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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Slim & Light Gaming Laptops

Florian Glaser, Sabine Kückemanns (translated by Andreas Osthoff), 08/01/2017

August 2019 Update. Here you will find the latest best slim and lightweight mobile gaming notebooks reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our list of top models is regularly updated, maintained and commented on and should assist in purchase decisions.

"Mobile gaming" - what sounded like a bad 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 (see our 17-inch gaming notebook charts), the 15-inch and smaller range is steadily growing; keyword: "slim gaming". More gaming rankings from Notebookcheck:

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 and are still available. If ratings are equal, the latest review is listed first. You can sort the table by clicking its headers or via text filter (e.g. "matte").

Best Slim & Light Gaming Laptops as of August 2019

Pos.RatingDateImageModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionScreenBest Price
185%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
2.1 kg17.8 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
284%08/2019
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Schenker Key 16Schenker Key 16
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.2 kg19.9 mm16.1"1920x1080matte
385%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
2.1 kg19 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
485%08/2019
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Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZAcer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.1 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
584%06/2019MSI GS65 Stealth 9SGMSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
32 GB Memory, 512 GB NVMe
2 kg18 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
684%07/2019
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Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XAGigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.2 kg20 mm15.6"3840x2160glossy
783%05/2019Asus Zephyrus S GX502GWAsus Zephyrus S GX502GW
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
2.1 kg19 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
884%06/2019MSI GS75 Stealth 9SGMSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Intel Core i7-9750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
32 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
2.3 kg18.9 mm17.3"1920x1080matte
982%04/2019Asus Zephyrus S GX531GXAsus Zephyrus S GX531GX
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
2.1 kg15.75 mm15.6"1920x1080matte
1082%09/2018Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1
Intel Core i7-8750H
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
32 GB Memory, 480 GB SSD
2.1 kg19.9 mm15.6"1920x1080matte

Top 10 of the previous 12 months at the time of writing, current articles are listed first
Link: all reviewed gaming notebooks with a size of 15-inch or smaller, ordered by rating

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 – Schenker Key 16

Schenker Key 16
Schenker Key 16

Schenker’s Key 16 is a multimedia-gaming hybrid that could easily pass as business notebook thanks to its discreet and slim case. However, there is more to this beast than the restrained outer shell seems to reveal: the 16-inch notebook is powered by a Core i7-8750H CPU and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

Unfortunately, the Clevo P960EN-K barebone that this Schenker notebook is based upon suffers from a fairly high level of noise. Other drawbacks include high surface temperatures, no Thunderbolt 3 port, and poor speakers. On the plus side the weight is comparatively low, the device can be configured individually to your liking, and the preloaded Windows OS is clean and without any traces of bloatware. The biggest highlight is the devices 144 Hz IPS display.

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3rd - 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.

4th – Acer Predator Triton 500

Acer Predator Triton 500
Acer Predator Triton 500

While the Predator Triton 700 released back in 2017 was a mixed bag mostly due to its unusually placed input devices and its massive display bezels the Triton 500 looks much better. Its only real drawbacks are poor maintainability and suboptimal fan controls.

The 15-inch metal case not only impressed us with Acer’s choice of material (metal) but also its Thunderbolt 3 port and its 144 Hz display. Inside, a 6-core CPU and a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q ensure proper gaming prowess.

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5th – MSI GS65 9SG

MSI GS65 9SG
MSI GS65 9SG

At the time of writing, MSI had a total of three notebooks in our mobile gaming top 10 list. N addition to the GS73 8RF and the GS75 8SG the GS65 9SG recently also made our top 10. The 15-inch notebook is ideal for gamers on the road thanks to its low weight of just 2 kg (4.4 lbs). G-Sync is not available in favor of Optimus, which boosts battery life quite significantly.

Its 3D prowess is noteworthy thanks to a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q that can easily outperform last year’s GTX 1080 and is capable of running all current games smoothly on the built-in 240 Hz FHD panel. Other hardware includes 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, a 512 GB SSD, and a Core i7-9750H CPU. Compared to its competitors the case was only mediocre at best as it turned out to be less robust and not as easy to maintain and upgrade.

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6th – Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA

Gigabyte updated its 15-inch Aero 15 with a new case, which is still fairly discreet and slim. One of the biggest updates is the bright high-contrast OLED display. Unfortunately, it suffered from visible glare due to its reflective coating. In addition, the device was also fairly load under load.

On the plus side connectivity is plentiful, the Wi-Fi modem is fast, and the slim-bezel design is very attractive to boot.

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7th - Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502GW

Asus ROG GX502
Asus ROG GX502

While the keyboard and the touchpad of the GX531 were located at the front halt of the laptop, the brand-new GX502 uses a classic layout and we prefer it this way. Despite the smaller dimensions, Asus still implements a full-fledged GeForce RTX 2070. Other advantages include the 144 Hz panel with accurate colors, the nice design as well as the RGB illumination. We also appreciate the choice between G-Sync and Optimus.

The device loses points for the soldered RAM, the loud fans and the meager sound. Thunderbolt 3 and a card reader would have been nice, too.

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8th – MSI GS75 9SG

MSI GS75 9SG
MSI GS75 9SG

If you prefer large displays you might be delighted by the fact that MSI offers its GS65 with a large 17-inch display. The flagship model reviewed by us, the GS75 9SG, is equipped with a Core i7-9750H, a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 32 GB of DDR4 RAM, and an SSD RAID comprised of two 1 TB drives. Other benefits include its low weight, its slim chassis, its decent battery life, and last but not least its 144 Hz display with narrow bezels.

However, the case was a mixed bag overall. As much as we liked design and quality of material its stability was in need of improvement. In addition, fan control and maintanence options could also benefit from some fine tuning.

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9th - Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531

Asus ROG GX531
Asus ROG GX531

The ROG Zephyrus S GX531 (now also available with Turing GPUs) represents the successor the GX501, which was very innovative at its launch. As it is common for a mobile laptop from 2018, the bezels are much slimmer, and the device is also slimmer.

However, we think Asus tries a bit too hard with the diet, because the GX531 does not only get warmer than other gaming systems in our Top 10, but also louder (which is partly caused by the mediocre fan control). The unusual position of the input devices takes some time getting used to, and potential buyers might also be scared off by the limited number of ports (no Thunderbolt 3, no RJ45-LAN, no card reader), the limited maintenance, and the small battery. The laptop still manages a good score thanks to the stylish, high-quality, and conveniently light case. We also like the RGB illumination as well as the responsive 144 Hz panel.

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10th - Monster Tulpar T5

Monster Tulpar T5
Monster Tulpar T5

The Tulpar T5 from the Turkish notebook manufacturer is based on a barebone from Tonfang, more precisely the GK5CN6Z chassis. It is pretty exotic, which is supported by the keyboard. We get more and more mechanical keyboards, but they are still rare on machines for less than 2000 Euros. We also like the RGB illumination and the slim-bezel design of the 144 Hz panel.

There are also some drawbacks like the sound, the battery capacity, and the performance of the card reader, bu we think the main issue is the poor fan control. A Thunderbolt 3 port would have improved the score as well.

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10th - currently vacant

Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

396 mm / 15.6 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 18.9 mm / 0.744 inch 2.3 kg5.03 lbs380 mm / 15 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.2 kg4.85 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 252 mm / 9.92 inch 19 mm / 0.748 inch 2.1 kg4.55 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 240 mm / 9.45 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.1 kg4.58 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 255 mm / 10 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2.1 kg4.73 lbs358 mm / 14.1 inch 248 mm / 9.76 inch 18 mm / 0.709 inch 2 kg4.35 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 250 mm / 9.84 inch 20 mm / 0.787 inch 2.2 kg4.88 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 268 mm / 10.6 inch 15.75 mm / 0.62 inch 2.1 kg4.63 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 15 RTX 2070 Max-Q
Schenker Key 16
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX
Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
16.8 (9.2, 7.6)
18 (8.8, 9.2)
15.2 (7.6, 7.6)
5.2 (2.6, 2.6)
13.6 (8, 5.6)
2.4 (1, 1.4)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
7.2 (3.8, 3.4)
7 (3.6, 3.4)
16 (8.4, 7.6)
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 (7.2, 4.4)
10.4 (6, 4.4)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
11.2 (6.8, 4.4)
12 (7.6, 4.4)
2.2 (1.2, 1)
8.8 (4.4, 4.4)
10 (5.2, 4.8)
9.6 (4.4, 5.2)
12 (6.8, 5.2)
PWM Frequency
25510 (20)
23580 (24)
23260 (19)
60 (80)
25510 (17)
Screen
Brightness middle
314.7
296
266
288
282.3
373
286
366
323.6
335
Brightness
312
271
248
265
269
375
275
343
315
315
Brightness Distribution
90
88
89
84
90
93
90
91
91
89
Black Level *
0.38
0.26
0.31
0.22
0.32
0.37
0.29
0.29
0.33
Contrast
828
1138
858
1309
882
773
1262
1116
1015
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
2.56
2.24
2.78
3.22
1.17
3.98
2.19
1.51
3.31
3.66
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
4.89
4.04
5.96
6.26
3.29
6.28
4.4
3.22
5.74
6.56
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.71
0.72
0.91
1.5
1.06
2.27
0.71
2.73
1.37
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3.4
2.76
3.58
3.43
1.3
2.81
2.2
1.93
2.9
4.26
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.52 87%
2.46 89%
2.41 91%
2.2 100%
2.62 84%
2.41 91%
2.38 92%
2.29 96%
2.35 94%
CCT
6435 101%
6830 95%
7186 90%
7290 89%
6643 98%
6434 101%
6405 101%
6881 94%
6765 96%
6461 101%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60.7
60
62
60
63.8
78
59
60
59.7
61
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94.6
99
96
93
97.5
97
91
94
91.8
94
Noise
off / environment *
28.8
30
30
30
28.3
30
30
30
28.7
29
Idle Minimum *
28.8
30
31
30
30.4
34
31
31
29.8
29
Idle Average *
28.8
31
34
33
30.5
35
33
32
32.4
33
Idle Maximum *
29.4
34
39
39
30.6
45
38
38
38
39
Load Average *
35.7
47
46
45
37.6
43
50
47
38.2
49
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.5
48
53
49
46
52
53
48
56.6
52
Load Maximum *
45
49
55
51
55.1
54
56
49
56.6
58
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
49
51
58
49
45.6
49
54
55
47
52
Maximum Bottom *
49
59
64
59
53.8
59
47
65
48.6
65
Idle Upper Side *
25.4
32
30
28
28.6
33
33
30
28.8
30
Idle Bottom *
27.2
36
31
29
33.2
32
34
32
33.2
30
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
682
585
545
666
591
353
461
305
WiFi v1.3
387
329
421
478
362
342
220
357
181
243
Load
88
69
181
96
149
62
74
101
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
10.4
10
21
7
18.3
23
24
13
16.1
10
Idle Average *
14.6
15
23
12
22
25
27
17
20.9
12
Idle Maximum *
16.3
22
32
22
28.8
33
33
25
27
18
Load Average *
88.5
88
97
86
93
96
129
96
93.4
93
Load Maximum *
182.4
191
213
177
215.9
197
216
239
215.3
152
Witcher 3 ultra *
155.4
145
148
144
142.6
168
176
156
168.2
110

* ... 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%
Schenker Key 16
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
17301 Points ∼65%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
15494 Points ∼58%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
16017 Points ∼60%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
16598 Points ∼62%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
16110 Points ∼60%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
16290 Points ∼61%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
17182 Points ∼64%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
17774 Points ∼66%
Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, ADATA XPG Gammix S11 480GB
10195 Points ∼38%
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 ∼51%
Schenker Key 16
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
20298 Points ∼58%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
18171 Points ∼52%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
18996 Points ∼54%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
20209 Points ∼58%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
19110 Points ∼55%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
18686 Points ∼53%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
21390 Points ∼61%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
21324 Points ∼61%
Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, ADATA XPG Gammix S11 480GB
13166 Points ∼38%
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%
Schenker Key 16
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
5694 Points ∼73%
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic-XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 760p SSDPEKKW512G8
5697 Points ∼73%
Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-51-71PZ
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, WDC PC SN720 SDAPNTW-512G
5746 Points ∼74%
MSI GS65 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5725 Points ∼74%
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XA
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, 9750H, Intel SSD 600p SSDPEKKW512G8L
5439 Points ∼70%
Asus Zephyrus S GX502GW
GeForce RTX 2070 (Laptop), 9750H, 2x Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8 (RAID 0)
5654 Points ∼73%
MSI GS75 Stealth 9SG
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 9750H, 2x Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR (RAID 0)
5804 Points ∼75%
Asus Zephyrus S GX531GX
GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, 8750H, Intel SSD 660p SSDPEKNW512G8
5492 Points ∼71%
Monster Tulpar T5 V18.1.1
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H, ADATA XPG Gammix S11 480GB
4931 Points ∼64%
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