WE won’t lie: gaming laptops are a hefty investment.
Imagine packing a screen, a keyboard, a decent processor, a beefy chunk of memory, enough hard drive space, and a decent video card — plus a cooling system that can handle all those running innards — into a machine small enough to sit on your lap.
All that doesn’t come cheap. We won’t blame you for wanting to stick with a console.
But a powerful gaming laptop can also double as a very capable productivity machine. Plus, if you don’t mind their size and thickness, you get to play high-end PC games on the go.
You’ll want a dedicated graphics processing unit or GPU, an SSD hard drive, and at least 8 GB of memory. For competitive online shooters like Valorant or Apex Legends, you’ll also want to check if the monitor has high refresh rates (measured in hertz or Hz) so you can keep up with the onscreen action.
Read on for some (relatively) inexpensive dream gaming machines.
Lenovo Legion 5
Launched just this month, the Legion 5 is a sleek, all-plastic machine that packs a good-sized monitor, a Ryzen 5 processor, and a capable graphics processing unit (GPU) for gaming at medium to high settings, depending on the game’s age. For that price, that’s solid.
Specs: AMD Ryzen 5, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB, 512 GB SSD, 15.6” FHD 120Hz display
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3i
Another new arrival from Lenovo. The IdeaPad is usually a work-focused laptop, but the IdeaPad Gaming 3i will allow you to mix both work and play in a very attractive looking package. We wouldn’t mind a round of Red Dead Redemption II on this looker.
Specs: Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 15.6” FHD 120Hz display
ASUS TUF Gaming A17
Paired with a Ryzen 7 chip and a GTX 1650, this gaming laptop should handle even current games like Doom: Eternal at better-than-standard frame rates. Plus, that screen is pretty sizable. However, you only get a 256 GB SSD drive, though that’s paired with a 1TB hard drive.
Specs: AMD Ryzen 7, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB, 256GB SSD + 1 TB HD, 17” FHD 120 Hz display
ROG Strix G15
Another fresh newcomer, the Republic of Gamers brand from Asus continues to deliver the gaming goods, this time with the latest 10th gen Intel chips. Launching in July, the P67k variant of the Strix G15 also comes in a flashy ‘electro punk’ colorway.
Specs: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, 15” FHD 144 Hz display
HP Omen 15
A model from last year, its specs are already matched (or even surpassed) by some of the cheaper items on this list. But the aluminum build, high monitor refresh rate, and overall design finish give this laptop a more “gamer” feel.
Specs: Intel i5, 8 GB RAM, NVidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB, 512 GB SSD, 15.6” FHD 144 Hz display
Is it really a gaming laptop if it doesn’t have a customizable light-up RGB keyboard where you can change the colors on every key? Well, with the MSI GL65, you get that and so much more.
Specs: Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce GTX1650 with 4 GB, 512 GB SSD, 15.6” FHD 60 Hz
Lenovo Legion 5Pi
For an extra P17,000, you can get the 5Pi version of the Lenovo Legion 5, which comes with an Intel chip instead of a Ryzen, a monitor with a higher refresh rate, a bigger battery, and the beefier GeForce RTX video card with 6 GB of memory.
Specs: Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce RTX2060 with 6 GB, 512 GB SSD, 15.6” FHD 240 Hz