The best high-powered gaming laptops used to be large, bulky machines that could barely be described as portable — those days are over as today’s gaming laptops are able to squeeze desktop-grade performance into an impressively small chassis.
The best gaming laptops pack all of the features you’ll find in desktop gaming rigs – like multicore CPUs, the latest Nvidia RTX 30-series or AMD Radeon RX 6000-series GPUs, fast NVMe SSDs, plenty of RAM, and HD resolutions screens with high refresh rates.
Since there are many options to choose from when it comes to high-performance laptops for productivity at work or gaming, we’ve broken down the factors that go into selecting the perfect portable PC for you.
Choosing the best gaming laptop
There are more laptops available on the market than ever before, from the budget-friendly tier to a complete desktop replacement. We’ve compiled a list of components that you should focus on in order to obtain the best laptop.
Processor – The processor or CPU is the brain of your laptop and will determine how fast it can process the information and how much power is necessary to run. It’s important to get a laptop with one of the latest generations of processors in order for the best performance and longevity.
Cooling system – Depending on which laptop you choose, the type of cooling system has varying importance. Just make sure you get a laptop with a sufficient cooling system and vents in order to release the heat that is generated during heavy workloads or gaming. Choosing a laptop without a cooling system or with insufficient fans can result in your laptop overheating and shutting down unexpectedly.
Memory – Memory allows you to multitask and render information more smoothly – the more memory the better. It’s important to have enough memory, especially if you’re running a graphics card. If you’re looking for a laptop with a GPU, it’s best to have its own memory dedicated to the graphics card. Try to look for a laptop with at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.
Power supply – Although the best power supply may not be something to get excited about, it’s one of the most critical decisions when it comes to high-powered laptops. The power supply powers your PC. You could have the most expensive video card in the world, but without the correct power supply juicing it up, it may as well be a paperweight with some fans on it.
Display – Although it mostly depends on user preference when it comes to display size, resolution, and refresh rate, you want to consider what you’re using your laptop for when selecting the display you want. If you need a screen large enough to multitask, it’s probably best to go with at least a 17”-display. On top of that, if you’re going to be using your laptop for gaming as well as working, you may want to look for a display with up to 240Hz refresh rate, 3ms response time, and 2K resolution for the best gaming experience.
Connectivity – Are you planning on connecting your laptop to additional monitors or adding peripherals? Make sure you have the appropriate number of HDMI and USB ports. Consider finding a laptop with available USB 3.0 ports for the best longevity.
Graphics card – There are three basic types of graphics cards: Integrated, Dedicated, and Discrete. If you’re looking for maximum performance, it’s best to find a laptop with a dedicated graphics card – as it can be easily replaced and upgraded on some devices.
Our Top Picks
Razer Blade 15 Advanced:
Introducing the all-new Razer Blade 15 Advanced! This top-of-the-line laptop from Razer boasts the highest specs and slimmest design for rent yet. It is available with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor, graphics cards up to a GeForce RTX 3080, 1TB of storage, and up to 32GB of RAM. All this power and utility comes in a size as thin as 15.8mm and has advanced Vapor Chamber cooling systems to help reduce overheating. This highly versatile laptop is ideal to rent for any business or creative project with its light, portable frame, and powerful hardware.
Acer’s 15.6-inch Predator Helios 300 offers solid features and remains an excellent large-screen, midrange machine. Available today with an 11th Gen Intel Core processor, and graphics cards up to a GeForce RTX 2060, 512GB of storage, and up to 16 GB of DDR4 SDRAM. With custom-engineered cooling technology, the 5th Generation AeroBlade 3D fan reduces noise while increasing airflow. This Predator model packs all of these components into a less than 5 lb device which is perfect for creative projects that require powerful hardware.
MSI Stealth 15M:
MSI’s 15.6-inch Stealth 15M model features full HD resolution and up to 250Hz refresh rate, which is perfect for high-performance gaming. It comes with a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and Geforce GTX 1660 Ti GPU with 6GB GDDR6, 64 GB of memory, and 2 expandable SSD slots for expandable storage on top of the included 1TB. This MSI Stealth 15M offers a machine right in between high-end power and more affordability. This attractive and super-portable PC is perfect for working productively or gaming on the go.
MacBook Pro 2021:
Apple’s 2021 MacBook Pro comes with some welcome returns to some old favorites like a magnetic charging port, additional HDMI and USB ports, and a more traditional keyboard design. While these new MacBooks come with Apple’s own M1 chipset, which was designed to reduce heat, these chips may not compete with the very best of Intel or AMD’s chips but are good enough to send emails, browse the web, stream, and even do projects like photo or video editing. These machines come standard with a 14.2-inch Liquid Retina display with refresh rates of up to 120Hz, up to 64GB of unified memory (M1 Max), up to 1TB SSD in a device that weighs only 3.5 lbs. This highly sought-after machine is one of the most popular items in our rental inventory due to its versatility and compatibility with powerful programs.
Why should I rent a high-performance laptop?
While you may love your standard work laptop, gaming laptops have all of the features you can find in a normal laptop – but also offer many additional features and a more pleasant experience to the end user. With a more powerful laptop, you’ll be able to complete tasks like video editing, business presentations, and running large programs like Adobe (or even Quickbooks) much more quickly and without any lags, freezing, or delays.
As long as battery life isn’t a deciding factor, odds are you’ll be much more satisfied with a gaming PC in the long run.
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