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.
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.
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.
Pros: Great keyboard and trackpad, matte IPS screen
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CPU: Intel® Core i5-8250U | Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 2GB DDR5 | Memory: 4GB DDR3L | Storage: 1TB SATA HDD | Screen: 15.6" Full HD LED | Weight: 2.2 kg
Gaming laptops don't usually last for long on its own when away from a wall power socket. And you expect to find one that's affordable with good battery life??? Well yes, you can actually, with the Acer Aspire E15.
Able to stand on its own with about 8 hours, you can work and play after with the E15. Although it may seem like an ordinary office laptop, thanks to its ability to Turbo Boost from 1.6GHz up to 3.4GHz, you can play most games if you run on lower settings without suffering from bad heating. Graphics and screen are also quite decent, with a good graphics card, average screen brightness and colour gamut as well.
Did we mention that the E15 has multiple ports including a type-c port and an optic drive? Now that's rare!
Pros: Multiple ports performance, long battery life, good cooling system
Cons: Higher end games won't do too well on this laptop.
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.
Pros: Long battery life, does not overheat easily
Cons: Poor audio, 4GB RAM might not be enough to support Windows 10
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!
Pros: Great display and design
Cons: May not be able to sustain heavy graphic games
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.
This one features a 14” full HD (1920×1080) display and has a battery life up to 10 hours! It’s so slim and light, weighing only 1.6 kg, making it portable and perfect for those who travel a lot. It has a 256GB SSD storage with a 4GB RAM memory.
Operating with Intel Core i5 and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphic card, your visual gaming experience will be flawless. Not only that, but Acer Swift 3 also has the ability to maintain a strong and consistent wireless signal with its wireless technology. Online games, checked!
Pros: Speedy performance and great display
Cons: Dim display, bloatware
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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