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Gaming Laptops under $600

 

The best options under/around $600 are gaming laptops with a Radeon 8750M performance level and 1080p screen. The 1080p screen is a big plus compared to past laptops under $600 and you should look for it. The Radeon 8750M / 7730M GPUs or the Nvidia GT 730M (which I see no more) offer good medium-range gaming performance, even for 1080p resolution.

Compared to the HD4600 / Radeon 7660G integrated graphics, the 8750M is easily 50%-100% faster on average, depends on the game, so it is a much more cost effective way to go.

 

  1. [sometimes] Refurbished Dell Latitude 3540 15.6″ for $525 (before tax and shipping) – with Radeon 8850M, I5-4200U and 1080p display you can’t really get a better value for your money. The 3540 also has low heat emissions and good battery performance under light load. Easily my favorite in this price range.
  2. Refurbished Lenovo Z510 (15.6″) and Z710 (17.3″) with 1080p display both and GT 745M (don’t get the ones without the GT 745M). The GT 745M delivers a low midrange gaming performance which is adequate for medium settings gaming on 1080p in many cases. The 1080p displays are not great, but they are better than the 720p offerings. Generally, for $600-$620 these are good options, though I’d go with the Dell 3540 as the display is better and it’s also cheaper.
  3. HP 15t-n200 15.6″ ($565, coupon: SAVE15HP). Armed with the new GT 840M Maxwell part, 4GB RAM, 720p display and standard 500GB HDD, it’s my dream $600 gaming laptop, but it’s certainly very fast for the price. If you’re using an external monitor, this could be a nice option, as the GT 840M delivers around the same performance level of the older GT 750M DDR3 which places it well above the 8750M/M265. The display is the average/low quality 720p display probably, so don’t expect much.
  4. HP 15z-j100 - 15.6″ with 1080p screen and Radeon 8750M for around $600 (use coupon SAVE15HP). The Radeon 8750M performance should be around the GT 730M and 740M, depends on drivers and the specific game. The price does not include tax and shipping and the 1080p screen is one of the top quality displays, so I would either go with one of the other options or go up to $700 (check recommendation).
  5. Acer V5-561G-6407 15.6″ with Radeon R7 M265 (which is actually the older 8750M), 6GB DDR3 and 500G HDD. Weight is around 2.4kg (not as good as the previous V5-552G 2kg) and it is rather cool and quiet. The only problem is the lousy 720p display – for those of us who like to tinker with stuff, I would recommend replacing the display with a good like this AUO 1080p IPS displaysee here how it works. Battery performance should be around 4-5 hours *at least* and build quality is so-so.

For heavy gamers, I would recommend saving some more money or wait for good refurbished deals.

For higher performance, I suggest checking the 600$-800$ gaming laptops recommendations. The $800 up to $1000-$1100 gaming laptops are usually much more cost effective in terms in gaming performance (like screen quality) and general value you get for your money.

 

Model (link to coupon)GPU/CPUStreet PriceWhyWhy notsources
HP Envy 15z-j100Radeon R7 M265 / 8750M / A8-5750M$600-$600
  1. Very good gaming performance for the price
  2. [Probably] Very good battery running times (5-6 hours surfing the web)
  3. 6GB DDR3 memory
  4. 1080p screen
  5. Looks
  1. Still no in-depth review.
 
Acer Aspire V5-552G-8632 15.6″Radeon 8750M / A8-5557M$530
  1. Very good gaming performance for the price
  1. Still no in-depth review.
  2. Typical 720p screen
 
HP Pavilion dv6z-7000 15.6″AMD Radeon HD 7730M DDR3 / AMD A6-4400M 3.2GHZ up to A10-4600M555$ for A6-4400M, Radeon 7730M or 525$ with 7670M (SAVE20HP coupon)
  1. Radeon HD 7730M /DDR3 – top gaming performance for class. Faster than the 7690M, it’s in the 6750M/ 6770M class.
  2. good brightness
  3. large touchpad
  4. Good thermals and noise handling
  5. best performance for the price for 550$.
  6. best performance for 700$ laptop with FullHD screen (with the optional FullHD screen)
  7. 3 USB 3.0 ports
  8. Good battery time
  9. backlit keyboard
  1. OC disabled
  2. 7730M DDR3 version is a cut-down GPU.
  3. only average TN panel screen for 550$, but it’s not different from other 550$ laptops

 

HP Pavilion dv6z-7000 review
Lenovo Z585 15.6″GT 635M / I5-3210M575$
  1. Good build quality
  2. Nice battery performance – 4 hours surfing
  3. Excellent performance/price ration
  1. Typical 768p screen
  2. Gets a bit hot (but others too)
1, 2 (review with GT 630M)
[OOS] Dell Inspiron 15R SE 15.6″Radeon 7730M / I5$550-$600 from eBay
  1. Excellent gaming performance in this category
  2. matte 1080p screen
  3. Good noise handling
  1. Gets hot under full load
Inspiron 15R SE review
refurbished Lenovo Y570 15.6″GT 555M / I5-2450M580$ (650$ new)
  1. Above the average screen
  2. Very high build quality
  3. Very good JBL sound system
  4. Good price for this performance and features
  1. only a 1366×768 resolution (no configuration option)
  2. only 4-5 hours of battery in normal use
Lenovo Y570 review
[OOS, only refurbished] Asus N56 DP-DH11 15.6″Radeon HD 7730M / A10-4600M$600 refurbished from eBay
  1. Radeon 7730M + A10-4600M
  2. nice matte 1080p screen with good horizontal viewing angles
  3. Very good keyboard
  4. Very good cooling system, low noise and good thermals
  5. Good build quality
  6. 8GB DDR3
  7. Elegant design
  8. Backlit keyboard
  1. 2.7kg
  2. MicroCenter In-store only
review
  • Fco M

    not just because they have AMD or Nvida GPU they will perform better, 4th generation Intel HD deliver very good performance, and for lower price. laptops with external GPU tend to skip or throttle when power supply does not crack enough current. they are also very hot while playing, I don’t recommend any laptop under 600 for gaming, buy a bigger laptop for that, otherwise buy a cheaper Intel HD laptop to play some not so demanding games.

  • DakotahBill

    I’m alittle leary of used electronics but im wanting a cheap but fast non laggy laptop. Any advice?

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

      for what uses?

  • NateWW

    Can someone tell me how the Acer Apsire 571G-6622 runs Arma 3/DayZ? What settings and what kind of FPS it gets?

    Please, it would be a huge help in my hunt for a cheap gaming notebook,

    Thank you very much,
    -NateWW

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Arma 3 Aplha benchmarks : http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2306250
      The performance will surely be changed in the final release.

      The 6622 should run it quite well since it has a much lower screen resolution – x4 times lower than the 1080p in the benchmarks.
      HOWEVER, I’d suggest getting the HP 15z-j000 with 1080p screen as it is of much higher quality than the 768p in the Acer.

  • Adam

    I’m torn between the Dell 15R SE and Acer V3-571G-6622. They seem to be about equal (I have 2 gigs of ram I can add to the Acer to make it the same) I’m replacing a dell that decided take up smoking. What do you suggest?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      I’d go for the 6622. The 15R SE is bhought from Dell and that adds more tax and shipping usually – did you check?

      Besides, the GT 730M should be faster in many cases than the 7730M, unfortunetaly

  • Kesus

    first of all, great resource here. thanks for that.
    i just got a question though. if only thing i care about is just ‘playing’ part, what would u suggest around $600?
    what i mean by that is i don’t care about high graphic settings or screen size or weight or wutever.
    as long as i can play on med settings without lagging, i wouldnt have any problems with it.
    games like d3, path of exile, LOL, blade and soul, sc2 and so on.
    thanks!

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      thanks (-:

      Strictly under 600$? get the Y480 (first link) if you are ok with a refurbished laptop.

      • Kesus

        what if i want med settings and budget is around 800$?
        i was looking at lenovo y400 and not sure how their processor is gonna work out.
        is it a good one considering $800 budget?
        thanks!

  • MAVP

    Starting a new thread:

    Basically, I’m looking for a laptop that will play World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and Star Wars The Old Republic on medium settings. It would be great if the laptop had upgradeable hardware (like RAM and the monitor), but as long as it can play those games for a year or two, that’s fine. The only other games I play are real-time strategy games like Europa Universalis, Civ5, and Rome: Total War – I never play first person shooters.

    I’m hoping to find something $600 or less. Would you mind helping me with that?

    You replied by asking if I mind a 17.3″ – and I assume you mean the screen. I don’t know that the size of the screen matters except in portability – am I wrong?

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      you weren’t wrong, but I missed this comment somehow. Are you still interested in an answer?

  • Ballingtillthedayidie

    Hey yo, I’m looking for a laptop that’s around 600. I’m at a desk most of the time, but I do carry to school sometimes, so mobility isn’t a biggie. I’m looking for VERY HIGH BUILD QUALITY, as I’m keeping for 5-6 years. I can’t find the refurbished y570. I saw the Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 21512KU, but its out of stock. Can you find a laptop equivalent to this? I game a lot, and that’s pretty much it.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      for gaming? what for? specific games?

      • Ballingtillthedayidie

        Mainly first person shooter, bf3, black ops 2, and future games. So pretty much demanding games, so it’s gotta have good thermals.

      • Ballingtillthedayidie

        Mainly first person shooter games, bf3, black ops 2. Medal of Honor warfighter. And all future shooter games in the battlefield and cod franchises. I’ll sometimes get a random game I like

        • Ballingtillthedayidie

          Sorry for the double post, I’m on my ipad, so it’s hard to type and see

          • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky
            • Ballingtillthedayidie

              I don’t really like the 4gb ram, how much would 6gb make a difference. And is the ssd for booting up windows faster? Are there gonna be any better deals or laptops in e next 2-3 weeks?

              • Ballingtillthedayidie

                And the low power i5 isn’t really good for gaming.

              • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                Yes, there might be some deals on the Z580 or maybe some other laptops, but you won’t get any better performance than the M5-481TG.

                The low power I5 has a lower performance, but the combination is good and the benchmarks show it.

                About the RAM – don’t be bothered, you can buy 2x4GB DDR3 on newegg for low price anyway.

                • Ballingtillthedayidie

                  Are you sure there’s gonna be a deal on the z580? I’m not getting the one above, it’s simply too expensive for its performance. Does hp have good build quality, because I might get the dv6t if a coupon for $50 comes around.

                  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                    no, I’m not sure about the Z580. There should be some coupon for the dv6t, but I don’t know which

                    • Ballingtillthedayidie

                      Does hp have good build quality?

                  • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

                    As far as I know, and according to reviews, it is good. The newest HP g6, for example, is pretty sturdy.

                    • Ballingtillthedayidie

                      Ok thanks, I will be on the hunt for some coupons. This hp is very appealing

    • Ballingtillthedayidie

      There is one new Z580 21512KU left for $560, should I get that, or wait for 3 weeks for an hp coupon and get the dv6t for 650.

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        The dv6t is faster, but we don’t know if there will be a coupon. This is your choice

      • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

        Also, if you want, HP gives a free NOOK with laptops priced 600$ or more and you can sell it ..

  • BallersLife

    ok, so im bouta get a new laptop on ma b day on feb 16. I checked dem all outs, and the lenovo g780 was da best one. Now dats really bad for its price, 635m, 500 gb hard disk, 4 gb ram. Dat sucks. now i need at least like 6gb ram, 750gb hard disk. ma bro got one for 550 dat had 630m and 4gb ram and 750gb hard disk. Can you’s find one?

    • BallersLife

      oh and i forgot that the lenovo y570 aint dere anymores. if u’s able ta find one, please give me da link.

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      the 635M is a 555M actually – same GPU, they only rebranded it.

      What is your budget?

      • Charlie

        Up ta 600

        • BallersLife

          Up ta 600

  • Ice

    Can I get your opinion on this HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 series: http://bit.ly/W0NXz9
    With the NB6893 coupon it costs $594.99

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      Excellent one! Just posting it..

      I would suggest getting it with the 1080p screen, but even without it, it is a very good deal:
      http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com/hp-pavilion-dv6t-7000-gaming-laptop-i5-3210m-gt-650m/

      for 723$ you get it with a good matte 1080p screen and GT 650M GDDR5.

      • Ice

        Yeah I’d like to get the 1080p screen but it’s way over my budget.

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          ok. You should know that the screen of the dv6t-7000 is replaceable – some people did it. When you get some money and in case you’d want to do that, know you can

          • Ice

            Really? That’s good to know. Thanks :)

  • Charlie

    Is there a laptop equivalent to this for 600 and less? Lenovo IdeaPad Z580 21512KU. My brother got it for 550. It has really good specs for its price

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      currently not, but you can get the Y570 from eBay or Lenovo outlet sometimes for 550$-600$. Try the eBay link.

      what exactly are your needs?

      • MAVP

        I’m going to respond to this, because I have a similar question. I know next to zero about computers and all of the specs thrown around here make very little sense to me and my head explodes.

        Basically, I’m looking for a laptop that will play World of Warcraft, Skyrim, and Star Wars The Old Republic on medium settings. It would be great if the laptop had upgradeable hardware (like RAM and the monitor), but as long as it can play those games for a year or two, that’s fine. The only other games I play are real-time strategy games like Europa Universalis, Civ5, and Rome: Total War – I never play first person shooters.

        I’m hoping to find something $600 or less. Would you mind helping me with that?

        • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

          better start a new thread – are you ok with a 17.3″?
          Your options now are not that good, but might be better in the future. The Z580 was a good option and a used/refurbished Y570 too. The G780 has a good performance, but I like it less because its build quality.

  • Gerald

    is there a laptop under 600$ with a processor equivalent to an i3 and a graphics card equal to or better than the amd radeon hd 7670

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      just updated it. The HP dv6z-7200 is a good offer. Unfortunately, I didn’t find any laptop with faster gpu than the 7670M in this price range. You can check refurbished Y570s..

  • raj shrivastav

    is there any laptop with these specs under $600;
    Intel core i3 3110m or better
    AMD radeon 6650m or Nvidia GeForce GT 635M or even better than these two

    if yes ,please send an email with information please
    my address- rjshrivastav1@gmail.com

    • http://www.gaminglaptopsjunky.com junky

      you can get a refurbished Y570 from Lenovo outlet.
      and the Z580 from the list is faster than what you’ve asked – it has an I5-3210M and a GT 630M