Update: 2022 has seen a lot of gaming laptops — be it gigantic gaming workstations, slim laptops, RGB-filed laptops, and more. The jury of the Indian Gadget Awards has chosen a bunch of laptops from the mainstream category, as well as the premium category. There can only be one winner from each category, let’s give you a look at the winners and nominees from this loaded list.
Winner – Best Mainstream Gaming Laptop of 2022: Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R8CM
The Acer Nitro 5 with Ryzen 5 5600H and NVIDIA RTX 3060 GPU forms an enticing overall package. Aided by the 144Hz refresh rate, this laptop ensures that you have a great gaming experience.
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As much as we would love to have a gaming PC, not many people have much room to accommodate an entire setup or the time to research components to build one, that’s when gaming laptops come into play. When we talk about a gaming laptop, what are the first few things that one would want? A portable machine that can go against a traditional desktop, a display that can run games at a faster refresh rate, while also providing a good overall viewing experience and thermals that won’t hurt the frames.
2022 has seen a lot of gaming laptops — be it gigantic gaming workstations, slim laptops, RGB-filed laptops, and more. The jury of the Indian Gadget Awards have choosen a bunch of laptops from the mainstream category, as well as the premium category. There can only be one winner from each category, let’s give you an overview of the devices that made it to the list.
Best Mainstream Gaming Laptop of 2022 – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees
- Lenovo Legion 5i 2022
- HP Victus 15 fa0354TX
- Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7
- Acer Aspire 7 Gaming 12th Gen
- Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R8CM Gaming Notebook (Ryzen 5600H + RTX 3060)
- ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2022) FX507ZE-HN038W
- Dell G15 Gaming
Lenovo Legion 5i 2022
The Legion 5i 2022 edition has a very subtle and minimalist outer body with an inner hinge and a selection of ports at the back. At a thickness of 19.9mm and 2.4kg weight, the Legion 5i packs in a good set of components — a 12th gen Intel i5-12500H, 16GB of LPPDR5 RAM, a 512GB NVMe SSD, and an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU. An HD webcam with a dual microphone helps with zoom video calls, while the 15.6-inch FHD display comes with relatively minimal bezels and a peak brightness of 300 nits.
HP Victus 15 fa0354TX
The HP Victus 15 sports a simple outer body with a single ‘V’ flaunting and reflecting on the top panel. The laptop does not go over the top with its RGB flair, but instead packs in an Intel i7-12650H processor. This is paired with an Nvidia RTX 3050Ti, 16GB of LPPDR4 RAM and 512GB of SSD storage. The front is graced by a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz refresh rate. You also get a 720p webcam and speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen.
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i Gen 7
The Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i comes in a dark grey finish with blue accents that make it look like a spaceship. It takes inspiration from the modern line of Legion, at least in terms of port placements. The ‘i’ in 3i indicates an Intel CPU — the i5-12450H, paired with 4GB of RTX 3050 goodness and 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage. It has a stereo speaker setup aided by Nahimic audio and a 720p HD camera with a privacy shutter. The 15.6-inch FHD display upfront refreshes at 120Hz.
Acer Aspire 7 Gaming 12th Gen
The Acer Aspire 7 Gaming, aspires to be an affordable choice in the mainstream market with an Intel i5-1240P, 16GB of DDR4 RAM and 512GB SSD storage. There is an extra slot for RAM upgradability which is always appreciated. It has a 15.6-inch FHD display and an Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU for casual gaming. You also get a 720p webcam and stereo speaker setup.
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-45-R8CM Gaming Notebook
The Nitro series has been part of the mainstream gaming market for ages, and the Nitro 5 refreshes the lineup with a Ryzen 5 5600H and an Nvidia GTX 3060 GPU. It comes with 16GB of RAM, upgradeable to 32GB and 512GB SSD storage. You also get a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 144Hz, a 720p webcam, an RGB keyboard, and a decent selection of ports.
ASUS TUF Gaming F15 (2022) FX507ZE-HN038W
The Asus TUF series of gaming laptops have a tonne of options, amongst which the FX507ZE stands out with an Intel i7-12700H processor and an RTX 3050Ti GPU. You also get up to 32GB of RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD for storage. It also comes with a 720p webcam and speaker setup tuned by Dolby Atmos.
Dell G15 Gaming
The Dell G15 Gaming looks like something out of a futuristic movie, with its design approach. It features a beautiful keyboard layout with vents up top for better airflow. Inside, it packs an Intel i5-12500H and an RTX 3050 GPU with 16GB of ram running on dual-channel memory. You get a 15.6-inch FHD display with a 120Hz refresh rate for your gaming needs.
Indian Gadget Awards: Asus Zephyrus G15 2022 (Premium) Is the Best Gaming Laptop (Premium) of 2022
The Zephyrus line of gaming laptops from Asus has proven to be the best of the lot — and the Zephyrus G15 2022 edition just adds up to its legacy. The powerful package is aided by a 15.6-inch display that refreshes at 240Hz, and the eye-catching AniMe Matrix just adds more flair to the gaming dungeon.
Best Premium Gaming Laptop of 2022 – Indian Gadget Awards Nominees
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) GA402
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 (2022) GA503
- ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) G733
- MSI Raider GE77 HX – 12U
- MSI Titan GT77 – 12U
- Dell Alienware x15 R2
- Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 7
- ASUS ROG Flow X16
- HP OMEN 17
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (2022) GA402
Asus’ Zephyrus line has played an integral role in the upbringing of the premium gaming market. The Zephyrus G14, in typical style, sports the AniMe Matrix on the outer panel. It is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor along with a Radeon RX 6700S GPU. As the name suggests, it has a 14-inch display that runs at QHD+ resolution and refreshes at 120Hz. You also get up to 24GB of RAM and 1 TB of NVMe SSD. Besides this, it also has a 720p webcam, a backlit keyboard, and a good selection of ports.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus G15 (2022) GA503
The Zephyrus G15 also sports the AniMe Matrix on the outer panel, while the beautiful display upfront showcases a 15.6-inch WQHD panel that refreshes at 240Hz — a gamer’s delight. You also get an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS processor along with an Nvidia RTX 3070Ti GPU. It comes with up to 48GB of RAM and 1TB of NVMe SSD storage. You also get a speaker setup tuned by Dolby Atmos, a 720p webcam, and a backlit keyboard along with a good set of ports.
ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE (2022) G733
This is just an outright mammoth of a gaming laptop — not just in terms of its size, but also the components that run it. You get an Intel i9-12950HX CPU, paired with an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti, and a massive 17.3-inch QHD display that refreshes at 240Hz. It has 32GB of RAM and 2TB of NVMe SSD storage. The full-size keyboard is backlit with all the RGB goodness, and it has a good set of ports.
MSI Raider GE77 HX – 12U
The MSI Raider GE77 is a big, bold gaming laptop with a bottom strip swimming in a strip of RGB, while the outer panel is graced by an MSI logo that glows. It has an Intel i9-12900HX processor with an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti GPU. You also get a massive 17.3-inch display that can go up to 360Hz. It also supports up to 64GB of RAM and consists of two M.2 SSD slots. The laptop also has a 1080p webcam, a backlit keyboard, and a wide selection of ports.
MSI Titan GT77 – 12U
The Titan GT77 design might just be the pinnacle of gaming laptops with a massive body, that looks otherworldly. It has a 17.3 UHD display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a per-key backlit Cherry Mechanical keyboard. This entire package is powered by an Intel i9-12900HX processor, and an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti GPU. It supports up to 128GB DDR5 RAM and has a whopping four slots for NVMe SSD. The webcam upfront can shoot at 720p, and the Titan GT77 has a good set of ports.
Dell Alienware x15 R2
Dell’s Alienware lineup is known in the market for its gaming capabilities, the x15 R2 just adds on to the already overwhelming list. It packs in an Intel i9-12900H CPU paired with an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti GPU for all your gaming needs. You also get up to 32GB RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD storage. The front sports a 15.6-inch FHD display and refreshes at 360Hz. The laptop also comes with Alienware’s X-series thin keyboard with per-key backlit.
Lenovo Legion 7i Gen 7
While the Legion 7i might look like a subtle laptop on the outside, it for sure packs some heat on the inside. You get an Intel i9-12900HX with an Nvidia RTX 3080Ti and a 16-inch WQXGA display with a 240Hz refresh rate and a brightness of 500 nits. You get up to 32GB of DDR5 RAM running on dual channel memory and 2TB NVMe SSD for storage. The built-in webcam can record at 1080p, and the port selection is also quite decent.
ASUS ROG Flow X16
The Asus ROG Flow X16 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HS and an Nvidia RTX 3070Ti GPU. The 16-inch QHD+ display uses Mini LED, and refreshes at 165Hz. You also get 16GB of RAM and 1TB NVMe SSD, along with ports for an upgrade to 4TB. It has a backlit keyboard and a wide selection of ports. You also get a 720p webcam and a speaker setup tuned by Dolby Atmos.
HP OMEN 17
The Omen series of laptops from HP are known for their big rig power in a portable form factor. It packs in an Intel i7-12800HX, paired with an Nvidia RTX 3070Ti. The 17.3-inch QHD display upfront refreshes at 165Hz, with a brightness of 300 nits. You get 16GB of DDR5 RAM running in dual channel memory and 1TB NVMe SSD. It uses an HP Wide Vision HD camera for webcams and speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen. The full-size keyboard comes with per-key RGB backlit and also has a decent set of ports.