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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 - @ andreigirbea , last updated on October 30, 2019

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 displays, with their important traits and links towards more detailed reviews.

If you’re not interested in the technicalities, you can jump straight to the list via this link, or follow these links for more details on the latest notebooks with 144 Hz and 240 Hz displays.

For years, most laptop screens were 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 in 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 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, 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 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 1060/1660 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 run the titles you’re interested in at 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 panels are no longer slow, with many options offering an advertised response time of 3 ms (with Overdrive), so as of 2019 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.

Ultraportables with 120/144/240 Hz screens

Model (link to reviews)HardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Triton 5009th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, mattefrom $1699
Acer Predator Triton 7007th gen Core HQ + GTX 1080MQ15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, ~30 ms BTW response, GSync, mattefrom $1199
Alienware m159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 7ms or 144 Hz 9ms (~18 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1499
Alienware m179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 7ms or 144 Hz 9ms(~18 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1699
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GM5018th gen Core H + up to GTX 108015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, ~10.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1599
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX5319th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), Optimus, mattefrom $1999
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX5029th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), dual GSync/Optimus, mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG Zephyrus M GU5029th gen Core H + up to RTX 2060MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1799
Asus ROG Zephyrus G GA502Ryzen 7 + GTX 1660Ti15.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz (~34 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1199
Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX7019th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $2499
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 158th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1899
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~15 ms response) or 144 Hz (~16.5 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1699
Gigabyte Aero 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz, mattefrom $2299
HP Omen 15t9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 HZ (~14 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1299
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz 3ms (~7.5 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1899
MSI GS75 Stealth Thin9th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz or 144 Hz 3ms (~7.5 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1949
Razer Blade 15 Advanced9th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~13 ms GTG response) or 144 Hz (~16 ms GTG response), mattefrom $2299
Razer Blade Pro 179th gen Core H + RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), mattefrom $2699

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

Model (link to reviews)HardwareScreenPrice
Acer Predator Helios 300 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1199
Acer Predator Helios 300 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1299
Acer Predator Helios 500 178th gen Core HK + GTX 1070 OC, or AMD17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~10 ms GTG response), GSync mattefrom $1499
Alienware Area 51m9th gen Core K + up to RTX 208015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 7ms (~14 ms GTG response), mattefrom $2299
Aorus 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz (~16 ms GTG response) or 144 Hz, mattefrom $1399
Aorus X58th gen Core H + RTX 107015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~19 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $2599
Aorus X78th gen Core H + GTX 108017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $2999
Aorus X98th gen Core HK + GTX 108017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $3499
Asus TUF FX504 series8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz(~40 ms GTG response), mattefrom $699
Asus TUF FX505 seriesRyzen + up to GTX 116015.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz(~40 ms GTG response), mattefrom $899
Asus TUF FX705 seriesRyzen + up to GTX 116017.3″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz(~44 ms GTG response), mattefrom $999
Asus ROG G7039th gen Core HK + RTX 2080 OC17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz3ms (~7 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $3299
Asus ROG Strix GL503 Hero 158th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ IPS FHD, 120 Hz, mattefrom $999
Asus ROG Strix GL504 Hero II 158th gen Core H + RTX 206015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1199
Asus ROG Strix GL504 Scar II 158th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1499
Asus ROG Strix G531 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, mattefrom $1499
Asus ROG Strix G531 Hero III 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, mattefrom $1799
Asus ROG Strix G531 Scar III 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, mattefrom $1799
Asus ROG Strix GL703 Hero 178th gen Core H + RTX 206017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~7.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
Asus ROG Strix GL703 Scar 178th gen Core H + RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1899
Asus ROG Strix GL704 Scar II 178th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1699
Asus ROG Strix G531 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ IPS-level FHD, 120 Hz, mattefrom $1499
Asus ROG Strix G731 Hero III 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, mattefrom $1999
Asus ROG Strix G731 Scar III 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz 3ms or 144 Hz 3ms, mattefrom $1999
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
Dell G3 Gaming 159th gen Core H + GTX 1660Ti15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1349
Dell G5 Gaming 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 206015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1299
Dell G7 Gaming 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1599
Dell G7 Gaming 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1649
HP Pavilion Gaming 159th gen Core H + up to GTX 1660Ti MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1099
HP Pavilion Gaming 179th gen Core H + up to GTX 1660Ti MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~17 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1199
HP Omen X 2S 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ15.6″ IPS FHD, 144 or 240 Hz, mattefrom $2099
HP Omen 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 207017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, GSync, mattefrom $1399
Lenovo Legion Y540 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 206015.6″ TN FHD, 144 Hz, mattefrom $1099
Lenovo Legion Y540 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 206017.3″ TN FHD, 144 Hz, mattefrom $1149
Lenovo Legion Y740 159th gen Core H + up to RTX 2070MQ15.6″ TN FHD, 144 Hz (~18 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1549
Lenovo Legion Y740 179th gen Core H + up to RTX 2080MQ17.3″ TN FHD HDR, 144 Hz (~15 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1549
MSI GE63 Raider8th gen Core H + up to RTX 208015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1649
MSI GE65 Raider9th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 240 Hz, mattefrom $1799
MSI GE73 Raider8th gen Core H + up to GTX 107017.3″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~13.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1699
MSI GE75 Raider9th gen Core H + up to RTX 208015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1899
MSI GL639th gen Core H + up to RTX 206015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, mattefrom $1399
MSI GL739th gen Core H + up to RTX 206017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz, mattefrom $1499
MSI GP63 Leopard8th gen Core H + up to GTX 106015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz, ~8.5 ms BTW response, mattefrom $1199
MSI GP75 Leopard9th gen Core H + up to RTX 206017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~8 ms GTG response), mattefrom $1499
MSI GT63 Titan8th gen Core H + up to RTX 208015.6″ TN FHD, 120 Hz (~8 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $2199
MSI GT75 Titan9th gen Core K + RTX 208017.3″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz 3ms (~7 ms GTG response), GSync, mattefrom $2799
MSI P65 Creator9th gen Core H + up to RTX 207015.6″ IPS FHD, 144 Hz (~16 ms GTG response), mattefrom $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.

4 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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