Best gaming laptops of CES 2023 (so far)

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CES 2023 is here, already kicking off before it officially started. We've already received some exciting announcements, from innovative laptops with next-gen internals (13th Gen Intel chips and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40 Series mobile GPUs) to a range of tablets, monitors, and more.

But we're here to talk about the best gaming laptops of CES 2023. Here's everything we're hyped to see from the show this year and beyond.

Alienware x16

Alienware x16 - NDA Jan 3 2023 12pm ET

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The Alienware x16 is your best choice if you're looking to pour as much cash as possible on something that can be described only as an absolute beast. The laptop boasts a full metal chassis, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos compatibility, and a six-speaker configuration. 

Beyond that, it can be built with a Intel Core i9-13900HK processor, Nvidia RTX 4090 graphics card, 4TB of SSD storage, 32GB of RAM, and a 2560x1600 QHD+ display with 240Hz refresh rate. Its high-end configurations will be the first to launch at $3,099, while additional options will come at a later date with the entry version starting at $2,149.

Dell G15

Dell G15

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Dell gaming laptops prioritize affordability above all else. In particular, the new Dell G15's starting price point is at $849. The Dell G15 comes in three colors, including Dark Shadow Gray, Quantum White (with Deep Space Blue thermal shelf) or Pop Purple (with Neo Mint thermal shelf).

Dell G15 can be outfitted with the latest Intel Core i5-13450HX, i7-13650HX, i7-13700HX, and i9-13900HX CPUs. If you want that lovely budget price, we recommend sticking with a Core i5. We don't know what GPUs are available for either laptop just yet, but there will be a "next gen" discrete Nvidia GeForce RTX card. AMD options will become available sometime during Q2.

The Dell G15 is likely to be one of the best budget gaming laptops if it manages to impress in our lab.

Predator Helios 18

Acer Predator Helios 16

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Acer is ready to pounce with the Predator Helios 18, offering up a 18-inch panel clocking in with up to a 2560 x 1600 resolution and a 240Hz refresh rate. Under the hood you'll have your pick of either the 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13700HX CPU or 13th Gen Intel Core i9-13900HX CPU. Without question, it'll be outfitted with the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series graphics.

Acer also offers up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM and up to 2TB PCIe Gen 4 NVMe of SSD storage in Raid 0. The deck packs a mini-LED backlit keyboard with 1.8mm of key travel as well as anti-ghosting N-key rollover. The Predator Helios 18 will hit store shelves in April with a starting price of $1,699.

Acer Nitro 16

Acer Nitro 16

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Acer’s Nitro laptops target casual gamers who don’t have thousands upon thousands to spend on a decent gaming rig. Whether you want to catch up on your catalog of games or edit gameplay content for your YouTube channel, the Nitro 16 can keep up with everything you need.

The Nitro 16 is packed with 13th Gen Intel Core CPUs and Nvidia GeForce RTX 40-series GPUs. Compared to the Nitro 16's predecessor, it has greater screen real estate (a 5% increase). The panel also got refreshed with a WUXGA or WQXGA screen with a refresh rate of 165Hz.

The Nitro 16 starts at $1,200 and it's slated to release sometime in May 2023.

Asus ROG Strix Scar 18

Asus ROG Strix Scar 16

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You want a BIG BEAUTIFUL LAPTOP? Look no further than the Scar 18. The Scar 18 offers a 18-inch QHD (2560 x 1600) 240Hz, 3ms, 100% DCI-P3, IPS-level panel with G-SYNC, but also has an 18-inch FHD+ (1920 x 1200), 165Hz, 7ms, 100% sRGB, IPS-level panel with G-SYNC available. 

Other features include a backlit chiclet-style keyboard with per-key RGB, a touch-enabled NumberPad (only on the Scar 16), Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity, four speakers with Dolby Atmos and Hi Res Audio, and a 90Wh battery. The Scar 18 starts at £3,399 with an RTX 4090 and an Intel Core i9-13980HX CPU.

MSI Stealth 14 Studio

MSI unveils the latest Stealth 16 and 14 Studio gaming laptops at CES 2023

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Who doesn't love a 14-inch gaming laptop? The Stealth 14 Studio is packing a plethora of potent gaming and content-creating specs. It comes with a 13th Gen Intel Core i7-13007H CPU, up to 64GB of RAM, a luxurious QHD+ (2560 x 1600) 14-Inch display with a massive feeling 16:10 aspect ratio, and a speedy 240Hz of refresh rate for a silky smooth game rendering. 

You get two powerful Nvidia 4000 series options to produce a great graphics experience. You can choose between the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM or the  NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 GPU with 8GB GDDR6 VRAM. When you add MSI's improved Vapor cooling system, which helps improve performance by keeping things cool, you're possibly looking at one the most powerful 14-inch gaming laptops of 2023. I can't wait to get my hands on this and play God of War Ragnarok till my eyes bleed and my fingers explode.

Rami Tabari

Rami Tabari is an Editor for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder's dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline attached to the latest Souls-like challenge.