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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Gaming Laptops

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

June 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 May 2019

Pos.RatingDateImageModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
190%06/2019
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Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-QRazer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
19.9 mm2.8 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
289%02/2019Razer 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
388%05/2019MSI GE75 9SGMSI GE75 9SG
Intel Core i9-9880H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB NVMe
27.5 mm2.7 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
488%03/2019Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHgLenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 256 GB NVMe
25 mm2.3 kg15.6"1920x1080matte
588%03/2019Schenker XMG Ultra 17 TuringSchenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
64 GB Memory, 500 GB SSD
41 mm4.3 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
688%02/2019Asus 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
788%03/2019Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Intel Core i9-9900K
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
42 mm3.9 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
888%03/2019Schenker XMG Neo 17Schenker XMG Neo 17
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27.5 mm2.5 kg17.3"1920x1080matte
987%04/2019Alienware m17 P37EAlienware m17 P37E
Intel Core i9-8950HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
23 mm2.6 kg17.3"3840x2160matte
1087%05/2019Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XAGigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
19 mm2.1 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 Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17
Razer Blade Pro 17

Alongside Schenker Razer is the only other manufacturer with not one but two gaming notebooks in our top 10 list with a rating of “Very Good”. The Blade Pro 17 managed a rating of 90 % and was therefore able to set itself apart from its competitors by quite a bit. Despite its small case Razer packed the device with nothing but high-end hardware. In our particular case, the Blade Pro 17 came with a Core i7-9750H, a blazingly fast GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, and a matte FHD IPS display with Optimus. Accordingly, it lacked G-Sync in return.

In addition to its massive performance other benefits include easy maintenance, a robust and good-looking case, and a wide variety of ports. Downsides include a rather spongy and soft feedback on keyboard and touchpad as well as high noise emissions under 3D load.

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2nd - 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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3rd - MSI GE75 9SG

MSI GE75 9SG
MSI GE75 9SG

While the GT75 is pretty bulky, the GE75MSI GE75 8SG Raider (i7-8750H, RTX 2080) Laptop Review from MSI is a good compromise between chassis height and performance. The high-end SKU of the 17-inch laptop not only features an eight-core processor from Intel, but also Nvidia's high-end RTX 2080. You look at a matte 144 Hz panel, which is surprisingly bright and accurate. There is not much criticism for the battery runtime (Optimus technology) or the sound, either.

We miss a Thunderbolt 3 port and the card reader is very slow. The fan noise while gaming could be better as well.

The review of the less expensive RTX 2070 SKU is available here.

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4th - Lenovo Legion Y740-15

Lenovo Legion Y740-15
Lenovo Legion Y740-15

Compared to other gaming laptops with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, the 15-inch model of the Lenovo Legion Y740 has a good price-performance ratio. Besides the hardware equipment, we also like the 144 Hz display for the most part. The same applies for the RGB illumination, the noise development as well as the port selection. The maintenance options are not bad, either.

The keyboard with its spongy feedback could be improved, just like the placement of the webcam and the battery runtime. The Legion Y740 is currently still one of the best high-end laptops and gets our recommendation.

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5th - Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker XMG Ultra 17
Schenker XMG Ultra 17

Schenker Technologies' XMG Ultra 17 is a prime example for a full-fledged desktop replacement. Despite the high weight (4.3 kg) and the thick construction (4.1 cm), we were mainly convinced by the 17-inch chassis. It deserves respect for the upgrade options and the display in particular. The 4K panel of our test model does not only feature a high resolution, but also a wide color gamut (88% AdobeRGB), even though you have to get used to it.

The graphics performance is also very high: Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2080 manages a performance level we did not see before, and it is combined with a real desktop processor. The XMG Ultra 17 does not last very long without a PSU, but the sound is great in return. The same applies for the port selection (Thunderbolt 3) and the input devices. We were rather disappointed by the fan control.

The review of the similarly constructed (and very similarly equipped) Eurocom Sky X7C is available here.

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6th - 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.

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7th - Alienware Area 51m

Alienware Area 51m
Alienware Area 51m

Even though the competition reduced the gap in terms of material quality, Alienware laptops are still the most noble and stable high-end laptops.

The current flagship carries the designation Area 51m and we reviewed the SKU with the Core i9-9900K and a GeForce RTX 2080. It was also equipped with 32 GB DDR4-RAM and two NVMe-SSDs. Except for the pretty high weight and the thick chassis, we also like the case. Good input devices are supported by numerous ports, diverse lighting and upgrade options as well as a 144 Hz panel. Dell should improve the noise development.

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8th - Schenker XMG Neo 17

Schenker XMG Neo 17
Schenker XMG Neo 17

You are looking for a subtle yet powerful gaming laptop? The Schenker XMG Neo 17 is an almost perfect choice. It is based on the Tongfang Barebone GK7CP7S only tips the scale at 2.5 kg in the SKU with the GeForce RTX 2070, which is more in line with a multimedia laptop. A chassis height of 2.75 cm is also decent for a gaming system.

As per usual for high-end systems, the noise development is very high under load. A better score for the Neo 17 would also require Thunderbolt 3, more powerful speakers, and a larger battery. The highlights include the 144 Hz display with a slim bezel design, the generous cope of delivery, and the mechanical RGB keyboard.

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9th - Alienware m17

Alienware m17
Alienware m17

Alienware follows the trend of slim bezels with the m17, even though both the upper and the lower bezel are still pretty thick. The 17-inch laptop definitely does not lack performance; our test sample was equipped with a Core i9-8950HK and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.

The m17 manages comparatively long battery runtimes thanks to the Optimus technology. Other advantages are the sturdy chassis (except for the soft keyboard) and the improved maintenance options compared to the previous model. However, the temperature and noise development under load is an issue, and a card reader would be nice as well.

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10th - Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA

Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA

The wolf in sheep's clothing: This is a good description for the Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XAGigabyte Aero 15-Y9 (i9-8950HK, RTX 2080 Max-Q) Laptop ReviewGigabyte Aero 15-X9 (Core i7-8750H, RTX 2070 Max-Q) Laptop Review. 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 i7-9750H Intel Core i9-8950HK SoCand Nvidia's GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, which results in high temperatures under 3D load. You also get an accurate and bright 4K panel, but it only runs at 60 Hz. 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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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 lbs418 mm / 16.5 inch 295 mm / 11.6 inch 41 mm / 1.614 inch 4.3 kg9.59 lbs402.6 mm / 15.9 inch 319.2 mm / 12.6 inch 42 mm / 1.654 inch 3.9 kg8.53 lbs410 mm / 16.1 inch 292.5 mm / 11.5 inch 23 mm / 0.906 inch 2.6 kg5.8 lbs397 mm / 15.6 inch 268.5 mm / 10.6 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.7 kg5.86 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 27.5 mm / 1.083 inch 2.5 kg5.51 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs362 mm / 14.3 inch 265 mm / 10.4 inch 25 mm / 0.984 inch 2.3 kg4.97 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.68 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 17.8 mm / 0.701 inch 2.1 kg4.63 lbs

Measurement Results

Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
MSI GE75 9SG
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
Asus ROG G703GX
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
Schenker XMG Neo 17
Alienware m17 P37E
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
6.8 (3.4, 3.4)
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
18.8 (11.6, 7.2)
41.6 (20.4, 21.2)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
13.2 (8, 5.2)
18.8 (9.6, 9.2)
35.6 (19.6, 16)
15.2 (7.6, 7.6)
Response Time Black / White *
9.6 (5.2, 4.4)
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
6.6 (3.2, 3.4)
13.2 (8, 5.2)
21.6 (9.6, 12)
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
10.8 (6, 4.8)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
28 (16, 12)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
PWM Frequency
26040 (10)
971 (99)
23580 (24)
Screen
Brightness middle
299.3
314.7
400.7
320.4
343
296
335.2
304
357.9
266
Brightness
294
312
372
298
328
279
297
289
347
248
Brightness Distribution
94
90
89
85
82
85
82
90
94
89
Black Level *
0.29
0.38
0.34
0.42
0.31
0.25
0.66
0.26
0.33
0.31
Contrast
1032
828
1179
763
1106
1184
508
1169
1085
858
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.55
2.56
1.33
3.21
5.03
4.77
2.02
2.65
6.57
2.78
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.73
4.89
3.51
5.54
7.91
9.08
7.23
6.11
9.86
5.96
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.9
1.71
1.39
2.36
0.86
1.46
1.17
1.5
6.74
0.91
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.5
3.4
1.3
3.6
6.29
5.83
3.2
2.75
4.3
3.58
Gamma
2.28 96%
2.3 96%
2.24 98%
2.27 97%
2.38 92%
2.47 89%
2.16 102%
2.46 89%
2.6 85%
2.46 89%
CCT
7101 92%
6435 101%
6735 97%
6503 100%
6389 102%
8076 80%
6746 96%
6763 96%
6403 102%
7186 90%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
60.7
58.2
59
88
60
61.3
60
88.4
62
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88.7
94.6
92.1
92
100
93
96.9
92
100
96
Noise
off / environment *
28.2
28.8
28.2
28
30
30
28.1
29
28.2
30
Idle Minimum *
28.2
28.8
30.4
32.6
30
30
28.1
29
28.2
31
Idle Average *
28.2
28.8
30.4
32.7
33
35
28.6
32
28.2
34
Idle Maximum *
30.8
29.4
33.4
32.7
35
41
51
33
31
39
Load Average *
42
35.7
37.1
33.3
44
44
51
42
50.8
46
Witcher 3 ultra *
51
42.5
54.2
41.6
55
51
51
49
50.8
53
Load Maximum *
53
45
56.4
45.2
58
52
51
49
50.8
55
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
43
49
48.8
37.6
45
50
47
47
55
58
Maximum Bottom *
47.2
49
52
45.2
45
50
58.8
56
60
64
Idle Upper Side *
27.2
25.4
36.2
32.2
36
30
31
28
30.4
30
Idle Bottom *
30
27.2
44.4
37.2
33
33
35
30
31.8
31
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
295
682
235
165
301
155
315
543
545
WiFi v1.3
280
387
294
166
135
238
127
224
296
421
Load
86
88
46
65
78
66
55
49
181
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
16.2
10.4
13.9
22.9
39
5
23.3
13
21.2
21
Idle Average *
20.4
14.6
18.8
27.2
45
24
33.5
16
29.6
23
Idle Maximum *
26.1
16.3
23.1
27.5
55
42
38.4
21
34
32
Load Average *
96.5
88.5
112.3
83.4
122
112
114.1
96
130.9
97
Load Maximum *
214.3
182.4
291.5
160.5
346
320
485.1
191
219.7
213
Witcher 3 ultra *
182.9
155.4
231
143.6
259
284
339.5
172
177.5
148

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
18887 Points ∼71%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
15428 Points ∼58%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
18947 Points ∼71%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
15027 Points ∼56%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
20760 Points ∼78%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20452 Points ∼76%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
23195 Points ∼87%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
15686 Points ∼59%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
17684 Points ∼66%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
15494 Points ∼58%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
22693 Points ∼73%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
17689 Points ∼57%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
27116 Points ∼87%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
18304 Points ∼59%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
26926 Points ∼86%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
24624 Points ∼79%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
29759 Points ∼95%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
18150 Points ∼58%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
21837 Points ∼70%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
18171 Points ∼58%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 2080 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5734 Points ∼74%
Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5416 Points ∼70%
MSI GE75 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9880H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR
6306 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Legion Y740-15ICHg
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5941 Points ∼77%
Schenker XMG Ultra 17 Turing
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 500GB
7050 Points ∼91%
Asus ROG G703GX
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5680 Points ∼73%
Alienware Area-51m i9-9900K RTX 2080
GeForce RTX 2080 (Laptop), 9900K, 2x SK Hynix PC400 512GB (RAID 0)
7006 Points ∼90%
Schenker XMG Neo 17
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5411 Points ∼70%
Alienware m17 P37E
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8950HK, SK Hynix PC401 512GB M.2 (HFS512GD9TNG)
5632 Points ∼73%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5697 Points ∼73%
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