Best Gaming Laptop Buying Guide (Updated!!!)

Not long ago, a friend asked me for help choosing a gaming laptop. Precisely because he was in this situation, he had saved money and wanted to buy one, but he was lost, and indecisive on which model to choose. In fact, he didn’t even know where to start since many models with different components had very similar prices, which he found extremely confusing.

Unfortunately, choosing a gaming laptop is very complicated, as there are always a number of items that require a good knowledge base and for you to be completely up to date on what comes out in the market, because otherwise you risk making a bad purchase.

His situation led us to publish this guide that will give you the most important information you should consider when shopping for a gaming laptop, so you can correctly choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. It will even help you avoid being ripped off.

Preliminary considerations

You must understand a gaming laptop is not like conventional notebooks. Depending on the manufacturer and your price range, they clearly have differentiating factors among them, such as more powerful and efficient cooling systems, as well as a higher build quality to withstand long gaming sessions.

On the other hand, the price of these devices is usually much higher than that of utility models, and also higher than what it would cost you to assemble a desktop with similar power. So before you buy one, it is important to thoroughly consider whether you really need a portable gaming system. Maybe it would be wiser to opt for a PC for your gaming needs.

Mobility is another aspect you must be willing to sacrifice with these computers, since more powerful components mean their autonomy is very low when they are at full capacity and they are much less efficient than other laptops, like ultrabooks, for example.

Finally, it is vital to understand that to really play on a laptop at a similar level to what you would enjoy on a desktop, you must be willing to spend a minimum of of around 800 dollars, approximately. Still, the computer you buy for that price will be much less powerful than its desktop equivalent at the same budget.

The Processor: The heart of the computer

On gaming portables, compare to AMD, Intel has a clear domain, which is unfortunate for the consumer. So for obvious reasons we will focus on solutions from this manufacturer.

Processor Generation:

You can find Haswell based processors, identified as the series 4000, and Broadwell, which are recognized by the 5000 series.

The difference between them is limited essentially to the manufacturing process. The first ones come in 22nm and the second in 14nm, but this detail does not make a real big impact, since most models that interest us — the high performance ones — have an identical TDP in almost all versions.

By this we mean you should not obsess about spending more money on a computer with a Core 5000 series, as one with a Core 4000 series processor is just as perfect for gaming.

Processor range:

Since your goal is to play, we are just going to focus on the larger models, i.e. the Core i5 and Core i7, as they are the ones used in these types of portables.

  • Core i5: Unlike a desktop model, the Core i5 has two cores and four threads, not four real cores. This means they can divide the burden of those four threads between the two cores, which generally provides good results. However, it doesn’t give good results in games that really take advantage of more than two cores. They integrate Turbo Boost technology that increases work frequency when necessary.
  • Core i7: The Core i7 has four real cores and eight threads, just as a standard desktop version. They are preferable because, when used with games that can properly exploit their potential, they clearly mark a difference, especially at minimum FPS levels and overall stability. They also have better guaranteed “aging”. Turbo Boost technology is an added feature that increases the working frequencies and can even turn off cores that are not used, further increasing the speed of the nuclei that are still active, so that even those games that only use two cores will be greatly benefited by the presence of Core i7.
  • Core i7 extreme range: These are versions that maintain the above specifications, but come at higher frequencies. Normally, they greatly increase the price of the computer but don’t compensate, so when it comes to price-value relation, they’re best avoided.We discarded low-energy solutions, identified with the letter “U”, as they sacrifice performance in order to increase the battery life(the Core i7 U series, for example, only has 2 cores and four threads).

The graphics card is an essential component, as it determines the resolution and graphics quality you can play on, as well as the life of the portable and its price.

You should note that its performance does not match the desktop offering of those with whom they share the same name, and usually they’ll always be lower . As an example, we can mention the GTX 960M, which does not yield a performance even remotely like a GTX 960, but rather like a GTX 750 Ti.

And just as in the previous case, the presence of AMD is very limited, so we will focus on NVIDIA solutions.

To make everything easier to understand, what follows is a summary of base models grouped into three broad ranges, a classification that must be understood within the context of gaming solutions.

  • Recommended minimum to play at 1080p: The 2GB GTX GTX 860M- 960M are the recommended minimum to play. The second is a renamed model of the first and both have a lower performance than the GTX 750 Ti, but we can compare them so you’ll have a better idea. Always seek computers mounted with GDDR5 memory, avoiding the DDR3 versions, keeping in mind that the GTX 860M and GTX 960M are identical to the GTX 850M and GTX 950M, the only differences are the working frequencies.  (Read More: Gaming Laptop under 1000)
  • Optimal level to play in 1080P: The GTX 1060 is our goal. It’s not a rebranded solution, but rather it mounts a new GPU based on Pascal architecture, which marks a significant leap over previous models. The 6GB GDDR5 models have no real performance improvement compared to the 3 GB ones in many games. If you’ll play some high-end games needing more VRAM, more VRAM is necessary.
  • High performance in 1080P without excesses: If you want to play at Full HD with ultra quality and without choking with virtually no game, the GTX 980M is the best choice for your money. Yes, the GTX 1070 is more powerful, but increases the price of the computer and it’s not worth much. If you want to play VR gaming, you should a laptop with GTX 1060, GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 graphics card.You must not forget that the most expensive is not necessarily the best. When you overcome the medium-high range barrier of graphics cards, the performance-per dollars spent goes down to levels not advisable in most cases.

RAM Memory and storage

You can play with guarantees if you have 4 GB of RAM in most cases, but it is best to choose laptop models with 8 GB of RAM, since it makes a difference in some current games, such as Battlefield Hardline, and the trend to higher RAM consumption in upcoming games is clear.

But overcoming the recommendation of 8 GB of RAM and buying computers with 32 GB of RAM is not a good idea, as more RAM does not mean better performance. Instead, it increases the overall cost of the computer, so it is best to spend that extra money on a computer with a better graphics card.

Regarding storage, a SSD is recommended – but not essential – and it usually increases the cost of the computer. So, if you have a limited budget, you should opt for enhancing the processor and graphics card, even if it means to conform to a mechanical hard drive, and the combo CPU + GPU + RAM will ultimately determine your user experience in games. In any case, you always have the time to change the HDD for an SSD quickly and easily.

As intermediate option, there are computers that mount a hybrid HDD with a certain amount of flash memory acting as a cache. They are not the panacea, so you should only take them into account when the price increase is not so absurd.

Practical examples

Generally, an affordable gaming laptop will consist of a Core i5, a GTX 850M-GTX 950M 2GB GDDR5, 8 GB of RAM, and a mechanical 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. Its price should be around 800 dollars, approximately.

With a computer of these features, you could play almost everything that exists today in the market at 1080p, and at medium to high quality — ultra even in very specific cases. In GTA V, you could play to said resolution and high quality at an average of 29 FPS.

In contrast, an upper-middle range model would be one with a Core i7, 8GB of RAM, a GTX 960M or 965M with 2GB DDR5 VRAM, 1TB 7200 RPM HDD and a 128GB SSD. However, the cost would exceed 1,300 dollars.

With it you could play almost all current games in 1080p and at a high quality, even on ultra-quality in many of them. Continuing the above example, GTA V would run on this computer at 55 FPS on average in Full HD and high quality.

Finally, the computers with the same base as above, but with GTX 1070 usually hover around 1,500 dollars. In GTA V you could play at 1080p and with high quality you could get 120 FPS.

Best Gaming Laptop comparison (November 2016):

The Ranking of these Graphics Cards:
GTX 1080 > GTX 1070 > GTX 1060 > GTX 980M > GTX970M

Models Detail Information Screen CPU/GPU Storage Connectivity Battery/Weight
Premium Gaming Laptops (Price above 2000 dollars)
ASUS  ROG G701VI-XB72K More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(120Hz, G-SYNC) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X
512 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 3 x USB3.0
1 x USB3.1 Type C;
1x Thunderbolt

1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
DVD+RW
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
16.9 x 12.2 x 1.3 (L x W x H) 7.9 pounds
MSI VR Ready GT73VR More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(120Hz) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB DDR5X
1 TB 7200RPM + 512 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 5 x USB3.0
1 x USB3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt);
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
DVD+RW
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
16.85 x 12.36 x 1.76; (L x W x H) 8.6 pounds
ASUS ROG G752VS-XB72K More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.7 GHz Intel Core i7-6820HK
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256 GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 4 x USB3.0
1 x USB 3.1
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
DVD+RW
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
16.4″ x 12.7″ x 0.8″ ~ 1.9″ (L x W x H) 9.5 pounds
MSI VR Ready GT72VR Tobii-031 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 512GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 6 x USB3.0
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
DVD+RW
9-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
16.85 x 11.57 x 1.88 inches (L x W x H) 8.33 pounds
Alienware AW15R3 10881SLV Laptop More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch;
IPS;
1920 x 1080 (120Hz, G-SYNC)
2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/16GB RAM 3 x USB3.0,
1xThunderbolt III
1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.1
Lithium Ion (68 Wh) Battery;
15.31 x 12 x 1 inches (L x W x H), 8 pounds
Best Gaming Laptop under 2000 dollars (Above 1500 dollars)
ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/
16GB DDR4 RAM
3 x USB3.0,
1 x USB 3.1
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0
4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.4 x 10.5 x 0.94 inches (L x W x H) 4.8 pounds
MSI VR Ready GT62VR More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/
32GB DDR4 RAM
3 x USB3.0,
1 x USB 3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt 3)
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.35″ x 10.47″x 1.56″ inches (L x W x H) 6.5 pounds
Acer Predator 17 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8G GDDR5
256GB SSD/
16GB DDR4 RAM
4 x USB3.0,
1 x USB 3.1 Type C (Thunderbolt 3)
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4.1
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
16.65 x 12.66 x 1.56 inches (L x W x H) 9.3 pounds
ASUS ROG G752VY-DH72 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 1 x USB3.1
1xThunderbolt III
4 x USB 3.0
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
Blu-Ray RW & DL DVD-RW
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
16.40 x 12.50 x 1.70 inches (L x W x H) 9.5 pounds
Acer Predator 15 G9-592-73BR More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 (NVIDIA G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GTX 980M 8GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 512GB SSD/32GB DDR4 RAM 4 x USB3.0, 1xThunderbolt III;
1x HDMI;
Bluetooth 4.1
Blu-Ray Disc
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
15.39 x 11.79 x 1.52; (L x W x H), 7.5 pounds
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro-002 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD/16GB RAM 2 x USB3.0
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4..1
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.4 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches(L x W x H) 4.2 pounds
ASUS ROG G752VT-DH74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.5 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
NVIDIA GTX 970M 6GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD/24GB DDR4 RAM 1 x USB3.1
1xThunderbolt III
4 x USB 3.0
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
DVD±RW/CD-RW
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
16.40 x 12.50 x 0.90  (L x W x H) 8.4 pounds
Razer Blade Gaming Laptop More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch 3200×1800 pixels (QHD+)
Touchscreen
2.6 GHz Core Intel Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GTX 970M
6GB DDR5
256GB SSD
16GB RAM
3 x USB3.0
1 x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
70Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
13.60 x 9.30 x 0.70 (L x W x H) 4.5 pounds
Alienware AW15R2-8469SLV More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS
3840 x 2160 (4K Dsiplay)
2.5 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
4 x USB3.0,
1xThunderbolt III
1x HDMI, Bluetooth 4.0
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.19 x 10.64 x 1.34 inches (L x W x H), 7.1 pounds
Best Gaming Laptop under 1500 dollars
ASUS GL502VM-DB74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080(G-SYNC) 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 256GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
3 x USB3.0,
1 x USB 3.1
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0
4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.4 x 10.5 x 0.94 inches (L x W x H) 4.8 pounds
MSI VR Ready GS43VR(Slim and Light) More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
2 x USB 3.0
1xThunderbolt III
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
13.58″ x 9.65″ x 0.87″;
(L x W x H), 3.75 pounds
Acer Predator 15 G9-591-70VM More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
GeForce GTX 1060 6G GDDR5
1 TB 5400RPM + 256GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
4 x USB3.0, 1xThunderbolt III;
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.1
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
15.39 x 11.79 x 1.52; (L x W x H), 7.5 pounds
ASUS ROG G751JY-VS71 More information and user reviews on Amazon 17.3 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-4720HQ
NVIDIA GTX 980M 4GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM/
16GB DDR3 RAM
4 x USB3.0,
1xThunderbolt port,
1x HDMI
Bluetooth 4.0
Blu-Ray RW & DL DVD-RW
8-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
16.40 x 12.50 x 1.70 inches (L x W x H) 8.4 pounds
MSI GE62 Apache Pro-001 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
1 x USB 3.0
1xThunderbolt III
1 x USB 2.0
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.0
6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery
15.07″ x 10.23″ x 1.06″
(L x W x H), 5.29 pounds
Eluktronics P640RE More information and user reviews on Amazon 14 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ/
NVIDIA GTX 970M 3GB DDR5
512GB SSD
16GB DDR4 RAM
4 x USB3.0,
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.0
3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
13.74  x 9.72 x 1 (L x W x H), 4.5 pounds
ASUS ROG GL502VT-DS74 More information and user reviews on Amazon 15.6 inch IPS 1920 x 1080 2.6 GHz Core i7-6700HQ
NVIDIA GTX 970M 6GB DDR5
1 TB 7200RPM + 128GB SSD/
16GB  DDR4 RAM
3 x USB3.0,
1x USB Type-C;
1x HDMI,
Bluetooth 4.0
4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery;
15.35 x 10.47 x 0.92 ” (L x W x H), 4.85 pounds

My Recommend:

High End Choice: MSI GT73VR TITAN Pro

The brand new MSI GT73VR (7RF or 7RE) has come with a few notable changes. The most notable change of all is in the processor which has seen an upgrade from the Core i7-6820HK to its direct successor, the Core i7-7820HK (based on Kaby Lake architecture).

MSI VR Ready GT72VR Dominator Pro

With Kaby Lake succeeding Skylake, you might look forward to enjoying a much better performance level. Unfortunately, the benchmark results of the new Kaby Lake chip is both unspectacular and disappointing. Fitted with the same clocks as Skylake, it is ahead only by a few percentage points. In fact, when executing Cinebench R15 and Cinebench R11.5 at 4.0 GHz, the Core i7-7820HK runs only 3% faster than the Core i7-6820HK. (Compare between GT73VR 7RF and the GT83VR 6RE)

Kaby Lake models are clocked a few hundred megahertz higher than their Skylake counterparts. This means that the difference will be better noted in notebooks which have no additional overclocking. However, with most games limited by the GPU, even a Core i7-6700HQ should be sufficient for a few years to come. Therefore, it wouldn’t be out of place if you opt for an older notebook due to price-performance reasons.

Moreover, Intel does not seem to reduce noise or  temperature development with its new CPU architecture. Similarly, Skylake notebooks with identical clocks barely differ in terms of consumption measurements and performances.

When the GeForce GTX 1080 – currently the most powerful graphics card of laptop – is combined with the Intel Core i7-7820HK. Its performance is outstanding at 1080p. At this resolution, many games ran at well above 100FPS, and even the most demanding games were able to surpass 60FPS. The GTX 1080 is undoubtedly the fastest mobile graphics card and offers an experience that matches high-end desktops.

While those who prefer higher FPS would like the base model’s 120 Hz 1080p panel display with G-Sync, the GTX 1080 GPU is also performing well at 4K display.

The GT73VR is a really powerful desktop replacement that efficiently uses available spaces; the only disadvantage being its heavy and bulky chassis. It is also feature-rich – up to four storage drives, SLI optional, and 10 heat pipes for cooling!

There is no disappointment with the picture and sound quality, either. The Full HD IPS panel is great, except for the low color accuracy (blue cast ex-works). And, combining Nvidia’s G-Sync technology with a display refresh rate of 120Hz, creates a smoother picture and avoids annoying tearing. The display also has a color gamut of 100% sRGB and 75% AdobeRGB, very suited for design and photo editing.

With its customer-friendly ease of maintenance (it’s easy to clean and upgrade) and MXM graphics card, it easily beats off its competition in this aspect. The Asus G752VS, for instance, with inexperienced users unable to access the fans, is much harder to maintain.

Overclocking the GT73VR is really easy and will cause no harm to your device. By pressing the built-in button for achieving maximum fan speed, you basically reduce the overall temperature inside the case by 15 degrees Celsius and even more. The only drawback to this method is that the noise from the fans can get quite loud, but otherwise, the internal components, like the processor and graphics card, will be protected, even when pushed to their maximum performance output.

A similarly notable advantage is the noise development. Even with the GPU overclocking and Turbo mode with CPU, the GT73VR never gets inconveniently noisy. Similarly, temperature levels remain moderately okay during gaming.

With all of its advantages, the GT73VR certainly is one of the best gaming laptops, regardless of its mediocre battery and heavy weight. The only drawback here being that it is quite expensive.

More information about MSI GT73VR Dominator on Amazon: Check Here

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Middle end Choice: ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 (Suited for Most Gamer)

The ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71 is a midrange laptop that’s powered by the GTX 1070. It is designed offer an incredible gaming experience to users, although its slight overclocking tendency limits its optimum performance. Since Nvidia’s introduction of the GeForce GTX 10-range GPUs for laptops, they have been gaining positive grounds even with gaming desktops. The ROG GL502VS is among the newest entrants, and it features, alongside the GTX 1070 GPU with Pascal style; a sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB system memory. ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71

Its physical design is styled with gaming in mind, with extra features like the Red­ back-lit scissor­s-like keys, a 1080p display and a dust-proof airing system. It also comes with a 128 GB SSD that’s coupled with a 1TB (7200RPM) HD drive for extra storage. The MSI GT72S Dominator Pro G-219 with more ports and a Blu-ray player clearly delivers an excellent gaming experience that that makes it a choice pick for gaming laptops.

Performance

The system is powered by a 2.6 GHz Intel Quad-Core i7-6700HQ (Turbo to 3.5 GHz) processor. It has a 16GB memory on board and this can be expanded to 32GB. The discrete graphics card is the recent NVIDIA GeForce GTX1070 with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM, supports G-SYNC technology; a really impressive GPU that’s coming up in recent desktops. This is definitely a gaming laptop that has it all.

It includes one of the fastest graphics engines you can find anywhere in the mobile range and this implies that with the butter smooth FPS you can play any game. The Grant Theft Auto 5 performed ~60FPS when played at ultra settings while the Witcher 3 performed ~63FPS when played on the same settings. Its hardware delights the senses for the gaming experience.

This is quite remarkable as the system even when set to ultra quality settings at its native resolution, performs smoothly than other systems in the same category. This system though designed for gaming, can also function effectively for media and photo related tasks main.

The system’s 16GB memory is can be upgraded to 32GB using two free DIMM slots. There is a 1TB hard drive data storage space and a 256GB M.2 SSD for speedy booting and loading of programs. You can set up a SSD using the M.2 slot for more SSD storage, just in case the 256GB gets filled up with installed games.

Other Features

The connectivity, which is of various forms, is superb. The laptop has three USB 3.0 ports, a USB 3.1 Type C, a mini display port, a HDMI port, an Ethernet jack. It also has a mic-in, headphone and line out jacks, and an SD card reader. The system also comes with Bluetooth features and 802.11ac Wi-Fi features for connectivity and a 1.2MP HD camera.

Conclusion

The ASUS ROG Strix GL502VS-DB71 is impressively remarkable and offers about twice the gaming experience of previous single-GPU notebooks, which is terrific. It’s gaming laptop that delivers on point as a result of its quad-core CPU, DDR4 memory, the most recent GPU in its class and a 256GB SSD. Its design is handy and quite portable too. You can get as much as 5 hours of battery life but as a gaming laptop it’s demanding hardware can cause the battery to drain easily but this is no big deal at all

More information about ASUS ROG GL502VS-DB71  on Amazon: ASUS ROG G752VS

Affordable Choice: Asus FX502VM

Being Asus’s latest series in lowest “top of the class” gaming machine, Asus FX502VM is based on the Asus GL502VM chassis/body, with slight changes. It is equipped with the I5-6300HQ (cooler than I7), GTX 1060 (3GB), 2x8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB 7200RPM HDD and 1080p TN panel. There is slight difference between the GTX 1060 3GB and the GTX1060 6GB, the first one having less VRAM. However, the desktop version of GTX1060 3 GB has less core count, and it drops from 1280 CUDA cores (GTX1060 6GB) to 1152 CUDA cores (GTX 1060 3 GB) (128 cores per SM).

Asus FX502VM

The chubby look of the ASUS FX502VM is made thanks to the imitation of ROG (Republic of Gamers) design with impressive curves and the unavoidable ‘ASUS’ label on the lid. Matte-finish IPS (In-Plane Switching) with 15.6 in. display, offers a 169 degree viewing angle ambient lighting reduced reflection.

Also, the lab test has shown awesome color performance at the ASUS FX502VM. Managing to produce 184.7 % of the SRGB color range, standing as one of the best we have measured. That means that not only the display is bright and filled with color, but it shows that in its price group, it is the most accurate of many.

All the way thru our review and usage, we never noticed eve a bit dim on the ASUS FX502VM display. Bright, filled with color, alive vivid look and wide angle viewing display is a rare feature. On our light meter during benchmarking, ASUS’s notebook detected an average brightness of 289 nits, which for a laptop from this class is an awesome leap from the others of the same class.

ASUS FX502VM hardware is being powered by a sixth gen gaming-centric Intel core i5-6300HQ notebook processor, clocked at 2.3GHz. In turbo mode, it can process much faster, climbing up to 3.1 GHZ, whilst for multitasking, the processor packs a paired huge 16GB of DDR4 RAM. Using dual cooling fans, the laptop offers thermal cooling technology, preventing the internals from overheating even under stressful usage.

The subtle graphics of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is being based on the latest Pascal-architecture, providing desktop performances to a laptop.  Testing the FPS (Frames per Second) on titles such as Hitman (49 FPS); Rise of the Tomb Raider (48 FPS); Shadow of Mordor (87 FPS) and, Grand Theft Auto V (59.2 FPS), have shown no difficulties in achieving well enough FPS. Even though the FX502VM is not placed on the market with Gsync support, it does not use Optimus.

Gaming benchmarks have shown lot better than many of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M GPUs equipped with Core i7-powered laptops. Much alike, the FX502VM-AH51 with its light weight does not lack the capability to perform as work and media project station.

The HDD is 1 TB 7,200rpm SATA, which is more than enough space for movies, games, photos and countless other programs. Maybe the usage of SSD rather than HDD would made the laptop far more better, because of the hard drive’s reading data at 145MB/s and writing data at 135MB/s, making it an acceptable 7200rpm model, but yet, not as fast as SSD.

With the specially designed island-style keyboard, equipped with red-backlit scissor-switch key, the ASUS FX502 offers the user a big 1.6 mm travel distance. The larger the distance, the better keystroke tactical feedback. Even more, for user suitability the WASD keys are also highlighted. Not only that this keyboard is a good choice for gamers, it also offers easy usage for college students and coding computer programmers.

Ranging at a price just round $1200, the ASUS FX502VM 15.6″ Gaming Laptop is so far our best choice, if you are looking for a high powered, yet not very costly gaming machine. Besides, you cannot find many laptops made for the gaming community at its price range. Not being as high-powered as the ASUS’s prime ROG series, or the MSI’s dominators, this laptop offers efficiency, reliability and full round performances.

More information about Asus FX502VM on Amazon: ASUS ROG G752VS

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  1. Ralphy

    Let me say, this is an incredible post, thank you very much for this, I have bookmarked this post for future reference. I have a question, I am considering getting the new Asus gl702vm-ds74, which is the bigger screen (17.3 inch) compared to the gl502vm-ds74(15.6 inch ). Is the smaller 15.6 inch screen going to run better than the 17.3 inch screen because it requires less power to power the screen? I really appreciate your feedback, Thank you!

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  2. mueed

    Hi there,
    I’ve bought an asus g752vy just 2 weeks before they released g752vm.
    g752vy has a gtx980m 8gb graphics card but 752vm has gtx 1060 6gb graphics card. ram 32gb vrs. 8gb/16gb. Now I’m in great regret that I’ve bought 752vy in greater price where they are selling 752vm in $1700 only. Can you please give me your opinion?

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  3. Leii

    Thank you for such an honest review 🙂 Really helped me out! This was honestly the most straight forward review i’ve ever read… so, cheers! (also your little guide at the beginning of really defining processor and graphics.. helps so much). It’s rare to find reviews that are not full of bias opinions and preferences.

    I was debating between the Asus and MSI – and to be honest I’ll go with the Asus thanks to you! I feel like the laptop market is getting alittle saturated.. which makes it hard to find what machine would suit.

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  4. Fab

    I got mine for 700€ 1 year ago, Acer Aspire V3-772G

    i7-4702MQ
    GTX850M GDDR5
    8Go RAM
    2x1TB HDD

    It looks to be a good deal

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