5 Best Gaming Laptops Under 800 Dollars in 2017: Here Are the Latest Picks

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Not every laptop can qualify as a “gaming” laptop. To be called a gaming laptop, a model must be equipped with the necessary hardware that is essential to run the latest and greatest AAA titles such as DOOM, Battlefield, Resident Evil 7, etc. However, everyone always has this misconception that you need to spend over 1.5 or 2 grands on a laptop if you want a decent gaming machine that can last you for at least two or more years.

Well, not everyone has that kind of money to throw on a laptop, and if price to performance is what you’re after, then a desktop PC is the way to go since you can get much more power than a laptop for the same amount of money. So, what if you are looking for a gaming laptop at under 800 bucks? Well, there are plenty of laptops for less than 800 but few of them are gaming machines. Not every sub 800-dollar laptop will have the word “Gaming” plastered all over it, and budget gaming laptops don’t have LED accent lighting or RGB keyboards for you to play with either.

So, unless you know about PC hardware and the latest CPU and GPU releases, it can be hard to pin down a certain model for purchase in the sub 800-dollar range based on its appearances and price alone. Fear not, because we have the perfect solution to that problem- we did all the research and came up with a list of five “gaming” laptops under 800 dollars that are better than any other laptop in this price range when it comes to gaming. Keep in mind the fact that these are not the best laptops under 800 dollars, rather these are the best “gaming” laptops under that range.

So, what we looked for was processor and GPU performance, RAM size, storage space, cooling performance, and sound quality. We put battery backup and screen resolution on secondary priority, since those two are hard to get right for such a low budget, and you should know that even the most expensive gaming laptops barely last 1.5 to 2 hours while running heavy games on battery power alone.

Take a look at the list, and decide which gaming laptop would be perfect for your needs, based on your budget and the type of games that you plan to play on it.

 

1. MSI GL62M 7RE-407 Performance Gaming Laptop

Overview-

Very rarely do you see a gaming laptop this powerful, at such a low price. Yes, it costs nearly 800 dollars, but if you compare the specifications of this laptop to similarly priced competitors, you will realize what we are talking about. The processor is fast enough to handle the latest and most demanding games, the graphics card is equipped with NVIDIAs best technology and is meant to handle games like Witcher 3, Assassins Creed Origins, Prey, Wolfenstein 2, etc. on maximum graphical details.

Features-

Powered by an Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor, the MSI GL62M 7RE-407 laptop is one of a kind. It comes with everything that you need in order to enjoy a premium gaming experience- a powerful CPU, a super-fast graphics card, a brilliant 1080p display, and a backlit gaming keyboard.

The i5 7300HQ is a quad core processor based on Intel’s newest Kaby Lake architecture, it combines power and efficiency into one potent package that is capable of tackling the most demanding tasks with relative ease. Four threads allow for effortless multitasking, while the 3.5 GHz boost clock and 6MB of cache ensures lightning fast response in all applications.

The NVIDIA GTX 1050ti graphics card is a mid-tier gaming GPU released as a part of the Pascal lineup, the latest and greatest architecture that NVIDIA has at the moment. This graphics card features 768 CUDA cores, along with the base and boost clocks of 1290 and 1392 MHz respectively. There is 4 GB of dedicated graphics memory (GDDR5) running on a 128-bit memory bus, allowing for super-fast texture processing.

The GTX 1050ti supports all the latest technologies such as DX12, Vulkan, 3D Vision, G-SYNC, Ansel, etc. It can run the most demanding games on high-ultra details at 1080p, and is more than capable of maintaining a steady 60 fps. There is 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, along with a 256 GB SSD which comes with Windows 10 Home preloaded.

But it is not just the graphics card and processor that make this laptop special- it also features one of the best displays we have seen on any gaming laptop at this price. The 1080p eDP screen boasts a 94% NTSC color accuracy, along with wide viewing angles and superior contrast for an immersive gaming experience.

The keyboard is red backlit, and is designed by SteelSeries (one of the top gaming peripheral manufacturers in the world). Cooler Boost 4 takes care of cooling, and ensures peak performance while also maintaining muffled sound levels. Nahimic Audio Enhancer boosts the sound quality and allows you to customize or design your own sound profiles based on the task you are doing (gaming, movies, etc.).

Pros-

Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor

GTX 1050ti 4GB graphics

8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD

Windows 10

94% color accuracy (NTSC) display, 1080p resolution

Cooler Boost 4, Nahimic Audio Enhancer, SteelSeries gaming keyboard

Cons-

Low battery life

Limited onboard storage (256 GB only, can be upgraded)

 

2. CUK NP7850VR Barebones Gamer Ready Notebook

Overview-

CUK is famous for delivering excellent value at reasonable prices, and while their high-end laptop models are some of the best in the industry, we love their mid-range offerings more than anything else. Build quality, performance, style- you name it, CUKs got it. The NP7850VR 15.6″ is a barebones gaming system, meaning that it is a laptop with no onboard memory and storage. Pop in a couple of RAM sticks, throw in a 2.5” SSD, and you have got yourself the best gaming laptop configuration possible for less than 800 dollars.

Features-

While this particular laptop from CUK doesn’t include RAM or storage, it is definitely worth considering if you are willing to spend a few extra dollars on some RAM sticks and a 2.5” SSD/ HDD. This laptop packs a Core i7 7700HQ processor (quad-core, 8 threads, up to 3.8 GHz turbo boost) and a NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, a laptop with this exact configuration will cost you no less than 1100-1200 dollars in the market.

But CUK is giving you the option to buy the barebones chassis for 50% less than standard market price, all you need to do is buy your own RAM and storage. You also have to load your own copy of Windows 10, but finding an OEM key (genuine copy) of Windows 10 is very easy, you can get one for around 20 dollars with ease.

The GTX 1060 graphics card in this laptop is the 6 GB model, meaning that it features 1280 CUDA cores and has a base clock/ boost clock of 1506/ 1708 MHz. The GTX 1060 is fully capable of playing any game in existence at high-ultra details and 1080p resolution, you can also hook up the laptop to an external G-SYNC capable display for an ultra-smooth gaming experience, completely free of tearing and with zero input lag. The GTX 1060 supports DX12 and Vulkan, supports NVIDIA 3D Vision, and is VR-ready.

The 15.6” full HD matte display is brilliant to game on, and the RGB gaming keyboard is extremely responsive as well as highly tactile to the touch. The gaming keyboard also supports macro functionality, and you can customize the keyboard by creating different lighting profiles as well as macro bindings for various games. The NP7850VR supports up to 3 additional displays through HDMI and Display Port outputs, and features PCIe Gen3 (x4) storage for M.2 SSDs.

Pros-

Intel Core i7 7700HQ quad core CPU (hyperthreading, 2.8 GHz base and 3.8 GHz turbo)

GTX 1060 6GB graphics

1080p matte display

RGB gaming keyboard with customizable lighting and macro functionality

802.11 ac WIFI, support for up to 3 additional displays via HDMI and Display Port output

Cons-

You must purchase your own RAM and storage (since this is a barebones chassis)

Weighs 5.5 pounds (without memory and storage)

 

3. Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop

Overview-

Sporting a sleek metal chassis and a brilliant 15.6” 1080p anti-glare display, the Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS is a notebook that you will be proud to own. Not only is this laptop extremely portable, but it is also insanely powerful. An Intel Core i5 7300HQ CPU ensures excellent gaming performance, while the 256 GB ensures lightning-fast bootups and low loading times on most applications.

Features-

What do you get when you take an Intel Core i5 7300 HQ processor, pair it with an NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB graphics card, and throw the whole thing into a sleek 0.99” thick metal chassis? Well, you get the Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS laptop, one of the most well designed 15.6” gaming notebooks currently available on the market.

The Intel Core i5 7300 HQ combines excellent multitasking power with unmatched power efficiency, resulting in a laptop that is just as good at productivity as it is for gaming. This excellent Kaby Lake CPU is assisted by 8GB of DDR4 RAM, which should ensure a smooth gaming experience for at least another 3-4 years. The NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB graphics card is excellent for playing modern AAA games on medium-high settings at 1080 resolution.

We have tested multiple titles such as Battlefield 1, Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, NFS Payback, Wolfenstein 2, Prey, etc. on this laptop, and it seems to be capable of running all these games at 1080p resolution and medium-high graphics settings at a stable 60+ fps. The display on this laptop is a full HD 1080p anti-glare type panel with excellent color accuracy and good viewing angles.

The Dell Inspiron i5577-5335BLK-PUS is equipped with a 256 GB SSD which is loaded with a copy of Windows 10 Home. Waves MaxxAudio Pro ensures a solid audio experience, thanks to the built-in subwoofer and specially designed drivers. The backlit keyboard allows you to respond faster and more accurately at all times, especially in low light situations.

Thanks to the 802.11 ac WIFI adapter, you can enjoy exceptionally fast wireless connectivity, and there is also an Ethernet port for lag-free gaming on LAN settings. Despite measuring just under an inch in thickness, this Dell laptop is loaded with all the I/O ports that one can ask for- a SD card reader, USB 3.0 and 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, HDMI output, and a Kensington lock port.

Pros-

Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor

NVIDIA GTX 1050 graphics

8GB DDR4 RAM, with 256 GB SSD

Windows 10 Home

Waves MaxxAudio Pro

802.11 ac WIFI, backlit gaming keyboard

Cons-

Bloatware

No optical drive

 

4. CUK HP Pavilion 17t

Overview-

CUK never fails to impress us with their innovative design and excellent value for money, this particular laptop is no different- the CUK HP 17t is a prime example of the fact that you can purchase premium gaming laptops for a reasonable price, if you know where to look.

The standout feature of this laptop is its gigantic 17.3” full HD IPS display. Large gaming laptops at this price is a rarity, and we just had to include the CUK HP 17t in this list because of its amazing display, which is great for both gaming as well as watching your favorite movies at home.

Features-

Finding a 17.3” gaming laptop for less than 800 dollars is an extremely challenging task. Fortunately for us, CUK has just the right machine to satisfy our needs. Meet the CUK HP 17t gaming laptop- a powerful gaming machine that combines power with an excellent 17.3” IPS FHD display, resulting in one of the most well-designed gaming laptops you can purchase for less than 800 dollars.

It is powered by an Intel Core i5 7300HQ processor, resulting in excellent gaming performance and superior multitasking prowess. The Core i5 7300HQ is a quad core CPU with 4 threads and a boost clock speed of up to 3.5 GHz.

The graphics card in this 17.3” gaming laptop is the NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB, a powerful midrange GPU based on NVIDIAs latest architecture “Pascal”. The GTX 1050 is powerful enough to handle demanding AAA titles such as Prey, Wolfenstein 2, Call of Duty World War 2, Star Wars Battlefront 2, etc. on medium-high details, and 1080p resolution.

The display on the CUK HP 17t is what we like the most, it utilizes a 17.3” 1080p anti-glare IPS panel. If you have never used an IPS display before, then the main difference between an IPS and TN panel is the color accuracy and viewing angles. IPS panels are capable of much better color reproduction, making them far better for movies and photo/ video editing tasks. IPS panels also have wider viewing angles, so the image will not appear washed up when you view the screen from an angle.

The CUK HP 17t is loaded with 12 GB of DDR4 2400 MHz RAM, and a 1TB 7200 rpm HDD with a copy of Windows 10 home preinstalled. There is 802.11 ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2, along with HDMI and USB ports. HP Audio Boost enhances the sound output generated by the otherwise mediocre stereo speaker system. The chiclet keyboard is okay, but definitely not great for gaming.

Pros-

Intel Core i5 7300 HQ quad core processor

NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB Graphics

12 GB DDR4 RAM, 1 TB 7200 rpm HDD

17.3” IPS anti-glare 1080p display

Cons-

Weighs 6.8 pounds

Mediocre keyboard

 

5. PROSTAR Clevo Gaming Laptop N855HJ

Overview-

One of the few gaming laptops under the 800-dollar mark to feature an Intel Core i7 processor, the PROSTAR Clevo N855HJ is an excellent option for anyone interested in gaming as well as streaming. It is also capable of being used as a portable photo/ video editing workstation, thanks to the power of the Kaby Lake i7 processor.

Features-

With an Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor the PROSTAR Clevo N855HJ is an amazing laptop for gaming, productivity, and streaming. The i7 7700HQ is a quad-core processor (2.8 GHz base, up to 3.8 GHz turbo) with hyperthreading, and can process 8 threads simultaneously, meaning that you can game and stream at the same time without experiencing any frame drops or input lag. The NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB GDDR5 graphics is perfect for playing new AAA titles on medium-high settings, at 1080p resolution.

The PROSTAR Clevo N855HJ is equipped with 8 GB of DDR4 SDRAM (upgradeable up to 32 GB), and a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD that is preloaded with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home. There is a single-color backlit keyboard, and the 15.6” 1080p display features an anti-glare coating along with a matte finish.

One of the really pleasant things about this laptop is the super silent cooling system- it features separate cooling fans for both the CPU and GPU, and these fans are independently controlled by temperature sensors present on both chips.

There are several I/O options- USB 3.0 and 2.0, HDMI, RJ-45 (Ethernet), Intel Wireless-AC 3168 WIFI + Bluetooth adapter, and an SD card reader. The only real gripes we have with this laptop is its bulky design (weighs nearly 9 pounds despite being a 15.6” laptop), and the mediocre speakers which seem like stereo speakers from a much cheaper laptop. The sound is hollow, and begins to crack at higher volumes.

Pros-

Intel Core i7 7700HQ

NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB, 1TB 5400 rpm HDD

Windows 10

Backlit gaming keyboard

802.11 ac WIFI and Bluetooth 4.2

Cons-

Mediocre speakers

Extremely bulky, weighs nearly 9 pounds

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