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The best Intel 13th gen laptop models available, plus everything we know about the Intel 13th gen Raptor Lake laptop CPUs

Updated: Feb 14, 2024 5:40 pm
Best Intel 13th gen laptop

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The Intel 13th gen laptop CPUs were the big hitters from the blue team of the previous gen, which took on the AMD Ryzen 7000 series laptop CPUs across the full range of laptops, from general-use laptops and creative notebooks to high-end gaming laptops. Although the first Intel 14th gen laptop models have started to release in 2024, it so far appears that the higher-powered ‘Raptor Lake refresh’ variants of this line (such as the Intel Core i-14900HX) don’t actually offer much in the way of improvement over the 2023 models, so our gaming picks below are still the better options for now in many cases, although the new Meteor Lake models are an improvement as far as general productivity machines go so it would be worth checking these out.

Either way we always keep this article updated with the latest products and there are still a couple of 13th gen models we expect to release this year, so keep checking back after newer releases. If you don’t have a great deal of time and want to know what the best Intel 13th gen laptops are for your needs, we’d suggest the ASUS ROG Strix G18 for high-end gaming, the Gigabyte AORUS 17H for competitive gamers who care about value for money, and the Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 for general productivity use in the office or at school. We have other picks further below though that fulfil other niches, so be sure to take a look.

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Best Intel 13th Gen gaming laptops: Reviews

The below selections represent a shortlist the best Intel 13th Gen gaming laptops currently available. Do also check out our main best gaming laptop page for a longer list, which also includes AMD Ryzen laptops and also Intel 12th gen laptop selections.

Best high-end gaming laptop

Best 13th Gen Intel Gaming Laptop
A 240Hz 1600p gaming laptop with Intel Core i9-13980HX and RTX 4080

ASUS ROG Strix G18 (i9-13980HX, RTX 4080)

ASUS ROG Strix 18

CPU

Intel Core i9-13980HX

Graphics Card

Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080

RAM

16GB/32GB/64GB DDR5 RAM

Storage

1TB-2TB SSD

Max Refresh Rate

240Hz

Resolution

2560 x 1600

Pros
  • good value for money
  • very powerful GPU & CPU
  • 240Hz 1600p display with good response time
  • good color replication
Cons
  • somewhat plastic build
  • some coil whine and fan noise under heavy loads
  • sub-par webcam quality

The ASUS ROG Strix G18 (a more affordable offering than the similar ASUS Strix SCAR 18) comes with the most powerful Intel 13th gen laptop CPU currently available, and indeed, the most powerful laptop processor on the market, full stop: the Intel Core i9-13980HX. With unparalleled single-core and multi-core performance, this will absolutely chew through anything you throw at it: from rendering workflows and intensive workstation tasks, to high-end gaming. On top of this you get the massively powerful Nvidia RTX 4080 laptop graphics card, which comes with great improvements over the previous-gen, including DLSS 3.0 support and greater energy efficiency.

The most impressive thing about this machine though is the price: this laptop originally went on sale over at Best Buy for $2,499 USD, which is a ridiculously good price. The device has since gone out of stock here, and we wouldn’t be surprised if they up the price a bit, but even if you end up paying a few hundred dollars (or equivalent) more, this would still be respectable value.

Though the 18″ screen on the G18 might be a bit too big if you’re after a more portable laptop, there’s no doubt that playing on it is a fantastically immersive experience, especially with the additional vertical headroom afforded by the 16:10 aspect ratio. In our view the 240Hz 1600p screen is the right balance between high-resolution and speed – well suited for either slower-paced, immersive games or competitive twitch shooters. The 5.5ms average grey-to-grey response time also helps minimise ghosting.

Considering the great value of this device, you don’t quite get everything: the webcam quality isn’t great and the somewhat plasticky build doesn’t compare to the metal chassis Razer Blade laptops, though the G18 is still a well-put together machine as with most ASUS products. It’s certainly not a quiet laptop on the higher fan and voltage settings – as is often the case with powerful gaming laptops – however some users have reported coil whine issues (stick your headphones on and it shouldn’t be a problem though).

Some of these issues aren’t present in the more expensive ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 18, which has a better webcam as well as superior RGB, but still comes with a fairly plastic build. Another alternative is the XMG Neo 17 E23 (in Europe) / Eluktronics MECH17 GP2 (in the US), which has a superior Cherry MX mechanical keyboard option and compatibility with external OASIS liquid cooling, to further maximise performance, though again this is more expensive than the ASUS G18 and you’re limited to a maximum 17.3” size (16-inch variants are also available). Considering the relative (current) pricing, we’d definitely opt for the G18.

If you want to further improve the cooling and reduce thermal throttling on this beast, have a read of our best laptop cooling pad and best laptop stand guides for some affordable solutions.

Best value 13th gen laptop for competitive gamers

Best 13th Gen laptop for competitive gamers
A 360Hz 1080p gaming laptop with Intel Core i7-13700H and RTX 4080

GIGABYTE AORUS 17H (i7-13700H, RTX 4080)

GIGABYTE AORUS 2023

CPU

Intel Core i9-13700H

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4080

RAM

16GB DDR5 RAM

Storage

1TB SSD

Max Refresh Rate

360Hz

Resolution

1920 x 1080

Pros
  • unbeatable value for an RTX 4080 laptop
  • very powerful GPU & powerful CPU
  • ridiculously high 360Hz refresh rate
  • great battery life for such a powerful laptop
Cons
  • 1080p resolution may be too low for some at 17.3”
  • plastic build
  • performance enthusiasts may wish for more RAM options
  • only 720p webcam

If you’re only interested in lightning fast gaming at 1080p resolution, then the Gigabyte Aorus 17H (2023) is the one for you. The Intel Core i7-13700H processor is plenty powerful for gaming on, even on the highest settings, and it’s paired with an Nvidia RTX 4080 GPU to boot. We’ve yet to see another RTX 4080 laptop this cheap, we’ve seen them go for $2,299 on Newegg, which for this amount of GPU and CPU power is terrific value.

The 17.3” 1080p screen has a very fast 360Hz maximum refresh rate, pretty much the highest you’re likely to see in a gaming laptop, and arguably more than you’d ever need, certainly more than quick enough to maximise your advantage in any fast-paced shooter, and make best effective use of the FPS the core components are able to churn out. The claimed response time is 3ms, which is very respectable (though we’ve yet to test this ourselves to see how well this holds up). Color replication is definitely good enough for gaming, though creatives should probably look elsewhere. The peak brightness and contrast are both respectable, though neither will blow your socks off.

Ideally more RAM options than the 16GB 4800MHz would have been preferable, though we’ve heard these may be coming in the future (though probably for more money). Regardless, it supports DDR5 and you can always upgrade the RAM yourself should you want to.

The build is fairly plastic, though this is to be expected for this price, and despite this the trackpad and keyboard are both solid and the laptop looks nice overall. The battery duration lasts around 7 hours of general usage, which is very good for core components of this power. Everything considered, a great value Intel 13th gen gaming laptop.

Best mid-range gaming laptop

Highly Recommended

Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

Acer Predator Helios Neo 16

CPU

Intel Core i5-13500HX / i7-13700HX

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4050 / 4060

RAM

16GB DDR5 RAM

Storage

512GB/1TB SSD

Max Refresh Rate

165Hz

Resolution

1200p / 1600p

Pros
  • high-performing CPU and GPU for the money
  • comes with Advanced Optimus
  • 1600p screen with G-Sync
  • great peak brightness and good color replication
  • good battery life for a gaming laptop
  • good selection of ports & sockets
Cons
  • build quality flimsy around the bezels
  • fans get loud on the maximum preset
  • heavy power adapter

The Acer Predator Helios Neo 16, offers fantastic mid-range gaming performance if you equip it with the latest RTX 4060 and Intel 13th gen i7-13700HX CPU, as we found in our in-depth review, where we benchmarked and tested the laptop. It punches above its weight in FPS terms when gaming, comes with Advanced Optimus (fairly unusual at this price point), and even has a pretty great battery life (certainly for a gaming laptop) of around 7 hours of general use on battery saving mode.

There are some minor downsides, such as the less-than-ideal build quality of the bezels, a somewhat hefty power adapter, and the expected mediocrity of the webcam and microphone in an affordable gaming laptop, however these are outweighed by the numerous advantages it offers. The primary drawback lies in the noisy fans when the Turbo mode preset is active. However, users can mitigate this by fine-tuning settings in the onboard software to strike a balance between in-game performance and noise levels.

The laptop sports a bright (500 nits peak brightness) and relatively color-accurate high-resolution screen with 1600p resolution, a 165Hz max refresh rate, and G-Sync support, making it suitable for outdoor use. It also provides a robust selection of ports including Ethernet support.

While some aspects of build quality could be improved, and fan noise can be significant on maximum presets, these trade-offs are justifiable considering its attractive price tag.

Best premium 13th gen laptop for gamers & creators

Acer Predator Triton 17X (Mini-LED, RTX 4090, i9-13900HX)

Acer Predator Triton 17X laptop

CPU

Intel i9-13900HX

Graphics Card

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090

RAM

32GB/64GB PDDR5

Storage

2TB – 4TB 2280 PCIe NVMe 4.0 SSD

Max Refresh Rate

250Hz

Resolution

2560 x 1600)

Pros
  • Superbly bright Mini-LED screen
  • Great contrast, gamma & color accuracy
  • 100% sRGB & DCI-P3 coverage
  • 250Hz refresh rate
  • Good quality membrane keyboard & trackpad
  • Quiet fans on Balanced and Quiet profiles
  • Lots of RAM and storage
  • Good build quality
Cons
  • RTX 4090 GPU performs more like an RTX 4080
  • Expensive given underwhelming FPS performance
  • Poor battery life
  • Internal design means upgrading the RAM & storage is difficult

The Acer Predator Triton 17X is a recent addition to Acer’s lineup of gaming and creative laptops, and we had the opportunity to conduct an extensive review, complete with benchmarking and testing of the device. Most notably, this laptop stands out due to its exceptionally high-quality display, which we found to be the best we’ve encountered on a laptop thus far. However, it’s important to acknowledge that the RTX 4090 graphics card in this laptop falls short in terms of in-game FPS performance when compared to the competition, even when paired with the powerful Intel 13th gen i9-13900HX CPU, being more in line with an RTX 4080 laptop. Still, it’s plenty powerful enough to run the latest, most demanding titles on max settings at its native 2560 x 1600 resolution.

The Mini-LED screen has remarkable brightness, exceptional color accuracy (around 0.56 delta variance following calibration), extensive gamut coverage (100% of sRGB and DCI-P3), impressive contrast, and gamma scores – all of which make it ideal for a creative machine. Moreover, this screen offers a terrifically fast maximum refresh rate of 250Hz. Additionally, the membrane keyboard and trackpad provide a delightful user experience, and the overall build quality is excellent.

It’s worth noting that the laptop’s battery life isn’t particularly impressive, but this is a common trade-off with laptops that feature a Mini-LED display combined with high-end core components.


Best Intel 13th Gen laptops for work & school

The following are the best general use laptops and/or laptops for creatives that are currently available to buy with Intel 13th gen CPUs. It’s a relatively short list at present, but as more hit the shelves we will be adding to this list accordingly. Have a read of our best laptop for students page or best laptop for working from home guide if you want more examples with different CPUs for your studies/office work.

Best 2-in-1 laptop for the office/school

Best 2-in-1 13th gen Intel laptop

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360

CPU

Intel Core i7-1360P

Graphics

Intel Iris Xe (iGPU)

RAM

8GB/16GB DDR5

Storage

512GB/1TB

Max refresh rate

120Hz

Resolution

2880 x 1800

Pros
  • 120Hz AMOLED display with superb contrast
  • good color replication and accuracy
  • good array of ports
  • comes with stylus
  • lightweight, slimline and portable
  • elegant, reserved aesthetics
  • good build quality overall
Cons
  • battery life could be better
  • brightness could be better
  • expensive
  • some screen wobble

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Pro 360 is a great mid-range creator’s laptop that comes with a 13th gen Intel Core i7-1360P processor and a touchscreen 2-in-1 design that lets it convert into a tablet form factor, better suited for drawing and the like. The standard clamshell non-touchscreen Galaxy Book3 Pro is also available for slightly cheaper and also comes in the 14-inch display size model, if 2-in-laptops aren’t your thing.

The AMOLED display looks great, with superb contrast as you’d expect, although it’s limited to a somewhat disappointing 400 nits peak brightness. The included S-Pen stylus works very well on it and the color replication and accuracy allows you to perform color-accurate work to a professional standard in the sRGB, Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 spaces.

For general productivity purposes the keyboard is solid, as is the very large trackpad. Some may find the trackpad size a bit over the top, but this is ultimately down to personal preference. The speakers are decent for a Windows laptop, though they don’t match up to those of a MacBook. The aesthetic design is elegant and reserved, and the chassis is very light and slimline, making it easy to transport.

Although the build quality is good on the whole, the one exception is that the screen has a bit too much wobble for our liking, though this isn’t the end of the world. Still, if you want a sturdier screen, less subdued aesthetic design, a more tactile keyboard, but don’t mind it being a bit heavier, then you should also consider the HP Spectre x360, although currently only one of the the 16-inch variants comes with a 13th gen CPU options (an i7-1360P) and this one doesn’t have an OLED panel.

Ultimately, despite not being perfect in every way, this is a great laptop, and if you can afford the relatively high price tag, then you’ll get much enjoyment out of it.

Best MacBook replacement laptop for creatives

A powerful creator’s laptop that you can also game on

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra

CPU

Intel Core i7-13700H / i9-13900H

Graphics

Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 / RTX 4070

RAM

16GB/32GB DDR5

Storage

512GB/1TB

Max refresh rate

120Hz

Resolution

2880 x 1800

Pros
  • 120Hz AMOLED display with superb contrast
  • dedicated RTX 40-series GPU options for gaming & graphics-intensive workflows
  • good color replication and accuracy
  • good array of ports
  • lighter than the MacBook Pro
  • elegant, reserved aesthetics
  • good build quality overall
Cons
  • battery life could be better & performance when unplugged drops significantly
  • brightness could be better
  • expensive (but cheaper than MacBook equivalent)

The Samsung Galaxy Book3 Ultra comes with the same 120Hz AMOLED display as the Book3 Pro variants, but has higher-powered CPU (Intel Core i7-13700H or i9-13900H) and GPU (Nvidia GeForce RTX 4050 or RTX 4070) options, making it more suited to intensive workloads, including gaming. It’s a major competitor for the latest in the MacBook Pro series, beating it in some areas, less so in others, but is priced cheaper than the expensive Apple device (with an MSRP of around $2,200 – $3,000 depending on loadout) and has the improved flexibility of being a Windows machine (including a lot more games).

Both GPU options will help you make short work of any graphical rendering tasks, or when using otherwise GPU-intensive creative software. The RTX 4050 laptop GPU will let you play the latest, most demanding games on the lower settings for a decent FPS, whereas the RTX 4070 laptop GPU option will manage medium-high settings. This isn’t of course a dedicated gaming device however, so you won’t get the same performance as you would from a gaming laptop with ostensibly the same GPU and CPU, and the keyboard isn’t as well suited for this purpose in terms of travel and responsiveness, however it does the job.

Overall the keyboard, trackpad, and build quality are pretty much the same as the standard Galaxy Book3 pro and the 360 variant discussed above, but the Ultra only comes in traditional clamshell form, not 2-in-1. Considering it comes with a dedicated graphics card, the laptop is remarkably light: it weighs 3.9lb/1.8kg, which is nearly 1lb lighter than theM2 Max variant of the MacBook Pro 16.

By the standards of most Windows laptops the speakers are of a good standard, certainly better than the dross you get with most dedicated gaming laptops, however they’re still a way off the standard of those on the MacBook – lacking in bass replication and fidelity at the higher volumes by comparison.

The 400 nits display is fine but is very much overshadowed by the ridiculous 1000nit MacBook display. The battery life could be better, and (unlike the MacBook) performance in any demanding task drops substantially when you unplug it, however the array of ports is better on the Book3 Ultra and it’s generally a more flexible device as discussed. Overall, a great premium Windows laptop for creatives.

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Intel 13th gen laptop performance

Intel 12th gen laptop CPUs took the crown for the most powerful devices of 2022, beating the AMD Ryzen 6000 series laptops in both single-core and multi-core performance, though losing out in terms of power efficiency and battery life. Intel cemented its performance lead further at the very high end through the release of the 12th gen HX series, which added additional cores and cache onto the most powerful options in the range.

Although it’s early days yet, it seems that 13th gen laptop CPUs won’t offer as big of an uplift as the 12th gen did, with Intel claiming up to 12% performance increase over the previous generation, though the ‘up to’ bit is crucial, with many games showing only a few % difference in the graph that we were shown at CES 2023, with the average difference only being about 6%. We will have to wait for independent testing to know for sure whether these are accurate.

Intel 13th gen laptop CPU performance

Intel 13th gen laptops vs AMD Ryzen 7000 series laptops

It seems likely that the new Ryzen 7000 series laptops will beat Intel once again in terms of power efficiency and gaming performance on battery life, given Intel are still using the same architecture as they did previously compared to AMD’s smaller process node. In terms of raw power though we don’t have any indication beyond the claims of the company.

AMD are stating that there will be greater than 15% single-thread performance gain with their new architecture. We already know that the existing Intel Core i9-12900K laptop CPU is (very) roughly 10% faster in single-core workloads than the AMD Ryzen 6900HX laptop CPU (depending heavily on the laptop in question, its voltage, what programs you are running etc.). So if we add say 6% uplift for the 13900K (taking a very loose average from the titles in the graph above) to this lead we get 16%, compared to the 15% AMD are claiming, which points to a possibility of a very close race between the two flagship CPUs at least.

When did Intel 13th gen laptops come out? Intel 13th gen laptop release date

The first Intel 13th gen laptops were released in February 2023 and since then we’ve seen a gradual trickle of them hitting the shelves as the weeks go by. We’ll continue to see new models released all the way up until the end of summer 2023, though it’s likely most will have come out by the end of May.

Have a read of our specific Intel 13th gen laptop release date pages on various models listed below.

Intel 13th Gen laptops to watch out for

Below is a shortlist of some of the laptops we’re looking forward to seeing that can come equipped with 13th gen CPUs, and the latest information regarding their specific release dates. Currently this is primarily focused around gaming laptops, but we’ll be including more non-gaming varieties soon:

Intel 13th gen laptop CPU specs : Raptor Lake laptop SKUs

Below you can see the full specifications of each of the new Intel 13th gen laptop CPU SKUs. As is always the case with laptop CPUs, the core count, clock speed, and TDP are lower than in the desktop iterations.

As you can see these Raptor Lake CPUs are separated into the H-series (for gaming laptops and more powerful workstation/creative machines), the P-series (for creative laptops and general purpose laptops that still have a bit of oomph), and the U-series (for ultra-thin and/or budget laptops), and finally a new N-series (for entry level laptops suitable for web browsing, word processing, and for educational usage).

Intel 13th gen H-series laptop CPUs

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Intel 13th gen P-series laptop CPUs

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Intel 13th gen U-series laptop CPUs

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Intel 13th gen N-series laptop CPUs

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Intel 13th gen series laptop price

Intel 13th gen laptops will cross a whole range of budgets and price points, depending on the specific model of the CPU. It’s unlikely though that you will see many in our best gaming laptops under $500 guide, as these will mostly be older tech machines. When you get to the upper end of ‘mid-range gaming laptops’ ending around the 1,500 USD mark (check out our best gaming laptop under $1,500 guide for some examples), you’ll end up seeing quite a few, and similarly in the high-end range, starting with our best gaming laptop under $2,000 guide.


Things to consider if you’re thinking of buying an Intel 13th gen laptop

The below goes into greater detail about the features of the new Intel 13th gen laptop CPUs, to help you decide whether they’re worth the wait, or if you’d rather opt for a different AMD/Intel-powered laptop sooner.

Intel 13th gen motherboard compatibility

Intel 13th gen CPUs will use the same LGA 1700 socket as the preceding Alder Lake CPUs, which Intel promised to keep in use for a few years after it was introduced in late 2021. Almost all gaming laptops use a different type of socket to desktop PCs, however, it does give us an indication of the technology that the Intel 13th gen laptop will be equipped with.

Intel 13th gen laptop socket compatiblity

Raptor Lake CPU architecture, 10nm process node

Intel 13th gen laptops will use the same 10nm architecture as the preceding 12th Gen Alder Lake laptop CPUs. This is considerably larger than the 5nm/4nm process that the new Ryzen 7000 series will be using, and points to a likelihood of lower power efficiency compared to AMD’s tech, which is what was seen in the previous generation. Still, this does not mean the CPUs will be less powerful in terms of in-game FPS/other intensive workflows, as we saw with 12th gen.

Intel Xe vs RDNA 3 laptops

We have absolutely no information on the integrated graphics (iGPUs) the Intel 13th gen laptops will be coming with, but given they will be using the same basic architecture then there’s a reasonable chance it will be a similar tech to the previous Intel Xe iGPUs used by 12th gen.

If this is the case, the Ryzen 7000 series laptops will probably have a substantial advantage in this area by comparison, as AMD is putting a lot of focus on their new RDNA 3 iGPU tech. This will however be mostly focused on the low-mid range entries in the series, as it’s assumed more powerful laptop CPUs will be paired with dedicated graphics cards. You can read more about this in our AMD Ryzen 7000 series laptop guide.

Intel 13th gen laptop FAQs

Do laptops have 13th gen Intel CPUs yet?

Yes indeed – the first Intel 13th gen laptops came out in February 2023, and more were released over the subsequent months.

Is Intel 13th gen worth it over 12th gen?

In terms of laptops CPUs, there is definitely a performance uplift between Intel 12th gen and 13th gen, however it’s not as dramatic a leap as there was between the previous two generations. If you can buy an Intel 12th gen laptop at a reduced price, it may be worth sticking with that, however the other components are also likely to be inferior to those on the latest 13th gen machines.

Final Word

We’ll be updating this page with all the latest Intel 13th gen laptop info as it’s released, and eventually breaking down the best of the laptop series on the market when they come on the market, to help you pick the right one for you. Until then, make sure you stay locked onto WePC for all the latest AMD, Intel, and Nvidia tech news.


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