Gone are the days when gamers were confined to a desktop PC if they wanted to play the latest AAA gaming titles. Gaming laptops have become more portable and powerful to where they can now produce performance comparable to their desktop counterparts. The question of what are the best thin and lightweight portable gaming laptops then arises?
We have therefore decided to compile a list of some of the 5 best thin and light gaming laptops currently on the market. These gaming laptops have everything you want from a modern PC– excellent graphics, impressive cooling, long battery life, and outstanding overall performance. And the best part is that you can carry these laptops anywhere due to their ultra-slim and lightweight designs.
- Our Criteria for Selecting an Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptop
- Best Ultra-Thin Gaming Laptops
Our Criteria for Selecting an Ultra-Thin Lightweight Gaming Laptop
What should you look for in a slim gaming laptop? What separates the best thin gaming laptop from the rest of the field? Continue reading as we discuss further the things that you should be looking for in an ultra-thin portable gaming laptop.
Performance and Cooling:
For exceptional gaming performance, an ultra-thin gaming laptop must have a core i5 processor at the very least, though a core i7 processor is highly preferred. That paired with a graphics card such as the GTX 1060 or better along with at least 8GBs of RAM will allow you to play most AAA games at 60FPS or better on medium to ultra-settings (depending on the game).
However, a gaming laptop with the specs above must also have an excellent thermal (cooling) solution. This will combat the large amounts of energy released as heat in such an ultra-thin frame. A good cooling solution will also help to prevent thermal throttling even under intense gaming loads.
Portability (Thickness and Weight):
We consider a laptop to be ultra-thin only if its thickness is 1 inch or less. Moreover, a weight of fewer than 6 pounds is also required for us to consider a laptop to be portable. A laptop may have a screen size of 14, 15, or even 17 inches, but we only consider it to be a true ultra-slim portable gaming laptop if it meets the thickness and weight requirements stated above.
Design and Build Quality:
Design and build quality are also major considerations when searching for a thin gaming laptop. The aesthetics and how premium a laptop looks and feels is key no matter how great the internal components are. The ease of use, screen quality, keyboard, as well as the placement of the trackpad and thermal vents are all pivotal to your gaming experience on an ultra-thin gaming laptop.
Moreover, a good laptop must also be capable of handling bumps, spills, and knocks. This is particularly crucial because laptops are used by people who are always on the move, which increases the risks or likelihood of these devices to be dropped or knocked to the ground.
7 Best Thin and Light Gaming Laptops:
Gigabyte AERO 15 X9-RT5P
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSD
Dimensions: 14 x 9.8 x 0.74 inches | Weight: 4.49 pounds
When it comes to thin and light laptops, you don’t often expect them to be too powerful and come with features that make them an excellent buy. Gigabyte begs to differ, as the highly popular graphics card and motherboard manufacturer makes one of the most powerful thin and lightweight laptops – their AERO 15 X9-RT5P.
As the name suggests, it’s a 15.6” laptop, and it has some of the slimmest bezels we’ve seen on a gaming laptop. In terms of performance, you get extremely high-end specifications – six-core Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, Nvidia’s ray tracing enabled GeForce RTX 2070 graphics card, as well as 16GB of DDR4 RAM and a very fast PCIe NVMe 1TB SSD.
Another unique feature is the display – it has an LG panel with a 1920 x 1080p resolution, and an anti-glare coating. However, it’s also been X-Rite Pantone certified and color calibrated, so you can easily do graphical work on it.
- Six-core Intel Core i7 CPU
- Ray tracing enabled graphics card by Nvidia
- 16GB of RAM for multitasking
- Large and extremely fast 1TB SSD
- Color calibrated and Pantone certified display with extremely slim bezels
- Per-key RGB backlit keyboard
- 8 hours of battery life
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S Ultra Slim
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD
Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.6 x 0.62 inches | Weight 4.63 pounds
The Asus Zephyrus S ultraportable gaming laptop made with a lightweight military-grade magnesium alloy body. It’s only 0.62 inches thick and weighs a mere 4.63 pounds which is quite amazing for the great performance it produces and thermal cooling system it has.
As mentioned above the performance is great – Intel’s Core i7-8750H CPU, combined with Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070 can handle whatever you can throw at it. This gaming laptop also has 16GB of RAM is plenty for multitasking, and you can store quite a lot of data on a 512GB SSD.
The 1080p IPS display has a refresh rate of 144Hz, making it great for gaming. Last but not least, the Rug active aerodynamic system ensures the laptop stays cool under load. It is also upgraded with 12V fans and anti-dust tunnels to further improve its cooling performance and system stability.
- Powerful six-core CPU
- Ray tracing enabled graphics card
- Thin and light, yet thermal performance is excellent thanks to the cooling system
- 4-zone RGB backlit keyboard with AuraSync support
- Military-grade magnesium alloy body
- Well thought out keyboard and trackpad design
Razer Blade 15 RTX
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB SSD
Dimensions: 13.98 x 9.25 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 4.63 pounds
Coming in at exactly the same weight as the ROG Zephyrus S, the Razer Blade 15 RTX is the world’s smallest laptop with a 15.6” display. Thanks to the one-piece CNC machined body and extremely slim bezels, you won’t have any issues throwing it in a backpack and not feeling its there.
Performance is excellent – it’s the third laptop on our list with the Core i7-8750H and an RTX 2070 graphics card, so it can absolutely handle all of your daily needs. You should be able to run almost any AAA game without problems on high to ultra settings.
The cooling is taken care of by Razer’s Vapor Chamber cooling system, which keeps temps low even under load. 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD round off the package, and the 144Hz refresh rate display is factory color calibrated, which is a nice bonus.
- Excellent performance six-core Intel Core i7 CPU and Nvidia’s RTX 2070 GPU
- One-piece CNC machined body that is extremely stiff and durable
- Per-key RGB keyboard with Razer Chroma support
- 6” color calibrated 1080p display with the thinnest bezels we’ve seen
- Large touchpad with great palm rejection
- Vapor Chamber cooling design with two fans
Acer Predator Triton 500
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 512GB SSD
Dimensions: 14.11 x 10.04 x 0.7 inches | Weight: 4.63 pounds
Acer’s Predator Triton 500 is an excellent thin and light, yet powerful gaming laptop at a decent price for its specs. Performance is stellar with its intel’s six-core i7-8750H and Nvidia’s RTX 2060 make sure of that.
You also get 16GB of DDR4 RAM for all your multitasking needs, and you’ll be storing your software and games on a 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD. The display is a 1080p IPS panel with a high refresh rate of 144Hz.
The highlight of the Triton 500 is potentially the 3-fan cooling design, with a 4th generation all-metal AeroBlade 3D fan and five copper heat pipes. It keeps the laptop really cool under load and avoids issues such as overheating or throttling.
- Intel Core i7 six-core CPU and Nvidia RTX 2060 graphics card
- Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port
- Excellent cooling design with 3 fans and 5 copper heat pipes
- Killer Gaming network cards for lag-free wired and wireless gaming
- RGB keyboard
- An extra PCIe M.2 slot for storage expandability
MSI GS65 Stealth THIN-051
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 256GB SSD
Dimensions: 14.08 x 9.75 x 0.69 inches | Weight: 4.14 pounds
MSI is a well-known laptop manufacturer, and their GS65 Stealth is the lightest gaming laptop on our list. It’s still a powerhouse, though – there’s Intel’s Core i7-8750H with six cores and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.1 GHz, as well as Nvidia’s GTX 1060 graphics card.
The GPU isn’t the latest and greatest, but it still performs really well and also helps keep the price a bit lower. There’s also 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD for your operating system and games. The cooling is a great system, it’s MSI’s Cooler Boost Trinity with three fans and four heat pipes, and it does keep the system cool.
- Great performance for daily tasks, as well as 1080p gaming
- The lightest laptop on our list, you can easily take it with you anywhere
- Per-key RGB customizable keyboard made by Steelseries
- Thunderbolt 3 USB Type-C port
- 144Hz refresh rate display with thin bezels
ASUS ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS-XS74
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 8GB | RAM: 16GB | Storage: 1TB SSHD & 256GB SSD
Dimensions: 15.12 x 10.31 x 0.78 inches | Weight: 5.4 pounds
We already spoke about the Zephyrus S, and the Zephyrus M is the somewhat a bigger brother. It comes with the same six-core Intel Core i7-8750H CPU but with a previous generation Nvidia GTX 1070 graphics card.
Performance shouldn’t be an issue, and you can easily game on it with the 144Hz G-Sync display. There’s 16GB of RAM for all of your multitasking needs. Storage is taken care of by a 1TB SSHD FireCuda drive, as well as a 256GB PCIe SSD.
It may not be the most lightweight laptop on our list, but it’s still very thin and portable. You can still carry it around wherever you go, and performance is on par with the much more expensive options on our list.
- Six-core Intel CPU and Nvidia’s GTX 1070 graphics card (fully powered, not the Max-Q variant)
- Gigabit Wave 2 802.11ac Wi-Fi module for fast wireless performance
- The anti-dust tunnel makes sure no dust stays in the laptop, helping with both reliability and performance
- Active aerodynamic system elevates the laptop when open, significantly helping with cooling
Eluktronics Mech-15 G2R Pro-X
CPU: Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz | GPU: Customizable | RAM: Customizable | Storage: Customizable
Dimensions: 14.13 x 9.29 x 0.86 inches | Weight: 4.5 pounds
The Eluktronics Mech-15 gaming laptop introduces an interesting concept. With gaming laptops, you can usually choose between a few pre-made specification options, but the Mech-15 allows you to choose every component individually.
You can’t choose the CPU, but you do get Intel’s Core i7-8750H six-core processor, so that’s nothing to complain about. You can choose whether you get a standard thermal compound, a Cooler Master MasterGel Maker, or a CoolLaboratory Liquid Ultra for the cooling.
In terms of GPU, you can choose between a 6GB GeForce GTX 1060, 6GB GeForce RTX 2060, or the 8GB GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. RAM starts at 8GB, and you can get it all the way to 64GB, and the display is an IPS panel, with either a 60Hz or a 144Hz refresh rate, both with a resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Additionally, you can get anywhere from 128GB of PCIe NVMe SSD storage, to 4TB, which is honestly, a lot. If you want a laptop that’s thin and light, and you can spec it just as you like it, this is the one to get.
- Customizable specs, you can choose anything from the GPU and RAM to the storage, display, and OS
- Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 9560 card for great Wi-Fi performance
- Per-key RGB backlit mechanical keyboard with brown switches
- Customizable RGB light bar