The best gaming laptops of 2020 | Dell, Alienware, Razer & more!

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

so we've got some new consoles coming soon i think we're all aware of that but that doesn't mean it's not a good time to go out and get into pc gaming and fortunately there are so many great gaming laptops out there and that's what we're going to talk about today ranging from the entry level stuff all the way up to the most powerful gaming laptops you can buy so let's start on the cheaper end of things first none of these gaming laptops can

Really be considered budget they just don't really exist but there are some really good options out there under a thousand dollars and my favorite is easily this one here the dell g5se this thing is all about the amount of performance you get for the price you pay and the major reason for that is because this is powered completely by amd components both on the processor side of things and on the graphics the configuration that i reviewed and the one that i would really recommend

Comes in at 930 dollars right now and the big thing about this is that it comes with the radeon 5600m graphics card and if you're not familiar with amd's gpus this thing clocks in over the performance of the rtx 2060 from nvidia and that is seriously impressive for a laptop that's under a thousand dollars of course that also gets you a ryzen 5 processor 8 gigabytes of ram and more important than those a 120 hertz refresh rate screen in 2020 i really can't recommend that

You buy a gaming laptop that's still locked at 60 hertz it just makes such a big difference going from 60 hertz up to at least 120 hertz now if you're looking for an alternative kind of in this price range one you'll probably be thinking about is the predator helios 300 which was recently updated in 2020 it's still a good option it comes with 10th gen intel core processors and rtx 2060 and a high refresh rate screen it's just gonna cost you a few hundred more dollars than the g5 se and it won't get you

Quite as much performance now let's move to the complete opposite side of the spectrum with gaming laptops that are really expensive but also really really powerful and there's always been a clear winner in this category and that is this the alienware area 51m so here's the deal this is now on its second generation but honestly the one we reviewed last year which is this version we have here is still the most powerful gaming laptop we've ever tested across all of our benchmarks and games now if

You're not familiar with this laptop there's one very specific reason why this thing is so powerful and that's because it's an actual desktop replacement in that it uses a full on desktop processor inside and in its second generation obviously it's even more powerful now it comes with up to a 10th gen intel core processor with up to eight cores you can put 32 gigabytes of ram in this it has a 300 hertz refresh rate screen and most importantly you can do an rtx

2080 super now that's not the max q versions that the rest of these gaming laptops use it's not restricted in that way by the power it's a full on rtx 2080 super and because of that the frame rates are just out of control and it's easily the most powerful gaming laptop you can buy right now now the base configuration starts at 2300 which doesn't sound bad but a little buying advice i wouldn't recommend you start at that price because you're not going to see the real strength of

A laptop like this one a huge 17-incher unless you start going up the spec sheet but i get it this is an extreme laptop it weighs almost eight and a half pounds it's a 17 incher it's really thick it even requires two power adapters in the back to get the full power out of it so yeah it's a niche gaming laptop for sure so if you want something that's also powerful but is a little more realistic in terms of portability and form factor i'd recommend this the predator triton 500. we recently reviewed the

Updated version of this we're really impressed by the performance because even though it is pretty thin and light you're gonna get a little bit of extra performance compared to other thin and light gaming laptops like the razer blade or the msi gs65 stealth those are both great laptops but this one gives you a little more performance and also comes with g-sync which is a feature that's pretty rare in gaming laptops these days most notably because it kills your battery life which is kind of what

Happens with the triton 500 but it does make sure that screen tearing isn't there and you have that really smooth gaming experience that we all want out of our gaming laptops now if you're out there and all the options i've given you so far are all way too big and bulky for your taste and you want something that will double as a gaming laptop as well as a work laptop i've got something for you it is the razer blade stealth which might be the most interesting and

Unique gaming laptop ever made because it's a 13-inch laptop that has a full discrete graphics card inside what does it come with well it has an nvidia gtx 1650 ti inside as well as a 120 hertz refresh rate screen those are both key specs here because you're not going to find another 13 inch laptop like this one that actually can handle that amount of graphics power it's not to say there aren't limitations there definitely are like if you put a 15 inch laptop with a 1650 ti next to this one

The 15 inch will definitely outperform it but you can play most games at around medium settings and get really smooth frame rates out of it and that is just not something that was possible in any laptop of this size before the razer blade stealth now in a few years a laptop like this one might not even need to exist because of how powerful integrated graphics keep getting especially when you look at something like the 11th gen tiger tiger-like processors from intel that just are coming out now

They are becoming more and more capable at gaming it's still not up to quite what the razer blade stealth can do though and that's what makes this the best gaming laptop for this small of a package okay okay there's only one laptop left on the table you know what my best overall is going to be but before i get there i have an honorable mention that i have to include here and that is the rog zephyrus g14 now i had to send this one back after reviewing it but if you're not familiar this is an amd powered

Laptop except it has nvidia on the graphics side of things it's an attractive design it's thin it's light but most importantly it gets you an rtx 2060 and a 120 hertz refresh rate for under 1500 and that is right in the sweet spot however let's get to my best overall pick and yes it's true it is the razer blade and if you're familiar with this channel if you've been watching for a while this won't come with any surprise because the razer blade

Has been my favorite gaming laptop for years now i almost don't know what to say that hasn't already been said about the razer blade but there's really not another gaming laptop despite all the copycats that captures the look and feel of the razer blade it's thin it's light the screen is really great it comes with an excellent keyboard and touch pad experience it's the most premium looking and fueling gaming laptop you can buy that's always sort of been true and it still is in 2020. now what's even better is that in 2020

Razer is offering a ton of different configurations so depending on your needs and your budget there's a lot of different ways into the razer blade ecosystem yes no matter what this is going to be a more expensive laptop but if you opt for that base version you actually still get a gtx 1660 ti and a 144 hertz refresh rate screen which promises that you'll get a pretty smooth gaming experience you'll just need to kind of play at medium settings or so depending on the game of course the config that you really want

Is the rtx 2080 super with the 300hz screen but it's going to be expensive good news is either way you're getting a really gorgeous all-aluminum really portable gaming laptop that works just as good for games as it does for working it really only has one downfall and that is the cooling in the surface temperatures because this is a warm laptop even at idle it's a little warmer than i wish it was and part of that is just due to the aluminum surface that it uses and part of that is

Due the fact that it is a really thin laptop for the amount of horsepower they're putting in it so sweaty palms aside the razer blade is still the best gaming laptop you can buy in 2020. hey thanks for checking out this video make sure to leave a comment below letting me know which of these gaming laptops is your favorite and is going to be your next gaming laptop or if there's one that i've left off the list that's your favorite and while you're here make sure you're subscribed for more videos from digital

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