Ultrabook reviews 2014, scoops and comparisons

Best 30 ultrabooks for gaming in 2014

By Andrei Girbea - @andreigirbea , updated on July 23, 2014

Playing games on ultrabooks or thin and light laptops might have seemed unrealistic a while ago, but is a reality these days. Despite their thin and light bodies, most modern ultrabooks pack powerful enough hardware to deal with at least some light gaming.

Picking any device motorized by an Intel Haswell processor (with Intel HD 4400 graphics) allows you to play most games on 13 x 7 resolutions with low details, as you can see from this review. Going higher and picking a CPU bundled with Intel’s Iris graphics (HD 5000 or HD 5100), like the Asus Zenbook Infinity UX301LA, Dell XPS 13 or the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon to name just a few, will push the capabilities ever further. But there’s still so much an integrated chip can deliver these days, so if you’re planning on running serious titles on your ultra-portable laptop, at 19 x 10 resolutions and high details, you’ll require dedicated graphics. And here’s where this post comes in handy, a list of the best gaming ultra-portables of the moment.

We won’t include just ultrabooks in here though, because the standard has very strict limitations. For instance, a computer powered by anything else than an Intel ULV platform is not an ultrabook per-se, even if it is thin enough. That’s why I’ve expanded the circle a little bit, so other portable notebooks that are actually worth your attention could make it in.

Even so, for a device to get on this list, it needs to bundle at least a mid-level graphics chip for the sub-14 inch devices, or a high-end chip for the anything with a 15 inch screen or above. It also needs to be compact, thin and light, it needs to be solid built and last but not least, it needs to have no obvious deal-breakers, no major flaws.

With that in mind, let’s get this started. It’s a long post, but you’d better go through all of it if you want to know what your options are these days. Keep in mind that I’m constantly changing this post in order to maintain it up-to-date, so if you find it useful, make sure to tell your friends about it and share it around, that’s the best way to say thanks for the hard work.

14, 13 inch or smaller gaming ultrabooks

This section is reserved for the smallest laptops with dedicated graphics, with 11.6 to 14.1 inch screens, Intel Haswell hardware (or later) and at least an Nvidia 730M graphics chip (or an AMD equivalent).

The Asus Zenbooks: UX302LG, UX32LN and the UX303LN

I’ve reviewed the Zenbook UX302LG in depth here and if you’ll read the post, you’ll see that there’s little you might not like about this laptop.

It’s sleek (20-21 mm thick, including the rubber feet), light (3.3 pounds), fast (Intel Haswell Core i5/i7 processors, up to 10 GB of RAM, Nvidia 730M 2GB graphics and either hybrid or SSD storage) and can easily handle all the things you will throw at it, including games. In fact, see the clip below if you’re curious how this laptop deals with titles like Crysis 3, Skyrim, Starcraft 2 or Bioshock Infinite on Full HD resolution, with Low details.

Besides these, the UX302LG packs an awesome 1080p IPS touchscreen and can go for about 6 hours of everyday use on a charge, or about 90 minutes of continuous gaming.

Of course, all these don’t come cheap. The UX302LG starts at about $1200, while the top configurations sell for $1700 and up. However, you have the option of buying the base version with the fastest processor you will need and add your own RAM and SSD inside. In other words: there’s room for upgrades with this machine. Unfortunately though, the UX302LG is still not widely available right now, but you might find it online via this link (with some small discounts)

Asus also has two more powerful 13.3 inchers in stores, the Zenbook UX32LN and the Zenbook UX303LN.

The first is built on the same chassis as their popular UX32VD launched in 2012, with a fully metallic body, an IPS FHD screen, Haswell processors and an Nvidia GT 840M graphics chip. However, the UX32LN is only available in Europe and Asia for the time being. See this post for more details about it.

The Zenbook UX303LN is a slightly improved version of the UX32LN, with whom it shares a similar hardware platform: up to Intel Core i7-4710U processors, up to 12 GB of RAM (4 GB soldered+ 1 spare DIMM), 2.5 inch storage and a M.2 connector, Nvidia GT 840M graphics. However, Asus worked on fine tuning the case, which is still mare from metal, but slightly smoother and better finished than the one on the UX32 series. They also added a couple of screen options, as you can get the UX303LN with either a FHD IPS non-glare display, or a 3200 x 1800 px IPS touchscreen.

My detailed review of the UX303LN over here will tell you a lot more about this laptop, including what to expect from it when it comes to games.

Long story short though, the Zenbook UX303LN is definitely a 13 incher to consider. It’s faster than the UX302LG, runs cooler and it’s going to be a lot more affordable, starting at under 1G and going to about $1300 for the top configuration. Last but not least, this one will actually be available all around the planet, unlike the UX302 model. See this link for potential discounts on this UX303LN, a complete specs sheet and user reviews.

As for what to choose between the UX32LN and the UX303LN, well, the two are similar in many ways, with only slight tweaks for the UX303 model, so I’d base my decision on how much each model costs where you’re living. If the UX303 is at least $100 more expensive than the UX32 version, I’d go for the latter.

Gigabyte Aorus X3 and X3 Plus series

If you’re after a top-of-the-line sub-14 inch gaming laptop and don’t mind spending North of $2000 for it, Gigabyte’s Auros X3 line should definitely be on your shortlist.

These will hit the stores in Q3 2014 and for that kind of money you’ll get an Intel Haswell Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 870M graphics with Optimus and dual M.2 storage, plus a backlit keyboard with macro keys and customizable profiles, stereo speakers, a big 73 Wh battery and solid connectivity (Wi-Fi AC, Lan, Bluetooth, 3xUSBs, HDMI, mini-DP, card-reader). All these inside a 23 mm thick body (just under 0.9 inches) that weighs 1.8 kilos (4 pounds).

And did I mentioned the design? Well, these things are going to look spectacular, with a black case and some aggressive cooling vents towards the back, somewhat similar to what Asus has on their ROG lines.

Gigabyte will offer two different versions of this laptop, all sharing the characteristics enumerated above (with slight weight and size differences). The Aorus X3 model will get a 13.3 inch screen with a 2560 x 1440 px IGZO IPS panel, while the Aorus X3 Plus will get a slightly larger 13.9 inch display, available with either a 2560 x 1440 px or 1 3200 x 1800 px IPS IGZO panel.

Long story short, these laptops sound amazing and hopefully they’ll prove to be just as good in real-life. We’ll be able to draw final conclusions on them in a few months, so stay tuned for updates.

Gigabyte Aorus X3 - the beefiest 13 inchers of the moment

Gigabyte Aorus X3 – the beefiest 13 inchers of the moment

Clevo w230ST / Sager NP7330 – POWER!

The Clevo W230ST (also known as the Sager NP7330) is in fact a 13 inch gaming laptop, not an ultrabook, because it is both too bulky and too powerful to get the branding. It weighs around 4.7 pounds and has a 1.25 inch thick body and on top of that, it’s not really the most beautiful device out there either, although that’s subjective (see the video for details).

But it packs some amazing specs, with up to Intel Core i7-4900HQ processors, up to 16 GB of RAM ( 2 x DIMMs), Nvidia GTX 765M graphics and a handful of storage options (one 2.5″ bay and an mSATA spate port). Besides these, you can get a Full HD AHVA matte screen on this laptop, a big 63 Wh battery, a nice keyboard and all the ports you might want on a gaming machine (4 x USB, VGA, HDMI, LAN).

But the best part about this Clevo/Sager is the ability to configure your own unit with exactly what you want in it, on various reseller websites (search for the model in Google and you’ll find them). The ugly part is the high-price of the high-end configurations (although this is far from being overpriced, considering what you’re getting for the money), and the fact that most stores don’t ship this worldwide, so you might actually have a hard time getting the W230ST in your country.

Long story short though, if you want a capable gaming machine with a compact foot-print, you won’t find anything more powerful than this one right now.

Other 13 inchers worth considering are the:

  • Samsung Series 7 Ultra – Intel IvyBridge ULV processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, AMD Radeon 8550M / 8570M  graphics;
  • Asus Vivobook S301LB / Q301LB (check out my full review over here) – Intel Haswell ULV processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, AMD Radeon Mobility 8530G graphics.

Acer Aspire V7 482PG – bang for the buck

Acer have a bunch of gaming ultrabooks with Haswell onboard available these days in stores, and the Aspire V7-482PG is their top compact model, selling for around $850 (or even less online).

For that, you’re getting an Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 8 GB of RAM, a 1 TB HDD and Nvidia 750M graphics, with Core i7 configurations being available as well. And that makes the V7 quite beefy for a 14 incher and able to handle fine both everyday activities and the latest games, as the 750M chip is something you’ll usually find on multimedia full-size laptops.

The Acer Aspire V7 482PG is also nicely built, with an aluminum body, packs a fair selection of ports on the sides and a decent backlit keyboard. It weighs about 4.4 pounds, so it is portable, but with its 0.9 inch thick case, it’s a bit outside the ultrabook standards. Even so, I doubt you’ll actually be bothered by that 0.1 of an inch difference.

On the other hand, there’s only a 14 inch 1366 x 768 px display on this unit, a touchscreen, but rather mediocre by today’s standards when it comes pixel density, colors or viewing angles. The battery life isn’t something to tell you grandsons about either, with the 482PG being able to last an average of 5 hours on a charge, with daily use, and on top of that, Asus does bundle a lot of preinstalled software on this machine, which you’ll have to remove yourself.

Even so, for the price, the V7 482PG is for sure something to consider, that if you don’t mind the poor screen and the rather bulky body.

The Acer Aspire V7 is sleek and fairly punchy, but the poor screen drags it down

The Acer Aspire V7 is sleek and punchy, but the poor screen might steer you away from it

Gigabyte P34G v2 and U24F/U24T

The P34G v2 (the 2014 iteration, also known as the P34Gv2-CF2 model) is an impressive 14 inch ultra-portable.

It’s about 0.8 of an inch thick and weighs between 3.6 and 3.8 lbs, which is impressive for a 14 incher. Even more when you’ll hear what you’ll be getting inside this compact aluminum body: a FullHD AHVA non-glare panel (similar to IPS panels), a Haswell Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM (2 x DIMMs), dual-storage options (for the models with a smaller 47 Wh battery), an Nvidia GTX 860M dedicated graphics chip and up to 63 Wh battery. In other words, that’s the kind of hardware we’re usually getting on larger machines and I’m glad to see Gigabyte squeezing these inside such a laptop.

The P34G is not flawless though. The laptop’s case is not very sturdy, the trackpad can get jumpy from time to time and the fans tend to be somewhat loud, especially under load.

But even so, you’ll get great specs in a compact device with the Gigabyte P34G v2, and all for a good price. A Core i7-4710HQ / 8 GB of RAM / 128 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD configuration retails these days for around $1550, and you might find it slightly discounted online as well.

The original version of the P34G (P34G-CF1) was similar in most ways to this newer model, but only offered Nvidia 750M graphics. You can still get it for roughly $1300 these days.

Top specs in a compact body, that's what you'll get with the Gigabyte P34G v2

Top specs in a compact body, that’s what you’ll get with the Gigabyte P34G v2

Gigabyte also has the U24F laptop on the market, which is indeed an ultrabook, a snipped version of the P34G. This one is also a 14 incher as well, but with a 1600 x 900 px TN non-glare screen and bundles Haswell ULV Core i5 and i7 processors (not HQ CPUs like the P34), an Nvidia 750M graphics chip, up to 16 GB of RAM, dual-storage options and a 47 Wh battery, all inside a 0.9 inch thick 3.7 pounds body. All these for about $1300, but the U24F has been discontinued recently and you might have a hard-time finding it in stores.

The Gigabyte U24T is identical to the U24F in terms of hardware and features, but packs a 1366 x 768 px touch-screen instead. That makes it marginally thicker and heavier than the U24F, and at the same time slightly more expensive.

Razer Blade 14 2014 – sleek and fast

The Blade is not an ultrabook per-se either, as, like the Gigabyte P34G above, bundles Intel HQ hardware. But it is actually a step up from the P34.

On the outside, the Razer Blade looks and feels amazing, with its black aluminum hull, although it has gained weight over last year’s Blade (weighs 4.47 lbs and is about 0.71 inches thick). It also packs 3xUSB ports, stereo speakers and and HDMI, but no card-reader though.

The 2014 version of the Blade 14 is more powerful than before. You’ll be getting an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core Haswell processor with this one, 8 GB of RAM (onboard), up to 512 GB SSD storage and an Nvidia GTX 870M graphics chip. That’s less RAM than on the Gigabyte and fewer storage options, but a superior graphics chip, which will pay-off in games.

However, while the 2013 version of the Blade only offered a 1600 x 900 px TN non-glare display, the 2014 model got a 3200 x 1800 px IGZO IPS multitouch screen. That’s an appreciated upgrade in terms of colors, viewing angles and contrast, but not so much in terms of pixel density. As I stated when I reviewed the Asus Zenbook UX303LN with a similar display, 3200 x 1800 px is an overkill for a gaming computer, given how the hardware is not actually powerful enough to run modern titles at this high resolution. That means you’ll have to lower it down, which translates in fuzziness, or play with font-scaling, which does not always work well in Windows 8.1 (and even worse on the previous versions).

On top of that, the 2014 Blade is only capable of about 4-5 hours of everyday use on a charge, which is about 2 hours short of its predecessor.

At the end of the day, the Blade 2014 is for sure a beast in a compact shell, with a hefty load of premium features. An expensive beast nonetheless though, starting at over $2000, but you can find it discounted online from time to time. See this link for potential price cuts and more details about the Blade.

On the other hand, if you don’t mind settling for an Nvidia GTX 765M graphics chip and that TN screen I was telling you about above, you should definitely look into the 2013 version of the Razer Blade as well, especially since it will be several hundreds of bucks cheaper than the new model. That if you can find it in stock somewhere.

The Razer Blade - a 14 inch thin and powerful gaming laptop

The Razer Blade – a 14 inch thin and powerful gaming laptop

MSI G Series GE40

The GE40 from MSI is another high-specked 14 inch gaming laptop you could look at. Unlike the Razer or the Gigabyte above, it only offers Nvidia 700 Series graphics, but even so, it’s punchy and it checks most of the right features you’d expect from such a computer. It is also light, weighing roughly 4.4 pounds, and thin enough (up to 0.9 inches), which allows it to stand next to traditional “ultrabooks” when it comes to portability.

But the GE40 is not an ultrabooks per-se, as it is powered by an Intel Core i7-4702MQ processor, can take up to 16 GB of RAM and packs an Nvidia GTX 765M graphics chip, plus a dual-storage solution (or one storage drive, plus an optical drive). So specs wise, not much to complain about here, although there are faster 14 inchers available these days.

When it comes to the screen though, this MSI shows its age, as it only offers a 1600 x 900 px non-glare panel and that’s no up-to what you can get on more recently launched machines. The same can be said about the keyboard (which is alright, but not backlit), the design and the gaming temperatures, as the MSI GE40 does get hot under load. You might be able to live with most of these, but for me the screen is a deal-breaker.

On the other hand, the GE40 is rather affordable, with mid-level configurations going for around $1300 these days, so if you’re after a compact laptop that can deliver good performance and won’t leave a huge hole in your wallet, this MSI G Seires 14 inchers might fit well enough.

The MSI GE40 might show its age here and there, but is still a proper priced and powerful 14 incher

The MSI GE40 might show its age here and there, but is still a proper priced and powerful 14 incher

Lenovo IdeaPad U430P / U430 Touch – the affordable option

The Ideapad U430P / U430 line can’t exactly compete with the units above in terms of performance, but if you’re looking for a fairly affordable Haswell ultrabook with decent gaming abilities, it should be on your list.

This series starts at around $750 (and even less in some webstores) and for that you’re getting ULV Haswell Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 8 GB of RAM (onboard), Hybrid storage (a 2.5 inch 7 mm bay and an mSATA slot) and Nvidia 730M graphics, which is only a main-stream solution, but will allow you to run most modern games on 13 x 7 resolution with medium details just fine.  Actually finding the Nvidia 730M equipped model in stores might be a bit more difficult these days, but maybe you’ll get lucky. And keep in mind that the U430p model comes with a 14 inch TN 1366 x 768 px non-glare display while the U430 Touch model gets a similar panel and resolution, but in a touchscreen, and is usually more expensive than the U430p variant.

All these are tucked inside a metal made 4.2 pounds body that’s about 0.8 of an inch thick, and you’ll also like the keyboard and trackpad on this machine, the ports spread around the sides and the rather long battery life (up to 8 hours on a charge, but that varies from one configurations to another).

So long story short, if you’re on a budget and don’t have high demands from your ultraportable, but still want to be able to play some games from time to time, the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 series is for sure a worthy pick.

Update: Looks like the U430 series was discontinued in some regions of the world and a follow-up is soon to be released. I’ll update this section as soon as it is.

Lenovo Ideapad U430p - a proper priced Haswell ultrabook that can handle games fairly well

Lenovo Ideapad U430p – a proper priced Haswell ultrabook that can handle games well-enough

Lenovo Y40

This is a more recent series from Lenovo, also focused on good performance for the money. The basic configurations start at around $850 these days (but you might find it cheaper online), and for that kind of money you’ll be getting an Intel Core i7-4510U processor, 8 GB of RAM, Hybrid storage (1 TB HDD with 8 GB SSD) and an AMD R9-M275 graphics chip, which is roughly similar to an Nvidia 740M solution. So this is not a high-end gaming machine, just something for the casual gamer.

On top of that, Lenovo equips the Y40 with a 1920 x 1080 TN non-glare screen, a nice looking red-backlit keyboard, a decent selection of ports (3xUSBs, HDMI, LAN, SPDIF, card-reader) and a fairly nice looking body for this price range, with an aggressive design and quality materials (mostly plastic, but the interior is covered in a sheet of metal). However, the Y40 is bulkier and not as portable as most of the other 14 inchers in this list, weighing roughly 4.9 pounds and being about 0.9 inches thick.

Long story short, the Lenovo Y40 offers overall good specs and features for the money, but makes concessions when it comes to size, weight and screen quality (packs only a TN panel).

Lenovo Y40 - good specs and features, affordable price

Lenovo Y40 – good specs and features, affordable price

Other 14 inchers you could consider are the:

  • Acer Travelmate P645 – Intel Core i5-4200U CPU, up to 8 GB of RAM, AMD Radeon HD 8750M graphics;
  • HP ENVY Touchsmart 14t – Intel Core i5/i7 ULV processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 740M graphics;
  • Asus Vivobook S451LB / V451LB – Intel Core i5/i7 ULV processors, up to 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 740M graphics.

15 or 17 inch gaming ultra-portables

This section is reserved for the fastest thin and light gaming laptops of the moment. The entry bar is set at Haswell hardware, Nvidia GT 750M graphics or higher (or AMD equivalent), an under 1 inch thick body and again, no major flaws. On top of that, I’ve been looking at 15 inchers under 5.5 pounds and 17 inchers under 6.5 pounds, to keep the suggestions as portable as possible.

MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3K 2PE and 2PC

These are some of the most interesting 15 inchers available right now. There are two GS60 Ghost Pro models, the top-version called the 3K 2PE and the lower-end model called 2PC (or simpler, the Ghost Pro 3K and the Ghost Pro), and they share most of their characteristics, with the hardware and screen options setting them apart.

The GS60s are both about 0.85 of an inch thick and weigh just under 4.4 pounds, but despite that, they offer a good looking aluminum-alloy case, a backlit keyboard and all the ports you’ll want on such a computer ( 3xUSB 3.0. HDMI, mini-DP, card-reader, SPDIF, LAN), plus a 6 Cell 52 Wh battery.

The MSI GS60 packs beastly hardware and top features inside a thin and light body

The MSI GS60 packs beastly hardware and top features inside a thin and light body

The GS60 Ghost 2PE Pro 3K model comes with an insane 2880 x 1620 px 15.6 inch display, with an IPS Panel and a low-glare finishing, while the GS60 2PC settles for a non-glare 1920 x 1080 px IPS display. That aside, the two are motorized by the same Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, can take up to 16 GB of RAM and support dual-storage options (mSATA RAID 0 and a 2.5 inch bay). The top version gets an Nvidia GTX 870M graphics chip though, while the 2PC only gets an Nvidia GTX 860M solution. And while the former is for sure faster, don’t forget that it has to push more pixels if you’re planning on gaming at native resolution. On top of that, it runs hotter, and that’s a problem in a device this thin.

In fact, that’s my only major gripe with the GS60 Ghost line: it gets warm with light use and actually very hot under extended load, and the components inside reach very high temperatures as well (above 90 °C), which might have a negative impact on their lifespan.

So, at the end of the day, the MSI GS60 offers solid performance and top-tier features in a very thin body, with a price tag of $2000 and up for the 2PE Pro 3K version, and about $1800 for the 2PC model, but both versions are available discounted online, as you’ll see from here. Still, are these laptops worth that kind of money? If not for the temperatures, I’d say yes for sure, but given the high temperatures, I’d suggest getting them only if you really want the compact form-factor and don’t mind the hot bodies. And make sure you’re buying extra-warranty as well. Otherwise, you should look at some of the other suggestions below.

 Asus Zenbook NX500 and GX500 – more details

These machines are going to be released towards the end of the year, so there’s not much to say about them for now.

We do know that these Zenbooks are going to have a metallic body, a low profile (under 0.8 inches thin) and reduced weight (under 5 pounds), while packing top features. Among them, there’s a 4K screen (3840 x 2160 px resolution), Asus’s Bang&Olufsen stereo speakers we’ve seen on many of their ultraportables, an Intel Core i7-4712HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM and dual PCI-E storage options. There’s also a rumored 6 Cell 96 Wh battery on these, which should translate in serious endurance, even when running games.

The two models are going to be separated by the graphics solution they’re going to offer, an Nvidia GTX 850M for the NX500 (read my full review over here) and an Nvidia GTX 860M chip for the GX500. On top of that, while the NX500 will keep the standard brushed aluminum looks we’ve been used to from previous Zenbooks (much like the UX51VZ launched a while ago), the GX500 will get a black theme with red stripes, which is somewhat more appropriate for a gaming ultrabook and closer to what Asus does with their N and G series laptops.

Anyway, these Zenbooks are expected in stores in Q3 or Q4 2014, with prices starting at roughly $2000, but I’ll update this section once we know more about them.

Asus Zenbooks NX500 (left) and GX500 (right) - top specs and a high-res 15.6 inch screen in a compact body

Asus Zenbooks NX500 (left) and GX500 (right) – top specs and a high-res 15.6 inch screen in a compact body

Gigabyte P35G v2 and P35W v2 Ultrablades

The P35G v2 Ultrablade is actually the larger version of the P34G v2 mentioned in the 14 inchers’ section. It offers the same Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 gb of RAM (2xDIMMs) and the Nvidia GTX 860M graphics chip, but offers a possible quadruple-storage solution (2 x M.2, 2 x 2.5″ bays), or a dual-storage solution plus a DVD Writer.

There is of course a 15.6 inch display on this laptop, with a 1920 x 1080 px matte IPS non-touch panel, and since the device is larger (weighs 5.1 lbs and is 0.85 inches thick, plus has a rather big footprint, as you can see from the bezel around the screen), there’s also room for a NumPad area on the keyboard and a 75Wh battery (although I’ve seen reports that this laptop will only last up to 5 hours in daily use).

Gigabyte will charge you roughly $1600 for all these, with 8 GB of memory and 128 GB SSD + TB HDD included in this configuration.

If you want a bit more power in your device, then you might to have a look at the P35W v2, which is mostly identical to the P35G, but packs an Nvidia 870M graphics chip and a Bluray burner for $200 extra.

Of course, the biggest concern with these laptops are the load temperatures and noise. From what I’ve seen so far, owners claim that these Gigabyte ultrabooks do get warm under load and you’ll hear the fans spinning, but the nor the temperatures or the noise are really problematic. And that’s the best you can expect from such thin, light and powerful devices.

The Gigabyte P35G and P35W are powerful, thin and light, but not as compact as the other 15 inch gaming ultrabooks

The Gigabyte P35G and P35W are powerful, thin and light, but not as compact as the other 15 inch gaming ultrabooks

Dell XPS 15 Touch

Dell XPS 15 is one of the fanciest devices in here, with a slender 0.7 inch thick aluminum cast body that weighs only 4.4 pounds. But it’s fairly powerful as well.

Dell offers an Intel Core i7-4702HQ processor on their XPS 15, up to 16 GB of RAM, several storage options and an Nvidia GT 750M graphics, which barely qualifies it for this list. And that’s something to keep in mind, especially since this device comes with a 3200 x 1800 px display (a touchscreen, BTW), which means that actually running games at native resolution will require a lot of power. On top of that, the XPS 15 does get quite hot and noisy under serious load, and these are the reasons why this Dell is mostly a good all-rounder that can deal with occasional gaming, and not a proper gaming ultra-portable, like those mentioned before.

So unless you’re planning to do some heavy gaming on this machine, the XPS 15 is going to be good enough for most of you. Specs apart, you’re also getting a good keyboard with this one (nicely spaced, without a NumPad Area), a reliable touchpad, a decent selection of ports (3xUSBs, but only one of them USB 3.0, HDMI, mini-DP, card-reader) and either a 61W or a 91W battery. Considering that both the hardware and the screen are sippy, I’d go for the larger capacity one.

However, that big battery is only available on the higher specced models and those can get quite expensive. In fact, even the base version of the Dell XPS 15 start at about $1900, and for that kind of money you’ll get the CPU and graphics mentioned above, plus 16 GB of RAM and hybrid storage (1 TB HDD + 32 GB cache-SSD). Replacing that with a 512 GB SSD will cost you $300 extra, but most configurations are slightly discounted online, as you can see from here.

Dell's XPS 15 Touch is slender and light, but gaming performance is not its main asset

Dell’s XPS 15 Touch is slender and light, but gaming performance is not its main asset

Acer Aspire V5-573G  and V7-582PG

These should be on your list if you’re on a tighter budget.

The Aspire V5-573G really offers a lot for the money. You can get an Intel Core i7-4500U CPU with 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics and a 1 TB HDD for under $1000 (see this link for up-to-date prices and discounts). It’s true that there’s only an ULV processor on this Acer and the Nvidia 750M is no longer a top-of-the-line solution, but even so, it will do.

The thing is there’s only a 1366 x 768 px TN screen on this laptop, which is one of the reasons why it is so affordable, but that means that you’ll be able to run most games on it on High details.

If however you’re looking for an improved screen and faster gaming performance, then you you might want to check out the Acer Aspire V7-582PG. Roughly $1100 will get you an Intel Core i7-4500U processor, 8 GB of RAM and Nvidia 850M graphics, plus a 1920 x 1080 px IPS display, and the V7 can also be found discounted online.

BTW, both these laptops are fairly portable, with under 0.9 of an inch thick bodies that weigh about 4.8 pounds and there’s not much to complain about their build quality either (metal and plastic are used for the case).

But even so, you’ll be making compromises with these Acers, when compared to those others mentioned before. The looks, the keyboard/trackpad quality or the battery life (expect up to 5 hours of daily use) are just some of those, or the fact that you’re getting regular HDDs with each configuration (but this should not be a concern, as they can be easily swapped for SSDs later on). But let’s not forget that these laptops are a lot cheaper than most of their competitors, and that alone should be enough for most potential buyers.

Acer Aspire V5 and V7 - more affordable gaming ultrabooks

Acer Aspire V5 and V7 – more affordable gaming ultrabooks

Lenovo Y50

This is another affordable 15 incher you could consider these days.

Much like the Y40, the Y50 offers a plastic built body, a good keyboard with a NumPad section(which however flexes way too much), a reliable trackpad and plenty of ports (3xUSBs, HDMI, card-reader, LAN, SPDIF), all in a rather bulky body. In fact, this device barely makes it in this list, with a 0.9+ inch thick case and a total weight of roughly 5.3 pounds, so it’s definitely not as portable as some of the other machines mentioned before.

It does pack nice specs though: a FHD matte screen (with a TN panel), an Intel Core i7-4710HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia 860M graphics and various storage solutions, plus either a DVD or a Bluray unit. On the other hand, Lenovo chose to put a small battery on this notebook, so don’t expect more than 4 hours of daily use with it.

Even so, it’s hard to beat the Y50 for the money. $1100 will buy you the processor and the graphics listed above, 8 GB of RAM and a 1 TB storage drive, which is in fact better than what you’re getting with the Acer V5. And I expect prices to drop in the near future.

Of course, there are a few things you might not like about this Lenovo laptop, like the screen, the body’s lack of sturdiness and the very short battery life, but if you’re mostly after solid specs for as little money as possible, you’ll could learn to live with these and get the Y50 anyway. Or you might go ahead and buy a laptop like the Lenovo Y510p or the Asus N550JK, slightly thicker and heavier, but overall superior options.

The Lenovo Y50 laptop - good specs for the money, but with a few quirks that could make you look somewhere else

The Lenovo Y50 laptop – good specs for the money, but with a few quirks that could make you look somewhere else

There are a couple of other 15 inchers you could consider, like the:

  • Samsung ATIV Book 8 870Z5G – Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, up to 8 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display, 94 Wh battery, 5.2 lbs. This model has a lot of potential and packs a huge battery. It is however difficult to find in stores these days, that’s why it only earned a place in the “others” section;
  • Asus N550JK – Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 850M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display, 59 Wh battery, 5.7 lbs, 1.1 inches thick – this barely gets outisde the requirements because it is a bit thick. But if you’re fine with this, you should definitely check it out. Prices start at around $1100 for this series (see this link for details) and my full review of the Asus N550 line is available over here;
  • Dell Inspiron 7537 – Intel Core i5/i7 ULV CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, 58Wh battery, 5.6 lbs (heavy for an ultrabook!);
  • HP Envy TouchSmart 15 – Intel Core i5/i7 ULV CPUs, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GT 750M graphics, 1920 x 1080 px IPS touchscreen, 5.6 lbs (heavy for an ultrabook!).

Besides these, you should look at all the other ultrabooks from this list of recommended 15 inchers.

A few other 15 inchers you could consider: Samsung Series 7 Ultra (left), Asus N550JK (middle), Dell Inspiron (right)

A few other 15 inchers: Samsung Series 7 Ultra (left), Asus N550JK (middle), Dell Inspiron 7537 (right)

And there are also some interesting 17 inchers I’d like to mention, not ultrabooks per-se, but thin and light laptops in their classes:

  • Razer Blade Pro – the larger version of the Razer Blade mentioned above, this one packs an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB SSD storage and an Nvidia GTX 860M graphics chip, plus a 1920 x 1080 px IPS matte display and a 74 Wh battery, all inside a fairly compact body (0.9 inches thick, weighs 6.5 lbs). On top of that, there’s a customizable LCD screen towards the right side of the keyboard, meant to improve your gaming productivity. The Razer Pro starts at $2300, with only 128 GB of storage, and goes up to $2700 for the 512 GB SSD version, but you might find potential discounts on all available configurations via this link.
    i7-4700HQ
    i7-4700HQ
    i7-4700HQ
The popular Razer Blade Pro

The popular Razer Blade Pro

  • MSI GS70 Stealth - details – a slightly slimmer (0.85 inches thick) and lighter (5.9 lbs) 17 inch laptop than the one above, packs a similar Intel Haswell platform, paired with Nvidia GTX 765M graphics, dual storage solutions (mSATA and 2.5 inch bay), a Full HD non-glare screen and a dedicated gaming-keyboard, designed in collaboration with SteelSeries. The GS70 sells for $1600 and up;
  • Medion Erazer X7611details – this offers the same hardware specs as the MSI GS70, but a 1600 x 900 px TN screen, a poorer keyboard and a different case (marginally thicker and heavier), but at the same time is cheaper than 17 incher mentioned before by a few hundreds of dollars. However, the Medion Erazer X7611 is mostly available in Europe, as Medion is a German company.
  • Maingear Pulse 17details – this is one of the sleekest 17 inchers available right now, measuring under 0.9 inches in thickness and weighing under 6 pounds. At the same time it packs powerful hardware: an Intel Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16 GB of storage. Nvidia GTX 870M graphics and several storage options, plus a matte 1920 x 1080 px display. All these for $2000 and up, which makes the Pulse 17 a solution to check-out if you really need the powerful graphics, as the other 17 inchers in here do not offer the same high-end Nvidia chip;
  • Gigabyte Aorus X7 v2details – the bigger brother of the Aorus X3 and the only device in this list to offer SLI graphics ( two Nvidia GTX 860M chips), alongside an Intel COre i7-4860HQ processor, up to 32 GB of RAM (4 slots) and a quadruple storage sollution (3 x mSATA, 1 x 2.5″ bay), plus a 73 Wh battery. All these inside a 0.9 inch thick body that weighs about 7 pounds. As expected, the Aorus X7 is expensive and the high end configurations will set you back about $3000. But if you want the ultimate gaming ultraportable of the moment, well, this is IT.

The downsides of this monster as the high temperatures when gaming and the battery life. The SLI implementation means that there’s no Optimus on the Auros X7, and that translates in up to 3 hours of light use, which is very low for a device described as “portable”.

Gigabyte Aorus X7 - SLI graphics, powerful CPU and up to 32 GB of RAM on a portable computer

Gigabyte Aorus X7 – SLI graphics, powerful CPU and up to 32 GB of RAM on a portable computer

A quick wrap-up

All in all, there aren’t that many true gaming ultrabooks available in this list. However, there’s a fair number of good gaming portable laptops, most of them just as thin and light, just more powerful, “motorized” by faster Intel full-voltage platforms, and not the ULVs you’ll mostly find in ultrabooks.

So as potential buyers, you’ve got a wide array of options these days, from the portable 13 inchers to the beastly 17 inchers, with prices starting under $1000 or easily going over 2G. And if you haven’t that fits your bill in this post, maybe

In the end, the final choice is up to you. There’s no perfect gaming ultraportable, but there are quite a few that come close. So make sure you know exactly what you want from your computer and pick accordingly between all these devices mentioned above.

Whit that in mind, it’s time to put this post to a halt, but make sure you’ll check this article from time to time, as I’m constantly updating it when new good gaming ultrabooks pop in stores. That aside, if you have any questions or anything to add, drop your comments below. And if you found this post useful, feel free to share it around on Forums, Facebook, Twitter or show it to your friends.

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97 Comments

  1. Luke

    September 12, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Ultrabooks don’t usually have a discrete graphics card built within them. And if they do, their notthe GTX version.

    By the way, I haven’t seen a really slim ultraook like the zenbook prime with a GTX graphics card, correct me if I’m wrong but there’s non right?

    And for those who are just planning to get a gaming ultrabook, I would suggest you get a Haswell powered gaming ultrabook, than an Ivy Bridge. Why? performance difference is not that big but Haswell is more power efficient thus less power consumption and longer battery life.

  2. Cole

    October 10, 2013 at 2:18 am

    Hey thanks for the great info. Very helpful in my research as of late. I’m Still waiting on the Lenovo U430p here in America. I’m aware it has been for sale in European markets for a few months. Best Buy sells a “U430.” It seems to be simply a watered down version of the U430p. It has no dedicated graphics, an i5, and a 900p screen for $650usd. Do you know if they will release the U430p in America with the 1080p, dedicated graphics, i7, etc here soon, or at all? it says on their website “coming soon” which has said that for the past 2 months. lol. thanks.

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 10, 2013 at 8:44 am

      they should, probably by the end of this month. i don’t have any inside contacts at Lenovo US so can’t say much than what they declared publicly.. sry

      • Cole

        October 10, 2013 at 1:09 pm

        Ok I think I’ll wait it out. Thanks for the input.

  3. Clem

    October 14, 2013 at 6:38 am

    G’day mate!

    Just wondering if you can do a review on gigabyte
    u24T-i7. As gigabyte release it as a gaming ultrabook as well.
    Thanks in advance

    • Andrei Girbea

      October 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Hey Clem, I’d love to review Gigabyte products but they are not sold in my country

  4. Donovan

    November 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    The Gigabyte P34G is released and it costs US$1,400 on Amazon. That’s amazing.

  5. Andreu

    November 28, 2013 at 7:19 am

    I’ve been looking for an Aspire V7-482PG-9884 with the specs you mentions and at that price but I’m finding nothing. Would’ve been perfect to find an ultrabook with a 750m for around 800-900

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 28, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Check Amazon’s site, there’s a V7-482PG-6629 for 850 there

  6. Akshay Jumani

    November 28, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    could anyone tell new how the new xps13/11 would be for gaming? I’m talking five games in particular: fifa, Sims 3,GTA San Andreas,RCT and NFS

    • Andrei Girbea

      November 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

      The XPS 13 with the Intel 4400 graphics shoudl deal with those titles, although you haven’t mentioned which NFS and which Fifa. The other games are a bit older, so should work OK at 13 x 7 with medium details.

      The XPS packs a slightly slower 4200 chip, and I’m not entirely sure how well this performs in games, as I’ve yet to test this platform in person

      • Akshay Jumani

        November 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm

        FIFA 10-14 (either will do), NFS underground (an old favorite) will work no doubt, must have games will be FIFA and San Andreas for sure, less like likely to play others,I’m a ps3 gamer and I’d like FIFA on my portable PC(mostly buying xps11), don’t know if PC games support touchscreen

  7. RepublicOfLaptops

    December 4, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    how about msi gs70 stealth?? it have gtx 765 with 8 gb of rams

    • Andrei Girbea

      December 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      That’s another solid pick. And it’s under 1 inch thick. I’ll make room for it in my next update

  8. Peter

    December 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Hi Andrei,

    I have read most of your posts and they were very helpful. I am searching for an ultrabook which is very thin and light and with the following items:
    - i7
    - Win 8
    - 512 GB SSD
    - 13 or 14 inch
    - max 2.2 kilogramms
    - No price limit

    Based on your post and other test I prefer the P34G and the Zenbook ux302. I want to use the laptop especially for games (e.g. wow, battle field latest version) and videos. Can you give me a hint which ultrabook have actual the best performance for games and is still small/thin and has a good display? Or can you give an advice? (no price limit)

    PS: The razor blade is for me no possibility because of the guarantee (I live in europe)….

    Many thanks!!!

  9. Ashwin

    December 28, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Hi Andrei
    first of all amazing article was very helpful in understanding all the products . Ive been searching laptops for my personal use but still very confused could you please help me in suggesting which laptop i should go for .. my config are as follws :

    1.Intel i5 or above
    2.4gb ram
    3.500gb storage
    4. screen 14 inch preferably
    5.Portable and the wifi receiving capability should be very efficient

    My budget would be 1000$
    sorry but was really confused as there are soo many produts out there couldnt decide which one .

    thankyou

  10. Art

    January 8, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Hi there,

    I like your reviews but was wondering where you get your stuff from as certain notebooks you have put through review are not on the market yet especially with some specs you mentioned e.g. UX302LG with dedicated graphic etc.

  11. Alex8008

    January 17, 2014 at 7:34 am

    “Acer Aspire V7 482PG
    On the other hand, there’s only a 14 inch 1366 x 768 px display on this unit, a touchscreen, but not the best in terms of pixel density, colors or viewing angles”

    Mine fancies a 14″ FHD AHVA panel by AU Optronics. And so do almost all these laptops i’ve seen reviewed and discussed on forums in US, Canada and UK. Definitely worth its money, this one. Though here, in Moscow, it was extremely hard hard to find one in silver with i7-4500U, only glamourous pink and golden were available.
    Check out if there’s one available for sale in your region with same screen – it almost keeps up to UX32VD’s, only losing in backlight brightness (280 nit+- vs 350+- in ASUS).

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 19, 2014 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks Alex, I’ll look into it and upgrade that part

  12. aexcorp

    January 19, 2014 at 1:55 am

    I like your lineup, but after much research and time spent testing a few ultrabooks, I found one that I suggest you add to the list above:
    Acer TravelMate TMP645. It’s available in the US, comes with (up to) an AMD 8750M 2gb (unfortunately not the GDDR5 version, but still), an i7-4500U, 256gb SSD, 8gb of ram, all packed into a magnesium chassis and carbon fiber body that’s 0.8″ thick.

    I should add that it gets over 8h of battery in wifi surfing with mid-brightness and comes with a fingerprint reader and vPro and all the tools involved for a pro platform (may or may not be useful for most people here…)

    The real impressive part though, is that it can be found online for less than $1,200 with 2 year warranty (for the above, maxed-out specs).

    Just my 2c!

    • Andrei Girbea

      January 19, 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks, I’ll check it out. Not an ultrabook per-se, since it bundles an AMD platform, though

      • aexcorp

        January 19, 2014 at 6:40 pm

        Ah so to qualify under the “ultrabook” definition, it must have either 1)integrated graphics, or 2) Nvidia graphics?

        That sounds strange, especially now that AMD has an Optimus-like system of its own (Enduro) that seems to work well, ZeroCore turns off any ePCI link when the chip is off, and that we can finally use regular Catalyst drivers for dGPU. Is there any particular reason?

        • Andrei Girbea

          January 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

          No, to qualify as an ultrabook, it needs to be powered by an Intel ULV platform, among others. Graphics don’t matter

          • aexcorp

            January 19, 2014 at 11:16 pm

            Ah OK, well in that case the Acer should qualify (except maybe for its thickness, 0.8″), it runs the i5-4200U and the i7-4500U. Or am I missing something?

          • Andrei Girbea

            January 20, 2014 at 12:50 am

            the s7 does qualify as an ultrabook, but not as an ultrabook suitable for games

          • aexcorp

            January 19, 2014 at 11:38 pm

            And maybe also the lack of touchscreen (I don’t see that as a negative. I’m so sick of people trying to touch my screen to just test it or because they are used to that). I honestly fail to see the point of a touchscreen on a laptop, but maybe I’m just crazy (and a Win8 hater).

          • Andrei Girbea

            January 20, 2014 at 12:50 am

            i’m not a big fan of touchscreens either, although they can be useful

  13. phil

    January 30, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Appreciate the list Andrei, that lenovo u430p looks like a great bang for buck but everywhere I look around it says intel 4400hd ?? where is the graphics card

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 4, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      The u430p is available with or without that dedicated chip. However, the Intel HD4400 version seems to be more common

  14. Chris G

    February 2, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    Hi Andrei,

    thanx for your helpful reviews!
    Are you planning another update? If yes, Could you please then consider also MSI GE40 2OL, I would like your opinion about it.
    cheers

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 4, 2014 at 3:59 pm

      Hey Chris, I will update this post again this month and I’ll look into that MSI as well. Unfortunately though, MSI laptops are hard to come by around here, so there’s no way for me to get it for a proper review :(

      • Chris G

        February 4, 2014 at 9:19 pm

        thanks a lot mate! I know what you mean about finding MSI laptops…

  15. Ryan

    February 6, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Hey Mike,

    I have been using this reveiw over the past months and cannot decide which gaming ultrabook to pick. I need it for college so I need portability, yet I want to game and run demanding design programs for engineering. I am leaning towards the Asus UX302LG but cannot decide if this is the best gaming ultrabook because of its backlight bleeding and warped keyboard plate. I’m looking for a gaming ultrabook with discrete graphics and good battery life and hopefully wireless AC. Please let me know what you think will be best for me and/or any other recommendations of the best gaming ultrabooks out now or coming soon that you would go for. Thanks for all of your help.

    -Ryan

    • Andrei Girbea

      February 6, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Ryan, if you can go for a 14 incher or bigger, you can definitely get better devices than the UX302LG, like those mentioned in the posts. This Zenbook is however the best money can buy in the 13 inch class and below. Acer announced an updates Aspire S3 with dedicated graphics and Haswell, but I haven’t heard much about it lately.

      • Ryan

        February 8, 2014 at 6:20 am

        Thanks for the input Mike, but what laptop, as you mentioned before, of 14- 15.6 in (Don’t like 17 in) ultrabooks would you recommend for me with the same characteristics and specs as mentioned in my previous post? I’m still looking for a slim, battery great, discrete graphics, with wireless AC, and preferably metal design. Thanks again for all you help.

        -Best regards,
        Ryan

  16. Ryan

    February 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    In reply to your comment, is there any other better gaming ultrabooks with the screen size between 14-15.6inches (I don’t like 17 in). I’m still looking for the discrete graphics, long battery, AC wireless, and hopefully thin metal design. What laptop do you think is best for me to look at compared to the UX302LG. Thanks again for your input and help.

    Best regards,
    Ryan

  17. Clevo

    July 8, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Hey is there any laptop with following features similar to Razer Blade 14 inch 2014? but with screen 1080p and not qhd+?

    I wanted to go for Razer Blade 14 inch 2014, but I read the reviews of disadvantages when playing games at 1080pt and that cannot play with full detail in native resolution, so everything remained same but just the screen(gigabyte p34g comes close-well to say exact as I need, except the discrete graphics unit being less powerful but I would still live with it, but its a shame that it is not a touch screen or they dont have a touchscreen version for that model)

    So anything else? any other ultrabook in 14inch range or even 15inch, but please not 17inch thats too big me and not portable for me as I travel frequently.

    Well in addition following would be a perfect feature in a laptop that would make me happy for hardware:

    i7, haswell (not mobile version i.e. not ‘U’ as its very weak and I need 2.7HGZ+)
    Graphics: gt 870m or above( am ok with 860 too)
    screen – touchscreen, 1080p, 360degree rotateable or use like a tablet pc), with stylus would be excellent
    8+gb ram
    ssd only OR ssd+rotating disc mixed(hybrid) for hard disk storage
    very light – at least equal to or under 4 pounds
    good battery – 5+ hrs usage would be nice
    good audio and front facing camera
    does not heat much and not too noisy

    thats all i am looking for.

    Thanks,
    Clevo

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 8, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      No 14 inchers than I know of. The closest is the P34 V2 from Gigabyte, but it packs slower graphics.

      You might want to check out the Aorus X3 / X3 Plus line though, but there’s a higher than FHD screen on that one as well

      There might be some interesting 15 inchers though. I’m currently updating that particular section of the post and adding the worthy 15 inchers, you might want to check back in a few days for suggestions.

      Just a few observations on what you said though. You won’t get a convertible screen on a gaming laptop these days. A touchscreen, yes, but not a flippable or rotating one. Also, under 4 pounds for a 15 incher is not realistic, most 14 inchers with dedicated graphics go beyond that. And the heating part is complicated. The slimmer the device, the less space for the components, thus the hotter they’ll run

  18. Sisyfos

    July 16, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Hello Andrei,

    I have enjoyed reading your reviews and opinions and watching the videos. I used to have one of the machines above: “Acer Aspire V5-573G” – the German version I had had an excellent screen though, not the 1366 TN panel you had on that version you were reviewing. My wife fell in love with the screen and needed a new computer and I could have used a bit smaller one myself. So I ended up buying the Asus UX32LN instead. Your reviews and Notebookcheck have been very useful in finding out in what to use my money: thanks for that.

    This compilation you have above is well done. There are quite a few excellent machines above. These last 2 years have really brought up finally some light computers that I can take on my business trips. In the past the gaming capable computers even looked such that I could never have put them on a table when in a business meeting. Even the battery lives have improved a lot. My old Acer can push easily through a normal work day on battery alone – a few yers back that would have been unthinkable for a machine with its graphical capabilities (Nvidia GF 840M). The future of mobile computing looks bright.

    • Sisyfos

      July 16, 2014 at 9:57 pm

      A small correction. That Acer had Nvidia GT 750 instead of that 840. Almost the same graphical capabilities, but as Acer is already confusing its potential buyers with so many options for the “same” computer model, I do not want to add to that confusion ;-)

      • Andrei Girbea

        July 17, 2014 at 8:14 am

        How much was that V5 with the 1080p screen? Acer laptops seem to hit a nice sweet-spot when it comes to bag for the buck. I just wonder how reliable they are. I have two Acer mini-laptops myself and they’ve been fine so far (one is almost 4 years old now), but I’ve heard quite a few complaining about quality-control issues.

        • Sisyfos

          July 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

          Hello,

          This model from Amazon is currently under 700 EUR. amazon.de/Acer-V5-573G-54208G50akk-Notebook-Technologie-aluminium/dp/B00IEYTYII/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405598921&sr=8-1&keywords=v5-573g

          There are also models around 650 EUR with perhaps fullHD (says in description, but would need to check from Acer model lists to make certain: the Acer models truly are confusing).

          I have had several Acer Computers during the years. The first ones I had, had serious quality issues. This one I have is very nice, but there has been some driver issues with it also when updating to Windows 8.1 and there is perhaps a small screen/driver issue in it (not certain which yet). It is bought from Amazon though and has 2 year guarantee so I am not worried. In summarum, I cannot 100% recommend Acer. It suits me as I know I can always switch it if problems occur and I see that the quality is all the time getting better.

          For the money (under 700 EUR) this computer was unbeatable when I bought it: it has the best looking screen I have seen (absolutely gorgeous matte fullHD), good processor, good graphics, great battery and it is light. I am only making the switch to smaller so I can put a smaller computer in meeting tables when I need to bring put it there to do a presentation or such.

        • Sisyfos

          July 17, 2014 at 12:33 pm

          The Acer model numbers… anyhow I think that the computer in my last link is FullHD (around 80% of websites describe it as such). It is a bit updated from the one I bought. With Acer I would always check the model number and description against Acer’s own description at: acer.de/ac/de/DE/content/search/v5-573g

  19. Daniel

    July 29, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Andrei, I really like the GX500, but don’t think I can wait until potentially Q4 for release. I’ve been using a substitute laptop for the past year, and seriously can’t put off upgrading any longer.

    What laptops are there with the same form factor as the GX500/NZ500, nvidia 7xx upwards graphics card, and full HD touchscreen that is available now/within next 2 months? and is it available in the UK?

    • Andrei Girbea

      July 30, 2014 at 7:53 am

      Hi Daniel, I’m not familiar with what’s in the UK, but you can check out all the suggestions in this post that I just recently updated, so should have most, if not all the available options. The Dell XPS 15 is something you could look, the Lenovo Y50 and some of the Acers. But go through the post

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