Until last year, opting to buy a gaming laptop meant accepting the extra weight, much more audible fan noise, and an all-round bulkier case to fit the required cooling inside. However, in June 2017, Nvidia launched Max-Q, which promised to drastically increase the performance of gaming laptops while keeping them as thin as a MacBook Air.
While the combination of high performance and very thin seemed hard to believe, laptops such as the MSI GS63VR 7RG Stealth Pro and Acer Predator Triton 700 prove Max-Q works. And if you’re in the market for a new gaming laptop, Nvidia just announced that this year we’ll have 24 Max-Q laptops to choose between.
Soon after the launch last year, nine Max-Q laptops were made available. That total will increase to 24 before the end of 2018, with over 70 GeForce GTX laptops hitting the market in total. We don’t know what all the new Max-Q models are yet, but Nvidia mentions four: the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin Max-Q, Gigabyte Aero 15X, Asus ROG Zephyrus M (GM501), and the Xiaomi Mi Gaming Laptop.
All of them use a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU with the exception of the Mi, which uses a GTX 1060 or 1050 Ti. We can also expect a mix of 144Hz G-Sync displays, 4K resolution options, and cases as thin as 17.7mm. The included batteries aren’t small, either, with the Aero 15X somehow packing a 94Whr battery into its 19mm-thick casing.
So expect plenty more Max-Q laptops to appear in the coming months and for PCMag’s analysts to get their hands on as many of them as they can.