Top 10 High-End Cheap Gaming Laptops 2018

The great power of gaming laptops is enticing. However, with great power comes a great price. Gaming laptops are usually expensive and buyers often struggle to find affordable gaming laptops with prices that are in their range. This, however, doesn’t mean that finding an affordable gaming laptop is impossible, it is simply difficult. But at Laptoptera, we’ve done the hard work for you. Here’s our review of the Top 10 high-end yet cheap gaming laptops for 2018.

The Quality Graphics Seek

The graphics card is not the place to cut corners when shopping for a high-end gaming laptop. You should aim for a laptop with the NVidia GeForce GTX 1050 or GTX 1060. The card is the laptop equivalent of the desktop version. You could also aim for an AMD card of similar quality. Honestly, both will perform just fine. On desktop computers, it might be possible to combine the power of multiple video cards, but laptops aren’t afforded that option. Even though you’re on a budget, be ready to aim for a high quality graphics card.

The Performance You Need

Once you’ve got a solid graphics card, you’ll also need to ensure your laptop has a strong CPU in order to make use of the full power of your graphics card. An Intel Core i7 processor keeps your games running smoothly. You’ll should also be looking for no less than 8GB of RAM for gaming. Don’t fret. You may be able to find a gaming laptop for a tight budget with up to 16GB. This is all you need and more for gaming as well as additional uses, like if you want to use is as a video editing laptop.

You also have the option of looking for quality AMD processors instead of Intel. But at the moment, Intel is running the most powerful processors. You can see our coverage if you’re looking for the best i7 laptops.

Portability and Design

It may feel great to game on one of the best 17 inch laptops, but it’s not so nice to carry around everywhere. These things can be cumbersome and heavy. If you only travel once a year or so, then go for it. If you’re expecting to be on the move daily, I’d advise picking up something on the smaller side.

In case you’re looking for long-lasting battery life from your gaming laptop, you may be frustrated. Gaming laptops require tons of power, so their batteries deplete rapidly. If you intend to run games off the battery power, don’t expect to be gaming for longer than a couple hours.

With no further ado, here’s our list:

Dell Inspiron 15 I7577

Dell Inspiron I7577 5241BLK PUS
The Dell Inspiron 15 2017 is appeared to be quite expensive in comparable with previous model last year, but in return we are getting better hardware and slightly new design. The metal chassis surrounded body improved little bit by highlighting it with silver finishing and red highlight around the keyboard and touchpad. The look is really similar to what we get on the entry lineup of Acer Predator. I guess there are so many things to expect here, so showing it to your friend will never make you shame at all. The weight is really light with only 23.3 m thickness with total weight measured at 5.66 pounds. That weight is not really light, but can be thrown into small bag easily without any issue. But, just do not expect to carry it around anywhere easy as the weight will bother you.

For supporting our productivity, the Intel I7 7700HQ and NVIDIA GTX 1060 are your companion here. The performance is really wise and dependable for doing any light task like browsing or editing document to the most demanding task like video rendering and doing 3D model. The GPU is capable of running newer AAA games in such a stable framerate. The only thing it could not do is running a VR game which is too demanding for the hardware. But, playing Overwatch or CS Go will run like a breeze stable at 60 FPS per second. The framerate seems stable at those games most the times during the match. High setting is possible although few drops are noticeable, but the thing never goes below 50 and the framerate regain the top point in second. The battery will last around 5 or 6 hours depending on the usage and screen brightness. The result is really impressive for the price that really competitive on this range.

Dell Inspiron I7577 5241BLK PUSMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I5 7300HQ 2.5 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 06:46:03
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Lenovo Legion Y520

Lenovo Legion Y520
At the cheap gaming notebook option, we usually have to choose between performance or the design and we rarely have those two important things. Well, why do we need to choose two of them when you are able to get those things at the same time? For this case, Lenovo Legion Y520 provides everything you need as gaming machine. The look is amazing with futuristic touch around the chassis. I actually not a really fan of Ideapad series in term of design, but I will make exception on this case. The lid featured some kind of rectangular pattern without any flash icon. There is only the company logo that placed in the corner. The build quality is top notch where the hinge and chassis are strong. The base holds the system nicely even when you push it with your hands.

The hardware is another important thing to talk about here. Although the price is considered as cheap, but they actually never really play with the component. On the inside, there is Intel I7 7700HQ and GTX 1050 TI that are pretty decent in the future. The RAM is also already 16GB and means you won’t have to upgrade it anymore even on the future. The 8GB RAM is too small for now where many games would require more. The Resident Evil 7 even struggling to run on that amount of RAM, but the problem completely goes when the memory is upgraded. The performance for the hardware here is not worrying and you could play any game you like without needed for adjusting the setting little low. The company really makes great job on making it appealing to everyone and not only targeting some specific consumers. I recommend to you check it further and see how it performs on you.

Lenovo Legion Y520Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 07:02:50
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Dell Alienware 13 AW13R3 7420SLV

Dell Alienware 13 AW13R3 7420SLV
Dell Alienware 13 is the compact version from their lineup series. The device is available in few different choices depending on your budget, but the 13 inch version is probably the cheapest one to approach here. The 15 inch one is better in term of hardware, but need to make you pay more. Here, the weird and unique alien design is back again without any difference. We still receive the same curve and rounded around the chassis. The weight is cutoff almost into half and feels compact. It’s usable as gaming machine or used as the personal computer for your job thanks to the compact package. The backlit keyboard supported is also back with manual adjustment that available and waiting for you to test it. The keys feel nice and tactile for communication with your friends during the gameplay. The travel distant is not too far or too close and offering enjoyable experience.

Many people will probably expect GTX 1050 as the GPU, but the thing is completely different as the GPU packed on the inside is the 1060 one. The GPU is VR ready and almost two times better than the 1050 variant. Many of games Like Assassin Creed Origin and Mass Effect Andromeda run at stable 30 FPS and more in the high setting. The framerate goes steadily from the beginning of gameplay through the end of chapter. I guess the 16GB really shows the power here. The VR game is completely playable although few settings are adjusted to the medium and minimum setting. I tried VR Chat with HTC Vive and it feels breeze at 1080 setting. The game plays smooth and there is no lag or stuttering except from the server issue that bothering me. I guess there is no anything stopping me from recommending it to you.

Dell Alienware 13 AW13R3 7420SLVMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size13.3-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage512GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 07:02:59
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HP Omen 15 AX250WM

Omen 15
The Omen 15 easily beats other competitors with the same price range and even higher than it. It features the hardware that so common in the high end product, but the company is successfully on bringing the same thing under 1000 dollars. The design is not a problem where the thing is completely satisfying. The chassis is designed from plastic, but never ever compromise the build quality. The look is familiar and really reminds me of Alienware for some reasons. I guess the main the similar thing to find here is probably the finishing touch that uses the similar colors. Opening the lid, you soon find the 1080p display above the keyboard. The display is great although not the best one. The images qualities are sharp, but the brightness is quite dim. Using it in outdoor is fully usable even you might need to adjust the brightness little. I guess they do it intentionally to save the battery life.

The gaming section feels enjoyable and satisfying during the test. Playing Mass Effect Andromeda is steady at 40 to 30 FPS most all the time. I tested it for entire week and never find any issue so far. One thing that I want to stress here is the temperature. The temperature is really well keeping in the acceptable experience. Streaming 1080p videos boosted the temperature into 85 degree and goes to the 88 degree for 5 hours. Then, the temperature would go at the same spot for even 9 hours. I was so surprised the system did the thing very well. The battery is the one that quite bad here. It plays only for around 5 hours on gaming, so make sure to carry the charger around anywhere as you need it more often for now.

HP Omen 15 AX250WMMain Specs
CPUIntel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI 4GB VRAM
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10
Memory12GB DDR4 Memory
Storage1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-09-15 20:14:03
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Acer Predator Helios 300

Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QK
If you are into with gaming for couple of years, I guess you should be very familiar with Acer product. Their Predator series remaining so popular as the main choices for the consumers mainly because the specification that high, but with cheaper price. The Predator Helios 300 is the proof that they are still capable on delivering high end product in affordable price. It sports the similar look like their high end product and many people think it as the high end one like many of my friends told about thanks to the same black and red accent sporting the package. For supporting intense gaming, they sport dual cooling system that keeps the temperature in the acceptable level as long as you play the game for hours. Heat is always a nightmare for a laptop, but the problem is completely solved here.

The metal chassis is truly beauty, but what about the other components? Well, let’s start from the keyboard. The keyboard in my opinion is decent. It feels good, but not that great. First, I have to get used with for couple hours because the layout is completely different than I thought. The backlit support is here. The only color found here is red and the color is not adjustable. I think that case is pretty normal as they already put so many things here. The audio quality is surprisingly good. It easily fills my small room with the sounds. The speakers fire powerful sounds and the vocal clarity is clear. I recommend you to play with the equalizer little for maximizing the sounds performance on listening music. It improves the sounds pretty much especially when listen to different genre of music. I leave the link below for you to check it.

Acer Predator Helios 300 G3-571-77QKMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7 7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 06:46:05
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MSI GE62VR Apache Pro 822

MSI GE62VR Apache Pro 822
MSI GE62VR is appeared to be more expensive than the list above, but everything provided here is worth for the saving. The design looks premium and like typical of MSI product. The chassis material has been ruggedized to get sure the build quality is safe when sent to the consumers. The backlit keyboard is the one thing that I like here. It’s so colorful and satisfying. Many devices at this price usually only have single color to expect, but MSI makes it even better at the same price. Sadly, the temperature goes rapidly and feels hot especially in the area around WASD keys. Luckily, the thing is still acceptable although quite bit annoying in longer usage. The main reason because that case is probably of the bloatware. All of junk apps eat RAM and slowing the system down, deleting all of them offers better performance during my test.

The 1080P display featured is basically the biggest selling point here. It uses of IPS display and offering wide viewing angles and both of images and color quality are not reduced anywhere you look at it. The screen produces 94 percent of SRGB color and streaming or playing games are enjoyable. Another thing worth to mention here is the storage. They are offering the hybrid storage as the solution for fast and big storage. The 256GB SSD is used as the system and its fast especially on the booting system that only takes few seconds until the lockscreen is popup. Then, 1TB storage is ready to save your dozen of games without any storage problem anymore. Now you can start by moving all your Steam library games into this machine. The price is more expensive, but should be worth saving for the future.

MSI GE62VR Apache Pro 822Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

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Acer Predator 15 9-593-73N6

Acer Predator 15
Acer Predator 15 is considered as great alternative especially when you have more money to spend. Playing games here are going to be enjoyable as the temperature level maintained at the very acceptable level. The temperature always becomes many problems on many products, but everything is completely different here. The company features a technology that called as Predator Frostcore that automatically cool down the system when needed without sacrifice the performance. You will hear the fan sounds quite loud when the thing goes heat. The notebook is really suitable for intense gaming session that force use to get into with it in many hours. The RGB keyboard is customizable with four differences backlight zones including the macro profile for automatic setting. The keyboard looks fantastic when you use it in the darker environment.

The GTX 1060 is designed for true intense gaming including VR if you have the device to play with it like the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. I have tested Player Unknown Battleground for entire week to test the performance. I could say that I am satisfied with the result. The game runs beautifully at the normal and high setting. This game is CPU intensively, but the I7 7th gen processor does the work pretty well. Just get sure to put it on the well ventilated place or flat surface, and you are not going to get any problem on gaming in many hours. The battery lasts shorter than I expect for around 6 or 7 hours, so the charger is your best friend here. Acer Predator 15 is worth to mention in the list especially considering the price and the performance that far from any heat, temperature issue, or stuttering because of the bloatware.

Acer Predator 15Main Specs
CPU Intel Core I7-7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1060
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 07:02:52
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Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762

Aspire E 15
Acer Aspire E 15 is the cheaper option I can recommend here. If you are kind of person that think performance is more important than design, than this one is really made for you. The look itself is completely plain and not that great. At least, the build quality is okay where the material is durable and strong. Also never expect of RGB keyboard because the thing even does not have backlit support because the budget really tight here. It’s already surprising for me where they manage to make it so cheap on this case with all of the components on the inside. As the main central, it features of Intel 8th gen Core I5 8250U that two times faster than the previous version because the number of cores are boosted into 4 or quad core for now. As the result the performance is 75 percent faster, but still at the similar power consumption.

Talking about gaming here, I only recommend taking this one only if you want to do some E-sport games like Overwatch, Rocket League, or CS Go. All of those games run easily at 60 FPS on the minimum setting. The NVIDA 150MX is basically the mobile version of 1050 in more and more low performance. I already a tested game like Battlefield 1, but it only goes stuck around 40 FPS all the time. I do not really know if should call it as playable since FPS is all about the speed. The lower frame we receive means slower times to take us to make response to the situation. If the users can stand with it and you think it as okay, then you are in good way here. Acer is crazy enough to provide this product in this price range.

Aspire E 15 E5-576G-5762Main Specs
CPUIntel Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 150MX
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB SSD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 07:03:14
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ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD

ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VD
I think the list will not be complete without mentioning the product from ASUS especially when they are so famous and popular on the case. On gaming machine, you probably will hear few notable names like Razer, Acer, and including of ASUS. Their ROG lineup are widely accepted and used as the choice for many E-sport gamers in the world championship. The STRIX GL703VD is the cheaper version from the series that brings pretty decent things for the price. The design is brought similarly like other variants where the company plays with black or red accent to surround the package. Here, they just leave it completely black with only red accent logo on the lid. The look remaining beauty when I compare it with other products like Dell Inspiron 7000 that available at the similar price.

The Windows 10 is pre-installed as the operating system which is almost free from any bloatware although some of them noticeable. Just delete it from the Control Panel when you think it is not necessary. The system is powered by Intel I7 processor 7th gen alongside the GTX 1050 that capable of running demanding task for works and of course gaming. One complaint here is the usage of HDD rather than using SSD. The FireCuda SSHD is faster than normal HDD, but not that fast than SSD now. The HDD not making any slowdown during the gameplay, but gives impact on the booting process that now slower and opening application like Photoshop takes longer time. But, with big name from ASUS and the specs that great for the price, I think this is the right time for swapping your old laptop and replace it with this unit.

ASUS ROG STRIX GL703VDMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7 7700HQ 2.8 GHZ
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size17.3 inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage1TB FireCuda HDD

Last price update: 2018-09-16 07:03:34
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Dell Inspiron I577 7359BLK

Dell Inspiron I577 7359BLK
Dell Inspiron I577 is cheaper version of the Inspiron series that I previously mention above. The price difference between these devices around 100 dollars and you expect slightly slower performance. The GTX 1060 is swapped with GTX 1060 as the return for the price. The GPU is not ready for VR games, but you really know that VR games now are not too great especially on buying the VR device that takes almost the same price for the laptop itself. Here, we can save more money and spending it on buying the games on Steam. There are thousands of new games, indie games, and AAA choices that wait for you to pick it, but only if we have penny to spend.

Talking about the specifications, the things on the inside are completely similar. The hybrid storage is back with SSD support for the system and 1TB storage for saving important stuff and games. The 8GB RAM is already in DDR4 and upgradable to the 32GB if necessary. The back cover is easy to open and just have to swap it with the new one. The battery life itself goes down faster and only takes 5 hours to completely it off. The result is not bad especially when considering the price is already cheap. There is always the point need to sacrifice for the cheap price. This product is a perfect choice for anyone in tight budget, but still expects decent performance. Just check the product later and take it back home when you are ready. The choice is always on you.

Dell Inspiron I577 7359BLKMain Specs
CPU Intel Core I7 7700HQ 2.7 GHZ
GraphicsNVIDIA GTX 1050
Display Size15.6-inch
OSWindows 10 Home
Memory8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage128GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last price update: 2018-09-15 18:02:46

Final Thought

Those are information I know about it. Choices are widely available for gaming laptop depending on the needs and budget. Not all of expensive things are great, but the cheaper one is also worth to approach. The good example is the Dell Inspiron 15 that provides GTX 1060 for only under 1000 dollars. It backs to us on deciding which one is good and not. I have provided the best one above and I think one of them is perfect for you. I just hope the information provided above is enough for you take the consideration. At last, thank you for reading the article and just leave the comment for further assistance regarding the article.




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