Despite discouragements from time to time by hardcore gamers, it is possible to acquire a wallet friendly gaming computer. There are some great value mobile computers which you can obtain for under $500. They may not be able to fully serve the demanding needs of sophisticated RPG and FSP games released over the last two years, but a few gaming laptops under $500 can still provide enough muscle to play many of them at their lowest game settings.
What you should consider.
Being aware of what you need is very essential if you are to satisfy your gaming need. Your desktop gaming computer defines what games you play and having a laptop can be a back-up or alternative gaming station that you can bring with you on a camping trip or a visit to your friend. If you want an exact duplicate, nothing less than a high end gaming laptop will do. But if you just do casual gaming while on the road, are budget-constrained, or don’t mind using the lowest game setting for your favorite game, a more affordable laptop like those in the sub-$500 range will do.
Having said that, there is not a perfect machine in existence. Various laptops even in the same price point have different features and it is not unlikely that one has a feature the other does not have. This is just how the brands spread the appeal of their products to as wide a market as possible for a given demographics. Do you want the largest laptop screen for your money? The most powerful CPU and GPU? The largest hard disk capacity? The largest RAM? The longest battery life? Or the lightest and slimmest? You can’t have all of these unless you’re prepared to go into the $2000 plus price points. You will have to juggle them towards a compromised mix that will give you the gaming experience under $500.
Today’s dual and quad core engines can play all the games released to date with the higher clock speeds doing a better job than others. Unfortunately, for most practical purposes, manufacturers of general use laptops leave out the graphics engine or GPU since it is not as important as the CPU in most computing tasks. It is the GPU that distinguishes gaming laptops from the rest. In fact, the most expensive top of the line or flagship laptop from any consumer computer maker is almost always a gaming laptop. That’s because apart from video editing, the most resource-intensive consumer application for a computer comes from games. Not just any game, but games like Battlefield 3, Crysis 3 Metro 2033, Alan Wake or Max Payne 3.
A screen which is 15” should serve you well but a 17” would be better. Just be aware that prices go up with the screen size with all things equal. Nearly all laptop screens sport a widescreen (16:9) aspect ratio and high definition starting at 1366 x 768 to full 1920 x 1080, with 1600 x 900 as the most common among 17-inch screens. Also be aware that your laptop’s gaming muscle will also depend on the resolution.
Indeed the limiting factor for a laptop to be a gaming laptop is GPU. They provide the computational processing muscle that renders the polygonal shapes and colors that paint the images frame by frame on your monitor. The higher the screen resolution, the more computing demands are placed on the GPU. A good GPU should at least be able to paint at around 30 frames per second (fps) so that no image judder or puttering can get you to miss the action and fail in your scoring.
It is unlikely you will find midrange GPU cards under $500. Our threshold is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 which is quite common at this price point and lower but still has enough juice to satisfy a casual gamer who don’t mind using a lower game setting for some of the more demanding games released since 2011/2012.
Hard disk storage is another area to consider. Solid state drives are great for a diminished weight and slimmer body but you rarely will find them at this price point. A 500GB capacity is quite common in the SATA standard, followed by 750 GB drives. In addition, there is now an increasing trend to forego with optical drives but gamers who download games or use USB drives shouldn’t worry.
Just like at any price point, there are good and not-so-good laptops. Finding a gaming laptop at the sub-$500 point can be a real challenge. But guided by our threshold GPU, here are few great value laptops at this price point that can satisfy a casual gamer.
Bang For The Buck – Gaming Laptops Under 500 Reviews 2013
Just a few dollars above this price point, this Lenovo G500 model offers one of the better value laptops at $513.00 discounted from its list price of $539.00. Powered by a high-end dual core 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3230M clocked at 2.6 GHz with 3 MB Cache and supported by a 4 GB DDR3 system RAM, it offers a 15.6-inch LED backlit display with a low HD resolution of 1366 x 768. What qualifies this as a modest gaming laptop is its Intel HD 4000 GPU integrated to the core processor, our minimum recommended GPU for a gaming laptop. Hardware-wise, it comes with the 802.11b/g/n WiFi, a 500 GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, a DVD-rewritable optical drive, a webcam, and a5-hour battery housed in a light 5.7lbs body. It comes pre-loaded with the Windows 8 OS.
Another HP Pavilion G500 offers a more wallet friendly $399.99 discounted from $469.99. The only difference is that this model is powered down to a lower-end dual core i3-3120M clocked at 2.5 GHz with the same 3 MB Cache. It also comes with the same 4GB DDR3 system RAM, a 500GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm and an optical drive housed in the same 5.7lb body. The 15-6-inch display features the same low HD resolution and LED backlighting and is driven by the same Intel HD 4000 GPU that makes it just as muscles as a modest gaming laptop of casual gamers.
Not exactly a sub-$500 laptop, but we would be remiss in not giving credit for this highly able laptop that is just $529.83 discounted from a list price that is closer to a $1000 laptop at $844. With a gorgeous 17.3-inch LED-backlit display having a medium HD resolution of 1600 x 900, this HP Pavilion is powered by a 4th generation mid-performance dual core Intel Core i3-4000M clocked at 2.4 GHz. Never mind that it is only dual core, as even some of the most demanding games are not designed to fully take advantage of quad core processing. But what sets it as a powerful gaming laptop at its humble price is the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 which has become standard for many dual core Haswell-architected laptops. Depending on the clock speed setting and the games, this GPU is roughly 30% – 60% faster than the HD Graphics 4000 which is our recommended minimum graphics engine for a decent gaming laptop. That means that while it won’t play Company of Heroes 2, Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag, and Need for Speed: Rivals, it can play Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Metro: Last Light, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Saints Row 4, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Crysis 3 and a few others at low game settings. It should have no problem playing Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm, Grid 2, Dead Space 3, Dishonored, World of Tanks 8 and many more at medium to high game settings at default or lower screen resolution. As far hardware features are concerned, it has 6 GB DIMM System Ram, a 750 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive, and comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS.
Pared down to $489.99 from its MSRP of $739, this HP Pavilion is powered by the AMD Quad-core A6-5200 clocked at 2 GHz and supported by a 4 GB DIMM system RAM. It comes with a widescreen 17.3-inch LED backlit display with a medium HD resolution of 1600 x 900. One of the few sub-$500 laptops that can be considered a poor man’s gaming workstation, its graphics engine is the AMD Radeon HD8400 integrated with the A-Series processor. Its game graphics performance is at the top of the Radeon 8000 series, considered on par with a dedicated Radeon HD 6490M, and is roughly the equivalent of the Intel HD Graphics 4000, our minimum GPU to be considered a gaming laptop. What this means is that it won’t play Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light, Crysis 3, Hitman: Absolution, Total War: Rome 2 or Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag and a few others, but it can play Call of Duty: Ghosts, Battlefield 4, Batman: Arkham Origins, Diablo 3, Far Cry 3 The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Anno 2070 and a many more at low game settings. Others like Dead Space 3, CounterStrike: GO and Fifa 2011 can be played at medium settings, while games like Fifa 12 and 13 can be played at high game settings at default or lower screen resolution. Hardware features include a 500 GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, and the HP TrueVision HD webcam housed in a body weighing only 6 lbs. It comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS.
Acer Aspire V3 551G-X419
Not exactly under $500, but with a few dollars more at $574.95, we could not overlook the value of this laptop at this price point. Powered by the quad core AMD Trinity A-Series A10-4600M with 6 MB cache, clocked at 2.3GHz, and supported by a 6GB DDR3 system RAM, this Acer Aspire model offers a typical 15.6-inch LED backlit screen with the lowest HD resolution (1366 x 768) driven by two graphics engines in asymmetric Crossfire configuration – the AMD Radeon HD 7660G integrated with the A10 CPU and a dedicated entry level HD 7670M GPU with its own 2GB video memory. This configuaratn puts it at par with the GeForce GT 650M and slightly less muscled than the GeForce GTX 480M or Radeon HD 8790M. In some games, users can experience micro stuttering which is typical of dual cards that perform alternate frame rendering. It comes with a 750GB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM and a DVD multilayers optical drive, all packaged in a 1.3-inch profile and weighing only 5.74 lbs. The purchase price included a preloaded Windows 8 OS.
ASUS K55 Series K55N-DB81 AMD A-Series
With a bargain basement price of $449.99, this Asus offers the casual gamer with what could be the best gaming moments without breaking his/her bank. Offering a modest 1366 x 768 HD screen resolution on a 15.6-inch display, this Asus model is powered by a poor man’s processor, the AMD Trinity A-Series A8-4500M clocked at 1.90GHz with 6GB DDR3 system RAM. With an AMD Radeon HD 7640G in the mid-tier Class 3 Category GPUs integrated into the A8 CPU, this Asus offers reasonable gaming muscle just slightly better than the Intel HD Graphics 4400 integrated in some Haswell CPUs. Casual gamers can play some of the more demanding RPG and FSP games at the low to medium game details at the default or lower screen resolution. Don’t expect Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light, Hitman: Absolution, Dishonored, Call of Duty: black Ops 2, Crysis 3 or Far Cry to play on this machine. However, Fifa 13, Counterstrike: Go, and SIM3 will play at the high game setting It is installed with a 750GB SATA hard disk drive and a dual layer DVD optical drive and comes bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8.0.
Acer Aspire V5-552G-8632 AMD A-Series
This is another Asus Aspire we can’t pass up with just $29.00 above the $500 price point. Powered by the AMD Trinity A8-5557M clocked at 2.1 GHz, this laptop has a bare minimum 4GB onboard RAM (upgradable to 12 GB RAM with an 8GB DDR3 added to its single SODIMM socket). Its typical 15.6-inch LED backlit screen with the lowest HD resolution (1377 x 768) is driven by a competent Class 2 AMD Radeon HD 8750 graphics engine with its own 2GB video RAM . This is slightly below the NVidia GeForce GT 640M/ GT 735M and at par with the HD Graphics 5200 integrated with the Haswell CPUs. At this price point, we were delighted that it could play nearly all demanding games at low to medium game settings at the default resolution, while only a few like the Assassin’s Creed 3, and Hitman: Absolution couldn’t play at all. Even the highly demanding Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light, and Company of Heroes 2 can play at low settings. Data storage is served with a modest 500GB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM, and no optical drive. At 4.5 lbs light, this Aspire certainly has several hardware compromise to get the price down but you are essentially paying for its graphics ability that makes it an excellent choice not only among casual gamers but even among young gamers on their way to becoming serious.
MSI C Series CX61 0OC-833US
Known for its upscale gaming laptops, MSI enters the budget markets with the C Series priced close to the $500 range. This model is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3230M clocked at 2.60GHz and supported by a 6GB DDR3 system RAM. It typical 15.6-inch LED backlit screen sports the lowest HD resolution at 1377 x 768 and is driven by a competent Class 3 Category NVidia GeForce GT 710M , putting it at par or slightly lower than the Intel HD Graphics 5000 and more muscled than the AMD Radeon HD 6630M/7650M. It can’t play Company of Heroes 2, Crysis 3, Assassin’s Creed 3, or Metro: Last Light, but it can play most other recent game releases at low to medium game settings at the default resolution. It can play CounterStrike: Go, Sims 3 and Fifa 13 at its highest game settings, while Diablo 3, Dishonored and Dead Space 3 can be played at their next to highest settings. It comes with modest 500GB hard disk running at 5400 RPM, an optical super-multi optical drive, and is bundled with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition.
TOSHIBA Satellite L55-A5278
At $579.99, this Toshiba Satellite doesn’t really qualify as being under $500, but why quibble over a few dollars more when you can have an excellent gaming value at that price? It is powered by the a 3rd generation ULV processor Intel Core i5 3337U clocked at 1.80GHz with its integrated HD Graphics 4000. But rather than use this, Toshiba installed a dedicated Class 2 graphics engine in the NVIDIA GeForce GT 740M to drive its standard 1366 x 768 resolution 15.6-inch LED backlit TruBrite screen. With the exception of Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light, it can play all the video games released to date at medium to high settings at the default resolution. It comes with a 4GB DDR3 system RAM upgradeable to 16GB on a dual SODIMM slot. With a modest 500GB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM , a 4-in-one multimedia card reader, and the DVD super-multi optical drive, this Satellite L55-A5278 weighs slightly less than 5 lbs with a thin 0.96-inch profile. It has WiFi, 2 USB 3.0 and 1 US 2.0 as well as VGA and HDMI ports. and can process DTS sound over two speakers. It comes bundled with Windows 8 OS.
HP Pavilion G6t
Powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5-3210M CPU clocked at 2.5 GHz (up to 3.1 GHZ on turbo boost) with 6GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 16GB on its dual SODIMM slots, this sub $500 HP Pavilion with its 15.6-inch low HD resolution (1366 x 768) display makes for a delightful gaming option among budget conscious gamers thanks to its Class 3 category AMD Radeon HD 7670M using its own 1GB video RAM. It can’t play the recently released Company of Heroes 2, or Hitman: Absolution game titles but can play all the other demanding RPG and FSP games at low to medium game settings at the default resolution. It can even play Counterstrike: Go, SIMS 3, World of Warcraft and Fifa 13 at their highest settings as well as Grid 2, BioShake Infinite, Dead Space 3, Diablo 3, Dishonored, and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm at the second to the highest game settings. It comes with a 500 GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM, a DVD super-multi optical drive, and a multiformat media card for a backpack friendly 5.46 lbs and a slim 1.43-inch profile. It comes bundled with the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition OS.
This Lenovo G505s is powered by the AMD Trinity A-Series A8-5550M clocked at 2.1GHz and supported by a 4GB DD3 system RAM upgradable to 8GB on a single SODIMM slot. Sporting a 15.6-inch display with the lowest HD resolution (1377 x 728), what can endear this laptop to casual and the not so serious gamers is its dedicated Class 3 AMD Radeon HD 8570M with its dedicated 2GB video card. This is roughly the equivalent of the NVidia GeForce GT 630M and performs slightly better than the GeForce GT 720M. It can’t play the recent Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light, Guild Wars 2, and Crysis 3, but it can seamlessly play all the other the demanding games released over the last 2 years at low to medium settings. Some games like Counterstrike: Go, Diablo 3, Fifa 13 and SIMS 3 can be played at their highest game settings at the default resolution, while games like Dead Space 3, Dishonored and World of Warcarft can be played at a step lower than their Ultra-High game settings. Data storage comes with a modest 500GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM and a standard DVD writer/reader optical drive. It has a 720p HD webcam, built-in stereo speakers, and a 2-in01 media card read, along with a VGA, HDMI, and USB 3 /2 ports to add to its light 5.3-lb weight and a slime 1-inch profile. It comes preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.
This Asus A55VD is powered by the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3230M clocked at 2.60GHz (up to 3.5 with turbo boost) supported by a 6GB DDR3 system memory upgradable to 8GB on two sockets. Its 15.6-inch LED backlit display sports a modest 1366 x 768 HD resolution driven by a dedicated class 4 NVidia GeForce GT 610 graphics engine, allowing it to play only a few of the most demanding RPG and FDP games released over the last 2 years at low game settings at the default resolution. Admittedly, this Asus A55VD NS51 offers one of the least bang for the buck as a gaming laptop at this price point. Company of Heroes 2, Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light, BiodShock: Infinite, SimCity cannot be played, while Grid 2 and StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm can only be played at the lowest setting. Its class 4 GPU is several notches below the threshold HD Graphic 4000 and should be considered only by the least demanding of casual gamers. Data storage is most with its 500GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 ROM, It has a webcam, a VGA and HDMI port, a single USB 2.0 and a dual USB 3.0 port. It comes preloaded with a 64-bit Windows 8 OS.
HP Pavilion G7-2238nr
At $478.31, the HP Pavilion G7-2238nr sports a large 17.3” LED-backlit display with 1600 x 900 resolution that makes for a superlative HD video watching experience. Powered by the AMD Dual core A6-4400M clocked at 2.7 GHz and supported by a 4 GB DDR RAM, this laptop comes with its own separate AMD Radeon HD 7520G graphic engine which is about 11% faster than the Intel HD Graphics 4000 – our minimum threshold to be considered a gaming laptop. It provides above average gaming abilities for some of the sophisticated FPS games and RPGs on the market at low to medium setting while some like Fifa 12/13, Diablo 3 and Counter Strike: Go can be played in their highest game settings..
HP Pavilion G7-2220us
Discounted to $489.99 from its $549.99 regular price, the HP Pavilion G7-2220us sports a 17.3-inch LED-backlit LCD display driven by a discrete AMD Radeon HD 7520 GPU with its own 2GB graphic memory. Best recommended for the casual gamer who don’t mind playing some of the most demanding games released in 2010-12 in low to medium game settings, this pavilion is powered by the AMD dual core A6-4400M clocked at 2.7GHz and a system RAM of 4 GB DDR3. It comes with a 500GB SATA drive and DVD writer/readers housed in a 6.6-lb body.
Acer Aspire V3-551-8469
Slightly more able than the Pavilion G7-222us is the Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 thanks to a 10% beefier AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics engine with its own 512MB video RAM that drives its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen with 1366 x 768 HD resolution. Despite a cheaper $439.91, it is powered by a more muscled AMD quad core A8-4500M clocked at 1.9GHz and a 4GB SDRAM. It is likewise recommended for casual PC gamers who don’t mind playing RPG and FSP games released 2010 onwards at low to medium game settings that will not maximize its HD screen resolution. Read our in depth review on Acer Aspire V3-551-8469 best gaming laptop under 500.
At a cent less than $500,the Asus A55A-AH51 has been heavily discounted from its $689.99 suggested retail price and can be considered a good value for a slim 1-incvh thick laptop, weighing just 5.8 lbs and powered by a 3rd generation dual core i5-310M clocked at 2.5GHz with 4GB DDR3 system RAM. Its 15/6-inch LED backlit display with 1366 x68 resolution is powered by an integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, the minimum threshold to be considered a gaming laptop for 2013.
Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-10000BLK
At $469 (others at $425, new), this Dell Inspiron runs on a 3rd generation dual core Intel Core i5-3337U with a 3 Mb L3 cache and clocked at 1.8HGz that can be boosted up to 2.7 GHZ It comes with a 4 GB DDR3 system RAM while its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen has 1366 x 768 HD resolution driven by the Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated with the Ivy Bridge CPU. This is our minimum GPU to qualify a laptop for casual gamers, enabling it to play many of the most demanding RPG and FSP games released in 2011/12 at low settings while a few can be played at medium settings. . Some games like Eder Scrolls V, Allan Wake, Hitman: Absolution and Assassin’s Creed III, however, will not play, while games like Fifa 13 can be played at high game settings. There’s a 500 GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm and an 8x DVD writer optical drive and housed in superb texture matte black finish on a body. It comes bundled with Windows 8, 32-bit OS.
HP Pavilion g6-2278DX
HP’s G-series covers an entire range of laptops that can satisfy casual gamers and even enable serious gamers to play some of the demanding games at low to medium game setting while away from their gaming workstations at home. The G6 line sports a 15.6 inch BrightView HD screen at 1366 x 768 resolution and this particular model is powered by the AMD quad core A8-4500 CPU with a 4GB DDR3 system RAM. At a wallet-friendly price of $479.95, the HP Pavilion G6-2278DX uses the AMD Radeon HD 7640G discrete-class GPU which is more muscled than the Intel HD Graphics 4000. While it may be challenged to play Elder Scrolls V even at low game settings, laptops with the HD 7640G GPU can play many other sophisticated RPG and FSP games released in 2012 at low to medium game settings. The G6-2268DX comes with a 640GB SATA hard drive and a multi-format DVD/CD writer optical drive. It is preinstalled with Windows 8 and a one-year WebRoot SecureAnywhere internet security software licensed for 3 PCs.
HP Pavilion g7-2243us
Powered by an AMD quad core A8-4500M clocked at 1.9GHz that can be accelerated to 2.8 GHZ, with a 4 MB L2 cache and supported by a 6GB DDR3 SDRAM, this $488.99 gaming laptop sports a 17.3-inch BrightView HD display with 1600 x 900 HD resolution and driven by a competent discrete-class AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics engine which is 20% faster than our minimum Intel HD Graphics 4000. This gives it enough gaming muscle to play may of the demanding games released in 2012 at low to medium game settings, with the exception of a handful of games such as Elder Scrolls V, Hitman: Absolution, and Assassin’s Creed III. This Pavilion comes with 500GB SATA hard disk running at 5400 rpm,. It does not have an optical drives but comes bundled with Windows 8.
Toshiba Satellite S855D-S5148
With an MSRP of $639 now discounted to $499, you can get a high performance laptop sporting a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 HD resolution LED-backlit screen with a gaming muscle powered by the AMD Radeon HD 7660G. This GPU is the top-of-the-line card in the Trinity line of APUs integrated with the A10 series and is significantly more powerful (about 30% faster) than the Intel Graphics 4000 which is our minimum GPU for a gaming laptop. It can play just about all the most demanding RPG and FSP gams at low to medium settings with just a few like Hitman: Absolution, Secret World, Max Payne 3, and Assassin’s Creed III that will not play. Its CPU is the AMD quad core A10-4600M with 8 GB DIMM RAM and a generous 1 TB SATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm. It comes with a SuperMulti optical drive that supports 11 formats and all these are housed in a superbly crafted ice blue brushed aluminum body that is only 1.3-inches thick and weighing just 5.5 lbs. It comes bundled with Windows 8. EDIT : This laptop is no longer discounted. Price is now 620$.
Sony VAIO E Series SVE1513TCXW
At just a cent below $500, this Sony VAIO E series SVE 1513TCXW sports a 15-5 inch 1366 x 768 resolution LED backlit display driven by the Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated with the CPU, the minimum graphics engine that we can consider for a gaming laptop. Under the hood, this VAIO is powered by an Intel Pentium 2020M dual core clocked at 2.4 GHz and supported by a 4GB DDR3 system RAM. It comes with a modest 320GB SATA Drive running at 5400 rpm and is bundled with a consumer edition of Windows 8 OS. Its most appealing point is the 1-inch profile when closed and a 5.9-lb backpack-friendly weight and should satisfy casual gamers.
Acer Aspire E1-571-6811
At $479.99 (refurbished at $359.99), this Aspire model can be considered the more expensive Intel-powered sibling of the AMD-powered V3-551-8469 mentioned above. But rather than use a quad care, the E1-571-6811 is powered by a 2nd generation Intel dual core i3-2328M clocked at 2.2 GHz with the same 4 GB SDRAM. It shares the same features such as the 15.6-inch LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 HD resolution and the same superb glossy black body housing a 500 GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm and an 8x DVD optical drive. This one, however, has a lighter 5.4 lbs compared to 5.7 lbs in the V3, while the graphics engine has been scaled a notch down from the discrete class AMD Radeon 7640G in the V3 to the Intel HD Graphics 4000 in the E1-571 making it less muscled to play the most demanding games released in 2012/11. Nevertheless, it still qualifies as a gaming laptop under the $500 price point.
At a list price of $499 and now discounted to $379, this Asus K55N has to be the most affordable gaming laptop with a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 LED backlit screen powered by a muscled AMD Radeon HD 7640G graphics engine integrated into the Trinity A8 series and is 20%-24% faster than the Intel HD Graphics 4000. Other laptops that cost more or even going beyond the $500 price point can’t touch it. This same laptop had been featured in laptops below $400 and also recommended for college students. Under the hood is an AMD quad core A8-4500M CPU clocked at 1.9 GHz and supported by a 4GB DDR3 system RAM. Data storage is served by a 500GB SATA drives running at 5400 rpm and is bundled with a 32-bit Windows 8. An added bonus is its 1.3-inch profile on a lightweight 5.3-lb body.
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