Ultrabook reviews 2014, scoops and comparisons

Best 9 ultrabooks for gaming in 2014

Last updated: January 14, 2014

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

On top of that, if you’re planning on running some serious titles on your ultra-portable laptop, there are a handful of gaming ultrabooks available right now as well.

We’ll talk more about these laptops in this post, about their strong points and their quirks.

Before though, you should know that if you’ll buy any of the newer ultrabooks built on an Intel Ivy Bridge hardware platform (or the newer Haswell), these will be able to deal with quite a bunch of games. The Intel 4000 HD integrated chip is not a beast, but as long as you don’t expect to run this year’s releases or slightly older games on High details, it will do the job. You can see that from the clip below, where I’m running Dirt 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on an Ivy Bridge Core i7 powered Asus Zenbook Prime:

The newer Intel HD 4400 and Intel HD 5000/5200 graphics bundled with Haswell platforms are even faster, as you’ll find out from this review of the Vaio Duo 13, in the performances section.

With that out of the way, if you want to step up the game a notch, you’ll find below a bunch of good gaming ultrabooks.

Asus Zenbook UX302LG – Haswell and Nvidia graphics in a 13 inch ultrabook

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 6-7 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 included as well)

Anyway, the UX302LG is right now the only 13 inch Haswell ultrabook with dedicated graphics available in stores. And you’re best choice for a gaming ultra-portable close to 3 pounds.

Acer Aspire V7 482PG

Acer have a bunch of gaming ultrabooks with Haswell on board available these days as well.

The Aspire V7-482PG-9884 is their top compact offer, selling for around $900 (or even less online). For that, you’re getting an Intel Core i7-4500U processor, 12 GB of RAM, a 1 TB HDD and Nvidia 750M graphics chip. That makes it pretty powerful and able to deal with even the latest games. The laptop is also sturdy and good looking, aluminum being used for the entire case.

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. You can add a rather shallow keyboard to the whole story and not the largest of batteries, but even so, the V7-488PG does offer plenty of things for the buck, so it’s definitely something you should look at.

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

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

Acer TimelineU M5 – a budget ultrabook for gaming

The Acer M5 and many of the other ultrabooks featured bellow pack 14 inch or larger screens and as a result, slightly bulkier bodies than the Asus UX320LG.

The Acer Timeline M5, or the Aspire M5 as it’s known in Europe, is available in 14 and a 15.6 inch versions.

The Acer M5 is cheap and fast

The Acer M5 is cheap and fast

The 14 inch version still packs an Intel Ivy Bridge hardware platform, weighs about 4.2 pounds and uses plastic for a fair share of the casing.  There’s also Nvidia’s 640M LE graphics chip inside. This one sits somewhere between the 630M and the 640M and will allow you to play all sorts of games, even the more demanding ones, like Battlefield 3 for instance, as long as you trim down the details.

Last year’s 15.6 inch M5 packed the same Intel Ivy Bridge processors and a slightly faster Nvidia 640M graphics chip.

The 15.6 inch version of the M5 was completely revamped in 2013 though and this new version bears the code name Acer M5-583P. It received a new aluminum body, Haswell processors and a touchscreen. But the dedicated graphics was cut OFF, that’s why this model does not present any interest in this post.

Anyway, the Acer M5s will only set you back around $700 these days (or even less, if you’re able to catch some price cuts), although prices might differ from version to version. So although the gaming capable version of the Aspire M5 does not pack the latest hardware, it’s still a sollution worth taking a look at if you’re on a tight budget.

Asus Zenbook UX32VD – Ivy Bridge ultrabook for gaming

With a 0.7 inch thick body weighing only 3.2 pounds, the Asus Zenbook UX32VD is one of the most compact llaptops we’ll be featuring here. This is in fact last year’s version of the Zenbook UX302LG mentioned above, with Intel Ivy Bridge hardware and slower graphics.

The sleek body leaves little room for hardware, thus this ultrabook only packs an Nvidia 620M graphics chip, on top of an Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge ULV processor. Even so, the Nvidia chip is two-three times faster in games than that integrated Intel 4000 HD chip and will allow you to run most of titles alunched in the last 2-3 years at 30+ fps, on 13 x 7 resolution and Low to Medium details. Some of the 2013-2014 titles though, like Crysis 3, Battlefield 4, Metro Last Light or other resources-needy games won’t run as smoothly though.

The UX302 goes for about $1200 (but some online shops usually have it discounted), without an SSD, and its performances are somewhat limited, but if you want to play games on a 3 pounds machine… this one is still a good pick, even today.

While not very powerful, the Asus UX32VD is the most compact gaming ultrabook

While not very powerful, the Asus UX32VD is the most compact gaming ultrabook

Gigabyte P34G and U24F/U24T – the faster gaming ultrabooks

Unlike the options above, these Gigabyte laptops offer the latest Intel Haswell processors with Nvidia 7xx gaming chips. That makes them more powerful, more efficient, and at the same time, more expensive than the units mentioned before.

The P34G is a 14 inch laptop with a FullHD AHVA non-glare panel (similar to IPS panels). You can equip it with a full-voltage Intel Haswell Core i7-4700HQ processor, up to 16 GB of RAM, dual-storage options and and Nvidia GTX 760M graphics chip, with Optimus. In other words, that’s the kind of hardware we’re usually getting on larger dedicated machines and I’m glad to see Gigabyte squeezing these inside a laptop that weighs less than 4 pounds and is about 21 mm thick.

The P34G is available in some stores and starts at around $1400, but you might find it slightly discounted online.

The U24F is the more affordable and snipped-down version of the P34G. It’s a 14 incher as well, but with only a 1600 x 900 px LCD screen. On top of that, it bundles Haswell ULV Core i5 and i7 processors, an Nvidia 750M graphics chip, plus up to 16 GB of RAM and the same dual-storage solution.

The Gigabyte U24F is going to be more compact and lighter than the P34G and just like the version above, is available already in some online stores.

As for the U24T, this one is identical to the U24F in terms of hardware and features, but packs a 1366 x 768 px touch-screen. That makes it slightly thicker and heavier than the U24F (still under 4 pounds and 0.9 inches in thickness), and at the same time somewhat more expensive.

The Gigabyte P34G and U24F - two of the most powerful 14 inch gaming machines of the moment

The Gigabyte P34G and U24F – two of the most powerful 14 inch gaming machines of the moment

Razer Blade

The Blade is not an ultrabook per-se either, as, like the Gigabyte P34G above, bundles an Intel full-voltage platform.

It’s marketed as “The world’s thinnest gaming laptop”, as it is only 0.66 inches thick and weighs around 4 pounds.

Inside you’re getting an Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core Haswell processor, 8 GB of RAM, up to 512 GB SSD storage and an Nvidia GTX 765M graphics chip, with Optimus of course.

There’s also a nice keyboard, large trackpad, but only a 14 inch 1600 x 900 px display with a regular LCD panel, that lacks the colors and the viewing angles of an IPS screen.

Hardware wise though, the Blade is a beast and it’s the most powerful 14 inch ultra-portable money can buy these days. And you’ll need plenty of money for it, as the Blade sells for between 1800 and 2300 USD, based on the amount of storage space available (128 to 512 GB SSDs). More details about prices are available over here.

Of course, when looking at such laptops, there is one thing to consider: they will get hot and noisy when running games for hours, which is normal, given the powerful hardware squeezed inside such a tiny body. So it’s up to you to decide if you can live with that, or rather go for something a bit bulkier, but with a more capable cooling system.

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

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

Lenovo IdeaPad U430P / U430

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

It sells for under $750 (and even less in some webstores) and for that you’re getting some ULV Intel Core i5 and i7 processors, up to 8 GB of RAM and Nvidia 730M graphics chip. All these tucked inside a sub 4 pounds body that’s less than 1 inch thick.

You’ll also like the keyboard and trackpad on this machine and Lenovo promises fairly long battery life as well, but on the other hand, the 14 inch HD screen with an LCD panel is not the shiniest gem out there. But at least it’s better suited for games on this hardware, given the lower resolution. Oh, and there’s an IdeaPad 430 Touch version as well, with a touchscreen, if you’re interested in that feature.

Anyway, the IdeaPad U430p, or the IdeaPad U430 as it’s known is the US, is already available in stores and worth a look at.

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 fairly well

Sony Vaio SVS13 – a beefy 13 incher with an optical drive

Sony’s 13 inch Vaio S, or in other words the Sony Vaio SVS13A2W9ES, is not an ultrabook per-se, as it packs a more powerful full-voltage processor. It’s built on an Intel Ivy Bridge processor and you can spec it up with an Intel Core i7-3520M processor, 8 GB of RAM and Nvidia 640M LE graphics, like on the Acer above.

All these inside a laptop that weighs 3.5 pounds and is about 1 inch thick sounds great, don’t you think?

You also get a full set of connectivity options on the Vaio S 13, with a cellular modem included, a 13.3 inch 1600 x 900 px matte display and a solid metallic body, available in silver or black. Last but not least, there’s an optical unit included as well, either a DVD burner or a Blu-ray combo.

All these don’t exactly come cheap, as the beefiest versions of this Vaio sell for around $1200 to $1500. But if you’re willing to cut of some features, you can get it for as low as $800. That if you can find this model in any store, as it’s an older option and is not made anymore.

While not a brand new product, Sony's Vaio S 13 is still one of the most powerful ultraportables of the moment

While not a latest generation machine, Sony’s Vaio S 13 is still one of the most powerful ultraportables of the moment

Clevo w230ST / Sager NP7330

The Clevo W230ST (also known as the Sager NP7330) is not exactly a gaming ultrabook, but it is a 13 inch gaming laptop, so you probably want to know about it as well. It weighs around 4.5 pounds and is rather thick, with a 1.4 inch body. It’s not the most beautiful device out there either.

But it packs some amazing specs, with up to Intel Core i7-4900HQ processors, up to 16 GB of RAM, Nvidia GTX 765M graphics chips and many storage options. Besides these, there’s a Full HD AHVA matte screen, a nice keyboard and all the ports you might want on a gaming machine.

But the best part about this laptop is the ability to configure your own unit with exactly what you want in it, on Ava Direct’s website. Go ahead and build your own computer over there. But how about the downsides? Well, as expected, the Clevo W230ST can get quite expensive and besides that, it’s not shipped worldwide, so you might actually have a hard time getting this unit in your country.

Other from that, if you want a capable gaming machine that’s a bit more compact, you won’t find anything more powerful than this one right now.

How about 15 inch or larger gaming ultrabooks?

Most of the 15 inch ultrabooks available these days feature dedicated graphics, but we’re not going to ge tin depth with these devices here, you’d better check out this article for a more detailed selection of my favorite 14 and 15 inch ultrabooks of the moment.

The Asus U500 is the 15 inch ultrabook for gaming you should check

The Asus U500 is one of the 15 inch laptops you should have a look at

Anyway, when talking about 15 inch gaming ultrabooks and highly portable laptops, I do have several units in mind:

  • the Asus Zenbook U500, the most powerful Zenbook of the moment, with a beefy configurations, a nice Full HD screen and  the aggressive line of all the Zenbooks we’ve seen in the past;
  • the Gigabyte P35Kalready available, with Full-voltage Haswell processors, four storage options (2 x mSata, 2 x 2.5″ drives), up to 16 GB of RAM and Nvidia GTX 765M graphics chip; all these inside a 1 inch thick body weighing a bit over 5 pounds;
  • the Samsung ATIV Book 8, with a large battery, a 15 inch touchscreen and AMD Radeon 8870 graphics, is arealy available in stores and it’s fairly priced;
  • other worthy 15 inch ultra-portables are the Sony Vaio S15 or the latest Dell’s XPS 15, although the later is a bit expensive. But it’s a 15 inch Haswell laptop with dedicated graphics and plenty of features, all inside a 4.5 pounds body.

Besides these though,  pretty much any 15 inch Haswell ultrabook from this list should be worth at least a look.

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:

  • The 17 inch Razer Blade Pro

    The 17 inch Razer Blade Pro

    the Razer Blade Prosome discounts here – the larger version of the Razer Blade mentioned above, this one packs the same kind of hardware, but paired with a larger Full HD screen and a highly customizable LCD pack on the right side of the keyboard, meant to improve your everyday productivity; in other words, this is not just a computer for your spare time, but something you can use to get work done as well;

  • the MSI GS70 – a cheaper, slightly slimmer and lighter 17 inch laptop than the one above, packs the same Intel Haswell platform with Nvidia GTX 765M graphics, a similar Full HD screen and a keyboard designed in collaboration with SteelSeries, highly customizable, and a carefully designed trackpad.

A quick wrap-up

All in all, there aren’t that many true gaming ultrabooks available in this list, mainly because most of these laptops sport faster full-voltage hardware platforms. In other words, they are too powerful to get the “ultrabook” brand, as stated by Intel’s regulations.

On the other hand, there are plenty of thin and light gaming machines that can really deal with games and complex applications.

And if you truly want a machine that can run all the latest titles on high details, those Nvidia GTX 765M options mentioned above will do the job, but they are, as expected, quite pricey.

But at least you’ve got plenty of options to choose from, thin and light ultrabooks that can handle some occasional gaming, powerful machines designed for gaming, or the versions in between.

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’ll update it with more details when new good gaming ultrabooks will pop in stores. Also, 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 to whoever might benefit from it.

Andrei Girbea, aka Mike, Editor-in-Chief and a huge fan of mobile computers. Since 2007, I've only owned smaller than 12.5" laptops and I've been testing tens, if not hundreds of mini laptops. You'll find mostly reviews and guides written by me here on the site.

88 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

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