Best Laptops for Playing Minecraft Windows Central 2020

Minecraft is an incredibly popular game that found its start on PC before moving along to a ton of other devices. It allows players freedom to experiment in endless blocky worlds, gathering resources, building shelters, and eventually creating complex automated machines. Part of its magic is that it doesn't take a super gaming PC to run, opening it up to a ton of people. If you're looking to upgrade your laptop or simply start exploring what the game has to offer, we've rounded up a bunch of the best laptops for playing Minecraft.

Good price, good performance: Acer Aspire 5 Slim

Editor's choice

Acer's refreshed Aspire 5 Slim includes an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U processor (CPU), 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). That's more than enough for handling a high-quality Minecraft experience. The 15.6-inch display has a 1080p resolution, and there are plenty of ports for connecting accessories. If you just want to enjoy some Minecraft, this is a solid, affordable laptop.

$510 at Amazon

Ultimate performance: Alienware m15 R2

Staff pick

If you're interested in the Java Edition with custom shaders or just want to prepare for the eventual release of Bedrock Edition RTX enhancements, something like the Alienware m15 R2 with NVIDIA RTX dedicated GPU will offer the performance necessary to get the game looking as good as possible. It's also cut out to handle just about any other game when you're not in a Minecraft world.

From $1,400 at Dell

Budget option: HP 15z

If you're on a tight budget or just want to get a laptop on which the kids can play Minecraft, HP's 15z doesn't get much better for the price. It has a 15.6-inch FHD display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and an AMD A9-9425 dual-core CPU. Ports are varied for connecting accessories, and it can be had in four different colors.

From $310 at HP

14-inch Ultrabook: Huawei MateBook D

Need a high-quality laptop you can use for productivity work when you're not playing Minecraft? Huawei's MateBook D is a solid choice, with a 14-inch FHD touch display, 8th Gen Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA MX150 GPU. It has the performance to run Minecraft flawlessly, and it's slim enough to take with you wherever you go.

$879 at Amazon

AMD hardware: ASUS TUF FX505DT

Love AMD hardware and want a gaming machine that doesn't cost a mint? The ASUS TUF brings a Ryzen 5 3550H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU. It will easily run Minecraft, and other games will look great too on the 15.6-inch FHD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. MIL-STD 810G testing ensures it can put up with a beating.

$700 at Amazon

Huge FHD display: Lenovo Legion Y540 17

Can't settle for anything less than a 17-inch FHD display? The Legion Y540's baseline configuration is more than enough for a quality Minecraft experience, and the huge 17.3-inch IPS screen makes it easy to get a wide view on the action. Choose from either an NVIDIA GTX 1650 or 1660 Ti GPU based on your budget and depending on what other games you'd like to enjoy.

From $935 at Lenovo

If we're making some suggestions

Any of the above laptops in our collection will run Minecraft without issue, though if you're still wondering where to turn, we can offer further guidance. If you just want a solid laptop that's equally capable of handling productivity work as it is running Minecraft, Acer's refreshed Aspire 5 Slim is an excellent choice.

It has a sizeable 15.6-inch FHD display with an IPS panel, and it's all built into a slim chassis with aluminum lid. The keyboard is backlit, and it has a Precision touchpad with a built-in fingerprint reader. Performance hardware is enough to keep up with Minecraft and standard productivity work thanks to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Ports are rather modern and include Ethernet, HDMI, USB-C, and USB-A 3.1.

The Acer Aspire 5 will handle a standard game of Minecraft, but if you're looking to play Java Edition with shaders or want to prepare for eventual RTX upgrades to the Bedrock Edition, a more powerful gaming PC is recommended. Enter the Alienware m15 R2, a laptop capable of handling whatever games you throw its way.

Basic models start with a 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti dedicated GPU, and 15.6-inch FHD display, though you can max things out with up to a 9th Gen Intel Core i9-9980HK CPU, NVIDIA RTX 2080 GPU, 16GB of RAM, and a 4K OLED display with unreal color and contrast. It will handle all versions of Minecraft, and it will also be up to the task of running modern AAA games.

Be sure to have a look at our roundup of the overall best gaming laptops for far more options.

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