Hello and welcome to the $600 gaming laptop section. It is probably one of the more interesting price points for many. However, a laptop with a with good gaming capabilities for such a price is not easy to come by, at least not for a “new” laptop.
Update: The new Nvidia MX150 GPUs have been released and some others were announced from AMD too. I’d wait for the new round of laptops equipped with these GPUs – it’s better than most current old models offered on the web. Wait for it.
The usual GPU you’ll find in laptops for $500-$600 will be a low-midrange/high-lower end GPU, like the GT 940M, GTX 950M. The problem, currently, is that the new wave of these GPUs haven’t been released yet. The GTX 950M, which is really the same as a GTX 850M, is around 3 years old now, going back to the first Maxwell-based GPUs (Maxwell is one of Nvidias’ GPU architecture). While this was a nice GPU for its time, it’s way below the performance/price curve in today’s performance terms. That puts us in an annoying situation, right? there is nothing new to report at least until Nvidia will release their GT 1040 or AMD will start released their mobile GPUs.
But, let’s try to overview the possibilities while keeping in mind that currently it’s probably better to wait for the new GPUs (unless you want a 3-years old tech) or go up to $800 (check $800 section)
Can sometimes be found for $600, including GTX 1050 2GB, I5-7300HQ CPU, basic 1080p IPS display, 1TB 7200RPM HDD. That’s the fastest for $600, but usually sells for a little higher
The popular 15.6″ low midrange gaming laptop of the previous GPU generation.With an I7-6700HQ, 8GB RAM and 1TB SSHD + 1 year from Dell. Still a good option. However, my general recommendation holds – wait for the new round of laptops with the new Nvidia MX150, GTX 1050 or AMD equivalent
(15.6″), available also from Newegg (link). around $450-600, also available as refurbished, GTX 950M 4GB, the new Kaby Lake I5-7200U CPU, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1080p display (Not a terrible TN). Should be a nice laptop for $600. I’d wait for the new models
with I5-6300HQ and a GTX 950M + basic (lower end) 1080p IPS display
That’s pretty much it, unless you want to get a laptop with an even slower GPU (like the GT 940M), but that would have a really bad performance/price. I would say – go up to $800 or wait for the new stuff.