Portable bang-for-buck Performance: 3 budget gaming laptops for 2017

So much stigma surrounds gaming laptops. Some of this is warranted, with some laptops being outrageously priced in comparison to desktop counterparts in terms of components and performance. Sometimes, though, we gamers need a machine to tide us over while on the move or something we can game on until the small hours of the morning, all from the comfort of our beds.

CES 2017 certainly entailed some questionable moves from some companies, with Acer showcasing a $9000 laptop. Yes, $9000. We at QuestMode have yet to find an answer as to why. Why, Acer? Just… why?

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The Acer Predator 21X – Beauty, Beast.. or both?

Although this laptop is well out of our price range (and most other people’s), there were a few others that were revealed, that certainly won’t break the bank, or rob it, in the case of Acer’s monster.

Dell Inspiron 15 7000 (7567)

 

dell-inspiron-15-7000-gaming-image_1-720x480-c.jpgAlthough Dell are more known for their Alienware brand of laptops for mobile gaming, the Inspiron 15 7000 (7567) certainly came out swinging at CES 2017. This 15.6″, Full HD offering, sporting either a GTX1050 or 1050ti, depending on what skew you opt for, certainly showed us that Dell has other cards up it’s sleeve on the gaming front, and we’d definitely be happy, having been dealt this hand. It does have a TN panel though, we would have loved to have seen an IPS display on this, just to bring it home.

This reviewer absolutely loves this sleek design, with its’ clean lines and beastly red accents, showing that this laptop has some fire under the hood. The base model will sset you back a modest $799, rocking a 7th Generation, Kaby Lake Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor, 8GB RAM and 1TB of SSHD storage. Should you need more horsepower than the above, Dell’s website has pricing and spec sheets available for all models available.

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Acer Aspire VX15

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Fitting in with the seemingly industry standard black and red gaming laptop, the Acer Aspire VX15 is another bang-for-your-buck notebook, again starting at $799 for a base model that sports Nvidia’s Pascal based GTX1050. The 1050ti model is said to be priced at around $1000.

Connectivity is a bit more advanced on this in comparison to the Dell above. It has a USB-C port that the Dell doesn’t, both notebooks sharing mostly the same ports apart from this. The Full HD IPS panel will be sure to give users a great gaming experience on the go. Impressive, again, for this price point.

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Lenovo Legion Y520/Y570

 

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Arguably the most exciting of the bunch are two entries that launched a new gaming line from Lenovo, namely, the Legion Y520 and Y570. Both featuring a 15.6″ display, up to seventh-generation Intel Core i7 processors, Nvidia’s Pascal based graphics cards, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, and either a 512GB SSD or a 2TB hard drive, these laptops could be a force to be reckoned with. IPS panels come on both models, thankfully.

The Y720 packs a serious punch, housing Nvidia’s GTX1060 6GB variant and a 4K display. It’s keyboard features full RGB backlighting, possibly a Razer Chroma-enabled variant, due to the fact that Razer and Lenovo have had a working relationship for awhile now. It also sports a Thunderbolt 3 port, which future proofs the laptop in a way, due to the rise and development of Thunderbolt 3 eGPU enclosures such as the Razer Core. This laptop is more of an honorable mention here though, said to cost $1899, which is hardly budget based.

Another nice feature is the fact that both laptops will have an onboard Xbox One wireless receiver. This is a welcome inclusion, great for those that have yet to fully commit to PC gaming peripherals.

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We’re sure that 2017 will be a great year for gaming. The mobile gaming scene is sure to follow suit, if these budget bangers are anything to go by!

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