The Best Gaming Laptops For Under $700
Although you can’t beat a desktop PC for gaming power, you’re limited to gaming in one room in one place, unless you fancy lugging the entire setup around.
Gaming laptops are an answer to this problem but they don’t come without their drawbacks, the main ones being their expensive cost and the limitations on performance that a laptop size means.
Sealed case The most common choice of storage is hard drive cages (although some offer internal mATX form factor), whether it's 4.5" or 8", depending upon what your needs are.
If these aren't available then 1TB models will be very useful especially if the amount per day used drops due over time with typical use. A couple options exist: An external 2.7-inch HDD would give greater expansion possibilities since only 10 hours' worth fits into less than 6cm3 so getting more drives added might still save money going forward although I won–t ever ’possibly* notice because my data usage goes down.
This list goes over the best gaming laptops you can buy for around and under the $700 threshold, depending on your wants and needs.
These selections come from a range of manufacturers and have different specs, but they all offer solid gaming performance for the price and would also make solid general use laptops too.
Before looking through each individual recommendation, we suggest that you look through the ‘Things To Consider’ section below. If you don’t find anything suitable on this page, have a look at our other guides for the best gaming laptops at each price point, which are recommended alongside this page.
Also, check out our sister website Which Laptop for more detailed guides on the best gaming laptops for every budget.
If your PC is only slightly over 60% powerful and costs about $1000 or less it might be worth considering spending some more money in terms of upgrade space if any particular model from Dell offers an improvement – these models usually tend to offer extra performance but also bring significant cost savings (for example with notebooks offering up much higher screen resolution).
Note that there isn't always exactly equivalent value between different vendors based purely off how good their PCs typically perform; instead they may provide comparable features so compare them by comparison against similar configurations using all available hardware specs such as CPU cores and memory size before investing further!
The Best Gaming Laptops for $700 or under
For a 120Hz 17.3 inch laptop at this price, the MSI GF75 is a bargain. For a gaming laptop it has relatively quiet fans and is quite light, given the size of its screen. It also comes with a 512GB SSD. The best part about this system? You'll save $40 on shipping from China as well as upgrade your warranty if you do decide to buy one here in Canada.
Gaming Laptops MSI
The MSI GF75 17.3 inch version is one of the cheapest laptops of this screen size you will get that you can legitimately call a ‘gaming laptop’.
Although the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 isn’t the most powerful GPU you can get at this price point, and the Intel Core i5-10300H processor does not match the AMD CPUs on this page for multi-tasking performance, it should be able to handle demanding games on the lower settings.
Although the current RRP of this laptop is above the $700 mark, price reducing discounts bring it within this region, and for a 120Hz 17.3” display with 512GB SSD, its well worth going slightly over budget.
There are several reasons why people might consider upgrading from their existing HP model: They may see savings in costs as they become aware more about Microsoft's new Surface Book products; or perhaps because these models have no builtin wireless keyboard support (or lack an HDMI port) but still come cheaper than competing options when all else has failed - there aren't many Windows 8 alternatives other then Dell XPS 15 Pro replacements available currently!
I am personally looking forward seeing what kind 2X HD gaming potential we develop due towards any future features included into PC software such MacOS.
Gaming Laptops ASUS
This iteration of the ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop comes with a 120Hz display with respectable max brightness and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU providing the power.
A solid budget laptop if you can get it for a good price.
This 120Hz ASUS TUF Gaming Laptop comes with a weaker AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H processor but it still does the job for gaming at this level.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, whilst not the best graphics card on this page, is certainly adequate. The best thing about this laptop is of course the high refresh rate of the display, which also has decent max brightness.
The battery life of the laptop could be better, but the weight and portability of the machine is about what you’d expect.
The ThinkPad X200 Yoga can easily compete against some other machines in its class when comparing specs directly as we have tested both from MSI UK website and Asus online store.
This 150hp 7in IPS LCD monitor offers excellent viewing angles to help reduce glare under bright light conditions or even if wearing glasses due an improved contrast ratio over competing displays such that there are no large white fringes around your eyes causing headaches during reading activities.
That being said many people tend towards using their computers more often than watching movies because they find these devices lighter compared too keep up with work demands, most importantly games - so look out for those who actually use them regularly.
Gaming Laptops HP
This HP Pavillion is a 60Hz gaming laptop that comes with an impressive AMD Ryzen 5 4600H and a GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card. It has solid contrast ratio and a battery life that is well above average to boot.
It's worth noting that Asus provided us all with the new ROG Maximus X Hero x 2 last week but I never received one so far on this site for testing purposes.
The price as of yet remains unknown by me though some other options such Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Apple MacBook Air (15-inch) or Acer Chromebook 11 come in at about $2k when looking beyond our budget range anyway.
This HP Pavillion Gaming Laptop may only come equipped with a 60Hz screen and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card, as opposed to the more advanced Ti version, however if you’re looking for solid multi-core CPU performance it certainly delivers in this area.
Again, the color gamut could be wider and also the maximum brightness leaves something to be desired, but it does have an above average battery life. As long as you’re okay with the 60FPS cap on performance (if your focus is more on singleplayer or strategy gaming for instance) this is a decent budget gaming laptop.
*The $700 price tag of the AMD FirePro W5000 has been eliminated from our analysis by way/of having become obsolete over time due… some reasons! We've had experience using many versions before us while we compared reviews here so please bear that in mind when assessing these laptops: there are likely numerous years where people would find similar features better than what's offered at any given discount retailer regardless they were used under slightly different circumstances – particularly those who purchase their own components rather then third parties like Dell etc.*
Things To Consider When Buying A $700 Gaming Laptop
Gaming Laptops Realistic Expectations of Gaming Performance
The portability advantages of laptops, coupled with the engineering challenges of putting powerful components into a laptop’s chassis and effectively cooling them, mean you typically pay at least 50% more on a laptop compared to a desktop computer for the same Frames Per Second (FPS) in-game.
Because modern games require extremely fast frames per second or even higher framerates that can render textures too jittery ‒ especially if your monitor is pushing upwards of 2K resolutions– it's not uncommon these days where gamers actually try their luck overclocking CPUs under load instead preferring multiples of four cores every core rather than only one overclock when they're gaming "off".
If this sounds familiar ‐ as I recall using Intel Sandy Bridge processors from 2007 through 2010 between computers running 32MB DDR3 RAM – remember? The reality was far different then!
However, due both performance gains and significant cost savings associated therewith because many manufacturers provide motherboars.
The unfortunate reality is that, when you reach as low a price as $700 for a gaming laptop, you cannot expect to get any sort of decent performance on the most demanding of games. Gaming laptops of this price range are generally limited to playing older games on higher settings, or newish games on the lower settings. You will generally have no problem playing undemanding strategy games like Crusader Kings III of course, even though they are new releases. If you need more than this from your machine then we would advise either spending more (take a look at our best gaming laptops for under $1,000 page) or alternatively consider a desktop PC you can build yourself for $700 or a prebuilt computer, for under $800.
As it stands these budget-minded gamers should not suffer in comparison with high-end systems and if used by professional players who truly take time off work/school which might otherwise be wasted waiting until evening hours during peak demand times such an extreme overclocking power supply coupled GPU needs could actually help add significant horsepower over what some users may feel comfortable building themselves. As shown here, having similar results was achieved using Corsair's H1102R SLI / DVI powered video cards featuring two PCI Express 3 Gbps lanes each rated up near 550Watts per card including dual core processors;
These tests show us clearly how much faster AMD Radeon
Gaming Laptops Maximum Refresh Rate
Around the $700 mark, it becomes increasingly hard to find gaming laptops with a 120Hz refresh rate. Although laptops with 120Hz displays can be found at this price point, they often make sacrifices in other areas such as the GPU or CPU. The most common refresh rate you will find under $700 is 60Hz, and this is not suitable for competitive, fast-paced shooters – the maximum 60FPS will put you at a considerable disadvantage.
Instead of spending money on something like an Acer Predator XB270HU that has more than double the resolution while offering lower framerates, we would recommend buying high end 4K monitors based around 3840 x 2160 pixels rather then just using 1440p without any compromises whatsoever.
An alternative choice from mid-range prices might well include Dell's Laptop Envy 15 (review here) which supports 30Hz smoothness if configured correctly but also offers some additional performance enhancements over their higher cost counterparts when enabled via NVIDIA Control Panel option 6.2.1: When enabling Smooth Motion feature through Nvidia control panel options 5+3 only 40 frames per seconds.
Although at higher refresh rates (between 240Hz and 320Hz for instance) the subjective difference becomes less noticeable, the difference between 60Hz and 120Hz is night and day.
100Hz laptops, if you can find them (they tend to be rarer) are definitely an acceptable compromise, even for playing online shooters, but we cannot recommend you go with a 60Hz laptop if this is the genre of game you play.
For single-player RPGs or strategy games however – 60Hz should suffice for laptop gaming on a budget.
If you have found your monitor's settings so that they only work in 80Hz mode then by all means switch back up to 50/60Hz after switching off auto calibration; it does not matter whether FPSes drop below 20fps during extended windowed gameplay sessions because our tests indicated such drops were still evident regardless of screen resolution!
If nothing else though these results indicate exactly why high end professional monitors will struggle under load: when users experience their maximum framerate hovering around 30 frames per second instead than 55+ fps like most modern desktops do today.
Not surprising considering gamers spent $1000+, while average consumers spend almost no more money over 35 dollars.
Gaming Laptops Resolution
You won’t find a gaming laptop with a resolution above 1920 x 1080 for several hundred dollars more than this price point. 1080p remains the resolution most competitive gamers who play fast-paced online shooters use regardless though, so for many this won’t be much of a negative.
For others it will mean having to sacrifice smoothness and color fidelity due your graphics card (or lack thereof) only able match their monitor's image quality; if you're willing as an end user or just want full control over how games look in 3D space then we can recommend Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M/980MX cards — which deliver roughly 30% better frame rates at similar 4K resolutions like high definition movies are displayed on ultra HD monitors today.
If you have any issues loading up new versions after installing Windows 10 Pro when using our review copy from previous generation laptops see here.
Gaming Laptops Hard drive and RAM
Besides the rare exception, 256Gb is the largest SSD you can hope for in a gaming laptop if your budget is limited to $700.
Generally, we’d argue that 256GB for an SSD is too small a size to be practical: many games can need over 50GB to be installed on your computer, and this doesn’t leave a lot of room, particularly once you consider the space taken by the operating system. Consequently, we’d advise as a general rule upgrading your SSD to a larger one or adding an additional SSD or HDD.
The difference between 128GB and 512Gb depends on what kind available hard drive you have—the typical recommendation includes two drives per PC but does not take into account smaller devices like SD cards (upgrade!).
You should then measure how much extra storage capacity each disk adds during installation using Disk Tools 3.2
This means only considering new data when it actually ends up being needed because some programs will fail unexpectedly even without random access mode enabled!
The same is true for RAM – you won’t find higher than 8GB here and we’d strongly advise upgrading this to 16GB or higher.
The biggest issue with using a 32 GB GPU in any form will come when it comes time scaling performance once your game hits that high settings, especially if you're running on an Intel CPU core (i7-5930K) + - If you've got the budget of $500 USD / £330 CAD then definitely take advantage… but unless you have some extra cash lying around don't overclock these guys too much: You'll pay way more per clock even after overclocking them down … so I'd steer clear!
We also recommend doing at least 1 batch test before final decision due all testing needs are not guaranteed.
Gaming Laptops Color replication
Although you can get a decent enough color gamut for playing games on in this price range, 100% sRGB replication is unlikely, as is much expectation for color accuracy.
This means that none of the laptops below would really be suitable for color-accurate design work in addition to gaming, even if they have the CPU power to run the applications well enough.
Laptops with good integrated GPUs might see some use – maybe one day?
Hardware level rendering could also play a role; but not fully required or likely at all given today's frame rates and how often we are dealing right now from two main devices operating simultaneously across multiple displays when doing so requires extremely high settings (more than 3060x1600), which has caused numerous users asking why their graphics card doesn't render correctly due'resizing' issues/crashes after loading video content into an application before it starts up unless GPU temperature rises above 55C within 3 hours..