Highest gaming performance:
1. The HP g6t-2300 - 475$, with coupon code “NB6388” with I5-2450M (+20$ for I5-3230M), 6GB DDR3, Radeon 7670M. The This is a good deal. The review indicates the screen is above the average for a sub-500$ laptop. Good temperatures and low operation noise make this laptop a very good purchase for the money.
2. Acer V3-551G-8454 15.6″ – now for 470$ A8-4500M, Radeon 7670M, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD. I prefer it over the Lenovo Z585 due to the better screen and lower noise.
3. Lenovo Z585 15.6″ with Radeon 7670M, 4GB DDR3, 500GB HDD for 500$.
(???) What can you do with such a configuration? Most games on medium settings at least and too few on high settings – CS:GO, Torchlight 2, F1 2012, CoD: Modern Warfare 3, Deus Ex Human Revolution, Dirt 3 and more. See how the Radeon 7660G manages Skyrim and or how the 7670M handles Skyrim too on high setting.
Note: You could get some 20%-30% higher performance with the 600$ gaming laptops offers currently. Specifically the dv6z.
Saving money – 400$ gaming laptop
In both cases, the gaming performance should be higher than comparable HD4000 equipped laptops (which you won’t find for such a price anyway probably), so you are in a good place.
The 400$ option (like the current Acer V3) is good for low gaming requirement and also for medium-high settings in games like WoW, Minecraft, Counter Strike and more light games.
The 500$ option (with Radeon 7670M/GT 630M usually) is good for high settings in light games and also medium settings in many games, like Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2, Mass Effect 3 and more. see how the 7660G manages Skyrim
|Model (link to coupon or product)||GPU/CPU||Street Price||Why||Why not||sources|
|AMD A10-4600M / Radeon 7660G||
|Acer V3-551G-8454 15.6″||Radeon 7670M / A8-4500M||500$||
|HP Envy dv6z-7200 15.6″||Radeon 7670M / A6-4400M||560$ with coupon code “SAVE15HP“||
||HP dv6z-7200 review|
|Lenovo Z585 15.6″||Radeon 7670M + 7640G / A8-4500M||500$||
|HP g6t-2300 15.6″||Radeon 7670M / I5-2450M||475$ including 7670M and 320GB HDD (coupon code NB6388), 495$ with I5-3230M||
||HP g6t-2200 review|
|HP g6z-2200 15.6″||Radeon 7670M / A4-4300M||440$ including 7670M (coupon code NB6388)||
||last year g6 review and previous year g6 review (w/ 7450M)|