Gaming laptops are a tricky subject. They pack remarkable processing power in a very compact frame and are extremely portable, yet they are also much more expensive than their desktop counterparts, all the while also lacking the customizability and the overall raw power of the latter.

Still, if you need any of the advantages that a gaming laptop offers, you will not regret investing in one!

Seeing as they come pre-built and often with very limited customization options, we have taken it upon ourselves to put together a list of the very best gaming laptops of 2019. We will take a look at several laptops, examining their features, as well as how they fare compared to one another.

Top 6 Gaming Laptops For 2019

LaptopScreen SizeDisplay ResolutionCPUGPURAMStorage 
Acer Aspire E 1515.6in1080pIntel Core i5-8250UNvidia GeForce MX1508GB DDR3256 GB SSD
MSI GV62 8RD 15.6in1080pIntel Core i5-8300HNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti8GB DDR416 GB Intel Optane + 1 TB HDD
Dell G 5 1515.6in1080pIntel Core i5-8300HNvidia GeForce GTX 10608GB DDR4128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Acer Predator Helios 300 (Editor’s Pick)15.6in1080pIntel Core i7-8750HNvidia GeForce GTX 106016GB DDR4256 GB SSD
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR Edition17.3in1080pIntel Core i7-8750HNvidia GeForce GTX 107016GB DDR4256 GB SSD + 1 TB SSHD
MSI GS65 Stealth15.6in1080pIntel Core i7-8750HNvidia GeForce GTX 107032GB DDR4512 GB SSD

Acer Aspire E 15

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About the Laptop

We’ll be starting the list off with a budget-friendly solution, the Acer Aspire E15. This simple, unassuming laptop may not be the ultimate gaming machine, but it does a number of things right, making it a viable choice for gaming. But most importantly, it is the cheapest laptop on this list, so if you’re looking for an affordable way to play your favorite games away from home, then this might just be the best choice.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i5-8250U
CPU Core CountQuad-core
CPU Clock Speed1.6 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce MX150
GPU VRAM2GB GDDR5
RAM8GB DDR3
Storage256 GB SSD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen Size15.6 inches
Battery 6-cell Li-Ion
Weight5.27 lb (2.4 kg)

Review

As mentioned above, this is a rather unassuming laptop. With a simple black exterior and an overall minimal design, it looks more like a regular office laptop than a gaming one. And sure enough, some may appreciate this design approach.

Inside, we have an excellent 8th generation i5 CPU with four physical cores and eight threads that can reach clock speeds as high as 3.4 GHz, fast SSD storage, a more than sufficient 8GB of DDR3 RAM, and a good-looking 1080p IPS LCD display.

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But if you’re shopping for a gaming laptop, you’re probably more concerned with the graphics card, and the one found here is Nvidia’s GeForce MX150, a true testament to the capabilities of the Pascal architecture. It is almost twice as powerful as the previous-generation Maxwell-based mobile GPUs and leaves Intel’s integrated graphics solutions in the dust.

However, this is still a budget gaming laptop, and affordability is its greatest strength. The MX150 is an amazing solution if you’re mainly into eSports games, but it will inevitably struggle with newer, more demanding games. Needless to say, if eSports and indie games are your primary focus and/or you’re fine with dropping the settings in AAA games, you won’t find a gaming laptop better than this one.

As a final note, we’d like to point out that, while we definitely appreciate having an SSD, the 256 GB of internal storage will just not be enough for some people today, so an external HDD might be a good accessory to have if you end up getting this laptop.

What We Loved

  • Great performance in this price range
  • Solid GPU for 1080p or 720p gaming
  • Neutral design
  • Good overall value

What We Didn’t Like

  • May require external storage because of small SSD
  • Limited VRAM

MSI GV62 8RD

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About the Laptop

The next gaming laptop we have lined up comes from none other than MSI, and it is the GV62 8RD. Unlike the above Acer laptop, this one you can tell is a gaming laptop from the get-go, all thanks to the red LED keyboard backlight and the conspicuous MSI Gaming logo on the back. But what’s really great about this laptop is how it packs some important gaming features into an overall fairly affordable product.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i5-8300H
CPU Core CountQuad-core
CPU Clock Speed2.3 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
GPU VRAM4GB GDDR5
RAM8GB DDR4
Storage16GB Intel Optane + 1TB HDD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen Size15.6 inches
Battery 6-cell Li-Ion
Weight4.85 lb (2.2 kg)

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Coming with a sleek dark grey exterior and some red highlights, the GV62 does a good job of balancing the neutral with the aggressive. But of course, you’re not buying a gaming laptop for its looks, and this one doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the internals either.

Powering it is an 8th generation i5 CPU with four cores and eight threads, much like the one found in the Acer Aspire E15, though this one is a bit faster and can reach higher clock speeds. Then there’s the 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and storage that is handled a bit differently. Namely, the GV62 combines 16 GB of Intel Optane memory with a 1 TB hard drive, balancing the performance of SSDs with the capacity of HDDs quite well.

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The GPU is none other than the GTX 1050 Ti, a great budget Pascal GPU that is perfect for the laptops 1080p IPS display. Ultimately, this makes it a great budget gaming laptop, with the more powerful graphics being the most notable step up from the more affordable Aspire E15.

Furthermore, while the laptop is a bit lighter than most gaming laptops, the battery life is not quite stellar and the cooling does get a bit loud under load, but other than that, this is a great laptop if you’re looking for some extra performance that the above-described Acer model can’t provide.

What We Loved

  • Good budget GPU
  • Balanced storage
  • Fairly lightweight

What We Didn’t Like

  • Sub-average battery life
  • Fans get loud under heavy load

Dell G 5 15

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About the Laptop

The next laptop on our list comes from none other than Dell, and it belongs to their G-series of gaming laptops. This time, it’s the Dell G 5 15, an excellent 15-inch gaming laptop that will be more than enough for most people’s needs.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i5-8300H
CPU Core CountQuad-core
CPU Clock Speed2.3 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce GTX 1060
GPU VRAM6GB GDDR5
RAM8GB DDR4
Storage128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate60 Hz
Screen Size15.6 inches
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion
Weight6.28 lb (2.84 kg)

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Much like the above MSI laptop, this Dell G5 model employs a simple exterior design, blending gray with dark red highlights, although it generally feels less aggressive than the GV62. It also lacks the former’s LED-backlit keyboard, though it makes up for it in other areas.

This particular Dell G5 comes with internals which are more or less identical to the more modestly-priced MSI GV62 – an i5-8300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 1080p IPS display.

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Now, the areas where the Dell G5 excels are the storage and the GPU. First, there is a smallish but generally sufficient SSD and an ample 1TB HDD. Secondly and more importantly, the GPU found here is none other than the GeForce GTX 1060, which is hands-down the best mid-range GPU that Nvidia has to offer.

With that said, it should be obvious that this laptop will appeal to those who want a beefy GPU at a fairly approachable price. But of course, no laptop is without drawbacks – the laptop is on the heavy side, weighing over six pounds (almost 3 kg), so it’s not the most portable gaming laptop available. In addition to that, the battery life is not stellar here either and some users may find the SSD a tad too small for their needs.

What We Loved

  • Great GPU for 1080p gaming
  • Solid overall performance
  • Combined SSD and HDD storage

What We Didn’t Like

  • SSD may be small for some users
  • On the heavy side
  • Not the best battery life

Acer Predator Helios 300

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About the Laptop

Coming up next, we have another Acer laptop, although this one is a more serious gaming-oriented solution than the Aspire E15 we took a look at in the first entry – the Acer Predator Helios 300 is a true gaming laptop, inside and out.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i7-8750H
CPU Core CountHexa-core
CPU Clock Speed2.8 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce GTX 1060
GPU VRAM6GB GDDR5
RAM16GB DDR4
Storage256 GB SSD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate144 Hz
Screen Size15.6in
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion
Weight5.95lb (2.7 kg)

Review

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The Predator Helios 300 boasts a rather aggressive exterior, replete with red highlights and conspicuous geometric details. And much like the MSI GV62, the keyboard comes with a red LED backlight. This clearly establishes its identity as a gaming laptop at the very first glance, though what’s under the hood doesn’t disappoint either – and we should hope so, considering the price tag.

The laptop is powered by an 8th generation i7-8750H CPU that comes with a base clock speed of 2.2 GHz, although the turbo clock is a much more impressive 4.1 GHz. On the memory front, it combines an ample 16 GB of DDR4 RAM with a snappy 256 GB SSD. It is worth noting that there is also an empty 2.5-inch drive slot, in case that the SSD alone doesn’t offer enough storage for your needs.

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As for the GPU, it is once again the 6GB variant of the GTX 1060, just like with the above Dell G5 model, but the Helios has the advantage of a full-fledged 144 Hz IPS display that places it a clear notch above the slightly cheaper G5.

With all that said, it’s quite obvious that the Predator Helios 300 truly earns the right of being called a gaming laptop, though you’d most likely want to get an additional HDD, since 256GB can be a bit cramped based on how many games/programs you tend to have on your system drive.

Other than that, there are no major shortcomings apart from the fact that the laptop really does get quite loud when it starts heating up. Surprisingly, though, the battery life is quite decent for a laptop with such powerful hardware, though it still won’t last very long when it comes to gaming.

What We Loved

  • Ideal GPU for 1080p and 1440p gaming (on an external 1440p or higher monitor)
  • Very powerful CPU
  • 144Hz IPS display

What We Didn’t Like

  • Gets loud and hot when under load
  • May require additional storage

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR Edition

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About the Laptop

Moving on, we have a laptop from Asus’ Republic of Gamers brand, one that every gamer is most likely already familiar with. If so, then you probably already know what to expect from the Asus RoG Strix SCAR Edition gaming laptop – design and performance brought together in one package replete with RGB lighting.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i7-8750H
CPU Core CountHexa-core
CPU Clock Speed2.8 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce GTX 1070
GPU VRAM8GB GDDR5
RAM16GB DDR4
Storage256 GB SSD + 1 TB SSHD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate144 Hz
Screen Size17.3in
Battery 4-cell Li-Ion
Weight5.73 lb (2.6 kg)

Review

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As you’ll notice, this laptop sports a fairly clean exterior, as far as gaming laptops go. There are no red highlights to be seen here, but there is a large RGB-lit RoG logo on the back which lends it that bit of indispensable ‘gaming’ flair. The keyboard comes with an RGB backlight, too, and it’s all easy to control using Asus AuraSync.

Inside, we have the Intel i7-8750H yet again, the very same hexa-core CPU found in the cheaper Acer Predator Helios 300. Just the same, there is also 16GB of DDR4 RAM and the storage consists of a 256 GB SSD and a Seagate FireCuda 1 TB hybrid drive, both of which contribute to the laptop’s excellent performance.

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It is in the graphics department that this RoG Strix laptop has the upper hand, as it comes with a GPU none other than the GTX 1070, a high-end beast that masters 1080p gaming and can handle 1440p more than competently. Sadly, though, the laptop doesn’t come with a 1440p display, as the 17-inch screen really could have looked really good with such a high resolution. Nonetheless, the 144 Hz refresh rate is still here, so nobody will be left wanting when it comes to performance.

Ultimately, there is very little wrong with this laptop other than the unimpressive battery life, which is once again understandable considering the powerful CPU and GPU. However, the price, too, should be considered, as the laptop is quite pricey with a near-$2000 price tag.

NOTE: Asus is giving out free copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 with this laptop up until New Years, so if you’re planning on getting this one, best do it before then.

What We Loved

  • Top-notch CPU and GPU performance
  • Beautiful 17-inch 144 Hz IPS display
  • RGB lighting
  • Plenty of storage

What We Didn’t Like

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Expensive

MSI GS65 Stealth

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About the Laptop

The final and most expensive laptop on our list, ironically, doesn’t really look that much like a gaming laptop to being with. The MSI GS65 Stealth, despite the unassuming ‘stealthy’ design, has virtually everything that you could ever want out of a gaming laptop.

Specifications

CPU ModelIntel Core i7-8750H
CPU Core CountHexa-core
CPU Clock Speed2.8 GHz
GPU ModelNvidia GeForce GTX 1070
GPU VRAM8GB GDDR5
RAM32GB DDR4
Storage512GB SSD
Display Resolution1920×1080
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Refresh Rate144 Hz
Screen Size15.6in
Battery 4-cell Li-Polymer
Weight4.14 lb (1.88kg)

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While most high-end gaming laptops stick with a more aggressive design philosophy, the GS65, with its clean black exterior, golden highlights, and slim frame, seems more like a fancy notebook than a top-notch gaming laptop with beefy hardware.

Unsurprisingly, under the hood are the same excellent 8th-gen i7-8750H CPU and the superb GTX 1070 GPU, complemented by a stunning 144 Hz IPS display, a spacious 512GB SSD which ought to provide more than enough storage for most people, and a monstrous 32 GB of RAM.

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As you can see, the GS65 has the same key specs as the cheaper Asus RoG Strix laptop described above, but all packed in a much sleeker and lighter frame. It even comes with an RGB-lit keyboard, and we should hope so, considering the price tag!

Apart from that, we should also note that 32 GB of RAM is indeed an overkill in a gaming laptop, unless you also plan on using some memory-hungry professional software as well. If not, MSI sells several more affordable variants of this laptop, including versions with a GTX 1060 instead of a 1070, differing amounts of RAM, and different storage solutions.

What We Loved

  • Top-notch specs and performance
  • Clean and appealing design
  • Very light and slim for a gaming laptop
  • Multiple configurations readily available

What We Didn’t Like

  • 32GB of RAM is unnecessary in a gaming laptop
  • Very expensive

Should You Buy a Gaming Laptop?

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Looking at the specs of some of these laptops, you might think that they would perform as well as a desktop PC, but you’d be wrong. Not only do gaming laptops cost much more than desktops with similar hardware specifications, but they will also always lag behind in terms of raw performance.

So, why the price and performance gap?

Two reasons:

  1. It is difficult to effectively cram powerful hardware in the small chassis of a laptop
  2. It is even more difficult to make full use of that hardware, considering the limited airflow inside a compact laptop chassis

The mobile versions of CPUs and GPUs found in gaming laptops are underpowered versions of their desktop counterparts, and not only do they offer less performance at a higher price, but they also lack a very important perk that you get with a desktop PC, and that’s upgradeability.

Obviously, when it comes to a desktop PC, you can always simply swap out any of the old components for new ones, potentially selling the old hardware if it’s still functioning at the time of the upgrade. And while most laptops support RAM and storage upgrades, you will be stuck with the rest of the internals as they are.

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But of course, the same advantage goes for gaming laptops as it does for every laptop, and it’s portability. What they lack in regards to raw power, they make up for by balancing power and portability extremely well, so if you need a gaming computer that you can easily carry around with you wherever you go, then a gaming laptop is still definitely worth the money.

What’s more, the performance of a laptop can further be boosted with the help of cooling pads which boost airflow and thus enhance cooling efficiency. Furthermore, a weak or outdated laptop GPU can be supplemented with an external GPU, though eGPU enclosures are quite pricey and support is still spotty at best.

In the case that you decide a desktop PC would be a better choice for your needs, check out our gaming PC building guide, as it will help you through the process and provide insight into everything you will need to put together your own personalized gaming machine.

Conclusion – The Best Gaming Laptop of 2019

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With everything taken into account, our vote for the best gaming laptop of 2019 would have to go to the Acer Predator Helios 300.

Why?

True, it’s not the most powerful gaming laptop on this list, but it definitely presents the best value for your money – it comes with a great CPU and a powerful GPU that is more than capable of fully utilizing that 1080p 144 Hz display. Furthermore, while some may find its 256 GB of storage limiting, as mentioned before, it can easily be expanded. All of this makes for a very reliable and versatile laptop that will be a good match for most people’s needs.

With that, we are going to conclude this gaming laptop buying guide. Do you agree with our choice? If not, let us know which of these laptops you’d prefer and why!

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