The 5 Best Laptops for Game Development Reviewed

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Everybody knows that a laptop isn’t as powerful as a desktop setup, so finding a laptop that has enough juice for game development can be a struggle.

This is especially the case if you don’t even know what you’re looking for, so check out the attached buyers’ guide below if you’re interested in learning about the specs that make laptops powerful.

By knowing what to look for, you can find a great laptop even if you don’t like any of our recommendations.

If you’re not up to heavy reading, you should just check out the five laptops we’ve listed below.

The specs for each one should have both the processing power and the graphical fidelity to run popular game development software like Unreal Engine or Unity.

The power that you require will depend on the type of game you’re making, of course, with 3D games generally demanding more power to build than 2D games.

We’ve gone further than just the specs, too, reviewing every part of the laptop so you can be aware of what the overall experience with the laptop is like.

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You don’t make a game by reading articles like this all day, so we understand if you know what you’re doing and just want to get our two cents.

Our favorite laptop for game development is the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581, which can safely be described as the best of both worlds.

It’s a workbook that’s fitted with some impressive graphical firepower, so it should work great for all elements of game design. See what we liked about it below:

The specs of this machine are impressive for what it is.

Buying this laptop will get you one of three powerful Intel Core processors along with an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 that can tackle most video games currently available. You also get a whole terabyte of memory space and up to 32GB of RAM.

What sets the Duo apart from other models is its two displays. One screen is 15.6”, the other 14”, and both are touchscreen-compatible and capable of crisp 4K visuals. They are great for multitasking, and they come with a stylus to use with both.

The keyboard uses ASUS’ ErgoLift construction to remain comfortable when used. It also features an infrared camera that’s capable of recognizing faces, providing a nearly foolproof means of unlocking, and accessing this machine.

Best Laptops for Game Development

1. ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 Review

It’s no surprise that the best laptops to build games tend to be the best laptops for playing games, as you’ll see with the rest of this list.

Our number one option is something a little different, the ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581.

If you’re familiar with the ZenBook line of ASUS products, then you know that they’re commonly marketed as a slim and strong workbook ideal for administrative tasks instead of playing games. If you squeeze an RTX 2060 in there, however…

That’s exactly what this ZenBook Pro Duo does, matching the sleek formality and superior processing of a workbook with a trove of graphical power that you can use when playtesting your project.

You have three choices of processor, either the 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H or the i9-9980HK, or the 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10980HK if you need your machine to do some heavier lifting.

As we’ve already said, though, the real star of the show is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU stashed in this laptop.

The RTX is one of the newer graphics cards that NVIDIA has released, but that notwithstanding, it would have been impossible to pack this much power into a laptop like this a few years ago without getting a visit from the bomb squad.

It’s a great machine for office work and program development in equal measure, making it a secure investment for anyone who wants a laptop that can do more.

As for the other specs, you’ll find that they change depending on the specific model you want. The RAM will either be 16GB or 32GB, so decide how much you need and go with the best for your needs.

The memory between all three available models is the same however, a very generous 1TB SSD that can quickly load all the programs you need.

It’s important that you see how your game looks when tinkering with it, so the display needs to be up to scratch. The main display this ZenBook Duo works with is a 15.6” UHD NanoEdge touchscreen display that reports visuals in stunning 4K.

It’s called the Duo for a reason, that being because this model has the ASUS’ ScreenPad Plus, a second display that lies horizontally next to your keyboard.

It’s also touchscreen and 4K, and it makes multitasking a breeze. With these two screens, you can have the pretty visuals of your game displayed on the main screen and the more technical settings and sliders on your ScreenPad, allowing you to manage both at once.

The ScreenPad is part of the ErgoLift elevated typing and cooling system that’s built into many ASUS models. It intends to distribute heat while lying at an angle that’s comfortable to type with for extended periods of time.

There’s also a detachable palm rest and a stylus pen that you can use with both screens, for if fingerprint smudges aren’t quite your style.

If privacy is a concern, which it might be if you’re contracted to keep game-related materials on your machine a secret, then you can use the face-recognizing infrared camera that syncs with Windows Hello.

This lets you into the laptop, and only you, assuming you don’t have a twin or doppelganger running around.

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ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 15.6” 4K UHD NanoEdge Bezel Touch, Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, GeForce RTX 2060, Innovative ScreenPad Plus, Windows 10 Pro - UX581GV-XB74T, Celestial Blue
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ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo UX581 15.6” 4K UHD NanoEdge Bezel Touch, Intel Core i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, 1TB PCIe SSD, GeForce RTX 2060, Innovative ScreenPad Plus, Windows 10 Pro - UX581GV-XB74T, Celestial Blue
  • ScreenPad Plus: 14 inch 4K matte touchscreen, giving your endless way to optimize your multitasking experience by extending the screen or split windows and apps on both displays
  • 15.6 inch 4K UHD NanoEdge touchscreen glossy main display
  • Latest 9th generation Intel Core i7-9750H Quad Core Processor (12M Cache, up to 4.5 GHz) with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
  • Detachable palm rest and ASUS active stylus pen included
  • Fast storage and memory featuring 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD with 16GB DDR4 RAM

2. Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17 Review

This next laptop is one of those gaming laptops I mentioned earlier.

You’ve probably heard of Razer if you’ve searched online for gaming gadgetry in the last few years. The Razer Blade Pro 17 is one of their most impressive gadgets yet, a gaming laptop that has enough juice to birth kids of its own.

Just how much power you have is up to you, though there is a ballpark. You have a choice whether you want the GeForce RTX 2070 or the RTX 2080, as well as whether you want 512GB or 1TB of memory.

Speaking of memory, this laptop can support as much as 64GB too. Even if you’re a game developer, we can’t imagine many people needing that much RAM, but it’s a good thing to have and not need than need and not have.

With the three versions of this laptop that are commercially available, you’ll also have to choose whether you want a display that’s full HD at 300Hz or 4K at 120Hz.

You know your project better than we do, so we’ll leave you to decide on how important visuals are to you.

All these specs are regulated by their custom vapor chamber cooling system that exchanges heat into nothing but a slight airflow, keeping the overall temperature of this machine within acceptable limits.

Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super, 17.3' 4K 120Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, CNC, Chroma RGB, Thunderbolt 3, SD Card Reader, Creator Ready
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Razer Blade Pro 17 Gaming Laptop 2020: Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Super, 17.3" 4K 120Hz, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, CNC, Chroma RGB, Thunderbolt 3, SD Card Reader, Creator Ready
  • New 10th Gen Intel Core i7-10875H Processor: Turbo Boost of 5.1 GHz and up to 64GB RAM for powerful gaming and work performance
  • Experience phenomenal performance with the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 20 Series SUPER Graphics, featuring ray tracing technology that delivers a cinematic-quality rendering
  • Be immersed in lifelike realism with a vibrant 120Hz UHD Display with Thin Bezels that delivers ultra-smooth performance and maximized screen size
  • Custom Vapor Chamber Cooling System: Dual heat exchangers and custom fans to maximize heat dissipation and airflow
  • Advanced Connectivity: Featuring USB 3.2 Gen 2, 2.5 Gb Ethernet, UHS-III SD Card Reader, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), Windows Hello, and Thunderbolt 3

3. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Review

Both of our options so far are going to put you back a few thousand dollars, which was to be expected when looking for a powerful laptop.

Nevertheless, this next one is one of the more affordable laptops on this list, perfect for those of you on a budget.

We’re talking about the Acer Predator Helios 300.

As far as specs go, you should find this laptop decently powerful in terms of processing power thanks to its Intel Core i7-10750H CPU.

It has the same graphical credentials as our number one model, sporting a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU, though it’s CPU is less powerful.

Still, it’s a gaming laptop designed to run videogames and should have no problem at all running most video games.

The storage is less than some of the previous machines displayed on this list, too, with the Helios 300 having a 512GB SSD.

This should be ample for many people though, especially if you use external storage devices so that the SSD doesn’t become cluttered and suffer slower loading speeds as a result.

This Predator model sports a classic RGB keyboard with a 15.6” FHD 144Hz display perched above it.

The specs of this model are set in stone, but you do have the option to get a peripheral with your purchase or just have this gaming notebook for your game development needs.

This can be a headset, mouse, or mousepad to aid in the operation of this machine, or you can get a backpack to carry this notebook in when you’re on the go.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6' Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD
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Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, 15.6" Full HD 144Hz 3ms IPS Display, 16GB Dual-Channel DDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, RGB Keyboard, PH315-53-72XD
  • 10th Generation Intel Core i7-10750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 5.0 GHz) with Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • Overclockable NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
  • 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) Widescreen LED-backlit IPS display (144Hz Refresh Rate, 3ms Overdrive Response Time, 300nit Brightness & 72% NTSC)
  • 16 GB DDR4 2933MHz Dual-Channel Memory, 512GB NVMe SSD (2 x M.2 slots; 1 slot open for easy upgrades) & 1 - Available Hard Drive Bay
  • 4-Zone RGB Backlit Keyboard | Wireless: Killer Double Shot Pro Wireless-AX 1650i 802. 11ax Wi-Fi 6; LAN: Killer Ethernet E2600 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN; DTS X: Ultra-Audio; 4th Gen All-Metal AeroBlade 3D Fan