Gaming is generally an expensive hobby to have, but it does not have to be if you are not a hardcore gamer. This being said, you can very well find a gaming laptop under $700. While this is too much for a regular laptop, in the gaming world, it will get you a medium level machine for games. You need a 7th or 8th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, a minimum 8GB RAM, 2GB or 4GB on your dedicated graphics card and a 500GB or 1TB of the hard disk. To help you out, the following is a list of the top laptops in this price range.
1. HP Pavilion 15-cx0056wm Gaming Laptop
The first one of our list has the latest and powerful hardware configuration, enough for gaming. This laptop has a black metal and acid green accents that offer a true gaming vibe. The display is 15.6 inches full HD anti-glare WLED backlit IPS, and it will give you accurate colors and a wide viewing angle.
Inside, there is the latest Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz CPU, with a turbo boost up to 4GHz. For a smooth and good gaming experience, you have 8GB RAM and 4GB GDDR5 on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 TI GPU. You will be able to save all of your favorite games, movies, photos, and songs on 1TB of storage.
Also important for gamers is the keyboard, and this laptop has a full-size island-style backlit keyboard for a more comfortable and smooth session even in darker environments. The battery life is good and sits at 7.5 hours on a full charge.
2. ASUS TUF (FX504) Thin and Light
If you are a serious gamer but are on a $700 budget, this ASUS gaming laptop is the right choice for you. The body is fully black with a combination of red detailing, for an attractive look worthy of a gamer. It is just 0.98 thin and only weighs 5.07 pounds.
The screen is 15.6 inches, full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display. At the heart of the hardware is the latest 8th generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor that works at a maximum of 3.9GHz. The gaming segment is a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, and 8GB of RAM. This is rather good in the segment and will give you great multitasking and gaming capabilities. A standard 1TB of storage is available, however, it is SSD and not HDD. Booting an opening of apps is lightning fast with it.
Essential for gaming is also cooling, and this ASUS has dual fans with anti-dust technology that protects it during a longer session of intensive gaming. Battery life is good, as is the keyboard, and overall, this is one of the best options available.
3. Dell G3579-5965BLK-PUS Gaming Laptop
The only model by Dell on our list has a black metal finish with blue accents, and it is an impressive look for a laptop. A standard 15.6-inch full HD, anti-glare LED-backlit display is present, with great color reproduction.
Under the hood, you have an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor that operates at 3.9 GHz as a maximum. Furthermore, there are 8GB of RAM, more than enough for gaming on the Windows 10 operating system. The most important part is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, and a dedicated memory of 4GB. Storage is 256GB of SSD drive only, so you might need more in the form of peripherals.
There are dual fans that help the machine to cool down and remain more stable in intense gaming sessions and multitasking. The computer also has MaxxAudio Pro that gives you a superior sound and two front speakers. Add a comfortable keyboard and an average battery life, and this is a very affordable laptop considering how much you get.
4. Acer Aspire 5 A517-51G-55RE
The first of the two Acer gaming laptops on the list is a budget option that packs a mean punch when it comes to performance. The lid has a stylish textile pattern and a silver Acer logo. This makes it look and feel rather premium. The first three on the list had 15.6 inch displays, while this one is larger and stands at 17.3 inches. It is a full HD LED backlit display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution.
On the hardware side, you get an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8250U CPU clocked at 1.6GHz, with a turbo boost option of up to 3.4GHz. The GPU is a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce MX150 GDDR5, and there is 8GB of RAM for a smoother experience while playing and multitasking. Lastly, the 1TB of storage space is large enough for all of your personal data.
Regarding the audio, you get stereo speakers with Acer TrueHarmony. This system is rich in sound an gives an amazing multimedia experience. The battery life is up to 7 hours. Overall, this is a great 17.3 inch gaming laptop for around $700.
5. Acer Nitro 5 VR Ready Gaming Laptop
The last entry on our list and the second Acer gaming laptop we will present is the Nitro 5. It sports a matte black finish combined with red accents, and the result is a cool gaming look. This laptop has a 15.6 inch full HD widescreen display, as well as IPS technology that delivers visuals rich in color from wide viewing angles.
Hardware is great for this price, as you will work with an 8th generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor in charge of running the Windows 10 OS, while the gaming duties will be performed by the 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. Storage is again 1TB, and RAM is 8GB.
The keyboard you will work on if you get this laptop is full-sized and red backlit. This will help you stay productive and able in any situation. Battery life is 5.5 hours on a full charge, and connectivity wise, there is 1 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, 1 USB 3.0 port, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1 HDMI 2.0 port, 1 headphone and microphone 3.5mm jack, and 1 SD card reader.