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Gaming laptops with 240Hz / 144Hz / 120Hz high refresh-rate screens

Gaming laptops with 240Hz / 144Hz / 120Hz high refresh-rate screens
By Andrei Girbea , last updated on June 14, 2019

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 120Hz, 144Hz or the newer 240Hz displays.

For years, most LCD displays came with standard 60 Hz panels. In very few words, that means that the content displayed on such a 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 of explaining how that works.

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-rate, 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 144 Hz or even a 240 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/GTX 1650 GPU or higher, while if you plan to run AAA titles, get at least a GTX 1060/1660 build.

Of course, there’s also the question whether a 240 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 Hz panel will help. Just make sure to pair such a display with the kind of graphics that can actually benefit from the increased refresh, 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 on details.

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. That’s not such a big issue with the more recent panels, though, as there are options with 3 ms response time (with Overdrive), so as of 2019 opting for a TN panel no longer makes any sense, unless you’re on a tight budget, that’s why most OEMs stick to 144 or 240 Hz IPS screens on their entire lineups these days.

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 120/144/240 HZ or higher refresh-rate screens. It includes both mid-range and high-tier options, with links towards more detailed reviews and updated configurations 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 120/144/240 Hz screens

ModelHardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Triton 5009th gen Core HQ + RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, mattefrom $1799
Acer Predator Triton 7007th gen Core HQ + GTX 1080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 120 Hz, ~30 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $2299
Alienware m159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 (~18 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1399
Alienware m179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 (~18 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1499
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 GX5319th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, dual GSync/Optimus, mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX5029th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, dual GSync/Optimus, mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU5029th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1799
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX7019th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, GSync, mattefrom $2299
Clevo P955ER / SAGER NP8955 8th gen Core H + GTX 1070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~16 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1599
Clevo PA71ES / Sager NP375 / Eluktronics PA71HS8th gen Core H + RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync mattefrom $1799
Gigabyte Aero 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1999
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic9th gen Core H + up to RTX 208015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz (~16 ms response), mattefrom $1999
Gigabyte Aero 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 or 240 Hz, mattefrom $2299
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7.5 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1999
MSI GS75 Stealth Thin9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~7.5 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $2099
Razer Blade 15 Advanced9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz ( ~16 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz (~13 ms response), mattefrom $2299
Razer Blade Pro9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD 144 Hz or 4K 120 Hz, mattefrom $2499

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 120/144/240 Hz screens

ModelHardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Helios 300 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~11 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
Acer Predator Helios 300 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070 MQ17.3″ 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 + RTX 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 series9th gen Core H + up to GTX 116015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3ms GTG response, mattefrom $999
Asus TUF FX705 series9th gen Core H + up to GTX 116017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3ms GTG response, mattefrom $999
Asus ROG G7039th gen Core HK + RTX 2080 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 + RTX 206015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1599
Asus ROG GL504 Scar II 158th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1799
Asus ROG GL703 Hero 178th gen Core H + RTX 206017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
Asus ROG GL703 Scar 178th gen Core H + RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, *3 ms GTG response, mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG GL704 Scar II 178th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ 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 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144(~16.5 ms GTG response) or 240 Hz, mattefrom $1449
HP Omen X 2S 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 or 240 Hz, mattefrom $2099
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 rTX 208015.6″ 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 Titan9th gen Core K + RTX 208017.3″ 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.

3 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.

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