Skyrim has been released on pretty much every platform available, and thanks to its age, the game can run on even the more basic laptops. This game, in particular, is incredibly mod-friendly and it's easy to find thousands of community-made mods available, but often require a more powerful system. Where do you start then? We've rounded up some of the best laptops for playing Skyrim: Special Edition.
ASUS Vivobook S (opens in new tab)
This ASUS laptop comes with everything you need to play (and enjoy) Skyrim: Special Edition. You've got an 8th Gen Intel i5-8250U CPU, 8GB RAM, 256GB solid-state drive (SSD), and an all-important NVIDIA MX150 GPU. This is enough to power Skyrim on the 15.6-inch FHD display.
Alienware m15 R2 (opens in new tab)
Outer World Performance
This Alienware m15 R2 laptop packs a little more in terms of performance, allowing you to install a few mods. Not only will you be able to add community-created content to the game, but you'll have a laptop that can run more demanding games, thanks to the 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU.
Huawei MateBook D (opens in new tab)
This Huawei laptop is a little more pricy than our top ASUS pick, but there's a good reason for that. It houses similar specs, including a dedicated GPU. What sets this laptop apart is the design. You've got a super-slim design that makes it ideal for those who are frequently on the go. The MateBook D sports a 14-inch FHD touch display, 8th Gen Core i7-8550U CPU, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA MX150 GPU.
ASUS TUF FX505DT (opens in new tab)
Like AMD? The new Ryzen processors are great on laptops, and this ASUS TUF laptop comes with one paired up with an NVIDIA GPU. It can easily run Skyrim: Special Edition with a few mods, rocking an AMD Ryzen 5 3550H CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, and dedicated NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU. Other games will look great on the 15.6-inch FHD display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Lenovo Legion Y540 17 (opens in new tab)
Big & Bold
If you want a gaming laptop with a 17-inch display, the Legion Y540 from Lenovo is a cracking laptop with a massive 17.3-inch screen, NVIDIA GTX 1650, or GTX 1660 Ti GPU, and decent enough Intel processors that allow you to hop in-game and enjoy a stable, solid-looking gaming experience.
Making the right choice
Skyrim: Special Edition isn't an intense game to run, but it still needs a dedicated GPU of some sort. You could likely get away with integrated graphics from Intel, but an MX150 GPU from NVIDIA or AMD Ryzen CPU with integrated Radeon graphics is a must. All the laptops we've included in our collection will run Skyrim: Special Edition just fine. If you're still struggling to decide, we can help a little further.
The ASUS Vivobook S (opens in new tab) is excellent for not only Skyrim but general use too. It's not the best gaming laptop around, and you won't be able to turn up Skyrim graphics settings to highest values, but it will run the game at a stable 30 frames per second (FPS). For the price, you get an 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1080p display, NVIDIA MX150 GPU, and 256GB SSD.
If you want to take your Skyrim: Special Edition experience to a whole new level, the Alienware m15 R2 (opens in new tab) is a better choice. Not only is it perfectly matched for the game, but it allows you to enjoy other, more demanding PC games too. If gaming is your thing, there are plenty of overall best gaming laptops to check out.
Rich Edmonds is 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 over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
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