The Best Cheap Gaming Laptops Under $500:The best budget laptop DELL,HP,LENOVO,ASUS 2017

 

 

the Best Cheap Gaming Laptops Under 500

Welcome to our weekly updated pro guide to the best cheap gaming laptops available for under $500 based on sales, pure hardware power, retailer discounts, professional reviews, and benchmarks.Cheap gaming laptops are as mythical as unicorns in the eyes of most gamers and finding them online can be a real chore. We spend hours of research every week scouring the web for the top mobile game stations and list them right here for anyone on the hunt for a new mobile machine.

These affordable gaming laptops may not be able to play the most modern games on the highest settings, but that doesn’t detract from the glory of being able to game on the move without coming even close to breaking the bank. Either way relative to the amount of games out there (golden oldies and recent titles included) you’d be surprised how the amount of games you can play stacks up against those that you can’t. These budget computers will cruise through popular games like Minecraft and DOTA 2 without breaking a sweat as well as many newer titles.

Our top level guide to the best gaming laptops of 2017 also offers an overview of all budget netbook hardware if you need to compare specs for any laptop.  More power users will want to checkout our guide to the best gaming laptops under $1000 and our guide to the best high-end gaming laptops featuring more good gaming laptops powerful enough to max out more demanding games. If you aren’t a gamer then you’ll want to head over to our standard guide to laptops under $500 for non-gaming laptops or forever hold your peace.

The Best Cheap Gaming Laptops Under $500 – Top Picks

If you are new to computing we suggest checking out LaptopMag’s laptop buying guide for a low down on some questions you should be asking yourself. These gaming laptops are all either currently on special on or are serious bargains in their own right, offering some ball busting deals for the budget mobile gaming connoisseur. Although we’ve tried to keep all our options under the $500, in some cases saving up a bit more can lead to a serious boost in performance, and in these cases we’ve snuck in a few top gaming laptops under $600 to keep your options open if you want the best value for your money in terms of raw performance.

Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG 15.6-inch

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Not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $1000 on a gaming machine. Although priced a bit higher than most alternatives around it’s price range, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is a budget friendly gaming laptop that offers such good value for money hardware at an extremely attractive price it has carved its place as our top pick of the year. The 6th generation Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of RAM will cope with day-to-day tasks with relative ease. While many similarly priced laptops offer the NVIDIA GeForce 940M processor, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is equipped with the GeForce 940MX graphics card.

The 940MX offers 20% better performance than the original 940M and will allow for casual gaming and will run most modern games on low to medium settings while still offering good frame rates. Needless to say, it will trump any integrated graphics units by a mile. While the solid state drive offers lightning fast Windows 10 boot and game loading speeds, the 256GB of storage space is quite small for modern gaming titles. We recommend upgrading to a 512GB or 1TB SSD to increase the storage space while retaining the fast speeds or swapping out.

While many laptops under $600 are still being offered with maximum resolutions of 1366 x 786, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG has a Full-HD display. The display offers good viewing angles, vivid colors and a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080. A big draw card for the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is its amazing battery life, users can expect up to 12 hours off of a single charge while browsing the web or working in Word, although expect that life reduced when gaming.

  • Intel Core i5-6200U 2.30GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Nvidia GeForce 940MX 2GB GDDR3 [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB SSD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • 12 hours battery life
  • 5.27 lbs

Pros

  • SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX GPU
  • Excellent battery life
  • Price
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • Limited storage space
  • Plain design

Summary

The Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-53VG is a budget friendly gaming laptop that offers powerful hardware at an extremely attractive price. The storage space is limited to just 256GB and we recommend upgrading to a bigger drive.

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Acer Aspire E5-573G-52G3 15.6-inch

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The Acer Aspire E5-573G-52G3 has the second most powerful graphics card available in our guide and is capable of handling demanding work-related applications and running most modern games at reasonable settings. However, some users reported issues with a flaky touchpad and too much bloatware requiring a fresh install of Windows as well as an average quality TN display. It features a Nvidia GeForce 940M dedicated graphics which, far faster than the AMD and Integrated chips usually found in most competitors at its price. On the downside, it sports a cheap plastic casing, which seems to be trade off for its powerful hardware.

It features a 15.6-inch matte screen with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080. Despite the high resolution, its TN panel received negative reviews from some buyers for poor image clarity which may be a large drawback for some who might want to up their budget for an IPS display. Powering the E5-573G is a core i5-5200U processor, which is the latest mid-range Broadwell CPU from Intel along with 8GB of Memory and a 1TB HDD. This hardware packs enough punch for everyday tasks and also for rendering most of today’s games at medium settings. Working alongside the 940M is Intel’s HD Graphics 5500 which conserves battery by coming to action while doing regular, less graphics-intensive tasks. The battery life will normally last over 5 hours, but expect it to drop to under 2 hours while gaming.

  • Intel Core i5-5200U 2.20GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Nvidia GeForce 940M 2GB Dedicated [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR3L SDRAM RAM
  • 1000GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 3.5 hours battery life
  • 5.29 lbs

Pros

  • Powerful graphics
  • Windows 10
  • Full-HD Screen
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Battery not removable
  • No Optical Drive

Summary

The Acer Aspire E5-573G-52G3 15.6-Inch packs a powerful Nvidia 940M graphics card, solid build quality and a Full-HD screen with Windows 10 at one of the lowest prices we’ve ever seen for a dedicated mobile Nvidia GPU.

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HP 15-ay011nr 15.6-inch

HP is known for their line of budget laptops, which are popular with budget conscious buyers who are after laptops that offer more than just word processing and Internet browsing. Powered by a Skylake Intel Core i5-6200U processor with Hyper-Threading and 8GB of RAM, the HP 15-ay011nr will cope with everyday tasks and casual gaming with ease. The new Skylake series features the newer and more powerful Intel HD Graphics 520 chipset that will offer users similar performance to the GeForce 820M from NVIDIA.

This means users will be able to run newer gaming titles with acceptable frame rates on lower settings. While older and classic titles will run on higher settings. The GPU relies on shared memory and while the 8GB of RAM is adequate, we recommend upgrading to 12GB or 16GB of RAM to maximize the performance. The Full-HD display offers vibrant colors and sharp details for casual gaming and multimedia. While many laptops under $500 feature a lower resolution display, the HP 15-ay011nr boasts a maximum resolution of 1920×1080. Ample storage space is offered by the 1TB mechanical hard drive, but due to its price users will have to make do with the slower 5400rpm drive speed, But the hard drive can easily be swapped out for a solid state drive or a 7200rpm mechanical drive.

  • Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 Shared [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM
  • 1000GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6 hours battery life
  • 4.73 lbs

Pros

  • Full-HD display
  • Battery life
  • Skylake processor

Cons

  • Integrated graphics
  • Limited storage space
  • 5400rpm HDD

Summary

The HP 15-ay011nr is a great budget gaming laptop that offers a decent hardware for casual gamers.

ASUS X555DA-WS11 15.6-inch

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While not a gaming machine at heart, the ASUS X555DA-WS11 does allow users on a budget to experience games at lower resolutions. Featuring a Quad-Core AMD A10 APU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive this machine delivers great day to day performance. The RAM features an unusual configuration with 4GB being onboard and the other 4GB being standard laptop RAM in a single slot. The AMD Radeon R6 GPU allows for acceptable frame rates for newer games, however they will need to be run at lower graphical settings.

The 1366×768 LED backlit display offers decent contrast and good color representation and together with the ASUS SonicMaster sound makes for a great multimedia experience. The newer generation A10 processor has half the power consumption of its predecessor, meaning a small improvement for the poor battery life. But the drawback of the new A10-8700P processor is that it has a lower operating frequency than its predecessor. ASUS has also addressed the lack of Bluetooth and have added Bluetooth 4.0. The X555DA-WS11 manages to offer great value for your money as well as good gaming performance and stylish looks.

  • AMD A10-8700P 1.8GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • AMD Radeon R6 (Carrizo) Shared [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1000GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.48 lbs

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Good sound quality
  • Great price
  • Ample Storage Space

Cons

  • Lower clock speed
  • Average battery life
  • Maximum 8GB of RAM

Summary

While not the most powerful gaming laptop this machine delivers acceptable gaming performance at a very reasonable price.

Budget Gaming Laptops Under $500 – More Options

Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition 15.6-inch

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Dell has a huge reputation for quality products at affordable prices. The Dell Inspiron 15 i5558-5718SLV Signature Edition is a powerful machine sporting a Quad-Core Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 1TB of storage space and a crisp, clear Full-HD LED-backlit display. The Audio Waves MaxxAudio, which comes standard on most Dell machines, produces rich and immersive sound. The somewhat mediocre graphics are understandable at this price although the Intel HD 4400 is still able to run most games on lower settings as well as Photoshop or other editing software. This is a great machine for casual gamers and professionals alike and currently Amazon are selling it at almost a 50% discount.

  • Core i5-4210U 1.70 GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Intel HD Graphics 4400 Shared [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1024GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 4.25 hours battery life
  • 5.3 lbs

Pros

  • Full HD Display
  • Amazing sale price
  • 10-finger multi-touch
  • Excellent Audio quality
  • Ample storage

Cons

  • Touchscreen unresponsive at times

Summary

A powerhouse laptop with great audio and full HD screen at an amazing price on sale.

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Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH 17.3-inch

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When it comes to laptops under $500 it is usually quite rare to find a laptop that sports a larger 17.3-inch display. The Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH is one of these rare laptops that sports a larger than industry standard 15.6-inch display. Not only does it allow for a more comfortable viewing experience, the larger size of the laptop also makes it more comfortable to work and play games on as you get a larger palm rest. To make the 300-17ISK 80QH more affordable, Lenovo have used a more budget friendly display panel and the Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH only offers a maximum resolution of 1600 x 900. However, you will still be able to enjoy your favorite movies and series at 720p.

The Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU will allow you to play classic games on higher settings, however, games that were released after 2015 will have to be set to low to ensure that your frame rates don’t drop too low while gaming. The GPU should offer similar performance to NVIDIA’s entry-level GeForce 920M dedicated GPU and is intended for the casual gamer. While running titles such as Battlefield 1 or COD: Infinity Warfare is a far stretch on this laptop, you will be able to play titles such as World of Warcraft, Diablo III and CS: Go with decent frame rates.

Powering the Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH in an Intel Core i5-6200U processor and 8GB of DDR3L RAM, which will even allow you to run applications such as Adobe Photoshop with ease. The Skylake processor supports DDR4 RAM, however the motherboard that Lenovo has used will only support DDR3L and this should be kept in mind if you intend on upgrading the RAM to the maximum supported 16GB. If you want to play newer titles and don’t mind a smaller display, then we recommend looking at the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 15.6-inch, which offers a newer processor and a dedicated NVIDIA GPU.

  • Core i5-6200U 2.30GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 Shared [View Framerates]
  • 8GB DDR3L RAM
  • 1024GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 17.3 inch, 1600 x 900 pixels (TN)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 6.61 lbs

Pros

  • 17.3-inch display
  • Skylake processor
  • Faster AC WiFi
  • Price
  • Ample storage space

Cons

  • Integrated graphics
  • Slower 5400rpm HDD
  • Only one USB 3.0 port

Summary

The Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH offers decent hardware for the casual gamer and the larger display is great for streaming your favorite HD 720p media online. However the integrated graphics limit which games the Lenovo 300-17ISK 80QH can run.

HP 15-an050nr StarWars Special Edition 15.6-Inch

This IS the droid you are looking for! HP has made many a Star Wars fan happy with the 15-an050nr Star Wars Special Edition featuring stylish Star Wars dark side graphics on the outer shell and around the keyboard, exclusive Star Wars digital content such as a Kylo Ren BIOS screen and exclusive Star Wars footage. Spec wise it’s no Death Star however it features a decent Intel Core i5, 6GB of DDR3 RAM and a 1TB hard drive. Newer games will run however on lower graphical settings thanks to the Intel HD Graphics 520 but older games should be no problem on higher settings.

The 15-an050nr will breeze through most day to day applications and should be perfectly capable of running even demanding apps like Photoshop or even After Effects. If you are a Star Wars fan and especially a Dark Side fan, the HP 15-an050nr Star Wars Special Edition is a no brainer, and as long as you don’t expect full graphical settings will serve you well.

  • Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz [View Benchmarks]
  • Intel HD Graphics 520 Shared [View Framerates]
  • 6GB DDR3 RAM
  • 1024GB 5400 RPM HDD
  • 15.6 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels (IPS)
  • Windows 10 Home
  • 5 hours battery life
  • 4.6 lbs

Pros

  • Awesome Starwars design
  • Starwars digital content
  • Great price
  • Good performance

Cons

  • Mediocre battery life
  • Sub par gaming performance

Summary

Star Wars fans will love the design and digital content however the Intel integrated graphics won’t run all the Star Wars games on full graphics.

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