PC Gaming is usually seen as an expensive affair, and you wouldn’t be wrong to think so. We recently looked at how the upcoming Xbox Series S with its price tag offers a level of performance that a gaming PC just cannot achieve in that price bracket. However, if you’re looking at the world of eSports, playing titles such as Valorant, CS:Go, Overwatch or even LOL or DOTA, you don’t have to break the bank to get yourself a laptop that would meet your needs. While its generally accepted that higher fps is always better, you can still get a decent experience with laptops that don’t make you shell out your life’s savings. If you’re looking for a budget laptop for eSports, here’s a few for you to consider.
One of the most popular gaming laptops within our community of readers, no gaming lister can be complete without the mention of the Acer Nitro 5. This is because the Nitro 5 offers a great balance between hardware and price. The variant we’re talking about is powered by a 9th generation Intel Core i5-9300F processor paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB VRAM. In addition, there’s 8GB of DDR4 memory which is upgradeable a combination of 256GB SSD+1TB HDD. The display has a resolution of 1920x1080p, with a refresh rate of 60Hz. Everything put together is a great combination for running your favourite eSports titles at respectable frame rates. Click here to buy.
The TUF Gaming A15 comes in multiple variants, but the one powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 4600H and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 (4GB DDR6). Atop that, Asus also throws in 16GB od DDR4 memory and a 512GB NVMe drive for high-speed, high-capacity storage. The 1080p display offers a refresh rate of only 60Hz, a frame rate that is achievable if you’re playing a game like CS:Go or even the newly launched Valorant. If high refresh rate is an absolute requirement, you could consider a higher tier variant of the TUF Gaming A15, but that machine would definitely not qualify as a budget gaming laptop. We've reviewed a higher-end variant, which you can read about here. Click here to buy.
The HP Pavilion Gaming 15 is the 2019 model of HP’s gaming laptop, but they still continue to offer immense value. The Pavilion Gaming 15 from last year is powered by the AMD Ryzen 5 processor coupled up with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with 4GB VRAM. There’s also 8GB of RAM onboard, along with a 1TB hard disk so that you can have as many games as you’d like installed. Your games will still be limited to 1080p, 60fps, which is a bare minimum to make your mark on the world of eSports felt. Click here to buy.
Purpose-built for eSports, the Asus ROG Strix G15 is a laptop that aims to offer more than just the bare minimum. Its got the latest 10th generation Intel Core i7-10750H hexa-core CPU along with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti with 6GB VRAM. There’s also 16GB of DDR4 memory and a generous 1TB SSD for storage. Perhaps what will take your gaming experience to the next level is the 144Hz display, which not only makes navigating the interface a whole lot smoother, but also significantly improves your in-game experience. When it comes to eSports titles such as CS:Go, DOTA, Overwatch, its all about that high fps experience and the Strix G15 delivers strong. Click here to buy.
Last on our list is the TUF Gaming FX505DT (Review), a laptop powered by the last generation Ryzen 5 3550H and a base Nvidia GeFroce GTX 1650 GPU with 4GB of VRAM. It comes with 8GB of DDR4 memory on board which can be upgraded to 16GB if needed, and there’s also a 512GB SSD to boot. The best part is that for just the price tag of Rs 60,990, for which you also end up with a FHD 120Hz display. Unlike the Strix G15 which definitely costs a pretty penny, the FX505DT can be had for a lot less, in case you need something with a high refresh rate display AND want to not go overboard with the spending. Click here to buy.