8 Top Gaming Laptops Under Rs. 50,000 in India: Updated List

If you’re a gamer with 50,000 rupees to spend and a new laptop to purchase, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we shall guide you through the process of selecting the best gaming laptop under 50000 in India.

But first, you need to know what specifications and key features to look out for in a gaming laptop. Let’s be honest over here, 50,000 rupees isn’t going to get you a “true” gaming laptop, i.e. a laptop equipped with a state of the art dedicated GPU and a top of the line Core i7 processor. You will have to make compromises on the hardware, but a smart customer makes the least compromises.

And here are the things you need to focus on, in order of their importance- graphics, processor, display, RAM, and storage. If you are a college student, then the number and types of I/O ports are also very important, along with good wireless connectivity. To make things easier for you, here are 8 of the best gaming laptops you can buy in India right now for less than 50,000. Let’s get started-

1. Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G Laptop

Overview-

One of the best gaming laptops you can purchase for under 50000 right now, this Acer is loaded with all the stuff that you need in order to play games such as Assassins Creed Origins, Prey, Witcher III, GTA V, etc.

It is also one of the few laptops on the market that features Intel’s latest 8th generation processor technology, which should give it an advantage in terms of multithreaded performance as well as efficiency.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Powered by the Intel Core i5 8250U processor (4 cores, 8-threads, and 6MB cache)
  • Equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce Maxwell based mobile GPU (940 MX, 2GB dedicated GDDR5 VRAM)
  • 8GB of high speed DDR4 RAM ensures good gaming performance along with smooth multitasking

 

Even though the Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G features a not-so-great display in terms of viewing angles, it is still an amazing entry level gaming laptop thanks to the highly efficient Intel 8th generation processor and the NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics card.

It is incredibly good at multitasking, since the Core i5 8250U low voltage processor is a quad-core hyperthreaded part which can process up to 8 instruction threads simultaneously. You can run a game, with 4 or 5 other applications in the background, and this will not affect your framerates whatsoever.

The Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G is good for gamers, students, office work, and can even be used for certain productivity-oriented workloads like video editing. The GeForce 940MX is a fast midrange mobile graphics card from the previous generation Maxwell architecture, it isn’t the state of the art technology, but this is about as good of a GPU as you can get in a 50,000 rupee gaming laptop.

It is fine for running games such as Rainbow Six Siege, Witcher III, CS GO, DOTA 2, StarCraft, etc. on medium settings and 768p resolution.

In case you have an external 1080p display lying around, you can always hook up that display to your Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G via the HDMI output port and enjoy a full HD gaming/ movie viewing experience.

The laptop keyboard feels crisp and sturdy enough for heavy typing sessions and is even backlit so you should have no issues operating this laptop in low light conditions. The 802.11 AC WIFI ensures super-fast wireless internet connectivity on the campus, or at home.

 

Pros-

Sports one of the best CPUs you can find on any laptop at this price range, the Intel Core i5 8250U

Equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card which is still a strong midrange mobile GPU and will handle AAA games for the next couple of years

A really nice WIFI adapter along with a backlit keyboard

Cons-

The display isn’t optimal for viewing movies or enjoying online video content in groups, because of poor viewing angles

Although the battery backup is normally between 5 to 7 hours on light usage, it will swiftly drop below 3 hours as soon as you start gaming

 

2. Lenovo Ideapad 320

Overview-

It may not look very stylish, but like most Lenovo machines- this one is also built to perform first, show off later. It is powered by an Intel KabyLake mobile CPU which ensures a high degree of efficiency and support for all the latest technologies and software, while sustaining a great battery life (over 7 hours).

Key Specs & Features-

 

  • Features the highly popular Intel Core i5 7200U laptop processor (2.5 GHz base, 3.1 GHz turbo, dual core, 4-thread processor with 3MB cache)
  • NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics card for easy 768p gaming at 60+ fps on most modern AAA titles
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM, you can easily upgrade this to 16GB in the future by removing the bottom access panel and adding an extra 8GB DDR4 module (only supports DDR4 RAM)

Normally, we don’t look at Lenovo’s business/ home lineup of laptops when it comes to gaming, since Lenovo doesn’t load these with the most spectacular hardware and instead focusses on things like efficiency and reliability.

However, the Ideapad 320 is a surprisingly good low midrange gaming laptop, it is one of the few machines at this price point which comes with dedicated graphics and a 7th gen Core i5 processor. Add an 8GB DDR4 RAM module to that, and you get a laptop which can power through any of the modern AAA games such as GTA V, NFS Payback, Far Cry 4, Watchdogs 2, etc.

You don’t have to bother with installing your own OS, since this laptop comes with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home 64-bit loaded onto the 1TB 5400 rpm HDD. In case you were expecting an SSD, sorry to disappoint you but you won’t get that kind of specs in a sub 50,000-rupee laptop.

One of the things you can do however, is slide out the CD/DVD burner and replace it with a storage drive kit that lets you mount any 2.5” storage drive of your choice, be it an additional HDD or an SSD for those faster boot and load times.

The 1366×768 is a bummer, but hey- at least you are getting a laptop with dedicated 2GB graphics and 8GB RAM which means that you can always hook up an external 1080p display via the HDMI port if you really need that full HD gaming experience. Got any wireless controllers lying around? Well, that’s great because the Ideapad 320 supports Bluetooth 4.1, and 802.11 AC WIFI.

Pros-

Amazing 4-thread 7th generation processor from Intel

8GB DDR4 RAM, upgradeable easily to 16GB

NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics, the best you will get at this price range

Cons-

Low resolution 1366×768 display

Although the keyboard feels great, the touchpad doesn’t feel so good to use

 

3. HP 15g-br011TX

 

Overview-

Features the same 7th generation Intel Core i5 processor that is used in the Ideapad 320, but this particular laptop from HP defies the norm by using an AMD graphics card. Is it a good GPU? Well, look up any online benchmark of the Radeon 520 and you will get your answer- this graphics chip is one of the best in its category, and will have no trouble running the latest AAA titles.

Key Specs & Features-

 

  • Intel Core i5 7200U dual core 4-thread CPU (3MB cache, 2.5GHz base and 3.1 GHz boost)
  • Radeon 520 graphics (2GB GDDR5 VRAM, 320 stream processors in 5 compute units, boost clock of up to 1030 MHz)
  • 8GB of DDR4 running at 2133 MHz

This is basically like the Ideapad 320, except it looks much better and has a backlit keyboard. Oh, and it comes with the AMD equivalent of the NVIDIA 940MX- the 520-graphics chip, a GPU core based on the latest iteration of the GCN architecture and equipped with 5 compute units that contain a total of 320 stream processors, and the chip can boost up to 1030 MHz.

While the 520 does match the 940MX in almost all modern AAA games, it actually beats the NVIDIA competition in DX12 and Vulkan titles such as DOOM, Battlefield 1, Talos Principle etc. Yeah, the display is a little low in terms of pixel count, but at least the viewing angle and colors are pretty good.

Thanks to the 8GB of DDR4 RAM, you can run multiple programs at the same time without slowing things down. You also get Windows 10 and a copy of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2016 preinstalled on the laptop.

Pros-

A highly proven Intel CPU which is both efficient and good at multitasking

The AMD 520 graphics card is just as capable as the NVIDIA 940MX, and actually beats it out in DX12/ Vulkan games (besides, you get to constantly answer questions from your friends on why you chose AMD instead of NVIDIA)

The display isn’t full HD, but viewing angles and colors are really good for a TN panel laptop display at this price point

Island style backlit keyboard

Cons-

Does take a while to boot up, thanks to the slow hard disk drive

Comes with some bloatware that you have to manually uninstall

 

4. Asus R558UQ-DM542D 15.6-inch Laptop

Overview-

Like most products from ASUS, this laptop is built well, performs like a champ, and looks great. It is a little on the heavier side, but that can be attributed to the metallic body panel and large array of overcharge/ overheat protection technologies that have been incorporated into this laptop.

While it does seem like a business laptop at heart, you can indeed use it for gaming since it does have a dedicated 2GB graphics card and an Intel Core i5 7200U processor.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Dual core, 4-thread 7th generation Intel CPU which is extremely efficient (15W average TDP with base and boost clocks of 2.5 GHz and 3.1 GHz respectively)
  • NVIDIA 940MX dedicated graphics supports all the latest graphical APIs, and comes with 2GB of dedicated VRAM for smooth 60fps gaming at 768 or 1080p resolutions
  • Equipped with JEITA certified battery protection systems which constantly monitor battery temperatures as well as charge/ discharge rates to ensure optimal battery performance and higher charging speeds at all times

Just looking at the specifications, this laptop doesn’t seem that different from all the other competitors in the same price range, after all it has the same processor and graphics card as many of the laptops priced between 40 to 50 thousand rupees.

The Intel Core i5 7200U, a dual core 4-thread mobile CPU with an average TDP of just 15 watts ensures superb multitasking while consuming very little power, and the NVIDIA 940MX 2GB GDDR5 graphics card packs enough power to run any of the modern AAA games at low to medium settings on the laptops native 1080p resolution.

So, what makes the Asus R558UQ-DM542D unique? To start things off, it is the most well engineered laptop you will find below the 50k rupee price point- metallic construction ensures higher durability, while the brushed aluminum finish gives this 15.6” notebook a sleek and bold look.

Unlike most laptops on the list, this ASUS is actually more of a business machine than anything else, as can be judged from the numerous security mechanisms that have been implemented within its body- overheat protection, battery monitoring sensors, JEITA certified temperature monitoring software, Cell TCO protection, etc. ensure that the Asus R558UQ-DM542D charges faster than other laptops in its category, stays cool even under the heaviest of loads, and functions like new even after several thousand hours of heavy usage.

 

Pros-

Intel 7th gen processor ensures fast completion of workloads, along with a smooth gaming experience and longer battery life

NVIDIA 2GB 940MX graphics for 1080p, 60 fps AAA gaming

A combination of sensors and software’s allow the battery to charge extremely fast, while also protecting it from over discharge or overheating.

Backlit full-size island style keyboard

Metallic construction with brushed aluminum finish

Cons-

Glossy screen panel attracts fingerprints and dust

Webcam has a lot of delay

 

5. HP Pavilion 15-AU003TX Laptop

 

Overview-

Despite featuring a slightly older and less efficient CPU, the HP Pavilion 15-AU003TX is a stylish and well-performing student/ business laptop which can be adapted for gaming purposes thanks to its dedicated graphics card and generous amount of high speed DDR4 RAM.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Intel Core i5 6200U processor, which is basically a slightly slower 7200U (dual core, 4-thread, 2.4 GHz base and 2.8 GHz boost)
  • NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics (which can be found on most gaming laptops in this price range)
  • A really nice island style backlit keyboard (hate the arrow keys on HP keyboards, good for typing, not so much for gaming)

A slightly old processor, a 768 display with bad viewing angles, and a battery life of about 2.5 to 3 hours while gaming. If you can live with these flaws, the HP Pavilion 15-AU003TX is a brilliant entry level gaming laptop.

It is equipped with a slightly slower version of the Core i5 7200U, the 6200U. You won’t really notice the couple hundred MHz difference in frequency while gaming, since it will realistically only result in a loss of about 5-6 fps. Unless you are Superman or Flash, your eyes can’t tell that small of a difference.

At least the graphics card is good- NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics ensures a smooth 768p 60 fps gaming experience on all modern AAA titles such as GTA V, Batman Arkham Knight, Far Cry 4, FIFA, NFS, etc. Just make sure to keep graphics settings on a mix of low/ medium for optimal fps output.

The bang and Olufsen speakers punch harder than most laptops speakers in this price range, and we were pleased by the audio quality. The laptop looks and feels good, and the full-size island style backlit keyboard is a bonus for people who like their evening/ late night gaming sessions (as long as you can get over that horrendously designed arrow key found on HP laptops).

 

Pros-

An efficient and capable processor, although it is from a previous generation

The famous 940MX graphics card, found on almost every Indian gaming laptop that costs between 40 to 50k rupees (best you can get in this range, unless we are talking about the NVIDIA MX150)

A generous 8GB of DDR4 RAM for easy multitasking and smooth 60 fps AAA gaming

Full-size island style backlit keyboard

Cons-

Battery life can drop under 3 hours if you are gaming

The viewing angles on the 1366 x 768 display aren’t very good

 

6. MSI CX62 7QL Laptop

Overview-

Yes, it is a MSI- a company we didn’t expect to find in this price range. These guys are renowned world wide for their impressive gaming laptops, targeted at hardcore gamers and PC enthusiasts. But guess what, they don’t disappoint even in this price range.

The MSI CX62 7QL is loaded with the very same NVIDIA 940MX that you’re probably familiar with by now, but there is a twist- instead of a Core i5, it uses a Core i7. Isn’t that a sweet deal for under 50k?

Key Specs & Features-

  • Unlike the competition this MSI laptop is loaded with a 7th generation Core i7 CPU which performs significantly better across all applications compared to a Core i5
  • NVIDIA GeForce 940MX 2GB graphics
  • Quad speaker setup delivers some of the best audio we’ve heard out of any laptop in the 40 to 50k price range (most of them use the dual stereo speaker setup)

It is thick, it is heavy, and it won’t run very long on battery power if you’re gaming. But get past all of that, and you have in your hands one of the most powerful entry level gaming laptops currently available on the Indian market. If you plan on doing stuff like photo or video editing alongside game recording or streaming, then this laptop is for you.

Its 7th generation core i7 processor packs all the multitasking prowess that one could ask for, with 2 cores and 4 threads, a base and boost clock of 2.7 GHz and 3.5 GHz respectively. The extra cache allows this CPU to retrieve key data faster and that results in quicker application response times.

The NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics is one of the best midrange mobile GPUs out there in the Indian market, keep your graphics settings on low to medium and you will be able to play games in full HD resolution on this laptop 1920 x 1080 display.

The 4GB of RAM is a little low by today’s standards, but all you have to do is remove the easily accessible slot cover on the base and slip in an additional 4GB of DDR4 RAM to enhance gaming and multitasking performance significantly. The memory can be expanded up to 32GB, if you ever decide to do so, you have the option.

 

Pros-

Uses an i7 processor instead of an i5, superior gaming performance

NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics ensures smooth 1080p gaming

Quad speaker setup delivers strong audio output

3-in-1 card reader, USB Type C, and 802.11 AC WIFI

Cons-

Thick, heavy, low battery life

We expected a backlit keyboard, because that would have meant a nearly perfect package at an unbeatable price

 

7. Acer TravelMate P2 TMP259-G2-MG

 

Overview-

It isn’t the fastest laptop on our list, nor is it the most attractive one. But it is the most value for money option that you can get, for barely more than 41,000 rupees as of today. The TravelMate P2 TMP259-G2-MG is loaded with a 7th gen i5 CPU and 940MX 2GB graphics, along with an ample amount of DDR4 RAM and a really nice full-size keyboard.

Key Specs & Features-

  • 7th generation Intel Core i5 7200U processor (2.5 GHz base and 3.1 GHz boost, dual core, 4-thread CPU)
  • NVIDIA 940MX 2GB graphics performs great in tandem with the native 1366 x 768 display, since the midrange GPU isn’t exactly designed to run games on FHD resolution
  • Comes with Linux Ubuntu 64-bit OS, you make that slight tradeoff in exchange for a cheaper price (make sure to load up a copy of Windows 10 64-bit, not 32-bit since this laptop has more than 4GB of RAM)

A nice 7th generation dual core hyperthreaded processor from Intel ensures great gaming and multitasking, while the dedicated 2GB NVIDIA graphics card takes care of visuals in games.

You will notice that the battery life of this Acer model is actually quite good despite it featuring a hard disk drive instead of an SSD, and an older generation graphics card (the latest is Pascal, the 940MX is based off Maxwell architecture from NVIDIA). The reason for the 7+ hour battery life is the highly efficient Core i5 7200U processor which has an average TDP of just 15 watts.

Also, it is worth noting that whenever you aren’t doing some graphics intensive stuff like gaming or video editing, the Intel onboard graphics will automatically kick in, reducing power consumption significantly, and it also reduces the load on the laptop’s cooling system. Talking of cooling, we noticed that the TravelMate P2 TMP259-G2-MG rarely heats up, even while gaming.

The FineTip full-size keyboard feels tactile and the trackpad is responsive, with proper multi gesture support. High speed wireless connectivity is established through the 802.11 AC WIFI adapter, and short distance wireless data transfers between mobile devices can be carried out through the Bluetooth feature.

 

Pros-

Really efficient dual core 7th generation Intel CPU

Good midrange graphics performance

Fast WIFI and Bluetooth 4.1

Lots of I/O ports along with SD card reader and a CD/DVD drive

Ample storage in the form of a 1TB HDD

Cons-

Comes with Linux UBUNTU 64-bit OS, you have to install your own copy of 64-bit Windows (preferably Windows 8 or 10)

No indicator for caps lock and num lock, the spacing between the two USB 3.0 ports is small so you can’t plug in two thick pen drives next to each other

 

8. Acer E515-51G

Overview-

This is the fastest and most advanced laptop on the list, so you can say we saved the best for the last. Available for slightly over 46,000 rupees as of today (prices may change, so get it while you can), the Acer E515-51G is loaded with the best that both Intel and NVIDIA have to offer in this price range. The only real downside is that it is equipped with a 768p panel.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Intel 8th generation 8250U processor (4 cores, 8 threads, 1.6GHz base and 3.4 GHz boost)
  • NVIDIA Pascal based MX150 2GB GDDR5 dedicated graphics (basically the mobile adaptation of the GT 1030 desktop graphics card)
  • 1TB HDD so you can store all your games, software, movies, photos, etc. in one place

There is no OS installed, it comes with MS DOS. That, and the lack of a full HD 1080p display is what prevents us from declaring this laptop as the one and only “best gaming laptop under 50000”. But hey, like we said before- it is all about making the right compromises.

If you have a budget of under 50000 for a new gaming laptop, we assume you aren’t particularly looking forward to gaming at 1080p, although you would love to, since most laptops in this price range simply don’t come with the processing power to run modern AAA games at 1080p.

But the Acer E515-51G does have a Pascal GPU- the MX1050 is literally a rebranded desktop GT 1030 2GB graphics card, more than capable of 1080p gaming on low settings. It is more powerful than the 940MX and consumes less power.

So, what you can do is connect an external 1080p display via the HDMI output port, sit back on your couch, hook up a wireless controller via the Bluetooth feature, and use this laptop like a gaming console in your living room. It packs plenty of processing power, thanks to the quad core, 8-thread Coffee Lake  CPU.

Or, you can use it like a standard laptop, and enjoy the 8+ hour battery life. Whichever way you choose to use it, the Acer E515-51G is a brilliantly designed and feature packed laptop with plenty of power and a really nice keyboard that is pleasant to type on. The 802.11 AC WIFI can transfer data multiple times faster than older b/g/n WIFI systems, and the RAM can be upgraded up to 16 GB with ease.

 

Pros-

The best processor + graphics card combo you can get for under 50,000 rupees as of today

Superb wireless connectivity, and lots of physical I/O ports including a card reader

Slim and lightweight design

Long battery life (8+ hours on average with light to medium usage- such as browsing the web or watching videos)

Cons-

1366×768 display resolution

No OS provided

 

Conclusion:

We trust you found our list helpful, and although there are other laptop models out there which offer similar specifications at comparable prices, the laptops in our list were selected after careful examination of customer reviews and brand reliability.

We also covered a wide range of prices, and included gaming laptops as cheap as 25000 rupees, all the way up to models which are priced really close to that 50,000-rupee price point. Choose the one that suits your needs, since there really is no “Best Gaming Laptop”.

The best gaming laptop is always the one that is the best for YOU. You might prefer battery life over raw power, or you might need a good display instead of more storage. Each gamer has unique preferences, so choose accordingly.

 

8 Top Gaming Laptops Under Rs. 40,000 in India: Updated List

In this article, we shall take a look at the 8 best gaming laptops under Rs. 40,000 in India. We have included laptops from a variety of manufacturers, and each one of these models was selected on the basis of performance, features, and overall build quality.

When you are looking for a good gaming laptop under 40,000 rupees, it is important that you prioritize CPU and graphics card performance over display resolution and fancy features. Most laptops in the 30 to 40-thousand-rupee price range may not have a full HD display, so we recommend that you purchase the laptops reviewed in this article only if you are a gamer who is more interested in playing the game rather than turning up the graphics settings to high and inspecting the texture quality.

Some of the features that you might want to look out for are- battery life, backlit keyboard, preinstalled software such as Windows 10 or Microsoft Office, and 802.11 AC WIFI. With that said, let’s not waste any time and get straight to the reviews.

 

1. Asus A555LF-XX150T

Overview-

A laptop that is affordable, yet capable of playing recent AAA game titles such as Prey, Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, Far Cry 4, etc. This humble looking Dell 15.6” laptop is one RAM upgrade away from being an amazing entry-level gaming laptop, and since DDR3 sticks are so cheap these days, you can probably add an additional 4GB for approximately 2000 rupees.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Dual core, 4-thread Intel 4th generation processor with 1.7 GHz base frequency (no turbo on i3 CPUs)
  • NVIDIA GeForce Maxwell based graphics card (930M) with 2GB of dedicated DDR3 VRAM
  • Comes with genuine Windows 10 64-bit OS preinstalled

This is the 2nd cheapest laptop on our list, yet it is equipped with the most powerful graphics card you will find on any laptop under 40,000 rupees. The GeForce GT 930M is an entry level laptop GPU which supports 2 GB of DDR3 VRAM and is based on Maxwell architecture.

It can run modern AAA games on low graphics settings and 768p resolution at fairly playable framerates. The 4GB of RAM on this laptop is a slight bummer, but you have the option to add an additional 4GB if you wish. The base price of this laptop is so low that even when you add an extra 4GB DDR3 stick the net cost will end up being less than most of the laptops we have featured in this article.

In terms of processing power, the i3 4005U is a bit of an old horse, but it gets the job done thanks to the 4 logical cores and 1.7GHz base clock (higher base clock than an i5 8250U, although it lacks turbo boost). The 1TB HDD is loaded with a genuine copy of Windows 10 Home 64-bit, so you can start working/ gaming right out of the box.

ASUS IceCool technology intelligently positions the heat pipes away from the hand rest and keeps the cooling mechanism hidden underneath the keyboard panel. This ensures that your hands don’t feel the heat even while gaming. SonicMaster audio ensures an elevated level of clarity in games and decent bass in movies/ songs.

Pros-

Efficient dual core hyperthreaded processor which gets the job done in most scenarios despite being from a slightly older generation

NVIDIA GeForce 930M 2GB is one of the best GPUs you can get in this price range

1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Disk Drive is great for storing large collections of photos, movies, and games

The IceCool technology keeps your hands cool and comfortable while operating this laptop

The polymer battery lasts up to 2.5 times longer than standard Li-Ion varieties, and is also very light which is why this laptop weighs a mere 2.3 kg

Cons-

4GB of DDR3 RAM is a little concerning in 2018, although it can be upgraded up to 8 GB by adding a second 4GB module

There is no 802.11 ac WIFI, this laptop incorporates the older b/g/n standard

 

2. Lenovo G50-80 80E502Q3IH

Overview-

The processor in this laptop is basically a slightly faster version of the one in the ASUS model that we reviewed a while ago. The Radeon R5 M330 graphics card isn’t going to win any awards for power, but it gets the job done in most older AAA games and free to play titles such as DOTA 2, LOL, Fortnite, etc.

Key Specs & Features-

  • 5th generation dual core hyperthreaded Intel CPU, 2 GHz clock speed with no turbo boost since this is an i3 processor
  • ATI R5 M330 2GB graphics with 5 compute units and 330 stream processors, max engine clock of 1030 MHz
  • 4GB DDR3 RAM, upgradeable to 8GB (or even 16 GB if you remove the existing 4GB stick and purchase an 8GB x 2 DDR3 kit)

The i3 5005U is clocked at 2 GHz, compared to the 1.7 GHz of the i3 4005U. This slight bump in clock speed means that you might get an extra 10 to 15% fps while gaming, although everyday applications won’t run noticeably faster.

The Dolby Audio makes movies and songs sound much better, and the cooling system does its job really well at keeping the internals of this Lenovo cool, even while gaming. One of the best things about Lenovo laptops in this price range is the keyboard- they come with island style full-size keyboards that are a pleasure to type on.

The 4GB of DDR3 RAM isn’t sufficient for gaming while background programs are running, so we recommend that you add an extra 4GB to the laptop to enjoy a smooth multitasking and gaming experience for the next couple of years.

Battery life is decent enough, considering that this laptop uses a CPU from an older generation. Build quality feels really good, everything from the body to the display is rugged and hard to damage.

Pros-

Really nice audio quality thanks to Dolby technology

The keyboard feels comfortable and responsive

ATI Radeon R5 M330 graphics is powerful enough to play GTA V, Mafia, CS GO, Far Cry 3, etc. on low graphics settings

Hand rest stays cool while gaming, although you shouldn’t try to game on the bed or mattress since it will block the air vents underneath this laptop

Cons-

Comes without Windows OS

Webcam isn’t that good

Touchpad feels a little flimsy

 

3. HP 15-BS145TU

Overview-

Equipped with an 8th generation Intel Core i5 processor and integrated graphics that can give some of the entry level dedicated GPUs out there a run for their money, this hp laptop is perfect for casual gamers, students, and business professionals.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Quad core, 8-thread Intel Core i5 8250U processor (1.6 GHz base clock and 3.4 GHz boost clock)
  • Intel UHD 620 onboard graphics (places somewhere between a GeForce 910M and 920M in terms of performance)
  • 6” FHD SVA anti-glare WLED-backlit display

If you want something sleek and modern at a rather affordable price, check out the HP 15-BS145TU 15.6” laptop. It doesn’t feature dedicated graphics, but the combination of 8th gen Intel processor technology and 8GB of DDR4 RAM makes this machine a formidable entry level option for budget gamers.

It is by no means perfect, but the extreme multitasking ability combined with lots of efficiency means that you can carry the 15-BS145TU with you while travelling, without worrying about running out of juice before you can get to a charging point. The full-size keyboard feels tactile and crisp, while the full HD 1920 x 1080 SVA anti-glare display is absolutely stunning.

Because of the b/g/n WIFI, this laptop will be slightly slower when it comes to wireless internet capabilities, but it’s still nothing to scoff at if your college campus or office is still using b/g/n routers. A 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD will take care of all your mass storage needs, be it photos, games, software, or movies. But remember- this HDD doesn’t have a copy of Windows loaded on it from the factory, so you have to arrange your own OS (which is probably Windows 10 if you are interested in gaming).

Pros-

Quad-core, 8 thread CPU with 6MB of L3 cache delivers a lot of multitasking performance while consuming very little power

Intel UHD 620 onboard graphics performs significantly better than older generation inbuilt graphics processors from Intel, and can play certain modern titles on low graphics settings

HP TrueVision HD webcam, performs well for most video calling tasks (don’t zoom in too much, or it will distort picture quality)

Multi-gesture touchpad and full-size chiclet keyboard (but those arrow keys are awful for gaming)

DVD R/W drive

Good enough audio quality for a laptop this cheap

Cons-

The battery life is usually between 5 to 6 hours, but drops significantly while gaming

You have to purchase your own copy of Windows 10, since this laptop comes with DOS

 

4. Lenovo Ideapad IP320

Overview-

The NVIDIA GeForce 920MX graphics and 6th gen Core i3 processor make this laptop a brilliant choice for students, budget gamers, and office professionals. What it lacks in terms of display resolution, it makes up for through the high speed 8GB DDR4 RAM and a nice pair of 1.5W stereo speakers.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Comes with NVIDIA GeForce 920MX graphics, 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
  • 6th generation i3 processor, dual core, 4-thread and 2GHz clock speed
  • 8GB of DDR4 RAM, can be expanded up to 16 GB

The IP320 is good at many things, but great at none- while the Dolby technology and dual 1.5W stereo speakers ensure an audio experience better than 90% of similarly priced laptops out there, however the 1366 x 768 display means we can’t really recommend this as a good laptop for watching online streams or movies.

The 6th generation Intel Core i3 processor is great at gaming and multitasking, but we really wish this laptop had a GT930M instead of a 920 MX, that would have made it one of the best budget gaming laptops out there in terms of raw performance.

While the build quality of this laptop is amazing, and it has plenty of I/O options on the side (including a DVD writer), the battery life isn’t spectacular so despite being one of the most compact and well-built 15.6” laptops out there, it isn’t recommended for frequent travelers.

So, who should purchase this laptop? We believe it is perfect for home usage, or business work (creating spreadsheets and presentations, etc.). Also, the gaming performance of this laptop is without a doubt better than most of the laptops available for less than 40,000 rupees. If you are willing to look past the 768 display resolution and mediocre battery life, this is an amazing laptop for the price.

Pros-

The Intel 6th generation i3 processor is fast enough for daily computing workloads while also being highly efficient

8GB of DDR4 RAM is perfect for gaming and multitasking

NVIDIA GeForce 920MX is equipped with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM and it is almost as powerful as a 930M

802.11 AC WIFI for high speed wireless connectivity

Dual 1.5-watt Dolby speakers provide great audio

Cons-

The touchpad is hard to use

Webcam could have been better

 

5. Lenovo Ideapad IP320S

Overview-

Similar to the IP320 in terms of design, with some key feature/ spec differences- it uses a 7th gen i3 instead of a 6th gen i3, and features Intel HD 620 integrated graphics instead of dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 920MX graphics.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Only 19.33mm in thickness, weighs 1.7 kg
  • Battery life is around 4-5 hours with medium usage, 7-8 hours with light usage (browsing, viewing documents, etc.)
  • Onboard graphics isn’t fantastic, but more than enough for playing f2p/ indie games or even older AAA games from 2013 or 2014

If you are willing to trade a bit of graphics power for an extra compact laptop, then the IP320S is perfect for you. It is slimmer and lighter than the IP320, and also sports a faster processor in the i3 7100U (2.4 GHz, dual core, 4-thread CPU).

However, unlike the IP320, this one doesn’t have dedicated graphics from NVIDIA. But, the Intel HD 620 integrated graphics is no slouch- its performance in games lies in-between the GT910 and GT920 graphics cards from NVIDIA.

If you are a student, traveler, or business professional who likes to do some light gaming for recreation, then this laptop is for you. It is equipped with 802.11 ac WIFI, a feature that should be present on every modern laptop. The 1TB HDD is sufficient for mass storage, while the 4GB of DDR4 RAM ensures effortless multitasking. But if you are more into gaming, we recommend adding in an extra 4GB of DDR4 for good measure.

Pros-

Extremely compact and lightweight

Brilliant battery life

Comes with Windows 10 64-bit OS and a 1-year subscription of McAfee anti-virus

802.11 ac WIFI is many times faster than older b/g/n type WIFI systems

Multi-gesture touchpad

Premium metallic finish (not actual metal body, it is plastic)

Narrow bezel display

Cons-

This laptop will heat up quite a bit if you play games for more than 2-3 hours

It comes with 4GB of RAM, but since the integrated graphics shares memory with RAM, we highly recommend that you upgrade to 8GB of RAM

 

6. Acer Aspire 5 A515-51G

Overview-

What is powered by an Intel Core i5 8250U processor, has a battery life of 7+ hours, looks incredible, and comes with both Windows and Microsoft Office installed from the factory? That’s right, it is the brand-new Acer A515-51G.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Intel 8th gen Core i5 8250U processor, 4 cores and 8 threads, base and boost clock of 1.6 GHz and 3.4 GHz respectively
  • Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics shares memory with RAM, performs better than a NVIDIA GT910M in certain game titles
  • Up to 7 hours of battery life with light usage, around 3 hours while gaming

A brilliant processor, high speed RAM, and a lifetime subscription to Microsoft Office. What else would a professional need from a budget laptop that costs under 40,000 rupees? Well, it could use an additional 4GB of RAM, which brings us to the point of how easy it is to upgrade the RAM on this Acer laptop.

All you have to do is remove the bottom cover, add in a RAM stick, and screw the cover back in. That is all, now you have a laptop that performs on par with much more expensive models in everyday tasks and gives models with NVIDIA GeForce 910M graphics cards a run for their money.

The Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics is definitely no slouch and can play specific AAA games on low graphics settings at fairly smooth framerates. With a 1-year international travelers warranty, you no longer have to worry about servicing your laptop when something goes wrong on a journey.

Talking of travelers and journeys, the 7+ hour battery life and ultra-sleek design makes this laptop an absolute pleasure to carry around with you while travelling.

Pros-

The Core i5 8250U is perfect for multitasking because of 8 threads, and the 3.4 GHz turbo boost enables it to play newer games at smooth framerates

Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics is the best non-discrete graphics system available in this price range, and it can actually beat an NVIDIA GT 910M dedicated graphics card

1TB HDD is perfect for mass storage

Comes with Windows 10 Home and Microsoft Office preinstalled so you can get to work right away

The battery life on this laptop is amazing

Cons-

The laptop surface catches dust and sweat very easily

No DVD drive

 

7. Acer E5-575

Overview-

Similar in terms of gaming performance to the A515-51G but comes with 8GB of DDR4 RAM and Ubuntu OS instead of Windows 10. Also, the sound quality on this laptop is better than any HP or Dell model that you can get at the same price.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Intel 7th gen processor, i5-7200U with 2.5 GHz base and 3.1 GHz boost frequency
  • HD 620 integrated graphics, similar performance to UHD 620
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM, upgradeable to 16 GB

Nothing beats a good old Acer in the budget category, and the E5-575 is a shining example of that. It is reliable, affordable, and versatile- all the qualities that we have come to expect from budget Acer machines over the past few years.

Battery life is exceptional, thanks to the 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor which sports 2 physical cores and 4 logical cores along with a 2.5GHz base frequency. While running games, this CPU will ramp up all the way up to 3.1 GHz in order to maintain smooth framerates.

Don’t push the graphics settings too high, after all this laptop doesn’t feature dedicated GPU and has to make do with Intel HD 620 integrated graphics. The 8GB of DDR4 RAM is more than enough for multitasking and gaming, but if you are interested in video or photo editing, you can always add an additional 8GB of DDR4 memory.

The 8X DVD writer and SD card reader slot complete the full suite  of I/O options, while 802.11 ac WIFI keeps you connected with the world at lightning fast speeds.

Pros-

Comes with one of the best processors for gaming that you can find in a laptop costing under 40,000 rupees

The HD 620 integrated graphics shares memory with RAM, but since there is 8GB of high speed DDR4 memory installed in the laptop, you will face no issues while gaming

Acer TrueHarmony sound ensures a superior audio experience compared to ordinary stereo speaker systems found on similarly priced laptops

Battery life of up to 5 hours with medium usage

Full-size chiclet keyboard

Cons-

Doesn’t come with Windows OS installed

The display lid is a little thin, and needs to be handled carefully

 

8. Dell Inspiron 15 3000-series model 3567

Overview-

If the 768p display resolution and 4GB of RAM aren’t much of a concern to you, then this Dell 15.6” laptop is a very good budget gaming laptop. The RAM can be expanded up to 16 GB, and the MaxxAudio processing technology significantly enhances the audio quality of the dual 1.5 w stereo speakers.

Key Specs & Features-

  • Intel Core i5 7200U processor- 2 cores, hyperthreaded, 2.5 GHz base and 3.1 GHz turbo
  • 4GB DDR4 RAM at 2400 MHz, can be upgraded up to 16 GB of DDR4 RAM
  • Radeon R5 M430 2GB DDR3 graphics card with 5 compute units and 1000 MHz memory clock

It is sleek, lightweight, and loaded with modern features such as 802.11 ac WIFI as well as a dedicated Radeon graphics card that is equipped with 2GB of DDR3 VRAM running at 1000 MHz. This dedicated GPU doesn’t compare to a GT930M, although it performs similarly to a GT920M.

The 7th generation Core i5 7200U processor has 2 physical cores and 4 logical cores, capable of playing modern AAA games such as Battlefield 1, COD WWII, NFS Rivals, etc.

The 1366 x 768 display is the only real weakness of this laptop apart from the 4GB of RAM. If you own an external 1080p display, you can connect it to the laptop through the HDMI output. There is plenty of internal storage space in the form of a 1 TB HDD.

However since it comes with Ubuntu, you will have to procure your own copy of Windows 10 if you want to play games. There are plenty of I/O ports, along with a DVD writer and SD card reader.

Pros-

The Radeon R5 M430 2GB graphics card can run most older AAA games at playable framerates on low graphics settings and 768p resolution

Intel Core i5 7200U is fast, and also very efficient

Battery life of this laptop is about 5 to 6 hours with medium usage

Full-size keyboard feels great to type on

The laptop is built well, and audio quality is above average

Cons-

Comes with Ubuntu, you have to install your own copy of Windows 10

Needs a RAM upgrade to 8GB

 

Conclusion:

The most important thing to do while choosing a laptop in any price range is asking yourself the question- “is this laptop going to meet MY needs?” In other words, you have to decide which features are beneficial to you, before you read reviews and look up videos of people playing games on said laptop.

The key point to remember here is that everyone has different preferences, and there is no perfect laptop out there otherwise everyone would buy only that specific laptop and all the other laptops would cease to exist.

Some gamers don’t care about the display resolution while purchasing a budget gaming laptop because they know that they can’t afford a full HD display and playing the game at a smooth framerate with decent visuals is much more enjoyable than playing the game on 1080p resolution and 24 fps (sorry console owners).

Long story short, take note of the features that you want, features that will help you get more out of the laptop based on where you plan to use it (home, office, college, travelling, etc.)