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Best Gaming Laptop: The Top 25 in Australia (April 2024 Update)

In our exhaustive, monthly group tests, we update the price, availability and value scores from our definitive laptop reviews, to determine the ranking of various groups of laptops. This article deals with determining the best gaming laptop in Australia in April 2024.

To have a chance of featuring on the Best Gaming Laptop list, laptops must possess two key features: 1) A fast screen in order to display fast-moving objects smoothly; 2) Discreet graphics i.e. a separate graphics processor that’s not integrated into the main processor. A laptop may drop places if its Australian availability becomes an issue.

The following list contains gaming notebooks to suit all budgets as well as models that aren’t aimed squarely at gamers – such as Creator models which still have a discreet 3D graphics processor and a fast screen. April is a great time to shop for a gaming laptop as there are many bargains to be had as 13th-Gen Intel models transition into 14th-Gen models.

What Makes a Great Gaming Laptop?

Some manufacturers like to suggest that their laptops are good for gaming when they’re not. The two core requirements are discreet graphics (GPU) and a fast screen. The former usually manifests in the form of an Nvidia GPU but some models sport AMD Radeon GPUs.

A standard screen has a 60Hz refresh rate and speedy games can look dreadful on them. We generally require there to be a minimum 120Hz refresh rate, unless otherwise stated.

Many gaming laptops are aimed squarely at hardcore gamers and are dripping in RGB lighting to show the world. However, ‘sleeper laptops’ are increasing in popularity. These are good at gaming but their aesthetics and styling means they can also fit inside a stuffy office.

Just note that battery life on a gaming laptop is often hit and miss. We don’t expect any laptop to play games when not plugged in, as the power draw is too large. However, some gaming laptops have poor battery lives while others can perform casual computing and office tasks for more than eight hours on a single charge. That’s largely down to intelligently switching off the discreet graphics when not needed, but not all of the laptops on this list do that very well.

Top 25 Best Gaming Laptops

1. Lenovo Legion Pro 7i

Price: $4,419 | The reigning Number 1 Best Gaming Laptop has been refreshed and is still on sale

Lenovo Legion Pro 7i - Best Gaming Laptop (June 2023)
The Lenovo Legion Pro 7i is fantastic, even without the current price-drop.

It’s always been one of the most popular laptops around and now the new Gen 9 version is upon us. Not much has changed since the Gen 8 version, the main difference is the processor which has moved from being the Core i9-13900HX to the practically identical Core i9-14900HX. Both use the same 13th-Gen Raptor Lake design technology. There’s no Neural Processing Unit here, just a slightly faster Turbo speed.

We’re glad that many of the Legion Pro 7i’s other facets have changed. It still has that great combination of corporate-gamer-crossover aesthetics and its high-resolution, 240Hz screen, speakers and keyboard are fantastic.

Its current RRP is a massive $6,500 so, you’re getting over two grand off in the current deal. You can even push the GPU to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 although you might get some thermal issues with that. The only downside is portability as it’s a little heavy and the battery lasted just-shy-of six hours in our tests. Otherwise, it’s a near-perfect gaming laptop.

Read our Lenovo Legion Pro 7i review.

2. Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17

Price: $4,699 | Adding AMD CPUs to Asus’ legendary SCAR makes it all-powerful… and cheaper

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17. One of the best gaming laptops in June.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17.

The 17-inch Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 might have an exterior that’s getting a little long in the tooth, but it’s still a phenomenal buy that would be Number 1 (again) if the Legion wasn’t in a perpetual sale. That’s thanks to its AMD processor, which offers some of the fastest 2D performance we’ve ever seen. It also has a top-tier Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU and a high-resolution 240Hz screen.

On top of that, we also reviewed yet another variant, the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 X3D, which has AMD’s even newer processor with 3D V-Cache. However, while the main model has dropped in price in April, the X3D is now a full grand more.

Read our Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 review.

3. Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 RTX 4090

Price: $5,131 | Australia’s Pioneer offers a (configurable) gaming laptop with top-tier 3D performance

The Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 has the fastest 3D Performance of all the gaming laptops we tested.
Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 RTX 4090.

It might not have all the bells and whistles of the mainstream contenders, but this monster still offers some of the fastest 3D Performance we’ve ever seen. Asus’ SCARs might not be far behind (plus, they have better ergonomics, speakers and 2D performance) but you can still save hundreds of dollars while obtaining the very best components by going with this Aussie battler.

You can save even more money with Pioneer’s online configurator too – almost $1,000 by dropping down from an Nvidia 4090 to a 4080. It’s the laptop equivalent of a Holden Monaro in its no-frills, all-grunt prowess. A brilliant Aussie gaming laptop.

Read our Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 RTX 4090 review.

4. MSI Raider GE68HX 14V (New Entry)

Price: $6,499 | The new, 14th-Gen MSI Raider becomes the fastest gaming laptop we’ve tested

MSI Raider GE68 HX 14V best gaming laptop 2024
MSI Raider GE68 HX 14V.

MSI’s latest Raider is everything that we hoped it would be. It’s our new, fastest gaming laptop, it’s packed with great features and the ergonomics make it a joy to use. The mini-LED screen supports Windows HDR which makes multimedia look fantastic without the blight of reflections that come with OLED panels. The 14th-Gen Core 19-14900HX processor is only a polished version of the 13th-Gen version but it’s still incredibly fast.

Our review unit had a top-tier Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU but you can save a lot of money by dropping down to a 4080. If you’re quick, you’ll be able to save $500 in a sale but MSI is also giving away a $50 Steam card to those who buy it in the promotional period.

Read our MSI Raider GE68HX 14V review.

5. Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18

Price: $7,699 | Design and ergonomics elevate this powerful beast towards the top

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 gaming laptop
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18.

The massive, 18-inch Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 is another monstrous desktop-replacement-style gaming laptop. The new, 2024 refresh includes the (mildly) updated Core i9-14900HX processor which – as we’ve seen with other refreshed high performance laptops, uses Intel’s mains-power-prowess of its Raptor Lake technology instead of the Ai-infused braininess of the 14th-Gen ‘Meteor Lake’ chips.

It’s still got the same, awesome Nvidia GeForce RTX 4090 GPU which keeps it playing the best games to their highest potential and they look good on the large, 2,560 x 1,600 IPS screen. This supports Windows HDR for highly-immersive media and gaming sessions while the fast, 240Hz refresh rate keeps fast-moving objects all silky smooth.

The features and ergonomics are brilliant. It’s portability and price are not. It’s great at being itself, though and is a worthy standard bearer for Asus ROG.

Read our Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 review.

6. Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i

Price: $1,919 | This ultraportable, business-and-designer friendly laptop can also play games

Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i gaming laptop
Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i.

It’s a very long way from being a traditional gaming notebook, but the phenomenal Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i doesn’t put a foot wrong in the world of portable computing and it’s also capable of playing games. It’s got an excellent, game-friendly, multimedia-proficient 120Hz screen which displays 100 per cent of the difficult DCI-P3 colour gamut (that creators like). There’s also Nvidia RTX 4050 graphics for basic gaming and 3D rendering tasks.

All this in a 14-inch ultraportable laptop that weighs just 1.51KG and has a 13-hour battery life. If you want to do some gaming in between work sessions, this cheeky notebook makes for a great budget gaming laptop.

Read our Lenovo Yoga Pro 7i review.

7. MSI Stealth 16 Studio

Price: $3,999 | It’s our new Best Creator Laptop and it’s great for gaming.

MSI Stealth Studio 16 Best Gaming Laptop
MSI Stealth Studio 16.

The MSI Stealth 16 Studio was one of two amazing Creator laptops that recently arrived from MSI. The other was the similarly specified, MSI Stealth 16 Mercedes AMG Motorsport special edition, which was made in partnership with the racing team. The latter is a flashier statement piece that comes with many special features and extras. However, the straight Studio version matches (and even exceeds) its performance and ergonomics in some key areas while costing less money. It also has a fast, 240Hz screen which, for some reason, the Merc does not.

The Intel Core i7-13700H processor is quick and the Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics are very good for gaming. At 2KG, and with a 10-hour battery life, it’s impressively portable too. If you’re a gamer, designer or creator on the move, this should be high on your shortlist. In April, it’s available for $500 off, too!

Read our MSI Stealth 16 Studio review.

8. Asus ROG Zephyrus M16

Price$4,299 | Gaming-power, gaming-looks and reasonable portability make this Zephyrus attractive

The Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 is relatively cheap for the immense gaming power it has.
Asus ROG Zephyrus M16.

Asus’ ROG Zephyrus laptops have traditionally offered excellent gaming prowess in a portable body. This new M16 is a bit bigger, at 16-inches, but it still looks the part, offers heaps of gaming power and is reasonably portable to boot. The headline spec is the Nvidia RTX 4090 GPU, however, we’ve never been able to find that in a retail model – the best we’ve seen is an RTX 4070. On the plus side, it can be had for less money.

Read our Asus ROG Zephyrus M16 review.

9. Acer Nitro 5

Price: $1,478 | Acer’s legendary budget gaming laptop is back

The Acer Nitro 5 was the best value gaming laptop.
Acer Nitro 5 – back to being the best cheap gaming laptop.

When we reviewed this Acer Nitro 5 it was the Number 1 best-value gaming laptop on the market, offering a good combination of performance, styling, build-quality, features and connectivity. It was a fraction of the cost of many rivals but the price of the review-SKU subsequently more-than doubled, meaning it was suddenly competing with premium rivals – including its Predator siblings!

We recently reviewed an updated model with Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics and were seriously impressed but it was still hard to find. In April, though, it’s back to being cheap and very cheerful. Just note the watered-down CPU and RAM count.

Read our updated Acer Nitro 5 review.

10. Asus Vivobook Pro 16X

Price: $3,349 | A brilliant, all-rounder high performance laptop

Asus Vivobook Pro 16X.
Asus Vivobook Pro 16X.

The Asus Vivobook Pro 16X has got a full set-of Creator credentials, including an OLED screen that supports 100 per cent of the difficult DCI-P3 colour gamut plus an Asus DialPad on the trackpad for enhanced design productivity.

On top of that there’s a powerful Core i9-13980HX processor and Nvidia RTX 4060 graphics for 3D rendering and gaming. There’s also a fast 120Hz screen for smooth gaming. It might not technically be a gaming laptop, but it’s a fantastic all-rounder laptop that can play games.

Read our Asus Vivobook Pro 16X review.

11. HP Omen Transcend 16

Price: $3,464 | HP’s latest Omen is an impressive machine. And now it’s on sale.

HP Omen 16 review front
HP Omen Transcend 16.

There’s a huge amount to like about HP’s latest Omen flagship gaming machine. The 16-inch laptop has a Core i9-13900HX processor and Nvidia 4070 graphics plus 32GB of RAM and a fast, 2TB hard drive. It’s also got an excellent screen which is mini-LED back-lit for great contrast and has a 240Hz refresh rate for speed. Our only issue is the RRP, which is uncompetitive in a crowded market. But, HP laptops are regularly on sale, and in April it’s collapsed in price so add it to your shortlist.

Read our HP Omen Transcend 16 review.

12. Asus ROG Zephyrus G14

Price: $3,199 | One of the greatest portable gaming laptops is back. And this time, it doesn’t overheat!

Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review (2023)
Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.

It’s hard to find fault with this miniature marvel. It might not have the classy aluminium finish of the Razer Blade 14, but its ‘Anime Matrix’ LED lid is cool as heck and it’s dramatically cheaper. The ergonomics and build quality are excellent plus, we’re relieved it’s no longer such a noisy room-heater. We did have some issues with its Optimus settings not working in battery mode, but we’re talking to Asus about this battery-affecting glitch. Either way, the 2023 version of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 is once again one of our favourite laptops – a genuine unicorn laptop combo of gaming prowess and portability.

Read our Asus ROG Zephyrus G14 review.

13. Acer Predator Triton 17X (New Entry)

Price: $8,999 | Acer succeeded in making one of the best laptops ever, but price and availability are an issues

Acer Predator Triton 17 X best gaming laptop australia
Acer Predator Triton 17X.

We were hugely impressed by the Acer’s 17-inch Predator Triton 17X whose combination of power, features and ergonomics made it one of the very best laptops we’ve ever tested. Our review model had a powerful Intel Core i9-13900HX processor and Nvidia’s top-tier GeForce RTX 4090 GPU. However, the real star of the show was the mini-LED screen which provides brilliant HDR performance that’s arguably better than OLED, thanks to the non-reflective, non-glossy, matte screen.

The downside is that this new screen technology pulverises battery life and, at 3.05KG, it’s not light. If portability isn’t a problem then the colossal $7,999 price tag may well be. If that’s not an issue then finding one in the stores will be the killer blow. But, it’s still very very good.

Read our Acer Predator Triton 17X review.

14. Gigabyte G5

Price: $1,449 | Gigabyte returns with one of the cheapest, best-value gaming laptops around

Gigabyte G5 Best Gaming Laptop
The Gigabyte G5 won its awards on 28th September 2023.

Right after we were wowed by the value on offer by the MSI Katana 15, along came the cheap, Nvidia 4050-wielding Gigabyte G5 and blew it out of the water. It might not be the greatest-quality budget gaming laptop we’ve seen, but it’s got it where it counts and it will still prove very attractive to those seeking to save some money. We’ve since added the performance scores of the Nvidia RTX 4060 variant to our review and, although it’s slightly more expensive, it too is a fantastic, low-priced, budget buy.

Read our Gigabyte G5 review.

15. MSI Vector GP77

Price: $2,899 | A massive, gaming beast that can fit into an office. But check prices and components

MSI Vector GP77 Best Gaming Laptop
MSI Vector GP77.

The MSI Vector GP77 takes its design queues from Metallica, Space Odyssey, and Spinal Tap in that it can be none more black. Beyond the geometric KimK backside, the only marking is a glossy dragon decal on the lid. It looks understated and yet cool and the per-key RGB keyboard contrasts nicely with it. When turned off it will fit into a stuffy office.

Inside our review unit was an Nvidia 4060 and an Intel i7-13700H. You can buy other SKUs in MSI’s Back To School sale which runs into April. It’s a well-built and well-spec’d high quality laptop but our review unit was a bit underpowered for the price. Still, it’s potentially a great buy for those who want gaming potential in an office machine.

Read our MSI Vector GP77 review.

16. MSI Titan GT77 HX 13V

Price: $6,999 | MSI’s flagship has a few niggles, but it’s powerful and heavily discounted right now

The MSI Titan GT77 review HX 13V is arguably MSI's best gaming laptop
MSI Titan GT77 HX 13V.

Once again, we wanted to love the MSI Titan GT77 but, once again, it didn’t quite quite delivere. For every element of performance, design and ergonomics there’s a niggling caveat to the point where our review has more buts than a Victoria’s Secret runway. It’s still a very good laptop but, as the flag bearer for MSI, it should be the very best gaming laptop. Nonetheless, in April it’s still on sale at a very big discount and this significantly boosts its value proposition.

Read our MSI Titan GT77 HX 13V review.

17. Lenovo Legion Pro 5i (Gen 8)

Price: $4,106 | It looks like an office laptop but it’s one of the best for gaming and multimedia

The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i is one of the best gaming laptops that could fit into an office environment.
The Lenovo Legion Pro 5i (Gen 8) was our first, top gaming laptops of 2023.

The latest Lenovo Legion Pro 5i might not be Lenovo’s flagship gaming laptop, but the judicious and political choices made to keep it in tier two, have succeeded in creating an excellent combination of performance and value.

Inside is Intel’s mighty, desktop-grade Core i9-13900HX processor (with its 8 Power Cores and 16 Efficiency cores), 32GB of fast, DDR5-5600 RAM and an Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics chip. It originally destroyed our tests and set a new benchmark for 2D performance. It also flew through our gaming benchmarks to finish fifth overall. If that sounds weak, remember that it was still competing against the very best last-gen competitors.

It doesn’t look like other gaming laptops but that’s by design – you could easily get away with this in an office (assuming your colleagues don’t know what the Legion moniker on the lid means). Yet it still offers a semblance of RGB with its four-zone, back-lit keyboard.

We absolutely loved the keyboard which is comfortable and accurate for typing and gaming upon but a real standout was the display. It’s one of the very best laptop screens we’ve ever seen. That’s thanks to a UHD, 2,560 x 1,600 resolution, a speedy 240Hz refresh rate (and fast pixel response time), superb colour and monochromatic transitions (the latter is extraordinary for a fast laptop screen), plus HDR-grade contrast which brings out detail in highlights and shadows alike. It might not have quite the colour vibrancy or true blacks of an OLED screen, but the matte finish means you’re not looking at your own reflection in dark scenes.

All in all, few buyers will be disappointed with the Lenovo Legion Pro 5i as their ideal gaming laptop. Just note that it doesn’t seem to catch the sales like its siblings do and you can often find a superior Legion Pro 7i for a similar (or even better) price.

Read our Lenovo Legion Pro 5i (Gen 8) review.

18. Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 (New Entry)

Price: $3,499 | The updated Zephyrus might have lost its looks but not its all-round appeal

Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 - 2024 version
Asus ROG Zephyrus G16.

The Zephyrus was one of the first laptops we saw with a new Intel Core Ultra 7 155H processor. Our review unit was, nonetheless, not the highest spec (it also has an Nvidia RTX 4060 GPU) but that arguably helped with the range’s legacy of thermal issues and boosted its portability chops – it weighs under 2KG and has a 15-hour battery life. Some people may lament the loss of the head-turning Matrix display on the lid, but the stripey thing that’s replaced it still flashes away impressively. It’s a very good all-rounder laptop.

Read our Asus ROG Zephyrus G16 review.

19. MSI Stealth 14 AI Studio (New Entry)

Price: $4,299 | MSI’s 14th-Gen Creator laptop is an all-round winner

MSI Stealth 14 Ai Studio A1V Best Laptop
MSI Stealth 14 Ai Studio A1V Best Laptop

The latest update to MSI’s Stealth 14 Creator laptop has a Windows HDR-compatible, high-resolution (2,880 x 1,800) OLED screen which is colour accurate, offers amazing vibrancy and contrast and, with its 120Hz refresh rate, is good for gaming. This, matched with excellent ergonomics and features makes it highly desirable on its own, but it also has Intel’s new NPU-sporting ‘Meteor Lake’ 14th-Gen Core Ultra 9 185H processor and a Nvidia RTX 4070 graphics, so it’s powerful too. Whatever you want a laptop for, this can probably do it.

Read our MSI Stealth 14 AI Studio review.

20. Razer Blade 14

Price: $4,637 | Razer once again shows off a great combo of power and portability

Razer Blade 14 review front
Razer Blade 14.

AMD sent us the latest Razer Blade 14 and it’s impressive. The black-with-green-flourishes, CNC-milled aluminium chassis hasn’t changed – which is a very good thing. Despite its diminutive dimensions it’s got good gaming power in an ultraportable body. Sure, it can get a bit warm (it’s also a bit of a fingerprint magnet) plus, it’s really rather expensive, but this is one of the coolest and most desirable laptops around and its predecessors were even cited as being our top gaming laptop. The best news is that, in April, it’s on sale for the first time in a long while!

Read our Razer Blade 14 review.

21. Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED

Price: $2,299 | A potential unicorn laptop that’s ultraportable and gamer friendly. But, there are issues

Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED.
Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED.

Gigabyte’s ultraportable Aero is a stylish, 14-inch ultraportable laptop that weighs just 1.47KG and is 17mm thick. It also has an Nvidia RTX 4050 GPU to boot. This combined with its 90Hz display just about place it in gaming territory.

We liked this laptop a lot. However, there was no getting away from the fact it had issues with its battery life which should be much higher. The investigation into this conundrum, is ongoing. In April it’s $400 off though!

Read our Gigabyte Aero 14 OLED review.

22. MSI Cyborg 15

Price: $1,874 | MSI’s budget gaming laptop is a real winner in terms of looks, ergonomics and value

MSI Cyborg 15 review front view
MSI Cyborg 15.

While it’s overall appeal is dented by poor battery life, there’s still a great deal to like about the MSI Cyborg 15. It looks good, has good ergonomics, performs well for the price and represents great value. Inside is a 13th-Gen Intel Processor and Nvidia’s 4060 graphics chip. It sits in a crowded market which includes more-powerful, last-gen models, but many of those are increasingly hard to find.

April Update: The recent price collapse is over and it now as some attractive new contenders in the forms of the its Katana 15 sibling and the Gigabyte G5. It’s good to have choice!

Read our MSI Cyborg 15 review.

23. MSI Pulse 17

Price$2,799 | One of the better, 17-inch budget gaming laptops

The MSI Pulse 17 was one of the first gaming laptops we saw with next-gen components.
MSI Pulse 17.

The MSI Pulse 17 was the first laptop we saw with a combination of a 13th-Gen Intel processor and a 4000-series Nvidia GPU. It feels very much a a budget gaming laptop and yet, inside it’s got it where it counts, thanks to a fast, Intel Core i7-13700H processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 4070 graphics. Despite using the latest technology, this 17-inch beast costs half of what some premium rivals cost and yet it competes with them.

It dropped massively in price in September and then rose again in October. It went back down in December but it’s risen a lot in April. We’d wait for another price drop before considering it.

Read our MSI Pulse 17 review.

24. MSI Katana 15

Price $2,599 | Once again, the Katana is one of the very best budget gaming laptops

MSI Katana 15 best gaming laptop
The MSI Katana 15 won its laptop awards on 15th September 2023.

The updated MSI Katana 15 reappeared in our October list thanks to significant updates. It briefly became our Best Value laptop, Best Value Gaming laptop and Best Budget Gaming Laptop before being quickly toppled by the cheaper (and less powerful) Gigabyte G5, but it’s still great value. It has a speedy Intel Core i7-12650H CPU, Nvidia’s plucky RTX 4050 graphics and a 15-inch 144Hz, Full HD screen. However, despite MSI’s major Back to School sale, it’s gone up in price in April.

Read our MSI Katana 15 review.

25. Acer Predator Helios Neo

Price: $2,999 | Acer’s understated games machine is a very good, 16-inch, gaming laptop

Acer Predator Helios Neo 16
Acer Predator Helios Neo 16.

We only very recently learned that the Acer Predator Helios Neo is the new name for Acer’s long-running, flagship, Helios 300 brand – which was our Best Gaming Laptop for a long time when we first launched this site. The reason for the downgrade in bling is because US buyers apparently prefer more subtle laptops that they can work with when they’re not gaming.

It’s just crashed in price by a full $800 meaning this 13th-Gen Intel-based gamer (with an Nvidia 4060 GPU), is well within budget gaming laptop territory. That makes this flagship highly desirable to those on a budget and wins it a Great Value Gaming Laptop award. Just note that the April sale price won’t last long.

Read our Acer Predator Helios Neo review.

What do you think of our rankings? Do you agree or disagree? Have you bought one of the above and found that it’s a dog to live with? Leave a comment below or on this Reddit thread.

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