Backlit keyboards have become a necessity in recent years, and most laptop manufacturers have taken note. Now almost every laptop, whether it’s made for gaming or not, comes with a backlit keyboard. The primary job of a backlit keyboard is to make it easier to use in the dark. However, with a little bit of RGB flair, they can also be used to show off a device’s gaming credentials. However, choosing a decent gaming laptop with a backlit keyboard is not easy due to the many options available. So, here’s a list of some of the best available on Amazon right now.
Lenovo Legion 5Pi
If you’re looking for a portable gaming machine, then you should check out the Lenovo Legion 5Pi. It has a 15.6-inch Full HD display with a refresh rate of 144Hz. The 10th generation Intel Core i7 processor (base clock of 2.6Ghz and max clock of 5Ghz) combined with Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 graphics lets you crank all those graphics settings. Lenovo has equipped it with a 1TB SSD and 16GB dual-channel DDR4 RAM (upgradable to 32GB) to make sure you don’t slow down while playing. All these powerful components need a good cooling solution, so Lenovo has equipped it with the Legion Coldfront 2.0 cooling system that keeps the temperature under control and prevents thermal throttling. Lenovo claims that its 80WHr battery can power up the laptop for eight hours and can be charged from 0% to 50% in 30 minutes with Rapid Pro charging technology.
ASUS ROG Strix G17
Here is a gaming laptop from ASUS that sports a large display of 17.3 inches. This FHD display supports a refresh rate of 120Hz, which means games will look smooth when you play. The large display size means you won’t be squinting to spot enemies to frag. The RGB-backlit keyboard allows you to customise colours of the keys, so that you can set the keyboard up just the way you like it. Powered by a 10th Gen i7 processor, 6 GB NVIDIA GTX 1660Ti GPU, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, you will get a smooth gaming experience. And if the games you play are RAM hogs, you’ll be happy to know that this laptop can be easily upgraded to 32 GB of system memory as well (for a price, of course).
ASUS ROG Strix G15
No list of the best gaming laptops is complete without including one from ASUS, and the same goes for this one. The ASUS ROG Strix G15 is a 15.6-inch laptop with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 144Hz for a good viewing experience. The 10th Gen Intel Core i5 10300H processor, when paired with the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650Ti GPU and 8GB of DDR4 RAM, should result in a laptop that can handle all your gaming as well as productivity needs. ASUS has even packed it with a 1TB SSD for quick loading times. To power all this up, ASUS has equipped it with a 48WHr battery that is said to last up to 8.5 hours under optimal usage. The laptop weighs 2.3kg and measures 36.0 x 27.5 x 2.10cms making it a good choice for gaming on the go.
Lenovo Legion 5Pi
This gaming laptop from Lenovo has an impressive 15.6-inch FHD display, which is an anti-glare IPS panel that has a refresh rate of 144Hz and 300 nits of brightness. Add to this the fact that it uses Dolby Vision technology, and you know this screen is going to look good! The RGB backlit keyboard is pretty standard for gaming laptops these days, and is obviously customisable, allowing you to devote certain colours for certain keys to mark your gaming zone on the keyboard. Powered by a 10th gen Core i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, you know the components will keep pace with the seriously fast NVIDIA RTX 2060 GPU. You’re going to have no trouble playing games on this laptop, and with ray-tracing enabled at that!
Acer Predator Helios 300
If you are into playing action-packed FPS shooter games, then a laptop like the Acer Predator Helios 300 that supports high refresh rates are the right choice. It has a 15.6-inch FHD display that supports refresh rates upto 240Hz, enabling you to play any high-octane game out there, without experiencing any stutters in the visual output. Thanks to the NVIDIA RTX 2070 GPU that this thing sports, you can actually achieve a frame rate close to the monitor’s refresh rate – always a good thing. Other components include a robust 10th Gen i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. In terms of RGB, this laptop boasts a 4-zone RGB-backlit keyboard, allowing you to really set it up exactly as you like. It also features the latest WiFi 6 standard, which makes it future-ready for when you eventually upgrade your existing router.
Razer Blade 15
The Razer Blade 15 is a laptop that has some serious specifications. It sports a powerful 10th Gen i7 processor, a 15.-6-inch FHD display with refresh rates upto 144Hz and much more. What’s the much more? A 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 chip, which is a seriously capable GPU. Gaming on this will be an experience. However, even normal use is memorable thanks to the Chroma RGB backlit-keyboard, which allows easy and total control of the RGB lighting. And best of all, you get this in a relatively sleek package, as the laptop is lighter (2.13 kg) and thinner (0.75 inch) than a lot of the gaming laptops out there.