Serious gamers may laugh at the idea that they could get a competent gaming laptop under $600. It’s true that these budget-friendly computers may not be able to play the latest games on the highest setting, but they can’t deliver enough power for more casual gamers. If you enjoy older games or don’t care about the highest definition graphics, many laptops under $600 can be found.
This page covers some of these amazing machines that won’t break the bank but will still deliver enough power to have plenty of fun. For under $600 you will get a midr-ange GPU like the GTX 940M, Radeon R7 M360 and processors like the intel i5, AMD A8 and A10 quad-core.
- 1 Best Gaming Laptop under 600: Acer E5-576G-576: Editor’s Choice
- 2 Gaming Laptops under 600 Comparison: January 2018 | Handpicked by PC4U.ORG
- 3 Other Great Choice:
- 4 Huawei MateBook D – Ultra Thin Laptop
- 5 Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS: GTX 1050 GPU– Price around 700 dollars, but worth it!
- 6 Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4
Although any laptop near the $600 price range will have drawbacks for a dedicated gamer, I have found the best options possible. Read on and do additional research to figure out which one is perfect for your unique needs.
Best Gaming Laptop under 600: Acer E5-576G-576: Editor’s Choice
Priced at around $600 and jam-pack with the latest coffee lake CPUs from Intel and MX150 GPUs from Nvdia, this laptop is here to set the stage for Intel’s 8th gen processor series, code named Coffee Lake processors. With the last few generations of Intel processors we are see a growing trend of improved performance on laptop and mobile chipsets where are the desktop market is pretty stagnant.
The same is true for the 2-core/4-thread CPU which is an i5-8250U inside this model. It is a better performer than the true 4-core/4-threads i5-7300HQ in both single and mutli-threaded workloads at a slightly lower clock speeds. It has 1.6 GHz base-clock which can turbo boost up to 3.40GHz. The lower base clock helps in lowering the power consumption when it is not under stress. It has up to 6M of cache which is an improvement over its previous generation counterpart i5-7200U which had only 3M of L3 cache.
For ensuring that you can use this CPU at its full potential you get 8GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory which offers a comfortable room for all your running apps to reside, so you can have a flawless multi-tasking experience. Improving the overall responsiveness of the system further, is a 256 GB SSD which reduces boot times and loading screen times significantly.
Viewing experience is pretty awesome as well. Nothing that has not already been done before, but the standard 1920 by 1080 resolution, 15.6 inch, IPS panel is awesome for both gaming and productivity. Especially, given the capabilities of the MX150, a 1080p gaming experience is going to be just fine on medium settings.
The body is constructed with hard plastic and has no extravagant design or flamboyance to it. This makes it suitable for being carried anywhere from office to home and even at conferences. Given the power-efficient components that it has, it can offer up to 15 hours outdoors usage, encouraging outdoor usage.
It weighs 5.27 pounds and is 1.20 inch thick which puts some penalty on portability of the laptop. In connectivity section we see, 1 USB 3.1 Type C Gen1 port (up to 5 Gbps), 2 USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging), 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 HDMI port, Bluetooth 4.1, and Wi-Fi 802.11 ac.
Gaming Laptops under 600 Comparison: January 2018 | Handpicked by PC4U.ORG
* The price of some laptops may be higher than $600 due to its attractive configuration
|Models:||Acer E5-576G-5762 (Most recommended)||Acer E5-575G-562T||Huawei MateBook D (Ultra Thin Laptop)||Acer E7||Dell i5577-5328BLK-PUS (Price around 700$)|
|Size||15.6 inch||15.6 inch||15.6 inch||17.3 inch||15.6 inch|
|Display Resolution||1920 * 1080||1920 * 1080||1920 * 1080||1920 * 1080||1920 * 1080|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-8250U||Intel Core i5-7200U||Intel Core i5-7200U||Intel Core i5-7200U||Intel Core i5-7300HQ|
|Graphic Card||GeForce MX150 2GB DDR5 VRAM||GeForce 950M 2GB DDR5 VRAM||GeForce 940MX 2GB DDR5 VRAM||GeForce 940MX 2GB DDR5 VRAM||GTX 1050 4GB DDR5 VRAM|
|Ram||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR4|
|Hard Drive||256GB SSD||128GB SSD + 1TB 5400RPM||1TB 5400RPM||256GB SSD||1TB 5400RPM|
|1 x USB Type C
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
|1 x USB Type C
2 x USB 3.0
1 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
|2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
|1 x USB Type C
2 x USB 3.0
2 x USB 2.0
1 x HDMI
|3 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI
|Battery||6-cell lithium ion||6-cell lithium ion||Up to 8.5 hours (1080P video play)||Up to 5.5 hours||Up to 5 hours|
|Weight||5.27 pounds||5.3 pounds||4.19 pounds||5.9 pounds||5.66 pounds|
|Dimensions||15 x 10.2 x 1.1||15 x 10.2 x 1.2||14.09 x 9.41 x 0.67 (Ultra Thin)||16.67 x 11.10 x 1.09||15.7 x 10.4 x 1|
|OS||Windows 10 64 bit||Windows 10 64 bit||Windows 10 64 bit||Windows 10 64 bit||Windows 10 64 bit|
|More information||More information on Amazon||More information on Amazon||More information on Amazon||More information on Amazon||More information on Amazon|
*The performance of GeForce MX150 is better than GeForce GTX 950M. More information on Notebookcheck
Other Great Choice:
Huawei MateBook D – Ultra Thin Laptop
Priced at $610 this slightly expensive option is aimed to offer a much more premium build-quality and professional design for individuals who appreciate them. The mere presence of this notebook will inspire you to work and be productive with it, and productivity is what it does the best.
Let’s look at the internal hardware configuration first. It has a core i5 7th gen processor from Intel, clocked at 2.5 GHz, and it offers a decent balance between productivity and battery optimization. This along with 8 GB of DRAM offers the pretty standard productivity and budget gaming option at the $600 dollar range. The only disappointing aspect of this device is the 1 TB HDD at 5400 RPM. Upgrading it to an SSD at $40 to $80 will give you much better responsiveness and an infinitely better experience. We’d strongly recommend the upgrade considering how inexpensive the SSDs are getting this holiday season.
For viewing experience we get a slick 1920 by 1080 resolution display with very thin bezels and a comfortable color calibration. Spanning 15.6 inches, this panel is one of the finer aspects of the MateBook. Which is, in turn powered by a generation old 940 MX with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, one of the fastest VRAM available. It is decent for light-weight casual gaming but not recommended for AAA titles like DOOM and GTA V.
The metal body is sleek and beautiful and is quite reminiscent of the 15 inch MateBook. It has a beautiful gold champagne color with the name sake matte finish on both the metal chassis and the display.
It is just 0.67 inches thick and weighs 4.19 pounds with over 8 hours of playback time on 50% brightness.
Dell Inspiron i5577-5328BLK-PUS: GTX 1050 GPU– Price around 700 dollars, but worth it!
Dell Inspiron i5577 priced around 700$ is going to be the most powerful gaming laptop on our list it has quite a decent GPU for its price point, the GTX 1050, and has thus made it to the list for the gaming oriented readers of ours.
The CPU is an i5-7300HQ which is just a shade less in performance that the 8th gen processor we saw inside Acer. It is a true quad-core 4-core/4-threads chip with no hyper-threading and 6M of cache. The clock speeds can go as high as 3.5 GHz and the base clock speed is 2.5 GHz. Memory is 8GB DDR4 which, as we have discussed at length in our previous reviews, is going to work just fine at this price point.
Next for storage, you will get a 1 TB of HDD which is quite disappointing as it hinders the responsiveness thanks to the severely low IOPS as compared to an SSD. However, considering that it is a gaming laptop and you may want to store a large collection of games locally. It makes sense to have a large storage space.
Graphics, as already mentioned, is a decent GTX 1050 with 4 GB of VRAM. Just perfect for 1080p gaming. It is powerful enough to play most games at medium to high settings and nearly at 60fps. Especially, if you are into competitive gaming, this will work just fine for you. The display is a beautiful 1920 by 1080 IPS panel, spanning 15.6 inches and has an anti-glare coating to encourage outdoor usages.
The chassis is made of hard plastic with black finish on it. It has a very sleek and subtle red accent to it that shows that the manufacturer has paid attention to detail. It weighs 5.66 pounds and is 1 inch thick.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4
Many computer enthusiasts know that Acer provides consistently good laptops at lower prices and a select few that are higher powered as well. The best choice for a gamer is the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4, which not only looks good with its textured surface but surpasses expectations on performance as well. It allows for full connectivity so going online is simple. It delivers more for less.
The Aspire E15 costs around $600. For that low price you get a 15.6 inch 1080P display, a core i5-7200U processor and Nvidia GeForce 940MX graphics with 2GB VRAM. This included i5-7200U processor is a considerable upgrade from the 6200U frequently found in mid-priced laptops. The E5 has a 256GB SSD for plenty of storage.
The Intel Core i5-7200U processor included in the Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG laptop is an ultra-low voltage (ULV) dual core processor. It clocks in at 2.5 GHz and has a turbo speed of 3.1 GHz. A benefit that is not immediately obvious is to build on Kaby Lake architecture, which is in the seventh generation of Intel’s improvements. This makes the Core i5-7200U processor surpass the older models Core i5-6200U by 5%. For gamers, this means the ability to play some of the latest games on a higher resolution and, for others, excellent computing power for multimedia, productivity and other demanding programs.
This model of laptop features a 256GB SSD – Your laptop performance will greatly benefit from it. The 256GB of storage space is enough for most user. If you are the user needs more large space for storage, you can add a hard drive or portable External Hard Drive for it.
While the laptop’s screen size is a standard 15.6 inches with a 1920 x 1080 resolution capability, it is not the more advanced IPS panel. The regular TN panel gives slightly deteriorating clarity when viewed from the side, although this doesn’t occur in most computer sessions. The Acer runs Windows 10, which is designed to be used with touchscreen, but works great with this normal screen as well. Touch is not supported on this model.
The people who play computer games frequently will love the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940MX graphics card with 2GB DDR5 VRAM. When your budget for a new laptop is $600 or less, this is the absolutely best card you will be able to find. It is very similar to the GeForce 840M but has a 5% higher clock speed which makes the graphics processing only a hair faster than previous models. That extra boost allows you to play most 2014-2016 games with made-range details on and in WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution. Newer games with more intense graphics such as Assassins Creed Unity will only play smoothly if you set the graphics at a lower resolution with less environmental detail.