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The Best Thin & Light Gaming Notebooks

August 2022 update. The model-specific allure of these thin & light gaming notebooks is their unique combination of very thin and lightweight cases on the one hand and powerful hardware on the other rendering devices particularly interesting to all users who intend to use their gaming laptops when out and about. Naturally, everyday work is another use case, but gaming is the most important aspect here. Below, you will find the best ultra-portable gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck.

"Mobile gaming" - what sounded like a poor joke a few years ago has already become common practice; at least in the notebook range. Processors and graphics cards are getting smaller and more power-efficient, which makes cooling easier. As a result, powerful components can be packed into slimmer and slimmer cases. Although 17-inch powerhouses still dominate the 15-inch and smaller range is steadily growing.

The following table shows an overview of the Top 10 gaming laptops reviewed by Notebookcheck in the previous 12 months that weigh less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) and are less than 2.0 cm (0.8 inches) thick. More gaming rankings from Notebookcheck:

The Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Weight
Height
Size
Resolution
Screen
189.5 %
08/2022
new!
Asus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082WAsus ROG Flow X16 GV601RW-M5082W
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg19.4 mm16.10"2560x1600glossy
289.4 %
05/2022
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HXRazer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 6900HX
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.8 kg16.8 mm14.00"2560x1440matte
389.1 %
03/2022
Razer Blade 15 2022Razer Blade 15 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg16.99 mm15.60"2560x1440matte
487.9 %
11/2021
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GELenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2 kg18.9 mm15.60"3840x2160matte
586.8 %
03/2022
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZEAsus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE
Intel Core i9-12900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.2 kg12 mm13.40"1920x1200glossy
686.7 %
03/2022
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Intel Core i7-12700H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.8 kg14.5 mm14.00"1920x1080matte
786.7 %
03/2022
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RKAsus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK
AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS
AMD Radeon RX 6800S
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
1.7 kg19.5 mm14.00"2560x1600matte
885.6 %
07/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603HAsus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H
Intel Core i9-11900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
2 kg20 mm16.00"2560x1600matte
984.6 %
01/2022
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2 kg19.8 mm15.60"3840x2160glossy
1084.5 %
02/2022
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGSMSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
Intel Core i7-12700H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.2 kg19.8 mm15.60"2560x1440matte

The table above contains an overview over the best thin & light gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

In this June, the new Razer Blade 14 replaces its predecessor and climbs from the former third to the first place.

1st – Asus ROG Flow X16 (Ryzen 9 6900HS, RTX 3070 Ti)

Asus ROG Flow X16
Asus ROG Flow X16

1,100 nits for real HDR gaming for the first time thanks to the mini LED in the laptop: Asus ROG Flow X16 is a 16-inch convertible that, despite its compact design, can cool 140 watts permanently and thus performs better than other upper-class notebooks while remaining quieter .

The ROG Flow X16 impresses as a unique 2-in-1 gamer with its high performance, a well thought-out cooling system and the bright mini LED display - not only in games, but in all multimedia tasks. Battery life is our main criticism.

Since our test device (GV601RW-M5082W) with Ryzen 9 6900HS, 32 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, RTX 3070 Ti and mini LED display is a pre-production model, it is not yet available on the market. Alternate already lists it for € 3,000. However, models with other configurations can be ordered, for example with a Ryzen 7 6800HS, 16 GB RAM, a 1 TB SSD, RTX 3060 and without a mini LED display for € 2,500. The ROG Flow X16 is not yet available in the US.

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2nd – Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti)

Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti)
Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen 9 6900HX, RTX 3070 Ti)

The Blade 14 completely redefines our expectations of what an ultra-thin 14-inch laptop can do. As if the 2021 model wasn't already fast enough for its size, the current 2022 version raises the bar quite a bit, especially in terms of processing power.

The 2022 Blade 14 is the best version of itself yet, as all of the changes are due to direct improvements from the 2021 model, especially the now higher single-threaded CPU performance. However, it is also clear that the GPU has reached its limits with its TGP of 100 W.

The versions with RTX 3060 and RTX 3080 Ti are not yet available in Germany. Our review configuration is available from $2,599 at various retailers, including Amazon.

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3rd – Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15
Razer Blade 15

This spot was already taken by last year’s Razer Blade 15, equipped with Core i9-11800H CPU and RTX 3080 GPU. Now, Razer updated its Blade 15 with a Core i7-12800H and an RTX 3080 Ti in order to further improve performance thanks to Intel’s 12th generation of CPUs and Nvidia’s latest RTX Ti-series of GPUs.

The Blade 15 and its 12th gen Intel processor make for even more performance in this well-known unibody case without causing more noise or heat.

The Blade 15 sells through Razer’s own webshop as well as the usual retailers, such as Amazon. Prices for our review unit start at $3,700.

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4th – Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6

Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6

Thanks to its Ryzen 9 5900HX APU and its GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU this laptop is well capable of running almost all games smoothly on its 400 nits 4K display with excellent color accuracy (Pantone-calibrated) and high brightness. Long battery life is the icing on the cake.

Lightweight, compact, and fast – Lenovo’s Legion S7 15ACH6 ticks almost all the boxes.

The device is marketed as Lenovo Legion Slim 7 in North America and is available among others through Lenovo’s own webstore.

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5th – Asus ROG Flow Z13

Asus ROG Flow Z13
Asus ROG Flow Z13

For the first time ever, a tablet makes this list of mobile gaming devices. The Flow Z13 not only features an Alder Lake CPU but also a dedicated RTX 3050 Ti GPU, albeit at a 20 % reduced performance. It also comes with a 13.4-inch 16:10 display running at 1920 x 1200 pixels at 120 Hz with support for G-Sync.

Finally, a real gaming tablet. The Asus ROG Flow Z13 is a powerful gaming tablet with decent cooling performance. Its Alder Lake Core i9 processor is a bit overkill though, and we would have preferred a slightly faster RTX 3050 Ti instead.

The Asus ROG Flow Z13 is currently not sold in North America.

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6th – Alienware x14

Alienware x14
Alienware x14

Dell advertises this 14-inch laptop with i7-12700H and RTX 3060 as the world’s thinnest gaming laptop. It features an Intel Alder Lake CPU, a GeForce RTX 3000-series GPU, Thunderbolt 4, PCIe 4.0, Wi-Fi 6E, G-Sync, and last but not least Advanced Optimus. All this in a case just 14.5 mm (0.57 inches) thick. The display even covers the entire DCI P3 color space.

The new Alienware x14 features modern technology as well as a decent and consistent gaming performance. However, its thin case requires quite a few compromises in day-to-day life.

The laptop can be configured through Dell’s own webshop with prices starting at $1,500. At the time of writing, it was not available through other channels.

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7th – Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is aimed at mobile gamers as well as content creators alike. Despite its compact size this 14-inch laptop features powerful hardware, including a brand-new Ryzen 9 6900HS and a Radeon RX 6800S that outperformed last gen’s RTX 3060 significantly apart from its Raytracing performance.

This current generation is even better than the last. Its most important competitor, the Razer Blade 14, will need to take note.

Availability is very limited at the moment, and the only model currently for sale in the US is equipped with a RX 6700S. Prices start at just shy of $2,000.

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8th – Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

Asus ROG Zephyrus M16
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

This thin high-end gaming notebook with 16:10 WQXGA display and good speakers weighs just 2 kg (4.41 lbs) and is exactly 2 cm (0.79 inches) thick. Thus, this gaming device with Intel Core i9-11900H and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU deservedly made this top list.

The Zephyrus M16 offers a unique 16:10 panel among gaming laptops.

The device is available among others on Amazon with prices starting at around $2,200.

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9th – Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)

Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)

A Core i7-11800H paired with a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU with 16 GB of VRAM ensure smooth gaming performance for all current games on its bright 4K OLED display. The laptop also features a Thunderbolt 4 port.

PCIe 4, Thunderbolt 4, and OLED. Schenker’s XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021) is an up-to-date gaming device.

Schenker notebooks are not sold in North America.

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10th – MSI GS66 12UGS

MSI GS66 12UGS
MSI GS66 12UGS

The successor to MSI’s GS66 10UG takes its predecessor place while slightly increasing its overall score. Unsurprisingly, the Alder Lake and RTX 3070 Ti-equipped MSI GS66 12UGS performed faster than its predecessor, and its 15-inch WQHAD display runs at 240 Hz and offers great color gamut (almost 100 % DCI-P3) that will entice not only gamers but also content creators.

A Core i7-12700H paired with a GeForce RTX 3070 Ti ensure smooth gaming performance on the GS66 12UGS’s native 2560 x 1440 display.

The MSI GS66 12UGS is currently not sold in North America. 

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs357.5 mm / 14.1 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 19.8 mm / 0.78 inch 2 kg4.4 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 243 mm / 9.57 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2 kg4.52 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2 kg4.33 lbs355 mm / 14 inch 235 mm / 9.25 inch 16.99 mm / 0.669 inch 2.1 kg4.64 lbs324 mm / 12.8 inch 222 mm / 8.74 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 1.7 kg3.7 lbs319.7 mm / 12.6 inch 220 mm / 8.66 inch 16.8 mm / 0.661 inch 1.8 kg3.9 lbs321.5 mm / 12.7 inch 262.77 mm / 10.3 inch 14.5 mm / 0.571 inch 1.8 kg3.95 lbs312 mm / 12.3 inch 227 mm / 8.94 inch 19.5 mm / 0.768 inch 1.7 kg3.77 lbs302 mm / 11.9 inch 204 mm / 8.03 inch 12 mm / 0.4724 inch 1.2 kg2.61 lbs

Test Results

Razer Blade 15 2022
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
Display
Display P3 Coverage
99.1
85.2
97.2
67.5
99.6
97.4
81.2
96.4
68.1
sRGB Coverage
99.9
98.8
99.9
97.1
100
99.9
97.7
99.7
92.4
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.8
98.2
85.4
69.3
87.6
85.5
89.1
85.6
67.7
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.4 ?(6.8, 7.6)
31.6 ?(8, 23.6)
16.4 ?(8, 8.4)
44 ?(22, 22)
9.6 ?(4.4, 5.2)
8.8 ?(4, 4.8)
4.8 ?(2, 2.8)
3.2 ?(1.2, 2)
6 ?(3.2, 2.8)
34.4 ?(15.6, 18.8)
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 ?(5.6, 6)
16 ?(4, 12)
10.8 ?(5.6, 5.2)
17.6 ?(6, 11.6)
7.6 ?(2.8, 4.8)
6 ?(1.8, 4.2)
6 ?(2, 4)
1.6 ?(1, 0.6)
8.4 ?(4.4, 4)
27.6 ?(16.4, 11.2)
PWM Frequency
27170 ?(35)
60 ?(81)
Screen
Brightness middle
286
607
331.1
515
434
480
448
443
272
329.4
Brightness
271
605
318
476
411
456
446
434
253
311
Brightness Distribution
89
93
91
87
89
80
86
94
87
90
Black Level *
0.25
0.41
0.36
0.35
0.25
0.48
0.48
0.02
0.25
0.39
Contrast
1144
1480
920
1471
1736
1000
933
22150
1088
845
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.74
0.84
2.25
1.6
3
2.62
2.76
3.73
3.73
4.01
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.21
3.02
4.62
4
7.1
6.71
7.09
8.12
9.43
8.21
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.52
0.69
1.2
0.7
1.12
2.86
0.98
3.89
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.1
1.1
1.7
2.5
5.1
4.2
3.1
2.5
6.5
3.2
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.131 103%
2.3 96%
2.2 100%
2.19 100%
2.16 102%
2.153 102%
2.001 110%
2.172 101%
2.2 100%
CCT
6408 101%
6648 98%
6751 96%
6939 94%
6204 105%
7122 91%
6826 95%
6522 100%
6485 100%
7070 92%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
87
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
Noise
off / environment *
25.4
25
25.1
24.5
24.7
24
25
24
24
24.8
Idle Minimum *
26.2
25
25.2
24.5
24.7
24
25
31
31
25.4
Idle Average *
26.2
30
25.2
24.5
24.7
26
31
37
32
34.5
Idle Maximum *
28.4
36
25.2
24.5
30.9
31
42
41
35
34.5
Load Average *
44.7
42
31
41
40
45
48
56
48
35.4
Witcher 3 ultra *
44.7
53
44
41
51.5
43
52
53
43
52.7
Load Maximum *
51.9
54
51.7
41
51.5
45
56
58
48
52.3
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
50
49
45
45.3
51.3
55
52
44
54
55.4
Maximum Bottom *
47
50
44.4
48.3
44.4
55
53
60
59
62.2
Idle Upper Side *
37.4
29
40.2
29.2
27.2
30
38
30
26
31
Idle Bottom *
38.4
30
39.2
30
26.6
32
41
34
27
32.4
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
292
421
439
338
535
572
463
314
324
710
Reader / Idle
841
828
1085
799
636
467
1262
Load
69
79
72
45
53
97
78
96
81
Witcher 3 ultra
47
45
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
33.2
13
9.4
8.8
7.9
7
11
20
11
5.6
Idle Average *
36.4
16
15.8
12.1
11.1
14
20
22
16
10.4
Idle Maximum *
37.6
23
24.1
12.7
11.8
22
30
26
23
18
Load Average *
116.7
95
76.8
72.3
107.4
98
111
103
110
68
Witcher 3 ultra *
172
156
154
77.3
111
141
156
186
151
113
Load Maximum *
228.6
191
189.7
103.1
140.4
188
197
218
230
158.2

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
25025 Points ∼60%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
17397 Points ∼42%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
21519 Points ∼52%
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
9794 Points ∼24%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
17786 Points ∼43%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK
Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
24068 Points ∼58%
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
15460 Points ∼37%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
19449 Points ∼47%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
22334 Points ∼54%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
17223 Points ∼41%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
32299 Points ∼65%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
23694 Points ∼48%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
25434 Points ∼51%
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
14864 Points ∼30%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK
Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
29407 Points ∼59%
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
19516 Points ∼39%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
29001 Points ∼59%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
29249 Points ∼59%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
19586 Points ∼40%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Razer Blade 15 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7706 Points ∼78%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6505 Points ∼66%
Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6967 Points ∼70%
Asus ROG Flow Z13 GZ301ZE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i9-12900H, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
6335 Points ∼64%
Alienware x14 i7 RTX 3060
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
7170 Points ∼72%
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 GA402RK
Radeon RX 6800S, R9 6900HS, Micron 2450 1TB MTFDKBK1T0TFK
7731 Points ∼78%
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 GU603H
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7097 Points ∼72%
Schenker XMG Pro 15 (Late 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
6673 Points ∼67%
MSI Stealth GS66 12UGS
GeForce RTX 3070 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12700H, WDC PC SN810 1TB
7582 Points ∼77%
Asus Zephyrus G14 GA401QM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HS, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
6773 Points ∼68%
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