Top 5 Gaming Laptops

Staff Writer By Staff Writer - updated December 23rd, 2020
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Today we’re having a look at 5 of the most affordable and most powerful Gaming Laptops available today in New Zealand. With new additions from MSIRazer, HP Omen, Asus, Acer, Aorus, and Alienware all vying for the top spots! Some of the laptops in our list are very new, others are sporting lots of reviews to check out - whichever the case, all laptops below offer excellent performance for your dollar!

Quick list! The Top 5 Gaming Laptops

  1. Asus TUF 506II GTX 1650 Ti Laptop
  2. HP Pavilion 15 GTX 1660 Ti Laptop
  3. Acer Nitro 5 RTX 2060 Laptop
  4. Razer Blade Base 15 RTX 2070 Laptop
  5. Asus ROG Duo 15 GX550 2080S Laptop

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 temporarily disable the power-hungry Nvidia graphics and run off 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. Price is our primary factor for the position on this list (price/performance for the win!).

1. ASUS TUF506 II GTX 1650 Ti Gaming Laptop

Kicking things off with the latest Asus TUF Gaming 506 II which features the powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Graphics paired perfectly with the popular AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage for this model is remarkably fast also, with a 512GB PCIe Gen3 SSD installed, along with a 144Hz display for high FPS gaming.

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Similar to the FX505 series, these latest TUF 506II models are just as durable
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The keyboard spacing on the TUF 506II is excellent, it even features a numpad!
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The cooling is excellent, with the underside providing ample air intake

Being a part of the Asus TUF range it's got that beautiful narrow bezel edging the display, and MIL-STD-810G for certified durability (For those who want to know more, you can check out the MIL-STD-810G standard here). The original 505 series has won the RedDot Design Award, a credit to their well-thought-out shape and durability, these gaming laptops ideal for both leisure and everyday work.

This Asus laptop really is super tough to beat, so good is the price/performance of this particular model that it's hard to justify spending more. The 15.6" design even allowed Asus to use a full-sized keyboard with excellent spacing, and this, combined with the performance, makes this one pretty great for business use, or at school, or for a lot of gaming... pretty much everything you want to do.

2. HP Pavilion 15 GTX 1660 Ti Gaming Laptop

Turning things up notch, next up we have the HP Pavilion 15 which features a powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics, Ryzen 7 3750H 4 Core / 8 Thread CPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage for this model is fast also, with a 512GB SSD installed, along with a 144Hz display for high FPS gaming. A sleek micro-edge bezel display provides a sleek viewing experience while the front-firing speakers with audio by B&O deliver powerful sound.

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The clean HP design is very sleek looking
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A fractal mesh panel adds a little flare to the design
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Excellent cooling helps keep the HP 15 at full performance

The Pavilion 15 comes equipped with a dual fan system for enhanced thermal cooling, the wide rear corner vent and enlarged air inlets maximize airflow for better performance and stability, keeping the machine cooler during extended usage

The excellent specs combined with the affordable price make this model appealing for anyone running the numbers, but what makes this laptop so popular is the understated design - it's gaming grade, but without the common bling which makes it ideal for the both work and play.

3. Acer Nitro 5 RTX 2060 Gaming Laptop

We're getting into some crazy high specification with this one, but luckily for us, every part of Acer Nitro 5 design serves to improve system stability and efficiency while being geared for serious gaming with the latest 10th generation Intel i5 CPU + GeForce RTX 2060 GPU combo inside, so you can enjoy fast action-packed gameplay.

Reaching 144FPS is tough for a laptop, and even with the RTX 2060 inside you won't be able to hit this all the time, in every game - but in something like Warframe with the settings just right - it's a sight to behold!

Boasting a smaller and more portable chassis than its predecessors, this new model gaming laptop design also features a large battery for superior usage when out and about. The form factor and discrete style make this a reliable ally for gamers on the go.

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The Acer Nitro 5 design is clean and simple with a dash of red framing the touchpad
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The keyboard layout is excellent, with included numpad
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This Acer Nitro 5 has very powerful cooling to keep up with the performance specifications

This specific Acer Nitro 5 offers remarkable value for the performance in a sleek frame, it's ideal for daily use on the web, or for those working with large files, and also for playing our favourite games!

4. Razer Blade 15 RTX 2070 Gaming Laptop

Next up we have the powerful 15" Razer Blade laptop which, much like our current #3, packs impressive specifications into a very sleek body.

Although it might look similar to other Razer Blades, this specific model is rather powerful, with an RTX 2070 + Intel i7-10750H 6 Core 12 Thread CPU + 16GB 2993Mhz RAM combo pushing out frames like an absolute champion.

The Razer Blade 15's potent performance is fully capable of powering through creative tasks with ease, and can handle the running and streaming of the latest AAA games simultaneously - including support for real-time ray tracing with RTX.

While it doesn't have the MIL-spec durability of the Asus models, it's still very well built with excellent hinges and a frame that's built to last. It also feels wonderful to use thanks to a large, clickable glass touchpad for smooth and precise control.

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The Blade 15 positions has a smaller keyboard with no numpad
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The design is premium, slim in a precision-crafted aluminum chassis
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Affectionately referred to as the blackbook pro, it's both powerful and portable

Overall, this specific Razer Blade is a great choice for those looking for a gaming heart, but sleek a black Macbook like design.

5. Asus ROG RTX 2080 Zephyrus Duo 15

Finishing up our current top 5 we have this mighty Asus ROG GX550 Laptop with its insanely quick 300Hz display... and that's just one of the screens on this beast!

If you're looking for the best in the high end this is the one, there is nothing that can compare. It features an Intel 10th generation i9-10980HK running 8 cores and 16 threads, Intel Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 identifies the best performing core(s) on the processor and provides increased performance on those cores increasing frequency as needed (by taking advantage of the power and thermal headroom) boosting automatically up to 5.1GHz, but it also has a maximum single-core frequency limit at a whopping 5.3GHz - insanely fast.

The RTX 2080 SUPER Max-Q inside is the most powerful graphics solution you can get in a laptop right now, and don't confuse this one with the original RTX 2080 either, this SUPER version isn't just a cool name, it's got more CUDA cores and higher clock speeds.

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For those that can afford it, the Asus Zephyrus offers an experience like no other
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The dual screen is made possible by the forward keyboard, the digital numpad is also the touchpad
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Front to back it's unmistakably a top tier Asus Republic of Gamers laptop

Looking for a gaming beast that feels utterly premium? Treat yourself to the ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 RTX 2080 Super Gaming Laptop today!

WOAH five awesome Gaming Laptops already, and better still, this is just a small slice from the massive range of laptops available today!


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