Best laptops for live streaming on Twitch in 2021

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So you’re looking for a good laptop to start streaming on Twitch? Great! But you might be asking: Are laptops even capable of streaming on Twitch? The answer is: Yes, absolutely!

The only limiting factor for being able to live stream on Twitch is the actual power of your computer. And pretty much all laptops coming out today are powerful enough for live streaming.

Getting started to broadcast on twitch is extremely simple. The software is free and easy to use. If your laptop gets a bit laggy, you can even change a few settings to make the live stream smoother.

Don’t think of looking for the best laptop for streaming anymore, as we did all the research for you!

I think getting started in streaming on Twitch is a great idea, as it can provide you small side incomes (or huge incomes) doing the things you love! It might sound too good to be true, but it’s not a reason to prevent your dreams from happening. Chase your Twitch streaming dreams!

Unless you give it a try, you can never know what it’s like to be the next Summit1G, DrDisrespect or Tyler1, and making hundreds of thousands dollars each month. You might have a talent for streaming. You might be the next big streamers and you don’t know it.

You might be thinking: I don’t have a talent, and what are the chances I can become a top streamer on Twitch? Well, most streamers on Twitch make enough money to earn a living out of it. With only around 200-300 viewers, you can earn around 2500$ a month.

So basically, unlike on YouTube, you don’t need a big audience to make money streaming on Twitch. The reason is, a streaming session can last for hours, leaving place for a large number of advertisements on each session. Compared to YouTube, where most videos last for around 10 minutes, with only one or two ads.

Oh, and don’t think of having to stay in your room all-day, as you can stream from anywhere! Bring your laptop in the living room, in the kitchen, or even outside!

That being said, your laptop will need to be powerful enough to (obviously) play demanding games and stream at the same time. Otherwise, your Twitch streaming experience will definitely suffer. 

As streaming on a gaming PC is more recommended, I think streaming on a laptop is perfectly acceptable. As long as it meets the spec requirements for streaming and gaming simultaneously.

But don’t worry about looking for a laptop that’s good enough, as we already made a list of the most optimal and best value laptops for streaming on Twitch.

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How much money should I spend for a gaming/streaming laptop?

Gaming laptops have high-end specs and components, and those are what make the computers expensive. You can aim for really high-end gaming laptops at 5k$ (and more), and those will definitely deliver the best Twitch streaming experience.

But there are also the medium/low-end ones, that cost around from $600 to $1500. Those can handle gaming and streaming simultaneously, but don’t expect to play at max graphical settings with over 60fps. You’re gonna have to turn down a few settings on intensive games. Though, you won’t have performance issues with more simple/less intensive games.

For the storage, I recommend getting a laptop with a SSD, as loading games will be much faster than on a Hard Drive. Well, everything is faster on a SSD.

What should you consider when looking for a streaming laptop?

First of all, some people think that you need 2 computers to stream on Twitch. Well that’s not true. Streaming games with one single computer is absolutely doable.

While most laptops on the market today are powerful enough to play games, streaming games at the same time can require almost twice as much power. That’s why getting a high-end laptop is something I recommend to stream games on Twitch.

Obviously, the specs are what we are looking for!

You need a pretty good laptop for live streaming high demanding PC game. But saying this doesn’t really help, right?

The CPU is one of the most important components of a laptop. It is really crucial that you have a good CPU in order to play games and stream at the same time.

This is what will let you play intensive games and record in super high quality at the same time, while keeping the performance and stream quality great.

So to answer the question, the CPU shouldn’t be lower than an Intel Core i5-4670, or the AMD FX6300 on the CPU benchmark website.

For the RAM, you’re gonna need at least 8Gb, as most games today require at least 8Gb of RAM. But like I said, this is the minimum. Even 8Gb of RAM might cause you to run into streaming or performance issues.

So that’s why I recommend at least 16GB of RAM if you plan on streaming demanding games. Better do everything right the first place, right?

Your operating system, Windows 7 or newer is what you’ll need. Don’t plan on gaming and streaming games on Windows XP, as the drivers and compatibilities with softwares will be pretty limited.

Some big advantages that laptops have over desktop computers for streaming.

The best thing about laptops is that you don’t have to stay in your room and can stream from anywhere in the house! Talk about a dream job. Also, they come with components that are useful for streaming:

  • Microphone: I know what you’re thinking. Professional streamers don’t use those cheap laptop microphones. But hey, we all gotta start somewhere. And I don’t recommend buying an expensive microphone when you’re just starting streaming.
  • Camera: Let’s admit it, it’s nice to have a good camera for streaming. But when you’re just starting, I think it’s better to focus on the actual quality of your gameplay rather than the camera quality.
  • WiFi: No need to arrange cables in your house, as every laptop comes with wireless internet access! And no need to worry about the internet speed, as today’s WI-FI is just as fast as network cables.

Some laptops in this review have 144hz screens. This is a huge plus if you want to have the edge over your opponent in competitive games like CS:GO, League of Legends, Overwatch or Valorant.

Ok, so enough with the talking, and let’s start with the first laptop on our list.

1. Alienware Area-51m

Basically the best gaming laptop in 2020

  • Display: 17.3-inch FHD (1,920 x 1,080) 144Hz panel with G-Sync
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 to 2080
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9700 to i9-9900K
  • RAM: 16GB to 64GB
  • Storage: 1TB to 2TB  SSDs

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The Alienware Area-51m is basically the best gaming laptop I’ve ever bought. From its performance to being beautiful, it has everything you wish for a streaming and gaming laptop.

I remember 10 years ago, playing games with my Dell computer. I still have it today, and it works like a charm. Taking the specs it has, I think that shows how good Dell computers are.

The built quality is excellent! It doesn’t feel like it would break if you drop it accidently. Really solid. But honestly, that’s something I expect for something this expensive.

The laptop is quite heavy, but considering its legendary gaming components, it’s really normal. And in my opinion, heavy laptops feel more premium to use than lightweight laptops.

While you’re gonna need a lot of RAM to livestream games on Twitch, Dell’s prices for adding more RAM are ridiculously high. I suggest you buy 16GB of RAM separately, and go for the lowest RAM option of the Alienware Area-51M.

Then fans are really quiet when performing normal tasks, like internet browsing and stuff. Though you can definitely hear them spinning when playing games, or when the computer starts to work harder. Even when playing streaming on Twitch and playing intensive games at the same time, the Alienware Area-51M is quieter than a gaming desktop computer.

You must be thinking, how can a gaming laptop be so quiet? Well the laptop is extremely efficient, and its temperature rarely goes over 60 degrees celsius. One day I was playing Battlefield 5, everything maxed out, and had no temperature issues.

That’s a huge plus since your laptop laptop’s microphone won’t pick up that huge fan noise while streaming on Twitch.

You can choose to have a 60hz or 144hz display. Though the 144hz one comes with Tobii eye tracking, a technology that tracks your eyes when looking on the screen, and provides you data to improve your skills in competitive games.

The max available specs you can get for this laptop is a legendary 8 core Intel i9 9900K CPU, an RTX 2080 GPU and 64GB of RAM. You can almost call it overkill. But still, you can be sure of never running into performance issues with those specs. Like I said, these are the max specs. You can choose cheaper specs if your budget is more limited.

As for the storage, it comes with two 118GB SSDs. You might want to consider installing a 1TB SSD if you plan on installing lots of games for streaming on Twitch.

The speakers sound great. Everything is crisp and clear and the bass sounds nice. They’re so good you can almost compare them to actual external speakers. So no complaints here.

For the ports, it has 3 USB type-A (one of them is for power sharing), an HDMI, 1 mini-display output, Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, headphone/microphone jack and an Alienware graphics amp port. Only one thing missing here, is an SD card slot.

Well honestly, I don’t know anyone who would buy a gaming laptop and need an SD card slot anyway. Don’t need to think about SD cards to chase your Twitch streaming carrier!

2. Asus ROG Zephyrus S GX701

Beautiful and Powerful Streaming Laptop

  • Display: 17. 3 with 144Hz 3ms, FHD (1920×1080) with NVIDIA G-Sync
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 8GB
  • Processor: 9th Gen Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 8GB / 24GB 
  • Storage: 1TB SSD

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This Asus ROG Zephyrus is definitely a great choice for streaming games. It has a solid, premium feel to it. It’s also quite light, being under 6 pounds. That’s a pretty good weight for a gaming laptop, since they’re packed with powerful gaming components.

It comes with a 17 inches display, which is perfectly sized for gaming in my opinion. Als, it has a 144Hz refresh rate, which is even better if you want to have the edge in competitive games. Everything feels smooth in-game and gives a really nice gaming experience.

The display also features the G-Sync technology, preventing any screen tearing (those are the separation lines that happen when you don’t enable vertical sync in games).

It has a really low response/refresh time of 3 milliseconds, which is pretty standard for most screens today.

It has a clean resolution of 1920×1080, which is very standard for gaming. And thanks to the 1080p resolution, as it makes the battery last longer than with the 4k resolution.

Though I don’t think you plan on streaming with your unplugged laptop, it’s nice to know your battery can support hours of streaming games in 1080p, unplugged.

The laptop comes with an Intel Core i7-8750H, making it perfectly suitable for streaming and gaming at the same time. In other words, it’s lag-proof. Oh and you can overclock it if you need even more power (thrust me, you won’t need more power!)

For the GPU, the laptop comes with the new RTX 2080, delivering phenomenal performances with graphically demanding games. It also supports ray-tracing in compatible games, like Battlefield V, Doom Eternal or Minecraft with its new RTX update.

I tested with competitive games including Battlefield V, Fortnite, Overwatch and Valorant. The performance was incredible, even with max settings. The frames-per-seconds were over 100fps on every single title. Some less demanding games showed better performance, like CS:GO, with over 300fps.

Of course, you can expect a slight drop in performance when you’re streaming at the same time. You might lose around 10fps in CPU demanding games. But it’s still an insignificant drop, as you probably won’t notice it in-game.

The keyboard feels really good for typing and gaming. But the most special thing about it is the design. Asus left some space on top of the keyboard, acting like an exhaust for the heat. The temperature inside the laptop stays relatively cool, leaving the GPU capping 75 degrees celsius and CPU 90 celsius at maximum load.

3) MSI GS65 Sealth

Best Thin Gaming laptop for streaming games

  • Display: 15.6-inch 1920×1080 anti-glare
  • Graphics: GeForce GTX 1070 8GB Max-Q
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H 
  • RAM: 16GB / 32GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD / 1TB SSD

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This laptop has everything a gamer would ever dream of. It’s thin, light, beautifully designed and extremely powerful.

The MSI GS65 Stealth is not called Stealth for no reason, this laptop is one of the slimmest gaming laptops out there. If you are looking for a good streaming laptop to carry around this might be a great option for you. 

Also if you are looking for a VR capable laptop, well you are in luck. The GS65 is equipped with a Nvidia GeForce 1070 Max-Q GPU (click on the link for more info about the 1070 Max-Q) which makes the laptop VR-ready. You can expect high frame rate and smooth gameplay in all your favorite VR games.

Unfortunately this laptop is not perfect ,it has one small issue, long gaming sessions happen to make the laptop run hot. It’s no big deal, but other laptops on this list run cooler than this one.

Overall the MSI GS65 Stealth is a solid laptop for streaming. I can strongly recommend this laptop for any gamers who are looking for a good portable gaming laptop. 

4) Razer Blade 15

Great Storage Gaming and Streaming Laptop

  • Display: 15.6″ 1920×1080 144hz / 4K touch 60hz
  • Graphics: GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H / Intel Core i7-9750H
  • RAM: 16GB 
  • Storage: 256GB / 512GB SSD

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The Razer Blade 15 isn’t the best laptop in this review, but it definitely fits on our list for the best laptops for streaming on Twitch. It has a premium, metal body, which was only available on the cheaper models of previous generations. That makes it somewhat drop resistant, compared to plastic body laptops.

The laptop delivers really good performance, even though featuring an earlier GPU model (the GTX 1660 Ti). But that just makes the laptop more on the affordable side.

The display is 15 inches in size, has a resolution of 1080p and a gaming-friendly refresh rate of 144Hz. I found the displays looking a bit dim in some conditions, but it shouldn’t be an issue if you’re streaming from inside, without sunlight getting directly on the screen.

The Razer Blade 15 comes in 3 versions, being the ‘cheap’, the ‘medium’ and ‘best’ version.

Cheap version

The cheap version, obviously, is the cheapest one. It’s the only one that doesn’t have a 144Hz display, but a 60Hz instead. Still, it has a nice 9th Gen Intel Core i7-9750, 16GB of RAM and an Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti. For the storage, it gets one 128GB SSDs and one 1TB Hard Drive. Storage definitely won’t be an issue on this one.

Medium version

This one comes with a ‘refreshing’ 144Hz display. It also gets a nice boost in storage, with a 256GB SSD instead of 128GB. You can also get two upgrade options for the GPU and SSD, with the RTX 2060 and 512GB SSD for 1899$, and an additional 2099$ for an RTX 2070.

Best version

Of course, this one beats all of the above versions, with a 4K 144Hz OLED display, a 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q graphic card.

5) Lenovo Legion Y740

Best Lenovo Twitch Streaming Laptop

  • Display: 15.6″ 1920×1080 144hz G-Sync
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-8750H
  • RAM: 16GB / 32GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD / 256GB + 1TB HDD

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I’ve always been a fan of Lenovo laptops (mainly because of their keyboard design and quality). The Lenovo Legion Y740 is no exception, in addition to some great gaming and streaming components.

It delivers exceptional performance in graphic intensive games, with its RTX 2070 6GB (or optional RTX 2070 8GB).

It features the Intel Core i7-8750H, which will easily handle gaming and streaming simultaneously.

You have 2 options for the RAM: 16GB and 32GB. I don’t recommend getting more than 16GB of RAM, as it’s more than enough for streaming games on Twitch.

The display is where it gets better, as it’s a FullHD 144Hz, featuring the G-Sync technology. G-Sync basically prevents the screen tearing from happening, allowing you to have a nice gaming experience without those weird-looking screen separations.

For the storage, it comes with one 1TB Hard Drive and one 256GB SSD. No complaint here, storage will be more than enough.

Only complaint though would be the battery life. But it’s definitely not an issue if you leave it plugged/charging all day.

Well, Lenovo really did a nice job making the Legion Y740 a perfect gaming and streaming laptop, without shifting away from their strong build quality standards.

6) Alienware m17 (2019 version)

Best Legendary Design Gaming laptop for streaming

  • Display: 17.3″ 1920×1080 60hz / 144hz + Tobii Eyetracking
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 / RTX 2080 Max-Q
  • Processor: 9th Gen Intel Core i5 / i9
  • RAM: 8GB / 16GB 
  • Storage: 256GB SSD / 4TB SSD

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Dell really delivers on the ‘perfect’ gaming design with its Alienware laptop series. The Alienware m17 is no exception, with its out-of-this-world, legendary slim design. 

The display is different depending on the version. One being 1920×1080 with 60hz refresh rate, second one being 1920×1080 with 144hz with Eyesafe and Tobii Eye Tracking technologies. Both model options are 17.3” in size.

This laptop has extremely good specs, going up to the 9th Generation Intel Core i9, the RTX 2080 Max-Q,and 16GB of RAM.

For the storage, it can go up to a 4TB SSD, and 256GB SSD for the cheapest option.

7) HP Omen X 2S

Best Double Displays Gaming laptop

  • Display: 15.6″, 1920×1080, 144Hz
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-9750H
  • RAM: 16GB 
  • Storage: 1TB SSD

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This laptop is one of a kind. At first, it has a very gimmicky look, with its small, second display over the keyboard. But I gotta admit, it looks really good when it’s running with two displays. I would even say I found it useful sometimes.

The overall design is similar to an Alienware with its modern triangle-shaped display, and it looks beautiful. Props to HP for the body design choice.

Storage won’t be an issue, with its 1TB SSD. As for the RAM, it has a nice 16GB DDR4.

It delivers great performance, considering it features the latest Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q, and the Intel Core i7-9750H.

The display is 15.6 inches in size, and has a resolution of 1920×1080. It has an outstanding refresh rate of 144hz.

My only big complaint is that there’s literally no space under the keyboard to rest your wrists. So, unless you plan on always using the laptop on a flat surface, typing and writing is gonna feel pretty awkward

But again, if you only plan on streaming games with it, on your desk, it won’t be a problem.

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