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 buy for around 600$-800$. Currently, the best is usually a laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti (new) and if you are willing to make it to $900, then a GTX 1060 from time to time. That’s around x3 the performance/price ratio compared to the previous generation of 9XXM GPUs.
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These are my recommendations:
- Asus FX502VM (15.6″), $800-$950, GTX 1060 3GB (eBay, Amazon). It’s a nice machine, much like the GP62MVR above, with a lousy display, same performance, Intel I5-6300HQ, but less hot and has less storage/connection ports – no mDP, no NVMe. I’d probably pick the GP62MVR over this one.
- Dell Inspiron 7567 (15.6″), (review) $750-$850 (frequent discounts and rewards points available), GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB RAM, 1TB SSHD/256GB SSD. The 7567 comes with either a GTX 1050 or the faster GTX 1050 Ti (adds ~40% in performance). A nice machine, but very basic, with a lousy display as of now. Advantages of the 7567 are its the solid looks, long battery running times, HDMI 2.0. If you like it, you can get it and replace the display. I would suggest getting the I5-7300HQ version, for lower heat (while maintaining the same performance)
- Lenovo Legion Y520 (15.6″), $700-$800, GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, I5-7300HQ, 8GB RAM, 1TB 5400RPM HDD. That’s Lenovos’ basic gaming laptop. It packs good specs for the price. Reviews say the IPS display is really mediocre (probably worse than the other lower quality IPSs on the 7567 and VX5-591G), but it has a GTX 1050 Ti for $720. I would still try and make it to the 7567.
- Acer VX 15 VX5-591G (15.6″), (review) $800. With an 1080p IPS display, GTX 1050 (non-Ti), 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD, the VX5-591G offers a bit more complete solution compared to the 7567. For another $100 you can get the GTX 1050 Ti version. Also has a USB type-C port and a NVMe storage port.
- [Refurbished] HP Pavilion 15t (15.6″), $550-$750 with an I5-7300HQ, GTX 1050 (2GB), 8GB RAM, 1080p basic IPS display and 1TB 7200RPM HDD. If you are short on money, the 15t can be a good option option, but remember that the price doesn’t include the US tax. The 1080p IPS display is basic – it will have better viewing angles, but colors and contrast aren’t great. The GTX 1050 is the 2GB version, which is less suitable for photo/video editing. Generally, I would suggest trying to grab the VX5-591G instead.
If you are interested in lightweight option, consider also the Acer Swift 3, which reminds me the old and popular V7-482PG. It comes with the new Koffee Lake I5-8250U, Nvidia MX150 GPU and relatively low weight. The Koffee Lake is not a mistake, just a clumsy word play on Coffee Lake part which is really a Kaby Lake.