Finding the perfect budget gaming laptop is like searching for the holy grail—mythical and almost impossible to find. Rather than chance upon the ideal gaming laptop at the most affordable price, it is better to settle with cost effective ones that can run the latest games at the optimal or minimum settings. Surprisingly, these budget laptops can run even the newest games and easily handle the currently popular games like DOTA 2 and minecraft. Though power is a bit lacking in these types of units, their portability will guarantee that travel won’t be a hindrance to any gaming experience.
The generation of laptops today has improved a lot over the 2010 PC that has an i5-520UM processor from 5 years ago. The i5-5300U right now provides 12 times better 3D rendering. This leads to the fact that dedicated graphics cards are becoming less prevalent in laptops. As an example, i3 Broadwell CPU’s have an HD 5500 integrated graphics chip that can run World of Warcraft, DotA 2, Minecraft and Diablo 3.
- HP 15-PO30nr
- ASUS x550ZA-WB11 15.6-inch
- Lenovo ThinkPad E555 20DH002TUS 15.6-inch
- Asus X550ZA-WH11 15.6-inch
- Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E455 14-inch
- Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition 15.6-inch
- DELL Inspiron 15 5000 i5545-2500sLV 15.6-inch
- Acer Aspire E5-551-T5SV 15.6-Inch
- Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P1LM 17.3-inch
- HP Pavilion 15-AB121DX 15.6 inch
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This laptop comes with an AMD A8-5545 quad core CPU and integrated HD 8510G graphics. This unit can run Bioshock 2 and Skyrim in 720p (1280 × 720). With some tweaking with the settings, it can run graphically intensive games on its minimum settings.
ASUS x550ZA-WB11 15.6-inch
This laptop is not primarily built for gaming, but it can provide a decent gaming experience when set in low resolution. It has a Quad-Core AMD A10 APU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and 1TB hard drive that assures a reliable day by day gaming performance. The AMD Radeon R6 GPU dishes out an acceptable frame rate even for new games while running in lower graphical settings. The LED has 1366×768 resolution which gives a decent color contrast.Coupled with the ASUS SonicMaster,it provides an immersive multimedia experience at an affordable price.
Lenovo ThinkPad E555 20DH002TUS 15.6-inch
A presentable and professional looking laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad E555 20DH002TUS is the new addition to Lenovo’s entry-level laptops. The unit is continuing the company’s inclination to provide business-class design units with necessary hardware to accomplish daily tasks inside the office or school. It is made from a solid plastic material with a matte finish taking away the excessive shiny designs applied to high end units while retaining its professional charm. It is powered by an AMD A8-7100 Quad-Core processor and the new AMD Radeon M260DX which allows decent handling of recent games in medium settings. It has a 4GB RAM which can be expanded to 16GB and a 500GB capacity hard drive for storage. Despite the absence of a few features, it is still a professionally made laptop with ample specs for gaming.
Asus X550ZA-WH11 15.6-inch
Good performance and trendy aesthetics is what the ASUS X550ZA-WH11 is all about. While sticking to the budget class of laptops, it provides a value laden package that is hard to resist. Powered by an AMD A10 2.5 GHz Quad Core processor with an AMD Radeon R6, users are given the best laptop gaming experience at this price range – as long as anti-aliasing is disabled. It has 8GB DDR3 RAM and 1 TB hard drive of storage which is more than enough for storing those space hungry games. The Asus X550ZA-WH11 will surely be in that special shortlist of budget gaming laptops that should be considered.
Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E455 14-inch
A lot of people may think that this is another ThinkPad, but Lenovo’s ThinkPad Edge E455 14-inch is a tweaked up portable laptop by Computer Upgrade King for Amazon and is offered with a full 1 year manufacturer’s warranty with an additional 3 year warranty on all upgrades! It runs by an AMD A6-7000 2.2GHz Dual Core Processor and a buffed up 16 GB DDR3 RAM which supplements its lightning fast 250GB solid state drive. Though the ThinkPad Edge E455 is far from perfect, it guaranteedto run almost any game in a conservative graphics settings.
Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition 15.6-inch
Dell is well known for providing consumers with professional machines at an affordable price. The Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition is powered by a Quad-core Intel Core i5 CPU with 8GB of DDR3 RAM. It has 1TB Hard Disk for storage and Audio Waves Maxx Audio for a clear and crisp sound. Albeit the integrated Intel HD 4400 graphics is not as robust as the others that was reviewed, it can still run top notch games in low settings.
DELL Inspiron 15 5000 i5545-2500sLV 15.6-inch
With is professional sleek brushed aluminum design, the appearance of the DELL Inspiron 15 5000 i5545-2500sLV seems far from its line of budget laptops, it topples the competitors plastic outer shells. Lightweight and easy to carry anywhere, it carries a Quad-Core AMD APU A10-7300 along with an AMD R6 graphics which shares its 8GB of RAM. It can run modern games in low setting but it can handle older games without any trouble. It runs quietly and smoothly, regular users will love the full keyboard and its 10-key number pad. The multi-touch pad appeals greatly to gamers with its backlight for playing in the dark. With its design and specs this laptop truly presents a real bargain for its price.
Acer Aspire E5-551-T5SV 15.6-Inch
Most Nvidia based laptop present themselves as an overkill and the Acer Aspire E5-551-T5SV gives almost the same features for less than $100. It has an AMD A10-7300 Quad Core processor with its Radeon R6 graphics and 4GB RAM which expandable up to 16GB. It has 500GB of storage which is half of what the higher modelAcer Aspire E5-551-T374 but due to its less demanding hardware, it has a longer battery life of 7 hours. Upgrading the RAM empowers its GPU which runs better than its Intel Integrated processors giving a decent gaming experience.
Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P1LM 17.3-inch
The Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P1LM is thin and portable for a 17-inch laptop. Ergonomic keys with a 10 key numeric keypad, makes it easy to use. The native resolution is 1600×900, giving a clear and crisp image of text and pictures. The laptop ispowered by an Intel Pentium N3700 Quad-core processor with an NVIDIA Geforce GT 820M 2GB graphics card. Its hard disk has a capacity of 500GB with 5400PM for fast game and software storage. An excellent performer at an affordable price, the Acer Aspire ES1-731G-P1LM gives the user the chance to enjoy games with a hefty screen and decent processor speed at an affordable price.
HP Pavilion 15-AB121DX 15.6 inch
The HP Pavilion 15-AB121DX 15.6 inch combines style and lavish multimedia experience in an encased brushed metal design. It has an AMD A10-8700P Quad-core processor with an AMD Radeon R6 graphics 2GB GDDR 3 integrated GPU. Multitasking with desktop publishing applications is a breeze and the average gamer would be satisfied with the range of games that it can run. Though it is not a gaming powerhouse, it can still run the latest games at conservative modes with lower resolution and frame rates making it a great budget laptop.