It's an awesome time to be a gamer with so many new laptop options now featuring the latest Ryzen CPU combined with NVIDIA graphics, and with the gift giving season now upon us, there's never been a better time than now to take a closer look at the most affordable and most powerful Gaming Laptops available today in New Zealand!
For those upgrading from an Intel based system to new Ryzen one, the naming style is thankfully very similar, whereas previously we would look for Intel i5, i7 and i9, we now look for Ryzen 5, 7 and 9, and if we want to grab the absolute latest, that's the Ryzen 5000 series.
To make things all very easy, all of the laptops in our list are from the new 5000 series, but because they're so popular most are already sporting lots of reviews to check out - and the best bit is, all laptops below offer excellent performance for your dollar!
Quick list! The Top Picks in Ryzen Gaming Laptops
- Acer Aspire 7 Ryzen 5 5500U + GTX 1650 Laptop
- HP Pavilion Ryzen 5 5600H + GTX 1650 Laptop
- HP OMEN 15 Ryzen 7 5800H + RTX 3060 Laptop
- Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 5900HX + RTX 3070 Laptop
- Asus Flow X13 Ryzen 9 5980HS + GTX 1650 + RTX 3080 Laptop
It's fair to say all the options below are great for everything from online shopping to everyday work or study, but we used 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. Previously, anything labeled "gaming" implied enough RGB to make your eyeballs bleed, thankfully that's not a condition with our list.
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 normal laptops do.
We'll be covering the best options with consideration for both the design of the chassis and the component specs used within, with new laptop options from all the top brands, MSI, Razer, HP Omen, Asus, Acer competing for the top spots there are many new options to consider, but price is our primary factor for the position on this list (price/performance for the win!).
1. Acer Ryzen 5 5500U + GTX 1650
Kicking things off with the very popular Acer Aspire 7 Laptop which features the latest AMD Ryzen 5 5500U 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, paired perfectly with powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics. Storage for this model is remarkably fast also, with a 512GB NVMe SSD installed, along with a nice 15.6" 1080P 60Hz display.
Those with a keen eye for details will have already recognised this specific laptop shares very similar stats with the previously top rated Asus TUF FX505, but the Acer model enjoys the benefits of the newer AMD CPU technology, adding to core count, thread count and max boost clock speed while consuming less power and allowing for faster RAM to be used as well - such are the perks that come with being a laptop from 2021 - nicely done Acer!
This Acer 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 Acer to use a full-sized keyboard with excellent spacing, and this, combined with the excellent 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 Ryzen 5 5600H + GTX 1650
Next up we have the extremely popular HP Pavilion 15 Laptop, which combines the new Ryzen 5 5600H 6 Core / 12 Thread CPU and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage for this model is fast (yet again) with a 512GB NVMe SSD installed. A sleek narrow-edge bezel display provides a solid viewing experience and with backlighting on the keyboard, this laptop is pure joy to use even at night. The design is very unique, with a central hinge for the connected screen display and a beautiful prismatic mesh trim covering the speaker system just above the keyboard. That display is 144FPS ready too, it's absolutely made for gaming.
This HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop comes equipped with a powerful 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 sleek design - it's clearly got a gaming heart, with a subtle chassis design that's very attractive.
3. HP OMEN 15 Ryzen 7 5800H + RTX 3060
We're getting into some crazy high specification with this one, but luckily for us, every part of the HP OMEN 15 design serves to improve system stability and efficiency while being geared for serious gaming with the latest AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU + GeForce RTX 3060 GPU combo inside, so that you can enjoy fast, action-packed gameplay on the 15.6" 144Hz FHD display.
This combination of powerful components means you'll be able to multi-task seamlessly. Having the ability to switch from streaming, to gaming, creating, and more at the touch of a button and get fantastic performance from something in this small form factor.
The FHD (1920x1080), anti-glare display provides an awesome viewing experience with its narrow bezel and super smooth 144 fps support. At just 2.26 cm thick it's rather portable, slip into a bag and you're ready for travel, plus, being an OMEN system, this laptop has and the modern extras that make it great, things like Wi-Fi 6 with MU-MIMO support and Bluetooth 5. This high resolution, small form factor and discrete style make this laptop great for those in the boardroom by day, and gaming all night.
This specific HP OMEN RTX 3060 Gaming Laptop 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 Ryzen 9 5950HX + RTX 3070
Razer blade laptops are completely premium, so if you're looking for the best portable gaming laptop with highest end performance specifications they are hard to miss. This latest Razer Blade 14 Ryzen 9 + RTX 3070 Laptop features the signature sleek design that won Razer multiple awards, uplifted by the new powerful components within.
Featuring a beautiful 14.1" 2560x1440p high-speed 165Hz display, the clarity from the pixel density is incredible to behold. This laptop takes the portable experience to new levels with ground breaking thermal design which unleashes peak power from the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 GPU for an extremely powerful combination.
There are little details that push this laptop above the rest, things like HDMI 2.1 output for 4K 120FPS support, but what specifications don't convey is just how different the Razer Blade 14 feels compared to other laptops, it can only be described as luxury, and it's that feeling that has made Razer Blade so popular.
Looking for a gaming beast that feels utterly premium? Treat yourself to the Razer Blade 14 RTX 3070 Gaming Laptop today!
5. ASUS Flow X13 Ryzen 9 5980HS + GTX 1650 + RTX 3080
Finishing off our quick top 5 list is a new Ryzen Laptop with no comparison, it provides unmatched performance with a modular design from Asus puts an Nvidia GTX 1650 inside, and also includes an external Nvidia RTX 3080 graphics card that can be connected to the laptop. This smart design allows the laptop to be extremely portable and extremely powerful.
Inside the slim chassis is the latest AMD Ryzen 9 5980HS processor with 8 cores and 16 threads of incredible processing power ready this laptop can take on everything. The 13.4" 1920x1200 is touch ready, connectivity is top-tier with WiFi 6 (AX) and Bluetooth 5.1.
That WUXGA panel is ultra-fast too, reaching 120Hz! The anti-glare gives a great viewing experience even in well-lit environments. The powerful spec means we can multi-task seamlessly with this laptop, it gives us the ability to switch from streaming, to gaming, creating, and more at the touch of a button, it's pretty fantastic getting this sort of performance from a laptop in this small form factor.
At just 1.3KG it's just so portable, slip into a bag and you're ready for travel, plus, to earn the ROG name, this laptop design adheres to the rigorous quality standards that come along with it, and the ability to fold the display fully backwards into tablet mode makes this laptop a top choice for those who often find themselves relying on their laptop as their do-it-all work and play device.
This specific Asus ROG Flow X13 Gaming Laptop 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!