Not sure the supply in UAE, so some general tips.
For reliability: Asus -> Toshibia-> samsung. Dell and sony mid. Acer and HP toward the bottom.
GPU. Try for the NVidia 540m. Better GPUs, but also ups the price. Nvidia has the advantage over the AMD gpu when combined with a SB CPU (ie I5-2410m) as it has better switching between IGP and GPU when switching between 2D amplications (Office/internet) and 3D (games and Movies).
While you are not in the US, when you pick a possible choice:
(1) google a review
(2) Check to see if it is listed @ newegg, if so then check user reviews.
(3) Check the GPU performance for the games you wish to play, Will post a link - just go to the bottom left (Site may take a while to load)
Link for 540m: http://www.notebookcheck.net/NVIDIA-GeForce-GT-540M.417...
On SSD - Do not buy with installed. Pick uip later.
On Blu-ray. Make sure the dvd drive is user replacable. DVD drives are often more failure prone than other parts. Also you can then later replace with a Blu-ray Rom/DVD writer. Cost should be around $100 USD. Have replace the DVD drive in two Tosibia Laptops for Blu-ray drives.
1) You need to use NVidia's Optimus technology to turn off the gaming chip when not in use or else the laptop will be very, very hot and noisy (with poor battery life) even in basic usage.
2) Gaming laptops are very expensive. You need to GOOGLE for benchmarks based on the Graphics chipset that the laptop has.
3) If I build a DESKTOP gaming PC for $1000 it likely performs better than ANY laptop you can buy, regardless of whether it costs $4000 or more. There's simply not enough room inside a laptop for good gaming chips and the heatsinks/fans to keep them quiet.
4) If $700 is your upper budget, you may wish to consider a high-end AMD APU system (see benchmarks) and then choose games that run well on it.
*There are lots of games that are fun and don't need a super powerful PC. Deus Ex #1 is one example. (It's always a good idea to try DEMOS as well).
***Try looking up benchmarks (use the NVidia graphics chipset for NVida, and the APU chipset for AMD).
That Acer Laptop is now deactivated...plus its a bad brand.
The Toshiba has the AMD APU, specifically a low end A8
The CPU performance is weak, but the GPU performance will pants anything intel has at that price point.
I can deal with a little more than $700. Somewhere, max $1,000. Since I'm going to buy, I might as well buy something worth it. The current one I bought is worth $1,500 and it's terrible for gaming ...
@ photonboy: Quote You need to use NVidia's Optimus technology to turn off the gaming chip when not in use or else the laptop will be very, very hot and noisy (with poor battery life) even in basic usage. END Qoute
Not true with Intel SB processor. Unlike AMDs implimentation, NVidia's Optimus works well auto switching between Intel's IGP (for 2 D apps) and the 540m GPU (for 3D apps). , got when neMy system Samsung RF711-S01. I5-2410m, 540m, 8gigs ram (I dadded 4), Blu-ray Rom/DVD-RW, 2 128 gig Curcial M4s (Use the HDD that came with it as an external USB3 BU/storage drive. Bought when newegg had on sell for $750 - Not worth the list price of around $1,000. Upgrades added around $450.
Not sure if NVidia's Optimus works as well with the 550m, or 555m - But AMDs switching is very poor accrose the board. For all around usage and gaming, I'd take the lower performing 540 over a simular (sightly higher) AMD GPU. BUT That is Me.