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Top 5 Gaming Laptops at PB Tech!

Posted in Articles on 12/9/2017 (updated on 06/5/2019)

Today we’re having a look at 5 of the most affordable and most powerful Gaming Laptops available today at PB Tech, with new additions from MSIRazer, HP Omen, Asus, Aorus and Alienware all vying for the top spots!

We use the term "gaming" because all models below feature Nvidia ShadowPlay so you can capture or stream gameplay directly from the laptop while you play, without the need for additional hardware.

Having dedicated graphics also makes them excellent machines for photo and video editing - and if you are worried about battery life, don't be - you can always temporarily disable the power-hungry Nvidia graphics and run off Intel integrated graphics just like the ultrabooks do.

We'll be covering the best options with consideration for both the design of the chassis and the component specs used within, the price is our primary factor for the position on the list (price/performance for the win!).

Picture of MSI Gaming Laptop at PB Tech

Kicking things off with this beautiful MSi PS42 GTX 1050 Gaming Laptop with a 14" 1080p screen and eye-catching super slim designThe ultra-light chassis has a glimmer to it with hair-brushed aluminium, and when combined with white keyboard illumination, the PS42 is utterly stunning to behold. MSi designed this one to be both beautiful and powerful though and it meets the MIL-STD 810G military standard for reliability and durability. Perfect for taking with you wherever you go!

Inside you'll enjoy great performance from an Intel 8th Gen i5-8265U four core / eight thread CPU with a 4GB GTX 1050 Graphics Card and 16GB of DDR4 RAM, with 512GB of extremely fast storage via the SSD.

Although extremely slim and light they've done to cooling inside just right, with 2 dedicated fans and 3 heat pipes to help keep your laptop cool even with all these high-performance components within.

Picture of Acer Nitro Laptop at PB Tech

Moving up a tier we have exceptionally well-priced Acer Nitro 5 GTX 1060 Gaming Laptop, which packs some very impressive specifications into a traditional gaming design.

Within the 15.6" chassis we find a very capable 6GB GTX 1060 Graphics Card, combined with the 8th gen Intel i7-8750H and 16GB of DDR4 this laptop will have you multitasking with ease while the 1920x1080 display provides superb viewing angles and vibrant colours. Storage is both fast and large with a 256GB Solid State Drive and 1TB Hard Drive inside along with solid network connectivity thanks to the Acer Nitro packing AC WiFi. 

Acer nailed the style of this one, with a fairly clean body and subtle red lighting which is an absolute treat for the eyes at night. Also, take note of that i7-8750H 6/12 processor that Acer used in this specific model, especially when comparing with the more expensive options below :) Overall it's got to be one of the best value gaming laptops available in NZ today!

Buy Aorus 15 RTX Gaming Laptop at PB Tech

Now we step into the big leagues, so if you're looking for the latest/best gaming laptops on the market right now - this Aorus GTX 1660 Ti Gaming Laptop series is where you should be looking.

A fearsome gaming machine, with a no-nonsense approach to cooling design that works by providing more airflow than ever before to both the processor and graphics card within (6x heat pipes!). The combination of the best components in the world and the open/visible cooling likely forced the Aorus team to make the inside of this laptop absolutely gorgeous - and they did, it's easily the cleanest we've ever seen in 25 years!

I don't say "best components" loosely either, the 16GB of DRR4 RAM inside is from Samsung, the 144Hz Display is made by LG, and the PCIe storage is from Intel - a popular 760P m.2 solid state drive to be precise, the very same type we use in our most powerful gaming desktops.

Weighing in around 2.5KG, this beast of a laptop combines the latest Intel 9th gen i7-9750H CPU with a 6GB GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. The Aorus series also includes RTX 2060 and RTX 2070 versions, though you'll be hard pressed to want more performance than the GTX 1660 Ti inside this one already offers!

Picture of Gigabyte Aero RTX Gaming Laptop at PB Tech

Just landed at PB Tech we have this exceptional 15" Gigabyte AERO RTX 2070 Gaming Laptop!

With its distinctive AERO narrow bezel design and RGB LED backlit keyboard this model combines the latest RTX 2070 with a popular i7-8750H and 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Storage for this specific model is an ultra-fast 1TB PCIe SSD and it's both a sight to behold and a joy to use - with the display being an incredible 144HZ! 

With what could easily be considered as the most portable design available now in gaming laptops, the Aero 15 features a class-leading 15” 5mm bezel display giving us greater display real estate without increasing chassis size, placement on the webcam and mics within the hinge keep things very slim too, and nice touches like the detailing on the back along with the way the RGB led shines through the dual cooling fans is just beautiful.

A Thunderbolt 3 port has been added for a premium ultra-fast transfer speed at 40Gbps and the ability to connect external graphics card enclosures, or run with twin 5K external displays… the AERO 15 is a mobile powerhouse!

Picture of Razer Blade Advanced at PB Tech

Rounding off our top 5 we have the latest Razer Blade 15 Advanced RTX 2080 Gaming Laptop and it really is something pretty special :) A minimal bezel subtly frames a 144Hz display with a body that feels durable with its black anodized finish accented by green USB ports and a backlit green triple-headed snake embedded in the display cover. The Advanced versions Razer Chroma Keyboard has been further enhanced to provide per-key RGB lighting customisation too, upgraded from the zone lighting options seen with the Razer Base versions. All advanced models of the Razer Blade 15 utilize a custom vapour chamber and cutting-edge thermal materials to efficiently and quietly dissipate heat for maximum performance and user comfort.

As the price implies, this one is completely premium - completely overkill for day-to-day tasks but if you own a Razer Blade you'll likely want to use it all the time! 

Amazing laptops indeed! Check out all these and many, many more PB Tech Gaming Laptops today!

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