and you’re not too worried about the size.

The m17 R3 packs a massive 17.3-inch Full HD display and the laptop is significantly larger and heavier than the Razer Blade Pro. Of course, increased size means it’s easier to open up and tinker with the internals. Alienware’s m17 R3 also highlights Cryo-Tech power with a vapor chamber, high voltage fan, and heat pipes for maximum cooling.

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Alienware m17 R3 specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch UHD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 4TB + 512GB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 6. Alienware Area 51m R2

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If you’ve read the whole list so far and you haven’t been blown away by prices — that changes now. The Alienware Area 51m is the most powerful laptop the company has to offer. It’s more like a desktop in disguise. Of course, the Area 51m R2 will hurt your wallet with all of that power to the tune of $4,654.99.

Once you get past the eye-watering price, you’ll be able to command the virtual battlefield with a 10th-gen Intel Core i9, 32GB of RAM, and 2TB of storage as standard specs. You could probably use the Area 51m R2 as a core part of your workout — it weighs at least 9.04 pounds.

If you go all-out for the best specs, you’ll have 64GB of RAM to work with as well as 4TB of storage. The Area 51m R2 packs plenty of ports and powerful Cryo-Tech cooling to keep you working harder than your laptop does.

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Alienware Area 51m R2 specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch UHD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super
  • RAM: Up to 64GB
  • Storage: Up to 4TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 7. ROG Zephyrus G15

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So far, this list has been the Intel show, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Intel makes some top-notch hardware, but this option shows that AMD can compete with its Ryzen 7 chip. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 is a brand-new gaming laptop with high-end styling for just $1,399.99.

Not only will your wallet thank you, but your performance might too. ROG’s Zephyrus G15 is rocking an AMD Ryzen 7 as mentioned before, and it’s paired with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. You also get the freedom to choose between USB-A and USB-C ports and the laptop ships with Windows 10 Pro onboard.

ROG has managed to stuff a 15.6-inch screen into a 14-inch body thanks to slim bezels and an impressive 81% screen-to-body ratio. Unlike many gaming setups, you can easily use the Zephyrus G15 in the classroom and even the boardroom thanks to the lightweight design.

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Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: Up to 24GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Pro

 8. MSI GS66 Stealth

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We’re not playing favorites, but MSI is a popular pick among the staff here at Android Authority, and with good reason. MSI has an extensive list of options that fit pretty much any gamer, and the GS66 Stealth is the one we’ve chosen. It’s rocking top-end specs and it comes in at $2,249.

For that price, you’ll be able to tap into a 15.6-inch Full HD screen powered by Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics. The GS66 Stealth is a smaller sibling of the GS75 Stealth, and it packs the same Intel Core i7 chip with 32GB of RAM. You’ll find the GS66 with a matte black finish that disguises the power within — hence the Stealth name.

See also: Best MSI laptops to buy in 2020

If you want to add a bit more power, MSI has configurations for an Intel Core i9 processor, 1TB of storage, and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics too. Just be careful because MSI laptops have a tendency to run hot.

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MSI GS66 Stealth specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Pro

 9. Acer Predator Triton 500

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The Predator Triton 500 is your best bet if you want to grab an Acer laptop. It’s a year behind with a 9th-generation Intel Core processor, but the other specs pack plenty of punch. You can buy one on Amazon for $1,898.

In addition to the Core i7 processor, the Triton 500 is wielding 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card ties the whole system together. Impressively, the Triton 500 is just 17.9mm thick and weighs in at little more than two kilograms.

You should have no problem gaming on the 15.6-inch display with a 144Hz refresh rate. While you can’t customize on a per-key basis, Acer has added three RGB zones to offer plenty of options.

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Acer Predator Triton 500 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to 9th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2060
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 512GB
  • Software: Windows 10 home

 10. Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR

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The final option on the list of the best gaming laptops just might be one you’ve never heard of. Gigabyte’s Aero 17 HDR is designed to be fast and lightweight as compared to it’s beefy, powerful Aorus line. It’s equipped with the latest and greatest as far as internals, and the Intel Core i7 version starts at $1,799.

So just what does this somewhat mysterious gaming laptop have to offer? Well, you can spec your device up to an Intel Core i9 chip and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q graphics for a price. The Aero 17 can handle 32GB of RAM and 1TB of storage for workhorse-level performance on the go.

While Razer has long been the king of powerful and slim gaming laptops, the Aero 17 is a worthy competitor. It’s rocking large fans and cooling systems, and you can attach plenty of peripherals with USB-A, HDMI, and Gigabit Ethernet ports.

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Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch 4K
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q
  • RAM: Up to 32GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Pro

Those are our picks for the very best gaming laptops you can buy right now. The list is long, and the prices are high, but there’s more to the perfect setup than just your laptop. Check out these resources while you’re here: