PC makers launch new gaming laptops every year. Most of the time, it's an iterative upgrade, small tweaks in design and cooling along with the yearly Intel or AMD chip upgrade. What's different this year: A new generation of graphics chips from Nvidia. You can read all about the cool new tech found in these GeForce RTX 40 Series chips here. But what I did notice — while testing the latest 2023 gaming laptops — is that they don't feel as warm than older models. Yes, their fans still sound as loud, but at least my fingers, hands, and palms aren't feeling the heat as much.
That's just one of several reasons to buy one of these 2023 gaming laptops. They also come with better displays with fast refresh rates, and more capable processors. If your current PC is finding it hard to keep up with the exciting new games coming out this year, here are five gaming laptops to buy now.
Acer Predator Helios 16
Acer continues to make value-for-money products such as the Predator Helios 16. Despite packing capable, high-end specs like an RTX 4080 graphics chip, the 16-inch Helios comes in at just under S$3,900. It's a very competitive price, to say the least. In short, the Helios is a solid gaming laptop that should be on the shortlist for anyone looking to get the most performance for their dollar.
Aftershock Nova 16X
What makes the Aftershock Nova 16X stand out from the rest is its built-in water cooling option. Simply connect the optional (and sold separately) Glacier Core external water-cooling module to the back of the Nova 16X to get a significant cooling boost. Fan noise is also much reduced. Performance is very good, thanks to its flagship specs, while the price is competitive.
Asus ROG Strix G18
The Asus ROG Strix G18 offers a large-screen gaming experience without making a giant hole in your wallet. Of course, its graphics chip isn't the top model, but it should breeze through most games. And it runs much cooler than most gaming laptops. Not to mention that its 18-inch, 500-nit G-Sync (with 240Hz refresh rate) display is just fabulous to look at.
Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8)
With a design that can be either low-key or loud — depending on whether you turn on its RGB lights — the Lenovo Legion Pro 7i (Gen 8) is a versatile laptop for both work and play. The sharp 16:10 display is good for productivity, while the Tobii head tracking feature is useful for privacy and power-saving. It also has excellent cooling, and offers more USB ports than the competition.
MSI Cyborg 15
It's not easy to stand out among entry-level gaming laptops. Most budget models tend to cheap out on design and focus on the specs. Not the MSI Cyborg 15, which has a cyberpunk-inspired appearance that stands out from the usual generic fare. The MSI Center software is very customisable, while the overall performance is good, and the pricing is reasonable.
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