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Gaming laptops with 144 Hz / 120 Hz high refresh-rate screens

Gaming laptops with 144 Hz / 120 Hz high refresh-rate screens
By Andrei Girbea , last updated on September 13, 2018

This article explains why you should want a high-refresh rate screen on your gaming laptop, and also gives you a complete list of all the available notebooks equipped with 120 / 144 Hz displays.

For years, most LCD displays came with standard 60 Hz panels. In very few words, that means that the content displayed on the screen was refreshed 60 times a second, which is perfectly fine for everyday use and movies, but a 60 Hz screen suffers from various graphics artifacts with games that quickly transition between moving scenes, primarily screen tearing. Game developers allow us to address this issue by enabling VSync, but VSync comes with issues of its own (like input lag) and most gamers prefer to keep it disabled.

High refresh-rate screens are meant to alleviate tearing and stuttering without adding lag, and such panels are also available in more and more gaming laptops. They’re not going to completely address these issues though, as a perfectly smooth experience would require a way to evenly match the frame-rate output with the screen’s refresh-rate. This clip does a great job at explaining how these work.

In theory, that perfect gaming experience is achievable if you run a game at 144 fps on a 144 Hz screen, but that’s impossible to get in practice, as frame rates are variable. And here’s where technologies like Nvidia GSync and AMD FreeSync come in, which sync the screen’s refresh-rate to the game’s refresh-rates, making sure that the screen only refreshes when the hardware outputs new content. Pair these with graphics able to output content at high frame-rates and a high refresh-rate screen that can actually display those scenes, and you get that desired smooth and consistent gaming experience, as well as fast input response that’s going to make a difference in today’s popular competitive titles.

Since most gaming laptops are based these days on Nvidia GPUs, there are some that offer GSync, but primarily in the higher-tier ranges, as this technology doesn’t come cheap. We’re not going to focus on GSync in this article, but we’ll mention which of the devices in the following list supports it.

Still, if you’re on a tighter budget and cannot reach for a GSync/FreeSync laptop, I would still recommend having a 120/144 Hz screen on your to-get list, as it’s going to address some of the issues of playing fast-action games on a regular 60 Hz screen. Just make sure to pick the right hardware that can handle the games you’re interested in. If you’re into casual games, you’ll want a computer with a GTX 1050Ti GPU or higher, while if you plan to run AAA titles, get at least a GTX 1060 build.

Before we get to the list you should also consider whether you want a TN or an IPS panel on your computer. Generically, TN screens offer shorter response times, which translate in diminished ghosting, but also narrower viewing angles and poorer colors. IPS screens on the other hand display nicer colors, get better contrast and wide viewing angles, but some of them are pretty slow, which can be a disadvantage in those fast-games.

Of course, some IPS screens are faster than others, but the faster ones are more expensive, so it will be up to you to adjust your budget in order to get the notebook that best suits your needs.

With all these in mind, let’s jump to the actual list of gaming laptops with 120/144 HZ or higher refresh-rate screens. It includes both mid-range and high-tier options, with links towards more detailed reviews and updated configurations at the time you’re reading the article. We’ll start with the thin-and-light options first, and we’ll continue with the full-size and more affordable variants down below.

Ultraportables with 120/144 Hz screens

ModelHardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Triton 7007th gen Core HQ + GTX 1080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 120 Hz, ~30 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2299
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM5018th gen Core H + up to GTX 107015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $2199
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX5318th gen Core H + up to GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1899
Clevo P955ER / SAGER NP8955 8th gen Core H + GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1599
Clevo PA71ES / Sager NP375 / Eluktronics PA71HS8th gen Core H + GTX 107017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync mattefrom $1799
Gigabyte Aero 15w8th gen Core H + GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1999
Gigabyte Aero 15x8th gen Core H + GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10 ms BTW response, mattefrom $2299
HP Omen 158th gen Core H + up to GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, mattefrom $1449
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~13 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1899
Razer Blade 158th gen Core H + GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~11 ms BTW response, mattefrom $2299

And here’s a complete list of full-size laptops with 120/144 Hz screen, latest generations hardware and GSync(in some cases).

Full Size laptops with 120/144 Hz screeens

ModelHardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Helios 300 158th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~22 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
Acer Predator Helios 300 178th gen Core H + up to GTX 106017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~24 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1299
Acer Predator Helios 500 178th gen Core H + GTX 1070 OC17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~9 ms BTW response, GSync mattefrom $1999
Aorus X58th gen Core H + GTX 107015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~12 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2599
Aorus X78th gen Core H + GTX 108017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~12 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2999
Aorus X98th gen Core HK + GTX 108017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~12 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $3499
Asus TUF FX504 series8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $699
Asus TUF FX505 series8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3ms GTG response, mattefrom $999
Asus TUF FX705 series8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3ms GTG response, mattefrom $999
Asus ROG G703 Chimera8th gen Core HK + GTX 1080 OC17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~11 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $3499
Asus ROG GL503 Hero 158th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 120 Hz, mattefrom $999
Asus ROG GL504 Hero II 158th gen Core H + GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1599
Asus ROG GL504 Scar II 158th gen Core H + up to GTX 107015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1999
Asus ROG GL703 Hero 178th gen Core H + GTX 106017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
Asus ROG GL703 Scar 178th gen Core H + GTX 107017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG GL704 Scar II 178th gen Core H + up to GTX 107017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1699
Clevo NP850EK1 /Sager NP68538th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1249
Clevo N870EP6 / Sager NP7871 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~12 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1249
Clevo P775TM-G / Sager NP9175 8th gen Core K + GTX 108017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync mattefrom $2399
HP Omen 178th gen Core H + GTX 106017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync, mattefrom $1499
MSI GE63 Raider8th gen Core H + up to GTX 107015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1599
MSI GP63 Leopard8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~8.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
MSI GT63 Titan8th gen Core H + up to GTX 108015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~6 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2199
MSI GE73 Raider8th gen Core H + up to GTX 107017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~13.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1699
MSI GP73 Leopard8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~12.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1299
MSI GT75 Titan8th gen Core H + GTX 108017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~5.5 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2799

*advertised BTW response time, not measured

The other BTW (Black to White) response time numbers above are based on measured test-results from notebookcheck.net and laptopmedia.com, as we do not currently have the capabilities to test these in our reviews. Take them with a grain of salt and do your own research if response times are a crucial factor in your decision process.

That’s about it for this article on gaming laptops with fast 120 Hz or 144 Hz screens. We’re constantly updating the list, but if you spot any issues or any product that should be in here and is not, please get in touch in the comments section below. That aside, if you’re interested in more details on gaming notebooks, our master article on the best gaming laptops of the moment is a good place to start your research.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I've been covering mobile computers since the 2000s and you'll mostly find reviews and thorough guides written by me here on the site.

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