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    Many of the best value laptops that marry high performance with affordability can be found in below the $1,000 price point.

    Some of the best value laptops can be found just under $1,000.  Considered mid-priced falling between the cheap entry level laptops in the $300 -$500 price range and the high end models in the $1800 – $2200 price range, they offer enough power to meet the most demanding multimedia and gaming titles on the market today while keeping the price down to affordable levels.  While targeted at the middle class consumers, these laptops are suited to those who  don’t mind saving up and pending a few more dollars above the budget range for a truly satisfying multimedia and gaming experience for hours on end.

    Full high definition between 1920 x 1080 and 1600 x 900 resolutions are common in this price range as well as 1TB SATA drives and a host of other features like quad core processor and dedicated graphics processors that use midrange series from Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon with their own video RAM.  8 GB RAM is also common that allows 64-bit Window 7 or Windows 8 and many use dual channel architectures to max out hardware performance.

    Best Value Laptops Under 1000 reviews

    Some of the best Gaming laptops under $1,000

     

    MSI GP70 LEOPARD-010;  9S7-175A12-010 17.3-Inch Laptop review

    MSI GP70 LEOPARD-010;  9S7-175A12-010 17.3-Inch Laptop

     

    MSI is the brand most gamers have grown fond of as among the industry leaders in gaming laptops.  A sub-$1000 lap that excels as a serious gamer’s workstation can be had for $899 at Amazon with the MSI P70 LEOPARD-010 and 9S7-175A12-010.  The models sport a gorgeous non-reflective 17.3-inch display with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) driven by a class 2 NVidia GeForce GT840M with its dedicated 2GB DDR3 video RAM. No problem playing Wolfenstein: The Order at medium game setting but lower resolution (1280 x 720), Same with Grid: Autosport and Watch Dogs but at low gaming setting.  The Elder Scrolls Online can be played at high game setting but lower HD resolution (1366 x 768). Powered by a 4th generation Haswell dual core Intel Core i5-4200M clocked at 2.5 GHz and up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost and supported by an 8GB DDR3L RAM at 1600 MHz, it comes bundled with the Windows 8.1 OS. Its 6-lb weight is backpack friendly enough while its 2-inch body may be thick by today’s standards, but that’s how gaming laptops are built to accommodate more massive heat sinks and cooling parts for its powerful GPU and CPUs. It houses the following hardware features:

    • Ÿ1TB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM
    • Ÿ4x Speakers with headset amp
    • ŸSuperMulti DVD writer optical drive
    • ŸSD Card reader
    • ŸWireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0; Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/
    • ŸWired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (3 ports), and an HDMI port
    • Ÿ6-cell lithium ion battery with an estimate 2-4 hours between charging

     

    MSI Computer Corp. GP60 LEOPARD-009 15.6-Inch Laptop review

    MSI Computer Corp. GP60 LEOPARD-009 15.6-Inch Laptop

     

     

    Going to a smaller screen at 15.6 inches but with a more powerful CPU, you have this MSI GP60 Leopard which, at $999, is powered by the 4th generation Haswell quad core Intel Core i4-4700HQ clocked at 3.2 GHz that could go up to 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost.  Its non-reflective LED backlit 15.6-inch display with full HD (1920 x 1080) is powered by the same NVidia GeForce GT840M that gives it enough gaming muscle to handle most of the 2014 game release at medium game setting at a lower resolution (1280 x 720 or lower). This is proof positive that the CPU has nothing much to do with how games are played as it plays the same games as the P70 Leopard-010 which uses the same graphics engine.  But the faster CPU will certainly benefit other non-video intensive tasks that include image editing. Sporting a slimmer 1.2-inch body and weighing just 5.4lbs, this Silver HP comes bundled with the Windows 8.1 OS and houses the following:

    • Ÿ8GB DDR3L (low power) SDRAM expandable to 16GB
    • Ÿ750GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM
    • ŸStereo Speakers with headset amp
    • ŸSuperMulti DVD writer optical drive
    • ŸSD Card reader
    • ŸWireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
    • ŸWired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (3 ports), and an HDMI port
    • Ÿ6-cell lithium ion battery with an estimate 2-4 hours between charging.

     

    MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003 15.6-Inch Laptop review

    MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003 15.6-Inch Laptop

     

    Not a sub-$1000 laptop but we don’t quibble with just $249 over the price point since this one is powered by a Class 1 GPU – the NVidia GeForce GTX860M with its own 2GB GDDR5 video RAM.  We would like to think that anyone who can afford a $1,000 device should have no difficulty forking over another quarter of that to get a truly impressive gaming laptop that can play Grid: Autosport, Elder Scrolls Online, Titanfall and Wolfenstein: The New Order in full Ultra game setting at full HD resolution, including last’s year heavies like Battlefield 4, Call of Duty: Ghosts and BioShock Infinite, to mention some.  Even the impossibly demanding Company of Heroes 2 can be played at high game setting but at lower HD resolution (1366 x 728). And this MSI GE60 Apache Pro sports a 15.6-inch LED backlit display with full HD (1920 x 1080). Powered by the 4th generation quad core Haswell Intel Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 3.2GHz, this backpack-friendly 5.3lb, 1.5-inch thick aluminium-black gaming laptop comes pre-installed with the Windows 8.1 OS and houses the following:

    • Ÿ8GB DDR3L (low power) SDRAM expandable to 16GB
    • Ÿ1TB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM
    • ŸStereo Speakers with headset amp
    • ŸSuperMulti DVD writer optical drive
    • ŸAdditional 2 mSATA slots for additional dives or 2 Solid State Drives
    • ŸWireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11a/ac/b/g/n
    • ŸWired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (2 ports), and an HDMI port
    • Ÿ6-cell lithium ion battery with an estimate 2-4 hours between charging.

     

    ASUS N550JK-DS71T 15.6 Full-HD Touchscreen Quad Core i7 Laptop  review

    ASUS N550JK-DS71T 15.6″ Full-HD Touchscreen Quad Core i7 Laptop 

     

     

    Without a discount, this Asus is just $96.80 above the $1000 price point ($979 from other sellers supported by Amazon).  Again, we won’t quibble over a trifle spill over considering that at this price, you not only get a Class 1 NVidia GeForce GTX850M (just 10% less powerful than the GTX860 used in the $1,246 MSI GE60 Apache Pro-003) with its own 2GB video RAM, but you also get a glossy IPS touchscreen for its 15.6-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED backlit display.No problem playing  Grid: Autosport, Elder Scrolls Online, and Titanfall in full Ultra game setting at full HD resolution. And since it can play last year’s Company of Heroes 2 at medium game setting and lower HD resolution (1366 x 768), you should get no problem with the rest of the 2013 game releases, with some playable at ultra high game setting and default HD resolution (Grid 2, Dota 2, and Tomb Raider, to mention some). You can buy it here. Bundled with the Windows 8 OS, this 6-lb 1.1-inch slim silver grey gaming laptop comes with the following hardware features:

    • Ÿ4th generation quad core Haswell Intel Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 2.4GHz
    • Ÿ8GB DDR3L system RAM (expandable to 16GB with 2 memory slots).
    • Ÿ1TB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • ŸDVD reader/writer optical drive
    • Ÿ 4-in-1 Digital Media Card Reader
    • ŸBacklit Chicklet keyboard
    • ŸQuad Speakers (Bang & Olufsen) powered by ICEpower and Sonic Master
    • ŸWireless data connectivity options: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • ŸWired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (1 port), USB 3.0 (3 ports)

    It is covered by a 1-Yr International Warranty and 1-Yr Accidental Damage Protection.

     

    ASUS Vivobook V551LB-DB71T 15.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Laptop review

    ASUS Vivobook V551LB-DB71T 15.6-Inch HD Touchscreen Laptop

     

    This Asus Vivobook takes center stage as an outstanding value gaming laptop at its price.  Its Class 2 NVidia GT740M graphics engine with its own 2GB DDR3 video RAM dives the 15.6-inch LED backlit capacitive touchscreen display with medium HD resolution (1366 x 768). It will play the recently released Grid: Autosport and Elder Scrolls Online at high game setting at the default resolution, while Wolfenstein: The New Order and Titanfall will play at medium game setting. Thief may not play at all and may have difficulty even at the lowest HD resolution. It certainly will not play last year’s demanding Company of Heroes 2 but will play Battlefield 4 and Call of Duty: Ghost at medium game setting and mid-HD resolution.  It is powered by a 4th generation Haswell quad core Intel Core i7-4500U clocked at 2.GHz and supported by an 8GB DDR3 RAM expandable to 16GB.  Its slim 0.9-inch brushed aluminum body weighs a relatively light 5.3lbs, bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8, and comes with the following hardware features:

    • Ÿ1TB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • ŸDVD reader/writer optical drive
    • ŸSD Card Reader
    • ŸHD Webcam
    • ŸWireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0; Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • ŸWired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (1 port), USB 3.0 (2 ports)

    Asus offers a 32GB cloud-based WebStorage service free for 3 years, and comes with a 1-Yr Accidental Damage Protection and a 30-day Zero Bright Dot Guarantee.  Battery life is specified to last 5 hours initially before charging.

     

    ASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop reviewASUS Republic of Gamers G55VW-DH71 15.6-Inch Laptop

     

    The holiday season is certainly a boon for sales in the secondary markets and this may be a great time to start looking for powerful gaming laptops that used to be expensive but is now at bargain prices.  Here’s one – a gaming laptop from ASUS powered by a high ender 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610M clocked at 2.4 GHz with an 8GB DDR3 system RAM.  Its 15.6-Inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit screen is driven by a powerful Class 2 Nvidia GTX 660M belonging to the low end in the GeForce GTX 600M family of upper midrange GPUs. It has its own 2G GDDR5 video RAM, making it a second tier gaming laptop that is sure to satisfy budget-conscious serious gamers.  What that means is that it can play all the demanding games out there from medium to high game settings.  The only exception to date is Company of Heroes 2 which is considered the most demanding PC video game in the market that even high end gaming laptops can play with difficulty.  This Asus model can be the game at but only at low game setting, preferably at slightly reduced HD screen resolution. Data storage is served by a fast 500GB SATA drive running at 7200 rpm It comes preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.

    Acer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop reviewAcer Aspire V3-772G-9829 17.3-Inch Laptop

     

    At a list price of a cent below $1000 and now discounted to $899.00, this Acer Aspire V3-772G is configured with the 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7-4702MQ clocked at 2 GHz (with Turbo Boost up to 3.2 GHz) and enjoying a game performance boost with its 6 MB Cache.  It is supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM.  But what qualifies this Aspire model as a powerful gaming laptop is its Class 2 category NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Graphics driving a gorgeous 17.3-inch full-HD (1920 x 1080) LED-backlit display.  For a wallet-friendly price, you get gaming value from higher priced upscale models as this gaming monster can play just about any sophisticated game title released this year at medium to high game setting.  Even Company of Heroes 2 can play but a low game setting. It also comes with a generous 1TB SATA hard disk running at 5400 rpm on dual drive bays for an additional hard disk or SSD, an 8xSuper Multi dual layer DVD optical drive, an HD webcam, digital card reader and an 802.11A WiFi housed in slightly hefty 7lb body. It is preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.

    MSI Computer Corp. Notebook GE60 0ND-257US; 9S7-16GA11-257 15.6-Inch Laptop reviewMSI Computer Corp. Notebook GE60 0ND-257US; 9S7-16GA11-257 15.6-Inch Laptop

     

    Priced at $999 from its $1,099 MSRP, this MSI GE60 inherits much of the gaming muscle from the more expensive MSI high-enders to deliver a budget-friendly laptop for the cost-conscious serious gamers.  Powered by a high end 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM engine clocked at 2.4 GHz and supported by an 8GB SO-DIMM system RAM, this MSI model offers a typical 15.6-inch LED backlit display with full HD (1980 x 1080) resolution.  What makes this a powerful mobile gaming solution is its Class 2 category NVidia GeForce GTX660M, an upper midrange GPU in the lower end of the GeForce GTX 600 M series.  What this means is that except for the recently released Company of Heroes 2 considered to date as the most resource intensive even for high end gaming laptops, this budget MSI model can play nearly all the most sophisticated game titles released over the last two years with no difficulty in the medium to high game settings at the default full HD or lower resolution. Data storage is average at 750 GB SATA drive that offers a fast seek and write times with its 7200 rpm speed.  It comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS.

     

     

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p review

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p

     

    This Lenovo Idea Pad model defines the gaming laptop at this price point.  Under the hood is a 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.4 GHz (3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost) and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 16 GB on two SODIMM slots.  Its standard 15.6-inch LED backlit screen sports the highest HD resolution at 1920 c 1080 and behind it, is a Class 1 dual NVidia GeForce GT 750M on SLI mode with 2GB dedicated video RAM for each card. . This is the 5th fastest NVidia graphics engine in the Class 1 category overall.  With it, you can play just about all the most sophisticated PC games released over the last two years at medium to the highest game settings using default resolution. A flew games like the recent Company of Heroes 2 is so demanding, you can play this only at low game detail setting.  Other hardware specs include a 1TB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM, and a slew of connectivity options – two USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, VGA and HDMI ports, microphone and headphones jacks and a 6-in-1 media card reader.  It also has a 720p HD webcam, and all these are housed in a 1.4-inch profile laptop weighing just 6.4 lbs.  It comes bundled with Windows 8 OS. Check Out Our Indepth Lenovo Ideapad Y510 Review.

     

     

    Acer Aspire V3-772G-9653 review

    Acer Aspire V3-772G-9653

     

    The Acer Aspire offers another reasonably priced gaming laptop at $1,059.99. Powered by Intel’s 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4702MQ clocked at 2.2G Hz (3.2 GHz with Turbo Boost) and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 32 GB over 4 SODIMM sockets, this Aspire VR-722G-0653 brings full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) on a 17.3-inch LED backlit display driven by a powerful Class 1 NVidia GeForce GTX 760M with a dedicated 2GB video RAM.  This choice of GPU puts this Acer model among the fastest gaming laptops at this price point or elsewhere. All the sophisticated RPG and FSP games released over the last two years can be played at medium to highest game settings at the default resolution.  Even the very demanding Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light can be played at medium setting, though best played at low setting.  With a 7 lb weight from a slim 1.3-inch thick body, the Acer comes with a 1TB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM, a multi-layer DVD optical drive, a media card reader, an HD webcam, VGA and HDMI ports, a couple of USB 2 and USB 3 ports each, and the usual headphone and mic jacks.  It also comes preloaded with the Window 8 OS. You can check the V3-772G-9829 which is really similar .

     

     

     

    Sager NP 8235 (Clevo P151SM1) Review

    Sager NP8235 (Clevo P151SM1)

     

    This customizable Sager NP 8235 starts at a base price of $1,082.43.  The base configuration starts with a 15.6-inch anti-glare matte LED backlit screen sporting the highest HD resolution at 1920 x 1080.  It comes with the latest Intel  HM87 chipset that is perfect for 4th generation Haswell quad core processors, starting with the i7-4700MQ and 6 GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 32 GB DDR3 on 4 SODIMM sockets..    It also comes with the NVidia GeForce GTX 770M GPU considered the 3rd fastest single card graphics engine in the Class 1 category of GPUs and supported with its own 3GB GDDR5 video RAM.  With the exception of the recently released Company of Heroes 2 PC game which can be played  with this GPU at mediums settings, all the most demanding PC games can be played at their high to highest settings at the default HD resolution.   With Optimus technology, you can easily switch down to the integrated HD graphics 4600 on the CPU for less demanding applications to save on battery life.  In addition, the base configuration has three drive bays for one 750GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM and two mSATA solid state drives. It also comes with an 8x super-multi combo optical drive.  It has a 9-in-1 media card as well as data connection ports for S/PDIF, eSATA, USB 3 and USB 2, HDMI, Display Port 1.2, Mic and headphone jacks, and line-in jack, to mention some. There is no bundled OS at the price.

     

     

     

    MSI GX Series GX60 3BE-240US review

    A-Series A10-5750M clocked at 2.5GHz with 8970M beast dedicated GPU.

    MSI GX Series GX60 3BE-240US

     

     

    At $1,099.00, this MSI GX Series laptop is powered by the AMD Trinity A-Series A10-5750M clocked at 2.5GHz and supported by an 8GB DDR 3 system RAM upgradable to 16GB on two SODIMM sockets. Its 15.6-inch non-glare LED backlit screen sports the highest HD resolution at 1920 x 1080 and is powered by the AMD HD 8970M graphics engine with its own dedicated 2GV video RAM.  This is the fastest single card AMD GPU in the Class 1 category and all the demanding sophisticated RPG and FSP games released to date have no problem being played at their high to highest game settings at the default HD resolution.    Its data storage is served with a 750GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM, a Blu-ray ROM optical drive, and an SD card reader.    It has a THX-certified stereo speakers with subwoofer, an HD webcam, gold-plated mic and headphone jacks, an HDMI port, a DisplayPort, three USB 3.0 ports, and a single USB 2.0 port. All these get houses in a 1.77-inch profile laptop weighing 7.7 lbs. Window 8 OS is bundled with the purchase price.

     

     

     

     

    MSI GE Series GE40 2OC-008US review

    Small Thin Gaming Laptop, Its like razerblade of MSI, Packed with the 4th Generation I7 Haswell Chip, and New GTX 760M card, this ones bang for the buck!

    MSI GE Series GE40 2OC-008US

     

     

    this MSI GE series model has about the same technical specs as the Acer Aspire V3-772G above. It also gets powered by the same 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7 4702MQ with 8 GB DDR3 system RAM, as well as the same graphics engine in the Class 1 NVidia GeForce GTX 760M with 2GB video RAM. The main difference comes from a smaller 14-inch non-glare LED backlit display with a mid-HD resolution of 1600 x 900, instead of the 17.3-inch full HD screen on the Aspire.   You also can only play the very demanding Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last starting at medium setting, though best played at low settings.  In addition, its storage is served with 750 GB SATA drive running at 7200 RPM and a DVD super-multi optical drive.  It’s about $140 more expensive than the Aspire  but if a slimmer 1.14-inch profile and a lighter 4.4 lbs are what you are looking for, but without a diminution is gaming prowess, this MSI GE40 20C-008US is the better alternative in terms of footprint and lugging weight.

     

     

     

     

    SAMSUNG ATIV Book 6 NP680Z5E-X01US

    Gaming and Touchscreen? Well here’s on gaming laptop for ya. I7 and 8770M graphics with touch screen capabilites.

    SAMSUNG ATIV Book 6 NP680Z5E-X01US

     

    Close to the price point at $1,099.99, this ATIV Book6 from Samsung is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 3635QM running at 2.4 GHz which can be overclocked to 3.4 GHz using Turbo Boost technology. It is supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM memory with 4GB on board and another 4GB module on the single SODIMM socket.  This makes it upgradable to 12GB with an 8 GB memory module on the lone socket.  Its 15.6-inch LED backlit display has a 10-finger sensing touchscreen capability while sporting full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 powered by a Class 2 AMD Radeon HD 8770M with 1GB of video RAM.  With the exception of Company of Heroes 2 which cannot play at all, and the Metro: Last Light which can only play at low game setting, all the sophisticated games released to date can be played at their medium to the highest game settings at the default resolution. This makes the Samsung ATIV Book 6 NP680Z5E one of the better value gaming laptops for serious gamers at this price.  In addition, it comes with a 1TB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM and a 3-in-1 media card reader. With less than an inch thick profile, Samsung decided not to put in an optical drive to maintain its light 5.38 lb weight. It comes bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8 OS.

     

     

     

    MSI GE Series GE60 2OE-003US review

    4th Gen i7 Haswell Chip, with 4 cores and 8 threads, packed with monster GTX 765 with 1600 mhz 8gb RAM.. This laptop is a combination with beauty and power.

    MSI GE Series GE60 2OE-003US

     

     

    A step up from the GE40 series cited above, this GE60 20E-003US  carries the same GE 40 price tag of $1,119.99 but gets powered with a slightly more muscled 4th generation  Haswell quad core i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.40GHz (3.4GHZ when turbo boosted) with the same 8GB system RAM upgradable to 16GB on a single SOPDIMM socket.  Instead of a 14-inch screen, the GE 60 comes with a larger 15.3-inch screen and a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) powered by slightly more muscled Class 1 NVidia GeForce GTX 765M with its own 2GB video RAM.  This allows you to play the Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light at high game setting, though best played at medium settings at the default resolution. If you are looking to play these games at a higher setting than what the GE40 delivers but at the same price point, this is the laptop to choose.  But its advantage comes at a price of being slightly thicker at 1.46 inches and heavier at 5.28 lbs, though both are still backpack friendly.  You also get the same 750GB SATA drive running at 7200 RPM, HD webcam ,multi-layer DVD optical drive, and a host of wired and wireless connectivity ports.  It comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS with multi-lingual support.

     

     

     

     

    Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277 Touchscreen Notebook review

    Gaming Touch Screen Laptop with 12gb of RAM and I7 haswell.

    Toshiba Satellite S55t-A5277 Touchscreen Notebook

     

     

    At a reasonable sub-grand MSRP of $989.99, this Toshiba Satellite is powered by the 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7 4700MQ clocked at 2.4 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost) and comes with a 12GB DDR3 system memory upgradable to 16GB over two SODIMM sockets. Its 15.6-inch LED backlit touchscreen display uses the famous Toshiba TruBrite display technology and has a modest HD resolution of 1366 x 768. Its graphics engine is the Class 2 category NVidia GeForce GT 740M which enables it to play most of the demanding RPG and FSP games released over the last two years seamlessly at medium to high game detail settings at the default resolution., with the exception of Company of Heroes 2 and Metro: Last Light which fail to run at all, and SimCity which can only be played at low setting.  A built-in stereo Harman Kardon speakers and DTS sound support completes is multimedia features.  Its storage is served with a 1TB SATA hard disk drive running at 5400 RPM and a DVD super-multi optical drive.  All these are housed in a light 5.3-lb body that  is just 1.2 inches thick. Windows 8 OS is bundled with the purchase.

     

     

     

     

     

    Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809 review

    The fact that it can play the recently released Crysis 3 in medium setting and Dead Space 3 in high setting speaks volumes of how well it can play other high end games released in 2012.

    Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809

     

    At $949, the Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809 has a widescreen LED-backlit 17.3-inch display with high definition 1600 x 900 resolutions and a 5400 rpm 1 TB SATA drive that is standard in laptops at this price point.  But what makes it worth the price lies under the hood.  It is powered by a 3rd generation quad core Intel Core i7-3632QM clocked at 2.2 GHz that can reach 3.2 GHZ with its Turbo Boost. Enabling it to play most of the demanding games is its DirectX 11 enabled Nvidia GeForce GT 650M which is near top of the GT 600M series.  The fact that it can play the recently released Crysis 3 in medium setting and Dead Space 3 in high setting speaks volumes of how well it can play other high end games released in 2012. Click here to get our deep review about the Acer Aspire V3-771G-9809.

     

     

    Asus N56VJ-DH71 Review

    A 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM at 2.4GHz powers the laptop with an 8GB DDR3 memory on two SODIMM sockets to maximize its dual memory channel performance.

    Asus N56VJ-DH71

     

    Just $9 cheaper is the Asus N56VJ-DH71 which has a smaller but more gorgeous 15.6-inch display with full HD resolution at 1920 x 1080, giving it a higher pixel density than similar resolutions at a higher screen size.  With a slim 1.2 inch profile on a 5lb body, this Aspire model is among the lightest and thinnest and comes with a 1 TB SATA drive running at 5,400 rpm typical in its class.  A 3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM at 2.4GHz powers the laptop with an 8GB DDR3 memory on two SODIMM sockets to maximize its dual memory channel performance. Its Nvidia GT 645M with its own 2GB of video memory may be 10% less powerful than the GT 650M, but it certainly gets most if not all the demanding games running at medium to high settings Check out our in depth review of The Asus N56VJ-DH71 Budget Gaming Laptop with charts and comparisons.

     

     

     

    Lenovo Ideapad Y580 Review

    A more muscled than the rest of the group, Priced at $989, you can play just about all the highly demanding RPG and FPS games at high to ultra settings.

    Lenovo Ideapad Y580

     

    Amore muscled high end NVidia GeForce GTX 660M with its own 2GB video RAM powers the graphics of the Lenovo Ideapad Y580 to make it one of the more popular  gaming laptops on the market today. With a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad core clocked at 2.3GHz and supported by an 8GB DDR3 RAM under the hood, this Lenovo offers elegant portability on the side with its 1.4-inch profile on a slightly heavier 6.6lb body that sports a gorgeous 15.6-inch LED backlit display with 1366 x 768 resolution.  Priced at $989, you can play just about all the highly demanding RPG and FSP games at medium to high setting. Ideapad Y580 is part of our Top 8 Gaming Laptop picks, Click here for more detailed review of Lenovo Y580.

     

     

     

     

    Lenovo Ideapad Y500 review

    The Lenovo Ideapad Y500 offers a stunning full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 15.6-inch screen driven by a powerful GPU in the NVidia dual SLI GeForce GT 650M with a fast 2GB GDDR5 video RAM.

    Lenovo Ideapad Y500 (EDITORS CHOICE)

     

    Costing slightly less at $999 but more abled, the Lenovo Ideapad Y500 offers a stunning full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 15.6-inch screen driven by a powerful GPU in the NVidia dual SLI GeForce GT 650M with a fast 2GB GDDR5 video RAM.  While a single GT 650M is mid-range among laptop graphics cards, having two puts it at par with many single high end graphic cards and is certainly more able than the high end single card GTX 660M.  Powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 quad core engine  that boost up 3.3ghz with 8GB DDR3 system RAM, this Ideapad has 1TB SATA drive running at 5400rpm with standard optical drive on a slightly heavier 6.5lb body. It would be difficult to find a similarly powered laptop at this price.  ABSOLUTELY(NO DOUBT!) THE BEST LAPTOP UNDER 1000 and this ones my personal favorite! – Read our full In depth review of Lenovo Ideapad Y500 plus benchmarks and comparisons.

     

     

     

    MSI C Series CX61 0NF-258US  review

    Priced at at $849.72 can be considered a great value for one of the better brands in gaming laptops in the market.

    MSI C Series CX61 0NF-258US 

     

    Last but not least is the  MSI C Series CX61 0NF-258US  which at $849.72 can be considered a great value for one of the better brands in gaming laptops in the market.  Weighing only 5.3 lbs, this MSI model comes with a 15.6-inch 1366 x 768 display and a 750GB SATA hard drive. Bundled with Windows 8, it is powered by a 3rd generation quad core Intel Core i7-3630QM  clocked at 2.4 GHz with a 6GB system RAM. Its graphics engine is midrange Nvidia GeForce GT 645M with its own 2 GB video RAM and DirectX 11 support that gives this model enough muscle to play virtually all of the most demanding games in the market today in medium to high settings.

     

     

     

    To learn more, check out our review pages on the models mentioned above.  Expect our recommendations to change over time as newer models come on line with advances in computing technology.

     

     

    Some of the best value Gaming laptops can be found just under $1,000. Considered mid-priced falling between the cheap entry level laptops in the $300 -$500 price range and the high end models in the $1800 - $2200 price range.
    best laptop under 1000
    Date Published: 08/15/2013
    Many of the best value laptops that marry high performance with affordability can be found in below the $1,000 price point.
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    gaming laptop under 500

    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.

    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.

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    Bang For The Buck – Gaming Laptops Under 500 Reviews 2013

     

     

    Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 15.6 Inch Laptop reviews

    Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 15.6 Inch Laptop

     

     

    Laptops below the $500 price point are getting scarcer. But the mid-year summer is often a good time to consider getting laptops released during the immediately preceding year as most retailers slash their prices to make room for new models.  Here is one example: the Acer Aspire E1-572-6870 with a list price of $579 at Amazon now retails at the site for just $459.99.  What in our view qualifies this as a respectable gaming laptop for the non-demanding casual gamer is its Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics engine with its own 128MB dedicated video memory and in-built with the 4th generation Haswell dual core Intel Core i5-4200U 3 clocked at 1.6GHz or 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost.  This GPU is 20% to 30% faster than the HD4000 (for 3rd generation Ivy multi-core processors) we consider the minimum for a gaming laptop. It even comes bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8 OS.   Without an optical drive, its slim 1-inch thick “Clarinet Black” body weighs a backpack-friendly 5.2lbs and houses the following:

    • Ÿ 15.6-inch LED-backlit HD Widescreen CineCrytal with  a mid-HD resolution of 1366 x 768
    • Ÿ 4GB DDR3L (low power) dual channel RAM
    • Ÿ 500GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • Ÿ Stereo Speakers
    • Ÿ Digital media car reader
    • Ÿ HD Webcam
    • Ÿ Wireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • Ÿ Wired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (1 port), and an HDMI port

    Battery life is typical at 4-hours of continuous use before the next charge.  Interestingly enough, Aspire has a new model for this (Acer E1-472-6688 with same CPU, GPU, hard drive, RAM and other features except that it comes in “Misty Silver”)  but only sporting a 14-inch screen. Amazon has a refurbished unit at only $398 as of this writing. You can buy it here.

     

    HP Pavilion 14-n019nr  review

    HP Pavilion 14-n019nr 

     

     

    This HP Pavilion is an excellent choice for a decent gaming laptop.  Its modest gaming muscle comes from the Intel HD Graphics 4400 graphics engine built into the 4th generation Haswell dual core Intel Core i5-4200U clocked at 1.6GHz or 2.6GHz with Turbo Boost technology engaged. You won’t be able to play Company of Heroes 2, Metro: Last Light, Woflenstein: The New Order, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Dog, or Thief, but you can play The Elder Scrolls Online, Titanfall and Grid: Autosport at their lowest gaming configuration or lower resolution. Most games in the market released last year will play at the medium to lowest game setting. The added bonus is the touchscreen feature of its 14-inch LED backlit display with a mid-HR resolution of 1366 x 768.  Gamers generally have no use for a touchscreen, but the feature can come in handy when you have to use this laptop outside of the gaming domain.  Sporting a slim 0.91 inch body and weighing just 4.6lbs, this Silver HP comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS and houses the following:

    • Ÿ  4GB DDR3L (low power) SDRAM expandable to 8GB
    • Ÿ 500GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • Ÿ SuperMulti DVD writer optical drive
    • Ÿ Digital media car reader
    • Ÿ Wireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • Ÿ Wired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (1 port), and an HDMI port

    Average life from its 4-cell Lithium Ion battery is a commendable 6.25 hours and is supported by a 1-year limited hardware warrantee and a free 25GB lifetime cloud storage service. You can buy it here.

     

    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 15.6 review

    Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 15D 15.6

     

     

    Lenovo has been providing several models below the $1000 mark that are excellent gaming stations. Here’s one that is priced normally at $539.99 on Amazon.   Its gaming muscle comes from the ATI Radeon HD8330 integrated with the quad core Apple (AMD) A4 processor with 1.5GHZ clock speed and 2MB cache.  It is essentially the equivalent of the Intel HD Graphics 4000 which is our minimum GPU in a gaming laptop, though benchmarked to be 2% faster in most tests and only 3% slower than the newer HD Graphics 4200.  It won’t play The Elder Scrolls Online, Wildenstein: The New Order, or last year’s Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and Call of Duty: Ghost, but it can play Grid: Autosport, F1 2013, Grid 2 , Dead Space 3 and most 2012 games at the lowest game setting or resolution.  Bundled with the Windows 8 OS but sporting no optical drive, this black Lenovo’s slim 0.87-inch body weighing just 5.1lbs comes with the following hardware advantages:

    • Ÿ 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with mid-HD resolution of 1366 x 768 that flips 300 degrees in touchscreen mode with 10-point multitouch feature
    • Ÿ 4GB DDR3 RAM expandable to 8GB
    • Ÿ 500GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • Ÿ Stereo Speakers using Dolby Advanced Audio
    • Ÿ Wireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4+HS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • Ÿ Wired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (2 ports), USB 3.0 (1 port)

    Average life from its Lithium Ion battery is 5hours using its proprietor Lenovo Energy Management system. You can buy it here.

     

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US  review

    Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E545 20B20011US 

     

     

    Without a discount, this Lenovo ThinkPad rests right smack on the $500 price point at a list price of $502.99 at Amazon. Powered by the AMD dual core A6 530M clocked at 2.9GHz (up to 3.5GHZ on AMD Turbo Core) with 4GB DDR3 RAM, its gaming muscle comes from the AMD Radeon HD 8450G which sits roughly between the Intel Graphics 4400 and the Intel HD Graphics 4000 which is our minimum threshold for a laptop to be considered decent enough for gaming. Don’t expect it to play Company of Heroes 2 or most of the latest sophisticated RPG and FSP, but 2014 games like The Elder Scrolls Online, and Titanfall and many older games can play at the mid-to-lowest possible game setting and resolution. Bundled with the Windows 7 Professional OS upgradable to Win 8 Pro, this matte black 1.4-inch thick ThinkPad weighs 5.2lbs and comes with the following hardware features:

    • Ÿ 15.6-inch LED-backlit display with mid-HD resolution of 1366 x 768
    • Ÿ 320GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM
    • Ÿ DVD reader/writer optical drive
    • Ÿ  4-in-1 Digital Media Card Reade
    • Ÿ Stereo Speakers using Dolby Advanced Audio
    • Ÿ Wireless data connectivity options: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
    • Ÿ Wired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (1 port), USB 3.0 (3 ports)

    Average life from its Lithium Ion battery is an excellent 6.2 hours between charging using its proprietor Lenovo Energy Management system. Another Lenovo ThinkPad, the model E545 20B2001CUS with the same specs but with a 720p Webcam is priced even cheaper at $402.98. You can buy it here.

     

    HP ProBook 13.3 Ultrabook  review

    HP ProBook 13.3″ Ultrabook 

     

     

    Not a sub-$500 notebook, but what’s a trifling few dollars more when you can have twice as much in value?  What gives this unit the gaming muscle is its Intel HD Graphics 4400 integrated into a 4th generation dual core Intel Core i3-4010U clocked at 1.7GHz and served by a 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM.  That’s around 20% to 30% faster than our minimum recommended Intel HD Graphics 4000 integrated in Ivy architected processors.  But what makes this laptop stand out is that instead of a mechanical hard drive, it comes with a 128GB Solid State Drive. That should be enough to house your 64-bit Windows 7  Pro which comes bundled with it, and a few games that are sure to launch and change sceneries faster than from a standard hard drive.  In addition, you get the following hardware features:

    • Ÿ 13.3-inch LED-backlit display with mid-HD resolution of 1366 x 768
    • Ÿ 720p HD Webcam and dual-array microphone
    • Ÿ Stereo Speakers with support for DTS sound
    • Ÿ Wireless data connectivity options: Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
    • Ÿ Wired Data Connectivity: USD 2.0 (1 port), USB 3.0 (2 ports), VGA and HDMI

    So you would need to spend another $50-$60 for an external 500GB drive.  If you are into multimedia housing movie files or editing large photo images, this laptop may not be for you.  But if you like to play your favourite 2-3 games with a laptop while on the road, you will appreciate why serious gamers prefer a solid state drive over conventional ones. You can buy it here.

     

    Lenovo G500 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) reviewLenovo G500 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black)

     

    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.

     

    HP Pavilion 17-e040us 17.3-Inch Laptop reviewHP Pavilion 17-e040us 17.3-Inch Laptop

     

    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.

     

    HP Pavilion 17-e030us 17.3-Inch Laptop reviewHP Pavilion 17-e030us 17.3-Inch Laptop

    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 review

    Great Bang for the Buck Gaming Laptop packed with Quadcore A10 processor with dual graphics card – This one’s a must have if you are looking for gaming laptop around 500 dollars.

    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 Review

    At 440 This Laptop Kicks Arse – It’s extremely fast and could run new games in mid settings.

    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 Review

    Awesome dedicated card that could run 2012 games on max settings plus its a DUAL Graphics Card laptop with Quadcore Processor.

    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 Review

    i5 quadcore processor fast graphics card and It’s MSI known for their gaming laptops.

    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 review

    Quadcore I5 Processor with 740M – Ideal entry level gaming laptop and on the positive side, it looks really awesome.

    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 (A4G30AV#ABA) review

    3rd Gen I5 with 7670M bang for the buck great specs for the price.

    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.

     

     

     

    Lenovo G505s (59378837) review

    A laptop to casual and the not so serious gamers.

    Lenovo G505s

    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.

     

    ASUS A55VD-NS51 Review

    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.

    ASUS A55VD-NS51

     

     

    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 review

    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.

    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 review

    Best recommended for the casual gamer who don’t mind playing some of the most demanding games released in 2011-12 in medium game settings

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    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 review

    Bang for the buck midrange gaming laptop – probably best laptop under 500

    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.

     

     

     

    Asus A55A-AH51 review

    Powered by a 3rd generation dual core i5-3210M clocked at 2.5GHz with 4GB DDR3 system RAM.

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    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 review

    Lightweight and uncomplicated – even your 90 year old grandma can use this laptop at ease.

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    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 review

    It comes with AMD quadcore processor, with much faster HDD clock and Windows 8 OS. Its designed for speed and performance, with a great price!

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    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 review

    Much quicker than other laptops on this price range, you could run multiple programs simultaneously and could kick some decent fps on modern games on medium settings.

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    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 review

    One of the bestsellers on this price range, it packs with quadcore cpu clocked at 3.2ghz, with 8gb of ddr3 ram + 7660g GPU, clearly this laptop is made for gaming. It has 15.6″ laptop screen, separate numeric keypad, and is light and compact enough for traveling. Toshiba satellite s855d is one of my picks for this price range.

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    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 review

    Maybe the best looking laptop on this price range, perfect for everyday users.

    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

    More durable – packed with 3rd Gen i3 and 4gb ddr3 ram its a lil stronger than your average 400 dollar laptop.

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    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.

     

     

     

     

    Asus K55N-DS81 review

    The cheapest in the pack priced at around 360 – it packs power and style perfect for everyday needs.

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    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.

     

     

     

     

    It doesnt mean if its cheap its unfit for gaming - check out our best gaming laptops under 500.
    Bang For The Buck - Gaming Laptops Under 500
    Date Published: 08/12/2013
    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.
    4.9 / 5 stars
    Posted by: In: Everyday, Laptop, Under 1000 09 Jan 2014 0 comments

    assassins creed 4 laptops

    Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is among the most compute-intensive  games released recently  and will tax even some of the most muscled upscale gaming laptops in the market. Categorized as a Historical fiction action-adventure and stealth RPG game, it is the latest installment from a franchise developed by Ubisoft Montreal for single player versions and by Ubisoft Annecy for multiplayer versions.  A hand-held  version was developed by Gameloft.  Since the first Assassin’s Creed game title was released for the Windows, Xbox 360 and PS3 platforms in 2007,  the franchise has been a commercial success with more 55 million copies sold as of March 2013.  Just as a background, the series is based on the novel Alamut by Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol.  In addition to PS3, Xbox 360, PC Windows and Mac OS X platforms, several mobile versions of the game can be played on the PS Vita, Nintendo DS, Android and Nokia Symbian smartphones, and the Wii U.

    Released for the PC/laptop this November 2013, Assassin\s Creed IV: Black Flag will have future downloadable content (DLC) meant to expand the gameplay horizon, the latest of which has been released last December 17 – Freedom Cry, for the MS Windows, PS3/4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

    Systems Requirements

    Hardware and OS determines if a PC game not only can play a compute-intensive game but play it well, with none of the hiccups that could ruin an otherwise rewarding gaming pleasure.  It is always best not to tax the central and graphics processor and something around the 60%-70% utilization is best in order to maintain optimum gaming performance.  It is not uncommon that you could experience glitches once the hardware is taxed performing at 90% or maximum CPU/GPU utilization and full video RAM consumption.  And because we believe that gaming on a laptop is supposed to entertain, thrill and delight as long as the power it provides lasts, we stick only to a recommended hardware setup that we have seen deliver a rewarding gaming experience, not interminable frustrations later as you move up to more complex gaming levels.

    Table 1 shows the minimum recommended hardware and OS specs to run the Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag game. If you want to compare this with what you see in other gaming websites, you would see some significant difference. We won’t recommend a bare minimum. While the CPU specs can get the job done in many of these sites, they are often 1-2 generations old.   We certainly won’t recommend Windows XP or even Vista to play the game. There are no laptops in market today that come bundled with these operating systems.  And even among 12 month old laptops, you’d  be lucky to find one still using the older generation Intel Core 2 Duo and AMD chips.  We prefer to be more realistic and updated by recommending only the laptops you can find today as the year 2013 nears its end.

    Our recommended hardware specs to play the game are presented in Table 1.  It is not the lowest hardware specs that can run the game, but we prefer to err on the side of plenty and recommend only the laptops that offer a more reliable gaming experience with CPU/GPU and RAM headroom to spare.  The last thing we want is for you to buy the lowest and cheapest gaming laptop for the game you want, only to realize it could be gasping for breath in the middle of game as its memory and gaming muscle get fully utilized with no headroom to spare.

    Table 1: Minimum recommended systems requirements to play Dota2

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    HD display

    Full HD at 1920 x 1080 resolution is best appreciated on your 42-inch Plasma or LCD HDTV and if you like to play Assassin’s Creed IV on such a screen real estate, we’d recommend you get the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions.  In addition, if you like to multitask working on 2 or more application windows open concurrently, full HD is highly recommended on your PC or laptop.  But we would be less than honest if this is something you need with highly demanding games while trying to conserve on your computing resources to give it the necessary muscle.  Most gamers even at the professional level know how much resources are wasted when gaming at the highest possible resolution and would gladly settle for even the lowest resolution provided they see the details necessary to make a score and win the game against their opponents.  In short, gaming Laptops with the lowest HD resolution is definitely more than enough for even the most gorgeously designed RPG or FPS games recently released.

    Game Settings

    This is where the graphics card defines whether the laptop using it can play the game or not.  Low game settings can look blocky and pixelated but they won’t tax your graphics engine.  The highest game setting maximizes the gorgeous look and textures of most games so that they approach a level of realism that can easily be mistaken to come straight from movies.  But they require some really powerful graphics engine. No matter how powerful your CPU is, if the GPU is not up to the task, most demanding games won’t be able to render the screens and be quick in responding to real-time changes as you move about and make a score.

    The GPU

    With laptops manufactured over the last 2 years, it is safe to say that even the low end 3rd generation processors from Intel and AMD have no problem handling even the most sophisticated RPG and FSP games.  And with online gaming, a good part of the processing is done on powerful remote game servers. The more important hardware feature in gaming laptops is the graphics engine. They are the ones rendering the compute-intensive vector graphics on the screen.  Needless to say, the more powerful your GPU is, the faster the screens are rendered with faster responsiveness needed for you score in your game.

    Our tests results on which GPU can play the game are summarized in Table 2.  Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag is one of the most demanding games that taxes even Class 1 category graphics engine.  Our minimum Class 3 Category graphics engine which is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 can’t do the job properly even at the lowest game setting on default HD resolution at 1600 x 900 and will stutter even at the low 1366 x 768 HD resolution.

    Table 2: Some of the laptop graphics cards in the Class 1 to Class 3 categories that can play AS4:BF 

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    Table 2 shows that most graphics cards in the powerful and expensive Class 1 Category can play Assassin’s Creed 4:Black Flag without a problem at the highest Ultra game settings but the lower ranges cards in the category can only up to the High settings, which is just fine. Class 2 Category GPUs will struggles at the high game settings but should have no problem at the medium game settings.  Class 3 GPUs can be inadequate for the task and even our minimum Intel HD Graphics 4000 can only play this at low game setting and with some difficulty.  If you are interested in playing AC4:BF with power to spare for future game expansion that comes with  downloadable content, you should stay clear of laptops with Class 3 category graphics cards, at most staying no lower than  only with HD 7690M if you want to play it at medium game settings, or with HD 8670M for the lowest game setting. Casual gaming laptops often hovering in the $500 – $800 are more likely unable to play this game for a truly rewarding experience.  Our recommendations start above the $800 price point even for the top-end Class 3 graphics card

    Bang for the buck Laptops for Assassin’s Creed IV

     

    Acer Aspire V3-772G-9656 17.3-Inch Laptop reviewAcer Aspire V3-772G-9656 17.3-Inch Laptop

     

    Now discounted at $1,039.99 from  its $1,299 MSRP, this Acer Aspire V3-772G offers one of the best value gaming laptop even for budget conscious  serious gamers. Not only is it powered by a 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4702MQ clocked at 2.2GHz with its own 6MB Cache and supported by a 8GB DDR3L SDRAM, it uses a Class 1 graphics engine – the NVidia GeForce GTX 760M with its own 2GB video RAM to drive a 17.3-inch LED backlist widescreen in full HD resolution (1920 x 1080).  Its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 is already muscled enough to play many sophisticated games in low to medium game settings at a lower HD resolution.  But if you want to play Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag at medium to high game settings at full HD, this laptop has the muscle to satisfy as it switches to the more powerful dedicated GPU.  You may even play it at the highest game setting at a lower HD resolution.  Data storage won’t disappoint at 750GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm, and comes with an 8x double layer DVD optical drive, HD webcam, a media card reader, stereo speakers and the usual data connectivity ports that include wireless WiFi 802.11b/g/n and wired options likes USB 2.0 and USB30 ports.  Bundled with the Windows OS, it’s a bit on the heavy side at 7.5lb

     

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop (Dusk Black) reviewLenovo IdeaPad Y510p 59388313 15.6-Inch Laptop (Dusk Black)

     

    Just slightly above the $1000 price point, this Lenovo Ideapad Y510P takes a $20 discount from its $1,099 MSRP and gamers may just take notice, especially when its 15.6-inch Widescreen LED-back lit widescreen with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 is driven by not just one Class 2 NVidia GeForce GT 750M graphics engine, but two in SLI dual card configuration, putting the tandem in the midrange Class 1 category.  One card is enough to play Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at medium game setting using the default HD resolution, and you might be able to go higher with a reduced resolution.  Now two heads are better than one and this powerful laptop can certainly play all the demanding game titles at high to ultra-high game settings.  Even Company of Heroes 2 will play at medium settings and high at lower resolution.  The laptop is powered by a 4th generation quad core Intel i7-4700MQ clocked at 2,4GHz and supported by 8GB DDR3 system RAM.  Data storage is a generous 1TB running at 5400 rpm.  It comes with dual UltraBay so you can swap the 2nd GPU with a DVD or Blu-ray optical drive or SSD.  It has a 720p Webcam, two USB 2 and one USB3 ports, an HDMI out and stereo JBL speakers driven by a Dolby Home Theater v4.  All these are housed in a 1.4-inch thick body weight just 6.4 lbs (without the optical drive).  It is preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.

     

    MSI GP60 2OD-072US; 9S7-16GD33-07 reviewMSI GP60 2OD-072US; 9S7-16GD33-07

     

    Close to the sub-$1000 price point at $949, this MSI is among the mid-range gaming laptops powered by a 4th generation dual core Haswell-architected Intel i7-4700MQ with 6MB Cache, clocked at 3.2GHz and supported by an 8GB S)-DIMM system RAM.  Its 15.6-inch LED backlit widescreen display features a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 driven by a Class 2-category graphics engine, the NVidia GeForce GT 740M with a dedicated 2GB DGGR3 video RAM.  It won’t play Company of Heroes 2 with the seamless execution it deserves but it plays all the other recently released compute-intensive games at medium to high game setting in the default resolution.   A few titles like Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag can be played only at the low to medium game setting or you could squeeze a high setting at a lower screen resolution.  Data storage is both generous and fast using a 750GB SATA drive running at 7200 rpm.  It comes with a SuperMulti DVD optical drive. an HD webcam, and the usual wired (two USB 3 and two USB3, HDMI) and wireless data connectivity ports – all housed in a 1.27-inch thick body weighing a comfortable 5.3 lbs.   A 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OS is preloaded with the hardware.

     

    MSI GE60 0ND-654MX reviewMSI GE60 0ND-654MX

     

    Discounted to $899.99 from its $1,399 list price, this MSI GE60 specimen offers a muscled gaming experience that is rare for a sub-$1000 laptop, thanks to the generous discount it now has for the holiday season.  Powered by a high end 3rd generation quad core Intel i7-3630QM  clocked at 2.4GHz with 8GB DDR3 system RAM, it sports a high HD resolution (1920 x 1080) on its 15.6-inch LED backlit widescreen display driven by a Class 2 graphics engine, the NVidia GeForce GT 660M with a dedicated 2GB video RAM.   Not only will Assassins Creed IV: Black Flag play seamless at medium game setting (possibly up to High at 26fps at a lower HD resolution), a Class 2 GPU can play just about all the resource-intensive game titles recently released in medium game setting even at its highest HD resolution. The ads boast of a keyboard ergonomically designed for offering faster and longer-lasting keyboard action, after all, MSI is a gaming laptop brand.  It comes with a 750GB SATA drive running at a fast 6200 rpm, a SuperMulti DVD optical drive, a 2mpx Webcam, and WiFi 802.11b/g/n, a couple of USB 3 and USB 2 ports, VGA and HDMI.   All these features are housed in a slim 1-inch thick body weighing 7lbs.

     

    Dell XDell XPS 15 15.6-inch Laptop reviewPS 15 15.6-inch Laptop

     

    Thanks to the holiday season, we are lucky to find a year old Dell XPS 15 discounted to $799.00 from a list price of $1,199.00. Powered by a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5-3230M processor (3M Cache, up to 3.2 GHz) with 6GB Dual Channel DDR3 system RAM on 2 SO DIMM sockets, this laptop features a 15.6-inch LED backlit widescreen that sports a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and driven by a top-end Class3 Category NVidia GeForce GT 635M with its dedicated1GB GDDR5 video RAM.  This can play several sophisticated game titles recently released mostly at medium game setting on the default resolution, and may even go higher at lower HD settings.  It is among the few laptops using a graphics engine we consider the minimum for a satisfying gaming experience with Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag it can play the game smoothly at low to medium game setting in full HD.   Data storage is supported by a 500GB SATA drive running at 7200 rpm complemented by a 32GB mSATA Solid State Drive, must for many gamers who want to load new game levels and textures fast.  There’s an 8x slot load optical drive (Dual Layer DVD writer) Bluetooth 4.0 and comes bundled with the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1.

    Posted by: In: Everyday, Under 500 03 Jan 2014 0 comments

    best laptopfor dota 2

    Developed by Valve Corporation. Dota 2 is an online multiplayer  war strategy video game that also served as the stand-alone the sequel to the highly popular and commercially successful Warcarft 3 Defense of the Ancients (DotA) modification.  It was released in July 9, 2013 first on the Windows platform and about a week later, on the Mac OS X and Linux machines. The DOTA game franchise has been one of the most frequently played Valve games on its online Steam platform with daily concurrent gameplays reaching more than half a million.

    Veteran gamers of Warcraft would be most at home playing Dota 2 designed essentially to capture into its core source engine the game features of its predecessor, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and the expansion pack Frozen Throne.

    Systems Requirements

    There are several gaming websites that offer both a minimum system and a recommended one. We really don’t see much point in mentioning a minimum system specification since in our experience, while they can run the game, the player may encounter frustrating moments when the hardware reaches some saturation point when it runs out of steam and the game starts stuttering, freezes or reboots. Hardware and OS are everything for a PC game and it is always best to use only 60%-70% of hardware capacity for optimum performance.  It is not uncommon that you could experience glitches once the hardware is taxed performing at 90% or maximum CPU/GPU utilization and full video RAM consumption.  And because we believe that gaming on a laptop is supposed to entertain, thrill and delight as long as the power it provides lasts, we stick only to a recommended hardware setup that we have seen deliver a rewarding gaming experience, not interminable frustrations later as you move up to more complex gaming levels.

    So while it is possible to find a laptop that can play Dota2 with lower hardware specs than presented in Table 1, we prefer to err on the side of plenty and recommend only the laptops than offer a more reliable gaming experience with CPU/GPU and RAM headroom to spare, especially when you consider that most of the gaming laptops released over the last 12-18 months hardly get specified with the bare minimum of an Intel Core 2 Duo or an older AMD Athlon, nor do they come bundled with Windows XP or Vista which are the bare minimum for playing the game.

    HD display

    The question that comes to mind is if full HD at 1980 x 1080 and a having as large a screen size are necessary to play a game.  The simple answer is no.  It may be a revelation to many novice gamers to note that even professional gamers who play in championship events often play at the medium possible screen resolution, just enough to display the details they need to shoot down the enemy with the precision recognized by the game, and not be distracted with unnecessary details in a highly realistic image that games today can easily render on most hardware.  .  The reason is that these screen displays don’t tax the computing resources as much as when playing at higher resolution.  That means you can squeeze out more responsiveness from the game processing at a given CPU/GPU combination.  In addition,  some professional gamers even prefer to use the older displays with 4:3 aspect ratios, even preferring CRTs with naturally faster screen response times than LCD.  Graphics displayed on a narrower 4:3 screen allows the eyes to focus more on the action without unnecessary movement and not have to move left to right on a wider 16:9 or 16:10 widescreen using larger than 17” monitors.  This should not be a problem with laptops which range from 11inches to 17 inches in diagonal screen sizes now commonly using widescreen 16:9 aspects.

    Table 1: Minimum recommended systems requirements to play Dota2

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    The GPU

    With laptops manufactured over the last 2 years, it is safe to say that even the low end 3rd generation processors from Intel and AMD have no problem handling even the most sophisticated RPG and FSP games.  And with online gaming, a good part of the processing is done on powerful remote game servers. The more important hardware feature in gaming laptops is the graphics engine. They are the ones rendering the compute-intensive vector graphics on the screen.  Needless to say, the more powerful your GPU is, the faster the screens are rendered with faster responsiveness to match quick reflexes when scoring in your game.

    In general, we recommend laptops powered by the Class 3-Category Intel HD Graphics 4000 as the bare minimum for it to quality as a gaming laptop for casual gamers even with sophisticated RPG and FSP which you can play at low to medium game settings on the default HD resolution.  Having said that, playing Dota2 is not a problem even for a few less muscled graphic cards down the line.  Unlike most games with 4 levels of game detail settings, Dota2 only has three – Low, Medium and High.  For laptops using Class 1 and Class 2 graphics engines, you should have no problem paying the game at the highest game setting.  Laptops using these GPUs are expensive and fall above  the $1,000 price point. Class 3 graphics cards at the top of the category and  used in mid- priced laptops also do a good job.  Table 2 gives a snapshot of the graphics cards currently available that can do the job.

    Take note of cards below the Intel HD Graphics 4000.   Our minimum Class 3 Category graphics engine which is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 can play Dota 2 at low game setting with 64fps and medium game setting at 37fps using a medium HD screen resolution of 1600 x 900.  High game settings will be not work at all as our benchmark shows severe stuttering and frame jumps at 14fps at High game setting.  Setting the screen to a lower resolution may render the game playable at high gaming setting but face stuttering and skipped framed in our test laptops.

    Table 2: Some of the laptop graphics cards in the Class 2 and 3 categories that can play Dota2 

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    Table 2 shows that most graphics cards used in laptops would have no problem playing Dota2 and this gaming muscle extends well into Class 4 Category but at a low game detail setting.  GPUs lower than the Intel HD Graphics integrated into the older Sandy Bridge multi core CPUs will not play the game at all.  But even so, to play it safe and put in enough gaming headroom for future extensions and enhancements to the game within the next 18 months at least, we’d recommend laptops using more powerful graphics engines than these GPUs for playing Dota2 and accommodating future downloadable content over the next 12 months.

     

    Here’s Some List of Bang for your buck Laptops for DOTA 2

     

    Alienware 14 ALW14-1250sLV 14-Inch Gaming Laptop reviewAlienware 14 ALW14-1250sLV 14-Inch Gaming Laptop

    At just $1,099.00 list price (as of December 2013), this Alienware can be considered a steal for its reputation as among the most preferred brands for serious gamers designed primarily by Dell as a gaming laptop to distinguish it from its more domestic and corporate models.  Powered by a 4th generation midrange Haswell dual core Intel Core i5-4200M  with 3MB Cache, 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 16GB on 2 DIMM slots, and clocked up to 3.1GHz with Turbo Boost , this Alienware sports a 14-inch screen with low HD resolution (1366 x 768).  What gives it high gaming abilities is the Class 2 NVidia GeForce GT 750M with a dedicated 1GB video RAM.  It won’t play Company of Heroes 2 well even at low game settings, but it can do a good job on all sophisticated compute-intensive RPG and FSP games released over the last 3 years at medium to high game setting, including DOTA2 which can play at 33fps at its highest game setting at the default resolution.  Data storage is served with a 750GB SATA drive running at a fast 7200 rpm, an 8x dual layer super-multi optical drive, a media card reader and the usual  slew of wired and wireless data connectivity options such as Bluetooth and USB 3. It comes bundled with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition OS.

     

    Acer Aspire V3-772G-9656 17.3-Inch Laptop reviewAcer Aspire V3-772G-9656 17.3-Inch Laptop

    This brand is not exactly known for its gaming prowess, but we are delighted to see this Acer Aspire V3-772G configured as one that delivers. Easily one of the best value gaming laptop even for serious gamers. For starters it is powered by a 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4702MQ clocked at 2.2GHz with its own 6MB Cache and supported by a 8GB DDR3L SDRAM.  Its integrated Intel HD Graphics 4600 is powerful enough to play DOTA 2 at medium game setting, but it goes much better with the NVidia GeForce GTX 760M with its own 2GB video RAM.  This is a Class 1 Category graphics card that will play all the sophisticated RPG and FSP games recently released at high settings, with the exception of the very demanding Company of Heroes 2 which plays smoothly at low game setting while being borderline at 29fps on medium.  Dota2 will play superbly at 44fps at the highest game setting on its default high HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 over a widescreen real estate of 17.3 inches.  It comes with a 750GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm, an 8x double layer DVD optical drive, HD webcam, a media card readers, stereo speakers and the usual data connectivity features such as WiFi 802.11b/g/n, a couple of USB 2.0 and USB30 ports.  All these comes at price – a hefty but still luggable 7.5lb body.

     

    HP Envy 15-j085nr 5.6-Inch Laptop (Natural Silver) reviewHP Envy 15-j085nr 15.6-Inch Laptop (Natural Silver)

    With a price slash from its $1,033 list price to just $699.99, This HP Envy is powered by a 4th generation i5-4200M clocked at 2.5GHz (up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost) and supported by a 6GB DDR3 DIMM system RAM.  Its 15.6-inch LED-backlit display offers a low HD resolution of 1366 x 768 driven by a Class 3 category Intel HD Graphics 4600 for Haswell CPUs (using up to 1.8 GB video RAM from the system RAM).  This graphics engine is around 25%-30% more capable than our minimum recommended HD Graphics 4000, making this HP Envy a reasonably muscled gaming laptop at this price point.  Like most laptops using GPUs below Class 2 category, it won’t play Dota2 at high game settings but is more than adequate to play at medium settings delivering around 50+ fps and 80+ at the lowest game settings. Data storage is well-served with a generous 1TB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm and a media card reader.  But because it does not have an optical drive, it weighs a comfortable 4.8 lbs.  You get the usual wired and wireless data connectivity options such as WiFi 802.11b/g/n, four USB 3.0 ports, and one HDMI port.

     

    HP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n020us 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop reviewHP Pavilion TouchSmart 15-n020us 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

    This HP Pavilion sits right at the $500 price point (as of december 2013)  thanks to what many consider to be a poor man’s quad core CPU – the AMD A6-5200 clocked at 2GHz (no turbo ability) and supported by a 4GB DDR3L SDRAM.  What qualifies this as a gaming laptop for casual gamers and with who play mostly Dota2 is its Class 3 category AMD Radeon HD 8400 which can rival our minimum Intel HD Graphics 4000 for gaming power. This modest gaming laptop uses a 15.6 inch screen with a default low HD resolution (1366 x 768) that is also a touchscreen on the side. Gamers may not need this feature, but it can be welcome feature when using other apps on the road.  It comes with a relatively generous 750GB SATA drive running at 5400 rpm, a media card readers, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, a single USB 2.0 and a couple of USB 3 ports.  Without an optical drive, its less than 1-inch thick slim body weighs just 5.6lbs. Apart from Windows 8 OS bundled with the purchase, you also get a free 25GB lifetime cloud storage service, an offer valid until the end of 2014.

     

    Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6144BLK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish) reviewDell Inspiron 15 i15RV-6144BLK 15.6-Inch Touchscreen Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish)

    This Dell Inspiron is powered by a 3rd generation dual core Intel i3-3227U clocked at 1.9GHz with 3MB Cache and supported by a 4GB DDR3 system RAM on a single DIMM slot. Several online stores are selling it at a lower $459.  Its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen sports a  low HD resolution of 1366 x 768 modestly driven by the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000, muscled enough to play many of the sophisticated RPG and FSP games at low to medium game resolution. That includes the Dota2.  It’s a touchscreen beside and comes with a standard 500GB SATA drive running at 5400, on 8x dual layer CD/DVD burner, a media card reader (8 types) and the usual wired and wireless data connectivity ports that include Bluetooth and USB 3.0.  Playing music and movies is served with a respective sounding pair of stereo speakers driven by its pre-installed Waves Maxx Audio 4.0 sound system. All these hardware features are housed in a slim 1-inch body weighing just 5lbs. Windows 8 OS is preloaded with it, along with several apps in trial configuration.

     

    Posted by: In: Everyday, Under 500 24 Oct 2013 1 comment

    minecraft laptops review

    Considered one of the most popular games in the market, Minecraft is a sandbox Java-based multi-platform game that easily plays on the Microsoft Xbox360-, Sony’s PS3 gaming consoles as well as on the Mac OS X, PC Windows and GNU/Linux computers. It was created originally for the PC back in May 2009. The full version was released in 2011 with gradual updates preceding it. The Apple iOS and Android versions were released at around the same time. The following year, the game was released on the Xbox 360 as a live arcade game, followed by its release on the PS3 and PS4 lately. As of September 2013, Minecraft has had 12 million copies on the PC and 33 million on other platforms.

    On the PC platform, Minecraft can easily be played with a very modest set of hardware requirements shown on Table 1.

    Table 1:  Minimum and recommended hardware requirements to play Minecraft

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    Table 1 clearly shows that as of today, playing Minecraft is a breeze even for the least muscled gaming laptops powered by a 3rd generation quad core CPU and our recommended minimum for the graphics engine which is the Intel HD Graphics 4000.  Nevertheless, this is only true when playing the latest Minecraft 1.6 and 1.7 at low to medium game detail settings at medium high definition display.  Some gamers seem to be complaining that at full HD and using the highest game detail settings, they can’t play Minecraft as seamlessly or smoothly as they cold at lower settings.

     

    Problems playing Minecraft 1.6.1 and 1.6.2

     

    The minimum threshold for playing games smoothly is anywhere between 30 to 40 frames per second (fps). Some games can get by with lower frame rates but gamers can notice some stuttering, movement freezes or jumping, and depending on how you score on the game, you could miss scoring due to frame lags and skips.

    Minecraft v1.6.1 have been reported to suffer a non-playable 6 fps at 1280 x 1024 HD resolution using Windows Vista Home Premium 32 on a PC powered by the AMD Phenom II X4 clocked at 3 GHz with 4GB DDR2 RAM, and the ATI Radeon HD 4350 graphics engine.  A PC powered by the i5-3330 clocked at 3 GHz using its in-built Intel HD Graphics 3000 also suffers running on a Windows 7 Home Premiums 64 at a 3-6fps at full HD (1920 x 1080) screen.

    Even with our recommended Intel HD Graphics 4000, Minecraft 1.6.1 at high game settings only registered 7-18 fps at a low HD resolution of 1366 x 768, when it used to play at a seamless 170fps for version 1.5.2 on the same machine.  The machine is powered by an Intel i7-3630QM clocked at 2.4 GHz with 8GB DDR3 running a Windows 8 Pro 64.   The same graphics card in an i7-3540M clocked at 3 GHz with 8 GB DDR 3 running the same OS also could not play the Minecraft v1.6.2 at a default 1920 x 1200 resolution with only 6-10fps.

    Yet another otherwise capable laptop powered by the i7-2670QM clocked at 2.2GHz with 8GB DDR3 RAM running a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 with a Class 3 GeForce GT 630M graphics engine played the Minecraft 1.6.1 at high game settings at an awful 4-12 fps on the same 1366 x 768 screen. This same machine played the Minecraft 1.5.2 at 80fps at the highest game setting.

     

    Better playing abilities for the 1.6.4 and 1.7 versions

     

    On the other hand the same HD Graphics 4000 engine on the i5-3210M clocked at 2.5GHz with 6GB DDR running a Windows 7 64-bit can play the Minecraft v1.6.4 at a comfortably seamless 40fps at low HD default (1366 x 768) resolution.  Even a low-end GeForce 210 integrated with the AMD Sempron 145 clocked at 2.6GHz with 8GB RAM and running a Windows 8 Pro 64 can run the Minecraft 1.6.4 at a respectable 30-35fps.

    A low end Class 3 AMD Radeon HD 7340 paired with an AMD E2-1800 CPU clocked at 1.7GHz with 16GB DDR3 and running Windows 8 Pro 64 can also run the v1.7 at 35-45fps.  Another case involved an old Pentium 4 Prescott supported by just 4GB DDR running Windows 8 Pro 64, and using an old GeForce 5700 Ultra graphics engine.  It runs the Minecraft 1.6.1 at 30-45fps but uses the java 1.7.0.25 v64.

    A class 2 GeForce GTX 660M configured in SLI (dual card) with 2GB GDDR5 video paired with an i5-3570k processor clocked at 4.3GHz supported by an 8GB DDR3 ad running Windows 8 Pro 64 can run a Minecraft v1.7 at full HD (1920x 1080) at a fantastic 478 – 600 fps.

    It appears that in many cases where the game can be played smoothly, it is important that the desktop or PC maximizes the 64-bit computing muscle of the OS if used. This means installing the latest 64-bit Java version such as the Java 1.7.0.17 iteration.

     

    Conclusion

     

    Laptops powered by Class 3 graphics engine such as the HD Graphics 4000 and the NVidia GeForce GT 630M mentioned above are known to fail at playing or have problems playing most of the demanding games at high to ultra-high game settings at their default screen resolution.  So it is not surprising that a relatively non-demanding game like Minecraft 1.6.1 would not play at all when set at high game detail setting in such machines.

    Playing at the low to medium game settings at default HD resolution appears to have no problem across all machines that conform to the recommended hardware specs indicated in Table 1.  That means just about all the current generation laptops can play the game. However, versions 1.6.1 and 1.6.2 appear to be more resource intensive and problematic in even medium powered PCs at high game settings.   Machines that could play Minecraft 1.5.2 or older under high game settings start to suffer when playing the 1.6.1/1.6.2 versions at these settings.

    Nevertheless more recent versions 1.6.4 and 1.7 may have been better optimized to handle graphics resources so that they can play when at high game setting in the same machines that didn’t play versions 1.6.1 and 1.6.2.

    Below are five laptops that are sufficiently powered to play Minecraft v1.6.4 and 1.7 at high game setting in their respective default screen resolutions.  Except for one old Dell and Toshiba laptop, it no longer makes sense to recommend a high performing laptop to play v1.6.1 and 1.6.2 which are on the way out anyway.  In addition, playing these versions may require more laptop gaming muscles than is necessary to enjoy Minecraft when the newer versions can be played on more modest laptops.  Some of these are powerful are configured in SLI or using Class 1-2 graphics engine.  But in all cases, it is important that the latest 64-bit Java platform is installed to maximize the 64-bit OS used and provide a more seamless Minecraft gameplay.

    Best Gaming Laptop to Play Minecraft v1.6.4 and 1.7 at Highest Game Setting

    TOSHIBA Satellite L645D–S4036

    TOSHIBA Satellite L645D-S4036 Review

     

     

    Priced at $758, this Toshiba Satellite is powered by the AMD Phenom Triple Core Processor clocked at 1.8GHz and supported by a 4GB DDR3 RAM expandable to 8GB. Its 14-inch LED backlit low HD resolution (1336 x 768) screen is driven by the ATi Radeon HD 4250.  Data storage is minimal at 320GB running at 5400 ROM. It comes preloaded with |Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). This is an old laptop but an able gaming laptop in its time.  With a small default resolution and loaded with the latest 64-bit Java, it should be able to play the latest Minecraft versions with ease even at high game setting at default resolution. You can get the L55-A5351 which is pretty similar.

    Dell Studio XPS 16 (x1647-533OBK)

    Dell Studio XPS 16 (x1647-533OBK) reviewThis Dell studio XPS line of laptops is already three years old in the market but properly configured, it has shown to be capable of running Minecraft v1.6.2 at a comfortable 60fps at its default HD resolution (1920×1080 or 1600 x 900 depending on model).  Priced at $511.97, this model is powered by a 3rd generation i5-430M with 3MB L2 cache and clocked at 2.26GHz that can reach 2.53 GHz with Turbo Boost, and is supported by a 4GB DDR3 RAM.  Its LED backlit 15.6-inch screen with default HD resolution of 1600 x 900 is driven by ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670 Graphics with 1GB video RAM. Data storage is served by a modest 500GB SATA drive running at 7200 RPM.  It comes with an 8x Slot loading DVD read/write optical drive, WiFi b/g/n and a 1.3 megapixel camera.

    Lenovo Y410p

    Lenovo Y410pThis Lenovo Y410P is powered by a 4th generation Haswell i7 Intel Core i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4 GHz  (up to 3,4 GHz with Turbo Boost) with 6MB Cache. The CPU is supported with an 8 GB DDR3 1600MHz system RAM expandable to 16GB.  Its modest 14-inch LED backlit display sports a standard low HD (1366 x 768) resolution driven by a powerful Class 1 NVidia GeForce GT 750M graphics engine with its own 2GB video RAM. Data storage is served by a 1TB Hard Drive and DVD R/W Optical Drive.  It comes with an integrated HD webcam, wireless Centrino N-2230 and a host of other wired and wireless data connectivity options.  It is preloaded with the Windows 8 64-bit OS.

    Sager NP7370 (Clevo W370ST)

    Sager NP7370 (Clevo W370ST)This Sager NP7370 essentially rebrands the Clevo W370ST hardware with the same 17.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) LED backlit screen driven by the Class 2 NVidia GeForce GTX 765M that enables you to play many of the most demanding games at medium to high game settings. IT is powered by a 4th generation Haswell Intel i7-4900MQ with 8GB system RAM.  These features may vary as the Sager/Clevo brand is known for allowing customer to configure the laptop to their specified preference in CPU, display default resolution, memory, GPU, keyboard language, and provisioning of I/O ports and other options. The bare unit comes with two changeable HDD/SSD SATA drive bays with Raid 0/1 configuration.  You have the option to use an SSD for a Super multi Bly-ray combo optical drive or an mSATA solid state drive. Standard hard drive is a 750GB. It comes with high definition audio, s/PDIF digital audio out, and built-in Sound Blaster Cinema audio processing system, as well as built-in microphone and 2-watt stereo speakers.  It also sports a range of wired and wireless data connectivity ports and a 9-in-1 card reader   It comes bundled with the Windows 8 Pro 64-bit , a 1-yr Manufacturer’s warranty and an 8-cell Smart Lithium battery rated at 76.96 WH delivering almost 6 hours of battery life before charging.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59375625)

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p (59375625) reviewIt is rare for a laptop to be driven by a Class 1 graphics card in dual SLI configuration as this Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p.  It certainly defines what topnotch gaming prowess means at this price point.  A 4th generation Intel Core i7 4700MQ Haswell processor powers this monster.  It is clocked at 2.4 GHz (3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost) and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 16 GB on two SODIMM slots.  Its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen sports the highest HD resolution at 1920 x 1080.  This is driven by a dual-card Class 1 NVidia GeForce GT 750M set at SLI mode with 2GB video RAM for each card.  The GT 750 happens to be the 5th fastest NVidia graphics engine in the Class 1 category and could already power a laptop on its own with superb gaming caliber. With two cards, you can expect it to hurdle any resource-intensive game you throw at, with the exception of a few you can count on your one hand, like Company of Heroes 2.  Minecraft would be breeze even at its highest resolution, provided it runs 64-bit Java. Other hardware features include a 1TB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM, as well as a host of data connectivity options such as a couple of USB 3.0 ports, a single USB 2.0 port, WiFi and Bluetooth.  It also has VGA and HDMI ports, microphone and headphones jacks and a 6-in-1 media card reader.  It also has a 720p HD webcam, and all these are housed in a 1.4-inch profile laptop weighing just 6.4 lbs.  It comes bundled with Windows 8 64-bit OS. Check out our Lenovo Ideapad Y510 Review.

     

    A review of the best and affordable laptop for minecraft
    Best gaming laptops to Play Minecraft
    Date Published: 10/25/2013
    We are currently reviewing the best laptops to play minecraft, there are 5 recommendations which varies from budget and playability.
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    Posted by: In: Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops 25 Aug 2013 1 comment

    best laptop for gaming powered by haswell chip

    A Lil long Introduction to Haswell Chip before we go on our TOP 10 Best Gaming Laptops List

    Last June 2013, Intel launched its 4th generation multi-core processors codenamed and marketed as Haswell.  Just like its preceding Ivy Bridge core CPUs, the Haswell is manufactured with Tri-gate transistors fabricated in 22 nm technology.

    Intel heralded the Haswell architecture as re-inventing the PC, but that’s the hype behind the marketing hoopla.  While there is a lot of promise in many performance areas, this 4th generation multicore engine is better appreciated for its modest and practical improvements that are more evolutionary, as expected, than something radical.  Its main advantage lies in providing better CPU and GPU processing performance at lower power demands for smaller next generation compact convertible touch tablets and ultrabooks

    This review briefly covers the innovations and test benchmark of five quad core Haswell processors (i7-4702MQ, i7-4700MQ, i7-4800MQ, i7-4900MQ, and i7-4930MX), plus the capabilities and relative performance of its in-built HD Graphics 5200 and 4600.

    Selling Points

     

    Since 2007, Intel has been following a development model where its processors take advantage of new die shrink manufacturing process with some micro-architectural enhancements.  For instance, the Ivy Bridge architecture used a smaller die shrink technology on what is basically the same Sandy Bridge architecture of its predecessor. This time, the Haswell is a “new” architecture on the same 22 nm die shrink process

    The technical specifications of quad-cores with GT2 graphics:

    • Intel 64,  AVX2, BMI, TMX, FMA3, AES-NI
    • 32 + 32 KB L1 cache per core for data and instruction sets
    • up to 8 MB L3 cache shared between CPU and GPU
    • 1.4 billion transistors
    • 22 m Tri-Gate process
    • Small 177 mm² die area
    • 256 KB L2 cache per core
    • HD 4600 graphics unit (GT2, DirectX 11.1)
    • DDR3 memory controller for up to 800 MHz (DDR3-1600)
    • TDP of 37, 47 or 57 W
    • 16 Lanes to PCIe 3.0

    But while the Haswell microarchitecture is largely based on Ivy Bridge, the changes on its features translates roughly to a 10%  boost in processing performance per MHz.  This includes

    1. Revamped jump prediction and faster caches
    2. Increased in the number of execution units (EU) and
    3. Increased new instruction set extensions and features including AVX2, FMA3, and TSX support.

    In addition, the integrated graphics engine has been modified to handle more executions. Depending on the CPU model, the Haswell GPU units can have 10, 20, or 40 EUs compared to just 6 or 16 EUs on the GPUs integrated with the Ivy Bridge CPU. The fastest is the Iris Pro Graphics 5200, also called the HD Graphics 5200, which has an added dedicated video memory of 120 MB eRAM is shared with the CPU.

    Last but not the least, because the Haswell CPU has the voltage converter built in, the thermal design power (TDP) efficiency of its regular dual and quad core engines has increased by 2 watts. Depending on the CPU model, this means a range from 17 to 57 watts.  On the other hand, its ULV engines benefit with a watt reduction in TDP which means a range from 15 watts to 53 watts, inclusive of chipset.  Most of its CPU-Chipset configuration designed for the largest Ultrabooks now has a total power consumption of just 28 watts.

    The Haswell CPU models

     

    Intel’s 4th generation CPUs has five new quad core processors, three models in the M series (Core i7-4930MX, i7-4900MQ, and i7-4800MQ) and five in the  H series (Core i7-4950HQ, i7-4850HQ, i7-4700HQ and i7-4702HQ)).  The Core i7-4930MX is the fastest in the list which directly replaces all the CPUs in the Ivy Bridge 3rd generation with similar clocks and L3 cache. Table 1 below summarizes the base configuration of each Haswell CPU model.

    Table 1: Haswell CPU models with corresponding built-in GPU

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    Haswell is anything but an entirely new CPU architecture.  Its improvements over the Ivy Bridge are certainly not cosmetic, but they are incremental to some of the current Ivy Bridge CPUs, mostly in the top 30 echelons of more than 200 CPU models and configurations currently in use.  To put the new 4th generation CPU into context relative of current 3rd generation Ivy Bridge CPUs, Table 2 ranks the quad core Haswell CPUs based on clock speed and a couple of performance benchmarks. The top of the line Ivy Bridge i7-3969X remains unchallenged, while the top-of-the-line Haswell (i7-4930MX) in 6th place beats the 3rd place Ivy Bridge i7-4770K in terms of power consumption, giving any laptop powered with it the same muscle at longer battery lives.

    Table 2: Haswell CPU (highlighted) models relative to existing Ivy Bridge quad cores.

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    The most significant improvements are its ability to handle additional instruction sets such as AVX2, BMI (Bit Manipulation Instruction), TSX (Transactional Synchronization Extension) and FMA3, to mention the major ones. AVX2 is an integer extension of the first AVX generation, while FMA3 adds a few novel instruction sets for floating point mathematical processing with operands in the 128 and 256-bit ranges. (This has no direct compatibility with the FMA4 already supported by the new generation AMD Richland and Trinity processors on top of its FMA3.)  BMI improves data cryptography processing while TSX simply optimizes parallel task synchronization.

    The pipeline shares the same 14 to 19 levels of the Ivy Bridge architecture with minimal changes.  There are no changes in the front ends other than an improved prefetcher and optimizing prediction performance in fetching cached data. In contrast, the back end processing benefits the most improvements making use of larger buffers which improve efficiency and flexibility with out-of-order processes schedules.  The number of executive units was also increased from 6 to 8 parallel instructions.The most significant improvements are its ability to handle additional instruction sets such as AVX2, BMI (Bit Manipulation Instruction), TSX (Transactional Synchronization Extension) and FMA3, to mention the major ones. AVX2 is an integer extension of the first AVX generation, while FMA3 adds a few novel instruction sets for floating point mathematical processing with operands in the 128 and 256-bit ranges. (This has no direct compatibility with the FMA4 already supported by the new generation AMD Richland and Trinity processors on top of its FMA3.)  BMI improves data cryptography processing while TSX simply optimizes parallel task synchronization.

    With the Ivy architecture, processing throughput declines when there is not enough data going through the pipeline. To remove this bottleneck, Intel not only widened the size of the L2 TLB, but also doubled the L1 and L2 interface.  In addition, the bandwidth of the L3-Cache (LLC) shared across all the CPU cores was widened to include a couple of dedicated data pipelines. While the LLC shared the same CPU clock domain as in the Ivy Bridge CPUs, the new Haswell improvements allow for independent clocking.  This is particularly beneficial in graphics application where the GPU load is often much higher than the CPU load.  This allows the CPU cores to run at lower clock rates that save battery energy, while the GPU still benefits from the full cache clock speed.

    The changes in the new Haswell look incremental with current benchmark tests.  This is most likely due to the fact that the tests have not really been optimized to draw on the improvements.  The 10% boost in performance may not be felt especially with current applications and games that do not maximize on the Haswell’s new instruction set extensions.  The next 12-18 months, however, should see a crop of new software that can harness these hardware improvements that is sure to lead to more palpable real-world performance improvements.

    In the meantime, one can already benefit from the energy efficiency offered by the new Haswell architecture. Intel implemented a significantly more intelligent Power Gating feature which disconnects idle or unused CPU components from consuming power. In addition, switching between different power states is about 25% faster to benefit ULV (Ultra-low voltage) models using Haswell’s new more energy-efficient sleep state called S0ix mode.

    The Integrated Graphics Engine

     

    The graphics engines integrated into the Haswell CPUs are nowhere near the performance of Class 1 category graphics cards.  These are all dedicated graphics engines starting with the NVidia GeForce GTX 780M/680M in single card or SLI (dual) configuration,  as well as the AMD Radeon HD 8970M/7970M in single on crossfire mode.  Class 1 category ends with the NVidia GTX-570M and the AMD Radeon 6950M and FirePro M6000.   However, the top-of-the-line GPU integrated with some Haswell chips belong to Class 2 Category sandwiched between the NVidia GeForce GT 735M and the AMD Radeon HD 8690M.  The rest of the GPUs currently integrated with Haswell CPUs belong in the Class 3 category with our HD Graphics 4000 at the bottom.

    Intel has been planning a radical GPU redesign known as the Broadwell but it is evident this was not in the works for the Haswell range of CPU products.  Still, the overall performance gain of the new GPUs integrated with the Haswell CPU shows remarkable improvements that should give casual gamers reason to be happy, though without a dedicated GPU cards, any new Haswell will not satisfy serious gamers.  Compared to our floor threshold for a notebook to qualify as a gaming device, the Intel HD 4000, the HD 4600 graphics used in most Haswell CPUs have been extensively modified to support DirectX 11.1, OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.0. It also boasts improved decoding abilities for 4K videos in upcoming home video resolution as well as in proving a fast Quick Sync encoder for editing high definition video content.

    The Intel HD Graphics 4600 (GT2) has a base clock that can be automatically overclocked with Turbo Boost technology. Depending on the processor model, the turbo clock rates (1150 – 1350 MHz) and shared L3 cache may differ widely resulting in disparate graphics performance between Haswell implementation.

    Table 3: Maximum clock rates for GPUs integrated with the Haswell engines

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    In addition, the graphics engine can drive up to three displays in different configurations with a maximum total resolution of 4k x 2k for all three monitors. Monitor connectivity include HDMI 1.4a and DisplayPort 1.2 which allows daisy chaining of more monitors with Display port connectivity.  VGA is not supported except for non-ULV models. Its Wireless Display (WiDi) ver.4.1 allows for improved real time wireless video streaming with reduced latency delays for gaming software. If your HDTV has the Intel WiDi feature or connected to a WiDi device, you can play your games on the laptop while the video is on a larger HDTV screen.

    Table 4: Relative GPU power in the HD Graphics family

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    The improved video performance of in-built HD Graphics cards can be traced to the addition of more shader units made possible with more EUs.  Ivy Bridge GPUs have 6 EUs (GT1) or 16 EUs (GT2) while the Haswell GPUs have 10 (GT1), 20 (GT2) and 40 (GT3) EUs. All Haswell models have a slightly re-built front-end which includes the new Resource Streamer and Tesseltator that  reduce the driver overhead  to effectively double its throughput.The top of the line Iris Pro Graphics 5200, also known as the HD Graphics 5200 belongs in the Class 2 category and is the only integrated GPU that has about the same performance as a dedicated GeForce GT 735M as well as the AMD Radeon HD869M. (see Table 4 for relative rankings in Class 2 category).  In contrast, all the other Intel HD graphics belong to the lower midrange Class 3 category, including our threshold Intel HD Graphics 4000 which is equivalent to the AMD Radeon HD6620G (See Table 5 for relative rankings in Class 3 category GPUs).

    Intel HD Graphics 5200

     

    The Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200 is a top-of- the-line integrated GT3 graphics engine exclusive to the 4th generation Haswell CPUs. Also known as the HD Graphics 5200, the 5200 sports the maximum configuration for an integrated Intel graphics card with 40 execution units (EU) and an additional 128 MB eDRAM cache directly positioned adjacent to the CPU. The base clock can be automatically overclocked using Turbo Boost technology. Depending on the processor model, the base and turbo clock rates may differ, resulting in varying graphics performance between CPU models.

    Compared to our threshold Intel HD Graphics 4000,  the Iris Pro Graphics 5200 benefits from an extensive modification that makes it 150% faster than our threshold HD Graphics 4000 and is 50% faster the next most powerful integrated Haswell GPU, the HD Graphics 4600..  The GT3 card doubles the 20 EU’s in the 4600. With its eDRAM using a very wide 512-bit buss interface, the 5200 can have a throughput of 64 GB/sec at a clock rate of 500 MHz.  This matches many dedicated mid-tier graphics cards like the NVidia GT 735M  and the higher GT640M/650M,  and  can overtake a dual AMD HD 6775G2 in Crossfire configuration.

    A step down to the HD Graphics 5100 is an option that does away with the eDRAM cache and is just 125% faster the Intel HD Graphics 4000.  It has the same 40 EUs and 1300MHz maximum clock speed and can match the dedicated GPU NVidia GeForce 640M LE.  Take another step down from a maximum 1300MHz clock speed to 1100MHz and you get the old HD Graphics 5000 which is also used in other lower end Haswell CPUs along with the older Ivy Bridge chips.

    Intel Graphics HD 4600

     

    Our tests using Intel benchmarks in 3DMark 11 showed that the HD Graphics 4600 clocks a 60% performance advantage over our threshold HD Graphic 4000 though our real-world gaming tests only reached an overall 30% improvement.  Either result clearly puts the HD Graphics 4600 above our threshold and this can be attributed to the increased number of execution units (EU). This GT2 version has 20 EUs, compared to the older HD Graphics 4000’s 16 EUs.  Hence, the HD Graphics 4600 is a good match for dedicated GPUs like the GeForce GT 630M/635M and AMD Radeon HD 6750M.   And thanks to the 22n, Tri-Gate die shrink manufacturing process, this GPU gets low power consumption. The HD Graphics 4600 is used by several Haswell dual and quad core CPUs in the 37 – 57-watt TDP range.

    Table 5: Class 2 category graphics cards as of June 2013

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    Power Consumption

    Power consumption was tested using the synthetic stress test provided with the Prime95 benchmarking software.  The three Haswell CPUs tested, Core i7-4900MQ, the i7-4800MQ, and the i7-4702MQ exceeded their maximum specified TDP but this is typical behavior even in the older Ivy and Sand Bridge CPUs.  After about 30 minutes, the Power Control Unit (PCU) built into the CPUs kicked in its power management ability to reduce the clock speeds that allowed the CPU to settle to its specified TDP. In short, these three cores achieved best possible performance when taking on a stable load allowing the PCU to manage the load taxing its thermal capacities.  In contrast, the Core i7-4930MX and the 4700MQ exhibited constant clock speeds throughout the test. The slowest Haswell CPU, the i7-4702MQ hardly ever went beyond its specified maximum of 47 watts TDP at any time during the tests.Haswell CPUs boasts of the most significant claim to power efficiency gains in the current CPU generation. Intel had earlier aimed to achieve power consumption in the 35 to 45 watts range but is now talking about 10 to 20 watts using relatively the same mainstream chips. Haswell engineers were able to bring down mobile CPU power needs by a small but useful 20% reduction.  Current Ultrabooks using Ivy Bridge CPUs offer slightly over 5 hours of battery life.  But with Haswell, this goes up to 9 hours idling under Windows 8 and 6 hours of single task HD movie watching. Even more impressive is the fact that a Haswell laptop can go on standby for a week, periodically pulling data from social media and incoming emails, thanks to Haswell’s better power management features that involve new S0ix sleep states.

    Conclusion

     

    Any improvement, however, incremental, is always a welcome development in the mobile computing landscape.  While Intel has certainly done a lot more than its nearest rival AMD in taking evolutionary advances , though this may change soon with the new set of AMD CPUs using a more radical Steamroller architectures,  Intel seems to be happy just getting by with small improvements from one generation of processors to the next. Nevertheless, these measured improvements, more like updates, come predictably every year. At least, this is true for the quad cores so far reviewed.  Intel is sure to come out with newer releases of their Haswell CPUs to replace the rest of its 3rd generation Ivy Bridge CPUs and associated motherboard chipsets

    The 4th generation Haswell CPUs, (you see, the quad core CPUs has already tucked in 4 generations since the Sandy Bridge CPUs) currently does not have that much performance gain with existing applications.  The games are actually better served by dedicated graphics engines and while the changes in the HD graphics have made them more competent, it will still take time for new game apps to take advantage of the added EUs, but for sure, the higher clock rates will benefit old games as well.  Then again, serious gamers hardly ever use integrated GPUs and prefer to use dedicated ones singly or in dual configurations.  But for its improvements in power management, mobile gamers stand to benefit with a little more juice left.  Even a 20% improvement can spell the difference between a laptop dying on you and getting it charged just in time.

     

    Without further adieu here are the best gaming laptops powered by haswell processor

     

    CyberpowerPC Fangbook Evo HX7-350  review

    The Fangbook Evo reveals a new set of fangs for the serious gamer on the move with this HX7-350 model.

    CyberpowerPC Fangbook Evo HX7-350 

     

     

    The Fangbook Evo reveals a new set of fangs for the serious gamer on the move with this HX7-350 model.  It is powered by the 4th Generation Haswell quad core i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz that can go up to 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost technology.  Supported by a 16GB RAM upgradable to 32GB from two more vacant SODIMM sockets, this is a large laptop sporting a 17.3-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) non- glare display with LED backlighting that is superb for gaming as it is to watch HD movies.  A dedicated high end NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M with 4GB GDDR5 video RAM makes this an excellent choice for the serious gamer on the move. The GPU belongs to the Class 1 category of video cards and is considered the fastest single card from NVidia.  Needless to say, the serous gamer will have no problem playing all the demanding games released over the last 2-3 years at high detail settings and at the default screen resolution. Coupled with NVidia’s Optimus technology, you can also switch from the dedicated GPU to low-power HD Graphic 4600 integrated into the Haswell CPU for significant battery savings when you’re not gaming. Data storage is served by a 750 GB SATA HHD supplemented with a 250GB solid state drive that serious gamers can’t do without.  It also has an 8x super multi optical drive.

     

     

     

     

    MSI GT Series GT70 2OD-089US review

    The ULTIMATE gaming laptop – If you want some ultimate experience get this one!

    MSI GT Series GT70 2OD-089US

     

    At just a dollar short of $4,000, the MSI GT series takes the latest Intel Haswell CPU and the fastest single video card from NVidia to power what could well be the ultimate among the fastest gaming laptops in the market.  Powered by the latest top end Haswell Intel Core i7 4930MX clocked as 3.0 GHz (can reach  3.9 GHz with Turbo Boost technology), the laptop comes with the fastest single card Class 1Category NVidia GeForce GTX 780M with its own 4GB video RAM to drive a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution on its 17.3-inch non-glare display. This makes the MSI GT70 one of the more rewarding gaming laptop of the serious gamer who likes his latest demanding FPS and RPG’s playable in full HD without ever stuttering.  It comes with 32 GB DD3 system RAM (maxed out on 4 SODIMM sockets), while data storage is supported by a 1TB SATA hard disk drive supplemented with a 384 GB solid state drive configured in Super RAID 0 mode. Its multimedia prowess is capped off with a Blu-ray burner for its optical drive.  All this comes at just 8.6 lbs and bundled with the 64-bit Windows 8.

     

     

     

     

    ASUS G75 Series G750JX-DB71 review

    Ultimate Asus Model – TOP Of the line Its like the mercedes of Luxury Cars.

    ASUS G75 Series G750JX-DB71

     

    This Asus G75 model makes some reasonable compromises for a very competent Haswell laptop to reach a more comfortable price point at $1,899.  With the Core i7-4700HQ clocked at 2.4 GHz (maximum of 3.4GHZ using Turbo Boost) under the hood, and the 4th fastest Class 1 Category single card NVidia GeForce 770M with 3GB DDR5 video RAM, the Asus G75 Series G750JX-DB71 has what it takes to delight a budget-conscious serious gamer who has little patience with compromises for his PC games at the default HD resolution, which in this model, is full 1920 x 1080 full HD on a 17.3-inch display.  With just a few exceptions like the Company of Heroes2, Metro: Last Night and Crisis 3,  just about all games released over the last 2 years play at a seamless 40 fps  frame rates at the default resolution and medium to highest game detail settings. Data storage is supported by a 1TB SATA hard disk drive running at 5400 RPM, and supplemented with a 256GB solid state device that serious PC gamers prefer to have for faster launching of games and new game levels. It also has a dual layer DVD optical reader/writer, Bluetooth 4.0, bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8 and comes with a 1-year accidental damage warrantee only from Asus.

     

     

    Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 review

    Can’t go wrong with top of the line Toshiba Qosmio – with 770m GPU its like PC experience on Laptop!

    Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 

     

    Comfortably priced at $1,549.00, this Toshiba Qosmio X75-A7295 has one of the most brilliant 17.3-inch display from Toshiba’s TrueBrite screen technology boasting a full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.   Lavished in textured aluminum in Black Widow finish, this Qosmio X75 model is powered by the 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4700MQ with 16GB DDR RAM.  But apart from the price, what endears this laptop to serious gamers is its NVidia GeForce GTX 770M, the 4th fastest GPU in the Class 1 Category line of graphics engines capable of playing all the current RPG and FSP games at the default resolution and highest gaming details.  There are just a few exceptions, such as Metro: Last Night, Company of Heroes 2 and Crysis 3 which will have difficulty in the Ultra-High game settings at default resolution.  Stepping down to High setting is not objectionable to veteran PC gamers.  Storing all your games is not a problem with its dual 500GB SATA hard disk space running at 7200 RPM.  Alternatively, you can replace one of the drives with a 256GB solid state device which serous gamers often do, either at point of sale or later on as an upgrade.  There’s a DVD Super-Multi optical drive, a Harman-Kardon 4-speaker system and comes bundled with Windows 8, Adobe Premiere Elements 2.0 and Adobe Photoshop Elements 2.0.

     

     

     

    Sager NP9390-s review

    No Best Gaming Laptops Review is complete without the sager brand – completely customizable!

    Sager NP9390-s

     

    Since 1999, the Sager brand has been churning out powerful great value customizable gaming laptops that have gained significant market following among serous gamers.  This Sager NP9390-S starts with a base price of $2,346.43 with a base hardware specification starting with a 17.3-inch anti-glare matte display at full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.  The minimum configuration starts with an upgradeable 4th generation Haswell Intel Core i7-4700MQ on the Intel HM87 chipset and supported by 24 GB DDR system RAM on four SODIMM sockets, which means you get it upgraded to 32GB at point of sale. But what makes this one of the most powerful gaming laptops on earth at this time is its dual AMD Radeon HD 8970M graphics card in crossfire mode with its own 4 GB GDDR5 video RAM.  This tandem makes it the second fastest graphics engine in the Class 1 Category of GPUs, upgradable only to a dual GTX 780M in SLI mode to make the Sager NP9390 the fastest gaming laptop on the planet at this price point.  It even has a premium Sound Blaster X-Fi MB3 audio system driving Onkyo speakers and a subwoofer. The NP9390 comes with a 6x Blu-ray reader/8x DVD super multilayer optical drive,  and a detachable 750GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM with a 240 GB Crucial M5 solid state drive in Raid 0/1 configuration.  With USB 3.0, HD video camera, Bluetooth and WiFi, this Sager even at its minimum configuration has to be one of the ultimate rigs for demanding gamers on the move.

     

     

    Razer Blade Review

    Thin and Fast – thats the trademark of razer blase and also its the best looking gaming laptop in the list

    Razer Blade

     

    Powered by the 4th gen Intel Core i7-4702HQ clocked at 2.2GHz/3.2GHz (with Turbo Boost) on the Intel HM 87 chipset, this latest Razer Blade iteration is considered the world’s thinnest laptop at only 0.66 inch thick. Its 14-inch LED backlit display with 1600 x 900 HD resolution may be modest but is quite matched with a Class 1 Category mid-range  NVidia GeForce GTX 765M with its own 2GB GDDR5 video RAM.  No need for full HD since many of the most demanding RPG and FSP games releases are better served at the default resolution even when  using the Ultra-High game settings.  Its Optimus technology allows you to switch to the CPU’s integrated HD Graphics 4600 for lesser battery drain when using non-gaming apps.  Its thin profile goes with its superbly light 4.6 lbs weight, making it the lightest gaming laptop in the market today.  This, however, comes at a price.  Data and system storage is supported only with a choice of 126, 256 or 512 SATA III solid state device. There is also no optical drive which is just fine for gamers who play online games.  Nevertheless, it comes with the necessary gaming-grade peripherals like Synapse 2.0, anti-ghosting backlit keyboard, adjustable track pad, as well as WiFi, HDMI 1.4a, Bluetooth 4.0. USB 3.0, built-in stereo speakers, and a Dolby home theater system.

     

     

    IBUYPOWER Gamer Valkyrie CZ-27 NE710i  review

    Priced at $1,839, this Valkyrie gaming laptop is sure to delight budget conscious veteran gamers.

    IBUYPOWER Gamer Valkyrie CZ-27 NE710i 

     

    Priced at $1,839, this Valkyrie gaming laptop is sure to delight budget conscious veteran gamers.  With a 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz (3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost) under the hood. It uses the NVidia GeForce GTX 770M, the 4th fastest single card under Class 1 category GPUc.  to drive its gorgeous 17.3-inch LED backlit display with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.  It comes with a 32GB DDR3 system RAM in four SODIMM slots and a dedicated 3GB video RAM to make playing some of the most demanding games without a hitch on its default resolution at the highest game settings.   Only Crysis 3, Far Cry 3 and Company of Heroes 2 will have some problems at their Ultra-High game settings but you can also step down to the next lower level from a more seamless gameplay.  You get a 1 TB SATA drive running at 5400 RPM and 120GB SSD that gamers prefer to have,  as well as a 6x Blu-ray ROM optical drive and a 4-in-1 media card reader. Its stereo speakers are assisted by a subwoofer and driven by a THX True Studio Pro sound system from Realtek.  All these are packaged in a 2.2-inch thick laptop weighing a backpack friendly 7 lbs, easily one of the lightest high performing gaming laptops.  It’s also bundled with a 64-bit Windows version 8.0.

     

     

    Alienware ALW18-2990sLV review

    Last but not the least – the ALIENWARE top of the line product! Theres only 1 word to describe it “BEAST!”

    Alienware ALW18-2990sLV 

     

     

    This Alienware gaming laptop from Dell is one of the few 18.4-inch screen display we have tested sporting full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution.  Powered by a 4th generation Haswell-based Intel Core i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4GHz (3.4GHz with Turbo Boost) and a 16 GB DIMM RAM, this humongous laptop takes gaming to the max with a dual Class 1 Category NVidia GeForce GTX 765M, the second fastest NVidia graphics engine in SLI mode.  With the exception of the Ultra-High game settings on the 2013-released Company of  Heroes 2, Crysis 3 and Far Cry 3 games, all the most demanding RPG and FSP games play seamlessly at their highest gaming details at the default full HD resolution.  Data storage is supported with a 750GB HDD running at 7200 RPM, while game sounds  are  a step ahead of typical laptop sound with Klipsch-certified speakers driven by a preloaded Dolby Home Theater v4 system. It comes with Broadcom 5G WiFi, three USB 3.0 ports, a mini-display port, HDMI 1.4 port and a 9-in-1 media card reader.  With its size and 2.15-inch profile, don’t be surprised with its hefty 11.9-lb weight.  But for just $2,097.96, this Alienware has to be the best value gaming laptop at this size and gaming performance.  It comes bundled with a 64-vit Windows 7 Home Premium OS. 

     

     

    Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops Powered by Haswell CPU
    Top 10 Best Gaming Laptops Powered by Haswell CPU
    Date Published: 08/25/2013
    We reviewed haswell processor and top 10 best gaming laptops powered by haswell cpu
    4.8 / 5 stars
    Posted by: In: Laptop 29 Sep 2013 0 comments

    Best Inexpensive laptop reviewWhat can be inexpensive to some people may be expensive to others. Among gamers, finding the best value for their gaming laptops requires them to evaluate several features that would allow them to get the best mix of the best possible configuration with the right amount of compromises that will allows them to play the games they want without breaking the bank.  Given the same CPU power and in the order of importance, these features are as follows:

    The Graphics Engine

    The GPU is the one single hardware feature that determines what games cam be played on the laptop, with all things equal.  And for the most part, just about every laptop today sport the CPUs that effectively evens out the playing field when it comes to game processing muscle – multi-threaded quad cores.  As of this writing is matter little whether a laptop is has a 3rd generation Ivy Bridge quad core or a Haswell. Even some dual core processor can do the job since games are really more vector graphics-intensive than any most other tasks, including watching high definition home video which rely more on high video RAM or system RAM is the video memory is shared.

    What is the implication of GPUs on the price?  Class 1 Category GPUs which can play the most demanding RPG and FSP games released over the last 2 years at high to highest game detail settings and the highest HD resolution certainly add a premium to the price tag. There are around 50 Class 1 GPUs and the top 10 high performance GPUs are often found in laptops at or above the $2,000 price point.  That means if you look hard enough, you can find many laptops below this price point that still use the mid-to-low end GPUs in the Class 1 category.  In fact, we found some sub-$1,000 laptops that do.  If you are not in the market for the latest Haswell-driven laptops, you may find some real bargains in older Ivy Bridge laptops sporting Class 1 GPUs.

    If you just want to play older RPG and FSP games, or are more into online multiplayer games, even a Class 2 or Class 3 graphics engine will do fine.   In fact, most laptops carry them and are priced from $500 to $1,500.   Our minimum threshold graphics engine to qualify a laptop as a decent gaming laptop is the Intel HD Graphics 4000.  All the Intel HD GPUs are integrated with the CPU and shares with the system RAM.  This family of GPUs fall under the Class 3 category and will play many games at low to medium game setting at the lowest HD resolution.  The new Haswell CPUs have a revamped line of integrated Intel HD Graphics engines with the Iris Pro 5200 at the tail end of the Class 2 category GPUs.

    Display Resolution and Screen size

    In general, the larger the screen and the higher the resolution, the more dollars you have to pay.  The typical laptop has a 15.6 inch screen size with 14 and 17.3 flanking it on either ends.  The 13-inchers are most often used in netbooks and there are a few laptops that have 18 inch screens. In terms of resolution, High Definition or HD is the norm and you have three levels, low HD at 1366×768, medium HD at 1600 x 900, and full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.  All of them sport a wide-screen 16:9 aspect ratio.  Needless to say, the higher the resolution, the more dollars are added to the price tag.

    It is here where many gamers do some juggling act on the features they would like to see on their gaming laptops to get the most value for the money.  A class 1 GPU on a 14-inch medium resolution laptop can be priced more affordably than one with a 17.3 inch display at full HD which could easily exceed $2000. Bear in mind that a lower resolution display can play games more smoothly given the same game detail setting on the same GPU. Large displays are always desirable whether for  playing games or watching a high definition video.  But in many laptops using Class 2 or 3 GPUs, a large screen with a high resolution is easily a waste because you will need to lower the default resolution to play most of the demanding games out there. Balancing the features to get your money’s worth for a gaming laptop may require you to get as much power from a GPU as possible on a laptop with the least HD resolution and screen size.

    Solid Sate Drive

    Serious gamers are always looking for laptops with a solid state drive to speed up loading of apps and OS from cold boot-up as well as hasten fetching new maps, textures and levels in a game.  Not all games may benefit for this but when you hear your laptop or PC whirl the hard drive when going from one level to the next, or when loading new game maps and textures, that means the game is fetching data from the hard drive and can benefit from the faster seek times in a cached or solid state drive.  SSDs can easily add a hundred dollars or two to the cost of your laptop depending on the data storage size and not all laptops have a second drive bay to accommodate one.  In many budget laptops, there’s just one drive bay which could prompt you to have either a 1TB SATA drive or  a 128 SATA III SSD which can cost about the same.

    If you don’t mind a few seconds of lag time between game levels or when loading ne map terrains and textures, your gaming pleasure won’t necessary suffer without a solid state drive,.  But if, as most serious gamers usually prefer, you simply can’t do without one, be prepared to make a choice to forego a 1TB or 750GB hard drive for a smaller 128GB or 256GB SSD.  Storage is not a problem as serous gamers can simply transfer 2-3 games from their desktop gaming workstation to the laptop for what they are currently playing.  You can’t possibly be playing even half the games on your desktop hard drive while on the road anyway.  And if you are more into online gaming, even a 64 GB SSD will do.

    Wired and Wireless Data Transfer Ports

    If you are mostly interested in online games, a budget laptop with WiFi or a USB port to accommodate an dongle for internet access is your most practical gaming solution on the road. And for most gamers, an HDMI port to connect to a large 32” or 48” HDTV is most desirable.  An extra USB port to connect an external mouse comes in handy when you prefer to use one over the laptop’s track pad, as most gamers do.  Unless you don’t mind listening to the teeny weeny sound of your laptop, a mini stereo jack for a more realistic sound from a set of headphones of power speakers should be basic in a gaming laptop.  Some of the more expensive laptops have surround sound 4-speaker systems with a subwoofer.  They sound incrementally fuller than those without, but nothing beats a good set of headphones or powered speakers to give a more immersive realistic sound.

    Other Bells and Whistles

    An inexpensive gaming laptop often has the worst speaker systems in the market.  But that’s just the laws of physics taking its toll.  You just can’t have good sound on those little boxes.  Even those large HDTV sets sound pathetic with their in-built audio systems.  That is why veteran home theater aficionados use a suitable multichannel receiver and a set of high-fidelity speaker systems.  Even if an inexpensive laptop has those Dolby and THX-certified speakers, don’t count on them to give you a rewarding sonic experience.  Any improvement over the typical laptop sound won’t be worth the added dollar to your cost.  Unfortunately, in an effort to make cheap laptops more marketable, manufacturers would add these bells and whistles.  If you have to choose between two laptops where one has these audio improvements for a few dollars more, better save those dollars for a good pair for of earphones or headphones.

    Conclusion

    Your laptop can provide a rewarding gaming experience if you know what games you want to play and how you can play them at the price you are willing to fork over.  If you are a casual gamer who is already thrilled playing less sophisticated game released over the last 2-3 years, cheer up, even laptops below the $700 and $400 price points can do the job.  It’s always tempting to buy the meanest gaming laptop which often occupies the top-of-the-line range in any brand.  But they will cost upwards of $2,000.  If you are looking for really inexpensive laptops that are essentially bargain laptops below the $1,000 price point, here are a few suggestions.

    MSI GE60 2OE-003US;9S7-16GC11-003 15.6-Inch Laptop

    MSI GE60 2OE-003US;9S7-16GC11-003 15.6-Inch Laptop reviewThis MSI GE60 model offers an inexpensive solution for the gaming muscle it provides.  Powered by a 4th generation Haswell Intel quad core i7-4700MW clocked at 2.4 GHZ (up to 3.2GHz with Turbo Boost), and supported by an 8GB DDR3L system RAM upgradeable to 16GB, you get a high end Class 1 category GTX 765M graphics engine with 2GB GDDR4 video RAM to drive its 15.6-inch LED backlit full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution display.  This gives you the muscle to play even Company of Heroes 2 at medium game setting at the default resolution.  This mean you play just about any of the newly released sophisticated games over the last two years at medium to high game detail settings.  You also get a 750GB SATA hard drive running at 7200 RPM, a SuperMulti DVD optical drives.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (Metal – Dusk Black)

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6-Inch Laptop (Metal - Dusk Black) reviewA serious gamer shouldn’t miss this inexpensive laptop for its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen with full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) driven by a muscled GPU listed at the top of Class 2 category graphics engine.  This is the GTX 750M with 2GB GDDR5 video RAM. But what makes this Lenovo IdeaPad Y510 a high value gaming laptop is its dual card SLI configuration that put its graphics rendering prowess to mid-level Class 1 category. With the exception of Company of Heroes 2 which stutters at medium game setting and is best played at low setting, all the rest of the high performance RPG and FSP games can be played at medium or high game setting at the default or reduced HD resolution.  Most older games can be played at their high to ultra high game settings.   You can opt to use the second GPU to house a DVD of Blu-ray optical drive sold separately. At a mere 6.4 lbs and powered by a 2.4 GHz 4th generation dual core i7-4700MQ with 8GB DDR system RAM, it comes with a 1TB SATA hard disk running at 5400 RPM, an integrated 720p HD webcam, JBL speakers driven by the Dolby Home Theater v4 system, HDMI and the usual coterie wired and wireless data connectivity ports. It comes bundled with the Windows 8 OS.

    Alienware ALW14-1869sLV

    Alienware ALW14-1869sLV reviewThis Alienware model packs superb gaming prowess with a 4th generation Haswell Intel i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4 GHz and an 8GB DIMM system RAM upgradeable to 16 under the hood.  What makes it gaming prowess competently served by a smallish 14-inch LED backlit screen with just the lowest HD resolution (1366 x 768) is the top-end Class 2 category Nvidia GeForce GT 750M graphics engine with its own 1GB GDDR5 video RAM.  You can play all the recently released RPG and FSP games at low to medium game detail settings at the default screen resolution with the exception of Company of Heroes 2 and SimCity which can play smoothly at low game settings.  On the other hand, games like Dota 2,  Grid 2, Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite and Dead Space 3 can play at high game settings. At a reasonably hefty 6.1 lbs on a 1.65-inch body profile, it has no SSD but its data storages is served modestly with a 750 GB STA hard disk running at 7200 rpm and a SuperMulti 8x optical drive, a 9-in-1 media card reader, and a host of data connectivity options.   It comes bundled with the Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

    Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14-Inch Ultrabook (Gun Metal Gray)

    Acer TimelineU M5-481TG-6814 14-Inch Ultrabook (Gun Metal Gray) reviewThis Acer TimelineU model is powered by 3rd generation Intel i5-3317U processor with 3MB cache and a clock rate of 2.6GHz. System RAM is a basic 4 GB SDRAM while its 14-inch LED backlit display with low HD resolution (1366 x 768) is driven by  a muscled Class 2 category Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE with a dedicated 1GB GDDR5 video RAM.  With the exception of Company of Heroes 2 and Hitman: Absolution which will have some difficulty or cannot be played even at low game settings, all the newly released high performance games can be played at low to medium settings at the default resolution.  Some like Grid 2, BioShock Infinite, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and Dead Space 3 can be played at high game settings. With a slim 0.81-inch profile and a backpack friendly 4.3 lbs, this Acer houses a modest 500GB SATA drive and a 30GB Solid State Drive, an 8x SuperMulti DVD optical drive, a 2-in-1 media card reader an HD webcam and the Acer 3D Sonic stereo speakers, and comes with all the standard wired and wireless data connectivity ports. It comes preloaded with the 64-bit Windows 7 Premium Home edition.

    Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814

    Acer Aspire V3-771G-6814 reviewAt a list price of $799 (now discounted to $712.36 at Amazon), This Aspire model offers one of the best value for the casual and serious gamer on the road for a one that is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3230M clocked at 2.6 GHz, with a 3 MBL3 Cache and a system RAM od 8 GV DDR3 upgradable to 16GB. Its 17.3-inch LED backlit display sports a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution driven by a Class 2 category Nvidia GeForce GT 730M with its own 4 GB DDR3 video RAM.  While Company of Heroes 2 will not play, most other 2013 releases of high performance games can lay at los to medium game detail settings at the default or reduced HD resolution.  Dead Space 3, Assassin Creed 3, Dishonored, Walk of tanks v8 and Borderlands 2, among others, can play at high game settings. Weighing just 7 lbs, this Acer has a slim profile at 1.36 inches and houses 750GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM on a dual baa drive bay that allows you to add another drive or SSD, an 8X SuperMulti dual layer DVD optical drive, along with a slew of data connectivity options.,  It comes preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.

    Asus N53JQ-XV1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Silver Aluminum)

    Asus N53JQ-XV1 15.6-Inch Versatile Entertainment Laptop (Silver Aluminum) reviewThis Asus is powered by a 3rd generation Intel Core i7 CPU clocked at 1.73GHz and supported by a 4GB DDR3 system RAM upgradeable to 8 GB.  Asus N53JQ model is a few notches above the performance of laptops in our minimum threshold pegged at the Intel HD Graphics 4000 as it uses a Class 3 category discrete GPU in the Nvidia GeForce GT 425M with its own 1GB DDR3 video RAM to drive its 15.6-inch LED backlit screen with a low HD resolution (1366 x 768).  Most recently released games will not play and those that do will play in the low game detail settings at the default resolution. But older games like Risen, Battlefield:: Bad Company 2, resident Evil5, StarCraft 2 and Metro 2033 can play at medium resolution while Fifa 11,12 and 13,as well as CoD Modern Warfare 2, Sims 3, and Need for Speed Shift. DIRT2 can play at high game settings.   Data storage is served by a 500GB SATA hard disk running at 7200RPM. It comes with the standard wired and wireless data connectivity ports and is bundled with the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition. 

    Asus G60JX-RBBX05

    Asus G60JX-RBBX05 reviewA relatively older Asus but just as muscled in the gaming department, this Asus model is a good one. Powered by the Intel i5-430M clocked at 2.2 GHz and supported by a 4 GB DDR3 system RAM upgradable to 8GB, the G60JX-RBBX05 sports a non-typical 16-inch LED backlit display with a lowest HD resolution ate 1366 x 768. This is driven by an Nvidia GeForce GTS 360M which is equivalent to the Class 2 category GT 640M LE and backed by its own 1GB video RAM.  This enables the laptop to play just about all the recently released sophisticated games at medium game setting at the default HD resolution with the exception of Company of Heroes 2, Assassin’s Creed 3 and Hitman: Absolution which can’t play at all. Tomb Raider and Crysis 3 plays only at low game setting while Dead Space 3 Grid 2, BioShock Infinite, StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm, and Dead Space 3 can be played at high game settings.  Weighing a hefty 7.5 lbs, it comes with 500GB SATA drive, a dual-layer DVD optical drive, Altec Lansing speakers, the usual wired and wireless data connectivity ports, and bundled with a 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

    HP ENVY DV7

    HP ENVY DV7 reviewThis is another great value HP laptop powered by the quad core AMD A10-4600M clocked at 2.3GHz that can be boosted to 3.2GHz with Turbo Core and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM.  Its 17.3-inch BrightView LED backlit display takes a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution driven by the Class 3 category AMD Radeon HD 7660G Discrete-Class graphics considered the fastest GPU used only in the A10 series and comes with its own 4GB DDR3 video RAM.  This mean it can play most sophisticated RPG and FSP games in the low resolution at the default HD resolution or lower.  It won’t play Metro: Last Light, Saints Row 4 or Splinter Cell: Blacklist smoothly but it can play Dota2, Total War: Rome 2, and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm from medium to high game settings.  It comes with 750GB SATA hard drive running at 5400 RPM and a SuperMulti DVD burner/optical drive, Beats Audio system with 4-speaker systems and a subwoofer, the usual wired and wireless data connectivity options and a full 1-year warranty.

    ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook

    ASUS VivoBook S400CA-DH51T 14-Inch Touch Ultrabook reviewThis VivoBook is powered by the 3rd generation Intel Core i5 3317U processor clocked at 1.7 GHz Processor.  Its 14.1-inch LED backlit display has  capacitive multi-touch functionality  specified at a low HD resolution (1366 x 768) and is driven be Intel HD Graphic 4000 integrated with the CPU and  sharing its video memory requirements with the 4 GB DDR3 SD-RAM system memory.  While most recently released high performance games will not play, some like Splinter Cell: Blacklist, The Bureau: XCOM Declassified, Tomb Raider and StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm can play at low game setting at default resolution. Older games like Dead Space 3, Grid 2, Far Cry 3, World of Warcarft, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,  Diablo 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, and Counter-Strike: GO can play from low to medium settings. On the other hand, Mass Effect 3, Fifa 12 and 13, and Trackmania Nations Forever can play at high game settings.  It comes with a 500GB hybrid hard disk drive running at 5400RPM and integrated with a 24GB Solid-State Drive.  It is preloaded with the Windows 8 OS.

     

     

    Review of the best inexpensive laptop
    Best Inexpensive laptop: Our Recommendation
    Date Published: 09/29/2013
    we have compiled the 10 best bang for your buck inexpensive laptops.
    4.7 / 5 stars
    Posted by: In: Laptop 21 Sep 2013 0 comments

    best 14 inch gaming laptop reviewMost great value deals for a gaming laptop comes in small packages with 14-inch screens specified for low to medium HD resolution. Graphics cards that can seem challenged to handle larger screens at high resolution can manage to play demanding games more smoothly on smaller resolution screens.

    • Full HD display.  At full HD or 1920 x 1080 resolution, 14-inch screens can really look quite brilliant and color-saturated. That’s because you get a higher pixel density when the screen has a high resolution on a smaller screen. A 32-inch HDTV would have just around 84dpi (dots per inch) compared to a 17.3-inch laptop which has 156 dpi when specified with the same full HD resolution.  Just imagine the brilliance of the smartphone HTC One with the same resolution at only 4.7-inches. It’s an awesome 468 dpi!  But a case can be made that you really won’t need all that high resolution in a 14-incher, as even a low HD resolution at 1366 x 768 looks great. A high powered graphics card that can play games with difficulty.

    Table 1: Average or typical pixel densities for a 14 or 14.1-inch display with the three main HD resolutions

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    • In-Plane Switching or IPS Display.  Quite fashionable these days, IPS screens are seen in several popular smartphones pioneered by the Apple iPhone which had stayed with the technology while others like Samsung prefer to AMOLED displays.    The IPS display generally has slightly better color saturation and accuracy. Its main advantage is its visual consistency across a wider viewing angle.  That means it’s great when you have two or more friends watching a high definition movie on your laptop as even those viewing it farthest from the center position can get almost as good a view as when seated at the center.  But it eats up 15% higher power t drain your battery. For gamers, you don’t really need to spend more for a laptop with IPS screen. It’s unlikely you would be playing games watching the laptop screen off center. Gamers seat right in front with eyes glued to the center to the screen right at the center position. A standard TN (Twisted Nematic) screen which has evolved to achieve excellent contrast ratios and response times over their predecessors 2-3 years back is cheaper.  A gaming laptop using IPS display will certainly be more expensive, with all other features equal.

     

    • Multi Core CPU.  With so many laptops powered by quad core processors, the CPU has less profound impact on the performance of recently released games that harness the multi-threading abilities of these multi-core CPUs.  There was a time when there were just a few RPG or FSP games optimized for quad core computing and were used to merely future-proof you laptop investment. In addition, large L2 and L3 caches are also recommended but these days, just about every quad core engine, especially those new 4th generation Haswell engines already have generous cache memory in the 4MB to 8MB range.  The perennial war between Intel and AMD has certainly benefitted consumers as the competition has progressively pushed more computing power that gets more affordable on a cost per MIPs basis. AMD wins hands down in terms of overall cost, but Intel still has the edge in computing muscle for the same cost. Dual core laptops can still play demanding games, especially when it uses class 1 or 2 graphics cards.  But these days, it gets rarer to see them in tandem with really competent GPUs which are often seen paired with quad core laptops. Will the serious gamer go for the older 3rd generation Ivy Bride multicore CPUs or the recently released 4th generation Haswell multicores?  For games in on the market today, it won’t matter much.  But having said that, the rule of thumb in laptops is to go for the latest technology if only to future-proof your investment, at least for the next 18-24 months.

     

    • Solid State Drive (SSD).  The fastest data storage device in terms of seek and fetch times for retrieving data is not your SATA drive even when running at 7200 RPM.  It’s those SSDs which are pure electronics with no moving parts.  Serious and professional gamers know how fast games perform with SSDs when launching or loading new game levels and map textures.  They would often look for a laptop with one or get it upgraded even with a modest 128 GB SSD.  This is a must for most serious gamers. If you hear your hard drive whirl away when load graphics to a new level or while shifting from one scene to the next in playing a game, that means seconds are lost, something you won’t have to suffer when the game is launched from a SSD.

     

    • The Graphics Engine.  More than any other hardware feature in a PC or laptop, the graphics engine or GPU determines what games you can play and how good a laptop is as a gaming workstation.  The best gaming laptops use the top-tier GPUs in the Class 1 category graphics card from either NVidia or AMD.  These are discrete video cards that use their own dedicated video RAM, compared with the integrated GPUs in multicore CPUs that share with the system RAM and fall mostly in the Class 3 and Class 4 categories. Our threshold GPU is the Intel HD Graphics 4000 which are integrated with most i5 and i7 CPUs and provide reasonable gaming experience for casual gamers who don’t mind playing some of the more demanding games in the low game setting and lowest possible HD resolution.  But for the best 14-inch gaming laptops, only those using Class 1 GPUs can qualify.  These are basically top-of-the-line laptops for any given screen size in a model or brand.  There are currently about 60 different GPUS from Nvidia and AMD with the top 1-20 GPUs designed for large 17 and 18 inch laptops, while the rest can be found mostly in 15.6 inch Laptops,  the lowest tier Class 1 GPUs are the ones often since in 14-inchers.  These are the Nvidia GeForce GTX 764M, 670M, 570Mm 760M, 570M graphics cards from Nvidia, and the Radeon HD 8870M, 7870M, and 6950M from AMD.  You won’t find any SLI or Crossfire dual card configuration at this screen size, though it’s possible some models may allow you to configure one as an upgrade.  

     

    • Wired and Wireless Data Connectivity Gamers will want to have at least an HDMI 1.4 port to connect their laptops to a more gorgeous 32-inch or larger HDTVs.  VGA ports can also do the job, provided your HDTV supports VGA connection.  If you are more into online games, a WiFi 802.11 b/g/n will come in handy, or at least a spare USB 3.0 port to accommodate an internet dongle.  If your laptop has an SSD drive where you can load the games you want to play while on the road, a Bluetooth connection will come in handy, with the latest version providing faster data transfer rates.
    • Immersive Quality Sound When you read the laptop specs that trumpet a Dolby sound system on 2 or 4 THX-certified speakers plus a subwoofer, they only sound good on paper.  Don’t expect a laptop even from those large 18-inchers to have the same or even approach the immersive quality sound of your home theater speakers or even powered speakers. At best they can add a slightly fuller body to the typical laptop sound, but don’t bother with it when deciding which laptop to buy, at whatever size.  You best audio experience can be achieved with a good pair of headsets or earphones. External powered speakers are great for desktops but you don’t want to lug them around with the laptop.

    CONCLUSION

    There are just a few Class 1 category GPUs that power the graphics of small 14-inch gaming laptops.  The top-of- the-line graphics engines such as the GTC 780M ad their SLI  dual card configuration s are reserved for the largest 17.3 and 18-inch laptops.  For 14-inchers the base gaming laptops are often powered by quad cores starting 8GB RAM and graphics engines starting with CPU cards in the mid to lower ranges in the Class 1 category.  Don’t be dismayed if the best value for the money comes with low HD resolution of just 1366 x 768.  They can be the fastest and most competent gaming laptops for a give price range.  With an eye to gaming laptops that use only the fastest Class 1 or top-tier Class 2 graphics engines, we look at some of the best 14-inch gaming laptops in the market today, price no object.  Here are some:

    Razer Blade 14 Inch Gaming Laptop

    Razer Blade 14 Inch Gaming Laptop reviewJust 0,66-inches thick and weighing 4.1 lbs, you could be forgiven for thinking this faddish Ultrabook that is functionally lightweight, but it’s not, especially at a price that is just a dollar below the $2,000 price point.  It is powered by a 4th generation Intel quad core i7-4702HQ clocked at 2.2 GHz than can do up to 3.2GHz on Turbo Boos technology and supported by 8GB DDR3L SDRAM I twin slots upgradable to 16GB.   What makes this a mean gaming laptop is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics muscle that occupies the upper-midrange GPUs in the Class 1 category to overdrive a 14-inch display with only a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution.  That means that you can play all the demanding games titles of the last 2 years without any problem at high to ultra high resolution, with the exception of Company of Heroes  2 which plays best at medium game settings at the default resolution.  What makes it light and slim is the absence of any hard drive or optical drive.  Instead you get a 256 GB mSATA solid state drive that every serious gamer prefers to have on their gaming workstations. You have the usual wired and wireless data connectivity options, stereo speakers driven by a Dolby Home Theater v4 system, and an HD webcam.  It also comes bundled with Windows 8 OS.

    Alienware ALW14-4682sLV 14-Inch Laptop 

    Alienware ALW14-4682sLV 14-Inch Laptop  reviewWith a rather hefty list price of $1,700 ($1,649 for the silver), this Alienware gets the some 4th generation Haswell Intel quad core i7-4700MQ clocked at 2.4 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz with Turbo Boost)  with an 8 GB DDR3 DIMM system RAM.  The price jump is caused by a more powerful upper-midrange Class 1 category GPU, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M to power is 14-inch display  that is better specified as anti-glare IPS display with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution using IPS.  (That’s where most of the higher price goes.)  With it , you step up a notch so you can play Company of Heroes 2 at medium settings, while just about the high performance games can play at medium to his game settings at the default or lower HD resolutions. Tomb raider and Dead Space 3 can plat at ultra high settings. Data storage is no different with a 750GB SATA drive running at 7200 rpm Hard Drive, a Super Multi 8x DCD optical drive, 9-in-1 media card readers, and no SSD for its 1.49-inch slim body weighing just 6.4 lbs.  you get the same data connectivity options like USB 3 and Bluetooth, along with a 5.1 Klipsch speaker system driven by a Dolby Home Theater system. It comes bundled with the 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition.

    MSI GE40 2OC-010US Dragon Eyes Gaming Notebook

    MSI GE40 2OC-010US Dragon Eyes Gaming Notebook reviewAt a reasonable price of $1,422,49, ($1,439.99 for the 010US model),  this MSI G-series gaming laptop is powered by the 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4702MQ with 6MB cache, clocked at 2.2GHz (up to 3.2 GHz with Turbo Boost) and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradeable to 16GB.  Its 14-inch LED backlit matte screen sports a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution driven by the upper midrange Class 1 category Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M with 3GB GDDR5 video RAM.  With the execution of Company of Heroes 2 which is best played at low game detail settings, all the game titles released this year can be played at medium to high game settings at the default resolution. Its slim 0.87-inch body profile weighing just 4.4 lbs houses  a 750GB SATA hard running at 7200 RPM, a 128GB solid state drive, an SD card reader, a SuperMulti 8X DVD optical drive, an HD webcam and a host of wired and wireless data connectivity ports. .  It comes preloaded with 54-bit Windows 8 OS and enjoys a 2-year limited warranty.

    MSI G Series GE40 2OC-009US

    MSI G Series GE40 2OC-009US reviewWith a list price of $1,299, this basic MSI G Series GE40 provides a powerful gaming solution powered by a 4th generation quad core i7-4702MQ, clocked at 2.2GHz (up to 3.2 GHz with Turbo Boost) and an 8GB DDR3 system RAM upgradeable to 16GB.  Graphics power that define its gaming prowess is provided by an upper midrange GPU in the Class 1 category, the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760M with 2GB GDDR% video RAM. It powers a 14-inch LED backlit anti-glare screen that is only specified for a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution driven.  You can play all the games released over the last 2 years at medium to high game detail setting as its default HD resolution, with the execution of Company of Heroes 2 which can play only at low game settings. It comes with a 750GB SATA HDD running at 7200 RPM, a 128GB solid state drive, an SD card reader, a SuperMulti 8X DVD optical drive, an HD webcam and a host of wired and wireless data connectivity ports all housed in a slim 0.87-inch body profile weighing just 4.4 lbs.  It comes preloaded with 54-bit Windows 8 OS and enjoys a 2-year limited warranty.

    ASUS G46VW-DS71-CA Republic of Gamers (ROG) Notebook

    ASUS G46VW-DS71-CA Republic of Gamers (ROG) Notebook reviewPriced at $1,480, this Asus ROG laptop model is powered by a 3rd generation Intel quad core i7 3630QM processor clocked and supported by an 8GB DDR3 system RAM expandable to 16GB.  Its 14.1-inch LED backlit non-glare display is specified at a medium HD (1600 x 900) resolution driven by the top-tier Class 2 category Nvidia GeForce GTX 660M with dedicated 2GB GDDR5 video RAM.  With the exception of Company of Heroes 2 and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier which only plays a low game setting, and SimCity, Crysis 2 and 3, Max Payne 3, Allan Wake, Metro Last Light, Hitman: Absolution, and the Bureau: XCOM Declassified which can only played up to medium game settings, all the recently released high performance RPG and FSP games can be played at high game settings., It comes with a 750GB running at 7200 RPM and a 3-in 1 card reader, HD webcam, integrated 802.11 b/g/m WiFi and USB 3.0.  Windows 8 is bundled and comes with a 2-year global warranty.

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Laptop Computer – 59369916 – Dusk Black: DOORBUSTER

    Lenovo IdeaPad Y410p Laptop Computer reviewNot the best performer for a 14-incher but with its 1TB SATA 5400 RPM hard disk drive complemented by a 24GB SSD, and powered by a 4th generation Intel Haswell quad core i7-4700MQ  clocked at 2.40GHz and with 6MB cache supported by an 8GB DDR3L system RAM upgradeable to 16GB, this Lenovo Y-series has to be one of the best value at a mere $879, (Same model, the 59369912 without the SSD is only $769 and the 59369917 with the Blu0ray optical drive is at $1,119.20). The real value comes from its discrete top-tier GPU in the Class 2 category – the Nvidia GeForce GT 750M with its own 2GB GDDR5 video RAM driving its 14-inch low HD (1366 x 768) resolution screen.  While you may have some problem playing the Company of Heroes 2 even at low game settings, and that SimCity can only play at low with some stuttering at medium setting, nearly all highly demanding RPG and FSP games released over the last 2 years can be played at medium to high games settings at default resolution. It even comes with an HD webcam and a dual layer DVD optical drive, HDMI and the usual data connectivity ports, all housed in a rather light 5.5-lb body. It also comes bundled with a 64-bit Windows 8 OS.

    Alienware 14

    Alienware 14 reviewThis model allows you customize the configuration, starting from a $1,199 base which already gives you a 4th generation Haswell quad core i7-4700MQ, 8GB DDR3L system RAM, a Class 2 category Nvidia GeForce GT 750 with 1GB of DDR5 video RAM to drive a low HG (1366 x 768) resolution 14-inch LED backlist display, a 750GB SATA drive running at 7200 RPM an 8x SuperMulti DVD optical drive.  But for a top-end configuration that pushes the display to full HD (1920 x 1080) and driven by a more powerful Class 1 category GeForce GTX 765M with 2GB GDDR5 video RAM, twice the system RAM upgradeable to 32GB, and a 256GB mSATA SSD in RAID 0 configuration, you get to shell out $2,049, to make this Alienware 14 model one of the most powerful 14-inch gaming laptops.  What this upscale customized configuration buys you is that it can play just about all the recently released games at high to ultra game settings, with just the exception of Company of Heroes 2, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier, and Allan Wake which can play at only at medium game settings at the default full HD resolution.  The data connectivity ports are standard with 3 USV ports, a Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, and eSATA ports. It comes bundled with a 65-bit Windows 7 Home Premium edition OS.

     

    review of the best 14 inch laptops
    best 14 inch laptops
    Date Published: 09/22/2013
    we have complied the best 14 inch gaming laptops
    4.6 / 5 stars
    Posted by: In: Gaming Headsets 16 Sep 2013 0 comments

    Best Gaming Headsets 2013The thrill in playing a great PC video game does not end with superb visuals.  The aural dimension completes the visceral edge in a vicarious gaming experience.  A truly immersive enveloping sonic realism is not just the  domain of multichannel sound from DVDs and Blu-ray home movies, but serious gamers (who are most likely audiophiles too) have expected the same atmospheric sonic treatment from the video games they play at home or the road,  For many gamers, an engaging stereophonic sound is enough, especially when it comes from a capable headphone set .

    Why go for headphone?

    There are basically just two ways to enjoy great sound.  Ask any sound or HiFi enthusiast and he will tell you to either go for those 100-200 watt amplified speakers, or get excellent headphones. If you live in a detached suburban or country home with neighbors a few kilometers away, powerful amps, speakers and a powered subwoofer create those full-bodied  hair-raising sounds that approximate  gun fire, an F1 or 12-cylinder Ferrari engine start, a helicopter landing, or exploding grenades, whether from your  home movies or FSP games while enjoying every sumptuous detail of the background music.   But if, as most city gamers do, dwell in urban apartments and townhouses, headphones are the way to go, unless you want the police to come knocking at your door for annoying the neighbor.

    Or if you have a roommate sharing the rent or a dorm room in the campus, but who doesn’t share the same enthusiasm you have for PC games, headphones not only provide the aural experience, but also show some decent  respect and courtesy for the other person.  Headphones can preserve a good relationship on the side.

    Serious gamers have been known to hook up their desktop gaming stations to multichannel receivers or powered speakers to get the visceral aural punch, if they can get away with it.  But when they have to play the same games while on the road, they generally do not settle for the puny sound they get from their gaming laptops.  For sure, they won’t be lugging their Creative, Altec Lansing or JBL powered speakers with the laptop on their backpacks.  Instead, they use an excellent headset that delivers the rich full-bodied sounds with the awesome realism that can never be delivered by even the finest gaming laptops.

    Finding the right gaming headsets

    Compared with speaker systems, gaming headsets are not pricey investments when you’ve spent upwards of $1,000 for a competent gaming laptop.  Most of the better ones can be had just around the $100 price point and for budget conscious gamers, even the cheapest ones below $30 sound more realistic than whatever your laptop speakers can dish out, especially if they are the cheaper sub-$500 kind.  The most impressive we’ve tested are near the $200 price points.  There are more expensive ones classified as High Fidelity headphones but we’ve discounted those in our search for the best and most practical gaming headsets. In the first place, they do not have the integrated microphones commonly found in the gaming variety that would allow you to engage you’re online nemesis or fellow gamers in networked gaming workstations.  But if this feature is not something you need, and prefer to simply enjoy the rapturous gaming sounds in private, any HiFi-grade headphone will do.

    Whether you want to engage in F1 2012 all night and not cause insomnia for your roommates, or you just want to experience the vicarious thrill playing Skyrim: The Elder Scrolls, a gaming headphone is an accessory no serious gamer would want to be caught dead without.  Headphones can be wired or wireless. The former can be as low as $20 and a good wireless headset starts at around $120.  High-quality headsets of either type can be had at $150 and above.  Here are some thoughts helping you find your way through all the headphone choices in the market.

    The Sound is everything

    You can start by looking at the technical specs which should be indicated in the packaging.  Unfortunately, unlike speakers, headphone specs are not industry regulated and different companies can indicate specs differently so that a comparative between any two brands based on specs alone is often apple-to-orange assessment. If you can, stay clear from any headphone that doesn’t have one in its package labeling.  Typical technical specs would be something like this:

    Frequency Response:  20Hz to 20kHz  

    • This tells you the range of audible frequencies your headphone can accurately reproduce.  Some are known to extend higher than 20 kHz which is already the limit of human hearing.  The bass frequencies that start from 80Hs down to 30Hz are important as they provide the impression of full-bodied sound you will never have even in a subwoofer of a well-designed laptop. A more performance –indicative spec is Response Bandwidth which is rarely used, but it tells you the range of frequencies that have about the same amplitudes or energy level.  That means the range for flat frequency response.  Some brands specify its frequency range with a +/- 3db which is commonly used in speakers.

    Sensitivity:  100db

    • This tells you the efficiency of the headphone or how loud it is given the same input signal.  Expressed in db or decibels, the higher the value, the more sensitive or efficient it is.  Most would fall between the 95db to 105db range while the better ones can go up to 120db.   Some brands prefer to use SPL or Sound Pressure Level which represents how loud the headphone can be at 1 kHz input signal.  The two are often interchangeable.

    Nominal Impedance: 32 ohms – 48 ohms

    • This simplistically indicates the electrical resistance the headphone offers when it is connected to the audio output circuit of your laptop’s audio output jacks.  In general, it should match the impedance of your audio out, but at low power levels, this is not all that critical.  Suffice it to say that the higher the value, the more resistance and hence, you get lower sound, and the reverse does the opposite.  A nominal impedance of 16 ohms to 48 ohms is typical among headphones.

    Total Harmonic Distortion (THD: <3%

    • Every acoustic drive generates its own distortion from harmonic overlays to the fundamental frequencies and this is expressed as THD.  Home theater entertainment speakers generally have 2% to 3% THD which is often measured at their maximum volume levels. For headphones, the same THD levels can be measured when some brands and models have lower or higher THD amounts than others.

    Type of speaker driver element

    • This tells you what material is used for the voicing element.  Treated paper is the most common in speakers, but more exotic materials like aluminum, titanium, Kevlar or carbon using magnets like neodymium with stronger magnetic flux are increasingly making better sonic impressions.  Most use 3-mm to 40mm drivers housed in open backs for improved bass response.

    Cable length

    • Not really a technical specification, but this information is useful for those you use a large monitor and must sit a few meters away from the desk where the CPU unit may be resting.  Typical cable lengths of 1.2m to 2m are just fine.  Anything shorter could limit your movement around the PC or laptop.

    Stereo or Multichannel

    Several headphones can digitally simulate multi-channel 5.1 or 7.1 psychoacoustic sound, while others have multiple drivers in each headphone cup with the corresponding 3.5mm audio plug for the front, center, surround and rear channels which should be supported by your sound card.  However, while some models perform better than others, they still fall short of recreating the immersive sound from more competent surround speakers from a multichannel receiver.  In general, rather than spend more money on one, it is best to stick with basic stereo headphones.  To be safe and sure, if you are after sound quality, stereo headphones provide the best bang for the money. Having said that, a well-engineered multichannel headphone (read: expensive) can add ambient information and better positional audio for a more spacious airy sound than what you can get from regular stereo headphones.  Always bear in mind that unless you are dealing with some of the best surround sound headphones, chances are high you’d be dealing with a one that has an awful sound that can be fatiguing after a while.

    Wired or Wireless

    People generally hate wires and cables. They tend to clutter things up and wireless has become the Holy Grail among audiophiles, gamers and techies in general.  Wireless headphones have been with us for a few decades starting with RF-based connectivity that allows you to hook up a box to the laptop to transmit the audio frequencies as radio frequencies, just like your FM radio (good only from 40Hz to 15 kHz).  But the more recent ones use Bluetooth which can be more accurate in sound reproduction and more convenient as you only need to activate your laptop’s Bluetooth feature to transmit audio signals to a suitably matched Bluetooth headset. You just need to be charging the headset’s in-built batteries often as they are usually not user-replaceable to enjoy the advantage of having spare battery lying around.  Having said that, bear in mind that audiophiles prefer the wired solution.  With all things equal, wireless technology still has some distance to take to rival the sonic fidelity and accuracy of a wired headphone.

    Comfort

    If you play games for hours on end, you will appreciate the ergonomic aesthetics that makers design the headphone with to make them as “invisible” as possible.  Lightweight is basic, but it must have the right cushion pads around the ear to balance out the pressure headphones need to propagate high quality sound within the space enclosing your ear and the headphone driver. The more isolated that space is, the more ideal it approximates an anechoic chamber when good speakers can do its job. You won’t get that isolation unless the headphone cups are properly coupled to your ears and that requires the headphone frame to exert pressure on your cranial sides.  Without exception, headphones can be tiring after a while.

    Noise Isolation

    Related to comfort, the left and right headphone cups are joined by a tensile metal band cloaked in comfortable padding to provide just the right amount of pressure on your ears to isolate external ambient noise.  The more pressure, the more successful the isolation is, but at the expense of comfort as you can easily get tired using it.  Some models, however, employ digital circuitry to invert the external sounds captured by a small microphone to effectively cancel the noise.  This is particularly useful if you have to play your games in noisy surroundings like a mall or a bus station.

    Microphone

    Any gaming headphone marketed as one has a small retractable or movable microphone boom sticking out from one of the ear cups. This is more accurately called a headset and distinguishes it from a pure headphone that doesn’t have a microphone boom.  Some models will even allow you to transfer the boom from either cup to the other.  With a second 3.5mm cable to connect to your sound card’s microphone out port, this feature is great for concurrent chat interaction with other gamers online during gameplay.  But if you just want to enjoy the sounds in privacy, any good headphone.  If you eventually need a mic, even small lapel mic that clips to the headphone cord, your shirt or necklace will do the job.  No need to replace the entire headphone unless its sound sucks.

    Convenience Features

    Volume control

    • While you can control the volume from your PC or laptop, nothing beats having a simple knob to mute or adjust the volume  while in the midst of playing a game. Some headphone models have such a feature on one of the ear cups or in a separate control box along the cable.

    Bass Boost

    • In the real world, a gun blast delivers more decibels or sound energy than music or dialogue.  Movies and games capture this disparity and unless your headphone can do the job, it may not deliver the authenticity when called for. A bass boost can help. This is more like a tone control but focused on a narrow band of bass frequencies at around 80Hz in a step or two.  Most headphones sport 3-5 position equalization (EQ) settings which are modern terms to use than “tone” settings or controls.

    Conclusion

    Superb technical sound reproduction, utmost ergonomic comfort,  and state-of-the-art convenience features command a premium, and while you can make compromises in some or all of these aspects of a great gaming headphone to arrive at a budget solution, the sound you get is sure to be significantly more rewarding than settling for the speakers on your laptop.  If you’re just starting out to consider a gaming headphone,  a budget headphone  below $50 can get you on the road in realizing what you could be missing in terms of aural thrills from your games.  As you go up the price ladder, the law of diminishing returns starts to kick in but the bells and whistles take over so that using a headset adds to the visceral edge when extracting the most rewarding gaming performance from your laptop.

    SO Here are Our TOP BEST OF THE BEST Gaming Headsets Review

     

    Astro A50 Dolby 7.1 Surround Wireless

    Astro A50 Dolby 7.1 Surround Wireless reviewThis Astro A50 wireless gaming headset can provide the sonic experience of a Dolby 7.1 surround sound for your PC, PS3 and Xbox gaming platforms. Using a proprietary 5.8GHz KleerNet transmission band, this is one gaming headset that offers audiophile-grade quality sound that comes with 3 EQ presets for movies, gaming and competitive FSP games. The KleerNet stand is wired to your PC via USB and you simply charge the headset on the stand. More suitable as a desktop headphone solution than for laptops, it comes with microphone boon that can be swiveled out of the way.

    Frequency Response

    20Hz – 20kHz

    Freque4ncy Bandwidth

    35Khz – 20kHz

    Nominal Impedance

    48 ohms

    SPL

    118 db @ 1kHz

    THD

    <1%

    S/N

    50db

    Driver types (Magnet)

    Neodymium,

    Connections

    2.5mm XBOX 360 chat port, Mini-USB; optical in; Optical pass- through; AUX in (3.5mm); USB charging port

    Cable length

    1 m optical cable, 1.bm XBOX cable, 1m USB power cable

    Battery life

    10-12 hours

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Razer Tiamat Elite 7.1 Surround Sound

    Razer Tiamat Elite 7.1 Surround Sound reviewIf there is such a thing as a true 7.1 surround sound headphone, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 fits the bill. It uses 5 positional audio drivers in each headphone cup and you see the evidence right from the multiple 3.5mm audio plugs that require your sound card to support front stereo, center, rear stereo and subwoofer 3.5mm ports. If your sound card does not support multiple ports, you can just use the front stereo jacks.   A useful tip: Configure your sound card to “multichannel” so that the sound card ports are activated accordingly, NOT “headphones” which will only activate just a stereo port.

    Frequency Response

    20Hz – 20kHz

    Response Bandwidth

    50hz – 68kHz

    Sensitivity

    86 db

    Signal-to-Nose (S/N) Ratio

    50db

    Driver types (Magnet)

    Neodymium,

    Connections

    Wired; 5 x 3.5mm stereo jacks; 1 x USB

    Cable length

    3 m

     

    Astro A40

    Astro A40 review
    Sporting various neon colors of your choice apart from the standard black, this Astro A40 gaming headset falls under the high-end category among wired multichannel 7.1 Dolby surround headsets.  This model enjoys wide popularity for being the official licensed headset of the largest cross-platform gaming organization on the planet -.MLG (Major League Gaming). You certainly can’t go wrong choosing the headset that professional gamers use for both the PC and Xbox gaming platforms.  Its bestselling feature is comfort which becomes evident after an hour or two of continuous gameplay and this can be crucial in tournament games staged for hours.  Sound quality and directional audio does not take backseat.  Afterall this is the main reason what makes a headset worth using.  In fact, from a technical point, it has one of the best audio quality specifications.

    Frequency Response

    15Hz – 28kHz

    Nominal Impedance

    50 ohms

    SPL

    104 db

    THD

    < 0.1%

    Driver types

    Dynamic Open back,

    Connections

    Media Controller box with volume wheel, mute switch, call tracking and 3.5mm 4-pole jack cable

    Microphone

    In-line 6mm uni-directional with noise cancelling

     

    Sennheiser PC 363D

    Sennheiser PC 363D reviewThe Sennheiser name is a favorite among serious audiophiles and even several airlines have been using it for their inflight entertainment headphones. The Sennheiser PC 363D is a multichannel 7.1 surround headset powered by Dolby Technologies combined with Sennheiser’s own “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement.” It is purposely designed for the competitive or professional gamer with comfortable ergonomics that allow you to use it for hours on end with the ultimate in sound accuracy and detailing. It has adjustable cushions to fit a variety of head sizes and shapes, accommodating even those who wear spectacles when gaming. The sound quality is no less as superb its audiophile grade models with bass that is strong but not overwhelming. Audio controls are located in strategic positions for quick use without exposing them to accidental bumps that may require you to adjust the volume in mid game.  Its microphone boom can flick up to mute the sound and transmission so it can stay out of your face if you just want to enjoy the game sound.

    Frequency Response (Headphone)

    15Hz – 28kHz

    Frequency Response (Mic)

    50Hz – 16kHz

    Nominal Impedance

    50 ohms

    SPL

    112 db

    Driver types

    Dynamic Open back,

    Cable  length

    1.2m x 2 (Headphone and microphone)

    Microphone

    with noise cancelling

     

    Razer Kraken Pro

    Razer Kraken Pro review This Razer Kraken Pro headset is a mid-priced gaming headset from the same leader in gaming laptops. It sports a choice of black or neon green colors and is popular among serious gamers for its reasonably decent audio quality in a simple and no-frills headset design that is collapsible besides to make it more portable.  It is engineered for extended play and offers more ergonomic comfort with its thick ear pads than most headphones in this price range. The microphone is retractable and comes with a digital noise cancellation circuitry so you can play your games even in crowded noisy settings.  Sound quality is average with a pronounced bass performance that may be overwhelming during loud explosions in FSP games.  Nevertheless, the bass is deep and can be quite visceral.  Unfortunately, as a basic gaming headphone, it has no volume control or preset EQ levels and you will need to do your sound adjustments from the laptop or PC.

    Frequency Response (Headphone)

    20Hz – 20kHz

    Frequency Response (Mic)

    100Hz – 10kHz

    Nominal Impedance

    32 ohms @ 1kHz

    Sensitivity

    110 db @1kiHz/1V

    Driver types

    40mm w/ Neodymium magnets, Dynamic Open back,

    Cable  length

    1.3m combined 3.5mm (Headphone and microphone) plus 2m splitter/adapter

    Microphone

    with noise cancelling

     

     

    Turtle Beach Ear Force XP300 Wireless

    Turtle Beach Ear Force XP300 Wireless review This Turtle Beach Ear Force XP300 represents state-of-the-art wireless headphone connectivity using dual band WiFi at 2.4GHz and 5GHz, as well as dual pairing Bluetooth that lets you chat on your online game while answering your cell phone.  Unlike other headphones with a mic, this model automatically increases the volume reception in the mic as the game volume becomes louder, so chatting with your online gamers is not drowned out.  What puts this wireless headphone above the pack is its generous 15-hour battery life which can be charged while gaming. It also comes with multiple EQ presents with sound field expander and include bass and treble boosts separately or in tandem.

    Frequency Response (Headphone)

    20Hz – 20kHz

    THD

    < 1%

    Sound Amplification

    27mW per channel

    Wireless Range

    30 ft

    Driver types

    50mm w/ Neodymium magnets, Dynamic Open back,

    Input

    AUX stereo, 3.5mm input jack:Game stereo: 3,5mm input jack

    Battery power

    Up to 15 hours

     

     

    Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset

    Creative Sound Blaster Tactic 3D Omega Wireless Gaming Headset review This mid-priced wireless headset from the leader in consumer PC sound cards with more than 400 million users worldwide can let you enjoy full-bodied stereo sounds from your PC, Mac, and home gaming stations PS3 and Xbox 360.  What is striking about are the ear cups that get illuminated when in us while the mic boom is not only adjustable, it is also removable for those gameplays that don’t require online chatting. It features a THX TruStudio Pro Crystallizer drivers that ensures you hear accurate and detailed sound.

    Frequency Response (Headphone)

    20Hz – 20kHz

    Frequency response (mic)

    100Hz – 6.5kHz with Noise cancelling

    Sensitivity

    102 db/mW

    Nominal Impedance

    32 ohms

    Wireless technology

    Uncompressed 2.4 GHz band

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Reviewing The Best Gaming Headsets of 2013
    Best Gaming Headsets 2013
    Date Published: 09/17/2013
    beauty and elegance, every gamer needs some gaming headsets to enhance gaming experience.
    4.9 / 5 stars
    Posted by: In: Gaming Mouse 10 Sep 2013 1 comment

    Your PC keyboard and mouse provide the most intimate physical interaction between you and the PC or laptop hardware.  Of course, newer technologies have enabled the LCD display to serve similarly using touchscreens, but among gamers, the mouse is still the preferred way to control their games.  The mouse goes beyond merely as a pointing device, but at its best ergonomic and functional design, serves as the main controller for serious gamers in front of the PC or laptop.  It pays to get only the best gaming mouse for the purpose. 

    gaming mouse review

    gaming mouse review of 2013

    So what do you do with those touch pads on laptops?  They are great when you forgot to bring the mouse with you on the road, though most would have a separate mouse exclusively for the laptop with its own compartment in the backpack so they never have to forget them. Serious gamers won’t settle for anything other than a competent gaming mouse for their laptop.  For one reason or another, the touch pads simply won’t do and the hands just can’t seem to be fast enough with touch pads than with conventional mouse.

    So what makes a Mouse a Gaming Mouse?

    The free mouse that came with your PC purchase is just fine and gets the job done with its typical optical sensing and 300dpi resolution to qualify as a competent pointing device.  But as everyone knows, gaming is a specialized computing activity that must go beyond mere competence. Serious gamers spend hours on end playing their favorite game titles and will need one that provides the utmost comfort for the hand that grips it; hence, the shape, size and feel matters. It must endure constant use and abuse; hence, it requires a more robust build quality.  On top of these, mice that have extra buttons, whether fixed or programmable, can further enhance or facilitate the gaming experience as they bring your gaming control to a higher level of efficiency and accuracy. In short, a gaming mouse is one that most PC users will have no need to use when simply working on their spreadsheets, word processing or presentations, much less when watching a movie or editing a video or image. But for PC gamers, a gaming mouse matters a lot.

    What to look for in a gaming mouse

    People who are often on the road lugging their laptop in a backpack or suitcase generally prefer to use a small mouse in what are called travel mice.  They have the same technical features and shape of regular mice but of smaller size and reduced weight. But laptop gamers used to the regular shape and size of their desktop mouse will take some getting used to in using travel mice which are often too small for the your hands that they easily lead to stress to make it uncomfortable to use with even a hour of playing .  They are generally wireless as well which can make it mandatory to carry some spare triple-A batteries.  Here are few things to look for in a gaming mouse.

    • Comfort and customization

    Some of the best gaming mice on the market promise comfort and customization that put its price above ordinary mouse products.  Some come with removable weights that allow you to tweak the weight for better feel and movement control.  Some may also allow you to shift the center of balance, adjust the height and width of the palmrest, change the material of the palmrest cover, or even convert from right handed to left handed use and vice versa.

     

    • High quality sensors

    A high-performance mouse sensor is basic to a gaming mouse. There are two technologies behind the operation of the mouse – optical and Laser, though both share the same technical concept. Optical mouse sensors have replaced the trackball of its early years, resulting in no mechanical parts that gather dirt and grime to compromise its operations over time.  We won’t waste time describing a mechanical mouse, since no gamer use one anyway. Optical mice use glowing LED light—often in red, but can use blue, or infrared—with a photo sensor that tracks the mouse movement against a surface image the mouse moves over (called a polling rate in the hundreds per second).  Laser mice operate similarly except that it uses infrared laser diode which is also LED but has better sensitivity measured in DPI or dots per inch (like pixel resolution). The higher the DPI, the more sensitive the mouse gets. Premium gaming mice are known to use laser sensors, but you need a mouse pad specially designed for it.

     

    Some of the best gaming mice harness the practical versatility of an optical sensor with the higher sensitivity allowed by a laser sensor in tandem. Gaming mice also give you a wide latitude to set sensitivity levels, from the highest possible  DPI to achieve a tight cursor control when sighting your target through a sniper’s telescope,  to low DPI for faster cursor movements when directing 3rd person combat viewpoint over a terrain or in fight and run tactics.

     

    • Wired or Wireless

    Using wired mouse connections is often preferred by serous gamers since they do not exhibit the lag between a mouse action and getting it transmitted and interpreted by the PC or laptop, along with possible interference issues that wireless mice are often heir to. Wired options are generally plug and play devices that require no setup software in Windows 7 or 8 platform, though some highly sophisticated gaming mice may require set-up software that allows you to configure them in ways that go beyond what the Windows OS can do.

     

    Having said that, nothing beats the freedom from the clutter of wires that wireless mice provide. Wireless mice operate in either of two technologies: a radio frequency link between the mouse and a receiver plugged to the PC or laptop via USB, often just a USB dongle, or using Bluetooth with another USB dongle or built-in with the Laptop or PC. Both have their advantages and disadvantages, but it’s really your priority that matters.  If you want the fastest response to your game, go wired.  If you can’t stand the wires, then go wireless.

     

    • Specialized Mice

    It’s not altogether unthinkable that professional gamers would have different mice to use depending on what game they are playing, whether taking on a bare knuckles fight, shooting down enemy planes or a horde of zombies in FSPs, or strategizing with RPG games. First-person shooter games are best served with accurate and fast responding scroll-wheels—allowing you to cycle through a menu of weapons without missing a beat, as well as on-the-fly DPI adjustments that lets you shift between low-DPI needed in a fist fight, to high DPI when lining up your target a sniper’s shot.

     

    Mice engineered for strategy games and MMOs are often designed with several programmable buttons to execute macro command you can define in the software set-up you need to launch when configuring them. Located where you thumb sits for easy reach, these buttons, numbering anywhere from 4 to 24or more can spell the difference between getting the score or not. In contrast, mice meant for first person shooters and MMORPG often get outfitted with better ergonomics, on the fly DPI changes, adjustable weight, laser sensors and other high performance parts like gold plated USB connectors.

     

    Conclusion

    The mouse has clearly gone beyond a mere pointing device to become a game controller for your gaming PC or laptop.  A mouse is generally the cheapest PC accessory that is often used, outside of the mouse pad which often comes as a freebie.  In fact, both are usually offered free when you buy a new PC or laptop.  But for serious gamers and casual gamers who simply want the best that money can buy, there are special gaming mice out there you should at least take a look.  There cheap gaming mice as low as $30 and there expensive ones that exceed the $200 price point. There are no hard and fast rules on which mouse to get as the choice is dictated by your gaming needs, what is practical for your budget, what is comfortable to use, and whether not you like to tweak a customizable one to your gaming preferences. We present a few of what could well be the best gaming mice in the market these days.

    Without Further Adieu Here’s Your TOP 10 Best Gaming Mouse of 2013

     

    Logitech G500 Laser Gaming

     

    Logitech G500 Laser Gaming Review

    It has the grip of a glue and designed comfortably to fit in your hands no matter how big or small your hands it, perfect for casual gamers.

    This  mouse may appear no different from your standard mouse, but it is a gaming-grade laser mouse that gives you precise game control at any speed that no ordinary mouse can deliver.  For many gamers, this Logitech G500 makes an excellent choice for your FPS and MMORPG gamers.   It is among the more customizable mice models in the market.  It allows you to put in more solid feel with up to 27 grams of extra weight, adjust sensitivity on the fly for up 5700 dpi, choose between 10 programmable mouse buttons.  Onboard memory allows you to save and take your mouse settings with you for your favorite game title with you  with any added software needed, while dual mode scrolling provide super-fast or click-to-click scrolling. At this price point, serious gamers and even casual gamers who want the most competent mouse without breaking the bank on taxing their learning curves need not look any further.

     

     

     

     

     

    Razer DeathAdder 2013 Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse

    Razer DeathAdder 2013 Ergonomic PC Gaming Mouse

    Well its a razer as we all know – performance wise its quite good + it has durability of a TOYOTA.

    This Razer DeathAdder gaming mouse is just the latest to come out from a line of wired Micefrom the venerable PC gaming company Razer with several model under several games names like Dragon Age, Transformers, Standard edition, Black edition and Left Hand edition, to name some. This 2014 Edition right handed DeathAdder (left-handed version available) comes with a 6400 dpi sensitivity with 200 inches per second cursor movement, 50G acceleration, better ergonomic rubber-matted side grips, 5 programmable ”|Hyper-response” buttons, 1kHz polling, a super-fast 1ms response time, adjustable sensitivity on-the-fly, a 7-ft braided cable with gold-plated USB connector and zero-sound slick mouse –surface contact.  It boasts of the Razer Synapse 2.0 software driver that saves gamer settings.

     

     

    Razer Mamba

    razer mamba review

    One thing I can say – it looks like a mouse for year 2020. Futuristic Design + it looks great.

    Just as PC games are becoming more sophisticated and challenging, the mouse that allows you overcome the challenge also gets more sophisticated with the wireless gaming mouse – the Razer Mamba. This is a mid-priced mouse that uses dual mode wire and wireless connectivity, delighting both serious professional competitive gamers when wired and home buddies who don’t welcome wires. It has a 5600 DPI sensitivity boasting a superb 1ms lag-free response rate to make the fastest performing mouse on the planet with or without wires, on board memory for storing you mouse setting for each game in time for your tournament, an ergonomic design with excellent side grip traction, and works with both PC and Mac.  You can have as much as 14 hours of continuous gaming on a single charge.  You can simply use the USB cord to charge it while playing and you have a wired mouse.

     

     

    ROCCAT Kone XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse

    ROCCAT Kone XTD Max Customization Gaming Mouse Review

    Smooth Transitions – It glides like a wingsuit falling from the moon and Looks Great TOO!

    This Roccat Kone XTD builds up from its popular Kone+ gaming mouse with more customization options and combat control with the least clutter, and the easiest access to all commands.  Powered by a 32-bit Turbo Core ARM processor that ensures minimal lag, it boasts of 8200 DPI laser sensor for high-performance precision tracking  that also allows you to adjust the sensor based on your mouse pad surface to further enhance you control abilities.  It has 8 programmable buttons and 576KB of onboard memory to save game profiles and macro commands for each button.   Cosmetically, its two light rails along the mouse sides to spice up the aesthetics while gaming.  Customizability extends to tweaking the mouse weight with 4 clip-on 5g weights that impart the right feel perfect for your hands.

     

     

     

    Steel Series Sensei Laser gaming Mouse MLG Pro Grade edition

    Steel Series Sensei Laser gaming Mouse MLG Pro Grade edition Review

    Probably not the best lookin among the list + but performance seekers will fall inlove with this gaming mouse.

    The official licensed mouse for use in gaming tournaments by the MLG(Major League Gaming) this plug and play SteelSeries Sensei has the minimalist aesthetics that look like the old MS Intellimouse or any mouse for that matter,  but this offers a level of customization the includes lighting, buttons and the graphics you use with any of the user profile you define. A bit cosmetic actually, but its mains advantage comes in its in-built 32-bit Arm processor and on-board memory for keeping all your mouse settings for each of the game your play. It even comes with an on-mouse menu display and its ambidextrous shape makes it open to any number of grip styles from both left and right handers in a black gun metal body with non-slip surface.  For gamers who are looking for performance  with its 11,000 DPI sensitive that you can also adjust, rather than exotic ergonomics, especially one that already has the nod of the MLG, this SteelSeries Sensei Pro Grade mouse is several notches up in performance from your regular mouse.  You need not really look any further.

     

     

    Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse

    Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous Gaming Mouse Review

    If Transformers has a Mouse Version then this mouse would be it!

    We can’t miss out on how the highend gaming mouse should be. This wireless Razer Ouroboros Elite Ambidextrous mouse, as the model suggests, is good for left and right-hand gamers.  It boasts of defining itself as the new standard for professional gaming precision courtesy of its 8200dpi 4G Dual Sensor System that uses a laser and an optical sensor to accurately calibrate its movements across any surface for exceptional precision tracking.  With a 1ms response time that makes it one the fastest wireless mouse on the market, and 11 programmable buttons, the Razer Ouroboros is considered the first professional gaming-grade mouse that is wireless.  With a battery life of 12 hours between charges, and on board memory of 100mb, it not only matches the speed of any human hand,  but its customizable physical ergonomics allows your thumbs to virtually attach to the mouse like a magnet, whether left or right, while enabling you to play regardless of swiping styles or what games you play..

     

     

    Anker® 8000 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse

    Anker® 8000 DPI High Precision Programmable Laser Gaming Mouse Review

    Cheapest on the list doesnt mean probably the worst mouse – It’s the best bang for the buck gaming mouse since it has all the features of the expensive gaming mouse has to offer on around 300% cheaper.

    After looking at the most expensive mouse in our list, what does a cheap gaming mouse have to offer?  A lot, too. Take this wired Anker mouse with 8000 dpi that many of the mice twice its price offer.  It comes with its own Avago ADNS-9800 microchip that boasts a 1 kHz polling rate, 12k frame rates,  30G acceleration, and a 100-150-inch per second cursor speed.  It also features 9 programmable buttons, 2 preset mouse profiles, an 8-piece weight tuning set incremented at 2.5g or a tenth of an ounce each,  and a cosmetic LED that can glow in over 16 million colors.  It comes with an ergonomically contoured body that is both aesthetically pleasing and physically a joy on your hand with its non-slip surface and button texture, firm mouse clicks from its Omron micro switches, and a sturdy 6-ft fiber cable with gold-plated USB jack for long life durability.  This is just one proof that a high price tag isn’t everything for a gaming mouse and good value can be had at below the $50 price point.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Reviewing the TOP 10 gaming mouse of 2013
    TOP 10 Gaming Mouse of 2013
    Date Published: 09/10/2013
    Every Gamer Needs a Gaming Mouse for faster/quicker performance.
    4.8 / 5 stars