This is an update of the previous 600$ post, adding the HP dv6zqe (dv6z quad edition) to the list and removing the 6165us from the list as its price is back to 650$. I also decided to add refurbished laptops to the list.
Let’s go directly to the table:
|Model (link to coupon)||GPU/CPU||Street Price||Why||Why not||sources|
|REFURBISHED HP Pavilion dv7-6165us 17.3″||AMD Radeon HD 6750M 1GB GDDR5 / AMD Quad A8-3500M||600$|
|Acer Aspire AS7750-6458 17.3″||AMD Radeon HD 6850M DDR3 / Intel I5-2430M||580$ at B&H||Other Acer AS7750G review|
|HP Pavilion dv6zqe (quad edition) 15.6″||AMD Radeon HD 7690M GDDR5 / AMD Quad A6 or A8 CPUs||545$ and up||HP Pavilion dv6zqe review|
These are my words from a week before. Not much changed only that the HP Pavilion dv6zqe is added to the race – it’s my mistake I didn’t include it in the previous probably. The dv6zqe packs a real bang for the price and it’s probably the fastest 15.6″ gaming laptop currently (new, I mean). You should check refurbished laptops as well.
OK, lets get to the point.
Fastest 15.6″ gaming laptop under 600$
The HP dv6z quad edition gives a real bang as said before. For as low as 545$ you get the Radeon HD 7690M (which is a HD 6770M if you don’t remember) which is probably the highest performance / price ratio as far as GPU goes. HP Pavilion dv6zqe (quad edition). Take it if your believe in buying laptops.
Now, I chose the title to be “Fastest 15.6″ gaming laptop” because it’s not necessarily the ‘best’ – a word that don’t say much in practice. You might want a laptop that offer more working time or is more slim and light. That’s something that is yet remains to be addressed.
Fastest 17.3″ gaming laptop under 600$
As before, I lean towards the HP one. The 6750M solution is a more predictable and more mature solution, has 2 USB 3.0 ports and besides, it has very good customer reviews on Amazon and a bunch of them. However, currently there is only a refurbished product under 600$so if you want a NEW 17.3″ gaming laptop under 600$ you better go for the Acer. I think that if you want a 17.3″ laptop in that performance level other than the Acer, then you might want to consider spending more to get it.