When people think of ‘gaming’ laptops they immediately picture massive computer systems costing thousands and thousands of dollars. In today’s world you do not have to take a second mortgage on a house to purchase a standard laptop capable of running games. The normal divide between systems build for gaming and everything else is not the processor speed; it is the video set, more specifically, whether or not the system has a dedicated graphics chipset. While getting your hands on a laptop for under a $1000 that has all maxed out specifications is not going to happen today, there are systems for people that with max budgets of $1000.
When dealing with a budget, it is all about compromise. What specifications can you reduce, thus lowering the price, and still get a system that will ‘game’ without driving you crazy? Some things to consider when looking at computer specs are: 1. maxed out CPU speeds are not necessary, as the graphics capability will be stressed more than the processor. 2. While 4GB is the norm in today’s laptops, do not go below this number attempting to save money. 3. Displays usually come in 15.6 or 17 inch size and full HD displays may be hard to find for under $1000, but not impossible.
The Lenovo IdeaPad Y510P is a compromise gaming system for under $1000 without much compromising. Sporting Intel’s Core i7 (2.4 GHz) CPU and NVIDIA GeForce GT750M graphics card will please the average gamer. The Y510P comes standard with 8GB of RAM and even has full HD with 1920×1080 resolution. The main compromise the Y510P requires from the average gamer comes in the form of the 15.6 inch screen, but for $899 you cannot have everything right? The Lenovo Y510P does not have the best reputation for battery life and this machine is not exception, but if gaming is your primary reason for purchasing this laptop, chances are good that you have a plug nearby.
While budgets can pose a problem when looking to purchase a ‘gaming’ system, but if you look for realistic performance expectations without having to compromise much on core ‘gaming’ system requirements, the Y510P could be right for you.