Gaming has become quite the national, and international, pass time and hobby, and for some even careers. No longer is it just something that kids and teenagers indulge in. Playing Computer or Video games needs strategy, skills, technique, and most importantly, a really heavy laptop and by heavy, I mean heavy on specifications, not the literal weight, obviously. With Video Games coming up that are realistically able to imitate the strains of real life, the accurate lighting, and shadows, texture, AI, etc, it has become increasingly important for one to own a fairly heavy duty and cheap gaming laptops which can handle all of that and still run the game at decent FPS (frames per second).
Now most gaming laptops are understandably really expensive. However, if you know the right specifications to have in your system, you can at least buy relatively cheap gaming laptops and most reasonable system.
There are a couple of minimum requirements that you do generally need to smoothly run recent Video Games. First, you simply cannot sacrifice on the Graphics Card. You need to get a NVidia GeForce GTC 960M or GTX 965 M graphics card, or an AMD of a similar calibre. Your processor must at least be an Intel Core i7 for smooth play, equipped with at east an 8GB RAM. As for the screen size, battery backup, etc, those are entirely dependent on you and your specific needs. So here’s a list of some the cheapest laptops available some of which meet these criteria, and some which don’t but still manage to offer pretty decent game play.
Top 5 Cheap Gaming Laptops
- ASUS ROG GL552VW-DH71
The ROG in the title stands for “Republic of Gamers.” This is the Asus version of a Cheap Gaming Laptops, specifically marketed for that purpose alone, and this is, what you might call the bare bones version of a gaming laptop, which means it meets all the requisites of gaming, but it does just that. It leaves out some other features like SSD and IPS screen features, which don’t contribute to the smooth running of a video game. It comes in at just over a $1000. This is a good laptop for those on a budget.
Processor: Intel Core i7 Skylake (2.6GHz – 3.5GHz)
Graphics Coprocessor: 2GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GTX960M
Display Screen: 15.6 inches
Memory: 16 GB DDR4-SDRAM
Storage: 1 TB HDD
Acer Aspire E5-575G-53VG
This is one of the best budget laptops for gaming in all of 2016 with the latest technology and specifications. Coming in at just $550, it offers the following specifications:
Processor: 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U (Up to 2.8GHz)
Display Screen: 15.6-inch Full HD Display,
Graphics Coprocessor: NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB DDR5 VRAM
8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
Alienware AW15R2-1546SLV Gaming Laptop
This is an extremely high-end device available at a relatively low price. Alienware is, after all, a gaming laptop, and as such it’s designed for the sole purpose of heightened game play, so it makes sense that even their budget laptop would be pretty great for gaming. Although yes, $1,100 isn’t cheap by the standards of most people, but for a gaming laptop such as this one, you really can’t get a better deal. It has the following features:
Processor: Intel Quad Core i5-6300HQ (2.3 GHz)
15.6 Inch FHD (1920 x 1080 pixels) LED-lit Truelife Screen
8 GB DDR4 Memory
- Dell Inspiron i7559 FHDGaming Laptop
This is another great cheap gaming laptop which can be bought at a relatively cheap cost of $780. It has the following specifications:
Processor: 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6300HQ (2.6GHz)
Graphics coprocessor: 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M
8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
Alienware 13 ANW13-2273SLV for Gaming
This is another great model of Alienware for you. However, the great draw about this is that it is smaller and more compact than the others, with a 13-inch screen, and a sleek-ish build. It’s definitely more convenient during travels. Yet it also packs some serious power. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s a lot cheaper than the other Alienware laptop or any of the other laptops which meet the above-stated criteria for a great gaming experience. It costs just over $900, and comes with the following specifications:
Processor: Intel Core i5-5200U 2.2 GHz with 3MB Cache
1000 GB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
Display: 13Inch Screen, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M with 2GB GDDR5
8 GB DDR3 Memory
These are few cheap gaming laptops that we came across that are heavy feature wise but not that heavy on pockets.