NVidia’s RTX GPUs that end in a 70 — like the 1070 or 2070 — generally represent the sweet spot between price and performance. And the RTX 2070 is no exception. Not only is this graphics card a solid performer that can handle 4K gaming and some ray tracing — which will soon be a huge deal in PC gaming – but it’s affordable, often costing hundreds less than big brother laptops that contain the RTX 2080.
The good news is that you can get the Nvidia RTX 2070 in a lot of laptops right now, and most of them have gaming baked into their DNA. In fact, there are RTX 2070 laptops from all the major PC makers, including Dell, Alienware, Aus, HP, MSI, and others. Which one should you choose for your next gaming or graphics laptop? We’ve sorted through the competition and rounded up the best 9 options. Here’s what you need to know.
1. Asus ROG Strix Scar III RTX 2070 Laptops
Like most of the laptops in this list, the Asus ROG Strix Scar III is aimed squarely at gamers — but in this case, you can believe that gamers really were a priority at every step of the design process. The 15.6-inch display (1920 x 1080-pixel resolution featuring an IPS panel) has a slim bezel surrounding it on the top and sides, adding up to a generous 81% screen-to-body ratio. The laptop will get hot, so the system includes dual, adjustable fans that have been optimized with 17% more airflow and anti-dust tunnels to increase performance and stability. Asus also claims the laptop undergoes extensive vibration and drop testing. The keyboard includes custom full-color RBG lighting with a colorful lightbar that makes the laptop look a bit like a light show — that’s not to everyone’s taste, but when you program all the lights to their full potential, there’s no mistaking this machine is aimed at gamers. The keyboard also features N-key rollover for multi-key inputs — ideal for fast action and macro activations.
2. Sager NP 8957
Sager isn’t a household name among laptop buyers, and certainly isn’t at the forefront of gaming laptop design. That said, the brand makes competent portables that are often at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. That means you should expect the Sager NP 8957 to look more or less like an ordinary mid-performance laptop that’s sporting a RTX 2070 GPU; you wouldn’t expect it to bring much truly remarkable to the table, but to do it at an affordable price point.
For example, Sager brings a lot of the same internals to bear as the competition: it has a 9th generation Intel Core i7, for example, with a full 16GB of RAM. The 15.6-inch display displays full HD at 144Hz with a 72% NTSC color gamut — which is another way of saying the display’s color range is fairly ordinary. Likewise, this system doesn’t support G-Sync. In terms of styling, Sager dresses this laptop like any business portable. The silver finish is free of any game-specific lighting effects or angular, Alienware-esque styling, and the giant bezel makes the screen look pretty small — this laptop has a pretty modest screen-to-body ratio. The keyboard is comfortable to type on and is fully illuminated, but there’s no per-key lighting — it’s treated as a single zone.
3. MSI P65 Creator RTX 2070 Laptops
Unlike most laptops in this class, the MSI P65 Creator is aimed at a slightly different crowd than the gamer — as the target is in the name. MSI sees this as a gaming laptop, to be sure, but also as a productivity tool for creators. Honestly, that doesn’t make it a very different kind of laptop, except that it has a professional, understated all-aluminum body and prominently features a WIndows Hello-compatible biometric fingerprint reader in the touchpad.
Otherwise, you’ll find this system has the same solid pedigree as many other laptops in this list. It features an 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, but — and here’s where creators will sit up and pay attention — 32GB of RAM rather than the more typical 16GB. Gamers simply don’t need 32GB of memory. But if you’re editing 4K video or batch editing a large number of photos in Adobe Lightroom, the additional RAM is critical to success. By the same token, we’d prefer to see a larger hard drive, but it’s equipped with a 512GB SSD.
4. Razer Blade 15
Razer may be known as a gaming company, often with products that lean heavily into the gamer aesthetic, but the Razer Blade 15 is a serious gaming laptop that doesn’t necessarily look the part. It has a sleek aluminum unibody design that could just as well be a productivity machine, and it’s quite slim (at only .7 inches thick) and light as well, making it especially convenient as a portable. That also means the screen is virtually the only thing you see — with a screen-to-body ratio of 85%, the bezel is virtually nonexistent. And that screen is vividly colorful — its factory calibrated to the Adobe RGB color gamut, giving it a slightly better range of colors than many laptop monitors (and making it an excellent choice for students in the creative curriculum like graphic design and videography).
5. MSI GE75 Raider RTX 2070 Laptops
This laptop stands out from a lot of the competition with an oversized 17.3-inch display running full HD 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution, making this a solid contender as a desktop replacement. The screen has a 144MHz refresh rate and uses an IPS panel, offering good color accuracy and low latency. But despite the large display, perhaps the very first thing you tend to notice about the MSI GE75 Raider is the keyboard. Yes, the MSI GE75 Raider has per-key RBG lighting, but the key edges are translucent, allowing the perimeter of each key to glow in full vibrant color. It doesn’t affect performance, but it is pretty cool.
6. Aorus17 XA
Let’s get this out of the way right up front: The Aorus 17 XA is portable pretty much only in principal. Physically, it’s imposing thanks to its desktop replacement-calibur 17-inch display, but it also weighs a staggering 8.4 pounds, the kind of weight you don’t see much in laptops anymore. But it gets worse, since this system is powered by not one, but two power bricks. That’s a lot of extra stuff to pack for the road, and the total weight tips the scales at 14 pounds. You can travel with just one brick, but the machine will run with reduced performance, not ideal for gaming.
7. Alienware M17 RTX 2070 Laptops
Perhaps more than any other mainstream laptop, buying an Alienware makes a statement that you are a particular kind of hardcore gamer — and the premium price often says more about the status implied by the badge than the actual components. In fact, the Alienware M17 is eye-wateringly expensive, though you’re getting a lot for your money. The real question is if you really need what Alienware is delivering, or you can make do with a somewhat more modest laptop.
8. Asus ROG Zephyrus M
Weighing just 4.39 pounds, the Asus ROG Zephyrus M is a relatively lightweight gaming system, equipped with the latest 9th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and full 1TB SSD. To keep things cool, Asus includes a pair of specially tuned fans that are 33% thinner than typical laptop fans and move about 17% more airflow. You also have easy access to three fan modes, able to switch among silent, balanced, and turbo. The turbo mode is loud, though.
9. HP Omen 17 RTX 2070 Laptops
The Omen series is well known to gamers, but as is the trend these days, HP has dialed back some of the more aggressive gamer styling and presents a design that is still exciting but isn’t something you’ds be embarrassed to take to the office. The large single-hinge design makes the 17-inch display look impressively like it’s sitting on a pedestal.
Speaking of pedestals, that’s where you might want to leave this HP Omen. Yes, it’s a laptop, but with a battery life that barely passes the two-hour mark and a weight in excess of seven pounds, you might not want to taker it out of the house very often. It has most bases covered for connectivity, though. The right side has a USB-A and a rarely seen mult-format SD media card reader. The flip side has all the other ports: audio, HDMI, DisplayPort, two more USB-A, and a USB-C.
Two models — the Asus ROG Strix Scar III and the Asus ROG Zephyrus M leap to the forefront as more affordable but chock full of value. The Scar, for example, has a lot of gaming charm and that eye-catching keystone; the Zephyrus’s light weight and per-key lighting are very endearing.