- HP Pavilion 15-EC1024AX | Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 82EY00L4IN
Hex-core 7nm CPU, balanced GPU.
Note: Since this is perpetually in/out of stock, also Consider the following variant of the same laptop; the 15-ec0100AX has an older but still very capable 4 core/8 thread CPU. The 15-ec1051AX is a 144hz display variant with a slightly faster 1650 Ti and a 512GB SSD.
- HP Omen 15-15-EN0002AX
Packs a significantly faster 1660Ti GPU, excellent build quality. 4800H+5500M alternative:- MSI Gaming Bravo 15 A4DDR-212IN
- MSI GF65 Thin 9SEXR-438IN | ASUS ROG Strix G17 G712LU-H7015T | Dell G5 5505
Coming in at the ~1L price sweet-spot, this laptop is unremarkable apart from its GPU (RTX). Choose the ASUS Strix if you prefer a faster CPU and 17-inch display coupled with the 1660Ti at about the same price and the Dell G5 for its 4800H+5600M combo, offering the top processor in its class.
- MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-298IN 6 fast cores, a 144hz display plus an RTX 2070 GPU to drive it and 16GB of RAM. SSD+HDD combo and Intel WiFi 6 connectivity round off this impressive device. The Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-71QX is a fine alternative for excellent-rather-than-good thermals and is equipped with a super-fast 240hz screen.
- Lenovo Legion 7i 81YU002AIN
Speaking of excellent thermals, you’d be hard-pressed to find another chassis that keep parts such as the i7 10875H(8C16T) and a RTX 2080 under check. At 2.25Kg, this is still in normal-laptop territory, making anything larger/heavier seem almost unnecessary.
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