Admittedly, there are many reasons why owning a laptop PC is a big plus today. Entertainment, especially gaming on the go, is one of the most common reasons put forward by people as to why they treasure their laptops. However, there is a perception that to own a real gaming laptop you need to have a budget of around $1,000. To show that his needs not be the case, we set about looking for budget laptops which offer good performance with PC games and these six are the ones which showed the greatest promise. The biggest surprise is that they all sell for less than $300!
Pro: A considerably large 15.6 screen offers good value for money
Con: Lacks an optical (CD/DVD) drive
The Screen Will Win you Over: As entry level laptops go, the ASUS X551 with its 15.6 inch screen is a serious contender for the best in the series. It is a bit ‘laggy’ for processor- intensive games but will deliver a faultless performance with Minecraft as well as your average Microsoft Store games as well as Facebook gaming applications. With its 2GHz Intel Celeron processor and 4GB of DDR3 memory it will also offer excellent performance for web surfing and common office applications. The laptop’s 15.6 true HD screen is quite impressive and offers faultless transitions as well as true color reproductions, factors which count for a lot in gaming. It is also bright enough to make it possible to use the laptop even in the glare of daylight.
Pro: 9 hour battery life and lightweight design
Con: 13.3″ Screen is on the tiny side when we are talking pure gaming
Deceptively Robust: A Chromebook is not exactly the sort of laptop which comes to mind when you think gaming, but in this 13.3 inch Toshiba, you have a pretty good contender. The features which make for this are the laptop’s Intel HD Graphic coprocessor dedicated for screen display as well as its excellent battery life. Admittedly, the 1.4GHz Intel Celeron processor and 2GB or RAM (DDR3) is not the exact workhorse specs you want in a pure gaming machine. However, when you consider the number of very powerful flash games you can play on the web; this has to be a serious contender for one of the most pocket friendly laptops capable of gaming in the market.
Pro: Full laptop specs at a notebook pricing
Con: Lacks a DVD drive
5-Star Graphics and Display: Optimized to offer quick response, fast performance and versatility in terms of supported applications, this is a compact laptop which will endear itself to anyone looking to buy a bargain, entry-level gaming laptop. It is powered buy AMD’s 1.8 GHz A6 Quad Core 1.8 GHz processor and enjoys 4 gigabytes of random access memory. This may not be enough processing power for a top level gamer but what the laptop lacks in pure processing brawn it makes up for in terms of top-tier graphics and display capability. It is equipped with the latest generation of Intel HD graphics coprocessor as well as a full HD 15.6 inch screen with a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels.
Toshiba Satellite C55-B5161
Pro: Long lasting and removable lithium ion battery
Con: Lack effective cooling which can be a problem if working with memory intensive activities
Budget Pricing, Imperious Processing: This is yet another laptop which provides incontrovertible proof that you can buy a budget laptop and still enjoy a faultless gaming experience. In terms of internet gaming, especially flash games, this is a very effective laptop. With its Intel Celeron 2.16 GHz N2830 Dual Core processor as well as a robust 4 gigabytes of DDR3 memory, this is a pretty powerful entry level gaming laptop. Where its performance in gaming cannot be put into question is in terms of the display. The 15.6 inch screen would be powerful enough of its own but in this case it is coupled with an Intel HD Graphics processor to ensure quick performance and smooth transitions for fast changing screen action.
Dell Inspiron i3541-2001BLK
Pro: 500GB solid state hard drive offers space and quick access for all your favorite games
Con: The keyboard is not backlit
Bold Performance: Designed to be as versatile as possible, this is a highly recommended laptop for the hardcore gamer. At its heart is an Intel “A-Series” Quad Core A6 2.4 GHz processor coupled to 4 gigabytes of DDR3L SDRAM main memory and a dedicated Radeon R4 Graphics coprocessor. As such, whether you love gaming on the web, from removable storage devices (includes a DVD/RW drive and USB 3.0 ports) or directly from the solid state hard drive (you have 500 gigabytes of it) this Dell Laptop will handle your needs with plenty to spare. Moreover, the 15.6 inch True HD screen will bring all your gaming action splendidly to life.
Lenovo G50 80E30181US
Pro: Comes complete with a Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW optical drive
Con: Some units come affected by the “Superfish” malware
Robust to the Core: Devised to fit into the life of someone who’s often on the travel, this AND processor will ease into your gaming lifestyle with style. It is powered by a 2.4 gigahertz AMD A8-6410 Quad-Core Processor to ensure you are up to speed even when playing the most resource intensive gaming applications. You can also store as many of your favorite PC games in the robust 500GB of SATA hard disk with incredibly fast 5400 RPM read/write speeds.