Bang for Buck Gaming Laptops

Posted: March 6, 2012 by VerryJerry in Tech

Now when I’m talking BFB gaming laptops, I’m talking about the range of $1000 to about $1300. There are few decent ones on the market that should last you for 2 years at least before getting a new one, especially when you’re on a budget.

Anyway your first and the most cheapest gaming laptop for CASUAL GAMERS are as follows:

HP Pavilion dv7-6197ca

Now this is more closer to an entertainment laptop rather than a gaming laptop, then again it should run most games on high to medium settings with certain optional features switched off.  With a 17’3 screen mobile entertainment power starts with the Notebook PC featuring Beats Audio™, a built-in subwoofer and quad speakers. The rear pair tilt forward to kick sound right at you. The device comes with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, an Intel Core i7-2630QM 2.0GHz Quad-Core Processor  and 8GB of DDR3 memory. Exclusive built-in HP CoolSense technology can help keep you comfortable automatically when lounging around the house. And a built-in HD webcam helps you look your best when video chatting online—even with lights turned low. HP SimplePass fingerprint reader: Just swipe a finger and you’re in and it remembers passwords for you. It contains a  a 1TB of storage space (2 x 500GB HDD) to store all your media. Transfer movies fast with USB 3.0 speed. The graphic card is a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M and comes with a Bluray player. It comes with a 9-cell Lithium -ion battery pack. If a 5400rpm drive and a maximum resolution 1600×900 does not bother you –  its pretty much a sound deal $1099!

Next we have the Toshiba Satellite 15.6″ Laptop featuring Intel Core i7 2670QM Processor (PSAY3C-0CP010)

Toshiba’s are pretty reliable and so is this! This one comes with a sticker price of $1139(because its Toshiba that’s why)

With a screen size 15’6 and a better resolution of 1366×768 compared to the HP, this boasts an i7 2670QM 2.2Ghz with 6mb Cache. It comes with a 5400rpm 750GB hard drive and 6GB of DDR3 Ram and Bluray player. The graphic card is a 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6520G. That is a low end graphic card though it should run everything on medium. If you’re a casual gamer then pick this. It comes with a 6 cell Lithium ion battery pack and USB 3.0 port. Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit is standard(on all these laptops)

Then we have gaming laptops for those who want a little more but not completely hardcore,

ASUS N55SF-EH71 Notebook PC

ASUS Gaming Laptop
The superior hardware and feature-rich software of the new ASUS N55SF-EH71 Notebook PC creates the ultimate computing experience, added to by amazing sound like you’ve never heard before on a notebook.
This one is mid-range solid deal. It will game but it really shines in the sound department. It features a simple yet sleek modern design that creates a unique mood of sophisticated elegance with piano black-gloss covers and polished metal frames. It is also extremely user-focused, delivering comfortable soft-feel touchpads, fast-type keys with reinforced springs, and a smoothed-out integrated power button. Intelligent design and meticulous craftsmanship combine to embody a spirit of advanced computing and purely sensational simplicity.It has a good resolution of 1920×1080 which should please most gamers. With Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz processor, 8GB of DDR3 Memory and a 750GB hard drive inside, the ASUS N55SF-EH71 Notebook PC has the power and seamless capabilities to achieve and enjoy more with great power efficiency and a smooth user experience.There’s no Bluray drive though, just a DVD writer which is a minor issue to most gamers though it Bluray readers should be standard by now. The device holds USB 3.0 ports and Bluetooth 3.0, 2.0megapixel webcam and a 6 cell Lithium- ion battery. ASUS exclusive SonicMaster features technology bringing living audio to notebook PCs with the most precise processing protocols and codecs, superior speaker construction and large resonance chambers for impactful enjoyment – it’s like going to a concert, the fidelity revitalizes vocals and every sound comes to life through advanced sound enhancement. ASUS SonicMaster Technology was co-developed with audio experts Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®. It packs a 2GB Nvidia GTX555M, this is basically lowered down GTX550Ti but it still has enough punch to hold most game in high settings. Plus it comes with a sticker price of $1139( so you might as well skip the Toshiba!)

ASUS G53SX-TH71 Notebook PC

If you’re more than just a casual gamer and you have $1249 lying around somewhere – this is a must have. Every gamer knows that the latest games keep demanding the best performance. But ASUS didn’t believe in just meeting the minimum requirements, they believed in obliterating them. That’s why they’ve made sure that the ASUS G53SX-TH71 Notebook PC is jam-packed with one-of-a-kind innovation that propels mobile gaming performance to unseen levels. You get a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M graphics engine that comes with a massive 2GB of DDR5 VRAM. The regular 1GB GTX560M is basically the GTX460M overclocked, this one is very hot and fast card. Though some games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033 will limit you to high settings with all optional features off(even though the GTX460M does better on those games) this is still a better card. This thign is whisper quiet and has 2 stealth bomber style vents on the back throwing out all the heat away from your knees. The ASUS G53SX-TH71 Notebook PC leads in DirectX 11 gaming for advanced tessellation and faster graphics rendering. This gaming powerhouse, powered by a second generation Intel Core i7-2670QM (2.2GHz) Quad-Core processor, soars while performing several tasks simultaneously. It carries 8GB of DDR3 Memory, 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080) Display, 640GB 5400 RPM Hard DriveBlu-ray-enabled DVD±RW/CD-RW Drive, 802.11BGN, Bluetooth 3.0 Connectivity and 2.0M Pixel Webcam. It also comes with an 8 cell Lithium ion battery. The 5400rpm drive is the only downside(but they have no affect on gaming just booting and loading games to start are slower) but there is space for upgrades. The G53 is the affordable choice for those who want most action with every penny.

Alienware M14x Review

You saw this coming, there had to be an Alienware somewhere around here.
Alienware usually do not give bang per buck but they do offer brand name and some good models – like the M14X

At 14 inches(obviously) High Def (720p/1366×768) with WLED backlight, the M14X packs adequate punch for about $1219 depending on how you look at it. At that price you get an Intel® Core™ i5 2430M processor (2.4GHz,3.0GHz,with Turbo Boost, 3MB Cache) with 4GB Dual Channel DDR3. The graphic card is the optional 3GB DDR3 NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 555M using NVIDIA Optimus™ technology. You also get a 750GB HDD at 7200rpm and the optional Bluetooth 3.0 and a DVD writer. You can furthermore customize your laptop with a variety of colured keyboard back lights and avatars. It’s a good laptop although it subject to preference.

And finally we have the Asus G74’s younger brother – ASUS G73SW-A1 Laptop Computer

Packed with 8GB of DDR3 memory (which can be upgraded to 16), a second generation Intel Core i7 2630QM 2.0Ghz processor, a remarkable 17.3-inch full high-definition display screen and a hefty 7200 rpm 1TB of storage, the G73SW-A1 Laptop Computer is sure to blow you away with its mind blasting features.
High-quality entertainment is just what the its all about with fast and efficient Blu-ray Player/DVDRW burner, perfect for all your thrilling movies and videos. Watch them all in HD 1920 x 1080 resolution, so every scene looks beautifully detailed and full of popping color and life.

The laptop also comes with an 8-in-1 media card reader, supporting Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Mini-Secure Digital, Secure Digital and other formats. It has Nvidia’s 1.5GB GTX460M which is a fast and powerful card and is able to play demanding games like Crysis 2 and Metro 2033 at highest settings.

And for chatting with friends far away, simply turn on the integrated 2-megapixel webcam and connect online with 802.11/b/g/n wireless networking. It comes with an 8 Cell Lithium ion battery and a 8 in one card reader. No question about it – the ASUS G73SW-A1 Laptop Computer is a notch above the rest! Priced at $1299 it is the best of the best in this list!

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