7 Best Gaming Laptops You Can Get For Under RM 3,500

You don't have to fork out a fortune to play your favourite games.

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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.

More: 14 Laptops to Fit Every Need and Suit Every Budget

To make your life easier, we've listed the best gaming laptops that will not break your bank!

Best Cheap Gaming Laptops in Malaysia 2019

  • Lenovo Ideapad L430
  • Lenovo Y520
  • Dell G3 15
  • Acer Nitro 5 
  • HP Pavilion X360
  • Lenovo YOGA 510
  • Dell Inspiron 3467 

Lenovo Ideapad L340 15 Gaming Laptop

RM 2450
1. Lenovo Ideapad L340 15 Gaming Laptop
Best affordable gaming laptop with long battery life
add_circle Good overall performance
add_circle Decent cooling system
add_circle It has a backlit keyboard
remove_circle Below average built quality
remove_circle Low RAM
remove_circle Uses HDD instead of SSD

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. 

More: 8 Best Gaming Laptops For Every Type of Gamer Out There

Lenovo Legion Y520

RM 3299
Lenovo
2. Lenovo Legion Y520
Best for graphics performance
add_circle Great performance
add_circle Nice keyboard
remove_circle Dull display
remove_circle Poor battery life

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ 2.8GHz | Graphics: NVIDIA | Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 1TB SATA HDD | Screen: 15.6 Inches | Weight: 2.4 kg

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.

 

Dell G3 15

RM 2999.99
Dell
3. Dell G3 15
Best budget gaming laptop that's lightweight
add_circle Nice keyboard
add_circle Good handling of frame rates

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.

More: Work and Play Effortlessly with These 7 Thin Ultrabooks

Acer Nitro 5 

RM 2907.09
Best Gaming Laptop with Cooling Technology
ACER
4. Acer Nitro 5 
Best for its cooling technology
add_circle Great keyboard
add_circle Smooth trackpad
add_circle Matte IPS screen
remove_circle Loud fans
remove_circle Subpar speakers

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-8300H | Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 | Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 15.6 Inches | Weight: 2.7 kg

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.

HP Pavilion X360

RM 2499
Best Gaming Laptop with Flippable Touch Screen
5. HP Pavilion X360
Best hybrid gaming laptop with flippable touchscreen
add_circle Convertible design
add_circle Decent speakers
remove_circle Too heavy to use as a tablet
remove_circle Dull display

CPU: Intel® Core™ i3-7100U 2.4GHz | Graphics: NVIDIA | Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 500GB hard drive | Screen: 14 Inches | Weight: 1.63 kg

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.

 

Lenovo YOGA 510

RM 2557
Best Gaming Laptop with Rapid Recharge
6. Lenovo YOGA 510
Best with rapid recharge
add_circle Great display
add_circle Nice, sleek design
remove_circle May not be able to sustain heavy graphics games

CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 | Graphics: AMD Radeon™ R5 M430 2GB | Memory: 8GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 14 Inches | Weight: 1.75 kg

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!

Dell Inspiron 3467 

RM 2343
Best Gaming Laptop for the Price
7. Dell Inspiron 3467 
Best for the price
add_circle Long battery life
add_circle Does not overheat easily
remove_circle Poor audio
remove_circle 4GB RAM may struggle to operate Windows 10

CPU: Intel® Core™ i5-7200U 3.1GHz | Graphics: AMD Radeon™ R5 M430 Graphics with 2GB DDR3 | Memory: 4GB DDR4 RAM | Storage: 1TB HDD | Screen: 14 Inches |Weight: 1.8 kg

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.

 


cheap gaming laptop malaysia tips

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.

Quick tips

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Test the laptop's keyboard as well. This is so you avoid cramps and needing to pay for another keyboard too.

Conclusion

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! 

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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