If you're serious about making some money on the side through the accumulation of cryptocurrency, we usually recommend a dedicated mining PC with the best graphics card. Should you rather use a laptop, there are some excellent options available that can run crypto miners. Bearing in mind price and GPU performance, here's a roundup of the best laptops for mining cryptocurrency.
If you want something with a little more grunt, the Razer Blade 15 should be your go-to crypto mining laptop. Our selected configuration here houses the RTX 3080, which will provide some seriously high hashrates for a notebook. It's not cheap, but if you also want a very capable gaming laptop (with an Intel Core i7-11800H), this is a good place to start.
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This may be a more affordable laptop, but inside you'll find a very capable AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS, one of the better AMD mobile processors. There's also 16GB of DDR4 RAM and the all-important dedicated GPU, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060. This is capable of smashing through the blockchain and pulling in some passive income.
The HP Omen 15 is a solid gaming notebook that has been refreshed with a better design and internal specifications. Inside, you'll find up to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 with Intel processors or RTX 3070 for AMD chips. The RAM can be kitted out to 32GB, and it will happily run your chosen crypto miner.
The Acer Nitro 5 may be the most affordable laptop in this collection, but don't rule it out completely. While the price tag may lead you to believe it won't be able to earn you anything with crypto mining, this couldn't be further from the truth. You'll find an 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GTX 1650 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR6 VRAM inside this little machine. It's good for mining and 1080p gaming.
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The most vital component on any mining PC (be it a desktop or laptop) is the graphics processing unit. This is single-handedly what will power through the calculations to make you some money on the side. Therefore, we'd recommend you purchase the absolute best mining GPU you can afford. It will also double up as a capable gaming machine.
While the Razer Blade 15 won't win any awards on performance, and it certainly doesn't have the best graphics card for crypto mining, it does strike a good balance between value and performance. The Advanced version we included in this roundup packs more of a hefty punch if you want a better hashrate (and faster returns).
If you've already got a laptop in mind for cryptocurrency mining or would like to find out more, check out our guide on how to mine cryptocurrency to get up and running in no time!
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.