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Best Gaming and Work Laptop [Updated October 2020]

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Deep down inside we cannot contain the urge to play games even when we have grown up. Regardless of the reasons that brought you here, you want to buy a gaming and work suitable laptop. We have selected our best lineup for all the different ranges of prices which will let you play games and use it at work. 

The requirements for a gaming and work laptop are most likely going to be good speed, screen, battery life, light weight and portability. You can not have the best of all worlds without some sacrifice but this article will certainly minimize and give you the best current options based on your choice.

Portability

Portability is a huge factor when considering a laptop for work but most gaming laptops come with a bulky weight. To have the best of the best world we have set the maximum weight of laptops suggested below to 2.5kg(5.5lbs). The size also affects the portability therefore, 15 inch or lower will be recommended.

Color Accuracy

Color Accuracy is necessary if you specialize in graphic intensive work which means the color accuracy of sRGB must be at least 90%. Some laptops provided below will have 90% or higher sRGB rating for screens.

Battery

Battery could be a huge factor if you do not want to carry your charger into work, therefore, having battery life ranging from 7 to 10 hours should be enough to do light work related tasks. 

Performance

Performance is the most important factor because you want speed at your work and games to run flawlessly. This depends on multiple things like the CPU, GPU, RAM and cooling systems. The recommended GPU should be atleast GTX 1650, CPU to be intel i7-9750H or AMD Ryzen 5 4600H and RAM to be at least 8GB.

Best Value Gaming and Work Laptops

This listed is sorted by the order of our degree of recommendation from top to bottom.

Eluktronics RP-15

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 4800H | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 2X8GB 3200MHz | Display: 15.6″ FHD IPS 350 nits 144Hz 72% NTSC | Weight: 1.95kg (4.3 lbs) | Battery Life: 6hr+ | Storage: 512 GB SSD

Pros Cons

350 nits Brightness
99% sRGB
144hz Refresh Rate
Light Weight
Great Performance & Battery Life

No 2.5 drive bay
Bottom placed Camera

You can’t go wrong with this laptop. It comes with the latest AMD CPU and one of the best RTX GPUs. It also comes with a 16GB RAM and 144hz 350 nits display with good color accuracy. It’s color accuracy is 99% which is enough for graphic work. The weight is also astonishing considering its specifications because it comes at just 1.95kg (4.3 lbs). The storage is also decent with 512 GB. The performance is a beast in this laptop due to its powerful CPU, GPU and RAM. There is no expandable storage of 2.5” drive bay as the company has decided to use it for extra battery. However, there are multiple storage options ranging from 512GB to 8TB.

With our configuration you can get this laptop for as cheap as $1140 which is an amazing bargain! It is perfect for any kind of work you do because it has an amazing color accurate display with more than enough brightness. This battery life is also good because it gives you 7hr standby time. The weight is perfect to carry it to work. The gaming aspect matches the work aspect! Since it has a 144Hz display, You will have competitive advantage over your opponents on games like CS:GO and Valorant. You can run any game in this laptop at high settings at a minimum of 60 fps. This is the ideal work and gaming beast at such a low price compared to its competitors!

If you don’t mind the camera and don’t need the GPU like you get in MSI GL65 (see below), this laptop is the one of the best gaming and work laptop to get!

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062

CPU: Intel Core i7-10750H| GPU: NVIDIA RTX 2070 | RAM: 16GB (8G*2)DDR4 2666MHz | Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS-Level 144Hz | Weight: 2.3kg (5.1 lbs) | Battery Life: 3-5hr | Storage: 512 GB NVMe SSD

Pros Cons

385 nits Brightness
96% sRGB
144hz Refresh Rate
Premium Build Qualityt
Great Performance

Battery Life
Design

When AMD comes up with best CPU efficiency and performance, Intel has the best GPU pairings. The new generation AMD processors only come paired with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 at the max, but Intel machine shines as it comes paired with the best Nvidia GPUs in the market. 

At less than 1400USD, you cannot get a machine which has this level of GPU performance as this machine. GL65 weighs at just 2.3kg which is very light for a laptop with this performance. It looks and feels premium but its design may look somewhat gamer-y.

That may be a matter of preference but what is not upto preference is the 144hz 96%srgb screen you get with this beast. Once you are used to 144hz screen, you will feel the lag while using 60hz panels even when you’re just moving the cursor in windows. It’s just so much better. 

Since the battery life on this laptop may not last you the whole work day, you are probably better off carrying your laptop charger with you the whole time. If you can live with some of these downsides like battery life and the front design, this laptop will definitely give you the most performance!

Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15 9500 4K Touchscreen

CPU: 10th Gen Intel i7-10750H | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti | RAM: 8 GB DDR4 2X4GB | Display: 15.6″ FHD+ (1920 x 1200) InfinityEdge Anti-Glare 500-Nit Display | Weight: 1.8kg (4 lbs) | Battery Life: 6hr+ | Storage: 256 GB SSD

Pros Cons

500 nits Brightness
130% sRGB
Finger print reader
Light Weight
Premium Build

Expensive
Low RAM
Low Storage

The new 2020 XPS 15 released by Dell is an amazing laptop for work and gaming. It has one of the best display specifications like 500 Nit brightness, bezel less, 132% sRGB and high resolution display. This laptop has no match in terms of screen. It also comes packing with the 10th gen intel CPU with GTX 1650 Ti. The RAM, battery life and storage are decent compared to our other laptops.

It comes at around $1400 for these specifications. You can pay $1600 for a boosted 16GB RAM. This is ideal for people who do graphic intensive work and want to game as well. It is as light as a feather at just 1.8kg(4lbs.) which is ideal for carrying around. It might not have a lot of battery but since it is very light you can carry a charger around.

In terms of gaming, you can play almost all games at least medium settings which should provide you 60fps or higher. Even if you do not do graphic intensive work, it is still a good choice as it has a beautiful display,  lightweight and good performance making it very portable.
Check the pricing for this premium laptop with amazing display and portability. If you want a 4k screen with bigger battery and storage, check out this variant.

Best Budget Gaming and Work Laptops

This listed is sorted by the order of our degree of recommendation from top to bottom.

Lenovo Flex 5 14″ 2-in-1

Lenovo Flex 5 14″

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4500U | GPU: AMD Radeon Graphics | RAM: 16 GB DDR4 | Display: 14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Touch Display | Weight: 1.6kg (3.63 lbs) | Battery Life: 10hr | Storage: 256 GB PCIe SSD

Pros Cons

New AMD CPU
16 GB RAM
Lightweight
Good Battery Life

No Dedicated GPU
Low Color Accuracy
Decent Storage

This laptop is more focused on individuals that need a budget option for their work without much emphasis on gaming. However, it can push fps that was not possible on integrated GPUs till now. In games like Fortnite, this laptop can give you a very playable frame rate of around 55 in 1080p Low settings with textures set to high. Fps will significantly improve if you lower resolutions.

The CPU is based on AMD’s new 7nm processors meaning it is one of the best chips in the market which is very efficient and very fast. For around 700$, you get this laptop that can act as a tablet, can game decently and is ultra-portable. 

If you don’t play intense games that require a high-end dedicated GPU and don’t want to spend a lot of money, this laptop is for you!

Lenovo Legion 5 AMD

Lenovo Legion 5 AMD

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB | RAM: 8 GB DDR4 3200MHz | Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 250 nits, 120Hz | Weight: 2.5kg (5.51 lbs) | Battery Life: 7hr | Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD

Pros Cons

Good Battery Life
Good Performance
120hz Refresh Rate
3200MHz RAM
A lot of Storage

Low Color Accuracy
Little Heavy
Dim Display

Lenovo’s newly released Legion 5 laptop comes packing with a punch. The normal Legion 5 are AMD versions and Legion 5i are intel versions. Since AMD have amazed everyone greatly with their performance on their new chips, it’s a no brainer to not have this laptop in this article. 

The specifications mentioned above comes at a price of just over $800 which is a bargain considering it has a good amount of RAM, 120hz display, GTX 1650, ryzen 5 4600H and a lot of storage. This is for you if you are looking for a budget laptop which has all the good things like battery, storage and performance.

It does come in the heavier side, so consider that. It also does not suit you if you are planning to do graphic designing in this laptop because it has only 67% sRGB which is below the recommended, as colors are not accurate. However, it will not affect you to the slightest if you don’t have graphic intensive work. It is a bargain at its price!

Acer Nitro 5

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 4600H | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 8 GB DDR4 | Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS | Weight: 2.4kg (5.3 lbs) | Battery Life: 10hr | Storage: 256 GB SSD

Pros Cons

Great Battery Life
Good Performance
New AMD CPU
3200MHz RAM
Little Fan Noise

Single Stick 8GB RAM
Little Heavy
Bezels
Not alot of Storage

All these specs and it only costs around $600-$700 in the current market. It is an absolute beast for money. This laptop can run most games in medium or higher graphics settings with at least 60 FPS while keeping the laptop cool. The max fan speed is not as noticeable as others. It can handle anything you throw at it.

The screen is not 144hz but it is pretty bright at 300 nits and it is good enough for gaming but if you work in graphics related topics then be aware of its 60% sRGB which is not enough. Its looks are in obsidian black which will be suitable for a work environment. The weight weighs around 2.4KG(5.3lbs.) which is on the heavier side of our list but not too heavy to carry around.

The battery life is amazing unlike most gaming laptops because of the AMD CPU. It can provide you upto 10hrs with normal work which is ideal considering you won’t have to carry its charger to work making it lighter. If you can handle the weight and weak build, it is the perfect gaming and work laptop at a budget.

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