Gigabyte G5 | Core i7 12650H | RTX 4060 | 16GB DDR5-4800 | 512GB SSD | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | $1,099.99 $799.99 at Best Buy (save $300)
This is a lot of laptop for not very much money. To start with, you're getting a 10-core, 16-thread CPU that will easily cope with pretty much any game you throw at it. There's an RTX 4060 Mobile graphics chip too, that supports DLSS upscaling and frame generation. The storage is a bit disappointing, and you'll probably want to upgrade it at some point with a large SSD. For portable gaming and school work, though, this Gigabyte G5 laptop will keep you and your wallet happy.
Gigabyte G5 | Core i5 12500H | RTX 4060 | 8GB DDR4-3200 | 512GB SSD | 15.6-inch | 1080p | 144Hz | $1,099$749.99 at Newegg (save $349.01)
This is essentially the same version we reviewed before, just with 8GB of DDR4 RAM instead of 16GB. And that's arguably the biggest difference between this $750 version and the $800 version above. You get 16GB DDR5 memory with that one, plus a better CPU. But the Core i5 12500H is a slightly worse chip, it will arguably perform identically in-game.
The Gigabyte G5 is our favorite budget gaming laptop and has sat at the top of the list since it arrived in our labs. And our affection for the little machine has only grown over time given how much it's come down in price. When we first reviewed it at launch it was a $1,100 gaming laptop, while today you can pick it up for as little as $750 at Newegg.
But that's not necessarily where we'd recommend you buy it, because for just another $50 on top of that price you can grab an updated version for $800 at Best Buy.
Both laptops essentially use the same chassis and the same RTX 4060 graphics chip, but the Best Buy machine is an updatedRead more on pcgamer.com