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Best gaming laptops in Australia: the top laptops to game on in 2022

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There are plenty of reasons for Aussies to seek out a gaming laptop – whether you're seeking a portable beast of a machine or if you simply can't build the desktop rig of your dreams due to the global scarcity of GPUs, it's a great time to go for a gaming laptop.

Gone are the days when all gaming systems were big and bulky units that would barely survive between powerpoints – thanks in no small part to the popularity of Ultrabooks, they're becoming more sleek and portable while maintaining the power needed to handle the latest games.

Regardless of if you're in it for the stealthy, sleek numbers to slip in your satchel on the go, or an all-in-one replacement for a desktop rig, we've sifted through what's on offer to bring you the best gaming laptops available in Australia.

It's worth noting that our list of the best gaming laptops here in Australia will be a bit different to our US and UK counterparts. While the laptops themselves are undisputedly powerful and capable, the Australian 'tech tax' means we simply don't get as good a deal down under, and so the value proposition is a little different.

Best gaming laptops in Australia at a glance

  1. Asus ROG Zephyrus G15
  2. Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition
  3. Razer Blade 14
  4. Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)
  5. Asus TUF Dash F15
  6. Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6)
  7. Alienware m17 R4 (2021)
  8. Razer Blade 15 (2021)
  9. Asus ROG Strix SCAR G733
  10. Alienware X14
  11. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)
  12. Lenovo Legion 5 Pro

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Asus Zephyrus G15 on a white background, with the ROG logo on the display. The gaming laptop is at an angle.

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Desktop-replacement performance

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H – 9 5900HS
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch QHD (1440p), 165Hz, 3ms, 300 nits
Storage: 1TB

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding performance, especially for the price
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Incredible battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of webcam might disappoint streamers

Our favourite Asus ROG Zephyrus G15 config:

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AMD Ryzen 9 | RTX 3080 | 32GB RAM
There's absolutely no game this laptop won't be able to handle if you go for these specs, with a powerful Ryzen 9 processor and mobile Nvidia RTX 3080 laptop GPU. Along with 32GB of RAM, this is a gaming laptop that will last you for years.

The Asus ROG Zephyrus line has produced some of the best gaming laptops out there, and the new ROG Zephyrus G15 is no exception. Fitted with the latest and most powerful AMD Ryzen and Nvidia RTX 3000 series, they’re incredibly powerful and able to see you through the most demanding games. Of course, that legendary battery life has made an appearance, as well as that stylish chassis. If you want a high performing gaming laptop, very little beats this one, but you'll certainly be paying for the privilege, especially with the Australian pricing.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Zephyrus G15

Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition. The gaming laptop is shot from the back, showing the Asus ROG logo and the red accent on the back of the device.

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AMD's swing at the high-end

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 6800M
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1080pp), 300Hz
Storage: 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance
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Jaw-dropping battery life of more than 11 hours

Reasons to avoid

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Has some kinks and bugs that need to be worked out

Our favourite Asus ROG Strix G15 Advantage Edition config

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AMD Ryzen 9 | Radeon RX 6800M | 16GB RAM
This is the configuration we got in for review, and it is perfect for playing demanding games with all the options set up. And because it's a 1080p display at 300Hz, this hardware is perfect for playing the latest esports titles.

Powerful great-value laptops aren’t necessarily common, so when one does come out every now and then, we’re only too happy to test it out. The Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition is AMD’s successful swing at the high-end, boasting the brand's top processor and GPU. But, it isn’t just its performance that takes centre stage here. That battery life is astounding as well, especially considering those powerful specs.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix G15 AMD Advantage Edition

The Razer Blade 14 on a white background with its display, keyboard and trackpad visible.

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Portability and performance

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080
RAM: 16GB
Screen: 14-inch 144Hz Full HD – 14-inch 165Hz QHD
Storage: 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful yet robust chassis
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Thin and light

Reasons to avoid

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Lower performance than other laptops

Our favourite Razer Blade 14 config

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AMD Ryzen 9 | RTX 3060 | 16GB RAM
When it comes to Razer laptops, it's tempting for us to rave about the top-end SKU, but this one with a 1080p display, a powerful Ryzen 9 processor and 16GB of RAM is an excellent pick if you just want a portable gaming laptop that can power through anything you throw at it. 

A luxurious portable option comes in the form of a Razer, naturally. The manufacturer’s latest gaming laptop release, the Razer Blade 14, comes with lots of power with a Ryzen 9 from the 5000 series as well as the most powerful Nvidia 3000 graphics. That means you can pretty much play the latest AAA game on it without lugging around a heavy device around with you. At 0.66 inches thick and just under 4lb, that thin and light chassis is definitely a boon to gamers who often travel. Luckily, it also boasts a luxe design so you won’t hesitate to pull it out at a cafe or on a train. Of course, things are still solid, from performance to build.

Read the full review: Razer Blade 14

Best gaming laptops: Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

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4. Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

New age hardware, old school vibes

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 Series
RAM: Up to 64GB
Display: 17.3-inch FHD 300Hz NTSC 72% IPS panel
Storage: 512 GB PCIe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Incredible mechanical keyboard
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Powerful gaming performance
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300 Hz display

Reasons to avoid

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No upgraded design
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Extremely heavy

A tactile mechanical keyboard and a 300Hz refresh rate display are just the beginning. The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) touts an incredible gaming performance that might just be worthy of desktop gaming PCs. With one of the RTX 3000 GPUs under the hood, this will see you through the most graphics-intensive games, including competitive ones. And, because of its impressive battery life, you can do so away from a power source.

Read the full review: Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021)

Asus TUF Dash F15

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5. Asus TUF Dash F15

Affordable CAN mean sheer power

Specifications

CPU: Up to Intel Core i7-11375H
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070
RAM: Up to 16GB DDR4-3200
Screen: Up to 15.6-inch WQHD anti-glare 165Hz IPS-level display with Adaptive Sync
Storage: Up to 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Long battery life
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Super thin and light
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Strong gaming performance

Reasons to avoid

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No webcam
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Keyboard lighting color can't be changed

The Asus TUF line is no stranger to affordable great performers. Last year’s Asus TUF A15, for instance, was simply brilliant while keeping things accessible to budget-conscious gamers. The Asus TUF Dash F15 is back to preserve that affordability while also delivering brute strength. It brings in Intel Tiger Lake processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 mobile GPUs, and up to a 240Hz 1080p display without costing a fortune while also keeping things light, thin, and military-grade durable.

Read the full review: Asus TUF Dash F15

Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) against a white background

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Unrivaled gaming performance at a price

Specifications

CPU: Up to AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: Up to Nvidia RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 16" QHD (2560 x 1600) IPS HDR 400, 500 nits, 165Hz
Storage: Up to 2 TB PCIe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Superb performance
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Sleek design with plenty of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life is lacking

Our favorite Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) config:

AMD Ryzen 7 | RTX 3070 | 16GB RAM (opens in new tab)
The Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) is not exactly cheap, but you can certainly customize one for a more down-to-earth price. For that, we like the Ryzen 7, RTX 3070 setup, which will see you through high-res at 60fps or faster gaming beautifully while knocking off a few hundred bucks/quid off the main model.

A fantastic laptop that delivered astounding performance across the board, the Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6) has proven itself already worth its steep price tag – even if it’s not exactly something most people can afford. This is a pricey behemoth with only about three hours of battery life, but if you’re ok with something you wouldn’t want to travel with, this is a winner. Apart from its unrivalled gaming performance, you’re also getting a bunch of RGB lighting options and a bunch of ports – three USBs, three USB-C, an HDMI 2.1 and two DisplayPort 1.4 ports – so you’ll never need a separate hub for your peripherals. 

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion 7 (Gen 6)

Best gaming laptops: Alienware m17 R4 (2021)

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7. Alienware m17 R4 (2021)

Big. Powerful. Beautiful.

Specifications

CPU: Up to 10th Generation Intel Core i9-10980HK
Graphics: Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB DDR4 2933MHz
Screen: 17.3" UHD 60Hz 25ms 500-nits display
Storage: Up to 4TB SSD + 512GB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Blazing fast performance
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Stylish chassis
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Plenty of ports

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Basically no battery life

It’s not always going to be substance over style. The Alienware m17 series continues to prove this with the new Alienware m17 R4, an extremely powerful gaming laptop with plenty of ports and an extremely stylish chassis that lights up like a Christmas tree. That way, you can play all the latest AAA games smoothing and in style. Of course, this being one of the fastest gaming laptops in 2021, it won’t be cheap. However, if you have the money, you’ll be glad you chose this.

Read the full review: Alienware m17 R4 (2021)

Razer Blade 15 (2021) on a white background. The gaming laptop is open, and there's a colorful background with the Razer Logo in the center. It's very colorful.

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Still one of the nicest laptops on the market

Specifications

CPU: 11th-gen Intel Core H Series
Graphics: Up to GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: Up to 16GB or 32GB
Screen: 15.6-inch FHD 360Hz, QHD 240Hz (G-SYNC) or 4K OLED Touch
Storage: 1TB PCIe

Reasons to buy

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Still the best trackpad in a Windows laptop
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Excellent performance in a beautiful design

Reasons to avoid

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Short battery life

The follow-up to the Razer Blade 15 line doesn’t fall far from the tree. It’s just as gorgeous and glamorous as ever, wearing its luxurious, thin and light design like its reputation depends on it. But, it isn’t just a beautiful piece of kit; it’s a powerful one too. Its 11th-gen chips and Series 3000 GPUs ensure that it delivers an excellent performance worthy of gamers. Razer then rounds it all out with a comfortable keyboard and among the best trackpad in a Windows laptop. If you’re looking for a gaming laptop that’s just as powerful as it is beautiful, this one’s a win... so long as you have the cash for it.

Read the full review: Razer Blade 15 (2021)

Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 on a white background. The gaming laptop is open, and there's a pink and purple background on the screen with the Asus ROG logo.

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The best of AMD and Nvidia

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: 16GB – 64GB
Screen: 17.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 anti-glare – 17.3-inch WQHD (2560 x 1440) 16:9 anti-glare display
Storage: 1TB + 1TB M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0

Reasons to buy

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Excellent performance especially at 1080p
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Brilliant mechanical keyboard

Reasons to avoid

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Poor battery life of less than 5 hours

Our favorite Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 config

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AMD Ryzen 9 | RTX 3080 | 32GB RAM (opens in new tab)
The Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 is another laptop that shines the most at the top-end of the spectrum. This is not the laptop you're going to want to go after if you're looking for a bargain, but it absolutely is what you want if you want ultimate performance.

One of the most powerful gaming laptops that money can buy, the Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 barely breaks a sweat. That excellent performance is due to the impressive specs it’s kitted out with, which also sadly put out of most people’s reach, price-wise. If you can afford it, however, there are a few other things you’ll love about it, including that unapologetic design that lights up like Christmas due to its resplendent RGB lighting and that optical mechanical keyboard that’s simply one of the best we've experienced on a laptop. This is among the best of the best out there, and a worthy consideration if you’re not limited by your budget.

Read the full review: Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733

Alienware X14 on a white background, playing Path of Exile.

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Portability and performance

Specifications

CPU: Intel Core i7-12700H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050-3060
RAM: 16GB-32GB
Screen: 14-inch 144Hz Full HD
Storage: 512GB SSD - 2TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous design
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Extremely lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Short battery life

The Alienware X14 is one of the most thin and light gaming laptops we've ever tested. At just over half an inch thick and under 5 lb of heft, it's easy to slip into your bag and forget it's even there. Plus, because it can charge off of a USB-C cable, you don't have to worry about hauling around a huge charging brick like with other gaming laptops. 

It does peak at just an RTX 3060 for a GPU, but that's more than enough when you're just looking to do some gaming on the go. Plus, the 1080p display is perfect for that graphics chip. 

The Alienware X14 does lack a bit when it comes to battery life, but it's not enough to keep us from singing this laptop's praises. 

Read the full review: Alienware X14

Best gaming laptops: Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

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11. Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

RTX 3000 gaming goodness

Specifications

CPU: 10th-generation Intel Core i7
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 – 3080
RAM: Up to 32GB
Screen: 17.3" Full HD 360Hz – 17.3" 4K Touch 120Hz
Storage: 512GB – 1TB SSD

Reasons to buy

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Extremely powerful
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Gorgeous display
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Great performance at 1080p

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Gaming at 4K needs tweaking

If you’re looking for an absolute beast, the best gaming laptop for you might just be this follow-up to Razer’s 17-inch leviathan. More than just a gaming portable, it makes for an excellent mobile workstation for creators as well – although gamers who have the cash will appreciate the RTX 3000 GPU, up to 64GB of memory, and display with fast refresh rates. It’s pretty expensive, though, so unless you need all that power or you just have the money to throw away, you really have to make sure you’ll make the most of it.

Read the full review: Razer Blade Pro 17 (2021)

Lenovo Legion 5 Pro on a white background. The laptop is open, and there's a colorful background on the display with the Legion logo and what looks like black rocks surrounding it.

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Nearly perfect

Specifications

CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 – 3070
RAM: 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen: 16-inch 2560 x 1600 IPS 500 nits, 165Hz
Storage: Up to 2TB M.2 NVMe PCIe SSD

Reasons to buy

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Incredible gaming performance
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Excellent hardware controls

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly generic chassis that's on the heavy side

Hands down one of the best gaming laptops we’ve tested, the Lenovo Legion 5 Pro comes with all the makings of a nearly perfect portable for gaming. Its incredible performance is matched only by that gorgeous QHD IPS screen with up to 500 nits of brightness, Dolby Vision, and up to a 165Hz refresh rate. It also boasts excellent hardware controls, admirable battery life, and a full-sized keyboard. Budget-minded gamers will also appreciate the fact that while it’s among the best in its class, it’s also reasonably priced, making it a better value than its peers.

Read the full review: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro


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