In times of social distancing, people are looking for ways to entertain themselves at home. One such as activity is PC gaming. Indeed, PC gaming platform Steam reports that they have over 20 million active users every day. This is the highest number Steam has seen in their years of operation. A lot of this year’s top games like Fall Guys and Valorant are also PC based.
If you want to get in on the action, then you’re going to need decent equipment. Yet with many people now using laptops as their primary computer there is a preconception that you have to shell out for a good gaming laptop. That is not true, as they don’t have to be that expensive. So with that in mind, here are four budget gaming laptops you can consider.
Acer Nitro Pro
The Nitro Pro is an $800 gaming laptop that offers a powerful AMD Ryzen 5-4600H processor, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM, and up to 256GB SSD. Its biggest selling point is its battery, which can last for around 11 hours out the socket. This indicates that it’s best used for computer-heavy games that drain a lot of power like virtual reality simulators or heavy server games like Counter-Strike. Its display is a bit dull, but if you’re not too picky with RGB coloring, then the Nitro Pro will serve you well.
HP Pavilion x360
If you’re looking for a decent laptop, but are highly considering upgrading its specs once you have the extra money, then the Pavilion x360 is your best friend. For $700, the Pavilion x360 is one of HP’s best laptops for powerful games like Minecraft because of its upgradable Intel processor (up to i7), 8GB of RAM, and integrated Intel UHD graphics (which can be replaced). You can even customize its color and OS, depending on your preference. The Pavilion x360 also supports a 360 hinge and a touchscreen feature, so if you’re playing civilization games or online Pictionary with your friends, it’s very versatile in this regard.
MSI GF63 8RD
MSI’s GF63 model is one of the most powerful budget gaming laptops on the market, with a base price of $699. That’s already an i5 Intel processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. If you add $200, you can upgrade that i5 to an i7. Of course, most PC games like Fortnite and Minecraft don’t really need any more than an i5, especially not if you have an RTX GPU. The reason for GF63’s very affordable price range lies in its plastic build. Fingerprints also stick easily, so you have to wipe it with a microfiber cloth now and then. But in terms of performance, you won’t find a better deal.
Dell G5 15
It’s no secret that graphic-intensive games like The Witcher 3, Grand Theft Auto, and Red Dead Redemption need incredible specs to run at 1080p 60fps. But “incredible” doesn’t have to mean “expensive” with the Nitro 5. It’s a fairly dated model, released about two years ago, so you can get it for quite a steal. For a little under $950, Forbes recommends Dell’s budget laptop for high-resolution games like The Witcher 3. This is because it already has an 8th Gen Intel processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX graphics card. If you need to upgrade your RAM for extra computing power, there’s a single slot open. Its memory also runs on a 1TB HDD and a 128GB SSD, so the graphics are processed faster.
You don’t need to shell out a lot of money if you want to buy a decent gaming laptop. Consider the games that you’ll be playing. Take a look at the laptop’s specifications and see which ones are best suited for your needs.
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