Best laptops for Minecraft in 2020
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You might not think that this was a question many people need to know the answer too, but here at Which Laptop, we get asked it all the time.
Minecraft is a phenomenon. Far more than just a game, it’s a learning aid, both at home and in educational settings, it can be used to teach kids how to code and plenty more. At it’s most basic level, it is just an incredibly fun experience that can aid with even the most inactive of imaginations.
Minecraft is an addictive time-sink though, and you want to make sure that, if you are going to be playing it on a laptop, you get one that’s going to be comfortable to use for long periods of time - very long periods of time!
How We Picked
You might think that any old laptop will do for a game as old as Minecraft but it is constantly being updated and pushing specs further all the time. It also makes CPUs and Ram cry with its intensity so those are the things we focused on when selecting laptops for this shootout.
How We Tested
Our selected laptops were all put through their paces measuring draw distances and tearing – tell-tale signs that a PC is struggling to cope with the demands placed on it by Minecraft. From there we measured performances and brought you the top three machines.
Best laptops for Minecraft in 2020
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505 will change the way you look at gaming laptops. It exceeds expectations, boasting impressive hardware and a compact, aggressively-designed chassis that’s exceptionally tough. FX505 has a gaming desktop-inspired keyboard with red-backlit keys, a highlighted WASD key group, and Overstroke technology for fast and precise control. With a cutting-edge IPS-level NanoEdge display, and a MIL-STD-810G test certified durability, FX505 delivers an immersive gaming experience without breaking the bank!
- Good specs for the job
- Reasonably priced
- Some models have a lot less RAM
ASUS TUF FX505
There are several iterations of this machine, but the one we have plumped for here is the 12GB version. You really don’t want to be buying a laptop for Minecraft with less than 8GB – to be fair, that probably stands true for just about anything.
TUF FX505 is billed as a full-HD gaming laptop and comes resplendent with a 15.6inch screen with a thin bezel that gives the impression of a larger panel even though you are limited to 1920x1080p
It’s an IPS screen as well, so your viewing angles are going to be so much better while you are mining and crafting.
The other component we want to pay particular attention to is the CPU here, and the Ryzen 5 3550H will be enough to see you through here.
Also worth mentioning is that it has a relatively decent Radeon RX560X on board, so more intensive 3D games such as Fortnite are not ruled out here.
The included SSD is only 512GB, so that is worth bearing in mind if you intend to install loads of other things on it.
- Powerful laptop
- Great CPU and GPU on board
- Good looking
- Not cheap
- Poor amount of storage
Acer Predator Helios
We are upping the budget here, but the Predator Helios is a worthy addition to our list. This is an excellent looking gaming laptop for those who can’t stretch to crazy prices.
The Intel 9th gen i7-9750H provides all the necessary grunt, and that’s back up with an GTX 1660 TI for its GPU – more than enough headroom to comfortably achieve our task here.
16GB DDR4 rounds off its merits but the stingy 256GB (albeit MVMe) SSD doesn’t endear us to it. It’s a pretty crucial cost-cutting corner that we could have done without on a gaming machine.
It does have an accessible slot so you can boost your storage, but that’s a small blessing when you are paying a hefty price tag in the first place.
It’s a great laptop however, with a nice backlit keyboard and a 15.6 inch IPS screen. There is no doubt you will enjoy playing games on this – just not on the storage Acer provides, which is a shame.
The AERO 15 houses the all-new 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor with 6 cores, 12 threads and an astonishing 4.5Ghz clock speed. All this translates into an exhilarating “AAA” capable gaming experience like no other, not to mention multitasking multimedia capabilities that you will defiantly appreciate.
- Strong specs
- Small form factor
- Very portable
Gigabyte Aero 15 Classic
Rounding up our top three options for Minecraft is the very portable and desirable offering from Gigabyte.
It measures in at under an inch thick but packs the kind of gaming hardware inside that will make you look twice when you see it performing.
The intel i7-9550H and GTX 1660 TI GPU lift this above the majority of machines at this level. 16GB DDR4 helps still further, and it has a 512GB SSD under the hood as well to provide a little extra room when it comes to installing games on it.
It performs great in Minecraft as you would expect and while it is not as cheap a model as soon you could get, the Aero 15 classic is set to last you for a good few years when it comes to your portable gaming needs.
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We are going for the Acer Predator Helios here. While it’s rather annoying small onboard storage is an irritation it is easily (if at your own cost) remedied and if you can get past that you realize what a great machine you have here. It’s very powerful, looks great and will see you well into the future. It’s not the cheapest in our roundup but it is the best pound-for-pound laptop for this task by some margin.