10 Best Desktop Replacement Laptops – 2020

TOP PICK
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop, 15.6” FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS-Type G-SYNC, GeForce GTX 1080, Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, Win 10 Pro, GX501GI-XS74
Alienware AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS 15.6" Gaming Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1060
MSI GV72 8RE-007 17.3" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 3G i7-8750H (6 Cores) 16GB 256GB SSD + 1TB Windows 10, VR Ready, Windows 10 64 bit
NEW Lenovo Legion Y7000 15.6" FHD IPS Gaming Laptop, Intel Quad Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz up to 4GHz, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe, GeForce GTX 1050Ti, Webcam, Backlit Keyboard, USB-C, HDMI, Bluetooth, Windows 10
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7, GeForce GTX 1060, 17.3" Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 1TB HHD + 256GB SSD, Black, PH317-51-787B
BLW's Score
93
91
89
88
86
MSRP
$1,649.99
$1,544.99
$1,499.77
$899.00
$1,999.01
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H 3.9 GHz
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz
Intel Core i7-8750H (6 cores)
Intel Core i5-8300H 4 GHz
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SSD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD+ (1920 x 1080)
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
17.3" FHD G-SYNC (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GTX
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10
Weight
4.97 pounds
5.74 pounds
5.95 pounds
5.3 pounds
6.6 pounds
Battery Life
5 hours
7 hours
4 hours
4.5 hours
7 hours
TOP PICK
ASUS ROG Zephyrus GX501 Ultra Slim Gaming Laptop, 15.6” FHD 144Hz 3ms IPS-Type G-SYNC, GeForce GTX 1080, Intel Core i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe SSD, Win 10 Pro, GX501GI-XS74
BLW's Score
93
MSRP
$1,649.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H 3.9 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD
Display
15.6" FHD 144 Hz (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
OS
Windows 10
Weight
4.97 pounds
Battery Life
5 hours
Alienware AW15R3-7001SLV-PUS 15.6" Gaming Laptop (7th Generation Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB HDD, Silver) VR Ready with NVIDIA GTX 1060
BLW's Score
91
MSRP
$1,544.99
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
512GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce 1060 GTX
OS
Windows 10
Weight
5.74 pounds
Battery Life
7 hours
MSI GV72 8RE-007 17.3" Thin and Light Gaming Laptop GTX 1060 3G i7-8750H (6 Cores) 16GB 256GB SSD + 1TB Windows 10, VR Ready, Windows 10 64 bit
Model
BLW's Score
89
MSRP
$1,499.77
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-8750H (6 cores)
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD+ (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Weight
5.95 pounds
Battery Life
4 hours
NEW Lenovo Legion Y7000 15.6" FHD IPS Gaming Laptop, Intel Quad Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz up to 4GHz, 16GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe, GeForce GTX 1050Ti, Webcam, Backlit Keyboard, USB-C, HDMI, Bluetooth, Windows 10
BLW's Score
88
MSRP
$899.00
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i5-8300H 4 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti
OS
Windows 10 Home
Weight
5.3 pounds
Battery Life
4.5 hours
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i7, GeForce GTX 1060, 17.3" Full HD, 16GB DDR4, 1TB HHD + 256GB SSD, Black, PH317-51-787B
BLW's Score
86
MSRP
$1,999.01
More Information
Processor
Intel Core i7-7700HQ 3.8 GHz
RAM
16GB DDR4
Hard Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" FHD G-SYNC (1920 x 1080)
Graphics
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
OS
Windows 10
Weight
6.6 pounds
Battery Life
7 hours

Note: Our comparison table only shows our top 5 picks. You can find the other recommendations within this article.

Someone once correctly said 'change is the only constant in life'. Well, it is very true that change is the only thing that keeps occurring constantly day after day. One needs to change their lifestyle, products, methods of performing things and related others.

While some embrace changes like this there are still a few people who resist change immensely. They like things and ways the way they are and do possess a will to replace it. A similar instance occurs when one goes to using a laptop from a desktop.

They have to bring about change because laptops are more convenient and definitely more portable easing out lives of all. But desktops, on the other hand, are more durable, upgradable and much preferred to use for excessive work.

What such people do not realise is that there is always a good replacement for old things. There are laptops out there that are considered to be as excellent as desktops and even better at with certain features.

What one needs to keep in mind is the specifications of the laptop while purchasing it. What makes a desktop different would be its excellent display and ways in which one can modify any of its parts to make it better as well as how one does not need to worry about the computer heating up.

Factors To Consider

Such a desktop can be easily replaced by a laptop with a giant screen, upgradable parts, and an excellent cooling system. Making a laptop a perfect replacement for your desktop, however, is not an easy job.

10 Best Desktop Replacement Laptops - 2018

The list of specifications required in a laptop mainly depends on how one is planning to use it. Gaming and hacking purpose would require a good RAM and graphics card and undoubtedly the latest processor.

Extensive accounting or office related work would require upgraded storage, brilliant speed and smooth working of the laptop. If you are someone who wants a budget laptop with desktop like features then you must find a laptop with all the general specifications.

The most important aspect of a laptop to become a well-received desktop replacement would be the upgrading options available in the laptop. Without upgrading provision, it would be a disadvantage for a laptop to be called a good desktop replacement.

Comfort is another important aspect to pay much attention to. The laptop's keyboard and touch pad should be equally comfortable and convenient to use as is the case in a desktop.

 Finding all these features in one laptop might seem challenging but with numerous laptops coming up there is always a good alternative for you to discover. Here are our reviews of laptops that we consider to be the 10 best desktop replacement laptops.

Our Top Picks for Best Desktop Replacement Laptops

1. ASUS ROG Zephyrus

ASUS ROG ZEPHYRUS

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-8750H Processor
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
  • 16GB RAM
  • 512GB SSD

Asus as a renowned brand is known for providing quality laptops at very reasonable prices. The Zephyrus is another such laptop. You can have computing power without sacrificing mobility with this ultra-slim (0.7") and relatively lightweight laptop. 

It's 16 GB RAM and and 512GB SSD storage makes it as fast as a desktop. However, you can easily upgrade it to more memory and storage if you need it.

The 15.6-inch Full HD 144 Hz display provides a much sharper screen than probably even your desktop. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is one of the latest and most powerful for laptop usage.

With the four USB 3.0 ports you have the option to add fast external storage or multiple high resolutions displays when using the laptop in a desktop context. The multicolor backlit keyboard is attractive and controllable.

Since it is designed for the gaming market it has one of the best cooling systems that make the laptop work quicker and remain cooler. Asus calls it the Active Aerodynamic System (AAS) and it increase airflow significantly to keep laptop temperatures under control.

A unique feature of the Zephyrus is that the keyboard is positioned at the front of the chassis. This allows the laptop to use better cooling techniques for the internal components.

This laptop has the power to replace a desktop computer with the mobility required when you are away from your desk. That's why it's our top pick for a desktop replacement laptop.

2. Alienware AW15R3-7376SLV-PUS

Alienware AW15R3-7376SLV-PUS

Specs:

  • Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor
  • 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM

Alienware as a company is not much known by the ordinary crowd, however, it is considered better than majority laptops amongst the gamers and hackers. It generally designs gaming laptops only but since we are looking for a desktop replacement here, such a laptop can be a great replacement.

Alienware 15 has a 16 GB RAM which can be upgraded to any extent as per requirement. It is designed to support 4K gaming and hence has a stunning display, music system and a quicker next generation processor.

This laptop takes virtual reality to another level and provides enhanced performance and productivity to the user. It's Thunderbolt Type-C port provides exemplary connectivity that ensures that there are no obstacles or hindrances while doing anything and everything on the laptop.

It's 256 GB Solid Slate Drive provides excellent speed and makes your work faster. It's 99 WHr battery provides a minimum of eleven hours of charge at one go when putting to maximum use. Such a great battery life makes one feel as comfortable as while using a desktop.

Its 15-inch display is designed to provide the greatest and smoothest working experience. It's Higher maximum thermal design power (TDP) support makes sure that working on this laptop is a cool and tension free experience for the owner.

3. MSI GV72