What is a good laptop for gaming? Our team have tested the best gaming laptops with reviews below
Product reviews of the best gaming laptops
We spent over 100 hours testing 40 of the bestselling Gaming Laptops available on the market.
We wanted to find the best performing model that featured a UK keyboard.
Thick and sturdy exterior, powerful cooling system, good graphics, high quality backlit keyboard and a good audio system were among the most important features that we considered.
The Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop was out favourite gaming laptop.
It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, has a high-quality build and has excellent graphics. However, it is quite heavy at 4.42 kgs.
The ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop, on the other hand, is the most lightweight laptop on our list.
t still features good graphics and a stylish neat design. Below you’ll find our thoughts on the rest of our shortlist.
Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop – 100%
The large 17.3-inch display of the Alienware features 120HZ refresh rate. This enables it to provide excellent graphics and user experience with clear and crisp imaging.
The exterior is highly tough featuring an aluminium, steel and magnesium alloy construction.
We liked that the Alienware comes with a powerful processor, a UK backlit keyboard and a good sound quality.
However, it is also the heaviest gaming camera on our list weighing 4.42 kilograms. It is not the best where portability is concerned.
ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop – 96%
This is a high-quality gaming laptop that comes with a 2-year warranty. The exterior is strong and the keyboard is backlit for easier use when gaming.
The ASUS GL502 comes with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card. This, combined with the large 15.6-inch display, 8GB memory and powerful core i7 processor, create an all rounded user experience.
We found this gaming laptop to be quite heavy however tipping the scale at 3kgs. This makes it less ideal for transportation and after carrying it for some time found it to be quite inconvenient and tiring.
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review – 84%
The Acer predator looks strong on the outside. The high-quality design makes it durable and we liked the large 15.6-inch display. It is a powerful gaming laptop featuring a 7th generation core i7-7700HQ processor.
Like the MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop, it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics but with a lower memory capacity of 6GB.
Another downside is that the Acer Predator has a US-English Keyboard which may not be ideal for UK users.
ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop – 84%
This laptop is similar to the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop in terms of graphics and memory capacity featuring the NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GTU and 6GB memory.
- ASUS ROG's dedicated E-sports gaming laptop
- Input :100 - 240 50/60 Hertz universal (while attached) , Plug Type :ø5.5 (mm) and Output :19 Volt DC, 6.32 Ampere, 120 Watt
- Dedicated graphics with NVidia's brilliant GTX 1060 6 GB GPU
It has a full backlit UK keyboard that is ideal for UK gamers which is unlike the Acer predator.
A 60Hz refresh rate and good audio provides the user with an rounded immersive gaming experience.
However, while the cooling system is powerful, the fans produce quite a bit of noise which can be annoying.
MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop – 82%
The MSI is even better than the HP Omen 15-ce FHD Gaming Laptop in terms of graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce 1060. It also comes with a more powerful core i7th generation processor and an 8GB DDR IV memory.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 - desktop level performance for the demanding games
- The Intel Core i7 7th Gen Processor and 8 GB DDR IV memory; balanced for an all round gaming experience
- Killer Gigabit LAN, control your gaming network for smooth online game play
This gaming laptop features a Killer Gigabit LAN. It can efficiently connect to a network for better online gaming without lagging or hanging.
The MSI also has a backlit keyboard with strong keys which provides a good user experience.
The downside is that the power supply is heavy which makes it less than ideal for travelling. We found the screen to be a bit too bright as well and also lacks calibration.
MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review – 82%
The MSI GL72M has a backlit keyboard that is comfortable to use. This laptop also comes with a large 17.3-inch display that also features anti-glare technology.
- The latest Processor: Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 - 3.8 GHz)
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 3G GDDR5
- RAM: 8GB DDR4 2400MHz
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050i 3G GDDR5 graphics and 8GB memory create a high-quality gaming experience.
We liked the cooler boost 4 system and found it to be highly effective at dissipating heat.
However, the case behind the screen is not every strong and seems to flex and the rest of the exterior is not very thick for a gaming laptop.
ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop – 78%
The keyboard is full RGB and the 15.6-inch display provides good graphics. This gaming laptop has an 8GB memory and features a 2X2 Wi-Fi which provides stability and prevents any lagging while playing online games.
While the exterior is thick and sturdy, it is also sleek and stylish which makes the ASUS Rog Strix look like a conventional laptop.
However, even with the strong construction, the quality of the screen is not up to par with the frame of the laptop.
HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review – 74%
This gaming laptop has a thick and sturdy exterior which makes it a durable choice. It has a core i5 processor and features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics.
- With this kind of power, they’ll be running scared. Includes an Intel Core processor and NVIDIA graphics.
- Command every keystroke on a Dragon Red backlit keyboard with highlighted WASD and 26-key rollover anti-ghosting, which helps ensure every keystroke is detected.
- Level up to the latest hardware and make upgrading a breeze with single panel access to internals. 3 USB Type A ports, and an HDMI port lets you easily adapt to all the action.
The cooling system is powerful and the backlit keyboard makes it simple to use while gaming.
The HP Omen also comes with a 4k Display and a 60Hz refresh rate which provides good visuals and creates an immersive user experience.
However, we found it to be a bit too slow when downloading and the charging doesn’t go up to 100 percent.
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook – 72%
This gaming laptop has a large 17.3-inch display. The exterior is strong while still coming in a neat looking design.
- Your gaming laptop’s style should match your own – with a look that says, “Start the match. I’m ready.”
- Conquer the competition with the latest 7th Gen Intel Core processor and overclockable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics.
- The red backlight illuminates the keys so that you can game wherever, whenever.
The keyboard features red backlight that enhances the gaming experience. We liked the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.
The Acer predator Helios 300 has a large metal fan that is powerful and very effective at dissipating heat.
The main drawback is that similar to the ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop, it is quite the heavy laptop.
ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review – 72%
This gaming laptop has a UK keyboard and a strong construction which makes it durable. The processor is a core i7 and is powerful enough to handle the best graphics.
- Powered by Intel's Powerful 7th Generation i7 Processor
- Dedicated graphics with NVidia's GeForce GTX 1050 GPU for the online shooters and RTS games
- Frag fast, frag first - GameFirst III technology prioritises the flow of game data across your network
Like the ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop it also comes with a large 15.6 inch display screen.
The ASUS FX503VD features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.
We however found that the touchpad is less responsive at times and the keyboard is not very comfortable to use.
HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review – 70%
This gaming laptop comes with a large display at 15.6 inches. It also features a dual-core intel Pentium gold processor G4560.
The NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics provides an immersive player experience and a sound blaster CINEMA 3 audio enhancer provides loud crisp and clear sounds.
The exterior is tough and high quality and the keyboard is backlit for simple use when gaming.
The main downside with the HoMei gaming laptop is that it lacks an optical drive. The 4GB memory is also not the best.
Frequently asked questions
What Is the Gaming Laptop?
This is a laptop that is specifically designed for playing video games.
While it comes with the basic laptop design, it also comes with more features that extend over and above the regular laptops.
They have a thick and sturdy build perhaps owing to the fact that the player may get carried away by the game.
These laptops are designed to be functional for a long time. They also have a large fan and more air vents to help keep the system cool.
All this adds to a much heavier laptop compared to the conventional laptops.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Gaming Laptop?
Gaming laptops come with all the features of regular laptops and can still be used for work even if you are not a gamer yourself.
What’s more they feature a higher capacity processor designed to handle the graphics and the requirements of the video games. This makes them faster than the conventional laptops.
The fact that you can do anything with a gaming laptop that you can do with a normal laptop means that there is no need to spend time learning anything new. They are simple to use as well.
These types of laptops are durable thanks to the high-quality construction.
The exterior is often thickly build with tough plastic which provides the user with many years of service above the conventional laptops.
With gaming laptops, upgrading the parts in case there is need to if far easier than with your normal PC. Simply go to a computer store, get the exact part and replace.
The downside with gaming laptops is that they cost a lot of money.
This may discourage would be buyers as the price rivals that of a gaming PC and a conventional laptop combined.
Secondly, gaming laptops are heavy and are nowhere near as portable as the normal regular laptops.
This is due to the thick construction and the larger parts such as the powerful fan.
Such laptops heat up pretty fast which can be uncomfortable when placed on the lap for a long time.
What’s the Approximate Price Range for Gaming Laptop?
Gaming laptop prices range from £700 to well over £5000. They are quite expensive equipment and the right research needs to be done before making a buying decision.
What Should I Look for When Choosing a Gaming Laptop?
We have established that a gaming laptop needs to have features that extend above the conventional laptops. One of such is the cooling system.
It needs to be powerful enough to deal with the fast heating equipment brought about by the more powerful processor.
If the fan cannot keep the laptop adequately cool, the parts could damage at a faster rate from the heat.
The keyboard needs to come with strong and sturdy keys that are comfortable to use.
In the excitement of playing a game, emotions are high and this means that the user will exert greater pressure on the keys.
A good quality gaming laptop needs a good audio system to add to the appeal of the game.
When playing your favourite game, you not only need to see what you are doing but hearing everything will impact on the experience and performance.
The display should be top quality as well to handle the graphics and provide the user with an immersive experience.
While it’s easy to go for a 4K resolution, the refresh rate should also be observed. Top quality gaming PCs will feature rates of up to 240Hz.
However, laptops are still to catch up with such high refresh rates. However, anything above 75Hz in a gaming laptop is considered ideal.
For a more engaging experience, you may want to play online games.
This is why a gaming laptop should come with good internet connectivity. Less than ideal internet connectivity will cause the laptop to lag mid game.
The best gaming laptops come with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi certification.
What Is the Best Gaming Laptop? Why Is It the Best?
The MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro is the best gaming laptop. It has an intel core i7 7th generation processor.
This laptop also features an 8GB DDR IV memory for the best gaming experience.
What Is the Best Budget Gaming Laptop?
The ASUS FX503VM-DM042T 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop is the best budget friendly gaming laptop.
It features intel’s core i5 processor with dedicated graphics.
What Is the Best Performing Gaming Laptop?
The MSI GP72 7RD is the best performing gaming laptop.
It comes with a kabylake core i7-7700HQ+HM175 processor and a DDR IV 16GB memory.
Which Laptop Brand Is Best for Gaming?
The Alienware/Dell brand produces the best gaming laptops.
They have the strongest keyboards and also feature among the best displays on the market coupled with other top-notch specifications.
Are Gaming Laptops Good for Video Editing?
Video editing often requires a computer with a fast-performing processor.
This is why gaming laptops excel at video editing as they come with powerful processors.