Best Cheap Gaming Laptop 2015 Comparison (Under 1500 Dollars)

Only a few years ago, if you wanted a gaming laptop that was capable of playing the newest PC games, and you wanted to have decent resolution with high detail settings, it would easily cost $2000 or more, especially if you wanted the laptop to be usable for gaming for more than one or two years. Today, things are a bit different; although the changes do depend on the particular gaming laptop you’re considering and how you define a "gaming laptop." According to my understanding, a gaming laptop around $1500 even more cheaper can satisfy most of the gamers’ needs. Here, I’ll recommend some cheap gaming laptop in 2015, the price is between $800 and $1500.

Our recommend: Lenovo Y50

Lenovo Y50

The notebooks in the Lenovo’s Y series are jewels within the gaming laptop arena that has been overlooked for a long time. The Y50 and the Y510p laptops both deliver a great deal of performance and power, while providing great 1080p displays and strong audio for a remarkably affordable price.

Design:

Let’s take a look first at the Lenovo Y50 to see what it gained or lost when compared to the Y510p. By getting rid of the Ultrabay, the Lenovo Y50 weight has been reduced to 5.29 pounds and now only measures 0.94 inches in thickness. The Y510p, by comparison, is a bit larger weighing in at 5.95 pounds and measuring 1.41 inches in thickness.

The underside and the laptop lid have both been equipped with brushed aluminum panels. The cross-hatched pattern, that is Lenovo’s pseudo-trademark, has been added. Even though the addition of this pattern is a small thing, it helps to make this laptop stand out from all the other brands and manufacturers that continue to simply use the horizontally brushed aluminum look.

When looking on the inside, you will notice a beveled, glossy black frame surrounding the screen, as well as above the keyboard, on a small lip. Two red flaring JBL speakers add accent to the laptop. The AccuType keyboard has touches of red that has also been incorporated into the backlight. The island-style keyboard provides for an excellent experience. Further, they have added a rubber finish that covers the keyboard deck and the wrist pads, which provides a soft touch that makes extended typing and gaming sessions more comfortable.

The feel of the laptop is completely solid, despite the fact that it is comprised mostly of striated layers of metal to plastic and then back to aluminum again. The screen lid is extremely rigid and is prevented from flexing through the use of aluminum backing. The Y50 has a metal underside that is quite durable and will stand up well no matter what the surface on which it is placed.

This shiny underside of the machine also provides a little extra passive cooling, over and above the laptop’s exhaust fans. The newly added sub-woofer is an important feature that was added to the underside of the laptop.

Screen:

Recently there has been considerable talk regarding the Y50’s screen. The Y50 incorporates the same display that is used in the Lenovo Z510, M4800, Vaio X series, and others. In my opinion: it is simply an average matte display. It does however, have some redeeming qualities. The 1080p resolution is a definite plus, especially since it is not grainy like many other matte displays, such as the GS70, or GT60. If you are one of those, who prefers working in dark places, like I do on occasion, the ability for the screen to get very dim is also an advantage. I found no zero dead pixels or inconsistencies, nor white pressure spots. Because the case has minimal flex ability, I have not come across any pressure points on the rear of the display that could have any effect on the display quality at a later time.

The color reproduction and the vertical viewing angles of the display were a little disappointing and maybe one of its drawbacks, but getting a perfect vertical viewing angle is extremely difficult. What I am saying is: when trying to get no color shift on the top of the display, there will be a slight color shift at the very bottom of the screen when viewed from the same position.

Our advice would be to pay the extra $50 and have the Y50 configured with a sharper Ultra HD panel (3840 x 2160 pixels).

Performance:

When shipped, the Y50 has an Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, that is been clocked at 2.4GHz. The graphics card provided is an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M. That configuration is almost exactly the same internal hardware as the Razer Blade Pro, but for only half the price. This makes the Y50 one of the best mid-priced gaming laptops, giving you the most value for your money.

The outstanding performance you will receive from the GTX 860M (4GB DDR5 based on Maxwell architecture) is more than enough to enable you to play the majority of game titles on maximum settings at a locked 1080p30. In order to facilitate a more fluid game-play, it may be necessary to set some settings down slightly for a handful of the more demanding games, such as Metro: Last Light, Sleeping Dogs, and the newly released Thief.

The Y50 has a 1TB, 5400-rpm hybrid hard drive with 8GB of solid-state memory and 16GB of DDR3L/1600 RAM. It is better to have a hybrid drive than just a mechanical one, especially if the drive spins at only 5400 RPM.

We were able to get three hours and 16 minutes of battery life from the Y50’s battery. This is almost identical to the battery life of the Blade Pro’s, which was three hours and 18 minutes. That battery life is approximately 20 minutes longer than the Alienware 17 was able to deliver. All this is to say that the battery life for the Y50 is pretty much standard for the battery life of a gaming laptop.

Conclusion

On paper, the Lenovo Y50 seems to be the perfect gaming laptop for my needs. It was not too small, nor was it too large, and it had just enough power; it also had a nice look and feel. The Y50 hit most of those marks easily, however, the screen quality was underwhelming and extremely disappointing, especially when you consider how close it comes regarding the other features.

But before you give up on the Y50, let me say that it is in actuality an excellent, overall mainstream gaming laptop; it remains my top choice within this category; the Razer Blade 14 might possibly be the exception, but with a cost of $1999 or more, maybe not. If you are not one of those people with a $2000 budget for your laptop, the Y50 is an excellent choice. This semi-portable gaming machine has the ability to handle games at medium-to-high settings and as an every day system it works well while looking good.

Lenovo Y50 series has many models to satisfy users’ difference needs. They are different from screen (Ultra HD , Touchscreen or bigger size), CPU, GPU, Ram, and hard disk (SSD), of course, their prices are different.

You can arrording your needs to choose the one suit you. Here I’ll list these models:

  Lenovo Y50 Lenovo Y50 UHD Lenovo Y50 Touch Lenovo Y70 Lenovo Y50
Screen Size 15.6 inch 15.6-Inch UHD 15.6 inch Touch screen 17.3 inch Touch screen 15.6 inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 3840×2160 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9" 15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9" 15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9" 16.64" x 11.44" x 0.9" 15.23" x 10.37" x 1.01"
Weight 5.3 lbs 5.3 lbs 5.3 lbs 7.5 lbs 5.3 lbs
Processor Intel i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Intel i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Intel i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Intel i7-4710HQ 2.5 GHz Intel i5-4200H
2.8 GHz
Hard Drive 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD/512gb SSD 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD/512gb SSD 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD
Ram 16 GB 8/16 GB 8 GB 8/16 GB 8 GB
Graphic Card GeForce GTX 860M
4GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB/4GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB/4GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB DDR5
Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard
Input/Output
2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
Camera 720p HD
Battery Life
4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery
OS
Windows 8

*As stated above, the screen’s color reproduction and the vertical viewing angles of the display were a little disappointing and maybe one of its drawbacks, if you care about this, you can add a little Budget to choose Lenovo Y50 UHD version.

Top 5 cheap gaming laptop specs comparison:

Rank #1 Recommendation #2 #3 #4 #5
Models Lenovo Ideapad Y50 ASUS ROG G750JM-DS71 MSI GE70 ASUS N550JK-DS71T Lenovo Y40
Picture Lenovo Y50 ASUS ROG G750JM-DS71 17.3-inch Gaming Laptop, GeForce GTX 860M Graphics Lenovo Y410P
Screen Size 15.6-Inch 17.3-Inch 17.3-Inch 15.6-Inch 14-Inch
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080

1920×1080

1920×1080
Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.23" x 10.37" x 0.9" 16.10 x 12.50 x 2 16.46 x 10.61 x 1.54 15.1" x 10" x 1.1" 13.7″ x 9.8″ x 0.9″
Weight 5.29 lbs 9.9 lbs 6 lbs 6 lbs 4.9 lbs
Processor Intel i7-4700MQ 2.4 GHz Intel i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Intel i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Intel i7-4700HQ 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4510U/4210u/4500u
Hard Drive 1TB 5400 RPM + 8GB SSD 1 TB 5400RPM 1 TB 7200RPM 1TB 5400 RPM/256GB SSD 1TB 5400 RPM+24GB SSD/256 GB SSD
Ram 8GB DDR3 12GB DDR3 12GB DDR3 8GB/16GB DDR3 8GB DDR3
Graphic Card GeForce GTX 860M
2GB/4GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 860M
2GB DDR5
GeForce GTX 850M
2GB DDR5
Radeon R9 M275 2GB/4GB DDR5
Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard Backlit Keyboard
Input/Output 2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
4 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
DVD±R/RW
2 x USB2.0  
2 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
DVD Super Multi
3 x USB3.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
DVD±R/RW
2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
Bluetooth 4.0
HDMI
Camera 720p HD HD Webcam HD Webcam 720p HD 2.0MP HD
Battery Life 4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery 8-cell Lithium-Ion Battery 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery 6-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

4-cell Lithium-Ion Battery

OS Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8 Windows 8

Notes:

Most of the gaming laptops list above feature GTX 860m graphic card, there are two different version, 2GB and 4 GB ddr5 version, most people may think the 4gb 860m is based on Kepler architecture, in some months ago, they may be right, but now, all the Y50’s 4GB 860m are the same with 2GB version, based on Maxwell architecture. you can see the detail information about Lenovo y50 on lenovo official site.

With GTX860M, Many games of 2013/2014 can be played fluently in very high detail settings and FullHD resolution. If you can’t sure wheater it can run the video games you play well, you can read the review on Notebookcheck

Lenovo Y40 features a 14 inch FHD (1920×1080) screen,

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