Birkirkara, Malta -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/11/2014 -- Gaming laptops, also known by the name of desktop replacement, have become fairly popular these last few years. While there are several brands and models on the market, it is almost impossible to come across good gaming laptops under $1,000. What makes a good gaming laptop? Given that a gaming laptop is meant to be powerful, it must have loads of RAM, a powerful video card and a powerful processor. Thus any models cheaper than 1K are probably cheap imitations or no gaming laptops at all.
What is the best gaming laptop for the price? Two of the top gaming laptops at the time of writing are the following:
Asus G750JX Laptop with 17.3 Inch Display
This laptop comes with a 17.3 inch monitor and a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. It has a powerful 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, which can be upgraded to 32 GB. The video card is an nVIDIA GeForce GTX 770M 3GB GDDR5 and the hard drive is 1TB large running at 7200rpm. Also included is a read only Blu-ray drive. Power is provided by a 5900 mAh 8-Cell Li-Ion battery, which according to the manufacturer provides an autonomy of up to 3.5 hours. The laptop has a full backlit keyboard and a number pad. The G750JX comes preinstalled with Windows 8 and weighs 9.9 pounds (4.5 kg). Those that want to carry the laptop around may find that it is fairly heavy, but this is expected from any 17.3 inch display gaming laptop.
This laptop is highly rated in Amazon.com, having an average customer rating of 4.8 stars out of a maximum of 5. A couple of reviewers pointed out the fact that the ventilation on the G750JX is very good and that the laptop stays pretty cool even when running a lot of applications. Other reviewers stated that all games they tried on the laptop ran smoothly, even when running at the maximum settings. Other reviewers have described this Asus laptop as a “beast”, “killer machine”, “incredible machine”, “extremely powerful”, “awesome gaming laptop” and “the best laptop under 2K”. Trusted Reviews also rate the laptop highly, with an average rating score of 9 out of 10.
Please click here to check out the Asus G750JX laptop with 17.3 inch display at Amazon.com.
MSI GE40 Laptop with 14 Inch Display
Another laptop that is selling very well on Amazon.com is the MSI GE40. There are basically two versions of this laptop: the GE40 2OC-009US and the more recent GE40 2OC-218US. The average reviewer score on Amazon.com for the former is 4.8, while at the time of writing there are only two reviews for the latter model. Having said this, both reviewers have given the maximum score to the GE40 2OC-218US.
Having a 14 inch display screen which supports resolutions of 1600 x 900 pixels and weighing 4.4 pounds (2 kg), the GE40 is much more portable than the Asus G750JX. However, this MSI laptop is less powerful than the Asus G750JX as it comes with a 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM (easily upgradable to 16 GB by inserting another 8 GB RAM) and a 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX760M video card. On the plus side is the fact that the MSI GE40 comes with a 750 GB solid state hard disk drive. The Lithium Ion battery is expected to provide between 6 to 7 hours of normal laptop usage before recharging is required. Having said this, intensive gaming will only last about 2 hours till recharging is essential. On the negative side is the fact that the laptop does not have a DVD drive.
Most reviewers on Amazon.com agree that it difficult to find a more portable gaming laptop for the price. One reviewer commented that the GE40 is a spectacular laptop that surpassed his expectations. Another user stated that this MSI is the best laptop he has ever owned. Yet another reviewer said that this is an outstanding laptop and that he did not have a single issue with the laptop after 6 months of use.
However a couple of reviewers commented that the laptop can overheat when using a lot of processing power. Apart from that is the fact that the fan in the laptop can get a bit noisy, even though the noise is within acceptable levels.
Please click here to check out the MSI GE40 laptop with 14 inch display at Amazon.com.
About James Xuereb
James works as an IT manager. Technology is something that he finds great interest in, whether it is laptops, desktop computers, tablets, smartphones, GPS receivers and many others.