The Good: This gaming laptop under 600 dollars is a powerhouse. AMD Quad-Core 2.5GHz, 8 GB DDR3 RAM, 1000 GB Hard Drive, Windows 8, and a dual GPU setup with dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8650G GPU next to the integrated AMD Radeon HD 8650G.
The Bad: Being a rough 100 dollars more expensive than our number #1, it simply doesn’t deliver the extra graphical performance. In both our tests and the tests of NotebookCheck our #1 was able get the same rendering results as our #2.
The Verdict: Having 2GB of RAM more, 250GB of Hard Drive space more and an extra dedicated GPU is a lot of value for 100 dollars. So keep in mind, this is a great machine. However, in our test it failed to beat the #1 where it counts: In the graphics. So our vote is for the #1.
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Why is the Acer a good gaming laptop for $600?
The Acer is the premium horse in the stable. In our comparison of the best gaming laptops under 600 dollars, the Acer is the most expensive of the bunch. But for good reason. Wrapped in its sleek brushed-metal exterior it looks like a tailored suit, while packing a quad core 2.5 GHz Quad-Core CPU and dual AMD GPU under it. If it wasn’t for the 100 dollar premium, it would have owned the number spot in our comparison.
The Acer Aspire V5-552G-X852 might not have the most sexy of names, but it is sexy where it counts: Under the hood. Being very versatile by design, it carries a quad core AMD Trinity A-series processor clocked at 2.5 GHz, which is supported by 8GB of DDR internal memory. Adding to the joy is the 15.6 inch LED-backlit screen operating at 1366x768, which is fired up by the dual GPU: The dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8750M next to the integrated AMD Radeon HD 8650G.
Being more of a multipurpose laptop than a pure gaming machine, the Acer is a very thin and light machine. Combine this with a full terabyte (1000GB) of hard disk space, a quad core processor and 8GB of RAM and it becomes obvious that the Acer is designed to be more than just a gaming laptop for 600. Other purposes such as some serious video and photo editing are also very capable using this Acer.
Even though this is by far the most powerful machine in our comparison of the best gaming laptops under 600 dollars, it still doesn’t own the number #1 spot. This is due to the fact that in our independent rendering test we found the dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8750M GPU not able to outperform the integrated AMD Radeon HD 8650G GPU which comes as standard in our #1. In regular English this means that for gaming purposes, this laptop is bringing extra hardware to the party that it doesn’t need, but which you do pay for.
What games will you be able to play?
On Minimum Settings: Battlefield 3, DiRT Showdown, Max Payne 3 Ghost Recon Future Soldier, Red Faction: Armageddon, Borderlands 2, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Medal of Honor, Battlefield 1943, F.E.A.R 3, Serious Sam 3, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Fable 3, Diablo 3.
On Recommended Settings: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria.
A magnificent machine. The Acer Aspire V5-552G-X852 carries enough firepower to take on much more expensive systems and comes in a Italian 3-piece designer suit. If you are looking for a versatile machine to use for more demanding tasks outside of gaming, this is a great option. But as far as we conclude, you’re paying for the extra dedicated AMD Radeon HD 8750M GPU which you simply don’t need. Save the cash, go for the number #1, and buy yourself a couple cool games!
The Key Facts:
Processor / CPU: 2.5 GHz AMD A10 Quad Core
Graphics Card / GPU: AMD Radeon HD 8750M + AMD Radeon HD 8650G
RAM: 8 GB DDR3
Hard Drive / HD: 1000 GB
Screen Size: 15.6 Inches
Screen Resolution: 1366 x 768 pixels
Operating System: Windows 8
Weight: 4.4 Pounds
Number of USB 2.0 Ports: 2
Number of USD 3.0 Ports: 1
Battery Life: Lithium-Ion with up to 4 hours and 30 minutes