The best mid-range gaming notebooks









While you usually have to make do with rather narrow graphics solutions such as the Nvidia Geforce RTX 3050 for notebooks with only a three-digit price tag, there are models in the notebook mid-range with significantly more GPU power. So if you’re looking for an elegant price-performance ratio, you’ve come to the right place.

There is also a bonus in relation to CPU performance in the price range of just over 1,000 to 1,700 euros compared to the particularly cheap models. In relation to the luxury class, you primarily have to compromise with display, processing and storage space. The expensive high-end GPUs are of course also reserved for the even more expensive laptops, but with an RTX 3070, for example, it is very pleasant to play.



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1. Big screen, big power

Lenovo Legion 5

Lenovo Legion 5: Good technology, a fast GPU and a screen with 165 Hz speak for certain gaming genes.






Lenovo Legion 5: Good technology, a fast GPU and a screen with 165 Hz speak for certain gaming genes.

Price: approximately 1,599 euros

  • Display/weight: 17.3 inches, 1920×1080 pixels, 165 Hz / approx. 2.4 kg
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 5800H, 8x 3.20 GHz (Turbo: Up to 4.40 GHz)
  • RAM/HDD: 32 GB DDR4-3200 / 512 GB SSD M.2 NVMe
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8 GB

More and more refresh rate: Notebook screens are getting faster and faster, even in the lower middle class 144 Hz is now often represented, if you invest a little more, you can also get 165 Hz and more. Lenovo bets on classic Full HD, but instead on the already mentioned 165 Hz, combined in an IPS panel with good image quality.

Fleet GPU: Lenovo gives the RTX 3070 more power than other manufacturers. With a TGP of 130 watts, the GPU also beats some RTX 3080s, which are held back by inferior cooling and TGP brackets. 8 gigabytes of GDDR6 memory is part of the basic configuration of the graphics chip.

Quick storage: The Ryzen processor is fired up quickly with a whopping 32 gigabytes of DDR4-3200 plus a 512 GB of SSD memory in the form of the ubiquitous M.2 drives with NVMe protocol – it sounds random now, but it guarantees high speeds. A second slot ensures expansion options. Not insignificant considering the financial space available.

About

  • Efficient processor with eight cores
  • Ampere GPU with RTX and DLSS
  • 130 watts TGP

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2. Compelling value for money

Asus TUF Gaming Dash F15

The latest Intel processor and an RTX 3070 ensure gaming qualities at Asus






The latest Intel processor and an RTX 3070 ensure gaming qualities at Asus

Price: approximately 1,399 euros

  • Display/weight: 15.6 inches, 2560×1440 pixels, 165 Hz / approx. 2.1 kg
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-12650H, 6/4 P/E cores, 2.30/1.70 GHz (Turbo: up to 4.70 GHz)
  • RAM/HDD: 16 GB DDR5-4800 / 1.0 TB SSD M.2 NVMe
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8 GB

WQHD IPS screen: The days of weak notebook screens are over, WQHD is also used as a resolution here, and you don’t even need to do without high refresh rates – the TUF Gaming Dash F15 offers 165 Hz at 2,560×1,440 pixels.

RTX 3070 and Core i7 12th gen: Asus also makes no mistakes with the combination of CPU and GPU. The Core i7 is equipped with 6 performance cores and 4 efficiency cores that do the work as needed. DDR5 memory and a fast RTX 3070 complete the equipment. If you’re looking for the ultimate FPS, the Lenovo Legion 5 would squeeze a bit more performance out of the GPU.

Thunderbolt 4: The range of interfaces is adequate, but is concentrated on the left half of the case – left-handers beware. The two USB-C ports are also here, one of which also handles Thunderbolt 4 including display transmission and high transmission speeds and, if in doubt, can charge the notebook with up to 100 watts – good for users of a docking station.

About

  • Efficient processor
  • Ampere GPU with RT and DLSS
  • WQHD @ 165Hz, IPS

disadvantages

  • weight
  • Battery life a little weak

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3. MSI’s price miracle with RTX 3070

MSI Katana GF66

The MSI Katana GF66 does not rely on the fastest components, but it manages to maintain a good price-performance ratio.






The MSI Katana GF66 does not rely on the fastest components, but it manages to maintain a good price-performance ratio.

Price: approximately 1,299 euros

  • Display/weight: 16 inches, 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, 144 Hz / approx. 2.1 kg
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-11800H, 8x 2.30 GHz (Turbo: Up to 4.60 GHz)
  • RAM/HDD: 16 GB DDR4-3200 / 512 GB SSD M.2 NVMe
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8 GB

Price-performance: MSI has been looking for a nice sweet spot of price and performance for the Katana GF66, here is both the performance thanks to the Core i7-11800H and the RTX 3070 and the price is right.

Show middle ground: Instead of going the usual 15.6″, MSI uses a 16-inch screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The extra screen is welcome, especially since the manufacturer uses an IPS panel with stable viewing angles.

Portable: Despite good performance, you are mobile with the Katana GF66, the weight is relatively low at 2.1 kg. The WiFi6 module on the motherboard ensures fast WiFi. Only the battery could have lasted a little longer. The bad habit of offering only 512 gigabytes of SSD space despite low memory prices also deserves criticism.

About

  • eight-core processor
  • Ampere GPU with RT and DLSS

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4. Modular notebook as desired

XMG Apex 15

With XMG you can choose many components in the notebook yourself, the Apex model is a cheap basis for this.






With XMG you can choose many components in the notebook yourself, the Apex model is a cheap basis for this.

Price: approximately 1,599 euros

  • Display/weight: 15.6 inches, 1920×1080 pixels, 144 Hz / approx. 2.2 kg
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX, 8x 3.30 GHz (Turbo: Up to 4.60 GHz)
  • RAM/HDD: 16 GB DDR4-3200 / 1.0 TB SSD M.2 NVMe
  • Graphics card: Nvidia Geforce RTX 3070 8 GB

Self-configured is a better fit: With many notebook offerings, the technical data is predetermined and some configuration options don’t even exist. Manufacturers like XMG are more flexible and let you configure their barebones within certain limits. This doesn’t even have to be more expensive, sometimes redundant extras can also be reduced to save costs.

Our configuration suggestions: Apex 15 always comes with Ryzen 9 5900HX and Geforce RTX 3070, you can lend a hand with RAM, mass storage, WLAN and operating system. We recommend at least 2x 8 gigabytes of RAM (Ryzen really likes dual-channel, but definitely don’t do without it) and a 1.0 TB SSD.

Windows optional: Our suggested price of around 1,600 euros also includes a pre-installed Windows 10, if you still have a corresponding license you save the money for that. If you still want to save time: For 39 euros, XMG installs a Windows that is not yet activated, which you can then feed with your license.

About

  • quite freely configurable
  • Fast CPU/GPU

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