Gaming laptops as a category further matured in 2020. With the demand for laptops and PCs surging in 2020 due to the stay-at-home restrictions owing to the pandemic, gaming laptops got their fair share of action in India. With launches from the usual suspects including Alienware, Lenovo, MSI and more, gaming laptops were the all-powerful propositions that gamers desired.
The weight and size of the laptops didn’t really go down, but players like Asus experimented with new designs, to up the funk factor that gaming machines deserve. The hardware inside gaming laptops this year were expectedly top-notch. NVIDIA’s RTX cards were the usual suspects, and there was a healthy mix of Intel and AMD CPU options. Either way, these machines really have one job. And that is to provide the best gaming experience in a portable form factor. These are the nominees for the Best Gaming Laptop of 2020 for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020.
Nominees for the Best Gaming Laptop for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020
- Lenovo Legion 7i
- Alienware Area 51m-R2
- Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
- MSI GT76 Titan
- Acer Predator Helios 300
Lenovo Legion 7i
The Legion 7i is the top-most variant of the Legion gaming series, and quite expectedly it comes packed with cutting-edge hardware. You can choose either a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 processor or an i7 CPU. Lenovo bundles the high-power variants of these CPUs and the top-end variant can go up to 5.00GHz on Turbo Boost. The top-end variant also has the Max-Q variant of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 Super, promising high graphics fidelity in the latest AAA titles, while the low-end variant sticks to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti. The Legion 7i also comes with a Dolby Vision-enabled 240Hz display measuring 15.6-inches, and there’s up to 32GB of DDR4 memory. Lenovo also offers up to 1TB PCIe SSD with dual drive configurations available. And all this comes in a 2.1Kg chassis, which for a gaming laptop is feather-light.
Alienware Area 51m-R2
If the weight isn’t really an issue for you, the Alienware Area 51m-R2 is basically a gaming desktop housed in a semi-portable 4.71kg chassis. It runs on desktop-grade 10th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, and this is the overclockable version we are talking about. It also has the NVIDIA GeForce RTX3080 GPU inside, once again the desktop class. Using deskotp-grade CPU and GPU is made possible by Alienware’s proprietary voltage regulation that helps eke out more firepower from the CPU and GPU for sustained periods. There’s also a vapour chamber inside for cooling as well as larger fans. All this much firepower comes into fruition with a 340Hz 17-inch screen. The Area 51m-R2 also rocks 32GB of DDR4 memory, and then there’s the iconinc Alienware design housed in a magnesium alloy exoskeleton. Clearly, this is one for those who can’t compromise on the hardware, even if it’s a laptop.
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14
The Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 isn’t the most powerful gaming laptop out there, but it sure is the most stylish to launch this year. With the customisable AniMe Matrix lighting on the exoskeleton, the Zephyrus G14 will be the best ambassador of your style. It’s also a decent laptop for high-end gaming. With the Ryzen 7 4800HS inside, coupled with the Max-Q variant of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU and up to 16GB DDR4 memory, the Zephyrus G14 can easily handle most AAA games at 1080p settings. There’s also a 120Hz display present in all the variants and up to 1.5TB NVMe SSD inside, and all this is quite portable at just 1.6Kgs.
MSI GT76 Titan
The MSI GT76 Titan is once again a full-fledged gaming PC housed in a laptop form-factor. This also features a desktop-grade 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor that’s overclockable to up to 5GHz and a NVIDIA GeForce RTX2080 Super GPU. There’s plenty of airflow inside with four fans and 11 heatpipes and ofcourse there’s fully-customisable RBG lights on the keyboard and the chassis. The GT76 Titan also features a 17.3-inch 240Hz display at 4K resolution. The only downside? This one weighs a massive 4.2Kgs.
Acer Predator Helios 300
The Predator Helios 300 features the mobile variant of the 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, along with the Max-Q variant of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 Super GPU, all this to keep the footprint of the laptop low and portable. The Predator Helios 300 also sports up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and up to 2TB of SSD storage, along with a serrated twin-fan design for cooling. The PredatorSense app inside helps control every aspect of the computer, right from overclocking to controlling the RGB lights on the keyboard and the body. The laptop is offered in two sizes – 15.6-inch and 17.3-inch with 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response rate, making it one of the best portable gaming machine you can get in 2020.
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