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The best laptops for gaming in 2022

One of the best laptops for gaming is a Razer laptop, which is photographed against a neon red and green graphical background
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Hunting for the best laptops for gaming can be a little overwhelming. PC hardware is constantly developing meaning that getting a grip on all that PC jargon can be exhausting. But we're here to help you cut through the clutter with a list of the ten best laptops for games on the market right now.

Gaming laptops are great for when you want to play on the go, and you don't need to break the bank to find one that suits your needs. Sure, you can go all out with a beast of a laptop with enough GPU fire-power to immerse yourself in gaming's virtual worlds, but there are plenty of options for small-budget laptops that will still get you buttery-smooth gaming. 

The below list is compiled of products we've reviewed ourselves, and have tested a mix of games on, as well as those we've had hands on experience with at events. Any laptop we haven't tried ourselves has made it to this list thanks to its exciting spec sheet, coupled with positive reviews online and from our network of contacts.

Whatever your budget, you'll be able to find the best gaming laptop for you in our guide below. For other creative options see our best laptops for programming, best laptop for animation, and best laptops for Photoshop, which have all been updated for 2022.

The best laptops for gaming available now

A Razer Blade 15 laptop on a white backdrop, this is one of the best laptops for gamingCB

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The best laptop for gaming on the market

Specifications

CPU: Up to12th-gen Intel Core H series
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: Up to 16 GB or 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch 1080p FHD at 360Hz, 1440p QHD at 240Hz, 2160p 4K at 144Hz
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Slick, minimal design
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Excellent performance
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Wide range of configs

Reasons to avoid

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Short battery life
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Some models can be pricey

Looking as slick as ever, the latest follow-up to the Razer Blade 15 line continues to dazzle as one of the best gaming laptops out there. It's one of the best-looking laptops with its black, minimal aluminium chassis that avoids any garish features that scream "gamer" and it's also super light and portable considering the high-end, powerful components inside. 

This is an older laptop but it remains the best all-rounder for gaming. In our Razer 15 review we highlighted our fantastic this computer is, but also pointed out the price tag. Now the Razer Blade 15 remains as good but the price has come down. The Razer Blade 15 is so good our reviewer owns one. What's not to love?

The Nvidia 3080-series GPU together with 12th gen chips make it a powerful piece of kit if you decide to go for the most powerful config, but if you want to shave some money off the price a 3070 GPU with an Intel Core i7 is a great compromise. The Razor Blade 15 definitely still leans into the more expensive side of the laptop scale, though affordable compared to some on our list, but have a browse at the different configs in the series to get exactly what you want and save yourself some money.

A white Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 laptop on a white backdropCB endorsed

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02. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

An ultra-portable lightweight laptop for gaming

Specifications

CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 14-inch 1080p QHD at 120Hz
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Slim and lightweight
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Powerful CPU performance
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Great display and audio

Reasons to avoid

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No webcam

If you're after a portable gaming laptop with great battery life, the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is for you. A 14-inches slim, stylish laptop at 1.7kg means this Asus machine is incredibly light but it still has a lot of power with an RTX 3060 and the Ryzen 9 5900HS. 

While this gaming laptop won't reach the higher-end graphical quality of other computers on this list, so you may struggle if you're a fan of graphics intensive games, this is still a safe bet if you want portability and playability for a great price. This good all-rounder is worth a look.

If you do like the sound of this laptop for gaming but want to boost the graphics then consider an external GPU; we have a guide to the best eGPUs available now. These are geared to 3D artists but they can also be harnessed for games.

Asus TUF Gaming F15CB endorsed

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The best value gaming laptop

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i9-12700H (14-core)
Graphics: Intel Iris Xe, Nvidia RTX 3060
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch, 2,560 x 1,440, 165Hz, IPS LCD
Storage: 512GB or 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Great overall performance
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Sturdy build
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Decent battery life for this class of laptop

Reasons to avoid

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Screen quality isn't great
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Large chin bezel compromises the form factor
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Disappointing sound

The Asus TUF Gaming F15 is a great mid-range gaming laptop that's not going to break the bank. It's solidly built yet reasonably slim and portable for a 15.6-inch machine. You get Intel's latest 12th Gen CPU and Nvidia RTX 30 Series graphics, while the 15.6-inch screen offers 1440p resolution and 165Hz refresh. The 165Hz refresh marks this out as a clear gaming-centric laptop, but the screen also boasts 100 per cent coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, which will serve for content creators.

In practice, while the performance is fantastic, but the screen lacks a little in vibrancy and visual fizz. It's certainly not bright enough to use outside, and there's a little backlight bleed around the edges of the panel. The sound could also be better. That aside, while this clearly isn't as sleek as the Razer Blade 15, it's a very good value alternative and for gaming and content creation too. See our full Asus TUF Gaming F15 (2022) review for more details.

A photo of the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro gaming laptop on a white backdrop

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04. Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

The best mid-range laptop for gaming.

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 16-inch QHD IPS at 165Hz
Storage: Up to 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Vibrant 16-inch QHD display
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Amazing performance
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Comfortable keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Bit chunky

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is the best mid-range laptop and comes at a great price. With a gorgeous 16-inch 2560 x 1600 QHD screen and 165Hz refresh rate, you'll be wanting to put all those in-game graphics settings as high as they can go. It's got the power to back it up too with that Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro may not the best portable laptop as it can drain power and feels bulky compared to some on this list. If battery life is an issue and you love the sound of this laptop for gaming, then consider getting one of the best power banks for your on-the-road gaming marathons. But for those looking to always have a power socket nearby this is an incredible laptop for gaming. 

A photo of two Dell G3 15 laptops on a white backdrop. One shows the front of the laptop, the other shows the back.

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05. Dell G3 15

The best gaming laptop for newcomers.

Specifications

CPU: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti
RAM: Up to 8GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD 1080p at 120Hz
Storage: 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Best budget gaming laptop
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Decent 1080p gaming
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Thick central hinge
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Can get hot with demanding games

Dell's line of dependable gaming laptops won't be busting out the big guns, but the Dell G3 15 is the best option for those who are new to gaming. This is a laptop that may struggle to play Halo Infinite with the settings turned way up, but for general gaming needs it's a good buy.

The Dell G3 15 has everything you need to play games comfortably at 1080p and together with its great battery life makes it one of the best laptops for gaming for under $1,000 / £1,000. We think this is perfect for those who like lightweight gaming (such as Minecraft or Fortnite) but if you need to get more from your Xbox Games Pass you may want to invest in the Razer Blade 15 (number one on our list).

A Razer Blade 14 laptop on a white background

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06. Razer Blade 14

The best 14-inch laptop on the market.

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 14-inch 1080p FHD at 144Hz or 1440p QHD at 165 Hz
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Compact design
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Powerful gaming components
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Slick design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

If you're looking for an ultraportable laptop, the smart-looking Razer Blade 14 is a good option. This laptop packs some more punch than the Dash F15, but with more impressive specs there's going to be a price hike. If you can live with the cost, this is a gaming laptop that impresses.

First of all, the Razer Blade 14 is noticeably smaller than the other Razer Blade laptops on this list and boasts Razor's famously slick designs. With an AMD CPU and Nvidia 30-series GPU, you're getting the best of both worlds. It's safe to say that this laptop is a 14-inch powerhouse. We think the Razer Blade 14 is a nice middle-ground laptop for gaming.

An MSI GE76 Raider laptop on a white backdrop

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07. MSI GE76 Raider

A powerful gaming laptop for those who want some flair.

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-11980HK
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 17.3-inch UHD
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Powerful CPU and GPU performance
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Colourful RPG bar
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17-inch display

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive configs
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Heavy

The MSI GE76 Raider is a beast of a gaming machine that boasts some top-line components like the Intel Core i9-12900HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti. The 17-inch display makes everything look incredible and with the power it packs this can handle other demanding activities like video editing and recording. 

There are some nice design touches too, for example if you're partial to a bit of flair then you'll love the RGB light bar that matches the colourful backlit keys. It's one of the features we really love about this laptop gaming. It's one heck of a machine too, but it definitely sits on the more expensive side of the price spectrum, with different configs going anywhere from £3,500 / £2,500 - $5,400 / £4,000. 

All this tech and style comes with a catch; the MSI GE76 Raider is incredibly heavy, so it's best used as a desktop replacement or a piece of kit you plan to plug into a nicer TV or monitor. If you want to gauge what you'd need to spend to get a great monitor to work with the MSI GE76 Raider, take a look at our reviews of the best gaming monitors.

An Alienware X17 laptop on a white backdrop

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08. Alienware X17

The best gaming laptop that packs a punch.

Specifications

CPU: Up to i9-11980HK
Graphics: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 64GB
Screen: 17.3-inch UHD
Storage: Up to 4TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Epic gaming performance
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Fitted with Cherry MX keyboard
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Storage for days

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Track pad is small

The Alienware X17 gaming laptop is great, if money is not an issue. Alienware's latest X-Series laptop is designed for gamers and this entry of laptops is Alienware's latest and greatest. With an i9 CPU, RTX 3080 GPU and a huge 17.3 display, you'll have zero problems playing games on their highest settings. 

The starting price of the series begins around the $3,000 / £3,000 mark (you can sometimes find them on sale for $2,500 / £2,500) but in return, you get premium-quality gaming that will last you a long time and keep up with graphics trends. A future-proof laptop for gaming at a price? Then try the Alienware X17.

A Asus ROG Strix G15 laptop on a white backdrop

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09. Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition

The all AMD-build gaming laptop.

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800M
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD 1080p at 300Hz
Storage: 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Solid gaming performance
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Long battery life
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A great-value laptop

Reasons to avoid

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No webcam
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Little SSD storage

If you're an AMD fan, then the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition is the gaming laptop to suit you. You won't find a Nvidia graphics card in this laptop but that doesn't stop this all AMD-build giving a great gaming performance. This is a humble build that manages a nice balance between performance and price. 

If you pick up the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition then the money you may have left in your pocket could be put towards a great pair of headphones, we have reviews of the best wireless headphones to guide you. 

While this Asus is not the most extravagant laptop out there, it has some solid specs and one heck of a battery life that will ensure you can still play long after other laptops will have died. If you're looking for a reliable laptop with a reasonable price tag, the Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition is the one.

A photograph of the Razer Blade 17 (2022) on a wooden desk

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The best gaming laptop if you don't mind a price tag.

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel 11th-gen
Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 17.3-inch 4K-touch screen
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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4k touchscreen display
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Powerful build in a slim frame
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Plenty of storage

Reasons to avoid

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Incredibly expensive

If you're after the best Razer laptop with no constraints and no technical drawbacks, the Razer Blade 17 is for you. The price tag is the main reason it's this low on the list, but if you're willing to set down the cash you'll really be getting the best of the best. This is a powerhouse laptop for gaming, but we'd caution that muscle comes at a cost.

In our Razer Blade 17 review we say the power of this laptop ensures its a perfect workstation for designers and 3D artists, and is only really recommended as a laptop for gamers if you really want to enjoy the good things in life and don't look at the price tag. 

The 4K touch screen display is fantastic but perhaps a little overkill, yet with the latest components and Razer's sleek design, this really is the laptop of the moment. But all that good stuff comes at a price, an actual high price, but if you want a high-spec, blockbuster laptop that will run anything and everything, and budget isn't an issue, then invest in the Razer Blade 17.

Asus ROG Flow Z13

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The best gaming tablet

Specifications

CPU: Up to 12th Gen Intel Core i9-12900H 14 cores
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
RAM: Up to 16GB
Screen: Up to 13.4-inch UHD+ touch screen
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Makes gaming tablets a reality
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Fantastic build and features
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Super versatile and portable

Reasons to avoid

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ROG XG Mobile connection feels fragile
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Expensive for the specs

Asus is taking things further for the 2-in-1 format with this offering that makes gaming tablets a serious proposition. It's an exciting development and a new form factor that opens up a world of possibilities, aiming to compete with the best gaming laptops while offering the versatility and portability of tablet. Although it is chunkier than most tablets, the design of the Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a feat of engineering and the build is superb.

As for performance, it does have its flaws, however, which makes it harder to justify the hefty price tag. When we reviewed it, we found it to be certainly very powerful but performance still lagged behind laptops with similar components. We'd also want an external display for gaming where possible, not only because the 13.4-inch screen is on the smaller side, but also due to the poor response time, which Asus rates at 30ms  – and you can see it in the blurriness and fuzziness in games and video. See our in-depth Asus ROG Flow Z13 review for more details.

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Rachel Watts
Rachel Watts

Rachel is part of the PLAY magazine squad where she writes about PS4, PS5, and PSVR games. She has previous experience in the world of PC and laptop gaming from her time at PC Gamer. When she's not taking hundreds of screenshots of the latest indie darling, you can find her nurturing her parsnip empire in Stardew Valley and planning an axolotl uprising in Minecraft.

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