Gone are the days when gaming be it casual or hardcore was limited to only Desktop PCs and Consoles. Today’s laptop notebook market boasts of wide range of laptops specifically designed the gamer inside us. Below are some of the best gaming laptops you can buy in 2019.
Now is a great time to get a new laptop as the prices of computer parts, as well as laptops, are going down or at a static position. We have featured laptops for every type of gamer, starting from budget laptops ranging at around 50-60 grand going up to the highest tier laptops ranging to a whopping 500 grand. And yes we’re actually serious for the 5 lac one.
Now without further ado, here are the 7 best gaming laptops you can buy right now in 2019. Also if you want to know what to play on your new gaming laptop, check out our Best Games of 2018 list.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 2500U | GPU: AMD Radeon RX 560X 4 GB GDDR5 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6″ IPS FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD 5400RPM | Battery: 37 Watt Hours | Weight: 2.7 kg | Price: (in INR) 56,990
Acer Nitro is a perfect laptop if you wish to do some casual gaming. Added you can use it as your primary day-to-day PC for regular usage. Even though the specs are not that high-end, but at it’s price range you can just not get a better deal. Also the RAM can be expanded up to 32 gigabytes. There is also a dedicated slot available for a m.2 ssd. Also 4GB of GDDR5 video memory is sufficient enough for most of the games till date.
In terms of raw gaming performance, Acer Nitro can do pretty good for the latest triple-a titles at 1080p. That is as long as you keep the settings at a medium-to-high range. For reference, we tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the laptop. We saw a steady 30-fps performance on 1080p with all the settings cranked to high and also enabling v-sync. And we got around 60-70 fps on 900p with the settings set on medium and v-sync disabled.
All-in all if you plan to get a new laptop for gaming and do not want burn a hole in your pockets, Acer Nitro Ryzen 5 is a great option to go with.
CPU: Intel Core i5 8300H @2.3 GHz upto 3.9 GHz | GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 4 GB GDDR5 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 15.6″ LED-Backlit FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB (FireCuda) SHDD 5400RPM | Battery: 48 Watt Hours | Weight: 2.3 kg | Price: (in INR) 57,990
Now on a bit of the “over-the-budget” category of best gaming laptops, we have Asus TUF FX504. It boasts a intel core i5 8th-gen chip cloacked at 2.3 GHz and can be overclocked upto 3.9 GHz. It is powered by Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics processor with 4 gigabytes of VRAM that is more than enough for current-gen titles to be played at high if not ultra settings. Also in terms of basic productivity, it is pretty satisfactory as well. Also it being less than 3 kilos helps a lot if you plan to carry it on regularity.
Now about raw gaming performance benchmarks. It is pretty capable of letting you play almost any recent title at ease. Though it should be noted that for some very demanding titles like Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Battlefield V and Anthem may not let you achieve a solid 60 fps at ultra. A mix of ultra and high is preferably the best way to balance framerate and visuals. Also load times as stated by Asus are facilitated by the “FireCuda” technology.
If you are considering to invest around 60-65 thousands into a gaming laptop. Then Asus TUF FX504 is in our opinion the best choice. It is a perfect balance of gaming prowess and productivity. All at a pretty decent pricing. It is one of the best gaming laptops under Rs. 60,000.
CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H @2.2 GHz| GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1050 ti 4GB GDDR5 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 15.6″ FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD 5400RPM + 128 GB SSD| Battery: 41 Watt Hours | Weight: 2.2 kg | Price: (in INR) 80,694
For those people who are considering the best gaming laptop at a budget of up to 80 grands. The MSI GL63 gaming series laptop is the best in this range. It boasts a Core i7 8570H clocked at 2.2 GHz. And a GTX 1050 ti along with 8 gigabytes of DDR4 memory. This configuration allows you to play any current date title pretty easily. Also, the dual thermal model of cooling architecture keeps the heat in check. The laptop also comes with a 128 gig SSD along with a traditional 1TB HDD. Though 128GB is not much for games, it still facilitates OS boot times and overall system performance.
The gaming performance is pretty much what is to be expected from a device in this price range. Be it Shadow of the Tomb Raider or Final Fantasy XV it is able to deliver a solid 60 fps across the board. Though this system most probably is capable of 4K gaming be it at medium settings. It is bottlenecked by the 1080p display. But at 1080p it just crusehes everything you can throw at it. Also the light weight design helps in daily productivity.
Anyone who is planning to spend 78-80 thousand on a laptop to game on. The MSI GL63 is in our opinion the best fit. The i7 along with a GTX 1050 ti makes it a beast of a machine. Complemented by a 2.2 kg chassis makes it a perfect machine to carry on LAN parties and even to school or work. It is one of the best gaming laptops one can buy in this range. It is one of the best gaming laptops around Rs. 80,000.
CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H @2.2 GHz| GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 15.6″ FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD 5400RPM + 256 GB SSD| Battery: 51 Watt Hours | Weight: 2.2 kg | Price: (in INR) 128,490
The MSI GP63 is for pure gaming enthusiasts who do not want to compromise on anything, even on price. At a whopping price of Rs. 1.35 lacs it is a no nonsense gaming PC with powerful enough hardware to go toe-to-toe with some mid to high tier gaming desktops. The i7 8750H paired along side a GTX 1060 gives you enough juice to smash through any game as smoothly as you’d want. The proprietary cooling solution from MSI keeps the temperatures down for extended gaming sessions. The inclusion of a 256 GB SSD gives ample room to store a couple or more games alongside Windows for that smooth load time transition.
Performance wise its just great for anything you wish to throw at it. Just for reference we tested Final Fantasy XV on the system at Ultra settings at 1080p. And as expected we got an average of 62 fps with occasional dips to high 50s. Also the gaming experience is all the more soothing because of the 120Hz screen with a 3ms display latency. It is all the more useful and noticable in multiplayer shooter games that usually are not framerate capped. Besides all this the 51 Wh battery and a 2 kg chassis gives it edge as a traditional laptop you’d want to carry places. Another highlight is its Steelseries keyboard that is a semi-mechanical. This gives it an edge over other laptops at this price range, that usually settle with the standard non-mechanical one.
Even though the MSI GP63 is on the pricier end of our list. We’d still want to recommend this to all those who are considering getting a gaming laptop. If you’re ready to wait for an eventual price drop or a flash sale this is the laptop to go for. And for those with a budget of 1.30 lacs it’s a no frills choice to go with.
CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H @2.2 GHz upto 4.1 GHz| GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1070 8GB GDDR5 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 17″ FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD 5400RPM + 256 GB SSD| Battery: 86 Watt Hours | Weight: 3.7 kg | Price: (in INR) 179,799
The HP Omen 17 series of laptops are the elite range of PCs with a pretty “elite” pricetag. I mean you can actually buy a car in its place for the same price. All this aside, the Omen 17-AN136 is a beast of a computer boasting of a GTX 1070 mobile alongside an i7 8750H. The best part is due to the hardwired proprietary cooling in this system makes it possible to overclock the processor to a whooping 4.1 GHz. Although the bulkiness of the system (thanks to those 3.7 kgs) it is going to be hard pass for those considering to use it on-the-go.
Performance wise the Omen 17 is as flawless as it can be. The core i7 8750H and GTX 1070 provide enough juice to have you crank out every possible graphical preset to max and still receive above 60 frames per second. For reference, we tested Assassin’s Creed Origins and The Witcher 3 on the machine. And as we expected we got a solid 85-90 fps in Origins and a solid 60 fps in The Wither 3 with v-sync enabled in the later. Also we tested the Final Fantasy XV Benchmark tool and received a steady 70 fps at max settings at 1080p. Also enhancing the experience are the proprietary B&O Play speakers that are pretty loud.
We know its expensive, we know its bulky, but also we know its worth all that. If you are looking for a mobile system that you are mainly going to use as your gaming machine. Well this is the perfect system for you. Well all that if you have enough financial backing to invest into it obviously.
CPU: Intel Core i7 8750H @2.2 GHz upto 4.1 GHz| GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 | RAM: 24GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 15.6″ FHD display (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB SSD| Battery: 50 Watt Hours | Weight: 2.3 kg | Price: (in INR) 294,990
Asus Zephyrus is a really great piece of engineering in terms of the best gaming laptop. I mean packing a GTX 1080 with an i7 that too under 2.5 kgs is no joke. The zephyrus’s main highlights are obviously the GTX 1080 paired with 24 gigabytes of DDR4 memory. And the 1 TB SSD also sort of justifies the automobile equivalent price-tag. The proprietary Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) for cooling makes use of dedicated heat pipes and a couple of 12V anti-dust fans. This keeps the heat under a considerable amount. We used the machine for a continuous two hours under heavy load and the thermal throttling was negligible.
We played Batman Arkham Knight, yes that very nefarious Arkham Knight on PC. And boy oh boy were we amazed. Arkham Knight is still regarded as a ride to hell to run on PC, even on high end rigs. So the first thing we did was to crank all the settings the the max. And yes, including the nvidia gameworks enhancement features as well. On 1080p we were greeted to a steady 80 fps with micro dips to lower 60s while doing that Batmobile thing. All this while exhibiting no thermal throttling. The 144 Hz display even though is a 1080p panel is bright and vibrant enough. The 1TB SSD provides enough room to install your favorite games and apps.
Zephyrus is Asus’s top tier gaming hardware, and at that range you obviously expect a quality machine. As so does Asus deliver. Though at approximately 3 lacs we’d have appreciated a 4K display to witness the full glory of a GTX 1080. But nevertheless, what we get in other aspects of the laptop are quite satisfactory as well. Also the lightweight form factor of the laptop makes it highlight for one. It is one of the best gaming laptops for the price tag.
CPU: Intel Core i9 8950HK @2.9 GHz upto 4.9 GHz| GPU: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 8GB GDDR5 | RAM: 64GB DDR4 @ 2666MHz| Screen: 17.3″ FHD display (1920 x 1080) with Nvidia G-SYNC | Storage: 2TB SSHD + 512 GB SSD| Battery: 71 Watt Hours | Weight: 4.7 kg | Price: (in INR) 499,990
Well, that price tag indeed says something, isn’t it. But at the same time the specs of this laptop is purely insane. It is indeed one of the best gaming laptops ever made. Core i9 with a GTX 1080 paired to 64 gigabytes of memory with Asus’s FireCuda SSHD 2 TB drive along with 512 gigs of raid 0 SSD storage. It’s just insane. All that with a 1080p 144Hz G-sync display. Well all that is bound to produce a load of heat, and thus the weight of the machine.
The ROG G703 is the most expensive of all the laptops in our list. So in terms of raw gaming prowess this is obviously the ultimate laptop PC. We tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider at ultra in 1080p and the results were exactly what you’d expect them to be. 90 fps average , 112 fps max and 72 fps minimum. Need I explain more.
Well, its a 500 grands worth of a computer that apparently you can carry around as well. Though I’d guess the latter would be a little tough to do on a regular basis. All this aside, the i9 8950HK plus a GTX 1080 is going to safeguard your gaming days for atleast four to five years straight. Given you actually can invest that big of a sum on a laptop.
Although we covered the best laptops from every price range, and tried not to repeat similar specifications on different price scales. There can still be some laptops that we couldn’t cover here due to unavailability at the time of publishing this article. Also this can happen due to retail exclusivity of certain models as well. Since this list is solely based on Gaming laptops available on Amazon.in.
Also we did not include the RTX range on gaming laptops, since their availability is very limited as on now. Now that all this is cleared out, we’d like to hear from you. Do you own any of the laptops mentioned here? Or are you planning to buy a gaming laptop? Did our list help you pick one? Make sure to let us know in the comments below.