Best gaming Laptops under $600

Hello and welcome to the recommendations for gaming laptop  under $600 section. It is probably one of the more interesting price points for many people who look for a cheaper gaming laptop that will allow them to enjoy casual 3D gaming. However, a laptop with a with good gaming capabilities for such a price is not easy to come by, at least not for a new laptop.

The fastest gaming laptop GPU you’ll find in this price range is currently the GTX 1050 (see 1050 benchmarks) and sometimes the GTX 1050 Ti which add another 25-35% on top of the 1050. The 1050 is a very good option for a gaming laptop under 600 dollars, as it allows one to run most heavier games smoothly. Older or less demanding games like Bioshock Infinite or Battlefield 4 will run well on highest or almost highest graphics settings@1080p. Others, like the very 3D demanding Deus Ex : Mankind Divided, will run on acceptable FPSs but at medium settings@1080p.

Current offerings include the Dell G3 3579 (refurbished usually) and the Acer Nitro 5 which is available for $580-$600 from time to time (but usually not). I would recommend waiting for these two, because the difference in gaming performance compared to the more available MX150 equipped laptops is considerable.

Remember that for a little more you might find a laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti or a GTX 1060 Max-Q which adds around 50-60% in performance, as shown in the graph. So, I would consider checking the gaming laptops under $800 section.

Gaming laptops under 600 - GTX 1050 (laptop) performance quick glance

The MX150 is also available but not as nearly as fast, it can – however – reach the performance levels of a previous generation GTX 950M sometimes, but that’s all, so if you come by a GTX 950M/960M machine under $500 and it’s in good shape, you should consider it.

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Currently, previous generation models with GTX 1050 or GTX 1050 Ti GPUs, IPS display and even an SSD are being sold for $550-$650. I would advise to consider those if you are after higher gaming performance, as they provide a huge bang to buck ratio improvement, along better overall features (cooling, screen, storage).

AllGLJ RecommendedUltraportable
* = FPS mark based on external benchmarks for same model** = FPS mark based on GLJ benchmarks for roughly similar model
MX150, Intel I5-8250U
SSD
Display colors and brightness
520

Low midrange gaming laptop from Acer. Comes with the new Coffee Lake I5-8250U CPU and Nvidia MX150 GPU. The $600 model comes with a 256GB SSD as a default.

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Low midrange gaming laptop from Acer. Comes with the new Coffee Lake I5-8250U CPU and Nvidia MX150 GPU. The $600 model comes with a 256GB SSD as a default.

Gaming performance is adequate for 768p high-ultra graphics settings, but will also suffice for low-medium gaming at 1080p, especially for less demanding games (Team fortress, World of Tanks and such).

Display quality is unclear to me. Reviews show it comes with an IPS display, but Amazon comments say otherwise, as well as Acer’s site. I’d say that the cheaper US model comes with a low quality TN panel.

Battery running times are very good with around 8-10 hours of typical web browsing workload. (SSD variant)

Bottom line, currently for $600, with a TN panel and an MX150 GPU, I’d suggest going with some of the little pricier GTX 1050 models, if you are ok with an HDD instead of SSD.

HP Pavilion 15t gtx 1050
344573Metro : Last Light, Very high:39Deus Ex : Mankind Divided, High:28Gears Of War 4, Highest:25
GTX 1050 (laptop), Intel I5-7300HQ
Thermals
No throttling
Ports selection
Display colors and brightness
344573
5.47.1411.59
390

HP’s basic low midrange gaming laptop. With an I5-7300HQ and a GTX 1050 (2GB). Cost is around $600-$650 before US tax.

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HP’s basic low midrange gaming laptop. With an I5-7300HQ and a GTX 1050 (2GB). Cost is around $600-$650 before US tax.

Gaming performance is good for this hardware, thanks to maximal clocks under typical gaming workload. However, a GTX 1050 Ti will have around 35-40% performance advantage on this machine.

Display is a low quality IPS, like some other machines in this category. Around 57% sRGB coverage and low maximal brightness.  Response times are relatively high.

Thermal performance is sufficient. Under highest load of Furmark + Prime95, CPU temps remains around 80C and south, but CPU clocks zigzag between the maximum and heavy throttle. I guess that this behavior could be negated with Throttlestop and perhaps Intel XTU. Under gaming load, the temps are around the same and clocks are maximal.

Battery running times are ok with around 6-7 hours of typical web browsing workload. (SSD)

Connection ports selection is basic, but includes a USB 3.1 Type-C with DisplayPort 1.2 support. HDMI 2.0.

Maintenance is hard according to the NBC review.

Bottom line, for around $600-$650 this machine is a nice option thanks to good thermals and performance. However, including US tax, SSD and perhaps additional RAM, the price reaches the levels of much more powerful machines.

Acer A715 GTX 1050
344573Metro : Last Light, Very high:39Deus Ex : Mankind Divided, High:28Gears Of War 4, Highest:25
GTX 1050 (laptop), Intel I5-7300HQ
Display
Outer lid
IPS quality
Connection Ports
344573
5.677.512.17
330

The Acer A715-71G is a basic midrange offer from Acer. Now selling for $600, it is a good option against the Nvidia MX150 equipped laptops which are not as fast for gaming.

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The Acer A715-71G is a basic midrange offer from Acer. Now selling for $600, it is a good option against the Nvidia MX150 equipped laptops which are not as fast for gaming.

Display. The A715 comes with a basic IPS display, with around 60% sRGB coverage (like some other machines), good viewing angles, but relatively low maximal brightness.

Performance and throttling. Gaming performance, according to reviews, is good, although under highest workload (Prime95 + Furmark) the CPU and GPU will throttle somewhat (CPU to base clocks, GPU ~-5%).

Connection ports selection is lacking. No Displayport, USB 3.1gen2, Thunderbolt port or any other interesting port.

Keyboard quality is acceptable to good.

Storage. The 1TB 5400RPM HDD is the most basic storage solution and will be slow. I would advise to add some SSD in the M.2 port.

for $600 this is a good deal relatively to the MX150 option. Tax and shipping might be added and SSD upgrade will probably be necessary for having a not-very-slow laptop, so consider the purchase carefully.

MX150, Intel I5-8250U
weight
High contrast display
Low noise
Ports selection
Display colors
510

The new Swift 3 with the new Intel Coffee Lake I5-8250U is a slim and lightweight ultrabook with slick looks.

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The new Swift 3 with the new Intel Coffee Lake I5-8250U is a slim and lightweight ultrabook with slick looks.

Gaming performance is high enough for low-medium/medium graphics settings in many less demanding games, like Team Fortress, Overwatch, Bioshock Infinite and more and more. If you are willing to play on 768p, then most games will run smoothly, including more demanding games.

Battery running times are very good, according to tests, showing around 8-8.5 hours of typical web browsing workload.

Display quality is disappointingly low for such a laptop. around 55% sRGB and 37% adobeRGB coverage are rather low and won’t suffice for photo editing and perhaps will even lack when watching typical movies. Response times are very high (bad). Contrast is relatively high, though.

Thermals are fairly ok, with low noise and chassis remaining relatively cool.

Bottom line, I wanted to recommend this machine very much, but the display is a too big drawback. If you are willing to change the display, I’d consider it. It’s annoying to see Acer going back from previous models (the old V7-482PG with its very good IPS), but that’s the way the news go.

Dell G3 3579
344573Metro : Last Light, Very high:39Deus Ex : Mankind Divided, High:28Gears Of War 4, Highest:25
Looks & design
Noise
Keyboard
Thermals & throttling
Sound
Connection ports
344573
INFINFINF

The Dell G3 3579 is a new midrange gaming laptop. Its major traits are its lower size, weight and sleek looks.

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The Dell G3 3579 is a new midrange gaming laptop. Its major traits are its lower size, weight and sleek looks.

This laptop is not as cost effective for gaming as other gaming laptops for around the price, namely the Dell 7577 (previous generation).

Display quality is relatively low for an IPS with low color palette coverage and low maximal brightness. Contrast is typical (around 1:750) and viewing angles are good.

Gaming performance is as expected for a GTX 1050 4GB. The Dell G3 performs as well or better than other GTX 1050 I’ve tested. The gaming performance is adequate for gaming at 1080p, on medium-high graphics settings for more 3D demanding games and very high settings for less demanding (Bioshock, BF4, Skyrim).

Other laptops under 600 will usually come with an MX150 GPU which is considerably slower. Sometimes, though, a GTX 1050 Ti laptop will be available for the price of around $600 (like the Acer Nitro 5) which will preferable from the performance/price standpoint.

Throttling and heat. A downside. Both the chassis and the CPU get quite hot quickly and remain so while the laptop is loaded. It seems that the cooling solution is not well designed.

Connection ports selection is lacking with only 1xUSB 3.1gen2. The typical HDMI 2.0 is the only video port.

Keyboard is of low quality, in my experience with low response, feedback, travel depth and stability.

Battery running times are relatively average, with 4-5 hours of WIFI browsing workload type.

Bottom line, the G3 looks good, but disappoints in many other areas. It has some drawbacks, but as a gaming laptop under $600 it makes a good impression compared to the competition. Gaming performance is adequate for medium-high graphics settings. From time to time a gaming laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti is available and it would be preferable for those who look for the highest performance per price.


Acer Nitro 5 GTX 1050 Ti
4651Metro : Last Light, Very high:55Deus Ex : Mankind Divided, High:33Battlefield 1, Highest:59
Display
Battery
CPU Thermals
Connection ports
Display
4651
6.136.8
420

This is the current generation Acer Nitro 5, a basic midrange gaming laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti and I5-8300HQ CPU.

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This is the current generation Acer Nitro 5, a basic midrange gaming laptop with a GTX 1050 Ti and I5-8300HQ CPU.

The GTX 1050 Ti performance (link) is adequate for high to very high graphic settings @1080p gaming, even in most demanding games. The “Ti” variant adds another 20-30% over the non-Ti variant.

Thermals are ok to good, with the CPU temperatures reaching 90C+ for highest load on base clocks (2.5-2.6GHZ) and GPU clocks at max (no throttle). Chassis temperatures remain relatively low for high load, which is good.

Connection ports selection is very basic and you won’t find Displayport, Thunderbolt, USB 3.1gen2 and only 2xUSB 3.0.

Display quality is typical for such a gaming laptop, which means you get a basic IPS with low color palette coverage, limited brightness. The good part is that the panel has very high contrast ratio. No PWM is in use, which is good (no flickering). Response times are typical which means they are not very high and are considered low for gaming purposes.

Battery running times are relatively good with 6-7 hours of typical web browsing.

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Usman Saleem

Hi there can you find find me a deal of 1st one (hp pavillion 15t) and acer aspire 5 (mx150) in Uk. Please! 🙂

Junky
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Hi! what’s your budget?

Usman Saleem
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Usman Saleem

Its upto 650$. It’s strange that i can’t find it in UK. 😓 thanks for replying!

Junky
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perhaps you should purchase from the USA? can you do that?

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Usman Saleem

That’s the whole point! If i could somehow get it from USA it woukd be Gold! But Alas 😣

Junky
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well, I made some searches, but couldn’t find anything with mx150 or GTX 1050 for such a price, but you can get a GTX 950M/960M for this price, perhaps
https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_odkw=%28+%28gtx+950m%2C%2C+gtx+960m%29+%29&LH_PrefLoc=1&_sop=2&LH_BIN=1&_osacat=177&_from=R40&_trksid=p2045573.m570.l1313.TR0.TRC0.H0.X%28+%28gtx+950m%2C%2C+gtx+960m%2C%2C+mx150%2C%2C+gtx+1050%29+%29.TRS0&_nkw=%28+%28gtx+950m%2C%2C+gtx+960m%2C%2C+mx150%2C%2C+gtx+1050%29+%29&_sacat=177

There are some options for $750-$800 in the UK.

Perhaps you should wait with the purchase. There aren’t many MX150/GTX 1050 models right now – maybe because they waited for the Intel 8th gen CPUs

Usman Saleem
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Usman Saleem

😍😍😍 thank you very much
Man you are so helpful!

Abhishek Kalra
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I Must say Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG can also be a good option. You can also take a look at these gaming laptops: http://laptopify.com/best-gaming-laptops-under-500-dollars/

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Shawn Smith

Hi, I’m looking for a gaming laptop that can run games like gta 5 and Star Wars Battlefront. However my max budjet is at 600 and I would prefer a new laptop, rather than a used or refurbished.

Junky
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Hi Shawn

It would be better to wait for the new models (probably before the end of the year), but if you want something now, you can go with this one http://amzn.to/2bMpbGt
But I would advise going with a refurbished laptop

Shawn Smith
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Shawn Smith

Thanks

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Junky
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No. A GTX 940M isn’t that powerful. It could run them on lowest settings maybe. Some of them, at least.

Shawn Smith
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Shawn Smith

It’s a bit over 600

Aaron
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Aaron

It should be noted I was able to get the 7559 1 TB version from Dell outlet for 525$ before tax during one of their frequent sales. Very good deal…

Junky
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Yes, I saw some good prices, but it’s hard to catch, so I can’t really post direct link to anything
But you’re right – I should mention it more clearly.

Was it outlet business or home?

And yes, and excellent deal

Devil
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Hy junky,
i’m looking for gaming laptop under $650 for game like dota, battlefield, cod, and other newest game. and also i prefer asus, any advice for that?

Junky
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1. I think the Dell 7559 refurbished (1 year official warranty) is the best option

2. This https://www.glj.io/acer-v7-571g-15-6-i5-5200u-gtx-950m-4gb-ddr3-1080p-ips-ssd-hdd-560-570/ but it’s not as fast (but, cheaper, new, and has SSD already installed)