Best laptops for casual gaming

Best laptops for casual gaming

Digit Expert | 12 Jan 2020

If you are looking to buy a laptop for casual gaming, then you should stick to a budget gaming laptop. These are also known as 'sub-gaming laptops', these offer basic gaming hardware, packing dedicated graphics processors and are often easy to upgrade. These laptops are able to run most of the popular games at decent frame rates, as long as the settings are kept to medium.

Asus TUF Gaming FX505

With a compact frame and gamer oriented design, this laptop offers a well-balanced configuration for a casual gaming laptop. Running on the AMD Ryzen 5 3550H processor, coupled with 8GB of RAM and an AMD RADEON RX560X graphics card, the Asus TUF FX505 makes for a very capable casual gaming laptop. Gaming-oriented features like the red back-lit keyboard and support for smoother gameplay via the AMD FreeSync technology, further add to the gaming quotient of this laptop. Thermal management on this laptop is taken care by Asus's HyperCool technology that comprises of an Anti-Dust Cooling (ADC) system and the Fan Overboost technology, both of which are expected to keep the internal temperature under check during those prolonged gaming sessions.

HP Gaming Pavilion 15

The acid green backlit keyboard and audio by Bang & Olufsen, these are the two unique features of this HP Pavilion gaming laptop. Beside these, the basics are well taken care of by an Intel 9th generation H series processor and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card. This is also one of the lighter and slimmer laptops in its category, which should be of interest if you are looking for a sleek laptop for casual gaming. While the laptop ships with a hard drive, you do get an M.2 Slot to upgrade from a traditional mechanical hard drive to SSD-based storage for fast boot times as well as load times during gaming. 

Acer Nitro 5

The Acer Nitro 5 series is a popular choice for casual or even a budget gaming laptop. The 15.6-inch full HD IPS display on this laptop is paired with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti graphics with 4GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM. The Nitro 5 isn't the slimmest or the most lightweight laptop in this list, however it does claim 7 hours of battery life and Dolby Audio based sound system along with a dual fan based cooling, all of which add to its capability as a casual gaming laptop.

Lenovo Legion Y540

Lenovo Legion Y540 is the most powerful laptop of all on this list. This laptop is more suitable for someone looking for a casual gaming laptop to start with, but also needs enough headroom and performance to transform it into a proper gaming laptop later on. The highlight points of this laptop are the 512 GB SSD based storage and the latest NVIDIA GTX 1650 graphics card. Both of which should allow the Legion Y540 to offer a fluid gaming experience across most of the demanding games. Other unique features include the elegant and understated design and the rear placement of all connectivity ports.

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