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4 Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,500

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By: Darren Gold
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Gaming laptops are never going to match the raw processing power of desktops, but if you live a highly mobile and active lifestyle and still want to continue enjoying the latest games, then a gaming laptop is your best friend. But which one to choose? With the wide range of options available for gaming enthusiasts, choosing the right machine can be an ordeal. Bidness Etc shortlists the four best gaming laptops under $1,500 for you.

1: ASUS G750JW-DB71

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Asus started off as a manufacturer of peripherals but is now a leading player in the gaming hardware industry. It makes specialty motherboards, 3D cards and even high-end gaming laptops. The $1,399 Asus G750JW-DB71 17.3 inch gaming laptop is Bidness Etc’s first pick and it will give you more than adequate mobile gaming performance. Its energy-efficient and ultra-fast Core i7-4200HQ quad-core Haswell processor is clocked at 2.4GHz and beefed up by Intel’s Turbo Boost technology, which will increase the clock speed to 2.7GHz when running demanding applications. It comes with 12 GB of DDR3 RAM, which is more than enough to run the best games on the market without losing steam.

The GeForce GTX 765M GPU really sweetens this deal and will allow you to immerse yourself in intense gaming sessions with graphical settings set to high for most games. The 1 TB hard drive could be a bottleneck though as it is a run-of-the-mill 5400 RPM setup and you would be better off upgrading to a solid state drive (SSD) or a faster 7400 RPM hard drive.

Other Features:

  • DVD±R/RW
  • 802.11ac Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 720p Webcam
  • 1 Thunderbolt port
  • 1 HDMI port
  • 1 VGA port
  • 4 USB 3.0 ports
  • Illuminated Keyboard
  • 5900 mAh 8-cell battery
  • Battery life up to 3.5 hours while gaming

Best Price Offered By: Amazon

2: MSI GX60 1AC-021US

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MSI also started off as a manufacturer of computer peripherals but like Asus, it is now a serious contender in the gaming laptop market. ‘Mini but Mighty’ is how it describes many of its offerings, and for a price of $1,199, MSI’s GX60 1AC-021US is a perfectly priced laptop for those who are unable to fork out too much cash for a gaming laptop. The 2.5GHz AMD A10-4600MQ quad-core processor might fall just short of delivering enough of a punch, but it does offer some other attractive features which might be able to cover up for the lack of raw processing power.

The 15.6 inch screen has a maximum display resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, and the 8GB DDR3 RAM, should be enough to play most of the latest games. A 750GB 7200 RPM hard drive is a welcome change from the slower 5400 RPM hard drives used in most laptops. And the Radeon 7970M graphics card definitely delivers the horsepower needed to play games on medium or high settings, but nothing beyond this.

Other Features:

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports and 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • VGA, Mini-Display and HDMI port
  • LAN: Killer E2200 Intelligent Network Platform for decreased latency in online gaming
  • Steel Series Keyboard
  • Multi-Card Reader
  • 720p Webcam
  • 9-cell lithium battery for up to 4 hours of backup

Best Price Offered By: Amazon

3: CyberPower FangBook HF X7-200

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The CyberPower FangBook HF X7-200 is priced at $1,347.73, and the specifications for this 17.3 inch laptop running the Windows 8 64 bit operating system are ideal for a mobile gamer. As the name suggests, this laptop is not to be trifled with and packs a serious punch.

A 2.4GHz Intel Core Intel Core i7-4770MQ quad-core processor is more than enough to keep up with the needs of even the most demanding gamers while 8GB of DDR3 RAM gives you the freedom to run multiple applications. Fueled by the power of Nvidia's 770M GPU, it has enough muscle to handle most games set at high graphical settings, taking full advantage of the crisp 1080p display. The FangBook features a traditional 750 GB mechanical hard drive which spins at an above-average 7200 RPM, boosting overall performance while also providing sufficient capacity for all your gaming needs.

Other Features:

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • eSATA port
  • HDMI port
  • All – in – one card reader
  • 1.3 MP webcam
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 3 hours battery life

Best Price Offered By: Amazon

4: MSI GE40 2OC-009US

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The MSI GE40 is a byte-sized beast and at 14 inches, is smaller than most gaming laptops and has a 1600x900 pixel resolution, which is below the class average. The MSI is also lighter so it is better suited to gamers who are constantly on the go. It houses an Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor, which has a base frequency of 2.2GHz and has just the right amount of RAM at 8GB. The Nvidia GTX 760M graphics card provides mid-tier performance, so you can play most of the latest offering from game publishers, but not high-end games at extreme settings.

This is the first laptop in our list that features a mechanical hard drive plus an SSD. The 128GB mSATA SSD noticeably improves performance compared to traditional hard disks.

Other Features:

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 1 USB 2.0 port
  • VGA, and HDMI output

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