The 5 BEST Laptops For Overwatch 2021 (For Smooth Gameplay)

By: Lorenzo  |  Updated: May 26, 2020

Getting the best laptop for Overwatch isn't just about playing the game on the highest settings...

It also depends on what you do outside of gaming. Laptops have evolved to the point where you can run Overwatch on Epic settings on a $500+ budget.

But you also want to ensure that you have the highest responsiveness, you don't lag while you have the game running, and that your FPS is consistently high.

and the great thing is, you don't have to break the bank getting laptops which can do all these things, and then some.

We spent a considerable amount of time researching what the top gaming laptops are, what sets them apart from the competition.

What you will be learning in this guide is:

  • Our top picks on what the best gaming laptops are for Overwatch
  • What the minimum and recommended requirements to run Overwatch
  • A buyer's guide on what to look for when buying a great gaming laptop
  • What the best mouse settings are to improve your aim
  • What the best video settings are to make the best use of your new laptop performance

Now, if you're a hardcore gamer who only games at home, I would recommend getting a PC Desktop instead of a laptop. But if you travel a lot, or just want the portability, getting a gaming laptop is the best option for you.

Below you will find everything you need to make a purchase decision.

Let's dive in.

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ASUS TUF A15 Gaming Laptop

Best Overall Gaming Laptop

If you want a CPU that packs some serious power, a graphics card that can run some heavy-duty games with ease, and give you 15.6" of 144Hz goodness?

Then the ASUS TUF A15 is a highly recommended choice, and one of the more balanced gaming laptops on this list.

ASUS has created a laptop that gives you everything you need, at a very reasonable price point.

The Ryzen 7 4800H is a step ahead of Intel in terms of price and performance and is a solid performer when it comes to gaming laptops.

The RTX 2060 6GB won't be able to run games on 4K, but if you're gaming on 1080p @ 144Hz (which is what this laptop provides), it's perfect.

This laptop is suitable for more serious gamers, who would also like to run CPU-intensive apps with a lot of background processes.

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop

Best Alternative Gaming Laptop

One of the best value for your money laptops on this list is Acer's Predator Helios 300.

Acer has created a great gaming laptop, which includes a GTX 1660 Ti (6GB) GPU, which allows you to game on even some of the more demanding AAA games to date.

Combine the powerful GPU with 144Hz and you're in for a treat. Many pro gamers use 144Hz refresh rates on their monitor since the images update quicker, allowing for smoother, more responsive gaming.

The specs on this laptop are excellent, especially for the price, and even include extra storage slots if you want to upgrade your storage.

If you want to run Overwatch on Epic settings, then this laptop will do the job, and then some. Definitely a great choice if you want to maximize the graphic capabilities of Overwatch.

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 Gaming Laptop

Best Premium Gaming Laptop

If your work includes you being behind a laptop all day, or if you use high-performance applications other than games, then you need a beast of a computer.

Truth be told, getting the MSI GL65 Leopard is overkill for Overwatch since it's not a game that is as graphics-heavy as something like CoD:MW (2019).

But that being said, you will have absolute peace of mind when it comes to playing Overwatch, ensuring that you'll have 0 lag whatsoever.

144Hz refresh rate, RTX 2070, Intel i7 (with up to 5GHz), and 16GB of DDR4 RAM are specs that would excite any gamer and are more than enough to run even the heaviest of applications with speed and efficiency.

I would recommend the MSI GL65 Leopard if you're a hardcore gamer who loves realistic, high-performance graphics which also uses the laptop for CPU/GPU heavy applications.

This laptop would be able to run heavy-duty CPU/GPU-heavy software.

Dell G5587-7866BLK-PUS

Best Multi-Purpose Laptop

Dell's G5587-7866BLK-PUS (that's a mouthful) is a laptop built for lighter gamers who like to play on high-settings, and use the laptop for more casual work or web surfing.

This is evident by the strong CPU with a medium-strength GPU.

The CPU is much stronger than the GPU, and the i7-8750H would be stuck waiting for the GPU to catch up if you decide to push your video graphics to the limits on more graphic-heavy games.

That being said, it really depends on your intended usage. For Overwatch, it will run on Epic settings with ease, averaging 60+ FPS which is the minimum FPS needed to be accurate and responsive.

So for Overwatch, coupled with usage of CPU/RAM intensive programs, this is an awesome choice and will serve you well as a multi-purpose laptop.

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop

Best Budget Gaming Laptop

Let's say, you're more of a casual gamer, and don't use any high-intensive software that will strain your computers CPU/RAM.

You're more kickback and like to game casually, surf around the web, but want 0 lag.

Then the Lenovo Ideapad L340 is a perfect choice. It's not so much focused on giving you the best graphics, or loading software the fastest, but at this price point, the value you get is top-notch.

This laptop can run Overwatch on Epic settings with no issues, so straight off the bat, you will have no problems with gaming.

The GTX 1650 will allow you to run other GPU-intensive games on medium-high, hence why for casual gamers this once be much of an issue.

Unlike the other laptops on this list, the fans are quiet, and won't sound like jet engines when you're pushing the laptop to its limits.

The L340 has 8GB of RAM and an i7-9300H Processor which is a great choice for its price point, and will serve you well on doing almost anything besides heavy-intensive tasks that would require a beast-like amount of resources.

If you don't want to spend over $1,000 on a new laptop, but still want a laptop that can run smoothly, and play Overwatch on Epic settings, then this is the ideal laptop to get.

The Requirements To Play Overwatch

Below are the minimum and recommended requirements to run Overwatch.

These requirements may be subject to change in the future, so you can always check it out the requirements on their official website here.

The parts which are highlighted in bold with a * attached are laptop parts you should place most of your attention to, making sure they're up to standards.

Of course, with the laptops we've listed, these should all meet or surpass the recommended requirements.

Minimum Specs To Play Overwatch

* Operating System Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
* Processor Intel® Core™ i3 or AMD Phenom™ X3 8650
* Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 460, ATI Radeon™ HD 4850, or Intel® HD Graphics 4400
* Memory 4 GB RAM
Storage 30 GB available hard drive space
Internet Broadband internet connection
Media None for the recommended digital installation
Resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

 

Recommended Specs To Run Overwatch Smoothly

* Operating System Windows® 7 / Windows® 8 / Windows® 10 64-bit (latest Service Pack)
* Processor Intel® Core™ i5 or AMD Phenom™ II X3 or better
* Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or AMD Radeon™ HD 7950 or better
* Memory 6 GB RAM
Storage 30 GB available hard drive space
Internet Broadband internet connection
Media None for the recommended digital installation
Resolution 1024 x 768 minimum display resolution

 

One last thing I would add is the Monitor Refresh Rate. Standard gaming laptops and monitors tend to come at 60Hz, but for gaming, 144Hz will perform better and be more responsive.

What Should You Look For When Buying A Gaming Laptop For Overwatch?

According to the recommended settings, the parts you should focus on are:

  • The Operating System - This doesn't matter as much, but if you have an old school laptop/PC that has very early versions of Windows, you might not be able to run Overwatch. Windows 8 should be your bare minimum.
  • The Processor - The processor is an integral part of any laptop; it's like the engine powering everything else. If the engine is weak, everything else will be weak too, so you need a CPU is strong and can power up everything else.
  • The Memory (RAM) - RAM isn't as important as the processor, but will usually determine how laggy your computer will be while you're multitasking (or have a lot of background processes). If you like to scroll through Facebook during queue waiting times, you will want to have at least 8GB of RAM.
  • The Graphics Card - When it comes to games, the graphics card is another integral part that determines what video settings you can run on the game. If you like to run the game on Epic (the highest setting), you'll need a graphics card that is powerful enough to run those settings without straining your processor and RAM. The CPU and GPU go hand in hand, and having strong GPU but weak CPU can cause bottlenecking (limiting the GPU's potential).
  • Monitor Refresh Rate - The number of times your monitor will refresh. For example, 60Hz will refresh its image 60 times p/ second, whereas 144Hz will refresh 144 times p/ second; this means that when you're gaming, the images your laptop renders will update faster.

Below I will give you the recommended parts and a brief overview of why they would be a good match; this won't be an in-depth breakdown of each component, but enough info for you to gauge what's good.

The Operating System - When it comes to operating systems, there are 2 mainstream OS's that are used often.

  1. Windows
  2. macOS

Linux would be second on this list, surpassing Mac but isn't as user-friendly as Windows or Mac, hence why I've left it separate.

In terms of performance, Windows is better for gaming over MacOS. Apple laptops are designed for ease of use, to be compact, and to be non-customizable.

This will limit your ability to fit a strong (usually larger) GPU and will force you to upgrade to a more expensive laptop, which isn't worth the price for most.

When it comes to Windows laptops, you can get the same specs as a Mac but cheaper. It comes down to personal preference of OS, but I will say that Macbooks have great retina displays.

That's not to say that the Mac's are worse than Window'd laptops, it depends entirely on the specs of the laptop.

But as a 'ready to go, straight out of the box' type of product, a Windows laptop will always be superior in specs and pricing than a macOS laptop.

The Processor (CPU) - Remember my engine analogy? Well, this holds true for PC's and laptops alike.

When searching to buy a new laptop, the first piece you should take a look at is the processor, then tailor the other parts to complement the power of the CPU and use that power to bring out the best of each component.

Every program, every game, every tab opened on your browser starts with the CPU, and will determine the speed and efficiency at what your laptop will run at.

If you want a 0 lag experience, make sure your processor is strong. There are hundreds of thousands of different processors, but AMD and Intel stand at the top, with AMD recently getting the edge in terms of price to performance.

You can compare different CPU's using these two websites:

Memory (RAM) - Let's try another analogy. Let's pretend that the CPU is a tabletop; the RAM would be the supporting legs.

The legs (RAM) will determine how much junk you can put on the table without it collapsing, so in other words, the number of programs you can run simultaneously without lagging.

Going back to my earlier example, if you don't want to stay in-game while in the queue, and instead browse the internet or do some aim training in another program... then you want to have enough RAM to run the game, and have memory left over to be able to run other programs at the same time.

The Graphics Card (GPU) - Lastly, the GPU will be the deciding factor on hard you want to go on the graphics.

We will discuss the video settings in more depth later on, but for now, you should focus on getting a decent graphics card and be selective when choosing, similar to a CPU.

Everything you see on the screen when gaming is a result of your GPU. So a cheap GPU = low graphics, pixelated and laggy graphics.

This is a gamers worse nightmare. I hope you never have to experience this.

So ensure you do your due diligence and look for a GPU that's at least the recommended, or a newer or higher modelled version.

You can check out some of these websites to compare GPU benchmarks:

What Are The Best Overwatch Video Settings?

Your Overwatch video settings are entirely dependant on your GPU...

And to power up your GPU, so it doesn't bottleneck (not take advantage of its full power), you need pair your GPU with a strong CPU.

Once you've made your decision on which laptop to buy, then you can play around with your preferred settings.

Myself and many pro-players like to play games on the lowest graphics, to ensure the smoothest and high-performance settings.

But if you like to see the full-detail at which the developers made the game to look like, then test our your settings first. The minimum you would want your FPS to be at is 60FPS, regardless of what's happening in game.

What I mean by this is if there's a lot of explosions and more GPU-intensive action going on, your laptop shouldn't drop below 60FPS.

If you have a decent GPU, then consider using this guide to maximize your GPU's power and minimize lag input in Overwatch.

All this is explained in the video (there are some settings I don't agree with, you can see my thoughts below the video):

Not all settings I would follow, here are some settings I would change:

  • Playing in Full Screen at all times. Full screen will ensure no input lag. This is especially important for monitors with 144Hz refresh rates.
  • When it comes to texture filtering quality, you don't have to set this to Low - 1X. You can have it at Epic - 16X and see no performance loss.
  • For shadow detail, this can be a very taxing feature on your GPU. Consider having this on a low - medium setting to reduce GPU strain. You want to still be able to see the shadows, so don't completely turn this off.
  • For model detail it won't help with the hitboxes, but it will add extra features like grass and bushes. This makes it easier for the enemy to hide in plain sight, so consider setting this to the lowest setting.
  • And finally, don't follow the mouse settings explained in the video. The best mouse settings are the ones I put above, and the best way to get good at aiming is through practice in Kovaaks or any other aim trainer.

For those of you who care about performance over how detailed your graphics are, then the best way to do it is to set your overall video settings to low.

This is actually what I play on, despite having a decent graphics card (GTX 970), and the performance has been excellent.

What Are The Downsides To Gaming Laptops?

There are many reviews out there which I see are common problems not just for a specific laptop, but on all laptops.

Hence why, if your game in one place, and don't travel I would highly recommend getting a gaming PC instead.

That being said, there are accessories that you can use to help with these common problems.

Firstly, here is a list of common laptop problems when it comes to gaming:

  • When running high - ultra settings, your laptop (and especially your GPU) will be working hard. And depending on how your laptop is built, will do three things:
  • Increases your fan speed and makes your laptop sound like a jet engine.
  • Increases your laptop temperature (could become too hot to touch at the bottom) and if not properly insulated, can overheat, causing a crash or lag.
  • Will drain your battery life quickly.
  • These also apply if your laptop has a number of background tasks which is pushing your CPU and RAM to work hard too.

But don't be discouraged, there are workarounds to solving these problems if you do come across them:

  • If your fan is too loud, consider getting noise-canceling headphones. You can check out our article on the best cheap gaming headsets and find an excellent pair for yourself.
  • In saying this, gaming at night can be a problem. If that's the case, you would need to buy a sort of laptop cooling pad or external fan cooler that will help keep your laptop at a certain temperature. You can combine this with manually setting your internal fans to run slower if it's really bad.
  • If your laptop is too hot, getting a laptop cooling pad or external fan cooler will work too, as these two problems go hand-in-hand. The cooling pad would be better suited since it acts as a cover for your legs if you want to place the laptop on your lap.
  • If your battery runs out too fast, honestly, there's not a great solution to this besides upgrading the battery to something longer-lasting or buying a faster charger or charger adapter . If your laptop is working hard, you are bound to drain your battery, this is a given with any gaming laptop. Cooling your laptop parts can help, but I'd recommend playing while your laptop is plugged in for maximum performance.

Buyer's Recap - Getting The Best Laptop For Overwatch

Here's a summarised version of what we've covered so far:

  • Focus on getting a good CPU (Processor), GPU (Graphics Card), RAM (Memory) on an Operating System that is Windows 8 or higher.
  • Run the game native to your monitor (1920x1080 @ yourrefreshrateHz) - this can be edited in your Video Settings in-game.
  • Follow the graphics settings in the guide shown, otherwise just put your overall settings on low for maximum performance

Our Winner: So, What's The Best Gaming Laptop That Can Play Overwatch?

We covered a ton of information that will help you not only pick the perfect laptop to play Overwatch but a laptop that will suit your needs outside of gaming too.

Based on the recommended settings, uses other than gaming, and a focus on getting the best value out of your CPU, GPU, Memory, and Operating System, our top pick is the ASUS TUF A15 Gaming Laptop.

When we're talking about Overwatch, all laptops listed can run on the Epic settings (the maximum) with no problems.

What differentiates the ASUS TUF A15 from the rest is that it's more than just a gaming laptop, and it comes at a great price for its value.

It includes the Ryzen 7 4800H, which is a beast of a CPU, coupled with the RTX 2060 6GB, which performs slightly better than the 1660Ti (but also is more expensive).

With 16GB of DDR4 RAM running at 3200MHz, multitasking isn't a problem on this machine, and with the Ryzen 7 7 4800H you can run even the more CPU-intensive applications with little to no lag.

What makes this laptop's monitor great also is the 144Hz refresh rate. Where many other laptops at this price range stand at 60Hz, ASUS has taken it to the next level, providing a more responsive and faster refresh rate.

So if you need to get a new laptop ASAP and want a sweet recommendation that can run Overwatch on max settings, and then some, the ASUS TUF A15 is the perfect choice for gamers and those who use laptop for work too.

Click here to check the price of the ASUS TUF A15.

Since the age of 6, Lorenzo has enjoyed gaming on computers. Having grown up in the digital age, the technology revolves around him. He enjoyed growing up gaming throughout his high school years and is now a young adult who does most of his work on his computer. Lorenzo's mission is to make buying products and building PC's an easy and fun experience for all.
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