Let’s skip the introductions and get right into the best gaming laptops under 700$ as of late 2021.
Before that let me make something clear:
If you have a budget anywhere near 700$, you are ENTITLED to get a DEDICATED GPU, no matter what the price of one is on Amazon, eBay, COSTCO, Best Buy, etc, you don’t have to settle for an integrated GPU.
You just need to look carefully because you will ALWAYS find at LEASTone laptop at 700$ (or even below) with a dedicated GPU.
And with a bit of knowledge that laptop should get you into the three digit framerates for almost every game at high settings.
Recommended Specs For Gaming Laptops Under 700
Having said, if you want those framerates or if you want to get the best performance/money ratio for your budget. There are a few things you must know before you purchase gaming laptop under 700.
Clock speed is the most important single spec for gaming. Higher clock speeds means higher information processing thus higher framerates. These are the GOOD CPUs you’ll find around 700$ (in order of power):
~Under 700$: Core i5-10300H, Core i5-9300H, AMD Ryzen 5 4550H, AMD Ryzen 5 5500H. This is good stuff!
Stay away from these guys unless you got something around 550$: Core i5 10G51. Core i310G51, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, AMD Ryzen 5 4500. These are good but not something you should buy with a 650-700$ budget.
A dedicated GPU is a must to push those high framerates into high and even EPIC settings.
~Under 700$: 940MX, MX150, MX230, MX250, MX350, 1050 (2GB), 1050(3GB), 1050Ti(2GB) and 1650GTX. The latter 3 are the good stuff.
It’s going to be rare to find a 1650GTX under 700$ but very possible depending on the time of the year. So if you find one, grab it fast and run.
You are more likely to find MX350 or a 1050 for 600-650$ under 700. They’re fine too, that is, to play games at medium and sometimes high settings (depending on the game – graphically demanding games like F0rtnite/Warzone will not reach high/epic settings with decent framerates).
Virtually all laptops above 550$ will automatically come with 8GB. You won’t find a laptop with 16GB under 700$ unless it’s refurbished. More important than having 16GB is making sure that whatever you got is dual channeled. 16GB isn’t going to make a difference unless you’re playing Warzone.
As of 2021, all laptops, even those below 400$, should come equipped with an SSD and not just any SSD, a good SSD like a PCIe NVMe SSD.
The type of SSD you get doesn’t really matter for gaming though, on the other hand, it wouldn’t hurt to invest a lil’ more on bumping your storage since you’re very lilkely to end up with 256GB which is just enough for 5 games these days.
IPS is not necessary to bump up your gaming.
FHD panels are and yes you’ll also find them on virtually all laptops with a dedicated GPU.
The real question is whether or not you can a find a 120Hz display under 700$ (this will make games look x2 smoother), the answer is: very unlikely. Even if you up your budget to, 750$, it would be a miracle to find one.
Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under 700$
All laptops here range from 550-700$, If you’ve got anything lower than 550 bucks chances are you are not going to get a dedicated GPU unless it’s a refurbished machine.
Anyways we’ll start with the hottest and latest gaming laptop under 700$ then go to other alternatives whose prices will fluctute depending on the supply and demand of these.
The Best Gaming Laptop Under 700
AMD Ryzen 5 5500H
GeForce GTX 1650 4GB vRAM
256GB PCIe NVMe SSD
15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS
As of August 20, this model just recently came out and it’s a lot cheaper than what you would expect for a laptop with the latest Ryzen 5 H processor AND a GTX 1650.
Most laptops with this CPU+GPU combo usually start around 750$ and can go up as 850$ depending on supply and demand.
Despite the fact that we are in the 11th generation era of Intel processors, they are still slightly behind the latest Ryzen chip of the same generation. So if you find a laptop that’s got a Core i5 10300H at the same price as this one, you should probably choose the Ryzen 5 chip model. We’ve tested a Ryzen chip against an Intel Core i5 chip and the ryzen chips seem to control temperatures better with slightly better performance especially at the most graphically demanding games.
Here’s more or less the framerates you can expect with this machine.
|Call of Duty: Warzone||~74||High||1080p||1vs1|
|Dota 2||+86||Ultra||FHD||total average|
|LoL||+106||Very High||FHD||total average|
You can see fom the table that most games can be played at high-ultra settings with 60-100fps which is enough for competitive gaming. Don’t forget that this laptop has a 120Hz display too which most 1650GTX laptops even those above 700$ do not have.We carried out the test with a laptop that has the exact same specs except that the CPU is a Ryzen 5 4550H, just one generation older so you should expect substantially better framerates than what table’s showing you.
In case you didn’t know, a 120Hz allows you to see more framerates, in fact x2 as many framerates than a 60Hz display (which most gaming laptops have).
If you wish to squeeze out more framerates out of this machine, you can get an extra 5-10 fps when you make your RAM dual channeled (check what this means at the end of the post).
Also note that some models like ours are set up to share the workload between the integrated and dedicated GPU as you can see in the videos we’ve posted so you will only get maximum performance when setting the graphics to high/ultra (this is when the integrated GPU stops working and the GPU will do all the heavy lifting).
At lower settings you may only get up to 100fps, if you wish to get 300fps at low to medium you need to disable the integrated GPU. Although doing this, will put heavier loads on the dedicated GPU, which will affect its life span.
Best Gaming Laptop Deal Under 700
Core i5 10300H
GeForce GTX 1650
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD TN
This model has basically the same specs as the Lenovo Ideapad except that it comes with a Core i5 10300H CPU which is almost as powerful as a Ryzen 5 5500H. So, you should get about the same performance in every game. We’ve tested a Core i5 9300H+1650GTX and the fps at high/ultra settings were impressive to say the least:
|Call of Duty||60||Medium||FHD|
|Sims 4||50||Very High||FHD|
And guess what? This model is 120$ cheaper. You could save that money and get an extra SSD so you can store plenty of more games (256GB will run out of pretty quickly).
So why didn’t I post it first? One reason: it’s too cheap and it isn’t meant to be at that price for a long time. By the time you read this, it will probably be out of stock or have a higher price.
Best HP Gaming Laptop Under 700
Core i5 9300H
GeForce GTX 1650
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
If those two models are out of stock or you can’t find them under 700 any longer, not all hope is lost.
Most Core i5 9300H+1650GTX which were released last year and have almost the same framerates as the newest Core i5 10300H+1650GTX (note the clock speed difference is only about 0.2GHz).
So it is a pretty safe investment for competitive. You can see the performance in our video down here.
If this model is out of stock. Check out these two guys, hopefully at least one of them should be under 700$.
|Lenovo L340||Core i5 9300H||1650GTX||60Hz||~700$|
|HP Pavilion||Core i5 9300H||1650GTX||60Hz||~700$|
If not and you still want a 1650GTX and are no longer willing to wait, then up your budget to 750$. You will certainly find tons of other laptops with a 1650GTX..
Best 1050GTX Laptop Under 700
Intel Core i5 9300H
NVIDIA GeForce 1050 3GB vRAM
256GB NVMe SSD,
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
If budget is an issue and you can’t find laptops with a 1650GTX under 700$, try to look for 1050GTX laptops. These guys are weaker than 1650GTX laptops but they’re usually paired up with decent CPUs. You won’t get the same performance as any laptop with a 1650GTX however framerates at medium-high settings are still decent.
This model is different from most 1050GTX laptops, it have a bit of extra vRAM (3GB instead of 2GB) only 1GB away from a 1650GTX. The extra vRAM is going to be crucial to push high framerates in open world multiplayer games.
Plus this model has basically the same CPU you find on most 1650GTX laptops. So framerates won’t be too different.
|Call of Duty||50||Low||FHD|
|Sims 4||50||Very High||FHD|
If you don’t plan on playing CoD: Warzone at normal/high settings or anyother graphically demanding game, then you can see, it will perform just as good as a 1650GTX laptops, again provided you avoid graphically demanding games (WitCher, Assasin’s Creed, Gran THeft Auto 5,etc).
5. ASUS ZenBook
Best Gaming Laptop Under 700 – Thin & Lightweight
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Up to 3.7GHz
MX450 w/ 2GB vRAM
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD
All laptops we have listed so far are on the heavy side and are not something you want to take to school or use for casual gaming.
This laptop here is meant for someone that doesn’t play games regularly or someone would like to lug a laptop everywhere. It’s lightweight ,relatively thinner than most 1650GTX laptops and still has a dedicated GPU. So you’re still going to get high framerates in most games as long as you adjust settings accordingly. Due to the relatively weaker GPU, you’re also going to get a bit more battery life.
This is not the only model with a MX350 available as of August 2021, there are several models however this is one of the two models selling for 650$.
I think that’s a fair price to pay. Although you will find more laptops with MX250/MX350/MX450 dedicated graphic cards, they can be selling for a lot more money.
These are the framerates you can expect witih a MX350/MX250/MX450 dedicated GPU.
|Call of Duty||~~||~~||~~~|
How to Find The Best Gaming Laptop Under 700
There are two ways to find out whether or not you’ve got a great deal on a gaming laptop below 700$:
That can actually take days of research but it’s well worth it.
I’ll show a much faster way to do this is by:
Wait, doesn’t that only work for desktops? how do you know the prices of each computer part in a laptop?
For desktops it’s easy, true, you just go to amazon, type the CPU and GPU names on the search bar and get the prices and start adding up.
Unfortunately they don’t sell laptop parts individually for people to build one unless it’s for replacement or to fix laptops (those are found on AliExpress).
You can also use the official Intel/AMD or the manufacturers websites for their prices.
Fortunately, most of the time you don’t even have to research that much because the best laptops under 700 aka those with a powerful GPU/CPU have the mobile desktop versions and most of the time (as of 2021) , they’re pretty much the same.
So you can use the desktop prices for these parts and start adding them up (except for storage,RAM,display, those are easy to get though as you’ll see soon).
Let’s start with the GPU:
GPUs that have the same name as their desktop counterparts are pretty much the same GPU. They’ve just been underclocked to control temperatures (they’ll be forced to run under lower speeds).
So you can also use the price of GPU you find on desktops to make your calculations:
|1050 ti (2-4GB)||115-165$|
Once you get a dedicated GPU, it’s actually the CPU that will have the biggest impact on settings and framerates.
If you invest in a low end dedicated GPU but still manage to get a high end CPU, you’ll be hitting three digits no sweat in medium/low and sometimes high settings.
On the other hand, if you get an awesome GPU but an average CPU, your CPU will not be able to keep up with the high quality image processing of your GPU and you will not get your sacred three digit framerates at high/ultra settings.
A few examples:
|Core i5 9300H||250$|
|Core i5 10300H||250$|
|Core i5 8300H||250$|
There are more CPUs obviously but it’s kind of pointless to list them, you’re just not going to find them under 700$.
RAM prices vary widely from manufacturers. DDR4 are the latest but most importantly you must get two of the same size (8GB=x2 4GB or x2 8GB = 16GB) instead of one (8GB,16GB), so you can feed your CPU way data FASTER and get higher framerates. That’s called dual-channeling.
Note that you might get 4 to 8GB RAM soldered into your motherboard make sure to add the total RAM:
Here’s a list of RAM prices:
Solid State Drives are mainstream these days. You’ll usually come across PCIe NVMe SSD instead of SATA III SSDs though.
The PCIe NVMe SSDs use a M.2 slot that means they’re going to be attached to the motherboard instead of using the SATA port. So they can be slightly faster.
|128 GB PCIe NVMe||30$|
|256GB PCIe NVMe||40$|
|512GB PCIe NVMe||64$|
|256GB SATA III||50$|
If a laptop has a M.2 NVMe SSD (256GB) and an extra SATA III SSD (256GB) , you’d have to add 40+50$=90$. Don’t use the 512GB price.
Displays can be expensive depending on what kind of specs you what. An IPS display will be slightly more expensive than TN display and a 120/144Hz display will be a lot more expensive than a 60Hz (twice as much on average).
The most common display you’ll find on gaming laptops under 700$ have the following specs: 60Hz IPS FHD or 60Hz TN FHD.
It is very unlikely you will find a display with 120Hz refresh rates under 700$ but it’s still possible (I’d say once a year).
|60Hz IPS 1366×768||40$|
|60Hz IPS FHD||50$|
|120 Hz IPS FHD||70$|
|144 Hz IPS FHD 15”||150$|
If you want to check more display configurations, you can use Amazon or Ali express to get their prices:
Other Small Parts
This includes the battery, the motherboard, power cord, the shell, the keyboard, chasis quality, etc.
Min: 100-150$ (100$ for entry level gaming laptops and 150$ for mid-range laptops).
Max: 200$ (depending on chasis quality, shell, keyboard, etc).
EXAMPLE: Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3
AMD Ryzen 5 5600H ~ 250$
1650GTX ~ 240$
8GB RAM ~ 30$
SSD ~ 40$
Display ~ 50$
Other small parts~ 150$
Laptops sells for 659$ (or 699$).