9 Best Gaming Laptops In Malaysia 2021 (With Price Around RM3000 Options Too)

All set to treat yourself to the best gaming laptop in Malaysia 2021? Don’t panic when you see the prices! The latest gaming laptops can cost around or even more than RM7K!

However, it’s not all hopeless! And you can get a decent budget gaming laptop in Malaysia for less than RM4,000!

Be sure to read the buying guide below if this is going to be your first ever gaming laptop!

How To Choose A Good Gaming Laptop

In a nutshell, don’t stinge on the GPU. If you need to save money somewhere, that can be the screen (you can use an external monitor) or the CPU.

Other things like memory are often upgradeable.

And you have to accept that a gaming laptop is not ideal for frequent travelling. Nor is the battery life as long as other laptops!

1. Graphic Card / Graphics Processing Unit (GPU)

It’s safe to say that most games depend on the GPU. And since GPUs are usually built into the laptop (and not upgradeable):

You need to get one that will still be able to cope with future games. At least for a few years!

Brands and their latest cards:

  • Nvidia – RTX 30-series cards (e.g. RTX 3060 Max-Q or RTX 3080)
  • AMD – Radeon RX 5000M series (e.g. RX 5500M, RX 5600M and RX 5700M)

What if you only plan to do some light gaming?

Entry-level GPUs include GTX 1650 or RX 5500M. GTX 1660 Ti is even better.

For keen gamers, try to get your hands on a Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2060!

And if you really want to play any game at the maximum settings (VR included), then you will need at least a RTX 2070 or RTX 2080.

2. CPU

Although a GPU is more important than a CPU for a high performance gaming laptop:

You should still try to get one that has an Intel® Core™ i7 processor or better!

If you have a great GPU, an Intel® Core™ i5 processor may suffice to run games too (albeit not at the highest settings).

The best laptops in Malaysia run the latest and fastest chips for their CPUs!

With:

  • High clock rates (GHz)
  • Multiple cores

3. RAM

If you plan to use the laptop for games, the minimum requirement for RAM is 16GB.

It’s an added bonus if is possible to upgrade the RAM in future!

4. Memory Storage

SSD is the newer technology and leads to a faster overall performance than what you would get from a conventional HDD.

So don’t buy a gaming laptop without SSD!

Bear in mind, having more memory storage can drive up the price of a gaming laptop in Malaysia!

That’s why many models will compromise and use both HDD and SSD! Just check that the HDD is a 7,200-rpm HDD (faster).

Later on, you can switch to a larger HDD (if possible). Or use an external drive.

5. Laptop Screen Display

In addition to graphic cards, having support software like Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync can further reduce chances of screen ghosting or tearing!

High-end screens use OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) instead of LED-lit LCDs. The contrast is more obvious. But that reflects in the price too!

Screen Size

15 to 17-inch screens are common with gaming laptops. These larger laptops will come with their respective weight!

Resolution

Do not accept anything less than HD (1920 x 1080p)!

Refresh Rate / Frame Rate & Resolution

A higher refresh rate (in Hz; images per second) is necessary for a seamless gaming experience.

For HD displays, aim to get a 144Hz refresh rate! However, 300Hz is better still!

And like Smart TVs, there are 4K displays for laptops too. But these are expensive. And are only worth it if you will be using a huge screen!

Moreover, the refresh rates for 4K displays are still limited to 120Hz.

6. Build

Obviously, you’ll want a sturdy keyboard that can take frequent barrage from enthusiastic gameplay!

You may want to check the placement of keys you frequently use. Some keyboards don’t give you full-sized arrow keys!

7. Extra Features

  • Ports – Consider the type and number of ports you will need for any additional peripherals. Do you still need USB A or an SD card reader?
  • Another thing to look out for is wireless connectivity for 4GHz or 5GHz bands. But now, you should be looking for Wi-Fi 6 capability too.
  • Don’t forget Bluetooth for your wireless headset or other wireless accessories!

And while they’re fun to use, a touch screen is definitely unnecessary for a gaming laptop.

You don’t need anything else to drain your precious battery life when you’re running power-hungry games!

On the subject of battery:

8. Battery Life

For gaming laptops, it’s rare to find any that can last for more than 8 hours on a single charge!

Furthermore:

You should be using the power supply in order to run the highest in-gaming settings!

9 Best Gaming Laptop Malaysia 2021

1. Alienware M17 Gaming Laptop

Sporting a 17.3-inch 4K display, the Alienware M17 Gaming Laptop packs tremendous performance (especially with Core i9 and RTX 2080) in a relatively lightweight design!

Enough to replace your desktop! It is hard for anyone else (but serious gamers) to ignore that hefty price tag though!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H (6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz w/ Turbo Boost 2.0) / i7-10875H (16MB Cache, up to 5.1 GHz, 8 cores)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 6GB GDDR6 (OC Ready) / NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 8GB GDDR6 / NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™ 8GB GDDR6 with Max Performance
  • RAM: 16GB / 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB / 1TB SSD
  • Screen: 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) / 17.3″ UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Battery Capacity: 6-Cell, 86WHr
  • Dimensions: 16.9-22 x 399.8 x 294.26 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.5 – 2.97 kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM9,499 – RM12,699

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2. MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG-036 Gaming Laptop

While it may not have an eye-catching design:

The MSI GS66 Stealth 10UG-036 Gaming Laptop uses one of the newest high-performance graphic cards in the market!

That, in tandem with the fast SSD and longer battery life (99.9 watt hour) can give Alienware laptops a run for their money!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10870H+HM470
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 Max-Q, GDDR6 8GB
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 2TB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080), 300Hz
  • Battery Capacity: 4-Cell, 99.9WHr
  • Dimensions: 18.3-19.8 x 358.3 x 248 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.1 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM10,999

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3. MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFSK 650 Gaming Laptop

It’s tempting to get the MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFSK 650 Gaming Laptop. Since it’s around half the price of the previous 2 laptops in this list!

And capable of running most games (that don’t require 3D capability)!

In return, you will be settling for less storage. And only 144Hz tops!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H+HM470
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2070 Super, GDDR6 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080), 144Hz Thin Panel
  • Battery Capacity: 6-Cell, 51WHr
  • Dimensions: 27.5 x 357 x 248 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.3 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM6,999

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4. ASUS TUF Gaming A15

With one of the fastest AMD processors around, and a NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070 graphics card:

The ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is truly a formidable player in this list of gaming laptops!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: AMD® Ryzen™ 7 5800H Processor
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3070, GDDR6 8GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080), 240Hz Anti-Glare IPS Panel
  • Battery Capacity: 90WHr
  • Dimensions: 22.8-24.5 x 359.8 x 256 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.3 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM6,999

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5. Razer Blade 15 Base Model

Razer Blade 15 Base Model is inconspicuous as a gaming laptop. But attractive enough with an RGB keyboard (single zone) and thin bezels!

The fact that it has a NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060 is nice but there are newer GPUs in similarly-priced gaming notebooks in Malaysia!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-10750H (2.6GHz, 6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 5.0GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2060, GDDR6 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920*1080), 144Hz, 4.9 mm Bezel
  • Battery Capacity: 80WHr
  • Dimensions: 20 x 355.6 x 236.22 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.27 kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM6,999

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Budget Gaming Laptop Malaysia

Save some money from these budget laptop models and you can invest in a luxurious gaming chair!

6. Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

Is the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop the best affordable gaming laptop? It certainly looks like one! With striking red accents and 4-level keyboard backlighting!

Under the hood, it has a NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650Ti graphics card! Alas, you have to sacrifice on memory and the CPU.

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10300H (2.6GHz, 6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz) / i7-107850H / AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650Ti 4GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display 144Hz Slim Bezel
  • Battery Capacity: 4-Cell 55WHr
  • Dimensions: 25.9 x 363.4 x 255 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.2 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM3,999 – RM4,599

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7. HP OMEN Laptop 15-en0049AX

What can you expect from a cheap gaming laptop in Malaysia?

The HP OMEN Laptop 15-en0049AX still manages to keep up with some games (not at the highest settings).

And once you start multi-tasking or running large programs like Adobe Premier Pro, you will feel the drag (i.e. limited RAM and storage)!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen™ 5 4600H (3.0GHz, up to 4.0GHz, 8MB L3 cache, 6 cores)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650Ti 4GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144 Hz, IPS, 250 nits, anti-glare
  • Battery Capacity: 3-cell, 52.5WHr
  • Dimensions: 22.5 x 357.9 x 239.7 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.37 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM3,899

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8. Lenovo Legion 5 15 Gaming Laptop

Right off the bat, the Lenovo Legion 5 15 Gaming Laptop only has 8GB RAM!

The graphics card isn’t the latest, and the storage space is tight at 512GB. You will want to upgrade soon to be able to run new games!

As for the design, it’s classy and just the thing if you don’t want to announce to everyone that you’re a gamer!

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10300H (2.6GHz, 6-Core, 12MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce GTX™ 1650 4GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display 144Hz, 300 nits, anti-glare
  • Battery Capacity: 4-Cell 60WHr
  • Dimensions: 23.57-26.13 x 363 x 260 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.5 kg
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM3,799

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This comes close if you want a gaming laptop Malaysia below RM3000:

9. Dell G3 15 Gaming Laptop

Dell also makes one of the best gaming laptops in Malaysia. And their G3 15 (15.6-in. display) is significantly more affordable than the more expensive Alienware laptops!

The downside?

That lackluster display which can suffer from a little screen bleeding.

  • OS: Window 10 Home (64bit)
  • Processor: 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-10300H (8MB Cache, up to 4.5 GHz, 4 cores) / i7-10750H (12MB Cache, up to 5.0 GHz, 6 cores)
  • Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR6 / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 Ti 4GB GDDR6 / NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
  • RAM: 8GB / 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 120Hz 250 nits
  • Battery Capacity: 3-Cell, 51WHr / 4-Cell, 68WHr
  • Dimensions: 21.6 x 365.5 x 254 mm (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 2.34 kg
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM3,599 – RM5,299

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Conclusion

It’s little wonder that the best gaming laptop in Malaysia 2021 is the ASUS TUF Gaming A15. It rocks the latest Nvidia graphics card and for under RM7K!

On the other hand, it’s a tough call for budget gaming laptops, but we’ll have to go for the Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop!