Recommended gaming laptops:
Here are included recommended 14.0″, 15.6″ and 17.3″ gaming laptops. I’ll start with the table in order to focus on several laptops and the performance that can be bought for around 600$-800$. Currently there is an excellent deal if you are looking to maximize the gaming performance you can get for $800 and this is the Y500. If you can’t find it, the refurbished Dell Latitude for around $600 is a very very good option.
I’d suggest waiting for the new models to be available. The HP 15t-j100, for example, is already available with a GT 840M, but my guess is that we’ll see more interesting GTX 850M equipped laptops for around $800.
These are my recommendations:
- The new Acer V3-772G 17.3″ gaming laptop (Amazon, Adorama, Acer) with GTX 850M GDDR5, 1080p display, 1TB HDD and Windows 8.1 OS. The gaming performance of the GTX 850M GDDR5 can get significantly faster than the GTX 850M DDR3 at around 25-35% performance advantage in average. This makes the V3-772G a very cost effective gaming laptop, with gaming performance which is very close to the GTX 860M / 770M for only $800 : easily the best laptop under $1000 with the best performance / price ratio. The 1080p display is ok. Case can get a little hot and so is the CPU, therefore it is better to take the I5 version (linked) or limit the CPU and GPU a bit, in case you’re getting the I7 version.
- HP Envy 15t Slim : I7-4712HQ, GTX 850M (probably DDR3), 8GB DDR3, 1080p display, 750GB 5400RPM HDD, backlit keyboard. Currently for $785 (use SAVE15HP coupon) which is a good price for such specs, though quality is an unknown currently. The 3D performance should generally be lower than the Acer V3-772G, however, one advantage is that the screen can be replaced to another eDP display probably very easily.
- The new Dell Latitude 15 3540 (review)15.6″ ($700-$780) gaming laptop with Radeon 8850M (performance is around the GT 750M to GTX 760M level), matte 1080p screen, 4GB DDR3 and 500GB HDD. The performance for price is good and it should be fairly easy to replace the HDD and upgrade the RAM. Currently selling for around $780 w/ tax, which is too close to the big guns at $900-$1000, but if you have a Dell gift card deal or simply like it, it is a nice laptop. Refurbished is also available for $550-$600 which is more reasonable.
- HP 15t-j100 or direct link (SAVE15HP coupon)- For around 700$ with the I5-4200M, 1080p screen, 750GB HDD, Nvidia GT 840M (Maxwell) and 6GB DDR3. It’s a good deal for a cheap gaming laptop. Sometimes there are come good coupon, so check the first link too. The 15t-j100 comes with no DVD and weighs ~5.62lbs. Thermals should be ok. The 1080p screen quality is still an unknown, though it is probably the same as last generation. The GT 840M Maxwell part should give a considerable gaming performance level of around the previous generation GT 750M DDR3 which is not bad at all and should place it near the Dell 3540 in terms of gaming performance, though it’s mainly due to Dell’s automatic throttling the hampers the gaming performance of the 3540.
- Asus X550LNV ($680) and you get I5-4210U CPU, GT 840M GPU, 8GB DDR3 and 750GB HDD and Windows 8.1 OS. Weight is around 2.3kg. It should get too hot and people report it has a rather good battery performance (probably around 5 hours under light use).
|Model (link to coupon)||GPU/CPU||Street Price||Why||Why not||sources|
|GTX 660M / I7-3610QM||850$ (was 800$)||y580 with fullhd review: 1, 2|
|Lenovo IdaPad Y480 14.0″||GT 650M 2GB (DDR3) / Intel I7-3630QM||750$ for GT 650M version||review1, review2|
|Lenovo G780 17.3″||GT 635M / I7-3632QM||660$ currently||review|
|Lenovo Y570 review – this is the I5 version review, but it’s basically the same laptop|
|MSI CX61 15.6″||GT 645M / I5-3210M||700$||only a 1366×768 resolution (no configuration option)|
|HP dv6z-7200 15.6″||Radeon 7670M / A8-4500M||700$||dv6z-7000 review|
|HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 select edition||Nvidia GT 650M 2GB GDDR5 / Intel Ivy Bridge I5-3210M||750$ with GT 650M 2GB GDDR5, I5-3210M and 1080p screen||review of previous generation dv6tse,dv6t-7000 quad edition review|
|dv6t-7000 quad edition review,Another one|
|Asus N56DP 15.6″||Radeon 7730M / A10-4600M||800$||Asus N56DP review|
|Samsung NP350V5C 15.6″||Radeon 7730M / I5-3210M||650$-750$||review|
|Sony Vaio E 17.3″||HD 7650M / I5-3210M||760$ on newegg||review with I7-3612QM and 7650M|
|Sony Vaio S 15.5||GT 640M LE / I5-3210M||900$||Sony Vaio S 15.5″ review (with I7)|
|Acer TimelineU M5-481G 14.0″||GT 640M LE GDDR5 / I5-3317U||650$!||Acer TimelineU M5-481G review, Acer TimelineU M5-481G review|
|Acer TimelineU M5-581TG 15.6″||GT 640M LE GDDR5 / I5-3317U||700$!||Pretty much same as the M5-481TG||Pretty much same as the M5-481TG. Currently the price is right!||review, another review|
|Acer V3-571G 15.6″||GT 730M / I5-3230M||650$||review with GT 650M|
|Dell Inspiron 15R SE 15.6″||Radeon 7730M / I7-3632QM||750$||Dell 15R SE review|
|Sager NP6110 11.6″||GT 650M 2GB DDR3 / I5-3210M||820$ base price||Eurocom Monster review|
|XoticPC Force QAL51-HD 15.6″||GT 650M DDR3 / I5-2450M or I7||775$ with I5 and GT 650M DDR3 (cash)|