Razer Blade 15 AdvancedSource: Windows Central

Best laptops for streamers Windows Central 2022

Streaming is more popular than ever, and whether it's Twitch, YouTube, Trovo, Facebook, or somewhere else entirely, one thing is a staple of a good stream. You have to have a decent PC to encode it and to hook up your webcam and microphone. Fortunately, that doesn't mean having some huge desktop rig; you can get a top-notch laptop for your streaming, too. And ultimately we recommend the Razer Blade 15, which tops our list of best laptops for streamers.

Best overall: Razer Blade 15

Razer Blade 15 RecoSource: Razer

The Razer Blade 15 is the best gaming laptop you can buy, though that doesn't necessarily qualify it for streaming. Fortunately, content creators are a focus for Razer, and the Blade 15 is the perfect laptop for both gaming and streaming.

Part of that is down to its design. It's hardly an Ultrabook, but as far as gaming laptops go it's slim, fairly light, and extremely well designed. It won't consume much space either in your bag or on your desk, getting easily out of the way when you need it to.

Streaming does demand some decent hardware, though, and the Razer Blade 15 has that in spades. Even the entry-level model uses some of Intel's best processors and all models come with a capable NVIDIA GPU. At the higher end, you're getting an RTX 3080, but even lower down you can take advantage of NVENC encoding, which is important for streaming.

The Razer Blade 15 also has upgradeable RAM and storage, so it's a laptop you can rely on for years to come. And with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity you can run a single cable from the laptop and hook up all of your external hardware.

Pros:

  • Compact and sleek design
  • Hugely powerful
  • Thunderbolt 4
  • Great displays
  • NVIDIA RTX GPUs for NVENC

Cons:

  • Can get pricey
  • Average keyboard

Best overall

Razer Blade 15 Reco

Razer Blade 15

All things to all people

Whether for gaming or content creation, the Razer Blade 15 is the laptop to have in your arsenal.

Runner-up: Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Acer Predator Triton 300Source: Acer

Acer has made good gaming laptops in the past, but it's fair to say that in most cases you were still buying something that screamed "GAMER!" Large, thick chassis, aggressive styling, plenty of red. The Acer Predator Triton 300 SE couldn't be further from that.

In many regards, it's like the Razer Blade 15. It isn't Ultrabook slim, but for a gaming laptop, it's sleek, thin, and quite sophisticated looking. Even the logo on the lid is small and tucked into a corner.

And also, like the Blade 15, it's a great gaming and streaming laptop. It's a little smaller than most gaming laptops at 14 inches, but even so, you get an NVIDIA RTX GPU, Intel H-Series CPU, 16GB of RAM, and upgradeable SSD storage. So you have flexibility and plenty of streaming power, including the latest NVENC encoder.

Acer also added a fingerprint scanner to work with Windows Hello for added security, the keyboard font is tasteful, and it doesn't cost the same as a small moon. There are plenty of reasons to make this your streaming laptop of choice.

Pros:

  • 14-inch compact form factor
  • High refresh rate display
  • Attractive price
  • 16GB RAM
  • NVIDIA RTX GPUs for NVENC

Cons:

  • No high-resolution display
  • Thunderbolt not on all spec levels

Runner-up

Acer Predator Triton 300

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE

Stylish, powerful, pretty affordable

Acer's aggressive styling of old is nowhere to be found, and this compact beast is everything you need in a streaming laptop.

Mobile workstation: Dell XPS 15

Dell XPS 15 9510Source: Dell

Dell makes some of the best laptops that money can buy, but gamers and streamers might automatically lean towards the company's gaming arm, Alienware. But that would mean missing out on something truly special, like the XPS 15.

This is a 15-inch Ultrabook that's essentially a larger, more powerful version of Dell's iconic XPS 13. It's larger, but still more compact than most 15-inch laptops, and the added size certainly isn't going to waste.

Inside an XPS 15 you can get up to an Intel Core i9, an NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti, 64GB of RAM, as much SSD storage as you can fill with VODs and clips of your antics, Thunderbolt 4 for that single cable connection to the rest of your desk, and stunning display options.

It's a mobile workstation in every sense of the word. You don't need a desktop rig with one of these, it's that good. It is also quite expensive, though, especially if you're chasing the Intel Core i9 or that NVENC-loaded GPU. Still, you can do a lot worse with your money.

Pros

  • 16:10 aspect ratio display
  • Gorgeous FHD+, UHD+, and 3.5K OLED screen options
  • Powerful performance
  • NVIDIA GPUs
  • Good keyboard and touchpad

Cons

  • Expensive
  • GPU tops out at the RTX 3050 Ti

Mobile workstation

Dell XPS 15 9510

Dell XPS 15

Huge, portable performance

The Dell XPS 15 is a phenomenal mobile workstation with stacks of performance on tap for working, playing, or streaming.

Best value: ASUS VivoBook Pro OLED

Asus Vivobook ProSource: ASUS

The words value and OLED haven't traditionally gone together when it comes to buying laptops, but ASUS is ripping up the rulebook on that. Besides a commitment to OLED displays for its higher-end laptops, the more mid-tier, wallet-friendly VivoBook lineup is also seeing the love.

The ASUS VivoBook Pro OLED is a quite remarkable blend of attractive price, powerful hardware, and stunning OLED display and there are two sizes. The display might not feature too much while streaming, but when you're doing other related activities like making thumbnails or editing videos, it'll really shine.

The VivoBook Pro also boasts dedicated NVIDIA graphics alongside an 11th Gen Intel H Series processor. Not MX graphics, either; this has the laptop NVIDIA GTX 1650 or RTX 3050. And that means NVENC. Sure, it's the older Volta NVENC encoder on the GTX 1650 so you don't get access to the same secret sauce the RTX GPUs do, but it's still arguably better than running your CPU as an encoder if you're using a laptop to stream.

And you can't argue with the overall package.

Pros:

  • Stunning OLED display
  • Intel H Series CPU
  • NVIDIA GTX 1650 GPU
  • Fantastic price

Cons:

  • Only 8GB of RAM on 14-inch
  • Older NVENC encoder

Best value

Asus Vivobook Pro

ASUS VivoBook Pro 14 OLED

An OLED at this price is madness

A superb price meets a stunning OLED display as ASUS tears up the rule book on what affordable laptops can be.

Bottom line

Just because the top streamers are using a pair of heavy-duty desktop machines to push out their broadcasts to the world, it doesn't mean this is how everyone has to do it. It's not only possible to stream using a laptop, but with any of these, you'll have a great-looking stream.

It all comes down to the hardware, and while laptop CPUs really are quite strong nowadays, the best use of resources to stream will be grabbing something with a recent NVIDIA GPU and using the dedicated NVENC encoder. This leaves much more of your system resources alone for other tasks as and when required.

Our top suggestion is the Razer Blade 15 because it really is that good. You don't have to spend a fortune to get one, but if you have the budget you can also build the ultimate mobile battle station. Ninja isn't carrying his streaming PC around with him, is he?

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Author:

Richard Devine Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently, you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming.

Author:

Rich Edmonds is a staff reviewer at Windows Central, which means he tests out more software and hardware than he cares to remember. Joining Mobile Nations in 2010, you can usually find him inside a PC case tinkering around when not at a screen fighting with Grammarly to use British words. Hit him up on Twitter: @RichEdmonds.

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