With so many new games on the market, and across multiple platforms, it can be hard to decide what platform you should be investing your money into, especially as each one can set you back a fair amount of money. If you’ve decided to get a console but have your eye on some PC games, or you’re new to gaming and don’t want to invest too much money on a PC, or the games you’re interested in don;t require too much power, then it is possible to pick yourself up a gaming laptop with decent system specs for under $1500.
Why pick a laptop over a PC?
Gaming computers can set you back a lot of money; with games and VR sets needing more from a PC, the average comes in at around at a minimum of $1500, so there’s no wonder that people want to look for cheaper alternatives, especially if they’re more of a casual gamer. While getting yourself a top end gaming PC can be more future proof, it will cost more, so it’s important to compare all options and requirements from games. Set aside the costs, there are many reasons why to pick a gaming laptop over a PC; for example, laptops are smaller in size, lighter, and portable, as well as most gaming laptops, being able to run the most recent games in the market. Not to mention other than headsets and a gaming mouse, there aren’t any other components you need to add to the overall costs.
Minimum System requirements from popular games:
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CPU: Intel core i5 2.8 Ghz
RAM: 8 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Graphics card: Nvidia GTX 660 or AMD Radeon HD 7870 equivalent DX11 GPU
CPU: Intel Core i3 or AMD Phenom X3 865
RAM: 6 GB
OS: Windows Vista/7/ 8/10 64-bit
Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD 7950
Storage: 7200 RPM 5 GB
CPU: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300
RAM: 8 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2G
Storage: 30 GB
CPU: Intel Core i7-3770 or better / AMD FX-8350
RAM: 8 GB
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970/ AMD Radeon R9 290
Storage: 45 GB
CPU: Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600
Storage: 15 GB
Acer Aspire VX 15
If you’re after a laptop that can not only keep up with new game specifications, but it also designed to be sleek and easy to transport then the Aspire VX 15 might well be a leading contender. It’s a futuristic design and a backlit keyboard which gives it a brilliant eye-pleasing design and keeping with the theme of a typical gaming look, dual fans to keep it cool, while its system enables you to play all your favourite games. Overall the VX 15 feels sturdy and rigid due to its hard plastic exterior which gives brilliant protect while remaining relatively lightweight. Due to its demand from the public, it has increased slightly in price since it was released, but that is because it quickly became one of the best gaming laptops in its price range. There are a number of ports available on the Aspire, 3USB 2.0, 1 USB C, and a slot for SD card. The dual fans of the laptop help keep it running at a lower temperature without making too much noise, although it doesn’t generate that much heat when running. You can expect Arkham’s d 1.5 hours of battery life when running games and around 3 hours during general use.
Now let’s get onto specific specifications of the VX 15, starting with the CPU. The Aspire VX comes with 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ which has 4 CPU core running between 2.8-3.8 GHz, giving you the high performance for your money. Even with six core CPUs becoming more mainstream in the gaming community, and a preferred choice, it’s still more than enough to run recent games with ease, as most games are programmed to use four cores, so those extra two cores become ignored when running games.
The screen is 15.6” IPS full HD, giving improved user experience due to its wide angle and enhanced colour quality, making it a perfect match for a gaming laptop. IPS screens have a better response time as well as enhanced power consumption which will help with the laptops battery life.
The Aspire comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti with the 4GB graphics card. This particular graphics card is perfect for casual gaming and runs most games such as dota2, league of legends, CS: GO, Rocket league with ease, and running most games at full HD and some at up to 120fps.
This laptop comes with 256GB SSD storage and 16 GB RAM that allows the laptop to run brilliantly, although if you find you want more, it can be upgraded to 32GB, as well as having an HDD slot if needed.
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Acer Predator Helios 300
One of the best value mid-range gaming laptops around at the moment is the predator Helios 300. Every aspect of the laptop’s design was made with gaming in mind, from systems to looks. Not only is the Helios 300 great for gaming, but it has also been found to be very useful for professionals that need upgraded laptops for their work, rather than the standard Microsoft office users. The overall feel of the laptop is of quality, considering its price, its top is made from lightweight metal giving the laptop that gaming look without adding too much to the weight. Due to the great specs of the Helios 300, it can run most games at high settings at around 60 fps; you can still get excellent quality gaming from mid-range laptops without sacrificing performance. As most of us know, laptops don’t have the best battery life, especially when gaming, so you can expect up to four hours life during generalised use, and up to two hours use when gaming. The ports available are 2 USB3.0, 2 USB 2.0, 1 HDMI, SD card slot, and one headphone/microphone combo. The laptop also comes with the option to backlight your keyboard, two microphones, Bluetooth, webcam, two built-in speakers as well as windows 10 home.
Like the Aspire, the Helios 300 has the 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core Processor, allowing for smooth gaming, as well as smooth usage of regular programs such as using search engines and using Microsoft office. This is all done by the 4 CPU core running roughly between 2.8-3.8 GHz.
The Helios has a 15.6 ” IPS screen with enhanced colour reproduction, just like the Aspire, along with good viewing angles and decent power consumption. Unfortunately, this laptop does not support G-Sync, and this is one of the major cons of this laptop. If you’re not familiar with G-sync, it stops the screen tearing by providing higher performance by synchronising your GPU and display refresh rate. Having a screen that supports G-Sync will give the laptop a better display by increasing sharpness, smoother gameplay, and reducing input lag.
Now let’s move on to the fun part, the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB. This card was originally made for desktop gaming and was later made for laptop usage, so as you can imagine, you get desktop level use all within your laptop. As we mentioned previously, you can run the most popular games in high settings getting between 60-90FPS. The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB is pricey on its own, so when you take into consideration the price of this laptop alone, it’s a decent buy.
This laptop comes with 2x8GB DIMM space which allows for brilliant performance, this can be upgraded to either 24GB or 32GB RAM, but it runs perfectly with only 16GB RAM. It has been recorded to get. 437MB on its write speed (how quickly it can save something) and 532MG of read speed (how quickly it opens something).Overall this is an impressive gaming laptop with some premium aspects for its low price.
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Dell Inspiron i5577
Unlike the previous laptops that were made for more high end gaming the Dell i5577 isn’t as gamer focused, but will still run most popular games at a decent frame rate on medium settings (around 50-70fps). We’re not saying that it’s a bad laptop (it’s on our list after all), but it’s designed for mid-range gaming rather than the higher end, making it perfect for casual, part-time gamers. Dell is a well known leading brand in the world of computer manufacturing, especially for the price they’re sold at, so you can expect a system made with well-performing components that will satisfy most gamers. The battery life is better than the previous laptops as you can expect up to 7 hours when using nor ally, and up to 3 hours when gaming. Weight wise this isn’t exactly a ‘portable’ laptop, as it comes in at 5.84 lbs, although most gaming laptops are on the heavier side, if you planned on using this as a work/college laptop, you might want to look at lighter options. The Dell inspiration i5577 comes with 3 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 ports, as well as microphone and headphone port.
Setting aside the gaming aspects and essential laptop aspects, the I5577 can be used for photo and video editing software, it also runs most software for 3D rendering, as well as being a perfect investment for graphic design professionals.
Now onto the fun stuff, and to start, we’ll talk about the 15.6” TN panel screen. Unfortunately one of the biggest disadvantages this laptop as is that it doesn’t have an IPS screen like the others. Although TN screens do have a better response time compared to IPS screens, the colour reproductions are poor which is one of the more frequent complaints, though its matte screen does help with reflection issues.
And again, like the previous laptops, it has the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ, which we won’t talk about as we’ve already mentioned this above. There are multiple options to pick from when choosing your RAM and SSD. When it comes to RAM, you can pick between 8GB/12GB/16GB/24GB/32GB DDR4 RAM, and for SSD you can choose either 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB. If you have the extra cash, then it’s worth going for the higher options to optimise your gaming. You can also opt for extra storage space.
The i5577 comes with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4GB, and although it’s not a TI, it still delivers great quality gaming for the price you pay. As mentioned previously the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 will run most of the popular games at around 60 FPS on medium to high settings, making it an excellent option for casual gamers.
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Finally, the upgraded ASUS is here to enhance your gaming experience. The new ASUS range is fairly new to the gaming scene, with its redesigned range being released in 2017, but that doesn’t mean it’s behind in compared to other leading brands. The GL753 is a huge upgrade from the original GL752.
Looks wise this laptop is my favourite from all on the list, due to its slick design, aluminium shell with a hint of orange that gives it a futuristic gaming look, as well as not having that cheap plastic feel and not to forget the aura RGB backlit keyboard (which is customisable).
The GL753 comes with Windows 10 installed as well as Microsoft DirectX 12 support, Bluetooth 4.0, 1xUSB Type-C Gen 2 ports, 1x USB 2.0 port, 2x USB 3.0 ports, 1x HDMI port, as well as a headphone/microphone jack and an SD card port.
As for battery life, you can expect the same as the others with it giving you around 5 hours during regular use and 2 hours when gaming. Once again, this is a heavy laptop weighing 6.6lb, making it not easily portable.
The ASUS is reasonably future proof, just like the others on this list. It comes with the same 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ, giving us that familiar quality we’re all used to in modern gaming laptops. Because of the i7-7700HQ and the GTX 1050 Ti (or just the GTX 1050 if you’d prefer), you can expect games to run up to 100FPS on high or ultra settings.
The biggest downfall of this laptop is that although it has a larger screen than the others (17.3”) its colour accuracy is poor compared to others on the market, and like the Helios it doesn’t support G-Sync, so again, screen tears can occur, this is something to take into consideration when purchasing. Although it is an IPS screen with 173° viewing angle, a matte finish that stops unwanted reflections as well as relatively good colour clarity.
You have two storage settings to pick from, there are 1TB 7200 RPM HDD, or 256GB SATA SSD and 1TB 7200 RPM HDD, again this will be dependant on the price you’re willing to pay, although it is upgradable, so it’s not a final decision.
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If you’re after a lightweight, easily portable gaming laptop then the FX502VM-AS73 is a good start, especially as it’s from a top brand like ASUS. Like the previous model, this is the upgraded and new version of its previous model the FX502VM, which as to be expected was a brilliant gaming laptop, and this has followed closely in its footsteps. As mentioned this laptop is one of the lightest gaming laptops on this list weighing 4.9lb, which in terms of laptops isn’t that lightweight but compared to other gaming laptops it’s relatively light.
The keyboard is backlit like most laptops as well as having highlights WASD keys so you can keep track of where your fingers are, and if that wasn’t enough, the keys are spaced at 1.6mm giving you flawless keystrokes. When things are heating up in those frantic moments of games be at ease that your laptop can sustain with the duo thermal cooling systems that use coppers pipes and dual fans to keep the GPU and CPU cool.
The ASUS has multiple points of connections that are made up of 3x USB 3.0, 1x HDMI, 1x RJ45 LAN jack for LAN insert, 1x headphone/microphone combo jack, and 1x mini display port. Battery life isn’t the greatest with this laptop, but again that isn’t much of a surprise when it comes to gaming laptops, you can expect 1.5 hours when gaming and 3 hours during general use.
The look of the laptop is unlike the others, with more of a traditional laptop look rather than the typical gaming look, as well as being slimline to fit easily in your backpack if needed.
The FX502VM-AS73 contains the same processors as all the other previous laptops on this list, the Intel Core i7-7700HQ. But what sets this laptop from the rest is the GTX 1060 3GB RAM, which can run most of the popular games at around 100-120fps on ultra settings, as well as being VR ready if you’re looking into purchasing a VR headset.
Storage wise you get 1TB HDD 5400RPM, 16GB DDR4 RAM and 128GB SSD. Because the of the 5400RPM loading games can be quite slow, so it is worth using the SSD for storing games.
The 15.3” HD TN screen has decent colour accuracy and response time considering its not IPS. It would have made the laptop an all-around pleaser if they used an upgraded screen, but I’m guessing to keep the cost low they chose this alternative.
There are a few issues that have been reported, one being the lack of reaction from the mouse pad, although this isn’t an issue with most gamers as you’ll be using a keyboard or a proper mouse. Another issue that’s been raised is how poor the webcam and speakers are, although again, each of these things can be fixed and aren’t too much of a problem.
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New to the scene is Eluktronics who have recently released their gamer pro series that have hit its popular rivals such as dell and ASUS with full force. Now, this might be an unknown brand, but it delivers familiar high-quality gaming with ease. Don’t overlook this laptop because it’s an unknown brand; this is one of the best value laptops out there with a high rating and fantastic customer review.
The P650HP6 comes with Windows 10 pre-installed that’s bloatware free, giving you a clean start with only the necessary software and applications needed.
The design is to be expected for a gaming laptop, its sleek and study, without feeling cheap. It comes with a backlit keyboard that can be changed through the control centre; here you can change your power options, keyboard colour, display settings, as well as switching between hybrid to discrete graphics.
Like most laptops, there are multiple connection ports, these include 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 port (Type-C), 3 x USB 3.0 Ports, 1 x HDMI 2.0, 6-in-1 SD Card reader, 2x DisplayPort, and a headphone/microphone jack.
The 15.3” IPS screen is fantastic as to be expected from an IPS screen. It has high-quality colour accuracy and brilliant reaction and refresh time, making your games look flawless. The matte finish to the screen lets you game without any of those annoying reflections, and without sacrificing any image crispness.
As you can expect from all gaming laptops the battery life is poor when gaming/screaming with it lasting around 1.5 hours, again, we all know and expect this and around 4-5 hours for general use.
Like the others on this list, the Eluktronics P650HP6 comes with the Intel Core i7-7700HQ processor which can’t be faulted in the world of laptop gaming.
You can expect to run more recent games at around 60-100FPS on max settings, and that’s because of the GTX 1060 6GB graphics card delivering powerful performance all round.
Like most gaming laptop this isn’t the most portable, and comfortable to carry about, weighing 5.9lb, not something you want to be lugging about on your daily commute, so keep that in mind if you’ll be using this laptop not just for gaming.
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MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro-469
If this laptop was made to stand out, then MSI have done a fantastic job at that. Firstly I’ll start with the design of the Stealth Pro, its timeless in its typical ‘gaming’ design, with black casing and hints of red, but what sets it aside is just how slimline this laptop is. As far as portable gaming laptops go, this is the lightest you’ll find, weighing 4lb and only 17.7mm thick its lightweight compared to its competition.
Another reason this laptop stands out from the others is their choice of processor, going for the i7-6700HQ rather than the i7-7700HQ like the other laptops on this list. For the most part, the base of these two processors are the same, but the newer 7700HQ does have some slight advantages over the slightly older 6700HQ, but overall it won’t affect your gaming experience that much.
Now, like most on this list, the Stealth pro comes with a brilliant HD, IPS, anti-glare 15.6” screen, giving you brilliant angles and colour accuracy while gaming.
With battery life, you can expect the same as most gaming laptops with around 2 hours life while gaming, and roughly 4-5 hours when browsing, again this isn’t something new to gaming laptops.
You get 128GB SSD to store your games at ease, that load up quickly, as well as 1TB HDD to run all your typical day to day programmes. The stealth Pro comes with Windows 10 pre-installed, but along with that, unfortunately, it does come with a fair amount of bloatware (which can easily be uninstalled).
A few other fancy design aspects of this laptop is the backlit RCB keyboard that can be adjusted in its built-in control centre, as well as three fans giving powerful cooling to its CPU and GPU.
Like others on this list, it has the GTX 1060 6G graphics card allowing you to play most games at around 60-100FPS as well as being VR ready.
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ASUS ZenBook Pro UX501VW-DS71T
Another ASUS laptop makes a list, and that’s because they’re a brand that knows how to make quality gaming laptops at affordable prices. The Zenbook is designed with more casual gaming in mind and would be ideally suited for someone who also wants more of a professional/studying usage from a laptop alongside gaming. There are a few aspects that are slightly wasted if you were to just use this laptop exclusively for gaming, such as the touchscreen, which as we know isn’t something that is needed with PC gaming but is a handy feature outside of it. The Zenbook only weighs around 5lb, so it does make a handy laptop for people who want to take their gaming (or work) on the go.
Like the Stealth Pro, ASUS decided to go with the older processors which is the i&-6700HQ, again, this isn’t a terrible choice on their behalf, and still delivers everything you would need from this laptop. They also opted with an older graphics card, choosing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, which again won’t affect your gaming too much, you can expect to run games at around 60PS between medium-max settings dependant on the game. As mentioned before, this is a laptop that has casual gaming as well as professional usage in mind, so if you want a little extra in the gaming performance part, then its worth picking another laptop from the list.
The screen is 15.6” IPS HD screen that supports 4k, perfect for editing and gaming, as it gives users a clear and crisp display, brilliant reaction, and colour accuracy, as well as being a touchscreen.
Design wise its premium to look at as well as touch. The casing is made from aluminium and doesn’t look anything like the typical gaming laptops you see on this list, which is a nice touch, especially if you plan to use it in a professional manner. Another nice design feature of the Zenbook is the backlit keyboard that has three different light settings to pick from.
Regarding connections, the Zenbook has 1x Gen 2 USB 3.1 Type-C, 3x USB 3.0, 1x Thunderbolt III, and 1x HDMI as well as Bluetooth, webcam, and SD card reader.
You get a little more from the battery than you do others on this list. With the Zenbook you can expect around 3-4 hours gaming and around 6 hours with general use.
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PLEASE NOTE – Prices may change, so not all laptops may stay under $1500.
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