29 April, 2021
Getting a top gaming machine is the only sure way to enjoy AAA games on the most demanding settings. Gone will be the days of choppy framerates and resorting to consoles because your laptop is an ancient relic.
However, it’s difficult to select a good model when there’s so many spec variations out there, with various GPU and CPU combinations in addition to numerous other factors to consider including the display, storage, and memory. This can mean varying levels of performance depending on the machine you purchase, and potential frustration if you get a model that’s not up to speed.
That said, now’s still a good time to own a gaming laptop. They’ve never been more efficient, plus their portability makes them a convenient option over desktops assuming you’ll be moving around. Have a read about our selections below you’ll be sure to discover the model you need.
1. Razer Blade 15 : Price: starting at £1,219.97
The most recent version of the Razer’s Blade has RTX 30 series GPUs from Nvidia plus an Intel 10th gen CPU, the same quality chassis, 1TB of storage, 64GB RAM, all topped off with a slim build with only 0.8” thickness. The backlighting is fancier with per-key lighting as opposed to zonal lights.
The battery is decent with 5 hours for non-gaming activities, although 75 minutes when playing, which could annoy if you’re looking for a machine that lasts when you’re outside. The Blade functions as a decent workstation and has several spec customizations which might be useful for mitigating the cost. If you’re willing to pay more, you could enjoy a 4k display to enhance the visuals. Thankfully, there’s a series of customization that can be made when purchasing.
It can heat up noticeably when running full blast however, so playing demanding games may require a cooling pad if you’re not playing on a desk. There’s a 720p webcam but it’s pretty basic, and you’ll need to shell out more for 1080p. You can also trade up for a 4k OLED display at 300Hz.
2. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 Price: starting at £945.54
Asus has seems to have struck an elusive balance with its Zephyrus G14. It weighs 3.5lbs but can packs an RTX 2060 GPU plus an AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS processor that outpaces most Intel Core systems. There’s also the super-convenient 11-hour battery, meaning this is a good work machine too.
There’s a 1080p display and 8-16 GB RAM with the UK models, though the minimal RAM may be going too far. If you’re looking to save you could also go for a GTX 1650. The Zephryus noticeably sleek and features an angular look with a series of vents. Software features include Asus ROG Game Visual, Armory Crate and GameFirst VI, which allows configuration of presets, colour temperature, wi-fi, and more.
The fan is annoyingly loud and there’s the notable absence of a webcam, plus the price above is for the 14” model, which means shelling out more for a larger screen.
3. Alienware m17 R4 Price: starting at £2,049
Dell still impresses with its updated Alienware model, another high-end machine which can be equipped with an RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB RAM, a 256GB SSD and an i7 processor in the base version. There’s also 1TB worth of storage although it weighs in at 5.3lbs, making it a heftier purchase.
There’s a four-zone RGB keyboard plus a base display of 1080p, but you could spend more for per-key lightning and a 4k display if you’re willing to pay more. There’ll also be more powerful GPUs and processors available. It’s pretty clear the Alienware isn’t an office machine from a design point of view, however it’s still elegant enough for most settings.
The fan is noisy here too, and the short battery life is limiting if you want a computer that’ll keep running when you’re out. The main drawback is pricing however, even with cheaper specs.
4. Asus TUF Dash F15 Price: starts at £999.97
The TUF line from Asus delivers again with another affordable yet powerful machine. Now it has Intel Tiger Lake processors, RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, plus a 240Hz display at 1080p on a HD panel.
There are various ports including two USBs, plus an HDMI, Thunderbolt 4, Ethernet, 3.5mm combo jack, and a dedicated port for charging. Battery duration is very noticeable, capping in at almost 10 hours.
The Dash 15 is also relatively light whilst composed of military-grade material. Backlights for the keyboard come in can be customised but come in on colour only, so no RGB lighting included however and there’s no webcam either.
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