Choosing the best gaming laptop requires research on laptop specifications based on your needs and preference. Even when you've already found one, you have to consider the price tag and sometimes these gaming laptops can be really expensive.
Why are gaming laptops so expensive?
Some may argue that's it's just branding. But it goes deeper than that; as the world now leans towards portable yet powerful computers, more research and development is needed to pack powerful components as good as desktops (but also as big) into the small body of a laptop. This fact alone also justifies why ultrabooks (such as Macbook Pros and Razer Blade 15) exist and why they cost so much, yet are still popular among Malaysians.
add_circleDecent cooling system with low fan noise
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CPU: Intel i5-9300H (8M 2.4Ghz) | Graphics: NVIDIA® GTX 1050 | Memory: 4GB | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 15.6" Full HD | Weight: 2.3 kg
Lenovo gets it right in this laptop with several things; the good performance which is supported by 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors, well-managed cooling system, nice choice of GPU (GTX 1050) and that 8 hours of battery life (web browsing and video-watching). You'll be able to play some pretty good titles on this machine such as Far Cry, tweaking is needed for high-end games (and best avoided to not fry your laptop).
The only trade-off is the laptop's overall built quality. If you can get past its bad viewing angles, low RAM and such, the Ideapad L430 is a pretty good choice, especially for casual gamers.
Featuring the latest generation of processors, the Y520 sports an i5 processor with a 12-percent increase in productivity compared to its previous processors. In addition to that, the laptop also uses an NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti graphic card which allows users to have a smooth gameplay with capable frame rates.
Boot-up and in-game loading time is also reduced with the 4GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB of SATA HDD storage. It has a full HD 15.6” anti-glare display with a backlit keyboard that will let you play the latest games at any time of the day for long hours without straining your eyes.
CPU: 2.2-GHz Intel Core i5-9300H CPU | Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 GPU + 4GB of VRAM | Memory: 8GB RAM | Storage: 128GB SSD/1TB HDD | Screen: 15.6", 1920 x 1080 | Weight: 2.45 kg
At the very entry-level of Dell's gaming laptops is the G3 15-inch, which boasts a solid performance that can run your games at decently satisfying frame rates. This price alone gives you a 9th generation i5 CPU along with Alienware hardware, which makes it a very good bargain for what it can run.
The battery life is also quite impressive, being able to give you at least 6 hours of playing time with a brightness level of 150 nits and Wi-Fi on. While the fans can get noisy and the laptop may run warm, the G3 is still our top recommended beast that weighs not over 3kg, making it all the more portable.
Acer Nitro 5 utilises Intel Core’s i5 processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 graphic card with 4GB of dedicated RAM. It has a 15.6” full HD display and a battery life of up to 7 hours.
What’s special about this laptop is that it features CoolBoost Cooling Technology that prevents it from overheating which is important to ensure a smooth system operation. It also has a backlit keyboard that allows you to easily navigate the keyboard in the dark.
The HP Pavilion X360 features a 14” full HD display that can be flipped 360 degrees, turning it into a tablet. It has 4GB of RAM with a 500GB hard drive, which is well-known to be a performance enhancer – perfect for gamers.
The laptop uses a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphic card and has dual speakers with HP Audio Boost technology that makes gaming more realistic. It weighs only 1.63 kg and has a battery life of up to 10 hours. So get your game on, anywhere, anytime.
The vibrant 14” FHD (1920 x 1080) display yields bright, detailed visuals for outstanding performance in gaming and multimedia. Like the HP Pavilion X360, this laptop also has a touchscreen feature and can be converted into a tablet. It has 4GB of RAM with 1TB HDD hard drive and utilizes AMD Radeon R5 graphic card.
The Lenovo Yoga 510 is portable as it only weighs 1.75 kg and is 0.85 inches thick. Equipped with stereo speakers featuring Audio by Harman technology, the Yoga 510 delivers crisp, clear sound for an enhanced audio experience. This device has a battery life up to 8 hours and can be fully charged within 2.5 hours!
This laptop operates using Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. The Inspiron 3467 uses AMD Radeon R5 M430 graphic card and has a 14” HD display with a backlit keyboard. Besides that, the laptop also offers the superior sound of Waves MaxxAudio to enhance your audio experience.
It is equipped with an SD card reader which makes transferring photos or videos so much easier. Additionally, the anti-glare display delivers a clear and bright image that’s easy on the eyes.
With this list, you may now have enough money to spend on a proper gaming laptop. But, are you really stretching as much as you can for your budget? Make sure to check our guide on choosing a gaming laptop, as well as these few tips before splurging on one.
Check if you can upgrade your RAM and storage for your laptop. This option may come in handy if you're reluctant to spend so much at once on a laptop with higher RAM and storage.
Think hard about that touchscreen. Do you really need it? Not only would you be paying for a feature that you may not use often, but having it also drains the battery of your laptop.
Look at the size of your laptop. Most of the time, the bigger screen size a laptop has, the more powerful its processor is. So, make sure to leverage on that.
Test the laptop's keyboard as well. This is so you avoid cramps and needing to pay for another keyboard too.
It may be tempting to just spend it all at once on a gaming laptop. But, having a budget suitable for you is more important. So, think and shop wisely!
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