So you are a passionate gamer? Well, as much as you love gaming and would want to have the best experience in terms of quality, you also need to save money. You may have more options than you thought when it comes to gaming on a budget – that is, as long as you don’t mind being restricted to mainly older games and don’t mind not being able to play any eye popping next generation titles.
Many modern online games also require fewer resources but still offer a wonderful gaming experience. This will work to your advantage especially if you know how to properly configure your in-game settings and have a solid library of old-school game titles at your disposal. Here are our top three laptops that will let you save big bucks and still have a satisfying gaming experience.
- ASUS X555DA-US11 15.6-Inch
If you are looking for improved graphics on a low budget, try this small 15.6″ laptop. It ranks higher than most laptops as far as graphics goes and comes with a remarkable improvement in its graphics horsepower. In addition, it has an AMD A10-8700P quad core processor that makes it a versatile performer.
In fact, at 1080p on medium settings, the A10-8700P APU with Radeon R6 integrated graphics will allow you play older games such as League of Legends, Team Fortress and Counter Strike effortlessly. With the ASUS Premium High Performance Laptop (2016 Newest) you w ill experience smooth gaming.
Again, while it’s true, you can purchase a gaming PC that will provide a better gaming experience for the same price, the disadvantage is that it’s bulky.
It’s quad core processor of 1.8 GHz can be turbo boosted to a striking 3.2 GHz if need arises, meaning, it can perform to the standards of an Intel core i3. On resolution, the ASUS Premium High Performance Laptop (2016 Newest) has a full HD 1080p LED backlit LCD. Even better, it has 8GB of DDR3 RAM of 8 GB, and a 1TB hard drive.
- HP 15-ay013nr 15.6-Inch
HP is known for amazing back-to-school laptops but the 15-ay013nr is another one of the best option to consider if you are looking for a gaming laptop on a budget of $500 or less. The 15.6″ laptop boasts a 6th generation Intel Core-i5 6200U processor with Intel HD Graphics 520 and can support many games on low to medium settings. However, the most important features are the 8GB of DDR RAM and the 128GB SSD. The SSD is what boosts this cheap machine to deliver high-level (ultrabook level) performance.
This laptop has a low voltage “U” processor which may not be the best for running heavy games. However we shouldn’t expect it to run AAA titles at all. Therefore it can easily support games like warcraft and similar games that can effectively run at low settings.
It has a display of 1080p with a fine resolution that will make your gaming experience fabulous. You don’t have to worry in case you plan to multitask thanks to the 8 GB of RAM ready to support you. Amazing still is the battery life that lasts about 8-9 hours on standard usage, thanks to its SSD and U-series ultrabook processor. Lastly, it comes with standard features including a DVD drive, USB 2.0 port, 2 USB 3.0 ports and 802.11 a/c Wi-Fi.
- Asus X540LA-SI30205P 15.6-Inch
The ASUS X540-LA is a 15.6″ laptop that’s super light in weight (approximately 4.4 pounds). The machine is powered with an Intel Core-i3 5020U dual core processor of 2.2 GHz with HD Graphics 5500, and DDR3 RAM of 4GB. It has a 1TB hard drive that aids in storage, therefore there’s plenty of space for movies, albums and photos and even more for software games. However, it is not very fast and it has a 5400 rpm laptop drive.
The good news is that for less than $350, you can get a processor that will run most modern MMO’s and MOBA’s at low to medium settings. Its 4GB of RAM is not adequate for multitasking and may slow down many games, although it’s easy enough to buy an extra 4GB and install it yourself to enhance performance. This laptop comes with Windows 10 Home, so all you need is to power it up and go crazy.
If you plan to multitask, you can consider hyper-threading. It will enable you browse the Internet, play some music, and download a movie while you play a game on your 15.6″ screen (768p). Its battery is exceptional with up to 7 or 8 hours of normal usage on a single charge which is a lot better than most traditional gaming laptops.
Remember, just because you want to play video games, you don’t have to break the bank. There are many great gaming laptops out there that are affordable and will get the job done despite the temptation to only look at the latest and greatest gaming machines. Above you will find just a few of our favorites, but there are many great choices out there. Sure, you won’t be able to run the games at the highest of settings, but at least you won’t have to take a loan out just to enjoy the occasional video game.