The BEST and WORST Laptops of 2019!

The BEST and WORST Laptops of 2019!


2019 is coming to a close, and after reviewing
almost 70 different laptops on the channel this year it’s time to separate the winners
from the losers! Let’s set the scene by covering the new
hardware that was released throughout 2019. Right at the start of the year in January,
Nvidia launched RTX graphics for laptops, and although ray tracing in itself still feels
like early days all this time later, the 2060, 2070 and 2080 represent the higher end of
the market. By late April the GTX 16 series had also joined the lineup, filling in the
mid range, while the 1050 remained at the lower end. Around the same time in late April Intel also
launched their 9th gen mobile CPUs, and although the i5-9300H and i7-9750H weren’t offering
much extra compared to the 8th gen, this did move the i9 options up to 8 cores 16 threads. AMD also launched some new mobile chips this
year in January, and although they seemed to have a bit more of a presence compared
to last year, I was still only able to get my hands on a couple of Ryzen 7 3750H laptops.
This is their best mobile CPU at the moment, although it gets beaten in most cases by the
last gen i5-8300H. There are rumours that AMD will have some interesting new laptop
parts at CES 2020 in a few weeks, so make sure you’re subscribed to the channel as
I’ll be heading there to cover all the new stuff. Otherwise AMD also launched the 5500M just
recently, and although it fills the big gap between the GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti, it’s not
currently available in many different models, and the ones that are available aren’t that
competitive in terms of price. Alright with that quick 2019 hardware recap
out of the way let’s get into what I thought were the best laptops of 2019. This video
is largely going to be based on my personal opinion after experience testing out almost
70 laptops this year. Everyone has unique preferences and different requirements, so
what I’m saying here are by no means definitive answers, so definitely let me know your favourites
or what you’d pick differently in the comments. Let’s start off with the best value gaming
laptop, basically here I’m considering laptops that have a lot to offer for the price that
are still able to handle pretty much anything. The Lenovo Y540 is a strong contender, although
it’s going to depend on your region. In the US there are cheaper options, however
here in Australia and other regions it’s priced extremely competitively and definitely
worth checking out. Despite being around the $1200 USD price point, we still have the option
of disabling Optimus to increase gaming performance, and with a more professional looking design
that doesn’t scream “I’m a gamer” it’s a good option for a lot of people if
you’re willing to deal with its massive power brick. For most people though, I’m going to give
the win of best value gaming laptop of 2019 to the Acer Helios 300. In the US it launched
at around $1200 USD, but can now regularly be found for under $1100 USD. On Black Friday
it went on sale for $930 USD, which is honestly a crazy deal for a laptop with i7-9750H CPU,
GTX 1660 Ti graphics and dual channel memory. The Helios is tuned well out of the box too,
it’s undervolted, has an above average CPU power limit, and enabling turbo mode also
overclocks the graphics. You can of course make these tweaks to many other laptops with
same specs for similar results, but for the majority of people that just want to turn
on their laptop and game, I think the Helios 300 was the best option for 2019 for the money. Shoutout to the Clevo NH58RCQ which is sold
in Australia through Metabox, like the Y540 it’s hundreds of dollars cheaper than the
Helios here and in many other countries. The same chassis is resold around the world under
different brands and definitely worth a look at as it offers some of the best cooling and
performance for the money. If you need extra features, then the Eluktronics
Mag-15, or Vapor 15 from Aftershock which I reviewed is a solid choice. You’re paying
more to get Thunderbolt, big battery, SD card slot, and mechanical keyboard, so it’s not
quite as good in terms of value compared to the cheaper Helios with same specs from a
pure gaming perspective, but if you also do other tasks alongside gaming then there’s
a lot of value on offer in that package. Otherwise if you really need G-Sync, the Lenovo
Y740 is worth a mention as it was on the lower cost side at around $1400 USD compared to
other G-Sync laptops I tested in 2019. The
beast mode category is for the heavier thick boys that offer the best possible performance
at any cost. The Alienware 51m was a strong contender with
i9-9900K CPU, RTX 2080 graphics, G-Sync, and it promises future upgradability, although
it’s yet to be seen how that will go until we have next gen hardware available. Overall
the 51m is a powerful gaming laptop, but unfortunately the software experience alone was enough for
me to not want to buy this laptop. Basically the Alienware software was a nightmare to
work with, to the point where it was significantly reducing performance. Apparently some issues
have been addressed with updates so your mileage may vary, however I still get comments on
the original review of people with the same issue, so for those reasons its out. The MSI GT76 has the same i9-9900K and RTX
2080, and while a fairly impressive machine it has no G-Sync or MUX switch, meaning you’re
stuck with Optimus and as a result lower gaming performance. For the amount of money you’re
paying I think that’s a bit of a kick in the guts, but if you can get passed that I’d
certainly prefer it over the 51m. The Aorus 17 was impressive, it’s got an
i9-9980HK and RTX 2080 graphics, but is noticeably smaller in size compared to the others while
being $400-500 less. In some tests it doesn’t quite perform as well as the others, but it’s
also a fair amount cheaper. It’s got a mechanical keyboard, 240Hz 1080p screen, and the important
MUX switch so you can swap between Optimus and G-Sync. The ASUS Mothership also offered extreme levels
of performance, with an i9-9980HK CPU that comes with liquid metal and RTX 2080 graphics.
It’s unique in that it has all the heat generating components placed behind the screen,
allowing it to more easily pull in air, keep cool, and perform better compared to a traditional
laptop design. I guess technically it’s not a laptop and more of a portable desktop
replacement, still a worthy mention, but given it’s around $2000 extra for not much difference
in performance, it’s out. The Clevo P775TM was one of the first laptops
I tested in 2019, and it’s another with a 9900K and RTX 2080. It’s a little hard
for me to fairly compare it with the others though as I tested it more than 6 months earlier
and I changed my games over time, but just look at the price. It’s around $2700 USD,
$1000 less than the Aorus, or $1400 less than the GT76 yet still with G-Sync, and a similar
difference with the 51m but without the software headache, so this is the winner of the beast
mode category. Also shoutout to the Clevo P750TM, which is the smaller 15 inch version
for a similar price. Thin and powerful laptops typically come at
an extra cost compared to slightly thicker options, however many people are happy to
pay more money for a lighter laptop that can still perform well enough, so let’s see
what 2019 had to offer in this category. I think the first one I tested was the ASUS
Zephyrus S GX701, and this really set the precedent for a while. With i7 CPU, up to
RTX 2080 Max-Q graphics, and a MUX switch so you have the option of swapping between
Optimus and G-Sync, the GX701 was one of the best performing gaming laptops I tested all
year. This was all while running on the cooler side and being just 1.87cm thick. The key
downsides include that it’s got some memory soldered to the motherboard, so upgrades are
more limited, and despite being a larger 17” laptop they only managed to fit one M.2 slot
inside. The keyboard is also pushed right to the front, with touchpad crammed in on
the right, this is part of the tradeoff for the good cooling as air is pulled in above
the keyboard. It’s also missing Thunderbolt, when you consider the price tag I think many
people expect all the bells and whistles. Next up was the Razer Blade Pro 17, another
17 inch laptop that’s a little thicker than the Zephyrus, but has the keyboard and touchpad
in the normal spot. I tested the 2070 Max-Q model, but found it very interesting that
Razer are running it seemingly out of Nvidia spec at 100 watts, which results in seriously
impressive performance for that level of hardware, beating out many 2080 Max-Q machines. The
cooling here is also a little unique, at the expense of the battery they’ve included
a couple of extra fans down the front. The smaller 15 inch Razer Blade could also be
an option, however the power limit of the graphics isn’t boosted like the larger Pro
model, so performance is down even with a higher end GPU. The MSI GS75 was another thin and powerful
17 inch gaming laptop that I tested this year with the 2080 Max-Q graphics at just under
1.9cm thick, only a little more than the GX701. The build quality wasn’t quite as good as
the previous two, however at least the internal space is useful, as MSI offer 3 M.2 slots
here. If you want to upgrade the memory or anything else though, you’ll need to remove
the motherboard as it’s upside down, which can make some upgrades a little tricky. There’s
also the smaller 15 inch version, the GS65, however I didn’t get a chance to test that
out this year. There’s also the Acer Triton 500, thinnest
of them all, at 1.79cm thick. Unfortunately I only had the 2060 configuration to test,
but it’s similar to the GS65 and GS75 in that it’s got an upside down motherboard,
making upgrades annoying. The higher end models do have G-Sync though, the build quality is
nice, and it’s got Thunderbolt, so could be worth checking out. I’ve got to give the win of thin and powerful
to the ASUS Zephyrus S GX502, not only is it a smaller 15 inch laptop but with RTX 2070
Max-P graphics it’s outperforming the other options. It’s got a MUX switch so it can
swap over to the Nvidia graphics from Optimus for increased performance and G-Sync. Unlike
the GX701, which was only ever so slightly thinner, it doesn’t suffer from front keyboard
placement. To be fair this extreme performance in a small space does come at the expense
of higher temperatures, but it’s undeniably offering excellent performance for the size.
If thermals are a priority, then be prepared for a larger 17” machine like the GX701. The new Gigabyte Aero 17 also deserves a mention,
it’s a little thicker at 2.1cm but unlike the other options mentioned so far it can
be specced up to an i9 CPU, which would give it an edge in multicore performance, it also
had significantly better battery life than the others, and only the Aero and the Razer
Blade offer Thunderbolt out of these options. People get triggered when the word budget
doesn’t meet what they can personally afford. Given entry level gaming laptops tend to start
around the $600-700 USD price point, this is what I’ll be considering. Unfortunately
I haven’t tested too many budget gaming laptops out this year so choice is limited,
most companies seem to send out their better options, but hopefully as the channel grows
next year I’ll just be able to buy these myself in future. I was initially interested in the new Dell
G3 when it was announced at Computex in June, however in order to keep it cool enough Dell
run it with a lower CPU power limit. At the time I reviewed it there were cheaper options
that would outperform it, however I had quite a few comments saying there have been good
deals on the G3, so it’s probably worth a look at. When I bought the Lenovo L340 just to review
I was sad to find out that it only had single channel memory. Despite this, it’s still
able to play most games at lower settings without issue with the 1650 config I tested,
and it goes for around $720. $80 less than Dell’s G3 for that spec. If you’re willing
to step down to the 1050, which can still play less demanding games no problem, then
you’re looking at closer to $600. The Acer Nitro 5 has some good options, granted
this one is a refurb, but for $550 USD it’s looking ok for the money compared to the others.
The new options are a bit more though, you could get a G3 with same specs as this Nitro
5 for $40 less, but when the L340 is so much less than both with similar specs, even without
the dual channel memory I think I’ve got to give the win to the L340 as much as it
pains me. It also doesn’t look like a gaming laptop, which I’m also a fan of. If you’re
happy to go for a refurbished machine though, the Nitro 5 at Newegg with option to go dual
channel for $550 but same CPU and GPU as the entry level L340 looks like a good pick out
of these limited options. There are of course cheaper laptops that can
still play lightweight games ok, I just haven’t had the chance to test any this year to discuss. 2019 also saw the introduction of Nvidia Studio
laptops for content creators at Computex in June. At first I was a bit skeptical and thought
we’d just see existing laptops rebranded with a Studio sticker stuck on, and well,
for the most part that’s exactly what we got. With that said though, I think this category
has at least pushed many companies towards considering content creation more, so I’m
hopeful we’ll see some good options next year. We also saw the rise of 15 inch OLED
panels this year, which I think is a great option for creators due to the high colour
gamut, brightness, and contrast ratio. I personally use the Gigabyte Aero 15x for
4K video editing when I’m travelling, however it’s definitely not without its flaws, including
running hot and an annoying to press keyboard. I was happy to see that Gigabyte addressed
these problems at Computex 2019 with the new OLED model, the cooling was greatly improved
and the keyboard redone. All the same key features I need are still there including
Thunderbolt 3, UHS-II SD card slot and large 94wh battery. With the addition of an OLED
screen I thought this would be an easy win for me, but that wasn’t the case. The Intel Tongfang chassis sold as the MAG-15
by Eluktronics in the US, Vapor 15 by Aftershock here in Australia, or Fusion 15 by XMG in
Europe also has a lot of these key features, granted without the option of an OLED screen,
however it does have a mechanical keyboard. The SD slot also isn’t UHS-II like the Aero,
but based on the raw performance in games it’s generally a little ahead, and in raw
CPU performance at stock it’s ahead too, though by undervolting and boosting power
limits they were quite close with an edge to the Aero. I’m probably going to get some hate for
this, but I wouldn’t personally consider the Dell XPS 15 when there are more powerful
options like the MAG-15 and Aero 15 for less money, similar features and more power. Overall
the XPS 15 has a high level of build quality, is available with OLED screen like the Aero,
and Thunderbolt 3, large battery and SD card slot which both the Aero and MAG have. Unfortunately
the XPS 15 maxes out with GTX 1650 graphics while the others start with 1660 Ti, and that’s
around 50% faster. During multicore workloads the CPU in the XPS runs at 15 watts while
the others have no issue running beyond 45 watts. Basically you’re paying more for
less performance with the XPS 15. The ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo was another very
interesting option as it’s got two screens with up to i9-9980HK CPU and RTX 2060 to back
it up. If you need a touch screen you can draw on or just more screen space then the
Pro Duo could be what you’re after. Personally I’d prefer performance over things
like a second screen, as I could always bring a portable external screen and have it off
to the side without paying the $2500 USD entry price for the Pro Duo. If you’re after something lighter the MSI
Prestige 15 impressed me with its new 10th gen CPU putting it ahead of the i7-9750H in
many tests, however as a result of the thinner chassis it maxes out with GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics,
so depends if that’s adequate for what you’re doing. I’m having a really hard time picking a
winner out of the MAG-15 and Aero 15, it’s super close. The key differences are the Aero
is available with OLED screen and faster SD slot, but I personally prefer the design and
build quality of the MAG. I could really go either way, but I’m going to give the win
to the MAG-15. It’s not a big deal if I need to spend a little longer copying files
off my SD card and I’m still not sure I like the reflective PWM OLED panels, though
the colours and contrast were amazing. Both are great machines and I can happily recommend
either, however the Aero does cost $100-200 more so depends how much you value OLED. I also wanted to spend some time looking at
the new things different companies are trying out, it’s always interesting to see new
ideas rather than the same old designs with small refinements. The most interesting laptops for me in 2019
in this regard were the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo, and the non pro version, both of which have
two screens. ASUS have moved the keyboard down and used the extra space to include a
touchscreen which runs along the entire length of the laptop. HP also have a dual screen
laptop, and although I haven’t had the chance to personally test it yet, it seems to have
a lot of wasted space on the left and right hand sides. The ZenBook Duo uses all available
space and is one of the few options that offers extra screen real estate. Next up is the ASUS Mothership, sure it’s
crazy and something only the 0.1% will buy, but I’ve got to give the design props. The
unique design of pushing the hot components behind the screen to improve cooling is an
interesting idea, and one that already seems to have trickled down to other ASUS laptops
from their Pro Art series. I’m interested to see if more laptops incorporate this in
the future, as it can offer much better cooling. The Acer Triton 900 has an interesting hinged
screen design, and although I’m still in the process of reviewing it, so far I haven’t
found it too practical, but still an interesting idea. Acer also have the Helios 700 with keyboard
that slides down to improve cooling, and while they haven’t sent one over to me yet, it
looked promising based on my time with it at Computex earlier this year. There wasn’t much else that stood out this
year to me that I’ve tested, I’ll give a quick mention to the new Razer Blade Stealth
which I’m currently reviewing, as it’s a 13 inch thin and light laptop that still
manages to pack GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics. While this isn’t anything crazy, in the past 13
inch laptops have been limited to MX150 or 250 graphics, so this was a nice change for
those who are willing to pay more for ultra portability. I’m going to give the win of best innovation
to ASUS for their Duo series laptops with 2 screens, as out of these options I think
it will be of most use to most people and they’re implementing it well today. A
best laptops of 2019 video wouldn’t be complete without some acknowledgements to the losers.
Unlike last year, there was nothing that really stood out as completely terrible, so I’ll
just highlight some of the disappointments. A quick shout out to the Dell G5 for being
a furnace, it’s not too bad overall for the price, but man it ran up to 100 degrees
Celsius on the CPU under CPU workloads, ouch. The MSI Alpha 15 also needs a mention. Don’t
get me wrong, I really like that there’s finally a new gaming laptop that offers an
all AMD solution for those that want it, the main problem I have with it is the price.
At $1100 USD, you can get an Acer Helios 300 which will easily outperform it in all regards,
so it just doesn’t make sense. That said, it is currently on sale though which is nice,
but I think it still needs a price cut for the level of performance on offer.
I am however happy to report that with the new Radeon 2020 software the driver issues
I experienced when updating have been fixed. I was disappointed by the Lenovo L340, opening
it up after buying it to see single channel memory cut me pretty deep, that simple change
could have made it so easy to recommend at its price point. It was almost the chosen
one. Despite that though, for the price compared to the competition it doesn’t look too bad,
I guess we can’t have everything in life. For the most part it seems pretty difficult
to buy something that’s going to completely suck in 2019, at least out of what I’ve
personally tested, it mostly comes down to price and how much different laptops cost
compared to others. That’s it, my picks for some of the best
laptops 2019 had to offer. I’ve only picked from the laptops that I’ve personally had
for testing, unfortunately I wasn’t able to get my hands on everything. Make sure you
let me know what your favourite laptops of the year were in the comments, and if you’re
new to the channel you’ll definitely want to get subscribed for my upcoming CES 2020
coverage where we’ll get a first look of the new laptops we’ll see next year.


100 thoughts on “The BEST and WORST Laptops of 2019!

  1. I just bought Lenovo y540 with rtx2060 i7-9750h 16gb ram 1tbhdd and 512ssd 144hz display during black Friday for CAD1800(with tax)

  2. I got the y540 17 i7-9750 @ 1500eu just a week ago. I gave it a 3.5 star. The battery sucks and a bit slow wifi connection.,

  3. Razer blade Stealth refresh was awesome. That being said, I bought the Asus TUF fx 505du and it has been incredible compared to my past machines.

  4. I have the Asus ROG GX502! It's a great laptop and I highly recommend you to get another 16 GB stick of RAM and then its perfect.

  5. I think I wait 3 years. And buy a cheap gaming laptop with the max performance that laptops of today. And by that time I buy all rhose games at a 90% discount!

    I wil be saving lots of money

  6. i watched every tech yt video on best laptop to buy… and i think yours is far much better than the others.
    like if you agree

  7. In the US, the budget laptops like the L340 or Nitros are hard to find for cheap. Last year Walmart dropped a Tongfang for $500 that turned out to a good buy, but there is no such luck this year. The 1650 laptops are up around $800 while the 1660 Mag 15 and Helios 300 have dropped to $1000, so those budget laptops are not a good value here.

  8. I probably will buy a under 1000€ Gaming Laptop in the beginning of next year but a lot of the good ones are a lot cheaper with linux. Is this a (big) disadvantage?

  9. my favorite gaming laptops of 2019
    MSI GT75 Titan
    MSI GT76 Titan
    MSI GS75 Stealth
    ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701
    ASUS ROG Mothership
    ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX502
    MSI Alpha 15
    MSI GE65 Raider
    MSI GE75 Raider
    ASUS ROG G703GX
    Alienware Area 51M
    Alienware M15 R2
    Alienware M17 R2
    Razer Blade Pro 17
    Razer Blade 15
    Metabox P775TM-G
    MSI GS65
    ASUS ROG Strix Scar 3 and Hero 3
    ASUS ROG Strix G
    Acer Helios 700
    Acer Helios 300

  10. I'm thinking of getting Razer Blade 15 Mercury White RTX 2070 Max-Q, 144Hz, i7-9750H. Are there any better options in the same price range? Design, weight, and battery are important.

  11. Sk surprized that u didn't mention Asus sacr 2 and scar 3. Since u are doing 2019 U should at least brought the Asus Scar 3.

  12. i got my acer nitro 5 for 1300 during black friday sale in australia with specs of 1650 16gb ram 512gb ssd red light up keyboard
    its really good

  13. Sad that alpha 15 is at the disappointing list. Tho helios is far more expensive here in Philippines. Will you please do an update on every bug or problem that is been fix by the new radeon 2020?

  14. Thanks to your review, I landed on getting a Gigabyte Aero 17. I use my laptop for work and for gaming. I work as a graphics artist + programmer and I travel often too. I bought it about a month and a half ago and have been using it virtually every day since. It's a little on the noisy side (fans spin up + noticeable coil whine) and the Gigabyte software is *absolute hot garbage*, but overall I've been really pleased with it. I gotta say, one of the biggest selling points for me was the screen. Having a 4K HDR screen that is Pantone-certified and gets up to 650 nits of brightness has been a joy to work and game on.

    Cheers! Looking forward to more quality content next year.

  15. I just got my Area51m with i7 9700k and 2080. Software is not that bad so far (1 week of play) and so far I do not regret my choice😉

  16. Had to buy a new laptop this year, went for the MSI Prestige 14. I wish you got this one for a review, because I consider this laptop as one of the most innovative laptops this year. This one is even smaller and lighter than the Prestige 15 and I think it's even lighter than the Razer Blade Stealth 13. Not to even mention that the Comet Lake CPU here is not capped as it is the case with the Blade Stealth.

  17. Hey man hope your holidays are great this year. Appreciate all the effort in 2019 giving us all the important info every video. Wish nothing but more success for your channel in 2020!

  18. Couldn't see it in the comments but the video has a bit of a moment at 14:34 but you're logo didn't. Also interested why the MAG 15 was included in the thin + powerful?

  19. Awesome video bro. I appreciate all the effort and time you put into this informative content and appealing any consumer. Cheers. I cant wait what you have for 2020. Forward to the next decade.

  20. I remember months ago asking you questions about the Helios 300 wich you answered, I have been using mine for about a month now and I can't be happier with this machine, I truly enjoy your content and truly hope your channel explode to million subscribers that can appreciate your excellent work like I do.

    Congrats for your channel and I hope this was a great year to you Jarod.

  21. Really wish you coulda snuck a Metabox Prime-V review in, in time for this. Am just about to get myself an Xmas present, and although I like the style of others in the price range better, for value for money (and 12mths interest free) the Metabox Alpha-X NH58RD is what I'm just about to buy. But I certainly considered the Scar III, Triton 500, Auros 15WA, Apex 15, based on your reviews, and the aforementioned Prime V. But don't think G-Sync and Thunderbolt will be that big a deal for my needs.

    The bottom line here is, I couldn't have made such an informed decision without your channel, Jarrod. It was a minefield at first, but going through your videos helped me understand what I was really looking for. Love your work mate, here's to 2020!

  22. I need a laptop for casual gaming and also school.. i am thinking of getting the asus ga502 or the zenbook duo. I plan to buy them next year do you have any suggestions. Pls reply

  23. I'll be right here in 2020 to see what will be trending by then.
    For the record, some 2018 options, such as the Asus GM501GS-XS74 with the GTX 1070 still hold out quite well compared to the Max-Q variants of the RTX series especially if you don't need DXR and DLSS features.
    Sometimes buying a slightly older laptop (specifically from the Pascal generation) even refurbished can be a better pick than some of these gimmicks such as the MSI Alpha (whose price point is just skewed).

  24. 14:57 there is my boi!!!!!! I bought this laptop and it’s coming in soon. I can’t wait. Thanks for your help, I usually go to you for reviews, and your content helped me decide this one. Merry Christmas and happy new year/decade

  25. Bhai, so you are from Australia. Really amazing. 😍😍😍 Amazing video as always. I ll pick Y540. I love the laptop. 🙂

  26. i keep watching your channel mostly as thanks for your review that made me decide what to get in the first place, which i thoroughly enjoy. and to keep up on whats coming in the event theres a difference worth considering

    i do hope next gen is more significant of a boost. GPUs were noticeable, but CPU side was pretty sad.

    and cooling, across the board, is just bad. better than 8th gen, but still awful that boost cant be held like it could 7th gen and before

    and for fucks sake STOP WITH THE GAMER THEMES. its a laptop not a fighter jet, same for thinness, light i get but give the things some breathing room!

    hope next year is easier on you lol, if you ever run out of laptops you should do some behind the scenes or some simple how-to's. maybe even game reviews if you get bored

  27. Can i have 1 of your worst laptop as my christmas Gift ?
    i just wanna learn how to do 3D rendering but cant afford. Thank you

  28. Just got the 2019 Nitro 5 for $650, 9300h with a 1050. The gpu isn't a big deal for me, so this was a steal in my opinion for a laptop that just came out months ago. I think you should pay more attention to US prices, as this was the best option in my opinion for budget laptop of the year

  29. Guess you didn't test the Helios 700 (gotten past the beast category in the video), which has the best cooling and possibly best gaming performance of every laptop out there. It has its flaws, but with the undockable keyboard which provides a wrist rest and vastly improved cooling, It should have won the beast category. I don't know of any other laptop that can max out the gpu and still remain virtually silent if you set manual fan speeds (without noticeable throttling). Unfortunately the stock fan profiles are trash, and there is no option to set custom fan curves, but otherwise it is an extremely good laptop. Much cheaper than both the GT76 and 51-M too.

  30. Got my asus GX701GXR and its a beast. Good temps out of the box despite the hot climate i live in, absolutely no screen bleeding, performance and battery life better than what I expected. Thanks again for the review of this model which helped me alot !

  31. Whats the closest contender for the helios 300? Im very close to pulling the trigger but Ill be also using it for office purposes so battery life could be an issue for me.

  32. Hey jarrod I really need a new laptop and was looking at the GS65.. do you think that it could last me a school day? Im from Australia

  33. Thank you Jarrod, you helped me to choose and I bought the Helios 300. Is it good for me – yeah! It's pretty hot at max performance though but I'm happy with it…

    And I've got an issue – the audio jack does not recognize microphones that are built into headphones. If there's a way you know that can solve this problem I am all ears. Looking forward to seeing your answer.

  34. Lenovo L340 gaming was a weird laptop, because you didn't get sata cable for the expandable 2.5 storage. You can get it from the online market, but the price doesn't makes any sense

  35. I bought a used acer aspire 7 with i5 7300HQ and GTX 1050 2gb for 400$ this year. I hope i did the right choise because im not sure seeing how good the ryzen 5 3500u is.

  36. How's the battery life of Acer Helios 300 when not playing games.. want a fairly powerful laptop that can last long like. Thanks

  37. Most detailed reviewer of YouTube.
    Bought 15" Acer Predator Helios 300 (2019) after watching your benchmark tests and I don't regret it even a bit. Your videos are so detailed.
    Way to go, mate.

  38. Gaming laptops are way too overpriced. Run hot AF and heavy. I personally suggest gaming laptops to only rich kids. Not worth the money.

  39. I bought Dell G7 17" 144hz for about $1000 bucks on black Friday 🔥🔥🔥
    Specs- i7 9750h, RTX 2060, 16gb, 256gb ssd +1tb hdd

  40. Glad to see my 2019 Helios 300 on the list. I'm excited on what AMD would come up with on the high performance laptop market for 2020 since I use my laptop more for rendering.

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