Top 4 Best Gaming Laptops for the Money (Q4 2016)

Whilst desktop PCs offer the best performance for the dollar, sometimes you wanna game on the go. Here we take a look at 4 of the current best gaming laptops on the market right now for 4 difference budgets to help make sense of the oftentimes confusing laptop market.

First is the best gaming laptop under $600 which will please gamers on a tight budget who still wish to play modern games. Moving up we cover the best laptop under $1000 for considerably better gaming performance.

Then we get into the higher-end offerings that really pack some power with the current top laptop for gaming under $1500, and then our extreme performance pick under $2000 for the ultimate portable gaming machine.

So let's not beat around the bush any longer and get straight into the top 4 best gaming laptops for the money:

Read on to learn more about each of the above 4 gaming laptops and why they made the cut, as well as their most important specs and features:

Best Gaming Laptop Under $600:

The Acer Aspire E 15

If you're shopping for the best gaming laptop on a tight budget of under 600 US dollars, the Acer Aspire E 15 is tough to beat. It boasts a very decent Intel Core i5-6200U CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, and a dedicated graphics card specifically the NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (that comes with a decent 2GB of video memory).

Whatever you do, if you want to play modern PC games, don't ever get a laptop WITHOUT a dedicated graphics such as this. With these components, specifically the 940MX video card, you can expect to play games like League of Legends, Minecraft, Dota 2, Team Fortress 2 and any older games very well. 

In more demanding modern games you can expect playable performance if you tone down the in-game graphic settings.

This laptop also comes with a 256GB SSD for very fast storage and booting. If you need more storage you can always get an additional hard drive. The screen is 15.6 inches and is full HD (1980 x 1080).

Overall, you can't go wrong for the price, and you'll be hard pressed finding a better gaming laptop for the same price. Just don't expect to be playing the latest Call of Duty at 60 FPS on Ultra Settings and you'll be happy.

Best Gaming Laptop Under $1000:

The Dell i7559-763BLK

Moving up the ladder and we have the Dell i7559-763BLK with its Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Quad-Core CPU, 8GB of RAM (DDR3 instead of DDR4 but that hardly matters at all), and a solid NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M with a very nice 4GB of video memory.

That's a very enticing mobile gaming setup right there, at a very reasonable price. With these core components you can expect to play most modern titles fairly well - and really well if you tone down some settings here and there. Just don't expect jaw-dropping performance and you'll be satisfied.

Again, it's got a nice 15.6 screen which is a big enough for an immersive experience yet not too big making the laptop too heavy and clunky, and it comes with a fast 256GB SSD for super-fast storage.

Best Gaming Laptop Under $1500:


Now we start getting into serious gaming performance, and the ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71(WX) is hard to resist at the sub $1500 price point with its impressive feature list. 

First of all, it looks real impressive with a super-cool futuristic design. But it's not all show and the insides are where it really shines - a very capable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M 4GB graphics card that can dominate the latest games in HD being the star of the show.

Throw in a beastly i7 processor and a whopping 16GB of RAM and you've got one serious gaming powerhouse for a respectable price. That's not to mention the endless list of other features such as a high quality 17 inch screen with built-in G-sync hardware, plenty of ports and connections, very solid cooling capabilities, and an awesome keyboard. It's also VR-ready, too.

Highly recommended.

Best Gaming Laptop Under $2000:


If you have a nice amount to spend on one of the very best gaming laptops in the consumer market, look no further than the ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71. This light yet powerful portable powerhouse boasts a NVIDIA GeForce GTXTM 1070 8GB - the mobile equivalent of the very powerful desktop 1070 card. 

With a high-end i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, an SSD and HDD combination, and a very sharp design - it's bound to satisfy even hardcore gamers out there and is our absolute top recommendation right now for a laptop under 2000 if gaming is your drug.

With this laptop you'll be playing any of the latest games, even the more graphically-demanding ones, flawlessly on ultra settings (and for a long time to come). And yes, as you can probably guess it's all you need for VR gaming. 

The Awesome Foursome: Which Should You Pick?

There we go, the top 4 best gaming laptops to buy right now in terms of value and gaming performance for 4 main price points. Choosing between these portable machines will first and foremost depend on your overall budget, of course, but you should also think about which types of games and applications you wish to play (and how well you want to play them).

No point getting the high-end or extreme model if you'll only be playing older games. But if playing the latest games in their full glory with flawless 60 FPS on ultra settings now and over the next few years is important to you then getting a cheap laptop is only going to disappoint and/or you'll have to upgrade sooner rather than later. 

If you want to continue doing your homework then be sure to have a glance over our Gaming Laptop Buying Guide. All the best.

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