This is the holy grail for the gamer on the go: the cheap gaming laptop. But they’re deceptively tough to track down and with so many different manufacturers, specs and upgrade options it’s hard to know if you are actually getting a machine which will deliver the gaming performance you want.
If you’re willing to spend all the Bitcoins in the world on the best gaming laptop then you can easily bag yourself a Skylake-toting clamshell with a monstrous desktop-class GTX 980 GPU and an ultra high resolution screen, but if you’re after a bargain, you’ve come to the right place.
When it comes to specs, you probably don’t want to go lower than a GTX 950M (or potentially a GTX 850M if prices are much lower) when you’re aiming for gaming performance that doesn’t make you want to rip off your own fingernails. Fear not: there are still some great prices out there.
Some highlights this week: The Core i5 Asus with a GTX 950M looks like a great deal if you’ve already got a spare drive to drop into it.
Otherwise the PC Specialist machine with the beefy Nvidia GTX 960M graphics processor will be a fantastic gaming rig for the price.
– This 15.6-inch Asus with Core i5 CPU, 128GB SSD and GTX 950M GPU is a great deal as long as you’ve got a spare 2.5-inch hard drive you can drop in for data storage. That 128GB SSD will fill up quick. Check it out at Ebuyer for just £599.99.
– The HP Pavilion 15 is in a similar vein to the Asus above, but comes with a full 1TB hard drive as well as a superior i5 CPU to go with the Nvidia GTX 950M graphics card. You can find it at Ebuyer for £659.99.
– YunSen is a relatively unknown brand when it comes to gaming laptops, but it has an impressive rating on Amazon and their affordable gaming rigs come with decent specs for the money. It may have an old Haswell CPU, but it’s a proper quad-core, eight-thread i7 to go with the GTX 950M, 1TB HDD and 128GB SSD. Check it out at Amazon for £660.
– This is easily the most powerful gaming laptop in this week’s list rocking a powerful GTX 960M GPU to go along with its 17.3-inch screen, 1TB HDD, 12GB RAM and Skylake i5 CPU. It’s available from Laptops Direct for £764.98.
– This similarly 17.3-inch gaming laptop from MSI comes with the most advanced CPU in this list: a Skylake Core i7 with eight threads and a Turbo of 3.5GHz. Its GTX 950M GPU is pretty effective for mobile gaming and the MSI brand backing it up is reassuring. Check it out at Amazon for £777.92.
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