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The Best Gaming Notebooks

January 2022 update. Equipped with powerful processors and top-of-the-line graphics cards these gaming laptops manage to run even the latest PC games smoothly. Looking for the perfect gaming notebook? Below, you will find the best gaming notebooks reviewed by us.

The high-end gaming segment does not allow for any compromises. Powered by the latest graphics chips and processors the following gaming notebooks will offer performance at a level similar to that of current desktop computers. Even current and particular demanding PC games will run smoothly in high resolutions and high details. In addition, displays with high refresh rates ensure the highest level of competitiveness possible.

In order to satisfy the increasing number of gaming notebooks we have outsourced the best high-end laptops weighing less than 2.5 kg (5.5 lbs) with a maximum thickness of 2 cm (0.8 inches) as well as the best budget gaming notebooks that cost less than 1,500 Euros onto their separate dedicated lists:

The Best Gaming Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
190.1 %
07/2021
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSDAsus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSD
Intel Core i9-11900H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
19.9 mm2.8 kg17.30"2560x1440matte
289.4 %
09/2021
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
19.9 mm2.8 kg17.30"1920x1080
389 %
09/2021
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48EAlienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 2048 GB SSD
21.4 mm3.2 kg17.30"3840x2160matte
488.9 %
07/2021
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
16.99 mm2 kg15.60"1920x1080
588 %
05/2021
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YDGigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD
Intel Core i9-11980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
22 mm2.8 kg17.30"3840x2160matte
687.9 %
11/2021
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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
18.9 mm2 kg15.60"3840x2160matte
787.8 %
02/2021
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Intel Core i7-10875H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
19.9 mm3 kg17.30"3840x2160glossy
887.6 %
01/2021
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YCGigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Intel Core i9-10980HK
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
64 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
21.4 mm2.8 kg17.30"3840x2160matte
987.4 %
09/2021
Schenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8SSchenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8S
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
27.45 mm2.6 kg17.30"2560x1440matte
1087.4 %
08/2021
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H (82JQ001PGE)Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H (82JQ001PGE)
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
26.85 mm2.6 kg16.00"2560x1600matte

The table above contains an overview over the best 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.
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Editors' Comments

With even 10th place, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, scoring a rating of 87 % new devices have it very hard to qualify for this list. For example, with a rating of 85 % the Schenker XMG Pro 17 barely missed to meet the requirements. However, we expect new life after Christmas.

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1st – Asus ROG Zephyrus S17

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17

One of the more exotic contenders but also one of the best. The entire keyboard can be raised out of its base to improve airflow, which turns the ZS17 into a rather quiet gaming notebook despite its i9-11900H and RTX 3080.

In addition to great performance the Zephyrus S17 offers highlights rarely found on gaming laptops, such as for example a quiet mode of operation and long battery life.

The ROG Zephyrus S17 is currently not available in North America but  listed on Amazon nevertheless, albeit without a price at the time of writing.

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2nd – Razer Blade 17

Razer Blade 17
Razer Blade 17

The most exciting upgrade is the 11. generation Intel CPU. Combined with the fact that the 2020 Blade Pro’s Core i7-10875H performed noticeably it managed to impress us quite a bit. Other side benefits of this CPU upgrade are support for PCIe 4 as well as Thunderbolt 4. The GPU installed in our review unit was a 130 W GeForce RTX 3070.

After two years of constant updates the 17.3-inch Blade finally feels as refined as can be and is easier to endorse than ever before since it first appeared in 2019.

The Blade 17 is currently available in seven different SKUs in North America, with prices ranging from $2,400 all the way up to $3,700, although not all SKUs were listed as available at the time of writing. It can be purchased directly from Razer.

3rd – Alienware x17 R1

Alienware x17 R1
Alienware x17 R1

After just one year with the Alienware m17 R2, R3, and R4 design Dell’s Alienware x17 R1 is a fresh new start. The new design allows for a very high level of performance with adequate cooling. Another highlight is its mechanical Cherry MX keyboard.

Considering that Dell’s Alienware x17 is geared for maximum performance it is slightly larger and heavier than its competitors.

The device is freely customizable and offered in three different preconfigured variants in North America. It can be purchase directly through Dell’s own website.

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4th – Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model
Razer Blade 15 Advanced Model

Where would you possibly find a 1080p webcam in a laptop – Apple’s MacBook? Microsoft’s Surface? Nope, it’s Razer’s gaming laptop Razer Blade Advanced. It features decent hardware and performance (i9-11800H, RTX 3080) but gets much hotter and louder than the larger Zephyrus in return.

Tiger Lake offers a huge boost in CPU performance. In addition, the laptop features one of the most “modern” webcams currently available.

At the time of writing the best way to purchase a Razer Blade Advanced Model was Razer’s own web shop.

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5th – Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD

Equipped with a Intel Core i9-11980HK and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 the Aero 17 HDR YD offers great system and gaming performance. Paired with its very good 4K HDR display the laptop is interesting for gamers and creators alike, particularly given that it is fairly quite when not gaming.

The Aero 17 HDR YD is a powerful laptop with RTX 3080 and a very good 4K HRD display for gamers and creators.

The notebook is currently not yet available.

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6th – 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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7th – Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)
Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

The Razer Blade Pro 17 is not only regularly found in our top 10 list but also a hot candidate for the very top, and the 2021 model year is no exception. Our review unit featured a Core i7-10875H CPU paired with a GeForce RTX 3080 (100 W TGP) and was capable of running all current games smoothly albeit not always in maximum details and 4K resolution. As is typical for Razer the case is very sleek, which is to be expected given its price. Downsides include high temperature and noise emissions under load.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 comes with a throttled RTX 3080 in a good-looking case. Temperature and noise emissions are in need of further tweaking and improvement.

Prices start at $2,700 for the GTX 3070-equipped SKU and $3,200 for our GTX 3080-equipped review unit. The device is available through Razer's own webstore as well as the usual retail channels, such as Amazon

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8th – Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC

Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC

The Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC features an extremely bright and color-accurate 4K UHD panel that manages to bring its GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with 105 W TGP to its knees every now and then. The slim and visually unobtrusive case is aimed at gamers and creators alike, and thanks to its long battery life and a moderate weight considering its large 17-inch display the device is even somewhat portable. We also liked its Thunderbolt 3 port. On the flip side, we were not particularly fond of its webcam’s placement, its port distribution, and its keyboard backlight (no backlight for secondary characters).

The great UHD display manages to bring the slightly throttled RTX 3080 to its knees. The visually discreet case is aimed at creators as well.

The high-end SKU is available on Amazon and sells for $3,900.

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9th – Schenker XMG NEO 17

Schenker XMG NEO 17
Schenker XMG NEO 17

The NEO 17 allows its users to fully customize its TGP performance via the included Control Center software, which can turn this laptop into a very powerful portable gamer. As is often the case the AMD SKU offers a higher CPU performance at the cost of support for Thunderbolt.

The NEO 17 offers plenty of possibilities for tuning and fiddling, and its software allows for adjusting almost every setting for maximum performance. On the flip side is its poor battery life.

Schenker notebooks are not sold in North America.

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10th – Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16

With its AMD Ryzen 7 5800H, its NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU with 140 W TGP, and its 32 GB of RAM this powerful 16-inch laptop comes with a 16:10 display running at 2560 x 1600 with HDR-400 support.

The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is no Arc Reactor but a solid piece of hardware without noteworthy downsides.

The device is available on Amazon with prices starting at just shy of $2,000.

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Comparison of the Top 10 Gaming Laptops

Size Comparison

395.7 mm / 15.6 inch 260.8 mm / 10.3 inch 27.45 mm / 1.081 inch 2.6 kg5.67 lbs399.23 mm / 15.7 inch 299.49 mm / 11.8 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 3.2 kg7.09 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 2.8 kg6.1 lbs396 mm / 15.6 inch 270 mm / 10.6 inch 21.4 mm / 0.843 inch 2.8 kg6.08 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.06 lbs395 mm / 15.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 3 kg6.52 lbs394 mm / 15.5 inch 264 mm / 10.4 inch 19.9 mm / 0.783 inch 2.8 kg6.1 lbs356 mm / 14 inch 264.4 mm / 10.4 inch 26.85 mm / 1.057 inch 2.6 kg5.68 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 kg4.47 lbs

Test Results

Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSD
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
Schenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8S
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H (82JQ001PGE)
Display
Display P3 Coverage
94.2
71.7
88.3
66.9
86.86
85.2
88.6
87.29
67.1
sRGB Coverage
98.7
98.8
100
97.1
99.99
98.8
99.98
100
96.3
99
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
84.4
73.6
100
69
99.63
98.2
99.94
99.95
68.6
73
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
4.8
4.2 ?(1.6, 2.6)
14.4 ?(7.6, 6.8)
4.2 ?(2.6, 1.6)
52 ?(25.2, 26.8)
31.6 ?(8, 23.6)
15.2 ?(7.6, 7.6)
51.6 ?(25.6, 26)
15.2
9.2
Response Time Black / White *
8
8.8 ?(4.4, 4.4)
10.4 ?(5.2, 5.2)
10 ?(5.2, 4.8)
26 ?(10, 16)
16 ?(4, 12)
12 ?(6, 6)
24.8 ?(10, 14.8)
8.8
4.8
PWM Frequency
Screen
Brightness middle
322
323.3
438.7
353.4
488
607
407.2
458
396
551
Brightness
288
315
435
340
467
605
403
446
366
523
Brightness Distribution
72
91
91
92
86
93
90
92
82
88
Black Level *
0.3
0.33
0.48
0.31
0.33
0.41
0.42
0.37
0.45
0.54
Contrast
1073
980
914
1140
1479
1480
970
1238
880
1020
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.05
4.59
4.34
2.17
1.23
0.84
7.25
1.52
1.43
1.8
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.23
10.82
7.3
5.69
2.94
3.02
12.51
2.51
2.2
2.53
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.92
1.4
0.72
1.05
0.77
0.69
3.62
0.66
1.34
1.66
Greyscale dE 2000 *
3.11
7.9
2.4
3.4
1.5
1.1
8.1
1.9
1.8
1.85
Gamma
2.13 103%
2.28 96%
2.09 105%
2.2 100%
2.169 101%
2.131 103%
2.24 98%
2.145 103%
2.4 92%
2.3 96%
CCT
6553 99%
5941 109%
6413 101%
6830 95%
6614 98%
6648 98%
5925 110%
6534 99%
6489 100%
6338 103%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
84
99
88.1
100
72.81
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99
99
100
100
99.41
Noise
off / environment *
23
24.2
24.9
25.1
25
25
26.1
26
23
23
Idle Minimum *
23
24.7
24.9
25.3
30
25
26.1
30
23
25
Idle Average *
23
24.7
24.9
25.3
32
30
26.5
32
23
25
Idle Maximum *
23
24.7
29.6
25.3
41
36
30.7
36
23
25
Load Average *
41
44.3
31.1
42
43
42
43.5
45
39.5
35.5
Witcher 3 ultra *
45
56.3
49.7
45.6
51
53
54
42
54.55
46.67
Load Maximum *
52
47.7
54.8
51.6
59
54
55
49
55.09
50.35
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
59
41
58.4
51
44
49
38.2
51
51
50
Maximum Bottom *
53
47.2
49
52
56
50
42.2
58
62
55
Idle Upper Side *
35
33.2
33.6
35.2
32
29
33.6
29
35
34
Idle Bottom *
35
39
34.6
37.8
35
30
36.2
34
38
37
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
404
419
841
593
620
548
WiFi v1.3
449
314
353
353
334
421
356
354
224
420
Witcher 3 ultra
62
Load
162
88
45
70
69
86
92
96
44
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
21.7
20.9
10.2
19.5
25
13
15.2
17
19
10.45
Idle Average *
27
25.1
21.2
23.3
28
16
20.3
21
25
14.92
Idle Maximum *
33
45
48.4
40.1
40
23
37.3
33
28
16.02
Load Average *
108
102
118.7
98.9
114
95
114.9
113
105
119.65
Witcher 3 ultra *
195
189
249
174
176
156
158.4
157
223
174.85
Load Maximum *
210
234.8
262
214
236
191
223.7
237
226
187.26

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
24604 Points ∼63%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
23055 Points ∼59%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
23159 Points ∼59%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
21544 Points ∼55%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11980HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
22142 Points ∼57%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
17397 Points ∼45%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
21677 Points ∼56%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
20998 Points ∼54%
Schenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8S
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
23143 Points ∼59%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H (82JQ001PGE)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
23775 Points ∼61%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
30521 Points ∼72%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
29177 Points ∼69%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
31362 Points ∼74%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
29130 Points ∼69%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11980HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
29248 Points ∼69%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
23694 Points ∼56%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
29409 Points ∼69%
Schenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8S
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
29046 Points ∼68%
PCMark 10 - Score (sort by value)
Asus ROG Zephyrus S17 GX703HSD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11900H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL22T0HBLB
7245 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade 17 RTX 3070
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL21T0HCLR
7311 Points ∼83%
Alienware x17 RTX 3080 P48E
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, 2x WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00 (RAID 0)
7470 Points ∼85%
Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Mid 2021)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7356 Points ∼84%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YD
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-11980HK, Samsung PM9A1 MZVL2512HCJQ
7088 Points ∼81%
Lenovo Legion S7 15ACH6 82K80030GE
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R9 5900HX, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6505 Points ∼74%
Razer Blade Pro 17 2021 (QHD Touch)
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-10875H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
6531 Points ∼74%
Gigabyte Aero 17 HDR YC
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i9-10980HK, ESR01TBTLCG-EAC-4
6512 Points ∼74%
Schenker XMG NEO 17 GM7TG8S
GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 980 Pro 1TB MZ-V8P1T0BW
7212 Points ∼82%
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro 16ACH6H (82JQ001PGE)
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
6717 Points ∼77%
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