Top Best 50 Gaming Laptop for PC Gaming in November 2021

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MSI - Crosshair 17 17.3" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16 GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 512 GB SSD - Titanium Gray
Description

Equipped with the 11th Gen. Intel Core i7 processor, it's up to 40% performance gains over the previous generation. Achieve greater power with this 8-core processor supporting up to 4.6GHz dual core turbo frequency to maximize efficiency in gameplay, multi-task work and productivity.

9 Features
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
  • 17.3" Display: IPS technology offers wide viewing angles. 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity.
  • 16 GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512 GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 discrete graphic card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 discrete graphic card for gaming and graphic designing that delivers the optimal visual experience
  • Weighs 5.07 lbs and measures 0.95" thin: 3-cell battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Backlit keyboard: Backlit keyboard For easy typing in dim or dark conditions.
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  • Review by Sanizaza, 10 out of 10
    Awesome PC

    The laptop is everything i expected it to be and more. I went from a 15 inch to a 17 inch and the difference is amazing. The GPU allows me to play all of my games on the highest settings.

    Nov 05, 2021 23:05
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    LG Ultra PC 13” Full HD Laptop – Ryzen 5 – 8GB RAM – 256GB NVMe Solid State Drive - White
    Description

    The LG Ultra PC 13U70P-G slips into your hands, your bag, wherever there’s room for power when you need it. A do-it-all processor, brilliant display and more means you can carry your hustle.

    9 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 13” Full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS LCD Screen: Wherever you are, strap in for an incredible view. Because with gram's Full HD IPS display, you can see your work, your gaming or streaming content with brilliant color and clarity.
  • AMD Ryzen™ 5 Processor: Inside you'll find the latest AMD Ryzen™ processor with 8GB of memory. It's the performance you need to surf, stream and power through whatever your day brings.
  • 256GB NVMe SSD: Dependable storage accessible in a flash. With 256GB in a solid state drive, you'll have easy access to your large files.
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM: LG Ultra PC delivers on your hustle. 8GB DDR4 and 3200MHZ speeds mean a higher level of performance. Perfect for working, gaming and multitasking.
  • Wi-Fi 6: With Wi-Fi 6 compatibility, LG Ultra PC allows for blazing speeds up to 2.4 Gbps. It’s ultra-smooth streaming from the next generation of Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi 6 is designed to improve speed, increase efficiency and reduce congestion when bandwidth usage is high.
  • Backlit Keyboard: Light up your productivity. Whether it's a late-night work session, nighttime flight or bedtime emails, see every part of your keypad clear as day.
  • DTS:X Ultra: Rich sound in a lightweight laptop. DTS:X Ultra provides immersive 3D Audio Rendering with or without headphones. It allows you to experience louder, richer sound with less distortion — maximizing your audio experience.
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  • Review by JenniferS, 10 out of 10
    Impressive Processing Speeds in a Compact Unit

    I love the simplistic, modern design as well as the compact, lightweight of the laptop. The graphics and processing speed are impressive with vast multitasking capabilities. I never would've thought a LG laptop could compete with other typical PC brands.

    Oct 21, 2021 05:19
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    Razer
    Razer - Blade 15.6" 4K OLED Touch Screen Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 32GB Memory - NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Studio Edition - 1TB SSD - Mercury
    Description

    Complete urgent work projects with this Razer Blade Studio Edition laptop. The Intel Core i7 processor and 32GB of RAM run multiple intensive applications at high speeds, while the 1TB SSD delivers swift boots and ample storage. This Razer Blade Studio Edition laptop features an NVIDIA Quadro RTX graphic card for seamless 3-D and CAD rendering, and the 15.6-inch 4K OLED display provides sharp visuals.

    11 Features
  • Windows 10 Pro: Built for business. Protect your data with enterprise-grade security, log in from any device anywhere, and boost productivity with powerful management tools.
  • 15.6" touch screen for hands-on control: Its OLED display with 4K resolution boasts impressive color and clarity.
  • Intel® Core™ i7-10875H processor: Powerful eight-core, sixteen-way processing performance. The Intel Turbo Boost technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 32GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games, video-editing applications, numerous programs and browser tabs at the same time.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (SSD): This flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in fast startup times and data access, no noise, reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • NVIDIA® Quadro RTX™ 5000 Studio Edition graphics: Backed by 16GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games. The NVIDIA Optimus technology optimizes the laptop for both graphics performance and battery life conservation.
  • Built-in stereo speakers: Features Dolby Atmos support for impressive sound quality.
  • HDMI output with 7.1 audio codec support: Expands your viewing options.
  • Thunderbolt 3 port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: The single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video, power-over-cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
  • Wireless/wired connectivity (Wi-Fi 6 - 802.11ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability owing to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3x faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for more devices.
  • Per-key RGB keyboard powered by Razer Chroma: Includes a spectrum of visual effects featuring 16.8 million colors through Chroma-integrated games or designing your gaming setup by Chroma Studio.
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  • Review by KellyH, 10 out of 10
    Amazing Specs but terrible webcam 0.9MP?!?

    Quality and feel of a MacBook Pro, but different. The Mercury color is just aluminum, which is the same color and finish as a macbook pro.

    I've only had this computer for less than a week. I really like it. I bought it to run solidworks CAD on it and so far it is running smooth.

    The screen has amazing resolution so i have all my taskbar icons tiny and get more usable space out of the screen. It is touchscreen, which I don't really know if I'll be using. I would have liked to save money as I don't feel I needed that but didn't see an option. Admittedly I don't have much experience with laptop touchscreens and can only compare to my iPad Pro 12.9in. This laptop touch screen I can zoom in and out but it lags when compared to the ipad. Comparable to scrolling on Android vs scrolling on iPhone. iPhone scrolls more smoothly in my experience.

    The webcam is the biggest joke (disappointing surprise) 0.9 megapixel, takes me back to like 2001 flip phone cameras. its pathetic. I'll attach a photo of the settings within the camera app. The highest quality it allows is 0.9 and it is insufficient.

    The trackpad is smooth and works very well. it is very sensitive though and my cursor moves around while I'm typing because the bottom of my hands are positioned over it.

    battery (fully charged) will give me about 4 hours but I can adjust settings to make it stretch longer.

    This computer can compute without getting too hot. I had another laptop that i paid $3k for which was super loud with the fans and got really hot when it was working. This one has 2 fans on bottom and is pretty quiet and cool. This is awesome.

    The speakers definitely get loud but they don't have bass, so just imagine loud treble. At least you can turn it up and hear in a somewhat noisy environment but its not super high quality which I did expect for a $4k laptop.

    Overall, I really like this computer and am glad I bought it. I do plan on making educational videos and will be forced to buy a webcam because the one that came with it is not usable. While inconvenient, I place more priority on the graphics card specs and internal ram and up to 5.1ghz speed processor.

    I'm hoping this computer lasts me a very long time!

    Sep 06, 2021 01:48
  • Review by HappyUser, 10 out of 10
    Razer-Blade RTX 5000 i7

    This Razer-Blade RTX 5000 i7 laptop, is very smooth, and can, handled the editing load very easily. The OLED screen is very smooth and easy on the eyes. The SSD Hard drive responds very quickly, even with 8Gb video files. Other files are like a blink. I first wondered if they were even copied, but no, they saved, just that fast.

    Thank you Razor for your quality efforts, and those who sell and represent the sales of them. But please, get rid of the ridge at the front of the mouse it is an irritation on the hands

    Apr 10, 2021 14:28
  • Review by MOORE1, 10 out of 10
    BUY IT, YOU’ll LOVE IT!

    LOVE IT! I use it for editing all types of short film, music videos etc. so speed is what I needed.

    Mar 12, 2021 16:50
  • Review by JSB18, 10 out of 10
    Graphic Powerhouse

    Outstanding and powerful. Can’t wait to explore everything its capable of doing for photo and video editing!

    Oct 23, 2020 18:34
  • Review by goodjob, 10 out of 10
    Microwave

    The item was delivered on time, the people who installed it

    were very professionals,

    Dec 05, 2020 16:05
  • Review by Alexis, 10 out of 10
    Solution for 3D/Graphic Artists, Content Creators

    I create architectural 3D renderings. I have searched high and low for a laptop that performs well and looks good too. For years I chose beauty over brains because I didn't want to carry around the typical gamer machine. Finally, there is a solution for graphic/visual artists, interior designers/architects, and content creators! So if you are seeking a beast for 3D rendering, while multi-tasking (rendered a full-size image in 3ds Max with 2 Adobe programs, 10 Internet tabs, and Revit model open) and looks good in front of clients; nothing compares to this. I originally purchased the Blade 15 Base and decided to upgrade for the Studio Edition as I was unable to multi-task while rendering on the base model.

    Pros:

    -Quadro is a thing of beauty. Rendering time is greatly reduced.

    -4K screen is bright and expressive.

    -Touchscreen

    -Fan doesn't come on as often as the machine takes on programs with ease (the Blade 15 model was always popping on, even while browsing the internet).

    -Sleek and great looking, similar in style to a Macbook Pro.

    -Chroma keyboard can be customized which is really cool.

    -Value for specs.

    Cons:

    -Weight of the laptop and power cord don't allow this to be the most portable machine.

    -Heat issue still occurs, it literally doubles as a hand warmer even with minimal use.

    Dec 21, 2020 21:46
  • Review by EminA, 10 out of 10
    The perfect laptop

    I've owned many high end laptops, including the macbook pro 16 inch with the i9 processor, but this razer laptop completely blows it away. The quadro rtx 5000 is still the most powerful graphics card out even with the 3000 series released. I use it for gaming, on regular use and web browsing i get about 5-6 hours of battery life, not sure why everyone is complaining about that but this is a powerhouse, so don't expect 12 hours of battery. I had an issue with the icue software for my corsair mouse, apparently it drains battery and I was only getting 1.5 hours of battery, after I uninstalled that app I now get >5 hours on max display brightness. The OLED screen is absolutely incredible, totally different experience when using it. I wish it was 120 hz but I guess we can't have it all. 10/10 laptop.

    Feb 21, 2021 11:34
  • Review by blutuuth, 10 out of 10
    Performant machine, terrible manufacturer support

    The build is decent, however switching from a MacBook Pro makes the Razer keyboard and trackpad (which has "press buttons" for left- and right-click) feel a bit cheap. The 4K touch display is beautiful, even when comparing the the MacBookPro, however I'm not a "touchscreen guy" so can't say much about that functionality. The Quadro RTX 5000 needs no praise -- it's a beastly GPU with 16GB of memory for heavy workloads. Although my Razer Studio laptop ended up crashing during a firmware update and never booted up again, the laptop performed excellently for the three days prior to malfunctioning.

    On the other hand, *buyer beware*: Razer support is horrendous (non-existent?).

    After being on the phone with technical support for two hours, they agreed to replace it. They sent me a package slip the following day for overnight delivery back to their warehouse. I was told I'd receive the replacement at the latest in three days following the warehouse receiving the defective unit. Because I had it for only three days before it malfunctioned, to expedite the resolution they agreed to simply replace it and not bother with a repair. The "RMA Type" on the support page for my case is "Replace Once Received."

    This is where the support ended.

    The warehouse received the defective unit on a Tuesday at 10:50AM, and have been inquiring about the status of my replacement for the past four days. Every time I call, it's the same story: "We are in touch with the appropriate internal team and they will get back to you" either immediately, within the hour, within the day, etc. Not once did I receive any follow-up.

    (Unfortunately, Razer only offers technical support and so there is no way to get in touch with anyone from customer service, RMA or warranty departments. To be honest, I don't think Razer has such departments.)

    Eventually I caught up to them and their empty promises, so began asking for the technical support agent to document our calls and what was done on their end to push forward (so a paper-trail is left for proof and it didn't seem like I was making up stories). More than half the the time they did not document the calls -- I was sure to do it myself. After numerous calls made from my end, I was told that the case would be sent to the "Escalations Team" and I could expect them to follow up with me, again, within the hour, the day, etc. Still no reply from anyone.

    In summary, I'm happy to recommend this product but pray that your device lasts. I strongly suggest future buyers to get the extended warranty through Best Buy to save themselves the headaches when needing support from Razer.

    Dec 18, 2020 12:38
  • HP OMEN - Advantage Edition 16.1" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 - 16GB Memory - AMD Radeon™ RX 6600M - 1TB SSD
    Description

    Yes, it's that powerful: Play with performance with a powerful AMD processor and mighty graphics. All that power stays cool with our frosty OMEN Tempest Cooling. We can't stop others from feeling a little envy. Gaming shouldn't feel this good: Feast your eyes on this 16.1 diagonal inch machine, boasting a high resolution and fast refresh rate. The floating hinge design and Audio by Bang & Olufsen show it off while you go off. And the long battery life lets you play even longer. One place. All play. OMEN Gaming Hub is your one-stop shop to elevating your play. From getting rewards just by gaming, to controlling every little performance and lighting option of your machine, the list goes on. Every game, every play, every moment is now in your control.

    18 Features
  • Windows 10 Home: Do great things confidently with the familiar feel of Windows - only better.
  • Display: 16.1-inch diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), 144 Hz, IPS, micro-edge, anti-glare: Reduce frustrating lag and image ghosting with a display that combines a 144Hz refresh rate and 1080p FHD resolution for smooth, crisp gameplay.
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 7 5800H: Now you can enjoy elite gaming performance on a thin and light notebook with amazing battery life. Never compromise on your gaming laptop again.
  • Memory: 16 GB DDR4-3200 MHz RAM (2 x 8 GB): With higher bandwidth, you get more of a boost in performance for improved multitasking.
  • Internal storage: 1TB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD: Get up to 30x faster performance than a traditional hard drive.
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon™ RX 6600M Graphics (8 GB GDDR6 dedicated):
  • Flicker-free: Using DC Dimming technology that controls brightness by adjusting direct current rather than cycling the backlight, we can eliminate screen flickering for more comfortable viewing.
  • HP Fast Charge: Go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes.
  • Wi-Fi 6E: Enjoy faster speeds, improved performance, greater capacity and lower latencies than earlier iterations with Wi-Fi 6E technology
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera: The 88-degree, wide-angle field of view lets you video chat with the entire family or group of friends in crystal clear detail.
  • An exceptionally rich audio experience: HP Dual Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and expert tuning by Bang & Olufsen bring audio perfection to your PC.
  • Four Zone RGB keyboard: Allows you to backlight 4 independent zones with different RGB keyboard lighting. WASD keys are outlined to highlight key controls. It’s all easily controlled through the OMEN Gaming Hub.
  • OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology: Stay cool under pressure with the advanced laptop thermal solution, OMEN Tempest Cooling Technology. 3-sided venting and 5-way airflow ensure optimal system stability and performance when gameplay heats up
  • Elevated aesthetic: Designed with an aluminum-finished palm rest for a premium look.
  • Created with the planet in mind: HP is dedicated to driving progress toward a more sustainable future and making responsible choices for the environment and our customers.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • AMD SmartShift: Get up to a 10% performance improvement thanks to AMD SmartShift. Using a hardware boosting interface and machine learning algorithms, SmartShift quickly moves power between the CPU and GPU, optimizing performance on the fly for games, 3D rendering, video editing, and other workloads.
  • AMD Smart Access Memory: Enjoy higher frame rates in many games thanks to AMD Smart Access Memory. Only offered with the AMD Advantage System.
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  • Review by NAMO, 8 out of 10
    EXTREMELY POWERFUL, YET QUIET UNDER PRESSURE

    KEY FEATURES

    802.11ax Wi-Fi 6e

    1TB WD SN730 NVMe SSD

    16GB DDR-4 RAM

    Ryzen 7 5800H Processor (8 Cores / 16 Threads)

    INITIAL SET-UP AND CONFIGURATION

    This was a mixed of success and epic fails. Initial boot-up and loading went hassle-free. Windows walks you through all steps, as always, to create your account, get online, etc. However, once Windows update kicked in and went online, things were not as smooth. The initial Windows image appears to have been created prior to May 2021. The computer received a May 2021 update, but only received the 20H2 feature set. No biggie. I installed the May 2021 update, restarted, got the July 2021 update, installed it, restarted the laptop, then it all stopped. I got continued warnings that my PC was missing important updates and security fixes, but no matter what I tried, Windows would not update the PC any further. The Windows Update Assistant said the PC was compatible with 21H1, but it would not install. Hmmmm. Every time I’ve encountered this issue, it has been related to some form of bloatware. Time to dig in.

    After poking around and getting the Microsoft Store and all its associated programs updated, I discovered that HP graced me with several undesired programs. Included in this list are: McAfee, ExpressVPN, and LastPass. Programs are personal choices and I prefer not to use these programs. I tried uninstalling the 3 biggest offenders, hoping it would fix my failure to update issue, but it did not. So, I grabbed my trusty flash drive and went to the Windows Media Creation Tool to download a pure, un-adultered version of Windows from Microsoft.

    The clean version of Windows installed without issue. But, with this being a new computer, there were tons of updates and drivers that needed installed. Therein lies my 2nd issue with set-up. I downloaded the Omen drivers from HP’s website and used the self-extracting files to install the drivers for the laptop. The HP files didn’t work. They didn’t extract and install correctly on my machine, leaving me driverless and the laptop operating horribly. Luckily, Windows recognized the NIC after installation and I was able to get to Windows Update via an ethernet cable. From there, Microsoft took care of the rest and properly identified the correct drivers. At last, everything finally worked correctly, and all the latest security updates and patches were installed, but not without a couple of hours’ worth of work.

    USE AND PERFORMANCE

    Is this machine powerful? Yes, it is. My favorite go-to game for testing is Forza Horizon 4. While it may not be the flavor of the day for most. I enjoy the mindless racing simulator. I set the Power Management feature to balanced using the Omen Command Center and proceeded to benchmark. Forza returned recommended settings at either High or Ultra. With everything cranked up to max or near max levels, the machine returned a respectable average of 42fps. Lowering those levels down could ratchet up the framerates considerably, but the game plays fine at 42fps. The computer could technically be considered GPU bound, if you are a hard-core gamer. At 100% GPU utilization, the CPU was only being taxed at roughly 36%. While not a huge mismatch, there is still a little room for improvement. Further driver refinements may extract more performance from this new graphics chipset over time.

    Speaking of taxing the CPU, just how powerful is the new Ryzen compared to its competition? It is quite impressive. To find out the true compute power, I put it up against my Omen desktop that has a liquid cooled i7-9700 (8 cores / 8 threads) clocked at 3.0GHz. I found a home video that was 26 minutes and 36 seconds in length. It was recorded at 1080p / 30 fps and measured in a little over 7GB. Using Handbrake, my i7 Omen desktop converted my home movie from 1080p/30 to 720p/30 in 7:08. The Ryzen put that i7 to shame. Converting the home video on the Omen laptop took only 5:19. WOW!!! A huge difference. This was strictly using CPU rendering and not using GPU.

    Raw compute power is quite impressive. But even more impressive is the quietness of the cooling solution HP created. Handbrake stressed the CPU. During the 5 minute encode test, utilization ranged from 70% to 99% and temps spike momentarily up to 91C. VERY HOT. At the end of the test, the average temp stabilized to 88C. Surprisingly, using a laptop cooler didn’t help the thermals. Even at this temperature and the fans at 100% the laptop remained relatively quiet and was pleasant to use. Unlike my similar Acer Nitro that is distractingly loud and annoying while gaming. I find the annoying whine of the Acer quite tiring after just a few minutes of gaming. Not so with the Omen. HP has done a very good job balancing cooling, airflow, and noise levels.

    FINAL THOUGHTS

    This is a very attractive option for a gaming laptop. The screen looks nice and calibrates very well, accurately reproducing colors and textures. The keys will take a little while to get used to. I don’t like them as well as some of my other laptops I’ve had, but they work well enough, and the customizable backlighting is a bonus.

    Battery life is not very good. Others have been reporting very good battery life, but I’ve found only about 2 – 3 hours of battery life with casual use and less than 1 hour of life while gaming. The power brick charges the laptop back up quickly, but it is HUGE. Much bigger than any power brick I’ve used to date.

    There are plenty of expansion ports to satisfy nearly everyone. These ports include: LAN, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 A, 1 x USB C, SD card reader, 3.5mm headphone, full-size HDMI, and what appears to be a mini display port (I didn’t have a mini-DP cable to test it).

    At the end of the day, this is a very powerful laptop that rivals most desktops. While the Radeon 6600M graphics may not be quite as powerful as the latest nVidia options, it still works well and satisfies my graphics needs. My recommendations: HP removes their bloatware from the initial load (as it appears it prevented my laptop from updating correctly), improve their driver support on the website, and lastly find a way to squeeze in a better battery. Still, this is a very satisfying product, that is only held back by the initial configuration woes.

    Jul 26, 2021 19:26
  • Review by StephenS, 8 out of 10
    Great performance, mixed results on the display.

    I’ve owned a lot of laptops from a lot of vendors, everything from basic business laptops to full-on gaming rigs and this one easily tops the stack in terms of raw performance.

    Highlights:

    Display: In normal desktop use, right out of the box, the display shows as operating at 144Hz which makes for solid and smooth desktop visuals. For gaming the panel is excellent, smooth, and visually responsive. In terms of contrast and deep-blacks however, if you expect to watch a lot of movies and media, it was actually a little disappointing as when the display goes “all black”, it’s more deep-gray than actually black, and the same also reveals that it’s slightly unevenly lit. Further, the panel obviously flexes and stresses a bit more than usual during routine repositioning.

    Graphics. In Fortnite for example, at full-on “Epic” settings with vsync-off and allowed unlimited frame rates I’d pull 90-120 FPS. During actual gameplay I’m one to keep vsync enabled, in which case my FPS stayed rock solid at 60 and never flinched which is more than adequate to me and nice to know I had power to spare if needed. However, given the 144Hz display panel I honestly expected the FPS even with vsync-on to be more than just a constant 60.

    Processor: I didn’t formally benchmark it but it is easily the fastest of our 3 family gaming systems.

    Cooling system: Impressive and aggressive. If you actually play games with this on your lap it will get uncomfortably hot. The fans are on the left and right on the underside so try not to block those with your legs or anything else. The system never overheated on me but, under full gaming load, the fans were definitely hungry for cool air.

    4-zone RGB keyboard: Having only 4-zones is something I had to adapt to. The zones are basically left, middle, right, and WASD, and you can edit them as “layers” in the HP Omen Light Studio app. I’m not exactly fond of where HP decided those zone boundaries would be but after some experimenting I found I liked either setting the whole keyboard to “color cycle” at speed 5-10, or to set left-middle-right to a single static color, and WASD to a nicely contrasting color.

    Summary:

    Despite some minor issues with the display panel, mentioned above, I really do like this laptop overall and the minor issues are easy to forget when you’re gaming. Whether I’d recommend this to you depends on your intended use: If gaming performance is a high priority then this is an admirable laptop and you won’t be disappointed -- the issues I observed will probably be of no concern to you at all. However, if you’re more into movies and videos, with gaming as something you’re more likely to do on the side, there are laptops with better displays for that for the same or even less money.

    Jul 24, 2021 23:35
  • Review by MoGJ, 10 out of 10
    Affordable, Well-Rounded Gaming Laptop

    The HP Omen Advantage Edition laptop is a great, affordable gaming laptop that can handle the new and popular PC games. It sports one of AMD's newest lineup of video cards and fast multicore processor.

    Upon opening the box, I noticed the sleek, black matte finish and opal looking emblem on the front of the laptop. Weighing a little over 5 lbs and having a slim profile, it is comparable to many of the other gaming laptops out now. Aesthetically, I also particularly liked that the laptop includes a webcam as it has been convenient to use when working from home.

    Upon turning on the computer, booting into Windows only took a few seconds! I noticed that when running programs and when launching games it was able to load them quickly in a few seconds. I also noticed how balanced the colors looked and how crisp images were on the laptop. Although not absolutely stunning, in my opinion it was especially great for what I wanted to use it for, gaming.

    To test the AMD RTX 6600M video card, I tested the following games with high settings enabled: Call of Duty Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex Legends. Also, these games were played using the HD 1080p 144Hz laptop screen (Note: I recommend installing the latest graphics drivers from AMD to get the best results). First, Warzone consistently had 110-140fps when running through the map although when shooting and in fast moving scenarios, the fps dropped to 90-100. Second, on Fortnite, I noticed a consistent 25-35 fps on the 2nd to highest graphic settings (graphics setting labeled as high). As I lowered it to medium and low, the fps would jump an extra 10-15fps each time. Lastly, on Apex Legends, there was a consistent 110-120 fps when in a battle scenario. Note: Although the fps would drop in each of these games, I found that each looked nice and would not lag during anytime in gameplay. I enjoyed playing each one and found I preferred the 16" screen more so than the other laptops I've used that were 15.6".

    After playing each of these games, I also checked the temperature of the processor and GPU and noticed that both did not get super hot and to the point where I worried I could damage them. After gaming for hours, the highest temperature reading I obtained on the graphics card was 69°C and on the processor 78°C.

    As for other things I enjoyed about the laptop, I liked how the RGB keyboard had four different lighting "zones" where you can set different colors to these zones. Three of these zones are a third of the whole keyboard and the fourth the WASD keys. Although it doesn't include a dedicated number pad/section, the ability to change the color zones on the laptop from HP's Omen Light Studio software makes up for this in my opinion. Additionally, I also liked how there were several ports for connecting USBs and external displays. In total there are 3 regular USB A 3.2 ports, 1 USB C 3.2 Gen 2 port, an ethernet port, headphone jack, SD card slot, a mini display port, and a HDMI port for use on external displays. I would've wished it included a Thunderbolt port or even an extra USB C port but I'll leave it as a suggestion on a future model.

    All in all, HP's Omen checks many boxes for those looking to buy a new gaming laptop. I enjoyed using it and found that although I was a previous Intel user, I now see how well AMD has improved both their processor and video cards' performance. This is to say that I am unbiased and could recommend it to those looking for a great gaming, school, and fast laptop without breaking the bank.

    Aug 23, 2021 13:50
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Good Value for the Average Gamer

    I had high hopes for the HP OMEN Gaming Laptop, and while the computer is quick and mostly capable - its gaming performance could be better. My previous gaming laptop is nearing two years old and is barely meeting specs for newer games. As soon as I would launch a game, the fans would immediately kick on at full power and were so loud that other online players couldn’t hear me. The HP Omen has better performance specs, but when the fans do begin to run - the fans are still rather loud. I received so many complaints during online gameplay that I had to purchase a foam cover for my headset mic (which seems to help reduce the fan noise that is picked up). The bottom of the laptop is designed to ensure appropriate ventilation, but fans can still become fairly noisy.

    Thanks to the SSD, the Omen boots up lightning quick - in less than 8 seconds. There is no fingerprint scanner (which is my preferred method for quickly logging in and quickly changing profiles) - and although the Omen has a built in camera, Windows says that it is not able to be used in order to log-in with facial recognition. The laptop also does not have a built in slider to cover the webcam - so users who are concerned with higher levels of privacy will need to find their own way to cover the camera.

    The keys are all perfectly flat, but the keyboard is comfortable to use and features tons of awesome LED customization. The OMEN does not have a 10-key which is a bit of a disappointment. I do quite like the oversized trackpad and I appreciate the full sized direction keys. I also love that I am able to open the lid/screen of the laptop without holding down the base of the laptop. The computer has a full sized SD reader and the USB-C port supports DP Alt Mode (meaning you can plug in a USB-C hub that seamlessly links to a 2nd monitor).

    The power brick is an absolute beast. Not only is it huge, but it also gets very hot. So hot, in fact, that I felt the need to check the temperature - which measured 135 degrees Fahrenheit (about 15 minutes after I had powered down the computer). Apparently this is fairly normal, but curiously, when I googled the issue - the first hit was a Reddit user who also mentioned having an HP Omen. Just be careful where you set the power brick and don’t be surprised if it is blazing hot when you go to put it in a laptop bag / backpack.

    Despite the criticisms listed above, I do believe that the HP Omen offers a good over-all value and strong build quality. The day to day operation is incredibly fast, but I would suggest looking for the newest version of the AMD RYZEN Processor that your budget will allow. I have already found myself lowering game specs to ensure that games run smoothly, so I am not confident that I will be able to play top end games for years to come. But, for the average student, business professional, and basic gamer the HP Omen is a good choice for the price. But, if you are focused only on hardcore gaming, you may need to spend a bit more to get the most current processor for more impressive graphical performance.

    Jul 29, 2021 00:56
  • Review by Linksys, 10 out of 10
    Powerful gaming laptop

    This laptop offers the power you need for serious gaming in a package with a big screen and plenty of connectivity. The OMEN feels substantial and well built, its not light but that’s a trade off I don’t mind for all it offers. You have plenty of connections with 3 USB-A, 1 USB-C, Ethernet, display port, HDMI, SD card reader and a headphone jack. The bottom of the case has nice big slots for ample cooling that will let this thing get and remove plenty of air. The one hardware thing missing for me is a privacy filter for the webcam. Having used other laptops with this feature makes me want it for all computers I use. The webcam is nice and wide but the quality is more like something from 5 years ago, its not terrible but could be better for a gaming laptop in 2021. If you’re gonna do any streaming you’ll definitely want to invest in an aftermarket one.

    Performance wise is a completely different story, this thing impressed me with everything I’ve used it for. I’ve had a lot of experience with AMD processors and have always been impressed, this is my first experience with their GPU with gaming and I’ve been equally impressed. Playing Destiny 2 and Forza Horizon it never missed a beat and had no frame rate drop with either. More to my surprise was the fact machine was not loud at all when playing, the fans would come on at times but not how I thought they would be. The HP OMEN gaming hub allows you to monitor the vitals and customize things to your liking. One of those things is the excellent 4 zone RGB keyboard. Battery wise while gaming the machine dropped about 50 to 60 percent in about an hour playing Destiny 2, this was with performance setting set to max. The huge power brick will get you charged back up quick from 0 to 50 percent in about 45 minutes though. This HP OMEN with its AMD power can deliver the goods for serious gaming and work.

    Jul 24, 2021 12:14
  • Review by Naztynestor, 10 out of 10
    it’s a keeper!

    another year another HP omen is out, but I believe this year is definitely worth the wait if you are planning on gaming using gaming laptop. I think everybody mainly wants to know how well does this laptop run, well I have some results.

    - first make sure to update the drivers before playing with your new OMEN 16

    - while playing Warzone i decided to let the game to give me a balance setting I average about 87 - 96fps on some areas and also goes up 107fps

    - everything on normal I get about 115fps to 125fps on COD Warzone

    - everything set to high I got about 88fps to 90 fps, that’s still a great results for playing COD just make sure you keep the laptop plugged

    - tested another game and this time it’s Forza horizon 4 on medium custom setting, the game runs 47fps (unplugged)

    - when the power cord is plugged I can run the game on ultra with required setting for this laptop, with solid 72fps, zero drops of frame, the game look amazing even on just a 1080p monitor.

    - the 3rd game i decide to test is Doom Eternal with Ray Tracing mode on high I get about 92fps

    - medium setting using RT I get about 95 to 120fps

    - without RT on medium you’ll get rock solid 144fps

    - the 4th thing I tested was VR, after downloading Oculus app, the app was saying that the laptop wasn’t compatible for VR, but can’t be RX66000m is more than enough, I do believe that it’s because this laptop is fairly new, but I did download Steam VR tester and it performed on the highest level. Running Half life Alyx with my Quest plugged in on my HP Omen was amazing, it run so well, was so worth it and I’m glad I tried it.

    - system temperature runs about 75C during games on balance mode

    - 83C on temperature why playing warzone, but it can get hotter than that and the fan noise is kind of distracting.

    - my main negative thing about this laptop is that, it’s the same design as last year, 100% same design, the screen have a good amount of flex I sure didn’t like it last year I still didn’t like it now.

    overall this is such a great laptop to buy, it’s a powerful machine should run your games in a solid performance. the design is simplistic and I still like that. very clean laptop that doesn’t scream that it’s a gaming laptop. fantastic gaming machine, i’ve been enjoying this beast for the past few days, with the latest AMD GPU this is one of my favorites so far.

    Jul 26, 2021 19:13
  • Review by mrjlwilliams, 10 out of 10
    Very fast!

    I've not been using it long, but it is very fast so far. The screen is beautiful, because it has a matte anti glare coating, so viewing angles are great. Battery life is very good so far, as I charged it to 100%, and after several hours on it, I'm at about 70% right now. I played lots of games, and got no overheating and no slow down in performance. I'm going to edit some videos as well to check the speed of the graphics card.. I think you will love this laptop. It's on the heavier side, but that's okay. Fits well in my backpack. Has lots of ports, so you can plug in another camera for better video, as the front camera is not the best. Keyboard is solid, but feels weird with no number pad. End of the day, I like it a lot.

    Jul 22, 2021 09:36
  • Review by Posted1, 10 out of 10
    Gorgeous. FAST!

    This thing is a BEAST! Designed for gaming, this PC easily meets the challenge. I unleashed a seventeen year old gaming expert on this unit and after a couple days in the dungeon basement that is a teenage boys room, this laptop met every challenge.

    Excellent processing, screen resolution and decent sound, no complaints. The backlit and color coded keypad is excellent for late-night dungeon gaming. In all, a great gaming PC.

    The only issue (and it's a minor issue) I have is the keyboard does not have a 10-key pad for numbers. I understand why since it is a gaming PC and not designed for business, but I would have liked to have had the 10 key.

    End fo the day, great gaming PC and I would recommend to a friend.

    Aug 09, 2021 13:55
  • 9.4score
    Razer - Blade 14- 14" Gaming Laptop- FHD 144Hz- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060- 16GB RAM- 1TB SSD - Black
    Description

    For those who want all or nothing, go all out with the Razer Blade 14—the ultimate AMD gaming laptop in every way imaginable. From its ultra-powerful CPU to its graphics, its fast display to its portability, we’ve maxed out all aspects of the Razer Blade 14 to bring you an uncompromising experience that can’t be beat.

    9 Features
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX CPU: Experience pure processing power that can handle the most resource-hungry AAA games and programs smoothly, yet remains incredibly efficient on battery life with up to 10 hours.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series GPU: This powerhouse is crafted on Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd-gen RTX architecture—with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give you ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge features.
  • Vapor Chamber Cooling: A unique vacuum sealed, liquid filled copper vapor chamber spans the heat generating components and is the key to getting maximum performance and user comfort in a compact, thin design.
  • Portable and Compact: The super thin 0.66” / 16.8 mm design provides the portability that is essential for all movers. Forged from CNC aluminum with an anodized finish, it has a durability that belies its sleek profile.
  • FHD 144Hz IPS-Display: With the fast 144Hz FHD display and FreeSync Premium, on-screen action is incredibly smooth and fluid. Game or create with accurate visuals that support up to 100% DCI-P3 color space.
  • Connect and Expand Your Setup.: Packed with ports and cutting-edge wireless technology to support a huge range of devices, it features 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, TPM security, and more.
  • Razer Chroma per-key RGB keyboard: Improve your game even further by customizing each key to match any of the 16.8 million colors available in the Razer Chroma ecosystem to highlight essential game keys, in-game macros, or increase immersion with Chroma-enabled games.
  • Window Hello IR Webcam: Login safely and securely using the built-in HD IR webcam to stream on the go, take conference calls while away from the office, or join group study sessions.
  • Immersive THX® Spatial Audio: An advanced 7.1 surround sound that provides pinpoint positional accuracy when using headphones and speakers, to deliver immersive, lifelike audio for stereo and multi-channel content alike.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MrGoldfish, 10 out of 10
    Great design, well made, you get what you pay for

    The Razer Blade 14 isn’t the most affordable gaming laptop for the size but it certainly feels like the most well-built. I got the standard 3060 version and it can handle any game you throw at it, looking good.

    The keyboard is nice except a couple of the keys (Caps/Enter) don’t light up 100%. The screen is actually decent despite only being 1080P, although the lack of HDR is missed.

    The unit stays cool but the fans can get loud. The power brick is very large and the cord is stiff and annoying to use.

    Overall, if you want the ability to do some gaming and are looking for a well made alternative to Apple, this gets the job done. Besides the logo on the lid, you’d never tell this is a gaming machine.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:36
  • Review by PEACH, 10 out of 10
    Best team! best laptop! Best buy!

    Great product and the help of the staff was completely to blame i didnt know exactly what i wanted or what i was looking for but i got exactly what i needed and wanted! Couldnt ask fir more! This is a fantastic computer and so far takes everything i throw at it!

    Sep 17, 2021 20:06
  • Review by Badass, 8 out of 10
    Great Work/gaming laptop

    Amazing laptop!.

    Four stars because ram is not upgradeable.

    Very solid. I having using it for over a month using vmware and automation software very solid and powerful.

    I wish i can add more ram.

    It can play cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p with Rtx medium close to 60 hz.

    Great laptop.

    Oct 30, 2021 08:32
  • Review by insomniac, 10 out of 10
    Best 14" Gaming Laptop

    If you are looking for MacBook Pro level performance and build quality, this laptop is your answer. Yes, it is expensive at $1799, but it is the ultimate portable, lightweight yet super powerful machine.

    Compromises are: RAM is soldered, no SD/MicroSD reader, no 16:10 display (wasted space below the display).

    Even with CPU boosted mode, fan noise is not loud. Battery life is excellent. I got >12hrs of battery life without turning on battery saver in windows 10. Boot time is crazy fast. Task manager reports 3.4sec boot time! Windows hello face unlock works excellently and display covers 100% DCI P3. Trackpad is probably the best in windows laptop.

    In my opinion, if you are looking for portable powerful windows laptop which you can use as laptop for more than 8hrs unplugged and game on it while plugged in, this is the best option. I hope Razer comes up with a 15" version with 16:10 aspect ratio.

    Oct 04, 2021 21:12
  • Review by Derek, 8 out of 10
    Razer Blade 14 Hmmmm

    While this isn't the perfect laptop, it definitely is up there with being a really good one. The fact that it's Razer already puts pretty high expectations on it, but it definitely meets the standard. It's small for sure, but it helps if you want to have this laptop on the go, which is partially why I got it. The downsides are how hot the thing actually gets, and how loud the fan is when it gets hot. If you plan to play for long periods of time, I would recommend just getting a keyboard so you won't have to worry about the heat. The screen itself is small as well, but it gives a sharp image. Other than that and the price, it's a really good laptop overall, but probably not the best.

    Sep 20, 2021 00:48
  • Review by Bootylicious, 10 out of 10
    The Beast

    This laptop is truly epic. Design is fantastic, combining simplicity and customizability. The screen is crisp and runs perfectly with the 3060 graphics card, all without putting an incredible load on the system. Also, the screen refresh rate literally never dips. I can game for hours and the new vapor chamber cooling tech keeps it running cool. The Ryzen 9 is why I bought this laptop over other great options, and it is awesome. I can run a ton of applications with literally zero lag in switching.

    Gotta say, I love this computer.

    Oct 23, 2021 10:16
  • Review by Sophia, 10 out of 10
    Worth it

    This laptop is awesome. The graphics amaze me every time I open it and it runs some pretty big games really well. The fans can get pretty loud but that’s to be expected with a small laptop running the way this one does. Camera quality isn’t the best either but I wasn’t anticipating an amazing camera. I would definitely recommend!

    Sep 24, 2021 15:48
  • Review by VivekSawant, 10 out of 10
    Best Laptop ever.

    This is the best laptop I have ever got. I'm using Dell Precision 5540 and I have been comparing this model with Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4, Macbook Pro M1 Chip, Dell XPS Series HP Spectre, but what fascinated me is the battery life, matt, and antiglare screen, adjustable fan speed with no noise, customizable SSD card slot.

    Sep 03, 2021 15:39
  • 9.2score
    MSI - GS66 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 1TB SSD - 16GB Memory - Black
    Description

    Edge ahead of the pack with this MSI Stealth gaming laptop. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card delivers stutter-free, paired with 240hz refresh 3ms screen for fluid gameplay, while the Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM power through resource-intensive titles. Featuring a 1TB SSD, this MSI Stealth gaming laptop offers ample storage for your files and ultrafast startups.

    7 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 15.6" Full HD display: The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 240hz boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Vanessa, 10 out of 10
    Excellent!

    I decided to wait to post a review once I had used the laptop for a few weeks. I really like how fast everything opens/runs. I use this laptop for gaming with friends as well as use it for school/work. I have been able to run software that would drastically slow down my old laptop with no issue on this one. The graphics are great even with just the default settings. I really like how productive I can be with it then turn around and play some games. The fans are very quiet when I turn on the extra cooling. Overall, I would definitely recommend this laptop!

    Aug 22, 2021 18:58
  • Review by Consumer, 10 out of 10
    MSI gaming Laptop review

    I purchased this laptop to primarily play games on it and I absolutely love it. While it does get pretty hot, the built in fan booster key definitely helps cool it down. And the RGB backlit keyboard is also pretty cool. I definitely recommend it.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:30
  • Review by Bubbabravo11, 8 out of 10
    Nice labtop

    This labtop has been a bundle of joy it’s quick watching movies makes you feel like your in a movie theater. But most of all the 240 hz screen lets you play you favorite games they keyboard is brite and fun to look at while gaming

    Sep 23, 2021 03:00
  • Review by Review, 8 out of 10
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    Whether you are watching movies, typing out essays, working on image or video editing jobs, or dabbling in a bit of gaming, it really is a joy to open up and interact with and I´m happy to recommend it

    Aug 04, 2021 20:34
  • Review by Koko, 10 out of 10
    Great for Gaming, Work, and School

    A great laptop for any scenario. Incredibly thin and light making it viable to carry around. Doesn't stand out too much as a "gaming" PC and can easily look like any regular laptop. Games run smoothly when plugged in or even on the go as long as they're run on the correct settings. Plenty of storage space and quick reading speeds with the SSD and strong CPU. Overall, I would buying this gaming laptop if you are in need of an upgrade!

    Aug 24, 2021 20:08
  • Review by RitzyKatz, 10 out of 10
    Exactly what I needed!

    I haven't had a gaming laptop in over 4 years. I was hesitant to buy this for myself but after reading some reviews and some convincing from my husband I took the plunge. And oh my god, I love this thing. The screen is the perfect size and so responsive and quick! I love how the keyboard feels when I type on it. It has so much space on it, I don't know if I'll ever run out of space. Playing games on it is awesome, there's no lag or anything! And the best part is I can play with my husband again!

    Aug 21, 2021 13:48
  • Review by Bens, 4 out of 10
    Faulty display

    I bought this PC based on reviews and good past experience with MIS. However, this laptop was a disappointment. The screen started to flicker the second time I turned it on and it did that a few more times. Now the display is completed gone after a week.

    Sep 03, 2021 01:37
  • Review by Joseph, 2 out of 10
    Bruh……..

    You want a review, then I’ll write one, I’m very upset because after 2 weeks of owning it I am having to send it in to MSI for repairs on the warranty because the screen was messed up from the beginning, very disappointed in my purchase. I’ve had MSI laptops before and never did they give me this much grief before, honestly will reconsider purchasing MSI in the future and purchasing from Best Buy.

    Sep 10, 2021 15:51
  • 9.2score
    GIGABYTE - 15.6" FHD IPS 144Hz Gaming Laptop - i5-11400H - 16GB - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 512 GB SSD
    Description

    The G5 gaming laptop powered by NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPU combines gaming, entertainment, work and more! Its powerful 11th Gen Intel Processor allows you to effortlessly handle multiple tasks at the same time. It features a 3 screen display output, built-in SD card slot, up to 6TB storage capacity and next-gen Wi-Fi 6 technology; with a tool for every task, this laptop provides great balance between gaming, entertainment, and work capabilities. Welcome to your new go-to laptop.

    9 Features
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop GPU 4GB GDDR6, Boost Clock 1485 Mhz & Max Graphics Power 75 W
  • Processor: 11th Gen Intel Core i5 Processor (i5-11400H)
  • Memory / Storage: 16 GB (8G*2) DDR4 3200MHz Memory, 512 GB SSD
  • Display: 15.6" FHD IPS 144Hz Display (1920x1080)
  • Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Wireless Network Card, RTL8411B REALTEK (1G) Ethernet
  • Tuning: All-New GAMING CENTER Software, NAHIMIC 3 Audio for Gamers, Windows 10 Home
  • Keyboard: 15 Full Area Colored RGB Backlit Keyboard
  • USB: 1 ‎x USB 2.0 (Type-A), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen1 (Type-A), 1 x USB 3.2 Gen2 (Type-A)
  • Display Outputs: 1 x HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP), 1 x SD Card Reader, 1x mini DP 1.4, 1x DisplayPort 1.4 (Type-C) over USB 3.2 Gen 2
  • 7 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Bareq, 10 out of 10
    Greatest Gaming Laptop

    This gaming laptop is amazing! It met all my needs for games and more. Everything in the laptop works well and fast. I very satisfied by this purchase and I highly recommended any gamer to buy this product because it is worth it!!

    Aug 16, 2021 18:11
  • Review by Winters, 10 out of 10
    Nice Laptop

    Pretty good laptop so far. I haven't had time to test very many games out on it. I like how the keyboard lights up after you touch a key.

    Sep 26, 2021 09:27
  • Review by HeyItsJimmy, 10 out of 10
    Good gaming laptop

    Been running smoothly with no complications and easy to run games on.

    Sep 25, 2021 03:30
  • Review by Yuan, 10 out of 10
    Greatest

    Cheap and easy to use also great value for getting good graphics and 144hz screen

    Oct 27, 2021 09:37
  • Review by Itsnotmyjob, 6 out of 10
    Great laptop

    Laptop is awesome but carefull ordering for pickup as their tracking service tells you absolutely nothing as to when it will arrive

    Oct 19, 2021 18:19
  • Review by LAKINGSFAN31, 10 out of 10
    Great specs at a great price

    Beast of a laptop. Handles gaming like a champ, and what a great price. I was looking at getting a Razer laptop, but to get these kind of specs i would have to spend $900 more

    Aug 20, 2021 16:14
  • Review by CantedPear, 8 out of 10
    Much yes. Many good.

    This thing honestly works much better than I thought it would. Battery life and the battery output when unplugged is what cost it a 5 star review. When gaming it almost HAS to be plugged in otherwise you sacrifice lag, frame rate and quality. Other than that this laptop is amazing for the price.

    Sep 17, 2021 15:44
  • 9.2score
    MSI - GS66 15.6" Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 1TB SSD - 16GB Memory - Black
    Description

    Edge ahead of the pack with this MSI Stealth gaming laptop. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card delivers stutter-free, paired with 240hz refresh 3ms screen for fluid gameplay, while the Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM power through resource-intensive titles. Featuring a 1TB SSD, this MSI Stealth gaming laptop offers ample storage for your files and ultrafast startups.

    7 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 15.6" Full HD display: The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 240hz boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Vanessa, 10 out of 10
    Excellent!

    I decided to wait to post a review once I had used the laptop for a few weeks. I really like how fast everything opens/runs. I use this laptop for gaming with friends as well as use it for school/work. I have been able to run software that would drastically slow down my old laptop with no issue on this one. The graphics are great even with just the default settings. I really like how productive I can be with it then turn around and play some games. The fans are very quiet when I turn on the extra cooling. Overall, I would definitely recommend this laptop!

    Aug 22, 2021 18:58
  • Review by Consumer, 10 out of 10
    MSI gaming Laptop review

    I purchased this laptop to primarily play games on it and I absolutely love it. While it does get pretty hot, the built in fan booster key definitely helps cool it down. And the RGB backlit keyboard is also pretty cool. I definitely recommend it.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:30
  • Review by Bubbabravo11, 8 out of 10
    Nice labtop

    This labtop has been a bundle of joy it’s quick watching movies makes you feel like your in a movie theater. But most of all the 240 hz screen lets you play you favorite games they keyboard is brite and fun to look at while gaming

    Sep 23, 2021 03:00
  • Review by Review, 8 out of 10
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    Whether you are watching movies, typing out essays, working on image or video editing jobs, or dabbling in a bit of gaming, it really is a joy to open up and interact with and I´m happy to recommend it

    Aug 04, 2021 20:34
  • Review by Koko, 10 out of 10
    Great for Gaming, Work, and School

    A great laptop for any scenario. Incredibly thin and light making it viable to carry around. Doesn't stand out too much as a "gaming" PC and can easily look like any regular laptop. Games run smoothly when plugged in or even on the go as long as they're run on the correct settings. Plenty of storage space and quick reading speeds with the SSD and strong CPU. Overall, I would buying this gaming laptop if you are in need of an upgrade!

    Aug 24, 2021 20:08
  • Review by RitzyKatz, 10 out of 10
    Exactly what I needed!

    I haven't had a gaming laptop in over 4 years. I was hesitant to buy this for myself but after reading some reviews and some convincing from my husband I took the plunge. And oh my god, I love this thing. The screen is the perfect size and so responsive and quick! I love how the keyboard feels when I type on it. It has so much space on it, I don't know if I'll ever run out of space. Playing games on it is awesome, there's no lag or anything! And the best part is I can play with my husband again!

    Aug 21, 2021 13:48
  • Review by Bens, 4 out of 10
    Faulty display

    I bought this PC based on reviews and good past experience with MIS. However, this laptop was a disappointment. The screen started to flicker the second time I turned it on and it did that a few more times. Now the display is completed gone after a week.

    Sep 03, 2021 01:37
  • Review by Joseph, 2 out of 10
    Bruh……..

    You want a review, then I’ll write one, I’m very upset because after 2 weeks of owning it I am having to send it in to MSI for repairs on the warranty because the screen was messed up from the beginning, very disappointed in my purchase. I’ve had MSI laptops before and never did they give me this much grief before, honestly will reconsider purchasing MSI in the future and purchasing from Best Buy.

    Sep 10, 2021 15:51
  • 9.2score
    Lenovo - Legion 5 15" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 5800H - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti - 8GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Phantom Blue
    Description

    Offering a plethora of performance options for any gamer in a clean, minimalist design, the Lenovo™ Legion 5 pairs the latest AMD Ryzen 5800 H-Series processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Graphics, 3200 MHz DDR4 memory, and NVMe TLC SSD storage.

    15 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 15.6" Full HD screen: The 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Processor: Imagine, design, and create without boundaries. The powerful AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs. Discover true responsiveness with eight cores and sixteen threads for ultimate performance.
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti: Driven by 4GB dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.
  • Weighs 5.28 lbs. and measures 0.89" thin: Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. Lithium-ion battery.
  • Aluminum chassis: Offers a sleek look.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in HD webcam with dual array microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • RGB backlit keyboard: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Jaguarone, 10 out of 10
    Silent sleeper of gaming goodness

    I caught this gem while looking at gaming laptops and decided to take a closer look at it. I am glad I did. The Lenovo Legion 5 2021 model certainly does not disappoint. The overall design has slimmed down a bit from last years model. This year its outfitted with the new AMD Ryzen 7 5800H powerhouse CPU with 8 cores and 16 threads of processing power. Teamed up with 8GB of DDR4 3200mhz ram you are sure to crunch through the workloads easily. Add another 8GB and you are set! The laptop also has the new Nvidia RTX 3050TI Graphics card that provides excellent gaming, The GPU is teamed up with 4GB of GDDR6 Samsung memory for blistering gaming sessions. Round this all out with a gorgeous 165hz 100% SRGB IPS Panel; you are sure to enjoy many hours of gameplay with vibrant colors and silky smooth action. The surprise in all of this is the 512GB NVMe SSD that Lenovo installed in this laptop. The SK Hynix 512GB NVMe SSD is insanely fast. It provides up to 3600 / 3000 mbps R / W speeds. Typically this is one area the manufactures skimp out on and install slow drives to save on costs. Rest assured, Lenovo has your back on this one. I am super thrilled with this laptop and look forward to all the gaming ahead.

    The laptop has a mux switch included with essentially turns off the internal Radeon Vega graphics and sets the RTX 3050TI dedicated state. This gives you full GPU power. The GPU is rated at max 95w TDP. Definitely not a Max Q variant.

    *** Bonus - Lenovo provides factory overclocking in the bios for the RTX 3050TI which further boosts performance!

    Don't let the 4GB of GDDR6 video memory deter you from picking up this silent sleeper of gaming goodness. It has plenty of power and finesse to keep you gaming for hours on end!

    Aug 08, 2021 08:25
  • Review by NotAGamer, 8 out of 10
    Affordable laptop great CPU, satisfactory GPU

    I had been researching laptops for about a month in the Fall of 2021. I wanted a laptop for high quality 4K UHD HDR streaming and video editing, along with the ability to display a 4K UHD HDR signal to an external display. I am not a gamer at all, so my review contains nothing referencing gaming.

    Two components became the most important: the CPU and the GPU. This laptop has the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H (CPU) and the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti (GPU). From my research, I found that this CPU is a higher end one with good speed and performance benchmarks, particularly when compared with those from Intel of the same generation.

    After starting this laptop for the first time, and connecting it via the HDMI port to an external display, the 4K UHD video quality was not at all what I expected or wanted. I soon realized I had to configure it to send the video signal (via HDMI) through the discreet Nvidia graphics card. This was very simply accomplished via the Nvidia graphics control panel software. After doing so, the quality of the 4K UHD video was superb (both HDR and SDR). There are practically no dropped frames, and both 30 and 60 fps are displayed very well in 4K. I am extremely satisfied with the video output quality on my external display.

    The drawbacks of this laptop are that the GPU only has 4 GB of video RAM and this is not expandable. There is only 1 stick of 8 GB (3200) supplied RAM. Also is comes with only a single SSD of 500 GB, no HDD. The RAM is expandable, and I plan to add up to 2 sticks of dual channel 16 GB (3200) RAM. I probably will add an internal 1 TB HDD or SSD in the future.

    Configuring the computer after first startup was very easy. Most of it was brainless. This is my first Windows 11, and it just takes some getting used to. I haven't seen anything so far to convince me that it is a leap forward over my years with Windows 10.

    There are many USB ports on this laptop including a USB-C.

    While there are many favorable reviews online of the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, there are many reviews regarding the Nvidia RTX 3050Ti, and most of them are not very favorable. For my non-gaming uses, I am finding that this laptop performs well for what I want it to, at a reasonable price point.

    Oct 29, 2021 18:17
  • Review by Geovane, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop!

    This Laptop is GREAT! Especially if you already have a more powerful Desktop! Link below for Benchmark in Warzone! The 4GB may limit you for Ultra Textures in future games, for sure, but you can bet yourself high fps using medium/High settings, also this has DLSS! I have tested DLSS in RDR2 (AVG 80 Fps with High/Mix settings), and Warzone (AVG 120 FPS). It also has a MUX switch, you need to turn off Hybrid Mode in Lenovo Vantage, or you can also cannot Laptop to Display Port. Temps are the coolest I have seen in any gaming laptop, and the fans are not so loud either! I highly recommend this budget laptop for college students. I use Visual Studio code! Also: UPGRADE the RAM to 32GB (2x16GB) using crucial 3200 ram. You can run a crucial application (google it) to find exact ram. RAM can be upgraded (2 slots). You can add an additional m.2 SSD (has 2x M.2 SSD slots). Legit Laptop! Again, perfect for college students, and perfect for those who already have a powerful desktop, and just need some mild horsepower on the GO.

    Sep 14, 2021 20:11
  • Review by jaid, 10 out of 10
    Better than HP Pavillion Gaming

    I originally purchased the HP Pavillion gaming laptop awhile back that BestBuy sells, but had to return it due to manufacturing issues. I was going to repurchase it and it ended up being sold out and this Lenovo Legion was on sale for the same price. I saw that it had a better graphics card and I did a detailed compared and decided to buy it. I will say I think I like it a lot more because of a few things. The battery does not last too long off the charger, but with battery saver mode and low settings it manages for a good amount of time. I keep mine plugged in when gaming all the time just because it runs optimally that way, and I can have my graphics settings turned on high with no lag. Compared to the HP Pavillion, the keyboard and software is so much better, you can customize colors and effects on the backlit keyboard, unlike HP Pavillion. And there is also a built in equalizer/sound software that come with the Lenovo Vantage control panel for the laptop. Overall this laptop is great for multitasking for school and work, and runs great for games (Splitgate for reference ran great on High setting while plugged in). One of the best features in my opinion are additional fans on the sides of the laptop , as well as manyyyy ports, I believe 4 USB ports, 2 ports that you can plug a fast IPhone charger into which I absolutely love, HDMI and ethernet ports which many are in the back of the laptop which I really like so they do not get in the way. Overall, great purchase!

    Oct 18, 2021 12:46
  • Review by Novapost66, 10 out of 10
    Pleasant Suprise

    Honestly i did not know what to expect from this laptop. Every laptop i have owned over the years are lenovo built and all have served its purpose. Only having for a day i can say so far it has handled everything well. Runs super quiet and cool. The chassis lenovo built is amazing and i put it as hands down the best in class for low temps and low fan noise lenovo oviousely understands a thing or 2 in keeping temp down and fps up. Iracing averaging 150fps at full, apex aversging 120fps at full, hydrosim averaging 140fps at full, load times are good, i would upgrade the memory as 8gb memory is the bare minimum and also is why the pricepoint on purchasing this laptop. Im my opinion, with a couple upgrades to the memory and ssd becomes a great mid tier gamer laptop

    Oct 19, 2021 13:29
  • Review by IcyBlue57, 8 out of 10
    Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!!

    I actually purchased more computer than I really needed, but that's so as I grow it will be able to fulfill my future needs. What I discovered about this Laptop with the AMD RYZEN 7 Processor is that in combination with the AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX GRAPHIC'S, it definitely display's a better image than my 65" SAMSUNG Flat Screen. I would have assumed that the SAMSUNG would not be outdone on picture quality, but this Laptop proved to have an even better display. As far as games go, I still like the old retro game, Unreal Tournament 2004 and that was displayed with ease and the sound is awesomely better than I expected. LENOVO seems to be a favorite of mine so far because this is my 2nd, and the last one it replaced was purchased in 2015. I only gave that one up because it has a broken hinge and this one is built with better material's than the other one I have replaced. Gaming style Laptop's and Desktop's are the way to go because they will always exceed my expectation's and need's! My original intention's were to purchase the LEGION with the AMD RYZEN 5 Processor, but when I was ready to buy, it seemed to disappear on the Best Buy Web Site. It reappeared 2 day's after my purchase. I wonder if they were hiding it from me so that I would buy the more expensive model? Either way,...I am happy!!! The battery life was less than what I expected, but then it's a Gaming Style Laptop!

    Nov 08, 2021 18:15
  • Review by Eric, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop

    I picked this up because my old laptop was ... well, several years old and I was looking for something new. It's still functional, but there were a few quirks about it I wasn't fond of.

    I honestly didn't put "lenovo" together with "gaming laptop" until I saw this. I'm really happy I picked it up. Nice display - honestly, I might have gone for a 17", but this is fine. Up to date Radeon chip, and even RTX 30-series graphics instead of 16xx series - at the same price, which, given my several-year-old laptop has that, wouldn't have been a worthwhile update.

    Minimal bloat, quick, nice keyboard (something I rarely say about laptops) - I don't regret this purchase at all.

    Nov 05, 2021 20:11
  • Review by TheHolySter, 10 out of 10
    Great Laptop

    Great laptop for school and gaming! I bought the laptop because I wanted something capable of smooth operation while multitasking during schoolwork (zoom class, while having a couple chrome tabs open and maybe some music playing off Spotify) and I wanted a laptop where I could throw my favorite games at it and have no issue running them. It’s a excellent gaming machine with sturdy build quality and the cooling system seems to be amazing, the fans do get a little whinny after long sessions but your computer will stay cool.

    Sep 11, 2021 11:57
  • 9.2score
    Razer - Blade 14- 14" Gaming Laptop- FHD 144Hz- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060- 16GB RAM- 1TB SSD - Black
    Description

    For those who want all or nothing, go all out with the Razer Blade 14—the ultimate AMD gaming laptop in every way imaginable. From its ultra-powerful CPU to its graphics, its fast display to its portability, we’ve maxed out all aspects of the Razer Blade 14 to bring you an uncompromising experience that can’t be beat.

    9 Features
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX CPU: Experience pure processing power that can handle the most resource-hungry AAA games and programs smoothly, yet remains incredibly efficient on battery life with up to 10 hours.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series GPU: This powerhouse is crafted on Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd-gen RTX architecture—with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give you ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge features.
  • Vapor Chamber Cooling: A unique vacuum sealed, liquid filled copper vapor chamber spans the heat generating components and is the key to getting maximum performance and user comfort in a compact, thin design.
  • Portable and Compact: The super thin 0.66” / 16.8 mm design provides the portability that is essential for all movers. Forged from CNC aluminum with an anodized finish, it has a durability that belies its sleek profile.
  • FHD 144Hz IPS-Display: With the fast 144Hz FHD display and FreeSync Premium, on-screen action is incredibly smooth and fluid. Game or create with accurate visuals that support up to 100% DCI-P3 color space.
  • Connect and Expand Your Setup.: Packed with ports and cutting-edge wireless technology to support a huge range of devices, it features 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, TPM security, and more.
  • Razer Chroma per-key RGB keyboard: Improve your game even further by customizing each key to match any of the 16.8 million colors available in the Razer Chroma ecosystem to highlight essential game keys, in-game macros, or increase immersion with Chroma-enabled games.
  • Window Hello IR Webcam: Login safely and securely using the built-in HD IR webcam to stream on the go, take conference calls while away from the office, or join group study sessions.
  • Immersive THX® Spatial Audio: An advanced 7.1 surround sound that provides pinpoint positional accuracy when using headphones and speakers, to deliver immersive, lifelike audio for stereo and multi-channel content alike.
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  • Review by MrGoldfish, 10 out of 10
    Great design, well made, you get what you pay for

    The Razer Blade 14 isn’t the most affordable gaming laptop for the size but it certainly feels like the most well-built. I got the standard 3060 version and it can handle any game you throw at it, looking good.

    The keyboard is nice except a couple of the keys (Caps/Enter) don’t light up 100%. The screen is actually decent despite only being 1080P, although the lack of HDR is missed.

    The unit stays cool but the fans can get loud. The power brick is very large and the cord is stiff and annoying to use.

    Overall, if you want the ability to do some gaming and are looking for a well made alternative to Apple, this gets the job done. Besides the logo on the lid, you’d never tell this is a gaming machine.

    Nov 05, 2021 15:36
  • Review by PEACH, 10 out of 10
    Best team! best laptop! Best buy!

    Great product and the help of the staff was completely to blame i didnt know exactly what i wanted or what i was looking for but i got exactly what i needed and wanted! Couldnt ask fir more! This is a fantastic computer and so far takes everything i throw at it!

    Sep 17, 2021 20:06
  • Review by Badass, 8 out of 10
    Great Work/gaming laptop

    Amazing laptop!.

    Four stars because ram is not upgradeable.

    Very solid. I having using it for over a month using vmware and automation software very solid and powerful.

    I wish i can add more ram.

    It can play cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p with Rtx medium close to 60 hz.

    Great laptop.

    Oct 30, 2021 08:32
  • Review by insomniac, 10 out of 10
    Best 14" Gaming Laptop

    If you are looking for MacBook Pro level performance and build quality, this laptop is your answer. Yes, it is expensive at $1799, but it is the ultimate portable, lightweight yet super powerful machine.

    Compromises are: RAM is soldered, no SD/MicroSD reader, no 16:10 display (wasted space below the display).

    Even with CPU boosted mode, fan noise is not loud. Battery life is excellent. I got >12hrs of battery life without turning on battery saver in windows 10. Boot time is crazy fast. Task manager reports 3.4sec boot time! Windows hello face unlock works excellently and display covers 100% DCI P3. Trackpad is probably the best in windows laptop.

    In my opinion, if you are looking for portable powerful windows laptop which you can use as laptop for more than 8hrs unplugged and game on it while plugged in, this is the best option. I hope Razer comes up with a 15" version with 16:10 aspect ratio.

    Oct 04, 2021 21:12
  • Review by Derek, 8 out of 10
    Razer Blade 14 Hmmmm

    While this isn't the perfect laptop, it definitely is up there with being a really good one. The fact that it's Razer already puts pretty high expectations on it, but it definitely meets the standard. It's small for sure, but it helps if you want to have this laptop on the go, which is partially why I got it. The downsides are how hot the thing actually gets, and how loud the fan is when it gets hot. If you plan to play for long periods of time, I would recommend just getting a keyboard so you won't have to worry about the heat. The screen itself is small as well, but it gives a sharp image. Other than that and the price, it's a really good laptop overall, but probably not the best.

    Sep 20, 2021 00:48
  • Review by Bootylicious, 10 out of 10
    The Beast

    This laptop is truly epic. Design is fantastic, combining simplicity and customizability. The screen is crisp and runs perfectly with the 3060 graphics card, all without putting an incredible load on the system. Also, the screen refresh rate literally never dips. I can game for hours and the new vapor chamber cooling tech keeps it running cool. The Ryzen 9 is why I bought this laptop over other great options, and it is awesome. I can run a ton of applications with literally zero lag in switching.

    Gotta say, I love this computer.

    Oct 23, 2021 10:16
  • Review by Sophia, 10 out of 10
    Worth it

    This laptop is awesome. The graphics amaze me every time I open it and it runs some pretty big games really well. The fans can get pretty loud but that’s to be expected with a small laptop running the way this one does. Camera quality isn’t the best either but I wasn’t anticipating an amazing camera. I would definitely recommend!

    Sep 24, 2021 15:48
  • Review by VivekSawant, 10 out of 10
    Best Laptop ever.

    This is the best laptop I have ever got. I'm using Dell Precision 5540 and I have been comparing this model with Microsoft's Surface Laptop 4, Macbook Pro M1 Chip, Dell XPS Series HP Spectre, but what fascinated me is the battery life, matt, and antiglare screen, adjustable fan speed with no noise, customizable SSD card slot.

    Sep 03, 2021 15:39
  • 9.2score
    Razer - Blade 14- 14" Gaming Laptop- QHD 165Hz- AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070- 16GB RAM- 1TB SSD - Black
    Description

    For those who want all or nothing, go all out with the Razer Blade 14—the ultimate AMD gaming laptop in every way imaginable. From its ultra-powerful CPU to its graphics, its fast display to its portability, we’ve maxed out all aspects of the Razer Blade 14 to bring you an uncompromising experience that can’t be beat.

    9 Features
  • AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX CPU: Experience pure processing power that can handle the most resource-hungry AAA games and programs smoothly, yet remains incredibly efficient on battery life with up to 10 hours.
  • NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 30 Series GPU: This powerhouse is crafted on Ampere—NVIDIA’s 2nd-gen RTX architecture—with new RT Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors to give you ray-traced graphics and cutting-edge features.
  • Vapor Chamber Cooling: A unique vacuum sealed, liquid filled copper vapor chamber spans the heat generating components and is the key to getting maximum performance and user comfort in a compact, thin design.
  • Portable and Compact: The super thin 0.66” / 16.8 mm design provides the portability that is essential for all movers. Forged from CNC aluminum with an anodized finish, it has a durability that belies its sleek profile.
  • QHD 165Hz IPS-Display: Get the best of both worlds as you enjoy buttery-smooth visuals at a greater level of detail with the QHD 165Hz display, AMD FreeSync Premium, and a wide color space of 100% DCI-P3
  • Connect and Expand Your Setup.: Packed with ports and cutting-edge wireless technology to support a huge range of devices, it features 2x USB-C ports, 2x USB-A ports, HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, TPM security, and more.
  • Razer Chroma per-key RGB keyboard: Improve your game even further by customizing each key to match any of the 16.8 million colors available in the Razer Chroma ecosystem to highlight essential game keys, in-game macros, or increase immersion with Chroma-enabled games.
  • Window Hello IR Webcam: Login safely and securely using the built-in HD IR webcam to stream on the go, take conference calls while away from the office, or join group study sessions.
  • Immersive THX® Spatial Audio: An advanced 7.1 surround sound that provides pinpoint positional accuracy when using headphones and speakers, to deliver immersive, lifelike audio for stereo and multi-channel content alike.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Gunnsrllar, 10 out of 10
    Replacing my 2080 desktop. Its that good.

    I have a custom desktop with i& 20th gen, and RTX 2080. This laptop matches my FPS in all games. Its literally 14", and is replacing my desktop. Worth every penny. Were talking 100fps in Cyberpunk 1440p med-high settings, Apex 1440p maxed out 120fps.

    8 tabs open in Edge, discord, and other apps and doesn't even feel like i'm using a laptop.

    Note: If windows isn't activated, update everything you can in settings, usually fixes after a few restarts.

    Jun 26, 2021 02:14
  • Review by Eric, 10 out of 10
    The most powerful 14" laptop you can find

    Great build quality. I bought models from several different manufacturers and returned them all before finally settling on this bad boy. Beautiful screen, great keyboard...it's a little powerhouse. I've put this thing through the gauntlet in the 3 months I've had it, taking it on trips for work but also playing AAA games on it frequently.

    If you plan on gaming with it, get a cooling fan/pad to put underneath. It gets toasty when it's cranked up due to all the high-level hardware in such a small body. Also perhaps buy and install a skin on it if you have any issue with the fact that it's a fingerprint magnet.

    Nov 02, 2021 17:19
  • Review by Ryan, 10 out of 10
    Incredibly solid build quality and performance

    I built a pc with a 3080, and then travelling required me to go back to a laptop ad I had to sell that to purchase this. I am not disappointed in any way shape or form. Any issues that people complain about with windows not being activated is solved with running 2 or 3 windows update cycles, then everything was working perfectly for me. The keyboard has beautiful lighting and feels very similar to a macbook pro keyboard (but better with more key spacing and travel, while still being incredibly quiet), the 3070 is KILLER with 100W. The 3080 model of this laptop has the same 100W TDP so it doesn't really make any sense to get over the 3070. Did quick gaming tests on Cyberpunk, GTA, and Rocket League and it performed incredibly well. The 165hz freesync display is gorgeous. There is no screen flex or keyboard flex. This is an incredibly well built machine that makes the pain of selling my desktop little to none. It is worth the price if you're looking for a light but powerful laptop!!!

    Jul 20, 2021 23:43
  • Review by Alexios, 10 out of 10
    Small but mighty

    Love this laptop, lots of power in a small package. My thoughts: 1. Battery life isn’t great expect 1-2 hours if you’re really using the cpu/GPU , more if you are just browsing. Don’t expect full performance when on battery power, it’s limited until plugged in. 2. Wish the screen was slightly bigger with this configuration (CPU/GPU) but great for travel and great color. 3. No Thunderbolt but you get AMD. 4. Gets really hot, get a cooling stand. Hope this helps someone! Overall I love it.

    Oct 30, 2021 12:53
  • Review by NWCNick, 10 out of 10
    Quiet Beast

    Absolutely love this laptop. Price probably would have been over my threshold if I weren't able to use a 10% b-day coupon on it. But it runs like a dream. The fans are fairly quiet, I use another cooling pad with fans to help cool as it will get a little hot during gaming, but this is natural for a gaming laptop. Unlike other gaming laptops it doesn't vent heat out the side where your mouse hand is (if you're right handed).

    Display is gorgeous. love the QHD.

    Battery life has been great for me so far. I take it to teach at a college and it lasts me the whole day with mild use. I'm plugged in while gaming most of the time.

    Oct 30, 2021 08:59
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    Great machine, well worth higher price tag

    This is the the best computer I’ve ever owned. It’s lightweight and powerful. While it can feel hot at times, if you check cpu/gpu temps it operates at optimal temperatures, even under heavy workloads. The fan is a bit loud but considering it’s low profile design that can be easily overlooked. This is a great gaming machine for people who travel and don’t want something bulky, but also don’t want to sacrifice any performance. The battery life is really good considering the hardware in this machine. I have yet to get the 12 hours (when not gaming) but I did squeeze 8 out of it. I would definitely buy it again.

    Nov 01, 2021 08:46
  • Review by Cookie, 10 out of 10
    Pricey but Powerful

    I ordered a refurbished unit in "excellent" condition. The laptop naturally had some fingerprints on the aluminum chassis, but was in the condition described and included a charger. I recommend buying refurbished as you can return the laptop if it doesn't have the charger and just buy a new one.

    The laptop has great build quality, as the chassis rigidity rivals (but does not beat) my old Macbook Pro. Having finished using an RTX 2060 Zephyrus G14 (which I fried by trying to disconnect the battery), however, I think the build quality is a nice improvement. One thing that I do miss is the key travel and the spaced arrow keys from my G14. The keyboard does feel like it is of excellent quality though.

    The noise is a huge improvement from the G14, although that is a low bar because the fans on the G14 began purring after months of use. The blade 14 is completely silent during non-gaming applications. No complaints about the power, display, and form factor.

    Outside of comparison with the G14 and macbook, the only complaints I have are with the price, repairability, and the RAM. A laptop with 16GB of soldered RAM priced at over 2 grand will probably be not a good purchase if you plan on gaming on it for over 5 years. The only reason it did end up being a nice purchase for me is that it would last me that long on non-AAA titles and that I needed a small laptop for a CPU-intensive college research program and classes.

    Sep 02, 2021 16:38
  • Review by Jesu, 10 out of 10
    Quickly put: Amazing

    I normally don't write reviews, but changed my mind after getting this laptop.

    I previously had a Dell XPS with multiple issues and thermal throttling, none of which this Razer blade has. The screen is a little dimmer compared to the XPS, however, the Blade wins in processing power, wifi connection, and heat dissipation. Highly recommend for people who want a laptop that is going to last for at least the next few years.

    Aug 01, 2021 14:41
  • 9.2score
    ASUS - ROG Zephyrus G14 14" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 - 512GB SSD
    Description

    Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS processor and 16GB of memory deliver fast and smooth performance during intensive gaming, while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card renders high-quality videos for enhanced videos and games. This 14-inch IPS Level Full HD ASUS notebook PC has a 512GB SSD that provides storage for all types of files.

    16 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Ryzen 7: Imagine, design and create without boundaries. The powerful AMD Ryzen™ 7 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs. Discover true responsiveness with 8 cores and 16 threads for ultimate performance.
  • 16GB dual channel system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial dual channel high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics: Backed by 4GB dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Weighs 3.64 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin: Ultrathin and ultralight for maximum portability, featuring a smaller screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. Lithium-polymer battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Backlit keyboard: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office
  • Additional port: 1x Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2 with Power Delivery, Display Port and G-Sync / 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A / 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • Wireless connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity with greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 with improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Four speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
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  • Review by MnstrMike, 8 out of 10
    MVP...Just Not That Kind

    I keep going back and forth on how to write this review.

    Is it a good gaming laptop? Yes, it can play whatever you throw at it...may get a little noisy...but headphones cover over that. And its very near ultraportable specs for size...not so much weight though.

    Is the screen vibrant and have good colors? Yes, for an IPS, Matte screen, it is really nice. I’m used to a 2-in-1 and I realize now how much easier on the eyes a matte screen is.

    Can it output to a bigger screen? Yes...no issues there either. It ran 4K HDR no issues on my Vizio M55Q7. I did set to 2nd screen only to offload any demand on running the laptop screen.

    So why the dilemma? For the current costs, is it enough? That is where I am struggling especially when I am looking at the other laptop that just found its way into our home, an ASUS TUF Gaming 17.3 with a nearly $300 lower cost, 144hz screen (a dream), 8GB RAM (1 Bay open), 512GB M.2, but with a 2nd M.2 bay available, i5 1135G7 and an NVIDIA RTX3050, plus built in RGB Keyboard and a WebCam. The build quality of TUF 17 is pretty cheap feeling when it comes to the palm rest and keys ability to hold on to oil. The chassis is sturdy, but just not made of high quality materials, but at the price ASUS had to cut corners somewhere...thankfully just not on the hardware.

    Again, that’s where the The Zephyrus 14 is hard to review. While it has 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, and a RTX1060, the backlit keyboard is white only and...NO WebCam! The build quality is definitely more premium and solid and the plastic used for the palm rest and keys does not attract oils from the hands (however only on the right side keys are they experiencing a scratching affect when I type. Never experienced this on any other keyboard before and I have very trim, short nails. The screen lid feels aluminum, but I cannot confirm that on the ASUS product listing. What you do see on the ASUS product listing page is even more of what this laptop doesn’t have from the same product line...mostly way more control over the lighting and an integrated LED panel on the screen lid that can be customized greatly (which lends to the reality that the lid is aluminum).

    The Ryzen 7 5800HS vs the i5-1135G7 are nearly apples to apples. On paper the Ryzen 7 has it beat in some areas 8 vs 4 cores, 7nm vs 10nm (better for lower power computing equaling longer battery life), but max clock speeds are 4.4GHz vs 4.20Ghz. Real world performance is going to be minimal difference, possibly in some video editing you may eek out a minute or two less on the rendering. But all-in-all its going to be similar experience.

    I cannot fault the Zephyrus on performance...this is a portable gaming laptop and it does do that but knowing they could have put a 1TB M.2 drive in since games are going to eat up a lot of space, it would not eaten much into their profit margin and a WebCam. Really that last one is a no brainer. My guess is because the higher-end models from this line have the LED lights in the screen lid there wasn’t room for the camera. So the lesser versions it just looks like a huge omittance on ASUS part.

    Of course, you can run Zoom or whatever else off your smartphone, but this is a gaming machine, what about those live streams you want to cast? You can turn your phone into a capable web streamer hooked up to the laptop, but now you need a dock or mount to get it just right. With 4 dedicated mics built-in to the chassis, ASUS knew chatting was going to be a must have feature, and it works really well as do the speakers. But for game immersion...headphones make the experience even better especially when they already have a mic built-in.

    So it feels like ASUS had a formula for the build of this laptop and said here is the build price it has to be at given what the top-end model would cost to build.

    I feel like this particular product build will be very niche in who it attracts and at that I think it will really only interest someone who doesn’t want a larger laptop and looking in the ultraportable range and gaming is a casual need/want, but can still run some quality games and not have lag issues. 2-in-1’s are out of the question here unless you are playing some really old retro games or 2D games. If that is the case a 2-in-1 has way more features (less ease of upgrade though) that may fit your school needs and some touch features that may come in handy when editing documents.

    So, I’m not sure where I leave this review. Does it work as ASUS designed for gaming...again, yes. Is that all it is good for? No, it can handle all tasks just fine. My only complaints are the keyboard keys marking up when I type and the fingerprint reader is a little unreliable. Outside of that it is a fine functioning small laptop.j Plenty of ports for your needs and the keyboard has great tactile feedback and not too noisy like a gaming keyboard.

    It’s just the value for me that is called into question, knowing that you can go cheaper in price, get more terms of hardware specs and are only sacrificing size and build materials. I would say fingerprint reader too but since this one has issues, it wouldn’t be missed. And it is also knowing that the design of this laptop was meant for something more and to get that more...you have to pay more.

    So this is sort of an MVP in the business world...Minimal Viable Product. It works, does what it is supposed to, but doesn’t have all the features of what the final product will.

    Can I recommend it yes...just know exactly what you are buying when you do. My 4 stars are based on does it work? And yes, minus the fingerprint reader issue and key scratching. I don't feel value can factor in the star ratings.

    Aug 19, 2021 08:08
  • Review by TechTux, 8 out of 10
    Great Battery, Good Gaming, Design Frame Concerns

    I was looking for a nice portable gaming computer with great battery life and decided to go with the smaller screen Asus.

    Screen: 60hz 14" Screen is bright and beautiful! However I notice playing videos or gaming its not as smooth with the 60hz refresh rate. Since I have always used the 144hz screens I notice the difference. The good news is with this small screen battery lasts for some time when playing high quality video or games.

    Keyboard: The keyboard is made well and very responsive. I miss a num keypad with the keyboard however with the smaller size I understand. They did a good job at trying to space the keyboard with the length of the screen for larger hands.

    Hardware: NOT a fan of how the laptop casing is setup! It is set up to shift the weight onto the laptop screen latches. It makes the bottom of the laptop float as weight is now shifted and not along the bottom evenly. I can see this wearing down, causing warping and/or laptop screen issues. So far no issues however very concern over long term usage. Otherwise it has some weight to it but is small so feels like the casing can withstand average transportation. I still recommend to use a sleeve when transporting the laptop. Overall the ventilation works great after hours of heavy usage and never got too hot for my lap. The speaker positions are awesome, right in the front on both sides below the keyboard. You can hear everything clearly and loudly. The touch pad which also was very responsive along with the power button being a finger reader.

    Gaming: I really enjoyed playing games on this laptop. I tested out FPS, RTS, RPG, MMO's and Emulators. This laptop comes with bundled software that tries to optimize graphic settings and its does a pretty good job. I would go in the game settings afterwards to find most games were able to play at max or very high settings with a smooth unlocked frame rate. Unfortunately as mentioned before with the 60hz I do notice the limitations.

    Battery: Great battery life, using it with good battery settings it can last for some time. Especially if you have it set to highest battery save mode. This should allow multiple business meetings without the worry of having to carry the power brick.

    Overall this is a nice gaming laptop however extremely concerned with the frame design. Since its very new time will tell if those latches and elevating the bottom of the laptop will cause issues. Since laptop screen is small at 60hz it provides great battery life for gaming and business / work use, (unless you use the num keypad)

    Aug 24, 2021 15:33
  • Review by Farns, 10 out of 10
    Came For The Gaming...Stayed For the Everything!

    As I found myself gaming more frequently on PC when I travel I wanted to try AMD with a bigger hard drive than I was currently using so I was exited to try out the new ROG Zephrus G14

    Unboxing: I admit - I'm a geek when it comes to the unboxing experience, and ASUS does it right! I love how the laptop sits on a platform that raises up when you open the lid almost lid - almost like it's presenting itself to you.

    Physical Appearance: Light and solid - that's the best way to describe it. A battery of presses and squeezes could produce no squeaks or creaks. Very impressive. The composite case material is not my favorite - it's not cheap looking, but it doesn't exude premium. I do enjoy the perforations on the outside of the lid - but I was bummed that this model did not include the AniMe Matrix LED display. Overall a solid looking PC built very well. Not ultrabook thin, but certainly no one would look at you using this and think - wow that's bulky.

    Gaming: Of course I was excited to play a couple of my favorite games of late. I was blown away with how smooth the gameplay was on Madden 22. The FPS was generally 105-119 during plays and everything looked great on the FHD display. Generally I don't like anti-glare displays but this one didn't soften the image at all! Similar story for Star Wars Squadron. On my other PC some of the game play lags from time to time and so far about 2 hours in I haven't noticed any of that. Some of the cut scenes showed super high FPS but I'm not sure I trust those readings. I will recommend that you use some headphones when you play even though the speakers are actually quite good. The fans are pretty loud and they were on pretty much non-stop as I was playing. Playing Madden it didn't really bother me, but when playing a story based game it was a noticeable distraction during the cut scenes.

    I found myself pulling up work emails and doing some basic Office tasks in between gaming sessions and I was surprised by how much I LOVE the keyboard. It's well spaced and feels great typing that I found myself picking it up to do more work this afternoon. Unfortunately, there's no webcam so I'll need to keep my other laptop at the ready for Zoom calls, but that's OK - I wasn't planning on doing any real work on this laptop anyway.

    Benchmarks put this in the 99th percentile compared to other PC's in this class so needless to say I am quite pleased with pretty much everything.

    I'm still not a ban of barrel power adapters and I would love to see ASUS and other PC manufactures use USB-C for faster charging. It does work with the USB-C port but a message pops up and lets me know that charging this method will be slower and may not keep up with actual use.

    Conclusion - If you're looking for a gaming PC that's solid and portable then this is a great option and should be under consideration!

    Aug 17, 2021 22:03
  • Review by RandallFlagg, 10 out of 10
    Really nice gaming laptop in a sleeper case

    First impression of the Asus – ROG Zephyrus G14 is, very attractive box. I like the design and that it can be used for storage or safekeeping as the lid just folds down/up and is held in place by the plastic handle. Cutting the security tape and then opening the box I find the laptop, a power brick, and a 110v cord. The laptop is protected in a clear plastic sleeve with a felt pad over the keyboard. I press the power button, but as expected, it’s dead. I plug in the power brick and cord, give it a chance to get a bit of a charge, and try again. It comes to life and starts the usual Windows 10 start-up. I go through the step and get it online.

    That’s when the fun begins. Notifications are popping up that it needs updates done in both Windows and Asus. I knew it was coming, but this is quite a bit. I run Windows update and it prompts for a restart. I click restart and instead of restarting, I go into upgrading firmware. So, I let that finish and get to the login screen. It doesn’t like my fingerprint, so I use my pin (glad I set that up). I open user login settings and redo my fingerprint. Asus or Microsoft made that super simple. Just delete the current fingerprint and it prompts you to do it again. Now it works every time. I fire up Windows update and there’s another one. Get that installed and reboot. Fingertip login works and I’m good…right. Nope, I open MyAsus, and it too wants an update. I get that done, reboot and then I get to test out this laptop.

    The first thing I do is install Microsoft office. It installs with no problem and is rather fast in my opinion. Nice! I run Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and they’re all snappy. I see no lag or hesitation from a user’s point of view. Then I install the Epic Games app and a few of the games I own on my desktop. I test out Sonic Mania and it plays just like the old Genesis. Using an Xbox controller works great, but I had to do the Steam trick to get the controller to work. There’s a bunch of videos that show you how to add Epic to Steam.

    Next, I check just to see if it has Thunderbolt 3/4, but having an AMD GPU, it pops the warning that the hub I plugged in will probably be limited. I then see what ports it has, and I find USB 3.2 c (2), USB 3.2 a (2), full HDMI, and 3.5 phone jack, so plenty of ports. The backlit keyboard is in white and can be set at static, strobe, or breathing. I tried to see if the color could be changed, but it seems to need Aura Creator. I downloaded it, but this laptop isn’t on the recognized list. If this is how to change the color and the laptop can do so, I hope Asus will add it to the accepted models. Also, the intensity of the white can be turned off or raised. By default, it is set at 33%.

    Then I tested sound. I started with YouTube and the audio was clean but low. I had it at 100% and it was too low for me. I checked audio settings and the Realtek app, but there wasn’t anything there. Then I opened Dolby Access and tried those settings. Woohoo, I set it at Dynamic and it must have used Atmos settings. The volume wasn’t a huge change, but it was enough for me to clearly enjoy the sound across the den, about 15 feet. I thought maybe it was just YouTube because uploaders all seem to have different audio levels, so I tried Spotify. Same result, both ways. It sounds good and clear with Dolby Access set at Dynamic or in Custom 1,2, or 3. Hum, what else? The 14” screen. It looks great and has great clarity and color, at least according to these old eyes. The 16Gb of ram is more than enough for what I do, but I can see where hardcore gamers or videographers might need 32GB. From what I’ve read, one of the 8Gb sticks is soldered to the mobo, but the other is removable. I do wish it had a larger SSD, but that can be swapped out if need be.

    Lastly, I just tried to sync my Android phone up with the PC. I was successful in connecting it to Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, but I was having trouble getting the laptop to use the phone as a camera. I may have gone the wrong route, but Armoury Crate started asking for permissions and I gave up for now. Maybe later I’ll figure it out or there will be more (better) videos on YouTube, but for now, I have a few USB cameras that’ll work just fine.

    I’d recommend this to gamers or anyone needing a laptop that can handle intense resource usage. I can see using it for video editing, Photoshop, and the latest games. It’s a sleeper and looks like any mid-range laptop, but this one packs a punch under the hood.

    Sorry, last thing for sure. I went to take a few pics of the laptop and wanted to see how to light up the dot matrix lid. In Armoury Crate, there is an option for AniMe Matrix if your model supports it. This one sadly does not. It looks like it should as it has the dots and shimmers when held up to the light, but if the model doesn’t say supports AniMe…it doesn’t. That’s all ☹

    Aug 18, 2021 23:37
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    This is so 2019!

    I really like ASUS products and have a number of ASUS Republic of Gamer (ROG) computers and laptops. But, this one feels like a new model that has been left behind for 2 years. I know technology moves fast in the tech industry, but typically when tech gets older, it gets cheaper. Not this one, it seems to remain at its same price range while ASUS puts out newer updated, 2021 tech in the other laptops at the same price point. This is not to say this computer is bad or not capable, but the fact that this has a video card from 2019 while their other 2021 products are practically the same price just makes this one seem outdated despite the new AMD processor.

    For a small 14” computer this has some power to it to play most games at medium to low settings. It is fast and snappy with the NVMe 512GB harddrive and 16GB of RAM. However, only one RAM slot is accessible (8GB on board, 8GB removable), in which you can upgrade to 16GB for a total of 24GB and there is only one M.2 slot. So, you either replace the main drive or use external storage for further expansion. There are two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports with one having Display port and power delivery, but not Thunderbolt. There are also two USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A ports, HDMI 2.0b and a 3.5mm headphone/mic port. The odd thing is the placement of the power plug in the middle of the left side. There is also no webcam like most laptops, while they are usually all low grade anyways, but does have a microphone for Cortana voice commands. Also took me a second, but the fingerprint scanner is the power button.

    The screen is bright and colorful, low reflection, but low viewing angles making everything fade if you don’t angle it straight at you. The hinge is different too as it actually lifts the laptop up as it is tilted back. This is neat as it gives more air flow underneath and better angle for keyboard usage, but don’t know how long that tension will hold. The design of the hinge and back side also lends to the heat rolling up on the front side of the screen. Running stress tests it was running around 75°C pretty constant with 20-25FPS on the test.

    Sound quality on this little thing is better than most laptops I have seen recently. It actually has four speakers with two facing up and two facing down. While on a hard surface, like a desk, this actually gives a decent range of high and lows with a surround effect.

    The keyboard is a solid white backlight in which you can adjust brightness, but an annoying default setting when it goes to sleep had to be disabled for me. When it goes into sleep mode, it is like a restless sleep mode, where the keyboard will dim then blink twice and repeat every few seconds. In the Armoury Crate app, simply activated with unique button beside , under System > Lighting >Settings you can turn Sleep “off”.

    Overall, this is a fair multitasking laptop that will play games. But, the video card is the bottleneck and ASUS has other laptops at the same price point with more to them. I hate to say that I wouldn’t recommend this to a friend, but I would probably recommend something with a newer video card if they were focused on gaming.

    Sep 16, 2021 18:02
  • Review by JorgeST, 10 out of 10
    A compact treat!

    When I initially opened this laptop I was blown away. The marketing department really put some time into the design and making sure the customer was impressed immediately. The retail box has a neat little "pop up" feature that was pretty impressive. Once I booted up the laptop I was still impressed too. Although the screen is only 14" the 16GB of ram really compensated for the small(er) screen. I use this laptop in my spare bedroom as a work or gaming laptop and it is really holding up well. The keys are very soft of the hands, even though they are a little compacts. The processing is up to par with what I would expect from a leading brand's gaming series laptop too. The box even had a couple of those little camera blocking stickers too.

    I would like to see laptop companies start to include a small, practical carrying case for customers to use as a carrying case. That would be a nice touch.

    All in all due to its superior processing speed and other stock specs I would highly recommend this laptop to anyhow who is the market for a gaming set up that is on the go!

    Aug 19, 2021 09:44
  • Review by Mrbell1970, 10 out of 10
    Across-The-Board Performance

    The Rog Zephurus G14 offers grade A performance in a compact form factor with clean and attractive style. Media on the full HD resolution screen is crisp with vibrant colors and laptop out of the box has decent specs. People who multitask, run intensive programs and casually game will benefit the most from this thin and light model.

    GAMING PEFOMANCE

    (All games tested are in 1080p)

    Destiny 2 -High- 60 AVG FPS

    No Man’s Sky -High- 56 AVG FPS

    Surviving Mars -High- 60 AVG FPS

    Frostpunk – Very High- 58 AVG FPS

    GeForce Game Ready Driver Ver 471.68 08/10/2021 with GeForce optimal settings used

    (All games played smooth with no tearing)

    BENCHMARKS

    Geekbench 5 (Single-Core) 1405

    Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core) 7206

    Pcmarks 10 6076

    The conservative style of the laptop is modern without screaming that it's a gaming with branding or flamboyant colors. I partially like this since you bring it into a professional office environment. The laptop has a high-quality feel to it and in a form factor that is easy to carry or dropped into a bag. Laptop LCD lid has a slight flex with sturdy hinges and on the rest of the body there is no flex at all. Very light weight, thin and portable at 3.64 lbs which makes this a go to device for work or play.

    Performance is more than enough for regular users, thanks to a powerful Ryzen 7 (R7-5800HS) CPU, fast SSD (M2) & dual channel 16GB DDR4 3200MHZ ram. I’m a bit of power user doing the with more than 25 tabs open on the browser, light video and picture editing for presentations, multiple spread sheets/documents open at the same time with everything quick and snappy. Multitasking with apps and casual gaming will not be a problem on this unit.

    The LCD screen top is slightly longer and when you open the laptop, it props the keyboard upwards. This causes the keyboard to tilt which in turns improves the typing and allowing more air flow to the laptop on a flat surface. Typing on it is comfortable to use with no flex while depressing keys, travel is reasonable with a mushy feedback feel to it but responsive. Keyboard’s adjustable backlight is ok, but I do wish it was a little brighter on its highest setting. The touchpad is small but precise and smooth with Windows Precision drivers; two scrolling and gestures are good.

    Laptop’s screen is a IPS matte 14-inch, 157 PPI, 1920x1080, 60HZ. 16:9, 320 nits in brightness, display has 97% sRGB & Adobe RGB profile 75.3%. The screen has a wide color gamut that is accurate which is a factor why media viewing & gaming looks good on this bright screen.

    Sound volume is loud enough at 80% and quality wise, not bad for thin ultra-book speakers but don’t expect deep bass.

    Ports: 1x Type C USB 3.2 Gen 2 with Power Delivery, Display Port and G-Sync / 1x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C / 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type A / 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack.

    Thermals are good with CPU temp at 56C during general browsing and YouTube, fan running were quiet, and bottom of laptop got warm with spots by the top exhaust on the keyboard being slightly hot. During gaming CPU got to 79C. Laptop bottom heat is not unbearable during long play sessions and fan noise is not too loud on load.

    Battery life on the 76 Wh battery was 7.20 hrs which is above average when compared to other gaming laptops. You will definitely get through a full work/school day with this laptop.

    Aug 13, 2021 22:01
  • Review by NikonFTZ, 10 out of 10
    Great performance for a great price

    I really love this laptop , great performance , great price , and very portable

    Perfect for coding , gaming in Mid level , and for work with adobe suit it’s really a nice product .

    Sep 13, 2021 09:28
  • 9.2score
    13
    MSI
    MSI - GS76 17.3" FHD 360hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i9 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - 32GB Memory
    Description

    Edge ahead of the pack with this MSI Stealth gaming laptop. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card delivers stutter-free, paired with FHD 360hz refresh 3ms screen for fluid gameplay, while the Intel Core i9 processor and 32GB of RAM power through resource-intensive titles. Featuring a 1TB SSD, this MSI Stealth gaming laptop offers ample storage for your files and ultrafast startups.

    7 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 17.3" FHD display: The 1920x1080 resolution with 360hz refresh and 3ms response time boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 32GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics: Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Sicrashdummie, 8 out of 10
    Best Bang for the Buck! Pros are way over Cons!

    MSI has the best gaming laptops around.

    Pros -

    1) 17-inch Laptop in a 15-inch body.

    2) Intel Core i9 11900H, RTX 3070, Phison 1TB NVME SSD, and Samsung 2 x 16GB DDR4 3200MHz SODIMM PC4-25600 CL22 2Rx8 RAM destroy the competition at this price point.

    3) Very professional appearance for a gaming laptop.

    4) Lightweight for its size and build quality.

    5) Has a full-size keyboard with a large trackpad.

    6) Super low profile design with tiny bezels.

    7) Thunderbolt 4

    Cons-

    1) Runs pretty hot. The CPU can hit 95C pretty easy and the GPU runs at about 75C.

    2) Terrible battery life, but it is a desktop replacement, meaning it is expected to be plugged in most of the time.

    3) Very temperamental fans.

    4) The display is quite flimsy and light bleed can be bad.

    5) Only two M.2 NVME slots vs the 2 NVME and 1 SATA M.2 on the GS75.

    Conclusion -

    There isn't much competition at this price point, especially in 17-Inch models. I love having a full-size keyboard and a large screen. Even with the issues, this is my third MSI GS Series laptop because it's a great overall product. MSI makes a great product!

    Sep 21, 2021 04:50
  • Review by DecentGamingLaptop, 10 out of 10
    Laptop Quality

    I was uncomfortable with this laptop at first. Then, I realized this product is quite decent to buy, and I would recommend buying this if you want to do multitasks or heavy programs at the same time.

    Oct 18, 2021 19:54
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Why I LOVE the MSI GS76

    This laptop is fast, powerful, and smooth. Can basically run anything I put my mind to it,

    Runs AAA games smoother than anything I've ever used.

    runs Raytracing like a dream.

    Sep 14, 2021 07:49
  • Review by Nayeli, 10 out of 10
    A great option, fast, and of great quality

    If you are looking for a fast, high-quality computer with a good design, and at a fair price, this is your best option, since it not only runs all the programs that are opened quickly and efficiently (some of which are very heavy because they are focused on 3D engineering design), but it is also very comfortable to use, since the size and definition of the screen helps not to have to strain your eyes, it has a very ergonomic keyboard and mouse pad that are easily adjusted In the hands of the user, it is very easy to transport because for its large size it has a light weight, and it is also important to mention that its stylish design and luminous keyboard, which allows you to choose the color of the keys, make it very beautiful to look at .

    If you are working or studying a career that requires the use of very heavy programs (such as engineering in my case), I fully recommend it, because it is the best computer I have had so far.

    Sep 08, 2021 01:11
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Completely Satisifed

    Straight out of the box, the MSI GS76 setup was easy and quick plus it performed wonderfully. The 8Gb graphics memory as well as 32Gb system RAM made it possible to run graphics intensive applications quickly with no lagging or freezing. I would recommend the MSI GS76 to anyone looking for a development laptop to take on the road.

    Sep 06, 2021 19:35
  • Review by Tomorcuk, 6 out of 10
    Read before you buy!

    I had high expectations for this product but there are some points that made me disappointed. First, the overall design and keyboard is not good, buttons especially on/off buttons and texts are weird. Second, this pc gets really hot, i bought a cooling pad for this, i dont even play games, talking about zoom sessions. Third, sometimes the screen gets weird, gets pixellated and sometimes freezes. Fourth, the screen has low brightness than i expected. I would return it if i did not need this because of my heavy schedule at school. Besides these points, it is good in performance and came with a good packaging. However, i do not highly recommend this laptop. As you research, you will see that you cant find this product in many shops, i think because of these drawbacks.

    Sep 24, 2021 22:00
  • Review by Nino79n, 10 out of 10
    One of the best gaming laptop for its price!!!

    A great gaming laptop for its price. i9, 360hz display paired up with the 3070 is a nice set up. I recommend this to anyone looking for a gaming laptop as well as a desktop replacement. Its also a very light and smaller in size than most 17.3" laptop.

    Oct 11, 2021 11:54
  • Review by Smith, 8 out of 10
    Great laptop, semi ok support.

    Prior to the GS76, I owned an MSI GS65. I loved that laptop, though it got a bit warm and loud sometimes. This GS76 is almost better in every way: Its battery life is longer, provided you utilize the profiles. It boots up rapidly and add the 2nd storage drive is super easy. The keyboard is fine and doesn't take too long to get used to. I've been using it primarily to run several VMs with some gaming on the side and it has been great.

    However, I did end up with one working speaker. Opening a ticket, they wanted to do a full RMA process to fix it, even though the replacement speakers are simple to fix. As I needed the laptop for the near future and did not want to go a month+ without it, I did not opt for that. I plan to use headsets for most of the time. So I can't speak for the audio quality.

    Sep 27, 2021 12:45
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG 16" WUXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA RTX3050Ti - 512GB SSD
    Description

    ASUS ROG Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA RTX3050Ti graphics produce high-quality visuals on the new fast 16-inch 144hz WUXGA display. This ASUS notebook PC has 512GB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    17 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 16" WUXGA display with 144Hz refresh rate: The ultra bright 500nits display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. Swift 144hz refresh rate with 3ms response time. 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB dual channel system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth Dual Channel memory to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA RTX3050Ti graphics: Backed by 4GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Six speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Weighs 4.19 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 16" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity with greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 with improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • One-zone RGB Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - plus Power over Cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
  • Built-in HD webcam: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MGoose, 10 out of 10
    Well Balanced Gaming Laptop

    Summary - This is a great mid-range gaming laptop. This is my first dedicated gaming laptop and I was concerned reviewing the specs that it was not enough, but it handles most games without a problem. It is a good blend of capability, price and portability. I love the speakers and screen. The design is not overdone, but adds a little flair with nice accents, color changing keyboard, and noticeable vents. I wish that ray tracing performance was better and that it was more upgradable, but I would choose a desktop gaming computer if those were deal breakers.

    Pros

    - Good specs that should allow you to play any game with a few tweaks.

    - Soft touch material

    - Color changing keyboard backlight looks cool.

    - Speakers are the best I have tried on a laptop with decent volume and bass

    - Keyboard is quiet and there is no fan noise in silent mode (limits performance)

    - Decent battery life (5-6hrs with GPU set to off)

    - Beautiful screen

    - Video card supports ray tracing (see note below)

    - Second M2 PCIe slot allows you to easily add storage

    - Asus Armory Crate software allows you to monitor temperatures and utilization

    - Useful short cut keys for fan speed, Armory Crate, volume and microphone

    Things to Consider

    - Most games work great with the recommended settings and easily exceed 60fps even with quality set to high. I played Metro Exodus and Mech Warrior 5 with no issues averaging around 70fps. I went back and played Wolfenstein II from a few years ago and saw over 100fps.

    - Enabling ray tracing is a major performance hit and requires sacrificing quality or frame rate with this laptop. Games that support NVIDIA DLSS do better, but it is a challenge for the GPU to get 60fps with ray tracing on. Examples: Mech Warrior 5 without DLSS was around 40fps - it was playable, but it was not worth the performance hit. Metro Exodus Enhanced is another story - the landscapes are incredible and ray tracing really adds to the realism - it supports DLSS to help performance, but still required some tweaking to get a over 60fps (Ray Trace - Normal, Reflections - Hybrid, DLSS - Performance, 1080p, quality high, VRS off). I also tried the Quake II RTX demo - also around 45fps; not as smooth as I would like, but playable and the ray tracing really changes the whole game (it is fun and it is free if you want to see ray tracing in action).

    - Limited upgrade potential. The video memory(4GB) and RAM(8GB Soldered + 8GB Upgradable) could be limiting for future games especially with ray tracing enabled. I considered upgrading the RAM but since only one RAM module is upgradable, it would have cost way too much for a single 32GB module to get to max (40GB) and only the first 16GB supports dual channel.

    - The hard drive is a reasonable size (512GB), but after downloading 5 games I had already used up about 75% of that space. Fortunately, there are lots of affordable performance SSD hard drives and I easily added a second 1TB drive (Hynix Gold P31) in the second slot. If you decide to add a second drive, make sure to get a copper heat spreader and connect it to the bottom of the case with a silicone pad (the copper film that is preinstalled only covers the primary slot). Also, I would avoid the cheaper DRAM-less drives to minimize the impact on system memory.

    - When in performance mode, cooling fan noise and heat from the back vents becomes very noticeable. I was expecting this given the relatively small form factor and lite weight. It does manage temperatures under heavy load much better than my mixed-use laptop with a 10th Gen Core i7 and GTX 1650Ti.

    - Battery life with the GPU enabled is a little less than 3hrs with moderate use (I recommend you bring the AC adapter for any kind of gaming).

    - Nice keyboard, but no number pad. This is not a big issue, but one of my daughter’s favorite games requires dedicated +/- keys. I solved the problem by ordering a cheap USB number pad.

    Aug 05, 2021 19:56
  • Review by Lenscap, 8 out of 10
    Asus M16- i7 3050ti, more affordable, still great

    First off, I purchased this laptop without being able to find super good information about this model. All of reviews are on the i9 version. I wanted a laptop that "could" game, but was focusing on a powerful work machine that would handle everything I do for work replacing my office desktop and travelling with me. This laptop absolutely does that; and does it well.

    Overall: Top to bottom, this thing is a power house. I have really enjoyed using it. Light, responsive, and very respectable battery life. There are some... glitches? touchpad kind of does it's own thing and registers clicks or touches you aren't doing. Yes it plays games just fine, ran about 60 fps in Escape From Tarkov on recommended settings, ran between 80-90 with DLSS performance on recommended settings in Call of Duty Warzone, that's all I've tried so far.

    Pros: This screen is spectacular, for one feels giant, the 16:10 ratio just feels right for a chassis of this size, no wasted space, the brightness is insane for a mobile setup, 144Hz feels very smooth. Don't be scared away by the "lower" resolution. The guts are toned down from the step up version, but at a $400+ lower price, they absolutely get the job done. Keyboard is fantastic, snappy, responsive, and great key travel. Battery life is respectable, especially if you push the settings down and utilize the iGPU switcher.

    Cons: The trackpad, although one of the biggest ones on a windows machine, is very temperamental; sometimes working flawlessly, others it just won't respond or over responds to your inputs. Somewhere in the software, there is a hiccup where when your laptop goes to sleep, like mine does at my USB C (Non Thunderbolt) docking station, the backlit keyboard will flash over and over again; really annoying. Lastly, the machine does get hot, like to the touch on the keyboard tray and trackpad. The airflow does a spectacular job of keeping the internals within limits, but it does warm up the air around it under load, I have not experienced any thermal throttling, but I have had the fans running at 35+ dB according to the amoury app.

    Oct 26, 2021 23:11
  • Review by TechGeek28, 10 out of 10
    Tiny but MIGHTY

    The Asus ROG M16 gaming Laptop is the product of masterful engineering and design with the gaming consumer at heart. Want to join the republic? You’re in, so long as you’re willing to shell out those hard-earned dollars. When it comes to overall value, you’ll have a hard time finding a better laptop around this price range. But, better to me may not be better to you. So then, lets break it down.

    At first glance Asus knows how to fabricate a beauty of a machine, and a thin one to boot. You’re getting really nice metallic backing that’s smooth too the touch and surprisingly not a fingerprint magnet. Underneath is a solid base almost rubber-like with a large touch pad in the center. The laptop itself is very sturdy a durable despite its light weight. The keyboard is standard, though it is missing a numbered keypad. I personally, prefer more lifted tactile keyboards but what you’re getting here will do just fine. Laptops are meant to be portable and traveling with the M16 was a piece of cake. Weighing in at less than 4.5 pounds and under an inch thick, packing it away is easy and the power supply is generously small as well. Whether you need a notebook for on the go/work life or a portable gaming powerhouse, this thing can handle just about anything. But that doesn’t mean its not without its limits.

    Specifically, this model features an intel core i7 11th gen at 2.30 ghz, combined with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti gpu. After about a month of testing and enjoyment on this bad boy, you’ll be able to run most, if not all, the latest games with ease on low to medium settings and some even on high settings. You can bump up the performance with the included turbo mode, which boosts clocking. That’s where the m16 really shines. However, this mode will only run when connected to power, not on battery life. This is because it’s working harder to squeeze out the most it can do and power consumption is the cost, as well as bumping the fans to max so it does get a bit loud. Speaking of battery life, id say its decent. I was able to crank out around 5 hours on a full battery while gaming with medium settings and performance mode on. This mode is a step down from turbo and was a sweet spot in my opinion, where the fans wouldn’t get too noisy.

    The speakers sound incredible with Dolby Atmos, anything you hear from these will be outstanding and I’m very pleased with the audio. The built-in mic is fair and the camera is just okay. To be honest I only used this laptop for gaming. The display is extremely clear with a peak brightness of 500 nits and a 1920 by 1200 resolution, rest assured, your content will look gorgeous. One downside is the 512 gb ssd, which can fill up quite easily these days given that game sizes are only getting larger.

    In summary, Asus and ROG have surpassed expectations and packed a ton of user-friendly features, supreme power and solid gaming performance in a tightly knitted piece of architecture that’s sure to leave you in awe. While it may not handle everything, this M16 model is easily one of the best laptops to date, raising the bar for consumer value.

    Aug 05, 2021 17:56
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    Great for gaming

    As point of full disclousure, I typically use computers that run macOS, but I do appreciate Windows machines as well - especially for gaming. One of my favorite games to play is Gears of War. Once I got this laptop set-up, that game was the first thing I downloaded. I was impressed by how smoothly game play was and aside from getting used to the controls (I usually play on a console), I thought the expereince was quite enjoyable. The only criticism I have about this machine as a gaming laptop, is the hard drive size. It’s very difficult to have more than a couple of games stored at one time. The laptop has a built-in ‘riser’ of sorts to help with ventilation, but if you are playing for a long time, the computer still gets hot. I haven’t noticed the heat causing any problems for performance, but it’s something to be aware of if you are long-term gamer.

    I love the overall look and feel of the keyboard. First of all, it’s RGB backlit and that makes me super happy. The keyboard itself doesn't get very hot and you can adjust the colors and patterns of the keyboard within the ASUS ROG software. The keys feel soft and are easy to type on. One of the things I typically do as a test for keyboards is to run a typing test for speed and accuracy. When I did that with this keyboard/laptop, I got a score of 74 WPM and accuracy of 99%. That is a higher score than I usually get. I usually average 70-72 WPM. Comfortable typing is a big feature for me and being able to move around the keyboard faster than normal is great for gaming.

    PERFORMANCE

    To get a sense for the computer’s actual performance I ran a series of tests using Geekbench, Novabench and CrystalDiskMark. As I said above, the computer has been running very smoothly. It’s been very responsive and able to handle the tasks I’ve thrown at it. Given that this computer is mainly built for gaming and application performance, those are the main areas that I was testing when I was using the laptop.

    GEEKBENCH RESULTS

    The GU603HE ended up with a single-core score of 1089 and a multi-core score of 6549. According to other Geekbench results, the top scoring machine with an Intel i7 processor is 1710/9891. In this regard, the ASUS is performing below the top performing machine. The OpenCL test looks specifically at how well the GPU performs. The GE603HE has an GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Laptop GPU integrated graphics chipset. The OpenCL score was 60954. Looking at other GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Laptop GPUs that have been tested on Geekbench, the average score is 50661. With that in mind, the GU603HE is performing a bit higher than the average.

    NOVABENCH RESULTS

    NovaBench does a similar type of testing on your system but provides you with a different set of scores and analysis. The overall score of this laptop was 3141 and had a CPU score of 1758 and GPU score of 876. According to Novabench’s comparison tool, the GU603HE ranks 96th in overall performance. It’s overall score is 24% higher than other mid-level gaming PCs, CPU score is 76% higher and the GPU score is 12% lower.

    HARD DRIVE SPEED

    Finally, I wanted to test the hard drive’s speed. This model of the HP Envy comes with 512GB SSD. According to the stress test I used (64GB), the top read/write speed of this SSD is 3459/1630 MB/s.

    The ASUS ROG is a wonderful gaming laptop that can be used for other purposes, too. It’s a mid-level gaming computer that will work just fine for most users. If you are a competitive gamer, you will likely want a more custom machine. Overall, I think this is a good investment.

    Aug 08, 2021 11:04
  • Review by Ezha, 10 out of 10
    Light and fast! For creating!

    Great fast stylish lightweight and powerful laptop! Screen is incredibly sharp and color accurate!

    So far so good. Worth $1200 for sure!

    Nov 08, 2021 22:35
  • Review by AllAboutTech, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic gaming laptop

    Title: Fantastic gaming laptop

    Verdict: I had been using a big brand gaming laptop, and hadn’t considered an ASUS computer before. I am blown away by this ASUS ROG gaming laptop. It is small enough to bring everywhere, but still packs a punch of performance with a 16” screen, and a dedicated graphics card.

    First impressions. It is fairly thin, light (about 4lbs), with a large screen, great colors, and beautiful esthetics. I immediately loved it. The unboxing experience was also very nifty, with the carboard packaging lifts the laptop as you open the box… Great job ASUS!

    Esthetic. This computer looks super sleek. I love the exterior color and the dots on the front. The laptop is fairly thin for the level of performance that it packs. The keyboard is clean, spacious, and types well. The screen feels very thin and opens in a way that reduces the visibility of the bottom bezel. The touchpad is very generous, providing tons of space for accurate operation and gestures. The 16” screen is fantastic; it’s a really nice upgrade from normal 15” laptop screens. The webcam and mic work as expected.

    General computer performance. The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 delivers 2.3GHz of processing speed, allowing for a great user experience. While 16GB of RAM is good, at this point it is the minimum requirement for multitasking use, graphic design, and especially gaming. For serious gamers, a little more RAM is advisable. The hard drive only has 512GB of storage, which isn’t enough to download more than a few games, but the SSD aspect means that start-up and other operations are very zippy. The fan stays pretty quiet, unless you are pushing the computer. The speakers are actually pretty nice, and provide a great experience for a portable device.

    Gaming performance. The Armoury Crate button allows for comprehensive adjustments of all performance (GPU, CPU, fan) to optimize performance for gaming. Settings adjustments can also be saved under different profiles so that you can optimize the computer and keyboard for each game you play. The laptop handled all games tested (primarily FPS) relatively well (when plugged-in). The computer and RTX3050Ti graphics card provided smooth performance and graphics, without any noticeable glitches on the “performance” profile (games on medium settings). The computer does even better on “turbo” to run most games on high settings. To keep the computer cool, the fans become pretty noticeable; I wouldn’t say they are loud, but the fans are also not quiet. As expected, when gaming on battery power only, battery life goes down to only about 2 to 3 hours, instead of the expected 6 hours. Also, some features like “turbo” are not available on battery power.

    Things I love.

    - Super Sleek looking

    - Lighted keys that change colors!

    - The keyboard feels nice and types well, and the touchpad is very large

    - The fingerprint function in the power button is a nice “touch”

    - The full HD screen has vibrant colors, and a great refresh rate of 144hz

    - The solid-state drive allows for faster startup and zippy operations

    - 16 GB of RAM is decent, but serious gamers will want more

    - The SSD hard drive is great, but more space would be better

    - Very decent performance for most games on medium to high settings

    - Great speakers for a laptop

    - Powerful fan when you need it

    - Wifi 6 capable

    - The “Armoury Crate” button provides quick and powerful customization of every aspect of the computer performance, keyboard layouts, and more

    - No touchscreen! Not everything needs a touchscreen. I am happy to skip the touchscreen on this computer to save money and avoid fingerprints all over the high definition screen.

    Things I don’t love.

    - As much as I want to love the fingerprint reader, it doesn’t work so well for me. I think that it should be more prominent and accessible, and perhaps the scanner should be wider to increase the success rate. Unfortunately, I am able to log on by fingerprint only every other times. This has been an issue for me on other laptops, so maybe it’s just my fingers

    - I wish the webcam had a privacy slider. All laptops should include these

    Overall, ASUS ROG M16 laptop is a very compelling portable gaming platform that can handle the latest games, with tons of customizable features. I love this laptop and I highly recommend it.

    Aug 06, 2021 21:22
  • Review by gldoorii, 2 out of 10
    Unusable out of the box

    The screen constantly flickers and distorts the image. It's barely usable on battery, but if I plug it in the screen goes absolutely nuts. I did all updates for Windows 10, nVidia, Armory Crate, MyAsus, and even the Windows Store updates. Nothing fixes the problem. Returning it today.

    Nov 03, 2021 07:57
  • Review by Jrozz, 10 out of 10
    A great option!

    So my review is one from a former console-only gamer.

    As this Asus was my first foray into PC gaming I had no idea what to expect. I did many weeks of research on what the best hardware combos were, the best deals, and what I should expect from different iterations or combos of hardware.

    I stumbled upon this particular laptop through another purchase I made on an HP Victus that quite didn't meet my standards. Although, this was on sale at the time for $1249.99, which was a steal for value vs performance.

    This laptop is a wonderful option for first time PC gamers like me, or even the veterans as a nice mid-tier gaming laptop. With the i7/3050ti RTX combo, I have been pleasantly surprised and happy with the performance:

    -Doom Eternal ran on High-Ultra settings with an outstanding avg of 100+ fps on just Performance mode, likely even better on Turbo mode. (The Armory Crate is a great tool that can be used to really streamline your experience)

    -Forza Horizon 4 I was getting a consistent 72 fps with the adapter plugged in. I noticed a big drop in fps when running on straight battery, so you definitely want to keep it plugged in while gaming as it also seems to be about at most 3 hrs of battery life with gaming.

    -Red Dead 2 (Online) I havent ran any sort of benchmark tests but I am currently running it on Ultra settings with no visible frame rate drops and has been very smooth.

    Some other thoughts:

    Storage may be an issue for some, as 512G is not a whole lot of storage with today's big titles. The DLSS feature is quite nice and does work really well with some games. The fully lit RGB keyboard is nice, never been a huge "RGB Guy" but it has a nice look and feel while typing. You can manage the different RGB effect modes in Armory Crate.

    The 144hz refresh monitor is perfect for the 1080p gaming and is perfect for what I use it for.

    Overall this is a nice introduction into PC gaming being that you hardly can find PC parts to build a desktop. Pre-built desktops and laptops are going to be bought up in the mear future and this will be heavily on peoples radar!

    Sep 13, 2021 15:18
  • 9.0score
    Alienware x17 R1 17.3" 360Hz FHD Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - White, Lunar Light
    Description

    The new Alienware x17 is super thin, extremely light laptop . Now’s your chance to game with gear that knows no boundaries. The Alienware x17 gaming laptops with advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech™ cooling defy boundaries. Introducing Element 31 thermal interface material and a Quad-Fan Design. We are incorporating more fan blades, more copper materials, and vapor chambers to deliver ample power while dissipating the heat more efficiently and allowing the fans to run less resulting in reduced noise. The x17 features five tailored power states, and grants access to thousands of games with Windows. Alienware laptops will bring your favorite games into hyper-reality with Windows DirectX 12 Ultimate. Constructed with magnesium alloy and aluminum parts gamers can experience the evolved Legend Industrial Design that reimagines the way you game. The Alienware x17 is equipped with 11th Gen Intel processors, has more storage options with dual drives featuring SSD and includes powerful NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 30-series discrete graphics.

    10 Features
  • Windows 11: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC
  • 17.3" 360Hz FHD Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution with native 1080p support to showcase your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive: While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics: Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • 11th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor: The perfect combination of performance and responsiveness. Enjoy boundary-breaking performance with the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. Stay productive with fast-charging, long-lasting battery.
  • Alienware Cryo-Tech™ cooling technology: Four intelligently controlled, uniquely programmable fans to help dissipate heat. Game for longer periods of time thanks to Element 31, a gallium-silicone thermal interface material.
  • Alienware Command Center: Gamers can set, activate and manage five unique power states in the Alienware Command Center.
  • Legend 2.0 Industrial Design: A fresh new evolution in design with a high-endurance finish and customizable AlienFX lighting.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by SteveC, 8 out of 10
    Powerhouse gamer that almost perfect

    I have been wanting to upgrade my 17” RTX 2060 laptop and when I saw the Alienware X17 R1 was available I jumped at the chance to get it as Alienware systems have been one of my favorites for years.

    Unboxing / First Impressions:

    The X17 arrived in a sturdy outer shipping box and inside was a perfectly designed box that was above most “and typical for an Alienware product”. Inside was the laptop, power supply, power cord and that’s it. The laptop itself was in a protective sleeve and had the usual keyboard / palmrest cover inside too.

    The laptop itself is Lunar Grey and it looks spectacular with this color scheme, it’s a matte finish and barely shows any handling marks. On the lid there’s an Alien emblem that’s backlit with a large I7 in outline white, “looks great”. The bottom of the unit is the same “Lunar Grey” and has a lot of ventilation slits “some arranged in a honeycomb pattern”. There are also two rubber strips running almost the complete width of the laptop for feet and they are high enough to give it some breathing room on the bottom.

    There are no ports on the front edge “other than speaker outlets”, the right only has a single headphone jack toward the back and the left has the power port. The back is where all the ports are located and they are “ USB-C w/ Thunderbolt 4 + Power Delivery + DisplayPort, USB-A 3.2 Gen. 1, RJ-45 2.5 Gbps, USB-C 3.2 Gen. 2 w/ Power Delivery + DisplayPort, HDMI 2.1, MicroSD reader, mini DisplayPort 1.4”, which should be plenty of ports for most anyone’s needs and having the MicroSD slot is a really nice addition.

    I was really surprised how much this weighs, deceivingly heavy while being so thin, the nice thing is it’s also very very sturdy with really no flex to the bottom portion. The lid/LCD does flex “as most do” but it’s not as bad as my Eluktronics 17. The palmrest area and keyboard are all matte black and a nice contrast to the grey outer color. The keyboard does not have a keypad and is centered in the unit. I’m going to have to get used to that as It’s been years since I had a laptop without the keypad and now that I’m used to typing “off centered” being back to center is a little strange.

    Setting up:

    Upon setting up, getting my WiFi connected and getting things started up I was surprised that the setup asked if I would like to use Windows 11. I naturally said yes as Win 11 has been released and may as well get used to it. And with a new installation there are usually fewer issues than if I upgraded further down the road. It did mention that it had to download some things for it to continue but I assume that most of Win 11 was already there as the download only took a few seconds.

    After completing and getting further I was greeted with the Windows Hello setup and was pleasantly surprised that this model does have the IR camera for the facial recognition. With that complete I was ushered into the new layout of Windows 11, “hmm not sure about this”, and there are a lot of visual changes here, one being the centered taskbar at the bottom of the screen “there’s a simple way to put it back left and that’s what I did, just didn’t care for the centered look “not used to it” and I’m focusing on how well the laptop performs hardware wise.

    Using:

    I’ve been using the X17 for a few days now and this is really a powerful laptop, the RTX 3070 easily handles any game I throw at it. I know the screen refresh rate is can go up to 360hz but I never got it close to that, “over 200 yes but nothing close to the full 360”. The screen itself is very clear, with nice color reproduction, the image does fade out from an angle so sitting straight on is a must but it easily matches and is a little better than the 120hz on of my Eluktronics.

    There really isn’t any back light bleed in this one but the solid blacks could be a little better “but I haven’t tweaked the RTX color settings yet”, the bezel around the screen is thin enough for me, it doesn’t have to be completely borderless and does give some more rigidity to the lid, there’s a huge border at the bottom of the screen though “but this is a large laptop and they need to make it all fit properly” so at least they stuck that at the bottom.

    The keyboard itself is not the Cherry MX mechanical that is offered on other models, but is the standard membrane full RGB lit keyboard they also offer. I have both mechanical and membrane keyboards on my laptops and I honestly can’t tell much difference other than the clickety-click of the mechanical keys, I’ve had and used so many different laptops over the years I just get used to what I have and don’t worry about it. The RGB lighting is nice, and each key can be configured independently. The only issue I have with it is that the secondary shift function of the number keys along with FN key symbols are not illuminated and in a dim / dark room there’s no way to see what those are. The keys on the Eluktronics are completely lit. Fortunately I rarely ever need to look at those but when I have my own personal glitch and can’t remember where a symbol is I have to really look for it.

    If you are a fan of lights then the X17 won’t disappoint, while the trackpad isn’t backlit, the power button, rear panel alien head, and thee ring around the whole backside where the ports and vents are located then you’ll have fun customizing all the functions through the Alienware control software. Nice to see they’ve carried over a lot of the custom lighting options from the original models to the new line.

    The trackpad is very smooth and accurate, it’s small but does its job, and with all my laptops I hook up a gaming mouse and turn off the track pack so that’s a moot point on my part, it’s not backlit like other Alienware laptops I’ve owned but that’s ok too as I always turned that off.

    Performance:

    Now time for some gaming and see how the performance is.

    I’ve been playing Borderland 3, The Witcher 3 and Fallout NV “for the heck of it” and I’m quite impressed. BL3 with the graphics set on Ultra and on Pandora in the Droughs I get anywhere from 88 to 126fps, “depends on complexity”, and when I’m in the ship “Sanctuary” I’m getting around 100fps. I’ve also tried setting the power settings from “Balanced” to “Performance” and didn’t notice any difference. Setting BL3 graphics to “High” my frame rate went up to 113-156fps, “also keeping field of view at 90”. These are all good numbers and even with the graphics maxed out the FPS is high enough to keep everything smooth.

    Playing The Witcher 3 with the graphics set on Ultra I get a pretty consistent 110-142, also depending on environment and if you are indoor or outside. Outside environments during battle it was maintaining at least 130fps which looks great. Now turning the graphic quality down to “High” made the FPS jump to 165-190, that’s outstanding, and way more than really needed “at least my eyes can’t tell, so I’ll be playing on Ultra.

    Now Fallout NV, it’s an older game and it’s maxed at 60fps, to my surprise the game played consistently at 78-94fps, so it’s above what the game was originally designed for and looks spectacular with everything set on “Ultra”, no need to test on lower graphics settings.

    I’ve also done some benchmarking and I’ve attached photos of those. I have a MSI desktop as my main system, it has a RTX 3080 in it and 32gb mem, so it’s pretty hard to beat that one and this X17 actually does quite well “which you can see in the charts”. I’ve also posted the speeds of the drive which are on par with most every system I have, and the SSDs used are plenty fast.

    Upgradeability:

    I did take the bottom cover off “to my surprise it’s metal”, and there is an open SSD slot so you can and a second M.2 NVMe drive to it, there’s no space for a 2.5” drive, “I’ve noticed manufacturers getting away from that form factor in their thin laptops, just no room”. I was surprised to see that the Wi-Fi card is soldered to the motherboard and is not removable, although over the years I’ve only replaced one of those and it was a long ways back, just odd seeing that it’s not removable just in case. If you decide to remove the bottom cover there are different screw sizes used so keep track of where they go, and be sure to take all out but the lower left, closer to the track pad, “looking at bottom directly”, it’s a captive screw and made to help “pop” the corner up so you can release the rest of the bottom cover.

    Other items of interest:

    I was really impressed that there’s so much metal used in the construction of the X17, it makes it heavy but it’s also super sturdy. There are also 4 cooling fans instead of the usual 2 and sound levels were very good while gaming. I used my sound meter to do some measurements and during gaming at 24” from the outlets the sound measured a consistent 46db. 1” from the vents during gaming the sound was 56db, and it never got louder no matter how long I played. And during normal use the sound went down to 39db 24” from the vents, so not bad at all.

    As for heat, yep it gets warm while gaming, and I took measurement after 30min of BL3 with my Flir camera, and have some pics posted of that with my review. The palmrest always stayed cool while the WASD keys did get a little on the warm side there’s no issue with them being too hot. I would recommend always using this “especially during gaming” on a solid surface so there’s plenty of air movement, otherwise heat isn’t an issue during normal tasks.

    Wi-Fi speeds are plenty fast too, and I do have a Wi-Fi 6 compatible router, it connected without issue and easily maxed out our 150mb internet speeds using SpeedTest anywhere around the house so coverage with that is great.

    I only tried out the webcam a couple times, it’s not the greatest but it does get the job done. It doesn’t have a sliding cover over it but since it’s Hello compatible you wouldn’t want to cover it anyway if you are going to be using that feature. The built in m

    Oct 15, 2021 21:24
  • Review by DaveW, 10 out of 10
    Powerful and Flashy Gaming Setup

    The Alienware x17 R1 sits near the top of Alienware’s current laptop lineup. This x17 features a large 17” display, per key lit RGB keyboard, and a super sleek design. It’s a fairly loaded laptop, and the only way to get one higher spec’d is to configure it yourself on Dell’s website. Nevertheless, this is one of the more impressive laptops I have had the opportunity to unbox. Benchmarking this laptop places it among other high end gaming laptops in 2021 with its combination of powerful processor and GPU.

    Specs

    Processor – Intel Core i7 118000H - CPU 8C/16T @ 2.3 GHz with boost to 4.6 GHz

    Graphics – NVidia GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU w/ 8GB GDDR6 @ 1750 MHz

    Memory – 16GB Kingston DDR4 3200 Dual Channel (22-22-22-52)

    Storage – 1TB Micron PCIe SSD (M.2 NVME)

    Display - 17.3” 1920 x 1080p LED IPS screen @360Hz, 3ms, 100% sRGB with Advanced Optimus

    Camera – single camera 720p @ 30fps – Windows Hello enabled

    Network Adapter – 802.11AX (WiFi 6) adapter / 1X Gigabit LAN Port / Bluetooth 5.2 Radio

    Ports – 1X USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C with DisplayPort and Power Delivery / 2X USB 3.2 Gen 1 with PowerShare / 1X Thunderbolt 4 with Power Delivery/ 1X HDMI 2.1 / 3.5mm TRRS jacks for headsets / 1X microSD slot

    Battery – 87Wh with varying operating times and a 3hr charge while off

    OS – Windows 10 Home – Several (7) Dell/Alienware Utilities, but minimal other bloat

    The x17 R1 comes with an 11th gen Intel i7 and 3070 series NVIDIA GPU. The intel processor is a multithreaded Octo core with a 2.3GHz base clock with a single core boost up to 4.6GHz. The RTX 3070 laptop GPU is a slightly cut down version of the full desktop GPU (5120 shader pipelines vs 5888 and a reduced core clock of 1110 vs 1500MHz). The 3070 supports ray tracing and DLSS for some 4K gaming if you connect to an external screen via the HDMI 2.1, thunderbolt 4, or mini DisplayPort. To use this port you would need a USB-C 4.0 to Display port 1.4a adapter. The highest rates supported by these ports are: 4K @120 or 8K @ 60 for HDMI 2.1 and DisplayPort. I couldn’t find what the external monitor limit was, but I have a similarly spec’d ASUS TUF laptop and it was limited to 2 external monitors.

    The x17 comes with 16GB of DDR4 3200 RAM via 2X 8 GB SO-DIMM sticks. 16GB has been plenty of memory for me in the past, but If you are a heavy streamer or content creator then you might need to upgrade. Storage comes in the form of a 1TB PCIe 3.0 M.2 2280 NVME drive from Micron. There’s an additional PCIE M.2 slot available if more storage is need. Both storage slots support PCIe Gen 3 up to 1 TB or PCIe Gen 4 up to 2 TB.

    The display is a 17.3” 1920 x 1080p IPS screen – Alienware dubs it a WVA (wide viewing angle) panel. It has a super high refresh rate at 360Hz. This allows the screen to display extra smooth visuals and keep pace with the highest framerates a game might put out. The response time for the display is 3ms which is pretty good for an IPS. Only the 165Hz panel the x17 is offered with has a faster response time at 1ms. The display gets Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus and G-Sync support which allows the display to switch seamlessly between the embedded Intel graphics and the 3070. This improves battery life when performing tasks that don’t require the dGPU.

    Games/Benchmarking

    I ran the x17 through a series of benchmarks to see where it stood in the world, and against my other similarly spec’d ASUS TUF Dash 15 laptop (Intel i7 11370H and GTX 3070 6GB), and high end (circa 2018) gaming tower (AMD R7 1800X and VEGA64). I ran it through 3DMark Time Spy, Cinebench R15, GeekBench, CrystalDiskMark 6, CPU-Z, and CrystalDiskMark 6. I have included a screenshot of my raw results table. Overall, the benches put it in pretty good standing with other high end gaming laptops, outpaced my TUF, and officially surpassed my full size tower in terms of raw performance.

    I played a range of old and new games across Steam and my library from the Xbox Gamepass. My favorite game to throw back to on Steam is Portal and Portal 2. These are Directx 11 games that for the most part won’t push the computer to its limits by any means. However, these are games I like to play casually and it gives me a metric for how much the fans might spin up under a low-medium load. I didn’t experience any screen tearing or framerate issues playing these games – all good there. The fans spun up moderately but weren’t audible at all with headphones on.

    My favorite game to play, even on Xbox, is the Halo MCC. It had no issue running games on the highest settings – both single and multiplayer matches. I tossed on Halo Reaches campaign and played through a mission – RIP Jorge. The 360Hz kept things looking nice and smooth even with a framerate cap at 120Hz. I did have some mild tearing in cutscenes but that was pretty minimal. I’m sure this could have been eliminated by capping my refresh rate.

    I let my partner’s son test out a few games he likes to play as well. He booted up Geometry dash and Grounded. Geometry Dash relies on smooth screen playback and low input lag. For both of these metrics the x17 performed great. With Grounded he was able to bump the settings up to epic, but encountered some lag and framerate drops. I ended up capping the frame rate at 120FPS and that seemed to smooth things out for him, and I didn’t hear anymore complaints.

    No matter what games I played the fans/cooling system started to kick up. It wasn’t until I moved into games like the MCC or Grounded that the system fans really kicked up to full blast. One thing I noticed was how much cooler the keyboard and laptop body stayed compare to my TUF. The side exhausts work well and I’m happy with how much ventilation there seems to be. I never felt like the x17 was going to overheat, even if it sitting in my lap while I played a game.

    Design

    The design of the x17 is what Alienware calls the Legend 2.0 Industrial Design. What that really means is a sleek outer shell that comes in Alienware’s well known Lunar White. On the screen shell is a large ‘17’ silkscreened onto the surface and the Alienware logo lights up with an RGB LED. Opening up the case you are greeted by a large, center set keyboard that features media controls along the right side. The numberpad is absent on this 17.3” laptop, which somewhat perplexed me since there is ample space. Beneath the keyboard in a large clickable trackpad with multitouch input. Above the keyboard is the power button (an RGB alien head) and a honeycomb pattern of slots. These slots appear to be part of the ventilation and help passively vent some radiant heat upwards.

    Opening the screen is limited to around 135° by the rear portion of the laptop. Most laptops have all their ports on the sides, but the x17 only has its power cord port (left) and headset jack (right) located near the rear. Spinning around to the backside you are greeted by a loop of RGB strip that encircles the entire I/O port panel. I would liken this back section to my docking station for my work. I wish the power cord would have joined the rear of the laptop – its unfortunate that you will always have that hanging off the side. This setup, I would have to assume, is mainly for airflow/cooling purposes since the sides are lined with vents.

    The size of the x17 has its pros and cons. The large screen is a benefit if you want to plop it down on a desk and sit back. At the same time a 17” laptop is quite a lot to handle if you have it on your lap. I traveled with it and it was too large to nicely sit on the tray table during my flights. Its also a lot of laptop to carry around – coming in at a little over 7 pounds it’s a good sized chunk of hardware.

    Overall, the design is the polar opposite of my TUF, which was pretty sleek and unassuming. This design screams gamer to everyone that sees it. It’s a real head turner, and I love how excessive it is. All of the RGB elements are controlled via the Alienware Command Center. You can turn everything off or light it up however you please. The tool is a little clunky to navigate, but it works.

    Keyboard

    I was hoping this would come with the slim Cherry MX mechanical switches, but it doesn’t. Instead the keyboard has a per key RGB backlight that is sitting atop a traditional laptop chiclet-style membrane. The keys have decent actuation force and have about 1.5-1.7mm of travel. The main key function is all that is highlighted by the keys’ RGB, so secondary key functions remain unlit. This can be a little hard to see if you turn off the RGB because the shine of the keys allows the reflection of the screen to washout what the secondary function is.

    Upgradability

    There are 2 main ways to upgrade the x17 – storage and RAM. There is an available M.2 NVMe x4 slot that supports 1TB Gen3 drives or 2TB Gen4 drives. After installing 6 games I have utilized 1/3 of my overall space. I can see this upgrade being necessary in my future, but for now I have enough space.

    The RAM is pretty easy to upgrade as well. There are 2 removable RAM sticks that can be upgraded to 32GB per stick (64GB max) at a max speed of 3466Mhz via XMP.

    There is also the OS to upgrade. At the time of release Windows 11 hadn’t quite rolled out, so these machines shipped with Windows 10. I’d assume stock of these laptops will come preloaded with Windows 11 once the stock of Windows 10 machines is depleted.

    Final Thoughts

    Overall the x17 is an undoubtedly cool looking gaming laptop. It has the performance to match the looks as well. I really enjoyed getting to mess around the with lighting and customization. The cooling system is powerful, and appears to be plenty adequate. I like the rear panel design and how it makes the overall setup look more compact and neat. There are a lot of ways to bundle the same core components, so what sets these laptops apart is the overall design and look.

    Oct 28, 2021 03:28
  • Review by Aaronxx7, 10 out of 10
    Great for extended gaming sessions!

    To date the X17 R1 is the thinnest 17" gaming laptop from Alienware. The exterior has kind of a simplistic yet elegant look to it, with dozens of inconspicuous air vents laid out across the machine.

    The air vents are almost hidden due to the dark core design feature. The interior architecture is actually pretty impressive with a new independent quad fan system, a newly designed heat distribution panel system with a newly engineered thermal paste, new hyper efficient voltage regulator, a Cherry mechanical keyboard (that was co-developed with Dell to be their thinnest latest design), Advanced Optimus, and a "Comfortview plus" display with G-Sync. All these things combined make this a very impressive gaming laptop. Everything about all the new elements in this design really pushes this build for marathon gaming sessions.

    Let's start with what I think is one of the most important features, the Comfortview Plus display. Blue light has been found to cause harm to the optic nerve in several clinical studies. Most people are unaware of the dangers of overexposure to blue lights or even how much blue light they are exposed to. Virtually all types of digital displays emit blue lights. However the new X17 R1's display comes with the Comfortview Plus, which by default is set to reduce the amount of blue light emitted by the 17" screen. The low level blue light mode complies with TUV Rheinland's specifications for blue light safety.

    One study found blue light triggered the release of toxic molecules in photoreceptor cells. This causes damage that can lead to age related macular degeneration. Aside from the long term effects of blue light, there are also short term effects that can cause eye fatigue, headaches, and even problems with sleeping. Reducing blue light will not only make it healthy but also more comfortable for a person to game for hours at a time. It used to be disregarded as a myth that overexposure to tv screens could cause blindness, but today it is becoming more apparent that blue light emitted from any type of display screen can be hazardous to your eye's health. It's nice to see that Dell is being proactive with using low level blue light displays. There are several apps out there for pcs and mobile devices to help reduce blue light emissions as well. In addition to the hardware and software blue light filters, you can also buy eyeglasses with blue light blockers, in both script and no script forms.

    The new thermal solutions make keeping your system cooler a lot easier. The independent quad fan design, ties each fan to a specific component, and regulates the speed of that fan based on the need of it's related component, completely independent of the needs of the other items associated with the other fans. The fans can also work in tandem as needed.

    Element 31 is an encapsulated gallium-silicone thermal interface material, that was designed by Dell to improve thermal resistance 25% more efficiently than previously used thermal compounds. Element 31 works with a specialized heat pipe and cooling fin design to pull heat away from internal components and push it out through the ample supply of vents.

    The quad fan design is a patented technology in which a some fans move air through the system , while opposite fans move air through the chassis and over various internal hotspots creating a pressurized environment that dissipates heat quicker.

    The TCC Offset (Thermal Control Circuit ), is a feature than can be set in the BIOS to put the fan control on automatic based on your own personal temperature limit.

    The hyper efficient voltage regulator allows the processors to run at their highest levels of performance for extended periods of time, without losing quality game play.

    The Cherry keyboard is really a plus. What a bonus it is to have a Cherry mechanical keyboard in a laptop as thin as this. It took Dell 3 years of collaboration to finalize a Cherry keyboard with a 1.5mm travel to fit this application.

    The Advanced Optimus increases battery life by dynamically switching from the discrete GPU to the integrated GPU, and back when the extra GPU power is needed. The Advanced Optimus directly connects the display to the discrete GPU making all this possible, and gives it the ability to use G-Sync. G-Sync is a newer technology that delivers the smoothest and fastest gaming experience by syncing the GPU to the refresh rate of the display. The 17.3" FHD display is 360Hz with 1ms refresh rate, 300-nits brightness and a 100% sRGB color gamut. During some cut scenes the performance overlays were reporting 400 to 500+ fps.

    I played with the different overclocking options for days trying to get into the top 10% tier for similar types of gaming pcs. While the closest I got was only at 91%, that doesn't mean this is a bad machine, or even incapable of playing demanding games, because it could definitely play everything I threw at it and it played them very well. While this machine might not beat everyone in the highest FPS numbers, it does put out some respectable numbers, and will most likely beat everyone in the long haul. Like I said earlier, all the industry firsts in the machine are designed for stability and extended use. I tested the X17 on several different benchmark apps and it returned favorable results beating 82 to 91 percent of other computers with the same tests.

    The Alienware Command Center and NVIDIA 's GeForce Experience offer modest yet safe overclocking options. Third party overclocking software such as Afterburner, offer a wider range of overclocking numbers. However, If you are not well versed in overclocking then the simplest way to improve the machines performance is with NVIDIA's GeForce Experience app. All you need to do is enable "experimental features" in the general settings, and then hit the "alt" button and "z" , click on performance and enable "automatic tuning"

    This feature will safely overclock the GPU based on your current hardware and what it thinks you might need.

    The other option for automatic overclocking is to use Alienware's Command Center, and click on the "Fusion" tab.

    Here you have a little more control over which parts of the performance you would like to change. You can change the "Power options", "Overclocking", and "Thermal"

    If you click on each of the tabs, you will see the available choices. There are two preset overclocking profiles, the 2nd options yields the highest gaming performance of any of the automatic options.

    You can also test and save your own overclocking or performance profiles in the command center.

    A word of caution, third party overclocking apps do run the risk of causing heat damage to the internal components and break your laptop. It seems everyone is in pursuit of higher frame rates, but I would like to think there is such a thing as going to far. The X17 R1 puts out high frame rates that will show off the nice visuals, and give some advantage to the player. However if you are skilled at using 3rd party overclocking software there are a few options in the BIOS you might want to check out as well.

    Typically higher FPS = better gaming for a few different reasons. The first is obvious, and that's because the general look of all the visuals will be improved, the action will be more fluid and edges will be smoother. The second benefit is timing, the faster the frames, the sooner you will notice enemy fire, or other animations in the game that depend on your reaction time for a better outcome. If the frames are slower than the action, then pretty much you have already died before you even saw the gun fire. The higher the frame rate, the more you will see, and have a better chance to react and counter whatever comes at you.

    During actual gameplay of "Destiny 2" I was getting 115 to 155fps , averaging around 120

    "Call of Duty Warzone" runs between 62 to 110, but primarily closer to 65

    "Control" ran around 110 fps

    "Fortnite" stayed at 60fps ( performance mode )

    "Fortnite" in Alpha mode - around 170 FPS

    according to 3DMark the following games should play at these frames per seconds in 1080p:

    Battlefield V - 130+ FPS

    Apex Legends - 140+ FPS

    GTA V - 100+ FPs

    Red Dead Redemption 2 - 50+ FPS

    Also the best thing you can do for yourself and your laptop is to keep everything up to date, including the drivers and all software.

    I must mention that I did have to update several drivers and pieces of software before downloading and playing any games.

    There are a few add-on pieces of software that the laptop will automatically download, when you try to access different features within the Alienware and NVIDIA software.

    There is an unlimited amount of visual customizations you can do with this laptop as well. You can do per key, key sections, or whole keyboard RGB lighting patterns, You can even change the Alien logo, and rear Tron LED strip ( which has 100 micro LEDs ).

    I think I mentioned most if not all the items that set this laptop apart from others, the rest is typical gaming pc stuff, like the Xbox Game Bar, The GeForce Experience overlays, the Alien Command Center and custom profiles for individual games, the Killer Control Center to prioritize your laptops internet traffic, and then general personalized setting preferences.

    Overall this is a great gaming laptop that is also perfect for any type of creative or design software. It runs everything perfectly and has a strong CPU and GPU that will still be very capable in the next few years. There are more expensive options out there, but unless your job depends on it, I can't see spending the extra 1 to 2+ thousands of dollars just to say I have the latest of the latest, especially when a slick laptop like the X17 R1 can do it just fine.

    Oct 26, 2021 01:08
  • Review by J0A0A7, 10 out of 10
    Yes, the X17 can take on the heat!

    If you’re looking for the best gaming laptop out there that is not an RTX 3080 the X17 deserves your attention and here’s why.

    It’s a good-looking laptop that feels very solid and comes in somewhat heavy around 7lbs without the charger (maybe close to 10lbs with the charger). Battery life sucks and I’m totally fine with that since you’re dealing with a high-performing power-hungry 8 Core CPU and a 140watt RTX 3070 GPU. For basic tasks like web browsing or streaming video, I got around 4-5hrs of usage with Advanced Optimus on aka Mux Switch. Turning off Advanced Optimus (disables the integrated GPU) expect battery life to drop half of what you were getting before. When turning it off the laptop runs on the RTX 3070 all the time even when you’re not gaming. Now, this is also good if you’re looking to get every performance juice out of the X17 since the RTX 3070 no longer has to go through the integrated GPU before reaching your internal display. In some games, you will see up 10% increased in performance. The keyboard is nice to type on with some good depth and the backlit is bright but I don’t know why they didn’t bother lighting the secondary keys. The trackpad is nice to use, it uses Microsoft precision drivers with a glass surface. My only complaint is I wish it was slightly bigger. Speakers are decent not the best but not the worst. They do get loud but minus the bass.

    The port selection is generous, if you’re worried about having to bring a dongle along well with the X17 you can leave it home. Most of the ports are in the rear except for the 3.5mm headphone jack and the charging port.

    Headphone Jack

    HDMI 2.1 (up to 4K 120hz resolution)

    1x Thunderbolt USB C port and the ability to charge with a USB Type C charger (must be 65w or over) You won’t be able to game while charging via USB C, but for basic tasks like web browsing or streaming video, it’s fine. The only time I used the 240w charger is when I’m gaming.

    1x USB Type C port that can also charge with a USB Type C charger.

    2x USB 3.2 ports

    1x Gigabit Ethernet Port

    1x Mini Display Port

    Micro SD slot

    Performance is amazing for how well it manages to keep the temperatures under control with a chassis that is slim for its size. There are times the GPU was pulling more than 140watts of power and the CPU going over 45watts. Here’s my experience with some of the games I was playing with maxed-out settings at 1080p. This is without messing around with the overclocking capabilities through the command center. I personally don’t have any experience with that part but if you do I’m sure you can gain even more performance out of this laptop. I just kept it at the balanced profile.

    Back 4 Blood: Unlocked Frame Rate from a low of 120fps during intense scenes like when the zombie horde starts to attack up to 240fps inside the building with a couple of zombies. No stutters, temps hover around 70-74c for the GPU and 82-89c for the CPU. I would estimate my average FPS was around 140fps for most of the game.

    Forza Horizon 4: 90fps with GPU temps around 68c and CPU around 80c.

    Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Right around 80fps average during gameplay with GPU temps around 70c and CPU 66c.

    Call of Duty Warzone: Right around 120fps average with GPU temps around 75c and CPU 80-87c. This game along with Back 4 Blood are some of the demanding CPU games which is why you tend to see CPU temps sightly higher.

    This is actually the first gaming laptop that I did not bother to use a laptop cooler. Maybe it might help drop the temps by 1 point.

    What I also like the only area that was hot to touch was the top part of the keyboard deck and the sides of the keyboard deck were just slightly warm. There was no heat that I can tell on the keyboard itself or the palm rest area. Even with 4 fans at full load, the most noise level I recorded was 50db The fan noise is noticeable but not jet engine loud like on some of my previous laptops. This was with the balanced profile for the fan and power. There are a couple of other profiles like high performance and full speed, but what I noticed with them is that fan speed just stayed on fast, instead of how the balanced profile adjusts the fan speed based on the current load. Another thing I noticed is how quickly is able to cool down after a long session of gaming. This might explain why they ditch the numerical keypad since there are also fans located on the outer edge of the keyboard deck.

    The 17.3 1080p 360hz display is nice looking. The colors are nice and it’s sharp looking. My only complaint since the brightness maxes out at 300nits it can be a struggle outdoors. Indoors is not a problem. It’s a very good display to game on no doubt about it.

    Overall, there’s plenty of features that the X17 comes with that helps make it future-proof for a good couple of years. One last thing it supports PCIe Gen 4. Right off the bat I went ahead and replaced the stock SSD (by the way is fast for a stock SSD, speeds were around 3300 for read and write) with a 2TB Samsung 980 Pro I was getting 6900 Read and 5058 for the write speed. Unfortunately, only 1 of the NVME ports can take advantage of the higher Gen 4 speeds. For the secondary NVME port, I went with a 2TB 970 Evo Plus that was getting around 3522 for read and 3323 for write speeds. If you can definitely get you a Gen 4 SSD to take advantage of those higher speeds. Besides being able to upgrade the storage, both ram slots can be upgraded up to a max of 64GB of XMP ram (32GB on each slot). The RGB lighting is customizable through the Alienware command center including each individual key. The command center also allows you to change the profile of the fan speed, power and including some overclocking abilities.

    The X17 is not pricey for the looks it’s for the performance that it brings to the table. It does all of this in a slim package without sacrificing thermals for the sake of style points. The good looks are the cherry on the top the way I see it. It doesn’t have the best battery life and portability can be questionable since it’s a big laptop. If you want something slightly smaller that can be easier to carry around considered the X15 model since they’re pretty much identical on the cooling system. But for me, I’ll gladly take the X17 as my new daily driver. I highly recommend it for those that want the best performance from an RTX 3070 laptop.

    “Reviewers in this invitation-only program are provided products for the purpose of writing honest, unbiased reviews.”

    Oct 17, 2021 01:50
  • Review by LouRevue, 8 out of 10
    Top tier gaming laptop

    Alienware is well known for its gaming PCs and laptops and this one more than lives up to the brand.

    The 17” screen on this is just plain wonderful. The 360Hz refresh rate is super nice and crisp. Good colors and not issues so far. I know that some people complained about light bleed on their units but I’ve not experienced anything like that fortunately.

    The i7 and RTX 3070 pair wonderfully together and deliver power/performance to run any AAA game out there. There are different modes/profiles you can set for either performance or power saving as with any other gaming PC. I’m currently playing Destiny 2/RDR2 on High and there’s been no hiccups with either game. The 1TB NVME drive is super fast and fine, for now, however I’ll probably upgrade to a larger drive in the future. There is another slot for another drive as well.

    Even with these high end components, the cooling on this laptop is quite surprising. I set my mode to performance and even after hours long gaming sessions, the laptop remains right around the 40c-44c temps. Keyboard gets a tad warm but nothing out of the ordinary.

    The RGB on this laptop is subtle but still good. The keyboard has per-key lighting but the most noticeable is the tron ring on the back. Very nice touch and adds a bit of pizazz along with the logo on the lid.

    The weight of this laptop is good. It’s a bit heavier than your typical laptop however it’s a good heavy. It feels super sturdy and just feels like a quality build. The matte coating on the keyboard tends to get a bit of a fingerprint magnet so just be aware of that. You’ll probably need to bring along a microfiber cloth with this thing wherever you go. The keyboard feels very nice and the keys have a pleasant touch to them and provide good feedback when typing.

    I updated the RAM on mine to 64GB and was pleasantly surprised by the layout of the internals. The case comes off pretty easily unlike other laptops I’ve had where I had to, literally, pry the bottom off the latptop. This shows this laptop was well engineered and it shows.

    There were two minor, but irritating, issues I had with the laptop and both were wth the keyboard. While the fit and finish of the keyboard is well done, two things prevent it from being perfect IMO.

    Even though there’s RGB on the keys, the secondary characters are not lit up....why? Aesthetics aside, I can’t understand why the secondary characters aren’t lit up on this laptop and really just....sigh....just irritating.

    This is a 17” laptop and there’s no number pad on it. I realize it’s probably due to the fan layout on this laptop but, c’mon, a number pad should be standard on a laptop this size.

    That said, this is a fantastic laptop. For any advanced gamer, they’d be proud to have one of these to play on. I’m really digging this laptop and hope it’ll work for years to come.

    Oct 13, 2021 21:23
  • Review by Beradon, 10 out of 10
    Another Winner from Alienware

    I've owned a number of gaming level laptops in the past including some previous Alienware products and there's always a level of 'premium' that you want to feel when it comes to a gaming machine, laptop in particular. I will say that Alienware has hit all the marks with the construction of this machine.

    To start, opening the machine was an absolute joy. Sure it comes in your standard rectangular laptop box, but then inside, there is a wonderfully embossed smaller box which contains the laptop itself. The box is individually wrapped, magnetically closed, and has the word Alienware in silver lettering on the side. Opening this box you're greeted with not only the laptop (also individually wrapped) nestled and packed well inside the box, but also with a very cool design on the box itself. To borrow a quote from John Hammond in the movie Jurassic Park - "They spared no expense". Truly even from the outset, this has been designed to deliver a premium experience. In the larger box you'll also find a small amount of documentation and the charging cable.

    The physical design of the laptop itself is just beautiful. In removing it from the box and wrapping you can immediately feel the quality of the build. While it is indeed plastic, there's a finish on this machine that speaks of quality. It's smooth, feels good under the hand, the action of the lid is smooth, it doesn't hold fingerprints, and really it's just a wonderful thing to behold. They didn't even skimp on the underside of the laptop where in most cases you'd see just plain black plastic, but here it's the same white as the top with the same luxury finish. I will say that it is heavy, but I would not mark it as a negative because of what it is designed to be. With the specs and cooling that a laptop of this design should have, it could only have some weight behind it.

    Initial boot is much as you'd expect from any Windows laptop, although interestingly this did not ship with Windows 11 which I expected because I received it after the Windows 11 general release announcement. I can't say that's a bad thing though unless you're just wanting Windows 11, as I prefer the Windows 10 experience, so at least for the time being these are still being shipped with Windows 10. The laptop lights up on the keys, the lid and in a ring around the expansion ports on the back with the AlienFX lighting which is fully adjustable inside the Alienware Command Center application. To anyone near you, it will be obvious that you're not only using an Alienware, but that it has all the bells and whistles. The screen is beautiful, the specs tout it as a 360hz refresh rate, although I will say that even the included RTX 3070 might have a hard time driving a game with a refresh rate that high. There's extremely little bloat installed, just Office 365, MyAlienware, as well as some warranty and customer support apps, and the Alienware Command Center for controlling lighting and profiles for the machine. The keyboard is a standard membrane chiclet keyboard with Alienware's backlighting. It would have been nice to see a mechanical keyboard in a laptop of this calibre, and purchased directly from Alienware, that is an option, but this model does not have it.

    Now for the fun part.

    The specs of the machine are no slouch, the near-top end mobile i7-11800H and the Geforce RTX 3070 drive the laptop and do a wonderful job at it. It's important to know something about current generation mobile graphics; NVidia does not require manufacturers to specify whether they have implemented the 'Max-Q' (low power) or 'Max-P' (full power). That said, this laptop clearly comes with the full power 'Max-P' version of the 3070, which is great to see, but is expected of a laptop of Alienware's quality. The 3DMark Timespy score came out to 10662 with no overclocks enabled, which was actually a full 3000 points above the Max-Q version of the graphics. There will be zero issues running all current games at high settings on this beautiful 1080p screen. I will say that I am a little disappointed in the performance of the included nVME SSD. The processor and graphics are capable of full PCI-E Gen4 performance, the included Samsung PM9A1 SSD is a Gen4 drive, but the benchmark from the drive will show I'm getting Gen3 performance from it, which means the M.2 slots are Gen3, not Gen4 capable. I've searched the bios settings to ensure there wasn't a setting misconfigured for this, but there seem to be no controls for PCI-E generation. It is very fast, but not as fast as it should be.

    This takes me to the gaming portion, I then installed World of Warcraft Shadowlands, Cyberpunk 2077 and Back 4 Blood. The automatic settings for each placed them in the highest configuration for graphics and I experienced no issues playing any of them. The display is a 360hz refresh rate display which according to the Dell website should support Gsync, however I seem to be unable to enable Gsync on this display. I can tell you, however, that it is still an enjoyable experience to use this display. There's no frame shearing or stuttering, and really just all around fun to see. The responsiveness from the keyboard is good despite being a membrane keyboard, and the performance from the included Killer wireless NIC is good for downloads as much as for gaming.

    A quick note on the thermals while gaming. As expected the fans kick up a lot when gaming. No significant hotspots in the keyboard or palm rest while using it, most of the heat appears to be centered at the back side above the keyboard and of course out of the exhaust on the back of the laptop. If you're concerned about fan sound when just browsing the net or other less strenuous functions, there is a 'quiet' profile as well as a battery saving profile which turns down the usage of the fans so it is less intrusive.

    This brings me to the sound. The Alienware Command Center application has prebuilt profiles for different types of sound. When playing music on Youtube with the music profile enabled it definitely gives a fuller sound, though you must still remember that these are laptop speakers. These are the signature front-edge-firing speakers that Alienware tends to include in their laptops. In gaming, with the shooter profile, you can tell where it plays up footsteps and gunfire. In 'com' mode for things like Zoom calls, you can hear voices are improved and it tones down background sound. The speakers are capable of being very loud, particularly for laptop speakers, however I feel like they could definitely put a little more effort into the sound. I will finish this by saying they are not bad speakers, but not as good as they could be. You will definitely not want to use them on the default sound profile as it's very bad.

    To sum it up. Alienware has released another extremely well built laptop. The Best Buy version of this laptop has some slight caveats and sacrifices at the price point. I highly recommend it if you're in the market for a premium level laptop with excellent capabilities.

    Oct 19, 2021 14:12
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Solidly built and great performance

    The Alienware x17 is pure performance in a nice looking and well-built chassis. The first thing you notice about this machine is the fantastically premium build quality and unboxing experience. This model (the RTX 3070) comes out of the box with the compact power brick instead of the usual gaming laptop “BRICK” for power. It is almost half the size of the same 240-watt brick for my Dell G7 and similar in size to some Ultrabook chargers, still not small but definitely easier to fit into a backpack or computer bag. The device also has USB-C PD ability through either the Thunderbolt 4 or the 3.2 ports (tested with a 65-watt charger for a MacBook Pro 13 and it was able to at least keep the battery at the same level under medium demand office/productivity usage). The per-key RGB lighting and chassis lighting accents can be as subtle or flashy as you would like, utilizing Alienware Command Center FX Lighting to make setup easy and pretty intuitive. Nice key travel that make for a great typing experience and definitely usable for gaming on the go. Well balanced hinge and very stable feet, with a finish that isn't totally grease and sweat-proof, but it cleans easily and resists a fair amount of fingerprints. The i7-11800H processor and it’s 8-cores/16-threads paired with 16 GB (fully upgradeable/not soldered), 1 TB NVMe SSD (with a second empty slot), and RTX 3070 is an absolute dream for gaming and workstation performance with the best cooling I have ever experienced on a laptop! The fans produce more of a "whoosh" than a "whirr" at higher usage, making it easier to use without a headset and less likely to annoy others in the room with the fan noise, the beefy cooling system also means the fans don't have to ramp up for every minor workload. Throughout multiple hours of gaming, I never felt the keyboard was too warm to comfortably rest my hands on nor did the system chassis get too hot to comfortable hold or move. The upgradeability and flexibility of this svelte machine makes it an absolute winner for a well-rounded high-performance laptop. Sounds is pretty good for a laptop and the microphones are good are picking up you instead of the fans. The drawbacks are mostly limited by software, much of the pre-loaded software can be viewed as unnecessary, especially at this price and performance, much of the initial setup is spent deleting certain programs in favor of your preferred ones and some may decide to just do a fresh install of Windows and download the essential software to minimize system usage. This isn’t a big deal and something that is expected with any OEM computer, much less a laptop. The Alienware Command Center is fine but feels like it needs a refresh sometime soon, especially the game library and home sections that are difficult to get functioning and are better left alone in favor of GeForce Experience. The trackpad is also adorably small on this behemoth of a 17-inch laptop, it is more than usable, but expect jokes from your Mac friends. That said, pairing it with a mouse is extremely easy through either of the two USB-A ports, USB-C ports, or through Bluetooth. The rear I/O is very nice, it would be nice to have a USB port on one of the sides, but its still more than most competitors and easily keeps your cables & connectors well managed away from your gaming space. The webcam is terrible, but it is there, works and provides Windows Hello support, which is very nice to have! The system does lack a 10-key number pad, which is almost a sin on a 17-inch laptop, but this should be forgiven as it has been replaced with superior cooling for this gaming laptop.

    All around, this is an incredible system whose pros definitely outweigh the few cons, namely the cooling being some of the best on the market and the generously easy upgradeability of the components in a laptop that is still pretty light, relatively, and definitely thin for a high-performance gaming laptop! This is an excellent desktop replacement for those who want minimal compromises from their gaming machines to make them portable. The lighting is excellent, chassis is solid and looks amazing, and the cooling is ultracool and has a very tolerable fan noise, more of a whoosh than a whirr. I would highly recommend this system, especially if it is on sale!

    Oct 17, 2021 23:02
  • Review by The34Car, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic Gaming Laptop Right Out of the Box

    The Alienware X17 R1 gaming laptop is the best laptop I’ve ever owned (and I’ve owned a lot of them over the years). I initially got it for my son, since I already had a pretty good PC that I use for gaming and creating content through various Adobe applications. I decided instead to give my son my PC and keep this awesome laptop for myself. It is an improvement over my PC and it’s portable! Win-win for me!

    So starting with the looks: Awesome. If you like RGB lighting on your rig, this has it. There is programmable lighting in three areas: keyboard, back panel where most of the ports are, and Alienware alien head logo on the lid. You can make the laptop your own with all of the lighting options; even having custom lighting for each game you play.

    Next is build quality: Awesome! This thing is sturdy! You can open the lid with one hand without the bottom lifting up or the lid bending. It’s solid. The off-white color on the exterior, combined with the matte black interior is a striking look. Plus the “17” on the lid makes this laptop look like some futuristic military laptop. Super cool look.

    Specs: Mostly Awesome! The screen is FHD, which is fine for a 17” screen. The keys on the keyboard are mechanical with a nice sound and feel. The secondary functions on keys don’t light up though, making them hard to find in low light situations. The speakers are not very good. The sound is very hollow and light out of them. The good news is, you can plug your own speakers or headphones in via 3.5mm jack on the side of the laptop and the sound is great. The version I got has an 11th gen Intel Core i7-11800H @2.30GHz processor, which has been working out great. It also has (my favorite part) an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 GPU! Games look gorgeous, especially when I output the video to my separate 4k monitor via a mini DisplayPort cable. Ghosting and tearing are history! This also comes with 16GB of high density RAM @3200 MHz, which is okay, but I plan on upgrading to 32GB of low density RAM in the near future to help with my video editing. Both the RAM and the SSD are upgradeable. I’m having difficulty figuring out if this can be upgraded to 64 GB of RAM or just 32 GB though, as I’ve been told both things. Hmmm. I shouldn’t need to upgrade the SSD though, as 1 TB is fairly substantial, considering many things get saved to the cloud anyway. There are a substantial amount of ports on the back of the laptop. Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, 2 USB, ethernet, thunderbolt, etc.

    Finally, the fan noise and cooling: Pretty darn great! For such a powerful machine in such a small footprint, this is remarkably quiet! The new cooling system that Alienware has in here seems to work really well, and I haven’t had any overheating issues as of yet.

    Bottom line, this is a really good gaming laptop for those of us who want to just be able to buy a laptop and start gaming and being productive without having to mess around with it too much. Perfect for me!

    Oct 21, 2021 12:37
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 14" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 1TB SSD - Moonlight White
    Description

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus Ultraportable Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ROG notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics produce high-quality visuals on the fast 14-inch 144hz FHD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 1TD SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    17 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 14" FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate: The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 100% sRGB boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Four speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Weighs 3.64 lbs. and measures 0.70" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 14" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Chiclet White Light Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by vrs99, 10 out of 10
    Zero Compromises

    The ASUS ROG Zephyrus 14” is a no-nonsense laptop for the hardcore gamer on the go. First impressions of this laptop are how sleek and civilized it looks. The gamer aesthetic is subtle, looks and feels premium. ¼” thin bezels and minimalistic branding are also a big plus.

    Big fan of its notebook form-factor as well, making it very portable.

    Key stabilization is great on all keys and keyboard feels like any membrane keyboard. All keys have dimmable white backlighting which has customizable effects in the included Armory Crate software. Magnesium chassis has no deck flex with Dolby Atmos compatible, upward firing speakers. Another thing worth mentioning is the texture of the chassis feels comfortable when I rest my palms on it and will not attract smears and smudges.

    ASUS’s “AI noise cancellation” is advertised to block out unwanted sounds from the microphone array. Was not able to get this feature to work even after an audio driver update and reinstallation of the Armory Crate software.

    Next-gen RTX 3060 and Ryzen 9 5900HS shred through even the most intensive games at high settings. Paired with a 144hz, 1080p, variable refresh rate display, this trio creates a no-compromise buttery-smooth gaming experience. Don’t forget about workstation use, the Ryzen 9’s raw computing power is great for video editing, 3d rendering, and many more creative use cases. The SK Hynix NVME drive offers blazing fast read and write performance. Loads games in a heartbeat.

    During heavy workloads, the fans are significantly quieter than other gaming laptops I have used. All this computing power comes with a cost, heat. The laptop gets uncomfortably hot on the bottom and very warm near the keyboard during intense gaming. However, cooling system keeps the temps in check, peaking at 76° on the CPU and 71° on the GPU under load.

    This laptop has a myriad of thoughtful battery-saving features so you can enjoy longer cordless gaming sessions. For starters, Nvidia Geforce Experience has “batteryboost” optimized settings for games, which lowers the graphical fidelity of the games when on battery to save power while not sacrificing FPS. ASUS Armory Crate software also has preset “on-battery” and “performance” modes which automatically switch. Finally, the refresh rate of the display is locked to 60hz while on battery to greatly increase the battery life. Gaming on battery is still extremely smooth, even with all these features at work.

    One drawback of this laptop is the absence of an integrated webcam. In this day and age where video conferencing is the norm, this redaction blemishes what is otherwise a near-perfect laptop.

    Wi-Fi 802.11AX a big plus for future proofing or anyone who has latest AX (Wi-Fi 6) router. Incredible throughput with my Asus GT-AX11000 router.

    Synthetic Benchmarks:

    • 3DMark Timespy

    - Overall Score: 6404 (Great)

    - Graphics Score: 6161

    - CPU Score: 8256

    • Unigine Superposition (1080p High)

    - Score: 8494

    - Min FPS: 52

    - Max FPS: 78

    - Avg FPS: 64

    • Blender BMW Render (CPU)

    - Time: 03:38:86

    • Blender BMW Render (GPU)

    - Time: 05:35:26

    • Crystal Disk Mark

    - Sequential 1mb read: 3598 MB/s

    - Sequential 1mb write: 2844 Mb/s

    - Random 4kb read: 927 Mb/s

    - Random 4kb write: 359 Mb/s

    Real-world Gaming Benchmarks (All benchmarks were recorded with Nvidia’s optimized settings):

    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019

    - Min FPS: 79

    - Max FPS: 139

    - Avg FPS: 102

    • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

    - Min FPS: 80

    - Max FPS: 137

    - Avg FPS: 104

    • Escape from Tarkov (Customs Map)

    - Min FPS: 32

    - Max FPS: 85

    - Avg FPS: 47

    • Rocket League

    - Min FPS: 202

    - Max FPS: 251

    - Avg FPS: 234

    • Titanfall 2

    - Min FPS: 55

    - Max FPS: 146

    - Avg FPS: 141

    Hugely impressed with how much computing power and features can be packed into a small package. If you want to game all-out on the go, this laptop is for you.

    Mar 31, 2021 20:37
  • Review by Cole, 10 out of 10
    After Heat problem resolved / Amazing Laptop

    I researched gaming laptops for weeks and to be honest this was not my first choice. The rumors of it overheating while under heavy loads were worrisome to me. The rumors were true and I was gaming at around 85C which seemed too much for me. After finding the solution which was to turn off the automatic boost built into the laptop. Because of this, I can 100% recommend this product. This 14' laptop with extremely powerful components in it gets up to 12 hours of battery life on a full charge. Absolutely blown away.

    Aug 20, 2021 15:44
  • Review by jdfok, 8 out of 10
    Very capable little gaming notebook.

    Pros:

    - Plays all modern games I've thrown at it on Ultra

    (Doom Eternal, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 4)

    - Has fantastic audio, much better than my macbook pro

    - The screen at 144hz is very nice

    - The keyboard is good and doesn't feel so chicklet-y

    - Overall build quality is great

    Cons:

    - Too few USB ports, and they poke out on the right side, so if you put a mouse on the right side it collides with wires from anything else

    - The keyboard is silver and lights up, in some lighting conditions it makes seeing what key is what very difficult.

    - This baby gets hot! I highly suggest a lap desk and a cooling pad

    - Although it has decent specs, clock speed on the gpu and cpu are clocked at lower frequencies likely for heat managment.

    Jun 26, 2021 12:53
  • Review by llaccount66, 8 out of 10
    Almost Perfect Very Portable Gaming Laptop

    I want to go into a bit more detail than I see from others on this laptop and get into the pros and cons more deeply.

    A quick summary would be that this laptop offers great performance especially for the size of the machine. Early battery tests of some light mixed usage yields results of 10-12 hours, inclusive of YouTube video playback of 1080p content. This is with the screen brightness at 50% and the screen refresh rate automatically lowered to 60hz, instead of the native 144hz. The 5900HS beats, in my testing, an Intel Core i7-10870H, and matches in testing an i9-10980HK., while the 3060 matches or beats a desktop 2060 while stock.

    Delving into gaming, I tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p with the Highest Preset, and AA set to TAA. The game returned an average frame rate of 91 FPS. In Doom Eternal, with all settings cranked, the system gets over 130FPS on average, generally matching the 144hz refresh rate of the display.

    At full stock settings, the laptop returned an overall score of 7532, with a score of 7324 for the GPU and 8985 for the CPU. Overclocking the memory by 150Mhz and the Core by 200Mhz using Armory Crate, and with the fans manually set to 100% yielded an overall score of 7959, with the GPU scoring 7798, and the CPU scoring 9016.

    Temperatures are a bit interesting. With stock settings and running the system in Asus’ “Turbo” mode, the GPU stayed under 75°, and the CPU under 73°. Overclocked, the GPU pushed to 85° before setting the fans to 100%. Stressing both the GPU and CPU simultaneously in Turbo mode got the GPU to 77°, and the CPU to a toasty 96°. Setting the fans to 100% reduced the CPU temps to 86°, and the GPU to 71°. This was also using the same CPU and GPU stress testing.

    With an overclock, the 3060 performs relatively close to an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmarks showing a better result of 95FPS.

    The response times of the display are a bit slower in practice vs other 144hz displays, but in games, I did not find it too noticeable. The fingerprint scanner is markedly improved over the last version of this laptop. Could just be drivers, but it definitely works faster and more accurately.

    The keyboard backlighting is better than the previous version of this laptop, with the lighting being much more uniform, but during the day it is still hard to see due to the lighting being white on silver keys. Otherwise, the keyboard feels great to type on, with deeper travel than one might expect from a laptop so thin.

    Removing the bottom panel allows the user to upgrade SSD, WIFI card, and 1 RAM module. 8GB is soldered to the motherboard.

    The speakers are great with surprising clarity and bass. Using the default performance presets, they can easily overpower the sound of the fans when gaming.

    I think this laptop is a great buy, with my only issues being the color of the backlight on the keyboard, lack of HDMI 2.1 (It has HDMI 2.0, but I think HDMI 2.1 would be more forward looking), and lack of ethernet, though the system has WIFI 6, and in my testing with a Netgear Nighthawk CAX80 Router, the system was able to achieve download speeds over 1400Mbps. The laptop does support USB-C charging, which works great, and the touchpad is fluid, and uses Microsoft’s precision drivers.

    All around, I think this laptop would be a great companion for editing, code compiling, and gaming. Some of the things I’ll be using it for. I’d definitely recommend this laptop.

    Mar 25, 2021 19:47
  • Review by Boom, 10 out of 10
    Carbon fibre of laptop

    I'm writing this review after using ASUS G14 laptop for 15 days now. I'm used this laptop for my research and computational purpose of fluid flow and I'm so impressed by this. I had a choice of purchasing Macbook pro but I feel this had better configuration and best value for money. I love its battery backup and follow its recommendation of 80% balanced charge and I get 8-9hrs of work done on a single charge including reading papers and running python scripts. Best part is it has much needed ports that helps integrate with my monitor and headset. I didn't have to buy anything additional. And, it feels so light, it feels like carbon fibre body works of car. Sp light yet so strong. Best laptop to carry around.

    One cons is it doesn't have webcam integrated but it has phone connect app, so i can use my phones camera for zoom meetings, but I already got extra webcam.

    Jul 29, 2021 19:23
  • Review by GregB, 10 out of 10
    Very solid, lightweight machine.

    Overall great laptop. If I had one nitpick spec-wise, I wish it had a slightly lower CPU in exchange for a better GPU.

    Some notes about using this after a month:

    The display may appear washed out when you first use it. This can be improved by disabling Vari-Bright within Radeon Software (see first image). It's a power-saving measure, but it definitely hinders the display quality.

    No webcam: I find this a great benefit, but many others may disagree.

    The keyboard backlight is largely unnecessary. In dim lighting, the backlight may make the keys even harder to read. (see second image)

    The bottom can be easily opened; the SSD and one stick of RAM can be upgraded (8GB are soldered onto the main board).

    Other information can be obtained through video reviews, so please look there if you have not already. Search for "Gigabyte Zephyrus G14 2021", and most videos posted after February 2021 should be about this laptop.

    Jul 19, 2021 11:56
  • Review by AYoshi, 8 out of 10
    Extremely portable full function system

    It is amazing how the power of a high end desktop gaming PC from two years ago can fit into a 14inch laptop under 4lbs.

    The Ryzen 9 5900HS cpu in this thing has enough power to be relevant for at least 3 years.

    The RTX 3060 is a good balance of speed and power efficiency, although the 6GB may require realistic graphic detail adjustments in near future games. I do not think any gpu more powerful or higher wattage would be possible in this chassis. The RTX runs through Radeon iGPU which does reduce performance in cpu bound games, but allows freesync adaptive sync to eliminate stutter and tearing. The usb-c port on left side of unit supports displayport/hdmi directly from RTX 3060 with optional adapters. I verified Gsync works through usb-c port with displayport adapter to my external monitors. I have seen a lot of complaints that the HDMI port is not connected directly to RTX but I actually feel this is a good thing because it allows longer battery life when hooking up to projectors during business presentations where the power of RTX is not always needed. For simple slides and video, the Radeon is sufficient and the RTX can be used via Optimus if presentation requires more graphical grunt.

    The cooling system is about as good as physically possible in a chassis this small without using a more expensive vapor chamber design. The liquid metal thermal interface on cpu helps minimize cpu thermal throttling issues. If running simultaneous cpu + gpu stress for prolonged periods, expect some mild throttling on either gpu or cpu as they share heatpipes. The VRMs seem to have dedicated cooling plate and pipe. Asus engineers seem to have found best balance between power and thermals.

    The touchpad is small but very smooth and responsive. The keyboard has good layout. The backlight is improved in uniformity compared to last year, but still difficult to see in medium light conditions (especially at low keyboard light brightness). I put a 2021 G14 black keyboard cover on system and I think it makes system look better in medium/bright light rooms.

    The speakers are loud and actually have some low frequency response. Probably the best speakers outside of a Macbook Pro.

    The screen on my unit had minimal light bleed and good black levels. For text and videos, I had no complaints. Unfortunately, I do notice ghosting from the relatively lower response time. It is definitely better than last year’s model, but resembles a fast VA panel more than a fast IPS. Anybody sensitive to ghosting/response time should consider something else or use external monitor when not traveling.

    The single m.2 slot and single SODIMM slot is disappointing but understandable. There is literally no space to fit additional slots due to small system. I wished all 16GB was soldered with open slot for user to add more. But I suspect more than 90% of users will find the 8GB soldered + 8GB SODIMM sufficient. At least there is option to increase RAM to 8 soldered + 32 sodimm in future even if only first 16GB will be dual channel.

    Overall is probably the most processing/graphical power in the smallest/lightest laptop available on the market (Apple ecosystem users should also seriously consider Macbook Air or Pro M1). It is easy to carry around and allows use of up to 100watt PD USB-C charger to reduce need to take 180watt brick on trips. Just remember to get external webcam or learn how to use phone camera as webcam because there is no builtin webcam on this laptop.

    Apr 19, 2021 14:58
  • Review by CobGaming, 10 out of 10
    All this powerful for under 2k!?????

    When I was shopping for a new gaming laptop to replace my MSI Appache Pro 7RGE I wanted to look for a laptop that an AMD CPU and a better GPU something like a 1080Ti or 2070 Super. I stumbled across a post about Asus announcing their new G14 and G15 laptops supporting the new Ryzen 9th gen 4000 series mobile CPUs and throwing in 3060 and 3080's in them starting at $1499. Not gonna lie I flipped out lol I was incredibly excited about the news so I waited for them to drop and it was impossible to find one in any store, microcenter was even struggling to get them in but couldn't promise anything. So I checked our best buy and I found it available online so I didn't hesitate and bought the first available modle which happily was the G14 that came with the new Ryzen 5900HS and a 3060. Best upgrade....period....you can't find a laptop this powerful for under 2k, especially for it being only a 14in screen and weights just under 4lbs. I built a Ryzen desktop which I ended up doing 5k in and this laptop keeps up. If your ready this review do not hesitate, buy this model of the G14. Spending 1500 on gaming laptop and it keeps up with a rig with 5k worth of parts?....that rarely happens. Very impressed and satisfied with this laptop.

    Apr 10, 2021 06:52
  • 9.0score
    17
    MSI
    MSI - GF65 15.6" 144hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i5 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX3060 - 512GB SSD - 8GB Memory - Black
    Description

    MSI GF65 Laptop: Game to your full potential with this MSI Thin gaming laptop. An Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM run AAA titles smoothly at high speeds, while the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics card renders detailed visuals on the 15.6-inch display. This MSI Thin gaming laptop has a 512GB SSD for providing ample storage space and swift boots. Dedicated thermal solutions for both the CPU and GPU with up to 6 heat pipes, work harmoniously by minimizing the heat and maximizing the airflow for smooth gaming performance in such compact chassis. Immerse yourself in lossless music and enjoy the premium sound quality with Hi-Resolution Audio. Experience and listen to audio the way it was intended.

    11 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 15.6" Full HD display: The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 144hz boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 8GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Weighs 4.1 lbs. and measures 0.9" thin: Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 3-cell lithium-polymer battery.
  • Wireless/wired connectivity (Wi-Fi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ better reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3x faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in HD webcam with microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • Additional ports: Headphone/microphone combo jack and mini DisplayPort.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Peter, 10 out of 10
    Best budget gaming laptop!

    - Price: Black Friday Sale $849.99 (The cheapest among RTX 3060 models)

    - Etc.: X-box Gaming Pass 1 month included

    - Review after 2 weeks of usage

    Good

    - Reasonable price for RTX 3060; Practically, runs most games

    - Fair Backlights/Keyboard

    - Fair processor

    - Weight

    Bad

    - Battery goes out really quick

    - Tenkeyless

    - Brightness (250 nits)

    - Loud fan noise (when gaming)

    Total: 4.5/5

    Nov 01, 2021 12:34
  • Review by FluffyDaddyD, 10 out of 10
    Bargain Laptop with good GPU

    Let’s start by saying it’s the only computer brand with a 3060 under $1200, but on sale it’s a real bargain. The memory is so-so and for the price I get it (8gb), Storage is not bad for starters, I like the feel of the big keyboard due the the fact that there is no num pad…meh. The screen has a good refresh rate, but the color accuracy is off a decent amount. The mouse pad is ok, but I use a gaming mouse so it doesn’t affect me. The fans can get loud, but they keep the GPU running cool. Overall great laptop for the price.

    Aug 27, 2021 17:00
  • Review by Lawrence, 10 out of 10
    Hard to beat at $1099, Unbeatable at $849

    Seriously, get it on sale while you can, I've been nothing but impressed since getting mine.

    In my own benchmarks I would rate the CPU as the same performance level of a desktop Ryzen 5 2600, or a desktop I7-7700K(except with 2 extra cores, and 4 extra threads).

    The GPU in my own testing is very close to the performance level of a Desktop RTX 2060..... don't let the 75W rating fool you, this thing is still a little beast.

    You will of course want to add another 8GB stick of RAM and a bit more storage down the line, but even with that, the price for what you get is still amazing.

    There are a couple tweeks you might want to consider, the first and most important would be a CPU undervolt of around -100 millivolts, this can be done in BIOS when you enable the "expert mode" in BIOS settings by holding (right control+right shift+left alt+F2)..... the undervolt will improve CPU performance and cooling.

    Next thing you might want to consider is creating a custom fan curve in Dragon Center, the stock fan curve isn't horrible, but if you don't mind trading a little silence, you can definitely get some better cooling with your own curve.

    One other thing. If you don't want this thing forcibly updating you to Windows 11(it will try believe me), make sure to disable the TPM module in the BIOS security tab.

    Other than that, game on! this thing is surprisingly capable!

    Nov 03, 2021 15:09
  • Review by Andrew, 10 out of 10
    Great Budget Gaming Laptop

    After months of investigation, I chose this laptop over some of its competitors due to the better GPU and lighter weight.

    The RTX3060 GPU, while throttled somewhat vs desktop versions, is still powerful enough to run most games. Additionally, the laptop has an integrated Intel Graphics chipset, which is used for most everyday tasks like web browsing and video playback. This enables the battery to last longer and generates less heat, allowing the fans to run quieter. The core i5, is competitive verses the i7, while being almost $200 cheaper.

    I highly recommend upgrading the RAM to at least 16 GB. The first thing I did was replace the 8 GB RAM with 32 GB and enable XMP in the BIOS. This let the RAM run at 2933 MHz, instead of the 2133 MHz that it was running out of the box.

    Aug 13, 2021 18:20
  • Review by yaus007, 10 out of 10
    Best cheap beast lol

    PROS:

    1. It has 2 ram dimms (I upgrade to 32gb ram)

    2. It has 2 nvme dimms (I added +1TB nvme)

    3. Its warm with a cooler base and it's hot without it (at full blast playing the witcher III like 3 hours)

    4. It is fast even without upgrades

    5. Noise is not high with a cooler base and it is high without

    CONS:

    1. RTX3060 is the 60watt version, max 75watt (the lowest)

    2. Plastic feel, not cheap but plastic at the end

    3. You have to get into the BIOS to improve rams speed clocks

    4. Have only 2 usb ports + 2 usb-c

    OVERALL:

    Well you will not find a cheaper laptop with this hardware, I buyed this baby for 940usd (tax included, 829usd listed) and let me tell you that for that price, it was a steal, this beauty runs gooood with the RTX3060 and i5.

    I upgraded ram to 32gb and added 1TB stick to improve significally this laptop, after the upgrades I feel laptop speed increased like 30% in games. Consider to do this for GREAT IMPROVE, even another 8gb stick would be great, since it take advantage of the dual channel stuff.

    I always buyed 17.3in laptop, but the price range of laptops with that screen size with very similar hardware goes from $1400-$1600 so it is almost DOUBLE!.... I am considering buying a gaming monitor and a stand base to put the laptop (using it like a CPU?, lol) with the money I saved but not sure since I will feel that it lost all the sense of buying a laptop, but when I think I have an extra $500 bucks in my pocket just for the screen, so it's ok.

    Nov 06, 2021 06:47
  • Review by EvilGenius, 8 out of 10
    Great performance, but no display output via USB-C

    Fast, requires some tweaking to reach acceptable thermal levels. (I prefer to keep my machines under 80* C under load)

    Buyers - be aware that this laptop has no displayport out via USB-C. The USB-C ports are literally only for data. No charging, or display outputs. The HDMI port is limited to 4k 30hz.

    As long as you're ok with these limitations, this is a great machine! I just wish there was more clarity about the display outputs. (You can literally only connect one external monitor unless you get a displaylink usb to hdmi adapter)

    Oct 29, 2021 08:02
  • Review by Jfelic, 8 out of 10
    Very good gaming laptop

    This laptop is very good for AAA games and it will play more demanding games at lower resolutions out of the box with 8gb of ram.I bought and installed 32 GB of ram plus a 1 TB hard drive for additional storage and the benchmarks more than doubled.I play Microsoft Flight Simulator with high settings and I can get approximately 50-60 fps and more depending on the background scenery and the screen is bright and clear.I am happy with my purchase but serious gamers should look to get at least 16 GB and 1 TB storage since the 512 GB SSD fills up quickly.

    Sep 12, 2021 09:41
  • Review by sdsingh1, 8 out of 10
    Great price to performance

    Good components for the money at the regular price, excellent value when on sale.

    Not the best components, but your are not paying full price for the best on the market. The 3060 can run any game at 1080, but you can't run ultra quality on the newest AAA games. The cpu is good enough. The keyboard and trackpad are good enough. The screen is good enough for most people. The battery is good enough for a gaming laptop, if battery life is important to you don't buy a gaming laptop. To get better you have to pay more for each area, but this is meant to be a budget product.

    The only real upgrade you should do is increase the ram, which is relatively easy to do. While on sale and adding 8gb of ram, for around $1k total you have a decent system that should last you through 2023 when hopefully the shortages and prices get better.

    Nov 03, 2021 05:49
  • 9.0score
    18
    MSI
    MSI - GS76 17.3" QHD 240hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i9 - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - 32GB Memory - Black
    Description

    Edge ahead of the pack with this MSI Stealth gaming laptop. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card delivers stutter-free, paired with QHD 240hz refresh 3ms screen for fluid gameplay, while the Intel Core i9 processor and 32GB of RAM power through resource-intensive titles. Featuring a 1TB SSD, this MSI Stealth gaming laptop offers ample storage for your files and ultrafast startups.

    7 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11: Upgrade rollout plan is being finalized and is scheduled to begin late in 2021 and continue into 2022. Specific timing will vary by device. Certain features require specific hardware, see https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-11-specifications.
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your scree
  • 17.3" QHD display: The 2560x1440 resolution with 240hz refresh and 3ms response time boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 32GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid-state drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e NVMe SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics: Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DiehardMENACE, 10 out of 10
    Doont let this Superstar pass you by!

    This laptop is hands down one of the best setups out there. It has all the best componets for either your just a casual gamer or a solier part of a clan white knuckle first person shooters epic battlegrounds with no lag. Or the internet wanderer this would satisfy you with fhd graphics and a amazing refresh rate,you can have more than just multiple tabs open,watching videos,posting up on your social sites without even waking up the beast inside this machine. No lagging, not dropped internet and no absulutly no bufferring. Casual or Pro this is the laptop that you need. Trust there is no quit in this machine and all your top of the line components encased in a hard but light shell. It puts your mind at ease for sure. And has beautiful RGB keyboard aswell.

    Sep 03, 2021 20:45
  • Review by rispgiu, 8 out of 10
    Not bad but ...

    Not a bad laptop, I did not care for the screen. Images were not as bright and vibrant as other screens I have seen and when compared against other monitors images would lose details. I did not like the funky keys. Sometimes I had to look at the keys twice to make sure I was pushing on the right key.

    Those are just personal preferences and I did not see anything wrong with the unit.

    Sep 24, 2021 16:34
  • Review by Esshkeerill, 10 out of 10
    Great upgrade and value proposition

    The best and most balanced version of the GS76 lineup by far IMHO. Great chassis, slick design, reasonable price when compared to the competition like Razer, Asus, Alienware and etc. Furthermore, it's easy to carry around, and very comfortable to type on unlike something like MacBook 13 with these M1 chips. I could go on and on about how great it is, but you gotta try it yourself to really experience what I'm so happy about.

    Sep 03, 2021 14:52
  • Review by LikesSweetandSimple, 10 out of 10
    Kick-a-doodle-doo

    Beastly machine. Worth every penny. I would buy even if my employer didn't chip in any money towards the purchase. The battery life is 4-6 hrs depending on activity/use.

    Oct 01, 2021 23:04
  • Review by BradE, 10 out of 10
    Amazing gaming laptop!

    Amazing laptop! Almost overkill for gaming, looking forward to BF 2042. It can play Doom Eternal with maxed out settings. Highly recommend!

    Oct 29, 2021 16:51
  • Review by Stewie, 10 out of 10
    Gaming laptop

    One of the best gaming laptops iv owned in years. Great price.

    Oct 30, 2021 04:38
  • Review by Nitin, 10 out of 10
    Dope

    Perfect performance, price, battery, screen, value, portability. Had this item been slightly lighter it would sit just right on my lap. Only quirk I would say is the fn key on the right side. Why!!! Nearly a deal breaker fn key. Oh yeah a finger print magnet needs to be wiped clean after every use. 4.5 stars.

    Sep 03, 2021 20:13
  • Review by Leon, 2 out of 10
    Nvidia driver issue.

    I bought this laptop it was working great however, I had a problem with the nvidia driver update. Would get a black screen startup and screen flickering. I tried uninstalling the nvidia update which fixed the problem however the laptop kept reinstalling it automatically. Had to return it.

    Sep 18, 2021 13:00
  • 9.0score
    Alienware - m17 R4 - 17.3" FHD Gaming laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB Solid State Drive - Lunar Light
    Description

    With the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors enabling up to 8-cores and 16-threads of multi-threaded performance, the latest generation of Alienware m15 goes beyond its predecessor. Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with Ultimate performance for gamers and creators. Realistic ray-traced graphics and AI-accelerated DLSS. Our latest thermal technology, Advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech, is an engineering approach where an Alienware system’s gaming performance is never compromised by means of electrical and mechanical methods while maintaining system stability during the highest performance states. The Alienware m15 offers incredible display options and the thinnest left and right bezels (5.6mm) among all Alienware gaming laptops for gamers who demand the best visual experiences possible.

    19 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 17.3" Full HD 360Hz Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. For gamers who prioritize blazing-fast, uninterrupted gaming, the Alienware m17 offers a 360Hz 5ms panel with 300-nits 100% sRGB color gamut with NVIDIA-GSYNC technology
  • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10870H: Powerful 8-core, 16-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 16GB memory for advanced multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1000 GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive: Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070: Ultimate performance for gamers and creators. Realistic ray-traced graphics and AI-accelerated DLSS.
  • 7.1 Digital Audio Out: Immerse in a full gaming experience with 7.1 Digital Audio Out via the HDMI connection (No external speakers included)
  • HDMI 2.0 Output Expands Your Viewing Options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Thunderbolt 3 Port: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video; plus power over cable for bus-powered devices. Ideal for digital content creators.
  • Built-In Card Reader for Simple Photo Transfer: Supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card formats.
  • Wi-Fi 6 - Wireless AX1650: Flexible, dual-band connectivity with greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi 6 (160 MHz) router to experience Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 with improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Ethernet Port for Full Speed Gaming: Killer Gigabit Ethernet ensures blazing-fast speed and minimizes lag for smooth network traffic.
  • Webcam: Built in FHD Webcam
  • Advanced Alenware CRYO-TECH: Advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech, is an engineering approach where an Alienware system’s gaming performance is never compromised by means of electrical and mechanical methods while maintaining system stability during the highest performance states.
  • Hyper -efficient voltage regulation: Hyper-efficient voltage regulation is the result of hardware engineering that enables graphics and/or processors to run at their highest levels of performance for extended lengths of time.
  • Basic software package included: Microsoft Office 30 Day Trial
  • Additional Ports: Audio Out 1/8" Ports , Mini-Display Port 1.4 ,HDMI 2.1 Output Port.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Adamelitemember, 10 out of 10
    This Laptop is the Goat

    If you are looking for a gaming laptop, I would highly recommend you get this laptop.

    This is my 1st Alienware & I really cant say why it is my 1st. I have owned several Razer and MSI gaming laptops but never ventured out beyond that. What made me get this one is it was instock at best buy. I special order MSI with a RTX 3070 the raider 15" inch. Right before my best buy return policy expired the screen just died.

    Lets me get this out of the way 1st. The ONLY downside or cons for me on this laptop is soldered ram. Come on Alienware the consumer that buys this laptop is the same consumer that will want to upgrade ram. There is 2 M.2 slots but no ram slots. Please figure this out, other companies have.

    Now that I have that out of the way I can say that I am loving this laptop. Its my 1st 17" model but honestly its not too much bigger than 15" models that are out in the market. This is a light and slimmer 17". Not as thin as say Razer 17' Advanced but not the same thickness as say Asus Rog STRIX or comparable laptop.

    The main reason I went for this one is the GPU. it has the RTX 3070 that will go up to 140watts out of the box! You have to be carefully because they no longer say max q on cards so you can get a 3080 that will perform worse than this with double the ram because it runs at lower performance for thermals.

    Thermals by the way are amazing. This runs the GPU at 10 more watts than my MSI with Same GPU and it runs an average of 20c cooler. GPU when playing games for me on a table GPU doesnt get about 75c. The Fans are loud because of the power you get in such a smaller formfactor HOWEVER its not near as loud as the MSI GE Raider I just had and the Razer is on another level. You feel its going to take off when you are using it and sounds like a drone.

    By the way it comes with 2 factory set overclock profiles too and you can undervolt as well if you like but honestly it runs cool now I am not going to touch anything

    Bottom line if you want a killer gaming laptop you should by this. You will be happy you did.

    May 10, 2021 14:12
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    Certified Geek Squad Open Box

    One heck of a Laptop! The 360hz Screen is Sick! The RTX 3070 is SUPER fast! I purchased this laptop as a Certified Geek Squad Open box. So it was pretty much brand new. It came with the Original Box, accessories and paperwork. With the Certified version you save a couple bills. I would say its totally worth it!

    May 24, 2021 14:39
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Awesome, Heavy, and Power Hungry

    It’s heavy, power hungry, and it runs hot. These are the things you get when you buy an awesome gaming computer. The batter “gauge” is a bit of a challenge in that it will tell you that at 100% you will have two hours if usage, then 10 minutes later it will tell you that your 80% battery will only last you for 50 minutes. In the end the battery will last you about two hours, just don’t listen the gauge. Better yet, keep it plugged in. You’re not exactly going to be playing Halo on the subway.

    May 21, 2021 20:00
  • Review by jarjar, 10 out of 10
    Smooth like butter

    This is seriously pretty cheap if you do the price match. The 3070 has more than 100w in this model and 360hz screen is sweet. The only thing I would complain is the fan noise. The fan sounds like a desperate woman screaming. Overall, I would suggest this laptop, even though the performance is not Alienware’s strength, the outlook of this laptop is sick.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:57
  • Review by ERCyanide, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely a beast !

    After trying out several other big name brands like Asus’s line of ROG (M15s), 4K displays, And even iMacs, for the extra money you’re paying for this laptop is 100% worth the investment.

    -Build quality is top tier, no flexing anywhere, key board is super solid, the finish is coated with a smooth finish for prolonged protection.

    Note that the number pad is very convenient on these 17 inch machines. A little on the heavy side but get yourself a good carrying bag and you will be just fine.

    -performance is very impressive and has not let me down one bit. I’m able to play Genshin Impact on max settings with no frame drops or throttling. I do use a cooling fan to prolong the life of the internals, it’s a must IMO. You should easily be able to get 7-10+ from this laptop with minimal repairs. (Maybe a new battery or charging cable, normal stuff).

    -visuals are so impressive, it’s not 4K or 1440 but the 1080 looks beautiful on this display that you won’t even care, and honestly most gamers would rather have the smoother game play that the RTX3070 offers you in a 1080 resolution. The 360 Hz is a godsend and you will never go back to 60 Hz ever again. Note you are able to play 8k videos on YouTube with no hiccups on performance mode. The 17 inch screen will never have you going back to anything smaller.

    -overall if you can get this thing for 0% finance with the Best Buy credit card and pay less than 200$ / month, it’s the way to go.

    My only complaint is that for some reason google chrome will not open up and I have been using fire fox. I have installed all the drivers and updates from dell so I might be giving the customer service department a call soon, but it’s not a big bothersome as I was originally a Firefox user pre chrome.

    10/10

    Apr 06, 2021 18:19
  • Review by Richard, 10 out of 10
    Slick and Powerful

    This is a review of the Alienware M14 r4 Lunar Light laptop.

    Pros:

    The laptop is probably the most beautiful piece of electronics I have ever owned. Very aesthetically pleasing, and it has a quality heft to it, although that is not something everyone wants in a laptop.

    It is incredibly powerful. For it's size I'm surprised what this laptop is capable of. It has easily and quickly handled everything I've thrown at it. Steam games, WoW, Adobe Suite CS5 (!), LibreOffice. The M.2 SSD has nearly instant load times, and the Nvidia 3070 provides crisp, smooth frame rates on the 360hz 1080p screen. Magnificent.

    Cons:

    Price. In this case one of getting what they pay for, but still it is a major consideration.

    The laptop can get quite hot quickly. I'm not used to having a device get this warm. It's not uncomfortable to the touch, but I wonder what the future holds for an electronic device that needs to have internal fans running so hard they are plainly audible. I highly recommend having a 'cooler' base for this laptop, at least at home.

    I would have liked a couple more usb ports. 3 ports is easy to use up! Also, there is no dvd drive.

    I consider myself a knowledgeable computer geek, but I have not yet determined how to boot from a usb flash drive or usb dvd drive. I was able to make a full backup of the system, but there doesn't seem to be any options in the BIOS or F2 menu to alt boot (like for say a Linux boot). I haven't exhausted my options, but it's a shame it's not easier.

    Apr 13, 2021 18:00
  • Review by Gamer408, 2 out of 10
    Cheapest screen I have ever seen!

    Just got the Alienware R4 tonight and opened it up to immediate disappointment. The screen has a very bad vertical top to bottom screen line. I completed the setup just to make sure (also noticed the extremely bad screen edge bleed) and sure enough, the line shows up under blue light. I am returning tomorrow for a full refund. It is a sign to avoid Alienware moving forward.

    *VERY DISSAPOINTED*

    May 21, 2021 22:48
  • Review by OmenGamingPC, 2 out of 10
    A REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE

    I was super excited to get a real gaming laptop and unfortunately since I turned it on the screen froze. I returned it the same day I received it.

    Sep 25, 2021 17:03
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG 13.4" Touchscreen Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA RTX3050 Ti V4G Graphics - 1TB SSD - OFF BLACK - OFF BLACK
    Description

    ASUS ROG Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA RTX3050 Ti V4G graphics produce high-quality visuals on the 13.4-inch WUXGA Touchscreen display. This ASUS notebook PC has 1TD SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    12 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 13.4" WUXGA Touchscreen display with 120Hz refresh rate: The 1920 x 1200 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth LPDDR4X RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA RTX3050 Ti V4G graphics: Backed by 4GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Weighs 2.98 lbs. and measures 0.62" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 13.4" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Chiclet White Light Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Aargonaut, 8 out of 10
    Almost perfect laptop with a few shortcomings.

    If you want a 13.3" ultra-lite 2-in-1 gaming computer, this is the only way to go. Literally.

    Speed: The attached photo shows it all. I ran Passmark 3D on my Ryzen-9 3900 desktop with an old GTX-970, my newer HP Omen (9th Gen I-7, GTX 1650ti) and this PC (Ryzen 9 5900HS, RTX 3050). The desktop is the hands down winner. Surprisingly, the HP Omen came in second place, largely because the RTX 3050 sucks air. The processor speed is good, particularly for a laptop and blows away the 9th gen I-7. On the other hand, I am unaware of a faster ultra-lite or 2-in-1 on the market.

    Battery Life: All the computing power results in a not great battery life. Real world battery life appears to be around 4-1/2 hours with the RTX-3050 turned off and somewhere under 2 hours with it on. I believe if you put the Ryzen on "low" and turn down the screen brightness, you can get around 7 hours of battery life.

    Screen: It is a 2-in 1 so it has a touch screen which I view as necessary for a laptop. It has a 120Hz refresh rate (twice most screens) which is really good for gaming. The colors are colors nice and it bright enough for most situations. The screen is 16:10 which is wider than the standard 16:9.

    Hard drive: Gaming requires substantial hard drive space as modern games are large. It is also nice for storing large data files such as movies.

    Connectivity: It has only 1 standard USB port, a USB C port and an unusual port for an ASUS specialty external video card. It should have more ports and a micro-sd card reader. The lack of a card reader is a major disappointment.

    Fit and finish: It feels solid. The keyboard is nice with adequate throw and good tactile feedback.

    Conclusion: I very much like this PC. Great processor, screen, portability I give it an 8 out of 10 because the video card is not adequate and its lack of sufficient USB ports or a micro-sd slot.

    Oct 29, 2021 17:23
  • Review by BIGASN, 10 out of 10
    Truly portable 2in1 gaming laptop with RTX 3050Ti

    I absolutely love the 13” ASUS ROG Flow, but not in the way I expected. At just over ½” thick and weighing under 3lbs, it’s super compact and practical, which makes it a joy to carry around and use either as a laptop or tablet. This is significant, because I usually don’t like 2-in-1 laptops. They’re often heavy, too thick, and cumbersome, making them more of a novelty than something convenient. But here, the Flow is just slightly thicker than a tablet with a case, and the bottom screen bezel doubles as a finger grip edge, so you’re not blocking the screen as you’re holding it. It’s well thought out to be practical, which is a common theme with the ROG Flow. From its relatively large keyboard, to responsive touch screen, wide trackpad, backlit keys, and 120hz PANTONE calibrated Gorilla Glass screen, it’s a fantastic daily and media use laptop. As a gaming rig by itself, it does well for what it is, but likely needs the optional XG Mobile attachment for serious Ultra graphics gaming.

    BUILD / DESIGN

    Well built and compact, the Flow X13 is a pleasure to carry around (especially coming from a 15” laptop). I love the matte black finish and the 360° screen hinges enable it to convert into a tablet, or tent it open to stand up like a table top TV. There’s a lot of small details that I appreciate, like the subtle curve to the keyboard keys for better tactile feedback and an excellent trackpad that doesn’t seem to miss. At about 0.65” thick, it’s even practical as a tablet with a responsive touch screen that’s also stylus compatible. ASUS claims a 10 hour battery life playing video at 150 nits, but it’s maybe more like 6-7 hours in practical use. It drops to about 3-4 hours for something more intensive like gaming, but it really depends on your settings and how you’re using it. The fingerprint reader (power button) works well, but is tiny and a pain to set up. However, after it’s set I noticed all I had to do was slide my finger across the sensor and it matched me quickly. The ports are up to date with two USB-C 3.2 gen 2 ports and one USB-A 3.2 gen 2 port. Be sure to look behind the rubber PCIe cover to find the 2nd USB-C port. The body’s all plastic, but it’s rigid with a high quality feel. The Gorilla Glass screen should ensure it can take as much abuse as most smartphones. No word on how it holds up to drops, but I’m hoping to never test that either. If that happens in your first year though, ASUS is cool enough to include 1 year of accidental drop protection after registering.

    DAILY PERFORMANCE

    Powered by an 8 core AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS CPU with onboard Radeon graphics and a secondary NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti graphics card, ASUS crams a lot of power into a thin body. They keep the infrastructure speedy too, with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB NVME HD that tested at up to 2.5 GB/s on CrystalDiskMark tests. It’s remarkable that it doesn’t have cooling issues, but the thermal management works great and the fans are just about whisper quiet in every mode except Turbo. The bottom can get extremely hot in laptop mode, so beware of actually using it on your lap. This seemed to be more of an issue when gaming in Performance and Turbo mode though, so in regular day to day use, it’s likely fine. With the fan exhaust ports in the rear and right side, the cooling system works even better when the laptop is tented or in tablet mode, because the heat rises straight out of the top and even stays cool after 6 hours of streaming HD video. A dedicated Armoury Crate button quickly launches the app to make adjustments to the performance modes and screen settings. You can even save presets for specific games, which is really neat. For everyday office, streaming, web surfing, photo editing, and 4K video editing, the Asus Flow is snappy in both laptop and tablet modes. It’s an absolute pleasure to use as a main day to day laptop, but as a gaming laptop, it’s a bit of a mixed bag.

    GAMING PERFORMANCE

    As a stand alone gaming rig... it’s ok. It has the new RTX 3050 Ti GPU, which is Ray Tracing and DLSS capable, but you’ll need to find less demanding games to take advantage of it. Playing Doom Eternal on Ultra Nightmare settings, it averaged about 70-75 fps, which isn’t half bad if you know how crazy the game can be. However, playing it over HDMI on an extended monitor, the frame rate dropped to about 45-55fps, which was disappointing. Granted, this was with all of the graphic settings on Ultra Nightmare, which is a stress test for many computers, let alone a laptop. Turn it down just a notch and Doom’s super smooth on the 120hz screen. Cyberpunk2077 on the other hand…no. With low graphic settings playing on the internal screen, it struggled to even run at 60fps. However, there’s an XG Mobile peripheral, which is basically an external GPU hub powered by an RTX 3080 that should instantly turn the Flow X13 into a serious gaming rig. It plugs into a nifty PCIe 3.0 x8 port that’s proprietary to ASUS, but I hope it gets widely adopted. Even without the XG Mobile, there’s a lot of possibilities with a PCIe port, which should offer the same speeds as adding a PCIe card directly to the motherboard. Outside of the graphics, the speakers sound great with immersive depth and spatial imaging by Dolby. It’s not “surround” surround, but it creates a nice phantom 3 channel front stage. ASUS managed to include the same size keyboard that’s in my 15” Macbook Pro, ensuring that my hands won’t get cramped and helping to prevent hitting the wrong key. For the best gaming experience, be sure to switch it to Turbo performance mode in Armoury Crate for the fastest processing, and switch the graphics to high performance mode in either NVIDIA 3D settings or in the Windows Graphics Settings. The NVIDIA GeForce Experience app might do it automatically when it optimizes games to run best on your system, but you’ll have to do it manually for Xbox GamePass games. For some reason, the Flow seems to prefer to use the internal Radeon GPU over the NVIDIA, even when it’s plugged in and in Turbo performance mode. This is significant, because by default, it wanted to play DOOM Eternal with the Radeon GPU and was averaging only 40-45fps with the internal screen on Ultra Nightmare graphics. A good 30fps less than when using the NVIDIA! I would think there would be some kind of automatic switchover for high end graphics use, but I can’t tell how or when it decides to automatically switch to the Radeon or the NVIDIA GPU. Not a big deal for me, but definitely something to know if you want the best gaming experience from this laptop.

    OVERALL

    Overall, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 is a top notch 2-in-1 media laptop that’s relatively good for gaming. It can’t handle Cyberpunk2077, but DOOM Eternal on Ultra was fine, and it should be much smoother with less intensive games. When I think of a gaming laptop, I usually picture a 15” behemoth that’s “portable”, but not in a daily sense and acts more like a 2nd computer. ASUS flips the picture here with an emphasis on portability and practicality, making it great for daily use and why I like it in a different way than I anticipated. I’m using it far more than I anticipated and it’s quickly becoming my main computer. If you’re in the market for a portable laptop to do just about everything AND be a serious gaming machine with a full size graphics card, the ASUS ROG Flow X13 has the potential to be that. Add the XG Mobile peripheral and you’ll have a high powered laptop running an RTX 3080, which should handle most anything. Even if you don’t game and just want a high quality PC laptop with a better graphics card, the Flow X13 by itself should make you very happy. Highly recommended!

    PROS

    - Portable and practical

    - Well built, attractive matte black finish

    - 120hz screen refresh rate

    - Responsive trackpad and touchscreen

    - Converts into a tablet

    - 15” keyboard

    - Excellent Dolby sound

    - Dual graphics cards (Radeon and NVIDIA 3050 TI)

    - Two USB-C 3.2 gen 2 ports, one USB-A 3.2 gen 2 port

    - Calibrated PANTONE color validated HD screen

    - 16GB RAM (expandable to 32GB)

    - 1TB NVME HD (2.5 GB/s on CrystalMark test)

    - Backlit keyboard

    - 8 core Ryzen 9 5900HS processor

    - ASUS PCIe x8 port

    - Ability to add ROG XG mobile external GPU for serious gaming

    - Averages about 70 FPS playing DOOM Eternal on Ultra Nightmare

    - Very quiet fans

    - Asus pen stylus compatible

    - Gorilla Glass screen

    - Adaptive-Sync display support

    - 16:10 screen ratio

    - Free 1 year accident coverage from ASUS after registering

    - Fingerprint reader

    - Curved keys on keyboard

    - Armoury Crate makes switching performance and color easy

    - Link MyASUS works well with LG v50

    CONS

    - Screen is limited to 1080P ([email protected] screen also available)

    - Struggles to handle Cyberpunk2077 on low

    - Bottom gets very hot in Turbo and Performance laptop mode

    - Struggles to play DOOM Eternal on Ultra Nightmare on an external screen (avg 40 FPS)

    - External screen output performance better for videos and media than gaming

    - Needs ROG XG Mobile Dock to handle demanding games on Ultra graphics settings

    - Forget about Crysis

    - No ethernet port

    - Fingerprint reader (power button) is small

    - Doesn’t always automatically use the NVIDIA GPU for games

    - Doesn’t have built-in game optimization program

    Jun 10, 2021 19:19
  • Review by JerryZ, 10 out of 10
    Finally, a laptop to replace my desktop.

    Finally a laptop to replace the desktop.

    Speed, capacity and graphics.

    Boot up in seconds. Ample storage thanks to the 1tb SSD. Full 16gb RAM. AMD RYZEN multi-core 5000 chipset.

    FHD 120HZ 16:10 display. ON/OFF finger print reader. Comes with HDMI output as well as wireless display capability thanks to native windows-10.

    The touch screen functions like a tablet by folding the =keyboard over which disables the keypad for easy tablet work. I love the audio and backlit keyboard. USB, USB-C ports come in handing for charging and other accessories.

    System Checkup via MyASUS.

    Jun 13, 2021 20:48
  • Review by CrisV, 6 out of 10
    Great laptop with one weird fault

    Bought this recently on sale. It's a very compact laptop that's powerful for daily use and gaming. I enjoy using this laptop except for one fault: the lid will scratch the laptop near the vents whenever I open or close it. For a laptop that's only a few weeks old, this is disappointing and frustrating! Especially for someone like me who treasures the laptop. It almost made me return it, but I decided to keep it since I needed it for college.

    Aug 09, 2021 02:37
  • Review by Xiaoyi, 4 out of 10
    Good Laptop, Bad Quality Control

    Good laptop overall but I would not give it a perfect score as my laptop is now getting super noisy when the fan is running at high speed. The diagnosis says that my laptop might have a fan problem. OK, a fan problem after 3 months of buying. Not to mention screen problems that happen about once per week.

    Nov 12, 2021 20:45
  • Review by stevefromtheburbs, 10 out of 10
    So glad I have a chance to use this, amazing!

    I would bet there is no better gaming laptop out there. Why do I say this? It offers everything you'd want in a gaming laptop or a serious business laptop, without making it a ball and chain tied to your leg.

    It provides an amazing gaming experience, in a compact laptop size.

    It has decent battery life, high performance, a display and video graphics card that will impress even the most hard to please gamers, and has standard 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. All of this in a laptop the size of most small 13" business laptops that are popular today.

    From the keyboard, to the backlit touch pad, to the modest styling (not flashy, less likely to be robbed for it/have it stolen), to the proper sized fan for cooling, it seems this was well thought out and will separate itself from the amateurs. Did I mention the power button doubles as a fingerprint reader? Or that it is also a convertible, into a tablet? Or that the sound coming out of the speakers is beyond amazing.

    As a business laptop, time is money. And this allows you to be most productive without a spinning wheel while it loads a page or saves/opens a large AutoCAD file. You can be off working or at least have open Outlook while you are listening to a web broadcast or working on AutoCAD. I've had many times I hear from peers in the drawing business that their bosses don't appreciate the productivity thing and cheap out. This is worth every penny if productivity is respected.

    This is the first time I've used a gaming laptop and have thought it can be equally business as well as gaming because of its size and weight, plus nobody would know. That means a few things. It can be a dual duty machine. Or it can be used for business without folks thinking you are just a gamer who brought your machine to work for the day. The 16:10 ratio display, the graphics card, and the RAM/SSD on board means it can tackle just about anything you can throw at it.

    But it is also a laptop that is easy to type on, and also the trackpad is responsive without having to scroll things 3 or 4 times to get a smooth scrolling on pages.

    Jun 02, 2021 21:38
  • Review by callmeageeth, 10 out of 10
    Nearly perfect ultra portable

    I’m a traveling professional who likes to play video games. I’m a little late to the PC gaming scene, but I’ve been enjoying it after investing in a several year old Alienware desktop and several year old Acer Nitro 5. It goes without saying that gaming laptops can’t replace desktop, but man, for me, someone who travels a lot with a laptop, this ASUS simply can’t be beat for the money. I can’t comment on all gaming laptops and compare one to another, but if you are in the market, ASUS demands your attention.

    I’ve owned an older Alienware desktop, and have an Acer Nitro 5 for travel. This new Asus is now my go to. The Nitro is nice, but the NVIDIA GTX card was outdated (relatively speaking). And, it was pretty thick (not unbearably though). I haven’t tried the Razer Blade 13 inch, but I’d have to imagine the ASUS is the functional equivalent. Plus, the ASUS gives you the 360 degree hinge (which I’ll admit, isn’t a huge deal to me). The only downside is the limited number of USB ports, but it at least has a full size HDMI 2.1 port.

    IN THE BOX

    Not much. The laptop and USB charger. Some models I’ve heard come with a stylus and a sleeve, not this one. I’m okay without the stylus, but I’d like a sleeve. But no big deal.

    SPECS

    I won’t go over the specs in detail, Best Buy’s website is better for that. But know that it has two GPUs, an iGPU (AMD Ryzen integrated) for low power consumption. Obviously the RTX 3050 kicks in when you’re gaming, the iGPU integrated graphics kicks in when doing basic computing tasks. The screen is also full HD with 120 hz. While I’m a guy who always wants the highest resolution, 1080p on a 13 inch screen is more than sufficient. And the high refresh rate on the screen makes everything silky smooth, not just games.

    GAMING

    As a casual PC gamer (meaning I don’t build my own PCs, and don’t do my own upgrades) who plays a broad range of games and generally lets the computer tell me what the best graphics settings are, I found the ASUS to handle everything I could throw at it. I played Cyberpunk 2077, Far Cry 5, and NBA 2K21, with a splash of Anno 1800. I let the computer pick the default graphics settings and I was pleasantly surprised. When gaming I used a Logitech gaming mouse and an Xbox controller (for NBA 2K).

    I thought the RTX looked great, as good, or almost as good as the new generation of consoles. Of course, you’re playing on a smaller screen, but in having such a small laptop, that’s a tradeoff I’m willing to take. Not to mention the HDMI 2.1 port. I plugged in my Dell 27 inch gaming PC and I was able to run most games at QHD resolution on higher settings (with the higher refresh rate) and was, again, pleasantly surprised at the quality. I thought there would be some sacrifices and I’m sure there are when compared to a dedicated desktop PC with desktop grade graphics card but for the most part, the RTX card in the ASUS is all you need in most cases. The higher refresh rate is something you don’t know you need until you see it. It truly makes a huge difference in all games, not just competitive FPS. I really enjoyed playing Cyberpunk on this laptop and thought the game looked better than my several year old Alienware.

    GENERAL LAPTOP USE

    I dabble in video editing, mostly home movies of my kids captured on drones and GoPros. I found the ASUS to handle that well. It didn’t slow down much, if at all, when editing 4K videos. Of course, it’s not as quick as a desktop and I much prefer editing on a larger screen, nonetheless it’s more than capable of handling those types of tasks.

    In terms of normal day-to-day computing, obviously this machine can handle it without problems. From web browsing, to video chat, to creating Excel spreadsheets and Word documents, it does great. And I can say the 16:10 ratio is particularly nice in having windows side-by-side. It’s not much more screen real estate, but at 13 inches, every little bit counts.

    I found the battery life to be superb. I went nearly a week of general computer use without having to charge it. Obviously, gaming will knock the battery life down considerably.

    KEYBOARD

    You can’t really discuss a laptop without mentioning the keyboard. I type on a computer for work everyday, so the typing experience is a big deal to me. I prefer my mechanical keyboard, but you obviously don’t have the luxury of having a separate keyboard when traveling. In any event, this keyboard is pleasant to type on. It’s got plenty of travel and has a nice “clicky” sound/feeling that is satisfying to use (and not too loud to bother others. It doesn’t replace my mechanical keyboard on my desktop but it’s great for a laptop.

    QUIRKS

    I would be remiss to not mention some of the little quirks of this machine, or drawbacks. But they’re not really drawbacks per se, some are just limitations of any 13 inch thin laptop. The first is the fingerprint reader. I found it abysmal. I set it up when I started my computer but it recognizes my fingerprint maybe 10 percent of the time. I don’t even use it anymore. It’s on the power button, which I don’t mind, but it’s so unresponsive I wonder why it’s even there.

    Ports. I know this is a small gaming laptop, but there are only 3 ports. HDMI, USB-C and your standard USB-A. There is a spot for ASUS’ proprietary docking cable, which is suited for the base model of this laptop (so you can plug in the RTX card to an external graphics unit). But for this particular model it ends up taking space that could have been used for an additional USB port. Obviously there’s little utility in plugging in another laptop RTX card in the external port when one is built in. But I digress. The biggest issue with the lack of ports is that you need the USB-C to charge it. So when you’re gaming, there goes one of the USB ports.

    I need to mention that this is a 360 laptop so the screen flips all the way around. Like I said, that’s cool and I guess it’s nice to have, but I rarely use that feature. I do very much appreciate the touch screen as I generally use it when scrolling through documents/web pages. And it’s extremely responsive. Had this come with a stylus, I might have found myself doodling on it, but without that, I find it’s use as a tablet extremely limited (mostly due to limitations in Windows itself.)

    CONCLUSION

    All-in-all, this is my new favorite computer and easily replaces my 15 inch Acer Nitro. Not only because of the better GPU, but the size, build quality, and frankly all around package, is much more useful to me. From gaming, to work, this computer can handle it all. Like I said, if you are in the market for a small laptop, that travels well AND can handle most PC games on higher settings, this is one to seriously consider. Thus far I’ve found very little to not like.

    Jun 15, 2021 10:12
  • Review by SamG, 10 out of 10
    Tiny Beast

    The ROG Flow x13 has the looks and feel of an ultraportable 2-in-1, but is hiding an 8-core Ryzen processor and RTX graphics. It doesn’t have the best battery life and it can get pretty dang hot under load, but I’ve found it to be a capable compact gaming machine that could handle most modern games I threw at it at 1080p 60+fps.

    In the box you get just the laptop and power adapter. One of the cardboard pieces can be folded up into a stand though, which is neat. The power adapter is a 100W USB-C PD supply. I definitely appreciate not having to deal with a proprietary power supply and bonus for me was I was already carrying a 100W PD supply anyway so I don’t even have to add the extra bulk to my bag. The build quality laptop is solid; the metal has a soft touch quality to it while I do think it skews a little TOO plain I do appreciate the understated design, especially in a gaming machine. The hinge feels strong and the screen doesn’t wobble much at all while I’m typing or gaming on it. The keyboard also feels good to type on and is decent for gaming; the keys are spaced well and I like the feedback I get from them. The keyboard is backlit, but there’s no RGB lighting, which again is fine for somebody like me who likes a more understated look anyway. The trackpad feels like it’s on the small side, but it’s very responsive and supports all the standard Windows gestures. The port selection is decent with 2 USB-C (one part of the proprietary eGPU connection), 1 USB-A, a headset jack, and an HDMI output.

    Getting setup was pretty straightforward. There were a lot of updates to deal with in regards to Windows, Nvidia drivers, and the bundled Asus software, but once that was out of the way everything settled in pretty well. There was a tiny amount of bloat in the start menu with some games, a Spotify icon, and a couple of other things, but nothing that took more than a second to get rid of. The Armoury Crate software I found to be more useful than I expected and it’s a good app to manage your power profiles, Asus-specific laptop functions, and see some performance stats.

    Gaming was about what I expected. I knew the 3050 Ti wasn’t going to measure up to the RTX 2080 that I use on my desktop, but it ended up performing well except in the ray tracing department. Control with graphics set to high, DLSS quality (720p rendering), and all ray tracing effects put in frame rates at around 20-27 fps. Turning ray tracing to medium didn’t help much, but turning it off completely got me around 55fps; not quite 60 but acceptable to me and that’s still with everything else set to high. Battlefield V was a similar story where performance was in the 20fps range with ray tracing turned on, but jumped up to around 60 with it turned off. Running less demanding games like Halo I was able to get 90-110fps at max settings and it all looked really good on the 1900x1200 120Hz display. Forza Horizon 4 I was also able to get running at high settings at 90-110fps. Asus advertises the Flow x13 with ‘Adaptive Sync’, but I do not think it is G-Sync compatible, or at least I was not able to get it to work. The ‘Adaptive Sync’ seems to only apply to using the integrated graphics, which is a shame. With the 3050 Ti I found with all but the most demanding games I had that I could run 60+ fps at high settings and the games that are on the edge you could get them there by making a few smart adjustments. I don’t think ray tracing is a reasonable proposition for this GPU though it just seems a bit too demanding. Asus does have a special external GPU accessory that contains an RTX 3080 for higher-end gaming, but at $1500 it’s an expensive add-on that is only compatible with this specific laptop. One thing I did notice was under high loads the laptop gets quite hot near where the screen meets the base - uncomfortably so if you have it on bare skin or try to pick it up.

    Other notes:

    - The power button on the side also serves as a fingerprint reader. It works well, but it’s hard to get to it by feel and I wish there was a fingerprint reader on the keyboard deck.

    - The webcam is 720p and is okay, but not great.

    - Battery life is sort of a mixed bag, but it seems like 3-6 hours is what I am getting depending on what I’m doing and the power setting.

    - I got the back taken off to look inside and it came off pretty easy after removing 9 screws, but besides replacing the SSD and maybe the battery if necessary there doesn’t appear to be much to upgrade inside.

    Overall I think the Flow x13 is a great compact gaming laptop that could also double as a work/productivity device without sticking out too badly. Even though the eGPU is expensive, I like the idea of getting that to have a powerhouse at your desk and a thin and light on the go.

    Jun 06, 2021 20:15
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG 16" WUXGA 144Hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA RTX3050Ti - 512GB SSD
    Description

    ASUS ROG Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA RTX3050Ti graphics produce high-quality visuals on the new fast 16-inch 144hz WUXGA display. This ASUS notebook PC has 512GB SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    17 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 16" WUXGA display with 144Hz refresh rate: The ultra bright 500nits display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. Swift 144hz refresh rate with 3ms response time. 100% DCI-P3 color accuracy boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB dual channel system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth Dual Channel memory to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA RTX3050Ti graphics: Backed by 4GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Six speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Weighs 4.19 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 16" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity with greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 with improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • One-zone RGB Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Thunderbolt port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - plus Power over Cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
  • Built-in HD webcam: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MGoose, 10 out of 10
    Well Balanced Gaming Laptop

    Summary - This is a great mid-range gaming laptop. This is my first dedicated gaming laptop and I was concerned reviewing the specs that it was not enough, but it handles most games without a problem. It is a good blend of capability, price and portability. I love the speakers and screen. The design is not overdone, but adds a little flair with nice accents, color changing keyboard, and noticeable vents. I wish that ray tracing performance was better and that it was more upgradable, but I would choose a desktop gaming computer if those were deal breakers.

    Pros

    - Good specs that should allow you to play any game with a few tweaks.

    - Soft touch material

    - Color changing keyboard backlight looks cool.

    - Speakers are the best I have tried on a laptop with decent volume and bass

    - Keyboard is quiet and there is no fan noise in silent mode (limits performance)

    - Decent battery life (5-6hrs with GPU set to off)

    - Beautiful screen

    - Video card supports ray tracing (see note below)

    - Second M2 PCIe slot allows you to easily add storage

    - Asus Armory Crate software allows you to monitor temperatures and utilization

    - Useful short cut keys for fan speed, Armory Crate, volume and microphone

    Things to Consider

    - Most games work great with the recommended settings and easily exceed 60fps even with quality set to high. I played Metro Exodus and Mech Warrior 5 with no issues averaging around 70fps. I went back and played Wolfenstein II from a few years ago and saw over 100fps.

    - Enabling ray tracing is a major performance hit and requires sacrificing quality or frame rate with this laptop. Games that support NVIDIA DLSS do better, but it is a challenge for the GPU to get 60fps with ray tracing on. Examples: Mech Warrior 5 without DLSS was around 40fps - it was playable, but it was not worth the performance hit. Metro Exodus Enhanced is another story - the landscapes are incredible and ray tracing really adds to the realism - it supports DLSS to help performance, but still required some tweaking to get a over 60fps (Ray Trace - Normal, Reflections - Hybrid, DLSS - Performance, 1080p, quality high, VRS off). I also tried the Quake II RTX demo - also around 45fps; not as smooth as I would like, but playable and the ray tracing really changes the whole game (it is fun and it is free if you want to see ray tracing in action).

    - Limited upgrade potential. The video memory(4GB) and RAM(8GB Soldered + 8GB Upgradable) could be limiting for future games especially with ray tracing enabled. I considered upgrading the RAM but since only one RAM module is upgradable, it would have cost way too much for a single 32GB module to get to max (40GB) and only the first 16GB supports dual channel.

    - The hard drive is a reasonable size (512GB), but after downloading 5 games I had already used up about 75% of that space. Fortunately, there are lots of affordable performance SSD hard drives and I easily added a second 1TB drive (Hynix Gold P31) in the second slot. If you decide to add a second drive, make sure to get a copper heat spreader and connect it to the bottom of the case with a silicone pad (the copper film that is preinstalled only covers the primary slot). Also, I would avoid the cheaper DRAM-less drives to minimize the impact on system memory.

    - When in performance mode, cooling fan noise and heat from the back vents becomes very noticeable. I was expecting this given the relatively small form factor and lite weight. It does manage temperatures under heavy load much better than my mixed-use laptop with a 10th Gen Core i7 and GTX 1650Ti.

    - Battery life with the GPU enabled is a little less than 3hrs with moderate use (I recommend you bring the AC adapter for any kind of gaming).

    - Nice keyboard, but no number pad. This is not a big issue, but one of my daughter’s favorite games requires dedicated +/- keys. I solved the problem by ordering a cheap USB number pad.

    Aug 05, 2021 19:56
  • Review by Lenscap, 8 out of 10
    Asus M16- i7 3050ti, more affordable, still great

    First off, I purchased this laptop without being able to find super good information about this model. All of reviews are on the i9 version. I wanted a laptop that "could" game, but was focusing on a powerful work machine that would handle everything I do for work replacing my office desktop and travelling with me. This laptop absolutely does that; and does it well.

    Overall: Top to bottom, this thing is a power house. I have really enjoyed using it. Light, responsive, and very respectable battery life. There are some... glitches? touchpad kind of does it's own thing and registers clicks or touches you aren't doing. Yes it plays games just fine, ran about 60 fps in Escape From Tarkov on recommended settings, ran between 80-90 with DLSS performance on recommended settings in Call of Duty Warzone, that's all I've tried so far.

    Pros: This screen is spectacular, for one feels giant, the 16:10 ratio just feels right for a chassis of this size, no wasted space, the brightness is insane for a mobile setup, 144Hz feels very smooth. Don't be scared away by the "lower" resolution. The guts are toned down from the step up version, but at a $400+ lower price, they absolutely get the job done. Keyboard is fantastic, snappy, responsive, and great key travel. Battery life is respectable, especially if you push the settings down and utilize the iGPU switcher.

    Cons: The trackpad, although one of the biggest ones on a windows machine, is very temperamental; sometimes working flawlessly, others it just won't respond or over responds to your inputs. Somewhere in the software, there is a hiccup where when your laptop goes to sleep, like mine does at my USB C (Non Thunderbolt) docking station, the backlit keyboard will flash over and over again; really annoying. Lastly, the machine does get hot, like to the touch on the keyboard tray and trackpad. The airflow does a spectacular job of keeping the internals within limits, but it does warm up the air around it under load, I have not experienced any thermal throttling, but I have had the fans running at 35+ dB according to the amoury app.

    Oct 26, 2021 23:11
  • Review by TechGeek28, 10 out of 10
    Tiny but MIGHTY

    The Asus ROG M16 gaming Laptop is the product of masterful engineering and design with the gaming consumer at heart. Want to join the republic? You’re in, so long as you’re willing to shell out those hard-earned dollars. When it comes to overall value, you’ll have a hard time finding a better laptop around this price range. But, better to me may not be better to you. So then, lets break it down.

    At first glance Asus knows how to fabricate a beauty of a machine, and a thin one to boot. You’re getting really nice metallic backing that’s smooth too the touch and surprisingly not a fingerprint magnet. Underneath is a solid base almost rubber-like with a large touch pad in the center. The laptop itself is very sturdy a durable despite its light weight. The keyboard is standard, though it is missing a numbered keypad. I personally, prefer more lifted tactile keyboards but what you’re getting here will do just fine. Laptops are meant to be portable and traveling with the M16 was a piece of cake. Weighing in at less than 4.5 pounds and under an inch thick, packing it away is easy and the power supply is generously small as well. Whether you need a notebook for on the go/work life or a portable gaming powerhouse, this thing can handle just about anything. But that doesn’t mean its not without its limits.

    Specifically, this model features an intel core i7 11th gen at 2.30 ghz, combined with an Nvidia RTX 3050 Ti gpu. After about a month of testing and enjoyment on this bad boy, you’ll be able to run most, if not all, the latest games with ease on low to medium settings and some even on high settings. You can bump up the performance with the included turbo mode, which boosts clocking. That’s where the m16 really shines. However, this mode will only run when connected to power, not on battery life. This is because it’s working harder to squeeze out the most it can do and power consumption is the cost, as well as bumping the fans to max so it does get a bit loud. Speaking of battery life, id say its decent. I was able to crank out around 5 hours on a full battery while gaming with medium settings and performance mode on. This mode is a step down from turbo and was a sweet spot in my opinion, where the fans wouldn’t get too noisy.

    The speakers sound incredible with Dolby Atmos, anything you hear from these will be outstanding and I’m very pleased with the audio. The built-in mic is fair and the camera is just okay. To be honest I only used this laptop for gaming. The display is extremely clear with a peak brightness of 500 nits and a 1920 by 1200 resolution, rest assured, your content will look gorgeous. One downside is the 512 gb ssd, which can fill up quite easily these days given that game sizes are only getting larger.

    In summary, Asus and ROG have surpassed expectations and packed a ton of user-friendly features, supreme power and solid gaming performance in a tightly knitted piece of architecture that’s sure to leave you in awe. While it may not handle everything, this M16 model is easily one of the best laptops to date, raising the bar for consumer value.

    Aug 05, 2021 17:56
  • Review by nickcal, 10 out of 10
    Great for gaming

    As point of full disclousure, I typically use computers that run macOS, but I do appreciate Windows machines as well - especially for gaming. One of my favorite games to play is Gears of War. Once I got this laptop set-up, that game was the first thing I downloaded. I was impressed by how smoothly game play was and aside from getting used to the controls (I usually play on a console), I thought the expereince was quite enjoyable. The only criticism I have about this machine as a gaming laptop, is the hard drive size. It’s very difficult to have more than a couple of games stored at one time. The laptop has a built-in ‘riser’ of sorts to help with ventilation, but if you are playing for a long time, the computer still gets hot. I haven’t noticed the heat causing any problems for performance, but it’s something to be aware of if you are long-term gamer.

    I love the overall look and feel of the keyboard. First of all, it’s RGB backlit and that makes me super happy. The keyboard itself doesn't get very hot and you can adjust the colors and patterns of the keyboard within the ASUS ROG software. The keys feel soft and are easy to type on. One of the things I typically do as a test for keyboards is to run a typing test for speed and accuracy. When I did that with this keyboard/laptop, I got a score of 74 WPM and accuracy of 99%. That is a higher score than I usually get. I usually average 70-72 WPM. Comfortable typing is a big feature for me and being able to move around the keyboard faster than normal is great for gaming.

    PERFORMANCE

    To get a sense for the computer’s actual performance I ran a series of tests using Geekbench, Novabench and CrystalDiskMark. As I said above, the computer has been running very smoothly. It’s been very responsive and able to handle the tasks I’ve thrown at it. Given that this computer is mainly built for gaming and application performance, those are the main areas that I was testing when I was using the laptop.

    GEEKBENCH RESULTS

    The GU603HE ended up with a single-core score of 1089 and a multi-core score of 6549. According to other Geekbench results, the top scoring machine with an Intel i7 processor is 1710/9891. In this regard, the ASUS is performing below the top performing machine. The OpenCL test looks specifically at how well the GPU performs. The GE603HE has an GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Laptop GPU integrated graphics chipset. The OpenCL score was 60954. Looking at other GeForce RTX 3060 Ti Laptop GPUs that have been tested on Geekbench, the average score is 50661. With that in mind, the GU603HE is performing a bit higher than the average.

    NOVABENCH RESULTS

    NovaBench does a similar type of testing on your system but provides you with a different set of scores and analysis. The overall score of this laptop was 3141 and had a CPU score of 1758 and GPU score of 876. According to Novabench’s comparison tool, the GU603HE ranks 96th in overall performance. It’s overall score is 24% higher than other mid-level gaming PCs, CPU score is 76% higher and the GPU score is 12% lower.

    HARD DRIVE SPEED

    Finally, I wanted to test the hard drive’s speed. This model of the HP Envy comes with 512GB SSD. According to the stress test I used (64GB), the top read/write speed of this SSD is 3459/1630 MB/s.

    The ASUS ROG is a wonderful gaming laptop that can be used for other purposes, too. It’s a mid-level gaming computer that will work just fine for most users. If you are a competitive gamer, you will likely want a more custom machine. Overall, I think this is a good investment.

    Aug 08, 2021 11:04
  • Review by Ezha, 10 out of 10
    Light and fast! For creating!

    Great fast stylish lightweight and powerful laptop! Screen is incredibly sharp and color accurate!

    So far so good. Worth $1200 for sure!

    Nov 08, 2021 22:35
  • Review by AllAboutTech, 10 out of 10
    Fantastic gaming laptop

    Title: Fantastic gaming laptop

    Verdict: I had been using a big brand gaming laptop, and hadn’t considered an ASUS computer before. I am blown away by this ASUS ROG gaming laptop. It is small enough to bring everywhere, but still packs a punch of performance with a 16” screen, and a dedicated graphics card.

    First impressions. It is fairly thin, light (about 4lbs), with a large screen, great colors, and beautiful esthetics. I immediately loved it. The unboxing experience was also very nifty, with the carboard packaging lifts the laptop as you open the box… Great job ASUS!

    Esthetic. This computer looks super sleek. I love the exterior color and the dots on the front. The laptop is fairly thin for the level of performance that it packs. The keyboard is clean, spacious, and types well. The screen feels very thin and opens in a way that reduces the visibility of the bottom bezel. The touchpad is very generous, providing tons of space for accurate operation and gestures. The 16” screen is fantastic; it’s a really nice upgrade from normal 15” laptop screens. The webcam and mic work as expected.

    General computer performance. The 11th Gen Intel Core i7 delivers 2.3GHz of processing speed, allowing for a great user experience. While 16GB of RAM is good, at this point it is the minimum requirement for multitasking use, graphic design, and especially gaming. For serious gamers, a little more RAM is advisable. The hard drive only has 512GB of storage, which isn’t enough to download more than a few games, but the SSD aspect means that start-up and other operations are very zippy. The fan stays pretty quiet, unless you are pushing the computer. The speakers are actually pretty nice, and provide a great experience for a portable device.

    Gaming performance. The Armoury Crate button allows for comprehensive adjustments of all performance (GPU, CPU, fan) to optimize performance for gaming. Settings adjustments can also be saved under different profiles so that you can optimize the computer and keyboard for each game you play. The laptop handled all games tested (primarily FPS) relatively well (when plugged-in). The computer and RTX3050Ti graphics card provided smooth performance and graphics, without any noticeable glitches on the “performance” profile (games on medium settings). The computer does even better on “turbo” to run most games on high settings. To keep the computer cool, the fans become pretty noticeable; I wouldn’t say they are loud, but the fans are also not quiet. As expected, when gaming on battery power only, battery life goes down to only about 2 to 3 hours, instead of the expected 6 hours. Also, some features like “turbo” are not available on battery power.

    Things I love.

    - Super Sleek looking

    - Lighted keys that change colors!

    - The keyboard feels nice and types well, and the touchpad is very large

    - The fingerprint function in the power button is a nice “touch”

    - The full HD screen has vibrant colors, and a great refresh rate of 144hz

    - The solid-state drive allows for faster startup and zippy operations

    - 16 GB of RAM is decent, but serious gamers will want more

    - The SSD hard drive is great, but more space would be better

    - Very decent performance for most games on medium to high settings

    - Great speakers for a laptop

    - Powerful fan when you need it

    - Wifi 6 capable

    - The “Armoury Crate” button provides quick and powerful customization of every aspect of the computer performance, keyboard layouts, and more

    - No touchscreen! Not everything needs a touchscreen. I am happy to skip the touchscreen on this computer to save money and avoid fingerprints all over the high definition screen.

    Things I don’t love.

    - As much as I want to love the fingerprint reader, it doesn’t work so well for me. I think that it should be more prominent and accessible, and perhaps the scanner should be wider to increase the success rate. Unfortunately, I am able to log on by fingerprint only every other times. This has been an issue for me on other laptops, so maybe it’s just my fingers

    - I wish the webcam had a privacy slider. All laptops should include these

    Overall, ASUS ROG M16 laptop is a very compelling portable gaming platform that can handle the latest games, with tons of customizable features. I love this laptop and I highly recommend it.

    Aug 06, 2021 21:22
  • Review by gldoorii, 2 out of 10
    Unusable out of the box

    The screen constantly flickers and distorts the image. It's barely usable on battery, but if I plug it in the screen goes absolutely nuts. I did all updates for Windows 10, nVidia, Armory Crate, MyAsus, and even the Windows Store updates. Nothing fixes the problem. Returning it today.

    Nov 03, 2021 07:57
  • Review by Jrozz, 10 out of 10
    A great option!

    So my review is one from a former console-only gamer.

    As this Asus was my first foray into PC gaming I had no idea what to expect. I did many weeks of research on what the best hardware combos were, the best deals, and what I should expect from different iterations or combos of hardware.

    I stumbled upon this particular laptop through another purchase I made on an HP Victus that quite didn't meet my standards. Although, this was on sale at the time for $1249.99, which was a steal for value vs performance.

    This laptop is a wonderful option for first time PC gamers like me, or even the veterans as a nice mid-tier gaming laptop. With the i7/3050ti RTX combo, I have been pleasantly surprised and happy with the performance:

    -Doom Eternal ran on High-Ultra settings with an outstanding avg of 100+ fps on just Performance mode, likely even better on Turbo mode. (The Armory Crate is a great tool that can be used to really streamline your experience)

    -Forza Horizon 4 I was getting a consistent 72 fps with the adapter plugged in. I noticed a big drop in fps when running on straight battery, so you definitely want to keep it plugged in while gaming as it also seems to be about at most 3 hrs of battery life with gaming.

    -Red Dead 2 (Online) I havent ran any sort of benchmark tests but I am currently running it on Ultra settings with no visible frame rate drops and has been very smooth.

    Some other thoughts:

    Storage may be an issue for some, as 512G is not a whole lot of storage with today's big titles. The DLSS feature is quite nice and does work really well with some games. The fully lit RGB keyboard is nice, never been a huge "RGB Guy" but it has a nice look and feel while typing. You can manage the different RGB effect modes in Armory Crate.

    The 144hz refresh monitor is perfect for the 1080p gaming and is perfect for what I use it for.

    Overall this is a nice introduction into PC gaming being that you hardly can find PC parts to build a desktop. Pre-built desktops and laptops are going to be bought up in the mear future and this will be heavily on peoples radar!

    Sep 13, 2021 15:18
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - TUF Gaming 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050 Ti - 512GB SSD - Eclipse Grey
    Description

    The latest Intel 11th Core i5 processor with GeForce® RTX3050 Ti graphics also equipped with a large 17.3" FHD 144hz display. Personalize your laptop with RGB keyboard.

    13 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 17.3" FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate: Swift 144hz display with FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution boasts impressive refresh rate and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • Intel Core i5: Imagine, design and create without boundaries. The powerful Intel Core i5 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs
  • 8GB system memory for advanced multitasking: Substantial high-bandwidth RAM to smoothly run your games and photo- and video-editing applications, as well as multiple programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX3050 Ti: Backed by 4GB dedicated video memory for a fast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office
  • COMPREHENSIVE CONNECTIVITY: 1x Type-C with DisplayPort / 1x RJ45 LAN port / 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A / 1x 3.5mm Combo Audio Jack
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Type C USB port for connecting advanced monitors and external drives: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-definition video - plus Power over Cable for bus-powered devices - ideal for digital content creators.
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Mrbell1970, 8 out of 10
    Good gaming & large screen

    My current gaming laptop just died last week so a replacement with a better & bigger LCD, newer graphics card is surly welcomed. Also looking at good heat management, decent typing experience, good amount ports and adequate sound from speakers. The Asus Tuf F17 affordable gaming laptop manages to strike the right balance between performance and value. It has strong 1080p performance, tough build quality, and large selection of ports that will win over the majority of folks.

    Games & Performance, since gaming is the main reason why most are buying this laptop let’s address it first, while this gaming laptop does not have the most powerful tech GPU wise but does offers excellent performance with modern games at this price point.

    Note: I added additional 8 gigs of ram for a total of 16 gigs: Crucial RAM 8GB DDR4 3200 MHz & another SSD. This was easy to do on this model with the extra open ram and SSD slots very accessible on mother board.

    This laptop offers a free trial to Game Pass so you can try out games and see how they play. Even if you’re not interested in a long-term subscription, you can try out full games for free before buying them.

    Gaming benchmarks on a few games (All games tested in 1080p)

    Control (Medium settings) DLSS On: 84 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”

    Control (Medium settings) RTX On, DLSS On: 52 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”

    Doom Eternal (High settings) DLSS (Balanced) On: 97 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”

    Microsoft Flight Simulator 2021 (Recommended medium settings w/60 fps lock) 64 FPS AVG “GAME PASS”

    Doom 2016 (Ultra settings) 80 FPS AVG “STEAM”

    Latest Geforce Game Ready Driver ver 471.41 release date 07/19/21 was used.

    Geekbench 5 (Single Core) 1381

    Geekbench 5 (Multi Core) 5977

    PC MARK 10 score: 5758

    [PCMark 10 test simulates different real-world productivity and content-creation workflows. It is used to test overall system performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheet jockeying, web browsing, and videoconferencing.]

    As you can see, the graphically demanding game like Control runs at 84 fps (frames per second) with DLSS. A bit of tweaking with settings, you’ll get it to play over the magic 60fps mark, while still looking fantastic and on some newer games like Doom Eternal you have to set the textures to medium while leaving everything else on high because the 3050ti vram is 4GB and the game requires more vram with high textures. With less graphic intensive games, like Apex Legends or Fortnite, you’re going to be able to really take advantage of the 144Hz screen for fast and responsive gameplay. Having premium technologies like ray tracing & DLSS options on an entry level video card is awesome, some games do benefit visually and have increased framerates, these options future proofs your system since many game developers will add these features in newer games.

    General performance is quite good while system boots up in 11 seconds and the intel 11th Generation Core i5 is capable of multitasking various programs and more intensive tasks. The Asus Tuf is quick and responsive as I had 15 tabs open in Brave Browser, converting videos with Handbrake and watching YouTube at the same time with no noticeable slow down. (I should note that adding additional ram is a factor in this also)

    CPU temp stays around 60C during general tasks like browsing, watching videos etc. Laptop bottom only gets slightly warm compared to prior laptop that got hot during these tasks, so air flow with vent design seems good. Gaming CPU temp was 68-72C on heavy loads, laptop gets hot under load but not too bad.

    Under regular task the fan noise is barely noticeable and does not get very loud at all on load.

    After initial Windows setup I went to the MyAsus App which informed me of a Bios update, after installing new Bios and reboot had no problems, went to the Geforce Experience App to update video drivers and had an issue of them not installing properly, got the blue screen of death. This was my fault because I should have update Windows first before the video drivers. After the long process of Windows update Geforce video drivers updated without issue.

    The Asus Tuf laptop emphasis build quality and durability at the forefront of its design. The result of this gives you a well-built and sturdy laptop with stiff hinges, metal on top of LCD screen and no flex on the keyboard while depressing keys. It has a modern industrial look to it that’s certainly a design that doesn’t dispute the fact that this is a gaming machine, but it’s not completely overdone with bright flashy colors either and if you’d like to give it some more of a gamer’s look, the Asus TUF comes with a sheet of stickers. I should add that this laptop, although bigger, is lighter (5.73 lbs) than my last 15 -inch laptop.

    The laptop is thicker than other laptops (which I prefer due to better air flow & heat dissipation) and this design also allows a decent number of ports, with an Ethernet port, HDMI, two standard USB ports and a USB-C port on the left-hand side, along with a port to plug in the power supply, while on the right-hand side there’s another standard USB.

    The matte IPS LCD screen on this laptop is 1080p (1920x1080) with max brightness around 270 nits with 144HZ refresh rate, 127 ppi, 16.9 aspect ratio and Adaptive Sync. Videos, games and browsing all look good but screen does not have a wide color gamut so colors may not be as accurate as some other screens. Display test results: Contrast 831:1 - sRGB color space 60% - Adobe RGB profile 47.3% - DCI-P3 color gamut 40.1% - Response time 27 ms. I do enjoy having a bigger 17-inch though since a larger screen is good for the type of work I do, and gaming of course benefits from this as well.

    My last laptop also did not have a webcam so the fact that this does with a decent quality 720p one is a bonus since now I can do work Zoom calls in my living room.

    Typing experience is excellent with keystrokes having good travel, clicks are precise with keys being spaced out nicely and comfortable, plus the added number keys really helps me work wised. Typing noise is at a minimal except for some keys like the space bar which has a clicky and audible feedback. I got use to typing on this keyboard right away. RGB light are nice also and are controlled via the Armory Crate App, backlight brightness on keys can be made very bright or low if you wish. Touch pad is responsive, good gestures and two finger scrolling (Windows Precision Drivers) but is a lot smaller than the larger trackpads I am used to and picks up the oils from your fingers rather easily.

    The Wi-Fi 6 card is just phenomenal with speeds up to 473 Mbps blowing away my prior laptop that only got 270 Mbps. Wi-Fi connection has been stable with no drops.

    Battery life is around 5.30 hours with general web browsing and YouTube viewing with battery saver mode enabled, battery type is a Li-Ion 3 cell 48WH. The battery life is not really a deal breaker for me since using it at home mostly.

    Sound does not get very loud even on max with sound quality just being average, I tried tweaking the sound options in Armory Crate App in effort to increase sound and didn’t notice any difference.

    Final thought & gripes, great laptop for gaming and light to medium productive work. The 17-inch laptop serves well as desktop replacement but still portable enough for Lan parties. Everything is just better with a bigger screen, more real estate on web pages and gaming. Gaming performance is not bad with card having certain tech options that future games will utilize. This is a quality build device with a good typing experience that can handle modern games. Overall, this is a killer system for gamers on a budget who wants a bigger screen and gaming is a primary concern regarding this laptop for me, so I can overlook some of the short comings.

    Gripes: I was expecting a bigger battery on such a large laptop and not the supplied 3 cell 48WH so battery life is a little below average, Touchpad kind of small for my taste, average speakers, colors on screen not very accurate, no Micro SD card slot.

    Aug 02, 2021 03:23
  • Review by TheStigenator, 10 out of 10
    Frag ‘em All … The best all-around gaming laptop

    If you are looking for a gaming laptop, this Asus TUF Gaming Laptop featuring the 11th generation Intel Core i5 11260H is the one to get. The laptop features a beautiful crystal clear matte 17” 144hz screen that is easy on the eyes running on an Nvidia GeForce 4GB 3050Ti GPU, 8 GB of DDR4 3200 MHz ram and 480GB of NVMe SSD (SK Hynix) storage. The laptop also features a backlit LED keyboard, DTS Surround sound, Wifi 6 capabilities, Thunderbolt 4 with USB-C (for video, high-speed data transfer) and best part - a really good thermal solution that actually works. The laptop is also clearly one of the more easily expandable laptops that I have seen in a while, with an extra memory slot available, and a second NVMe SSD (M.2 2280) storage connector.

    The biggest issue with gaming laptops is the amount of heat a laptop generates when gaming or doing intense work. The heat generated during gaming will throttle the CPU processor in speed, and to an extent your GPU processor, making frame rates drop and ruining the experience of the game. During the last few days, I have been extensively gaming, far more than normal. Everything from CS:GO to Forza 7 to Age of Empires and Battlefield V. I even managed to play a bit of Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. It helps that the laptop comes with a free one month pass to Microsoft XBox Game Pass, making downloading and trying out new games a breeze. Talking about thermals, I never saw the 6 cores, 12 threads of the CPU go past 85c in gaming, Which I think is very respectable, the CPU in no way seemed to throttle down. Even the GPU temperatures were between 78-82c depending on the game being played. The cooling solution on this laptop does work. There are air intakes on the top above the keyboard and on the bottom, and I could feel the heat coming off the exhaust vents in the back and on the side. Temperatures that soar during gaming, quickly came down when games were turned off. One could always add a laptop cooling pad to the bottom to improve airflow and cooling should the need arise, as the laptop standoffs are rather tiny and would only be effective on a hard surface.

    The initial setup experience of the laptop was quick and easy. There was no bloatware to remove. The “MyAsus” app registered my laptop, and then applied updates to the firmware BIOS and graphics subsystems. I also updated Windows 10 to the latest iteration. After poking around the Asus TUF Aura app to change the fan speed and colours to my preference, I got to gaming.

    The initial gaming experience was less than satisfactory, with constant screen tears and frequent freezes. It seemed to do it in everything from Rocket League to CS:GO. Knowing that the Nvidia driver did an upgrade during the initial setup and update process, I checked the version of the driver, and it was 462.xx, the latest drivers (at the time of the review) were 471.41. So I downloaded the latest drivers from the Nvidia website and installed them. The latest drivers definitely fixed the stuttering issue and improved overall gaming performance. Rocket League was smooth as ever, and my kill ratio in CS:GO was no longer affected by dropped frames.

    The beauty of this laptop is that one could really game on the go. There is plenty of video processing and CPU power to game without being plugged into an outlet. Though overall gaming time is about 90 minutes at best with a fully charged laptop, the fact that the ability exists to game on a laptop without being hamstrung by lack of frag time is admirable. In the past, gaming laptops were just that, tethered to a wall for power because they were energy hogs. I’d say, this laptop isn’t very far from that - as the power brick is a 20V, 180W, 9 Amp power supply. That is far more than I expected for a laptop, but given the power consumption on the video card, you will need the power to drive the laptop operations. I did notice a slight performance hit when gaming on battery vs. when plugged in. CS:GO overall frame rates fell from an average 100+ fps to 60-70 FPS, which is still completely acceptable for smooth gaming action.

    Talking about gaming on the go, the build quality of this laptop is good. While I am not completely impressed by its ability to pick up oils from my hands on to the plastic, the overall build quality is very good. There are stickers in the box that you can adorn your laptop to solve the problem. This laptop is not light, I’d say about 7 pounds or more, but it is built to a MIL-Spec - and should hold up to the daily grind and more.

    My final impression of this laptop is nothing short of a “must buy” rating. Sure, you could pay more for a faster processor, or more ram or storage space, but given that you are going to have to upgrade or add the storage and ram anyway, the cost differential between a higher-priced laptop with upgraded components and this one is rather large. For gaming, you will want a 17” matte screen, a keyboard feel that is springy and yet tactile, good processing power for the GPU and the CPU to drive your games. Storage and RAM are always things that require upgrading. Given that most games are in the 100’s of gigabytes in space, the 480 GB SSD will be one thing that will need quick augmentation to be able to install your games properly. The 8 GB of ram is also barely adequate these days, but it’s plenty to get you started, and upgrades can be done rather easily. As a launchpad for gaming on the go, this laptop is the one to have with plenty of CPU processing power and a modern GPU.

    Pros:

    * 17” Matte Screen

    * Excellent thermals for gaming and laptop performance

    * A fantastic keyboard that has good springy action and tactile feel. I wrote the review on the laptop as the keyboard is so good for a typist.

    * USB 3.1, USB4 & Thunderbolt 4 with USB-C + HDMI Out

    Cons:

    * The webcam, seriously - even though it’s 720P it is quite low quality, it could be so much better given how prevalent gamers stream on platforms like Twitch.

    * Gaming battery life, though normal use its fine

    * Weight of the laptop

    * No way to set the LED keys to map the colours for the game keys to only light up.

    * Should have come with a mouse, hard to game without a mouse.

    Aug 07, 2021 03:33
  • Review by Grimm, 10 out of 10
    Worth it!

    This Laptop is genuinely awesome! I would not say I'm the most intense gamer, but I do enjoy gaming. Every game I've thrown at this bad boy has been handled with ease. No lag, no stuttering, full HD, and extremely satisfying. I've played Genshin Impact, GTA V, Phasmophobia, TemTem, and Plants Vs. Zombies Battle for Neighborville. Genshin was played on best settings at 60fps with no problem! and GTA was started up with no issues and played with zero lag or stutter; I'm not sure what the fps was but it looked great so take that for what you will lol. On top of it performing well, it just looks rad as heck! RGB keyboard, and an awesome casing that looks rugged but stylish. I did upgrade the RAM to 16GB which I definitely recommend, especially if you want to game and listen to music. and as for "bottlenecking", I haven't noticed anything tbh. This is a laptop for under 1k that you can comfortably game on. If you want 4K gaming at 120fps invest in something more expensive or get an Xbox.

    Oct 22, 2021 03:33
  • Review by Neno, 8 out of 10
    Good but battery life disappoint

    Ok let me start by saying that this laptop is fast…no no no , I mean fast. I play COD MW T 150 FPS on medium settings 1080p.

    I use this for my potable music recording studio, but I have a proble with it, and is that the battery only last about 2 hours fully charged and that’s with the keyboard lights off and screen lights dimmed out.

    I have 2 desktops one with a ryzen 9 5950x rtx 3060 ti for home music production and gaming

    And my second pc have a ryze 5 2600 exit 580, and let me tell you, this laptop destroy this pc.

    I like my laptop, but I want to love it, and the battery life kind of kill it for me, and now I have to carry an extra power bank witch is making my backpack less traveling friendly. Thank you best buy I got this on sale for $800. But more importantly thank you Asus.

    Oct 13, 2021 20:54
  • Review by Androidaholic, 8 out of 10
    Nice Gaming Laptop!

    I have a gaming PC and another gaming laptop as well as an Asus Tuff gaming monitor. This laptop is 17.3 inch which is the largest laptop I have. I personally find the built-in speakers acceptable for a laptop but I wish the screen would get a little brighter and the keyboard backlighting. The keyboard is top knotch quality as far as the keys go but I can not seeem to get them as bright as I would like. This laptop does very well with the games I play on it and I do appreciate the low lag high refresh rate screen. I love the Asus Tuff gaming series of equipment I just wish the screen and keyboard were a little brighter. I have it plugged in to the wall outlet and checked alll of the settings I just want it brighter. Other than those two complaints this laptop is very high quality and the keyboard feels outstanding and super high quality. My 27" 4k Tuff gaming monitor has no brightness issues so I will keep searching for settings and driver upfdates but I have gone through everything. It is a great-looking laptop with an outstanding feel to the keyboard. It performs well in games but to me it needs a brighter keyboard and a brighter screen to compete with other brands I have. This is in despite of the keyboard and build quality being top-notch and it being a great machine. I will keep .searching but I have tried driver updates and every possible setting option through all avenues of setting Right now it just barely gets bright enough for me to use it halfway comfortably. Which to me should not be an issue. It is a very well built machine and I love everything about accept for the lighting. Sorry but unless I find a way to increase it the settings or an update it fallls behind my other gaming laptop which is a 15.6 inch.

    Aug 11, 2021 21:27
  • Review by SgtBAirborne, 10 out of 10
    Your going to love it!!!

    Great computer for the price! We upgraded the RAM to 32 GB and added a 2nd PCIe SSD 1TB to our system. My son loves it! This was his first laptop. I liked it so much I bought one myself and did the same upgrades!

    Definitely recommend if you want a good mid-range gaming laptop!

    Oct 29, 2021 19:01
  • Review by Gaming, 8 out of 10
    Entry into gaming PCs

    Great entry into gaming PCs. CPU and GPU pair well, but the single 8GB stick of RAM is a bottle neck. With that said, a simple upgrade of RAM quickly solved that issue.

    Oct 22, 2021 16:38
  • Review by Abher, 8 out of 10
    Asus 17.3

    The battery and the 4gb of vram really hold this thing back but its still a good laptop for gamers who can keep it connected to a power source.

    Sep 04, 2021 18:55
  • 9.0score
    Alienware - m17 R4 - 17.3" FHD Gaming laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB Solid State Drive - Lunar Light
    Description

    With the 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors enabling up to 8-cores and 16-threads of multi-threaded performance, the latest generation of Alienware m15 goes beyond its predecessor. Featuring the new NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 with Ultimate performance for gamers and creators. Realistic ray-traced graphics and AI-accelerated DLSS. Our latest thermal technology, Advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech, is an engineering approach where an Alienware system’s gaming performance is never compromised by means of electrical and mechanical methods while maintaining system stability during the highest performance states. The Alienware m15 offers incredible display options and the thinnest left and right bezels (5.6mm) among all Alienware gaming laptops for gamers who demand the best visual experiences possible.

    19 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 17.3" Full HD 360Hz Display: 1920 x 1080 resolution showcases your games and HD movies with impressive color and clarity. For gamers who prioritize blazing-fast, uninterrupted gaming, the Alienware m17 offers a 360Hz 5ms panel with 300-nits 100% sRGB color gamut with NVIDIA-GSYNC technology
  • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10870H: Powerful 8-core, 16-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 16GB memory for advanced multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1000 GB PCIe M.2 Solid State Drive: Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070: Ultimate performance for gamers and creators. Realistic ray-traced graphics and AI-accelerated DLSS.
  • 7.1 Digital Audio Out: Immerse in a full gaming experience with 7.1 Digital Audio Out via the HDMI connection (No external speakers included)
  • HDMI 2.0 Output Expands Your Viewing Options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Thunderbolt 3 Port: This single interface supports both high-speed data and high-def video; plus power over cable for bus-powered devices. Ideal for digital content creators.
  • Built-In Card Reader for Simple Photo Transfer: Supports SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory card formats.
  • Wi-Fi 6 - Wireless AX1650: Flexible, dual-band connectivity with greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi 6 (160 MHz) router to experience Gigabit Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 with improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Ethernet Port for Full Speed Gaming: Killer Gigabit Ethernet ensures blazing-fast speed and minimizes lag for smooth network traffic.
  • Webcam: Built in FHD Webcam
  • Advanced Alenware CRYO-TECH: Advanced Alienware Cryo-Tech, is an engineering approach where an Alienware system’s gaming performance is never compromised by means of electrical and mechanical methods while maintaining system stability during the highest performance states.
  • Hyper -efficient voltage regulation: Hyper-efficient voltage regulation is the result of hardware engineering that enables graphics and/or processors to run at their highest levels of performance for extended lengths of time.
  • Basic software package included: Microsoft Office 30 Day Trial
  • Additional Ports: Audio Out 1/8" Ports , Mini-Display Port 1.4 ,HDMI 2.1 Output Port.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Adamelitemember, 10 out of 10
    This Laptop is the Goat

    If you are looking for a gaming laptop, I would highly recommend you get this laptop.

    This is my 1st Alienware & I really cant say why it is my 1st. I have owned several Razer and MSI gaming laptops but never ventured out beyond that. What made me get this one is it was instock at best buy. I special order MSI with a RTX 3070 the raider 15" inch. Right before my best buy return policy expired the screen just died.

    Lets me get this out of the way 1st. The ONLY downside or cons for me on this laptop is soldered ram. Come on Alienware the consumer that buys this laptop is the same consumer that will want to upgrade ram. There is 2 M.2 slots but no ram slots. Please figure this out, other companies have.

    Now that I have that out of the way I can say that I am loving this laptop. Its my 1st 17" model but honestly its not too much bigger than 15" models that are out in the market. This is a light and slimmer 17". Not as thin as say Razer 17' Advanced but not the same thickness as say Asus Rog STRIX or comparable laptop.

    The main reason I went for this one is the GPU. it has the RTX 3070 that will go up to 140watts out of the box! You have to be carefully because they no longer say max q on cards so you can get a 3080 that will perform worse than this with double the ram because it runs at lower performance for thermals.

    Thermals by the way are amazing. This runs the GPU at 10 more watts than my MSI with Same GPU and it runs an average of 20c cooler. GPU when playing games for me on a table GPU doesnt get about 75c. The Fans are loud because of the power you get in such a smaller formfactor HOWEVER its not near as loud as the MSI GE Raider I just had and the Razer is on another level. You feel its going to take off when you are using it and sounds like a drone.

    By the way it comes with 2 factory set overclock profiles too and you can undervolt as well if you like but honestly it runs cool now I am not going to touch anything

    Bottom line if you want a killer gaming laptop you should by this. You will be happy you did.

    May 10, 2021 14:12
  • Review by Nick, 10 out of 10
    Certified Geek Squad Open Box

    One heck of a Laptop! The 360hz Screen is Sick! The RTX 3070 is SUPER fast! I purchased this laptop as a Certified Geek Squad Open box. So it was pretty much brand new. It came with the Original Box, accessories and paperwork. With the Certified version you save a couple bills. I would say its totally worth it!

    May 24, 2021 14:39
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Awesome, Heavy, and Power Hungry

    It’s heavy, power hungry, and it runs hot. These are the things you get when you buy an awesome gaming computer. The batter “gauge” is a bit of a challenge in that it will tell you that at 100% you will have two hours if usage, then 10 minutes later it will tell you that your 80% battery will only last you for 50 minutes. In the end the battery will last you about two hours, just don’t listen the gauge. Better yet, keep it plugged in. You’re not exactly going to be playing Halo on the subway.

    May 21, 2021 20:00
  • Review by jarjar, 10 out of 10
    Smooth like butter

    This is seriously pretty cheap if you do the price match. The 3070 has more than 100w in this model and 360hz screen is sweet. The only thing I would complain is the fan noise. The fan sounds like a desperate woman screaming. Overall, I would suggest this laptop, even though the performance is not Alienware’s strength, the outlook of this laptop is sick.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:57
  • Review by ERCyanide, 10 out of 10
    Absolutely a beast !

    After trying out several other big name brands like Asus’s line of ROG (M15s), 4K displays, And even iMacs, for the extra money you’re paying for this laptop is 100% worth the investment.

    -Build quality is top tier, no flexing anywhere, key board is super solid, the finish is coated with a smooth finish for prolonged protection.

    Note that the number pad is very convenient on these 17 inch machines. A little on the heavy side but get yourself a good carrying bag and you will be just fine.

    -performance is very impressive and has not let me down one bit. I’m able to play Genshin Impact on max settings with no frame drops or throttling. I do use a cooling fan to prolong the life of the internals, it’s a must IMO. You should easily be able to get 7-10+ from this laptop with minimal repairs. (Maybe a new battery or charging cable, normal stuff).

    -visuals are so impressive, it’s not 4K or 1440 but the 1080 looks beautiful on this display that you won’t even care, and honestly most gamers would rather have the smoother game play that the RTX3070 offers you in a 1080 resolution. The 360 Hz is a godsend and you will never go back to 60 Hz ever again. Note you are able to play 8k videos on YouTube with no hiccups on performance mode. The 17 inch screen will never have you going back to anything smaller.

    -overall if you can get this thing for 0% finance with the Best Buy credit card and pay less than 200$ / month, it’s the way to go.

    My only complaint is that for some reason google chrome will not open up and I have been using fire fox. I have installed all the drivers and updates from dell so I might be giving the customer service department a call soon, but it’s not a big bothersome as I was originally a Firefox user pre chrome.

    10/10

    Apr 06, 2021 18:19
  • Review by Richard, 10 out of 10
    Slick and Powerful

    This is a review of the Alienware M14 r4 Lunar Light laptop.

    Pros:

    The laptop is probably the most beautiful piece of electronics I have ever owned. Very aesthetically pleasing, and it has a quality heft to it, although that is not something everyone wants in a laptop.

    It is incredibly powerful. For it's size I'm surprised what this laptop is capable of. It has easily and quickly handled everything I've thrown at it. Steam games, WoW, Adobe Suite CS5 (!), LibreOffice. The M.2 SSD has nearly instant load times, and the Nvidia 3070 provides crisp, smooth frame rates on the 360hz 1080p screen. Magnificent.

    Cons:

    Price. In this case one of getting what they pay for, but still it is a major consideration.

    The laptop can get quite hot quickly. I'm not used to having a device get this warm. It's not uncomfortable to the touch, but I wonder what the future holds for an electronic device that needs to have internal fans running so hard they are plainly audible. I highly recommend having a 'cooler' base for this laptop, at least at home.

    I would have liked a couple more usb ports. 3 ports is easy to use up! Also, there is no dvd drive.

    I consider myself a knowledgeable computer geek, but I have not yet determined how to boot from a usb flash drive or usb dvd drive. I was able to make a full backup of the system, but there doesn't seem to be any options in the BIOS or F2 menu to alt boot (like for say a Linux boot). I haven't exhausted my options, but it's a shame it's not easier.

    Apr 13, 2021 18:00
  • Review by Gamer408, 2 out of 10
    Cheapest screen I have ever seen!

    Just got the Alienware R4 tonight and opened it up to immediate disappointment. The screen has a very bad vertical top to bottom screen line. I completed the setup just to make sure (also noticed the extremely bad screen edge bleed) and sure enough, the line shows up under blue light. I am returning tomorrow for a full refund. It is a sign to avoid Alienware moving forward.

    *VERY DISSAPOINTED*

    May 21, 2021 22:48
  • Review by OmenGamingPC, 2 out of 10
    A REALLY BAD EXPERIENCE

    I was super excited to get a real gaming laptop and unfortunately since I turned it on the screen froze. I returned it the same day I received it.

    Sep 25, 2021 17:03
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 14" Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 - 1TB SSD - Moonlight White
    Description

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus Ultraportable Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ROG notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics produce high-quality visuals on the fast 14-inch 144hz FHD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 1TD SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    17 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 14" FHD display with 144Hz refresh rate: The 1920 x 1080 resolution with 100% sRGB boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Four speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Weighs 3.64 lbs. and measures 0.70" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 14" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Chiclet White Light Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by vrs99, 10 out of 10
    Zero Compromises

    The ASUS ROG Zephyrus 14” is a no-nonsense laptop for the hardcore gamer on the go. First impressions of this laptop are how sleek and civilized it looks. The gamer aesthetic is subtle, looks and feels premium. ¼” thin bezels and minimalistic branding are also a big plus.

    Big fan of its notebook form-factor as well, making it very portable.

    Key stabilization is great on all keys and keyboard feels like any membrane keyboard. All keys have dimmable white backlighting which has customizable effects in the included Armory Crate software. Magnesium chassis has no deck flex with Dolby Atmos compatible, upward firing speakers. Another thing worth mentioning is the texture of the chassis feels comfortable when I rest my palms on it and will not attract smears and smudges.

    ASUS’s “AI noise cancellation” is advertised to block out unwanted sounds from the microphone array. Was not able to get this feature to work even after an audio driver update and reinstallation of the Armory Crate software.

    Next-gen RTX 3060 and Ryzen 9 5900HS shred through even the most intensive games at high settings. Paired with a 144hz, 1080p, variable refresh rate display, this trio creates a no-compromise buttery-smooth gaming experience. Don’t forget about workstation use, the Ryzen 9’s raw computing power is great for video editing, 3d rendering, and many more creative use cases. The SK Hynix NVME drive offers blazing fast read and write performance. Loads games in a heartbeat.

    During heavy workloads, the fans are significantly quieter than other gaming laptops I have used. All this computing power comes with a cost, heat. The laptop gets uncomfortably hot on the bottom and very warm near the keyboard during intense gaming. However, cooling system keeps the temps in check, peaking at 76° on the CPU and 71° on the GPU under load.

    This laptop has a myriad of thoughtful battery-saving features so you can enjoy longer cordless gaming sessions. For starters, Nvidia Geforce Experience has “batteryboost” optimized settings for games, which lowers the graphical fidelity of the games when on battery to save power while not sacrificing FPS. ASUS Armory Crate software also has preset “on-battery” and “performance” modes which automatically switch. Finally, the refresh rate of the display is locked to 60hz while on battery to greatly increase the battery life. Gaming on battery is still extremely smooth, even with all these features at work.

    One drawback of this laptop is the absence of an integrated webcam. In this day and age where video conferencing is the norm, this redaction blemishes what is otherwise a near-perfect laptop.

    Wi-Fi 802.11AX a big plus for future proofing or anyone who has latest AX (Wi-Fi 6) router. Incredible throughput with my Asus GT-AX11000 router.

    Synthetic Benchmarks:

    • 3DMark Timespy

    - Overall Score: 6404 (Great)

    - Graphics Score: 6161

    - CPU Score: 8256

    • Unigine Superposition (1080p High)

    - Score: 8494

    - Min FPS: 52

    - Max FPS: 78

    - Avg FPS: 64

    • Blender BMW Render (CPU)

    - Time: 03:38:86

    • Blender BMW Render (GPU)

    - Time: 05:35:26

    • Crystal Disk Mark

    - Sequential 1mb read: 3598 MB/s

    - Sequential 1mb write: 2844 Mb/s

    - Random 4kb read: 927 Mb/s

    - Random 4kb write: 359 Mb/s

    Real-world Gaming Benchmarks (All benchmarks were recorded with Nvidia’s optimized settings):

    • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2019

    - Min FPS: 79

    - Max FPS: 139

    - Avg FPS: 102

    • Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

    - Min FPS: 80

    - Max FPS: 137

    - Avg FPS: 104

    • Escape from Tarkov (Customs Map)

    - Min FPS: 32

    - Max FPS: 85

    - Avg FPS: 47

    • Rocket League

    - Min FPS: 202

    - Max FPS: 251

    - Avg FPS: 234

    • Titanfall 2

    - Min FPS: 55

    - Max FPS: 146

    - Avg FPS: 141

    Hugely impressed with how much computing power and features can be packed into a small package. If you want to game all-out on the go, this laptop is for you.

    Mar 31, 2021 20:37
  • Review by Cole, 10 out of 10
    After Heat problem resolved / Amazing Laptop

    I researched gaming laptops for weeks and to be honest this was not my first choice. The rumors of it overheating while under heavy loads were worrisome to me. The rumors were true and I was gaming at around 85C which seemed too much for me. After finding the solution which was to turn off the automatic boost built into the laptop. Because of this, I can 100% recommend this product. This 14' laptop with extremely powerful components in it gets up to 12 hours of battery life on a full charge. Absolutely blown away.

    Aug 20, 2021 15:44
  • Review by jdfok, 8 out of 10
    Very capable little gaming notebook.

    Pros:

    - Plays all modern games I've thrown at it on Ultra

    (Doom Eternal, Microsoft Flight Simulator, Forza Horizon 4)

    - Has fantastic audio, much better than my macbook pro

    - The screen at 144hz is very nice

    - The keyboard is good and doesn't feel so chicklet-y

    - Overall build quality is great

    Cons:

    - Too few USB ports, and they poke out on the right side, so if you put a mouse on the right side it collides with wires from anything else

    - The keyboard is silver and lights up, in some lighting conditions it makes seeing what key is what very difficult.

    - This baby gets hot! I highly suggest a lap desk and a cooling pad

    - Although it has decent specs, clock speed on the gpu and cpu are clocked at lower frequencies likely for heat managment.

    Jun 26, 2021 12:53
  • Review by llaccount66, 8 out of 10
    Almost Perfect Very Portable Gaming Laptop

    I want to go into a bit more detail than I see from others on this laptop and get into the pros and cons more deeply.

    A quick summary would be that this laptop offers great performance especially for the size of the machine. Early battery tests of some light mixed usage yields results of 10-12 hours, inclusive of YouTube video playback of 1080p content. This is with the screen brightness at 50% and the screen refresh rate automatically lowered to 60hz, instead of the native 144hz. The 5900HS beats, in my testing, an Intel Core i7-10870H, and matches in testing an i9-10980HK., while the 3060 matches or beats a desktop 2060 while stock.

    Delving into gaming, I tested Shadow of the Tomb Raider at 1080p with the Highest Preset, and AA set to TAA. The game returned an average frame rate of 91 FPS. In Doom Eternal, with all settings cranked, the system gets over 130FPS on average, generally matching the 144hz refresh rate of the display.

    At full stock settings, the laptop returned an overall score of 7532, with a score of 7324 for the GPU and 8985 for the CPU. Overclocking the memory by 150Mhz and the Core by 200Mhz using Armory Crate, and with the fans manually set to 100% yielded an overall score of 7959, with the GPU scoring 7798, and the CPU scoring 9016.

    Temperatures are a bit interesting. With stock settings and running the system in Asus’ “Turbo” mode, the GPU stayed under 75°, and the CPU under 73°. Overclocked, the GPU pushed to 85° before setting the fans to 100%. Stressing both the GPU and CPU simultaneously in Turbo mode got the GPU to 77°, and the CPU to a toasty 96°. Setting the fans to 100% reduced the CPU temps to 86°, and the GPU to 71°. This was also using the same CPU and GPU stress testing.

    With an overclock, the 3060 performs relatively close to an RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, with Shadow of the Tomb Raider benchmarks showing a better result of 95FPS.

    The response times of the display are a bit slower in practice vs other 144hz displays, but in games, I did not find it too noticeable. The fingerprint scanner is markedly improved over the last version of this laptop. Could just be drivers, but it definitely works faster and more accurately.

    The keyboard backlighting is better than the previous version of this laptop, with the lighting being much more uniform, but during the day it is still hard to see due to the lighting being white on silver keys. Otherwise, the keyboard feels great to type on, with deeper travel than one might expect from a laptop so thin.

    Removing the bottom panel allows the user to upgrade SSD, WIFI card, and 1 RAM module. 8GB is soldered to the motherboard.

    The speakers are great with surprising clarity and bass. Using the default performance presets, they can easily overpower the sound of the fans when gaming.

    I think this laptop is a great buy, with my only issues being the color of the backlight on the keyboard, lack of HDMI 2.1 (It has HDMI 2.0, but I think HDMI 2.1 would be more forward looking), and lack of ethernet, though the system has WIFI 6, and in my testing with a Netgear Nighthawk CAX80 Router, the system was able to achieve download speeds over 1400Mbps. The laptop does support USB-C charging, which works great, and the touchpad is fluid, and uses Microsoft’s precision drivers.

    All around, I think this laptop would be a great companion for editing, code compiling, and gaming. Some of the things I’ll be using it for. I’d definitely recommend this laptop.

    Mar 25, 2021 19:47
  • Review by Boom, 10 out of 10
    Carbon fibre of laptop

    I'm writing this review after using ASUS G14 laptop for 15 days now. I'm used this laptop for my research and computational purpose of fluid flow and I'm so impressed by this. I had a choice of purchasing Macbook pro but I feel this had better configuration and best value for money. I love its battery backup and follow its recommendation of 80% balanced charge and I get 8-9hrs of work done on a single charge including reading papers and running python scripts. Best part is it has much needed ports that helps integrate with my monitor and headset. I didn't have to buy anything additional. And, it feels so light, it feels like carbon fibre body works of car. Sp light yet so strong. Best laptop to carry around.

    One cons is it doesn't have webcam integrated but it has phone connect app, so i can use my phones camera for zoom meetings, but I already got extra webcam.

    Jul 29, 2021 19:23
  • Review by GregB, 10 out of 10
    Very solid, lightweight machine.

    Overall great laptop. If I had one nitpick spec-wise, I wish it had a slightly lower CPU in exchange for a better GPU.

    Some notes about using this after a month:

    The display may appear washed out when you first use it. This can be improved by disabling Vari-Bright within Radeon Software (see first image). It's a power-saving measure, but it definitely hinders the display quality.

    No webcam: I find this a great benefit, but many others may disagree.

    The keyboard backlight is largely unnecessary. In dim lighting, the backlight may make the keys even harder to read. (see second image)

    The bottom can be easily opened; the SSD and one stick of RAM can be upgraded (8GB are soldered onto the main board).

    Other information can be obtained through video reviews, so please look there if you have not already. Search for "Gigabyte Zephyrus G14 2021", and most videos posted after February 2021 should be about this laptop.

    Jul 19, 2021 11:56
  • Review by AYoshi, 8 out of 10
    Extremely portable full function system

    It is amazing how the power of a high end desktop gaming PC from two years ago can fit into a 14inch laptop under 4lbs.

    The Ryzen 9 5900HS cpu in this thing has enough power to be relevant for at least 3 years.

    The RTX 3060 is a good balance of speed and power efficiency, although the 6GB may require realistic graphic detail adjustments in near future games. I do not think any gpu more powerful or higher wattage would be possible in this chassis. The RTX runs through Radeon iGPU which does reduce performance in cpu bound games, but allows freesync adaptive sync to eliminate stutter and tearing. The usb-c port on left side of unit supports displayport/hdmi directly from RTX 3060 with optional adapters. I verified Gsync works through usb-c port with displayport adapter to my external monitors. I have seen a lot of complaints that the HDMI port is not connected directly to RTX but I actually feel this is a good thing because it allows longer battery life when hooking up to projectors during business presentations where the power of RTX is not always needed. For simple slides and video, the Radeon is sufficient and the RTX can be used via Optimus if presentation requires more graphical grunt.

    The cooling system is about as good as physically possible in a chassis this small without using a more expensive vapor chamber design. The liquid metal thermal interface on cpu helps minimize cpu thermal throttling issues. If running simultaneous cpu + gpu stress for prolonged periods, expect some mild throttling on either gpu or cpu as they share heatpipes. The VRMs seem to have dedicated cooling plate and pipe. Asus engineers seem to have found best balance between power and thermals.

    The touchpad is small but very smooth and responsive. The keyboard has good layout. The backlight is improved in uniformity compared to last year, but still difficult to see in medium light conditions (especially at low keyboard light brightness). I put a 2021 G14 black keyboard cover on system and I think it makes system look better in medium/bright light rooms.

    The speakers are loud and actually have some low frequency response. Probably the best speakers outside of a Macbook Pro.

    The screen on my unit had minimal light bleed and good black levels. For text and videos, I had no complaints. Unfortunately, I do notice ghosting from the relatively lower response time. It is definitely better than last year’s model, but resembles a fast VA panel more than a fast IPS. Anybody sensitive to ghosting/response time should consider something else or use external monitor when not traveling.

    The single m.2 slot and single SODIMM slot is disappointing but understandable. There is literally no space to fit additional slots due to small system. I wished all 16GB was soldered with open slot for user to add more. But I suspect more than 90% of users will find the 8GB soldered + 8GB SODIMM sufficient. At least there is option to increase RAM to 8 soldered + 32 sodimm in future even if only first 16GB will be dual channel.

    Overall is probably the most processing/graphical power in the smallest/lightest laptop available on the market (Apple ecosystem users should also seriously consider Macbook Air or Pro M1). It is easy to carry around and allows use of up to 100watt PD USB-C charger to reduce need to take 180watt brick on trips. Just remember to get external webcam or learn how to use phone camera as webcam because there is no builtin webcam on this laptop.

    Apr 19, 2021 14:58
  • Review by CobGaming, 10 out of 10
    All this powerful for under 2k!?????

    When I was shopping for a new gaming laptop to replace my MSI Appache Pro 7RGE I wanted to look for a laptop that an AMD CPU and a better GPU something like a 1080Ti or 2070 Super. I stumbled across a post about Asus announcing their new G14 and G15 laptops supporting the new Ryzen 9th gen 4000 series mobile CPUs and throwing in 3060 and 3080's in them starting at $1499. Not gonna lie I flipped out lol I was incredibly excited about the news so I waited for them to drop and it was impossible to find one in any store, microcenter was even struggling to get them in but couldn't promise anything. So I checked our best buy and I found it available online so I didn't hesitate and bought the first available modle which happily was the G14 that came with the new Ryzen 5900HS and a 3060. Best upgrade....period....you can't find a laptop this powerful for under 2k, especially for it being only a 14in screen and weights just under 4lbs. I built a Ryzen desktop which I ended up doing 5k in and this laptop keeps up. If your ready this review do not hesitate, buy this model of the G14. Spending 1500 on gaming laptop and it keeps up with a rig with 5k worth of parts?....that rarely happens. Very impressed and satisfied with this laptop.

    Apr 10, 2021 06:52
  • 9.0score
    ASUS - ROG Zephyrus M15 15.6" 4K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 - 1TB SSD - Prism Black
    Description

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus M15 Gaming Laptop: Put your best foot forward with this 15.6-inch Ultra HD ASUS notebook PC. The VR-Ready NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card delivers hyperrealistic visuals in immersive games, while the Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM ensure smooth gameplay and effortless multitasking. This ASUS notebook PC features a 1TB SSD for speed and ample storage capacity.

    13 Features
  • Windows 10 operating system: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen. Learn more ›
  • 15.6" display: 3840 x 2160 native resolution. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H mobile processor: Powerful 6-core, twelve-way processing performance. Intel Turbo Boost Technology delivers dynamic extra power when you need it, while increasing energy efficiency when you don't.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB solid state drive (SSD): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 graphics: Backed by 6GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Weighs 4.43 lbs. and measures 0.8" thin: Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • RGB backlit keyboard: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional ports: Headphone output and microphone input.
  • Xbox Game Pass for PC: 1-Month of Xbox Game Pass for PC included. Get access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Nico, 10 out of 10
    Impressive

    Setting my laptop standards down to the 2014 4th gen intel level, I was astonished at how insane and seamless getting started with this computer was. My laptop prior to this was a Toshiba E45t-B4204. The service and support Best Buy provides is incredible; the store’s staff are honest with what they recommend. The only downside to this model is the fact that it doesn’t have a front-facing camera but aside from that, I can’t wait to be using this laptop for the next 7-or-so years! Anyway, this laptop has gone beyond what I thought it was capable of and I’m excited to be the one using this for my future e-commerce endeavors :)

    Jun 22, 2020 17:04
  • Review by Meghan, 10 out of 10
    And Iiiii-e-iiiiiiii Will Always Love You!

    I will be returning because I found a 3060 desktop directly from ibuypower, but I will miss this laptop! The 4K display is drop dead gorgeous. I have had no problems with it and part of me wants to just keep it. When you have a MacBook, a work laptop, and a desktop coming beginning of June, you just can’t justify keeping it.

    Pros: the keyboard is really, really nice. The case is svelte. The screen is amazing. The 2060 can handle a ton of stuff.

    Cons: the CPU is a bit of a bottleneck when playing warzone (mid high settings), listening to music, chatting on discord, and streaming TV at the same time. No display port output.

    Rebuttals to negative reviews: I have not had any problems whatsoever with overheating.

    Summary: get this laptop. It’s a GREAT deal.

    May 22, 2021 08:10
  • Review by Lifesjourneyproductions, 10 out of 10
    Gamer or Creator this is a good choice!

    Great laptop. If you are ok without a web camera when 720p web cameras are the norm and they are no longer relative! I would recommend this laptop for sure it does not look like a gaming laptop unless you get up close and that’s great for creators. It’s also a legit gaming laptop as well but you may want to go for the 1080p version for faster refresh rates but for us the 4K is the way to go: NIVIDIA now has gaming video drivers and studio creator drivers so any fast dedicated video card by NIVIDIA is the way to go! I did a video review and unboxing on my YOUTUBE channel.

    Unboxing and review: https://youtu.be/VcukJGdnCho

    Mar 19, 2021 15:55
  • Review by Daniel, 8 out of 10
    Laptop is Great, Bestbuy not so much

    Loving this laptop so far! Its nice and sturdy and cant wait to start streaming again. The RGB keyboard is excellent and the keys are well like a laptop and overall better then most laptops but not great. I use a mechanical keyboard so this makes up for it. This is definitely an upgrade over my 2017 omen. The main problem I have isn't with the computer, but Bestbuy themselves. I purchased this as an Open Box-Excellent and upon Opening it I had to clean it due to the greasy fingerprints and sweat stains all over the chassis and touchpad and the back also had some scuffs on it. I have no problem with this condition (In fact originally went to buy a satisfactory condition one), but its not as advertised and the price was about $80 more

    Apr 01, 2021 21:17
  • Review by AdamFuncle, 10 out of 10
    Asus ROG M15, Great power

    Bought to replace my old Dell for gaming, video editing and animation. So far works perfect. Sure the fans make noise when its working hard, That's like complaining your race car is to loud when your going fast.

    Quick Video: https://youtu.be/aUOw16Qxofs

    May 22, 2021 19:43
  • Review by VltKpr, 8 out of 10
    Excellent laptop, few minor flaws I can live with

    I was looking for a decent Windows based laptop that has nVidia RTX built in to get away from my 2019 MacBook Pro. I am a bit of an ASUS fan, having used their products for many years due to their build quality and reliability, (I owned an ASUS laptop in the Vista era and it was a great machine, I also have a self-built desktop based on an ASUS Maximus VIII Hero motherboard that is still going strong today, almost 5 years later).

    After much deliberation over getting the $200 cheaper Zephyrus g14 or a MSI GS66, I came across this model. Despite the g14 being a bit faster than this model, I decided on the m15 because it seems to have almost everything that I was looking for in a laptop: Thunderbolt 3 support, an Ethernet jack, RTX graphics, an open secondary M.2 slot, a 1 TB SSD preinstalled, better temps than the g14, a serviceable battery, at least one non-soldered slot for RAM, and a color calibrated 4k display.

    There is one really useful feature that I was unaware of before I bought the laptop: MyASUS (the built in software) includes a battery health manager to increase the longevity of your battery. If you leave it plugged in all the time in a docking station, it can be set to prevent the battery from charging beyond 60% or 80% of capacity depending on your chosen setting. It only stops the charging while the program is running in the background and can easily be disabled if you plan on taking the laptop on the road and need to charge to full capacity.

    The display is nice and crisp, Windows 10 v2004 still has some bugs with the default 250% display scaling in some programs. iTunes is barely useable (not surprised, it is Apple's issue). I also haven't figured out the best setting for games yet either. Playing games at 4k with the default Windows scaling seems to downscale some games, although I am not entirely sure. (I had to run the nVidia RTX Elevator demo using compatibility mode to disable the scaling to get it to even open.) Jedi Fallen Order runs at ultra settings and 4k resolution fairly well, it dropped a few frames but it was not unplayable. That is to be expected of the RTX 2060. This is not the max-q variant of the 2060. See the attached screenshot of GPU-Z for more info. When the laptop is set to turbo mode, it will increase the GPU's clock speed up to 2025 Mhz as needed.

    I don't notice much if any ghosting on the display, I am not a competitive online gamer so a high refresh rate isn't as important to me. Watching movies is a fair experience, the display has amazing color and contrast but there is some flashlighting in the corners of the screen on dark scenes that can be an annoyance and some movie playing apps tend to get the fans ramped up as well, which can drown out the mediocre speakers. A good pair of headphones would make it a much better experience.

    The keyboard is excellent compared to the butterfly keyboard on my mac, the keys are stiff and have a good tactile feel to them. The Aura backlighting is nice to have although it could be just a bit brighter. Keyboard backlight is just right at max brightness in the dark, and unlike the silver keyboard on the g14, the keyboard is easily legible on the m15 in the light with the backlight on or off. I also like the fact that F5 is set to change the boost mode with a tap and F6 is a shortcut to launch the windows snipping tool. I am not aware of there being a Fn lock on this laptop though, so you always have to hold the Fn key first.

    I hope that ASUS will push out a BIOS update in the future that allows you to disable the power button LED, it is bigger and brighter than all of the other status leds below the screen and it appears to always be red. It is slightly annoying to have it in the corner of your vision constantly.

    Finally, I wanted a laptop with good linux support. I moved the factory NVME M.2 SSD into slot 2 and installed a 250Gb SATA M.2 drive in slot 1. Only slot 1 supports SATA M.2 drives but both will support NVME drives. I was surprised when installing Fedora 32 that everything was fully supported on the laptop as far as I cold tell. The intel integrated graphics are enabled by default and drivers for nVidia had to be installed manually which also requires Secure Boot to be disabled in the UEFI to get them to load. It appears to be running very smooth so far. I also tested booting off a USB drive with Linux Mint 19.3 but driver support for that was lacking with no touchpad or wifi support out of the box.

    All-in-all this is a beautiful laptop with quality hardware and good build quality. I would easily recommend it for the power user or professional that likes to play a AAA title here and there and wants a laptop that can play them in style.

    Jun 02, 2020 00:53
  • Review by Ranzeyy, 10 out of 10
    Very nice

    Very good. Fast ssd. I undervolted the CPU and GPU for lower temps. Great display. I wished it had a higher refresh rate though. I easily got over 60 FPS with high-ultra settings on some games

    May 25, 2021 11:01
  • Review by ECaseyP, 10 out of 10
    Great laptop!

    I bought this laptop to run drafting software and so far it has performed flawlessly. Only con I have found is no built in webcam. I would definitely recommend this laptop for anybody.

    Sep 18, 2020 19:59
  • 9.0score
    26
    HP
    HP - Victus 16.1" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 - 256GB SSD
    Description

    No play left behind: With a powerful Intel® processor and NVIDIA® graphics, we upgraded the cooling system so you can play without worry. Built for play: Everyone's a gamer, so everyone needs a good gaming experience. With a fast refresh rate on a high resolution display, it's all immersion. And with an all-purpose gaming keyboard, Audio by B&O and great battery life, this will fit like a glove. One place. All play. OMEN Gaming Hub is your one-stop shop to elevating your play. From getting rewards just by gaming, to controlling every little performance and lighting option of your machine, the list goes on. Every game, every play, every moment is now in your control.

    15 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Display: 16.1-inch diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, micro-edge, anti-glare: Enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear images with 178° wide-viewing angles
  • Processor: 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-11400H: Brings the perfect combination of features to make you unstoppable. Get things done fast with high performance, instant responsiveness and best-in-class connectivity.
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4-2933 MHz RAM (2 X 4 GB): With higher bandwidth, you get more of a boost in performance for improved multitasking.
  • Internal storage: 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD: Get up to 30x faster performance than a traditional hard drive.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Laptop GPU (4 GB GDDR6 dedicated): Step up to the power of 2nd generation RTX powered by the award winning NVIDIA Ampere architecture. AI and new system optimizations create more efficient gaming laptops in new and innovative form factors.
  • Effortlessly connected: Enjoy a smoother wireless experience with Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5.0 combo, all your connections are solid and up to 3x faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5.
  • HP Fast Charge: Go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes.
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera: The 88-degree, wide-angle field of view lets you video chat with the entire family or group of friends in crystal clear detail.
  • A truly powerful audio experience: With HP Dual Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and custom tuning by the experts at B&O, you can experience rich, authentic audio. Let the sound move you.
  • Enhanced thermal solution: The latest in heat management brings you an enhanced heat-pipe design, stabilizing your work and play in a cooling environment.
  • Backlit keyboard with integrated numeric pad: Keep going comfortably even in darker environments.
  • Created with the planet in mind: HP is dedicated to driving progress toward a more sustainable future and making responsible choices for the venvironment and our customers.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by grumblez, 6 out of 10
    A decent choice

    The I-5-11400h is a great processor, and built in support for undervolting now in Omen command center sets HP above most other OEMS for intel anyways.

    The battery life in this guy is amazing best off any gaming laptop

    I've tested ~6hours streaming youtube on battery saver.

    The speakers are good for a budget option

    The RTX 3050 is good to be good for running most games at high settings in 1080p, but in the most demanding games your going to be limited by only having 4gb of videocard ram and have to use lower settings. Especially if the game doesn't have DLSS.

    If you stress over thermals this guy runs exceedingly cool.

    The 2 biggest draw backs are the RAM and the screen is only 60hz if thats important to you. The ram is only 8gb, and its dual channel which is good. Normally that would be borderline acceptable for gaming but its the slower 1x16 ram. As a result in more CPU bound games like BF5 or CSGO your going to have some pretty horrendous FPS drops (1% lows). So if you buy it I would make plans to upgrade the ram ASAP.

    The 16.1 inch screen is nice, but I really wish HP would switch to 16x10 resolution on there 16 inch line up.

    The blue color is nice, and its overall a good looking laptop IMO but build quality definetly leaves a lot to be desired. Can't say if it will have problems long term but the screen does wobble significantly if you don't open it extremely carefully.

    Personally If your really on a tight budget I would look for something on clearance from last year, or save up to 1000 - 1200$ to get something with a RTX 3060.

    Aug 19, 2021 12:30
  • Review by Rayner, 10 out of 10
    Great Deal

    - Decent build quality (expected at this price)

    - Amazing specs for the price

    - Easily upgradable (2 ram slots, 2 nvme slots)

    - 1080p 60 hz (fine for me, but not other people)

    - Purchased on sale for $799 (Still pretty good at 899)

    Aug 04, 2021 12:58
  • Review by Blake, 8 out of 10
    First gaming laptop

    This is my first real laptop built for gaming, so far it’s meeting and exceeded my expectations for it in some places. The battery life while gaming suffers however, the battery during normal none gaming use does just fine.This also could be because I have the computer leaning towards performance instead of the battery life on the option slider.(during games the battery lasts about 1 to 2 hours depending. I'll try messing with some settings to see if I can't get those numbers up but I would expect much.)

    Sep 05, 2021 12:03
  • Review by Joswins2017, 8 out of 10
    HP Victus laptop- great specs and worth it.

    Great system, loaded it with 32gb ram and its even a better system than before. Bought this laptop for my younger son for his bday and he loves it, Omen feature is pretty helpful when running high load games. Less expensive than actual gaming laptops but have all the requirements of a gaming system.

    Oct 23, 2021 02:24
  • Review by SuperDudeBro, 10 out of 10
    I love it

    I run all of my games on high. Death stranding on high with the charger plugged in because it drains it fast and also gives it a power boost using best performance mode. Any game I play i play on the highest difficulty. My only problem is after mandatory files the PC only has about 140gb left. so you can only play a few games at a time. The PC is fast, slim and light and the keyboard lights up

    Oct 08, 2021 13:47
  • Review by BobClover10, 8 out of 10
    Best When on Sale

    Performance was much better then the 10300H, however seems like the 4GB of the 3050 is limiting. Display was a bit bland, but it seems unless you go up $400 all of them have these dim displays. I did like the subdued design vs some of the over the top versions with RGB everywhere.

    Oct 11, 2021 16:46
  • Review by Thomas, 8 out of 10
    The ups and downs about the laptop

    I love this computer its battery can last a long time but the one downfall of this computer is that there is no prop to put up the computer to let the fans circulate air. But all in all i love this computer and i would recommend it

    Sep 24, 2021 17:48
  • Review by Seven, 8 out of 10
    Victus Right

    Great gaming laptop although I am not a gamer. Good graphics as well. Only issue I have had is the battery life is short. If you want it plugged in the wall while you do your work then that's your business but unplug it and you may get a few hours of use. Not too big of a

    Nov 05, 2021 23:52
  • 8.8score
    Lenovo - Legion Slim 7 15" 4K Ultra HD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti - 1TB SSD - Shadow Black
    Description

    The Lenovo™ Legion Slim 7 was engineered for gamers who demand mobility and performance for day and night. Sporting a finely crafted chassis machined from 100% aluminum that is shockingly thin and impressively light, the Legion Slim 7 was expertly crafted for gamers who demand more.

    15 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 15.6" Ultra HD screen: The 3840 x 2160 resolution boasts impressive color and clarity. IPS technology for wide viewing angles. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX Processor: Imagine, design, and create without boundaries. The powerful AMD Ryzen™ 9 processor features machine intelligence that anticipates your needs. Discover true responsiveness with eight cores and sixteen threads for ultimate performance.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (NVMe TLC): While offering less storage space than a hard drive, a flash-based SSD has no moving parts, resulting in faster start-up times and data access, no noise, and reduced heat production and power draw on the battery.
  • Discrete Graphics: Driven by 4GB dedicated video memory to quickly render high-quality images for videos and games.
  • Weighs 4.18 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin: Thin and light design with DVD/CD drive omitted for improved portability. Lithium-ion battery.
  • Aluminum chassis: Offers a sleek look.
  • Built-in media reader for simple photo transfer: Supports microSD memory card formats.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • Built-in HD webcam with dual array microphone: Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends or teleconference with colleagues over Skype or other popular applications.
  • RGB backlit keyboard: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Wayinander, 8 out of 10
    Great choice for creators

    My Pros:

    - Great display, colors are vibrant, high brightness, anti-glare so it's usable outdoors, and good black levels/ contrast.

    - Good Performance from the Ryzen 5900HX . I do recommend you look into turning off turbo boost or changing power level settings with Ryzen controller while gaming in turbo mode. If not your CPU temps will be higher than they need to be (95c+) for little to no benefit in games.

    - Full Power 3050 TI GPU ( other slim laptops will often go with a low powered version instead)

    - Full-size SD card Slot

    - Empty full-size NVME SSD slot for adding more storage

    - Good Linux support, I installed Linux Mint on a second SSD I installed inside this laptop. I can easily use Windows or Linux when needed this way.

    - USB-C charging support

    - Lightweight and slim without feeling cheap.

    - Upgradable ram slot ( I wish it had 2 slots though!)

    - The privacy shutter for the webcam is nice

    - MUX Switch ( This should be standard on all laptops with a DGPU)

    My Cons:

    - The 3050 Ti is ok for most games but the 4GB of vram will keep you from playing many newer AAA games at 1440P or higher. (1080P games still look great on this screen).

    - Having all the USB-C ports on the right side is very odd. Since you will use them for video out and sometimes for charging having them on the right side where a mouse would be is beyond silly. The best spot would have been to place the USB-C ports at the back and move the standard-size USB ports to the side.

    - Fingerprints, this laptop grabs them like crazy. I'll probably buy a skin for the lid part because I dislike the greasy look. At this price point I think these laptops should have some kind of anti-smudge coating.

    - I'm not a fan of the offset touchpad, I prefer a centered touchpad but I understand with the numpad it kinda pushes things to the side.

    - 1 of the ram slots is soldered

    Overall I think this is a great laptop for photo/video editors that casually game. If your more of a heavy gamer but still want the slim design I'd consider the FHD version of this laptop with the RTX 3060 GPU over this one.

    Nov 05, 2021 22:12
  • Review by userOU812, 8 out of 10
    good machine

    i run several trading platforms on 3 seperate screens plus surf the internet as well as manage email all simultaniously, some trading platforms run slowly but overall quite an impressive little machine. my only wishes were a backlit keyboard and more ports but i am very happy with it overall

    Sep 17, 2021 18:12
  • Review by Anthony, 8 out of 10
    TRY IT!

    Pretty good for gaming, I'm using it for 1080p gaming but it tries to default itself at 4k!

    Downside was that I had touchpad issues on my device, it was as if it wasn't multitouch so a mouse is a must unless i had a defective device.

    Make sure you return it within 15 days for the exchange or refund incase you aren't a fan.

    Oct 06, 2021 16:02
  • Review by JAXX, 10 out of 10
    Lightning Fast Streaming Speed

    This Legion Laptop is beyond my expectations FAST. I have tryed to bog it down by opening multiple video live feeds at the same time and I apparently ran out of WiFi before running out of computer speed. Its amazing to find a Laptop that can handle running my Twitch Stream with monitors connected, while live streaming my game play from an XBox One, and keep the live stream with chat rolling on the other monitors while playing motion intensive games that would Kill my other computer.

    Sep 12, 2021 00:28
  • Review by Robert, 8 out of 10
    Great for Work. Not for Gaming

    Great laptop. Solid construction. Keys feel great. Any normal use feels snappy.

    Battery life could be a bit better, though, and the 3050 Ti is going to struggle with pretty much any modern game.

    The display is gorgeous, though 4K is a bit wasted on a 15" screen. A 1440 display probably could have helped with the battery life as well.

    Nov 09, 2021 11:06
  • Review by Duke8192, 10 out of 10
    Glad I switched to this one.

    Originally bought an ASUS, set it up, next day, would not get me to login screen so returned it and bought this and have been happy ever since. Great laptop, my first gaming laptop and love the graphics on it. Using it to play Skyrim right now and no glitching at all. Everything is fast, downloading, internet, videos, gaming. All works seamlessly.

    Aug 25, 2021 11:29
  • Review by Mays, 10 out of 10
    Lenovo Laptop works great for business

    We actually purchased this as a business laptop and it is exceeding performance expectations. Setup was seamless. We use Microsoft Teams and were collaborating in minutes. Due to the pandemic (with most of our staff still remoting in) we have made the move to laptops to keep us mobile. This is our third Lenovo Legion and we plan to make it our go to laptop for business.

    Nov 02, 2021 11:11
  • Review by Paul, 10 out of 10
    Using Lenova Legion Slim 15 inch computer

    I don't use the computer for gaming. I purchased the computer to use when teaching a class remotely.

    The Invidia RTX processor takes pressure off the CPU. Screen has excellent resolution. Computer runs cool even when processing video files.

    Only limitation is that RAM cannot be increased. However, I have not experienced any slow down problems.

    Oct 29, 2021 15:35
  • 8.8score
    28
    HP
    HP - Victus 16.1" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 - 256GB SSD
    Description

    No play left behind: With a powerful Intel® processor and NVIDIA® graphics, we upgraded the cooling system so you can play without worry. Built for play: Everyone's a gamer, so everyone needs a good gaming experience. With a fast refresh rate on a high resolution display, it's all immersion. And with an all-purpose gaming keyboard, Audio by B&O and great battery life, this will fit like a glove. One place. All play. OMEN Gaming Hub is your one-stop shop to elevating your play. From getting rewards just by gaming, to controlling every little performance and lighting option of your machine, the list goes on. Every game, every play, every moment is now in your control.

    15 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Display: 16.1-inch diagonal, FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS, micro-edge, anti-glare: Enjoy vibrant, crystal-clear images with 178° wide-viewing angles
  • Processor: 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-11400H: Brings the perfect combination of features to make you unstoppable. Get things done fast with high performance, instant responsiveness and best-in-class connectivity.
  • Memory: 8 GB DDR4-2933 MHz RAM (2 X 4 GB): With higher bandwidth, you get more of a boost in performance for improved multitasking.
  • Internal storage: 256 GB PCIe® NVMe™ M.2 SSD: Get up to 30x faster performance than a traditional hard drive.
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3050 Laptop GPU (4 GB GDDR6 dedicated): Step up to the power of 2nd generation RTX powered by the award winning NVIDIA Ampere architecture. AI and new system optimizations create more efficient gaming laptops in new and innovative form factors.
  • Effortlessly connected: Enjoy a smoother wireless experience with Wi-Fi 6 (2x2) and Bluetooth® 5.0 combo, all your connections are solid and up to 3x faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5.
  • HP Fast Charge: Go from 0 to 50% charge in approximately 45 minutes.
  • HP Wide Vision HD Camera: The 88-degree, wide-angle field of view lets you video chat with the entire family or group of friends in crystal clear detail.
  • A truly powerful audio experience: With HP Dual Speakers, HP Audio Boost, and custom tuning by the experts at B&O, you can experience rich, authentic audio. Let the sound move you.
  • Enhanced thermal solution: The latest in heat management brings you an enhanced heat-pipe design, stabilizing your work and play in a cooling environment.
  • Backlit keyboard with integrated numeric pad: Keep going comfortably even in darker environments.
  • Created with the planet in mind: HP is dedicated to driving progress toward a more sustainable future and making responsible choices for the venvironment and our customers.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game.: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by grumblez, 6 out of 10
    A decent choice

    The I-5-11400h is a great processor, and built in support for undervolting now in Omen command center sets HP above most other OEMS for intel anyways.

    The battery life in this guy is amazing best off any gaming laptop

    I've tested ~6hours streaming youtube on battery saver.

    The speakers are good for a budget option

    The RTX 3050 is good to be good for running most games at high settings in 1080p, but in the most demanding games your going to be limited by only having 4gb of videocard ram and have to use lower settings. Especially if the game doesn't have DLSS.

    If you stress over thermals this guy runs exceedingly cool.

    The 2 biggest draw backs are the RAM and the screen is only 60hz if thats important to you. The ram is only 8gb, and its dual channel which is good. Normally that would be borderline acceptable for gaming but its the slower 1x16 ram. As a result in more CPU bound games like BF5 or CSGO your going to have some pretty horrendous FPS drops (1% lows). So if you buy it I would make plans to upgrade the ram ASAP.

    The 16.1 inch screen is nice, but I really wish HP would switch to 16x10 resolution on there 16 inch line up.

    The blue color is nice, and its overall a good looking laptop IMO but build quality definetly leaves a lot to be desired. Can't say if it will have problems long term but the screen does wobble significantly if you don't open it extremely carefully.

    Personally If your really on a tight budget I would look for something on clearance from last year, or save up to 1000 - 1200$ to get something with a RTX 3060.

    Aug 19, 2021 12:30
  • Review by Rayner, 10 out of 10
    Great Deal

    - Decent build quality (expected at this price)

    - Amazing specs for the price

    - Easily upgradable (2 ram slots, 2 nvme slots)

    - 1080p 60 hz (fine for me, but not other people)

    - Purchased on sale for $799 (Still pretty good at 899)

    Aug 04, 2021 12:58
  • Review by Blake, 8 out of 10
    First gaming laptop

    This is my first real laptop built for gaming, so far it’s meeting and exceeded my expectations for it in some places. The battery life while gaming suffers however, the battery during normal none gaming use does just fine.This also could be because I have the computer leaning towards performance instead of the battery life on the option slider.(during games the battery lasts about 1 to 2 hours depending. I'll try messing with some settings to see if I can't get those numbers up but I would expect much.)

    Sep 05, 2021 12:03
  • Review by Joswins2017, 8 out of 10
    HP Victus laptop- great specs and worth it.

    Great system, loaded it with 32gb ram and its even a better system than before. Bought this laptop for my younger son for his bday and he loves it, Omen feature is pretty helpful when running high load games. Less expensive than actual gaming laptops but have all the requirements of a gaming system.

    Oct 23, 2021 02:24
  • Review by SuperDudeBro, 10 out of 10
    I love it

    I run all of my games on high. Death stranding on high with the charger plugged in because it drains it fast and also gives it a power boost using best performance mode. Any game I play i play on the highest difficulty. My only problem is after mandatory files the PC only has about 140gb left. so you can only play a few games at a time. The PC is fast, slim and light and the keyboard lights up

    Oct 08, 2021 13:47
  • Review by BobClover10, 8 out of 10
    Best When on Sale

    Performance was much better then the 10300H, however seems like the 4GB of the 3050 is limiting. Display was a bit bland, but it seems unless you go up $400 all of them have these dim displays. I did like the subdued design vs some of the over the top versions with RGB everywhere.

    Oct 11, 2021 16:46
  • Review by Thomas, 8 out of 10
    The ups and downs about the laptop

    I love this computer its battery can last a long time but the one downfall of this computer is that there is no prop to put up the computer to let the fans circulate air. But all in all i love this computer and i would recommend it

    Sep 24, 2021 17:48
  • Review by Seven, 8 out of 10
    Victus Right

    Great gaming laptop although I am not a gamer. Good graphics as well. Only issue I have had is the battery life is short. If you want it plugged in the wall while you do your work then that's your business but unplug it and you may get a few hours of use. Not too big of a

    Nov 05, 2021 23:52
  • 8.8score
    Acer - Nitro 5 – Gaming Laptop - 15.6" FHD 144Hz – Intel 11th Gen i5 - GeForce GTX 1650 - 8GB DDR4 - 256GB SSD – Windows 11
    Description

    Dominate the battlefield with Acer’s new Nitro 5 gaming laptop, including everything you need to take control of the action. The powerful Nitro 5 laptop was developed to deliver an iconic gaming experience courtesy of the many awesome features inside, including its 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and high-performance NVIDIA® GeForce GTX 1650 graphics—that’s powered by NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture! Next, toss in its quick 15.6” FHD IPS 144Hz refresh rate display, awesome mobility, advanced cooling and stellar audio capabilities, and all of the other gaming-rich features, and you quickly see why the Nitro 5 delivers a knockout blow to the competition!

    8 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • Dominating Specs: Reign over the game world with the combined power of a 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 graphics. Configure your laptop for maximum speed and storage with two slots for M.2 PCIe SSDs using NVMe technology and up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM.
  • Visual Intensity: Explore games in greater detail with the sharp visuals of a 15.6” FHD IPS 144Hz display with improved screen-to-body ratio to 80% with narrow 0.28" bezels. The Nitro 5 looks and feels like it will help you take control.
  • Coolness Under Fire: When heavy use requires an added boost,chill out with twin fans,Acer CoolBoost™ technology,quad exhaust port design with two on the side,two in the rear.CoolBoost increases fan speed by 10% and CPU/GPU cooling by 9% compared to auto mode.
  • The Key to Victory: Commands are just a touch away with the dedicated NitroSense Key,while the WASD,arrow keys are highlighted for easy location.Enjoy the tactile feel of keys with a travel distance of 1.6mm. Add some excitement to your gaming and play in dimly lit environments-red backlit keyboard.
  • Prioritize Your Gameplay: With Killer’s E2600 Ethernet Controller, Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650 and Control Center 2.0, you have all the tools you need to clear out the online competition. Control the Quality of Service within the Control Center, which is typically done at the router.
  • Breaking the Sound Barrier: Better audio delivers a competitive edge as well as a more immersive experience through dual 2W speakers. With DTS:X® Ultra, sounds are clear and can be delivered in a 3D spatial soundscape, allowing you to hear where your opponents are coming from with pinpoint precision.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by abomb, 10 out of 10
    Super nice

    Runs very nice and pretty cool. I tried 4 laptops and this one is by far the most quiet. I upgraded the ram to 16gb and it made a big difference in gaming. I get 60-70 frames in Red Dead 2 which is impressive to me. The 1650 runs games perfect. The 144hz screen makes this laptop perfect the brightness isn’t the highest but it’s still super nice. It’s pretty easy to open and upgrade. The cpu runs at about 70-75 degrees while playing Red Dead and I’ve never seen the gpu go past 72 degrees.

    Sep 12, 2021 00:03
  • Review by Cheetodustonmykeyboard, 8 out of 10
    Promising value for entry lvl gaming

    I think this a good first gaming laptop if your on a budget and I had mine for a year and had used it heavily. I love how promising it is for its price I think laptops like this expose the pc world of things and ppl get hooked to them. Safe to say my time with it is done and now have money saved for a desktop . However performance and terms of power are pretty good . I think it’s performance is relatively strong but it’s weakness does show in some games and have to switch to low settings for smooth frames. It’s a little better than the ps4/Xbox performance wise not stronger than ps5/xbox series x . It runs R6siege rlly smoothly and 144hz gives you a competitive experience , and it can play gta 5 online 60-80 fps on a preset high settings. But games more graphically demanding like red dead redemption 2 you can see a little bit of stuttering and rendering problems with textures and loading props (40-50 Fps). Bigger multiplayer games like bf5 is set to medium and runs about (40-50 fps) full 64 players The keyboard tends to wear and tear and fades away the printing of the letters so my WASD is a faded and so as my shift and alt keys. I do love this laptop and the performance is reliable.

    Sep 23, 2021 07:41
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Pretty good

    Got this to play on the go, it doesn't beat the specs on my desktop, but it's no slouch. I can play most of my games, with no problems whatsoever. That all being said, the page was wrong saying it has a 1060, it has a 1660

    Aug 27, 2021 18:34
  • Review by photomom, 8 out of 10
    11 year old approves

    My 11 year old likes this and uses it to play Steam and Roblox. The salesperson said this would be ideal for his use since he isn't a serious gamer.

    Sep 06, 2021 09:45
  • Review by AmberMc, 10 out of 10
    Good buy!

    My 10 year old son loves his computer. He mainly plays Minecraft and it’s been great. Super happy with this purchase. It’s a good gaming computer on the lower end of the price range for that type of thing.

    Oct 29, 2021 19:26
  • Review by Mauricio, 10 out of 10
    Loved ittttt

    Very good beginners gaming laptop, I’ve wanted a gaming laptop and not PC because I’m not trying to play overly processor intensive games so the laptop was perfect!!

    Nov 05, 2021 16:18
  • Review by MoonMaiden, 10 out of 10
    Happy gaming

    Works great - thanks to solid state there's no wait at start up, enter your ID and your home screen loads instantly. Good graphics, and the lit keyboard is nice too.

    Oct 13, 2021 10:58
  • Review by Mystry, 8 out of 10
    Good

    Good. Son likes it.had to upgrade a bit for one game though.

    Nov 01, 2021 09:27
  • 8.6score
    ASUS - ROG Zephyrus 15.6" QHD Gaming Laptop - AMD Ryzen 9 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 - 1TB SSD - Eclipse Grey - Eclipse Grey
    Description

    ASUS ROG Zephyrus Gaming Laptop. Enjoy everyday gaming with this ASUS notebook PC. The AMD Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB of RAM let you run graphics-heavy games smoothly, while the potent NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics produce high-quality visuals on the fast 15.6-inch 165hz QHD display. This ASUS notebook PC has 1TD SSD that shortens load times and offers ample storage.

    17 Features
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 11¹ (when available, see below):
  • Windows 11 Operating System: Windows 11 has all the power and security of Windows 10 with a redesigned and refreshed look. It also comes with new tools, sounds, and apps. Every detail has been considered. All of it comes together to bring you a refreshing experience on your PC.
  • 15.6" QHD display with 165Hz refresh rate: The 2560 x 1440 resolution with DCI-P3 boasts impressive color and clarity. Energy-efficient LED backlight.
  • 16GB system memory for intense multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 1TB Solid State Drive (PCI-e): Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 graphics: Backed by 8GB GDDR6 dedicated video memory for an ultrafast, advanced GPU to fuel your games.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality hardware and software and is compatible with Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Windows Mixed Reality Ultra.
  • Six speakers powered by Dolby Atmos technology: Lush Dolby Atmos audio from six speakers with force cancelling woofers put you in the center of the action.
  • Weighs 4.21 lbs. and measures 0.78" thin: Thin and light for maximum portability, featuring a 15.6" screen size and omitting the DVD/CD drive to achieve the compact form factor. 4-cell lithium-ion battery.
  • HDMI output expands your viewing options: Connect to an HDTV or high-def monitor to set up two screens side by side or just see more of the big picture.
  • Wireless/Wired connectivity (WiFi 6 - 802.11 ax): Flexible, dual-band connectivity w/ greater reliability thanks to two data streams and antennas. Connect to a Wi-Fi router to experience GB Wi-Fi speeds nearly 3X faster vs. standard Wi-Fi 5 w/ improved responsiveness for even more devices.
  • One-zone RGB Keyboard Backlight: Allows you to enjoy comfortable and accurate typing, even in dim lighting.
  • Basic software package included: 30-days trial of Microsoft Office 365.
  • Additional port: Headphone/microphone combo jack. Note: This laptop does not include a built-in DVD/CD drive.
  • Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation with 3D Mic. Array: Two-Way AI Noise Cancelation clarifies upstream and downstream audio, filtering out unwanted noise to make voice communication clearer.
  • Built-in fingerprint reader: Streamlines security settings for quick, typo-free access.
  • Xbox Game Pass Ultimate - Discover your next favorite game: 1 month of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate included. Play over 100 high-quality games on Windows 10, console and mobile. Includes new day one titles, iconic Bethesda games and EA Play on PC
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by ryanmcv, 10 out of 10
    The Total Package: Unmatched Value & Performance

    I've owned a few gaming laptops over the years and the new Zephyrus G15 comes closest to hitting that perfect balance of performance, design, and portability. The model as reviewed here foregoes some high-end upgrades and has a few small quirks, but the design is eye-catching and the overall package is essentially unmatched by any other laptop. Nvidia's new 30-series GPUs offer incredible performance and value, but there are certainly some trade-offs to be aware of with the 3070 in such a small machine. Likewise, you'll want to temper your expectations if you're upgrading from a laptop with a 20-series GPU.

    === DESIGN ===

    - This particular configuration is only available in the Eclipse Grey color, which I actually prefer over white. The color maintains a sleek, professional look allowing you to use the laptop in any setting without attracting too much attention. The holographic microdots on the laptop's lid add just enough flare so as to not be over-the-top.

    - When closed, the laptop measures 14" wide by 9.6" deep, and less than 1" thick. At just over 4 pounds, it is very portable and should fit in most backpacks and travel bags.

    - There are a decent amount of ports available, though I would have preferred more. On the left, there's the power port, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, one USB Type-A port, two USB Type-C ports, and a headphone jack. On the right, there's one USB Type-A port, a microSD card slot, and a Kensington lock slot.

    - The power port on the left side is oddly placed right in the center of the laptop rather than towards the back. As a result, the power cord runs along the length of the laptop, which looks awkward and sometimes covers the left exhaust vent.

    - The power brick is surprisingly compact for a gaming laptop. You will need it for the laptop to run at full power, but the machine can also be charged via USB-C with any 100w adapter. Just be aware that the CPU and GPU will not run at full speed when the laptop is being powered via USB-C.

    - Build quality is excellent, with minimal flex and no squeaking. Most of the machine is a soft-touch plastic, which is great for keeping weight to a minimum. The hinge is very smooth and can be lifted with one hand. As you raise the display, the base of the laptop begins to raise at a slight angle to improve airflow. I haven't noticed any significant wobble with the display raised.

    - Overall: The Eclipse Grey color is great and I appreciate the understated yet modern design of the laptop. The power port positioning is an awkward choice, and I wish there were a couple of additional USB-C ports especially on the right side. Build quality seems top-notch and I'm confident it will last a long time.

    === DISPLAY, KEYBOARD, TRACKPAD, & AUDIO ===

    - A key selling point for me was the 165Hz 1440p (QHD) display, which ASUS claims covers 100% of the DCI-P3 -- meaning it can show a ton of colors and display them very accurately. I absolutely love the resolution and pixel density of this display, and colors are indeed rich and vibrant. I find that contrast is a bit lacking and there is some visible wash-out as you tilt the display very far back. There is also a bit of light bleed along the top edge of my display, but it's hardly noticeable except on black loading screens. The 165Hz refresh rate means that games look incredibly smooth with no tearing or choppiness.

    - The keyboard is very spacious and comfortable. It has a nice amount of travel and it takes a satisfying amount of force to depress the keys. It has just the right amount of "clickiness" that you would expect in a gaming keyboard. Given the 15.6" form factor, I'm glad ASUS omitted the 10-key pad. The keyboard is RGB-lit, though the entire keyboard can only display one color at a time (there are not multiple RGB zones to control). The RGB brightness is sufficient, though I've certainly seen brighter RGB keyboards.

    - The trackpad is a joy to use. It is very large, soft, and easy to click. It works perfectly with gestures and is extremely responsive.

    - The speakers on the G15 really surprised me. MacBook speakers aside, these could be the best sounding speakers I've heard on a Windows laptop. I usually expect to hear a lot of distortion at medium and high volumes on laptop speakers, but not with the G15. Mids and highs are well balanced with a nice amount of "oomph" in the lows. The included Dolby Access app provides some pretty good preset audio profiles as well as an equalizer for custom settings.

    - Overall: Minor gripes aside, ASUS has nailed the basic aspects of a 15-inch gaming laptop with arguably the best display available in the segment. The keyboard, trackpad, and speakers also live up to the hype.

    === PERFORMANCE, COOLING, & UPGRADES ===

    - Long story short: you won't have any problems playing modern AAA games on this laptop. The graphics performance in this machine rivals that of a high-end desktop with a 2080 from just a couple of years ago. Just don't buy this laptop -- or ANY gaming laptop -- expecting to get the same performance from the 3070 Laptop GPU that you would get from the full-powered desktop 3070. Due to thermal restrictions and the laws of physics, the 30-series GPUs in laptops use a LOT less power than their desktop counterparts, so performance will never be equal. Regardless, the most impressive aspect of the 3070 in the G15 is its value. Just a couple of years ago, a laptop with this type of performance would have cost much more money.

    - Time Spy benchmark: 9408. Cinebench R23 multicore: 11548. Cyberpunk 2077 (Ray Tracing Medium, DLSS Balanced, 1440p): 50 fps average. Gears 5 (Ultra preset, 1440p): 80 fps average. Red Dead Redemption 2 (High preset, 1440p): 45 fps average. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (High preset, DLSS enabled, 1440p): 65 fps average. You get the idea. This laptop can handle these demanding games quite easily, and the performance only gets better if you're willing to fine-tune each game's settings.

    - Reducing the resolution in games to 1080p results in noticeable performance gains, but you obviously sacrifice a bit of clarity. That is one drawback to the 1440p display: it looks brilliant, but it requires a lot of GPU power to process such a high resolution.

    - So much of your performance will be dependent on the settings you choose in the ASUS Armoury Crate program. There are presets for Silent, Performance, and Turbo. "Turbo" gives you the best performance and cooling, but the fans get obnoxiously loud if you're not wearing headphones. "Performance" is a good middle-ground with less fan noise, but you will sacrifice a bit of CPU and GPU power (the clock speeds of the GPU will not boost as high as quickly). You will have to spend some time in this program to tweak the performance settings to your liking.

    - The laptop stays surprisingly cool, but that definitely comes at a cost of loud fans during intense gameplay. Luckily, the fans are hardly noticeable when using the laptop for routine work and web browsing. On Turbo mode, most games push the GPU temp to about 67 to 70°C, and the CPU to over 80°C.

    - Battery life is pretty great lasting over 8 hours with standard web browsing and day-to-day tasks (screen at half brightness). Obviously, gaming is going to result in much shorter battery life.

    - There is an extra M.2 NVMe slot to add an additional SSD for more storage. 8GB of RAM are soldered onto the board, with another 8GB SODIMM in the memory slot. You can swap out that 8GB DIMM for 16GB (for a total of 24GB of RAM), but that's the most RAM you can get.

    - Overall: Performance out of the box is outstanding and should satisfy most gamers looking for a portable gaming laptop. Just do your research and know what you're buying. Cooling is great, but it comes at the cost of loud fans that will have to be closely monitored through the ASUS software.

    === SOFTWARE AND OTHER THOUGHTS ===

    - A fingerprint reader is built into the power button for logon via Windows Hello, but the reader is very unreliable. I'd say it fails to scan my fingerprint at least half the time, prompting me to enter my PIN or password.

    - There is no webcam on this laptop, which seems like poor timing on the part of ASUS given how the world has changed over the past year.

    - The ASUS Armoury Crate software is essential for tweaking the performance and cooling of this laptop, but it is very clunky and confusing to use. Luckily there is a button above the keyboard that you can use to switch between your cooling/performance presets.

    === OVERALL ===

    From a cost/performance/value perspective, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 checks all of the boxes -- especially this particular configuration. ASUS offers the laptop with a beefier GPU (the 3080) and some additional RAM for hundreds of dollars more, but in my opinion, this model with the 3070 is the sweet spot. Gamers just need to manage their expectations and understand that they are not getting a full-fledged, desktop-class 3070 in this laptop. Those upgrading from a laptop with a 10-series GPU will be blown away. Those coming from a 20-series laptop might not see as big of a jump, but you are getting a lot more performance for your money this generation. A few minor gripes aside, this is likely THE gaming to get right now. With the beautiful display and raw performance offered, nothing else seems to come close to matching its value.

    Feb 22, 2021 01:47
  • Review by AnAlpaca, 8 out of 10
    It's like your first love. Mixed feelings around.

    This laptop is a great example of a balance between a portable laptop on the go and a great powerful beast for gaming/ heavy workloads. The thing it isn't perfect with possible major flaws. Like your first love in school with your girlfriend/boyfriend, you may find great things but uncover the bad after being deeply together after a while. Ill list the Pros and Cons since there is a lot to cover.

    Pros:

    1. The design is good with a great metal feel on the lid and a trackpad that is similar to the Microsoft Surface. The device is very portable and the charger is really compact with not a lot of weight. I usually carry my laptop to worksites once a week and it is barely noticeable.

    2. Great battery life. Able to get around 6 hours on ASUS silent mode with mix office work and Teams conferencing.

    3. Great gaming performance all around. Time Spy hits average 9723 while Firestrike hits 22359 benchmark score. These scores in comparison is about 12% slower than an RTX 2080 desktop with an i9. For gaming with an external monitor I was able to get 90 FPS average on Ultra 1080P with GTA 5, COD Warzone at max setting 1080P no raytracing was averaging about 80 FPS, FF15 with hairworks off on ultra 1080P was getting about 88 FPS average. That is great results for a 4 lbs. laptop as most laptops can't even come close to these results.

    4. The built in 2k screen is fast and colors are almost as accurate as my external 4k monitor. Still needs to be calibrated for actual color work related tasks but for most gamers this should be a fine great panel.

    5. Low power draw is something that people really don't mention since I guess people just don't pay for electricity? This laptop has an average power draw of about 130 Watts when gaming which makes it very attractive for people who don't want to spend a lot on utilities for people who want to be more environmentally conscious. Could also be a good option for hash mining if you live in an area that has low electric costs but I can't confirm since I don't mine.

    Cons:

    1. When using it as a workstation connected to 2 monitors with the lid closed, the device will go to Sleep when pushing the CPU/GPU which indicates an overheat. The temps seem to be fine when I monitor (hits around 87 C on CPU and 82 on GPU) but it seems that there is something that is baking inside that forces it to sleep. I was able to remedy this issue by using a cooling pad and adjusting the laptop fan curve to be a lot higher that what it supposed to be. This is a disappointing one since with the Dell and HP I used to own, I would just have to use a cooling pad in the workstation area and it would work with no issues.

    2. Speakers are alright. It has good sound but sometimes on bass, it will have a very light pop noise. Kind of annoying for an expensive laptop of this caliber.

    3. I know this doesn't have a webcam but it is annoying to lug a webcam around to when using it for Teams conferencing. Yes I know most laptop webcams suck but it's better than no webcam and ASUS could have change the game by adding a good webcam similar to my work loaned Microsoft Surface. The kicker is that ASUS feature their "amazing noise canceling" mic which is decent but not a replacement for a dedicated mic. What's the point of adding a mic to the laptop if there's no webcam.....

    4. Minor issue of one 8 RAM module being soldered to the mainboard which means max upgrade is 24 GB of RAM (16 GB dual channel + 8 GB single channel). For an enthusiast gaming laptop, this is slightly disappointing and will dissuade some customers who need 32 GB of dual channel RAM for heavy workloads.

    Overall this is a good portable laptop with great performance in which to be honest will fit with the majority of people use case. There is a much darker picture I have to paint though. Questionable QC is my concern since I actually exchanged the laptop with the same model. The previous laptop had random blue screen issues when on battery power and had a really bad blown out right speaker that would pop and scratch during certain noises. Since this laptop is a new design for ASUS, I would recommend to test every feature of this laptop since there is a chance of possible defects. Since I tested what I could on this second laptop and seems to be fine, I will be keeping this for many years to come.

    Mar 09, 2021 11:53
  • Review by Turbolence, 10 out of 10
    Who Said You Can't Take It With You?

    The pairing of a top-end AMD CPU with a high-performing NVidia GPU has finally come. ASUS has been selling midrange and high-end gaming laptops under their “Republic of Gamers,” or ROG, line for the last 15 years, and the Zephyrus G15 is a model that has been around for some time with evolutionary updates each hardware generation. The latest version of this popular laptop brings a few design changes that result in a sleeker, smaller machine that doesn’t skimp on performance and makes few sacrifices to get there. This year’s ROG Zephyrus G15 is easily the best gaming laptop I’ve ever used, and it may be one of the best laptops available today.

    - Unboxing & Setup

    Being one of ASUS’ top laptop offerings, the packaging impresses with a mechanism that raises the laptop as you open the box. A handful information cards are all that accompany the laptop and power adapter, leaving most of the setup and instructions on the G15 itself. ASUS loaded Windows 10 Home for this machine instead of Pro, which is a little disappointing for a high-end offering but the choice won’t impact most users. Completing initial setup without a Microsoft account is tricky - remember to skip connecting to the Internet during the process if you don’t want to use one. The power button integrates a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello login; a nice substitute for face detection as the laptop lacks a webcam.

    Once up and running, ASUS’ “Armoury Crate” software offers control over the system’s performance and helps switch between battery and AC power modes for the graphics processors. It stays mostly out of the way and doesn’t seem too bloated, with the usual Windows promos and an ASUS support helper being the only other notable preinstalled applications.

    - Build Quality & Connectivity

    The ROG Zephyrus G15 is one of the nicest laptops I’ve held. It’s extremely svelte for a 15.6” laptop and feels solid, but not overly weighty. Despite its plastic chassis, the machine feels great with no keyboard flex nor wobble in its display hinge. The metal lid is gorgeous and provides welcome rigidity to the screen, with the perforated motif giving a premium touch. The keyboard and Windows Precision-enabled trackpad are solid, but there is some room for improvement in the quality of the keycaps as the plastic does feel a little rough.

    Connectivity options are fairly good. Two USB-A ports accompany two USB-C ones that both support DisplayPort off the NVidia GPU alongside a full-size HDMI 2.0 port, which means you can in fact run triple screens off the laptop. Both USB-C ports also support Power Delivery, meaning you can charge with a high-power USB-C charger instead of through the included DC barrel plug. A Gigabit ethernet port and combination headphone-microphone jack round out the available ports. A microSD card reader is integrated into the laptop, which is convenient if a little odd as full-size SD is more versatile. WiFi and Bluetooth are both strong, offering up range and signal strength matching my desktop’s powered dual-antenna solution.

    - Performance

    Once the laptop’s on AC power and full the full performance mode is enabled, the 80-watt (100 during boost) RTX 3070 Max-Q delivers incredible graphics power for this size. The GPU lets nearly all modern games run with High or Ultra settings at the screen’s native 1440p with high framerates. After a few days of testing I found no game performed any worse at the same settings as my main desktop with an RTX 2080, and the benchmarks I ran showed both GPUs within a couple percentage points across the board. Ray traced titles, DX11 games, Vulkan games, even VR games on a high-res HMD were all equally performant between the two systems, and I would be hard-pressed to tell which machine was powering my experience on an external display.

    The dedicated GPU makes for a great gaming laptop on its own, but the trick up the ROG Zephyrus G15’s sleeve is the integrated Vega 8 GPU on the Ryzen 5900HS. On battery, ASUS’ Armoury Crate disables the 3070 entirely and lets the machine run on just the integrated GPU. The Vega 8 boosts up to nearly 2GHz frequency, which delivers graphics performance not far removed from desktop APUs such as the 3400G. Smooth framerates are achievable with lower graphics settings, letting you untether from an AC outlet for less-demanding games or eSports titles. Battery life takes only a modest hit when pushing the integrated GPU to its limits.

    The AMD Ryzen 5900HS is an 8-core, 16-thread powerhouse that sips energy - the 35-watt chip puts out desktop-level performance not far removed from the Ryzen 3800X. In synthetic benchmarks it consistently outperformed my desktop’s 5600X (6-core, 12-thread) by a few percent in multi-threaded performance, leaving my desktop winning only in single-threaded applications. Regardless, the single-thread power on tap is plenty for modern gaming, and the extra cores available make the Zephyrus G15 a viable mobile streaming solution. On test streams my viewers reported not a single stutter nor noticeable frame drop while playing both CPU and GPU-demanding titles like Hitman 2 and Cyberpunk 2077.

    Make no mistake, this laptop can be a desktop replacement. I didn’t feel the CPU nor GPU were obviously bottlenecking the other, leaving it to a game’s settings and optimization to make either run out of steam. The system’s 16GB of dual-channel RAM and speedy NVMe disk (though only PCIe 3.0 x2) keep the system snappy and load times short.

    - Thermals & Noise

    New for this generation of Zephyrus laptops is ASUS’ choice to move away from traditional thermal compounds and move to liquid metal. This ensures the most efficient heat transfer from the two processors to the heat pipes, resulting in much smoother temperature changes as they heat up. Thermal paste tends to break down over time, sometimes as quickly as a few months, while liquid metal will retain its thermal conductivity for years without issue.

    As a result of this change, the G15 maintains some of the best thermal performance I’ve ever seen in a gaming laptop. At no point in testing did the CPU breach 85C, and the GPU never exceeded 70C, even while stressing both to their limits simultaneously. ASUS’ cooling solution uses six copper heat pipes to whisk heat away from the processors, exhausted by two fans that blow out the sides and at the base of the screen. At full bore these fans are not overbearing, but in “Silent” mode the heat pipes alone absorb enough heat away from the CPU that the fans almost never run. Further helping keep things cool is the “Max-Q” design that raises the back edge of the laptop when the hinge is open, creating a gap of air underneath the machine to get more cool air across the processors.

    - Screen & Sound

    Backing up the high performing RTX 3070 is the best screen I’ve seen on a laptop this side of Cupertino. The DCI-P3 certified, 165Hz IPS display is a stunner. Not only are colors incredibly accurate and vibrant, but the screen exhibits hardly any ghosting and gets more than bright enough for indoor use. While not HDR-capable, the brightness and color gamut make up the difference. This is a great screen for media editing, and with a 1440p resolution it borders on “retina” level sharpness at normal viewing distances.

    The speakers bring one of the only letdowns I’ve come across with the G15 thus far. A four speaker array with integrated subwoofers does a bit to overcome the “tinny” audio that laptops are known for, but anything resembling a deep bass hit gets reproduced with a “whump” sound that’s completely out of place. Of course, headphones are an expected occurrence with a gaming laptop, but I found that sound from the audio jack was on the quiet side and I had trouble getting my headphones loud enough to be usable in a noisy environment. I recommend using USB or bluetooth headphones.

    - Battery Life & Upgradeability

    Off-charger with the RTX 3070 disabled, I saw about 7 hours battery life in my testing which is quite good for a gaming laptop. If you’re looking to carry light you can use a USB Type-C charger to recharge using Power Delivery instead of using the 200W power adapter. It took a little under 2 hours to recharge from empty using the AC adapter, and about 6 to recharge through a 65W USB-C PD one.

    Removing the G15’s lower panel reveals the only user-upgradeable internals on the laptop. Two M.2 slots allow for larger, faster SSD storage to be installed, and a single SODIMM slot allows swapping the included 8GB model out for a larger one to give the system either 24GB or 40GB of RAM. The other 8GB is soldered to the mainboard, which means any upgrade will cause the system to lose its dual-channel memory mode and significantly reduce both CPU and integrated GPU performance. While 16GB should be plenty of RAM for gaming now, some games are already using close to this and it may not be long before 16GB is the new minimum with 32GB recommended.

    - Bottom Line

    A stunner through and through, I find little to criticize on the ROG Zephyrus G15. It really does feel like it’s the best of both worlds - a competent mobile solution with good battery life and an excellent gaming performer - without compromising what’s important in either. It’s destined to be my daily driver from here forward until a better machine comes along, but barring more powerful processors or a RAM upgrade there’s nothing I can think of that comes up short in real-world use. Perhaps it could be priced a little lower, and a webcam would have been nice, but that’s about it. If you want to take desktop power with you in a reasonably-sized chassis, then the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 comes highly recommended!

    Feb 22, 2021 21:06
  • Review by DCON, 10 out of 10
    Asus Zephyrus G15 (2021) - An Absolute Beast!

    I have owned the laptop for just around 4 days now and these are my early impressions…spoiler: they’re pretty great.

    Overall build quality is excellent and it comes in a space grey color. It is constructed from a mix of aluminum and plastic. The top lid itself is a nice aluminum, while the rest of the body is plastic. While the materials aren’t premium, it does allow the machine to be more economically friendly as well as lighter, which is a plus in my book. It is prone to smudges and light wear, so keep that in mind. I think it will be fairly durable, but it won’t look new for long (you can actually see the smudges in my photos-I didn't clean the laptop to help show this - it does clean easily though).

    The hinge is the best in the business. It is Asus’s ergolift hinge. There is rubber feat on the bottom of the display which lifts the bottom of the laptop at an angle. This has two benefits: first it allows for proper heat flow into the intake vents on the bottom of the laptop. And lastly it allows the keyboard to be positioned at a more comfortable typing angle. The hinge allows the lid to be a one hand open and rotates 180 degrees, allowing the screen to lay flat on the desk. It’s also very firm, so when opening or closing, there is perfect resistance. It is really, really nice.

    The Display is a 15.6” LED matte display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 and it has a refresh rate of 165Hz! This display is excellent and it easily has one of the best panels I’ve tested. Colors are very accurate (see calibration results below) and contrast is nice as well. Viewing off-axis is good, but not great. There is some minor color washout as you move past 120 degrees off-axis, but it is minor and still looks nice.

    sRGB – 100%

    NTSC – 86%

    AdobeRGB -89%

    P3 -95%

    The keyboard is as close to perfect as I can think of…not only is it angled thanks to the ergolift hinge, but it’s properly spaced out, the layout is perfect, it is backlit and has excellent travel. My only personal nitpick is the feel of the keycaps themselves. It has a rubberized feel to it. I prefer a nice plastic keycap myself. Again, personal preferences.

    One thing to note: there is a LOT of heat that comes through the keyboard itself and it can be a slight discomfort over time. It was something I most definitely noticed, even during normal use. Below I have included thermal readings to illuminate this.

    The touchpad is a slight negative as well…It is VERY large, which is a good thing, sort of. The palm rejection in Windows isn’t anywhere near as good as the Mac side of things and my cursor constantly drifts. I always disable touch to tap feature in windows, so nothing gets activated, but it could be a problem for some, if that feature is left on. The trackpad is constructed from glass and is a windows precision trackpad and it feels wonderful. Palm rejection aside, it is an excellent trackpad. It’s as close to a macbook trackpad I have seen, even down to the click mechanism (by this, I mean the auditory sound produced, not the actual force touch side of things).

    The speakers are nice. They’re not MacBook Pro 16 levels of greatness (nothing is) but they’re better than about 90% of the laptops out there. The mids are great, the highs are good, but tend to falter and the lows are boomy and leave a lot to be desired. They don’t get overly loud either at around 81db’s. The placement is perfect as they are adjacent the keyboard and we have stereo separation too, which every device should strive for.

    Okay, let’s discuss the internals. This particular model came with:

    o AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS 3.3ghz 8-core Processor

    o Nvidia RTX 3070 Max-Q 8gb Graphics Card

    o 16gb’s DDR4 RAM (8gb’s soldered on motherboard & 8gb Stick -upgradeable to 32gb stick)

    o 1tb m.2 Solid-State Drive

    CPU performance is excellent - geekbench results below. Normal tasks won’t move the meter in terms of stressing this machine. Editing 4k video stressed it slightly but it still handled it without any issues. This is easily capable of editing video up to 4k as well as photo editing.

    Geekbench 5 numbers:

    1461 single core & 7363 multi-core performance

    GPU performance is exceptionally good. I have only used the built-in screen for testing so far. And I have tested a few games at 1440p resolution at high settings. I plan on testing more games as well as running 4k tests as well, but I’ll save that for the video review. Below are my numbers so far:

    o Wolfenstein: New Colossus = 99fps

    o Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order = 53fps

    o Ori & the Will of Whisps = 79fps

    There is several fan presets you can cycle through with a simple touch of a button (fan icon on keyboard). I usually utilize the “silent” mode when doing basic computing and switch to “performance” mode when gaming or editing. The fans in silent mode are exactly that: silent (38.0db’s). During gaming or editing, they were on full blast and were 46.9db’s loud.

    A tremendous amount of heat is given off during gaming. Below is my temperature readings after just 30 minutes of gaming:

    WASD – 101 F

    Top middle keyboard – 118 F

    Top right Keyboard – 78 F

    Bottom Left Keyboard – 89 F

    Spacebar – 109 F

    Bottom Right Keyboard – 97 F

    Left Wrist Area – 86.3 F

    Trackpad – 81 F

    Right Wrist Area – 87 F

    Screen – 92 F

    Port Selection is almost perfect. While I don’t like proprietary power plugs, I understand it’s necessary here, so you have to accept that. Otherwise we have an HDMI port, Ethernet port, 2 USB type C ports, 2 USB type A ports and a micro SD card slot.

    Battery life is very poor. Yes, this is a gaming laptop, but still worse than I expected. For my reviews, I usually do a battery range, so I test the lowest demanding settings to get the longest life possible as well as stressing the laptop completely (editing/gaming) giving me the shortest battery life under high demand.

    While gaming at max brightness, fans on performance mode and a light backlight to the keyboard I got 83 minutes of battery life.

    While having the screen at minimum brightness, no backlit keyboard, fans on silent and web-surfing and word-processing, I was able to get 4 hours and 37 minutes.

    Total recharge time was impressive at 1 hour and 45 minutes.

    Okay the major negatives on this laptop:

    o No web-camera. This is bad, especially right now, in the day and age we live in. The web-camera used to be something not many people cared about (including myself), but it has become essential. Not having a web-camera in 2021 is a bad move on Asus’s part.

    o The lack of a full-size SD card slot is such a misstep. This is a powerful laptop, capable of editing, and to omit it is a bit shameful on Asus’s part. This is a gaming laptop, yes, but it’s an editing monster too.

    o The display doesn’t have touch integrated. This isn’t a big deal for me, even though I’ve been an advocate for touch displays, and is probably a cost saving on asus’s part. It is something to consider though if you just have to have a touchscreen.

    o The Fingerprint reader is bad. It is built into the power button and it just doesn’t work for me. I work with my hands a lot and wash my hands regularly, so it could just be me, however none of my other devices have given me this much trouble. It plain doesn’t work for me.

    Overall this a beast of a laptop. Whether you plan on using it for gaming or video editing, or both, you’re going to very, very happy with this. It is priced appropriately at $1799. With the impeccable quality and high-refresh rate of the screen, the incredible processing power, the amazing RTX 3070 gpu (desktop counterparts are impossible to buy right now), the wonderful keyboard and the state of the art hinge make this a recommended buy. It will be my daily driver for a while. It's great.

    Feb 16, 2021 18:43
  • Review by DrBob, 10 out of 10
    A Portable Powerhouse

    I've tested and returned many gaming laptops over the past 6 months and this is by far my favorite. Asus really knocked it out of the park with this one. Highly recommended, especially if you can get it at the $1549 sale price.

    My other favorite was the Legion 5 Pro, but I've found that when you hook the Zephyrus G15 up to an external monitor through DisplayPort (this bypasses Nvidia Optimus), you can almost match (and sometimes surpass) the Legion 5 Pro's higher wattage GPU in performance.

    There unfortunately is no "perfect" gaming laptop, but this thing checks A LOT of boxes. First of all, it's actually portable (as I feel a laptop should be). It's surprisingly thin and light for having such high-end components, yet feels very sturdy still with the magnesium alloy body. Even the charging brick is a bit smaller than most gaming laptops and the cable is flexible. They definitely designed this thing with students in mind. It fits in a backpack easily and one-handed lifting is also easy.

    Next, the premium design features are much appreciated. The giant trackpad is the best I've ever used. The keyboard has basic RGB and feels amazing to type on. I'm a huge fan of centered keyboards and trackpads too. Speakers were unexpectedly great as well. I'd say probably the best I've heard besides Macbook speakers. Also the hinge design is very low-profile and the back of the lid has a cool reflective finish. And it's not a fingerprint magnet like Razer! Speaking of fingerprints, you also get a fingerprint sensor which can log you in as soon as you press the power button.

    The screen is great. About 350 nits of brightness which is plenty for me. Color accuracy is awesome. QHD looks beautiful and sharp.

    Fan noise is very manageable and you get custom fan curves. Silent mode actually runs silent, even when doing heavy tasks, which is much appreciated (great for classrooms/cafes!).

    The Armoury Crate software has some cool and unique features not found in other laptops. I especially enjoy the iGPU mode, which can automatically switch off the RTX 3070 when on battery power, granting you insanely good battery life without having to tweak anything (8 to 10+ hours). You also get control over fans, color settings, and some wattage/overclock settings.

    Gaming performance is fantastic. The GPU dynamically ranges around 80W-100W while the 8-core Ryzen 9 5900HS sores in CPU-bound tasks. You can toy with settings to adjust your performance. Manual mode can get you a TimeSpy score of over 10,000. Turbo mode gets you in the high 9,000s. This translates to pretty much being able to run any AAA game right now at high-ultra settings with great fps. Especially when DLSS is available.

    Temperatures are great but this can vary for each user. During heavy load, the liquid metal seems to do a great job at keeping the CPU within reasonable levels (yes it is ok for Ryzen CPUs to go over 90C) and GPU stays at a good temp under 79C.

    The "major" con of this laptop is that only one stick of RAM is swappable (side note: you can swap this stick for faster RAM and still get a performance boost). So you're stuck with 16GB, or you can upgrade to 24GB, or 40GB. And yes, when getting more RAM the first 16GB utilized will still run in dual channel, but when your CPU utilizes any more than that, it runs in single channel for the extra (some lost performance). 16GB does not bother me. It is plenty for AAA gaming, and I've edited 4k videos on it with no lagging or anything.

    The other weird con is the lack of a webcam. I will say that the Asus Link software works pretty well allowing you to use your iPhone or Android phone as your computer's webcam though.

    Conclusion: Asus somehow fit a ton of performance in a small, quiet, and very portable package without a ton of sacrifices. And that is just downright impressive. This thing packs a serious punch for gaming, productivity, school, or whatever you decide to throw at it.

    Nov 02, 2021 01:24
  • Review by xupr4, 10 out of 10
    The Zephyrus Is a Beast

    Honestly if you are looking for the best of the best on a laptop at the time of this review, this laptop has it all. Currently this laptop runs everything faster and smoother than my tower PC. This Laptop has 1TB storage which by today's standard is average since applications and games are getting bigger, but don't get me wrong the SSD makes everything load fast unlike a regular hard drive. When it comes to the CPU, oh boy, that one is a beefy one. Inside this monster of a machine is a Ryzen 9 5900HS which is arguably one of the top multi use CPU for gaming, streaming, editing and rendering on the go. On the GPU side you have a 3070 with 8GB of GDDR6 which is plenty to run games on 2K smoothly or to get higher frame rates. One side note for you streamers looking for a laptop, this is a good laptop to stream with using the NVEC encoder, but with games that require a lot of GPU, the frame rate will take a hit. Once you are on the laptop you can use the ASUS ROG app that will let you see your temps, fan speeds, battery mode color of the keyboard etc... In the app you can change several things to your liking, it is easy to use for beginners and for more experienced people. Honestly with all the Nvidia card shortages going on I would highly recommend this laptop. I have been playing Valheim and Valorant and experience is smooth as butter. The only complaint i would have is the matte finish. As a gamer once you have a long and intense sessions of gaming, your hands tend to get sweaty and oily and leaves marks on the surface of the laptop. It would of been nice if they had a polished metal finish but that is mostly nitpicking.

    Mar 02, 2021 13:26
  • Review by JVG123, 8 out of 10
    Asus rog G15

    Its a solid gaming laptop the problem is its design the vents are blowing hot air to the Screen. Heat can destroy anything so i dont think this laptop will be good for the long run. But overall the speed and graphics im speechless i got mine without a screen backlight bleed. I dont know why rog made such a design like this that can destroy your screen in the long run

    Sep 22, 2021 12:58
  • Review by ccagomes, 10 out of 10
    Great Processor performance and Gaming is Ok!

    The best cost-benefit on the market for performance. For those looking for excellent processing power, Ryzen is the best choice. I compared a lot with other options like Razer Blade 14 (Ryzen too) and 15, and Intel of 15" can't even be equal to Ryzen (The 14 I discarded because of the impossibility of upgrading that I would like.). As for RTX 3070, Zephyrus does not provide a great TDP power, it will hardly exceed 100W. So my tip is, if you're looking for power and at the same time a visually more discreet notebook, this is an excellent option. If you are looking for even better graphics power, I recommend a 3070 with 120W or more, as is the case with the Alienware M15 R4. I will not mention 3080 as it is already in another price range (and 3080 for this model it is not worth it, precisely because of the TDP limit).

    A detail is that this model sold here, despite coming with 16gb, it comes with 8gb soldered and a 8gb memory. And not with 16gb soldered like other GA503 series.

    Oct 19, 2021 03:39
  • 8.6score
    Dell - G7 17.3" 300Hz Gaming Laptop - Intel Core i7 - 16GB Memory - NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 (Max-P) - 512GB SSD - RGB Keyboard - Black
    Description

    Dominate in style with the Dell G7 17-inch gaming laptop with thin, sleek design, 10th Gen Intel Core processor, NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 (Max-P) discrete graphics, Game Shift technology and 4-zone RGB keyboard.

    23 Features
  • Windows 10 Operating System: Windows 10 brings back the Start Menu from Windows 7 and introduces new features, like the Edge Web browser that lets you markup Web pages on your screen.
  • 17.3" Full HD 300Hz Display: Every detail of your game just got magnified thanks to a 17.3" FHD display with three-side narrow bezel and 300Hz IPS panel. 1920 x 1080 resolution.
  • 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H mobile processor: With 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processors, you can revel in powerful performance without interrupting your gaming, streaming or videos. Powerful 6-core, twelve-way processing performance.
  • 16GB system memory for advanced multitasking and gaming: Reams of high-bandwidth DDR4 RAM to smoothly run your graphics-heavy PC games and video-editing applications, as well as numerous programs and browser tabs all at once.
  • 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive: Save files fast and store more data. With massive amounts of storage and advanced communication power, PCI-e SSDs are great for major gaming applications, multiple servers, daily backups, and more.
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6 (Max-P Design): With NVIDIA GeForce RTX discrete graphics, you can game at higher settings with the latest in shading advancements and technologies like Ray Tracing.
  • Virtual Reality Ready: This computer has the required specs to run Virtual Reality