Our list of the best cheap gaming laptops is a great way to get your foot in the door, but this list offers a taste of gaming’s full potential. We’re taking a look at the absolute best of the best when it comes to gaming laptops, regardless of the 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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The picks are in no particular order, and we’ve tried to note models that received a 2021 refresh. Retail prices can vary wildly based on the configuration, so be sure to double-check before you buy.

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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. Let’s talk about 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.

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Lenovo’s Legion 7i works 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.


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.

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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 Ryzen 7-4800H processor, 16GB of RAM, and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU. You can jump to 32GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super GPU if you go all-in.

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.


HP Omen 15 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch 4K
  • CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 7
  • 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 2021 refresh, and you can finally get your hands on the sharp new Blade. A few models are still in the pre-order phase, but others are ready to ship right away.

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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 3070 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.


Razer Blade 15 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch 4K
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3070
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 1TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 4. Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer continued its 2021 refreshes with the high-end Razer Blade Pro, and you can finally add a few configurations to your cart. The 17-inch model features similar 10th-gen Intel Core hardware to 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 i7-10875H CPU with Turbo Boost, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 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 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 help complete the experience, and the Blade Pro 17 comes in the same matte black finish as the Blade 15.


Razer Blade Pro 17 specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch FHD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10875H
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3060
  • RAM: Up to 64GB
  • Storage: Up to 2TB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 5. Alienware x17

Alienware and gaming laptops have gone hand-in-hand for as long as most people can remember. More manufacturers have imitated the glowing alien logo and the spaceship design than you can count. The x17 is the latest powerhouse to come from the Dell-owned company.

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If you go for the base configuration, you’ll be all set with an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11800H chip, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics, and a Lunar Light color finish. Alienware is an obvious choice if you want to maximize your ports and you’re not too worried about the size.

The x17 packs a massive 17.3-inch Full HD display, but it still manages to be Alienware’s lightest and thinnest machine yet. Of course, you can still open it up and tinker with the internals. Alienware’s x17 also highlights Cryo-Tech power with a vapor chamber, high voltage fan, and heat pipes for maximum cooling.


Alienware x17 specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch UHD
  • CPU: Up to 11th-gen Intel Core i9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3080
  • RAM: Up to 64GB
  • Storage: Up to 4TB
  • 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 too.

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.


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 G14

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 9 chip. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 was brand-new in 2020, and it’s cementing itself as a top option early in 2021.

Not only will your wallet thank you, but your performance might too. ROG’s Zephyrus G14 is rocking an AMD Ryzen 9, 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 14-inch screen into an even smaller body thanks to slim bezels and an impressive 81% screen-to-body ratio. Unlike many gaming setups, you can easily use the Zephyrus G14 in the classroom and even the boardroom, thanks to the lightweight design.


Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 specs:

  • Display: Up to 14-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 9
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3060
  • 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. Better yet, the GS66 Stealth got a full hardware refresh for CES 2021.

You’ll be able to tap into a 15.6-inch Full HD screen powered by Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics. The GS66 Stealth is a smaller sibling of the GS75 Stealth, and it packs an 11th-gen 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.

If you want to add a bit more power, MSI has configurations for an Intel Core i9 processor and 1TB of storage, too. Just be careful because MSI laptops tend to run hot.


MSI GS66 Stealth specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to 11th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3080 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 updated with newer 10th-gen Intel hardware, and it packs all of the power you could really ask for.

In addition to the Core i7 processor, the Triton 500 wields 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. An Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super 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 300Hz refresh rate. While you can’t customize on a per-key basis, Acer has added three RGB zones to offer plenty of options.


Acer Predator Triton 500 specs:

  • Display: Up to 15.6-inch Full HD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 2080 Super
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • Storage: Up to 512GB
  • Software: Windows 10 Home

 10. Gigabyte Aero 17 KC

The final option on the list of the best gaming laptops might be one you’ve never heard of. Gigabyte’s Aero 17 KC is designed to be fast and lightweight compared to its beefy, powerful Aorus line. It’s equipped with the latest and greatest as far as the internals are concerned.

So just what does this somewhat mysterious gaming laptop have to offer? Well, you can spec your device up to a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 chip and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 graphics for a price. The Aero 17 KC can handle 16GB 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 KC 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.


Gigabyte Aero17 KC specs:

  • Display: Up to 17.3-inch FHD
  • CPU: Up to 10th-gen Intel Core i7
  • GPU: Up to GeForce RTX 3060
  • RAM: Up to 16GB
  • 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: