|CPU||I7-6700HQ Skylake, 2.6-3.5GHZ|
|GPU||Nvidia GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5|
|RAM||8GB DDR4 2133MHZ|
|HDD||1TB 5400RPM HDD, free M.2 PCIe slot|
|Screen||1080p, eDP, IPS, non-touch, LG LP156WF6-SPB1|
|Keyboard||Backlit red (on/off)|
|Weight||5.07 lbs (~ 2.3 kg)|
The new Acer VN7-592G is Acer’s latest midrange gaming laptop. This version comes with a Skylake I7 CPU, GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 GPU (Maxwell I), 8GB DDR4 RAM (one free slot) and 1TB 5400RPM HDD + free M.2 PCIe. It also sports a good LG IPS 1080p matte display.
The gaming performance is on the same level as before for laptops with an I5/I7 and a GTX 960M, meaning it will run most demanding games on at least medium graphics settings at 1080p, and mostly on high to highest graphics settings smoothly.
The LG IPS 1080p matte display is a good and known display with rather good contrast, good brightness levels and good colors and viewing angles.
Keyboard isn’t great, but it’s good after a short period of getting used to it. Touchpad is ok – nothing too special, the surface could be better as fingers stack a little in a forward motion.
Thermals also could be better as under high GPU + CPU load will result in CPU throttling (not the GPU), but the average clocks are good and gaming performance shouldn’t really get hit by it. Moreover, a skilled user could use ThrottleStop 8.00 and/or Intel’s XTU software to downvolt and downclock the CPU a bit to keep temperatures at bay and clocks high. The fans noise under load, although audible, is not annoying and not interfering too much really. The chassis itself doesn’t get hot almost at all and heat does not harm the keyboard/touchpad experience,
The VN7-592G highlights over the competition with its Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port that could be used for DisplayPort signal, PCIe v.3 x4 and USB 3.1 altogether. It might be useful for eGPU in the near future too.
The combination of feature set and performance in this laptop makes it one of the more recommended gaming laptop under $900-$950, currently. The Dell 7559 laptop is not that great in my opinion (see the review) and although it has an advantage in thermals and a superior cooling system and lower maintenance complexity, the keyboard, speakers and display are considerably worse. Add to that the lack of TB3 or even USB 3.1 and the small price gap can’t match those things, in my opinion, especially the keyboard, which is very important. You should consider it, however, and it depends on the needs and price.
The new Lenovo Y700 doesn’t shine as well, with no clear advantages over the previous generation Y50-70 or the VN7-592G.
So, bottom line, this is a strongly recommended laptop for under $900, according to me.