1. ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS S GX701
As we confidently stated in our full Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 review this gaming laptop is loaded with a suite of state-of-the-art gaming hardware, boasts an incredibly premium build quality, and packs an innovative and portable design, too. Simply put, it is the best gaming laptop in the world.
The GX701’s Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 is simply insane, both in terms of raw graphics processing power and in terms of features, with the Max-Q card allowing you to turn on next-level graphics options such as real-time Ray Tracing, the latter making lighting in games even more realistic and lifelike.
This GPU combined with a rapid 8th generation Intel CPU, buckets of fast RAM, and lots of capacious and fast drive storage make playing any PC game today a zero-compromise joy, while the mature and stylish finish and dense, premium build quality means the system looks perfectly at home in the office as well.
The only obvious stumbling block with the GX701 is its incredibly high price point, but if you can afford it and are looking for a hyper-premium new gaming laptop, then this is without doubt a fantastic choice.
2. MSI GS75 STEALTH 8SG
MSI really aims for its rivals’ jugulars here with the GS75 Stealth 8SG, with the compact and quite unassuming system very much a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
A fantastically powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design GPU begins the assault, which enables today’s most graphically demanding games like Metro Exodus to be played as they should, and with the latest graphical hotness, ray tracing, very much enabled. In terms of pixel-pushing power, the GS75 Stealth has it to spare.
A rapid 8th generation Intel Core i7-8750H along with a stonking 32GB of DDR4 RAM back the GPU up in terms of processing power, while the machine’s wide-screen 17.3″ FHD display delivers buttery smooth, tear-free visuals thanks a high 144Hz refresh rate. And that’s saying nothing of the display’s delightful 4-sided thin bezel design, which grants the Stealth 8SG a very on-trend aesthetic.
Throw in buckets of storage thanks to a maximum of 3 M.2 SSDs, a responsive and clean SteelSeries-designed keyboard, a horizontally spacious trackpad and MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity+ cooling system, and you’re left with a system that for PC gamers demanding big portable gaming performance, leaves very little to be desired.
3. RAZER BLADE PRO 17 (2019)
It’s impossible to argue that the Razer Blade Pro 17 isn’t one of the best laptops in the world: it’s hugely powerful under the hood, and outwardly classy, bringing Razer’s highest-end portable computer into design line with the rest of the Blade line. The company has shaved excess size off the edges, packed a colourful and bright 17″ 144Hz panel into a lid with minimal bezels, and built a strong chassis with a vapour cooling system that does an impressive job of keeping its dialed-up internals in perfect operating order.
The combination of Nvidia RTX 2080 and 9th-gen Core i7 CPU make great bedfellows, helping the Blade Pro top even the benchmark results of the Asus Zephyrus GX701, and while you might find it lacking in certain hardware departments (though its 16GB RAM and 500GB SSD aren’t exactly stingy) you can open it up and upgrade its internals to your liking. Whether you’ll want to, though, after shelling out over three grand for this ultra-premium package? That’s the question.
Extra points for the Blade Pro’s connectivity options, too, given its 802.11ax-compatible Wi-fi chipset and 2.5 gigabit Ethernet, as well as the option of both HDMI 2.0 and Thunderbolt 3 expansion on board. You won’t be disappointed, except perhaps by your bank balance after buying it.