The 11 Best Gaming Laptop

REVIEWED AND RANKED IN CHESHIRE (UK) MAY 2018

We spent over 100 hours testing 40 of the bestselling Gaming Laptops available on the market. We wanted to find the best performing model that featured a UK keyboard. Thick and sturdy exterior, powerful cooling system, good graphics, high quality backlit keyboard and a good audio system were among the most important features that we considered.


The Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop was out favourite gaming laptop. It comes with a 120Hz refresh rate, has a high-quality build and has excellent graphics. However, it is quite heavy at 4.42 kgs.

The ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop, on the other hand, is the most lightweight laptop on our list. It still features good graphics and a stylish neat design. Below you''ll find our thoughts on the rest of our shortlist.

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 Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop
70%
£2597.97
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 ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop
78%
£1549.99
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 Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review
96%
£1099.00
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 ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop
82%
£1049.00
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 MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop
84%
£999.97
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 MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review
72%
£929.97
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 ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop
82%
£879.97
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 HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review
84%
£799.99
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 Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook
74%
£799.99
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 ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review
72%
£699.99
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 HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review
100%
£695.99
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Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop Top rated
ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review
ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop
MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop
MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review
ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop
HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook
ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review
HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review Lowest price
Product Title Weight Processor What we liked What we didn't like Binding Brand E A N Label Manufacturer Model M P N Operating System Package Quantity Part Number Product Group Product Type Name Publisher Size Studio

Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop

70%

4.42kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

Alienware

5397063969548

Dell Computers

Dell Computers

XX1P5

XX1P5

Windows 10 Home

1

XX1P5

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Dell Computers

17 Inch

Dell Computers

ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop

78%

3kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

ASUS

4712900750331

Asus

Asus

GL502VM-FY172T

GL502VM-FY172T

Windows 10 Home

1

GL502VM-FY172T

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Asus

15.6 inch, 7th Generation i7, GTX 1060 6 GB

Asus

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review

96%

2.7kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

Acer

0191114205402

ACER

ACER

NH.Q28AA.001

NH.Q28AA.001

Windows 10

1

NH.Q28AA.001

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

ACER

15.6 inch

ACER

ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop

82%

2.3kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

ASUS

4712900858075

Asus

Asus

GL503VM-FY022T

GL503VM-FY022T

Windows 10 Home

1

GL503VM-FY022T

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Asus

Without MVR Headset

Asus

MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop

84%

2.2kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

MSI

4719072536978

MSI COMPUTER

MSI COMPUTER

9S7-16JB92-880

9S7-16JB92-880

Windows 10 Home

1

9S7-16JB92-880

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

MSI COMPUTER

i7, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, 1TB HDD, 1060

MSI COMPUTER

MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review

72%

2.7kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

MSI

4719072544270

MSI COMPUTER

MSI COMPUTER

9S7-1799E5-1225

9S7-1799E5-1225

Windows 10 Home

1

9S7-1799E5-1225

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

MSI COMPUTER

17.3 inch

MSI COMPUTER

ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop

82%

2.5kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

ASUS

4712900853438

Asus

Asus

GL553VE-DM292T

GL553VE-DM292T

Windows 10 Home

1

GL553VE-DM292T

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Asus

Without MVR Headset

Asus

HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review

84%

2.62Kgs

Core i5

Personal Computers

HP

0191628269501

hp

hp

1RJ98EA#ABU

1RJ98EA#ABU

Windows 10 Home

1

1RJ98EA#ABU

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

hp

15.6 Inch

hp

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook

74%

3kgs

Core i5

Personal Computers

Acer

4713883301787

Acer

Acer

NH.Q2MEK.005

NH.Q2MEK.005

Windows 10 Home

1

NH.Q2MEK.005

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Acer

17.3

Acer

ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review

72%

2.2kgs

Core i7

Personal Computers

ASUS

4712900858129

Asus

Asus

FX503VD-DM002T

FX503VD-DM002T

Windows 10 Home

1

FX503VD-DM002T

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

Asus

Intel i7 CPU/GTX 1050 Graphics

Asus

HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review

100%

2.5kgs

Pentium

Personal Computers

HoMei

0613739730331

HoMei Limited

HoMei Limited

H6504U-128SSD

H6504U-128SSD

Windows 10 Pro

1

H6504U-128SSD

Personal Computer

NOTEBOOK_COMPUTER

HoMei Limited

128GB SSD, NVIDIA MX150 2GB GDDR5

HoMei Limited

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Product Reviews

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Alienware Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop

70%

The large 17.3-inch display of the Alienware features 120HZ refresh rate. This enables it to provide excellent graphics and user experience with clear and crisp imaging. The exterior is highly tough featuring an aluminium, steel and magnesium alloy construction.


We liked that the Alienware comes with a powerful processor, a UK backlit keyboard and a good sound quality.


However, it is also the heaviest gaming camera on our list weighing 4.42 kilograms. It is not the best where portability is concerned.

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£2399 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £2597.97

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ASUS ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop

78%

This is a high-quality gaming laptop that comes with a 2-year warranty. The exterior is strong and the keyboard is backlit for easier use when gaming. The ASUS GL502 comes with an NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card. This, combined with the large 15.6-inch display, 8GB memory and powerful core i7 processor, create an all rounded user experience.


We found this gaming laptop to be quite heavy however tipping the scale at 3kgs. This makes it less ideal for transportation and after carrying it for some time found it to be quite inconvenient and tiring.

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Acer Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review

96%

The Acer predator looks strong on the outside. The high-quality design makes it durable and we liked the large 15.6-inch display. It is a powerful gaming laptop featuring a 7th generation core i7-7700HQ processor.


Like the MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop, it comes with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics but with a lower memory capacity of 6GB.


Another downside is that the Acer Predator has a US-English Keyboard which may not be ideal for UK users.

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£1084.98 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £1099.00

4

ASUS ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop

82%

This laptop is similar to the Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop in terms of graphics and memory capacity featuring the NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB GTU and 6GB memory. It has a full backlit UK keyboard that is ideal for UK gamers which is unlike the Acer predator.


A 60Hz refresh rate and good audio provides the user with an rounded immersive gaming experience.


However, while the cooling system is powerful, the fans produce quite a bit of noise which can be annoying.

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£1792.11 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £1049.00

5

MSI MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop

84%

The MSI is even better than the HP Omen 15-ce FHD Gaming Laptop in terms of graphics featuring the NVIDIA GeForce 1060. It also comes with a more powerful core i7th generation processor and an 8GB DDR IV memory.


This gaming laptop features a Killer Gigabit LAN. It can efficiently connect to a network for better online gaming without lagging or hanging. The MSI also has a backlit keyboard with strong keys which provides a good user experience.


The downside is that the power supply is heavy which makes it less than ideal for travelling. We found the screen to be a bit too bright as well and also lacks calibration.

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£1049.97 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £999.97

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MSI MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review

72%

The MSI GL72M has a backlit keyboard that is comfortable to use. This laptop also comes with a large 17.3-inch display that also features anti-glare technology. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050i 3G GDDR5 graphics and 8GB memory create a high-quality gaming experience.


We liked the cooler boost 4 system and found it to be highly effective at dissipating heat.


However, the case behind the screen is not every strong and seems to flex and the rest of the exterior is not very thick for a gaming laptop.

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£999 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £929.97

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ASUS ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop

82%

Like the MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop, the ASUS Rogue Strix also comes with a core i7 processor. The keyboard is full RGB and the 15.6-inch display provides good graphics. This gaming laptop has an 8GB memory and features a 2X2 Wi-Fi which provides stability and prevents any lagging while playing online games.


While the exterior is thick and sturdy, it is also sleek and stylish which makes the ASUS Rogue Strix look like a conventional laptop.


However, even with the strong construction, the quality of the screen is not up to par with the frame of the laptop.

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£920 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £879.97

8

HP HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review

84%

This gaming laptop has a thick and sturdy exterior which makes it a durable choice. It has a core i5 processor and features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Graphics. The cooling system is powerful and the backlit keyboard makes it simple to use while gaming.


The HP Omen also comes with a 4k Display and a 60Hz refresh rate which provides good visuals and creates an immersive user experience.


However, we found it to be a bit too slow when downloading and the charging doesn’t go up to 100 percent.

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£749.97 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £799.99

9

Acer Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook

74%

This gaming laptop has a large 17.3-inch display. The exterior is strong while still coming in a neat looking design. The keyboard features red backlight that enhances the gaming experience. We liked the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics.


The Acer predator Helios 300 has a large metal fan that is powerful and very effective at dissipating heat.


The main drawback is that similar to the  ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop, it is quite the heavy laptop.

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£980 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £799.99

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ASUS ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review

72%

This gaming laptop has a UK keyboard and a strong construction which makes it durable. The processor is a core i7 and is powerful enough to handle the best graphics. Like the ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop it also comes with a large 15.6 inch display screen.


The ASUS FX503VD features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU.


We however found that the touchpad is less responsive at times and the keyboard is not very comfortable to use.

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£1052.59 from Amazon

*At the time of publishing the price was £699.99

11

HoMei HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review

100%

This gaming laptop comes with a large display at 15.6 inches. It also features a dual-core intel Pentium gold processor G4560. The NVIDIA GeForce MX 150 graphics provides an immersive player experience and a sound blaster CINEMA 3 audio enhancer provides loud crisp and clear sounds.


The exterior is tough and high quality and the keyboard is backlit for simple use when gaming.


The main downside with the HoMei gaming laptop is that it lacks an optical drive. The 4GB memory is also not the best.

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last update September 14th 2018

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Side By Side Comparison

  • by Alienware

    Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop

    Alienware QHD Tobi Eye-Tracker Gaming Laptop

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  • by ASUS

    ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop

    ASUS GL502VM-FY172T ROG Strix Full HD Gaming Laptop

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  • by Acer

    Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review

    Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop Review

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  • by ASUS

    ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop

    ASUS Road Strix GL503VM-FY022T Gaming Laptop

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  • by MSI

    MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop

    MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro Gaming Laptop

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  • by MSI

    MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review

    MSI GL72M 7REX 1225UK Gaming Laptop Review

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  • by ASUS

    ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop

    ASUS Rogue Strix GL553VE-DM292T Gaming Laptop

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  • by HP

    HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review

    HP Omen 15-CE FHD Gaming Laptop Review

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  • by Acer

    Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook

    Acer Predator Helios 300 PH317-51-58Y2 Full HD Gaming Notebook

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  • by ASUS

    ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review

    ASUS FX503VD-DM002T Gaming Laptop Review

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  • by HoMei

    HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review

    HoMei Full HD Gaming Laptop Review

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Frequently asked questions

What Is the Gaming Laptop?

This is a laptop that is specifically designed for playing video games. While it comes with the basic laptop design, it also comes with more features that extend over and above the regular laptops. They have a thick and sturdy build perhaps owing to the fact that the player may get carried away by the game.


These laptops are designed to be functional for a long time. They also have a large fan and more air vents to help keep the system cool. All this adds to a much heavier laptop compared to the conventional laptops.

What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Gaming Laptop?

Gaming laptops come with all the features of regular laptops and can still be used for work even if you are not a gamer yourself. What’s more they feature a higher capacity processor designed to handle the graphics and the requirements of the video games. This makes them faster than the conventional laptops.


The fact that you can do anything with a gaming laptop that you can do with a normal laptop means that there is no need to spend time learning anything new. They are simple to use as well.


These types of laptops are durable thanks to the high-quality construction. The exterior is often thickly build with tough plastic which provides the user with many years of service above the conventional laptops.


With gaming laptops, upgrading the parts in case there is need to if far easier than with your normal PC. Simply go to a computer store, get the exact part and replace.


The downside with gaming laptops is that they cost a lot of money. This may discourage would be buyers as the price rivals that of a gaming PC and a conventional laptop combined.


Secondly, gaming laptops are heavy and are nowhere near as portable as the normal regular laptops. This is due to the thick construction and the larger parts such as the powerful fan.


Such laptops heat up pretty fast which can be uncomfortable when placed on the lap for a long time.

What’s the Approximate Price Range for Gaming Laptop?

Gaming laptop prices range from £700 to well over £5000. They are quite expensive equipment and the right research needs to be done before making a buying decision.

What Should I Look for When Choosing a Gaming Laptop?

We have established that a gaming laptop needs to have features that extend above the conventional laptops. One of such is the cooling system. It needs to be powerful enough to deal with the fast heating equipment brought about by the more powerful processor. If the fan cannot keep the laptop adequately cool, the parts could damage at a faster rate from the heat.


The keyboard needs to come with strong and sturdy keys that are comfortable to use. In the excitement of playing a game, emotions are high and this means that the user will exert greater pressure on the keys.


A good quality gaming laptop needs a good audio system to add to the appeal of the game. When playing your favourite game, you not only need to see what you are doing but hearing everything will impact on the experience and performance.


The display should be top quality as well to handle the graphics and provide the user with an immersive experience. While it’s easy to go for a 4K resolution, the refresh rate should also be observed. Top quality gaming PCs will feature rates of up to 240Hz. However, laptops are still to catch up with such high refresh rates. However, anything above 75Hz in a gaming laptop is considered ideal.


For a more engaging experience, you may want to play online games. This is why a gaming laptop should come with good internet connectivity. Less than ideal internet connectivity will cause the laptop to lag mid game. The best gaming laptops come with an 802.11ac Wi-Fi certification.

What Is the Best Gaming Laptop? Why Is It the Best?

The MSI GP62MVR 7RFX-880 Leopard Pro is the best gaming laptop. It has an intel core i7 7th generation processor. This laptop also features an 8GB DDR IV memory for the best gaming experience. 

What Is the Best Budget Gaming Laptop?

The ASUS FX503VM-DM042T 15.6 Inch Gaming Laptop is the best budget friendly gaming laptop. It features intel’s core i5 processor with dedicated graphics.

What Is the Best Performing Gaming Laptop?

The MSI GP72 7RD is the best performing gaming laptop. It comes with a kabylake core i7-7700HQ+HM175 processor and a DDR IV 16GB memory.

Which Laptop Brand Is Best for Gaming?

The Alienware/Dell brand produces the best gaming laptops. They have the strongest keyboards and also feature among the best displays on the market coupled with other top-notch specifications.

Are Gaming Laptops Good for Video Editing?

Video editing often requires a computer with a fast-performing processor. This is why gaming laptops excel at video editing as they come with powerful processors.