Best Gaming Laptops of 2022

Our picks for the best gaming laptops for every type of gamer and budget

The best gaming laptops come in various sizes and shapes, for different needs and budgets. So while a tricked out $5,000-plus model with the highest-end graphics and best display might give you the best gaming laptop experience, most of us can’t afford a rig like that. Our picks here are often high-end models (we’re an enthusiast site, after all), but most come in various configurations at various price points. For those on a tight gaming budget, we’ve recently launched a best gaming laptops under $1,500 page.

Thankfully, there are more gaming laptop options now than ever, from budget-friendly to desktop replacements. Some come with full-size Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards, while others go for the more efficient Max-Q designs that enable thinner chassis and (sometimes) quieter fans.

Finding the Best Gaming Laptop

While many of the best gaming laptops come with a 1080p display and high refresh rates, some include 4K screens, so you can pick between fidelity and resolution. Several gaming laptop go as fast as 360 Hz. There are also an increasing number of 2560 x 1440 display options, giving you an option other than 1080p or 4K.

There is more choice than ever in components, too. While Intel is still a popular option, AMD’s Ryzen processors are becoming more common, though the majority of notebooks in general still use Intel. On the GPU side, Nvidia’s RTX GPUs are in far more laptops, though AMD is slowly starting to pair its own graphics cards with hits CPUs for what it calls an “AMD Advantage.”

The latest technologies in processors include Intel’s 12th Gen “Alder Lake” processors, which use a hybrid design with Performance and Efficient cores, and AMD’s Ryzen 6000 CPUs. Just like desktops, anything with the latest graphics cards can still be hard to come by right now thanks to a global components shortage.

To help you find the best gaming laptop today, we’ve compiled a list of the best models we’ve tested and reviewed recently. For much more on how to narrow down your list of best gaming laptop considerations, check out our best gaming laptop buyer’s guide. But here are a few quick tips to get you started down the road to the right portable gaming rig for you.

While many gamers may go to desktops to get the most performance for their money, try lugging a tower, monitor and keyboard around in your backpack. When you need a powerful rig you can take with you, there’s no substitute for a gaming laptop.

The picks on this list should be ready to run Windows 11 if it didn’t come preinstalled already.

Quick Gaming Laptop Shopping Tips

  • Focus on the GPU: Most games are dependent on the GPU, and those aren’t upgradeable. If you splurge on a powerful GPU now, you’ll be gaming comfortably for a few years.
  • You can upgrade some parts later: While the best CPUs for gaming and GPUs are almost always soldered down, most gaming laptops let you replace the RAM and storage, so you can buy cheaper now and add more memory and a bigger hard drive or SSD down the road.
  • Battery life will probably be bad: Very few gaming notebooks get 8 hours or more on a charge, and you need the power supply to get the best gaming performance anyway. However, we’ve seen some strong times from AMD’s Ryzen processors, and Nvidia suggests its improved Optimus technology may help turn the tide.

Best Gaming Laptops You Can Buy Today

1. MSI GE76 Raider

The Best Overall Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: Intel Core i9-12900HK
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • Display: 17.3 inches, 1920 x 1080, 360 Hz
  • Weight: 6.39 pounds (2.9 kg)


  • Strong CPU and GPU performance
  • Plenty of ports
  • Striking RGB light bar


  • Fans run loud
  • Display is dimmer than prior model
  • Expensive at top-tier configurations

If you’re looking for a laptop with desktop-level power, the MSI GE76 Raider is about as close as you’ll get, though you may also have to spend a ton of money to get there. Still, with its high-end components like the Intel Core i9-12900HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

We’d be remiss to point out that the Raider has a large RGB light bar on the front, which, when combined with per-key lighting, makes for quite an effect in the dark (or you can turn it all of if you prefer something a bit less showy).

The 17.3-inch, 1080p display goes up to 360 Hz, which is great for esports players, but everyone else might want to consider a 1440p or 4K display, depending on available configurations. 

We tested this laptop at $3,999, which is enough to make you tear up when you check your bank account. That’s an awful lot to spend on a laptop (we imagine DDR5 memory partially brings that price up), but it’s also the best performer we’ve seen recently.

2. Razer Blade 15 (2022)

Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-12800H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • Display: 15.6 inches, 2560 x 1440, 240 Hz
  • Weight: 4.4 pounds / 2.01 kg


  • Strong gaming performance
  • Excellent build quality
  • Great webcam and ports


  • Mixed productivity performance
  • Competitors have better screens
  • Pricey

Razer has simplified its Blade 15 lineup, removing the “Advanced” and “Base” models, but what’s left is still a very good, thin, stylish gaming notebook. The Blade 15 remains a favorite because it has strong performance (with a Core i7-127800H and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti in the model we reviewed) but is just 4.4 pounds and 0.57 inches thick.

You still get a variety of ports, like Thunderbolt 4, both USB Type-C and Type-A as well as an SD card reader, so there’s plenty of expansion for peripherals and extra storage for games. It would even work great for productivity, though we did find some competing gaming laptops were better in non-gaming benchmarks.

To get Razer’s premium look and feel, you do have to pay a premium. This notebook starts at $2,499 and we reviewed it at $2,999. It’s pricey, but it’s also maintained a spot among our favorite gaming notebooks for years for a reason.

3. Alienware x17 R2

Best 17-inch Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: Intel Core i9-12900HK
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • Display: 17.3-inch, 1920 x 1080, 360 Hz
  • Weight: 6.82 pounds / 3.09 kg


  • Excellent productivity and gaming performance
  • Stunning design


  • Expensive
  • A bit larger and heavier than the competition
  • Battery life could be better

The Alienware x17 R2 goes up to an Intel Core i9-12900HK and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, some of the most powerful parts on the market. In our review, the laptop showed strong performance in both gaming and productivity.

Alienware’s design, which debuted last year, is lovely. It’s still clearly a gaming notebook, but it’s futuristic and minimal. That being said, it’s a bit larger than some competitors, and at 6.82 pounds, you probably won’t want to carry this around too often.

If you have a bit of extra cash, we highly recommend the optional $50 Cherry MX mechanical keyboard, which feels excellent, and everyone on our staff who has tried it has enjoyed it.

4. Acer Nitro 5

The Best Budget Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12500H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 144 Hz
  • Weight: 5.51 pounds / 2.5 kg


  • Affordable
  • Clean design
  • Decent performance for the price


  • Way too much bloatware
  • Display is a little washed out

The Acer Nitro 5 has long been our favorite gaming laptop for those on a tight budget.  The latest model we’ve tested, with an Intel Core i5-12500H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti offers decent performance for the price, as long as you’re willing to turn down the settings on some games.

Acer has given the Nitro 5 a new, more adult design. It’s less angular, and with fewer red accents, doesn’t scream as much that it’s a gaming notebook. We’ve seen that aesthetic become popular on expensive notebooks, it’s nice to see a toned-down design on a gaming laptop that’s $899.99.  (Don’t worry, there’s still an RGB backlit keyboard for those that are into that sort of thing. 

There’s a bit of room to upgrade inside, too. Acer includes a SATA cable in the box for people who want to open the laptop and add a 2.5-inch hard drive or SSD. The RAM, NVMe SSD, and Wi-Fi card are all easily accessible, too.

The big downside for buying on a budget is the amount of bloatware Acer preinstalled on this thing. You may want to spend a bit of time removing some of the extras.

5. HP Victus 15

Another Solid Budget Option


  • CPU: Intel Core i5-12450H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
  • Display: 15.6-inch, 1920 x 1080, 144 Hz
  • Weight: 5.04 pounds / 2.29 kg


  • Strong entry-level gaming
  • Also solid for performance
  • Starts relatively inexpensive


  • Could use better display and webcam
  • Lots of pre-installed software

HP’s Victus 15 secures a slot on this list by deftly balancing what you can get at the extreme low-end of gaming laptops. We tested this laptop near its entry-level configuration, at $799.99 with an Intel Core i5-12450H and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650.

For $800, you can’t expect greatness. Most games will play at at least medium settings, though you’ll have to turn some to low from the day you buy it. But for the games that can push high frame rates with the GTX 1650, you get a 1080p, 144 Hz display. That 12th Gen H-series Intel processor is no slouch when you want to use the Victus for productivity work, perhaps at work or school.

If you’re looking to spend as little as possible, you can squeeze value out of the Victus. You won’t get the best display or webcam around, but you’ll spend well under $1,000. One tip, if you can, is to make sure your purchase includes dual-channel RAM. Some stores, like HP’s, let you configure this, and it should improve performance somewhat. Ours didn’t have this, and we wish it did.

The design, while largely plastic, is actually quite mature. Even on the low-end, your gaming laptop can fit in anywhere.

6. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

A Thin, All-AMD Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX 6800S
  • Display: 14-inch 2560 x 1600, 16:10, 120 Hz
  • Weight: 3.79 pounds / 1.72 kg


  • Long battery life
  • Sleek, portable design
  • Asus finally added a webcam 
  • Surprisingly good speakers


  • Some keyboard touchpoints run uncomfortably warm
  • Pricey

If you’re a PC gamer on the go, a thin PC like the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 may be up your alley. The Zephyrus uses an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS and an AMD Radeon RX 6800S, as well as the company’s proprietary features like SmartShift (to move power between the CPU and GPU) and SmartAccess Memory.

For the latest update, Asus added a webcam, which was a glaring omission on previous models. The all-AMD model has also moved to a taller, 16:10 aspect ratio.

On our battery test, the Zephyrus ran for over 10 and a half hours, suggesting you could last all day on this notebook when you aren’t gaming.

It is, however, a bit pricey. The Zephyrus starts at $1,599.99, while we reviewed it with the top-tier specs at $2,499.99.

7. Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE (G733)

A High-End Esports Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: Intel Core i9-12950HX
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
  • Display: 17.3-inch 2560 x 1440, 240 Hz
  • Weight: 6.39 pounds / 2.9 kg


  • Powerful components
  • Functional design
  • Plenty of ports


  • No webcam

If you want top-tier esports performance, the Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 SE is the way to go. Yes, it’s expensive, but with an Intel Core i9-12950HX and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti, this laptop can handle intense graphics from high-budget games, but can also push esports to the limit.

With a 2560 x 1440, 240 Hz display, you can play games at high resolution, high frame rate, or a combination of the two.

The design is functional, albeit with lots of gamer-focused elements, like lots of RGB, some see-through plastic and some designs that light up under UV light. The one issue it the lack of a webcam; You’ll have to bring your own.

We also liked that there are a ton of ports, including Thunderbolt 4, multiple USB Type-A ports, USB Type-C, HDMI 2.1 and an Ethernet jack.

8. Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 7)

A 16-inch Esports Machine


  • CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti
  • Display: 16-inch, 2560 x 1600, 165 Hz
  • Weight: 5.49 pounds / 2.49 kg


  • Strong gaming performance
  • 165 Hz display is nice and bright
  • Long battery life for non-gaming uses


  • Weak audio
  • Comes with a lot of bloatware

The Lenovo Legion 5i Pro offers strong performance with a screen that lets you switch between high refresh rate gaming meant for esports or high resolution for more cinematic games. It’s a 16-inch, 2560 x 1600 panel that goes up to 165 Hz. That’s not the fastest we’ve seen on a gaming notebook, but it’s a nice balance.

The “i” in 5i Pro stands for Intel. We tested with an Intel Core i7-12700H along with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 3070 Ti. Our system also had 16GB of DDR5 RAM and a 512GB SSD.

We were pleasantly surprised by the Legion’s battery life. The laptop ran for seven and a half hours on our battery test, which is longer than most gaming PCs. That suggests that you could use it for quite a bit as a productivity machine (especially in conjunction with the tall 16:10 screen to see your work).

The audio wasn’t amazing, so you may want a pair of the best gaming headsets. But otherwise, this system is a jack of all gaming trades. 

9. Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551

The Best Dual-Screen Gaming Laptop


  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
  • Display: 5.6-inch, 3840 x 2160 primary display, 3740 x 1100 ScreenPad Plus
  • Weight: 5.29 pounds / 2.4 kg


  • Excellent productivity performance
  • Bright, colorful displays
  • Good battery life (for a gaming laptop)


  • No webcam
  • Input devices are awkward

Asus’ latest ROG Zephyrus Duo uses AMD’s top-end RYzen 9 5900HX paired with an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 for powerful results, while using a second screen that lifts up to provide more ventilation to improve cooling.

The two displays are both bright and colorful, and at a bit over 4 hours and 52 minutes on our battery test, it’s endurance is good (for a gaming notebook, anyway).

The keyboard and mouse are in an awkward position, like most dual-screen notebooks on the market (most people will likely use an external mouse for gaming). So you’ll have to decide if that second screen — which is great for chat programs, gaming guides or music apps — is worth a more difficult typing experience.

Best Gaming Laptops Compared

*Up toCPUGPURAMStorageDisplay (inches)Weight (Ibs)
MSI GE76 RaiderCore i9-11980HK*RTX 308032GB*1TB*15.6, 1080p, 300Hz5.3
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model (Late 2021)Intel Core i7-11800HRTX 307016GB*1TB*15.6, 1440p, 240Hz4.4
Razer Blade 15 Advanced ModelCore i7-10875H*RTX 2080 Super Max-Q16GB1TB*15.6, 1080p, 300Hz4.7
Alienware m17 R4Core i9-10980HK*RTX 308032GB2x 1TB RAID 017.3, 2160p, 360Hz6.6
Acer Nitro 5Core i5-12500HRTX 3050 Ti16GB512GB15.6, 1080p, 144Hz5.5
Asus ROG G15 Advantage EditionRyzen 9 5900HXRX 6800M16GB512GB15.6, 1080p, 300Hz6.6
Asus ROG Strix 17 G733Ryzen 9 5900HXRTX 308032GB2x 1TB17.3, 1080p, 360Hz5.9
Lenovo Legion 5i Pro (Gen 7)Intel Core i7-12700HRTX 3070 Ti16GB512GB16-inch, 2K, 165 Hz5.4
Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 SE GX551Ryzen 9 5900HXRTX 308032GB2x 1TB RAID015.6, 2160p, 300Hz5.3

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