More and more video games are coming onto the market that requires large components to be read and played with full quality, but it is very difficult to find an affordable gaming laptop that is capable of doing this.
Therefore, we have set the challenge of finding a portable PC gamer more balanced market without exceeding the set limit. The chosen models do not offer as many concessions and will not quickly become obsolete.
To do this, we have examined certain factors and picked an affordable gaming laptop.
The graphics card (GPU): it is one of the most important elements of the computer, and the one that allows the reading of the most modern video games.
The processor (CPU): You have to invest in a processor capable of running your GPU smoothly, it is highly recommended, and if possible, to go for an 8th generation Core i7.
Living memory (RAM): stores the information that your PC actively uses so you can access it quickly. The multitasking capacity of your computer depends on it. It has to be consistent with the rest of the components: if your processor is powerful, but the RAM does not follow it, it will be useless and your computer will be slow. 8 GB is currently recommended.
Heat management: not by investing in a less powerful GPU and CPU than their combined operation can handle will not release heat. So, check your computer’s cooling system if you don’t want to invest in buying an external fan.
The hard drive: given the characteristics and benefits of current video games, it is recommended to invest in a model that has a partial SSD, which will allow a faster installation and shorter waiting times. An optimal and inexpensive configuration consists of a 256 GB SSD.
The display quality: Full HD is optimal for a 15” screen (the same configuration of gamer laptops). 4K screens, in addition to being more expensive, consume much more power and tend to reduce IPS, which makes the games unplayable if the GPU / CPU is not up to par.
The keyboard: If you buy your notebook PC with a view to gaming, the comfort, and responsiveness that the keyboard offers are very important factors to examine.
Upgrading possibilities: Some short-term savings can be made by investing in a laptop with minimal setup, as long as you can or know how to easily change the RAM and hard drive when they become obsolete.
Mobility: although at first this factor was not taken into account, with heavy models, and with little battery life, today it is more than the important criterion. Thanks to this, many gamer computers are often used for other purposes, such as student laptops.
This is how we selected the affordable gaming laptop
Dell G5 5590
With the Core i7-9750H, a GTX 1050 Ti with 1 TB of memory, 8 Gb of RAM, and a 128 GB SSD, it presents the correct performance for gaming, as well as its power and load times.
It has a matte Full HD screen; however, it lacks luminosity and shows a color that pulls more towards green and red tones. It also does not exceed 60 Hz of cooling. This may be its major flaw, but the backlit keyboard is more reactive, typing as good for office work as it is for gaming.
MSI GF63 8RC
This model presents good general features and completely gaming design. Besides, it is light and stands out for its keyboard and image quality.
Here is a model that, although it is not the best choice as far as the configuration is concerned, it has the merit of differentiating itself from the competition due to its keyboard optimized for gaming.
Lenovo Legion Y540
This model has a great variety of versions and good autonomy. It is somewhat bulky and not the best in terms of contrasts, but it represents an excellent quality/price ratio.
The objective of this gaming laptop is to propose the best quality/price ratio. We have chosen the version that best represents this proposal.
HP Omen 15
The HP Omen 15 small and light notebook PC (2.4 kg). This version, which dates back to fall 2018, is more than enough to enjoy the most recent video games and those not so much.
When it comes to its connectivity, it is quite well supplied: HDMI port, two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.1 port, a headphone/microphone combo jack, an RJ-45 port, and a multi-format SD media card reader. On the other hand, it is worth noting the absence of USB-C.
The Asus ROG
The Asus ROG Zephyrus 14 is known for its performance despite being compact and light. It comes with plenty of RAM and a quality 120Hz 14-inch display, makes for superb, highly portable gaming results.