The 8 Best 8TB SSDs in 2021 (2.5″, M.2 & External)

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The 8 Best 8TB SSDs in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 9, 2021

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It’s crazy to think how far we’ve come since the days of marveling at 20MB drives & even smaller portable storage.

Who knew 30 years later, we’d be enjoying 1TB flash drives, 1TB microSDs &, of course, 8TB solid-state drives!

There are now some very decent 8TB offerings available from leading storage manufacturers, but they still vary heavily in type, quality & price.

So today’s feature is here to guide you through the best 8TB solid-state drives, with different budgets and requirements in mind.

Top Picks

Quick word on where to buy 8TB SSDs

If you’ve already looked at 8TB SSDs online, you may have run into some products that are 80-90% cheaper than the reputable options we recommend below.

How is that possible?

As you may have guessed, I’m here to tell you these cheap listings are fake 8TB SSDs, usually made using a smaller drive with data re-writes to make them “appear” like they are 8 terabytes (but will quickly stop working when pushed above their original spec).

You have to be very wary of such listings, they often still come with a host of good reviews by using an old product page (e.g. a well-rated 1TB SSD) and then updating it to an 8TB fake.

We’d recommend sticking to the options on this list that represent the best value for authentic 8 TB solid states, and even when buying our recommendations, remember to purchase from Amazon directly (or one of their third parties with excellent customer feedback).

If you still want to look at other options, we strongly suggest sticking to reputable brands like Samsung & Corsair.

Best 2.5″ 8TB SSD: SAMSUNG 870 QVO

What a fantastic offering this is.

From one of the kings of flash memory, Samsung’s 870 QVO product line doesn’t just offer enormous size options but does so with great technology to ensure decent longevity while still managing to be the cheapest 2.5-inch 8TB SSD we’ve come across.

Not only does the 870 QVO boast read speeds up to 560 MB/s & write speeds up to 530 MB/s, but benchmarks also suggest that speeds get close to these numbers in real-world performance (this isn’t always the case, with “maximums” provided by manufacturers occasionally not mirroring reality).

Having excellent speeds is integral for many people with larger drives when considering the significant data transfer that can take place between your various storage units.

The specs also make the 870 QVO a fantastic 8TB SSD for PC gaming (if you’re buying for a console like the PS5/Xbox Series X, be sure 8TB is supported – if not, the 2/4TB versions are also well worth their smaller price-tags).

Based on QLC technology to achieve its excellent price-point, Samsung works around the usual limitations of a QLC SSD setup by implementing an Intelligent TurboWrite & a stability-focused ECC algorithm to ensure terabytes written (TBW) up to 2800 (twice that of the previous iteration, which was already a well-received, stable product by QLC standards).

Whether you’re after an 8TB SSD for video editing, general storage, or other average user needs, we really appreciate the longevity on offer here (if your requirements are for your OS running as fast as possible, the 870 QVO is still a decent choice, but you may want to consider the M.2 picks below).

While it’s nothing to go crazy for, we appreciate the decent design and build quality of the 870 QVO too; balancing minimalism and sturdiness in its tiny package.

Another nice-to-have is software capability; the utility for data migration/cloning, Samsung Magician speed optimization, and general drive management are fantastic additions and all easily available.

Finally, it’s worth noting the incredible value of the 870 QVO. It has little diminishing returns price-wise, with the 8TB SATA SSD version (usually) costing around double a 4TB SSD. This is a great feat, with larger drives often coming with a premium for their utility in only taking a single output.

Ticking practically all the boxes we think most users are looking for in a serious storage solution for their computers while maintaining a fantastic price, the 870 QVO is easily our overall top pick for the best 8TB solid-state drive today.

Best M.2 8TB SSD: Corsair MP400

If you’re after the fastest 8TB solid-state drive possible for a PC setup, power-house brand Corsair has a brilliant offering for M.2 NVMe users.

With read speeds up to 3400 MB/s & write speeds up to 3000 MB/s, we’re pleased to say that, like the Samsung 870 QVO, the benchmarks and user reception demonstrate that these speeds are attainable in real-world performance.

Not only is this the fastest 8TB SSD worth buying in today’s market, but its 3d QLC NAND architecture still boasts up to 1,600 TBW, a great balance between longevity and the cheaper utility of QLC.

The great differentiation between the MP400 and the 870 QVC (other than port requirements) is the price.

As fast as the MP400 is, it comes at over 50% more expensive than the 870 QVC.

Would we recommend it as one of the best SSDs for your operating system and intensive read/write requirements? Absolutely.

But appreciating the high cost, it’s worth point out that while the MP400 is 6x faster than nearly all of its 8TB SATA SSD competitors, that does not translate to anything close to 6x operational performance (e.g. 

In other words, while it’s a great investment if you can afford it, running your system from the 870 QVO would still provide decent speeds (you could also combine it with a smaller MP400 M.2 drive running your OS/main software and an 870 QVO 8TB for your general storage/media if you want to optimize cost and speed).

If you’re running cloud storage, or an intensive virtual machine setup, investing in MP400s will be fantastic if you have a motherboard with decent M.2 capability.

Unlike traditional SATA solid-state drives, it’s a little more common to see larger NVMe 8TB SSDs cost more per byte for their additional size.

In other words, for the MP400 8TB, you can expect to pay around 5-10% more than 2 MP400 4TBs. But with M.2 slots usually more limited than SATA outputs, we think the extra price is more than worth it for users serious about maximizing their storage.

With unrivaled speeds, size, and great compatibility across PCIe, the MP400 may be expensive, but considering you’re getting one of the best M.2 drives in any category, we think it’s more than worth its hefty price tag.

Best External 8TB SSD: Glyph Atom Pro

While Glyph may not be a household name like Samsung and Corsair, they’re a reputable manufacturer, especially in the premium SSD space.

One of the best examples of their accomplishments is the Atom Pro, which doesn’t just provide a portable, rugged 8TB external SSD, but also one that operates on an NVMe interface to reach speeds comparable to some of the best M.2 drives.

With read speeds of up to 2800 MB/s and write speeds up to 2600 MB/s (that are actually attainable in real-world performance based on benchmarks and user hands-on), they may be a tad lower than our top M.2 above, but to achieve these speeds for an external solution that needs to also balance portability/durability? The Atom Pro’s specs are very impressive.

There are a few reasons we consider it better than the competition, but the main one is that we think the type of users after an 8TB external drive will more likely be those looking for significant transfer speeds and/or read speeds.

Whether you’re a 4k 60FPS video editor, production users, or someone who wants to use this enormous space for a dedicated portable PC storage with OS/Games/media, the NVMe specification and speed of the Atom Pro poses a lot of value to you.

Its capability as a powerful portable storage solution is really solidified by its build quality; not only is it deceptively small (with a nice crevice around the sides to fit the cable through during travel), but it’s one of the most durable SSDs we’ve come across, even boasting 810F military standard grading to endure intensive conditions.

With all that said, while we do rank this as the best external 8TB solid-state drive, we appreciate that it is a very expensive offering.

As stunning as the read/write speeds are on a portable solution, if you don’t see yourself using them to their full effect (e.g. running an OS from an external SSD or transferring large files with a focus on haste) then you may be better off looking at our cheaper external pick below.

It’s worth adding that you need a device that supports Thunderbolt 3/4 to achieve the specified speeds (formatted as a Mac SSD, but easily changed to a Windows drive with a simple reformat at the point of install). We would have liked to see an in-built USB-C.

That said, with an adapter, it would undoubtedly still reach decent speeds on another connection, but if you’d prefer a built-in solution (or don’t need to pay extra for the additional speed), our cheap external SSD choice below will better suit you.

We’re floored by what Glyph has put together with the Atom Pro; with unparalleled durability, portability, speed, and storage size.

If you have the budget, know that you’re not just getting one of the best 8TB external solid-state drives, but one of the great portable storage solutions in any category.

Cheapest External 8TB SSD: VectoTech Rapid

In the world of 8TB SSDs, cheap is a relative term.

While still expensive, the VectoTech Rapid offers fantastic value when compared to some of its closest competitors and will likely be the better answer for many external drive users who don’t need the immense NVMe speeds of our pick above.

Led by a 3d NAND setup, we appreciate the Rapid running on a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C connector which, in our opinion, is the best input today with great balance between speed and compatibility.

With speeds up to 540MB/s (reflected largely in benchmarking), the Rapid may be slower than the Atom Pro, but at its price-point, it offers great value for less average users.

As nice as it is to use an NVMe setup for anyone who has demanding read/write needs, it’s worth point out that the capability of the VectoTech SSD is still great for those who prefer the cost savings over the change in spec.

With speeds akin to our top 2.5-inch SATA Samsung pick, the VectoTech is still perfectly capable of running an OS, 4K video editing (@30FPS), and other demanding activities.

Despite being a cheap external 8TB SSD (relatively!), we appreciate the decent demonstrations of longevity for the Rapid. Its smaller brothers were introduced on the market several years ago, with many long-term users citing a persistence of great performance.

When you tie that in with the 3-year warranty and durable aluminum frame, it’s nice to see no compromise made on ensuring the lifespan of the Rapid considering the investment.

Yes, it may not reach the heights of the Atom Pro, but for around half the price? It’s undoubtedly the best external 8TB drive with value in mind.

Runner-Up Best NVMe 8TB SSD: Sabrent Rocket Q

Of all of the head-to-heads that were considered here, nothing was as close as Corsair MP400 vs Sabrent Rocket Q 8TB.

Both from 2 power-house storage manufacturers boasting 5-year warranties as a testament to their longevity (with up to 1,800 TBW on the Rocket Q, it comfortably gets around the limitations of QLC compared to lesser SSDs).

Both 8000GB SSDs also sell for close-to-identical pricing, so the value isn’t a competitive difference either.

The main reason we rank MP400 as number #1 is purely down to its slightly superior speeds, up to 3400MB/s read & 3000MB/s write vs Sabrent’s 3300MB/s read & 2900/s write.

Benchmarks also suggest that the Rocket Q runs slightly hotter than the MP400, but not to the points of concern (i.e. a decent cooling solution/M.2 heatsink should be suitable for operation).

These are negligible differences, but with both SSDs representing excellent specs across the board, they’re the only real separators.

We would take this as a good thing, as it means anyone in the market has 2 fantastic options; if this Rocket Q offering is cheaper or available when the MP400 isn’t, then by all means go for it.

The Rocket Q is comfortably in the same league and very close to equally worthy of the best 8TB M.2 NVMe SSD title.

Best Enteprise 2.5″ 8TB SSD: Intel SSD DC P4510

If you are looking for a solution for serious business-grade storage (or simply want the highest-end 8TB SSD for general consumption) this Intel SSD is your best choice.

The P4510 series stands out by fitting the 2.5″ form factor while utilizing a U.2 PCIe connection to achieve 3200 MB/s read & 3000 MB/s write speeds (reflected in hands-on benchmarks).

Not only are the read/write speeds almost comparable to our top M.2 pick, but the P4510 series boasts excellent secondary specs that promote it as a great tool for business-level storage (virtual machines and other high-grade needs), with very low latency and fantastic read/write IOPS ratings.

Important note: To be clear as above; this drive does not operate on a SATA connection like a traditional 2.5″ SSD. You need a U.2 output on your motherboard (needed to reach the speeds that SATA cannot provide), so ensure your motherboard has this available before purchasing.

The other standout point where the P4510 earns its price tag is its TLC-based lithography.

Intel, who is one of the most reputable brands for enterprise-tier storage, manage to use this TLC setup to achieve a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 1.5 million hours.

The drive is also optimized compared to many higher-end SSDs for great temperature ranges and low vibration ratings (again, clearly a focus for critical enterprise server usage in mind with this level of quality).

There’s no denying that this longevity is a stunning offering and we know that some users will specifically be looking for an 8TB TLC drive, but the idea that QLC is always a big problem is a bit of an over-simplification.

Yes, drives use QLC architecture to meet mainstream prices, but stand-out choices like our top Samsung QVO pick dramatically increase the TBW to double that of the previous iteration/many competitors.

And when considering QLC vs TLC, yes, the latter has a lower risk of issues, but a high-quality QLC drive also has great longevity, the difference between the two comes at a dramatic cost.

While the P4510 is the better drive (if you have a U.2 connection), it costs nearly twice the price! For most users, we’re not sure if it’s worth the extra. Drives with significantly less TBW than the Samsung 870 are used by millions of people for operating systems, games, and more.

For this very reason, the P4510 and its specs are designed for enterprise/server usage, which almost feels like an acknowledgment from Intel themselves that the mainstream QLC drives are a worthy option for the average consumer.

If however, you’re working in a demanding environment that will require lots of data overwriting and the lowest risk possible for an 8TB SSD (production users, business-critical infrastructure/VMs, etc.) or you simply want the best 8TB drive regardless of cost, then the P4510 8TB is absolutely the best option for you.

Alternative Cheap External 8TB SSD: U32 Shadow

If the VectoTech Rapid is not available, the U32 Shadow from Oyen Digital is a fantastic external SSD alternative.

There isn’t much separating the Rapid vs the Shadow, with identical warranties, similar temperature maintenance, sizes, and durable aluminum bodies; despite not coming from household names like Samsung & Intel, they are decent USB-C gen2 SSDs (both with Thunderbolt 3 capability).

So why do we think the Rapid is better? Well, speed-wise, benchmarks seem to suggest the Rapid can performance slightly faster (in the region of +2.5%, like we said, not much difference!).

Additionally, and perhaps more importantly for most, the Rapid has been on the park for longer, with a larger user base citing its longevity than the U32 Shadow’s limited (but positive) reception.

Given that, at the time of reviewing, the SSDs are identical in price, we think these fine-tuned differences are significant enough that it’s worth going for the Rapid.

But as a second option, whether the Rapid is sold out or temporarily price-gouged, we still highly recommend the U32 shadow as an alternative budget external 8TB SSD.

Best Cheap Enterprise 2.5″ SSD: Micron 5210 Ion

As far as consumer-grade SSDs go, we think the Samsung QVO fits the bill perfectly for all 2.5″ SATA users.

If however, you’re building a large-scale enterprise solution but don’t need the incredible speeds and rewriting capacity of the premium Intel offering above, the Micron 5210 Ion fits the gap nicely.

With up to 540 MB/s read & 360 MB/s write speeds, the 5210 is a decent runner for many operational environments as far as SATA drives go.

You’ll notice the write speeds are significantly lower than our top Samsung SATA SSD, this is because the Ion is designed for a balance between value and endurance by not just basing itself on QLC and the notion of low re-write expectations (i.e. this isn’t the best drive to do tons of writing on, and is instead better for static data where possible).

With that in mind, the 5210 Ion achieves a mean time to failure of 2,000,000 hours, a great feat that wouldn’t be possible without its low write-focus setup.

While we wouldn’t recommend the drive over the 870 QVO for mainstream users & gamers, if you’re building a server farm that will include storage for needs of low re-writes like long-term documentation, static and static VMs, you will likely appreciate the excellent value of this cheap 8TB SATA SSD.

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The 5 Highest Resolution Monitors of 2021

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The 5 Highest Resolution Monitors in 2021

Kaelum Ross

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Apr 5, 2021

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Whether you’re a gamer, creative or general user, resolution can be one of the most impactful stats in defining your display’s quality.

Thankfully, in today’s market options like 5K & 8K monitors are no longer a pipe-dream, but readily available.

But they’re not all necessarily worth purchasing.

This is why today’s feature is focused not just on the highest resolution monitors available in the world, but the best choices that are actually worth buying for various needs.

Top Picks

Best of the Rest: Quick-Fire Picks

Highest Resolution Monitor: Dell UltraSharp UP3218K

Not only is this Dell offering the best 8K display, and the highest res monitor on the market, it’s also one of the only innovations that meet the incredible 7690×4320 resolution.

Whether you’re an 8k video editor, someone who wants content to be crisp even at the closest of glances, or are looking for something as close to a future-proof monitor as you can get, the Dell UltraSharp is rivaled by little else.

Alongside its startling 8k resolution, the monitor boasts some of the best color accuracies on the market.

Implementing Dell PremierColor, the UP3218k offers 100% AdobeRGB, 100% sRGB, 100% Rec. 709 & 98% DCI-P3.

Along with these impressive specs is an IPS panel, decent 400-nits brightness, great contrast capability, and, impressively, a 6ms GTG response time (we would expect something higher for a screen of this resolution, making it the best 8k gaming monitor choice today – though we prefer the next pick for gamers).

For high-end video/photo editors or those serious about achieving the best content viewing experience (e.g. an HTPC monitor), these specs lend themselves very nicely to your requirements; it’s hard to describe how great 8k content can look (especially with unrivaled picture quality).

It’s worth point out though, that while this is the highest resolution monitor in the world that’s readily available, that doesn’t mean it’s the right pick for every setup.

Firstly, for content-focused users, as amazing as 8k content looks; there is a limited amount of it.

We expect UHD/4k to be the leading choice for high-end producers for the foreseeable future, so a monitor of this caliber may be overkill unless you are happy to pay the premium (we have other choices with you in mind below).

If you want the best 8k monitor for gaming, this is it; but it’s important to realize that you will need as powerful a PC as possible to achieve even marginally acceptable settings with an 8k resolution (for the limited games that support it). 

Then there’s the fact that you won’t have an 8k 144hz monitor (or any refresh rate above 60fps) for a long time (let alone a PC that can support it). There are other picks that not only improve the gaming experience through refresh rate but also through an even faster latency.

Yes, 8k gaming will probably be around en-mass one day.

But for today? We strongly recommend focussing your budget on a premium screen with 1440p 240hz, 4k 144hz, or the excellent next pick below.

If you are a serious production user that demands 8k, then we have no qualms; this Dell offering is the best choice for you.

It’s worth pointing out that the screen requires 2 DisplayPort connections to run at 8k (which you should achieve on the most powerful modern GPUs/PCs).

Finally, we need to touch on the build quality/design.

Somehow both as sturdy as you would hope for in a premium offering, while also offering fantastic slim bezels, a gorgeous aesthetic, and great adjustability (including a 90-degree rotation), we’re pleased to see the UP3218K doesn’t compromise in physical longevity.

Although it’s worth noting our cautions and checking out our other picks if you think 4K/5K screens could suit you, we are comfortable in naming this Dell offering the highest resolution monitor worth buying today.

If you demand 8K with fantastic picture quality, it’s the best choice for you.

Highest Resolution Ultrawide Monitor: Samsung CRG9 / Odyssey G9

Our next choice is one of the most featured monitors on What in Tech, excelling at being both the widest monitors on the market to screens excellently suited for gaming.

With a mouth-watering 5120 x 14405k resolution, this Samsung monitor instead chooses to use its 49-inch large pixel count to create a super ultrawide display that is effectively 2 1440p 27-inch screens in one monitor.

Not only do we love this from a perspective of productivity and multitasking, but we also think that Samsung’s approach to exploiting DPI in a 49-inch 32:9 aspect ratio is far more practical than the current 8k monitors on the market.

In other words: although this 5k display is lower resolution, we think many users will appreciate the premium feel of a double-width 27″ 1440p screen more than a 16:9 8k monitor.

This is true most of all for gamers.

With 120Hz, QLED, a fantastic color gamut capability, up to 1000-nits brightness / HDR1000, 4ms GTG response time & FreeSync Premium Pro support, the specs on this machine are incredible.

Not only is the picture quality fantastic, but the low latency, high refresh rate, and capability to avoid ghosting/tearing issues with FreeSync are all utilities that point to what a fantastic premium gaming display this is, whether you’re into single-player titles or competitive esports.

With a decent availability of gaming content supporting 32:9 (or the option to focus on a 16:9 game with things like Discord/Skype and other second-screen visuals), it’s hard to describe just how stunning and immersive content looks on this monitor.

Speaking of immersive, the CRG9 is also the highest resolution curved monitor available.

Boasting a 1800R curve that engulfs games/content around your vision to match the curvature of your eyes more ergonomically/naturally than a flat-screen (the G9 model takes this further and boasts a 1000R curve, the strongest one available in mainstream monitors if you think this would suit you).

Although marketed as a gaming monitor, we think the excellent picture quality, refresh rate, and latency will provide a premium experience to many other types of users; especially considering the price of the CRG9 is in many cases cheaper than “work-orientated” options of similar specs (but if you want other alternatives, our largest monitor feature has them).

Remember that if gaming isn’t on the menu, this is still 2 screens in one, with excellent productivity capability (including the option to connect 2 PCs/laptops at once and display them side-by-side).

If you are a gamer and can stretch your budget further, we highly recommend the other version on the Amazon listing, the Odyssey G9.

Not only is this the highest resolution gaming monitor, but one of the best for gamers in any category. It boasts a 240hz refresh rate & an even faster latency – it’s worth the additional price if you can afford it (but the CRG9 is still an excellent alternative if not).

Finally, we’ve boasted before about the gorgeous aesthetic of the CRG9 and G9; both looking like they could be part of a spaceship, their designs complement the unique innovation behind them, and what’s more; they’re sturdy enough to support real longevity.

All-in-all, if you’re interested in the unparalleled experience a super ultrawide display can offer, the CRG9 (or OG9) is not just the best value, but the overall best 5K monitor, with incredible quality across the board.

Second Highest Resolution 16:9 Monitor: LG 27MD5KL-B

The last of our main 3 picks are for those who think a 5k resolution would be more suited for their needs over 8k, but also want to keep to the traditional 16:9 form factor over our ultrawide pick above.

The 27MD5KL is a fantastic premium monitor. Boasting an IPS panel with 99% DCI-P3 color, a typical brightness rating of 500-nits & a 1100:1 contrast ratio all alongside its 5120 x 2880 setup (the largest resolution monitor outside of 8k), the picture is stunning and for a majority of content, going to look as sharp as that of our top 8k choice.

Important note: The LG UltraFine display runs via USB-C; making it largely positioned as a MacBook/Mac high-resolution monitor. It is compatible with PC usage, however, but make sure you have a graphics card that can support the bandwidth necessary via USB Type-C instead of the usual HDMI/DisplayPort (we’ve still highlighted this for Windows users because the options for 16:9 5k are surprisingly slim, as most manufacturers instead produce ultrawide offerings at this res spec).

We wouldn’t recommend this pick (or any choices with 16:9 5k) for gaming, with a 16ms GTG response time and specs that are generally not as aligned for games (if you are focussed on a 16:9 screen over the Odyssey G9 above, we would push you towards a 4k 144hz display instead).

The monitor is slick, minimalist, and very aesthetically pleasing, as you would expect from LG, with no qualms on the build quality (and some basic adjustability options for ergonomics).

If 8k feels like overkill for your needs, the 27MD5KL is the best 5k monitor available.

Alternative Picks – Best of the Rest

The top 3 picks are the highest resolution displays today (and the best models in their respective categories).

That said, we wanted to include a couple of quick-fire additional options that may suit different lower budgets.

Best Cheap High-Resolution Monitor: AOC U2790VQ

If you are looking at our picks and salivating, but also tearing up at the price tags, don’t worry; we appreciate these are some very expensive monitor options.

If you can’t stretch to a premium offering, we highly recommend this AOC monitor, that still boasts stunning picture quality with 4K, which for budget users, will still provide incredibly gorgeous content.

Highest Resolution TV: Samsung 8k Q800T 

If you are a user that is open to using a TV as their monitor, the Q800T is an excellent choice; boasting 8K at an incredible price given the size of the screen, media, in particular, will look stunning on this offering.

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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)

Widest Monitor

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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