These are the Best Gaming Laptops in July 2021: Alienware, ROG, Legion, and more!
If you fancy some gaming hardware, now is probably the best time to get some, thanks to a slew of launches in recent months. From the new Xbox Series X|S and Sony PlayStation 5 consoles to NVIDIA and AMD’s new graphics cards under the RTX 30-series and Radeon 6000 series, respectively, the choices seem endless. However, we’re facing a global chip shortage, and the demand has never been greater, especially if you’re a PC gamer. New GPUs are either out of stock or being scalped and sold at ridiculously high prices.
Probably the best way to get your hands on the new and improved hardware is by either going for a fully built system or investing in one of the newly launched gaming laptops. If you’re leaning towards the more portable route, we have a list of some of the best gaming notebooks on the market right now.
Navigate this guide:
- Best overall laptop: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
- Best AMD laptop: Razer Blade 14
- Best mid-range laptop: Lenovo Legion 5
- Best ultra-portable: ASUS ROG Flow X13
- Best casual gaming laptop: HP Pavilion Gaming 15
- Best 17-inch laptop: Alienware X17
Best overall laptop: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Lenovo’s new Legion 5 Pro is a solid gaming laptop featuring a sturdy chassis and powerful hardware. It is the world’s first 16-inch QHD gaming laptop with up to a 165Hz refresh rate. The laptop can be configured with up to an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H octa-core processor, with up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, 32GB DDR4 3200MHz memory, and up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD. It also features a great keyboard that is great for both work and play, alongside RGB backlighting. The laptop packs some serious power for AAA gaming titles and our recommendation of the best gaming laptop for 2021.
Best AMD laptop: Razer Blade 14
Razer finally moved to AMD with its new Razer Blade 14 laptop that offers the best performance experience in a laptop of its size and form factor. It features Razer’s iconic stealthy black finish, although we’re hoping a Mercury White variant will also be launched soon. The company is offering the laptop with up to an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX octa-core processor with 16GB of RAM, 1TB SSD, and options of either the NVIDIA RTX 3060, 3070, or 3080. The 14-inch display can be configured with either a 144Hz full-HD panel or a 165Hz QHD panel.
For cooling, there’s a vapor chamber system, and you get a good selection of I/O ports and, of course, Razer’s Chroma RGB lighting for the keyboard.
Best mid-range laptop: Lenovo Legion 5
Lenovo has a solid lineup of gaming notebooks under its Legion branding and has been expanding the series this year with a variety of new models. If you’re out looking for a mid-range gaming laptop, then the company offers the Legion 5. It’s powered by the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H octa-core processor with a 15.6-inch 144Hz IPS display, 16GB of DDR4 memory, 512GB of SSD storage, and graphics are handled by the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060.
If you want to save some money, the laptop can also be configured with a lower-tiered NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti.
Best Ultra-portable Laptop: ASUS ROG Flow X13
ASUS has managed to topple the Razer Blade Stealth in the portable gaming laptop category. The ROG Flow X13 can be configured with AMD’s new Ryzen 5980HS, which is a beast of an octa-core processor paired to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU. With the arrival of the new NVIDIA RTX 3050, ASUS has recently confirmed that a refreshed model is currently on its way, loaded with either the RTX 3050 or the RTX 3050 Ti.
A unique feature of the ROG Flow X13 is it can plug into a fairly compact and portable eGPU called the ROG XG Mobile that can be configured with up to a desktop-class RTX 3080 GPU, delivering a high-performance gaming experience. The laptop doesn’t come cheap, but considering the form factor, it’s unlike any product on the market.
Best Casual Gaming Laptop: HP Pavilion Gaming 15
For casual gamers, the HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is a great option with a sub-$900 price tag. It offers a good balance of performance and a minimalistic design that can blend into most environments. The laptop comes with a modest AMD Ryzen 4600H processor with 16GB of memory, 256GB NVMe SSD, and an additional 1TB HDD. Graphics are handled by an NVIDIA GTX 1650, while the 15.6-inch display comes with a full-HD resolution.
Best 17-inch laptop: Alienware X17
Alienware launched its new slim X-series this year which is fairly slim, at least compared to the regular M-series. The new X17 can be configured with up to an 11th-gen Intel Core i9 11980HK processor with 64GB DDR4 memory and the option of up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 16GB graphics card. Display options include 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) with 165Hz refresh rate or a faster 360Hz refresh option. It’s also available with a UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution panel with a 120Hz refresh rate. The laptop continues to offer Alienware’s unique sci-fi-inspired design and moves most of the I/O ports at the back.
These are currently the best gaming laptops on the market today, in our opinion. Our pick would be the Razer Blade 14 as it offers the best of both worlds — powerful hardware and a slim, sleek design language. However, the Legion 5 Pro is currently the best option out of the lot if you are looking for a flawless gaming experience. There are always more options coming through, so make sure you visit this list as we will be updating it every month.
Gaming laptops are becoming more powerful and at the same time, getting slimmer with longer battery life. An interesting thing to note is AMD seems to be taking over Intel, and a majority of new gaming laptops are adopting the new Ryzen 5000 series mobile CPUs with the new Zen 3 architecture.
Speaking of which, make sure you check out our list of the best AMD Ryzen-powered laptops. Apart from new processors and GPUs, we’re also expecting more laptops to come with faster 5G mobile connectivity this year. We’ve also curated a list of the best 5G laptops you can check out too.