August 15, 2022
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Best Gaming Laptops to Buy in 2022 (UK Roundup)

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Introduction

Gaming laptops have been a mainstay of the PC gaming marketplace for as long as we can remember. While for some an imposing desktop machine is the perfect antidote, for others a more portable, compact device is the medicine of the day. We’ve rounded up the best Gaming Laptops and Notebooks you can buy in the UK in 2022, picking apart the best from the worst. All of the top notebooks in our roundup utilises extremely powerful hardware, perfect for playing the latest AAA gaming titles at high frame rates.

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The Importance of Gaming Laptops

Gaming laptops have been in the PC gaming market for quite some time, proving a more versatile form factor when compared to their desktop alternatives. They also provide a more wraparound experience, with the inclusion of a keyboard, trackpad, screen, microphone and speakers undoubtedly covering off more bases with less cash, when compared to a generic gaming setup.

AORUS Gaming Laptops - Best Gaming Laptops to Buy Roundup

By purchasing a gaming laptop, you also don’t need to worry about all of the hassle that goes into building a PC. With no assembly required, or component validation to carry out, it is a much simpler, plug and play option for end users who just want to get gaming.

The gaming notebook market is also one that has seen immense progression as of late. If you had asked me five years whether or not a a gaming laptop would be a good choice, I would have recommend avoiding them, because they weren’t worth buying for the available price. The space has progressed immensely though, with more innovative cooling designs allowing high-end hardware to take place in laptops, and manufacturers like Nvidia working hard on their notebook GPUs.

Gaming Laptop Manufacturers

One area you certainly won’t struggle when buying a gaming notebook is the magnitude of different manufacturers across the market. And the list is growing – recently Corsair announced they were jumping into the space for the first time. We’ve listed the market leaders below in the gaming notebook scene, but this isn’t exhaustive and certainly doesn’t cover off all available choices.


Best Gaming Laptops Under £1000

MSI GF63 Thin 11UC-214UK

MSI GF63Thin - Best 1080P Laptops

MSI’s GF63 Thin is a laptop we’ve recommended elsewhere on the site in our Best 1080P laptop recommendations. This gaming machine is one of the cheapest options on our list and features absolutely killer specs for the price.

This notebook features Nvidia’s latest RTX 3050, a graphics card reigning supreme in the budget market. The display can reach up to 144Hz – perfect for high frame rate gaming. Overall this laptop is an incredible find for the price and is definitely worth considering!

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i5 11400H
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3050 4GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 144Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ 1080P FHD
  • OS – Windows 11 Home
  • Price – £699

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Gigabyte G5

Gigabyte G5 - Best 1080P Laptops

The Gigabyte G5 is another strong option. Despite featuring a marginal older 10th Gen Intel CPU, it is a strong budget contender for some 1080P gaming. For a slight price premium over the MSI GF63 Thin, this laptop comes with Nvidia’s RTX 3060, providing yet more gaming horsepower. Not to mention, the aesthetic of the G5 is great and provides a minimalist style with some per-key RGB lighting on the keyboard.

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i5 10500H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 144Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD
  • OS – Windows 10 Home
  • Price – £789.99

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Acer Nitro 5 AN515

Acer Nitro 5 - Best 1080P Laptops

The Acer Nitro 5 is a great find for under £1000. With an awesome-looking RGB keyboard and a sleek design, Acer have hit the mark with the aesthetic.

In terms of specs, this laptop will provide buttery smooth gameplay with the RTX 3060 GPU and 144Hz screen refresh rate.

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7 11800H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 144Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 10 Home
  • Price – £889.98

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Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH6H

Lenovo Legion 5 - Best Gaming Laptops to Buy Roundup

Lenovo has taken a slightly different idea to our previous budget options, fitting their Legion 5 with one of AMD’s latest CPUs, the Ryzen 5 5600H. The design does retain the RTX 3060 GPU choice, though.

The design also has some nice additions with the touch pad having a slight offset to the keyboard. The keyboard itself also has an awesome RGB under glow to the keys that add some additional flair.

Specs List:

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  • RAM – 8GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 120Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 11 Home
  • Price – £965.99

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Best Gaming Laptops Under £1500

Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-54

Acer Predator Helios 300 - Best Gaming Laptops to Buy Roundup

Acer’s Predator Helios is one of Acer’s top-end laptops, equipped with great specs for gaming. Featuring an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 11800H, 16GB of DDR4 memory that can clock up to 3200MHz, and an RTX 3060 GPU. The graphics card especially is ideal for gaming at 1080p high settings, and should easily match the refresh rate of the screen. Overall, this is a well rounded notebook with some nice aesthetics and hardware to boot.

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7 11800H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD
  • Refresh Rate – 144Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 10 Home
  • Price – £1099.98

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ASUS TUF F17 FX706HM

ASUS TUF F17 - Best Gaming Laptops to Buy Roundup

Not too dissimilar from the Acer Predator Helios, the ASUS TUF F17 is powered by some solid hardware, placing this laptop firmly in the mid-range market.

One of the greatest benefits of this particular model is the massive amount of screen real estate. The ASUS TUF F17 has a 17.3 inch IPS panel that will provide some crisp colour accuracy and optimal viewing angles for games.

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7 11800H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 1TB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 144Hz
  • Display – 17.3″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 11 Home
  • Price – £1299.99

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Gigabyte A5 X1-CUK2130SH

Gigabyte A5 - Best 1080P Laptops

Another design that we have recently featured our 1080p round-up, the Gigabyte A5 comes in well for gaming at 1080p, high settings.

This notebook utilises an overclockable Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and an Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB GPU (ideal for cranking titles up to 1440p). To top it all off, the refresh rate of the display is a strong 240Hz. Usually, 144Hz is enough for most, but Gigabyte have taken things to the next level, giving us an extra 96Hz for the smoothest gameplay possible.

Specs List:

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3070 8GB
  • Storage – 512GB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 240Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 10 Home
  • Price – £1349.98

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Best Gaming Laptops Under £2000

MSI Crosshair 15 B12UEZ-296UK

MSI Crosshair 15 - Best 1440P Gaming Laptops

The MSI Crosshair is featuring in this roundup due to its incredibly unique look, and great hardware capability. The immediate areas that stand out are of course the yellow, blue and green colouring on the keyboard and the chassis of the laptop. It’s a cool look, but one that should not distract you from the powerful hardware under the hood. While the RTX 3060 GPU is lower-end than one of the cheaper designs move, you get a better display and more unique package. It won’t be for everyone, but we think it’s pretty cool!

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7 12700H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3060 6GB
  • Storage – 1TB M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 165Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ QHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 11 Home Advanced
  • Price – £1599

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ASUS ROG STRIX Gaming G15 G513RW

ASUS ROG Strix G15 - Best 1080P Laptops

The ROG STRIX Gaming G15 is an absolute behemoth of a gaming laptop and deserves all of the praise it can get. This beast features one of AMD’s very recently announced Ryzen 6000 laptop CPUs, helping to keep things as up-to-date as possible. These new CPUs are incredibly fast, and also have DDR5 support out of the box, which is another tick box on the spec sheet. The refresh rate of the display is another area to point out as this display can reach an astounding 300Hz. Extremely impressive stuff from ASUS here.

Specs List:

  • CPU – AMD Ryzen 7 6800H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR5 4800MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3070Ti 8GB
  • Storage – 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 300Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 11 Home
  • Price – £1700

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MSI Vector GP66 12UGS-452UK

MSI Vector GP66 - Best 1440P Gaming Laptops

MSI’s Vector GP66 is one of our favourite gaming laptops that utilises a 1440p display. With an Intel 12th Gen Core i7 12700H, an RTX 3070Ti and a terabyte of super fast Gen 4 storage, this laptop has pretty much everything.

If you’re looking for a sleek designed 1440p gaming laptop with some great specs, the MSI Vector GP66 is definitely worth picking up!

Specs List:

  • CPU – Intel Core i7 12700H
  • RAM – 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
  • GPU – Nvidia RTX 3070Ti 8GB
  • Storage – 1TB Gen4 M.2 SSD
  • Refresh Rate – 240Hz
  • Display – 15.6″ QHD IPS
  • OS – Windows 11 Home Advanced
  • Price – £1798.98

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Jay joined Geeka Media in April of 2022, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and a background in Computer Science. Jay is an avid gamer, keyboard-builder and tech wizz with years of PC-building passion under his belt.
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