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Running heavy and intense applications has already moved from desktops to laptops quite a while ago.

Laptops either have an onboard graphics which comes along with the processor or have a discrete graphics card for a far better visual performance. Laptops having a motherboard with integrated graphics can be only sufficient for primary uses such as primarily for email, word processing or web surfing.

A mid-range card such as 1GB can be sufficient for most casual gaming and HD movie viewing. Whereas a discrete high-end graphic card (over 2GB) is needed for people who are gaming enthusiasts and who do lots of 3D graphic work.

A discrete graphic card from either NVIDIA or AMD can be recommended. And the the processor: Intel Core i5 and above should be good.

The best laptops with 1GB graphics card can be mid-size or a thin and lightweight laptop supporting portability and ease of use

The below listed are some of the top-rated laptops with discrete graphic cards from brands such as HP, Samsung, Asus and Toshiba.

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Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch

Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2014)






Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2014)
Apple MacBook Pro(Feb'13)
Lenovo IdeaPad U410
Dell XPS 14(2012)
Toshiba Tecra R950
Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2014)
Apple MacBook Pro ME665LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display
Lenovo IdeaPad U410 (437629U) PC Notebook
Dell XPS 14 (XPS1410909sLV) PC Notebook
Toshiba Tecra R950-SMBGX1 Notebook - Intel i5-3210M 2.50GHz (3.10GHz with Turbo Boo (PT531U005003)
Release Date
Apr 2014
Feb 2013
Jun 2012
Jun 2012
Jun 2012
Installed Video Memory
1024.0 MB
1024.0 MB
1024.0 MB
1024.0 MB
1024.0 MB
13.3 inches, Widescreen, 1440 x 900
15.4 in Retina Display
14.0 in. HD LED
14 in. HD WLED
15.6 in. HD LED
Hard Drive
128 GB, SSD
512 GB Flash Storage
500 GB SATA II, 5400 RPM
500 GB Serial ATA
640 GB Serial ATA, 5400 RPM
Installed Memory
8 GB
Operating System
Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Mac OS X
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
1.4 GHz, Intel Core i5-4260U
Core i7 2.7 GHz
Core i3 1.8 GHz
Core i7 1.9 GHz
Core i5 2.5 GHz
Laptop Type
Thin and Light Laptop
Thin and Light Laptop
Ultraportable Laptop

  • The latest upgrade of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air brings a more powerful Core i5 processor and an astounding 17.5 hours of battery life. It remains our top choice for ultraportable laptops.

  • What was once a luxury ultraportable has become a bargain. For a reasonable $999, the MacBook Air boasts best-in-class battery life, fast performance and an excellent keyboard and touchpad. Plus, OS X Mavericks is easier to use and less of a hassle than Windows 8 when it comes to security updates. However, the flash storage on this Air isn't as speedy as that on the last model.

  • There isn't another computer we know of that's this powerful and also this compact. With a starting price of $2,999, going all the way up to nearly $10,000, it's quite pricey, but for videographers, photographers, animators and other creative professionals, it could be well worth the investment. 

  • There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.

  • Perfect for creative professionals with money to burn.

  • Lenovo's IdeaPad U410 leaves us with a kind of love-hate feeling after the test. It is not surprising since Lenovo devices sway between ingenuity and chaos much too frequently.

    We are awed by the low price, the design, the feel, the good input devices (extremely good touchpad!) and the impression it makes during use. Lenovo does a lot of things right with the aluminum finish and the rounded edges that a Macbook user would wish for after a long typing session.

  • The Lenovo IdeaPad U410 is an affordable Ultrabook that offers strong performance in a striking design.

  • If you're looking for a laptop for back-to-school that's not too pricey, the Lenovo U410 is worth a close look.

  • The Dell XPS 14 expands the company's ultrabook portfolio. Nothing more can be desired from the case, the choice of materials and the workmanship. Also we liked the increased number of interfaces, although a third USB 3.0 port on the right side would have completed the picture. The bonus point of the simple maintenance of the components is small compared to the accessories and the warranty duration of only 12 months. The input devices farther the good image of the housing and the same keyboard can be found in the XPS 15.

  • The Dell XPS 14 is one of the longest lasting Ultrabooks yet and features Nvidia graphics, but the relatively heavy weight and high price give us pause.

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    Without a doubt, the Dell XPS 14 packs some extremely attractive features: the system's JBL speakers are some of the best ever put into a laptop, its Core i5 processor combined with NVIDIA GeForce GT400M provides seriously solid gaming and performance muscle, and its HD webcam captures crisp video and pictures.

  • Toshiba's Tecra R950-11F looks like a dull business laptop, but its plastic exterior is hard-wearing and it's got the fundamentals covered extremely well: a reasonable screen, great keyboard and mouse, and enough power inside to get the job done. Dell and Lenovo offer workstations that do more, but not for at £772 exc VAT.

  • The Tecra R950 is a hefty 15.6in. business-grade notebook with an up-to-date set of security and manageability features, integrated mobile broadband and a solid but understated design. It performs well enough for its market, although we'd prefer a higher screen resolution.

  • Toshiba's Tecra R950 is essentially a replacement for a desktop PC. As such, it cannot match models such as the new ultrabooks for lightweight portability, but it does offer greater comfort, good connectivity, plus better security and easier maintenance for corporate buyers.

Top 5 laptops with 1 gb graphics card:

  1. Apple MacBook Air 13-Inch (2014)
  2. Apple MacBook Pro ME665LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display
  3. Lenovo IdeaPad U410 (437629U) PC Notebook
  4. Dell XPS 14 (XPS1410909sLV) PC Notebook
  5. Toshiba Tecra R950-SMBGX1 Notebook - Intel i5-3210M 2.50GHz (3.10GHz with Turbo Boo (PT531U005003)