It’s that time of year again. The short days, cold weather and the store began selling Easter eggs again. Gaming laptop to desktop to run with their own money.
But you’ll have to forgive me for not caring – I’ve had my head buried deep in three impressive gaming laptops you should seriously be considering picking up as that indulgent New Year present to yourself that you definitely deserve.
Look at it this way. You could be stuck wallowing in post-Christmas feelings of sadness, wishing this cold, dark, January would just hurry up and end. Or you could be in your lovely room playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at a glorious 144fps on a buttery smooth 144hz display. If you ask me that’s a pretty damn easy choice.
The laptops I’ve been testing are: the Acer Predator Triton 500 equipped with GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q; the stunningly smooth 144hz Acer Nitro 7; and the sleek but surprisingly powerful Asus ROG Zephyrus G. The Nitro 7 and Zephyrus G are both equipped with mid-range Geforce GTX 1660 Ti mobile graphics cards, and they are both capable of pushing super high framerates on esports games and easily hold their own on AAA titles at max settings. But let’s talk about the high-end Predator Triton 500 first.
I love this laptop. You won’t be shocked to hear the Geforce RTX 2070 Max-Q handles every game you throw its way with ease. Borderlands 3 ran like an absolute dream, easily averaging more than 70fps on ultra. The experience with Far Cry 5 was very similar, the Triton 500 held steady at around 80fps at max settings. Competitive multiplayer games like Dota 2 and Counter Strike: Global Offensive both ran at more than 150fps, making good use of the bright and impressive 15-inch 1080p 144hz LCD display. But the real joy for me as a long-time PC gamer was getting to play my games with real-time ray tracing, thanks to NVIDIA’s RTX graphics. For me, this is the real reason to buy this laptop.