Cheap gaming laptops are as mythical as unicorns in the eyes of most gamers and finding them online can be a real chore. We spend hours of research every week scouring the web for the top game stations and list them right here for anyone on the hunt for a new as well as powerful gaming machine. However, there are some game enthusiasts who love to play high-end games but are unable to afford any sort of powerful gaming laptop which cost more than $2000.
But there are some cheap gaming laptops, for those on a tight budget which are affordable ranging from just about $500 up-to satisfying $1500. They may not be able to run modern graphically demanding games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Grand Theft Auto V in smooth 60fps on Ultra settings, this doesn’t detract the contentment of being able to play high-spec game without even getting close to emptying your bank account. These budget laptops can hurtle through popular games like CS:GO & DotA 2 with ease.
Here are my top three picks for the best budget friendly as well powerful gaming laptop which you can afford for just under $1000 :
First on the list is Acer Aspire 15 E5-575G-57D4. Although costing slightly higher than $500 … $580 to be exact, this laptop can run any modern day games you throw at it thanks to its dedicated NVIDIA GeForce GTX 940MX graphics card along 2GB of VRAM which outperforms competing laptop with Intel Integrated graphic units. The E15 offers 1080p max resolution and features latest generation Intel Core i5-7200U – 2.5GHz processor which can be overclocked up-to 3.1 GHz, 8GB of DDR4 RAM and 256GB superfast SSD. Still, storage space is slightly too small for modern games which can take up over 40GB of storage space once installed which can be upgraded to higher storage by spending some extra cash. It also has Full HD display with TN panel which has faster response time and is great for gaming. The E5-575G-57D4 will provide you with 2 hours and 35 minutes of battery life depending on what application you are running. Despite the fact, I’m really impressed with this budget friendly gaming and multimedia laptop that offers a fast SSD accompanied by dedicated NVIDIA graphics.
The next laptop on list is the Dell Inspiron 7000 Gaming (7567). This laptop is not the most powerful machine in the world, but for a starting price of $849 – the specs are pretty impressive. It is packed with modern NVIDIA GTX 1050 ti GPU, which can handle modern games on high settings with ease. The laptop features 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7300HQ Quad Core for base model and Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ Quad Core for upgraded model, 8GB RAM which can be upgraded to 32GB and 256GB SSD that can also be upgraded to 1TB . It is also easy to upgrade with only one screw at the end, giving you access to the internal part of the laptop. I was able to play Battlefield 1 Multiplayer on ultra settings averaging a decent 35-55 fps (well 35 because I live in Nepal and internet speed here is the most F’d up thing you’d ever imagine). The downfall of this laptop is the display. With TN panel, there is serious lack of contrast ratio and had narrow field of view while having to constantly adjusting the screen. In the end, Dell Inspiron 7567 is great for handling daily tasks and run modern games for a budget gaming laptop. It’s not the best laptop, but sure is a great value for the price. Did I mention this laptop has a whooping 10 hours of battery life?!
The final laptop that made the list is Acer Predator Helios 300. The classical design which looks similar to the VX 15 really makes this visually attractive. This laptop features 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor, 16GB DDR4 Memory and recent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 with 6 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. It has a better Full HD IPS screen and a very responsive keyboard action. On this laptop, I was able to play Ghost Recon: Wildlands on high settings with FXAA and MSAA off , exceeding 60 fps easily. The Helios 300 will start at $1299 is a lot for some but getting latest NVIDIA 10-series graphics card with Intel i7 processor , the price is worth paying for and could you for next 4 years or so. It also has around 7 hours of battery life.
Which Laptop to Buy?
If you are on a very low budget, then Acer Aspire 15 E5-575G-57D4 is a good choice for you. If you are a college student, have mid-range budget and also want a machine that can run games smoothly, Dell Inspiron 7567 is a great choice for you. And if you are a serious gamer and don’t have sufficient money so you just fulfill your gaming desire by watching YouTubers like theRadBrad or MKIceAndFire , then Acer Predator Helios 300 is your best option. It’s little but expensive but you are getting a lot for the price you are paying and will even last you for next 5 years till which, you can save some cash and buy high-end gaming laptops like Acer Predator 21X or Razer Blade Pro. But if you are from economically unstable country, just look for sales and monthly installment plans which could make your spending relatively easier and less of a problem!