Today we’re having a look at 5 of the most affordable and most powerful Gaming Laptops available today at PB Tech, with new additions from MSI, Razer, HP Omen, Asus, Aorus and Alienware all vying for the top spots!
We use the term "gaming" because all models below feature Nvidia ShadowPlay so you can capture or stream gameplay directly from the laptop while you play, without the need for additional hardware.
Having dedicated graphics also makes them excellent machines for photo and video editing - and if you are worried about battery life, don't be - you can always temporarily disable the power-hungry Nvidia graphics and run off Intel integrated graphics just like the ultrabooks do.
We'll be covering the best options with consideration for both the design of the chassis and the component specs used within, the price is our primary factor for the position on the list (price/performance for the win!).
Kicking things off with this beautiful model, featuring a crisp 15.6" 1080p screen and eye-catching MSI design. The durable laptop screams gamer with the clean black frame highlighted by vibrant red trims that run along the cooling vents and a pure LED glow from the backlit SteelSeries keyboard. That keyboard is pretty special too, ergonomically designed with 1.9mm key travel for better responsive and tactile feedback, optimum WASD zone and support of anti-ghosting for up to 45 keys.
Inside you'll enjoy great performance from an Intel i7-8750H (6 Core/12 Threads) paired with the 4GB Nvidia GTX 1050 Graphics Card and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, with 512GB of extremely fast storage via the SSD.
The MSi Gaming Laptop software suite - Dragon Center 2.0, will allow you customise fan and performance levels with ease while monitoring your system status, temperatures and memory usage.
Moving up a tier we have this exceptionally well-priced model which packs some very impressive specifications into a modern design with narrow bezel edging the display to the sides.
Within the 15.6" chassis we find a powerful latest 4GB Nvidia GTX 1650 Graphics Card, combined with the 9th gen Intel i7-9750H (Core 6/12 Threads) and 16GB of DDR4 RAM this laptop will have you multitasking with ease while the 1920x1080 display provides superb viewing angles and vibrant colours. Storage is both fast and large with a 256GB Solid State Drive and 1TB Hard Drive inside along with solid network connectivity thanks to the Acer Nitro packing Killer Ethernet, AC WiFi & Bluetooth.
Acer nailed the style of this one, with a fairly clean body and subtle red lighting which is an absolute treat for the eyes at night. Also, take note of that i7-9750H processor that Acer used in this specific model, especially when comparing with the more expensive options below :) Overall it's got to be one of the best value gaming laptops available in NZ today!
Now we step into the big leagues, so if you're looking for the latest/best gaming laptops on the market right now - this series is where you should be looking.
A fearsome gaming machine, with a no-nonsense approach to cooling design that works by providing more airflow than ever before to both the processor and graphics card within (6x heat pipes!). The combination of the best components in the world and the open/visible cooling likely forced the Aorus team to make the inside of this laptop absolutely gorgeous - and they did, it's easily the cleanest we've ever seen in 25 years!
I don't say "best components" loosely either, the 16GB of DRR4 RAM inside is from Samsung, the 144Hz display is made by LG, and the PCIe storage is from Intel - a popular 760P m.2 solid-state drive to be precise, the very same type we use in our most powerful gaming desktops.
Weighing in around 2.5KG, this beast of a laptop combines the Intel 8th gen i7-8750H CPU with an RTX 2060 Graphics Card and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The Aorus series also includes RTX 2070 versions, though you'll be hard-pressed to want more performance than the RTX 2060 inside this one already offers!
With its distinctive AERO narrow bezel design and RGB LED-backlit keyboard, this model combines the latest RTX 2070 with a popular i7-9750H and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage for this specific model is an ultra-fast 512TB PCIe SSD and it's both a sight to behold and a joy to use - with the display being an incredible 240Hz!
With what could easily be considered as the most portable design available now in gaming laptops, the Aero 15 features a class-leading 15” 5mm bezel display giving us greater display real estate without increasing chassis size, placement on the webcam and mics within the hinge keep things very slim too, and nice touches like the detailing on the back along with the way the RGB led shines through the dual cooling fans is just beautiful.
A Thunderbolt 3 port has been added for a premium ultra-fast transfer speed at 40Gbps and the ability to connect external graphics card enclosures, or run with twin 5K external displays… the AERO 15 is a mobile powerhouse!
This one really is something pretty special :) An absolute beast of a machine featuring extremely powerful components inside. The core specifications for this one exceed all other laptops on our list, with this Omen 17 having the incredible Intel i9-9880H 8 Core/16 Thread CPU, 32GB RAM and 8GB Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Graphics inside. Storage is a combo, a super-fast 256GB NVMe M.2 ensures quick boot times while the 1TB HDD can be used for mass storage.
As the price implies, this one has no real gimmicks, it's all about getting the best performance for your dollar - completely overkill for day-to-day tasks but if you own an OMEN you'll likely want to use it all the time!
Amazing laptops indeed! Check out all these and many, many more PB Tech Gaming Laptops today!