Best Laptops for Gaming in 2021
By Sadira Sittampalam
As gaming culture has steadily improved in Sri Lanka, lots of people are on the lookout for a reliable gaming laptop, as while PCs are preferred for gaming, it doesn’t even compete with a laptop for portability. Gaming laptops have also improved very dramatically in recent years as it used to be that you couldn’t get a laptop to use for heavy gaming unless you were willing to add a 20kg load to your backpack. Now, some pretty good-looking gaming laptops are nice, sleek, and relatively lightweight.
Dell XPS 17
While this isn’t a gaming laptop per-se, this laptop does come with decent gaming specifications. It is on the lower end but can tolerate most modern games with slightly lower settings. It comes with a 10th Gen Core i5-10300H CPU and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, which basically means that it is perfectly able to run the games, but can’t be considered a ‘gaming laptop’ as it will struggle under certain settings. However, you can upgrade this to a higher model with the Core i7-10875H and the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card which can run modern games at 1080p resolution with relative ease.
The big advantage of this laptop is that it is very neatly designed and is very portable with a pretty big screen that doesn’t necessarily look like a gaming machine. It is closer to the MacBook Pro than any chunky gaming laptop. However, this does mean that at top-specs this laptop will cost you quite a bit ($1400 to $2,800 - and to get it in Sri Lanka, this price is definitely going to be higher). Nevertheless, for this money you are getting a machine that can be used for work, play, and anything in between, with a pretty high-end 4k touchscreen display and an InfinityEdge design. This laptop also weighs around 2.5kg which is pretty light for something that has such an impressive CPU and graphics power. Something to note if you are a streamer though is that the webcam is located at the bottom of the screen which means that it will always be looking up your nose.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The most common struggle of making a good gaming laptop is to create a machine that has enough power in it to deliver the best gaming performance, but that is also slim and light enough to be easily transported around - and as the name suggests - use on your lap. The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is the one laptop that 15.6-inchhas come the closest to achieving this balance. It has the AMD Ryzen 9-4900HS processor, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 Max Q GPU. The processor comes with AMD’s latest tech which helps deliver power to the laptop without unnecessarily draining its battery pack. This means that it can deliver everything you need in terms of gaming while also giving you a good 11 hours of battery life when you are not gaming - which means it makes for a decent work machine as well. Moreover, this laptop is probably more worth the price than the Dell XPS 17 as it comes in a range of $1000 to $2000. For a gaming laptop, this price is pretty reasonable and even at its highest specification, it is still cheaper than other gaming laptops. However, there is no webcam included, so you’ll have to buy that separately if you are planning on streaming. This laptop is also very light, being only 1.5kg, which is a suspiciously low figure, which means it scores all the points with portability.
Acer Predator Triton 500
If you are looking for a premium gaming laptop with a great display, the Acer Predator Triton is one of the best gaming laptops you can buy. It has a 15.6 inch 1080p screen, which not only looks amazing but also has a 300Hz refresh rate for playing the top PC games at the fastest frame rates possible today. This laptop is also perfectly able to handle the latest games at high graphical settings, with its Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU and its 10th Gen Core i7 CPU. Everyday tasks on this laptop barely take a second. There is also its elegant black design, with a multitude of ports to connect various external monitors, mouses or keyboards. However, all this performance comes at the cost of battery life and heat, as while it gives you an amazing performance on all games, it will be heating your lap quite a bit. It is also pretty light at around 2kgs and is available in the price ranges of $1500 to $2600.
Razer Blade Pro 17
This laptop comes with a 17-inch screen and still manages to make it quite portable even with how much power it offers. It is a mere 0.8 inches thick and it still manages to pack in GeForce RTX graphics card options. It has powerful hardware and a slick design, along with solid audio and builds quality. It does get a bit hot when you run it at full capacity, but only for very high-intensity gaming. It offers the intel core i7-9750H and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060-2080 Max Q, with 16-64GB of RAM. It is also around 3kg which is still pretty lightweight. However, this laptop is far from cheap with prices starting at $2500 and going higher than $4000 for a high-end specification. However, with this laptop, you are definitely paying for the design and portability as much as the power.
Acer Nitro 5
This laptop is a pretty rare sight in the gaming laptop scene, as the Acer Nitro 5 offers good performance for a price that is actually reasonable for regular people. It is under $900 for the model with the 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 and under $700 for the model with the weaker AMD parts. Nevertheless, either model can handle most modern games at max settings with frame rates near 60 seconds per second. This price is almost ridiculous for the performance it delivers. It can be bought at 15.6 inches or 17.3 inches and weighs around 3kg which means it is pretty portable. This laptop also stays pretty cool while gaming but is fairly bulky compared to the other options on this list. However, it seems like a pretty reasonable trade-off for those who can’t afford a higher-end gaming laptop. It also has very weak audio, which means if you have your fan on, you will struggle to listen to youtube videos without headphones.
Alienware m17 R4
This laptop is a sleek and functional gaming laptop. It has a fast CPU, lots of hard drive space, and a great touchpad. This laptop is perfect for both work and play. However, one of the biggest downsides is that this laptop has a very loud fan, with poor battery life. It really isn’t enough for sustained productivity or gaming. It is also quite expensive, going above $2500. However, this machine is likely to last you for years, as it can run the latest games at the highest settings with ease. It also looks great and very stylish with a white design and RGB keyboard. It also has plenty of ports.