9 Best Gaming Laptops Under $2000

After almost 48 hours of research, we’ve come up with a list of best gaming laptops under $2,000 that we think deserve your consideration.

We’ve also included a little Buyer’s Guide for you at the end of this article, to help educate you on how you can look for your own gaming laptop under $2,000 if, for some reason, you can’t find the laptops on our list.

It took a lot of time to find the laptops and organize them according to their gaming performance, so we’d really appreciate it if you shared our guides with your friends and family, and anyone else you know who is also looking for gaming laptops.

With that said, let’s get to our list of Best Gaming Laptops under $2,000!

Best Gaming Laptops Under $2000

1. PowerSpec 1530

PowerSpec 1530 Gaming Laptop Notebook PC, Intel i7-10875 CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8G , 15.6

 

PowerSpec isn’t as great or popular as, say, MSI but, in terms of specs, this is the best gaming laptop we could find under $2,000.

It comes with the Intel Core i7-10875H CPU, which is slightly faster than the Intel Core i7-10750H found in our no. 2 below. We only want the best laptops at the top, so we’ve taken even the slightest improvements seriously and ranked the laptops accordingly.

The Graphics Card found in this laptop is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB. Again, the most powerful GPU present on this list of gaming laptops. (It’s about 38% faster than the Max-Q version of the RTX 2070 Super featured in our second pick.) With the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super you can enjoy playing almost any current and upcoming AAA game.

Here is one of the most popular games and this GPU’s performance when running it along with frame rates:

Fortnite
164 fps at Medium 1920×1080
156 fps at High 1920×1080
129 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.4 fps at Epic 2560×1440
47.9 fps at Epic 3840×2160

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R20 (Single Core)Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 456
  • avg: 489
  • median: 485 (76%)
  • max: 524 Points
  • min: 2800
  • avg: 3532
  • median: 3404.5 (32%)
  • max: 4176 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

This laptop comes with a 15.6-inch 1080p 240Hz display, which is great for gaming as well as overall experience due to the high refresh rate.

Its 32GB of DDR4 RAM is more than enough for the games on the market right now, and perhaps for future games, too. Also, you won’t run out of memory if you happen to run multiple instances of Chrome, which is a memory hog.

This laptop’s fast 1TB of SSD storage is also more than enough for storing games as well as media files and important documents.

Pros

  • Its powerful CPU and GPU combo make it one of the best gaming laptops
  • A good amount of fast SSD storage for storing games and loading them quickly
  • More than enough RAM for playing games and running memory-heavy apps
  • Good selection of ports, so no need for dongles
  • RGB Keyboard for your RGB cravings

Cons

  • The only bad thing we have to say about it is that it comes from a company that is not well-known in gaming laptops circles

2. Sager NP8378F2

Sager NP8378F2

 

What makes this Sager a great gaming laptop is that it has many similarities to the PowerSpec; it has the same CPU, the same amount of RAM, the same GPU, and 1TB of SSD storage. So, why is this our second pick?

Well, it has a 144Hz refresh rate display as opposed to the PowerSpec which has 240Hz. Also, it weighs more and, thus, is less portable.

Here is one of the most popular games and this GPU’s performance when running it along with frame rates:

Fortnite
164 fps at Medium 1920×1080
156 fps at High 1920×1080
129 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.4 fps at Epic 2560×1440
47.9 fps at Epic 3840×2160

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R20 (Single Core)Cinebench R20 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 456
  • avg: 489
  • median: 485 (76%)
  • max: 524 Points
  • min: 2800
  • avg: 3532
  • median: 3404.5 (32%)
  • max: 4176 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

Pros

  • A 17.3-inch large display with a high refresh rate that is great for gaming as well as creating content, streaming, etc.
  • A powerful CPU and GPU
  • Plenty of RAM for memory-heavy tasks such as running 50-100 Chrome tabs
  • Good selection of ports which means no dongle

Cons

  • The refresh rate isn’t as high as our first pick which is the only bad thing we can say about it

3. HP OMEN 15

OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q, Intel Core i7-10750H, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, 512 GB PCIe NVMe SSD, 15.6

 

So why is this laptop third on our list even though it has an even higher refresh rate display (300Hz) than, both, our first and second picks?

Well, it has a slower Graphics Card (about 38% slower) – the RTX 2070 Super Max-Q – which, of course, is outperformed by its more powerful variant found in our first and second picks.

Here is one of the most popular games and this GPU’s performance when running it along with frame rates:

Fortnite
133 fps at Medium 1920×1080
132 fps at High 1920×1080
108 fps at Epic 1920×1080
86.2 fps at Epic 2560×1440
43 fps at Epic 3840×2160

This laptop comes with 32GB of DDR4 RAM which is great for running current games as well as Adobe Software, Chrome, etc. (These software are memory hogs – they like eating memory as much as our kids like eating candy!)

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

Pros

  • Highest refresh rate display on this list (300Hz)
  • One of the lightest gaming laptops on this list (5.12 lbs.)
  • Good selections of ports including the RJ-45 port for a reliable and stable Internet connection while gaming
  • Comes with WiFi-6 which is over 250% faster than current Wi-Fi 5 devices
  • Plenty of RAM for all kinds of tasks

Cons

  • Smaller storage (512GB) than the previous laptops

4. Acer Predator Triton 500

Acer Predator Triton 500 PT515-52-73L3 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, 15.6

 

The main difference between the Acer Predator Triton 500 and the previous laptops is that the Acer comes with 16GB of RAM. This is basically why it's our fourth pick. Having said that, this is still a great gaming laptop.

It also comes with a 300Hz high refresh rate display. Its GPU is more powerful than the one found in our third pick. (What’s the GPU’s name??)

If less GB is not a problem for you, you might choose this laptop over the previous one because of its higher frame rates which is made possible by its more powerful GPU which would give you more fps.

Here are the fps for the GPUs.

Fortnite on RTX 2070 SuperFortnite on RTX 2070 Super Max-Q:
164 fps at Medium 1920×1080133 fps at Medium 1920×1080
156 fps at High 1920×1080132 fps at High 1920×1080
129 fps at Epic 1920×1080108 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.4 fps at Epic 2560×144086.2 fps at Epic 2560×1440
47.9 fps at Epic 3840×216043 fps at Epic 3840×2160

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

Pros

  • A more powerful GPU than our third pick which means more fps and better gaming performance
  • High 300Hz refresh rate for a smoother gaming experience
  • One of the lightest gaming laptops on this list (4.63 lbs.)
  • RJ-45 Port for stable Internet connection

Cons

  • Less RAM than the previous laptops (16GB compared to 32GB)

5. ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2020)

ASUS ROG Strix G17 17.3

 

Coming in fifth, the Asus ROG Strix G17 has a 144Hz 17.3-inch display. It looks and feels great, has a quality build, and a package which is great for the price range.

At 6.24 lbs. it's not the lightest gaming laptop at 6.24 lbs., but it's still manageable and can be placed permanently on a desk as a desktop replacement.

This laptop’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER Graphics Card is capable of playing most current games at good frame rates and settings.

For example, here’s what Fortnite looks like on this GPU:

Fortnite on RTX 2070 Super
164 fps at Medium 1920×1080
156 fps at High 1920×1080
129 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.4 fps at Epic 2560×1440
47.9 fps at Epic 3840×2160

It also comes with a powerful CPU which is great for gaming as well as content creation, making it a good pick for those who like to live stream and have a gaming YouTube channel as a side business.

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

The storage – 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD – is good enough for storing games, however, for other types of files such as videos, we suggest that you get an external HDD. Because if you fill up the SSD, it will slow down your laptop, making it almost unusable.

Pros

  • CPU that’s great for gaming as well as general productivity
  • Powerful GPU for playing all triple-A modern games
  • Decent, fast 512GB SSD storage
  • A high refresh rate display which is great for gaming and overall experience
  • A good number of ports, so you don’t have to buy a dongle

Cons

  • It has a considerably lower refresh rate (144Hz) than laptops higher up on the list

6. CUK ROG Strix G15

CUK ROG Strix G15 by ASUS 15 inch Gaming Laptop (Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, 15.6

 

Everything about this laptop is better than the gaming laptops we’ve listed so far, yet it’s our no. 6 pick, why is that?

Well, again, it comes down to the details! In this case, the Strix’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics Card, is not a “Super” version of the GPU like on our previous contenders.

Here’s how both GPUs run Fortnite:

Fortnite on RTX 2070Fortnite on RTX 2070 Super Max-Q
188 fps at Medium 1920×1080133 fps at Medium 1920×1080
149 fps at High 1920×1080132 fps at High 1920×1080
141 fps at Epic 1920×1080108 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.5 fps at Epic 2560×144086.2 fps at Epic 2560×1440
45.5 fps at Epic 3840×216043 fps at Epic 3840×2160

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

The CPU is the same as the one found in the previous gaming laptops minus our first pick which is fairly good. As for RAM, this laptop comes with 64GB of DDR4 RAM, which is an insane amount of RAM if you’re only playing games. Also, if you plan to edit videos, do 3D animation and other tasks that require more RAM, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the large amount of RAM. (However, if you don’t need 64GB of RAM then we recommend you consider laptops further up on our list.)

This laptop also comes with 2TB of SSD storage which is the largest amount of storage space we’ve seen so far on this list. With that much space you can store whatever you want; you’ll have no need for an external drive unless you’re a video editor by profession.

Pros

  • 1080p 240Hz 3ms anti-glare screen for gaming without the annoyance of distracting lights
  • Insane amount of RAM that can handle almost anything you throw at this beast of a laptop
  • Huge 2TB of SSD storage
  • RJ-45 Ethernet Port for a stable Internet connection

Cons

  • The GPU isn’t as powerful as the Super variant

7. MSI GS75 Stealth 10SF-036

MSI GS75 Stealth 10SF-036 17.3

 

This laptop’s highlight is its 17.3″ 1080p 240Hz display which will give you a great (some might say, luxury) gaming experience.

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

This laptop comes with 32GB DDR4 RAM, which is plenty for gaming as well as daily use. As for graphics, we have the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics Card which performs something like this in Fortnite.

Fortnite on RTX 2070
188 fps at Medium 1920×1080
149 fps at High 1920×1080
141 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.5 fps at Epic 2560×1440
45.5 fps at Epic 3840×2160

 

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

At 5 lbs. it's light for a gaming laptop, however, it’s not the lightest by any means, as there are other laptops on this list that are lighter and, thus, more portable. (For example, our next laptop weighs around 4.43 lbs. making it the lightest gaming laptop on this list.)

Pros

  • 17.3-inch 1080p 240Hz high refresh rate display for ultra-smooth gaming
  • 32GB of RAM which is more than enough for gaming and then some
  • A GPU that complements the high refresh rate display
  • RJ-45 port for a reliable connection while playing games

Cons

  • 512GB of storage which is good for your games but not enough to store them and other things like videos

8. Asus ROG Zephyrus M15

Newest Asus ROG Zephyrus M15 15.6

This rather lightweight Asus (4.43 lbs.) comes with a 15.6-inches 1080p 240Hz high refresh rate display.

The processor is the same as the previous laptop, the Intel Core i7-10750H. It is the most common CPU we’ve seen on our list.

Here are some benchmarks:

Cinebench R23 (Single Core)Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)
  • min: 1136
  • avg: 1220
  • median: 1226 (74%)
  • max: 1270 Points
  • min: 7458
  • avg: 7676
  • median: 7709 (28%)
  • max: 7965 Points

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

The 16GB DDR4 RAM that this laptop comes with is good, but not great, especially when other laptops on this list boast twice as much GB if not more.

As far as graphics go, we’ve got the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB Graphics Card which is a great gaming GPU, even though it’s not as powerful as the non-Max-Q variant of the RTX 2070 Super.

Here’s a quick comparison between the two, in terms of playing Fortnite.

(Fortnite is my favorite game, which is why you see it in every benchmark. Also, it's easily comparable, as other games aren’t as popular so they aren’t always in the benchmark.)

Fortnite on RTX 2070 Max-QFortnite on RTX 2070 Super
122 fps at Medium 1920×1080164 fps at Medium 1920×1080
115 fps at High 1920×1080156 fps at High 1920×1080
100 fps at Epic 1920×1080129 fps at Epic 1920×1080
76 fps at Epic 2560×144093.4 fps at Epic 2560×1440
31.5 fps at Epic 3840×216047.9 fps at Epic 3840×2160

This laptop comes with 1TB of PCIe SSD storage, which is plenty for games, for most people. However, if you’re planning on saving videos and other large files, we encourage you to get an external HDD of 1TB or more, that way you don’t have to worry about your SSD slowing down over time.

Pros

  • In terms of specifications, this laptop features a good gaming laptop package
  • At 4.43 lbs. it’s the lightest gaming laptop on this list
  • Decent, fast SSD storage for storing all your games and loading them fast
  • RJ-45 port for a reliable connection while gaming

Cons

  • It’s GPU – it’s still good but it won’t perform like the others

9. HP Omen 2019

Omen by HP 2019 17-Inch Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-9750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 (8 GB), 16 GB RAM, 512 GB Solid-State Drive, VR Ready, Windows 10 Home (17-cb0080nr, Shadow Black)

 

Sadly, this laptop is the oldest one on this list, which means it has the oldest CPU.

However, its Intel Core i7-9750H isn’t as old as you might think: it can hold its own against the 10th Gen CPUs we’ve seen so far. This is because both generations are close in terms of performance.

According to UserBenchmark, it’s only 5% slower than the 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10750H. (See, not a big deal.)

Here are some benchmarks from Cinebench R23 to show you the difference in performance between the two CPUs.

Intel Core i7-9750H – Cinebench R23Intel Core i7-10750H – Cinebench R23Intel Core i7-10875H – Cinebench R23
  • Single Core: 1113
  • Multi-Core: 6912
  • Single Core: 1174
  • Multi-Core: 7314
  • Single Core: 1226
  • Multi-Core: 7709

In terms of GPU, it comes with the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070, which performs something like this in Fortnite.

Fortnite on RTX 2070Fortnite on RTX 2070 Super
188 fps at Medium 1920×1080164 fps at Medium 1920×1080
149 fps at High 1920×1080156 fps at High 1920×1080
141 fps at Epic 1920×1080129 fps at Epic 1920×1080
93.5 fps at Epic 2560×144093.4 fps at Epic 2560×1440
45.5 fps at Epic 3840×216047.9 fps at Epic 3840×2160

For more benchmarks and scores, head over to Notebookcheck.com

This laptop weighs around 6.43 lbs, which makes it the heaviest laptop on this list.

Its 512GB SSD storage might be enough for most gamers, however, the hardcore gamers out there will need more, so we recommend getting an external HDD or an SSD to expand on it a bit more.

Also, we recommend that you store games that require the fastest response rates on your internal SSD, and store others that aren’t that demanding (like Minecraft), on the external drive.

Pros

  • High Refresh 144Hz panel for a smooth gaming experience
  • RGB Backlit keyboard for those who love to have RGB (I’m not one of those people, sorry!)
  • RJ-45 port for a reliable Internet connection
  • Comes with an SD card reader slot and other required ports

Cons

  • A 9th Gen CPU which is due to its being the oldest laptop on our list

Buyers’ Guide: How to Select the Best Gaming Laptop Under $2,000?

Here are a few things that we’ve put together for you to consider when buying a gaming laptop under $2,000.

These are the minimum required specifications that you should have in mind, anything below them won’t be worth your time and money.

CPU

The most powerful CPU or processor in our price range is the Intel Core i7-10875H. However, soon there are going to be Ryzen 5,000 series CPUs available in gaming laptops. In fact, they’re out right now but they’re not very accessible, so we didn’t include them in this list.

In any case, we suggest that you keep an eye out for those Ryzen 5,000 CPUs, especially at this budget, because the Intel CPUs aren't really worth it at this price range: they put out mediocre gaming performance.

GPU

In terms of Graphics Cards, we would suggest that you keep an eye on the RTX 3,000 series of GPUs, which are going to be widespread a few months from now. (They’re going to be the best-bang-for-your-buck performance GPUs, especially at this price range.)

However, the RTX 2070 Super GPUs are okay so you can go with them for now.

RAM

The max amount of RAM we saw on our list is 64GB which was found in our sixth pick.

Generally, we don’t think you need more than 32GB or 16GB right now, but yes, to future-proof yourself, opt for 32GB of RAM. If you find a laptop with less RAM that has great specs, we say get it because you can upgrade the RAM later. However, do not compromise on the CPU and the GPU! Unlike RAM, these cannot be upgraded so what you see is what you get until you buy another laptop.

Storage

Storage is something that you can also upgrade later down the road, so there’s no need to stress about storage when buying a gaming laptop.

I’d mainly look at the CPU, the GPU, the RAM, and perhaps a few ports that I like to use from time to time.

As a general recommendation, we think that a minimum of 1TB of SSD storage is pretty decent for this price range. If you can get more while still making sure that the other specs are top quality, well, that’d be a bonus.

Display

We’ve seen laptops with 300Hz refresh rate displays, but we think that 144Hz is more than enough, as the human eye isn’t capable of seeing more than 60 fps anyway.

But as a general rule of thumb, higher refresh rates make for better gaming. Also, make sure that your Graphics Card is capable of displaying pertinent frames per second, otherwise, it's going to be pointless to have a 300Hz display. For example, if a laptop had the aforementioned display paired with a GTX 1050 Graphics Card, you wouldn’t be able to make the most of the high refresh rates. (It’s almost impossible that you’d find this pair of specs, but you get the point.)

Misc.

As always, make sure that the laptop you want has at the very least, an RJ-45 port. Otherwise, your powerful hardware won’t mean a thing if you experience lag which results in being unable to play your games.

Other things you can look for are a couple of USB 3 ports and a couple of USB Type-C ports. (I usually look for these in gaming laptops.)

If you don’t find an RJ-45 port, a Wi-Fi 6 feature is probably a good replacement, as it is said to be over 250% faster than current Wi-Fi 5 devices.

Best Gaming Laptops Under $2000: Quick Answers

Are gaming laptops loud?

Most of the time, yes, gaming laptops are loud. If you’re asking this question, you're probably new to gaming laptops, we’ll explain the loudness!

You see, when you run a game, it starts utilizing the powerful components inside your gaming laptop that enables it to run at respectable frame rates.

Once power starts flowing through a laptop’s components and things start to heat up, the fans start and get the faster they spin.

Which gaming laptop brand is the best?

I personally do not look at the brand, I look at specs, especially when buying a gaming laptop on a budget.

However, you’re not buying a gaming laptop on a budget here, so we recommend that you look for premium quality brands that manufacture top-quality gaming laptops. One of these brands is MSI.

Is i5 good for gaming?

Not really. The i5 would’ve been a great choice a few years ago, but not anymore because the Ryzen processors are killing it out there in the gaming and content creation laptops market.

Are gaming laptops good for school?

Gaming laptops are not good for the school. They’re bulky and heavy, especially when you compare them to normal notebooks that are specifically made for small business owners, students, and anyone who needs a portable laptop.

Apple’s new M1 Macs are your best bet if you want to take your laptop to school with you.

Should I buy a gaming laptop or PC?

It depends on portability and if it’s a factor for you.

A gaming laptop would be the smart choice if you want a portable yet powerful device that can run games as well as serve other functions. Again, the M1 MacBook Air is the best laptop that comes to mind.

If portability is not an issue then, for sure, go with a gaming PC.

Final Words

We did the research and tried our best to bring you the best gaming laptops under $2,000.

We’ll try to update this list from time to time, adding new laptops and removing old ones, so it remains a good resource on current gaming laptops.

As of right now, these are the best laptops under $2,000 you can get your hands on.

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