Gaming laptops usually come with powerful hardware, colorful designs and are made to deliver an ultimate gaming experience to the users. But gaming laptops have exorbitant prices too, and it’s hard to find the best one – that doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket.
Understand that gaming involves a lot of heat, which is countered either by powerful processors or cooling systems.
Installing liquid cooling systems within laptops is technically impossible, and that’s why most laptops use powerful processors that demand more memory to prevent them from heating up. And more memory obviously means more money.
When shopping for a gaming laptop within a specific budget, it is important to get the maximum value for the money spent.
Typically, the two major components responsible for running games within a system – are the processor and the video card. So it makes sense to stick to a basic model and spend more on these two, rather than a hardware which has no role in gaming (such as hard drive capacity, touchscreen or screen size).
Opting for the best available CPU configuration and at least 4 to 8GB RAM with a well-known graphics card (such as Nvidia or ATOM or AMD Radeon) – will ensure that you can get a good casual gaming experience. True, you may not be able to play all the high-end and aggressive games, but that’s the price we pay when we go for cheaper configurations.
Take a look at the following 10 best gaming laptops under $300 –
Lenovo IdeaPad 110 is powered by Intel Pentium 4405U processor (upto 2.10 GHz). It has Intel HD integrated graphics card and 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM, but you do have an option to add an extra 4GB chip for improving the performance.
Apart from that, you get a 500GB HDD for storage, an optical disk drive, 4-in-1 card reader, webcam, Ethernet, 802.11 AC WIFI and the usual ports for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA Out, 3.5 mm Combo Audio Jack etc. The display resolution is 1366 x 768, and it has a HD webcam mounted at the top of the display screen.
The laptop weighs 4.85 lbs and runs on Windows 10 as the operating system and comes with a dual 1.5 W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio. It offers 2-3 hours of battery life with moderate usage.
Acer Chromebook 15 CB5- 571- C1DZ is powered by Intel Celeron 3205U 1.5 GHz Dual-core processor. It has Intel HD Graphics DDR3L shared graphics memory and DDR3L 4GB SDRAM.
You also get a 16GB SSD for storage, SD card reader, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, inbuilt webcam along with the ports for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI etc, and it doesn’t have any CD/ DVD drive. The screen resolution is 1920 x 1080 full HD with IPS technology.
The laptop has a dimension size of 15.08″ x 9.65″ x 0.97″, weighs around 4.85 lb and runs on Google Chrome as its operating system. It offers upto 9 hours of good battery life.
HP 14-inch (14-bw010nr) has an AMD dual core E2-9000e 7th generation APU (up to 2GHz), and Radeon R2 graphics card (that’s enough for playing games like Half Life, CS 1.6), along with 4GB of DDR3 SDRAM onboard.
The 5400 rpm HDD has a storage size of 500GB and is loaded with Windows 10 Home. The other connections are available for USB 3.1, USB 2.0, HDMI, Ethernet, 802.11 ac WIFI, Bluetooth, card reader and VGA Out. The display is 1366×768 SVA BrightView WLED-backlit.
The laptop measures 9.4 x 13.4 x 0.9 inches, is light and weighs only 3 lbs – making it ideal to travel with. It offers a good battery life upto 6 hours with moderate usage and upto 4 hours, if you are using for streaming videos or games.
Dell Inspiron i3541-2001BLK is a durable and reliable option for gaming and multitasking. It is powered by AMD A6-6310 Quad Core Processor (upto 2.4GHz) and comes with integrated AMD Radeon R4 graphics card and 4GB DDR3L-1600 RAM.
The other specifications include a 500GB 5,400RPM Hard Disk Drive, DVD Burner drive, 3-in-1 Card Reader, integrated webcam and microphone, and various ports for USB 3.0, USB 2.0, HDMI output, Ethernet, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11b/g/n Wireless etc. The screen is 15.6″ in size and has 1366 x 768 HD resolution with Truelife LED Backlit technology.
The laptop weighs around 5.85 lb and runs on Windows 8. It offers a battery life upto 6.5 hours with moderate usage.
Lenovo N22 11.6-inch is a slim but high performance laptop with Intel Celeron N3050 processor (1.6GHz – 2.16GHz with 2MB Cache), integrated HD graphics and integrated audio card.
It has 4GB DDR3 RAM, 64GB eMMC Solid State Drive, MicroSD Card Reader, ports for HDMI, USB 3.0 & USB 2.0, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n 2×2 wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, combo headphone /microphone jack and an advanced 180-degree rotating HD webcam. The screen resolution is 1366 x 768 backlit anti glare. It has a water resistant keyboard while the touchpad is sealed.
The laptop is extremely light with a weight of 2.8 pounds and runs on Windows 10 Professional. It offers a good battery life upto 14 hours.
ASUS C100PA-DB02 10.1-inch Touch Chromebook Flip comes with a convertible design and excellent performance, and includes a quad-core Rockchip 1.8 GHz processor and 4GB DDR3 RAM.
It has Chrome operating system loaded on the 16GB SSD storage device. Other specs include 2 x USB2.0 port, micro-HDMI port, microSD card slot, 802.11ac wireless connection Bluetooth 4.1, headset jack, etc. It does not have any DVD drive.
The laptop is exceptionally slim and light-weight (with just 2 pounds) and measures 0.61x 0.35x 7.18 inches. It has a 10.1 inch LED lit screen with a display resolution of 1280 X 800 with In-Plane Switching technology.
The keyboard however is comparatively smaller as compared to other Chromebooks. The laptop offers an average battery life upto 6 hours.
HP 15-F387wm 15.6 Touch is well built and a reliable laptop that comes with an AMD Quad-Core A8-7410 2.2GHz processor (2MB L2 Cache) along with AMD Radeon R5 graphics card and 4GB DDR3L SDRAM.
It has a 500GB 5400RPM sata hard drive, SuperMulti DVD burner, integrated 10/100 BASE-T Ethernet, 802.11b/g/n wireless, multi-format media card reader, USB2.0, 2 x USB3.0, VGA webcam with integrated microphone, high definition audio with speakers and a 15.6 inch high definition WLED backlit display with a resolution of 1366 x 768.
The laptop weighs around 5.67 pounds and measures 15.2 x 10.2 x 1 inches. It has
Windows 10 Home 64-bit Edition as its operating system.
Dell Latitude E6430 14.1 inch laptop is powered by Intel Dual Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz processor with 3MB Cache, and has Intel integrated graphics (32 MB) and 8GB DDR3 SDRAM memory.
The other specifications include a 320GB Hard Drive, DVD ROM drive, dual-band (802.11a/b/g/n) high speed wireless, 10/100/1000 Gigabit ethernet port, three USB ports, HDMI port, along with a microphone and headphone jack and a 14 inch anti-glare LED-backlit display with a screen resolution of 1366 x 768.
The laptop runs on Windows 7 Professional. The battery life ranges between 7.5 hours to 2.5 hours depending upon the workload.
Acer CB3-531-C4A5 15.6 Chromebook has an Intel Celeron N3060 Dual-Core 1.6GHz processor with a burst frequency of 2.48GHz and 2MB L2 Cache. The integrated Intel 400 HD graphics, integrated audio and 2GB LPDDR3 RAM are apt for casual gaming and day to day task.
The other specs include 16GB flash storage, SD card reader, 802.11ac Wireless LAN, two USB 3.0 ports, HDMI port and a 15.6 inches backlit LED high definition display with a resolution of 1366 x 768.
The laptop measures 0.95 x 10.08 x 0.95 inches, weighs around 0.84 pounds and is loaded with Google Chrome as the operating system.
HP 15-F222WM 15.6 Inch is powered by Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core processor (up to 2.66 GHz turbo). It has Intel HD video card with 1792 MB graphics memory, and 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM.
It comes with a 500GB 5400 RPM SATA hard drive, SuperMulti DVD/CD Burner, multi-format media card reader and 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN. It has ports for 10/100 Fast Ethernet, HDMI, USB 2.0, 2 X USB 3.0 and has a combo headphone/microphone jack. You also get a VGA webcam with an integrated microphone mounted at the top of the screen. The high definition touch screen display is 15.6 inches with a resolution of 1366×768.
The laptop comes with Windows 10 home 64-bit operating system. The 3-cell lithium-ion battery can last upto 5 hours.