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Gaming laptops with 300Hz, 240Hz or 144Hz high refresh-rate screens

Gaming laptops with 300Hz, 240Hz or 144Hz high refresh-rate screens
By Andrei Girbea - @ andreigirbea , last updated on July 6, 2020

This article explains why a high refresh-rate screen should be a must on your gaming laptop in this day and age, and also compiles for you a complete list of all the available notebooks equipped with 120Hz, 144Hz or the newer 240Hz and 300Hz display options, with their important traits and links towards more detailed reviews.

If you’re not interested in the technicalities, you can jump straight to the complete list via this link, to this subsection of more recent launches with 300Hz panels, or follow these links for more details on the latest notebooks with 144 Hz 3ms240 Hz 3ms or the faster 300Hz 3ms displays.

For years, most laptop screens were standard 60 Hz panels with response times in the 20-40 ms range. In very few words, that means that the content displayed on such a screen was refreshed 60 times a second, with a delay between the time the frame was rendered on the GPU and when it was actually displayed in front of your eyes. That was, and still is perfectly fine for everyday use and movies, but a 60 Hz screen suffers from various graphics artifacts in games, such as screen tearing, especially in those that quickly transition between moving scenes.

Game developers allow us to address this problem by enabling VSync, but VSync comes with issues of its own (like increased input lag) and most competitive gamers prefer to keep it disabled.

High refresh-rate screens with faster response times are meant to alleviate tearing and stuttering without adding lag, and such panels are now available on most good-quality gaming laptops.

In all fairness, they’re still not going to completely address all the issues, but they come closer to offering a smooth and glitch-free gaming experience. In theory, that perfect gaming experience is achievable if you run a game at let’s say 144 fps on a 144 Hz screen all the time, 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-rate, making sure that the screen only refreshes when the hardware outputs new content.

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 or FreeSync in this article, but we’ll mention which of the devices in the following list supports it.

If you’re on a tighter budget and cannot reach for a GSync laptop, I would still recommend having a 144 Hz or a 240 Hz panel on your to-get list, as these alone will alleviate most potential issues. 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/GTX 1650 GPU or higher, while if you plan to run AAA titles, get at least a GTX 1060/1660Ti build.

Of course, there’s also the question of whether a 240/300 Hz screen is worth getting over a 144 Hz panel, and the answer is: it depends. If you’re a regular gamer, you’ll hardly tell the difference between the two options, as the jump from 144 to 240 Hz is much more subtle than the jump from 60 to 144 Hz. On the other hand, if you’re a competitive player and you’re into fast action-paced shooters, then every little bit is going to count and a 240/300 Hz panel will help. Just make sure to pair such a display with the kind of graphics that can actually run the titles you’re interested in at high 200+ fps, and the minimum would be a GTX 1660/RTX 2060 if you’re willing to cut on the graphics settings, or an RTX 2070 if you don’t want to compromise much on details.

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. However, the more recent IPS panels are no longer slow, with many options offering an advertised response time of 3 ms (with Overdrive), so as of 2020, opting for a TN panel no longer makes sense, unless you’re on a very tight budget and looking to buy an older laptop at a good discount.

With all these in mind, let’s jump to the actual list of gaming laptops with 120/144/240 Hz or higher refresh-rate screens. It includes both mid-range and high-tier options, with links towards more detailed reviews and updated configurations and prices 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.

Recent launches with 300Hz screens

Since 300Hz options are the fastest displays you can get on laptops at the time fo this update, we’re going to list them separately, and continue with the 240/144Hz options below. I’d still advise you to make sure that you’ll actually benefit from having a 300Hz panel, and you’re not just buying the hype here.

Model (link to reviews) Hardware Screen Price*
Acer Predator Triton 500 10th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W 15.6″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, dual GSync/Optimus, matte from $2199
Asus ROG Strix Scar 15 10th gen Core HK + up to RTX 2070 Super 115W 15.6″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $1799
Asus ROG Strix Scar 17 10th gen Core HK + up to RTX 2070 Super 115W 17.3″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $2499
Asus ROG Zephyrus S15 10th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W 15.6″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, dual GSync/Optimus, matte from $1799
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701GX 10th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W 17.3″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms (~5.5 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, matte from $2499
MSI GS66 Stealth 10th gen Core HK + up to RTX 2080 Super 80+W 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $1599
MSI GE66 Raider 10th gen Core HK + up to RTX 2080 Super 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $1599
Razer Blade 15 Advanced 10th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W 15.6″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $2499
Razer Blade Pro 17 10th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 Super 90+W 17.3″ IPS FHD, 300 Hz 3ms, matte from $2799

*not always for the 300Hz configurations

Ultraportables with 120/144/240 Hz screens

Model (link to reviews) Hardware Screen Price
Acer Predator Triton 500 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, matte from $1699
Acer Predator Triton 700 7th gen Core HQ + GTX 1080MQ 15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, ~30 ms BTW response, GSync, matte from $1199
Alienware m15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 7ms or 144 Hz 9ms (~18 ms GTG response), matte from $1499
Alienware m17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 7ms or 144 Hz 9ms(~18 ms GTG response), matte from $1699
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM501 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1080 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10.5 ms BTW response, matte from $1599
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX531 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), Optimus, matte from $1999
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX502 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, matte from $1899
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU502 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), matte from $1799
Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502 Ryzen 7 + GTX 1660Ti 15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz (~34 ms GTG response), matte from $1199
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 300, 240 or 144 Hz 3ms, GSync, matte from $2499
Clevo P955ER / SAGER NP8955 8th gen Core H + GTX 1070MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~16 ms GTG response, matte from $1599
Clevo PA71ES / Sager NP375 / Eluktronics PA71HS 8th gen Core H + RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync matte from $1799
Gigabyte Aero 15 8th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response), matte from $1899
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~15 ms response) or 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response), matte from $1699
Gigabyte Aero 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz, matte from $2299
HP Omen 15t 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 HZ (~14 ms GTG response), matte from $1299
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz 3ms (~7.5 ms GTG response), matte from $1899
MSI GS75 Stealth Thin 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz 3ms (~7.5 ms GTG response), matte from $1949
Razer Blade 15 Advanced 9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~13 ms GTG response) or 144 Hz (~16 ms GTG response), matte from $2299
Razer Blade Pro 17 9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), matte from $2699

And here’s a complete list of full-size laptops with 120/144/240 Hz screens, latest generations hardware and GSync (in some cases).

Full Size laptops with 120/144/240 Hz screens

Model (link to reviews) Hardware Screen Price
Acer Predator Helios 300 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1199
Acer Predator Helios 300 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1299
Acer Predator Helios 500 17 8th gen Core HK + GTX 1070 OC, or AMD 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~10 ms GTG response), GSync matte from $1499
Alienware Area 51m 9th gen Core K + up to RTX 2080 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 7ms (~14 ms GTG response), matte from $2299
Aorus 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~16 ms GTG response) or 144 Hz, matte from $1399
Aorus X5 8th gen Core H + RTX 1070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~19 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $2599
Aorus X7 8th gen Core H + GTX 1080 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $2999
Aorus X9 8th gen Core HK + GTX 1080 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $3499
Asus TUF FX504 series 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1060 15.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz(~40 ms GTG response), matte from $699
Asus TUF FX505 series Ryzen + up to GTX 1160 15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz(~40 ms GTG response), matte from $899
Asus TUF FX705 series Ryzen + up to GTX 1160 17.3″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz(~44 ms GTG response), matte from $999
Asus ROG G703 9th gen Core HK + RTX 2080 OC 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz3ms (~7 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $3299
Asus ROG Strix GL503 Hero 15 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1060 15.6″ IPS FHD, 120 Hz, matte from $999
Asus ROG Strix GL504 Hero II 15 8th gen Core H + RTX 2060 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1199
Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II 15 8th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1499
Asus ROG Strix G531 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, matte from $1499
Asus ROG Strix G531 Hero III 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, matte from $1799
Asus ROG Strix G531 Scar III 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, matte from $1799
Asus ROG Strix GL703 Hero 17 8th gen Core H + RTX 2060 17.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, matte from $1199
Asus ROG Strix GL703 Scar 17 8th gen Core H + RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), matte from $1899
Asus ROG Strix GL704 Scar II 17 8th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), matte from $1699
Asus ROG Strix G531 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, matte from $1499
Asus ROG Strix G731 Hero III 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, matte from $1999
Asus ROG Strix G731 Scar III 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, matte from $1999
Clevo NP850EK1 /Sager NP6853 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1060 15.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7 ms BTW response, matte from $1249
Clevo N870EP6 / Sager NP7871 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1060 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~12 ms BTW response, matte from $1249
Clevo P775TM-G / Sager NP9175 8th gen Core K + GTX 1080 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync matte from $2399
Dell G3 Gaming 15 9th gen Core H + GTX 1660Ti 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), matte from $1349
Dell G5 Gaming 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), matte from $1299
Dell G7 Gaming 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), matte from $1599
Dell G7 Gaming 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), matte from $1649
HP Pavilion Gaming 15 9th gen Core H + up to GTX 1660Ti MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), matte from $1099
HP Pavilion Gaming 17 9th gen Core H + up to GTX 1660Ti MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), matte from $1199
HP Omen X 2S 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 or 240 Hz, matte from $2099
HP Omen 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync, matte from $1399
Lenovo Legion Y540 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 15.6″ TN FHD, 144 Hz, matte from $1099
Lenovo Legion Y540 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 17.3″ TN FHD, 144 Hz, matte from $1149
Lenovo Legion Y740 15 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ 15.6″ TN FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), matte from $1549
Lenovo Legion Y740 17 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ 17.3″ TN FHD HDR, 144 Hz (~15 ms GTG response), matte from $1549
MSI GE63 Raider 8th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 15.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1649
MSI GE65 Raider 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz, matte from $1799
MSI GE73 Raider 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1070 17.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~13.5 ms BTW response, matte from $1699
MSI GE75 Raider 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1899
MSI GL63 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, matte from $1399
MSI GL73 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, matte from $1499
MSI GP63 Leopard 8th gen Core H + up to GTX 1060 15.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~8.5 ms BTW response, matte from $1199
MSI GP75 Leopard 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), matte from $1499
MSI GT63 Titan 8th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080 15.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $2199
MSI GT75 Titan 9th gen Core K + RTX 2080 17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), GSync, matte from $2799
MSI P65 Creator 9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16 ms GTG response), matte from $1999

*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 120Hz, 144Hz or 240Hz 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.

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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.

5 Comments

  1. al bundy

    April 19, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Could someone recommend me concrete 15.6"/IPS display part numbers with manufacturer names with low response times such as some of the above laptop models have?
    The response time of my current panel is 30 ms and it gives me terrible ghosting. I would like to upgrade my laptop with a faster panel to reduce ghosting.
    Also, is there a way to achieve overdrive with a given LCD panel (not an external monitor)?

    Thanks,
    Al

  2. Sunny

    July 6, 2019 at 4:00 pm

    Iam thinking of getting a non Max q rtx 2070. My options are the Gigabyte aorus x9 15 and Asus rog scar ii. Both have 144 hz display, with aorus having extra m2 slot and 2tb HDD. Is it worth getting the 3 Ms on asus, or is there no difference between the both? Thank you.

  3. asad

    December 12, 2019 at 3:25 am

    higher refresh rate will now pick up, judging by their emergence in flagship mobile phones, so make a dedicated section for higher refresh rate laptops not just for gaming but everyday use and creators.

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