Gaming laptops are not cheap, and despite the decreasing price of technology it is highly unlikely that they will ever be as affordable as the common everyday multimedia or student notebooks that most of us own. The reason for the large discrepancy in price between a regular laptop and a gaming laptop is quite simple- they consume slightly more power than a regular laptop, but deliver much more performance per watt.
This enables you to play the latest and greatest AAA titles in all their glory at the highest resolutions while on the go. You can carry over your laptop to a friend’s house for a LAN party, or even play some good old campaign based games while sitting in an airplane.
Think about it- a laptop is a combination of all three components of a computer system, i.e. the computer itself, a display, the input/output devices, and speakers. Gaming laptops of today are cheaper and offer more power than their counterparts from like 5 years ago, but the price gap between them and an ordinary Dell or Acer 15.6” notebook is simply too much for the average student or budget conscious buyer to even consider purchasing over a regular sub 500 or 700-dollar laptop.
But does that mean you can’t enjoy your favorite PC games unless you buy a laptop that costs more than a 1000 or 1500 bucks? Not at all! If you are a true gamer, then you know that gameplay and framerates are of greater importance than graphical fidelity and special effects. After all, that is why the games from the early 2000’s had such immersive stories and we all enjoyed playing them despite their lackluster graphics.
If you tune down the level of eye candy on modern titles, you can play them at decent framerates at a resolution of 1080p, even with the modest levels of hardware power that comes with a budget laptop. By budget, we mean budget gaming laptop.
In this article, we shall tell you about some hidden gaming laptops out there which can play modern titles on low to medium settings with smooth framerates at 1080p. All the laptops in this list cost less than 700 bucks, so you will not have to burn a hole in your wallet to buy one of these. You can even use them as your daily driver, or as a university/college laptop since they are all loaded with the latest Intel or AMD processors, and pack amazing storage for the price.
Do not expect to find dedicated graphics chips from NVIDIA or AMD in these models, some of them will be loaded with just the onboard graphics that comes with the respective Intel or AMD processor within the laptop. Worry not, as even these inbuilt graphics units are capable of handling older AAA games and modern indie titles.
You can play MOBA’s such as LOL or DOTA 2 at medium-high settings on the built-in onboard graphics. The 7th generation of Intel Core-I series mobile CPUs come with some very formidable onboard graphics (Intel HD series graphics for Intel CPU’s and AMD R5/R7 series graphics for AMD APU’s) that rival the low-end previous generation NVIDIA and AMD dedicated mobile graphics in terms of graphical rendering power.
Without wasting any more time, let us get into the actual list of sub 700-dollar gaming laptops. Take your pick based on your needs and the games that you plan on playing, also consider the activities other than gaming that you plan on doing.
For video editing and encoding, we suggest getting the latest CPU from Intel with as much RAM as you can pack (for pure gaming purposes, just a single SSD will suffice but get a SSD+HDD or a 1TB (minimum) and above HDD if you plan on using the laptop for storing college work, movies, songs, photos, etc.).
Here are the Best Gaming Laptops Priced Under 700- Latest & Recommended
The Acer Nitro 5 series of laptops features some of the best entry level gaming machines on the market, and the model that we are reviewing- the AN515-51-5594, is loaded with a GTX 1050 graphics card and a 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor. It is equipped with an IPS display which is rather uncommon in gaming laptops at this price range, and the overall form factor puts this Nitro 5 laptop in the super compact category, at just 1.05” inches in thickness.
If you have about 700 dollars to spend on a brand-new gaming laptop and are looking for something that is both compact as well as powerful, then the Acer Nitro 5 model AN515-51-5594 is worth checking out. Not only is this laptop extremely stylish on the outside, but it is loaded with some serious power on the inside.
Featuring a fast, yet highly power efficient CPU in the Core i5 7300HQ, along with a NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card, the AN515-51-5594 will easily run the most modern AAA game titles at 1080p and 60 fps on medium graphics settings. It is also equipped with an IPS display which greatly enhances your gaming experience, as you can view the display from extreme angles without losing detail or colors.
The Core i5 7300HQ is a high efficient quad core processor based on the KabyLake architecture, and it boasts 4 physical cores and 4 threads of processing power (no hyperthreading). Unlike older laptop Core i5 processors, this one has 4 actual cores instead of 2 physical cores with hyperthreading.
The result is increased gaming performance along with superior multitasking, without compromising too much on efficiency thanks to the advanced 14nm lithographical process and KabyLake architecture. Despite having a maximum boost frequency of 3.5 GHz and 6MB of cache, the i5 7300HQ has a maximum TDP of just 45 watts.
The AN515-51-5594 laptop has a red backlit gaming keyboard which assists a lot during low light gaming sessions, especially when you are out in the evening playing games at a LAN party. This laptop comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM in the standard configuration, but you can upgrade the RAM up to a total of 32 GB if you wish. Graphics is handled by a NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card, supports up to 4GB of video memory.
Wireless connectivity is really good thanks to the 802.11 ac WIFI, and Bluetooth. A 4-cell 3220 mAh Li-ion battery keeps this laptop running for up to 5 or 6 hours on medium load, but beware- battery life drops significantly while gaming, which is why we recommend that you always play games with the laptop plugged in unless you are travelling or away from a power point.
Intel Core i5 7300HQ quad core CPU
NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics
15.6” full HD IPS display
Only 1.05” thick
Red backlit keyboard
Sleek and Stylish design
1 TB hard drive with Windows 10 preloaded
No CD/DVD drive
The webcam isn’t great
If gaming performance is all that you care about, then stop reading this article and go buy this laptop right now. We challenge you to find another laptop that offers similar specs at this price, and don’t forget the fact that this laptop even features a custom design SteelSeries gaming keyboard developed exclusively for MSI. It also includes Nahimic audio and a 15.6” FHD eDP Vivid Color display that boast 94% NTSC color accuracy.
The MSI GL62M 7RD-1407 is not an intermediate model, it is not a low-end gaming laptop, and it most certainly isn’t meant for office or student usage, although you can choose to use it for whatever you want. No, this is a full-fledge 15.6” gaming notebook from MSI- it includes a standard voltage Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor and an NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB Pascal GPU.
That’s right- a full fledge desktop graphics chip with no missing CUDA cores or throttled clock speeds. It is the complete package, and we were surprised to find something like this in a laptop under 700 dollars. Well, it is very close to the 700- dollar price point, but if you do some research it will become clear that laptops like these are commonly found in the 800-dollar range, and above.
It is gamers dream come true- the GTX 1050 2GB is more than capable of playing all the current AAA games on a mix of low to medium graphics settings and 1080p resolution. You can play Battlefield 1, Call of Duty World War II, Wolfenstein 2 the New Colossus, Prey, etc. at 1080p and 60+ fps thanks to the power of an Intel 7th generation i5 CPU and the NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics card.
Add to that 8GB of DDR4 RA, and you are all set for the next 2-3 years when it comes to gaming/ multitasking. There is a 256 GB SSD with Windows 10 preloaded, this should help with loading times and allow you to boot up within 8 seconds of pressing the power button.
Cooler Boost 4 uses intelligently controlled fans, along with extra thick copper heat pipes to keep the laptop silent and cool at all times irrespective of the load. The Nahimic audio enhancer system is impressive, delivers better audio quality than you would expect at this price. The SteelSeries RED backlit gaming keyboard is a treat to use, it feels responsive and tactile unlike all the other chiclet keyboard found on laptops.
The full HD 1080p eDP display boasts a color accuracy of 94% NTSC, and is by far the best non- IPS laptop display we have seen at this price range. Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11 ac WIFI takes care of wireless connectivity, while 1 USB 2.0 port and 3 USB 3.0 ports handle peripherals/ external storage media.
Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor (2.5 – 3.1 GHz)
NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 graphics (best in class performance for a reasonable low price)
8 GB of 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM
256 GB SSD with Windows 10 Home preloaded
Cooler Master 4, Nahimic audio enhancer, SteelSeries red backlit gaming keyboard
Proprietary bloatware preinstalled
Low battery life while gaming
An 8th gen Core i5 processor, a full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, 8GB of dual channel DDR4 high speed RAM, and up to 15 hours of battery life. All that for close to 600 dollars, say hello to the brand-new Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762 laptop. Yes, it looks a little bland and lacks a powerful graphics card.
But let’s be honest here guys- most of the laptops in the 500 to 600-dollar lack dedicated GPUs, and the ones that have graphics cards usually feature some low-end GPU from 2015 like the GT 730, which is actually not that much more powerful than current generation integrated graphics found in most Intel Coffee Lake processors. At least the Aspire E5-576G-5762 does have a graphics card, it is just not that powerful (the NVIDIA MX150).
The Aspire E5-576G-5762 isn’t a “true” gaming laptop in the sense that it lacks a powerful graphics card. But that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best all-rounders in the 500 to 600-dollar price range, and the overall design as well as power efficiency of this laptop makes it one of the most attractive budget choices for a student/ casual gamer who is looking to purchase something that is sleek, has a brilliant display, and an extra long battery life. When we say, “extra-long battery life”, we aren’t kidding- this thing can run for up to 15 hours on battery power if you are just browsing the web or viewing documents.
Now, since the Aspire E5-576G-5762 lacks a powerful graphics card, you might be asking yourself- “well, what kinds of games can I expect to play on this laptop?” The Aspire E5-576G-5762 can’t run certain modern AAA titles such as Battlefield 1 or COD WWII without you turning the settings down to the absolute minimum. The games we recommend that you play on this laptop are free to play titles, older AAA games from 4 to 5 years (there are plenty of good ones out there), and indie games.
If you are into esports, worry not- the NVIDIA MX150 packs enough power to run games such as DOTA 2, LOL, StarCraft, and CS GO at 60+ fps on medium to high settings. You can still try to play recent high-end games such as Prey and Witcher 3, but turn the settings down to the absolute minimum before you play at 1080p resolution. And remember- it is about the gameplay, not the visuals.
The NVIDA GeForce MX150 graphics card is equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM, and is the mobile version of the GT1030 graphics card used on desktops. Besides, even older games or free to play titles are going to look absolutely great when you view them on the full HD 15.6” IPS display. Colors really stand out on this panel, and the contrast is amazing. The exact same image will look better when you put your Acer Aspire E5-576G-5762 next to a laptop that uses a standard TN panel.
And, the quad core hyperthreaded Core i5 8250U boasts an impressive 8 threads of processing power, so even though this is a low power i5, it can multitask very easily and excels at running games. The CPU can do everything that a standard laptop i5 does, while consuming less than half the power (average TDP of just 15 watts).
Intel Core i5 8250U 8th generation processor- very power efficient, 8 threads, 3.4 GHz turbo frequency
Full HD IPS display
8GB dual channel DDR4 Ram and 256 GB SSD
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Up to 15 hours of battery life (varies based on usage)
NVIDIA GeForce MX150 with 2GB dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
Looks bland and uninspiring (we know, we are trying to come up with actual negatives, but this laptop is just so good for the price)
Lacks a hard drive, you will have to add your own 2.5” SATA hard disk drive or else the storage is limited to 256 GB
It looks a bit like an Alienware, and Dell definitely took some design cues from their famous gaming exclusive laptop lineup while creating the Inspiron I7567-5000BLK-PUS. Looks aside, this laptop packs some serious muscle under the hood, so you enjoy a smooth 1080p, 60fps gaming experience on all modern AAA titles.
The efficiency is also excellent thanks to the 7th gen Intel processor and Pascal GPU, which allows the Inspiron I7567-5000BLK-PUS to run for up to 5 or 6 hours on battery power even while doing moderately heavy tasks such as video/ photo editing, or running light games.
Powered by an Intel Core i5 7300HQ CPU and sporting an NVIDIA Pascal GTX 1050 graphics card, the Inspiron I7567-5000BLK-PUS15.6” laptop is a brilliant entry level gaming machine for people with a budget of about 700 dollars. It can game, it can be used to make presentations for college and office, and you can enjoy your favorite movies or TV shows on the 15.6” full HD LED backlit display.
MaxxAudio gives you a superb audio experience while playing games or watching movies, the speakers are intelligently positioned towards the front of the laptop so that the sound envelopes each side of your body as you sit in front.
The Core i5 7300HQ is a true quad core 7th generation CPU, and has a maximum boost clock of 3.5 GHz, along with 6MB of SmartCache that ensures super-fast response times in most applications. Gaming and multitasking on this laptop is as easy as it can get, you will not notice any lag or stuttering even while playing the most demanding AAA games, thanks to the 7th generation quad core Intel processor and the NVIDIA GTX 1050 Pascal graphics card which scales up to 4GB of video memory.
Add in the 8GB of high speed 2400 MHz DDR4 RAM, and you have yourself a superb entry-level gaming laptop which can tackle almost any game that you throw at it on medium settings and 1080p resolution. Apart from the great CPU + GPU combo, the Inspiron I7567-5000BLK-PUS also features an impressive storage drive, it is equipped with a 1TB hybrid disk drive that features a 1TB 5400 rpm traditional disk drive in combination with an 8GB NAND Flash memory module.
Measuring just 1” in thickness and weighing only 5.49 lbs. with the 6-cell Li-ion battery installed, the Inspiron I7567-5000BLK-PUS is an incredibly portable little gaming laptop. It looks stylish and has a red backlit gaming keyboard along a brilliant dual fan cooling system.
Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor
NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics
8GB DDR4 RAM and 1 TB hybrid disk drive with 8GB of NAND Flash memory built into the drive
Red backlit keyboard
Sleek and stylish design, weighs 5.49 lbs. and is 1” thick
No CD/DVD drive
Battery life reduced significantly while gaming
Extra compact, with a long battery life and NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics- the ASUS VivoBook 15 is an excellent choice for casual gamers, students, and businessmen. It is designed to be sleek and power efficient, but is also pretty powerful at the same time. The best part about this laptop is its 14.2” thin bezel IPS display, it is almost as if the screen is floating above the hinges without any bezels on the side (the bezel is just 0.3” thick).
Powered by an Intel Core i7 7500U dual core, 4-thread processor, the ASUS VivoBook 15 is an ultra-thin laptop with a 14.2” IPS display. This display is really interesting for many reasons- it is surrounded by a super thin bezel (only 0.3”), and boasts a 178° viewing angle thanks to the IPS panel. The screen-to-body ratio is 80%, and WideView display technology means that you can easily share content with groups of people.
Crisp visuals are obtained thanks to the superb color accuracy and contrast of the IPS panel, and games run on low to medium settings in full 1080p resolution and 60+ fps. The NVIDIA 940MX is a previous generation graphics card based on the Maxwell architecture, but it is still capable of holding its own against newer entry level GPUs such as the MX150 and RX 460.
You will notice that the processor used in this laptop is a dual core, but it has 4 threads thanks to hyperthreading. Because of this neat little trick, battery life is extended significantly while performance is not impacted as negatively as you would expect. Games such as Witcher 3, COD WWII, and Battlefield 1 will run just fine at 1080p resolution as long as you keep the graphical details down.
It should be possible to maintain a steady 60 fps average on older AAA titles with medium graphics settings, and the amazing viewing angles as well as superior colors on the IPS display ensure that everything inside the game is visible to you in crystal clear detail.
There is 8GB of DDR4 RAM onboard, which you can upgrade up to 32 GB in the future. A 1 TB HDD takes care of mass storage needs, and there are plenty of USB ports for connecting peripheral devices. Lightning fast 802.11 ac WIFI keeps you connected with the rest of the world, while Bluetooth 4.2 facilitates short range data transfers between mobile devices and your laptop.
The chassis has a nice brushed aluminum finish, and the entire laptop weighs just 3.7 lbs. with battery attached, and is only 0.8” thick, making it the thinnest and lightest laptop on our list.
Intel Core i7 7500U processor
NVIDIA 940MX graphics
8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD
0.3” Nano bezel
14.2” full HD IPS display
Extremely thin and light (o.8” thick, weighs 3.7 lbs.)
Keyboard is not backlit. You might want to suppliment the keyboard with a better quality option such as a Gaming Keypad.
Audio quality is lacking compared to other gaming laptops
This is a 2-in-1 laptop, meaning that it features a swiveling multipoint-touch display which allows you to switch between laptop and tablet mode on the go. It is suitable for both casual gamers as well as general home usage or student work. The display is the best part about this laptop- 1080p FHD with 10-point multitouch, and it uses an IPS panel for superior viewing angles as well as better colors and contrast compared to TN panels.
We absolutely love this laptop because of the amazing display, it is a 10-point multitouch screen sporting an IPS panel which results in brilliant color reproduction and extra wide viewing angles. Most laptop manufacturers at this price range throw in a cheap TN panel and call it a day, but not ASUS. These guys are committed to delivering a premium experience, and they made sure of it by including a full HD 1080p IPS display.
The 360° flip-and-fold design lets you switch between laptop and tablet mode within seconds. Besides, the entire laptop weighs just 5 pounds and is only 0.9” thick. This ensures a high degree of portability which is an absolute bonus for students and creative professionals alike.
Powered by a 7th generation Intel Core i5 7200U processor, this ASUS 2-in-1 laptop represents the absolute pinnacle of power efficiency. Its 2-cell lithium ion battery packs enough juice to deliver a battery life of around 7-8 hours on average. There is also an NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 940MX dedicated 2GB video card for gaming- this GPU is capable of running even the latest graphically intensive AAA titles at low-medium settings and 1080p resolution.
It is a step above integrated graphics and is more powerful than the GEFORCE 920MX found in the Samsung 15 Touch laptop that we reviewed previously. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM ensures smooth gaming as well as multitasking, along with faster loading times.
There is a 128 GB SSD onboard which is preloaded with Windows 10 Home, and that’s not all- ASUS have also included a 1 TBH HDD to take care of all your mass storage needs. The fast but small SSD is meant to store important software and frequently played games, while the slow but large HDD takes care of everything else- song collections, photo albums, movies, etc.
The audio system is designed by Bang and Olufsen, and the wireless connectivity is taken care of by an 802.11 ac WIFI adapter (Bluetooth 4.1 support is also there).
1080p full HD IPS touchscreen
Intel Core i5 7200U 7th generation processor
NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 940MX 2GB dedicated graphics
128 GB SSD with Windows 10 Home preloaded
8 GB of DDR4 RAM and a 1 TB HDD
No optical disk drive
The keyboard isn’t intended for gaming