When it comes to gaming on the PC platform, the price of entry can be a bit steep, especially if you’re looking to run some graphically intense video games. With that said, we understand that not everyone can toss a couple grand at a gaming laptop. Luckily, there’s a wide range of budget-friendly entry-level gaming laptops.
These laptops will allow players to enjoy some of the latest video game titles while also maintaining the luxury of being a comfortable PC machine to run common programs. For those in the market looking to save a bit of money but also enjoy gaming, then we suggest taking a look at our gallery list below to see which laptops we recommend checking out.
The ten laptops selected will likely check off a few requirements for your search of a perfect budget gaming laptop. Very few of these selections break over $1,200 and there are even some choices on our list that are advertised below a $1,000. Each selection will offer some of the notable specifications and components that power up the gaming laptop along with the current price point it’s selling for on the Amazon marketplace.
Without further ado, here are our top ten picks of the cheapest gaming laptops of 2017. Let us know what you think of our picks or if there’s another laptop worth adding in by leaving us a comment down below.
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition
Our Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition laptop has some slightly older components when compared to other laptops in this list. The laptop features an Intel i7-6700HQ CPU, 8GB of DDR4, a 1TB HDD, along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M. The laptop is normally just over $1,200. However, currently stock is limited causing a slight price spike.
Acer Predator Helios 300
The Acer Predator Helios 300 gaming laptop has an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU with a total of 16GB of DDR4 RAM. For storage, you’re looking at a single 256GB SSD, though the graphics card will allow gamers to enjoy a number of titles with ease thanks to the Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 model. This is a 15.6” 1080p displayed laptop. Because of the single SSD, we suggest looking to upgrade it if you plan on downloading several video game titles.
The 15.6” 1080p HP Omen gaming laptop is another gaming laptop that has taken use of Intel’s i7-7700HQ CPU. There’s 12GB of DDR4-2400 of RAM, which is a change compared to the standard 8GB or 16GB RAM options in our list. This HP Omen only has a single drive which is a 1TB HDD, though you’ll find that HP has tossed in Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for the GPU.
Asus Rog Strix
The Asus Rog Strix features a 1080p 17.3” display. Inside of the laptop you’ll find an Intel Core i7-7700HQ CPU along with 16GB of DDR4 RAM. As for storage you’ll find that the laptop will include a 1TB SSHD FireCuda Hybrid Drive which will give you a boost compared to a standard HDD. Finally, the laptop will have an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 with a dual-fan thermal design.
Current Amazon Price: $1,130
Dell Inspiron 15 7000
The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 contains an Intel Core i7-7700HQ Quad Core that can go up to 3.8GHz. There is a total of 8GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM, two drives, one being a 128GB SSD and a 1TB HDD, though it does lack the option of an internal optical drive. For gaming, the GPU inside the Dell Inspiron is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050. Outside of that, the laptop features a 15.6” display.
The Asus FX502VM-AS73 comes with a few different options. The one we selected on our list is the GTX 1060 configuration. With this setup, gamers will receive a 128GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD. Furthermore, the laptop is powered up by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ with 16GB of DDR4 RAM.
Current Amazon Price: $1,000
Lenovo Legion Y520
Lenovo’s Legion Y520 sports the seventh generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ, 8GB of DDR RAM, along with featuring a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD. Outside of that, the 15.6” gaming laptop contains an AMD Radeon RX 560 graphics card.
The MSI GL62M has similar specs when compared to the MSI GL72M. You’ll still find an Intel Core i7-7700HQ, an Nvidia GTX 1050 2G GDDR5 graphics card, though this time around you’ll find that the laptop will hold 16GB of DDR 2133MHz RAM and a single 1TB HDD. Likewise, you’ll find a difference in display size as the MSI GL62M only features a 15.6” 1080p display.
The MSI GL72M holds a whopping 17.3” 1080p display powered by the Intel Core i7-7700HQ with a boost of 3.8GHz. Also tucked inside is a total of 8GB of DDR 2400MHz of RAM, with a 128GB SSD along with a 1TB HDD. Powering the graphics is an Nvidia GTX 1050 though a nice special feature this laptop has going for it is a Steel Series keyboard with red backlighting.
Razer Blade Stealth
The Razer name is well-known for delivering a number of great gaming peripherals, though outside of peripherals the company has released their own line of gaming laptops. We’re looking at the Razer Blade Stealth, a 12.5” 4K display model. Inside this thin gaming laptop, gamers will find powering the device is an Intel Core i7-7500U CPU with a turbo boost of 3.5GHz. Likewise, you’ll find that there is a total of 16GB and a 512GB SSD. One thing that the laptop does have against it is the fact that you won’t find a big graphics card. Instead, you’ll likely be forced into using the Thunderbolt 3 as a means to deliver an external desktop GPU.