Best Gaming Laptops in India (August 2019)

by | Aug 20, 2019

Welcome Gaming Aficionados!

In search of a mean machine that will let you play your titles like a breeze?

Concerned about the specifications and budget?

Don’t worry.

We will help you sort the best gaming laptops curated according to the needs of every kind of gamers out there in India.

Read along to find that one machine which will suit all your gaming needs.

Best Gaming Laptops in India

1. Alienware 17 Overall Best Pick
2. MSI RaiderRunner-Up Pick
3. Asus ROG Strix Scar IIBest Build Quality
4. Acer Nitro 5Value for Money Laptop
5. Lenovo Ideapad L340Honorable Mention

1. Alienware 17

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Overall Best Pick
  • Unlocked overclockable CPU
  • G-sync certified display
  • VR ready machine

Alienware is probably the first word that will come out of your mouth when talking about gaming laptops.

Everyone in one way or the other would have heard about this beast at least once.

Often considered as the holy grail of gamers, the all-new Alienware 17 surely lives up to its name and fame.

Design and Build Quality

The Alienware 17 retains the signature look of previous models but with subtle changes across the board.

The unibody aluminium body feels strong and premium with no flex to be noticed anywhere.

Mainly because of the desktop grade internal hardware and the metal build, the Alienware 17 isn’t that travel-friendly. This machine weighs around 4.4Kg.

Since the potential buyers of the Alienware series are known not to care about the weight of the device, this isn’t much of a dealbreaker.

The lighting effects and the light strip on the bezels remain in this version as well. The keyboard is of very high quality and the keys feel much more comfortable than the previous editions.

Processor and Performance

Under the hood, Alienware 17 runs on the latest eighth generation Core i9 8950 HK processor clocked at 2.9GHz with turbo boost up to 4.8GHz.

This is an unlocked processor from Intel, meaning you can safely overclock the processor, provided the metrics are within the allowed limits if you feel that the performance isn’t adequate.

Assisting the processor in the graphics department is an Nvidia GTX 1080 DDR5 8GB graphics card that screams performance from the onset.

Thinking about 4K gaming and VR?

You’ve got that covered too.

What else can you expect from this legend with such a legacy?

The 32GB DDR4 RAM and the combination of 1TB HDD for causal storage and 1TB SSD for ultra-fast data speeds make this laptop the best in the business right now on the planet.

Display

A powerhouse without a good display is like a dead stick. Understanding this, Alienware has packed a quad HD IPS Antiglare display with great colour reproduction with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

This Nvidia G-Sync certified panel comes with a refresh rate of 120Hz ensures your gameplay will feel even smoother.

Nvidia G-Sync is a technology developed by Nvidia to minimize screen tearing issues and improves the overall fluidity of the visuals.

With a brightness of 300 nits, the screen will let you play your games under any light conditions.

Miscellaneous

Alienware 17 offers a plethora of ports for enhancing the usability of this laptop.

This device comes with two USB 3.0 ports, a USB C port and a full-size thunderbolt 3 port for hooking up this machine with an external display or GPU.

The keyboard is one area where Alienware laptops excel one step further than its competitors.

Alienware TactX keyboard with 2.2mm of key travel will make your keystrokes feel confident.

With a 4 area RGB lighting that can be controlled by the AlienFX software, you can choose the style you prefer with ease, making this device feel personal.

Battery Life

Alienware promises up to 4 hours of gaming on a single charge, but that will depend upon the type of games you will play and the brightness of the display.

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Industry-leading GPU

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Great display

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Superb keyboard with 2.2mm key travel

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Bulky and heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM32 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i9 8th gen 8950HK
SSD1 TB
Graphics8 GB DDR5 NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display17.3 inch Quad HD LED IPS

2. MSI Raider

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 Runner-Up Pick
  • Made for serious gaming enthusiasts
  • Excellent 144Hz panel
  • RTX 2070 GDDR6 GPU

Up until recently, the Alienware series ruled the gaming laptop segment with no second thought. But with the MSI Raider, the story begins to change.

Design and Build Quality

The MSI Raider shows its might, not only in performance but also in its build quality.

The metallic chassis with a brushed metal finish and sharp lines delivers a gaming vibe to this powerful laptop.

The red and black dual-tone colour scheme matches the gaming flair and looks premium.

The keyboard deck is solid and there is no sort of flex while pounding the keys during intense gaming sessions.

With ample exhaust vents placed all around the chassis, MSI has succeeded in keeping the internal temperature in control without throttling the performance of the processor inside.

Processor and Performance

The processor inside this beast machine is an Intel Core i7 8750H with 16GB DDR4 RAM out of the box.

What’s more interesting than the use of the latest processor is the GPU. MSI decided to beat the competition single-handedly with an 8GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 2070 card inside,

The results?

It delivers. This laptop crushes the competition by leaps and bounds.

The 1TB hard drive plus 512GB SSD combo works seamlessly to deliver high-speed computing and gaming experience on this machine.

Display

Coming to the screen, this unit boasts of a 15.6inch Full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

What’s special about this display is that it’s got a whopping 144Hz refresh rate.

With great colour accuracy and brightness levels, this screen is perfect for gaming.

MSI got it correct when they paired a powerful processor and GPU with this 144Hz panel.

It helps in utilizing the maximum potential of this laptop.

Lighting Effects

The next crazy thing about this laptop is its individually controlled RGB lighting effects.

The controls are comprehensive and the combinations you can try out is infinite.

Thermal Cooling

There are seven heat pipes inside this laptop to keep it cool without throttling. This keeps the laptop thermals in control.

Additionally, if you have to cool the laptop further, the Cooler Boost button is one touch away on the keyboard deck.

But do remember, this cooling comes at the expense of some fan noise.

Response Rate

Oops, we almost forgot one important thing about this laptop.

The response rate.

The display on this machine has got a response time of 3ms which is the fastest among the laptop displays available for consumers.

Faster response rate?

Yes. Practically, this will increase the accuracy of your moves during games.

Negatives

Now let’s switch to the negatives about the laptop.

The gesture trackpad has no Windows precision driver support and the gesture accuracy is average to say the best.

Then comes the sound from the speakers. Even though MSI claims that this laptop has got great speakers, we didn’t feel the same.

Invest some bucks on a Bluetooth speaker and you’re good to go!

Verdict

To wind this up, The MSI Raider is the best laptop for gaming that you can currently get in the Indian market without a second thought.

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Powerful hardware

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Fancy LED lighting effects

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Four speakers for better sound output

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Bulky and heavy

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7 8th gen 8750H
SSD512 GB
GraphicsRTX 2070 8GB DDR6
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD 144Hz

 

3. Asus ROG Strix Scar II

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Best Build quality
  • RTX 2070 Nvidia GPU
  • 144Hz Full HD display
  • 1-year onsite warranty

Asus has been a major player in the Indian market, thanks to its budget laptops and popular Android smartphones.

The ROG series from Asus is primarily aimed at gamers in mind featuring latest and greatest CPU + GPU combination delivering excellent performance.

The ROG Strix Scar II is a premium performance laptop from Asus that has is one of the most versatile laptops powered by an eighth-generation7 processor.

Design and Build Quality

Laptops of the ROG series have an intimidating and aggressive design aesthetics. The Strix laptop does have the same appeal as well.

There are sharp accent lines all across the chassis and a giant illuminated ROG logo at the back.

The cooling vents are placed at the backside of the keyboard deck to ensure maximum ventilation during the operations.

There is no flex in the keyboard deck or the chassis whatsoever. The whole laptop feels very durable and sturdy.

Processor and Performance

Asus has packed in one of the best available processors inside this ROG Strix Scar II gaming laptop. The Intel Core i7 – 8750H is a true beast when it comes to raw computing performance.

This eight-core CPU can handle resource-intensive tasks like a champ and multitask between the apps like a breeze.

Supporting the CPU in its duties is the equally powerful 6GB GDDR6 Nvidia RTX 2060 GPU.

This laptop comes with 8GB DDR4 RAM onboard with the possibility of expanding the memory up to 32GB.

For professional video editors, expanding the RAM is a must because they have to run resource-intensive apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.

Display

The Asus ROG Strix Scar II features a 15.6-inch full HD panel having a refresh rate of 144Hz with Nvidia G-sync support.

“The refresh rate is the number of times a display’s image is repainted or refreshed per second. The more the refresh rate of a display, more smoother will be visuals for our human eyes”

This 144Hz display will make editing a whole lot easier for professionals. Only with an enhanced refresh rate display, they can evaluate the content they have just produced.

Seeing a full HD video shot with 60fps on a display with 60Hz will grossly undercut the quality and certainly miss certain frames.

When it comes to the gamers, the response time of this display is 3ms meaning there is practically no delay with your mouse clicks and actions happening on the screen.

Excellent Thermals

Having the system remains at a constant moderate temperature is a must when it comes to high-performance laptops.

Especially during editing and rendering if the laptop becomes too hot, the processor will start to throttle and the performance will diminish.

The ROG Strix Scar II has an anti-dust design with dual fans to keep the temperature in check even during peak loads.

The trapezoid cuts in the ventilation systems at the back ensures maximum airflow from the interior to outside.

Verdict

The Asus ROG Strix Scar II is a performance-oriented laptop that is very much suitable for a variety of tasks such as video editing and gaming.

The comfortable, RGB keyboard and the larger 15.6-inch 144Hz display makes a huge difference in performance when compared with certain other models priced in the same category.

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Bezel-less display

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Robust build quality

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Powerful internal hardware

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Average battery life

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM16 GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i7-8750H
SSD256
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 1060 6GB
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD LED 144 Hz

 

4. Acer Nitro 5

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Value for Money Laptop
  • Desktop grade performance
  • Built-in-dual speakers
  • 1-year international warranty

It’s quite a contradiction that Acer makes expensive budget laptops but towards the premium budget segment, this company has some of the best value for money offerings in the Indian market.

The Acer Nitro 5 is a ninth-generation Intel i5 processor-powered performance laptop which can be considered as an excellent everyday performance laptop with the potential for being a budget gaming laptop.

Design and Build Quality

By no means does the Acer Nitro 5 is a compact laptop. This device weighs around 2.3 Kgs and has substantial bulkiness to its form factor.

However, the hunky look of this laptop will certainly find takers with its matte finish with texture all around.

The large exhaust vents in the rear make sure the internal temperatures stay under control, even at the peak loads.

The red and black colour tone is peculiar with the gaming laptops and it feels the same with this laptop as well.

The keyboard is backlit and offers nice feedback when pressed.

The hinge mechanism works perfectly and the additional heft of the C deck allows for the display to be opened up with a single hand.

Processor and Performance

The Acer Nitro 5 is powered by the Intel Core i5-9300H performance-oriented processor clocked at 2.1GHz with turbo boost capability up to 4.1GHz.

This device also packs in a 4GB Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU for delivering excellent graphical performance during gaming and resource-intensive tasks such as video rendering.

Recent sensational gaming titles such as Fortnite and PUBG can be played well on this machine without any lags at 60fps.

The 8GB onboard RAM can be easily upgraded up to 32GB if you wish to have the extra legroom for intensive multitasking without compromising on the performance.

The 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD combination helps this laptop to boot faster and reduce the loading times of frequently used applications.

Display

The 15.6-inch full HD display has decent colour reproduction and contrast levels.

This is an IPS display meaning the viewing angles are great and you won’t notice any major colour shifting while viewing from the sides.

This display can get sufficiently bright up to 300 nits, which in the normal scenario is enough for indoor usage.

Miscellaneous

The keyboard is another stronghold of this laptop from Acer. The red coloured keys add a gaming flair to the device.

The red backlit also chimes in with the overall aesthetics perfectly well.

The keys have good key travel distance the clicks feel tactile. What disappointed us is the trackpad behaviour.

This touchpad doesn’t come with Windows precision driver support and the results are significantly mediocre.

We suggest you use an external mouse in case you’re planning for serious gaming with this laptop.

Battery Life

The battery life is nothing exceptional. This laptop lasts for about 4-5 hours on moderate usage and up to an hour when gaming continuously.

One surprising thing we’ve noticed with this laptop is that there isn’t any noticeable overheating with this laptop. Thermal throttling is also not an issue with the device.

Conclusion

All in all, the Acer Nitro 5 is a very capable gaming laptop and the very best if we may say for a budget under Rs.80,000.

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Large exhaust vents

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Solid build quality

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Powerful internals

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Mediocre touchpad

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM256 GB8GB DDR4
ProcessorCore i5-9300H
SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
Battery Backup3-4 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD

 

5. Lenovo Ideapad L340

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Honorable Mention
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Powerful processor and GPU

The Lenovo IdeaPad L340 is a flagship Ideapad Laptop that is priced well under Rs.70,000.

For those users who are looking for a device that is capable of satisfying all their performance indices, this one will be a perfect choice.

Design and Build Quality

We have said it before and will continue to say that Lenovo makes some of the best looking laptops currently in the country.

No matter what the budget, be it entry-level or high-end performance segment laptops, Lenovo has managed to pull off an ace when it comes to the design.

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 has a simple design with a metallic finish on the keyboard deck and the chassis. The screen flex is minimal and won’t be a problem in day-to-day usage.

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 has an island-style keyboard with a separate number pad for those who are used to the full-sized desktop keyboards. The keys are large, spacious and offer great typing experience.

The special painting on this laptop makes it less susceptible to scratches and colour fading over time.

Display

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 features a 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display. The visuals are adequately colourful and rich in details.

The anti-glare coating on the screen helps it to prevent reflections from the display. This greatly enhances the viewability and reduces stress on your eyes.

The bezels around the display are minimal and blend well with the rest of the elegantly crafted build.

Processor and Performance

Performance is another area where this budget laptop excels. The Lenovo Ideapad L340 is powered by the newer 9th Generation Intel Core i5 – 9300H processor clocked at 2.4GHz which can turbo boost up to 4.1GHz.

With Turbo Boost technology-enabled, the processor will run at minimal power when idle and when something resource-intensive is launched, the cores will run at the higher clock speed to ensure smooth performance.

This processor is capable of running almost all the apps available at present with no hiccups.

With the 8GB onboard DDR4 RAM, you can easily perform computing tasks much faster than an older generation laptop.

There is a 1TB HDD inside along with a 128GB SSD for the operating system, which makes the device perform well.

Accompanying the processor is a dedicated 4GB DDR5 Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card.

This makes the laptop capable of computing tasks such as simulation and video rendering without breaking a sweat. You can even play some of the popular games with medium to high settings.

Miscellaneous

The dual speakers on this laptop are certified by Dolby and give out a loud sound output.

Running on Windows 10 Home edition out of the box, this laptop comes with a 12-month free McAfee Livesafe antivirus subscription.

Battery Life

Powered by a 2-cell Li-ion battery, the Lenovo Ideapad L340 can last up to an impressive 5 hours on a single charge.

Verdict

The Lenovo Ideapad L340 priced under Rs.70,000 is an overall package with great battery life, build quality and performance.

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Elegant design

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Excellent CPU + GPU combination

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Battery life

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No optical drive

 Specifications

Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Internal Memory1 TB
RAM128 GB8GB DDR4
ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
SSD
Graphics4 GB DDR5 GTX 1650
Battery BackupUp to 3 Hours
Display15.6 inch Full HD display

 

Here we are, with our best picks from each category of laptops that we feel are worth your hard earned money.

Don’t take our word for it, consider this as a pointer and make your pick wisely. We wish you a perfectly rewarding purchasing experience.

With the latest Core i9 processor being revealed by Intel, we expect a lot of performance-based laptops to enter the Indian market soon.

Meanwhile, If you’d like to get a heads up, do check our article about Core i9 laptops – a glimpse to future mobile computing on our website.

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