In a large laptop megathread, u/Michiganders recommends best gaming laptops of 2018 with a price range of $200-2000:

$214 – HP Elitebook 8470P – Refurbished
The HP Elitebook 8470P is a budget friendly laptop with acceptable specs for gaming. It’s capable of Minecraft, LoL, and your typical browser games.


Intel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHz Processor
8GB RAM – 320GB SATA Hard Drive.

$379.99 – Acer Inspire E15

The Acer Inspire E15 is an entry level laptop with a long-lasting battery and a decent monitor. It can run more complicated games like Overwatch, Counterstrike Go, World of Warcraft, and Dota 2.

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i3-8130U Processor 15.6″ Full HD widescreen LED Display 6GB Dual Channel Memory, 1TB HDD

Up to 13.5-hours of battery life

$599 – Acer Inspire 5

With the Nvidia graphics card and quad core processors, this is a great bang for your buck laptop for most moderate gaming.

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED IPS Display 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD

Up to 15-hours of battery life

$698 – Acer Nitro 5

Known as the amazing, all-around, inexpensive laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 sports a 7th generation i5 processor and an Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics card. Can play pretty much all games on the market.

Specs: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (Up to 2.5 GHz) NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM


$788.85 – Dell G3 Gaming Laptop

A big step up from the Acer Inspire 5, the Dell G3 Gaming Laptop holds a 6-core processor and 10-Series GPU. It can play most games.

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H Processor 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 up to [32GB

15.6-inch FHD IPS Anti-Glare, LED-Backlit Display

$889 – ASUS FX503VM 15

The ASUS FX503VM 15 is a more powerful option compared to the Dell G3. With a more advanced GTX 1060 graphics card, it can play pretty much any game on the market. However, it has a mediocre build quality and display.

Specs: 120Hz Full HD Matte Display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 7th-generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ quad-core 2.5GHz 128GB M.2 SSD + 1TB HDD 8GB DDR4 DRAM

Red-backlit gaming keyboard with anti-ghosting technology

$949 – Dell G5 Gaming Laptop

This is a better laptop build than the ASUS series, with slightly better specs.

Specs: 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 3.9GHz w/Turbo Boost) 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 up to [32GB] 128 GB (SSD) Boot + 1 TB 5400 RPM [SATA] HDD Storage

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 graphics memory

$1199.95 – Eluktronics N870

This laptop boasts a larger 17.3″ display, a great build quality, and amazing display. Can tackle higher graphics.

Specs: 7th Gen Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8GHz/3.8GHz) Quad Core Processor 6GB GDDR5 VRAM Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM 17.3″ Full HD IPS LED Anti-Glare Display 256GB Ultra Performance PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD

Full Size RGB Color Backlit Keyboard, Sound Blaster Cinema 3 Audio

$1399 – Alienware AW15

Can’t go wrong with upgrading to the GTX 1070, one of the more powerful graphics displays on the market. With the i7 core, this baby can run any game out there. It also has an amazing cooling system.

Specs: Intel Core i7-7700HQ (Quad-Core, 6MB Cache, up to 3.8GHz w/Turbo Boost) 16GB DDR4 at 2400MHz (2x8GB) 128GB M.2 SATA 6Gb/s SSD (Boot) + 1TB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s (Storage)

15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display W/G-Sync

$1583.60 – ASUS ZenBook UX550

Turn it up with the sleek design and touchscreen capabilities on this high-end laptop with high-end specs and dedicated graphics card that can get you to moderate gaming intensity.

Specs: 15.6-Inch 178 degree wide angle view Full-HD Nano Edge touch display

Latest 7th generation Intel i7-7700HQ Quad Core 2.8 GHz Processor

$1749.99 – ASUS ROG GL702

A very high-end gaming laptop with a GTX 1080 graphics card and i7-7700HQ processor that can run the most intensive games.

Specs: Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor 2.8 GHz, GeForce GTX 1080 8GB 17.3” Full HD Gaming wideview display with 60Hz refresh rate, G-SYNC, for smooth gameplay and fast response time

Powerful thermal design: cooled by dual-copper cooling system with heat pipes and dual 12V fans for CPU and GPU

$1999 – Gigabyte Aero 15W

The most powerful gaming laptop option that reddit user, u/Michganders recommends. Sleek and thin, the Gigabyte Aero 15W laptop boasts exception specs and a long lasting battery.

Specs: 15.6″ Thin Bezel FHD 144Hz Pantone X-Rite 1920×1080 IPS anti-glare display LCD Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GDDR5 16 GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory 512GB M.2 SSD

94.24Wh 10hrs Long Battery Life