The Razer Blade 17 is a big and robust laptop with a stunning 240Hz QHD display and a great selection of ports. Its Intel 12th generation i7 CPU and GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU make it a powerful performer in games. The Razer Blade 17 looks identical to the Razer Blade 17 (2021), but benefits from a spate of refreshed hardware features, including a faster 12th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and souped-up RTX 3080 Ti GPU that together deliver impressive power. The latest version also has a generous port selection that any gamer would be happy to have. What's more, it excels in the all-important display department, delivering big ticks for video and image quality, including color, contrast.
While the MSI GF76 Katana's powerful Intel 12th-gen CPU is up to the task, its RTX 3050 Ti GPU lacks performance in some newer games. Nevertheless, for gamers on a budget, this is a decent option. The MSI Katana GF76 has decent CPU performance for a budget 17-inch gaming laptop thanks to its 12th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU. On the one hand, it lets you enjoy games with cinematic ray-tracing graphics at an affordable price, but on the flipside it's quite underpowered, even when performance sliders are pushed all the way to the right in MSI Center. That being the case, recommending this laptop is horses for courses.
The Alienware x14 is a slim, quick gaming laptop that sounds ready to launch into orbit. Want the thinnest 14-inch gaming laptop money can buy? I assume a bag of holding is involved. But does the magic extend to performance – or does Alienware run out of mana? The Alienware x14's offers only a handful of configuration options.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is an entirely new breed of gaming notebook. It packs in the most powerful laptop graphics hardware on the market, NVIDIA's GTX 1080, in a frame that's almost half the size of similar machines. Mostly, that's due to being one of the first notebooks to feature NVIDIA's Max-Q design standard, which is laser-focused on slimming down gaming laptops with beefy GPUs. That does lead to some compromises, especially around battery life, but the Zephyrus is still a wonder to behold. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus is unlike any gaming laptop we've seen before.
Believe the hype, the Zephyrus G14 is as amazing as it sounds. Not only could we fit this 14-inch laptop into any ol' bag, but we regularly got 4-6 hours of battery life from casual use and over 70 frames per second on all but the most demanding AAA titles. It beats the likes of the Razer Blade Stealth for raw power, and it's one of the most distinct-looking laptops right now. However, as amazing as it is, the Zephyrus G14 is not perfect. It doesn't have a webcam, its 120Hz display isn't very bright, and it gets loud when pushed to its limit.