Best Gaming Laptop Under $800

While laptops have become an integral part of our daily lives, either for watching videos, listening to music, or even office work. However, in the endless discussion that is laptop specification, the only common ground everyone looks for before making a decision is an item’s “Gaming Performance.”

Gaming has been a near-omnipresent requirement, and a demanding part of any device making it the informal measure of its performance. From the graphics display to the sound quality, and even the response of input hardware all weigh in determining the gaming capability of a laptop.

However, supreme performance comes with the supreme price. But fret not, for a budget-friendly range of within 800 dollars, here are some of the best gaming laptops meets both your budget and your requirements

1. Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop

Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop, 15.6 inches Full HD IPS Display, AMD Ryzen 3 3200U, Vega 3 Graphics, 4GB DDR4, 128GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 in S Mode, A515-43-R19L

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Starting off this list is the unbelievably priced Acer Aspire 5 Slim laptop, proving that just because those thousand-dollar entries are out of reach does not mean you have to settle for less. Going for as low as 322.93 USD, you can expect high-end desktop performance with its AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Mobile Processor, keeping you on top of both work and play.

Take your gaming experience to the next level thanks to its onboard Radeon Vega 3 Graphics Card displayed in an LED-backlit 15.6” Full HD IPS Screen.

Design-wise, the Aspire 5 looks classy with its aluminum hood. Its slim chassis makes it perfect for gamers and laptop users on the go. Also, with the latest Windows 10 S Mode operating system, you no longer have to worry about your security.

 

Hardware Specifications – Acer Aspire 5 Slim Laptop
Processor AMD Ryzen 3 3200U Dual-Core Processor (Up to 3.5 GHz)
Storage 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD
RAM 4 GB DDR4 Memory
Operating System Windows 10 S-Mode
Graphics AMD Radeon Vega 3 Mobile Graphics
Display LED-backlit 15.6” Full HD IPS Screen w/ Acer Color Intelligence and Acer BlueLight Shield
Battery/Life Lithium-Ion Battery, 7.5 Hours Battery Life
Weight 3.97 Lbs

PROS:

  • Solid desktop-level performance
  • Long battery life
  • Sleek and lightweight
  • Very low price for a gaming laptop

CONS:

  • Small storage size
  • It has no USB Type C ports
  • Display bezels are quite wide

2. ASUS VivoBook 15

ASUS VivoBook 15 Thin and Light Laptop, 15.6" Full HD, AMD Quad Core R5-3500U CPU, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, Windows 10 Home, F512DA-EB51, Slate Gray

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Asus closely follows with its aggressively priced entry for the budget-friendly gaming laptop race, sitting at close to 480USD. Powered by the more powerful AMD Quad Core Ryzen 5 3500u and just 07.” thin, it is a laptop that delivers on both performance and portability.

The VivoBook 15 allows a wider viewer experience with a thinner bezel on its 15.6 inches full HD monitor, with crisp graphics powered by AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 card. The laptop’s featured NanoEdge display pushes the screen-to-body ratio to 88%. 

Also, ASUS does invest in user comfort with the ergonomic ErgoLift hinge to aid in a variety of user typing positions, although the screen can not be tilted to a full 180 degrees. Furthermore, its chiclet keyboard gives that slight tilt which makes typing easier.

 

Hardware Specifications – ASUS VivoBook 15
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Quad-Core Processor (Up to 3.6 GHz)
Storage 256 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 Memory
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Graphics AMD Radeon RX Vega 8
Display 15.6” anti-glare Full HD Wide View
Battery/Life 2-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 37WHrs Battery Life
Weight 3.97 Lbs

PROS:

  • Aggressively priced, given the specs
  • Slim and light, making it easy to carry anywhere
  • Flexible monitor positioning courtesy of the ErgoLift
  • It has a USB Type C port
  • Stylish color options

CONS:

  • Not ideal for multitasking
  • Battery life

3. Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop

Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop, 15.6" 120Hz Full HD, AMD Ryzen 5 R5-3550H Processor, GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD, Gigabit Wi-Fi 5, Windows 10 Home, FX505DT-AH51, RGB Keyboard

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The name explains the purpose, this next entry from ASUS begins their line of laptops designed especially for gaming. Built for long and intense playing sessions with construction compliant to Military Standard MIL-STD-810 and dual fans with anti-dust technology. If that is not enough, go pro with the FX505DT’s RGB keyboard whose color is even customizable with a bit of tinkering.

This entry-level benchmarker runs on the Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Processor. Feel free to stream high definition videos or play at your detailed graphics settings with its 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS Type Display powered by an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4 GB Graphics Card. Maximize your viewing screen with Asus’ NanoEdge graphics, with its thinner bezel giving you a wider viewing angle. 

 

Hardware Specifications – Asus TUF FX505DT Gaming Laptop
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 3550H Quad-Core Processor (Up to 3.7 GHz)
Storage 256 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 Memory
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Display 15.6” 120Hz Full HD IPS Type Display
Battery/Life Lithium Battery, 48WHrs Battery Life
Weight 4.85 Lbs

PROS:

  • 120Hz Full HD screen perfect for high-resolution gaming
  • High-volume, side-firing speakers
  • Highly-durable body

CONS:

  • RGB keyboard requires third-party software to modify backlight schemes
  • Audio quality, high-volume at the cost of quality. Improved with headsets.
  • While it has a good battery installed, actual use shows it drains quickly
  • Slightly heavy at 4.85 lbs

4. Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop

Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop, 15.6 Inch FHD (1920 X 1080) IPS Display, Intel Core i5-9300H Processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB Nvme SSD, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, Windows 10, 81LK00HDUS, Black

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The Lenovo Ideapad has to be one of the most cost-effective laptops in the market to sport the 9th Generation Intel Core i5 Processor, going as low as 697 USD. Its chipset supporting an 8 GB DDR4 Memory and a larger 512 GB NVMe Solid State Drives make sure you can play more and save more without the worry of your memory ever running low.

Where other gaming laptops rely on gaming headsets to deliver the best quality sound, expect consistent audio with the L340 and its built-in Dolby Audio technology. You can also expect no less than high-resolution graphics all throughout with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics processing unit projecting on a 15.6 inch full HD IPS display up to 1920 x 1080 resolutions.

 

Hardware Specifications – Lenovo Ideapad L340 Gaming Laptop
Processor Intel Core i5-9300H Processor (2.4 GHz up to 4.10 GHz)
Storage 512 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 Memory
Operating System Windows 10
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Display 15.6” Full HD IPS Type Display
Battery/Life 3-Cell Lithium Battery, 45WHrs Battery Life
Weight 4.84 Lbs

PROS:

  • Sleek design adds to the visual appeal and makes it easier to carry
  • Has adequate cooling, does not heat up easily
  • Easily visible backlit keyboard, large keycaps

CONS:

  • Bad viewing angles since it uses Twisted Nematic (TN) panel for the screen
  • Quite heavy at 4.84 lbs
  • Short battery life

5. 2019 Dell 15.6″ FHD IPS High Performance Gaming Laptop 

2019 Dell 15.6" FHD IPS High Performance Gaming Laptop | Intel Quad-Core i5-8300H | 16GB DDR4 Memory | 512GB SSD +1TB HDD | GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | Backlit Keyboard | MaxxAudio Pro | Windows 10

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This lean and mean beast is one of Dell’s front liners in the gaming laptop market, with a price tag around the 725 USD range. The Dell Game 15 uses NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti to deliver clear, crisp graphics in an anti-glare LED-backlit monitor. Also, cycle freely between work and play with its Windows 10 Home operating system running on an 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8300H processor with a 16 GB RAM.

Appreciate the beauty in basics with its white backlit keyboard. However, get the best of the latest tech with its built-in Waves MaxxAudio Pro audio and an HD 720p-capable webcam with a 4-Cell battery to keep you running better for longer.

 

Hardware Specifications – 2019 Dell 15.6″ FHD IPS High Performance Gaming Laptop
Processor Intel Quad-Core i5-8300H  (2.3 GHz up to 4.0 GHz)
Storage 512 GB Flash Memory SSD + 1 TB HDD
RAM 16 GB DDR4 Memory
Operating System Windows 10 Home
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Display 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
Battery/Life 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 56WHrs Battery Life
Weight 5.57 Lbs

PROS:

  • Long battery life
  • 1.5 TB total memory – 500 GB SSD + 1000 GB HDD
  • Good quality audio

 

CONS:

  • Heavy at 5.57 lbs
  • USB Type-C and Thunderbolt ports are optional

6. MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615

MSI GF63 Thin 9SC-614 15.6" Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GTX 1650, 8GB, 512GB NVMe SSD, Win10

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It comes as no surprise that an item from one of the world’s leading manufacturers of gaming laptops finds itself on the upper half of this list. As other laptops in this range tend to get bulkier and heavier, the MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX superbly goes the other way without compromise in performance, at only 4.10 lbs and 0.85 inches thin. While it currently sits for as low as 729 USD, you can still rely on its brush aluminum chassis. It is also equipped with the latest 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H with a base 8 GB DDR4 RAM with additional 2 slots for a maximum of 64 GB RAM.

This MSI Thin gaming laptop also has 512 GB SSD storage for your games and more. Expect no less visually with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti onboard GPU. Complementing its graphics is its equally enjoyable 3D Surround Sound courtesy of its Nahimic 3 audio.

 

Hardware Specifications – MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615
Processor Intel Quad-Core i5-9300H  (2.4 GHz up to 4.1 GHz)
Storage 512 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 Memory + 2 Slots for Maximum of 64 GB RAM
Operating System Windows 10
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4 GB GDDR5 SDRAM
Display 15; 6 inches FHD (1920 x 1080), IPS Level, 60Hz, 45 percent NTSC, Thin Bezel
Battery/Life 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 7 Hrs Battery Life
Weight 4.10 Lbs

PROS:

  • Thin and slightly lighter than other gaming laptops of this range
  • Additional slots for RAM
  • Resistant to lagging even with multiple applications open
  • Quiet internal fans

 

CONS:

  • Tends to heat up over extended use
  • Power connector port located in the rear middle, instead of the usual side ports.

7. Newest 2020 HP 14″ Premium FHD IPS Laptop Notebook Computer

2020 HP 14" FHD IPS Premium Business Laptop PC, 10th Gen Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G4 Processor Upto 3.7GHz, 16GB RAM, 1024GB SSD, Backlit Keyboard, WiFi, HDMI, USB-C, Card Reader, Windows 10

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Do more with less using the newest offering from Hewlett-Packard. Equipped with the 10th Generation Intel Core i5 – 1035G4 and 32 GB system RAM, feel free to run the latest games with no lags whatsoever. Using the same powerhouse chipset, you can now smoothly watch, edit, and create your own photos and videos – even multiple tabs at once. Back your stronger performance with large storage with its stock 1 TB SSD, boasting one of the largest storage capacities with the transfer speed only solid-state drives can deliver.

It maximizes its 14” WLED-Backlit FHD Display with a thinner bezel and Intel UHD Graphics. Also, it makes for a valuable travel companion, ideal for outdoor gaming sessions since it is only 3.24 lbs light and a little over 0.7 inches thick. For only 748.99 USD, you also get a Ghost Manta gaming mouse valued at about 50 USD.

 

Hardware Specifications – MSI GF63 Thin 9RCX -615
Processor Intel Quad-Core i5-1035G4  (1.1 GHz to 3.7 GHz)
Storage 1 TB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 32 GB RAM
Operating System Windows 10 S-Mode
Graphics Intel UHD Graphics Card
Display 14″ IPS BrightView WLED-Backlit FHD (1920×1080) Display
Battery/Life 3-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 41WHr Battery Life
Weight 3.24 Lbs

PROS:

  • Thin and light for a gaming laptop
  • Large onboard RAM does not slow down even with multiple programs open
  • Ambidextrous keyboard design with soft rubber grips for additional comfort

CONS:

  • Low video memory at only 128 MB, designed more for workstation purpose than intensive gaming
  • Lower battery life

8. 2019 ASUS TUF 17.3″ FHD Gaming Laptop Computer

2019 ASUS TUF 17.3" FHD Gaming Laptop Computer, AMD Ryzen 7 3750H Quad-Core up to 4.0GHz, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIE SSD, GeForce GTX 1650 4GB, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, HDMI, Windows 10

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Inching closer to the standard full HD displays of modern desktop computers is this ASUS TUF FX705DT-DR7N8 17.3” inch wide gaming laptop from the ASUS TUF product line. Log in with this top of the line IPS Level full HD Widescreen LED Display working smoothly thanks to its Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card plus a dedicated 4 GB GDDR5 video memory. Storage woes are tucked away in the backseat with its 8 GB DDR4 RAM and a 512 GB M.2 NVMe PCIe solid-state drive developed solely for multiple-purpose use and fast processing.

It also boasts gaming quality RGB keyboards. Design-wise, the TUF FX705DT also sports the signature “Radiating-X,” breaking free from the usual flat and sometimes chamfered chassis and gives your gaming equipment a bit more attitude. Lastly, the TUF is designed to last as long as you can, and then some more with its military standard MIL-STD-810G compliant design.

 

Hardware Specifications – ASUS TUF 17.3″ FHD Gaming Laptop Computer

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Processor AMD Ryzen 7 3750H (2.3 GHz to 4.0 GHz)
Storage 512 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 + 4 GB GDDR5 Dedicated Video Memory
Operating System Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Graphics
Display 17.3″ IPS-Level Full HD Widescreen LED Display
Battery/Life 4-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 5 Hours Battery Life
Weight 5.84 Lbs

PROS:

  • Large vibrant display
  • Dedicated RAM for graphics
  • RGB backlit keyboard
  • Stylish design with TUF signature Radiating X
  • Laptop durability thanks to its military standard design.

CONS:

  • One of the bulkiest, heaviest gaming laptops at 5.84 Lbs
  • Poor speaker audio quality
  • No USB Type-C port

Stop for a while. This officially ends the list of top gaming laptops below 800 USD. However, if you are willing to chip in a little more to your gaming laptop budget, here are two more impressive gaming machines you might consider. Feel free to read on and see the next level performance a few more dollars can get you.


9. Sager NP6854 15.6 Inches Thin Bezel FHD IPS Gaming Laptop

Sager NP6854 15.6 Inches Thin Bezel FHD IPS Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-9300H, NVIDIA GTX 1050 3GB DDR5, 16GB RAM, 500GB NVMe SSD, Windows 10 Home

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A little past the 800 USD mark is this Sager NP6854 Gaming Laptop, from a company whose name is built around these particular kinds of computers. Enjoy crisp graphics and wider angles with less glare courtesy of its 15.6” Thin Bezel FHD IPS Matte Display powered by the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB GDDR5.

Sager’s entry for the budget gaming laptops also houses 8 GB DDR4 RAM paired with a 240Gb M.2 SSD, perfectly capable of running your games and apps with its Windows 10 operating system. It has a single zone multi-color illuminated keyboard and built-in speakers delivering good quality audio thanks to Sound Blaster Cinema 5 onboard audio card.

 

Hardware Specifications – Sager NP6854 15.6 Inches Thin Bezel FHD IPS Gaming Laptop
Processor 9th Generation Intel Core i5-9300H Processor (2.4GHz up to 4.10 GHz)
Storage 240 GB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 8 GB DDR4 RAM at 2666 MHz
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 3GB GDDR5
Display 15.6” Full HD IPS (1920×1080) Matte Type Display
Battery/Life 4-Cell Smart Lithium-Ion Battery, 48.96 WHr Battery Life
Weight 4.85 Lbs

PROS:

  • Better display quality thanks to its matte screen
  • Full HD works well even at 144Hz screen refresh rate
  • Powerful 9th Generation Intel i5 on board
  • Long battery life

CONS:

  • Has no 4K graphics support
  • Low storage at only 240 GB

10. HP OMEN 15″ Gaming Laptop

OMEN by HP 15-inch Gaming Laptop, 144Hz FHD IPS Display, Intel i7-8750H Processor, NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, 12GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD, Win10H, 15-dc0020nr (Renewed)

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With a little more push, a monster such as the HP Omen can be yours. Imagine a 12 GB GDDR5 RAM and a 1 TB Flash Memory SSD keeping you saving, streaming, and downloading for longer. Go ahead and play even the most visually demanding games to date with its NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 backed up by a 4 GB dedicated memory card.

It runs on Windows 10 operating system and looks stylish in its Shadow Black palette. Its backlit keyboard screams flexibility with customization options on both brightness and running color schemes.

 

Hardware Specifications -HP OMEN 15″ Gaming Laptop
Processor 9th Generation Quad-Core Intel Core i5-9300H Processor (2.4GHz up to 4.10 GHz)
Storage 1 TB Flash Memory SSD
RAM 12 GB GDDR5 RAM
Operating System Windows 10
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
Display 15.6″ (39.62 cm) display, 1920 x 1080 px
Battery/Life 6-Cell Lithium-Ion Battery, 69 WHr Battery Life
Weight 5.29 Lbs

PROS:

  • High specs for a budget-friendly price- 16 GB total RAM, 1 TB SSD storage for around 850 USD
  • Nvidia G-Sync capable, allowing for smoother gameplay graphics
  • Resistant to heating and runs coolly even on extended gameplay times

CONS:

  • Ethernet port requires an adapter
  • Even with a larger battery pack, runs out of charge quite fast
  • Chunky and quite heavy for a laptop of its class

Conclusion

A gaming laptop is designed to withstand applications which are power-intensive and generally demanding for your hardware. Of course, while a better budget definitely gets you a better machine, computer manufacturers have extended their efforts into what has become a race for the best budget-friendly gaming laptop.

A word of advice: before heading out to purchase your next gaming companion, it would not hurt anyone to do a bit of additional research. While the units in this list offer a breakdown of every unit’s specifications, most of these units also come in slightly different configurations to better suit your needs with the appropriate price adjustments. Also, make sure to note that sometimes, the whole is more than the sum of its parts. Manufacturers find a way to maximize the pieces of hardware onboard their respective products.

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