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Portable multimedia laptops with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics

By Andrei Girbea , updated on October 4, 2017

It took Nvidia a long while to update their graphics solutions for laptops, but the current Pascal generation of chips offers a major boost in performance over the previous Maxwell lines. This article cover the mainstream GTX 1060 chip, with details on performance and a detailed list of all the gaming laptops with Nvidia 1060 dedicated graphics.

We covered the GTX 1070 and 1080 notebooks in a previous article, and we also have a similar article on the more affordable 1050/1050 Ti powered options.

The GTX 1060 mobile chip comes with either 3 or 6 GB of DDR5 video memory and is much faster than the GTX 970M and even the 980M solutions used in older laptops. For reference, while a GTX 1060 6GB laptop scores around 15000 points in 3DMark11, you would only get around 10000 points on a GTX 970M configuration and around 13000 points on a GTX 980M computer. Similar differences translate in other benchmarks and in actual games.

On the other hand, mobile GTX 1070 solutions score 24000 points in the same benchmark, while the GTX 1080 configurations hit 28000 points, so those are significantly faster than the GTX 1060 chip.

At the same time GTX 1060 laptops won’t break the bank for you, with the most affordable models starting at around $1100 and even less with occasional promotions, while the higher-end versions with higher-tier features, better screens and more portable builds go for $1500 to $2000. You’ll find all these options listed below, with links towards our detailed reviews.

Pascal is not just about performance though, as you should also expect better features from the newer laptops (like high-resolution screens with GSync support and up to 120 HZ panels or Thunderbolt 3 and HDMI 2.0 ports), improved overclocking capabilities and longer battery life.

 GTX 1060 laptops offer improved performance, longer battery life and extra features, with prices starting at around $1300 at launch

GTX 1060 laptops offer improved performance, longer battery life and extra features, with prices starting at around $1300 at launch

In fewer words, a GTX 1060 notebook is capable of solid gaming performance on FHD resolutions and is going to handle most titles well-enough on UHD resolutions as well, albeit you will have to lower details to medium or even low in some cases. For high-details UHD gaming you’d better aim at the higher class laptops with Nvidia GTX 1070 or 1080 graphics, or if you prefer a more portable computer, you could stick to something with GTX 1060 or even GT 1050 graphics that’s compatible with external enclosures via Thunderbolt 3.


Below you’ll find a full list of all the thin-and-light laptops with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics, with details about the hardware inside, battery, screens and each unit’s important particularities. We’ve also reviewed many of the devices listed below here on the site, and you can follow the list for the detailed articles, or you can check out the updated configurations and prices at the time you’re reading the article.

ModelScreenHardwareGraphicsTB3Weight
Acer Aspire Nitro 15 VN7-593G15.6-inch FHD or UHD IPS matte
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes (?)5.73 lbs / 2.6 kg
an update of the previous generation, tested in here, FHD/UHD matte screen without GSync, good emissions, Nvidia 1050 models also available, 69 Wh battery, updated interior design
Starting price: $1249 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Aspire Nitro 17 VN7-793G17.3-inch FHD or UHD IPS matte
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes 6.9 lbs / 3.14 kg
an update of the previous generation, tested in here, slim and fairly light for a 17-incher, FHD or UHD wide-gamut matte screen without GSync, good emissions, Nvidia 1050 models also available, 69 Wh battery, updated interiro design
Starting price: $1369 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Predator 17 G5-793
17.3-inch FHD IPS GSync 60 Hz
Skylake Core HQ / max 64 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes (?)9.41 lbs / 4.27 kg
similar design as previous generation, FHD wide-gamut matte screen with GSync, Nvidia 1070 and 1080 models also available, 90 Wh battery
Starting price: $1499 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Predator Helios 300 15 G3-57115.6-inch FHD IPS matte
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No5.6 lbs / 2.5 kg
gaming design lines, but not very aggressive, good keyboard and trackpad, average FHD matte screen without GSync, solid performance and new cooling system with Aeroblade 3D fans, Nvidia 1050 models also available, 48 Wh battery
Starting price: $1099 – configurations and latest prices
Acer Predator Helios 300 17 G3-77117.3-inch FHD IPS matte
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No6.6 lbs / 3.0 kg
17-inch version of the laptop above
Starting price: $1199 – configurations and latest prices
Alienware 1313.3-inch TN HD, IPS FHD matte or OLED QHD touch
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes5.0 lbs / 2.27 kg
rather thick and bulky for a 13-incher, several screen options, including an OLED panel, Alienware TactX keyboard, port for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Optimus and no GSync, dual M.2 storage, 76 Wh battery
Starting price: $1199 – more details and potential discounts
Alienware 1515.6-inch FHD, QHD GSync 120 Hz or UHD
Kaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes7.69 lbs / 3.49 kg
thinner than previous generation (25 mm), several screen options, including one with a QHD 120 Hz panel and GSync, port for the Alienware Graphics Amplifier, Core i7 7820HK overclocked at 4.1 GHz available as one of the options, 68 Wh battery
Starting price: ~$1349 – configurations and latest prices
Aorus X3 Plus v613.9-inch QHD+ GSync Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.0 lbs / 1.8 kg
thin (0.9″) and light, QHD+ screen with GSync support, Nvidia Optimus, 2 RAM slots, 2xM.2 storage, 73 Wh battery
Starting price: $1999 – configurations and latest prices
ASUS FX502VM15.6-inch FHD TN or IPS
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 24 GB RAM GTX 1060No
5.7 lbs / 2.6 kg
simple design without flashy elements, thin (0.95″) and fairly light, 8 GB RAM soldered and one RAM slot, Nvidia Optimus, GTX 1060 chip with 3 GB vRAM, 1xM.2 and 1 x2.5″ storage, 4-Cell battery, more affordable than the Asus ROG lines
Starting price: $1249 – more details and potential discounts
ASUS ROG Strix GL502VM15.6-inch FHD GSync 60 Hz
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 24 GB RAM GTX 1060No5.5 lbs / 2.5 kg
thin (0.95″) and fairly light, FHD screen with GSync support, 8 GB soldered and one RAM slot, no Nvidia Optimus, 1xM.2 and 1 x2.5″ storage, 62 Wh battery, affordable
Starting price: $1300 – more details and potential discounts
ASUS ROG Strix GL702VM17.3-inch FHD GSync 60 Hz Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes5.95 lbs / 2.7 kg
thin (under 1″) and fairly light, Core i5 or i7 HQ processors, 2 RAM slots, no Nvidia Optimus, 1xM.2 and 1 x2.5″ storage, 76 Wh battery
Starting price: $1399 – more details and potential discounts
Gigabyte Aero 1414.0-inch WQHD
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.18 lbs / 1.9 kg
nice design, light and thin body (0.8″), available in a few lively color schemes, matte display without GSync support, 2 RAM slots, 1xM.2 storage, Nvidia Optimus, large 94 Wh batter
Starting price: $1799 – more details and potential discounts
Gigabyte Aero 1515.6-inch FHD
Kaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.7 lbs / 2.13 kg
nice design, very light and thin body (0.75″), available in a few lively color schemes, matte display without GSync support, RGB backlit keyboard, 2 RAM slots, 1xM.2 storage, Nvidia Optimus, large 94 Wh batter
Starting price: $1899 – more details and potential discounts
Gigabyte P55W v615.6-inch FHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No5.7 lbs / 2.6 kg
fairly thin(1.15″), matte 1080P display without GSync support (??), 2 RAM slots, 1xM.2 and 1×2.5″ storage, optical drive, 63 Wh battery
Starting price: $1600
HP Omen 17 Gamer
17.3-inch UHD GSync 60 Hz
Skylake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No6.3 lbs / 2.8 kg
light for a 17 incher, Dragon Red backlit keyboard, matte display with GSync support and UHD panel, 2 RAM slots, 1xM.2 NVMe storage, also available with Nvidia 1070 graphics, 95 Wh battery
Starting price: $1550 – configurations and latest prices
Lenovo Legion Y72015.6-inch IPS FHD or UHD matteKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes6.75 lbs/3/05 kg
gaming design, with black and red elements; IPS FHD or UHD non glare screens; dual storage (M.2 NVMe + 2.5″ bay); RGB backlit keyboard; Thunderbolt 3 support; 2.1 speaker system
Starting price: $1399
MSI GS43VR Phantom Pro14.0-inch FHDKaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes3.75 lbs / 1.7 kg
thin (0.87″) and light, average build quality, SteelSeries keyboard,  FHD matte screen, no details on GSync support, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 61 Wh battery, cheaper than other laptops in its niche
Starting price: $1449 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro15.6-inch FHD or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes3.95 lbs / 1.8 kg
very thin (0.69″) and light for a 15-incher, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, no details on GSync support, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 57 Wh battery
Starting price: $1649 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GS73VR Stealth Pro17.3-inch FHD GSync 120 Hz or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes5.35 lbs / 2.4 kg
thin (0.77″) and light for a 17-incher, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte with GSync and 120 Hz refresh time or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 65 Wh battery
Starting price: $1749 – configurations and latest prices – our review
MSI GE62VR Apache Pro15.6-inch FHD or UHDKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No5.3 lbs / 2.4 kg
much thicker (1.1″) and heavier than the GS63, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte or UHD panel with standard gamut, no details on GSync support, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 51 Wh battery, optical drive, good price
Starting price: $1399 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GE63VR Raider15.6-inch TN FHD 120 HZKaby Lake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg
Full-size laptop, the same height as the GE62, but lighter and with slight design changes, SteelSeries keyboard, FHD 120 Hz matte screen and other options, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, improved cooling and much more punchy speakers, 51 Wh battery
Starting price: TBA August 2017
MSI GE72VR Apache Pro17.3-inch FHD GSync 120 Hz or UHDKaby Lake Core HK / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No6.0 lbs / 2.7 kg
much thicker (1.15″) and heavier than the GS73, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte with GSync and 120 Hz refresh time or UHD panel with 100% AdobeRGB gamut, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 51 Wh battery, optical drive, good price
Starting price: $1399 – configurations and latest prices
MSI GP62MVR Leopard Pro15.6-inch FHDSkylake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.85 lbs / 2.2 kg
average weight and footprint, SteelSeries keyboard, average build quality, FHD matte TN or IPS panels, GTX 1060 graphics with 3 or 6 GB of VRAM, 1xM.2 storage and 1×2.5″ bay, 41 Wh battery, optical drive, good price
Starting price: $1199 – configurations and latest prices
Origin EVO15-S15.6-inch FHDSkylake Core HQ / max 32 GB RAM GTX 1060No4.0 lbs / 1.81 kg
slim (0.69″) and light, backlit multicolor keyboard, 2xRAM slots, no details on GSync support, 1xM.2 PCIe storage and 1×2.5″ bay, no details on battery size, 180 charger, some external customization options, expensive
Starting price: $2099
Razer Blade 1414.0-inch FHD matte or QHD+ touch
Skylake Core HQ / max 16 GB RAM GTX 1060Yes4.2 lbs / 1.9 kg
thin (0.7″), light, very well built, nice Chrome keyboard, matte FHD or touch QHD+ screens without GSync support, Nvidia Optimus, good performance and thermals, 70 Wh battery
Starting price: $1799 – configurations and latest prices
Sager NP8156 / Clevo P650HP6-G15.6-inch FHD GSync 60 Hz
Skylake Core HQ / max 64 GB RAM GTX 1060No6.2 lbs / 2.8 kg
fairly slim (0.98 inches), matte 1080P display GSync support, 4 RAM slots, 2xM.2 storage, 60 Wh battery
Starting price: $1329 – configurations and latest prices

We’re constantly updating and improving the listing of laptops with Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics above, but if you spot any mistakes or if you found a laptop that should be in here and it’s not, please get in touch. Again, we’re only aiming to add portable laptops in here and not every device with an Nvidia 1060 chip.

Also, in the future we’re going to add to this post a list of Nvidia GT 1050 thin-and-lights, as soon as that chip is officially unveiled. Expect prices around the $1000 mark for these configurations and fairly good overall performance, somewhere between the GTX 970M and 980M Maxwell chips, so enough for most games on FHD resolution and high-details.

Update: We actually decided to cover the Nvidia 1050 and 1050 Ti options in a separate article, with details on performance and of course the full listing of the existing portable options. You can check it out over here.


In the meantime, you can also check out our list of portable gaming laptops, and of course get in touch in the comments section if you have anything to add to this article about notebook with Nvidia 1060 graphics or any questions that would require our assistance, we’re around and ready to help out.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief at Ultrabookreview.com. I never liked carrying big laptops around and that fueled my passion for mobile computers back in the 2000s. Things have changed much since then, but I'm still interested in the topic and in the meantime I've owned and tested hundreds of thin and lights, so I know a thing or two about them. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

36 Comments

  1. BP

    August 24, 2016 at 4:28 am

    I notice you have the Razer 14″ listed on here but their website shows it still having the 970m. Which is right?

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 24, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      They will have a 1060 version somewhere in the future, it hasn’t been launched yet. Not all the units mentioned in here are available right now.

      • Ruturaj

        August 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        You meant 1060 version, right? I think they will unveil new razer blade in PAX. Lenovo and acer are said to be unveiling Kaby lake line up at IFA (may be just U version) but razer might surprise (though I highly doubt it) with Kaby lake.

        • Andrei Girbea

          August 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

          Yes, 1060, of course.

        • Ruturaj

          August 30, 2016 at 7:05 pm

          Seems like (given intel’s announcement) kaby lake is not coming in quad core till next year.

          • Samwitwicky

            November 8, 2016 at 12:11 am

            Look at this link below mate it shows a laptop with a 7700hq: linustechtips.com/main/topic/687600-new-alienware-15-r3-and-dell-xps-13-spotted-on-import-shipment-data/#comment-8826560

  2. Cesar

    August 26, 2016 at 1:34 am

    thanks for the info!!

    Any idea or ETA for Lenovo W/ GTX 1060 ?

    i would like to see an ideapad with this video card

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 27, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Should see new announcements at IFA in early September. I don’t think they’ll have a portable option though, probably an update of the IdeaPad Y700, which is seriously bulky

  3. Cesar

    August 26, 2016 at 1:49 am

    new laptops w/ gtx 1060

    – Eluktronics P650RP6
    – GIGABYTE P55Wv6-PC3D

    Check Here: newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100167732%20601211658&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&Order=PRICE&PageSize=36

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 31, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks for the heads-up. The P650 is far from being portable, so I won’t add it here. I did add the Gigabyte though.

      • Ruturaj

        September 2, 2016 at 4:55 am

        Alienware is out but they too seem far from portable, even the 13 according to pcworld will weight 6 pounds.

        • Herman van der Blom

          December 28, 2016 at 7:43 am

          You know why they are not so portable? Nvidea makes bad coolable GPU's. If you don't assemble those laptops very well, like Dell and you play Doom at high framerates the GPU gets very hot. A lot of those laptop farmers cuts on good cooling. Thats how my Dell x702 expensive laptop got screwed. So don't buy a Dell for gaming. I think it deserves the writing of an Article about cooling GPU's in Hardcore gaming laptops because right now it sucks.

  4. Kevin G

    September 2, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Great list, thanks, I’ve come back here several times in the last few days. Any chance you can add battery run time to the table?
    Razer just released more info on the new Razer Blade with gtx 1060 , starting price $1799

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 3, 2016 at 6:30 am

      There’s battery capacity mentioned for most in the Comments field. Battery life is going to differ based on your activities, I can’t really get in depth, but you can estimate based on reviews and battery size.

      Thanks for the headsup on the Blade, we have a post about it but I haven’t yet updated this one

  5. Matt

    September 14, 2016 at 10:43 am

    I’m looking for a laptop with the 1060 with the best battery life. I wanted to purchase the Gigabyte Aero 14 with a 94Whr battery. However I see laptops with the 1060 are around the same price. I like the Aero 14 because it is lightweight, has a decent graphics card, and has a big battery.
    I hope gigabyte comes out with an aero 14 like device that has the 1060. But I doubt they will soon, as the Aero 14 has been sold out since release.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 14, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      How’s the build quality of the Aero 14 compared to other laptops? I’m asking cause I never got a chance to see this product live and quite a few people are generally complaining about shabby builds on Gigabyte laptops.

      • Nick Torkmani

        January 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

        In order to be cheaper, Gigabyte put some plastic in this machine. The screen flexes a little, but it's not a problem considering they were able to fit a huge battery and great components. So, overall the build quality is great.

  6. Josh

    September 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Are you certain the AW13 is shipping with Kaby Lake processor? Do you have a link with any more info?

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 15, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Well, there are no sources mentioning kaby lake hardware just yet, details are very scarce on this one, so call it my assumptions. Could be wrong, but I don’t see why they would push the update for November if they weren’t updating the CPU as well, as the 15 and 17 inch options are scheduled for September (and there’s no CPU upgrade on these.

  7. one9712745

    September 19, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Possible upcoming Alienware options, with both Pascal & Polaris variant. This should be interesting.

    techreport.com/news/30612/latest-alienware-laptops-get-desktop-pascal-and-polaris-graphics

    As for AW13, it is likely to get Kaby lake variant as the new XPS 13 is also on KL. I think AW13 has always been on U variant previously if I’m not mistaken.

  8. Justice Frangipane

    September 23, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I’d love to find a tablet with pen support and a 1060 or 1050 chip in it. Heard of any upcoming pen enabled tablets? Vaio Z Flip with 1060 would be my dream machine.

    • Andrei Girbea

      September 24, 2016 at 5:07 am

      I doubt there’s going to be such a product, but who knows. I’m not aware of any right now.

  9. Ruturaj

    October 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Alienware 15 will be 5 pounds, have quad core H series processor (no generation mentioned).
    dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/alienware-13-laptop

  10. Mafia Monkey

    October 19, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Asus FX502VM, (GTX 1060, Core i5) basically a cheaper version of the GL502 without all the head turning lights and crap…

  11. VoidAndNull

    October 25, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    my question is… will switchable graphics ruin the experience? if the only physical connection is to the integrated graphics, will the GPU try to funnel through the Integrated graphics on most the laptops? basically are they all software based hybrids? if so it doesnt matter how powerful they are, this technology is full of bugs.

  12. Jacob

    October 29, 2016 at 2:52 am

    Looks like Gigabyte has a page up for the NEW AERO 14 with GTX 1060

    gigabyte.us/products/product-page.aspx?pid=6135#kf

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks, I've added it to the list. This is one of the most interesting portable options, alongside the MSI GS43 and the Razer Blade 14.

  13. Adriel

    November 2, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Alienware 13 was also added.

    dell.com/en-us/member/shop/productdetails/alienware-13-laptop

  14. Paul

    January 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Will this list be updated with new laptops announced at CES 2017?

  15. john

    January 9, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    checkout the new AERO 14W v7-CF1 with:
    14" 2560×1440 IPS
    i7-7700HQ
    1.9kg
    1xPCIe NVMe SSD
    3.1 + 3×3.0

    I have been looking for a light (< 2.4kg) 1060 laptop with 2xNVMe 2000MBs, LAN, HDMI + DP to support dual monitors. The only one which fits this is the Aorus X3 Plus v6 for which there are no detailed reviews and very few re-sellers. Nice to have are colour accuracy and fast SD reader for photo work. No interest in thunderbolt unless there are two or it is addition to LAN and at least one 4k monitor port.

  16. Kyle

    August 21, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Guys, there's a lot of misinformation regarding weight on your lists of gaming laptops. Not just on this page, but also 1050, 1050 Ti, 1070 and 1080 list as well.
    For example, the Clevo P650HP6 on this list is actually 2.8 kg, not 2.5, and Asus FX502VM is 2.6 kg, not 2.2, as both measured by reputable review sites like notebookcheck.net. I'm seeing lots of wrong weightings on MSI lapotps as well.
    Not saying this is you're fault, just reminding that weight listings of gaming laptops on ODM/OEM websites' specifications page are usually not to be trusted, just like battery life in "hours" of non-gaming laptops.
    I really like how you put the battery in "watt-hour" capacity, not hours, because it's the most accurate measurement. Please just check your weight listings with other reviews that've actually measured laptops on scales.
    And btw, each of your list also has a lot of missing models. In this case for instance, a few of Clevo's and Gigabyte's lower-end models have 1060 as well. Just trying to be helpful! :)

    • Andrei Girbea

      August 26, 2017 at 4:08 am

      Hi Kyle, thanks for your feedback.

      Most of these laptops are added before we actually get to review them, based on official specs and initial data. Unfortunately we don't get to double check often and update the info, this site is on the most part, a one time job. Comments like yours help though, so heads ups on the errors and missing products are more then welcomed.

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