At the beginning of the year, NVIDIA introduced the mobile version of the RTX 2080 which is a true beast in terms of performance. This is the same TU104 chip which is available in the desktop version. That means 2944 shaders, 256-bit interface, and 8 GB GDDR6 memory – more than enough for smooth gameplay. The frequencies are 1380 MHz base clock and 1590 MHz boost, and 14000 MHz for the memory. The TDP is 150W, much higher than the Max-Q variant.
The Max-Q version of RTX 2080 has lower TDP levels, actually, there are two TDP variants for RTX 2080 Max-Q – 80W and 90W. The 80W one has a lower core clock – 735 MHz base and 1095 MHz boost. The 90W version is clocked higher – 990 Mhz base and 1230MHz boost clock. The memory speed is the same for both – 12000 MHz.
With its lower TDPs, the RTX 2080 Max-Q can be used in much smaller and thinner notebooks, while the machines equipped with the non-Max-Q version need more sufficient cooling.
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Acer Predator Triton 900
Acer Predator Triton 900 looks fresh and different because of its innovative hinge design. This machine is loaded with a lot of impressive stuff, inside and outside. The RGB backlit mechanical keyboard is nice, and Acer even fit the 150W version of RTX 2080 in a just 23.9 mm profile – impressive. The notebook is easy to upgrade too.
Its screen (AUO B173ZAN01.0 AUO109B) is impressive with 100% Adobe RGB coverage (up to DCI-P3). This 4K touchscreen display is PWM-free.
Drawbacks – the laptop is very loud during gaming, this is the price Acer has to pay with the very thin profile of the notebook. The battery life is bad, the hinge is a bit bendable, and Acer Predator Triton 900 is very heavy.
Acer Predator Triton 500
Another gaming-oriented offer from Acer. Acer Predator Triton 500 is the little brother of Triton 900. That means thin and light chassis (while Triton 900 is very heavy), alongside RTX 2080 Max-Q and powerful CPU options – this laptop is one hell of a beast.
The build is mostly made of aluminum and feels premium. Its display (AUO B156HAN08.2) doesn’t disappoint – the 144Hz panel has good viewing angles and 93% sRGB coverage. Long gaming sessions aren’t a problem because the display doesn’t use PWM.
The two M.2 NVMe slots are nice to have too.
This notebook isn’t very easy to upgrade unlike Triton 900. The disadvantages of its bigger brother are inherited – Triton 500 gets very hot while gaming and it is loud at the same time.
Acer Predator Helios 700
Its own OC Mode is here to help you when you need extra frame rate – this mode boosts the frequencies of the CPU and the GPU. Unfortunately, your ears will be “attacked” by the noise because under OC Mode Helios 700 is very loud. No matter the load, the cooling is very capable and this machine is always cool.
The keyboard is a good one – comfortable to both typing and gaming. The display is another strong advantage – 4K IPS panel with comfortable viewing angles and no sign of PWM at all.
The battery life isn’t that good but you will overcome it because Acer Predator Helios 700 is a stunning gaming machine.
Acer ConceptD 9 (CN917-71)
If you are a content creator, the Acer ConceptD 9 is the right choice for you – with its innovative hinge you can put the display in every desired position and you will also have a magnetic stylus in the box of the laptop.
But hey, sometimes, after work, even the creators want to play some new games and this is the case where Acer ConceptD 9 is showing its dual personality – the hardware inside is very good and no matter the task (content creating or gaming) it will be smooth.
Well, battery life isn’t good and the keyboard is placed a bit awkward but no one is perfect.
Acer ConceptD 7 (CN715-71)
The little brother of ConceptD 9 is here. Acer ConceptD 7 is a very capable, thin machine with an all-white design. This time the keyboard is a standard one with good travel. The touchpad is accurate enough. The display (AUO B156ZAN03.1 AUO31EB) is very bright, 4K one (option), with good viewing angles and also it is PWM-free.
The other pros are decent battery life, Thunderbolt support, and two M.2 slots.
Cons – lack of SD card reader and the bottom plate is getting a bit warm after prolonged usage.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531
We haven’t tested ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531 but from a distance, we can see some obvious things like good design, two fast IPS display options (144Hz and 240Hz), and good CPU / GPU combos like Intel Core i7-9750H + RTX 2080 Max-Q.
We like it but when we test it we’ll tell more.
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX531: Full Specs
ASUS ROG Chimera (G703)
Another strong gaming device from ASUS, with backlit keyboard, four 17.3″ display options (including 144Hz IPS variant), and two M.2 NVMe slots. CPU / GPU combos like Intel Core i9-9980HK + RTX 2080 will make it a good present for the upcoming Christmas holidays, but you’ll need deep pockets and strong hands (4.8 kg weight).
ASUS ROG Chimera (G703): Full Specs
ASUS ROG Zephyrus S GX701
CPUs like Intel Core i7-9750H / Core i7-8750H will make this device snappy and GPUs like the RTX 2080 Max-Q (with its lower TDP) will help for longer autonomous battery life (compared to the standard RTX 2080) when you are away from the charger.
ASUS ROG Mothership (GZ700)
This thing is the real mothership of all ASUS ROG devices. Just look at it – great looking standing design, detachable keyboard, and innards like Intel Core i9-9980HK and RTX 2080 make this “the different gaming laptop”. You can detach the keyboard and sit where you want, away from the display.
Speaking of display, you can choose from two 17.3″ panel options – 1080p 144Hz, and 4K 60hz.
ASUS ROG Mothership (GZ700): Full Specs
Specs – three 15.6″ IPS display variants (1080p to 4K, as well as 144Hz), up to 64GB RAM, decent battery capacity, and we can spot Intel Core i9-8950HK and RTX 2080.
Alienware M15: Full Specs
Alienware m15 R2 (2019)
A thin and compact gaming device, especially for its hardware – Intel Core i7-9750H and GPUs up to RTX 2080 Max-Q. The Max-Q technology is allowing thinner devices like this one – just 19.5 mm and so much power inside of it (the Max-Q version is 25% slower than the standard one).
It has a body from magnesium alloy (for the external side, copper alloy for the thermal structures). Another big thing in this thin body is the battery – 76Wh.
Alienware m15 R2 (2019): Full Specs
The 17.3″ version of Alienware m15. Nothing more to say here.
Alienware m17: Full Specs
Powerful hardware means higher consumption and Alienware Area-51m got a big 90Wh, 6-cell battery. The IPS panels – one 1080p 144Hz and one 4K 60Hz option.
Alienware Area-51m: Full Specs
Dell G5 15 (5590)
Its shell is a mixture of polycarbonate and aluminum. The keyboard is decent, with NumPad keys. The touchpad is accurate but its plastic texture is a bit rough.
The good – powerful hardware (including RTX 2080 Max-Q and fast Intel Coffee Lake processors). The build quality is nice, the I/O selection is rich in ports, battery life is impressive for a 60Wh unit, and the display (AUO AUO23ED) lacks PWM.
Another stealthy gaming machine from Dell. The design is similar to Dell G5 15 (5590) but Dell G7 15 has more powerful CPU options like Intel Core i9-9880H.
You can choose from two battery capacities – 60Wh, 4-cell and 90Wh, 6-cell. The battery life of Dell G5 15 was impressive for its 60Wh unit, so you can expect even greater results with the 90Wh one in the Dell G7 15.
Four 15.6″ display options – three IPS variants (1080p, 60 to 240Hz), and one OLED 4K.
Dell G7 15 (7590): Full Specs
Dell G7 17 (7790)
The 17.3″ screen (AUO B173HAN-9K35D AUO429D) with good viewing angles, 91% sRGB coverage, and no PWM for this panel.
Just like the smaller ones (G5 15 and G7 15) the performance is satisfying. For its screen size, the battery life isn’t bad – almost 8 hours of Web browsing more than 6 hours of video playback.
Sadly, this one was hot and loud in our tests.
Thin bezels, decent weight, and thin profile – Gigabyte definitely know how to impress.
Powerful hardware is “ticking” in its this body – Intel Core i9-9980HK and RTX 2080 Max-Q (options). The battery capacity is impressive – 94.24Wh.
Four 15.6″ screen panels – two IPS 1080p ones (from 144Hz to 240Hz), and two 4K 60Hz options – IPS and OLED.
GIGABYTE AERO 15: Full Specs
GIGABYTE AERO 17 / HDR (2019)
The main difference is the screen – IPS 17.3″ IPS panels. One is 1080p 144Hz and the other is 4K.
GIGABYTE AERO 17 / HDR (2019): Full Specs
HP Omen X 2S is one of the top dogs. It looks unique with its second display and an interesting custom keyboard.
The most interesting things are inside – the cooling is superb with 4 heat pipes and Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut liquid metal was used for even better cooling. This is definitely a machine for enthusiasts. To confirm this, we will note the DDR4 3200 MHz support. Our test machine was equipped with RTX 2080 Max-Q and games were running smooth (Far Cry 5 – 72 FPS, Ultra Settings).
HP Omen 17 2019
The cooling is sufficient, the temperatures are under control, and this notebook isn’t loud during gaming which is a bit rare case nowadays.
Its display (CMN175D) doesn’t use PWM at all, also it has high contrast and good color coverage – 98% of sRGB.
This machine is a little heavy (3.30 kg).
The laptop we bought for our review came with RTX 2070 (non-Max-Q version), but we have seen that in many stores the same laptop comes with a Max-Q graphics card. If anyone has more information, let us know.
Lenovo Legion Y740 is a capable machine for gaming despite the fact that it looks like many other Lenovo laptops. Overall, the design is fine and not very aggressive.
The battery life is so-so, below 3 hours of Web browsing and 3 hours of video playback.
Its display is our “hero” – big 144Hz 17.3″ panel (LG LP173WFG-SPD2 LGD05E0), with great color accuracy (with the aid of our Gaming and Web design profile), and wide color coverage.
Some drawbacks – no SD card reader and the keyboard is uncomfortable for gaming.
Razer Blade 15
On paper, everything looks fine for us.
Razer Blade 15: Full Specs
A good-looking gaming device from Samsung – Notebook Odyssey. If you choose one with Intel Core i7-8750H and RTX 2080 Max-Q inside we can assure you that this will be a beast for games.
Its profile is thin – 19.9 mm, the weight is acceptable – 2.40 kg. The battery capacity doesn’t look that promising (54Wh) but when we test it we will report the results.
Samsung Notebook Odyssey: Full Specs
MSI GS75 Stealth
MSI GS75 Stealth design is all about gaming. We can see a backlit keyboard, thin profile (18.95 mm), and the weight is on the low side – 2.25 kg. The battery capacity looks promising too with its 82Wh.
Big variety of CPU and GPU options, up to Intel Core i9-9880H and RTX 2080 Max-Q. Two 17.3″ IPS display options – 1080p 144Hz and 4K 60Hz.
MSI GS75 Stealth: Full Specs
MSI GT63 Titan has a typical MSI design. Per-Key RGB SteelSeries keyboard is here again. The cooling solution is called “Cooler Boost 5”, we have to test it and and find what kind of boost it is offering. MSI SHIFT Technology is allowing you to overclock the hardware components.
Not the thinnest device out there with its 40 mm profile, the weight is almost 3 kg. This device can be equipped with RTX 2080 with higher TDP and higher frequencies as well. Maybe that’s why the profile is thick – we suspect serious cooling inside.
MSI GT63 Titan: Full Specs
MSI GE63 Raider RGB 8Rx / 8Sx
Another MSI device that can be equipped with the “clean” version of RTX 2080. Inside of it, we found 7 heat pipes (yes, the total number is 7). That’s fine because the machine is always cool, no matter the load.
The build quality is good. As always, RGB keyboard SteelSeries is on board. The speakers are loud, the sound quality is high.
The display is fast (120Hz, there is also a 144Hz option) with vibrant colors, PWM-adjustment was bypassed by our Health-Guard profile.
Unfortunately, the viewing angles of the display are poor and the battery life is disappointing.
Max-Q technology is on board and that’s why MSI GS65 Stealth is so thin – 17.9 mm profile. In addition, the laptop is light and has an aluminum body.
The keyboard is also good – SteelSeries with per-key RGB backlight.
The battery life is acceptable for such a powerful machine – 8 hours of Web browsing and 7 hours of video playback.
The display AUO B156HAN08.2 AUO82ED) is gorgeous, with 95% of sRGB color coverage, it is PWM-free panel with a 144Hz refresh rate.
MSI GS65 Stealth is hot and loud during long and heavy loads.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RX
Only 17.7 mm profile and 1.80 kg of weight, we are very curious to see how this thing will perform in our benchmarks because MSI GS65 Stealth’s shell was hot even with its loud fans spinning like crazy. This one (MSI GS65 Stealth Thin) is even thinner so it is very interesting how the cooling will perform.
The display is definitely a downgrade compared to the non-Thin version – TN panel.
MSI GS65 Stealth Thin: Full Specs
MSI GE75 Raider has all MSI gaming goodies. SteelSeries keyboard with a per-key RGB backlight, fast touchpad as well.
Its adequate cooling is delivering acceptable temperatures. The battery life is only average with 5 hours of Web browsing.
The dedicated buttons for fan boost are here too if you want better temperatures.
The screen (Innolux N173HCE-G33 CMN175C) is very bright, it also covers 95% of sRGB, the colors are accurate, and the PWM isn’t aggressive.
MSI GT75 Titan 8Rx / 8Sx / 9Sx
The Titan series are offering good cooling and that’s why you can find Intel Core i9-9980HK and standard RTX 2080 (options) inside.
MSI GT75 Titan: Full Specs
The titan of all titans is here, the ultimate Titan – MSI GT76 Titan. This thing, just wow, look at it. The design is like a sports car-inspired. MSI’s Cooler Boost is here with an aid of 4 cooling fans and 11 heat pipes (yes, you read it right, 11 heat pipes). The polished cooling copper block offers better contact with the CPU.
MSI Mystic Light is on board with illumination around the keyboard and chassis underglow.
You can choose from two 1080p displays (144Hz to 240Hz) and one 4K IPS option.
MSI GT76 Titan: Full Specs
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