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Gaming Laptops under $1000

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Welcome to the recommendations of gaming laptops under $1000, which is currently the sweat spot for gaming laptops with high performance/price ratio. I didn’t include all the laptops I walked through, but only those that are recommended and their direct competitors. The laptops shown here chosen by several parameters, mainly gaming performance (for this price point), screen quality, build quality, temperatures and noise level and additional value (like a larger HDD).

The recommendations are divided into three main categories: 15.6″ (which is the most used standard form factor), 17.3″ for larger laptops and sub-14.0″ or thin & light laptops, for laptops with higher portability / mobility.

Again, I didn’t include all the laptops that were considered and compared. For example, I didn’t include the old MSI GE60 that some might ask about it, because there are much better choices than it. Some laptops that I do not recommend are included here, however, like the Asus G46VW, because some laptops catch the eyes of many and should be mentioned explicitly. If you have any question, please ask. Quick ‘table of contents':

Recommendations

15.6″: In the 15.6″ gaming laptops division, the most powerful laptops are equipped with GTX 860M level GPUs. In practice, this means you could run almost any game on highest settings including AA filters. Some games will require more powerful GPU like Crysis 3 but you’ll be able to run it on very high graphics too. Note that I didn’t include laptops that have a much lower gaming performance, like the Asus Q550LF (GT 745M, touchscreen).

I would currently wait for the new Acer V15 Nitro Black edition deal as it is very cost effective gaming laptop and has some advantages for a $1000 laptop (see review).

gaming laptops under 1000: Lenovo Y510p GT 750M SLI1. Lenovo Y50 (I7) and I5 version (LenovoeBayAmazon, Newegg) –  around $1000 with I7 and ~$800 for the newer I5 version (review). The Y50 is the next iteration of Lenovos’ popular Y510p gaming laptop (w/ GT 755M SLI). The Y50 sports a GTX 860M GDDR5 (2/4GB versions), I5 or I7 CPUs, 8GB RAM for base model and 1080p/UHD display.

The 1080p display is not good but can be easily replaced with another eDP panel which makes it also an advantage and a big one, over the Y510p (and many others). I would seriously suggest replacing the panel – getting a high 3D performance gaming machine just to play with it (or do some 3D/video/photo editing work) with a lousy screen negates the benefits to a significant extent, in my opinion.

Touchpad has been vastly improved compared to the Y510p and keyboard remains more or less the same (though my experience was not good, people say it’s ok). The screen quality is a disadvantage and an advantage at once, since the Y510p display couldn’t be replaced to an IPS panel.

Now, the GTX 860M performance does not surpass the Y510p’s GT 755M SLI performance, but it costs considerably less energy and it’s free of the SLI bugs and issues. That allows the Y50 to be quieter under load and it consumes less energy. The battery is smaller (for now), so you won’t see longer running times and you can expect around 3.5-4.5 hours under light use.

Speakers are an advantage of the Y50 which is loaded with one of the best 2.1 built-in laptop speakers – you can enjoy gaming AND music with them (though they don’t match not-so-expensive desktop speakers or headphones).
Last point – it looks good, gamer laptop, but also slick and modern.

Disadvantages are the lack of another mSata/M.2 port for some SSD (though it does come with an SSHD which is sufficient), the not so low weight and – at least in my instance – the keyboard (but again, people report a different experience)

Finally, it’s the most interesting and cost effective 15.6″ gaming laptop under/around $1000 for those who are looking for the highest 3D power. Though some other machines can match the 3D performance (like the clevo below), the lack of other features like good speakers, the optional IPS display, backlit keyboard, and even the looks.
Currently, for the Lenovo Y50 I5 version is selling for $800 (even less with B&N discount) which makes it very cost effective as a gaming laptop and even if you include a new display panel it will be $200 less than the cheapest VN7-591G currently available (changes all the time), so it would be my first recommendation for those who are easy on replacing the screen.

Summary

I5-4200H/I7-4710HQ, 8GB RAM, lousy but replaceable 1080p display, very good 3D performance for the money, backlit keyboard, very good speakers and touchpad, slick looks/

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Acer VN7-591g2. Acer VN7-591G (review) –  around $1000-$1200 (NeweggAmazon). The VN7-591G “V15 Nitro Black Edition” is Acer’s new 15.6″ top gaming laptop. It tries to imitate the Lenovo Y50 and surpass it in features and generally delivers a very good combination for the price. Currently, the price is a little high as it has just released.

The V15 BE comes with an I5 or I7 (currently on I7 in the US) and a GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5. The combination of extra features in the V15 includes a good 1080p IPS display, relatively good keyboard with good tactile feedback (read the review), above average speakers and good looks. Another big plus is the M.2 port which allows for another M.2 storage device.

Compared to the Lenovo Y50, its advantages are the IPS display which is a big plus and the M.2 port – the Y50 sports only one sata port. I liked the V15 keyboard more than the Y50 too, but others were ok with the Y50 keyboard, so I’m not sure I’m correct about it.

For around the same price (currently $1080), you can get the vn7-591G with a 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD and an IPS display, compared to the Y50 1TB SSHD and TN panel display. However, the Y50 has a cheaper I5 version which has more or less the same performance level only for $200 less. So I’d would suggest waiting for V15 I5 version (available in Europe for example). It should cost the same and have the IPS screen.

Speakers and touchpad are the Y50 advantages and probably the better outer lid firmness. Another advantage is easier maintenance of the Y50, while the V15 requires some skill to open it and install/replace/remove inner components. Battery performance are around the same with both for realistic scenarios.

Both machines are fairly quiet even  under load and both can reach high CPU temperatures under full load and both can keep high CPU/GPU clocks under gaming load (unlike under full Prime95 + furmark load), so gaming performance wise, you’ll get around the same performance with both.
Currently, if you want an I7 CPU, I’d go with the V15 due to the IPS display and M.2 port. These are both big pluses and the downsides do not justify going over to the Y50. However, as I said, the Y50 I5 sells for $850-$900 which is more cost effective in terms of gaming performance for price, so it would be better to wait for the V15 I5 model too and go from there.

Summary

I7-4710HQ, 8GB RAM, good 1080p IPS display, very good 3D performance for the money, very good backlit keyboard, above average speaker, slick looks, so-so touchpad

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Sager NP7352 2. Clevo W350SS 15.6″ (availability: Shark 3.0Sager NP7538, Amazon), $800-$1100 : I5/I7-4700MQ (Haswell), GTX 860M GDDR5 Maxwell GPU, 8GB DDR3, 750GB/1TB HDD, matte 1080p, for base price. Eurocom also have 10% off for students, so you can get it for less than $800 with an I5.
The new level of gaming performance with the GTX 860M for $1000. The GTX 860M delivers around the same performance of the old GTX 770M, meaning most heavy games on some very high settings to highest (BL2, Bioshock, BF4 and more). A recommendation is to upgrade the screen for 50$ to the higher quality one. It has two HDD bays and plugging an SSD in should be easy. Sound quality is average at best. Battery performance should be around 3.5-5 hours surfing the web, tops, depends on the configuration and way of use. Thermals are OK for such hardware and generally you can expect the W350SS to handle the heat in most cases.

Note that if you do not need an OS, you can buy it for less (first link)
Summary

I7-4700MQ, GTX 860M, ok 1080p matte screen, variable HDD, ok touchpad

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

gaming laptops under 1000: Asus N56JR3. Asus N550JK 15.6″ gaming laptop (Amazon, ExcaliberPC, Microcenter), $1000-$1100: I7-4700HQ, GTX 850M DDR3, 8GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, a very good IPS 1080p touchscreen. The N550JK is the new Asus ‘multimedia’ series top model.

The new N550JK comes with a GTX 850M DDR3 which delivers around the same gaming performance as the older GTX 760M/765M GPUs, which is quite good and means you’d be able to play games on very high settings usually, many on highest settings. The N550JK, as the N550JV before it, sports the 1080p IPS display which is a big plus.

Currently the price is high for around $1100 - I guess it will get lower with time. Overall, currently the N550JK is an interesting option. While not the fastest for gaming in its price range (GTX 860M laptops are available in this price range), it does have the IPS advantage, along with a very good keyboard and good looks. UPDATE: I would wait with it – the new Acer Aspire V15 Nitro seems more promising than this one.

Summary

I7-4700HQ, GTX 850M DDR3, good 1080p IPS screen, 1TB HDD (SSHD?), very good keyboard.

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%
17.3″:
Acer VN7-791G, 860m, 1080p ips, 16GB1. Acer VN7-791G, $1100 $1200-$1300 (TigerDirectAmazon, Newegg, Acer), I7-4710HQ (2.5GHZ-3.5GHZ), GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5, 16GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, 1080p IPS screen, Blu-ray, Windows 8.1. For a 17.3″ gaming laptop, this is a very good option as you get a very good 3D performance, very good IPS display, enough RAM and the blu-ray player is a nice extra.
According to reviews, keyboard is quite good, it doesn’t get too hot and doesn’t throttle the CPU/GPU even under full load. Sound quality is ok, maintenance is not easy (but not impossible).For another $200-$300, though, you can get a much faster for gaming machine with a GTX 970M, so bare this in mind. Currently, the price is too high.
Summary

I7-4710HQ, GTX 860M 2GB GDDR5, very good 1080p IPS matte screen, 1TB HDD, blu-ray player

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

2. MSI GE70, $1000-$1100 (Amazon, Newegg, eBay), I5-4200H (2.8GHZ-3.4GHZ), GTX 860M, 2x4GB DDR3, 1TB HDD, 1080p screen, Windows 8.1. If you are interested in a 17.3″ gaming laptop around $1000-$1100, the new GE70 with GTX 860M gives you good gaming performance level (around the previous generation GTX 770M), standard 1080p display and 1TB HDD. This is probably the fastest, alongside the Toshiba X70 below. The GTX 860M should be more energy efficient and cooler, which is an advantage.
Summary

I7-4200H, GTX 860M, average 1080p matte screen, 1TB HDD

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Sager NP73703. Sager NP7378 (w370ss): I7-4700MQ, GTX 860M, 8GB DDR3, matte 1080p, 750GB 7200RPM HDD, no OS. Same as the NP7350 above, only larger. Currently the fastest 17.3″, under $1000 for cash w/o Windows OS, around $1080 including Windows OS for a non-cash payment. Thermals are quite good for such hardware.
Summary

I7-4700MQ, GTX 860M, good 1080p matte screen, 750GB 7200RPM, 3-5 hours battery

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

14.0″ / Thin & light:

These laptops are for those who look for more compact or ultraportable gaming laptop. In the past there weren’t too much choices but currently the variety start to be more appealing with laptops having good 1080p screen, good battery performance and reasonable gaming performance.

Not long ago, my suggestion would have easily been the Acer V7-482PG for those who seek higher battery performance and good screen over higher performance. For $800-$900 you’ll get just that with excellent IPS touchscreen and 6-7 hours of light use. However, now I’d suggest waiting for the new models. Even a simple update of the same V7-482PG with a GTX 850M will result in close to twice the gaming performance while having the same power requirements. Other options with more horsepower (yes, there are small horses inside) are available too:

Clevo W230ST1. The Gigabyte P34Gv2 Newegg, $1040 (open box) – $1150 (new) 14.0″ excellent gaming laptop for such a price. Previously priced at $1400-$1500, this machine comes with an I7-4710HQ, GTX 860M 4GB GDDR5, 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD and a very good 1080p AHVA display.

For those who are looking for a lightweight gaming machine, you currently won’t find any really better in terms of value for money ratio. You’ll get the highset 3D performance available for $1050 with an SSD + HDD storage, 1080p AHVA display (like the one on the V7-482PG) and the keyboard is quite good too. The others, like W230SS (which is also very good) and AW13 won’t give you as much value for the money and the AW13 won’t be as fast for gaming either. Read the review.

Summary

I7-4710HQ and up, GTX 860M 4GB, 8GB RAM, excellent AHVA 1080p matte screen, 120GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Clevo W230ST1. The Clevo W230SS / Sager NP7338 (Amazon w/OS, XoticPC, Eurocom M4 – $900-$1000 13.3″ gaming laptop which is an excellent gaming laptop with a very good matte 1080p IPS screen (3200×1800 optional, wouldn’t recommend), GTX 860M GDDR5 + I5-4200M/I7-4700MQ performance.

This is truly an excellent sub-14.0″ gaming laptop with the highest gaming performance in the section and an the best screen for this price. For those who want an OS coupled with it, I would recommend getting it from Amazon as it is more cost effective and safe. For $1100 you can get it with an I7, GTX 860M, 1080p IPS display. 750GB 7200RPM HDD and Windows OS. I would recommend getting some cheap mSata drive later on. You can also get it with an I5 and no OS to save some money. Eurocom also have 10% off for students. read previous generation W230ST review

Summary

I7-4700MQ and up, GTX 860M, 8GB RAM, excellent IPS 1080p matte screen, variety of SSHDs, HDDs, additional mSata port

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

MSI GE40-2OC GTX 760M2. The new MSI GE40 barebone (14.0″) – I5 or I7 CPU, GTX 850M GDDR5, 8GB DDR3, good 1080p IPS screen, 4.4lbs. Currently, the fastest 14.0″. Judging by previous generation, the battery performance is excellent with 8-9 hours of light use seems like the battery performance is not as good for the barebone, at least. Future bios / EC updates might change it, but it’s unknown curently. UPDATE : good battery performance achieved by installing the updates and then reinstalling Windows 7 OS. Gaming performance should be good with GTX 850M GDDR5 which is pretty close to the GTX 860M. Combined with a very good AHVA 1080p display (I guess it is similar to the one on the Acer V7-482PG), you get a good combination for around $1000 (no OS). I would wait for reviews though.
Summary

I7-4700MQ, GT 850M GDDR5, good 1080p AHVA screen, ok battery (4-7 hours light use)

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Clevo W230SS, Electra 23. Eurocom Electra 2 (Clevo W650SR) – $825 with no OS 15.6″ gaming laptop which is an excellent gaming laptop with a very good 1080p IPS display and a GTX 850M DDR3 + I5-4200M. This means around the same gaming performance of the previous generation GTX 765M. The W650SR is relatively thin and lightweight for a gaming laptop. For $825 (10% off for students), this is an excellent option (while not the fast for gaming). If you are not interested in a more thin and lightweight machine and you don’t care too much about the display quality, some other laptops deliver higher gaming performance, even the older Y510p (above). You can expect around 4.5-5 hours of battery uner light use with this one. read W650SR review on NBC
Summary

I5-4200M, GTX 850M, excellent IPS 1080p matte screen, 500GB SSHD

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

acer v7-482pg-6662 14.0" gaming laptop4. [OOS] Acer V7-482PG-6629 / 6662 (14.0″) – $675-$900, GT 750M, 8GB DDR3, 1080p IPS, I5-4200U, 2.1kg. This new Acer model offers a good gaming performance with the GT 750M (DDR3), thin measures (22.9mm top). For $820-$900 you get quite a value. The screen is an excellent 1080p IPS screen with over 80% adobeRGB color pallete coverage, which is not a common thing even for high end laptops with an IPS screen. The contrast is very high too. Good gaming performance, though not the fastest for its price (the Lenovo Y410p and especially Y510p take the crown). Good battery performance with around 6-7 hours of light web surfing. Compared to competition for the same price like the Y410p, the V7-482PG has the advantage of the IPS screen which makes it, in my opinion, a much better choice. I would recommend this laptop easily if you want to save money and still get an ultraportable gaming laptop with a reasonable performance. read review of its bigger brother
Summary

I5-4200U, GT 750M DDR3 (50%-80% the GTX 765M performance) excellent IPS 1080p matte screen, excellent battery, 1TB HDD

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

Lenovo Y410p 900p GT 750M3. Lenovo Y40 (14.0″) at Lenovo / Amazon, review. Well, the summary says it all more or less. The Y40, as a gaming laptop, can’t do a lot. The Radeon M275X with a good potential, is coupled with a DDR3 memory which greatly limiting it and performance is lower even than the slower M265X ( Radeon 8850M) or GT 750M. So no miracles here.However, the sound is good enough, keyboard and touchpad are above average, battery performance is very good for such a laptop, looks are also slick (like the Y50 looks) and price is around $700-$750. The 1080p display is not good, but can be replaced (see here) to a good 14.0″ IPS level display.

Finally, I can’t really recommend it, since other <=14.0″ laptops do have more features, even the older V7-482PG.

Summary

I7-4710U (4 cores), Radeon M275X GDDR3, mediocre 1080p screen, 500GB SSHD, good enough sound, good touchpad / keyboard, very good battery (5-9 hours under light use)

Gaming performance 2 out of 10
Mobility60%
Features60%

 

  • Ahmed Abbas

    hi junky ,
    first of all thanks very much for all your efforts and for this amazing site ;)
    i have a question for you ; do you think that there will be any laptop with 970m but below 1200$ ?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      thank you too (-:
      probably with some deals, and not soon

      • Ahmed Abbas

        thanks :)
        but “not soon” means not the next 3 months ?

      • Ahmed Abbas

        do you mean not even the next 3 months ? or maybe on black friday ?

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          I really don’t know. Usually there are deals, but I’m not sure about the 970M – the $1000 step is now around the GTX 860M, which is not that cost effective compared to the 970M, so I don’t know

  • Azmartha

    Hello Junky,

    Dell released a brand new Inspiron 14 7000 yesterday

    – 4th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-4710HQ processor (6M Cache, up to 3.5 GHz)
    – 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx2)
    – 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 8GB Cache
    – NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 850M 4GB DDR3

    My questions are,
    1. Will this be a good laptop for gaming?
    2. Can I play BF4 on Ultra Setting with this laptop?
    3. How far is the difference between GTX 850M DDR3 and GTX 850M DDR5?

    Thank you in advance.

    • Azmartha

      and
      4. Will Watch Dogs run on Ultra with this laptop?

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

        Hi Azmartha!

        0. Not in the US yet, right? where do you live?
        1. Probably not cost effective?
        2. Not smoothly
        3. at least 25-30% advantage on average, might be more in some games
        4. No.

        • Azmartha

          Thanks mate. I’m from Malaysia. My budget is $1000 and below. Any suggestion? I’m using it for school and gaming.

          • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

            Can you give links to some good stores?

  • Manuel Perez

    So the only big problem with the Lenovo that i can see is the screen, which can be replaced for 70-90 dollars? I’m looking to get it for playing MMOs and league of legends, and overall would use it heavily, how long would it last?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      last in what manner?

  • sebastian

    Hey Junky,
    I was wondering if having a gtx850m in a 1000 dollar laptop would lower its overall life span. Also, many people seem to think that gogabyte and sager are less than trustworthy as laptop manufacturers. What are your experiences with the gtx850m?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      well, about the 850M (GDDR5 or DDR3?) – it depends on your needs / games you want to play
      About Gigabyte and Sager – had no problem with them really. Clevo has been here for long enough with high popularity among gamers

  • Akshat Thakkar

    Hi junky. I need a laptop with 3d screen of 14-15′. My budget is hardly $1000. What do you recommend? I know that I won’t get 4th gen i7 and stuff, but I am a casual gamer( i play fifa and dota, not big FPS games like CoD and others) so I need a decent performance in gaming too. Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Akshat – can you please open a forum thread?
      Anyway, what’s a 3D screen?

  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

    Hi Ahmad – sorry, this post got identified as a spam :

    Still looking for a laptop?

    • Ahmad Mysterios Chmail

      I Have ordered the Gigabyte P25W V2 , what do u think of it ?
      GTX 870 GDDR5 3GB , i7, 128 SSD + 1TB 720rpm, 16 GB RAM , Blue Ray , non-glare IPS screen

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

        well, it sure very powerful for gaming (-:

  • Jason Y

    Hi Junky, Im going to university so I need a laptop with decent battery life with at least 5 hrs. The games I play mostly are league, dota2 and cs:go. I have about $1000 to spend and I live in Canada. What do you recommend? Thank you

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Jason!

      What screen size? any specific software? can you please use the forum?

  • Ahmad Mysterios Chmail

    Hii junky
    Im thinking of getting a new laptop.. Been looking at the gigabyte p35w v2 and the p25w v2.. Also the one you’ve mention Asus N550jk also the G550jk and the HP envy 15 k004ne … Im a bit lost.. And can’t decide. Mostly laptops here have either GTX 850 or GTX 860 .. Can you please advise me

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Ahmad!
      where is here? can you give link to some good stores?

  • red

    Hi Junky. I’m looking for a laptop that can play the upcoming Witcher 3, GTA V, and Far Cry 4 at the best possible settings that I can afford. Those 3 are the major games I’m really interested in. Currently my budget is around $1500. International warranty is a must as I will also be travelling a lot abroad with this laptop. Currently looking at MSI GE40 due to battery life and GTX 850M (although I’m waiting for retail ones than barebone. I will settle for the older generation if the retail one has not-as-good battery life too) but want to know if there is any laptop ~14-15.6 inches that is around the same price and can do the above. Lenovo Y50 is nice but no international warranty in places like New Zealand that I will be staying while I travel.

    • red

      Thanks in advance

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Red!

      The GE40 barebone is not a good option in my opinion.
      But I have to ask – do you want to spend it all, or a good 3D performance like with the 850M GDDR5 / 860M will suffice (for me it will for sure..)

      • red

        I don’t need to spend it all. The cheaper, the better always :-) The 850M and 860M would be excellent if I could get it for better prices.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          Are you sure Lenovo does not have an international warranty option?

          1. Another option, which is 17.3″ is the V3-772G which should have global travelers warranty which means that if you are not in your home country (according to your ID?) then you have warranty too.

          2. MSI GE60 Apache Pro has good display and good performance, but it’s expensive

          3. Several Clevo option with especially the W230SS in mind (Eurocom have 10% off now with EUROCOM-GLJ-M410-140901 coupon). A good option, good 1080p IPS display, GTX 860M, I5/I7, place for another mSata drive. Average at best speakers

          • red

            I spoke to the Lenovo salesperson and they said no for most countries I mentioned. I will be country hopping for around a year or so starting from next year January so I have until then to get a portable laptop. Even if the warranty is only in US and New Zealand I don’t mind cause I will be in NZ most of the time next year. I have a desktop at home so I really just need a laptop that I can play the games the above with until I get home.17.3″ sounds too big and I used to have an Acer a couple years back that fell apart after 6 months so I might skip that one. I will check out the other options though. Haven’t seen a Clevo before but it sure sounds impressive. Are they reputable? Thanks for the help by the way!

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              yes, they have good reputation for gaming laptops. You can google the name – been around for a considerable time now

              But I really think you can wait with the purchase..

  • Neovatar

    Hi Junky, what would you say comparing the Y50 to Sager NP7338. Which would be the better option. Seeing that the Y50 has one SSD/HDD bay, and I think no mSATA, plust officially not an IPS screen.

    • Neovatar

      So Junky what your verdict on Gigabyte P34G v2 mSata slot, comes with IPS display.

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

        Well, it’s a very nice machine, but it depends on your needs and the price.. You can get the same performance and display quality for less, even including an SSD, for example. However, it does have a good keyboard and good build quality, so it’s a good package overall, if you can get it for $1400..

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      I will!!

  • dalejlama

    Junky, did you notice that you cant customize Toshiba Qosmio x70 on Toshibadirect.com? Is refreshed x70 coming?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      I did actually and a new Qosmio is probably on its way

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      I did actually, and I think a new Qosmio is indeed coming soon

  • hanvl

    Hello this a great site and very informative. I would like to ask could you please if you couldtell me whoch od these two notebooks would you recommend Acer V7 482pg (very simmilar to the one you reviewed with same specs, only the number after 482pg is 54206 I think that is because I live in europe) or Dell Latitude 3540. Notebook will be used for games, movies, photos and usual office work. Notebook will also be carried around qute a lot so it should be a bit sturdy. Thanks in advance.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi u2!

      For the same price? Definitely the V7 – better display, better battery, at least the same gaming performance (because of Dell’s throttling mostly)
      I’m not sure the V7 is more sturdy, but better handle it gently anyway (use some bag or something)

      No other options though?

      • hanvl

        Hi, thanks for reply. V7 is even a liitle bit cheaper (on the other hand dell has 3 year warranty and acer 2 – I am going to buy 2 years extended warranty).
        As for other choices I do not really know, cant find any that vould fit my requirements. I was thinking also about inspiron 15r and asus n56vv. But it seems that V7 and 3540 are better offers, especially in build quality – I maz be wrong there but thats what I heard. There is also edge e540 but I read that it is not very good either. Would you know about better laptop which would fill my requirements and was in the same prize range? Even though I cant be sure I will be able to find the same offer in my country, it would surely help. Thanks

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          A new V7 should be available soon in the US – maybe at your place too
          Can you buy from the US?

          • hanvl

            No not really, shipping cost and customes payments would prize the prize too hight. Also at my country we have two year warranty given by law, but that does not include merchendise brought from foreing country. I am quite sure it will be sold here also, but it would be too prizey at least in first months.

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              hmm. Ok, then the V7 would be my choice, but just you to know – the GT 750M DDR3 is nice, but heavy games will run on medium settings, even low (Crysis 3)

              • hanvl

                Hi thanks for the advice. It really seems to be best choice now. I am not expecting some super gaming laptop, if it will run Crysis 3 on low/med settings it means that majority of current games will run at least on med, and that is enough for me.
                As I mentioned before it is really a pain to import anything from US here, technically it is no problem I can just order from Amazon. But upon arrival I would have to pay not only customs but also VAT – some 20% of the prize.
                So thank you very much for your advice and for this site also.

                • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                  No problem. If you want to search for another option – tell me from where you can buy and your budget and we’ll try to find something

                  • hanvl

                    Hi thanks so much. I was also thinking about Acer V5 (version with i5, 750M, 8GB ram and IPS Full HD matte display). Unfortunatelly only one big computer shop has website in english here http://www.alza.cz/EN/ that is not really shop I want to use, but usually the prizes and merchnedise are simmilar in all computer shops (although V7 is more expensive in this one). If you didnt mind czech languague site I will be buying from here http://www.mironet.cz/. Max prize is around 21 200 czk.

                  • hanvl

                    Hi, thanks so much. It seems my first reply was deleted, I should not have included the links perhaps – sorry about that. Currently I am also considering also acer V5, the verision with basicaly same specs as V7, just more RAM and matte display.
                    I will by buying in czech republic and budget is 21 200 czk. aprox. Only one big computer shop is also in english here and that is alza, althought I do not want to buy here the merchendise and prizes are simillar in all big shops (however V7 is more expensive in this one). I will by buying from mironet (I hope I do not break the rules by posting the names).

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      I see your comment in the comments system – it is not removed. Strange. Sometimes there are bugs. Links are ok! and there are no rules really

                      The V5 has an 1080p display?

                    • hanvl

                      OK, thanks for info. I ahve seen the board where links (especially for shops) were banned, thats why I thought that.
                      As for V5 I checked that at two different shops(both mentioned in my post) and both sell V5 with Full HD IPS 15´6 display.

                    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

                      I know this V5, probably this one:
                      http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Acer-Aspire-V5-573G-54208G50aii-Notebook.99264.0.html

                      Nice one, maybe a better buy if it costs less

                    • hanvl

                      Hi, yes that is it. It is a bit cheaper then V7, only think I am bit worried about is the build quality – which didnt seem to impress notebookcheck much (although it seemed okay when I tried it out today at a shop) and also about overheating, it sems to reach quite hight temperatures but I do not know whether these are not normal. Otherwise I like V5 a lot also.

  • ostrich

    Ughh I’ve been stuck on choosing between the y50 and the n550jk for almost two weeks now. I was close to ordering the y50 but hearing about how bad the display was made me hold out on my purchase. I really love how the n550jk looks but I wish that there was an option for the 860m.

    What would you pick between the two?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      oh, sorry, I didn’t see your comment. Are you still considering?

      • ostrich

        I wen’t with the Lenovo y50 touch from best buy for $1150. Best price I could find.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          did you get it already?
          I would go with the UHD version from Lenovo site or some other laptop

          • ostrich

            Yeah, I got it last week. I’m hearing that the UHD version display has a 48 Mhz refresh-rate limit on the notebookreview forums.

  • Azthioth

    Hello! I am looking for a gaming laptop with the highest reliability possible. One that will cool well and last. Even if it cannot break through the Ultra settings. I play GW2, LoL, Hearthstone, and occasionaly FPS like Bioshock. My budget is around the 1k and under mark.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Azthioth – can you please post it over the forums (link above)?

  • blue

    Junky, I don’t think you understand what the word ‘under’ means.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      (-:

      Why?
      forget about some of the laptops – the list is not updated. But still, why?

  • stinglly

    Hi, I am interested in buying a gaming laptop. Should I get the new asus g56jr with an i7 and gtx 760m, would have preferred the n550jk with the gtx 850m but its not available in the UK at the price I want <900 pounds (no touch screen). Also interested in the y510p non sli model, does it have heat issues?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Actually, you have GTX 850M and 860M in the UK for as low as 550-600 pounds

      What exactly are you looking for? specific games / screen size and weight / battery requirements / preferred price (vs max budget) / other needs (HDMI and stuff)?

      • stinglly

        Thanks for the quick response.

        1. Max budget about 900 ponds can stretch it a little bit. The Asus G56 jr is going for 800 pounds on Asus laptops website UK.

        2. I am not too fussy on weight I think I can comfortably carry 3kgs ( about 6lbs) in my back-pack.

        3. DVD drive yes but not very necessary, HDMI yes Ethernet yes, micro-sd card slot yes, Bluetooth yes any other connection will just be a bonus. I also need a reliable WIFI card that connects quickly without dropping the connection.

        4. I am looking for something that can handle heavy processing i7 ivy bridge or haswell (usually have like 3 intensive programs running almost at the same time in addition to excel, outlook email and like 15 tabs of chrome). I also need a laptop that has a good heat dispensation and a cooling fan that is not easily excited by moderate processing tasks at the office.The asus n53 I am currently using (i7 2630qm and gt540 can heat up very quickly and has a very noisy fan that is noticeable even when only surfing the web or doing some basic word processing.

        5. Need some portability so no 17″ screens, preferably 15″ as for battery 3-4 hours is good enough for light to moderate use away from the power outlet.

        6. Not sure which resolution I want as I have been using 1366*768 for a long time with no problem. I guess 1080p would be an improvement. Would prefer no touch-screen if it will keep the cost down and don’t see the point of one as I will be mostly using my mouse. Windows 8 is fine, tried it once on a friends laptop and hated it maybe it needs time to get accustomed, don’t think I have much choice if I am to get the latest.

        7. 8 gigs of ram is more than enough, and also need a keyboard with a numerical keypad.

        8. I live in Kenya so because of repairs and spares I would prefer known brands like Asus, Lenovo and Dell. Don’t like HP have had quality issues in the past.

        9. My previous laptop which was stolen was a Toshiba satellite L850 with an i7 3610qm cpu and a 7670m 1gig gpu that surprisingly handled most games okay (medium-high settings).I usually play with shadows at low and turn down antialiasing and anisotropic filtering to their lowest level, I play games mostly for their content not just the eye candy. My games list includes NBA 2K14 (most played), blacklist, battlefield 4, Sims3, Skyrim, XCOM enemy unknown, Hitman absolution, jagged alliance.

        10. I usually play games at most 30 hours in a week. I am also not sure about MSI as a brand their laptops are competitively priced but I’ve been reading a lot of quality issues especially about their motherboards and gpus failing within 6 months or just after the 1 year warranty period, from where I am (Kenya) sending a faulty laptop back to the manufacturer will be costly no MSI representation.

        Thanks. My apologies for the long post.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          good posts are good for the heart, scientists say!
          However, can you post it over the forums? or do you prefer to keep it here?

          • stinglly

            Thanks and have moved post to forums.

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              did you see my reply?

  • Zera

    Where did you hear about the 1080p MSI g40?
    Got a link?
    Good job btw

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Zera!!

      I’ll update the list soon.

      The GE40 is no longer available really, though you might see it sold here and there. They might release some successor, but nothing currently.
      What are you looking for?

      • Zera

        Im looking for a good compromise between portability/battery life and power something like the ge40 or acer v7-482pg.
        Around the 1000$ price range

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          The GE40 is a dead star. It wasn’t even that bright when it was available

          What games do you play?
          The thing is, you might want to wait for the refresh of the V7 (for example) with the new Nvidia 800 series GPUs

          • Zera

            Civ5, Dishonored, just cause2, bioshock3, witcher2 ..
            Dont need high settings.
            The thing is that i need it in the next 2 1/2 months.

            Thanks for your help

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              I would suggest asking in two months then
              How much battery do you need?

              The V7 will probably do for medium settings gaming

              • Zera

                7-8 hours light use would be amazing
                I will just wait and keep my eyes open

  • Matt

    Looks like the Y50 is pricier than people were expecting.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      This people is me? (-:

      Just wait a bit for the price to get updated. I really don’t see how they can keep it on $1300 – it won’t run well
      Also, the performance / price will be much much lower than before, even considering it has an IPS display. Just to compare, their $850 Y510p SLI is faster for gaming than there $1300 Y50, nevermind the other differences
      So, first, I think the price will come down
      Secondly, I think there will be an I5 version which will be cheaper and since the faster Y510p was great with an I5, there is no reason no to go with a Y50 I5 version

      Do you need something now?

      • Matt

        No, that honestly wasn’t a criticism. You were far from the only one predicting a price point more in line with the previous models.

        I don’t need anything immediately. I’m willing to wait to see what other models Lenovo rolls out, and I’m curious as to how well it will see at this price point.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          didn’t feel like it was criticism

          The Clevo W230SS is a good option really – I really like it, since the 3200×1800 IPS display can be scaled down to 1600×900 which is great on a 13.3″ and you’ll get higher gaming performance

          • Matt

            I’ve never had a laptop below 15.9″, is 13.3″ still comfortable?

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              For me it was and many use 13.X” laptops for work (all those ultrabooks)
              But maybe you’d be better going to some store and test a 13.3″ laptop yourself

  • Matt

    Good afternoon,

    My MSI laptop that was just a couple of years old recently had the connections between the graphics card and the motherboard burn out, making it difficult/expensive to repair and not just purchase a new laptop. As this is the second gaming laptop I’ve had in the past several years have issues with the motherboard eventually frying itself, I’m a bit concerned about putting more money into a gaming laptop if there’s always this level of risk. Unfortunately, my circumstances require that I have a laptop instead of a desktop, so my options are limited. I play games such as Skyrim, Diablo 3, Warframe, etc occasionally, but I spend as much time playing turn based strategy games as anything else so my need for an absolute, top of the line display is limited. I’m not too worried about battery life at this point. I just want a system that will run well while minimizing the overheating hazards. Can you help in that regard? Thank you.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Matt!

      1. If you like turn based strategy games, try Master Of Magic – it’s in mint condition and a very popular game

      2. Anyway, it is a question to ask why your laptops have died. It is not impossible, but you have to think what could accelerate this process – are you in places with a lot of dirt/sand/stuff like that? Have you laptop overheated a lot?

      3. You should know that current laptops are much better in terms of performance for price and heat for price.

      4. I would suggest waiting for the new models with Nvidia 800M series GPUs. The new/upcoming Lenovo Y50 should have more performance than you need + very good IPS display + very good speakers + good thermal handling

      5. Currently, the Asus N550JK above is a good option. You’ll get a gaming performance that will max the graphics settings on 1080p + 1080p IPS display + rather quiet machine. It’s selling for $1100 so it’s not that cost effective and I’d wait for new models if you can

      • Matt

        Thank you for the quick reply.

        1. I’m pretty sure I still have my original floppy around somewhere, but I also bought it from GOG the first day they made it available.

        2. Dog hair would likely be the main culprit. On a very old laptop, I was constantly having to clean it out. On the ASUS and MSI ones that have died in the last few years, I would open them up to clean them and find very little inside. The ASUS used to have severe overheating problems on its own and it eventually fried the hard drive. My repair guy told me that the MSI I had does not even have replacement motherboards because there was an issue with the one they used in my model where the contacts between the graphics card and the motherboard would short out, though he couldn’t guarantee that it was overheating related.

        3. I would hope so.

        4/5. I may end up being a bit too antsy to wait, so we’ll see. Thank you again for your suggestions.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          just spent an hour now with this game – I’ll delete it right away or else I’ll starve

          Well, many laptops today are much better with the heating issues, so you can find some that won’t overheat given not too much is bloating their cooling system

          It’s only a month to wait

          Can you install your own OS?

          • Matt

            Haven’t done it in several years, but assuming it hasn’t gotten any more complicated – probably.

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

              then the Clevos are an options, like the new Clevo W230SS – are you good with a 13.3″ laptop? The Eurocom M4 with an I5, GTX 860M and 3200×1800 IPS display might be a very good option

  • Jordan Young

    Curious, is this list still current, as I have been researching the best gaming laptops in the 1000-1500$ price range and many of these have come up in other forums. I am generally interested in the 17.3 inch display. What would you recommend as the best option. I want to be able to use the laptop for the latest games on the highest settings, and not having to worry about upgrading for a while. If I am aiming a bit too high for my price range,by all means steer me in the right direction, I find that you are extremely knowledgeable on this subject and I would love to hear your suggestions.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Jordan!

      1. It’s better to define what games do you want to play and what your other needs, like battery performance
      2. Yes, this list is current, but you have to understand that many good models will show up soon, so I’d suggest waiting
      3. Only 17.3″?

      • Jordan Young

        Generally, I would like to play games such as Crysis 3, Skyrim, Titanfall, Borderlands 2, and new games coming out, on high settings or minimally on medium settings. I’m looking for about 4-5 hours of battery like as I imagine anything higher is pushing it. I’m also looking for something with the latest processor as I would like to be able to multi-task without much lag. So I7 and I5 would be a must I assume. As for the screen size, anywhere from 15inch and up. I just noticed the largest you have is 17, I don’t want something too big as it definitely still needs to be within the portable range, I thought 17 Inch was the largest.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          Games like BL2, Titanfall, Skyrim will run on highest settings on GPUs like GTX 860M easily. Crysis 3 on some high settings. This means that for $1000 you can get your wishes.

          I would suggest again to wait for the Lenovo Y50 at least as it might bring extra value (good IPS display, good sound). Can you wait?

          • Naruto ninja

            I agree with Junky :) I will wait its only few day we will see Y50 release

  • http://entropos.tumblr.com entropos

    Google “lenovo” and trackpad gaming

    Their laptops have issues with palmcheck sensitivity.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      yes, they have, but first – it can be dealt with to some degree by configuring the active trackpad surface

      + for gaming you’d probably like to use a mouse, no?

  • Victor

    Hi, I’ve decided to invest into a gaming laptop.

    I’ve looked into the lenovo y510p at it’s most expensive price, ending with $1410 with taxes.

    Would this be the best bang for my buck, you think?
    I do like the extra Ultrabay graphics card.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      Hi Victor!

      Did you check the links?

      The new I5 SLI version costs $930 and the previous generation I7 SLI version costs $950. Personally, I’d go with the newer I5 SLI version:

      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/lenovo-ideapad-y510p-15-6-gaming-laptop-gt-755m-sli-i5-4200m-6gb-ddr3-matte-1080p-display-intel-7260-wifi-card-1tb-sshd/

      Should have better WiFi card, bigger battery and better gaming performance

      • Victor

        Would the RAM be sufficient? I also video edit, so I’m not sure if that would effect it or not.
        Thanks for the help, as well! You’ve saved me the extra $400. <3

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

          video can consume a lot, depending on what you are doing, but you can always add more RAM. You can buy another stick of 8GB, for example

          • Victor

            Thanks man! I really appreciate the help.

  • golk

    thanks for reviews

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/ Junky

      thank you for being nice (-:

  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

    It is not in the 1000$ range and this one appears in the deals section

    • ballingtillthedayidie

      wow, $1250 is well in the $1000 range. what is your $1000 range?

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        well, it’s fluid, but I tried not going over 1050$. Anyway, I agree it should be in the recommendations – I’m working on a new system now, so people will be able to see all the options in one place

      • Tyler

        “Best Gaming Laptops under 1000$”

        “under 1000$”

        Try reading the title.

        • NioKiller

          Hello , That was a Nice list of laptops but i really don’t know which one to pick :/ ,
          i just need a good laptop under 1000$ but i also care about the heat , preformance , and have the least issues and the most important is to have a high battry life , not like just 1~2h …

          If you know a good laptop that you recommend , then please tell me :)

  • ballingtillthedayidie

    Plus the gx60 has a terrible CPU, the amd mobile chips are the worst CPU’s for gaming. That a10 is comparable to a i5 sandy bridge, which is quite terrible compared to an i7 ivy bridge. The laptop i listed is way better than that. The CPU will bottleneck the GPU on heavy games

  • ballingtillthedayidie

    Plus the gx60 has a terrible CPU, the amd mobile chips are the worst CPU’s for gaming. That a10 is comparable to a i5 sandy bridge, which is quite terrible compared to an i7 ivy bridge. The laptop i listed is way better than that.

  • Dan

    First time poster here! Thanks for the list, although I have a few questions :/
    I’m debating between the lenovo y580 and HP envy dv6 7214nr (just a newer dv6 series I think). Currently leaning toward the lenovo but I heard the heat does get extremely bad due to poor design and the wifi is very shoddy. Thought? Plus I love a matte screen but the envy costs like $150 more on where I’m looking.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Hi DAN!

      1. I think the new dv6t-7200 is not cooler

      2. The Y580 would probably get hot under heavy load, but it will work. The 17R SE and dv6t are not that cooler, if even at all. I think the MSI GE60 niether.

      3. You can get the dv6t-7000!:
      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/lenovo-y580-gtx-660m-fullhd-deal/ for 850$ (+ tax and shipping). The temps won’t be low, but won’t be too high too.

      4. What are your needs? specific games?

      • Dan

        Thanks for the reply! Just looking for something that can run most modern games on medium settings, high if possible (no hope for BF3 ultra mode lol). My budget is about $800-$900, but I think I can stretch it a little bit more if it’s worth it. Have you heard anything about lenovo’s wifi? I’m using it for school as well, so good wifi is a must. Backlit keyboard is a must too since I study/work a lot at night.
        That dv6t sure looks a lot better than lenovo! Why can’t lenovo get a cue from HP design haha

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          The Lenovo looks good too to my eyes. Have you seen it? it looks more aged probably, but the finish is good.
          Haven’t heard anything about the WiFi, but in the worst case, grab a 15-30$ wireless USB adapter from newegg or something – it will serve you well in the future too

          About the performance – the dv6t-7000 with GT 650M should run BF3 on very high settings and many games on high to highest settings too

          • Dan

            I looked around on lenovo forum and a lot of people have problems with wifi connection and defective gtx660m card. Those issues scared me since I don’t have a lot of time to send it to repair and so on. As for the HP dv6, I’ve seen heating problem (expected with HP), occasional crap build quality and beats audio problem (random volume changing).
            Have you used either one of them? direct feedback would help a bunch. And what’s the difference between the envy dv6 and pavilion dv6 on this site? I don’t see any differences.

  • Josh

    Just a forewarning, I just talked to Eurocom and they claimed that the Fox 4.0 is no longer available. They also took about 4 days to return my email. Shady business. You might want to remove the link for the Fox, you can’t actually get to that page through their website.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      removed! thanks!
      I don’t think they are shady, though

      what are you going to do then? Sager?

      • Josh

        The ‘shady’ comment may have been preemptive. Soon after I left that comment another sales rep called me and apologized about the Fox, and was fairly personable. He was able to work the Shark down to around 825, which is within my budget. I think I’ll go with it.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          for 825$ it’s an excellent price!
          is it the student price?

          • Josh

            Yes, I’m quite happy with it — I was about to pay 750 for the Fox, then I’d need to buy 4gb of ram for another 30 or so. So I get the 8gb RAM PLUS the 660 for a little bit more. Good deal in my eyes.

            • josh

              Would you choose a hybrid drive over a standard if there wasn’t a price difference?

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              yes, unless the the standard capacity is larger and you need it

  • josh

    I’ve been trying to decide on a laptop for awhile now, and have finally narrowed it down to the Eurocom Shark or the Eurocom Fox 4.0. I’m looking at pretty basic configurations for both.

    Eurocom Shark:
    1080p MATTE screen
    2gb gddr5 GTX 660M
    i7-2670qm processor
    8gb ddr3-1600 RAM
    500gb 7200 rpm hard drive
    It also includes 3 RAM SODIMM sockets.
    ~around $825 with student discount.

    Fox 4.0:
    1080P MATTE screen
    1GB 650M graphics
    i7-3610m processor
    4gb ddr3-1600 RAM (I will buy another 4gb but its too expensive on the website)
    500gb 7200rpm hard drive
    2 RAM slots
    Around $750 after discount – ~a little more after i buy an additional 4gb of ram

    I will realistically be using the laptop for casual gaming. I like the possibility of playing games such as BF3 on decent settings – id also like it to be decently future-proof. I’ll be carrying the laptop around a couple times a week to school and back – it’ll also be used for basic school oriented applications. Will these laptops have the same build quality? overheating? weight? Any opinions and pros/cons would be much appreciated.

    Will these laptops

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Hi, welcome back (-:

      1. According to notebookcheck reviews, the Shark might have a better cooling solution. Anyway, I suggest getting a cooling pad anyway.

      2. Note that you can replace the HDD with Crucial m4 128GB for the same price, in case you want it.

      3. Both will run BF3 on very high settings

      4. If I’d buy the FOX, I’d take it with an I5 and not I7 to save the money

      5. Personally, If I had limited budget, I’d take the FOX with screen upgrade and I5

      • josh

        My concern with the i5 on the Fox is that it apparently can only run the RAM at 1333mhz. Should that cause any real problems? And which screen option do you mean, and what will the upgrade do for me? Would I have to worry about overheating at all if I went with the FOX? I appreciate your response.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          there is always a chance for overheating – hot environment, blocking the air ways, such things.

          The 1333MHZ things shouldn’t worry you, the numbers are ok.
          If you want to get good performance for BF3 and a like and still save money than it’s a good path.

          About the Screen – there are two matte screen options. The matte “95%” one has really good colors. The default screen is also very good, so no worry. Just for gaming, it doesn’t really matter

          • josh

            Would both the Shark and the Fox have around the same battery times of around ~4 hours? The Eurocom website claims the Shark has a long battery life and is a good portable laptop, but im guessing that might just be marketing.

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              Well, other W350ET laptops have 4 hours of surfing the web – it is very good for such a laptop:
              http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Schenker-XMG-A522-Clevo-W350ET-barebones-Notebook.80018.0.html
              The Fox would have something like 3-5. The difference should not be to big.

              I’m trying to understand what is that you are looking for, so I can advise you better

              • josh

                I want something with a matte 1080p screen for 700-850 dollars that will be able to play modern games like BF2 – and future games like Rome2,

                • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                  Eurocom fox 4

                • josh

                  I want something with a matte 1080p screen for 700-850 dollars that will be able to play modern games like BF2 – and future games like Rome2, GTA V, and halflife 3 if it ever comes out. It needs to have a decent build quality because I’ll carry it with me to school a couple times a week and Im buying it with a student loan so I want to get a decently long life out of it – so I want a laptop thats going to stay cooler. Right now I’m leaning towards the Shark with the i5-3210M (will that be fast enough?), 8gb of RAM, 500gb SATA,

                  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                    yes, it will, but it’s not 850$, unless you are a student

                  • josh

                    I am a student :)

                    Just waiting for them to email me back about the discount, they must be out of their offices for the weekend :(

  • ananthakrishnan

    Hi Junky,
    The tech specs of the Y580 does not mention it as backlit keyboard, so I wanted to check that one out with you.
    Also if I were ok to spend about 100-200 more would there be a markedly better gaming laptop that I can get my hands on?
    Please let me know, I could use some help from an expert like you. I do like the Y580 specs a lot, just want to ensure that I am getting a machine that does not obsolete too fast :)

    Ananth

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      1.
      http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/tech-specs/laptop/ideapad/y-series/y580/
      2.
      Yes, you should look at the high end gaming laptops
      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/high-end-gaming-laptops-recommendations/
      For 1200$-1250$ you can get the GTX 670MX/GTX675M laptops. Compared to the GTX 660M you’ll get around another good 40-50% at most

      I should add recommendations for under 1200$ too probably.
      i’m not an expert, but thanks

      • ananthakrishnan

        Junky,
        I think I was able to see around 4 options but in all those cases (both Force and MSI) I had to add a blu-ray upgrade which sends the price to > 1200. For me a blu ray reader is mandatory.
        So now I am even more confused. BTW, I am based out of India – I am getting a friend of mine to get me the stuff. So what would you recommend? Which ones should I consider compared to the Y580?
        One other thing that struck me as important is that first question you ask – I am really not too keen on highest settings but what confuses me is the worthiness of the extra 200 odd bucks for a better build etc. If you have any more suggestions it would be most helpful – sometimes being spoilt for choice can be frustrating :D

        Thanks,
        Ananth

        BTW : When you said Y580 Tech Specs in response to my first question did you mean to give a link?

        • ananthakrishnan

          Also I definitely need OS, dont have one I can plonk into the new lappie :(

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          fixed it. Don’t know why it doesn’t let me to add links..

          Well, about the performance – it depends on the games you want to play, but lets say that the GTX 660M + I7 will let you play almost everything on highest settings on FullHD resolution, without AA. Even BF3 could be played on high settings. Is it enough?
          So you really should know what you want to do with your laptop.

          About the bluray – almost no laptop comes with a bluray as a default. That’s your decision

          • ananthakrishnan

            Junky,
            I once again studied the high end gaming laptop article of yours. Here are my readings, please comment
            1. Sager NP series are something that I would like to plonk my money on but the concern is the OS and blu ray. Also there is NO service in India which means I would have to ship it across to them if I run into any issues.
            2. Also it all adds up to close to an extra 200$ which translated to 10K INR, I dont know if it is worth that.

            Considering this I think I am better off sticking to the ‘under 1000$ category. Let me know what you think.

            As for your gaming question – yup, that is good enough for me. I also need decent mobility which I think the ‘under 1000$’ category provides like you said.

            Whats AA?

            Thanks,
            Ananth

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              1. Yes, that’s true for the ones we are talking about.

              2. True

              3. AA = Anti-Aliasing
              http://www.build-your-own-computer.net/display-properties.html

              • ananthakrishnan

                Thanks then sir :)
                I will stick to the Lenovo option for now.

              • ananthakrishnan

                Junky,
                One last thing – do you reckon I need to invest in a cooling pad for this?

            • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

              Personally, I think it’s better to get a cooling pad anyway. Reducing the tempertures by even 2-3 degrees can help laptop lifetime a lot.

              • ananthakrishnan

                Any recommendations for the Y580 in terms of a cooling pad? What should I look for wrt size, dimensions or is it one size fits all? Never purchased a cooling pad before, so please let me know

  • Neil

    is it worth it to get the 570 with a blue ray , 750 dr with 64 solid state and a slightly slower processor for $100 less and
    get the higher quality outer lid ? I will be doing some gaming and want a machine that will play the new games, but I am not a hard core gamer. I have owned think pads in the past and they took the abuse i dished out.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      you mean the Y580? what higher quality outer lid?

      • Neil

        y570 vs y580, review suggested that the 570 series was a bit sturdier and I can get the blue ray plus a 750 dr and 64 solid state, qustion is, is it worth more money for the newer processor

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          the newer processor – no. The GTX 660M – yes. It is a lot faster than the GT 555M.