The 5 Best Gaming Laptops With Touchscreen in 2021
Apr 5, 2021
It’s surprisingly very uncommon to see a good gaming laptop with a built-in touchscreen.
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).
- Overall Best Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: MSI Creator CUK Edition
- Best High-End Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: ASUS ROG Zephyrus Duo SE
- Best Cheap Gaming Laptop With Touchscreen: Lenovo Flex 5
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:
- A full HD 300Hz with 100% sRGB Color Gamut
- 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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