Let’s skip the introductions and get right into the best gaming laptops under 700.
Now, first let me say that anything from 550 to 700 bucks should get you a gaming laptop capable of outputting 80fps at medium settings for most games and even get you into the 60s on high settings for some.
Obviously, you’re only going to be able to hit those framerates at very high settings if you get a gaming laptop with a dedicated GPU.
However…there are still a few other specs/factors to take into account if you want to maximize the performance/money ratio of your purchase like the CPU’s clock speed (this actually has a bigger impact on framerates) , RAM and refresh rates.
Recommended Specs For Gaming Laptops Under 700
So before we get into the gist of this post, which is really a list of the best gaming laptops, let’s talk about our selection process and what you should be looking out for when buying a gaming laptop under 700.
Clock speed is the most important single spec for high end gaming. The higher your clock speed, the higher your framerates, yes it’s even more imp than a GPU. These are the CPUs you’ll find in these ranges (in order of power):
~Under 700$: Core i5-9300H, Core i5-8300H, AMD Ryzen 5 3550H. These are all good!
But you should try to stay away from CPUs like the Core i5 10G51. Core i310G51, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U.AMD Ryzen 5 4500.
Unless those in blue come with a dGPU.
A dGPU is a must to push those framerates at medium to high settings.
~Under 700$: 940MX, MX150, MX230, MX250, MX350, 1050 (2GB), 1050(3GB), 1050Ti(2GB) and 1650GTX.
It’s going to be extremely rare to find a 1650GTX under 700$ but very possible depending on the time of the year.
You are more likely to find MX350,1050 for 600-650$ than a 1650GTX under 700 (we’ve found a 699$ laptop with it though).
Virtually all laptops above 550$ will automatically come with 8GB. You won’t find a laptop with 16GB under 700$ unless it’s a refurbished one. More important than having 16GB is making sure that whatever you got is dual channeled.
As of 2020, all laptops even those below 500$ should come equipped with an SSD and not just any SSD, a good SSD like a PCIe NVMe. There’s no excuse to settle for anything lower.
IPS is not necessary to bump up your gaming. FHD panels are though and yes you’ll also find them on virtually all laptops with a dedicated GPU or those with 8th/10th gen processors and Ryzen chips.
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 unless you step into 750$ territory and even then it’s a miracle to find one.
Top 5 Best Gaming Laptops Under 700$
All laptops here range from 550-700$, If you’ve got anything lower than 550 bucks chances are you are not going to get a dedicated GPU unless it’s a refurbished machine and will probably have to play the game at low to medium settings up to 60fps depending on the game.
Anyways we’ll start with the hottest and current best deal for a gaming laptop under 700$ then go to other alternatives that might have better specs.
The Best Gaming Laptop Under 700
Core i5 9300H
GeForce GTX 1650
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
This has been the best deal for a few months now. It’s the only laptop with a Core i5 9300H and a 1650GPU on it, laptops from brands like Acer/ASUS with those same specs usually start around 750$ and can go up as 850$.
I should mention that we are in the 10th generation of Intel Processors now and the 4th generation of Ryzen Processors. Although you can find a 10th generation Core i5 ( Core i5-10300H) on a MSI or HP laptop online with the same GPU(there’s no update in 2020 yet other than RTX cards that start around 1000$), the prices never go below 800$.
Ok, so what can you expect with the Core i5 9300H and a 1650GTX. Well as you know framerates will depend on a game but here’s more or less a summary:
|Call of Duty||~60||Low||FHD|
|Sims 4||~60||Very High||FHD|
You can get an extra 10FPS if you make sure your laptop has a dual channeled RAM, check what this is at the of the post.
Also note that we are only listing FPS at high-ultra settings. If you play at medium-low settings framerates may go well past +150 depending on the game. For a more in depth look at every game’s performance check our posts on ’em.
Best Gaming Laptop Under 700 with a 1050GTX
AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Up to 3.7GHz
GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
512GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD
The best best deal right now under 600$ is this model. There’s one big problem though and not it has no to do with the specs, it’s the availability. It runs out of stock pretty quickly for a few weeks then its on stock for 1 or 2 weeks again. The longest I’ve seen it out of stock has been a month though.
Anyways, there are several laptops with a dedicated GPU hovering around 600$ but they’re usually paired up with a MX150/MX250/MX350 (which have 2GB of vRAM at most).
This one has a full blown 1050 with 4GB of vRAM (there are models with 2GB of vRAM). That extra 2GB vRAM is going to be crucial to push high framerates at medium/high settings in games like PUBG/WoW/MineCraft/Fortnite.
Just like the 1650GTX, the 1050GTX here is kind of overkill for games like CS:GO, LoL and Dota 2 though so if you planning on just playing games like that and hit them high framerates at high settings, you can save yourself 100 bucks with this model instead of the Acer Nitro 5.
Now I should warn you that the 1050GB may be great and all for most games at medium/high settings and getting you +50FPS but it’s not something you should use for something like Call of Duty, it’s really going to run slow due to the lack of GPU power and the lack of CPU power(The Ryzen here is relatively weak compared to H processors).
Here’s more or less the performance of the Ryzen 5 3500U + 1050GTX w/ 4GB of vRAM:
|Call of Duty||—||—-||—|
|Sims 4||50||Very High||FHD|
Best Gaming Laptop Under 700 with a 10th Gen CPU
Intel Core i5-1035G1
NVIDIA GeForce MX350
512GB NVMe SSD,
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
On the outside this laptop may seem more powerful than the ASUS VivoBook because it’s got a 10th generation CPU.
But the truth of the matter is that the 10th generation Core i5 mobile CPU has about the same performance as Ryzen 5 mobile CPU( mobile means it has the U tag on it). Clock speed wise the Ryzen 5 has 3.7GHz and the 10th gen Core i5 has 3.6GHz. That’s not all, although the MX350/MX230 were released almost two years after the 1050GB, they’re still somewhat weaker than the 1050GB especially in the vRAM department.
The point is that although this laptop is just as expensive as the VivoBook (or even more expensive depending on demand), it’s weaker for gaming.
However, it does have an IPS panel and way more battery life, that’s because these two mobile parts (the CPU & GPU), do consume a lot less power than say a Core i5 9300H/AMD Ryzen 5 and a 1050/1650GTX.
The only reason you should choose this model over the Acer VivoBook is because it’s more pleasent to look at and it has more battery for gaming.
Speaking of gaming, the MX350 is going to be the limiting factor here but it will still let you hit +50FPS on most games at medium settings with a FHD resolution. More , specifically:
|Call of Duty||~~||~~||~~~|
4. ASUS ZenBook
Best Gaming Laptop Under 700 – Lightweight & Cheapest
AMD Ryzen 5 4500H
MX 350 2GB vRAM
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD
Honestly, those three above are the best deals for gaming laptops under 700$. The following two are just alternatives that you can buy when prices drop 700$ because they seem to swing between 699$ and 750$.
This ASUS ZenBook is an alternative to the Acer Aspire 5 if you are looking for portability and battery life for gaming at medium settings away from home. As you can see it also has a more sleek design.
You’re just going to hit 10-20more fps on average at every game because the processor here is the latest Ryzen 5 mobile CPU which goes all the way to 4GHz. Note that it’s not an IPS and if by some reason it’s more than 700$ it’s not worth it. Just wait till it drops below 680.
Here’s an alternative link where you might find the same model at a cheaper price.
Best Gaming Laptop Under 700 with a 120Hz Display
AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H
GeForce GTX 1650
256GB PCIe SSD
15.6” 60Hz Full HD IPS
A few months ago, this laptop would’ve made the top of the list when it was around 700$ (710$ on avg). Unfortunately, demand has been high and it’s probably more expensive by the time you read this (never going past 800$).
Why bothering posting a laptop above 700$?
Well unlike every laptop under 700$ and even laptops under 800$ or 900$, this one doesn’t only come equipped with a modern fast CPU and a GTX 10650 for gaming at high/medium settings/ultra settings (depending on the game) but it actually has a 120Hz display which you simply can’t find on other models even those above 900$.
A 120hz may not sound great to you if you are relatively new to gaming but the reality is that it makes everything look far smoother even if you have a less powerful CPU/GPU than a 60Hz laptop.
By the way, this one does not have a weaker CPU/GPU. The AMD Ryzen 5 3550H is just as fast as the Core i5 9300H, although the gap in clock speed may seem wide if you check benchmark tests, they both actually perform the same. The AMD chip is probably what allowed the manufacturer to built a 120Hz display right in (AMD chips are cheaper than Intel and with the release of the Ryzen architecture, most of the time they perform better).
Back, to the 120Hz display and why you should get it. Well if you’re playing a game like WoW at medium or high and going well past 90FPS , a 120Hz display will allow you to experience every framerate. A 60Hz like the Acer Nitro 5 will only let you “see” 60FPs at the most, no matter how much you tweak settings, it’s a physical limit.
This is debatable topic though and a matter of taste too but imo a 60Hz will not make you more handicapped against other players it’s just not going to look as good as a 120Hz (which is a bit easier on the eyes).
Don’t try to look for a 120Hz under 700$ you won’t find it, the best deal you’ll get is with this model and at 710$ on a good day!
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$:
That can actually take days of research but it’s well worth it.
The best way to do this and a much faster way to do this is by:
Wait, doesn’t that only work for desktops? how do you know the prices of each computer part in a laptop?
For desktops it’s easy, true, you just go to amazon, type the CPU and GPU names on the search bar and get the prices and start adding up.
Unfortunately they don’t sell laptop parts individually for people to build one unless it’s for replacement or to fix laptops (those are found on AliExpress).
You can also use the official Intel/AMD or the manufacturers websites for their prices.
Fortunately, most of the time you don’t even have to research that much because the best laptops under 700 aka those with a pwoerful GPU/CPU have the mobile desktop versions and most of the time (as of 2020) , they’re pretty much the same.
So you can use the desktop prices for these parts and start adding them up (except for storage,RAM,display, those are easy to get though as you’ll see soon).
Let’s start with the GPU:
GPUs that have the same name as their desktop counterparts are pretty much the same GPU. They’ve just been underclocked to control temperatures (they’ll be forced to run under lower speeds).
So you can also use the price of GPU you find on desktops to make your calculations:
|1050 ti (2-4GB)||115-165$|
Once you get a dedicated GPU, it’s actually the CPU that will have the biggest impact on settings and framerates.
In fact, the CPU has the biggest impact on FPS. If you invest a low end dedicated GPU but still manage to get a high end CPU, you’ll be hitting three digits no sweat for the graphic settings your GPU allows you to play.
Here’s a few examples:
|Core i5 9300H||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$.
RAM prices vary widely from manufacturers. As long as you get a DDR4 stick and you get two instead of one, you’ll squeeze out every juice of power from RAM to feed your CPU and bump up your framerates in anygame.
Note that you might get 4 to 8GB RAM soldered into your motherboard make sure to add the total RAM:
Here’s a list of RAM prices:
Likewise storage usually comes attached to the motherboard unless you got 512GB so it comes with the price of the motherboard.
If you got 512GB on a laptop, very unlikely under 700$, you have to add the price of 256GB to the total budget. 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.
|128 GB PCIe NVMe||30$|
|256GB PCIe NVMe||40$|
|512GB PCIe NVMe||64$|
|256GB SATA III||50$|
Displays can be expensive depending on what kind of specs you what on yours. An IPS display will be slightly more expensive than TN display and a 120/144Hz display a lot more expensive than a 120/144Hz (twice as much on average).
The most common display you’ll find on gaming laptops under 700$ are the 60Hz IPS FHD display or the 60Hz TN FHD display. It is very unlikely to find a 120Hz display 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: MSI GF63 THIN 9SCX-005
Core i5 9300H ~ 250$
1650GTX ~ 240$
8GB RAM ~ 30$
SSD ~ 40$
Display ~ 50$
Other small parts~ 150$
Laptops sells for 699$.