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Best Gadgets for the Home: Tech Awards 2022 Editor's Choice (Part 2)

By Team HardwareZone - 16 Apr 2022

Best Gaming Notebook

Best Gaming Notebook

If you have been following our gaming notebook reviews, you will notice there’s one commonality – they have all become slimmer over the years and yet no less powerful. This is thanks to advancements in both CPU and GPU technologies, which allow gaming-class notebooks to come in form factors that will rival even today’s ultraportable built-for-productivity notebooks. Have you seen the ROG Flow Z13 or the Razer Blade 14 yet? It's a golden age for gaming notebooks.

Apart from the two models mentioned above, modern gaming notebooks come in a plethora of designs, sizes, and specifications. So, for this category, we are looking at the best 15-inch class of gaming notebooks that dropped into our lab in the last 12 months. Why 15-inch? Because to qualify for this category, the notebooks must come with the powerful GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop processor alongside a top-end Intel or AMD CPU. And a 15-inch chassis can accommodate a larger, and thus, more efficient thermal cooling system (and less power throttling) than a smaller-sized notebook. It's all about physics. It’s also the most popular size for those seeking a pure gaming notebook.

And here are the notebooks that made the cut:

Nominees:

  • ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021)
  • Lenovo Legion 7 (2021)

We have not received many gaming notebooks that come with a GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU, much less 15-inch ones. In 2021, what we noticed is that gaming notebook manufacturers are still sticking to 1080p displays due to consumer preference and demand. At this resolution, a GeForce RTX 3070 or even an RTX 3060 GPU will suffice.

But that said, the ROG Strix Scar 15 and Lenovo Legion 7 were arguably two of the most powerful gaming notebooks that landed in our lab. Both 15-inch notebooks are fitted with GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPUs and and also powerful AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processors.

 

And the winner is...


The Lenovo Legion 7!

In terms of performance, both notebooks are pretty much even-stevens – even if the Legion 7 is a wee bit faster in our benchmarks. But what caught our eyes most was its QHD (1440p) display which also produced crisp and lively colours. In contrast (pun intended), the ROG Strix Scar 15 came with a 1080p display that didn't take full advantage of its GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU. That's an awful waste of power, to be honest.

In terms of looks, well, beauty is in the eye of the beholder but we prefer the Legion 7's more subdued aesthetics and magnesium-alloy body. That's not to say the ROG Strix Scar 15 is not a looker – it is – but the Legion 7 simply looks more versatile and at home in more environments. Perhaps the Legion 7's only Achilles' heel is its poor battery performance. But taking into account that performance is our priority – not portability – we are willing to overlook this shortcoming.

Here are our benchmark comparisons of both notebooks' performances:

Ratings Breakdown
Model Design Performance Features Value Overall
ROG Strix Scar 15 (2021) 9 9 9 7.5 8.5
Lenovo Legion 7 (2021) 9.5 9.5 8.5 8.0 9.0

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section below.
 

References

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