This article will discuss high mobility gaming laptops. The focus will be on laptops with more distinguished mix of battery running times, weight, measures and gaming performance. Naturally, I won’t list all of the available laptops, but I try to overview the most interesting laptops and besides, the list will get more rich as times goes on.
We’ll overview the highlights and drawbacks of each laptop but we’ll also use three more measures – performance to price ratio, mobility level (battery, weight, sizes) and mobility per price. The mobility level is subjective, ofcourse, because for one 3kg might not matter while higher battery time are and for another the weight might have higher significance. However, we will have minimum requirements for this list:
1. Gaming performance – the minimal gaming performance level I set is the GT 540M / GT 630M / Radeon HD 7670M / 6650M, but I did include some laptops with the GT 620M / GT 525M and Radeon 7570M if they are exceptional, like the Asus UX32VD because its very high quality IPS screen.
2. Battery running times – at least 6-7 idling (low work load), 4-5 hours surfing the web or playing DVD.
3. Weight & size – didn’t really set any limitation, but it’s a factor in the description and conclusion.
I’ll go directly to the recommended models and the full table will follow. I divided the recommended laptops to several categories, but not all of the laptops are in these categories, so if you want to choose more carefully, go over the table. Unlike other recommendation where we look on the performance per price ratio, in this case it’s just too complicated for me to make some kind of mobility per price ratio because – as we said before – mobility is not a canonical score.
Low budget high mobility gaming laptops:
- HP dv6z-7200 with A6-4400M or A8-4500M CPU and Radeon 7670M GPU, 6GB DDR3. For around 550$-600$ you can get a very good gaming machine that lasts around 6 hours surfing and the diamond in the cake is the very good matte FullHD screen (see pictures in the review) for 150$ more.
High performance per price gaming laptops with good mobility:
- The Lenovo Y580 offers the highest performance of them all with the GTX 660M and I7-3610QM. A good matter FullHD screen, bluray player, backlit keyboard and nice lools make it an excellent offer. The Y580 battery running times are lower compared to the HPs.
Extremely mobile gaming laptops:
- Road warrior – Lenovo ThinkPad T430 offers 13 hours (!!!) of surfing using WiFi with the 9cell battery. Good 900p screen option for 50$ and nice GT 540M + I5 performance level for 850$-900$ before coupons and deals makes it an excellent road warrior
- Lenovo Thibkpad T530 offers 8 hours of surfing the web and comes with a very good 900p screen (optional) and a GT 540M level GPU.
- Acer Aspire M5-581TG – 7+ hours surfing, and with the GT 640M LE GPU you get very nice gaming performance. Only drawback is its screen quality – lower than the FullHD options in the list.
Slim or small gaming laptops:
- Sager NP6110 – same as above, GT 650M DDR3 and I5, 11.6″ form factor. Battery running times are comparably short.
- Asus UX32VD with GT 620M (old GT 525M) and I5-3XXXU CPU gives you the lowest gaming performance of all the laptops in the link, but still a nice performance (much higher than any current integrated GPU). Now, the point in that one is the the low weight (1.5kg), slimness and compactness (13.3″) and excellent IPS FullHD screen.
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The full table:
|Model (link to coupon)||GPU / CPU / Street Price||Street Price||Why||Why not||gaming performance (out of 5)||Battery (out of 5)||sources|
|Alienware m14x R2 14.0″||GT 650M GDDR5 / I5-3210M||1100$ for basic configuration|
|4||Under 6 hours idle / low work load – that’s good for such HW, but under our minimal requirements||Alienware m14x-r2 review|
|Samsung 700Z5C-S01US 15.6″||GT 640M / I7-3615QM||1000$ (deal) – 1080$||Still no in-depth review, but I hope the screen isn’t as bad as its predecessor.||3||3||Samsung 700Z7C-S01 review (17.3″),and its predecessor review|
|Samsung 700Z7C-S03 / S01 17.3″||GT 650M GDDR5 / I7-3615QM||1330$||4||2.5||Samsung 700Z7C-S01 review|
|Lenovo X230 review|
|Lenovo Thinkpad W530||K1000M (GT 630M) K2000M (~GT 650M GDDR5) / I7-3610QM||1350$ for base configuration,1750$ with a very high quality FHD screen and K2000 and 9 cell battery||4||3.5 – with 9 cell battery||Lenovo Thinkpad W530 review|
|Lenovo Thinkpad T530 15.6″||NVS 5400M (~GT 540M) / I5-3210M (+30$)||780$ for base configuration, 910$ with I5-3210M, 900p screen, NVS 5400M||2||4.5 with 9 -cell battery||Lenovo Thinkpad T530 review|
|Lenovo ThinkPad T430 14.0″||NVS 5400M /I5 and up||870$ for 9cell battery, I5-3210M and NVS 5400M||2||5 with 9 cell battery||Lenovo Thinkpard T430 review, another review and another review|
|Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 15.6″||GTX 660M 2GB GDDR5 / i7-3610QM||850$ (w/o FullHD) – 1000$ (FHD)||4-4.5||2.5||Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 review, user review no 1, user review no 2|
|Acer Aspire 7750||Radeon 6850M DDR3 / I5-2450M||was ||2.5||2.5||Other Acer AS7750G review|
|Acer AS5830TG 15.6″||GT 540M / I5||Should be 800$ but I can’t see where you can find it||2||4.5||Acer AS5830TG review|
|Acer 4830TG 14.0″||GT 540M / I5||640$ for the 4830TG-6457 and eBay||2||3||Acer 4830TG review|
|Acer Aspire M5-481TG 14.0″||GT 640M LE / i5-3317U||780$||2.5||3.5||Acer M5-481TG review|
|Acer Aspire M5-581TG 15.6″||GT 640M LE / i5-3317U||830$||2.5||4||Acer M5-581TG review, And another review|
|Dell Inspiron 14z ultrabook||7570M / I5||900$ for base configuration with 7570M and I5||1.5||2||Dell Inspiron 14z review|
|Dell XPS 15z 15.6||GT 525M / IB I5||900$ for base configuration (no FHD screen)||1.5||3||Dell XPS 15z review|
|Dell XPS 15 L502x||GT 540M / IB I5||Seems to be unavailable except some refurbished models.||Dell XPS 15 L502x review,review 2|
|Dell XPS L521x||GT 630M – GT 640M / I5-I7||1300$ for GT630M+I5, 1700$ for GT 640M+I7||2-2.5||2.5||Dell XPS 15 L521x review,Another L521x review|
|Dell XPS 14 ultrabook||GT 630M GDDR5 / I5-3317U or I7-3517U||1200$ for GT 630M version||2||3.5||Dell XPS 14 review|
|Dell Vostro 3360 review|
|Asus K53TA||Radeon 6650M / A6-3420M||550$?||2||2.5||Asus K53TA review|
|Asus Asus UX32VD 13.3″||GT 620M / I5-3317U OR i7-3517u||1250$ for the -DB71 version||1.5||3 (very good under load)||Asus UX32VD review|
|HP Envy 15t-3200 15.6″||I5-3210M / Radeon 7750M GDDR5 for basic configuration||Usually around 1000$-1100$ with FullHD screen using some coupons||4||2.5-3||Envy 15 review (previous model)|
|HP Envy 17t-3200 17.3″||I5-3210QM / 7850M||Usually around 1000-1100$ using coupons||4-4.5||2.5-3||HP Envy 17-3D review|
|HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 select edition 15.6″||Nvidia GT 650M 2GB GDDR5 / Intel Ivy Bridge I5-3210M||910$ with GT 650M 2GB GDDR5, I5-3210M, good matte FullHD screen and 32GB mSSD and backlit keyboard||4||3-3.5||review of previous generation dv6tse,dv6t-7000 quad edition review|
|HP Pavilion dv6t-7000 quad edition 15.6″||GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 / i7-3610QM||currently great offer – 925$ with GT 650M GDDR5 and FullHD screen and 1000$ 32GB mSSD, backlit keyboard and FullHD screen|
|4||3-3.5||dv6t-7000 quad edition review,Another one|
|HP dv4t-5100 14.0″||GT 650M 2GB GDDR5 / Intel Ivy Bridge I5-3210M||715$ for configuration with GT 650M GDDR5 + 32GB mSSD and 6GB DDR3||4||3.5||HP dv4t-5100 review|
|HP Pavilion dv6z-7000 15.6″||AMD Radeon HD 7730M DDR3 / AMD A6-4400M 3.0GHZ to A10-4600M||555$ w/o FullHD, 700$ with quad A10-4600M, Radeon 7730M and FullHD screen||3||3.5||HP Pavilion dv6z-7000 review|
|HP Envy m6t-1000||Radeon 7670M / I5-3210M||800$ with Radeon 7670M (coupon: SAVE50HP)||2||3.5-4||review|
|2||3.5||Envy 6-1000sg review|
|Sony Vaio VPC Z 13.1″||Radeon 7670M / I5-3210M||1900$ with media power dock (7670M, DVDRW)||2||3.5||Sony Vaio Z 1311X90 review|
|Sony Vaio S 15.5″||GT 640M LE / I5-I7||999$ including the GT 640M LE, 900$ on Newegg||3||2.5||Sony Vaio S 1511X90 15.5″ review|
|Sony Vaio S 13.3″||GT 640M LE / I5-I7||1030$ with 900p screen||3||3||Sony Vaio S 13A1Z9E 13.3″ review|
|Sony Vaio E 14.0″||Radeon 7670M / I5 and up||770$||3-3.5||2||Sony Vaio E 14.0″ review|
|Toshiba S855||Radeon 7670M / I5 or I7||around 750$ for the version with 7670M||still haven’t seen a good review||still haven’t seen a good review|
|Toshiba Satellite L850D||7660G / A10-4600M||450-480$ including shipping and taxes with the A10-4600M||still haven’t seen a good review, but you have to get a dual channel memory kit to really get the maximal performance from the 7660G|
|Toshiba Tecra R940 (14.0″) or R950 (15.6″)||Radeon 7570M / I5||800$ for R940 with 7570M and I5-3210M||still haven’t seen a good review|
|Other Toshibas||Not enough reviews + the other ‘Satellites’ and ‘Qosmios’ review aren’t flattering and high mobility is out of question anyway|
|Sager NP6110 11.6″||GT 650M 2GB DDR3 / I5-2410M||820$ base price, +189$ for high quality display||4||2||Eurocom Monster review|