This is a complete list of creator and gaming laptops available with a high-resolution and high-refresh 4K 120Hz, 4K 144Hz display, or the close alternatives with 16:10 aspect ratios (4K+ WQUXGA 3840×2400 px).
Most gaming laptops these days ship with fast screens, with refresh rates of 240/360 Hz or more recently, even 480 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 sharpest of details, but also for a competent work companion.
In recent years, performance laptops with 4K 120Hz and 4K 144Hz 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 UHD 4K 120Hz displays.
Razer were the first to offer a 4K 120Hz screen option for their retail Blade Pro 17 (which we’ve previously reviewed in the FHD variant over here), even if Asus initially mentioned it for the ROG Zephyrus GX701 and their StudioBook One workstation in 2019. Other OEMs followed up quickly, and while the offer for such computers is still limited today, there are quite a few to choose from. In recent years, there are also 4K UHD 144Hz panels offered in several of these premium-tier devices.
Several panel manufacturers make this sort of fast 4K screens, available in either 15-inch, 16-inch, 17-inch, or 18-inch sizes. All of them are high-gamut, with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 and AdobeRGB color space and factory calibrated with most configurations, as well as above-average in brightness (400-500 nits), contrast, and blacks, but also 120/144 Hz refresh and with fast response times (advertised at as low as 3ms). 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 4K-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/QHD variants. Inf act, you’ll probably pay even more, as these 4K 120Hz screens are most of the time only available on the highest-tier notebook configurations.
And there’s one more reason these 4K 120/144 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 60++ frame-rates, in order to justify gaming on this kind of a display.
That actually means that most OEMs only offer this screen option alongside RTX 3080/3080Ti (or later) graphics, or the equivalent Quadro A-class options for workstations. And even if you can find the high-res high-refresh screen on a mid-tier system, I’m not sure I’d recommend it anyway, due to the hit in graphics performance at this resolution over QHD.
The complete list of laptops with 4K 120Hz and 4K 144Hz screens
We’re 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 UHD 120Hz and 144Hz 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!
The latest models implement the most advanced technologies of the moment, such as miniLED displays, Nvidia Ada Lovelace graphics with up to RTX 4090 dGPUs, and the most powerful platforms from Intel or AMD.
|Model (link to reviews)||Hardware||Screen||Price (4K model)|
|Acer Predator Helios 500||Intel Core HK + up to RTX 3080 175W||17.3″ mini LED 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|Aorus X17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 175W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|Alienware X17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 175W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|Asus ProArt StudioBook One||Intel Core H + Quadro RTX 6000||15.6″ IPS 4K 120Hz, touch, Optimus||$7999|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 15||AMD Ryzen HX + up to RTX 3080 130W||15.6″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3699|
|Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16||AMD Ryzen HX + up to RTX 3080Ti 165W||16″ 16:10 IPS
dual specs – 4K+ WQUXGA 120Hz or FHD+ 240Hz,
|Asus ROG Zephyrus S17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 140W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte,
MUX and Advanced Optimus
|Gigabyte Aero 17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 105W||17.3″ mini LED 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $2299|
|HP ZBook Studio||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti/A5500||16″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3999|
|MSI Creator 17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080 95W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|MSI GE66 Raider||Intel Core HX + up to RTX 3080Ti 150W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3499|
|MSI GE76 Raider||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 175W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3799|
|MSI GS77 Stealth||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 105W||17.3″ IPS 4K 120Hz, matte, Optimus||from $3799|
|MSI GT77 Titan||Intel Core HX + up to RTX 4090 175W||17.3″ mini LED 4K 144Hz 3ms, matte, Optimus||from $3999|
|Razer Blade 15||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 130W||15.6″ IPS 4K 144Hz, matte, Optimus||from $4399|
|Razer Blade 16||Intel Core HX + up to RTX 4090 175W||16″ mini LED dual-spec 4K 120Hz or FHD 240Hz,
matte, Advanced Optimus
|Razer Blade 17||Intel Core H + up to RTX 3080Ti 130W||17.3″ IPS 4K 144Hz, matte, Optimus||from $4499|
These aside, there’s also a larger selection of laptops available with 4K 60 Hz OLED or IPS 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.
That aside, there are also a few laptops with 120Hz and 240Hz OLED displays available on the market right now, from Asus or Lenovo, but those are 2.8K 120Hz OLED panels, not 4K, thus we will not go over them in this article. For the time being, there are no 4K high-refresh OLED laptop panels, but they might come in the near future.
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.
June 5, 2020 at 2:29 pm
The new 2020 lineup of 15" HP Omen series has an option for 4k 120Hz. I think this trend is finally caring on, higher resolution gaming with higher refresh rates. Although I would hope to see a QHD 144Hz in laptops soon
July 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm
Do you have any information if Asus is planning to upgrade ProArt 17inch notebooks (Pro and Pro X) with 4k option anytime soon?
July 22, 2020 at 4:17 pm
I haven't heard anything about that. I'd reckon it should happen eventually, now that there's a 17-inch 16:10 UHD panel out there (on the XPS 17), but I don't know when they could secure that
July 22, 2020 at 5:01 pm
Yes I posted this question exactly because of 2020 Dell XPS 17" 16:10 UHD (4K) release. I would expect Asus to rival this with similar panel in 17" ProArt notebooks.
December 2, 2021 at 9:35 am
Have you had any feedback on the MSI Creator 17? I am interested in a larger 4K 120hz laptop on the slimmer side with good gaming performance. It has lower TDP at 95W, but I would consider making the sacrifice in gaming horsepower if it has a high-quality display that stands out from the rest of the pack. The MSI Z16 appears to bring that to the table, and I am wondering if MSI is carving out a competitive advantage here that is carrying over to the 17" lineup.
December 2, 2021 at 12:49 pm
I haven't tested the 2021 model, only the 2020: https://www.ultrabookreview.com/40683-msi-creator-17-review-miniled/ I also haven't tested the 16 either. Seems very expensive, though, the 16-inch model
October 5, 2022 at 3:50 pm
I'm reading this on an HP Zbook Studio G8 with a 4K 120 Hz panel, so this laptop should be added if you want your list to be complete.
The screen is excellent: 15.6", matte, very bright (600+ nits), P3 colours. My only small complaint is that the black level is kinda high (not truly black), which means that contrast is only around 1000:1.
The current model is G9: hp.com/us-en/workstations/zbook-studio.html
October 5, 2022 at 5:21 pm
Thank you, updated!