Valorant is a free-to-play multiplayer FPS developed and published by Riot Games, for Microsoft Windows. I compiled a list of 5 gaming laptops to enjoy playing Valorant smoothly without any stuttering and lagging.

First, of course, it depends on the budget you are willing to spend on a new gaming machine. Second, a good starting point would be meeting at least the recommended system requirements. Why recommended and not minimum? Because minimum requirements are based on what developers define that games are playable at the lowest graphic settings values. Whereas the recommended requirements are what is needed to run a game with decent or highest graphical settings with a high enough frame rate for the best gaming experience.

1. Acer Nitro 5

Recommended

2. Asus TUF FX505

3. ASUS TUF Gaming A15

4. Acer Predator Helios 300

5. MSI GL65 Leopard

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6"...
ASUS TUF (2019) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, GeForce...
ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H,...
Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB,...
MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
Processor
i5-9300H
Ryzen 7 3750H
Ryzen 7 4800H
i7-10750H
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce RTX 2060
GeForce RTX 2070
RAM
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
16GB DDR4
Storage
256GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, Full HD, IPS
15.6”, 120Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
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1. Acer Nitro 5

Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, 9th Gen Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, 15.6"...
Processor
i5-9300H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
RAM
8GB DDR4
Storage
256GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, Full HD, IPS
947 Reviews
$767.00
Recommended

2. Asus TUF FX505

ASUS TUF (2019) Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H, GeForce...
Processor
Ryzen 7 3750H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1650
RAM
8GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 120Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type
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$849.66

3. ASUS TUF Gaming A15

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Gaming Laptop, 15.6” 144Hz Full HD IPS-Type, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H,...
Processor
Ryzen 7 4800H
GPU
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
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$1,209.00

4. Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming Laptop, Intel i7-10750H, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB,...
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2060
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS
448 Reviews
$1,179.52

5. MSI GL65 Leopard

MSI GL65 Leopard 10SFK-062 15.6" FHD 144Hz 3ms Thin Bezel Gaming Laptop Intel Core...
Processor
i7-10750H
GPU
GeForce RTX 2070
RAM
16GB DDR4
Storage
512GB NVMe SSD
Display
15.6", 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level
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$1,399.99

Last update on 2020-09-18.

Valorant System Requirements

Minimum

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 7/8/10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i3-4150
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA Geforce GT 730
  • MEMORY: 4GB

Recommended

  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows® 10 64-bit
  • PROCESSOR: Intel Core i5 3470 @ 3.2GHz / AMD X8 FX-8350 @ 4GHz
  • GRAPHICS: NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
  • MEMORY: 4GB

Source: https://playvalorant.com/en-gb/specs/

Important: The components listed (especially processor and graphics card) in the requirements are all meant to be the desktop versions. They’re up to 20% faster than mobile versions, and we must consider this fact. So we don’t end up with an underpowered laptop even though being within the recommended requirement.

What is the Best Laptop for Valorant?

There is no “the best one”. Each one of the machines listed here would run the game just fine, smoothly without any stuttering. But as mentioned previously, it also depends on how much you willing to go spend. You cannot expect the same performance from the lowest budget laptop to the highest one. Obviously. 🙂

Regarding performance, it’s mainly all about how many frames per second a gaming laptop can output to the display.

About FRAMES PER SECOND (FPS):

What is FPS? It is the number of consecutive images produced onto the monitor each second. (Note: In gaming FPS also stands for First Person Shooter but this is not the case here.)

How many FPS is needed? – It is not yet known for sure how many FPS the human eye and brain can process. But they predict it could be around 200. The number of frames per second that is acceptable for gaming though is far lower. From bare minimum 25 FPS up to the limit of your screen*. If the FPS drop below 25, you are likely to notice considerable stuttering.

*By screen limit I mean its refresh rate. Nowadays there are even 300Hz (frames per second) monitors in the gaming scene. That “high refresh” rate monitors give a feeling of a more responsive overall experience. The game type can also be a factor. If you play online competitive games you get an advantage over your opponents who have regular 60Hz displays. Basically, more frames, earlier and more you see than. 🙂

A great explanation here on this video from Nvidia:

Of course, a CPU & GPU must be able to maintain enough frames per second (possibly up to screen limit) to make it a difference.

The recommended GPU is “NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050 Ti”. According to the performance chart on Videocard Benchmarks website, to be on a safe side, it’s recommended for a laptop to have at least a GTX 1650.

Considering CPU, there’s really not an issue as today’s laptop specs are well above the 3rd generation of an Intel Core i5. So this is nothing to be worried about.

Acer Nitro 5

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i5-9300H • GRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1650 • MEMORY: 8GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6”, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 256GB NVMe SSD

Acer Nitro 5  is a solid gaming laptop for casual gamers. Regarding performance, it sits in middle-tier at an entry-level price. Laptop’s plastic body is a bit chunky, but the 9th Gen Core i5 processor and Nvidia GTX 1650 GPU more than compensate for the chassis.

If you’re a hardcore gamer, then look elsewhere. But if your budget is limited, the Nitro 5 is for sure an option worth considering.

PROS / CONS

Price/Performance
 Stays cool even under high load

✖ Bulky size

Last update on 2020-09-18.


ASUS TUF Gaming A15

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: Ryzen 7 4800H • GRAPHICS: GeForce GTX 1660 Ti • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6”, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Type • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

ASUS TUF Gaming A15 is one of the best value gaming laptops in the market because of its outstanding price/performance ratio. A newest Ryzen 7 4800H combined with the GTX 1660 Ti graphics is making this an excellent choice for those who are looking for a good gaming laptop without spending too much.

PROS / CONS

Powerful Ryzen CPU
Battery life
  Value for money

Average quality display, a bit color inaccurate

Last update on 2020-09-19.


Acer Predator Helios 300

Key Components:

PROCESSOR: i7-10750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2060 • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

Acer Predator Helios 300 - 2020  offers a lot for its price. You can play most of the latest games without a problem as it has a powerful RTX 2060 6GB GPU. With extra storage slots, you can easily upgrade for more disk space. It also has a screen refresh rate of 144Hz.

A Quick Review from Mr. Matthew Moniz:

PROS / CONS

Price/performance
Great display

Battery life

Last update on 2020-09-19.


MSI GL65 Leopard

Key Components:

PROCESSOR:  i7-10750H • GRAPHICS: GeForce RTX 2070 • MEMORY: 16GB DDR4 • DISPLAY: 15.6″, 144Hz, Full HD, IPS-Level • STORAGE: 512GB NVMe SSD

MSI GP65 Leopard is an excellent all-around “jack of all trades” gaming laptop. While the chassis looks and feels a bit cheaply made, the hardware inside is excellent for the money. Considering the price, the Full HD LG display is phenomenal. Response times are very quick, and the 144 Hz refresh rate makes the gameplay look beautifully smooth at higher framerates.

PROS / CONS

Best price performance (10th Gen Intel i7 and an RTX 2070)
Great display

Weak speakers

Last update on 2020-09-19.


Conclusion

All these laptops would run Valorant just fine. Staying within the reasonable game settings for specific GPU you can enjoy playing the game smoothly. If you have a large budget to spend then go for some high-end laptop listed here and crank the graphics settings up to the roof. Otherwise, the RECOMMENDED machine is a great deal and compensation between price and performance.

Have fun playing the game!

Take care! 🙂