Best Gaming Laptops 2023: Budget, 17-inch, More

The best gaming laptops are varied, ranging from thick machines with the most powerful components to slim, efficient machines to cheaper laptops made of plastic. Sure, a high-end PC over $5,000 might have the highest-end graphics and a great display for a killer gaming experience, but most of us can’t afford a rig like that. Our picks here are often high-end models (we’re an enthusiast site, after all), but most come in various configurations at various price points. For those on a tight gaming budget, we’ve have dedicated pages for the best gaming laptops under $1,500 and the best gaming laptops under $1,000.

Thankfully, there are more gaming laptop options now than ever, from budget-friendly to desktop replacements. Some come with full-size Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics cards, while others go for the more efficient Max-Q designs that enable thinner chassis and (sometimes) quieter fans.

The quick list

Best Gaming Laptops 2023

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The Best Gaming Laptop

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The Best Gaming Laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i9-13980HX

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090

Display: 17.3-inch, 3840 x 2160, Mini-LED, 144 Hz

Weight: 7.28 pounds (3.3 kg)

Reasons to buy

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Mini-LED display looks better than OLED

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Top-end gaming and productivity performance

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Cherry mechanical keyboard

Reasons to avoid

720p webcam

Design is a bit stale

MSI may not have adopted an 18-inch display on its flagship laptop, but in our testing, we were still enamored. A mix of powerful performance from the Intel Core i9-13950HX and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 provided for one of the most powerful gaming laptops we’ve seen to date.

And that 17-inch, 16:9 display is no slouch. MSI has added Mini-LED technology, so the 4K 144 Hz display looks incredible. It’s not OLED, but in our tests, it often looked almost as good, with extremely high scores on both our light meter (511 nits) and our colorimeter (161.6% sRGB, 114.5% DCI-P3).

Add in a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard that’s an absolute pleasure to use (alongside per-key RGB backlighting to keep it looking good), and you get some luxury you don’t see in most gaming laptops (even if MSI doesn’t use the mechanical switches for the number keys or arrow keys).

The battery life, at under 4 hours on our tests, makes the Titan a true desktop replacement. But if you’re willing to bear the expense of these top-end components and don’t plan on unplugging too much, you have one heck of a system in the Titan.

Read: MSI Titan GT77 HX review

Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

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2. Razer Blade 15 (2022)

Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptop

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12800H

GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Ti

Display: 15.6 inches, 2560 x 1440, 240 Hz

Weight: 4.4 pounds / 2.01 kg

Reasons to buy

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Strong gaming performance

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Excellent build quality

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Great webcam and ports

Reasons to avoid

Mixed productivity performance

Competitors have better screens

Pricey