5 Affordable Gaming Laptops to Check Out This Summer

I was recently having a discussion with a friend about the best gaming machines and he was persistent that laptops are no match for desktops when it comes to great gaming experience. But you cannot move around or travel with your desktop can you and well an avid gamer cannot live without having a go at his or her favorite game at least once a day so here is a list of 5 of the best gaming laptops.

Acer Aspire V3-572G-54S6

Acer Aspire V3-572G-54S6

Price: Rs. 58,000 approx.

You can play majority of the games on this machine though the setting might have to be tweaked a bit. The machine comes with a Geforce GT 840M 2GB graphics card. It’s a fairly powerful machine and weighs around 5.26 pounds. The processor is Intel Core i5 4210U (Haswell) 1.7-2.7GHz Dual-Core + Hyper-Threading, 8GB RAM and the battery timing is impressive compared to other gaming laptops. The downside is the less than accurate contrast and the viewing angles. The verdict on this machine would be a 2.5 out 5.

HP Pavilion 15 – P283TX

HP Pavilion 15 - P283TX

Price: Rs. 85,000 approx.

The display on this laptop is HD and with a 1366 x 768 resolution you can play quite a few games at various settings. The Pavilion 15 comes with an Intel Core i7 5th Generation 2.4 GHz processor, 8GB RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GT 840M 2GB graphics card. With a slim chassis, crisp sounding BeatsAudio dual speakers and good battery run time, the verdict on this one is slightly better i.e. 3 out of 5.

Dell Inspiron 3542

Dell Inspiron 3542

Price: Rs. 63,000 approx.

Pretty much the same specs as the HP Pavillion, Dell Inspiron 3542 is not for the 24/7 gamer but is good enough to carry along for both gaming as well as work especially if you have to travel a lot and don’t want to lose touch with your gaming persona. Dell Inspiron 3542 is pretty much a budget gaming machine; verdict 3 out of 5.

Acer Aspire E1 572G

Acer Aspire E1 572G

Price: Rs. 75,000 approx.

With an Intel Core i7-4500U chip, 8GB DDR3 RAM, 1TB HDD, and AMD Radeon HD 8750M graphics with 2GB of dedicated DDR3 memory the Acer Aspire E1 572G is the synonym for a budget gaming laptop. Looks wise this might not be the ideal laptop but in this case looks don’t matter, all that matters is what’s inside the hood. Verdict 4.5 out of 5 especially keeping in mind the price.

Asus ROG GL551

Asus GL551

Price: Rs. 132,000 approx.

A power packed laptop which would play any of the current titles on max settings.  One wouldn’t say that the machine is a beauty but it is practical and sturdy with metal deck and palm rests comfortable for long gaming sessions. One downside to the chassis is the singular heat vent and during long gaming sessions that might be an issue. The sound on the laptop is good as you get to hear the minor sounds such as the wind blowing, footsteps or splashes clearly.

One wouldn’t say that the machine is a beauty but it is practical and sturdy

The keyboard is backlit and so is the ROG “Republic of Gamers” logo, which some perceive as ASUS trying to scream to its customers that this is a gaming machine. This is a heavy machine weighing at 6 pounds and the dimensions are 15.0 x 10 x 1.3 inches. When it comes to graphics it comes equipped with GTX 860M graphics card with 2GB of video memory.

The major downside to this laptop is its weak contrast, matt finished screen which to be honest is a disappointment. No matter how much you play around with the viewing angle the picture would still be mediocre. As with all other gaming laptops this one too is a battery guzzler. My verdict would be 4 out of 5 for ASUS GL551 as the price is quite a bit on the higher side.

Note: The local prices quoted are what I came across while researching and these might be below or above what you might get quoted in the market.

  • Please fire who approved this post. Does author really know anything about gaming???? Where is Alienware? Where is razor blade? Where is auors?

    • You should really work on your vision; excluding “Affordable” like MS Security Essentials.

      • All these gpu’s in this post and low to mid range only which can run just casual games. How can author classified them as gaming laptop? There are many better options available with 740m/840m in this price range.

  • and the worst part is most of these are not available in Pakistan with the given specs, what a joke….

  • Wow, that’s some feedback :) so I will try and reply to as many comments as I can. Firstly, all of these laptops with the same specs are available in the market and after checking their availability I gave my ratings/verdict. While these might not be the best gaming machines out there but most of them are surly worth the buck and as I wrote quite a few games work on these laptops, while the heavier titles might not work on these but then we all have our playstations and Xboxs for them.
    Someone raised a point regarding whether these are affordable or not well that is totally subjective :). It was rightly pointed out that the list misses out on Alienware and other hmm what would you call “elite gaming” machines but then these are not readily available in the market as in very few shops carry these machines; if it makes a difference – I did visit quite a few shops for this list. Lastly apologies for hurting sentiments of the gaming enthusiasts here I will certainly work towards refining my research :) and seriously appreciate the honest feedback.

  • Not a good list at all. If Affordable is the main title than laptop prices should not be above 70-80 K and certainly not above 1 Lakh. And what happened to the laptops with Nvidia GT 740 in HP and some other brands too. Looks as if no research was done before the publishing of this article.

  • GTX 860M – play any title on max settings, LOL, badly researched, please check out benchmarks, even GTX 960M cannot play currently titles on medium settings. In fact the first 4 non asus machines are not even gaming laptops, they are junk.

    • Nvidia GT series are not gaming graphic cards, GTX are gaming graphic cards. Why does Pakistan have to be so bad in everything.

  • Laptop with any GDDR5 graphic card will handle games at 30-60 fps on medium-low settings. (if you are looking for budget gaming)

  • my friend recently bought a Lenovo Y50 for Rs 105,000/- its comes with nvidia GTX 860M and a Quad core processor it runs all latest game at ultra settings

  • save some money. Build a custom desktop gaming computer in half of these prices. Other than that you can buy ps3 and xbox 360 altogether in the same prices. Why bother gaming on laptop? With touchpad any game is hardly playable.

    The only reason to buy these high end laptops would be if you work in the field of graphics and animation etc. and your work demands it.

    • I am agreed with noman khan. I have spend and wasted more than 1M almost on gaming laptop.
      Alienware is more attractive but heating problem ….Pakistan summer only best in AC room 24 hours.
      MSI is also best
      ASUS is better than both ….not much problem with parts and os. KOI game bhi nae chori FPS .3PS ..NFS Call of duty battle field mass effect ….Har laptop pe 10 .10 games installed hothi then…

      Laikan When I tried to sell these laptop in lahore Hafeezcenter.
      I was getting around 30 k To 60K for each.
      But finally i got escort man to USA and UK where some one sold my laptops one by one. there were around 7

      According to my experienced …Custom gaming laptop or buy a used Server and add gaming card on it. that is more than even 30k and you can sell it easily.
      Gaming adapter and server separate

      But after the proper job ….responsible home.income generator as alone. after the marriage with baby of 2yrs …

      gaming is not a good idiea….mein nay kuch larkoun ko bhi mana kya laptop lenay ko…jo mujhay usa sa magwanay k bol rahay …thay…Dagray ghar kay thay..

  • just get an alienware. use it for your whole life its always replacable (the gpu and cpu) not to mention the heaps of installable ram

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