Best Desktop Replacement Laptops (2020)

Top Best Laptop Recommendations for Replacing Desktop Computers

At one point, desktop computers, were a necessity if you wanted good performance. However, these days, they take up a lot of space. In addition, they can easily be replaced by a laptop. Here, we’ll look at the best desktop computer replacement laptop. A laptop, is a better alternative, compared to a workstation. It eliminates the disadvantages of desktops, while maintaining its advantages.

Several factors have been taken into account when coming up with the best desktop alternative. First, is performance. The laptop you buy, should be able to adequately replace a desktop in terms of performance. The good thing, these days, both desktop and laptop processor have similar performance. Some years back, the processors in laptops, were seriously under powered. All the laptops in this list, have very good performance.

Most monitors, come with a 1080p resolution, in addition to having high refresh rates. This should also be true to the laptop screen that will be used to replace them. However, screen size might be subjective. In this list, I’ve listed laptops with 12 inches, all the way to 17 inches.

These laptops, don’t have to be necessarily lightweight. However, a light laptop can give you flexibility in the house. In the house, you can move with it from one room to another. Laptops, compared to workstations/ desktops, also come with the battery life. You get freedom from sitting next to a power outlet. When the weather allows, you can even use it outside the house.

In this list of best laptop recommendation for desktop/workstation replacement, I’ve listed brands such Microsoft Surface, Acer, Alienware, MacBook, Dell, HP, Lenovo, Asus, Gigabyte, Razer and many more.

You can also have a look at best Intel Core i7 laptops in addition to the best gaming laptops.

The Following are the Best Desktop/ Workstation Replacement Laptops (2020):

1MSI GF75 Thin 9SC-027 17 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h 2.6 - 4.5GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX1650 [Max-Q] 4G GDDR5
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB (8G*2) DDR4 2666MHz 2 Sockets; Max Memory 64GB
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports HDMI, USB, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.6 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches
Weight 4.85 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Size
Cons None

2Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro Black Edition Laptop


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CPU 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Graphics with 6GB of dedicated GDDR5
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution Full HD (1920 x 1080)
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD, 1 TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3.1 Type C) Port, 2 - USB 3.0 ports (1 with power-off charging), 2 - USB 2.0 Ports, 1 - HDMI Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 16.65 x 11.65 x 1.09 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Affprdable
Cons Heavy

3ASUS ROG G531GT Laptop


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CPU 2.6 gigahertz Intel 9th Generation Core i7-9750H
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8 GB
Storage Space 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, NO Webcam, NO Optical Drive, 1 x headphone combo jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.8 x 10.31 x 1.03 in
Weight 5.29 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons Heavy

4Razer Blade Stealth 13.3in Laptop


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CPU 8th Gen Intel Core i7 -8565U
GPU NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (25W) 4GB VRAM
Display Size 13.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 X 1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, USB-A, Wireless AC, Windows Hello infrared camera, and dual-array mics
Dimensions (L x W x H) 8.3 x 11.9 x 0.6 inches
Weight 2.91 pounds
Pros Performance, Lighweight, Design
Cons

5Alienware M15-15.6 FHD Gaming Laptop


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CPU 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H (6-Core, 9MB Cache, up to 4.1GHz w/ Turbo Boost)
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 with 6GB GDDR5
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution Fhd (1920 x 1080)
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 128GB PCIe M.2 SSD + 1TB (+8GB SSHD) hybrid Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Audio Jack, RJ45
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches
Weight 4.85 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Build Quality
Cons

6Acer Predator Triton 500 Laptop

CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core Processor (Up to 4. 5GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Graphics with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M. 2 Slots | 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades)
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 Thunderbolt 3 (Full USB 3. 1 Type C) Port, 3 - USB 3. 1 Gen 1 Ports, 1 - HDMI 2. 0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 - Mini Display Port 1
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14.11 x 10.04 x 0.7 inches
Weight 4.41 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Screen Quality
Cons Quite expensive

7HP Zbook Studio G5 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i9 i9-8950HK
GPU Intel HD Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USBs 3.1, C, Theunderbolt, HDMI, Audio Jack, RJ-45
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.7 x 14.2 x 0.7 inches
Weight 5 pounds
Pros Performance
Cons No dedicated GPU

8MSI GS65 Stealth-002 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-8750H 2. 2 - 4. 1GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX2070 8G Max-Q GDDR6 w/ New Ray Tracing Technology
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 32GB (16G*2) DDR4 2666MHz 
Storage Space 512GB NVMe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB, HDMI, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.08 x 10.24 x 1.16 in
Weight 4.19 lbs
Pros Performance
Cons None

9Razer RZ09-02385E71-R3U1 Blade Laptop


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CPU 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H 6 core processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q Design VR Ready graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920x1080 pixels
RAM 16 GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports HDMI, USB, Ethernet
Dimensions (L x W x H) 9.25 x 13.98 x 0.66 inches
Weight 4.56 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Quality
Cons None

10Asus ROG Strix G Laptop


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CPU 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750h Hexa-Core processor
GPU Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5 (base: 1395 MHz, Boost: 1560 MHz; TDP: 50W)
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution Full HD 1920x1080
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB PCIe SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USBs, HDMI, 3.5mm headphone Jack, Ethernet Port
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.74 x 11.55 x 1.04 inches
Weight 6.28 pounds
Pros Performance, Design
Cons Weight

11MSI Modern 14 A10M-460 Laptop


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CPU 3.4GHz Intel Core i5
GPU Intel HD Graphics
Display Size 14.1 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 8 GB DDR4
Storage Space HDD 512GB NV Me SSD 
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3. 1 Gen 1 Type C *2 USB 3. 2 Gen1 *2 Wireless Intel 9560 Jefferson Peak (2x2 802. 11 ac) BT 5 720p HD Webcam
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.68 x 8.74 x 0.63 inches
Weight 2.62 pounds
Pros Lightweight and Portable, Long battery Life
Cons None

12HP Omen 15 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h Processor, 6-Core, 2.6GHz up to 4.5GHz
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti (6 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM  8 GB
Storage Space 256GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports SD Card Reader, USBs, HDMI, RJ-45, Audio Jack
Dimensions (L x W x H) 10.35 x 14.17 x 0.98 in
Weight 5 lbs
Pros Good performance
Cons Storage capacity

13Alienware M17 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i9-8950HK (6-Core, 12MB Cache, Overclocking up to 5.0GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6 with Max-Q Design
Display Size 17.3 inches, 400 nits, Srgb 100% Color Gamut
Display Resolution UHD (3840 x 2160)
RAM 64GB DDR4-2666MHz, 2x32GB
Storage Space 4TB (2TB PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD Plus 2TB SATA SSD Upgrade
Operating System Windows 10
Ports RJ-45, HDMI, Type A, Thunderbolt, Mini Display, Headphone, Mic
Dimensions (L x W x H) 0.727"(18.5 mm. ) D: 11.52"(292.5 mm.) W: 16.1"(410 mm.)
Weight 5.79 Lbs.(2.63 Kgs.)
Pros Outstanding Performace, Lighweight design
Cons Expensive

14Gigabyte AERO 15 XA-9US5130SP Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i9-9980hk (2.4Ghz-5.0GHz)
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 with MAX-Q design GDDR6 8GB
Display Size 15.6 inches AMOLED Display
Display Resolution UHD 3840x2160
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Samsung DRAM module
Storage Space M.2 NVMe PCIe 512GB Intel 760P SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports Thunderbolt 3 | Killer Ethernet E2600/ Killer Wi-Fi 6 AX1650
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14 x 9.8 x 0.8 inch
Weight 4.4 pounds
Pros Performance, Design, Weight
Cons None

15Lenovo Legion 15.6 inch laptop


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CPU 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H Hexa-Core Processor 2.8GHz (up to 3.80GHz) 6MB Cache
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics
Display Size 15.6 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4
Storage Space 512GB SSD+1TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x USB 3.0 (Type-C), 1 x MiniDP , 1 x HDMI, 1 x Combination Audio Jack, 1 x RJ-45, 2 x 2W Harman Certified Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15" x 10.4" x 1.0"
Weight 5.29 lbs
Pros Performance, Display Quality, Build quality
Cons Heavy

16Eluktronics P650HP6 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core (2.8-3.8GHz TurboBoost, 6MB L3 Cache)
GPU 6GB GDDR5 VRAM NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
Display Size 15.6" Full HD LG IPS 60Hz 
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
RAM 16GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM
Storage Space 1TB 5400RPM SATA III Hard Drive
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (Type-C), 3 USB 3.0 Ports, HDMI 2.0 (with HDCP), 2 Mini DisplayPort v1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone & S/PDIF output), 1 Microphone jack, 1 Line out jack, 6-in-1 SD Card reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.1 x 10.6 x 1.0"
Weight 5.9lbs
Pros Performance, Design, Display quality
Cons Weight, Lack os SSD

17Sager NP7876 Laptop


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CPU 9th Generation Intel Core i7-9750H Processor (2.6GHz), 12MB Cache
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6
Display Size 17.3” Thin Bezel Full HD 144Hz, Wide View Angle
Display Resolution 1920x1080
RAM 32GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space 1TB SSD + 2TB HDD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports Card Reader, 1 HDMI output Port (with HDCP), 1 Mini DisplayPort 1.2 output Port, 1 DisplayPort 1.3 over USB 3.1 Gen 2 (Type-C), 1 USB 2.0 Port, 1 USB 3.0 Port, 1 USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port (Type A), 1 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone output), 1 Microphone Jack, 1 RJ-45 LAN
Dimensions (L x W x H) 11.11 x 15.74 x 1.28 in
Weight 5.9 lbs
Pros Large Storage capacity, Good Performance
Cons Heavy

18Gigabyte AERO 17 SA-7US1130SO Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750h
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GDDR6 6GB
Display Size 17.3" Thin Bezel LG 144Hz
Display Resolution 1920x1080 IPS
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage Space PCIe 512GB SSD
Operating System Windows 10
Ports USB 3.0, Mini Display Port, HDMI, Card Reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.6 x 10.6 x 0.84 inches
Weight 5.5 pounds
Pros Performance, Display Size
Cons Heavy

19Acer Predator Helios 300 Laptop


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CPU Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Graphics with Max-Q Design & 8 GB of dedicated GDDR6 VRAM
Display Size 17.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
RAM 16GB DDR4 2666MHz Memory
Storage Space 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots | 1 Slot Open for Easy Upgrades) & 1 - Available Hard Drive Bay
Operating System Windows 10
Ports 1 - USB 3.1 Type C Gen 2 port (up to 10 Gbps), 2 - USB 3.1 Gen 1 Ports, 1 - USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port (with Power-off Charging), 1 - HDMI 2.0 Port with HDCP Support, 1 - Mini Display Port 1
Dimensions (L x W x H) 15.89 x 11.02 x 0.97 inches
Weight 6.61 lbs
Pros Performance, Display size, Battery life
Cons Weight

20Microsoft Surface Book 2 13 inch Laptop


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CPU Intel Quad Core i7 Processor
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 discrete GPU w/2GB GDDR5
Display Size 13.5 inches Pixel Sense
Display Resolution 3000x2000 pixels
RAM 16 GB LPDDR3
Storage Space 1TB SSD
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Ports USB-C, Audio Jack, Card Reader
Dimensions (L x W x H) 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.9 in
Weight 1 lb
Pros Long battery life, Performance, Design
Cons Price