No need to worry about a big tower PC to play in good conditions. Thanks to Nvidia’s “mobile” 3D chips and the latest generations of Intel chips, laptops can now run the most resource-intensive games with an excellent level of detail, while remaining true nomadic machines.
There are some very good “gamer” laptops that barely weigh two kilos. The most powerful, however, can easily exceed 4 kilos (not counting the weight of the adapter) and are rather designed to replace a tower at home.
On the performance side, the best machines are those equipped with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX chips, the RTX 2060, 2070 and 2080 (classic, Great or Max-Q). They are generally accompanied by Intel chips with 4, 6 or even 8 cores. The latest are those of the Comet Lake-H family and all have a reference that starts with the number “10” and ends with an “H” or the couple “HK” like the Core i5-10400H or the Core i9-10980HK.
In recent weeks, the first laptops in AMD Ryzen 7 or 9 4000 series finally arrive on the shelves. One of them is even in our Top 5. Their goal? Capsize the Cores, of course!
On the most muscular gaming PCs, there is 16 or 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, with the added bonus of a super-fast SSD module with 512 GB or 1 TB of storage. Or two SSDs or a couple consisting of an SSD and a large hard drive. With such a high level of equipment, these machines, beyond 3D gaming, are also very powerful workstations.
But beware of the prices! A gaming laptop is expensive, much more than a desktop PC of comparable performance. The five best gaming laptops tested by our lab and presented here, range from 2,000 to nearly 4,500 euros.
But beyond these Rolls of the game, there are many much more affordable models, based on Intel and AMD processors again, and most of them equipped with new generation Nvidia graphics cards but less muscular than the RTX. Those are the GeForce GTX 1650 and 1660 classic, Ti and / or Max-Q. AMD still shines with its absence on laptop graphics chips.
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5. Gigabyte Aorus 17 YA
Demoted to fifth place, the Aorus 17 YA from Gigabyte is a very good gaming machine. Big and powerful. Very powerful, even. Its mechanical-type keyboard is pleasant to navigate, especially for playing. A little less to work, however. Its Full HD screen lacks a bit of brightness, yes, but it makes up for it with a remarkable display speed of 240 Hz. Good for FPS, that.
General note : 8/10 Manufacturer price: 4000 euros approximately
Read the complete test of the Gigabyte Aorus 17 YA
4. Dell Alienware m15 R2
The Alienware m15 R2 also comes down a step in the top but maintains a good position in our ranking. Its housing is magnificent and the comfort of play or work reaches new heights. The model we tested relied on a 4K OLED screen to seduce us.
Good or bad news: this version no longer exists on the Dell site (but can still be found at third-party resellers). But its replacement is clearly more worth it from our point of view. Unless you were keen on 4K …
You will have the same configuration, a Full HD 144Hz panel and still eye tracking hidden in the hinge. Its price is 2600 euros normally, but Dell is marketing it at 2230 euros at the moment. And you can, in addition, be reimbursed 300 euros after purchase. A case !
Note: 8.01 / 10 Manufacturer price: Around 2900 euros (4K OLED) / 2615 euros (Full HD IPS).
Read the full review of the Dell Alienware m15 R2
3. Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB
If you absolutely wanted to have a 4K and OLED screen that the Alienware above no longer offers – the 4th of our selection -, go for this Aero 15 OLED XB from Gigabyte! He has the right number of pixels and a quality AMOLED panel. Not to mention that it hides a beautiful mechanism in its slim case.
It is both a creation and game machine that is hidden in a very sober, very versatile case. The keyboard, whose keys can be colored at will, may betray it among all the other machines of your colleagues. Even if it is not perfect, this Aero – sold at the right price – is full of advantages. He deserves his third place in our ranking.
Note: 8.73 / 10 Manufacturer price: Around 2700 euros
Read the full review of the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB
2. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The Zephyrus G14 is a true gaming laptop. In the strict sense of the word. It is light, compact and takes a lot of time on battery … as long as you do not start a game. For gaming, with the adapter plugged into the mains, it’s a little bomb. And the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS processor has something to do with it. Combined with a good little RTX from Nvidia, as you will discover in the test below, it does wonders. Note, however, that the version we tested had more SSDs than the model currently sold on the market.
Note: 8.25 / 10 Manufacturer price: Approximately 2300 euros
Read the full review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401IV)
Discover the first of our ranking after the box!
1. Dell Alienware Area 51m
It’s quite simply the most powerful gaming laptop in the world! Alienware is a tech freak, equipped with the best 3D chip around, the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER from Nvidia, and a 10-core Intel processor from … desktop PCs. The 2020 version of the machine, still equipped with Intel but with the latest Core, the Comet Lake-S, is finally available and asks only to roar the gigahertz.
The machine is painful to transport, with its 4 kilos and two large chargers, but it ridicules all its competitors for the game and the rest. Unsurprisingly, the price of the machine is as crazy as its equipment when you start putting beefy components in it.
Please note, in the event of a purchase (or a piggy bank explosion, as desired), Dell will reimburse you 200 euros until September 30, requiring re-entry.
General note : 8.81 / 10 Manufacturer price: from 2300 euros
Read the Dell Alienware Area 51m full review