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The 5 Best Gaming Laptops With Touchscreen in 2021

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The 5 Best Gaming Laptops With Touchscreen in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 5, 2021

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It’s surprisingly very uncommon to see a good gaming laptop with a built-in touchscreen.

Manufacturers instead tend to favor focussing on graphics cards and high refresh rate screens.

This is understandable for many users, but what about the creatives, designers, and touchscreen enthusiasts that want the best of both worlds?

We’ve put together today’s feature to answer just that; we’ll be guiding you through the best touchscreen gaming laptops available today (with a few different budgets in mind).

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Best Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: MSI Creator CUK Edition

If you’re a designer that demands a touchscreen capable of very fine artistic detail or you’re focused on the most powerful gaming possible, we would instead draw you towards Zephyrus Duo pick directly below.

But we appreciate that choice is very expensive. If you want a mid-range machine with a decent touchscreen and what we consider the best “all-round” option with a budget in mind, the MSI creator is a fantastic laptop.

CUK, one of the best custom-PC manufacturers in the business, has taken the MSI creator series (one of the only great touchscreen gaming laptops) and upgraded certain components to give it some fantastic specs for great settings in demanding titles as well as hardware impressive enough for production/editing work.

Lead by an RTX 2070 GPU, i7-108750H CPU, 32GB DDR4 RAM & a 1TB NVMe SSD; the MSI Creator is very capable of reaching high settings, resolution, and framerates in most of the latest/upcoming titles (and will comfortably be able to meet the best settings @ 60FPS in competitive games/esports), not to mention its specs also lend itself nicely to video/other production work.

If you are a high-end production user, we also appreciate the option to upgrade to the 64GB RAM + 2TB NVMe SSD version for only $200 more. This is actually a very reasonable price, as both of these upgrades are not cheap, although you certainly don’t need that much RAM if gaming is your only goal.

Boasting a 15.6″ full HD touchscreen display, if paired with even a budget stylus, we appreciate the utility this screen can provide to creatives/designers, especially given its fairly decent sRGB color accuracy.

We also really like that the laptop hinge rotates all the way to 180 degrees, an important perk for those focussed on drawing flatly.

While a solid screen overall, it does come up second-best compared to our next pick.

For gamers, we really like to see a screen with at least a 120hz refresh rate. However, there is a compromise that you need to make here: you will not find a touchscreen display higher than 60hz.

Our next pick gets around this in a clever way, but it’s really up to you what is more important; value-wise the Creator packs a punch, and gaming at 60FPS (with its capable hardware) is still very captivating.

There’s another great perk we want to highlight with this MSI gaming laptop; its excellent design/build quality.

Despite being very thin & light relative to nearly every other 15.6″ laptop, the Creator feels built to last and boasts a gorgeous brushed-metal look, backlit keyboard, and responsive trackpad.

What’s more, its 99W battery provides it with excellent longevity relative to other contenders (if you are playing games/using advanced software, you will only get a few hours of use, but that is the case for every choice).

With its decent specs, pleasant screen, and fantastic build quality, we really appreciate CUK’s answer to meeting this massive market gap.

If you’re looking for the best gaming laptop with a touchscreen (and can’t stretch to our dual-screen picks below) then we think you’re going to love the MSI Creator.

Best High-End Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo SE

What an incredible offering this is.

Recently featured in What in Tech as the most powerful laptop in any category, the Zephyrus Duo manages to get around the 60hz limitation of touchscreens with a unique, innovative setup.

As you might be able to tell, the Duo is a dual-screen laptop.

Boasting a half-size second screen above the keyboard, this new type of laptop innovation has been designed with everything from creatives to gamers in mind.

You can throw any type of content you want on there, so the possibilities are pretty much limitless; anything from custom UI in your favorite work software to discord/key thermals/twitch stats during gaming.

As we’ve mentioned previously, there is no laptop on the market with a touchscreen above 60Hz, but a high refresh rate is such an integral part of a high-quality gaming experience.

The Duo manages this by making its second screen touch-based, with excellent pressure sensitivity suited for professionals and passionate creatives alike, the panel rotates to a radius that is very comfortable to draw on for long periods of time, while still also being large enough to be suitable for detailed drawing.

The main screen is not touch-enabled, and instead allows you to choose between 2 incredibly specced models for premium gaming:

  1. A full HD 300Hz with 100% sRGB Color Gamut
  2. 4k UHD 120Hz with 100% Adobe RGB Color Gamut 

Essentially, option 1 is perfect for those leaning more towards gaming, with one of the highest refresh rate screens available (particularly great for esports/competitive titles).

Option 2 still gives a great refresh rate while boasting a 4k screen to the table for those that demand it for work (4k video editing, etc.).

Both are very capable of most creative/gaming requirements, boasting excellent color capabilities, contrast & 3ms response times.

We think ASUS has cracked the puzzle for a perfect touchscreen gaming laptop with the Duo; having the very ergonomic second touchscreen empowers the main monitor to boast a high refresh rate, which is the best monitor combination you can get.

If you absolutely need the main screen to be touch-enabled, but like what the Zephyrus goes for, your best choice is the ZenBook Pro Duo recommended further down and leading our dual-screen feature.

And this is just the screen capabilities, we haven’t even got to the hardware.

Boasting an RTX 3070 GPU, Ryzen 9 5900HX (the best gaming CPU), 32GB DDR4 RAM & 1TB SSD, the specs on this device are incredible.

Not only can you expect one of the best laptops for gaming at high settings, refresh rates, and picture quality, but also a machine that is more than capable of great performance in your production/creativity software of choice.

We’ve focussed on the 300Hz RTX 3070 edition as our main pick, with a perfect balance between gaming and creative options (running also at a cheaper cost).

But if you are looking for the most power possible, have a larger budget, and prefer the 4k screen with a lower refresh rate, the RTX 3080 version is perhaps the best laptop on the market today.

Finally, it’s worth touching on the superb build quality of the Zephyrus Duo.

It’s nice to see a unique, premium gaming laptop come with the sturdiness and physical longevity we would hope to see; with a gorgeous aluminum build, decent internal thermal design, tactile individually-lit RGB keyboard, and a great size/weight relative to other similar options. It feels like a high-end offering in nearly every sense.

One limitation worth pointing out is battery life; with any high-end gaming machine (not to mention one with 2 screens) you have to expect a life of no more than a few hours when performing demanding tasks; if you demand portability at a specific time, you can easily turn the second screen off temporarily though.

If you are serious about buying the best gaming laptop with a touchscreen built-in, this is the best choice you can get; and we expect the Zephyrus Duo to reign supreme in this category for a while.

Best Cheap Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: Lenovo Flex 5

If you want a gaming laptop with touchscreen functionality, the top choices all carry expensive price tags.

That said, if your budget is tight and you’re creatively focussed but still want to achieve some light gaming, the Lenovo Flex 5 is a fantastic budget touchscreen laptop and one of the most popular on the market for a reason.

At an incredible price for everything it includes, the Flex boasts a Ryzen 4500U CPU and 16GB DDR4 RAM.

The 4500U is the standout spec here; Ryzen’s 4th gen is easily one of the best for budget processors and tied in with the integrated Vega 6 graphics and generous RAM size (many options at this budget without touchscreen are 8GB!), you’re not going to be able to play the latest titles like Cyberpunk/Red Dead Redemption 2 at acceptable settings.

But if you’re focused on less demanding esports titles or older games like Minecraft/Fortnite, the Flex can still meet decent standards.

If you’re a fan of emulation, it’s also not a bad budget laptop for just that (with emulators tending to be dependent on CPU capability, so the lack of a standalone GPU is less of an issue).

Your main problem using this device for gaming will be storage space; with a limited 256GB size – the kind of games that the Flex 5 can run will usually be smaller which largely mitigates, but if you have any larger titles in mind, you’ll have to be careful with what you keep installed.

Note: There is a brand new iteration of the Flex 5 out with a 4700U processor (even better for budget gaming/work) & up to 1TB in SSD space; we have focussed on the basic model as its more readily available, but if you see the upgraded version available, we recommend stretching your budget a little further to that if you can.

Of course, if you demand to play more titles for under $1,000, you’ll have to look at non-touch gaming laptops, as you won’t get better value than the Flex for a combined choice.

Touch-wise, we’re simply floored with everything the device boasts for touch capabilities, despite its incredibly low price tag.

With a well-built 2-in-1 form factor with a responsive, pressure sensitivity touchscreen suitable for everything from notetaking to detailed drawing, and a high-quality Lenovo stylus included, many non-touch offerings have the same specs/price as the Flex 5! So it’s no surprise that it’s one of the best-selling budget laptops today.

For those focusing on the touch capability, we also think you’ll really appreciate the 360-degree rotation capability of the Flex, being able to draw in a tablet-like form factor makes all the difference for longer sessions.

Speaking of longer sessions, the Flex doesn’t cheap out on battery life too, able to impressively run up to 10 hours.

Yes, if your wallet allows, we recommend a more expensive pick from the list if you want to play games at high settings.

But if you’re a user that demands a touchscreen, and still wants some graphical capability all for less than 4-figures, you really won’t find anything better than this; it’s the cheapest touchscreen gaming laptop we can recommend, and an incredible offering for its price.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

While the top 3 options are our main picks for the best gaming laptops with touch screen, we wanted to quickly highlight a couple of additional choices that may meet more specific requirements/budgets better (these are also excellent alternatives if the above choices are out of stock).

Best Gaming Laptop For Creatives: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo

Our pick for the overall best dual-screen laptop available today – if you demand a main high-quality touchscreen but still want powerful gaming capability, this is your best option, read our full coverage here.

Best Touchscreen Gaming Laptop Mid-Range Alternative: HP Spectre x360 15T

If your budget is in-between our cheapest Flex pick and the more premium offerings on the list, the HP Spectre x360 is the best machine to fill the gap.

While we would recommend stretching further to one of our picks with an RTX 2000/3000 series card, the 1650ti still packs a decent punch and will serve you well for mid-range titles.

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The 5 Widest Monitors of 2021 (Gaming, Work & More)

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The 5 Widest Monitors of 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 7, 2021

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Whether you’re a user with a productivity focus or a gamer looking for unrivaled immersion, ultrawide monitors are an incredible multi-purpose offering.

Some of the leading manufacturers have come out with aspect ratios that go as far as including 2 high-resolution 16:9 screens in 1 monitor.

But there is a notable difference in picture quality, value, and other important specs amongst these choices.

That’s why today’s feature is here to guide you through the widest monitors worth buying in today’s market, with some different budgets and requirements in mind.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Overall Widest Monitor Best Pick: Samsung CRG9

What a fantastic offering this is.

Boasting the widest monitor aspect ratio today of 32:9,  the CRG9 is not just a super ultrawide display; with its enormous size and 5k resolution at 5120 x 1440 pixels, this 49-inch Samsung monitor is the equivalent of 2 1440p 27-inch screens in 1 unit.

While marketed as the widest gaming monitor, its specs and price offer what we consider to be a better value than any choice on the market.

In other words, we rank the CRG9 as the best choice for nearly any type of user after a super ultrawide display.

Arguably the best multitasking monitor on the market, it’s really hard to articulate just how effective the screen real-estate is. With the additional ability to plug 2 devices in at once if required (e.g. a work laptop and home PC, side by side as 16:9).

The screen is made even better by the superb picture quality on offer; with HDR1000 and a QLED IPS panel that achieves excellent color accuracy, anything from media to general content browsing will look fantastic on the CRG9.

But let’s talk about gaming.

If you are interested in playing big titles on this monitor, it’s one of the best screens in any category to provide an immersive experience.

On top of the aforementioned picture quality, the monitor also boasts a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG response time & FreeSync Premium Pro support to effectively mitigte screen tearing/ghosting issues.

With the plethora of titles that support ultrawide resolutions, the CRG9 is perfect for losing yourself in immersive single-player titles while also boasting a latency and refresh rate more than capable of a premium experience in competitive/esports games.

Speaking of losing yourself, the CRG9 is also the widest curved monitor. With 1800R curvature, we much prefer this over a flat form factor, especially for very wide displays, which more ergonomically accommodate the natural curvature of the human eyes when they have even a soft curve to match.

Not only does this give the feeling of your immersive content “engulfing” your vision, but it’s simply easier to view the end-to-end screen real estate comfortably.

The exception here is if you demand large viewing angles (say, multiple users needing to view the monitor). This is the one area where a flat screen will improve over the CRG9.

If your primary focus is gaming and you have the extra budget, we would highly recommend upgrading to the second Amazon listing; the Odyssey G9.

Featured many, many times on What in Tech, the G9 includes the same great picture quality as the CRG9 while also boasting a 240hz refresh rate, G-Sync compatibility, 1ms GTG response time, and a stronger 1000R curve.

These specs make it a formidable premium gaming monitor and more than worth the price difference (though if you can’t afford it, the CRG9 is still an excellent choice and the top of our list for a reason).

Finally, no corners have been cut on the physical elements of the CRG9/G9. With incredible, sturdy build qualities that you would hope for in their large form factors, as well as some striking futuristic designs, these Samsung offerings are so much more than just the widest monitors in the world worth buying.

CHG90 vs CRG9

We wanted to touch briefly on comparing our top pick to another popular wide Samsung model; the CHG90.

While the CHG90 is a great choice in itself, it is an older model compared to the CRG9 with a noticeable spec loss: a 1080p resolution instead of the CHG9’s 1440p.

This means, despite being the same width/size, the CHG90 has a notably lower DPI. It’s still a decent runner for gaming, but the value you get from spending that little bit more for the CHG9 is in pretty much every case, a no-brainer.

If you’re budget-focused, a 1080p ultrawide is a good option, but we have cheaper ultrawide 1440p choices further below too.

Be it gaming, productivity, video editing, media, or general use, we are simply floored by how the CRG9 ticks all the boxes.

Yes, it is expensive, but we’ve seen offerings with significantly lesser specs charge more for a premium ultrawide. The CRG9 (and the Odyssey G9 for gamers) aren’t just high-quality, they provide a deceptively high value for their premium price tags.

Not only is this the widest monitor ever, but it’s also one of the best offerings in any category of PC display.

Widest Monitor Runner-Up Pick: Spectre C505B

As much as we love the CHG90, it’s closely followed by another fantastic offering.

Matching the aspect ratio and size of our top pick, the C505B also boasts an incredible 5k super ultrawide DQHD resolution with 2 27inch 2k monitors built-in.

For a slightly lower price tag, you’re still getting a 120hz refresh rate, 4ms GTG latency, 99%sRGB/90% DCI-P3 color gamuts, and 400-nits brightness. This combination is capable of providing a very high-quality picture for a variety of content.

Spectre is another formidable brand in the gaming monitor space. Yes, gaming is certainly the focus here. But like the CHG90, we think the specs lend themselves perfectly to any type of productivity/production user after some serious screen real-estate and/or multi-tasking.

The C505B also boasts the same 1800R curve as the CHG90, adding a gorgeous sense of immersion that really has to be experienced to fully appreciate.

Despite its lower price tag, the build quality still seems excellent, with dual DisplayPort and HDMI outputs, height adjustability, and VESA mounting options.

So with that said, why is it our second choice?

Well, although coming in at just shy of 10% cheaper, the trade-off is that you are getting a monitor with less capable contrast and brightness (HDR400 vs the CHG9’s 1000), and while its color gamut is very respectable, it doesn’t quite match up to the QLED IPS panel of our number #1 choice.

Finally, although the C505B is a gorgeous, well-built monitor in its own right, we appreciate that the CHG90 is such a tried-and-test popular choice, with 1000‘s of users citing its longevity (minimal dead pixel issues or problems with ghosting, screen-tearing, etc.).

While we fully expect this Spectre display to be a worthy runner, when you’re buying a product of this price, it’s nice to have so many previous owners back up the quality to provide valuable peace of mind that you can’t get from product listing and initial monitor reviews alone.

With all that said, if the price difference is more meaningful to you than the change in specs, this is still a fantastic choice, and matches the CHG90 as the widest PC monitor in the world.

Widest Monitor Cheap Pick: VIOTEK SUW49C

We appreciate some users will be after the widest PC monitor for the lowest cost.

We’re pleased to say that while the SUW49C isn’t as powerful as our top 2 picks, it boasts some impressive value considering it’s around 30% cheaper.

Viotek is a reliable monitor manufacturer who often specializes in providing budget alternatives for premium displays, and this offering is one of their best achievements in that signature capacity.

Still boasting a 49-inch size, 144hz refresh rate, 4ms latency, HDR capability with 320-nits brightness, FreeSync, and a respectable color gamut for a VA panel, the SUW49C may not have the picture quality of the above choices, but it feels like a premium monitor in a large sense.

Other than the slightly lower color and brightness/contrast capabilities, there is one major aspect that changes the SUW49C vs our top 2 picks; it’s a 1080p super ultrawide monitor as opposed to 1440p.

3840 x 1080 is still one of the widest monitor resolutions, and if you are running a budget gaming PC, it may be more suited for you anyway; with fewer pixels to render on a more limited GPU.

That said, there’s no denying that the increased DPI of our 1440p super ultrawide monitor picks offers a notably sharper image. This is especially important for non-gaming use, where we expect any type of user to appreciate the crispness of internet/basic software content.

With all that said, this Viotek display is still 30% cheaper.

Do we think the CHG90/505B is worth the premium? Absolutely.

But if you can’t stretch to it, Viotek has carved out a place in the market that is quite special; we really appreciate that this option empowers someone with a lesser budget to still gain the wonderful immersion and multi-tasking benefits only the widest computer monitors on the market can provide.

If that sounds like a fit for you, we think you’ll love the SUW49C.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

After much review over specs, build quality, and price, the top choices are our main picks for the widest computer monitors work buying in today’s market.

We’ve included a couple of additional quick-fire options for those that might be after a little more choice (or some great alternatives if the above options are out of stock).

Widest Monitor for Work: Samsung C49J890DKN

As mentioned previously, we think the CHG90 (or C505B) suit themselves well for any type of use.

If however, you happen to see this monitor at a cheaper price tag and are purely interested in basic, non-gaming needs (documentation, programming, browsing, etc.) you may appreciate this more simplistic choice.

Widest 43 Inch Monitor: ASUS ROG Strix XG43VQ

If the nearly 50-inch monitor choices intimidate your wallet (or your eyes), the next step below size-wise is the fantastic XG43Vq, very capable of gaming and other general multi-tasking usage.

Other options?

As much as we think picks like the CHG90 are worth the money for serious gamers & productivity users, we appreciate they’re heavy on both size and price.

If your idea of the widest computer monitor was something smaller and/or cheaper, we highly recommend checking out the various picks in our articles for 1440p ultrawide (best) or 1080p ultrawide (cheapest).

Alternative, What in Tech also has a host of other monitor features for all shapes, sizes, refresh rates, and budgets.

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