Not all gamers want to be chained to a desktop computer, unable to game anywhere and anytime. For those gamers who desire more freedom, large-screen gaming laptops make a lot of sense. In 2019, nearly all major laptop manufacturers offer at least one compelling gaming laptop, and we know which ones you can’t afford to miss.
Razer Blade Pro 17
The Blade Pro 17 from Razer is a desktop-replacement laptop with a Quad-Core 7th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 VR ready graphics card, and plenty of memory for AAA games and demanding applications alike. The laptop has a brilliant 17-inch display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, delivering an incredibly smooth visual experience with realistic colors and excellent viewing angles.
No gaming laptop can be truly great unless it has a responsive keyboard and offers ample connectivity options. The Razer Blade Pro 17 excels in both areas, featuring an incredibly precise keyboard with individually backlit keys and Thunderbolt 3 technology via USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps. If you have money to burn, you should also consider the 4K version of the Razer Blade Pro 17, which comes with the mighty NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.
Acer Predator Helios 300
What are you looking for in a gaming laptop? Is it a large, high-resolution display? Or perhaps it’s a powerful CPU, graphics card capable of delivering desktop-class performance, and more RAM than even Google Chrome can gobble up. If it’s all those things and more, the Acer Predator Helios 300 may just be the ideal gaming laptop for you.
This reasonably priced gaming laptop features 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM, 16 GB of DDR4 2666 MHz memory, and two hard drives: 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD for your operating system and one or two games and 1TB 5400RPM SATA hard drive for video game footage and other data. The laptop also boasts a wonderfully bright Full HD display with 144 Hz refresh rate and above-average color accuracy.
ASUS ROG Strix Scar II
If you want to enjoy best-in-class gaming performance on the go, you need a gaming laptop with GeForce RTX 20-series graphics, such as the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II. This surprisingly elegant machine is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card with 8 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM, the Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core CPU, 16 GB of memory, and plenty of storage space even for hardcore gamers who like to juggle multiple games at the same time.
The powerful hardware components are essential for making the most out of the ultra-smooth 144Hz narrow-bezel display with a 3ms gray-to-gray (GTG) response time and up to 76 percent screen-to-body ratio. Of course, just because the ASUS ROG Strix Scar II has processing power to spare doesn’t mean you have to use all of it all the time. The cooling system on the SCAR II allows you to quickly toggle between three modes with a convenient function shortcut so you can make the laptop whisper-quiet when you want to.
HP Omen 17
HP may be known mostly for its business-class laptops, but the HP Omen 17 shows that the company is no one-trick-pony. The goal of the HP Omen 17 is to overcome many of the issues that have been known to plague gaming laptops for quite some time, such as poor battery life and mediocre input devices. Even though this laptop features desktop-class hardware components, it can last up to 6 hours and 45 minutes during normal workloads, and its zoned backlit keyboard with 26-key rollover anti-ghosting and independent macro keys may just be able to convince you to leave your favorite mechanical keyboard at home.
Audio is an integral part of all immersive gaming experiences, and the HP Omen 17 allows you to sense every pulse-pounding moment thanks it a sound system provided by Bang & Olufsen. If you hate that laptops are becoming increasingly hard to repair and upgrade, you will love the fact that the HP Omen 17 has a single-panel access door that lets you conveniently access the laptop’s HDD, SSD, and RAM.
Sager doesn’t have the same reputation as the other laptop manufacturers whose gaming laptops we’ve featured in this article, but that could change in the future because the Sager NP7871 is definitely more than a follower. The laptop is able to make games come to life thanks to its 144 Hz display with incredibly rich colors and ultra-wide viewing angles.
To deliver competitive performance, the Sager NP7871 is equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6-core processor, and up to 32 GB of RAM. If you enjoy hardware customization, you should know that the laptop has a customizable gaming keyboard with programmable macro capability and RGB backlighting.