A Quick Look at the Best 144Hz Laptops
Below is a list of our top picks for the best 144Hz laptop. The table below lists our top picks for the best overall option, the most value 144Hz laptop and the best budget option. We also list the best 144Hz laptops under $100.
*To find out more about each laptop, click the “Read Review >>” link below the “Check Price” button to jump to our overview. These are the things that will help you find the right laptop without spending too much.
1. Lenovo Legion 7i 16.0’’
The top 1440P 144Hz+ laptop
The Legion 7i, our top choice for the best gaming laptop at 144Hz, is neither small nor light. It measures 0.92 inches by 14.2 by 10.2 inches in height (HWD), and weighs 5.5 pounds. This laptop is hefty without being overly bulky. The frame’s 16:10 aspect ratio makes it look larger than it actually is. It also has inward-sloped corners that make it seem slimmer.
The base configuration includes an Intel Core i7 processor, but can be upgraded to an Intel Core i9 CPU. The base configuration comes with an RTX3060 GPU. However, it can be upgraded to an RTX3080 laptop.
To hide cords, the ports of the Legion 7i are located towards the back. The back overhang has illuminated labels that indicate the ports. The 300-watt power adaptor can also be found here.
The 16-inch screen is the highlight of this Lenovo gaming laptop. For those looking for the best of both the worlds, the 2560x 1600 screen will offer the best of both the resolution and performance. The RTX3080 GPU makes full use of the display’s 165Hz refresh speed. NVIDIA GSync is fully supported, allowing for tear-free gaming.
2. MSI GL66 15.6″’
Gaming laptop at 144Hz is the best value
MSI’s MSI GL66 Pulse is the best value gaming laptop at 144Hz. This laptop is equipped with an Intel Core i7–11800H processor and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX3070 series graphics card. It offers the best value for money when it comes to gaming laptops at 144Hz.
A metal lid and RGB keyboard lighting enhance the GL66 Pulse. MSI Center software allows customization of the keyboard backlighting. However, this is limited to one color and one lighting zone.
This RTX3070 laptop comes with three USB Type-A ports: a USB 3.2 Generation 1 and a legacy 2., one USB 3.2Gen 1 Type-C port and one HDMI 2.0b. Video output, high speed headphones, Gigabit Ethernet and video output are all possible on the GL66 Pulse sides. The 180-watt power adaptor is located at the back left. An Intel AX201 WiFi 6 card and a Bluetooth 5 card provide wireless communication.
This MSI gaming laptop can do both creative and gaming tasks well. The MSI Pulse GL66’s Intel Core i7–11800H/RTX 3070 combination is excellent for 1080p gaming. It delivers outstanding performance that can match the best.
3. GIGABYTE KC 15.6’’ GIGABYTE G5 G5 KC 15.6’’
Laptops with 144Hz are the best value
Our pick for the most affordable 144Hz laptop is the Gigabyte G5 KC. It features a 15.6-inch IPS panel and a refresh rate at 144Hz. The RTX 3060 laptop may not be the best in the world, but it does have specs that make it an attractive option considering the price.
This Gigabyte laptop features an Intel Core i5–10500H CPU, NVIDIA GeForce RTX3060 GPU, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB SSD.
One USB 3.1 port and one USB-C (with DisplayPort output) are located on the right edge. On the left, there is one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.1 Port. Separate 3.5mm mics and headphone ports can be found on the left. The power jack and Ethernet ports, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort output, and Mini DisplayPort output are all concealed on the back.
The RTX 3060 laptop may not be the best in the world, but it does have specs that make it an attractive option considering the price.
4. Acer Nitro 5 15.6’’
An ultra-cheap 144Hz laptop option
The Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop is among the most affordable 144Hz gaming laptops. The Nitro 5 comes standard with an Intel Core i5–10300H CPU and NVIDIA RTX3050 GPU. It also has 8GB RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD solid-state drive. It costs just $800.
The smaller SSD is most convenient for most people. However, it can be difficult to install larger games. The bottom panel can be removed to reveal a second M.2 slot that can house an additional SSD and a 2.5-inch drive bay, which can store up to a 2TB hard disk.
On the left side of the laptop are two Type-A USB 3.2 Type A ports, a Killer Ethernet port and an audio jack. A security lock slot is also located. To the right is a Type A port that joins a USB 3.2 port with an HDMI video output. You will find the AC adapter as well as Wi-Fi 6 (and Bluetooth wireless connection) ports in the back.
It is also very portable at 10 by 14.3 inches (255x363x2.4mm) and weighs in at 3.6 kilos (8 pounds).
This Acer Nitro gaming notebook is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a gaming laptop that is affordable at less than $1,000 and will deliver exceptional in-game performance.
There’s the question of whether a screen with 240/300/360Hz resolution is better than a panel with 144Hz.
The answer is “it depends”. Regular gamers will not notice the differences between these options. The jump from 144 to 244+ Hz is more subtle than that from 60 to 140 Hz. If you are a competitive player who enjoys fast-paced action-packed shooters, MMOs, or driving games, then you will need a panel with a 300/360Hz resolution. Make sure you have the right graphics to run the games you are interested at high 300+ frames per second.
It is also important to consider whether an IPS or TN panel will be installed on your computer.
TN screens have shorter response time which can result in less ghosting. However, they also offer narrower viewing angles and lower colors. IPS screens, on the other side, display better colors and have wider viewing angles. However, some IPS screens are slower, which can make it difficult to play fast games. The IPS panels of recent years are not slow. Many options offer a response time of 3 ms with Overdrive. So, as of 2021–2022, a TN panel is no longer a viable option for a modern laptop unless you have a tight budget or are looking to purchase an older model at a great discount.
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The resolution of these screens is another aspect that we need to talk about.
The resolution of these screens is the final aspect to be discussed. In this post we have covered laptops with 4K120Hz screens. We will also discuss the mid-tier best balanced QHD and QHD+ options. Here, we’ll concentrate on the FHD 300/360Hz options.
Which Gaming Laptop is Best for You?
A gaming laptop can be expensive depending on what specifications you are looking for and how willing you are to compromise. It’s important to have a budget in place before you buy a gaming laptop. This will ensure that you get all the features you need.
After you have established a budget, consider what features you want your laptop to include. Is it going to need lots of RAM? Do you need a powerful GPU? Is it necessary to have a 1TB SSD? These are the things that will help you find the right laptop without spending too much.