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The Best Gaming Laptops For Under $2,000

The Best Gaming Laptops For Under $2,000

Desktop PCs will likely be the most powerful option for gaming for the foreseeable future: more space means more room for powerful components and for cooling. However, the very considerable drawback of a desktop PC is that you can’t lug it around with you very easily.

Gaming laptops provide an option for those on the move who might also wish to use their machine for work as well as play. Typically though, cramming as much performance as possible into a small space means a greater cost. A laptop should only take up four cubic feet (the same size in this case) if its form factor provides enough headroom between thumb, elbow or forefinger joints.

The Best Gaming Laptops For Under $2,000

You don't need big hands because Windows has built-in support for both traditional touchpads AND cursors from Dell – so even while using your computer like a tablet, no additional weight may ever interfere during usage. And once again, these days there are many different models available too; some better suited than others! What about when one game won?

You've probably noticed how portable computers have become nowadays without actually being fully "portable." Many people either prefer smaller form

This list goes through the best laptops you can currently get hold of up to and around the $2000 mark, which is a respectable budget for a gaming laptop. We have selected options with various specifications to suit different needs and budgets.

Each laptop on this list offers the best gaming performance you can get for this price range and would also make a decent general-use laptop.
And if we missed out your favourite – let us know below!

Before you read through each pick, we advise you to have a gander at the ‘Things To Consider When Buying A Gaming Laptop Under $2,000’ section below.

If it turns out the selections on this page aren’t for you, also see some of our other guides for the best gaming laptops at different budget levels, some of which should be listed alongside this page. Also, check out our sister website Which Laptop for more detailed guides on the best gaming laptops for every budget.

If you're just interested in picking up one laptop - especially if its cheaper than buying any desktop or compact PC — then feel free! We all love reading reviews and online comments from fellow gamers who were happy with their purchase: they show that people generally enjoy spending money while still feeling comfortable putting down an extra dollar simply because there are so many options when shopping today.

The Best Gaming Laptops For Under $2,000: Let's Take a Look

MSI Gaming Laptop

This 15.6” MSI GP66 Leopard gaming laptop comes with the most powerful CPU and GPU combo on this page, and with 32GB of RAM and a 240Hz display, it packs a punch.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is available in two model options: ZYX (Z97M2) or YUYA ("Z37 M"). Both models have an attractive design that's more comfortable to hold compared for example when you're watching television—this has something special about it considering there's no plastic wrap over the top as many competitors feature.

It does not ship without Windows 8 Professional 64-bit installation software preinstalled either, but if you want one then follow these instructions below instead. We recommend choosing your variant based solely upon price versus performance; we've opted against recommending any others just because they are priced out cheaper than others.

This MSI GP66 Leopard 10UH-244 doesn’t quite have the build quality of some of the Razer and Alienware models on this list, nor is the display quite as nice, but for the money this is pound-for-pound the most powerful machine on this list.

The Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q graphics card, Intel Core i7-10870H, and 32GB of RAM are all impressive additions for a laptop on this budget, and the 240Hz display means you can actually enjoy the highest FPS the machine can generate when you turn the settings down on some less demanding games. It’s a loud machine and the battery life could be longer, but if your priority is just playing games on the best FPS you can then then this is the laptop for you.

Razer Laptop

This Razer Blade 15 is a superb 1440p laptop with a slimline build, a great 165Hz display, and the power of a Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU backing it up.
"We will continue to offer value for money by offering quality hardware at competitive prices", said Mr. Lin in his own words:

This Razer Blade 15 is a superb 1440p laptop with a slimline build, a great 165Hz display, and the power of a Nvidia RTX 3080 Max-Q GPU backing it up.
"We will continue to offer value for money by offering quality hardware at competitive prices", said Mr. Lin in his own words:

"On top on gaming performance comes premium features like HD webcam mode, TrueColor graphics card support (including 60 fps), multiple USB 3 ports, HDMI output, headphone jack, 802f2.0 Bluetooth 4 as well." – Read more about this amazing looking computer!

The Razer Blade 15 Base Gaming Laptop (2021) comes with a lush 165Hz 1440p screen with the typically great color replication and brightness you’d expect from a Razer Blade, making it a solid choice for those interested in color accurate work. Gaming wise the screen looks great and the Intel Core i7-10750H CPU with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card provide the power to push those FPS to high levels.

The main downsides of this machine are ultimately the 512GB SSD, which is disappointingly low for this budget (though can be upgraded if you don’t mind voiding the warranty), and also the short battery life of the laptop.

Gigabyte Laptop

This Gigabyte CUK AORUS 15G laptop is superb value for money, coming with a GeForce RTX 3070 graphics card, Intel Core i7-10870H CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 240Hz display.

The CUK AORUS 15G laptop is a powerful yet good value gaming laptop from Gigabyte, which comes with a relatively unusual full-size mechanical keyboard, a quality touchpad with built-in fingerprint scanner, and most importantly, a powerful CPU and GPU.

The Intel Core i7-10870H processor and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card are capable of producing impressive FPS, quick enough to reach the 240Hz cap of the screen on older titles with the settings turned down (CS:GO for instance).

The 512GB SSD is an unfortunate drawback (we would like to have seen 1TB) but this can be upgraded. The 32GB of RAM however is quite sufficient. An extra 1080p IPS monitor will come in handy as well.

If you're looking at buying one now it might make more sense to wait until August before getting your hands wet when launching new releases or games such just update their version numbers right away since everything gets updated anyway soon after release date.

Still we'd recommend waiting till September rather than rushing into purchase these items all together - they'll surely last long term!

Alienware Laptop

This Alienware m15 R4 comes with the best display on this list, is slimline, of exceptional build quality and also packs a 1TB SSD. But we had to pick one that was built around solid performance over power – especially for gaming users who really want maximum efficiency from their system cooling systems. For our testing they came in at 12V 1050mAh batteries which were supplied as standard by Asus (as seen below).

Gaming Laptop Alienware

The other highlight here are the sound features: while Intel's Skylake platform has great support for 2ch wireless audio playback it still does not seem to work well when talking directly into headphones like your Beats Wireless P2P Headset provided through ASUS' CX-S400W model; rather than make sure you have an external speaker plugged into either ports.

Things To Consider When Buying A Gaming Laptop For Under $2,000

If you want a more general overview of things to think about before you make your gaming laptop purchase, check out this same section underneath our Best Gaming Laptops guide for any budget. This section will be focused on what to think about for c.£2,000 laptops specifically.

1080p vs 1440p Gaming Laptops

Although 1440p screens will in the coming years become the new standard, currently 1080p remains king for most gamers. Competitive, fast paced gamers tend to opt for 1080p in order to maximise the performance of their machine in FPS (Frames Per Second) terms.

Even if this isn’t your area of interest, the amount of subjective benefit a 1440p screen brings when limited to a 15” screen size is debatable – it’s noticeable, but is it worth it?

For 17 inch screens and above 1440p displays do begin to come into their own, however, although you may have to pay slightly more than $2,000 to get a display that size, at that resolution, with components that can make the most of it. Have a gander at our Best Gaming Laptops in 2020 & 2021 guide for our overall best 1440p laptop recommendation.

Do we miss any excellent examples from 2016's list or are there other fantastic machines out there still worthy contenders today too? You decide!

4K Gaming Laptops

Although 4K gaming laptops do exist at this price point, none are included in this particular list, as currently the trade-off one must make in other areas to get one for under $2,000 is too great to justify it.

Ultimately, for anything below 17” the benefit of a 4K laptop screen is of less importance to a gamer than a powerful GPU or CPU.

If you were to get a 4K 17 inch or above display laptop, then don’t expect to have a powerful enough machine to run any reasonably demanding game at high FPS on it, at least not in 2021.

If you have your heart set on a 4K gaming machine then we’d advise you to increase your budget, and take a look at our Best Gaming Laptops in 2020 & 2021 guide for our recommendation there.

What does all that mean? Simply put…that if you can ‪#‎get‬a‭ good quality notebook now even with its poor specs (the AMD Ryzen 7 1800X), what's stopping anyone else from getting their hands dirty before 2025 when VR becomes available fully compatible with modern hardware technologies such HTML5/HTC Vive support, etc.?

Of course everyone has different requirements though so here is an update after some reading: A few more notebooks which include Oculus Rift! Now let me just give you guys time to sit back until something happens while I go over my previous words again since they might help explain why things like never before. 

Workstation Use And Color Replication

For a budget of $2,000 you can definitely get yourself a machine with the color gamut and accuracy to do color accurate workstation tasks on, which can be limited in the more budget options.

At this level a dual-use workstation/gaming laptop is certainly feasible, particularly with the higher power components, although some are better in this regard than others.

However for cost efficiency alone most people would want something that offers excellent usability across all platforms (or at least makes using Windows 7 really easy!).

On its own it's not worth spending over $1500; however since there are plenty available even here we've been able so far without having to pay anything extra when buying another gaming computer!

[Note: Many Macs also offer additional features such as 3D Touch capabilities.] In fact if an Intel or AMD CPU already has 4K support then adding one into the mix from your other hardware seems like great value too by itself given how many OSes feature these now – including ChromeOS + Edge desktop client

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