Best gaming laptops 2022

Gaming laptops are complex machines with sometimes overwhelming specs and marketing terms to wade through. It makes it hard to choose a model, especially when you’re spending potentially thousands of pounds but our best gaming laptops chart will guide you to the right one.

We’ve reviewed and ranked lots of different models for you to choose from at a range of different prices, sizes and specs. Including brands like Asus, Alienware, Razer, HP, Lenovo and more.

Laptops featuring 12th-gen Intel processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 graphics cards, or the most recent AMD Ryzen 6000 series processors will be available in 2022. Keep a look out for fresh entries as we’re constantly testing and adding new models.

  1. Asus ROG Strix G15 (2021)

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6GB GDDR6 with ROG Boost up to 1802MHz at 115W (130W with Dynamic Boost 2.0) Latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor (16M Cache, up to 4.6 GHz) 144Hz 15.6” Full HD 1920×1080 IPS-Type Display 16GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM | 512GB PCIe SSD ROG Intelligent Cooling thermal system with Thermal Grizzly Liquid Metal Thermal Compound Comes with Windows 10 and a FREE upgrade to Windows 11 (when available1)

There’s a lot to like about the surprisingly affordable Asus ROG Strix G15. Despite its mid-range price, it includes up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card and AMD Ryzen 7 5800H processor.

It’s well-placed to tackle triple-A games, fast eSports titles and tough content-creation workloads, and elsewhere this machine has a butter-smooth 300Hz display and a comfortable, crisp keyboard. It’s even pretty cool and quiet.

The relatively low price means that it misses out on some features and it’s a little thicker and heavier than other machines, but those are not dealbreakers on this excellent mid-range machine.

2. Alienware m15 Ryzen Edition R5 (2021)

Dell Alienware m15 R5 Ryzen Edition Laptop 15.6″ Non-Touch Screen Dark Side of the Moon AMD Ryzen 9 Ryzen 9-5900 3GHz (4.7GHz With Turbo Boost) 1TB SSD Hard Drive & 32GB RAM Memory 1920×1080 FHD resolution Non-Touch with an integrated Webcam and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Graphics Card Wireless Wifi & Bluetooth

The m15 Ryzen Edition R5 is one of the most affordable Alienware models on the market right now, and that means it has to concentrate on the basics.

And, for the most part, this machine succeeds: it’s got solid mainstream gaming power alongside an excellent processor, and it has a great screen, a satisfying keyboard with Cherry MX option and good looks. Connectivity isn’t bad, either.

The relatively low price does mean compromise, though. The speakers and trackpad disappoint, battery life could be better and this machine does get hot. It’s missing a handful of features, too. That makes it a good mainstream laptop, but it won’t go further than that unless you spend more cash. 

3. Asus ROG Flow Z13 (2022)

  • ULTIMATE VERSATILITY – Z13’s tablet form factor gives you the flexibility to follow your flow. Use the touchscreen with active stylus support for drawing and taking notes or attach the included keyboard for serious work and play.
  • FLEX YOUR PROCESSING POWER – Speed through any task on the go with the Intel Core i7-12700H Processor with 24MB Cache and up to 4.7GHz clock speed and a dynamically boosted NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 graphics card with MUX Switch.
  • SAY GOODBYE TO SLOW LOAD TIMES – Store your entire game library on a swift 512GB PCIe 4.0 SSD and alt-tab almost instantly with 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM.
  • ROG INTELLIGENT COOLING – Great performance in such compact space can only be achieved with even greater cooling, and the Z13 takes it to the next level, with liquid metal on the CPU and a custom vapor chamber module.
  • EXPAND YOUR VIEW – See everything with a 16:10 13.4” FHD (1920×1200) 120z touchscreen, covering 100% sRGB color space and PANTONE Validated for the most accurate color reproduction.
  • XG MOBILE SUPPORT – Connect to the XG Mobile eGPU and docking station to turn your convertible into a workstation. The XG Mobile is smaller than typical eGPUs, but harnesses more power thanks to increased bandwidth. *Sold separately.
  • FULL CONNECTIVITY – Blazing fast Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, 1x Thunderbolt 4, 1x USB 3.2 Type-C (Gen2), 1x USB 2.0, 1x microSD (UHS-II)
  • LET YOUR COLORS SHINE – ROG Aura Sync System with detachable RGB Keyboard

It’s not a laptop in the traditional way but the Flow Z13 is certainly a fully-fledged gaming device, it’s just that the keyboard is removable. This Surface Pro-like design makes it incredibly portable and versatile, though not suitable for placing on your lap.

There’s not really anything else like it in the gaming world thanks to an optional XG Mobile GPU dock which gains you an RTX 3080 and plenty of ports. Even if you can’t splash out on that, the Z13 offers solid performance with an RTX 3050 Ti along with either a Core i9 or Ryzen 9.

The Mini-LED screen is great with a 120Hz refresh rate, and we’d avoid the 4K model at 60Hz. The main downsides of the Z13 are the battery life and price.

4. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The ROG Zephyrus G14 marries gaming laptop clout with ultrabook sensibilities in one of the most compact and powerful gaming laptops we’ve ever seen.

A tip of the hat has to go to the thermal design of this compact machine, which can accommodate up to a Ryzen 9 4900HS, 32GB of DDR4 RAM, up to a 1TB M.2 NVMe SSD and, most impressively, Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q graphics.

There’s also the matter of this machine’s ‘AniMe Matrix’ LED-laden lid, which can display images, text, equalisers and even animated GIFs – perfect for adding a touch of character and personalisation to your machine or as a means to silently trash-talk your competitors during competitions..

2.9GHz AMD Ryzen 7 8-Core Processor (Up to 4.2GHz) 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD Storage, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics (4GB GDDR6) 14 Inch 120Hz Full HD Display (1920 x 1080) Thin Bezel, VR Ready Windows 10 Home, 10 Hour Battery Life, Backlit Keyboard, Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0 Ports and Slots: 1 x HDMI; 1 x USB Type-C, 2 x USB Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C 3.2 with Power Delivery, 1 x Display Port and G-Sync; 1 x Audio Jack

5. Razer Blade Stealth 13

The Blade Stealth 13 has been updated late in 2020 to fit 11th-gen Intel chips.

As you might expect, Razer offers impressive mainstream gaming power inside a light, slim and sturdy case with a top-notch 1080p screen – if you need a lightweight machine for gaming and eSports, it’ll cope.

However, the concentration on svelte design means the Razer has an underwhelming keyboard, an Intel CPU that’s regularly beaten by AMD and a very high price – so you’ll get a more rounded machine if you’re not set on the black and green of Razer. 

Blaze through Games and Content Creation — NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB VRAM graphics, Quad-Core 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 Processor, and 16GB dual-channel memory. Designed for Mobility: Ultra thin, light and incredibly durable with a CNC unibody aluminum frame and long battery life. OLED Full HD Thin Bezel Touch Display – Visually stunning OLED Touch Display with 100% sRGB and DCI-P3 color space for content creation, entertainment and productivity. Razer Chroma Keyboard and Precision Touchpad: Keyboard featuring single-zone RGB lighting with 16.8 million color options, and a precision glass touchpad. Complete Connectivity — Includes Thunderbolt 4, USB-C, USB-A, Wireless AX, HD Webcam utlizing Windows Hello, and 4-array mics.

6. Acer Predator Helios 300

The Helios 300 for 2020 is another well-rounded gaming laptop from Acer offering a nice mix of components and features.

If you just need the kind of pace for mainstream titles and eSports then the 10th Gen Intel and CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU is a solid combination. And games will be displayed on the smooth 144Hz display.

While the price undercuts many rivals there are a few downsides to consider including lower screen quality beyond that refresh rate, mediocre battery life and a pretty chunky design. If they worry you then look elsewhere for a little more finesse, although likely at a higher price.

Aspect Ratio:16:9 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 5.0 GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit Overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC) 16 GB DDR4 2933MHz Dual-Channel Memory, 512GB NVMe SSD (2 x M.2 slots; 1 slot open for easy upgrades) & 1 – Available Hard Drive Bay 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard | Wireless: Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AX 1650i 802. 11ax Wi-Fi 6; LAN: Killer Ethernet E2600 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; DTS X: Ultra-Audio; 4th Gen All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan Connectivity technology: Bluetooth

7. Acer Nitro 5

If you’re looking for performance on a big laptop for a budget price then the Acer Nitro 5 is a great shout.

This offers an Nvidia RTX graphics and a large 17in display for under a grand meaning it can keep up with more expensive gaming laptops. There are plenty of ports and a nice keyboard too.

While the display is 120Hz, it lacks in colour so games can look dull. The chassis is chunky too so this is an affordable desktop replacement for those not too fussed about the colour accuracy of the display.

9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H Processor (Up to 4.1 GHz) 15.6 inches Full HD Widescreen IPS LED-backlit display; NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM 8GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory; 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 slots – 1 slot open for easy upgrades) and 1 – Available hard drive bay LAN: 10, 100, 1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN (RJ-45 port); Wireless: Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX200 802.11ax Backlit keyboard; Acer Cool Boost technology with twin fans and dual exhaust ports

8. Alienware m17 R4

The addition of an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 makes this one of the fastest notebooks on the planet, and the Intel processor, fast memory and storage and solid internal connectivity make this a barnstorming machinery.

Alienware bolsters the components with a stunning 360Hz display, a great keyboard (with optional Cherry MX switches) and an eye-catching design making it one of the best 17in gaming laptops you can buy.

That’s if you can afford it though and it has a middling trackpad and speakers. It’s also heavy and noisy – and battery life is poor. But none of that is a surprise, and it’s not unique to the m17. 

If you’ve got the cash, this is the fastest gaming laptop you can buy, and its design is superb. We’d only look elsewhere if you want more CPU power from an AMD processor.

17.3-inch FHD (Full HD 1920 x 1080) 360Hz 5ms 300-nits 100% sRGB color gamut with NVIDIA-GSYNC technology 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10870H (8-Core, 16MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz Max Turbo Frequency) 16GB 2933MHz DDR4 , 1 TB PCIe SSD NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650i 802.11ax 2×2 Wireless LAN + Bluetooth 5.1

9. Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED (2021)

It might not be marketed as a gaming laptop but the Aero 15 OLED has the components for it and then some – an RTX 3070 with a Core i7-10870H at the least – only with a display that’s designed for creative tasks.

This is an amazingly sleek and portable, yet powerful laptop which will suit those looking for a single machine to handle complex work tasks such as video editing and then, once work is over, some of the latest AAA games. That’s if you’re ok with a refresh rate of 60Hz.

You can drop down to a Full HD display with 144Hz refresh rate but we’d recommend going for an OLED model if you can afford it – especially if you need the performance of this stunning display which can achieve 100% of the P3 colour space.

It’s just very expensive, hence the position in this chart.

10. HP Omen 15 (2020)

The HP Omen 15 (2020) is affordable, and it balances a decent GTX 1660 Ti graphics card with a superb AMD Ryzen 7 processor.

There’s plenty of performance here and you can jump to an RTX 2060 for not much more. We also like the new design and the range of ports on offer.

It’s a decent option for a portable gaming laptop without breaking the bank. The screen is mediocre, though, and other areas like the battery life and keyboard leave us wanting a little more. Buy it for the power hidden under the bonnet.

15.6″ diagonal FHD, 144 Hz, IPS, anti-glare, micro-edge, WLED-backlit, 300 nits, 72% NTSC (1920 x 1080), AMD Ryzen 7 4800H (2.9 GHz base clock, up to 4.3 GHz max boost clock, 4 MB L2 cache, 8 cores) 1TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, 16GB DDR4-3200 SDRAM (2 x 8 GB) 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-C 5Gbps signaling rate (DisplayPort 1.4, HP Sleep and Charge); 1 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate (HP Sleep and Charge); 2 SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate; 1 Mini DisplayPort; 1 HDMI 2.0a; 1 RJ-45; 1 AC smart pin; 1 headphone/microphone combo, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Graphics Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX 200 (2×2) and Bluetooth 5 Combo, Integrated 10/100/1000 GbE LAN HP Wide Vision HD camera with integrated dual array digital microphone, Windows 10 Home


Check Also

The SEC is trying to freeze Binance’s assets

The Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to freeze the assets of Binance, the world’s …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *