What makes the best gaming laptop for 2022? I have a short answer and a long one.
First, the short one: The best laptop for gaming this year and the years to come is the one that copes with the burgeoning graphics/processing demands of previous as well as new games.
Long answer: Buying a new gaming laptop every year to play new and previous AAA titles is obviously not very favorable. Therefore, like me, you should hit the sweet spot, too. I mean buy a laptop that has the specs that won’t grow old on new games.
In a Hurry? Have a Look at My Top Picks:
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
- 10th Generation Intel Core i7
- 17.3-inch FHD screen
- 16GB 2933MHz DDR4 RAM
- 1TB PCIe M.2 SSD
- RGB Keyboard
- Killer Wi-Fi 6
- Thunderbolt 3
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
- Intel Core i7-11370H
- 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-Type FHD display
- 8GB DDR4 RAM
- 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
- Backlit Precision Gaming Keyboard
- Just 0.8″ thin
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
- 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
- 15.6″ Full HD Widescreen IPS Display
- 16GB DDR4 2933MHz RAM
- 512GB NVMe M.2 SSD
- Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX 1650i
- 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard
- 144Hz Refresh Rate
That’s very much possible because let’s be honest, graphics card or processor makers such as NVIDIA and Intel or AMD do not churn out new versions every month.
But even so, looking for a new card or processor does not make a laptop the best. The manufacturer’s credibility and/or value also has a say in the performance of a laptop.
The List of Best Gaming Laptops in 2022
|Alienware m17 R4 |
Features: 17.3-inch FHD screen, 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10870H, 16GB 2933MHz DDR4, 1 TB PCIe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
|ASUS TUF Dash 15 |
Features: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, Intel Core i7-11370H, 15.6″ 144Hz IPS-Type FHD, 8GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2, Backlit Gaming Keyboard
|Acer Predator Helios 300 |
Features: 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060, 15.6″ FHD IPS Display, 16GB DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Killer Wi-Fi 6, 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard
|MSI GL66 |
Features: 15.6″ 144Hz FHD 1080p 144hz Display, 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11800H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, 16 GB DDR4, 512GB SSD
|ASUS TUF Gaming F17 |
Features: 17.3″ 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, Intel Core i7-11800H Processor, GeForce RTX 3060, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe SSD
|Razer Blade 14 |
Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 14″ QHD 165Hz screen, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
|Eluktronics MAX 1 |
Features: MD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Graphics Card, 15.6-inch QHD 165Hz Display, 1TB NVMe SSD, 32GB DDR4 RAM
|ASUS ROG Strix G17 |
Features: 17.3″ 300Hz IPS Type FHD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD, RGB Keyboard
|Prometheus XVII |
Features: RTX 3080 Gaming Laptop, AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080, 17.3 inch QHD 165Hz Display, 512GB NVMe SSD, 16GB DDR4 RAM
|CUK ASUS ROG Strix Scar |
Features: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 32GB RAM, 1TB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 8GB, 15.6″ QHD 165Hz
The competition is fierce among them. Worry not, however, because I’m here to help you choose your pick for 2022 and beyond (until you want to upgrade to a new version in the future).
I’m going to review the laptops based on the following specs. It should also serve as a buyer’s guide.
Best Gaming Laptops + Upcoming Laptops in 2022 – Buyer’s Guide
The design of a gaming laptop is important not just because of the feeling it should convey but also the way it deals with the heat produced. I’d prefer going for a metal design as metal dissipates heat quicker than plastic. The ports should be in the right place so that they don’t obstruct the laptop’s function in any way.
I don’t need to stress how important the quality of the screen is for a gaming laptop. I’d like for you to hit higher frame rates as compared to the color gamut because high fps mean everything in a good gaming experience.
High-end performance components such as CPU, GPU, RAM, and SSD make a gaming laptop what it is. Your laptop should at least have Core i7 11th gen or more, NVIDIA 3000 series GPU, 16GB RAM, and 256GB SSD. Anything more than these should be welcomed with open arms but going further down is not wise. However, that depends on your budget, too. I have reviewed some laptops in the list that have specs according to their price.
These laptops when clocked to their max speeds produce unimaginable heat of the order of 100+ degrees. Look for the cooling systems in place before buying such a unit. Fans are the primary cooling components.
Giving importance to a keyboard on a gaming laptop seems redundant when it’s not. Even if you’re used to connecting your own keyboard, every now and then, you might find yourself dealing with the native one. A gaming laptop should have a mechanical keyboard. But that’s far-fetched as only a few models have that. So, generally, the keyboard should be responsive, have medium to high travel time, and be backlit.
Expecting a gaming laptop to run for hours is unfair, seriously. I mean how long do you wish the tiny battery of a laptop should grapple with the mounting requirement for power when you’re playing the likes of Far Cry 5? If you’re getting anywhere between 3 to 5 hours of battery juice, go for it.
The Alienware m17 R4 is one of the newest additions to the gaming laptops that are out of this world (pun intended). With a unique mechanical keyboard, powerful graphics, and central processors, this unit is an upgrade over the previous R3.
The design still has those signature “alien” features and the build quality is at par with the best. Compared to the R3, there are a few differences. The screen and the keyboard are only connected in the middle, which gives it a slightly unattached look. The exterior plastic feels like brushed aluminum and there’s unmistakable sturdiness at best. As compared to the R3, this unit is smaller by approximately an inch. Still, at 6.5 pounds, it’s nowhere near lightweight.
Both sides of the chassis feature ports of all types. You get USB-A 3.1, a headphone jack, and an Ethernet port on the left side, while the right one features two USB 3.1 Type-A and a slot for your microSD card. On the backside, you get an HDMI, a USB-C port, and Thunderbolt 3.
The 17.3” full HD display is breathtaking, truly. It offers 100% sRGB but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. As I said earlier, the real deal for gamers is always the refresh rate. This panel offers a 360 Hz refresh rate, which to be honest, is God-sent for multiplayer games. Games such as Battlefield Warzone feel close to reality if you take my word. The thin bezels add to that feeling. Nothing beats playing on a panel this big with all the real estate to the game visuals.
The m17 R4 comes with a different graphics unit and core. Since I’ve used the Intel Core i7-10870H model that has the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 as its partner in performance, I’d talk about that.
The CPU hits the 15386 CPUmark benchmark, which is the representation of the overall performance of a CPU. It lags behind AMD Ryzen 7 4800H but takes a slight edge over Apple M1 8 Core 3200 MHz. That’s some serious power at your disposal. The 2.2GHz clock speed that can be overclocked to 5GHz is more than enough throttle to stand shoulder to shoulder with the other components in terms of performance.
The other components are the RTX 3060 that runs games like Far Cry 5 at 142 fps as compared to the 113 fps of Razer Blade 15, and Rise of the Tomb Raider at 176 fps to that of the 156 fps, both at 1080p. That should help you realize how the machine tends to the AAA titles. I’m sure I’d still do great for the newer ones.
With 16GB DDR4 RAM and a 1 TB SSD, things will be snappy for you as they were for me.
Playing high-end games on the unit certainly takes temperatures to a higher level. But the Alienware’s Cryo-Tech feature manages things quite well. Under the hood, the fans wire and sometimes quite annoyingly but we can’t do anything about it. It’s a necessary evil.
The chassis gets heated once things go haywire. I used a cooling pad underneath because of the discomfort of a heated keyboard.
One of the biggest upgrades to date in this laptop is the mechanical keyboard. Each stroke feels heavenly. I didn’t experience mushiness while typing and there was a distinct “clicky sound”. That should be attributed to the Cherry MX collaboration with Alienware. You can tweak the RGB colors to your liking.
The battery isn’t impressive on this unit at all. It lasts only 2.5 hours on continuous game playing on power-saving mode.
- Breathtaking visuals
- High refresh rate
- Cherry MX keyboard
- Adequate ports
- Battery life is not that good, but this is quite normal with gaming laptops
Brace for a budget laptop — the ASUS TUF Dash 15. As compared to the high-end specs above, you get slightly toned-down versions in this one. That also brings down the performance but not a level where you’d wanna throw it away. It’s safe to say that the laptop keeps its head high in its price range to let you play AAA titles with considerable force if not ultimate.
It seems ASUS does not invest as much in the design of TUF as Alienware does. The design here is fairly simple with no in-the-face external lights or gimmicks that make laptops “game-worthy” as some would say. The lid is heavenly metal with the sides and base giving a rich plastic feel. That plastic, ladies, and gentlemen, is not cheap at all.
The whole unit weighs around 4.4 pounds. For a gaming laptop, that’s acceptable by a margin. The screen has small bezels except for the bottom. That’s an invidious reservation.
To the left, you’d find a Thunderbolt 4, 3 USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an Ethernet hole, plus an HDMI. Most of the space is taken by the vent and has pushed the ports to the front. To the right, there are 2 USB ports with a vent snuggling behind.
The laptop features an anti-glare 15.6” FHD screen that covers full RGB. All the colors appear to be exact and not washed out. With a response time of 3ms and a refresh rate of 144Hz, it sits comfortably on the top of the upper mid-range screens in terms of quality and performance.
Besides refreshing at 144Hz, the frames gel together, exhibiting low to no frame tearing. That should explain why gaming always feels so fluid with this one.
This laptop wins in terms of the CPU generation from the m17 R4 but lags behind by a mile with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. However, both in their aspects work great side by side in the laptop to produce decent results.
The CPU offers no hindrance to the GPU when it comes to realizing its full potential. That’s because of its own prowess. At a 3.3GHz clock speed that can rack up to 4.8GHz, it manages to gather 12393 CPUmark. Ironically, it sits below the 10th gen Core i7 I talked about above. There are only a few hundred differences between their benchmarks. In terms of multitasking, both of them perform quite well.
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti is 50% slower than the RTX 3060 but it sure is faster than the 3050. For playing 1080p games at a high setting, the GPU has all the horsepower. However, the performance starts lagging behind once you increase the resolution.
That and the 8GB RAM puts a limit to the performance of the laptop, but that’s totally fine considering the price. This is a budget laptop after all. Thankfully though, the 512GB SSD does great in snappy loading of games and programs.
Beneath the hood, there are 5 heat pipes that draw heat from the components to the fans. The unit gets hot on heavy usage, so a cooling pad is definitely recommended.
You get an island keyboard situated right beneath the screen. There’s no offset, so typing on this thing is a breeze. The key travel is safe enough for right strokes. However, there’s some mushiness involved. I sincerely love the turquoise backlight with emphasis on the WASD keys.
With this laptop, you’d get around 8 hours of battery. That’s a miracle for a gaming laptop, to be honest.
- Bigger battery life
- Subtle design
- Quiet fans
- Good for 1080p gaming
- Performance hindered by low RAM and GPU
The Acer Predator Helios 300 with its set of features remains one of the most favorable midrange contenders. Of course, it has a few caveats, but again, for this price, you might not get a better laptop.
Acer has done everything in the design to make this product a gaming laptop. It’s a spitting image of one — maybe overdone in hopes of surpassing Alienware, which it doesn’t in any way. To me, the design looks a bit odd even though Acer has tried to give it a mainstream look.
This one is a chunky fellow with a 15.6-inch screen and 4.85 pounds weight. Maybe the aluminum used here and there might add to it. By here and there, I mean plastic’s been used to make the base. The chassis is solid to the core and it’s diamond-shaped like the screen.
To the left of the chassis, you’ll get two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an Ethernet port with a headphone jack. To the right, there are Type-A and Type-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports, an HDMI, and a display port.
Connectivity options are great as you can see, but Thunderbolt 4 is missing.
Since I’ve used Acer Predator Helios 300’s base model and I’m reviewing one, the screen refresh rate is 144Hz. That certainly does not put a limit to the 15.6” FHD panel. The viewing angles are good and it covers 100% sRGB. That’s not the problem at all. My only issue is the chunky bottom bezel that seems to take most of the beautiful, beautiful screen.
The laptop runs on Intel Core i7-10750H. This 10th gen “Comet Lake” CPU performs outstandingly with a 12507 average CPU mark. With a clock speed of 2.6GHz that goes all up to 5.0GHz, it outperforms many of its contemporaries such as (and of course) the i7 9th gen, AMD Ryzen 5 4500U, and all the previous versions.
Its single-core performance at 2,733 is even better than the Ryzen 7 4800H’s 2,647.
Multitasking is a breeze with this CPU and its companionship with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU jacks up the power needed to run AAA titles at commendable frames per second.
The card is very well equipped to run with DirectX 12. At 1080p, it churns out a stellar performance with around 78fps on Red Dead Redemption 2 and 98fps on Hitman 3. The performance is still fair in 1440p but don’t expect it to run with the same zeal in 4K.
The model comes with 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD. There’s plenty of room for upgrading the storage.
There are two fans snuggling deep into the back of the chassis, trying hard to keep this monster cool. They are quiet as compared to the behemoths of Alienware. Besides, you can always tweak them by using PredatorSense — a dedicated Predator software.
You get a tacky keyboard with this one. There are four distinct RGB zones that can be tweaked by the PredatorSense as well — the colors, I mean. I think we should be thankful to Acer for bordering the WASD keys for easy recognition. I found the keys “clicky” with decent travel time.
On a good day of full video playback, the battery lasts about 7 hours. But obviously, it dwindles down to a mere 3 to 4 hours of gaming. Not bad at all.
- 144Hz screen for smooth gaming
- Quiet and composed
- Room for 2 more SSDs
- One key overclocking feature
- Value for your money
- Weird design
The MSI GL66 with NVIDIA 3060 isn’t the best bet of the company but the model I’m going to review comes with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070. That is not only better or fitting at the price but entirely powerful to start with.
This robust laptop has a robust design with slanted screen edges and a plain, not-so-modern lap. Ironically, for a laptop of this price and stature, MSI hasn’t used a lot of metal. Only the gray lid is aluminum while the rest feels like premium plastic.
The unit weighs around 4.63 pounds even though most of it is plastic. Hinges didn’t return any problems when I used this unit.
Both sides of the chassis combined have three USB Type-A ports, one USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C port, an Ethernet port, a headphone jack, an HDMI, and that’s it. No fingerprint scanner, no face recognition.
For a laptop that has an NVIDIA RTX 3070, the refresh rate of the 144Hz screen is more than welcome. You get all the colors there are with commendable brightness. However, the colors appear to be a little washed out as compared to other 15” screens. Still, they are way better than what you get with the base model from MSI. Apart from that, the screen has an anti-glare coating with wide viewing angles for a congruent viewing experience throughout.
The Intel Core i7-11800H provides a class act of its own. With 8 cores and 16 threads, it features a total CPUmark of 21630 – which is commendable truth be told. The clock speed is 2.3 GHz and can reach up to 4.6 GHz if you’re fond of pushing the limits of CPUs like me. Thanks to the multiple cores, this processor pushes back AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and the Apple M1 8 Core 300H by a mile. It’s also obviously faster than the Core i7 10th gen as indicated by the single thread rating of 3,154 vs 2732. However, Apple’s M1 Core takes the single-core edge by a few points.
That is to say, the CPU will prove to be snappy, opening applications and handling games without remorse.
The GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 levels up to the requirements of modern AAA titles easily. It’s a winner at 1080p, a good performer at 1440p, and an average at 4K. I played Red Dead Redemption 2 at 101 fps at 1080p, 75fps at 1440p, and 48fps at 4K. Still, not bad but we gamers want more!
The rest of the performance components do well to cope up with the power the laptop produces such as 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD.
The GL66 has come straight from hell if you ask me. It gets really hot, thanks to its super components under the hood. Nothing we can do much about it. That should explain why the fans wire out of their mind. My wife could hear them roar from across the room when I was playing.
And you might wanna buy a cooling pad to stay on the safe side.
The keyboard is nothing extraordinary. At this price, you could easily ask for a four-zone RGB if not per-key color, but this one gives you a single color option tweakable through the MSI Center application. There’s a Numpad (quite unnecessary) that squeezes its way into the whole keyboard. Ironically though, the dedicated Home, Page Up/Down and End keys are missing.
On a full battery and power-saving mode, the laptop would play a video for around 3 hours at most. It’s a gaming laptop, I understand, but this much battery juice is pathetic.
- Built for serious gaming with the onboard specs
- Strong chassis and durable screen
- Awesome speakers under the hood
“Gaming laptop” looks
- Gets hotter with extended use
The ASUS TUF Gaming F17 has all the right reasons to be called a gaming laptop suitable for 2022 – but not a high-end unit but an average or mid-range affordable one.
Laptops with 17-inch screens are bound to be wide enough to accommodate plenty of things needed or otherwise. The case is the same here, too.
A full RGB keyboard adorns the premium-grade plastic chassis right below the screen. It has a Numpad that does not interfere with the position of the rest of the keyboard.
The material used is predominantly plastic. A few rough striations flank the trackpad that gives the laptop an impression of brushed aluminum. The unit weighs only 5.73 lbs and that is quite understandable. Portability hadn’t been an issue with this one when I used it.
The whole laptop is strewn with angled designs from the space bar to the backside where you’d find 45 degrees angled honeycombs.
All the ports are situated on the sides with the left side featuring an HDMI, Ethernet, a Thunderbolt 4, two USB Type-A ports, and an audio jack. The right side houses one single USB Type-A port. The port selection as you can guess is decent.
Here too, you get a 144Hz display. Imagine fluid gaming on 17” of pure luxury because this laptop will give you that. With a brightness of 284 nits, yes, this display is not the brightest one, but certainly, you won’t be playing games outdoors more often.
At 1920 x 1080 resolutions (FHD), the 45% of colors of the DCI-P3 spectrum produced are vibrant and fantastic only when you’re looking directly at the screen. Since the viewing angles are not that good, the sides ooze washed-out colors.
This laptop also features the Intel Core i7-11800H CPU just as the MSI GL66. However, the graphics card used is not the latest. The performance, thus, is restricted to stellar gameplay of games at 1080p. If you’re one of those folks who are looking for 4K gaming on this thing, please look elsewhere. The MSI would do better at that than this one.
But again, considering the budget constraints, if you’re willing to bring your expectations down to 1080p, the ASUS TUF Gaming F17 won’t disappoint you. I’m sure it will deliver that kind of performance for years to come.
I played loads of games on this one but I’ll mention the ones I mentioned before. The Red Dead Redemption 2 gives out 78fps on 1080p, 55fps on 1440, and 32fps on 4K. See what I meant before?
The fans given on this one manage to keep the whole system cool. The vents on either side do talk a lot when things are taken to their extremes, but thanks to that the keyboard stays cool. So, you won’t feel uncomfortable using the keyboard. Do get a cooling pad because the underside can reach a whopping 113 degrees.
The keyboard has a rubbery feel but it is responsive. One thing I noticed with its sunken design is that it reduces typing efficiency. Normally keyboards are designed to be raised but for some reason, ASUS decided to sink it into the chassis. There’s only one gold color in the backlight with WASD prominent but you can change it with Aura Sync.
On continuous surfing at medium brightness, the battery lasts only one and a half hours. Ridiculous, I know.
- Made for mid-range gaming
- Large screen area
- Battery life is a bit shorter
The Razer Blade 14 has the built quality and the performance capability to be called the best 14-inch gaming laptop. It will surely let you cruise through 2022 without a game left behind.
A very subtle design awaits your hands with all its grandeur. The 15.6” screen nestles in small bezels, save the bottom one. The chassis features a beautiful island-style keyboard and plenty of room for two speakers to play sounds right from where least expected.
Metal has been used thoroughly in making up the unit. There’s not a single place that does not give the feeling of owning one of the high-end laptops. Why shouldn’t it? After all, you’d be paying some good money for this.
The color is all black with the back of the lid featuring a single logo of Razer Blade – those tangled snakes.
Unlike the previous models, Razer Blade has managed to make this one quite portable with 0.66 x 12.6 x 8.7 inches dimensions. However, it is a tad bit heavy at 3.92 lbs.
To the left, you get USB-C and USB 3.1 Type-A ports, while the right one features an HDMI. The USB-C ports are not made for Thunderbolt 3 and 4 support, which is to be attributed to the CPU of the laptop.
Possibly, this is one of the most amazing displays you could get on a laptop. Given the price, it is justified to get a QHD screen with a refresh rate of 165Hz. The graphics card in the laptop takes full advantage of this refresh rate to produce stellar frame rates without frame tearing visible anywhere. The colors are quite sharp and vivid — it can easily beat some monitors. However, the real bummer here is its 14” size.
The laptop is powered by the superior AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 8 Core and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 with 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD.
With this performance, playing AAA titles in 2022 will be a breeze. Even in the 4K regime. You simply cannot call it an entry-level 4K gaming machine. It is more than that.
The 23419 CPUmark of the Ryzen 9 5900HX surpasses that of the Intel Core i9 9th gen with its 18821 points. Both have 8 cores and 16 threads but the performance of Ryzen 9 beats it by a mile. You should also take into consideration the clock speeds of the two with Ryzen 9 taking it to 3.3 GHz and the Core i9 9th gen having 3.6GHz.
However, the Core i9 10th gen beats our CPU by only a mile despite having 10 cores.
So, the Ryzen 9 is efficient and snappy by all means.
Playing games on RTX 3080 is a treat to the eyes. I played The Witcher 3 at 110 fps in 4K, Monster Hunter: World at 61fps, and so on.
The heat produced in this unit is considerable but the cooling system is as efficient as you can imagine. It’s called the Vapor Chamber Cooling system, which has a liquid evaporating and condensing to dissipate the heat. The GPU has been clocked to remain at 100W to reduce enormous heat production and that should explain why the laptop stays cool as compared to others.
The island-style keyboard has single-key color options unlike other laptops in this list. The keys are tactile with an equal response from all but at this price, I’d have preferred a mechanical one.
Unlike other units, this laptop has produced quite a balance in power consumption. The max life of it is 9 hours on low usage. On heavy, it dwindles down to 5.
- Slim and portable
- Possibly the most powerful laptop you could get for
- 2022 in this price range
- 165Hz QHD display
- 1TB storage
- Beautiful keyboard
- Small screen
A tough contender to the Razer Blade 14 in terms of performance, the Eluktronics MAX takes a definite edge when it comes to screen size, the material used, and more.
This one has a subtle touch of the Eluktonics Max. Just as in its previous models, this one around as well, they have kept the design minimum but powerful. It speaks of the price it asks for — neither too flashy, nor drab.
The 15.6” screen is surrounded by small bezels, which kind of gives the whole screen a sense of expansion. All of the laptop is made from magnesium alloys — the same that’s been used before.
There’s really nothing overwhelming in the design but it’s still classy in some sense. The chassis has been redesigned with a full keyboard with Numpad digging into it. This one is a truly portable unit with only 0.77” height when closed. The weight is also not unbearable at 3.8 lbs.
Talking about the ports, the flanks cover everything you need. You get 3 USB-A, a USB-C, HDMI, Ethernet, microSD card reader, and a headphone jack. The vents are situated at the end of the chassis. They don’t interfere in any way with the ports.
Like the Razer Blade 14, the display here too features 165Hz QHD. It’s stunning in its own right but what makes it exceed in value is its size. A 15.6” panel displays vivid colors. It’s worthy to note here that you’d be using an LED panel. For a gaming laptop, this is crucial since their battery already has slim chances of providing a lot of juice for games off-cord.
The performance of this laptop takes an edge over that of Razer Blade 14. That’s all because of the graphics card’s performance tweaked according to the manufacturer or the laptop’s heat dissipation capabilities. The fans do good in removing heat in Eluktronics. That should explain why it does better in running games as compared to the Razer Blade 14.
However, please keep in mind that the difference is only slight. For example, the RTX 3080 in Razer Blade 14 might perform just as the later versions of RTX 3070. On the contrary, the same card in the Eluktronics Max 15 performs just about right.
You’d be able to play AAA titles on both with this one giving you more fps.
The increase in performance should also be attributed to the 32GB DDR4 RAM as opposed to the 16GB. It really jacks up processing speeds by a delicious gap.
The manufacturer offers the standard thermal interface cooling system with this laptop. It efficiently removes heat to keep the laptop relatively cool.
You get a mechanical keyboard with all the perks and quirks of it. It is clicky and thus responsive. You feel the keys click beneath your fingers and that’s how you become sure of the keystrokes. That’s you being one step away from frustration because of a mushy keyboard.
On light performance, the battery lasts for about 9 hours. That’s very good actually.
- Strong metal material for extra durability
- Good port selection
- Beautiful 165Hz display
- Cool as compared to other laptops boasting RTX 3080
With the ever blazing AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX coupled with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070, the ASUS ROG Strix G17 will stay with you not only in 2022 but beyond.
Every inch of the laptop speaks of the time and money invested in making it withstand the test of time — for more than a few years, that is to say. The design is quite similar to the Scar 17. However, this one is free from the gimmicks such as a translucent chassis that lets you see your laptop’s parts in action.
The 17-inch screen has nearly absent bezels, save the bottom where you’d see a slanted cut-out for god-knows-what. The logo behind illuminates just as with the rest of the laptops.
It is safe to say that in this model, Asus has touched aesthetics quite meekly without going overboard. The keyboard rests lavishly overlooking an equally RGB strip lining the front of the chassis.
The port selection isn’t odd, only their placement. The left side has two USB 3.1 ports but the right side is barren. The USB 3.1 Type-A port, HDMI, USB-C, Ethernet, and power are all situated at the rear.
The 17.3” screen looks astoundingly extravagant. But that’s a good thing for a gamer. You get a whopping 300 Hz refresh rate that’s backed by the kind of components under its hood.
I mean you’d be able to squeeze out quite decent frames from your games with the kind of firepower it possesses and the screen that shows it in full galore.
Besides that, the usual 3ms response time adds finishing touches to an otherwise exquisite-looking display.
I’ve talked at length about the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX and its edge over the Core i9 9th gen. The coupling of this CPU with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 has taken things on a rough patch. But that is only in comparison to the pricey laptops above that have an RTX 3080 coupled with them.
The performance here certainly does not lag behind with the components giving you the power you need to play AAA games in good fps, media editing, and so on. Obviously, not as good as the RTX 3080. The RTX 3070 is only 50% less efficient than the RTX 3080 but it costs 10% less. So, you can guess.
I’ve no issue with the 16GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB SSD because they pass the threshold.
Whenever you overclock this machine, the ROG thermal liquid cooling system comes into play. It maintains temps quite efficiently, not promising to reduce them by any chance. You’d hear the fans more often than not, but the laptop would stay cool for a considerable time. That’s true only for modes other than Turbo. You might wanna use a cooling pad with that.
This model has the same rubber keyboard as the previous Asus models. There’s not much upgrade with that. However, as compared to the mechanical keyboard of Scar 17, this one is quieter. Typing on it remains smooth with equal responsiveness and a whole lot of ease.
Whatever Asus says, the battery lasts for about 5 hours on minimum usage. That means you’d get around 2 to 3 hours on gaming. But if you’ve to use the Turbo mode, plugging it in will stay necessary.
- Amazing 300 Hz IPS display
- Powerful mid-range gaming machine
- Strong built
- Attractive design
- 6.3 lbs; not portable
- There’s no webcam
This is the second laptop from Eluktronics on this list. Like the previous one, the Prometheus XVII also does not fail to impress. It is expensive but provides every bit of value on the spend.
The design is fairly unorthodox. It does not boast any expensive materials but the plastic is hard and premium. I wonder why the company spared this one from brushed aluminum, even when they had to price it so vividly over the head.
The answer to that is in the components under the hood. I’ll get back to that later.
The 17.3” screen looks sharp as it covers more real estate. It is attached to the chassis in the middle and the sides are diagonally cut. It seems as if a monitor has been attached to a keyboard.
Big screen means a big width means a spacious keyboard. Even the trackpad has been given a rather greater area to somehow make you ditch your gaming mouse, which is impossible obviously.
The back of the screen has nothing at all. It’s just plain back. On the flanks combinedly, you get 1 USB Type-C port, an HDMI, a USB 3.1 (Gen 2), 2 USBs 3.1 (Gen 1), SD Card Reader, Ethernet, Audio jack, and Kensington Lock Slot.
As you can see, the port selection has every nit and bit you could ask for.
Forget the material because this laptop has one of the best screens out there. It’s QHD with a 165Hz refresh rate. The colors are bright but not annoyingly bright. Thanks to wide viewing angles, you get color coverage all around.
The AMD Ryzen 5900HX processor coupled with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 is here for all the right reasons. With 8 cores and 16 threads, the CPU can compete with any desktop out there. This whole unit is basically a big yes to those who are seeking alternatives to their desktop for good.
What really makes this laptop worth it is its capacity to overclock the GPU to its max capacity of 165W, thankfully enough because of the NVIDIA Dynamic Boost 2.0.
So, all in all, you’d be able to play modern titles at considerably well fps. I’m talking about medium to medium-high 4K gaming at ease.
The only, and I mean only, bummer here is its low SSD. You’ll get only 512GB.
Although the firepower of the laptop is enough to boil many things, the impressive thermal cooling maintains a bearable temperature for this one. But obviously, like most of the laptops, when you overclock it, do use a cooling pad.
It’s RGB, well-built, responsive, and spacious with adequate key travel time. I wish the backlight was per key but you’d have to do with a single color overall. But seriously, no problem with the response rate whatsoever.
The battery is only 62kwh. It doesn’t last long enough — ironic for a laptop that claims to be a “desktop replacement”.
- Solid plastic built
- QHD screen gives an immersive experience
- Good port selection
- Compact to replace your desktop
- Ridiculously bad battery timing
Here’s the bad boy I’d talked about when I was reviewing the ASUS ROG Strix G17 laptop. The CUK ASUS ROG Strix Scar 15 is a machine to behold.
The design is similar to the Strix G15. However, the differences I talked about such as a small translucent patch of chassis letting you peek inside, the material, and the RGB strip lining the front.
The logo on the back of the screen illuminates irrespective of the color of the keyboard. You can’t individually switch that off. The bezels are extremely thin and the signature slant cut is there in the bottom. It’s almost enticing to see the screen attached to the rest of the laptop by two hinges only. The huge gap between them makes up for the style.
One of the highlights of the laptop is its Numpad on the touchpad. However, despite its sturdy looks and RGB galore, I’d very much liked the LED strip to be a little below. It distracted me from the screen often.
The 15.6” QHD display offers depth like no other and fluid frames with its 165Hz refresh rate. In the Strix 15, you only have FHD but here, Asus has taken things up a notch to provide a dazzling panel.
You get a decent sRGB coverage and the colors pop quite well, thus, adding to your experience whenever you’re watching videos or playing games.
There isn’t much difference in performance when it comes to Strix 15 and Scar 15 — not at least the models I’ve reviewed here. Both run on AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 as the graphics card. The processor edges closer to Intel’s high-end chips, so you’d get the most performance out of the 8 cores and 16 threads.
Talking about the card, playing games like Red Dead Redemption 2 at 100 fps on 1080p will be a breeze. Know that the fps drops to 48 when you hit 4K. So it’s safe to say, and I’ve said it before, that using this card for 4K is a lost cause.
Thermal Grizzly Liquid works round the clock to keep the unit cool during intense usage. I must tell you that the laptop remains relatively cooler. Yes, you’d feel the heat emanate from the chassis but that’s bearable considering how much power the machine puts forward.
You get a mechanical RGB keyboard that is clicky but responsive. The noise is real when typing but you’d notice your speed increase by manifolds.
The battery performance is not impressive but not bad either. You could expect a battery juice of 4 to 5 hours.
- Strong built
- Stellar performance
- Awesome RGB keyboard
- Screen to just keep looking at
- GPU could have been RTX 3080
This year won’t be different from other years when it comes to gaming. New games have already taken over the horizon and for that, you need a solid machine. I’ve listed all the laptops that would work great even with new titles because they’ve still got it in them.
However, please note that the performance of laptop components greatly depends on its ability to provide them with that power. Different manufacturers have clocked them at different watts and that could affect their performance by a minor margin.
Worry not, however, because the list of the best gaming laptop in 2022 won’t disappoint you.