The best gaming laptop 2019

The best gaming laptop for 2019

If you’re looking to get the best gaming laptop for your money in 2019, these are the ones you should pick. Now is a great time to shop for a new laptop for gaming, as we’re in a sweet spot where the price of parts is dropping, and the industry is waiting for a bunch of fresh, 4K gaming laptops to drop. What’s even better is that most of these laptops come in a variety of specs (we have more choice over the actual builds of the best gaming laptops than ever before), and even the cheaper models feature quality components like SSDs, 144Hz screens, and better GPUs.

When you’re shopping for the best gaming laptop for you, consider what you actually need it for and how you’re going to use it. If it really is just for pure gaming, and you want something as powerful as possible to substitute or accompany that gaming PC you have at home, then you can grab something like the MSI GS65 Stealth or Razer Blade 15 for less than $2000 / £1800 with a 1070 Max-Q GPU, which will run most modern games. When budget becomes a concern, dropping down to a 1060 card can cut the price in half, especially if you’re looking for something a little less ‘designed’, like the Acer Predator Helios, which is a great budget pick. And if you’re looking to mix work with play, something like the Gigabyte Aero 15X is perfect, thanks to its meaty SSD and great battery life.

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MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 15.6-inch

1. MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 15.6-inch

The best gaming laptop in 2019. Elegant. Portable. Powerful.

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2400MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) wide-view 144Hz | Storage: 512GB M.2 SSD | Battery: 82 Whr | Dimensions: 9.75 x 14.08 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 4.14 lbs

Sleek and powerful

Long battery life

144Hz screen

No G-Sync

The GS65 Stealth Thin delivers everything I want in a gaming laptop. It has the convenience and portability of a productivity notebook—light and thin enough that I can toss it in my backpack, tote it to meetings, and comfortably use it on the couch—married with the internal guts of a gaming PC—powerful enough to play the latest games at high or max settings once the workday is over. 

It has a sleek matte black aluminum body with gold accents that feels sturdy and luxe—and thankfully lacking in obnoxious gamer aesthetics. Best of all, in addition to a slim, 18mm thickness, the screen’s 4.9mm thin bezels allow for a overall chassis size that’s about an inch smaller than most 15-inch laptops. 

Performance-wise, the GS65 doesn’t disappoint. The base spec features a GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, but I recommend the GTX 1070 (again Max-Q) model for a few hundred dollars more. It brings with it an upgraded SSD and Killer wireless networking. This spec lets the GS65 maintain framerates above 60 fps in most of the latest games with settings maxed out. And by tweaking a few settings and disabling some of the more demanding, less visually-impactful options, you can easily push your framerates up to 100 fps and above, taking advantage of the system’s 144Hz display. 

There are other nice details, too: a keyboard from SteelSeries that’s solid and responsive (and RGB-lit, if you care about that sort of thing), a responsive touchpad, and a webcam that’s placed at the top of the screen, thankfully avoiding the abysmally unflattering “nose-cam” found on most thin-bezeled laptops like the Dell XPS 13.

The only gaming feature missing here is G-Sync, but that’s a forgivable offense as the omission allows for both a lower price tag and battery life that legitimately lasts through a whole day of email, web browsing, and streaming video.

Read the full review: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 

Razer Blade 15

2. Razer Blade 15

The toughest, most well designed gaming laptop of 2019

CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q | RAM: 16GB DDR4-2666MHz | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) IPS 144Hz | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 80 Whr | Dimensions: 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.68 inches | Weight: 4.63 lbs