Is a Used Gaming Laptop Worth It?


– Hey guys, this is Austin. We take a look at a lot of budget gaming laptops on the channel. But today I have something a
little bit different in mind. So this is a 2014 Alienware 13. And back when it came out,
it cost well over $1000.00. Today though, I was able to pick it up on eBay for only five hundred. And ignoring a little
bit of cosmetic damage, what you’re getting here is a surprisingly decent gaming laptop. On the other hand, we have this. The Acer Aspire 5. Now I am a huge fan of this laptop. I’ve already done a whole video on it, and the gist of it is, for $600.00, you’re getting a quad-core processor, Nvidia graphics, 8 gigs of RAM as well as a full SSD. But, does it make sense
to save your $100.00 and get a used option? One look at the Alienware
and you’ll be able to tell that this used to be a
thousand dollar plus laptop. Now it does have some minor scuffs and scraps on the outside, but importantly on the inside
it’s going to be clean. And it’s got all the good
stuff, including a 13.3 inch 1080p panel that looks
surprisingly decent. And impressively this actually even has a Windows precision touchpad. Something that a lot of
even modern computers are barely starting to adopt. Now for the most part, it’s solid. I don’t think it’s all
that thick, or heavy. However, you are going to making a couple of compromises when you buy a used system. Something like the Acer, well you’re just not going
to have to deal with it. The idea of having a brand new laptop is definitely a big advantage. But there also are some disadvantages to having something that’s a
little bit on the cheaper end. So even though Acer was able to cram a ton of high end specs into this guy, it’s sort of at the cost
of some build quality and some design things. So for example, it’s very plastic-y, there’s some like screen flex. And on the right side, instead
of having a USB 3.0 ports, you have a pair of USB 2.0 ports. Now sure, there’s still going to be a USB-C and USB 3 on the other side, but there’s just little kind of cost cutting measures here and there, that do start to add up. But, the important thing to keep in mind is that this is a brand new laptop, that comes with a full warranty. If it comes broken you can return it. Where as with something
like the Alienware, you’re going to be kind of on your own if something goes wrong. On the Acer we’re also
getting a 1080p panel, this time at 15.6 inches. However it is a lower end TN display. And honestly it’s actually my
biggest issue with the laptop. I can live with pretty much
all the rest of the stuff, like slightly flimsy build quality, but the screen is barely acceptable. It would be really nice
if they had an upgrade. And it actually makes
the Alienware display look pretty nice in comparison. Now the keyboard’s going to be fine. You get a full number row,
as well as a number pad, as well as you’re gonna
be getting back lighting. And it technically does have a Windows precision trackpad. But the touchpad itself isn’t so great. What you’re really buying this laptop for, are the really impressive
specs of a $600.00 price point. With the Alienware, not only
are you going to be getting three USB 3.0 ports as well as Ethernet, there’s also going to be
HDMI, mini DisplayPort, as well as the Alienware
graphics amplifier port. Now this is something
that’s actually even found on current Alienware laptops. And you can think of it as an old school version of Thunderbolt 3. So back before it was
easy to be able to put an external GPU, and
connect it to a laptop. Instead Alienware made their
own graphics amplifier. Which you actually can still
find on eBay for around a hundred bucks or so. Now I don’t know if I would
necessarily wanna do it with this particular Alienware 13, but if you ever wanna upgrade with some graphics options, even an older laptop like this does have the ability to do so. Now anytime you buy something used, the price is going to be a huge factor. So, for five hundred dollars we were able to pick up
not only the Alienware 13, but it also came with some key upgrades, including 16 gigs of RAM, as well as a 500 gigabyte
Samsung 850 Evo SSD. Inside you’ll find a dual-core i5-4210U. So this is a Haswell chip from
a couple of generations ago. You can essentially think
of it as an Ultrabook CPU. Not exactly what you wanna
find in your gaming laptop. However, thankfully it
is going to be backed up by some pretty decent graphics. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M. While it won’t make a big
difference for gaming, that 16 gigs of RAM and SSD does make a big difference
for normal day to day use. But when it comes to actual
gameplay on this guy, well the CPU is going to be
a little bit of a bottleneck. The GPU should be capable of some pretty decent modern games. Put the two side by side in Geekbench, and you’ll see the new
eighth generation Core i5 in the Acer Aspire 5, absolutely runs rings
around the Alienware. However, jump over to
the GPU side of things, and it’s actually surprisingly even. So not only in the Time Spy benchmark, but as well as in Fire Strike, you’re going to be getting
very, very similar performance. First up, we have CS:GO. And here we’re running it high at 1080p. Now we’re getting a pretty decent 60 to 80 frames per second here, and this is one of the
easy ways to be able, to tell that you’re not supposed
to walk around a corner. (laughing) CS:GO’s actually a pretty
good game to test though, because while we do have that solid GPU, we’re going to be missing a
little bit on the CPU side. Now CS:GO, even though it’s easy to run at fairly low frames, especially when you get up
in the like the 80’s, 100’s, 150 whatever the case is. It actually is really helpful
to have that solid CPU. But so far it’s actually not too bad. Move over to the Aspire 5,
and on those same settings at 1080p medium, we are
getting a noticeable bump in frame rate. So, right now actually
averaging about a hundred, which is pretty impressive. And I think something
else that’s kinda nice, is that the Wi-Fi chip in this laptop actually seems to be a
little bit more robust. So especially because we’re
kinda little bit farther from the normal point, it actually does smooth out
some of the latency as well. Next up, because it is 2018 after all, we have Fortnite Battle Royale. So, again here at 1080p,
this time at medium settings, we’re getting decent frame rates in the 40’s to upper 30’s That’s not going to be the most smooth playable
experience in the world, but if you do want a
little bit more frame rate, it’s easy to knock down
the graphics a little bit. Or even bump the resolution back down to something like 720p. I’m surprised that I
haven’t really noticed a lot of CPU limitation yet. Now I’m sure this did
have a quad-core CPU, or even a faster dual-core chip, we’d probably be getting
slightly higher frame rates. But it’s actually not a
crazy pairing with this 860M. It does seem to be reasonably balanced. Although I’d like a little more power. Of course if you guys wanna
know more about Fortnite, I actually did do an entire video on it. And how it can run on
pretty much everything from a super high end gaming PC, all the way down to a $200.00 laptop. Well, if you really try hard at least. One of the nice things about Fortnite is that it does actually look nice, almost regardless of what
setting you’re running on. I mean, come on, you
can run it on your phone and it doesn’t look that bad. But here at 1080p, medium
settings, on the PC, we’re getting a pretty
nice looking experience. Move over to the Acer and
with those same settings and Fortnite yet again, we are seeing a slight
performance improvement. So as opposed to being in
the high 30’s and low 40’s, we’re mostly in the upper 40’s here. Not a massive change, but it is something you’re going to be able to notice. If I don’t fall off this cliff. Next up, we have PUBG, a
game that is not particularly nice to lower end hardware. I think this is actually a
spot where we’re going to see the dual-core CPU struggle here. Well that’s not encouraging. It’s able to play the game, I mean we’re seeing
somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 frames per second now, but the stuttering is really bad. It’s weird, I feel like this
game should be playable, but right now, I mean
this is a stuttery mess. Technically it’s running, and I mean, again my frame rate is not too bad. It’s showing like 35, 36 right now. But there’s something
very, very wrong here. Yeah, even reloading the
game on very low settings, restarting everything, we’re still getting that same stuttering issue. Technically this actually
is slightly below the minimum specs for PUBG, so
I guess I can’t be too upset, but come over to the Acer
and we have no such problems. So I did turn the graphics
down to 720p on low, but we’re getting a pretty consistent 45 to 50 frames per second. And thankfully none of those
weird stuttering issues. This is much, much more like it. It’s kind of disappointing, really. So I like the Alienware,
it’s a good laptop, but at the end of the day
you’re probably gonna wanna play games like PUBG. And while, sure, the GPU’s not too bad, I do feel like that CPU does let it down. Don’t get me wrong. I really did wanna like the Alienware 13. But with options like
the Aspire 5 at $600.00, it makes it very, very
difficult to recommend most gaming laptops that
are going to be used. Now this guy isn’t too far off. But the lack of a higher
end CPU really does hurt it. Going new is always
going to be a safer bet. So not only do you get
that brand new chassis, but you get the warranty,
you don’t have to worry about any kind of weird blemishes
on your used laptop. It’s going to be a safer bet. But if you do go used,
my main piece of advice would be, be very careful what you pick. So the idea of going something that’s going to be slightly
newer versus slightly older, especially in laptop terms, can mean a huge performance difference. Pick your choice wisely. At minimum I would go with
a quad-core processor, and don’t skimp on the graphics either. Something like the 860M
inside the Alienware isn’t going to be too bad, but a lot of times with gaming laptops, you can spend a little bit more money to get a lot more performance. So I’m curious, would
you actually ever want to pick up a used gaming laptop? Let me know in the comments below and I will catch you on the next one.

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100 thoughts on “Is a Used Gaming Laptop Worth It?

  1. I bought a second-hand MSI ( 250 $ ) with i7 4710 HQ ; 8 GB Ram ; GTX 860m and i hope i'll be able to run fortnite on medium 50+ fps , GTA V on high 50 + fps.

  2. I recently purchased a used hp omen from a pawn shop. I'm pretty happy with my purchase, it was under a year old and still had 2 months of warranty on it. They were asking 199.99 plus tax but I talked them dont to 195 out the door and got them to throw in a free laptop bag. 7th gen i7, 128 ssd, 1td hdd, 8gb ram, gtx 1050ti. It's not the 4k display but I still think I came out on top.

  3. No, i got one and ITS THE WORST! sometimes (this really often happens) keyboard randomly stop working so i need to restart it, who ever used to own my laptop, is fucking dumb as fuck!

  4. You're probably wanna play games like PUBG ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

    Ok… Sure…

  5. It's Jan 2019…with that being said…
    he better have purchased this used for 500.00 in 2017… For fucking real.

  6. for only 100 dollars more I would prefer the ACER brand new with updated specs and take the hit on the USB ports, IF and only IF the alienware was at least 200 dollars cheaper than the ACER then I would consider picking it up….

    Also with a used system the battery (if not some other component) will most likely be on itยดs last legs considering it is 4 years old adding the cost of a replacement to the purchase and with such a narrow difference in pricing what would the real advantage of buying used be?

    There are scenarios where used is a better deal but this is not one.

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  8. It's funny when you do a small jump when you say "hey guys, this js Austin"๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ btw love your videos and I've been following you for almost 2/3 years. Love and respect from Bangladesh. Peace!

  9. What about the Alienware M14x R2, it's 2 years older, but comes with at core i7 3650HQ ( I think?) and 16 gb of RAM. I got none for$150. How would that compare on paper at least to the Acer?

  10. I just watched a ad for a live action version of Dora the explorers and first off only Nickelodeon would think this is a good idea and also the monkey looks like it was animated in 2008

  11. I just bought a used gaming laptop
    MSI GE60 2QD Apache
    i7 4720HQ @2.6gHz
    8gb DDR3L
    GTX 950m 2gb GDDR5
    Intel HD 4600
    SteelSeries RGB Backlit keyboard
    Dynaudio Speakers
    $498, does it worth it?. I am very delighted with the way the previous owner maintain the laptop with the physical condition still perfect and he never overclocked & do a heavy gaming on it. even the keyboard, webcam & warranty stickers haven't been removed.

  12. I recently got the Razer 15.6 with gtx 1060, 512gb ssd, 16gb ram and 8th gen i7 cpu with 6cores as a open box from Best Buy for only $1071 after tax

  13. Acer has shitty build quality, idk why you would like those aspires. Mine broke after 2 years and 3 days from the time I bought it. My mates had the same issues. All the 2016 version.

  14. Asus fx550j cost me 400 or 430 dollars with gta5, used.
    I5 4200H
    Gtx950m 2gb
    1tb hdd (went to a ssd)
    8gb ram, 4gb is soldered onto the board so I can get 12 if I swap for a 8gb in the 1 slot.

  15. I thought about buying the 15.6" Acer laptop in December but i paid 100$ more for the 17.3" model instead that also includes a DVD burner/drive and the display is a 60hz IPS panel so there was more pluses going for a bigger system and the only difference i noticed is the battery lasts for a good 5 to 5 and half hours while the 15.6" model last about a hour longer.

  16. I'm currently using an Alienware 14 that I got for $50.00 (No that's not a typo, I actually got it for 50 dollars) and it works great! I personally know the person I bought it from (It's my sisters husband, The dude's a complete asshole and thinks he's never wrong and knows everything.).

    I got it so cheap because the moron thought it was broke beyond repair. It ran extremely slow and when you would start the computer it would get stuck in a boot loop unless you pressed F8 immediately on startup and went through a few steps to start Windows. He told me that if I messed with any of the settings/tried to fix it, I would just completely break it (He thinks I'm stupid). Turns out the idiot had messed with the UEFI and Legacy boot modes and changed them. All I had to do was change them back and I fixed that issue.

    As for the computer running extremely slow, the computer had initially ran Windows 8 and I have no idea what the hell he did but he screwed the OS up to the point where I couldn't fix it. I tried resetting it back to factory settings and it did nothing (I mean I literally couldn't reset it, it refused to reset anyway I tried.). There was nothing I could do to fix it. So I ended up just completely removing Windows 8 and I installed Windows 10.

    Cosmetically the computer was disgusting and covered in food but I cleaned it up and it looks alright now. Theres a few scratches here and there but nothing major. One of the keys was missing but I got a replacement. The battery was shot but I replaced it as well. The only other thing that's wrong with it is the CD drive, It accepts CD's and can run them fine but when I go to eject the disc, it attempts to do it but fails. I tried replacing the CD drive, but the drive I ordered ended up being dead. I'm not too worried about it though as I rarely use CD's anymore.

    The computer works great now and since I don't really play games that are graphically intense, the older specs are perfectly fine.

  17. I used to play fortnite on my computer… however, it's a XPS 15 9570. Everything is awesome about it performance wise!… except for the GPU. It is horrible and can play Fortnite alright at the lowest settings. When I say alright though, I mean sometimes it will freeze for a minute. Which isnt good. xP But otherwise, it's an awesome Laptop for 1000$

  18. I like how in the tech world there is no such thing as a great gaming laptop. Every video says (oh not great viewing angles, but I mean itโ€™s only 2,000 bucks) like what

  19. I picked up a used lenovo y50-70 with i7 4700hq and gtx 860m with 1tb hard a few days back for around 300 dollars it's working great all new games run fine in medium setting at 1080p

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