5 Best Laptops for Streaming Twitch in 2020

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If you are thinking about creating your own stream, it will take some preparation. You can find out here which hardware it should be at least and what else you have to consider.

For streaming you will need a good Laptop in most cases. The Laptop mainly needs a strong CPU, the graphics card is not important for streaming. However, the Laptop has to meet the system requirements for the game you want to stream, besides the requirements for the streaming itself. Twitch recommends a Laptop with the following hardware components:

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 or an AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8GB – DDR3 – SDRAM
  • Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium or better

For streaming, the upload rate of your internet connection is also crucial. If your upload is too slow, the data from your PC can’t be loaded fast enough into the stream and short delays and still images, also known as lags, occur. In order to stream in good quality, it should be at least 720p, in the best case 1080p, which requires an upload of at least 3Mbit (720p) or 5Mbit (1080p).

If you have a strong laptop that meets these requirements and can also run the game of your choice, there should be nothing to stop you from streaming. If not however, we will show you what the best Laptops are for Streaming Twitch or Streaming Online Games in general. Above you will find our Ranking of the best Laptops for Streaming Twitch and below you will find a in-depth analysis of each Laptop.

Ranking First: Razer Blade Pro 17

Razer Blade Pro 17

Pros

  • Best Performance
  • Great Display
  • Many Ports

Cons

  • Pricey

Gaming in notebook format and no compromises? Not imaginable a few years ago, but exactly that should be possible with the Razer Blade Pro 17. Razer provides us with a test device with an Intel Core i7-9750H and the currently fastest single notebook graphic card. Paired with a 240 Hz monitor, hardly any wishes remain unfulfilled. We are curious how the gaming notebook performs in our test and whether the high price of over 3000 USD is justified!

Design

The only thin Razer Blade Pro 17 consists of a black matt anodized aluminum unibody and is excellently processed – no flaws are to be found. The torsional stiffness is on a very good level. With approx. 6 lbs the Blade Pro has a normal weight in the 17 inch class. On the bottom and back side there are large ventilation slots to be discovered. This is also necessary for the built-in hardware. Razer focuses on black and green in terms of color.
The Blade Pro’s hinge allows a sufficiently large angle. The impression from the outside is also continued here: the workmanship quality is very good and the torsional stiffness is top.

The Blade Pro’s keyboard feels pleasant to the touch and looks visually appealing. Rather untypical for 17 inch notebooks, there is no integrated numpad. Instead, the loudspeakers are integrated on the side of the keyboard. The former can be illuminated very specifically if necessary. The brightness, as well as the color or color gradients are configurable.

The Razer Blade Pro 17 looks very chic and high-end in the overall picture. Optically, it can be summarized as a simple gaming laptop, but in a positive sense. Overall, the quality of our Blade Pro is on a very good level. Keyboard and touchpad are just as good and the torsional stiffness is excellent.

Display

The notebook’s 17.3-inch Full HD display is matt and has a good viewing angle stability due to the IPS panel. The colors look very good due to the 100% coverage of the sRGB color space and there are no pixel errors or problems with illumination.

The display of our test sample delivers a maximum of 240 Hz. Touch displays or 4K resolutions are also selectable in other configuration options, but the refresh rate is then halved. Considering the notebook’s intended use, the maximum brightness of 300 nits of the display is more than sufficient for indoor use. However, the brightness may be a bit too dark in direct sunlight on the display, but still far above other notebooks.

Performance

The Blade Pro 17 has more than enough power for everyday tasks. But how does the notebook actually perform under higher load? Can the cooling system tame the CPU and GPU even under continuous load? We used Cinebench R20 and a benchmark in the game CS:GO in order to find all this out in our test.

In both cases we run the tests three times in a row to find out the actual performance under continuous load. In CS:GO, the maximum settings were selected in Full HD. After our test, it’s noticeable: The result stays within the measurement tolerance even when run several times. The cooling system can tame both the Intel Core i7-9750H, as well as the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. This impression is also reflected in several gaming sessions. FPS breakdowns, which are due to the hardware, are not visible.

A short note about the different performance levels which can be configured in the pre-installed apps of Razer: These had no significant influence on the performance in our tests.

Finally, the performance of the SSD must be assessed. Razer doesn’t install an SSD connected to SATA in the Blade Pro 17, but relies on NVMe. In our test, write and read rates of over 2000 MB/s could be determined.

Battery and Loudness

To determine the battery life, the Blade Pro was used in everyday tasks with approximately 50% screen brightness. After about 5 hours the laptop had to be recharged. For a laptop with a thickness of 19.9 mm and the installed hardware components, this is a good value for this device class. If the possible performance is called up, the runtime is drastically reduced.

The fans are continuously active and audible during the test with Cinebench, but not disturbing. In comparison, the fans are one level louder in the gaming test. The background noise is, however, quite pleasant as there is no rattling or other ambient noise to be heard. The notebook is often not audible under low load, like surfing or watching videos. The fans sometimes become a bit faster for a short time, but still work quietly and not disturbingly. In battery mode, the fans almost never start in browser mode.

Conclusion

The Razer Blade Pro 17 tested here is a very good gaming notebook. The manufacturing quality is excellent, the keyboard and touchpad on a very high level. The battery life is good for the installed hardware and the case thickness and the volume in the frame. In return, the performance is consistent and quite high. For the price of USD 3000 you get a very good but a bit more expensive device overall.

At the end of the test it is clear: With the Razer Blade Pro 17 you get a very good gaming notebook with 17 inches and decent performance. Those who like to stream high performance online games and are able to spend about 3000 USD won’t go wrong with the Blade Pro 17.

Ranking Second: Dell Alienware 15 R4

Dell Alienware 15 R4

Pros

  • Very Fast
  • Perfect Screen
  • Many Ports

Cons

  • Loud Fans

As soon as the notebook is started, it becomes clear that the part has steam under the hood. Its fans howl like the turbines of an airplane when taking off. The laptop is impressive; 1425 USD is what Dell charges for the device. No wonder, as the Alienware has technology tailored for gamers.

Design and Weight

At the first contact with the new owner, the Alien looks impressive: The notebook looks classy, not least thanks to the controllable illumination of the keyboard and touchpad. The black surface and grey exterior give the model a futuristic look in combination with the light strips on the sides. With a height of 1.3 inches, the Alien is quite slim in comparison to other gaming notebooks. Dell installs a more compact 15.6 inch display instead of a massive 17 inch display in the Alienware. There wouldn’t really be anything against taking the Alien with you – if it weren’t for the rather high weight of 7.7 pound grams. And if you want to gamble on a train journey, you’ll also have to pack the power supply – and carry 2.1 pound extra.

Performance and Battery

A heavyweight in a positive sense is the alien under the hood. Intel’s strongest notebook processor, the Intel Core i9-8950HK, fires up the Dell – six computing cores work here at a maximum of 4.8 gigahertz. A fast GeForce 1070 and a generously sized 16 gigabyte DDR 4 RAM are added to this. The Alien masters computationally intensive tasks like video or photo editing in a flash. Even in the case of PC games in Full-HD resolution, the Alienware can’t be beaten even at maximum details. Only at 4K with full detail rendition on an external monitor it bucks. Unfortunately, the Alien stays anything but cool under full load with a temperature of 43.8 degrees. In order to fan the heat away, the fans work hard and roar with a noise level of 4.2 sone. The consequence: The battery goes down after an hour and 22 minutes. Weak.

Perfect Screen

In return, there’s hardly anything to complain about on the display: As long as the gamer looks at the screen frontally, color representation and contrast are almost perfect. And the image change is pleasingly snappy with twelve milliseconds. Thus, no ugly streaks spoil the gaming fun.

But there is a gambling fun brake: Gamers, who like to store their games on an SSD for fast loading times, only get 238 gigabytes of the nimble memory. This means: retrofitting or installing and uninstalling games regularly. After all, an HDD with 932 gigabytes is still installed for videos, music and data. And there are enough connections: two type A and type C USB 3.1 sockets (one of them with Thunderbolt technology), an HDMI output and two DisplayPorts. The Alien radios via WLAN-ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

Conclusion

The Alienware has a lot of power, a noble workmanship and a great display. The perfect gaming notebook then? Not quite: If you treat yourself to a gaming machine for 1425 USD, you can expect a bit quieter fans. Besides that, the Dell Alienware 15 R4 is the perfect streaming and gaming laptop.

Ranking Third: Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300

Pros

  • GTX1050 ti Graphics Card
  • Bright Screen
  • Fair Price

Cons

  • Backlightbleeding in Corners

Acer optically holds itself back surprisingly strongly in the Predator Helios 300 for a gaming notebook. The black case with its unlit red accents and the large Predator logo still stands out next to normal notebooks, but doesn’t look as obtrusive as many other designs. The 1.25 inches thick plastic case is neatly finished and lies stable in the hand.

The keyboard comes with red backlighting and color-coded WASD keys. It convinces with crisp counterpressure, great feedback and a pleasant stroke – good for gaming and longer writing. The mouse replacement works precisely and is not too slippery. Depending on the cleanliness of your fingers, however, it quickly starts to stick. A suitable gaming mouse is a must for gaming anyway.

Performance

Already the first version of the Acer Predator Helios 300 in 2017 scored with good equipment at a fair price. Meanwhile, the gaming notebook is available in different versions: Either with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti or a GeForce GTX 1060, as well as with a 128 GByte or 256 GByte SSD. We looked at the cheapest variant with a GTX 1050 Ti and 128 GByte flash memory. Unlike the previous year’s model, Acer relies on an Intel Core i5-8300H of the current 8th generation here. The quad-core with hyperthreading (up to eight threads) clocks with 2.3 GHz as standard and offers a maximum boost of 4.0 GHz. The lab measurement values turn out correspondingly good: In the benchmark test PC Mark 7, which evaluates the overall performance, the Helios 300 achieves a strong 5,962 points and in the graphics benchmark 3DCloud excellent 24,573 points. No other notebook on our best list can currently keep up with this, which is why the Acer sets a new performance best value.

The performance can also convince in the practical test. System and program starts are pleasantly short, image editing isn’t a problem thanks to the 8 GByte DDR4 RAM and the GTX 1050 Ti’s graphic power (4 GByte VRAM) is sufficient even for current top games with adjusted graphic settings. Thus, the Helios 300 of The Witcher 3 still manages 45 fps on average with high graphic settings and Full-HD resolution. The graphics highlight, Far Cry 5, also achieves just under 45 fps and the GTA 5 an average of 50 fps.

Especially good: The volume remains acceptable for gaming conditions, especially since it can be slightly influenced by the pre-installed fan control tool. The laptop is whisper quiet in desktop mode. However, it can’t stay on the lap for long – the case gets too hot for this.

Display

Acer also doesn’t afford any weaknesses in the 17.3 inch display. The 60 Hz display has a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels (Full HD) and scores points with strong color representation and wide viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel technology used. The maximum brightness of 381 cd/m² is excellent, but our test model shows slight backlight bleeding in the corners – the bright panel shines through in dark scenes. Because the display surface doesn’t reflect, the Predator Helios 300 is even suitable for outdoor use. But whether you really want to carry the laptop around with you everywhere with a weight of 6.4 lbs is something you have to decide for yourself.

The battery life would definitely make it possible to work away from the power outlet. The Helios 300 can last for about 7 hours in simulated office mode with occasional coffee breaks. It’s almost 6.5 hours in pure video playback and around 1.5 hours in gaming. Graphically elaborate games like Far Cry 5 only run smoothly with a connected power supply, though. In battery mode, the performance is so low that only about 30 FPS are possible and there are repeated jerks. Overall, the runtimes aren’t by far not top rates, but for a gaming notebook they are far above average. The poor mobility rating in our best list is solely due to the comparatively extremely strong competition without a dedicated graphics card.

Ports and Equipment

The other equipment is fair for the price of around 900 USD. Thus, Acer installs a separate hard disk with 1 TByte storage space for pictures, movies and games next to the SSD. If you’re not satisfied with this, both the HDD as well as the RAM can easily be exchanged via two maintenance flaps. Besides four USB ports (2x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0, 1x USB 3.1 type C), there is an HDMI port, an SD card slot and a classic LAN port on the case’s sides. Wireless communication is provided by WLAN-ac and Bluetooth 4.0.

Conclusion

The Acer Predator Helios 300 proves that gaming notebooks don’t have to cost a fortune: In the test, the laptop, which costs about 900 USD and has a current Coffee Lake CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, presents itself as a cheap entry model for casual gamers. In addition to the performance, the display and configuration are particularly convincing. The battery life is also okay for a gaming notebook, but can’t keep up with that of current all-round laptops and ultrabooks.

Ranking Fourth: HP Pavilion 15

HP Pavilion 15 streaming

Pros

  • Good Performance
  • Nice Design
  • Good Battery

Cons

  • Display too dark
  • Pretty Loud

The HP Pavilion 15 is a fairly affordable gaming notebook with an AMD Ryzen™ CPU for 880 USD. Besides the simple design, the Pavilion 15 convinces in the test with a very good workmanship, many connections and enough performance for FHD gaming. The display also leaves a good impression. HP unfortunately overdoes it with the pre-installed software.

Design

The HP Pavilion is a relatively inconspicuous and plain gaming notebook. Besides the dominating matt black, HP sets some green accents in the Pavilion series. These include the notebook’s reflective green logo on the top and the green bordered keys. A bit more noticeable is also the wavy structure of the loudspeakers above the keyboard. Overall, the Pavilion 15’s adult design pleases: Narrow display frames, no RGB lighting and simply little frippery.

Specially coated plastic, wafer-thin aluminium: it is now becoming increasingly difficult to feel out the right materials even by touching them. But the bottom line is that the feel is convincing. The upper side and also the keyboard surface should be made of aluminum. Even the underside makes this impression. The display frames are made of plastic, though. However, the use of so much aluminum is a positive surprise in a device in this price range.

Display

The HP Pavilion 15 has a 15.6″ IPS display with FHD resolution (1920×1080 pixels). It has a dot density of 141 PPI. The matt panel is the AU Optronics 20ED model. It has a 16:9 format and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

The display’s illumination is okay and it also gets quite bright with an average of 270 cd/m². The lower area is the brightest with 293 nits in the middle. Towards the upper corners the luminance is about 15% lower. The display is not calibrated ex factory. The display gets a bit warmer after calibration with our Spyder5Elite. The color fidelity of the Pavilion 15 display is good for a notebook in this price range with 96% sRGB, 69% NTSC and 74% AdobeRGB.

Performance

The built-in components provide you with moderate performance in Pavilion 15, which is sufficient for FHD gaming with high details on the built-in 60Hz display. First of all, you should select in the Nvidia system settings that the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is always the preferred GPU. Otherwise, it could happen that games use the integrated RX-Vega-10 graphics unit even if the GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is set in the game’s graphics settings.

Depending on the title, you can achieve sufficient FPS with maximum details. From time to time, however, you may want to reduce the details from very high to high.

Competitive online shooters like Apex Legends, CS:GO or Fortnite run very smoothly even with high details. The GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q is on the bottom line about 15-25% slower than the normal version. If you want more performance, you should choose a gaming notebook with a normal GTX 1660 Ti or RTX 2060.

Fan Sound and Temperature

While playing The Division 2, the fans of Pavilion 15 become audible, but the sound effects are absolutely within limits. With a closed headset you shouldn’t notice anything of it. An annoying beeping or whistling, as it can sometimes occur with notebooks, doesn’t await you at Pavilion 15.

The case only gets moderately warm under load and can be touched in all places without problems. The CPU temperature settles at 80°C on average and the graphics card warms up to 75°C on average. These are both good rates, which should be beneficial for the notebook’s longevity.

Conclusion

Just like the OMEN 15, the Pavilion 15 is a rather recommendable notebook. The design is simple and coherent, the workmanship very good. Moreover, the Pavilion 15 has all important connections from LAN to type-C to SD card reader. I also like the fact that the hardware is easily accessible and that an HDD can be retrofitted.

All in all, Pavilion 15 convinces with a good price-performance ratio. Currently you can hardly get more notebook for the money.

Ranking Fifth: Acer Aspire 5

For currently* 554 USD you can get a solid multimedia notebook with a large Full HD display from Acer. The Aspire 5-series notebook is equipped with a power-saving Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and an M.2 module, making it ideal for all your everyday tasks. The Acer Aspire 5 is also a true all-rounder when it comes to multimedia. Thanks to dedicated MX150 graphics, you can also use the 15.6 inch notebook for gaming.

Display

The multimedia notebook of the Aspire 5 series has a large and matt Full HD display with a screen diagonal of 39 cm (15.6 inches). The average backlight of the Acer ComfyView Full-HD IPS display is around 212 cd/m². The viewing angle is good and you can view the contents of the large display from almost any angle without loss.

Performance

The hardware of the multimedia notebook of the Aspire 5 series from Acer is based on an Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM and an additional graphics card from Nvidia. The Intel Core i5-8265U works with 4 computing cores that are clocked at 1.6 GHz. The base clock can be raised to 3.9 GHz in turbo mode. However, this happens automatically and the user has no influence on this. The main memory consists of two modules with 4 GB each, which work in dual channel mode.

In addition to the integrated UHD graphics of the Intel CPU, a dedicated graphics from Nvidia is also used for graphics calculation. Switching is either automatic or manual via software. The GeForce MX150 graphics card has its own video memory of 2 GB.

Acer has installed a M.2 module with 256 GB in the Aspire 5 as fixed memory. This offers transfer rates of around 500 MB/s. These are considerably faster than a hard disk, but the built-in M.2 module is relatively slow. There are clearly faster M.2 modules on the market.

Conclusion

With the Acer Aspire 5 you get a notebook with a 15.6 inch display that you can use for Streaming Twitch. The multimedia notebook from Acer is powered by an Intel Core i5 CPU of the 8th generation, which can access 8 GB of RAM. A dedicated Nvidia GeForce MX150 is also responsible for the graphics calculations, in addition to the processor’s integrated UHD graphics. An M.2 module with 256 GB capacity is built into the Aspire 5 for storing data.


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