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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Florian Glaser, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 07/31/2017

February 2019 Update. Here you will find the current best gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck in the last few months. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchasing decisions.

We expanded the Top 10  to meet the increasing number of gaming notebooks. You can now find a list with the best high-end laptops that weigh less than 2.5 kg as well as budget gaming laptops for less than 1500 Euros. Our "classic" Gaming Top 10 (without any restrictions in terms of weight) is obviously still available.

The following table shows an overview of the top 10 gaming notebooks that we have reviewed in the previous 10 months. Upon an equal rating, newer articles are listed first. You can sort the table by clicking its headers or via text filter (e.g. "matte").

Best Gaming Notebooks as of February 2019

Pos.RatingDateImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
189%02/2019
New!
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-QRazer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
17.8 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
288%02/2019
New!
Asus ROG G703GXAsus ROG G703GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
51 mm4.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
388%10/2018Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake RefreshSchenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
41 mm4.3 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
488%09/2018Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LSAcer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Intel Core i9-8950HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
38.7 mm4 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
587%02/2019
New!
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB NVMe
18.9 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
687%02/2019
New!
Acer Predator Triton 500Acer Predator Triton 500
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
18 mm2.1 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
787%12/2018Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-QAlienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
21 mm2.2 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
887%09/2018Alienware 17 R5Alienware 17 R5
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 256 GB SSD
30 mm4.4 kg17.3"2560x1440matte
987%08/2018HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
33 mm3.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
1087%08/2018Asus GL504GSAsus GL504GS
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
26 mm2.5 kg15.6"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 10 months at the time of writing - current articles are listed first

Editors' Comments

1st - Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15

Displays with slim bezels are not only sexy to look at, but they are also very trendy among gaming laptops. Besides the Gigabyte Aero 15Acer Predator Triton 500, and Asus ROG Strix GL504, the 2019 model of the Razer Blade 15 features an edge-to-edge screen as well. The stylish metal body is one of the most noble, high-quality and best assembled chassis you can get. Keyboard, touchpad, and display (144 Hz) do not have to hide behind the competition, either.

The 15-inch laptop is packed with high-end components, despite its compact dimensions. This includes the Core i7-8750H, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q and NVMe-SSD storage. You can adjust both the software and hardware (like RGB illumination) comprehensively via Razer Synapse. Thanks to the good cooling solution, the notebook does not get very loud or warm, either. The port selection (no card reader, no RJ45 Ethernet) on the other hand could be better. Gamers with a focus on design and ambitions to travel cannot go wrong, though.

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2nd - Asus ROG G703

Asus ROG G703
Asus ROG G703

Contrary to the ROG G701, which just missed the Top 10 ranking, the Turing version of the ROG G703 secures the second spot. The 17-inch laptop is pretty bulky, but the gaming system is still one of the best high-end notebooks.

For about 4000 Euros, you get a Core i7-8750H, the GeForce GeForce RTX 2080 GPU and an NVMe-SSD. You can even overclock the GPU via Turbo Gear to increase the performance. The highlight is certainly the very responsive 144 Hz panel with G-Sync support. The speaker sound, the input devices as well as the port selection deserve praise, too. The high system noise when you run 3D applications is an issue, just like the limited maintenance and the two power adapters.

3rd - Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

The XMG Ultra 17 from Schenker Technologies is the best example for a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite its high weight (4.4 kg) and high construction (4.1 cm), we were mostly convinced by the 17-inch chassis. The manufacturer deserves respect for the upgrade possibilities and the screen. The 4K in our test model does not only feature a high resolution, but also covers a surprisingly wide color gamut (88 % AdobeRGB), but you will have to get used to it.

The GPU performance is also remarkable – Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 manages a level of performance that was not possible so far. You also get a real desktop processor. The XMG Ultra 17 does not last long without the power adapter, but the sound is great. This is also the case for the connectivity (Thunderbolt 3) and the input devices. However, we were disappointed by the fan behavior.

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4th - Acer Predator Helios 500

Acer Predator Helios 500
Acer Predator Helios 500

While the Predator Helios 300 is designed for more price-conscious gamers, the much thicker, heavier, and more expensive Predator Helios 500 targets gamers with high requirements. We tested the SKU PH517-93LS, which is equipped with Intels most powerful notebook CPU right now, the hexa-core Core i9-8950HK. It is supported by 32 GB DDR4-RAM as well as 512 GB PCIe-SSD storage.

Graphics calculations are handled by Nvidia's Pascal chip GeForce GTX 1070 with 8 GB GDDR5-VRAM, but it still struggles with the native UHD resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) from time to time - at least in very demanding titles. The Helios 500 with its wide gamut panel (88 % AdobeRGB) manages a 3% higher score compared to the 1080p model with the Core i7-8750H, which is enough for the top spot in the ranking.

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5th - Gigabyte Aero 15 X9

Gigabyte Aero 15 X9
Gigabyte Aero 15 X9

The wolf in sheep's clothing: This is a good description for the Gigabyte Aero 15 X9. While typical gaming notebooks are pretty bulky and/or heavy with playful designs, Gigabyte uses a slim, light, and sturdy case with an understated design for its 15-inch laptop. Only the RGB illumination of the keyboard hints at the gaming ambitions.

Under the hood, you get high-end hardware like the Intel Core i7-8750H and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, which results in high temperatures under 3D load. You once again get the accurate and responsive 144 Hz panel we already know from the previous model. Gigabyte still ignores G-Sync and supports Optimus for longer battery runtimes instead. We think this is a good decision considering the mobility aspect.

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6th - Acer Predator Triton 500

Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500

While the 2017 Predator Triton 700 could not fully convince us due to its unusual placement of the input devices and the thick bezels, the Triton 500 leaves a much better impression. With the exception of the limited maintenance and the missing graphics switching, which would be a great fit for such a mobile device, Acer did not make any major mistakes.

We do not only like the metal surfaces of the 15-inch chassis, but also the Thunderbolt 3 port as well as the 144 Hz panel with G-Sync support. The necessary gaming performance is provided by the six-core CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 in the efficient Max-Q design.

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7th - Alienware m15

Alienware m15
Alienware m15

Alienware is a bit late when it comes to slim-bezel gaming laptops, even though the lower and upper display frame of the brand-new m15 are once again comparatively thick. As per usual for Alienware laptops, the design is very striking – whether you like that or not is a matter of taste.

Dell offers numerous hardware options for the m15. Besides a 1080p/144 Hz screen, the manufacturer also offers a 4K-UHD panel. The battery capacity varies between 60 and 90 Wh depending on the SKU, and the 15-inch laptop lasts surprisingly long with the big battery option. Also great: Thanks to the improved maintenance, access to the components is much easier compared to the previous model. We are also surprised by the good Turbo utilization of the CPU considering the slim chassis (2.1 cm). The biggest issues are the sound quality as well as the lack of a card reader.

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8th - Alienware 17 R5

Alienware 17 R5
Alienware 17 R5

Even though the quality control suffered a bit after the acquisition by Dell (customers often report build quality and cooling issues), and we can confirm is by the AW 15 R3, Alienware laptops are still among the most noble and best high-end laptops you can get.

The 17-inch series was recently updated with Intel Coffee Lake CPUs. Our test model for about 2400 Euros offers plenty of gaming performance thanks to Core i7-8750H and GeForce GTX 1070. You also get 16 GB DDR4-RAm and an NVMe-SSD. The chassis also leaves a great impression except for the high weight and the thickness. In addition to good input devices, there are numerous ports, many lighting options, and a 120 Hz QHD panel (2560 x 1440 pixels). Dell should improve the noise development. The temperatures of our test model under load would allow for lower fan noise.

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9th - HP Omen 17t

HP Omen 17t
HP Omen 17t

While HP focused on office and multimedia laptops in the past, we now get more and more gaming systems from the manufacturer. The current 17-inch notebook is called Omen 17t and can easily keep up with the renowned high-end competition in terms of performance, features, and quality.

There are some advantages like the G-Sync display with 144 Hz, numerous ports, moderate noise development and the stable and easy to maintain chassis. However, the Omen 17t also suffers from typical DTR issues like the high weight, bulky design, and short runtimes. The sound could be better as well.

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10th - Asus ROG Strix GL504GS

Asus ROG Strix GL504GS
Asus ROG Strix GL504GS

The Asus ROG Strix GL504 is between slim competitors and typical desktop replacements in terms of weight and thickness. Depending on the model you either get a GeForce GTX 1060(GL504GM) or a GeForce GTX 1070 (GL504CS) under the hood, even though the latter lacks Nvidia's switchable graphics technology Optimus, which has a massive effect on the battery runtime. G-Sync is not supported, either, so we cannot really understand Asus' decision.

Otherwise, the 15-inch gamer leaves a good impression except fr the high noise development while gaming and the missing Thunderbolt 3 port. We like the responsive 144 Hz display with slim bezel. The input devices and the sound performance are not bad, either, and you get comprehensive lighting options.

Note: There are two different versions of the GL504. While the Hero edition is designed for MOBA fans with specifically marked QWER keys, Asus wants to attract 1st person shooter enthusiasts with the Scar-Edition (camouflage pattern, highlighted WASD area).

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

425 mm / 16.7 inch 319 mm / 12.6 inch 51 mm / 2.01 inch 4.7 kg10.3 lbs428 mm / 16.9 inch 298 mm / 11.7 inch 38.7 mm / 1.524 inch 4 kg8.82 lbs418 mm / 16.5 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 4.3 kg9.44 lbs423 mm / 16.7 inch 304 mm / 12 inch 33 mm / 1.299 inch 3.7 kg8.06 lbs424 mm / 16.7 inch 332 mm / 13.1 inch 30 mm / 1.181 inch 4.4 kg9.74 lbs361 mm / 14.2 inch 262 mm / 10.3 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.5 kg5.41 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 275 mm / 10.8 inch 21 mm / 0.827 inch 2.2 kg4.76 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.1 kg4.67 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Measurement Results

Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Asus ROG G703GX
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
Acer Predator Triton 500
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
Alienware 17 R5
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
Asus GL504GS
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
41.2 (20.8, 20.4)
36 (18, 18)
16.4 (8.8, 7.6)
8 (4, 4)
18 (9.2, 8.8)
20.8 (11.6, 9.2)
17.6 (10, 7.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
22.4 (10, 12.4)
24.4 (14, 10.4)
13.6 (8.4, 5.2)
11.2 (6, 5.2)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
6 (4, 2)
10 (4.8, 5.2)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
314.7
296
349
366
250
304
353.6
398
343.6
271
Brightness
312
279
339
349
235
299
346
367
320
261
Brightness Distribution
90
85
87
86
85
89
86
86
87
86
Black Level *
0.38
0.25
0.41
0.46
0.29
0.27
0.3
0.51
0.34
0.32
Contrast
828
1184
851
796
862
1126
1179
780
1011
847
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.56
4.77
4.04
2.9
1.46
4.66
4.55
5.45
3.74
2.61
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.89
9.08
6.01
5.4
2.47
9.65
7.91
10.36
5.33
4.93
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.71
1.46
0.93
3.1
1.72
3.37
2.56
3.49
2.33
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
5.83
4.19
3.5
1.27
5.53
4.1
5.4
3.7
1.97
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.47 89%
2.44 90%
2.37 93%
2.4 92%
2.5 88%
2.27 97%
2.4 92%
2.36 93%
2.4 92%
CCT
6435 101%
8076 80%
6411 101%
6616 98%
6749 96%
8028 81%
7434 87%
7453 87%
6388 102%
6398 102%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.7
60
87
88.1
60
60
57.9
56
58
59
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.6
93
100
100
93
93
88.9
86
90
90
Noise
off / environment *
28.8
30
30
29.4
30
29
28.6
30
27.8
29
Idle Minimum *
28.8
30
33
29.4
32
30
28.6
32
31.1
32
Idle Average *
28.8
35
35
29.4
34
32
28.6
33
31.1
33
Idle Maximum *
29.4
41
43
30.1
36
34
28.6
34
35
40
Load Average *
35.7
44
43
36
42
44
40.8
43
42
49
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.5
51
53
37.6
44
46
49.6
51
44.5
51
Load Maximum *
45
52
59
42.2
48
47
49.6
51
46.5
53
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
49
50
44
41
56
49
52
46
44.2
55
Maximum Bottom *
49
50
45
45.2
66
58
55.6
58
55.8
55
Idle Upper Side *
25.4
30
32
34.4
27
33
29.8
40
31.6
36
Idle Bottom *
27.2
33
33
33.9
27
33
31
41
35
36
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
682
301
171
549
335
627
268
268
176
WiFi v1.3
387
238
116
172
382
190
463
218
253
146
Load
88
78
73
174
81
103
64
97
71
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
10.4
5
33
24.6
16
16
7.6
28
17.8
29
Idle Average *
14.6
24
42
33.1
18
22
13.8
32
24.7
32
Idle Maximum *
16.3
42
49
37.2
23
32
14.6
37
29.6
38
Load Average *
88.5
112
93
124
88
89
97.6
112
110
100
Load Maximum *
182.4
320
293
236.5
167
173
172.5
231
178.6
217
Witcher 3 ultra *
155.4
284
156
180
120
147
145.8
192
167.8
170

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
15428 Points ∼58%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20452 Points ∼76%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
19041 Points ∼71%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
14734 Points ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
15587 Points ∼58%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
14119 Points ∼53%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
15457 Points ∼58%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
14335 Points ∼54%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
14394 Points ∼54%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17689 Points ∼57%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24624 Points ∼79%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
24503 Points ∼78%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
18687 Points ∼60%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
16608 Points ∼53%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
20149 Points ∼65%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
17408 Points ∼56%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
18741 Points ∼60%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17921 Points ∼57%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17775 Points ∼57%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼70%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5680 Points ∼73%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Coffee Lake Refresh
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 Pro 1TB
6959 Points ∼90%
Acer Predator Helios 500 PH517-51-93LS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK, Liteon CA1-8D512
4576 Points ∼59%
Gigabyte Aero 15-X9
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW010T8
5353 Points ∼69%
Acer Predator Triton 500
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, 2x WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-256G-1014 (RAID 0)
5883 Points ∼76%
Alienware m15 GTX 1070 Max-Q
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Toshiba XG5 KXG50ZNV512G
5426 Points ∼70%
Alienware 17 R5
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, SK hynix PC401 HFS256GD9TNG
5443 Points ∼70%
HP Omen 17t-3AW55AV_1
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5939 Points ∼76%
Asus GL504GS
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4854 Points ∼63%
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