Updated September 18, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best Laptops With Dedicated Graphics Cards

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This wiki has been updated 9 times since it was first published in December of 2018. Embedded GPUs certainly save space and energy, but when it comes to power, they can be severely lacking. If you're a gamer, designer, or anyone who needs to work with high-quality video, it's worth considering a laptop with a discrete graphics card. Here are some of the top clamshells with dedicated video processors, one of which should meet the needs of anyone, no matter their budget. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best laptops with dedicated graphics card on Amazon.

10. Dell G7

9. Apple MacBook Pro Upgraded

8. MSI GT75 Titan

7. Apple MacBook Pro

6. Asus ROG Zephyrus

5. HP Spectre x360

4. Razer Blade 15

3. Acer Predator Helios 500

2. Acer Predator Helios 300

1. MSI GS65 Stealth

Editor's Notes

December 26, 2018:

While many large tasks call for massive, well-cooled desktop PCs, some of today's new laptops are upending that landscape, with some of the most compact and efficient technology ever released to consumers. The MSI Stealth is an excellent balance of price and performance, while their Titan is about as strong as they get. Acer's Predator Helios line is an exercise in well-performing computers on a relatively small budget, and the 500 model includes the very interesting Vega 56 chipset, which is probably what inspired Nvidia to release its respected 1070 Ti update. Creative professionals should consider a MacBook Pro, the less expensive of which has passable Radeon 560X graphics, while the more costly one has the new and venerated Vega 20 processor. But, do remember that Macs are a beast all of their own; only a very small range of apps and games are published for the platform, in contrast with Windows PCs. The Razer is an easy one to carry around, and despite its portability, it's awfully powerful. The ROG Zephyrus is another super-slim model. For all-purpose use, the HP Spectre is a great choice, as it's one of the few convertible 2-in-1s with a discrete GPU. In the upcoming year, be on the lookout for Nvidia's new RTX line to jump into the mobile GPU fray, and also be ready to take out a new mortgage if you really want to buy one.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on September 18, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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