Top 10 best gaming laptop under $675


Playing the latest AAA games on a laptop in excellent condition is finally possible. Long maligned for their lack of power against their desktop counterparts, the nomadic computers are closing the gap. In fact, the new generations of graphic and pure computing components are becoming more efficient and offer the power to sell. And many casual or passionate gamers swap their desktop PCs for a laptop without the slightest intention of making concessions.

And sales are exploding. This is in any case what the figures given by Nvidia show. The designer of the GeForce assures that in three years, the number of laptops for player passed in the world has multiplied by 5. That would represent several million pieces. So a juicy market, on which AMD, Nvidia and even Intel are warring. And the second seems to have gained ascendancy over his mates for several months. In any case what we learn from the barometer of the Steam platform. According to the data collected from April to September 2014, the hardware configurations connected to the Valve platform are 51.5% doped with the Nvidia chip, compared to 29.4% equipped with AMD. Intel arrives behind with 18.6%, an excellent score for modest integrated graphics controllers.

What performance for which card?

GeForce 940MX: The minimum at the moment to consider play and more simply, the essential card for (very) tight budgets. Concessions are expected but the majority of games will turn around 30 fps with a definition of 1366×768 pixels and a level of detail on Low or Medium (depending on titles).

GeForce GTX 950M/GeForce MX150: Still a bit fair to really suit the players, these two cards mark the step compared to the 940 MX and offer more latitude with recent titles.

GeForce GTX 1050/GeForce GTX 1050 Ti: Unmissable on the mid-range, but still concessions to predict with the latest titles released. The 1050 Ti is a little more powerful but is also more rare. It also suffers from fairly high prices that, excluding promotions and flash sales, make it unattractive to the higher range. With these two cards, we come to the graphics and performance of the current home consoles (PS4 and Xbox One).

GeForce GTX 1060: The best choice at the moment, this GPU allows you to enjoy excellent fluidity in Full HD, even on demanding titles. Able to follow the releases of the next months. Promotions can sometimes find offers from 800 € (without Windows).

GeForce GTX 1070: A solid foundation for virtual reality, the price starts however about 1500 €. To associate with a Core i7 not to curb it.

GeForce GTX 1080: The most powerful card of the moment, able to run all games with a high level of detail and in 4K. Unfortunately, the models that are equipped are at a price inaccessible to most players.

The right laptop for gamer: a question of balance

To play well on laptops, regardless of the size of the screen, you need components that hold up. And consistent. 3D on PC is a bit like music: to properly record a song, the channel must have an “ISO” quality. Otherwise, the weaker element will tarnish everything else. And, if in a desktop PC, it is easier to change or upgrade the parts, on a laptop, it is not always possible. Except to play the screwdriver in every way.

It is, therefore, necessary, from the start, to select the engine of your machine to play. Clearly, if you bet on a huge processor, a lot of memory and a small GPU, you will not get anything good. It is necessary that the mixture of the components is homogeneous so that the results are at the height.

Today, to play Lan Party games properly, it is a dual core processor. And with four, it will be even better. Intel brand or AMD, whatever. To properly support him in his task, bet on 6 to 8 GB of memory minimum. With 16 GB, you’ll be quiet for a moment.

Our selection in detail

Among the leading designers and manufacturers of PCs for gamers, there are staples like Asus, Dell and MSI. The ROG, Alienware and Dominator are all known to be reliable devices, always well equipped with powerful components and offering levels of finishes that will appeal to gamers. We could also mention brands, less accustomed to the spotlight, such as Lenovo, Toshiba, Gigabyte or Clevo. Or Acer who returns to the PC gaming segment with its Nitro Black Edition range. In recent years, the Taiwanese brand was content to offer gear capable of running games occasionally (as the V3-772GTX below) but not entirely dedicated to this use. Our non-exhaustive selection includes mostly machines tested by us.

Acer Aspire V3-7723GTX

Not quite a player but still able to run a very large amount of games, both old and new, the Aspire V3-772GTX is versatile enough to appeal to casual gamers.

Screen: 17.3 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M

Lenovo Y50-70

Not perfect but on track, the Y50-70 is the first PC gamer of Chinese Lenovo. The latter plays the card of finesse, as the Aorus of Gigabyte detailed below. It comes of course in several models, the one we tested was equipped with a 4K slab! The Nvidia 3D chip may have been good enough, but it did not hold up well. To play, it was Full HD mandatory! So, if you have to crack, do it on the model in Full HD with SSD.

Screen: 15.6 inches

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)

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Asus ROG G551J

We continue with the laptops 15.6 inches and the youngest of the ROG range, the G551J. Offering a very good price/quality ratio, it has the gamer look, and gaming components to the height… but not the price: $675 all round! What play LoL, DoTA 2 or even WoW without problem.

Screen: 15.6 inches

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)

Acer Nitro Black Edition Aspire VN7

We discovered them at Paris Games Week and these Nitro Black Edition of Acer mark the return of the manufacturer in the world of PC laptop gaming. The different configurations available all include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M. The storage is either hybrid (SSD cache and hard disk) or consists of a dedicated SSD and a disk. Keyboard backlit, matt screen, discrete but neat finish.

Screen: 15.6 inches and 17.3 inches

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)

Dell Alien ware 13 + Alienware Graphics Amplifier

Replacing the 14-inch model, the Alienware 13 is available on the Dell website and visible on Paris Games Week. Deliveries are expected to begin during the month of November and continue until December. This new ultraportable 13-inch screen uses the latest Intel and Nvidia processors to seduce. And if graphics power is not enough, for $675 more, you can add the services of the Graphics Amplifier, an external device that hosts the graphics card for desktop PC of your choice.

Screen: 13.3 inches

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M (Maxwell)

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Asus ROG G751J

Replacing the ROG G750J, the G751J is available in a plethora of versions and in all good brands. Depending on the model, it carbides to GeForce GTX 800M or GTX 900M. Still, as beautiful and massive, this case is very well thought out. Many models will ship both SSD and a hard drive for maximum performance. To have seen them on the stand of the mark during Paris Games Week, they are very beautiful and really well finished. Highly the test.

Screen: 17.3 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M

Dell Alienware 17

Alienware and the 17.3-inch format is a long story of love. It is indeed the screen size that has withstood the various changes in the range of the mark at the head of extraterrestrials. A pillar, then, is what Alienware 17 really stands for! Its starting price may seem derisory but, mistrust, it climbs quickly. Especially if you select components at the forefront. But, word scout, the case is foolproof and the machine is really good in time.

Screen: 17.3 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M

MSI GT 72 Dominator Pro

Another Asian manufacturer to have a solid reputation in gaming, MSI. With the GT 72 Dominator, which comes in a multitude of models, there is fun. In addition, MSI recently announced that kits to change Nvidia GTX 870M and 880M graphics cards for 970M and 980M would soon be available commercially. And this is not the only element that can evolve on the machine.

Screen: 17.3 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M

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Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2

Arriving in our country, the Aorus X7 v2 is one of the finest PC gamers on the market. This is the first evolution of the Aorus X7 that impressed us both by the choice of components (GeForce SLI, Core i7 processor, etc.) and its small thickness (2.4 cm) … that the sound of its ventilation! Hope this new version is a little quieter. Even if we have serious doubts.

Screen: 17.3 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M SLI

Gigabyte Aorus X3+

For $675 less than the X7, still in the Aorus family, you have the X3 +. Technological gem, we must admit that Gigabyte has achieved a nice feat with this device. However, too much to do with it, we sometimes forget the consistency. Why put a QHD + screen while the graphics card does not follow when you exceed the Full HD?

Screen: 13.9 inches

Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M

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