If we mean gaming laptops, surely it will come in our mind that it must be expensive. But guess what if you really tight on budget and only want to spend 600 dollars or less, actually there are some options available in the market. This option is best for the gamer that doesn’t play latest titles at highest setting or gamer who enjoys older games. Here we try to compile the list and the comparison between each to give you some insight before buying gaming laptops under 600 dollars. For being a good gaming laptop, it should comply these following criteria:

  • Has Core i5 processor or equivalent
  • At least 4 GB of RAM
  • Dedicated GPU, like Geforce GTX 940M, is a standard and common for this price range
  • Full HD screen display ( 1920 x 1080 pixel )
  • 1 TB of HDD

Anything below and we don’t recommend it. After a few research, quite surprisingly there is some good choice and we have found some of the best for good cheap gaming laptops under 600 dollars. Read on, and do some more research if you must.

(update January 17, 2017, edit some section and add amazon item links)

Our Recommendation: ACER E5-574G  

For the price around $540 (until June 2016) This Acer E5-574G has one of the best processor available in this price range, Core i5-6200U @ 2,3 GHz. This processor can turbo boost to 2.8 GHz and has 3MB Cache. It uses the latest 6th gen architecture from Intel (code name Skylake) which are the upgraded version of i5-5200U. For comparison, i5-5200U scored 3,502 vs 3,919 i5-6200U in passmark.

The other specifications for this machine are  NVIDIA GeForce GT 940M graphics (2GB dedicated VRAM), 15.6 inches LED backlit display 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, 8GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM, 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. Nvidia Geforce GT 940M is a mid-lower card from Nvidia. It is very similar with the previous 840M but with 5% higher clock speed. A casual gamer who plays 2013-2014 titles might still be able to play smoothly with 1366 x 768 resolution with low to medium settings. But don’t expect it will perform well on latest titles. You’ll surely get a crappy fps.

The display resolution is very good for this price range because many laptops in this price range only offered HD 1366 x 768 resolution. A 8 GB of RAM is also very decent, and 1 TB of HDD is enough to store your games without worrying to run out of space soon.

This laptop also packed with Genuine Windows 10 64-bit preinstalled which is a bargain consider its final price.

ACER E5-574G Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD 5400 rpm
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce 940M
Card Description dedicated
Wireless Type 802.11A, Bluetooth, 802.11bgn

 

The Other Good Consideration for this price range:

ASUS Laptop X555UB-NH51

ASUS Laptop X555UB-NH51 is also being our recommended laptops for under 600$. The technical specs are very similar with Acer E5-574G, which you can play some older games at lower 1366 x 768 resolution with Geforce 940M. The plus is, this laptop comes with optical DVD+-RW if you still prefer using DVD to install your games. Yes, some of the people still prefer using DVD rather that download it. This laptop also packed with Genuine Windows 10 64-bit preinstalled.

One of the drawbacks, anyway is the battery is not easily replaceable since you would have to open the back of the laptop up. From what one of the buyers said he can tell it is not going to be easy. So, if you okay with that and if you prefer with a laptop which has DVD optical drive in it this is the good choice for you.

ASUS Laptop X555UB-NH51 Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive 1 TB HDD 5400 rpm
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce 940M
Card Description dedicated
Wireless Type 802.11A, Bluetooth, 802.11bgn

 

 

Lenovo Z51 80K601CRUS

Quite stylish laptop with full silver chassis. This Lenovo Z51 80K601CRUS laptop comes with a fast Intel Core i7 5500U 2.40GHz processor, 15.6″ Full HD Display, 8GB RAM, AMD Radeon R7 M360, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 preinstalled. Compare to previous two, this one has a faster processor (Core i7 vs core i5) and pretty much the same specification except the GPU. This Lenovo Z5180K601 has Radeon R7 M360 that is weaker than its competitor GT 940M. According to gpuboss.com in 3Dmark 2011 Graphic test the Geforce 940M comfortably outperform R7 M360 by around 45% better (11,920 vs 8,225, the full test can be found here). So for gaming point of view, despite better processor, we would still recommend Acer E5-574G or ASUS X555UB than this one because of the GPU.

Lenovo Z51 80K601CRUS Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Processor i7 5500U 2.4 GHz
RAM 8 GB
Hard Drive 1 TB
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon R7 M360
Card Description dedicated

 

 

Dell Inspiron 15 i5559

Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 good gaming laptop under 600

A good product from Dell for under 600$ laptop. The Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 has 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.10 GHz), AMD Radeon R5 M335 4GB DDR3, 15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display, 8GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx2), 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive and DVD Drive (DVD/CD-RW).

So the processor is the fastest than all previous laptop above but at the expense of the weakest GPU. In comparison, this Radeon R5 M335 scored 5,921 points in 3DMark 11 graphics meanwhile, Geforce 940M scores 11,920 and R7 M360 scores 8,225. For the operating system, this laptop includes Windows 7 Professional English 64bit with Windows 10 Pro License also included.

Personally, I don’t recommend this laptop for gaming, but if you only play casual games and need a fast processor, maybe this is the good choice for you.

Dell Inspiron 15 i5559 Technical Details

Screen Size 15.6 inches
Processor 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7 6500U
RAM 8 GB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive 1 TB
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon R5 M335
Card Description dedicated

 

 

Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 80Q3002XUS

This one is the lightest between all. The Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 80Q3002XUS has Intel Core i5 6200U @2.30 GHz, Geforce 940 M, 14″ Full HD Display, 4 GB Memory DDR3L, 1 TB HDD. For OS you get Windows 10 Home preinstalled.

This laptop only weight about 5 pounds because of 14″ display, compare to 6-7 pounds for 15.6″ display. There isn’t much difference in performance than the first two (Acer E5-574G and ASUS X555UB) except the memory (4GB vs 8GB). So if you prefer a light laptop and better portability and doesn’t care much about it only has 4GB memory then you could pick this one.

Lenovo IdeaPad 500s 80Q3002XUS Technical Details

Screen Size 14 inches
Screen Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Processor 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5 6200U
RAM 4 GB DDR3L-SDRAM
Memory Speed 1600 MHz
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA GeForce 940M
Card Description dedicated

 

 

So that’s our pick for Good Cheap Gaming Laptops Under 600 dollars 2016, hopefully, now you can get some insight before buy. If you have other idea or question or probably a better choice then let us know via comment below!

If you’re looking for other budget options, see also our selection of best gaming laptops under 700 dollars or best Gaming Laptops Under 1000 dollars 2016.

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