2021 Gaming Laptops
Laptops that cover your PC gaming needs
Find the best gaming laptop for you. Whether you choose a Lenovo custom gaming laptop to suit your specific preferences or spring for the simplicity and power of a prebuilt gaming PC, you'll have all you need to run latest AAA titles.
OUR BEST GAMING LAPTOP MODELS
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Dive in and dominate day one with the best gaming laptop models Lenovo has to offer. Browse and compare our full selection of gaming laptops.
LAPTOP GAMING IN 2021
LAPTOP GAMING IN 2021
Once upon a time, PC gaming was something people would do on their laptops as a fun distraction. It was a diversion—a "non-essential" function of their PC—and very much a secondary consideration (if it was even considered at all) when it came time to buy a new machine. Today, it’s a different story.
If you're a gamer, PC gaming isn’t just another thing you do on a laptop—it’s the main event. If a laptop can’t deliver a top-tier gaming experience, it’s not the right laptop for you. So, how do you choose the best gaming laptop? Start with this guide. We’ve assembled the most important aspects of gaming laptops so you can make an informed decision.
The current generation of gaming laptops virtually erases the compromises that earlier machines forced onto gamers. Less power, fewer options, smaller and lower resolution screens, and poor audio… all things of the past. Today's gaming laptops running Windows 10 are truly portable versions of their desktop cousins, and more than a match for gaming consoles.
With all that power and speed, gaming laptops can deliver any gaming experience on the planet, from high-frame rate FPS titles, to fully immersive VR. Needless to say, if they can do all of that, why would you want to be tethered to a desktop?
KEY FEATURES OF A GREAT GAMING LAPTOP
You’ll find the following features on most laptops, but they play such a critical role in a gaming laptop, it’s important to make sure you’re getting the right setup. Shop the best gaming laptop deals here.
The graphics card (or GPU) is the beating heart of a gaming laptop. The goal is to pick a discrete graphics card that can deliver a great visual experience for your favorite type of game. If you plan to run Metro Exodus at 4K with the game cranked to its maximum settings, you’ll probably want a top-of-the-line NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 Super, or a GeForce 3070 from the latest 2021 lineup of GeForce GPUs. But most esports games will run just fine on the GTX 1650, or 1660 Ti. Likewise, the RX 6000 Series from AMD’s Radeon™ series of GPUs, is a good choice for gamers who prefer strategy to strafing.
Pro tip: Avoid integrated graphics unless you’re a casual gamer.
As important as the graphics card is to a gaming laptop, the processor (or CPU) is just as key, because these two components work together to deliver the overall performance of the machine.
You’ll be offered a choice of up to 11th generation Intel® processors, ranging from the Core™ i5, to the Core™ i9, with several clock-speed options. Select models also feature powerful new AMD Ryzen™ 3000 Series processors. Consider the Core™ i5 or AMD Ryzen™ 7 your baselines, anything less will be unbearably sluggish. There’s very little a dual-core i9 or Ryzen 9 chip can’t do, which makes them ideal for most gamers. Only step up from there if your pockets are deep and your appetite for destruction is unlimited.
Memory (RAM) determines how efficiently your processor can work. RAM is measured in size (GB) and speed (MHz). Too little of each, and the CPU will be forced to borrow space from your hard drive or SSD. Too much, and you’ll see very little performance improvement for the money.
For today’s most demanding and competitive games, like Call of Duty: Warzone and Apex Legends, you’ll want to consider having at least 16GB of installed memory at all times.
There are two main kinds of laptop storage: Spinning disks known as hard drives, and the non-moving SSDs (solid state drive). Traditional hard drives have more capacity, meaning you can save more files like photos, videos, and apps, and cost less per GB. SSDs use similar technology to RAM, which makes them way faster. Unfortunately, current technology makes SSDs much more expensive per GB, so they tend to have smaller capacities. A truly flexible gaming laptop will have dual drive options, giving you the benefit of speed and capacity in equal measure.
A gaming laptop's display can range from a screen size of 15 inches to 17 inches. While size certainly does matter, it's actual resolution, refresh rate, and quality that matters more. A full HD, 1920 x 1080 resolution will let you play most games at the highest quality. Touchscreens might be handy on 2 in 1 gaming laptops, but they’re unnecessary on traditional designs. Look for IPS or OLED technologies, as both of these will help maximize off-angle viewing.
Of course, a gaming laptop doesn’t need to be limited to its built-in screen. External gaming monitors can give you a larger screen, higher resolution, and better brightness and contrast when you’re at home or at work. Plus, many Legion gaming monitors come with NVIDIA® G Sync® or AMD FreeSync® technology built-in. These technologies reduce or eliminate screen tearing that can occur, leading to an overall smoother visual experience
In the desktop gaming world, there’s a lot of enthusiasm for mechanical keyboards. Though rare on laptops, mechanical keyboards do exist and can provide a “clicky" tactile experience. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get superb performance from a regular gaming laptop keyboard.
Look for models that feature anti-ghosting and a high n-key rollover. Keyboards that have a standard pitch (size of the key) and travel (vertical movement when pressed) will be easier to type on and more accurate when gaming. Additionally, RGB backlighting, though not a necessity, can really add a wow factor.
Gaming laptops are power-hungry, because gaming is a processor-intensive activity. You won’t find many machines that are both portable and that give you all-day battery life. Instead, consider four to six hours as the current benchmark for decent battery life.
If longer battery life is really important, you’ll need to pick a gaming laptop with a smaller screen size, SSD-only storage, and lower-performance CPU and GPU.
When it comes to gaming, there’s no better operating system than Windows 10. Enabling Game Mode in Windows 10 allows the OS to squeeze every bit of performance from your laptop, prioritizing processor and graphics card resources to your game. DirectX 12, an integral part of Windows 10 produces higher frame rates and reduced latency for breathtaking graphics. And with Windows 10 Pro availability on select Legion laptop models, you’ll have a great gaming laptop for work tasks as well.
While PC gaming accessories don’t come packaged in with most new gaming laptops, they’re a critical add-on if your goal is to be competitive at any level. A great gaming mouse, like the Legion M500, is going to be an absolutely necessary add-on for almost any type of gaming. And for upper-echelon competition, you’ll want to invest in a quality gaming headset to ensure you never get caught unawares. Check out the Legion H500 Pro 7.1 sound sound gaming headset, and you’ll always hear your enemy approaching.
Pro tip: Avoid integrated graphics unless you’re a casual gamer.
LENOVO GAMING LAPTOPS: Legion & IdeaPad
We’ve spent decades thinking about what gamers need in a gaming laptop, but also, about how we can make laptop gaming fun for everyone. The result is a line of laptops and hardware designed specifically for gamers, Lenovo Legion, and a selection of regular laptops that can transform into gaming machines when the need arises, IdeaPad.
Our line of Lenovo Legion gaming gear is built by gamers, for gamers, and represents the very best in gaming laptops.
Legion is at the core of Lenovo PC gaming and has something for every type of gamer, including VR-ready models and rigs for eSports.
Every Lenovo Legion laptop comes preloaded with up to Windows 10 Pro. With a boardroom-ready aesthetic and Windows 10 Pro, Legion makes a great laptop for gaming and work too.
Legion gives you every advantage with...
- • RGB backlit keyboards
- • Variable screen refresh rates
- • DDR5 memory
- • NVIDIA® graphics cards
...the kitchen sink is about the only thing we didn't throw in!
Sleek and Modern
Legion gaming laptops are built with the specs and features worthy of a gamer’s best weapon, and a modern design tame enough for everyday use at school or work. Thinner, lighter, and quieter, Legion gaming laptops help you take the competition by surprise every time.
Whether Noob Or Pro
we have a Legion gaming laptop just for you. Casual gamers can get an ultraslim laptop that’s suitable for work and packed with the power needed for an after-hours gaming session. Pro-level models go even further – VR-ready and loaded for eSports.
Customize Your System
to your unique style of gameplay. Legion gaming laptops come ready to join the fight right out of the box, but can be configured with custom options like RGB lighting, macro keys, and overclocking. Plus, no tools are needed to modify your hardware.
Experience The Action
the way it was intended. A brighter screen, 144 Hz refresh rate, and enhanced Dolby Atmos® audio means truly immersive gaming. With faster level load times and rapid saving of large game data, experience smoother gameplay with Legion gaming laptops.
Sometimes you need a laptop you can take with you to school during the day, then get lost in your favorite game afterwards.
For gamers who want a laptop that can serve both needs, IdeaPads make great laptops for gaming and school. And they’re easy on the wallet to boot.
Premium discrete graphics
Stylish and ultra-portable
Processors & Graphics
Outshoot, outsmart, and outrun the competition with up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 or the latest AMD Ryzen™ processors
Supercharge your gameplay with discrete NIVIDIA GeForce® graphics.
Ultra-fast load times with solid state drives
Enhanced Dolby Audio® for great onboard sound
720p HD webcam built-in for connecting or streaming
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650
8 GB DDR4 3200 MHz
1 TB 5400 RPM HDD + 512 GB PCIe SSD
OUR BEST PC GAMING ACCESSORIES
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