Best Budget Gaming Laptop

By Mithun Mohandas | Price Updated on 04-Mar-2021

Laptops built for gaming tend to have certain features that are geared towards improving your gaming experience. However, they also cost a lot so for folks wanting a cheap gaming laptop, certain compromises need to be made. You will most likely not get a high refresh rate panel in a gaming laptop under 50,000, then you'll lost out on additional storage in gaming laptops under the 50,000 and 40,000 price brackets. And you'll be lucky to even spot a decent processor or even a discrete graphics card in gaming laptops under 30,000. So for this lister, we've tried to maximise your gaming experience in under 60,000 with these budget gaming laptops. Most of them are powered by the latest 9th Gen or 10th Gen processors from Intel or the Ryzen 3000 series of processors from AMD. We're yet to see any laptops based on the Ryzen 4000 series of processors so those laptops are absent from this list till we get any. Thankfully, the discrete graphics cards that all of these laptops have will help you get good FPS in games. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 4th Mar 2021, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.

List Of Best Budget Gaming Laptop

Product Name Seller Price
Acer Aspire 7 A715-75G-50SA N/A ₹54990
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-240IN N/A ₹59990
HP Pavillion 15-bc512TX amazon ₹73719
Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-53JG N/A ₹59990
Lenovo Legion Y7000 81V4000LIN amazon ₹68204
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DD-AL185T amazon ₹56490
HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0026AX amazon ₹81999
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY-BQ024T amazon ₹49000
Mi Notebook Horizon Edition 14 amazon ₹59999
ASUS VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EK513T flipkart ₹55990
Acer Aspire 7 A715-75G-50SA
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Acer Laptops

The Acer Aspire 7 laptop isn't exactly built for gaming but from a specification standpoint it has the best graphics card in the price segment (GTX 1650) along with the Intel Core i5-9300H. Moreover, Acer has also included a 512 GB SSD. The only thing missing out happens to be a high-refresh rate panel but given the GPU, that might be asking too much for most games except the few that are optimised for high FPS. Summary specs: Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650, 8 GB, 512 SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
Memory : 512 NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.15
Dimension : 363.4 x 254.5 x 23.25
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650
Price : ₹54990
MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-240IN
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other MSI Laptops

MSI is one of the few manufacturers that are dedicated to making gaming laptops. The MSI GF63 Thin is powered by an Intel Core i5-9300H along with an NVIDIA GTX 1650 Max-Q graphics card. The MAX-Q variant is more power efficient than the MAX-P a.k.a. normal variant but is a teensy bit lower in terms of performance. However, MSI also has the Dragon Centre and several applications that are geared towards improving your gaming experience. Summary specs: Core i5-9300H, GTX 1650 MAX-Q, 8 GB, 512 SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz with Turbo Boost Upto 4.1 GHz
Memory : 512 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.86
Dimension : 359 x 254 x 21.7
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1650 Max Q
Price : ₹59990
HP Pavillion 15-bc512TX
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    9th Gen Intel Core i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other HP Laptops

The HP Pavillion 15-bc512TX is a slight step down in the sense that it has a GTX 1050 in place of the GTX 1650 graphics card which is still a decent graphics card. Aside from the graphics card the other specifications are very similar to the other budget gaming laptops in this list. Summary specs: Core i5-9300H, GTX 1050, 8 GB, 512 SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : 9th Gen Intel Core i5 | NA
Memory : 512 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.17
Dimension : 36.5 x 25.7 x 2.5
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
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Acer Nitro 5 AN517-51-53JG
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    17.3" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Acer Laptops

The Acer Nitro 5 is the only laptop in this list with a larger 17.3-inch 1080p display while every other laptop has a 15.6-inch or 14-inch display panel. Spec-wise the Core i5-9300H and GTX 1050 combination is pretty good but you don't get an SSD. For that you will have to get an additional SSD and install the same. Summary specs: Core i5-9300H, GTX 1050, 8 GB, 1 TB HDD, 17.3-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 17.3" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : Core i5 9th Gen | 2.4 GHz
Memory : 1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.7
Dimension : 403 x 280 x 26.9
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050
Price : ₹59990
Lenovo Legion Y7000 81V4000LIN
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    9th gen Intel Core i5 | 2.4 Ghz
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4

Legion by Lenovo is a dedicated gaming brand from Lenovo with aesthetics as well as specifications that are designed to cater to gamers. While the specs are mostly similar to the other laptops in this list, we have the additional storage as you get a 256GB SSD along with a 1 TB hard disk drive. Summary specs: Core i5-9300H, GTX 1050, 8 GB, 256 SSD + 1 TB HDD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : 9th gen Intel Core i5 | 2.4 Ghz
Memory : 1 GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.3
Dimension : 36 x 26.7 x 2.6
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 1050 (3GB GDDR5)
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DD-AL185T
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Asus Laptops

ASUS TUF Gaming series is about making their hardware more accessible and we see just that happening with the FX505DD as it combines the Ryzen 5-3550H with the GTX 1050 and even has a high-refresh rate panel. A recent drop has made this particular combination even better than before. Summary specs: Ryzen 5-3550H. GTX 1050, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD, 15.6-inch 120 Hz 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : NA
Memory : 1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.2
Dimension : 26.2 x 36 x 2.6
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
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HP Pavilion Gaming 15-ec0026AX
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other HP Laptops

The HP Pavillion Gaming 15 series of laptops has quite the diverse number of configuration options. The one we opted for is powered by and AMD Ryzen 5-3550H processor alongwith a GTX 1050. This makes this particular SKU one of the top AMD-based configurations that we could find. Summary specs: Ryzen 5-3550H. GTX 1050, 8 GB RAM, 256 SSD + 1 TB HDD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : NA
Memory : 1 TB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 1.98
Dimension : 25.7 x 36 x 2.4
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050
ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY-BQ024T
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10
  • Display
    Display
    15.6" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    AMD Ryzen 5-3550H | 2.1GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    512GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Full specs Other Asus Laptops

The ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DY comes very close to the FX505DD in terms of performance. The differences lie in the GPU which is an AMD RX 560X and the display is a 60 Hz 1080p panel. Summary specs: Ryzen 5-3550H, RX 560X, 8 GB RAM, 512 SSD, 15.6-inch 1080p

SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10
Display : 15.6" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : AMD Ryzen 5-3550H | 2.1GHz
Memory : 512GB NA/8 GBGB DDR4
Weight : 2.2
Dimension : 26.2 x 36 x 2.7
Graphics Processor : AMD RADEON RX560X
Mi Notebook Horizon Edition 14
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 x 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.8GHz
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4

Xiaomi happens to be the latest company to bring a laptop to India which is powered by an Intel Core i5-10210U processor with the GPU being an NVIDIA MX350. You can play a few games on the MX350 as long as you keep the game settings to low or medium. Both, the CPU and the GPU are built for power efficiency and not for extended gaming sessions. Summary specs: Core i5-10210U, MX350, 8 GB, 512 SSD, 14-inch 1080p

pros Pros

  • Good work-related performance.
  • Bright and vibrant display.
  • Impressive construction quality.
  • 6 hours of battery life on moderate use.

cons Cons

  • Non-upgradable RAM.
  • Lacklustre typing experience.
  • Poor trackpad construction
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 x 1080)
Processor : 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 | 1.8GHz
Memory : 512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4
Weight : 1.35
Dimension : 17.15 x 321.3 x 206.8
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA® GeForce® MX350
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ASUS VivoBook 14 X412FJ-EK513T
  • OS
    OS
    Windows 10 Home
  • Display
    Display
    14" (1920 X 1080)
  • Processor
    Processor
    Intel 8th Gen Core i5 | NA
  • Memory
    Memory
    512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4

Another slim machine in the list is the ASUS VivoBook. It too isn't a true gaming laptop since ASUS has way better machines for gaming but if you want a slim form-factor that's also fit to play casual titles, then the VivoBook 14 should be right up your alley. Summary specs: Core i5-10210U, MX230, 8 GB, 256 SSD, 14-inch 1080p

pros Pros

  • Performance is up to the mark
  • Fingerprint scanner works swiftly
  • Comfortable keyboard

cons Cons

  • Bland and threadbare design
  • Colours look washed out
  • Poor audio from inbuilt speakers
SPECIFICATION
OS : Windows 10 Home
Display : 14" (1920 X 1080)
Processor : Intel 8th Gen Core i5 | NA
Memory : 512 GB SSD/8GB DDR4
Weight : 1.5 Kg
Dimension : 322 x 212 x 19.9 mm
Graphics Processor : NVIDIA GeForce MX230 (2GB vRAM)
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