Last Updated on May 11, 2021 by paularo
Ultrabooks are good for people who love portable computing devices. What happens when you love gaming or editing 4K or Full High-Definition videos? Do you have to trade-off capacity for portability? No, you just need a capacity enhancer that is also detachable. An eGPU affords you this opportunity.
What laptops can use eGPU? As good as eGPUs are, they are not designed for all laptops. Laptops that use eGPUs are restricted to processors; core i5 (minimum 8th generation) to Core i9, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, or an ExpressCard or mPCIe. Then you also need DDR4 RAM, a dedicated graphics card, and USB 3.0 ports.
10 Laptops That can Use en eGPU.
Given the features listed above, there are quite a number of laptops in the markets that have all these features. A few popular ones are;
- Razer Blade Stealth 13
- Apple Macbook Pro
- Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme
- Dell XPS 15
- Lenovo Yoga 920
- Acer Predator Helios 300 Gaming laptop
- MSI GF65 Thin 9SD-004
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus M Ultra Slim
- ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop
- HP Spectre 13
This list just represents our top picks but we will focus on the first five because we believe they are currently the best products in the market. We have a more in-depth article on Best Laptops for eGPU and their build setups.
1. Razer Blade Stealth 13
This Ultrabook has a core i7 processor with a 3.9GHz speed. With a 16GB DDR4 SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce GTX has a 4GB RAM. This ultrathin computing device weighs approximately 2.8kg making portability a non-issue. Its 512GB SSD gives you a decent amount of storage space that is also fast. With its thin bezels, gaming is more enjoyable.
Speaking of gaming, it comes with a thunderbolt 4 (the best on the market right now), increasing the connectivity speed of whatever eGPU you decide to purchase to accompany this amazing device. Razer has an eGPU that you can purchase with it making your decision easier.
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2. Apple Macbook Pro
This 2020 model still has the Apple signature lightweight feature. Weighing just 1.4kg, this core i7 device has more than one Thunderbolt 3 port for you to connect your eGPU.
It has 512GB storage with an option of a 1TB upgrade. Its bezels or speed are not as favorable as the Razer hence it’s number two slot but it is literally half the weight of the Razer. If portability is your top priority, then this might be for you.
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3. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Another core i7 device but unlike the previous ones on the list, its max clock speed reaches 5.00GHz (impressive!). A 16GB DDR4, 1TB PCIe-NVMe SSD, and its dedicated graphics card is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti Max-Q that has a 4GB Ram. It has narrow bezels and weighs approximately 1.8 kg.
It has 2 USB-C Thunderbolt 3 slots. It does have other features but these ones listed are relevant to determine its compatibility with an eGPU. It is compatible and 4K OLED display makes playing games or editing videos more enjoyable.
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4. Dell XPS 15
This 1TB SSD Storage device has 6 processors and has a max clock speed of 4.5GHz. Its 4GB dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card makes it suitable for gaming. The XPS 15’s really thin bezels (infinity edge) coupled with its 4K displays results in stunning visuals.
To boost your gaming experience, it has 1 Thunderbolt 3 port. This device just represents another option, choosing it is dependent on your needs.
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5. Lenovo Yoga 920
When it comes to portability, Lenovo products do not just rank as the top 7 preferable products, they combine it with a really flexible hinge mechanism and the 920 is no different. Weighing approximately 1.2 kg, it is a 2-in-1 device, that has DDR4 RAM and 256GB SSD.
This device is the most portable on the list, it has the least core (i5) and it is the cheapest as others cost well above $1000 while this cost less than $900. Its Type-C port with Thunderbolt connectivity makes it compatible with eGPUs. It is on this list to show that even extremely portable devices like the 2-in-1 laptops can still be paired with an eGPU.
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Remember, this list does not cover all laptops that can accommodate eGPUs, they are just our top picks. There might be some questions you have related to purchasing an eGPU.
If my laptop meets the criteria, can’t it work with an eGPU? The short answer is No. There are different laptops and different eGPUs. You have to look out for compatibility, be sure the eGPU you are about to purchase can be accommodated by your laptop.
If I get a laptop designed for gaming, do I still need an eGPU? Yes, you do. New games are released regularly and with these new releases, there are advanced graphics that accompany these releases. You don’t want to purchase a new laptop every time there is a new release, all you need is a boost. This is also applicable to video production and editing as video resolutions increase.
Can my laptop still be portable with an eGPU? This is dependent on the level of portability that is suitable for your lifestyle. eGPUs are usually heavy so it is preferable to use them at home or at a workstation and detach them when you need to use your laptop in public spaces. This does not mean there are no portable eGPUs, there are but this cannot be compared to commuting with a regular laptop and definitely not an Ultrabook.
I love playing games, must I purchase an eGPU? No. eGPUs are only for people who play games (or edit high-definition videos) that require heavy graphics processing power. So, if you love playing, chess, scrabble, solitaire, and other simple games that perform well without a dedicated graphics card then you don’t need an eGPU.