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The choice of gaming laptops is endless, so here are some tips to help you make the most of buying decisions. For this we tested gaming laptops from 2019 and compared the different price categories.

Gaming laptops: Pay attention when buying (source: netzwelt)

contents

  1. Gaming laptops in comparison

  2. You should consider this before buying a gaming laptop

    1. basic requirements

    2. compromises

    3. The big question: laptop, PC or console?

  3. The price ranges

    1. Superclass: gaming laptops over 2,000 euros

    2. Mid-range: gaming laptops between 1,000 and 2,000 euros

    3. Entry-level class: gaming laptops under € 1,000

  4. Other noteworthy gaming laptops

  5. Test field at a glance

Play the latest blockbuster games on vacation or with friends without having to carry a bulky desktop PC? There are now very powerful gaming laptops and the selection is huge. We have tested 6 current models, for both beginners and hardcore gamers. Which notebook is right for you and what you should pay attention to when buying, you will now learn.

Gaming laptops in comparison

The devices are sorted in descending order of importance. The specified data in the table corresponds only to the tested configuration, Usually there are the respective laptops with other processors or graphics cards.

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product

Razer Blade 15 (2019) MSI GE75 Raider 9SG Lenovo Legion Y740 15 Dell G5 15 9550 Acer Nitro 5 (2019) HP Pavilion Gaming 15

Conclusion

• 4,3 / 5 • 4.1 / 5 • 4/5 • 3.85 / 5 • 3.7 / 5 • 3.6 / 5

classification

upper class

upper class

middle class

middle class

entry level

entry level

graphic card

RTX 2080 Max-Q

RTX 2080

RTX 2070 Max-Q

RTX 2060

GTX 1660 Ti

GTX 1650

processor

Intel Core i7-9750H

Intel Core i7-9750H

Intel Core i7-8750H

Intel Core i7-8750H

Intel Core i7-9750H

Intel Core i5-9300H

mass

2.17 kg + 0.8 kg power supply

2.56 kg + 1.04 kg power supply

2.3 kg + 0.9 kg power supply

2.8 kg + 0.8 kg power supply

2.76 kg + 0.7 kg power supply

2.3 kg + 0.46 kg power supply

refresh rate

240 hertz

144 Hertz

144 Hertz

60 hertz

60 hertz

60 hertz

Per

  • noble workmanship and compact design

  • high performance and no throttling

  • relatively quiet fan

  • good input devices and high-contrast display

  • For such a powerful equipment still relatively compact

  • good maintainability

  • four speakers

  • very high performance

  • very high performance

  • good display with G-Sync

  • Design and workmanship

  • good cooling system

  • good game performance

  • long battery life

  • many connections

  • Memory is easy to change

  • easily upgradeable memory

  • attractive design

  • solid value for money

  • good balance of performance and battery life

  • Fans remain relatively quiet under load

  • speaker

  • Price-performance ratio

  • Design and maintainability

Contra

  • ex works 512 gigabytes of storage space

  • only one SSD slot

  • barely noticeable difference between 144 and 240 hertz

  • Hand rest becomes very warm under load

  • very hot and loud under load

  • no G-sync

  • no Thunderbolt 3

  • staggered and spongy keyboard

  • short battery life

  • bad position of the webcam

  • chunky power supply

  • something boring optics

  • high weight

  • loud fans

  • dark display

  • Housing made entirely of plastic

  • loud fans because of suboptimal cooling

  • Display only average and without 144 Hz option

  • no Thunderbolt 3

  • Stability of the plastic housing

  • Processor throttles while playing

  • Trackpad rattles

  • no Thunderbolt 3

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You should consider this before buying a gaming laptop

Of course not all gaming laptops are on the market, so here are some tips and hints to help you make the best buying decision.

basic requirements

The processor should have at least four cores. There are not too many choices in this regard anyway. It does not necessarily have to be an Intel Core i7-9750H, an Intel Core i5-9300H is also perfectly adequate for current games. However, we would advise against older i5 generations, since these are only dual-core processors.

Eight gigabytes of RAM are a minimum requirement for a current gaming notebook. Better would be 16 gigabytes in dual-channel mode, so two 8-gigabyte modules. But on most gaming laptops, you can also upgrade the RAM later.

You should not save on the most important component, the graphics card. Make sure you choose a current model. Everything from a GTX 1650 is well suited for games. The following models are available: GTX 1650, GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2060 (Max-Q), RTX 2070 (Max-Q), RTX 2080 (Max-Q). Incidentally, a Thunderbolt 3 connector can be handy for the potential future use of an eGPU.

Both an SSD and an HDD should be present. The SSD ensures faster loading and starting times of the Windows system, even one or the other game can benefit from the faster memory. Since current games are usually over 50 gigabytes in size, you should install them mainly on the HDD. For upper-class models sometimes only SSD memory is installed, in this case, the memory should be but a terabyte.

If possible, have a look at the device before buying in the electronics store. You should pay attention to whether you like the display. Maybe it's too dark, too small for you or you realize that you would rather have a 144 Hertz display. You should also try the keyboard on the occasion to judge the typing feeling.

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  • What is an eGPU?

    The term eGPU stands for an external graphics card. This is a desktop graphics card in a specially designed box and is connected via a Thunderbolt 3 cable to a notebook. The connected graphics card provides for a solid gaming performance, even if the notebook itself has no dedicated graphics unit.

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compromises

Gaming laptops are packed with powerful hardware. That's why they get very warm when playing and the fans have to turn up so the laptop does not overheat. In general, you should be prepared for noisy fan noise and sometimes unpleasantly warm keyboard surfaces. An occasional use on the lap is therefore eliminated in many models.

Although gaming laptops have become significantly slimmer in the last two generations, you should not underestimate the overall weight. On average, current gaming laptops weigh between 2 and 3 kilograms, but there is always a large, about 1 kilogram heavy PSU added. Together with some everyday items, this adds up to a handsome backpack weight.

A lot of power needs a lot of energy. An enduring battery life is therefore not to be expected in the majority of gaming laptops. Of course there are exceptions, as a rule the devices with no power supply last only a few hours. The full power does not exist on battery either, so playing on the go is not an option.

Undoubtedly, gaming laptops cost a lot of money. For entry-level devices, this is still limited, but in addition, the prices are quickly over 1,000 or 2,000 euros. Especially in view of the fact that the devices can hardly be upgraded and they are therefore quickly obsolete, you should be very confident in the purchase decision.

The big question: laptop, PC or console?

If you compare the raw hardware, stable desktop PCs are much cheaper than gaming laptops – especially if you assemble them yourself. The price difference is usually several hundred euros. Here is a sample calculation: The Lenovo Legion Y740 currently costs more than 2,000 euros in full equipment. A self-build PC that is as strong as possible costs a total of less than 1,300 euros. With keyboard and monitor, there are at most 1,500 euros for the desktop computer. Consoles, on the other hand, cost less than $ 500, but are stationary and clearly different from PCs and laptops.

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If you would like to have a mobile device with which you can also play games, for example on vacation or with friends, a gaming laptop is of course worthwhile. However, in some cases it may be more worthwhile to buy a desktop PC and additionally a cheap notebook for on the way. For normal notebooks are much lighter than an average gaming model and often provide longer battery life.

Unlike desktop PCs, gaming laptops can only be upgraded to a limited extent. Usually only the main memory or mass storage (HDD, SSD) can be exchanged. The processor and the graphics card are always soldered with a few exceptions. After a few years gaming laptops are therefore already outdated and are too weak for upcoming games. On PCs, on the other hand, every component can be easily exchanged and therefore upgraded to new technology at low cost. Laptops are so short lived compared to PCs.

While you already have a keyboard and a display on gaming laptops, you have to buy this and other accessories on the PC. There you are spoiled for choice, but a mechanical keyboard and a large monitor are certainly better than the counterparts in laptops. Of course you can buy all this even with a laptop.

The price ranges

So you can assess what you can expect for your money, we have divided the devices into three price ranges. The price limits are only rough guideline values, With gaming laptops in all sorts of configurations, sometimes a high-volume entry-level model can sometimes be as expensive as a mid-range, low-memory notebook.

Superclass: gaming laptops over 2,000 euros

In the luxury class there are luxury gaming cars with an RTX 2080 or RTX 2080 Max-Q. Some devices have special features such as a 240 Hertz display or a sliding keyboard. With these laptops you can gamble in the future demanding games with high graphics settings flawlessly. Asus' ROG laptops, Dell's Alienware exotics, and HP's Omen series models are also in this price range.

MSI GE75 Raider 9SG product image

Razer Blade 15 Pro product image

  • For such a powerful equipment still relatively compact
  • good maintainability
  • four speakers
  • very high performance
  • very hot and loud under load
  • no G-sync
  • no Thunderbolt 3
  • noble workmanship and compact design
  • high performance and no throttling
  • relatively quiet fan
  • good input devices and high-contrast display
  • ex works 512 gigabytes of storage space
  • only one SSD slot
  • barely noticeable difference between 144 and 240 hertz
  • Hand rest becomes very warm under load

To the testreport 8.2

Expensive fun on the highest level

The raider of MSI is clearly aimed at a small, willing to pay audience of hardcore gamers and high-performance enthusiasts. But they also get their money's worth. It offers the fastest graphics performance we've tested so far. Unfortunately it gets quite loud and hot and the battery life is not really good despite Optimus technology. Instead, we would have preferred support for G-Sync and Thunderbolt 3 support.

To the testreport 8.6

It has to be high-end

There are many reasons why the Razer Blades have always been called the MacBook Pros of gaming laptops – they are classy, ​​chic, high-performance and correspondingly expensive. The same applies to the impressive Blade 15, which offers a good balance of power and mobility. The price-performance ratio is certainly not optimal, but it is in this product category just a special device.

Mid-range: gaming laptops between 1,000 and 2,000 euros

Mid-range laptops come with an RTX 2060 (Max-Q) or an RTX 2070 (Max-Q), and usually also with solid workmanship. Already 144 Hertz displays are worthwhile here. Current games run smoothly, but in a year or two you probably have to downgrade one or the other graphics setting for blockbuster titles.

Dell G5 15 5590 product image

Lenovo Legion Y740 15 product image

  • good game performance
  • long battery life
  • many connections
  • Memory is easy to change
  • something boring optics
  • high weight
  • loud fans
  • dark display
  • very high performance
  • good display with G-Sync
  • Design and workmanship
  • good cooling system
  • staggered and spongy keyboard
  • short battery life
  • bad position of the webcam
  • chunky power supply

To the testreport 7.8

Fair value for money

The Dell G5 15 5590 offers high performance and costs relatively little money. For current games, the tested configuration is very good. Positive is also the good battery life. You have to cut back on the display and the design. While the latter is not too dramatic, it may be worth the extra charge for some of the newer models with G-Sync and 144 Hertz.

To the testreport 8.1

Future-proof gaming performance

Thanks to its high performance, even the most demanding games on the Legion Y740 are running smoothly. Just as pleasant is the high and variable refresh rate of the display. Working on the go is not recommended because of the short battery life, but for such devices are not designed. There is room for improvement with the keyboard.

Entry-level class: gaming laptops under € 1,000

Gaming laptops for beginners have a GTX 1650 or a GTX 1660 Ti. They are still relatively affordable for the performance offered, but this is usually associated with losses in processing. To keep costs down, the housings are made of plastic and the displays are just standard food. Meaning: Full-HD with 60 Hertz and in many cases not too bright. Games usually run smoothly on high graphics settings, but the frame rate varies in some titles between 30 and 60 frames per second. As an everyday device for an occasional game party entry-level devices are fine.

Acer Nitro 5 AN517-57 Product picture

HP Pavilion Gaming 15 product image

  • easily upgradeable memory
  • attractive design
  • solid value for money
  • good balance of performance and battery life
  • Housing made entirely of plastic
  • loud fans because of suboptimal cooling
  • Display only average and without 144 Hz option
  • no Thunderbolt 3
  • Fans remain relatively quiet under load
  • speaker
  • Price-performance ratio
  • Design and maintainability
  • Stability of the plastic housing
  • Processor throttles while playing
  • Trackpad rattles
  • no Thunderbolt 3

To the testreport 7.5

Inexpensive nitro power

The Acer Nitro 5 copes satisfactorily with current games with the GTX 1660 Ti, but it is also warm and loud. For a gaming laptop, the models with the latest Nvidia graphics cards offer a complete package for gamers and the costs remain within the framework. In the processing and the speakers, however, you have to accept cuts and the cooling is still expandable. We also wanted Thunderbolt 3 and an optional 144 Hertz display for the more expensive configurations.

To the testreport 7.3

Green light for the Pavilion Gaming from HP

For a gaming laptop less than 900 euros, HP Pavilion Gaming offers compelling features. The performance is good, the design is modern and the fans remain relatively quiet. However, the case stability leaves a negative impression. Above all, the windability of the display worries us. If you can live with it, the laptop is still worth a look for its value for money.

Other noteworthy gaming laptops

Since we at netzwelt also test many other devices and we did not want to kill you with an endlessly long leaderboard, the time and choice of gaming laptops was limited. But there are also a few more models that we do not want to deprive you.

short test
complete test report follows

  • a lot of power for the money
  • matte display
  • discreet look
  • maintainability
  • Display quality
  • no Thunderbolt connection
  • soft plastic housing
  • no SD card slot

short test
complete test report follows

For a short test

Acer Predator Helios 700 with HyperDrift in the short test: Away with the keyboard!

To the testreport 8.8

No millions for legions

The inconspicuous Legion Y530 we are more and more in the heart, the longer we deal with it. Lenovo fills an interesting niche in which only a few manufacturers dare. In the reviewed top equipment, you get a capable gaming notebook with six-core Core i7 at a price that does not even have a 12 inch notebook with Core i3 anywhere else. But you should also be clear where the disadvantages lie. The display is not the yellow of the egg and the soft case plastic is certainly not for everyone.

For a short test

Razer Blade Stealth (2019): First impression of the racy ultrabook for gamers

Unimpressive entry-level notebooks like the Lenovo Legion Y530 and the successor Y540 are also suitable for gaming. Also an option are ultrabooks for use with eGPU such as the Razer Blade Stealth. There are also extreme desktop replacements with special features like the Acer Predator Helios 700.

Leaderboard: gaming laptops under review: notebooks for gamers from 2019 in comparison

All tested gaming laptops from 2019 at a glance.

* Note: In order to keep pace with the ever-advancing technical development, we reevaluate every hardware product in our leaderboards every month 0.1 points from. You can see the original rating in the review or you move the mouse over the note.

  • 8.6
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 8.6

    Razer Blade 15 (2019)

    There are many reasons why the Razer Blades have always been called the MacBook Pros of gaming laptops – they are classy, ​​chic, high-performance and correspondingly expensive. The same applies to the impressive Blade 15, which offers a good balance of power and mobility. The price-performance ratio is certainly not optimal, but it is in this product category just a special device.

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  • 8.2
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 8.2

    MSI GE75 Raider 9SG

    The raider of MSI is clearly aimed at a small, willing to pay audience of hardcore gamers and high-performance enthusiasts. But they also get their money's worth. It offers the fastest graphics performance we've tested so far. Unfortunately it gets quite loud and hot and the battery life is not really good despite Optimus technology. Instead, we would have preferred support for G-Sync and Thunderbolt 3 support.

    Check price at Amazon To the Review

  • 8.0
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 8.1

    Lenovo Legion Y740 15

    Thanks to its high performance, even the most demanding games on the Legion Y740 are running smoothly. Just as pleasant is the high and variable refresh rate of the display. Working on the go is not recommended because of the short battery life, but for such devices are not designed. There is room for improvement with the keyboard.

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  • 7.7
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 7.8

    Dell G5 15 5590

    The Dell G5 15 5590 offers high performance and costs relatively little money. For current games, the tested configuration is very good. Positive is also the good battery life. You have to cut back on the display and the design. While the latter is not too dramatic, it may be worth the extra charge for some of the newer models with G-Sync and 144 Hertz.

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  • 7.4
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 7.5

    Acer Nitro 5 (2019)

    The Acer Nitro 5 copes satisfactorily with current games with the GTX 1660 Ti, but it is also warm and loud. For a gaming laptop, the models with the latest Nvidia graphics cards offer a complete package for gamers and the costs remain within the framework. In the processing and the speakers, however, you have to accept cuts and the cooling is still expandable. We also wanted Thunderbolt 3 and an optional 144 Hertz display for the more expensive configurations.

    Check price at Amazon To the Review

  • 7.2
    *

    Original test rating from
    : 7.3

    HP Pavilion Gaming 15

    For a gaming laptop less than 900 euros, HP Pavilion Gaming offers compelling features. The performance is good, the design is modern and the fans remain relatively quiet. However, the case stability leaves a negative impression. Above all, the windability of the display worries us. If you can live with it, the laptop is still worth a look for its value for money.

    Check price at Amazon To the Review

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