Best Gaming Laptops Under 800

15 Best Gaming Laptops under $800

If you think decent gaming hardware is for the rich, then you’re about to be proven wrong. This is a list of the top gaming laptops all under $800.

While PC gaming can be a pretty expensive hobby, it doesn’t necessarily have to be. Budget gaming builds are a hobby in itself as computer enthusiasts compete to build the most powerful and low cost computer rig they can. But those computer builds are often big and bulky and have no mobility, so that leaves us with gaming laptops.

Brands like Alienware, Razer, and ROG seem to make our collective jaws drop when they reveal the price of their laptops, and for good reason. They are dedicated to providing top of the line equipment that can deliver the highest performance without a whole lot of thought to the cost.  But for many of us we don’t necessarily need all that power.

Games can run just fine on lower end hardware, and while they might not be set at the highest graphics settings, they deliver the same gameplay and satisfaction. Now if you are a competitive player then your opinion might be different as a fast reaction time is mandatory for the higher levels of play.

But what if you could have the best of both worlds? A price conscious laptop that also performs well. That is what this list aims to bring you. While you won’t find the Razer Blade or the top Alienware gaming laptop on this list, you will find high performing pieces of hardware that will allow you to play your games in high quality without performance issues.

The downside to these laptops is that they will begin struggling if you are looking to stream or record content. They can handle most games perfectly fine, however once you add on additional resource demands such as rendering video footage, you may suffer some performance drops.

While browsing these laptops keep in mind that many of them allow for aftermarket RAM and hard drive upgrades. While you may not want to do this right away as it could possibly void the warranty, later on down the line you may be able to double your RAM and increase the size of your solid state drive. If you aren’t worried about the warranty, then upgrading the laptop right away might get you the extra performance you need in order to meet your goals.

 

Legion Y540 15″ – $699

Starting off the list is the entry level laptop for Lenovo’s Legion series of gaming laptops. These laptops come packed with features and hardware while also retaining a lightweight and clean feel. No more carrying around a brick of hardware. The Legion series is a relatively new gaming series and was designed to compete with the gaming laptops of larger manufacturers such as the Asus ROG lineup.

If you’re a League of Legends esports fan then you might recognize TSM’s famous mid laner, Bjergsen on a number of advertisements and promotions. This is because TSM has teamed up with Lenovo to help develop and promote the Legion series, and with professional gamers helping to design a gaming laptop you know it will be done right.

Pros

Excellent overall laptop that provides solid hardware and good performance. Lenovo optimizing hardware will make sure you can get the most out of your computer

Cons

The CPU is two generations behind the current line and has a lower clock speed than desired

CPU9th Gen Intel i5-9300HF 2.40GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.10GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory12 GB DDR4 2666MHz (4 GB + 8 GB)
Hard Drive512 GB PCIe SSD
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 2060 6GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, anti-glare, 250 nits, 60Hz
Battery3 Cell Li-Polymer 57Wh

Acer Nitro 5 15.6” – $799

The Acer Nitro series is also a group of gaming laptops developed by Acer to compete with mid-range gaming laptops. While they aren’t as well known as their competitors, Acer has been putting the work into developing laptops that incorporate excellent hardware at a decent price.

Pros

Provides an excellent hardware combination that should provide excellent performance

Cons

The Acer Nitro is a gaming series that is relatively new, so there may still be bugs and hiccups in their optimizing software.

CPU10th Gen Intel i5-10300H 2.50GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.50GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2933MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB NVMe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
Battery4-cell Li-Polymer Battery, 3560 mAh (Up to 9 hours of battery life)

MSI GF63 THIN 9SCX-005 – $699

MSI has been a staple in the gaming laptop industry. They’ve developed a large variety of gaming laptops, desktops, and computer components. Needless to say they know what they are doing, and when you see their famous dragon emblem on a piece of equipment you know it’s a high quality product.

Pros

MSI is a well established brand that has provided high performing systems and hardware for decades.

Cons

Slightly older hardware but still provides good performance.

CPU9th Gen Intel i5-9300H 2.40GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.10GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2666MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive256 GB NVMe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS
Battery3-cell (51 Whr) Li-Polymer

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15IMH05 – $769

When you think of a gaming laptop, an IdeaPad generally doesn’t come to mind. However Lenovo has designed a select few to provide high performance at a decent price point, and this guy comes pretty loaded. The best part about this laptop is that while it carries some excellent hardware, it still retains the sleek lightweight appearance the IdeaPads are known for.

Pros

Good battery power and a high performance CPU

Cons

IdeaPads have historically been casual day-to-day computers, so don’t expect any optimal software that will boost performance.

CPU10th Gen Intel i5-10300H 2.50GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.50GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2933MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive256 GB PCIe NVMe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 250 nits Anti-glare, 60 Hz
BatteryIntegrated Li-Polymer 45Wh battery

Lenovo Legion 82B5000TUS 15.6” – $799

The second Legion series laptop on the list and the first to incorporate an AMD processor. While it felt like AMD might have fallen off the wagon, within the last several years they have made an incredible comeback with high performing hardware at a much lower cost than Intel. If you want proof just take a look at this laptop packed with value including a 1.5TB SSD/HDD combo and a 120Hz screen

Pros

The largest hard drive space you will find, an excellent screen with above average refresh rates

Cons

Not a whole lot for cons, this laptop really is a great bargain for what you are getting.

CPUAMD® Ryzen™ 5 4600H 3.00GHz (6-core Processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 3200MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB PCIe + 1TB 7200RPM HDD
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 250 nits Anti-glare, 120 Hz
Battery4-cell Lithium Ion

ASUS TUF Gaming FX506LI-BI5N5 15.6″ – $799

The ASUS TUF brand has seemed to have gone through a couple renditions until it landed on its new and improved branding. It just goes to show that the gaming laptop market is a highly competitive place and can easily push out those that aren’t up to par. Luckily ASUS did the right thing and went back to its roots to rebuild a struggling line of laptops and turn them into performance monsters.

Pros

Solid hardware that comes with preloaded software to help optimize and increase performance.

Cons

Very low hard drive space so an external drive may be needed.

CPU10th Gen Intel i5-10300H 2.50GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.50GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2933MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive256 GB PCIe NVMe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 250 nits Anti-glare, 60 Hz
BatteryLithium-ion polymer

Dell G3 15.6” – $749.99

While Dell isn’t really known for it’s gaming PCs or laptops, they are one of the largest PC distributors in the world, so they know a thing or two about building a decent PC. This laptop comes with a good combination of hardware and price, but do be cautious as Dell has a tendency to include quite a bit of bloatware on their systems. It also provides the Alienware Command Center which allows you to fine tune the settings of your games.

Pros

Good balance of hardware and cost with a sleek presentation and lightweight feel.

Cons

Dell can load up its computer with bloatware which is mostly useless programs that can hinder performance

CPU10th Gen Intel i5-10300H 2.50GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.50GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2933MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB PCIe NVMe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 120 Hz
BatteryLithium-ion polymer

HP Pavilion 15-ec1073dx 15.6” – $699

HP is another dominating figure in the PC market, but again its main brand isn’t that well known for providing high end gaming hardware. That’s why a highly rated gaming laptop such as this is a little bit of a surprising find. AMD once again shows that it can provide high end performance with a low cost solution via its Ryzen line of processors and the low price of this laptop.

Pros

High quality laptop with a good arrangement of parts

Cons

HP is known to install a lot of bloatware so you may need to uninstall random software for optimal performance.

CPUAMD® Ryzen™ 5 4600H 3.00GHz (6-core Processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 3200MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive256 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 250 nits Anti-glare, 120 Hz
Battery3-cell Lithium Ion

MSI Modern Gaming MODERN14A015 17” – $749

The Modern Gaming line from MSI is a bit of a change up from its usual gaming series. As you can see it doesn’t feature the dragon emblem as MSI is gearing this laptop for more of a mixture of professional and gaming use. It utilizes the new Ryzen CPU graphics to provide a price conscious choice for consumers looking for a good balance of performance and cost.

Pros

Sleek new look for those who want a gaming laptop with more of a professional vibe

Cons

Does not have a dedicated graphics card so it may struggle to keep up with resource demanding games.

CPUAMD® Ryzen™ 5 4500U 2.30Hz (6-core Processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2666MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsAMD Ryzen 4500U Graphics
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 60 Hz
BatteryLithium-ion polymer

Lenovo IdeaPad S340 15.6” – $779

Another IdeaPad on the list, this time it’s incorporating an AMD Ryzen 7 with Vega 10 graphics. With AMDs newly improved Ryzen line and the software it provides, the Vega 10 graphics system can provide decent performance for gaming, graphics design, and other GPU intensive tasks.

Pros

Good balance of hardware and price

Cons

Utilizes the new Ryzen onboard graphics which will usually be outperformed by a dedicated graphics card.

CPUAMD® Ryzen™ 7 3700U 2.30Hz (6-core Processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2400MHz (8 GB)
Hard Drive256 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsAMD Radeon RX Vega 10
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 250 nits Anti-glare, 120 Hz
BatteryLithium-ion

Asus TUF A15 15.6” – $799

Another TUF laptop makes the list, but this time it’s equipped with an AMD Ryzen 7 4000 series and double the SSD capacity. The Ryzen 7 is an incredibly strong processor for what it costs and combined with the RTX 2060 you will never have to worry about performance being an issue.

Pros

Extremely powerful 8-core processor and graphics card.

Cons

RAM is on the lower side and could possibly bottleneck performance if not upgraded.

CPUAMD® Ryzen™ 7 4800H 2.90Hz (8-core Processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2400MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-glare, 144 Hz
BatteryLithium-ion

HP Envy x360 2-in-1 15.6” – $729

While this laptop doesn’t provide a dedicated graphics card, the AMD integrated graphics can hold their own in most cases. This laptop is a great option for those that are looking for an in between laptop that can be used for gaming and work, and even has a touchscreen.

Pros

Great overall laptop that provides usability for gaming and work.

Cons

Does not have a dedicated graphics card so it may struggle to keep up with resource demanding games.

CPUAMD Ryzen 5 4500U 2.375 Hz (6-core processor)
Memory8 GB DDR4 3200MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive256 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsAMD Radeon Integrated
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-glare, 60 Hz, Touchscreen
Battery3-cell lithium-ion

Acer Nitro 5 17.3” – $799

This is a surprising find in a market mainly based around 15” laptops. The Acer Nitro 5 17.3 provides a large screen with excellent performance while still making it under the $800 cut off.

Pros

Screen size is a definite plus to this build as well as a top of the line processor.

Cons

Compared to the other specs the GPU is lacking a little bit, but nonetheless should provide solid performance

CPU10th Gen Intel i5-10300H 2.5GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.50GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory8 GB DDR4 2666MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti 4GB
Display17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-glare, 60 Hz
Battery3-cell lithium-ion

MSI Modern 15.6” – $799

If you are looking for a laptop with the newest hardware pack into it while also retaining a professional and worklike appearance, the MSI Modern 15 is for you. With an 11th Gen processor and 16GB of RAM this computer can handle your gaming or graphics design needs.

Pros

Top of the line hardware such as the 11th Gen Intel processor and new integrated graphics

Cons

Does not have a dedicated GPU so may lag behind in some performance tests, however the integrated graphics can handle almost any game you can throw at it.

CPU11th Gen Intel i7-1165G7 2.8GHz (With the capability to boost up to 4.70GHz with built in overclocking)
Memory16 GB DDR4 3200MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsIntel Iris XE Graphics
Display15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-glare, 60 Hz
Battery3-cell lithium-ion

Refurbished Gaming Laptops

While purchasing a brand new system can feel great, shopping for a used or refurbished laptop can save you a lot of money and land you a high tier laptop for a portion of the cost. Take this ASUS ROG Zephyrus for example:

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G 15.6 – $650

Finding a gaming laptop like this under $1000 is almost impossible, but checking refurbished or lightly used products can secure you a sweet deal like this one. Most refurbished products are certified and tested to make sure they are ready to go, so you shouldn’t worry about getting a faulty product.

Pros

Excellent value for the cost

Cons

The item will come used so you won’t get it completely brand new, however it should be factory reset and tested to ensure its optimal use.

CPUAMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3GHz (4-core processor)
Memory16 GB DDR4 2666MHz (8 GB + Open)
Hard Drive512 GB SSD PCIe
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q 6GB
Display15.6” FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-glare, 60 Hz
Battery4-cell lithium-ion

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