Budget GTX 1060 gaming laptops recommendations

Hi all!

(For those who are looking for a gaming laptop under $1000, please check this post)

The Pascal-based Nvidia GTX 1060 GPU is very popular, fast and relatively cost effective. We already see the second generation of laptops that are equipped with it, which are mostly the same only with the 7th generation Intel CPUs. Currently, a GTX 1060 GPU in laptops come in two variations – the 3GB and 6GB. The difference between them is mostly the VRAM amount. The 3GB VRAM will be mostly sufficient for 1080p gaming, but newer games tend to count on higher VRAM amount.

The following recommendations are for the lower cost side of gaming laptops with GTX 1060. This is a very general table. It will not include detailed reviews at all, only pour in the basic specs and drawbacks/advantages. Some of them aren’t that cheap compared to the cheapest options, but have some more unique characteristics.

Model MSI GP62MVR Asus FX502VM Clevo N850HP6 (Sager NP7850) Lenovo Y720 Acer Predator Helios 300 MSI GS43VR Gigabyte Aero 14
Type General General General General  General  Lightweight Slim & Lightweight

$850-$1000

Amazon, eBay

$900-$1000

Amazon, eBay

$950-$1150

1, 2, 3 and other Clevo resellers

$980-$1100

Lenovo, Lenovo B&NAmazon

$1100

Amazon

$1000 (previous generation) – $1500 (current)

Amazon, Newegg, eBay

 $1700

AmazonNeweggeBay

Display 15.6″, 1080p IPS (mediocre) 15.6″ 1080p LG LP156WF IPS (good) 15.6″, 1080p IPS, 45% NTSC (mediocre) 15.6″, 1080p IPS  14.0″, 1080p IPS  14.0″, 1440p, IPS
GPU, CPU

GTX 1060 3GB

I7-6700HQ

GTX 1060 3GB

I5-6300HQ

GTX 1060 6GB

I7-7700HQ

GTX 1060 6GB
I5-7300HQ/I7-7700HQ
GTX 1060 6GB
I7-7700HQQ

GTX 1060 6GB

I7-6700HQ/I7-7700HQ

GTX 1060 6GB

I7-7700HQ

Weight (unit, adapter) ~2.4kg, 0.77kg ~2.6kg, 0.66kg ~2.5kg ~3.1kg, 0.7kg  ~2.6kg  ~1.87kg, 0.75kg  ~1.87kg, 0.47kg
Drawback

Mediocre TN display

No GSync

Bad TN display

no USB 3.1 gen2/TB3/mDP/NVMe

no GSync

Possibly thermals (same design for less powerful systems), no TB3 port, 5400RPM HDD default

high (bad) response times, high weight

Basic version has a slow 5400RPM HDD

no GSync

Unknown currently

Only SSD, probably you’d want more storage capacity,  no GSync

High temps and throttling, Build quality average (like many others), no GSync Wifi performance isn’t great, High price, no Thunderbolt 3, no GSync
Advantages Cheap, mDP + NVMe ports Cheap, ok thermals Relatively cheap for I7 + 1060 6GB, good IPS display (vs Y720), mDP v1.3, USB 3.1 Type-C, lower weight Relatively cheap, good thermals Relatively cheap and feature-rich Thunderbolt 3, low on weight and dimensions 500GB SSD default, long battery running times (96Wh battery), colors, temps surprising given the small size, 1440p IPS display
Reviews  1, 2 discussion 1  1, 2  1

OK. This is more or less the current situation. Ofcourse, there are many other laptops with GTX 1060, but they are either more expensive with no clear advantages or not worth it like the Alienware 15R3. There are some other options, some with GSync, especially from Clevo, which are interesting, but with OS and stuff it will come to $1300-$1400. This list is specifically for the lower prices.

Ask any question!

  • It seems that only Gigabyte Aero 14 is worth considering and buying. Although the non-removable battery and the lack of native RJ45 port are two disadvantages I find hard to accept.

    • There are many others, but I tried to pick the cheaper options. I think I’ll add the new Clevo laptops