With gaming laptops, you get what you pay for: There’s little you can skimp on when the goal is maximum performance, especially when it comes to the GPU. We’ll help you navigate the choices so you can avoid buyer’s remorse no matter what your budget is. Read on for recommendations based on models currently available at different price points, followed by more information about the GPUs and other specs so you can shop smarter.
Gaming laptop quick picks
Best around $550
Acer’s Aspire E 15 is a good example of the give-and-take at budget prices. Currently $550 on Amazon, this laptop’s 7th-gen Kaby Lake CPU, GeForce 940MX, and 256GB SSD are a solid start.