Even eleven years after its debut, Minecraft continues to be a staple of gaming culture. A lot has changed since the simple pre-enchantment, pre-frog times. Still, the community’s amazing creative tour de force remains as strong as ever. Want to create intricate structures or do battle with others on the go? Then a Minecraft laptop is all you need!
Well, technically, there is no such thing. You could run vanilla Minecraft on a potato – would you want to, though? Mods, texture packs, and shaders bring unprecedented immersion into the game’s blocky world, to say nothing of the RTX version. You’ll need beefy hardware to run such a kitted-out version of the game smoothly, so our suggestions range from powerhouses that can easily contend with more demanding titles to entry-level laptops Minecraft will still work great on.
Our Minecraft Laptop Picks at a Glance
- ASUS TUF F15 – For a sublime mobile Minecraft experience
- Acer Nitro 5 – Exploring strange new worlds in 17”
- MSI Stealth 15M – Portable perfection
- HP Envy x360 – 2-in-1 Minecraft greatness
- Lenovo IdeaPad 3 – The Best Laptop for Minecraft under $1,000
- Acer Aspire Vero – A cheap, eco-friendly alternative
ASUS TUF F15
CPU: Intel Core i7-11800H | GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 | RAM: 16GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 15.6”, 1080p, 144Hz | Storage: 1TB SSD | Battery life: 8h
Minecraft might be your primary interest, but what if you want to comfortably run any other game in 1080p for the foreseeable future? ASUS has the perfect machine for just such a need in the TUF F15. It has an outstanding balance of specs & price, decent sound, and a battery that won’t give up. This is also a laptop that will run a heavily modded Minecraft and something like Sniper Elite 5 with similar smoothness.
Gone are the days of garish yellow accents and overly bulky designs that defined TUF before. The F15 is still recognizable as a gaming laptop, but its features are more subdued. We’re fans of the black plastic finish with a faux aluminum look. The side bezels are thin, while the top now features a 720p webcam that meets modern needs.
We’re glad to see a full-sized keyboard on the F15. Better yet, its backlighting is now fully RGB instead of monochrome. Only the top row is smaller than usual, and the keys do nicely for gaming and prolonged typing alike. The Trackpad’s buttons are on the bottom and rather clicky. Going with a lightweight mouse will serve your gaming and everyday tasks better anyway.
The connections are lopsided, with only one USB 3.2 Type-A port on the right. Two more and USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 functionality are on the left, as is HDMI, Ethernet, and a combo audio jack.
We can let mediocre screens slide for some of the cheaper models on the list, but it’s a drawback worth considering here. The F15’s IPS panel is its weakest link. It’s dim at a max brightness of 250 nits & requires shaded indoor use. It also covers just around 60% of the sRGB color space, meaning it’s not as vibrant as even bog-standard monitors. Absolutely fine for Minecraft, not advisable for color grading.
Minecraft Is Just the Beginning
Luckily, that’s where the F15’s woes begin and end since it’s well-rounded as a whole. It combines the Core i7-11800H and NVIDIA RTX 3060 to deliver smooth 1080p gaming no matter the title. It will run the RTX version of Minecraft without issue or let you experience 144Hz goodness even if you load up a ton of mods & resource-intensive texture packs. The audio isn’t shabby either, and you can easily upgrade the memory & SSD if they become insufficient.
Apart from being powerful, the F15 is also user-friendly. Its companion software lets you shift between three performance profiles. Feel free to keep it in Turbo mode when plugged in since the fans aren’t that much louder than on the balanced preset, yet you’ll get better framerates. Conversely, switching to Silent decreases overall clock speeds and generated noise.
Finally, let’s discuss the battery. The F15 can handle up to eight hours of everyday work & media consumption. That’s excellent for a gaming laptop and gives you considerably more mobility.
Acer Nitro 5
CPU: Intel Core i7-11800H | GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti | RAM: 16GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 17.3”, 1080p, 144Hz | Storage: 1TB SSD | Battery life: 3h
Want to immerse yourself in Minecraft’s diverse biomes completely? Great specs will help, but a large screen may do the trick even better. The Acer Nitro 5 delivers on both fronts as it’s equipped with a large 17.3″ IPS panel & has hardware good enough to contend with texture and shader packs with ease. To top it all off, it’s not expensive either.
Unlike some other laptops on the list, the Nitro 5 firmly retains a gaming aesthetic. It’s a heavy-duty all-black beast you’ll rarely want to move from its place on your desk due to its 6 pounds of weight. The corners are chamfered to inject even more sci-fi elements into the look, and the bottom bezel is thick. Everything is made from plastic and flexes slightly, but the laptop remains structurally sturdy.
The 17-inch screen is this version’s instant turn-on. It’s an IPS panel, so great viewing angles and acceptable contrast ratios are a given. Its brightness peaks at 270 nits. While not bad, it’s on the lower end and best suited for gaming indoors. Color space coverage is a problem once more since it’s even a little bit worse than on the F15. Still, it should be adequate if you aren’t hung up on getting every color picture perfect.
A larger real estate didn’t have much of an effect on port selection. The right side is home to the power and audio input as well as one USB-A port. Two more plus USB-C are on the left, along with HDMI 2.0 and Ethernet inputs. The laptop also connects wirelessly via WiFi 6.
The Big Picture
A large indented area houses the full-sized keyboard. It’s another component that reeks of gaming since the base and backlighting are red, with thicker outlines for the WASD keys. That’s sadly the only color you get. Typing on the keyboard is a mixed experience. Key travel is alright, but the bounceback doesn’t feel as smooth as on some other chicklet style boards. Conversely, the Trackpad is spacious and works like a charm if you don’t have a mouse nearby.
The Nitro 5’s core hardware is only slightly weaker than our overall winner’s. The RTX 3050 Ti is a step below the 3060, but Minecraft players don’t have to worry. You shouldn’t feel the difference much while playing other titles either, especially with the help of DLSS. Competitive players will still easily reach the 144Hz cap since titles like LoL are intentionally designed to be easy on resources.
Kudos to Acer for nailing the cooling! Two large fans blow air downward, while the side and rear sport large exhausts that vacate hot air efficiently. The laptop comes with NitroSense, monitoring software that lets you check up on the system and easily adjust fan profiles. That leaves the battery, which might be a sore spot for gamers on the go. It lasts only three hours, so keep an outlet ready.
MSI Stealth 15M
CPU: Intel Core i7-11375H | GPU: NVidia GeForce RTX 3060 | RAM: 16GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 15.6”, 1080p, 144Hz | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery life: 5h
- Lightweight and portable
- Decent specs, especially the GPU
- Excellent port selection
- Runs hot
Do you want to sneak in a few minutes of underground canyon exploration on your lunch break or between classes? An inconspicuous mobile laptop is what you need, and MSI’s Stealth 15M delivers! It’s the lightest Minecraft gaming laptop on review yet comes armed with an RTX 3060 and plenty of ports.
MSI nailed the stealth aesthetic as the laptop is suspiciously devoid of design details, except for the logo on the lid. Some might see this as a drawback, but it’s a real boon for people who want a competent gaming and office machine in one. Opening the lid reveals a thick bottom bezel, thin sides, and sturdy hinges.
The 15M sports a fantastic port selection for its size and price! For starters, you get two USB-C ports. Both have DisplayPort capabilities, while one of them also doubles as Thunderbolt 4. Two more USB-A ports are there for conventional peripherals. That leaves the audio & Ethernet jacks, HDMI 2.0, and a handy MicroSD card reader.
We’re also fans of the keyboard. MSI opted to ditch the Numpad in favor of more space for the typing area, and you’re better off for it. The larger keys make transitioning from a conventional keyboard easier, while typing is speedy & silent. RGB lovers will get their fill since the single zone supports millions of colors. The Trackpad is medium-sized and responsive enough for everyday work needs.
Creeping Into 3rd place
The screen is another 144Hz panel with great contrast & viewing angles but so-so color fidelity. The colors are quite warm on its factory settings, so you may need to venture into the 7,000K range to get believable whites. There’s also a “Design & Gaming” preset that makes colors more true to life. A nice touch, sadly stunted by the screen’s inherently mediocre color scope. Brightness sits around 250 nits, making work in bright areas problematic.
On the other hand, working or playing in dimmer circumstances is a pleasant experience due to the 15M’s hardware balance. The CPU is around 15% weaker than on our top Minecraft laptop picks. Still, the reduced price and an RTX 3060 will make the 15M a more tempting buy than the Nitro 5 for some.
Battery life is OK for a gaming laptop. Working or chilling while your favorite show is on nets you around five hours of runtime. The laptop remains cool while doing such tasks but heats up quite a lot during gaming. The upper central portion of the keyboard gets warm, and the fan area can become uncomfortably hot. The fans are doing their best to compensate for limited space, so expect them to make a lot of noise. Wearing a headset while pushing the 15M’s limits is advised.
HP Envy x360
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 5700U | GPU: Vulcan Integrated Graphics | RAM: 16GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 15.6”, 1080p, 60Hz | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery life: 8h
All of our Minecraft laptop recommendations have been gaming laptops so far, and all of them had mediocre screens. What if Minecraft is the only game you play and need better color fidelity, though? A 2-in-1 like the newest Envy x360 may be a better fit. It has an excellent screen for the price, lasts for hours, and packs a decent CPU punch.
The Envy x360 continues in the Stealth’s footsteps appearance-wise. It’s gray and unassuming, with only the HP logo as a mark of distinction. It features two solid hinges that allow the screen to rotate a full 360° and effectively turns the laptop into a tablet. You get a stylus to operate it in tablet mode, but sadly there’s no holder integration.
Finally, a laptop with a great screen! The X360 sacrifices framerates in favor of visuals as the IPS panel drops to 60Hz yet covers 99% of the sRGB color gamut. That means shows will be more vibrant, and you’ll be able to touch up photos accurately. Moreover, the screen’s top brightness is 400 nits. That’s comfortable for use in well-lit rooms and outside on overcast days.
We’re not as thrilled with the keyboard. Much of it is normal-sized, with the arrow keys & the ones above them being cramped and displaced. Typing is pleasant enough, but shallow travel might need getting used to. We recommend you try it out for a bit and then hook up your old keyboard if the feeling isn’t satisfactory. The same goes for the Trackpad and your rodent of choice.
Double the Fun
The port selection is ordinary and serviceable. USB-C with charging and two Type-A ports handle general connectivity. HDMI 2.0 is there for video out, while a full-sized SD card reader takes care of data transfer. The chassis is too thin to house an Ethernet port, so you’ll have to depend on Bluetooth & WiFi 6.
HP didn’t equip the x360 with a discrete graphics card, so you won’t be able to play the latest titles at great framerates, even in 1080p. To compensate, the laptop comes with an excellent mobile Ryzen processor and integrated Vega graphics that’s a cut above Intel’s iGPU offerings. You might not be able to load your game up with graphics-intensive modifications. Still, most texture packs shouldn’t hinder smooth 60fps exploration.
Less high-powered hardware means the x360 is a cool customer. It’s also an outstanding choice if battery life is important to you. The 2-in-1 can play videos for eight hours straight or serve you for 10+ if you’re working through an all-nighter.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H | GPU: NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 16GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 15.6”, 1080p, 120Hz | Storage: 1TB SSD | Battery life: 5:30h
Next up is a budget-friendly all-around laptop from Lenovo. The IdeaPad 3 checks most boxes whether you need it solely for Minecraft or want to experience other titles too. It’s relatively light, has a decent screen for the price, and packs enough power to squeeze in several mods or a fancy texture pack into your game.
The IdeaPad 3 is a Minecraft gaming laptop in good company since it’s also among the stealthier models in the roundup. Only its blunted edges hint at a gaming aesthetic as the rest of the chassis is rather plain-looking. The surface is smooth and a haven for fingerprints, so clean it regularly. While plastic, the chassis doesn’t creek and flexes only mildly in the center of the keyboard.
Speaking of, Lenovo customarily pulls through with one of the better keyboards in the price range. Only the Numpad is cramped, and all keys have deep 1.5mm travel. You’ll quickly get used to the change and can always take a peek to find home position, thanks to useful white backlighting. The Touchpad is large and comfortable enough for daily use.
Ports occupy the center of each side. There are two USB Type-A plugs and the 3.5mm combo jack on the right and Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, and USB-C on the left. While high-speed, the USB-C is regular and can neither charge your other devices nor put video out through DisplayPort.
Easy on the Eyes & Budget
Examining the screen reveals it’s a 120Hz panel with a matte surface. That increases its visibility in bright conditions, and the max 300 nit brightness helps too. Contrast is great at around 1,400:1, and viewing angles are worthy of an IPS panel. Like with other cheap displays, color coverage is the stat that suffers the most. It’s on par with the Nitro 5 and Stealth 15M, with slightly worse accuracy before manual calibration.
While not a mismatch, the components at the IdeaPad’s core are of different strengths. On the one hand, you’ve got a solid CPU in the Ryzen 5 5600H. There’s also a 1TB SSD with good transfer speeds that can house many games & media. On the other hand, you get the GTX 1650 with only 4GB of VRAM. It’s overkill for vanilla Minecraft and will run most titles at medium settings. However, the lack of support for DLSS means you’ll need to think of upgrading sooner if you aim to keep up.
The combination of entry-level specs and a spacious interior afford excellent thermals. Stress testing sees the hottest parts of the chassis’ underside reach the high 40°C range, with the entire keyboard remaining mildly warm to the touch.
Acer Aspire Vero
CPU: Intel Core i5-1157G7 | GPU: Intel Iris Xe | RAM: 8GB DDR4, 3200MHz | Screen: 15.6”, 1080p, 144Hz | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery life: 8:30h
The final entry on our list will let you kill the ender dragon while saving the environment at the same time! The Aspire Vero is partially made up of recycled components, and Acer claims that the impact its production has on the environment is a quarter less than usual. Admirable, but is that enough to make it good Minecraft laptop material?
A funky color scheme is the first thing you’ll notice about this laptop. It doesn’t have a conventional coat of paint, which makes sense due to the potentially harmful chemicals that can be present in them. Most of its surface is a grayish beige instead, with small yellow flecks for added interest. The keyboard and screen bezels are black—certainly a unique and divisive look. We’re giving it a thumbs up, though!
The same is harder to do for the overall build quality. For a laptop that’s supposed to contribute less to e-waste, the Vero is a bit too flexible and flimsy. Its keyboard is a good example since the keys rustle when pressed. At least typing feels comfortable, and the backlight is bright. Unlike laptops that highlight movement keys, this one emphasizes its recycled nature by flipping the E & R keys and coloring them a bright yellow.
There’s plenty of room for external storage and peripherals since the Vero has four USB plugs. Two are USB 3.2, while the others are USB-C and USB 2.0 Type-A. Like in the IdeaPad’s case, the USB-C is plain. You also get HDMI, audio in, and an Ethernet jack. This is the only laptop In the guide with a fingerprint reader integrated into the Trackpad.
Forgive the broken record approach, but there’s not much to say about the screen that doesn’t hold true for most displays above. In a nutshell – it’s dull and relatively dim at a peak brightness of 270 nits. The contrast is decent, while the screen’s sRGB capture leaves much to be desired.
Sound fares better. If you’re not into using headsets, you’ll be pleased with the Vero’s bottom-firing speakers. There’s not much oomph to the bass, but the mids are neither shrill nor tinny. Battery life is another saving grace. It’s on par with the Envy x360, allowing you to get an entire day’s work done without resorting to the power brick.
You can get the Vero for around $700 and should prepare for comparable performance. The good news is that its CPU is more capable than the Stealth 15M’s, allowing you to multitask and game without experiencing slowdowns. The bad news is that you only get 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The latter will leave room for barely anything after a Windows installation, so you’ll want to invest in a second drive sooner rather than later.
Luckily, unscrewing the bottom & getting to the components inside is straightforward. So is cleaning, which you shouldn’t need to do often to improve thermal performance. None of the Vero’s internals generate much heat, so you can keep it on your lap even during the summer months. Whether you’ll want to or not is another matter since the laptop is on the heavier side for its size.