Most gaming laptops these days ship with fast screens, with refresh rates of 240/300 Hz or more recently, even 360 Hz. However, many of these options are only FHD (1920 x 1080 px) in resolution, which is fine for most configurations and most gamers, but might not suffice for the enthusiasts looking for the most powerful gaming laptops and the crispest of details, as well as a competent work companion.
In recent years, performance laptops with 4K 120 Hz screen options have also been launched, as well as middle options with QHD resolution and 165-240Hz refresh, which are a topic for another article. This one is all about the laptops available with 4K 120Hz displays.
Razer was among the first to announce a 4K 120Hz screen option for their Blade Pro 17 (which we’ve previously reviewed in the FHD variant over here), while Asus has bragged about it as an option for the ROG Zephyrus GX701 and their StudioBook One workstation in 2019. Other OEMs followed up quickly, but the offer for such computers is still limited today.
Several panel manufacturers make this sort of fast 4K options, available in either 15 or 17-inch sizes. All of them are high-gamut, with 100% coverage of the AdobeRGB color space and factory calibration with most configurations, as well as above-average brightness (400-500-nits), contrast, and blacks, but also 120 Hz refresh and fast response times (advertised at 4 ms). That’s why these 4K screens are not just meant for gaming, but they’re actually excellent tools for creators and professionals that require a color-accurate display in their line of work.
So while in the past you could only have one or the other: either a fast FHD screen, or a 100% AdobeRGB UHD screen at 60 Hz, now you can have both fast refresh and UHD resolution in a single product. That’s if you’re willing to pay the hefty price tag, of course, which is roughly several hundred dollars on top of the FHD variants. In fact, it’s probably more, as these 4K 120Hz screens are normally only available on the highest-tier configurations and paired with extra RAM and storage. For the Blade Pro 17, for instance, the 4K 120 Hz option comes with a $600 premium.
And there’s one more reason these 4K 120 Hz screen options only make their way into the highest-end configurations of the highest-end performance and gaming notebooks out there: it takes beastly hardware to run moderns games at high details and 100+ frame-rates, in order to justify gaming on kind of a display.
That actually means that most OEMs only offer this screen option alongside RTX 3080 (or later) or higher tier Quadro RTX 5000/6000 graphics. And even if you can find that on a lower-end system, I’m not sure I’d recommend it anyway, due to the hit in graphics performance at this resolution.
The complete list of laptops with 4K 120Hz screens
We’re still keeping our eyes peeled in order to update the list below as more options are being announced, but so far, here are all the laptops that you can get with 4K 120Hz screens right now. And if you spot anything that should be in here and is not, make sure to tell us about it in the comments section down below. Thanks!
|Model (link to reviews)||Hardware||Screen||Price (4K model)|
|Acer Predator Helios 500||Intel Core HK + up to RTX 3080 1650W||17.3″ mini LED 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|Asus ProArt StudioBook One||Intel Core H + Quadro RTX 6000||15.6″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, touch, Optimus||$7999|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo||AMD Ryzen HX + up to RTX 3080 130W||15.6″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3699|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus S17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 140W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, MUX and Advanced Optimus||from $3699|
|Alienware X17||Intel Core HK + up to RTX 3080 165W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|MSI Creator 17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 95W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|MSI GE76 Raider||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 155W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|Razer Blade 17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 130W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120 Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3699|
There’s a larger selection of laptops also available with 4K 60 Hz OLED screens, also excellent choices for creators, but less so for gaming. We haven’t included those in here, but if you’re interested in OLED laptops, you’ll find more about them via this link.
Also, I for one am far more interested in the fast and good-quality QHD panels available these days at either 15 or 17 inches, which we’ll cover in a separate article. They’re just better balanced for the hardware available with laptops today, more affordable, and still versatile enough at 100% DCI-P3 color coverage in most cases, and 300+ nits of brightness.