With the lack of PC parts and sky-high prices, maybe it’s time to give the smaller, portable brethren their time to shine. Here’s our list of the best gaming laptops of 2022.

Overall Best Gaming Laptop

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15

CPUi5-9300H. 2.40 GHz.
RAM16GB (Dual Channel)
Screen165Hz 1080p
Storage1TB HDD, 128GB SSD
BatteryUp to 7 hours
Weight6.61 lb
Dimensions9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches
best gaming laptops of 2022

Although a little biased, I did my research for the best gaming laptops I should buy for myself. There were a few things that I wanted:

  • 15.6 inch and not too heavy
  • doesn’t scream “gaming laptop”
  • good battery life
  • great specs
  • great sound
  • as quiet as possible

The G15 fit the entire list of criteria. As far as gaming laptops go, it’s very light and portable. It doesn’t have RGBs everywhere, and it has an amazing battery life.

The fans do ramp up under load, but the overall sound isn’t very loud at all. For me, it was the perfect gaming laptop and I would recommend it wholeheartedtly!

A few months ago, I purchased my ROG Zephyrus G15 after weeks of research and some awesome Black Friday deals. I was tired of waiting for months on end for a reasonably priced GPU.

Little did I know, my current laptop has an insanely powerful RTX 3070 (mobile) which is about as powerful as a desktop 2080! I couldn’t be happier, and I can finally play games or at the airport.

Best Budget Gaming Laptop

Acer Nitro 5

CPUi5-9300H. 2.40 GHz.
RAM16GB (Dual Channel)
Screen165Hz 1080p
Storage1TB HDD, 128GB SSD
BatteryUp to 7 hours
Weight6.61 lb
Dimensions9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches

The Acer Nitro is a very affordable gaming laptop that still has impressive hardware inside. With a RTX 3060 and Ryzen 7 5800H, you’ll have enough horsepower to get through even the most demanding titles with a buttery smooth framerate.

The 1080p screen is more than enough for the size of the laptop. Pair that with a 144hz refresh rate and you’re looking at versatile gaming machine.

Of course, if you’re looking for a longer than average battery, you might want to consider other


Best Desktop Replacement Laptop

Lenovo Legion 7

CPUAMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Screen1440p IPS 165 Hz HDR 400
Storage512 GB SSD
BatteryA Couple Hours
Weight5.5 lbs
Dimensions0.92 by 14.17 by 10.23 inches

The Legion series is Lenovo’s fresh new take on providing the best gaming laptops for a solid price point. The Legion series look great, feel sturdy, and deliver exceptional performance. We reccommend these laptops for anyone who’s looking to find a powerful machine with portability and power.

lenovo legion 7

The only real drawback of these machines is the mediocre battery life. However, if you’re using them as desktop replacement laptops and are more often the not hooked up the power, it’s hard to find too many more negatives.

Lenovo did an excellent job with the designs of these machines. The price for performance is right up there with any other gaming laptop, too.

Best Laptop For School and Gaming

Razer Blade 15

CPU12th Gen Intel Core i7 and Core i9
GPUUp to Nvidia RTX 3080 Ti
RAMUp to 32GB
Screen1080p @ 360Hz, 1440p @ 240Hz, or 4K @ 144Hz
StorageUp to 1 TB SSD
Battery80 Wh
Weight4.63 lbs
Dimensions9.25 x 13.98 x 0.78 inches

The Razer Blade 15 is one the sleekest gaming laptops out there. With its small size, awesome power, and good battery, it’s easy for this laptop to blend in with all the other Macbooks in school.

The Razer Blade is perfect laptop for school and work who’s looking for a powerful machine but doesn’t want a super thick chassis. Although it’s on the more expensive end, it does its job what it’s designed to do perfectly.


  • exceptional build quality
  • super thin
  • great performance
  • decent battery


  • Not the fastest 3080 there is
  • average trackpad

Best Large Screen Gaming Laptop


The Asus RoG Strix Scar is a beast of a machine. It’s larger size makes it run cooler and quieter while churning out plenty of frames for any modern title.

If you’re looking for a laptop that has 17.3 inch display, look no further. The Strix has the power, the performance, and the thermals to carry you through your most vigorous gaming sessions.

CPUAMD Ryzen 9 5900HX 
GPU16 GB RTX 3080
Screen360Hz 1080p
StorageTB + 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 Performance RAID0 SSD
Batteryvery good battery life
Weight6.1 lbs
Dimensions15.55 x 11.10 x 0.92 inches (39.5 x 28.2 x 2.34 mm)

Best Laptop for Gaming and Work

If you’re looking for a laptop you can also use at work too, look no further than the ROG Zephyrus G15. Although we’ve already put this song on our list, I purchased this laptop for something I could bring to a coffee shop and not immediately get labeled as a gamer.

The Zephyrus, although bigger than Macbooks, is still a tiny machine in the realm of gaming laptops.

There aren’t any apparent RGBs and the backlit keyboard can be turned to any color you like. If you want it to look professional, just use the white light.

Our Thought Process

We chose our list of the best gaming laptops based on the criteria that most people use to determine the laptop that best suites their individual needs.

We understand that different people want different things. We ended up going with the specs that best fit each indivual aspect of gaming laptops and specific use cases. We hope you enjoyed our list.

Now that you’re you’ve got a new machine (hopefully), it wouldn’t hurt to check out the list of the most anticipated VR games of 2022.

Have any other gaming laptops that you think we missed? Let us know in the comments below.

By Derek

Derek, a 27-year-old residing in Los Angeles, CA, is an avid video game enthusiast who has been immersed in the gaming world since his childhood. From the moment he laid hands on his first console, Derek's passion for video games ignited and has continued to burn brightly throughout his life.

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