Many gamers are looking for the most affordable gaming laptops on the market. They want to get the best gaming laptop for the money without sacrificing too much performance; this can be a challenge!

You see, buying a gaming laptop can be super expensive because games are always demanding a higher performance from the machine to get the realism that gamers desire today.

When you’re looking for budget gaming laptops, you need to look at the price to performance ratio. If you spend more than $1000 for the portable rig, then you might as well save up a more for the top of the line models for a couple more hundred dollars.

That being said, there are many gaming laptops in today’s market that pack a powerful punch at a reasonable cost and this artice covers our top 4 favorite budget laptops for the gamer at heart.

1. Asus ZX53VW – Best Affordable Gaming Laptop for Most People

The Asus ZX53VW is a great mobile gaming rig that doesn’t drain your bank account.

The 6th generation Intel i5 CPU and GeForce 960 allows enough performance to do what you need at a fraction of the cost. Each of the other laptops offers a little more power in a few categories each.

The closest matchup of the four would be the Acer Aspire VX15 (VX5-519G-5652) which cost about the same price. Where the Asus lacks is it does not have as good of a graphics card nor processor as the Acer Aspire, but the Asus boasts more SSD storage space.

Therefore if you have a huge game collection and it is important for you to have much space, you may want to get the Asus because it is powerful enough to handle most of the games you want to play.

This laptop is also very light for a gaming rig, weighing in at 5.1 pounds you should not worry too much about carrying it on the go.

Asus ZX53VW Specs

Graphics Card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4GB discrete graphics
CPU: 6th generation Intel i5-6300HQ 2.3 GHz Processor (Turbo to 3.2 GHz)
Storage: 512GB SSD
Weight: 5.5 Pounds
Display: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Lots of storage space
  • Lightweight
  • Cost effective
  • Short battery life
  • CPU/GPU On the lower end

2. Acer Aspire VX15 VX5-519G-5652 – Another Cheap but Decent Gaming Laptop

The Aspire VX15 is one of the best budget PCs on the market. It stretches the dollar to get you loads of power.

This laptop has many configurations at different pricing. It is important to know that this particular configuration is the core set up. We also review the high power configuration on the end of the roundup.

This set up is the same price as the Asus ZX53VW with a significantly better graphics card and 7th generation CPU.

The VX15 is the combination of cost meeting the demands of power all while sacrificing storage space. If you have a bunch of games, then you may consider buying a portable hard drive to save games and information.

Acer Aspire VX15 Specs

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 with 4 GB of dedicated GDDR5 VRAM
CPU: 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor (Up to 3.5GHz)
RAM: 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage: 256GB SSD
Weight: 5.1 Pounds
Display: Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-backlit IPS Display
  • Fast performance
  • Lightweight
  • Cost
  • Poor Screen
  • Minimal Storage Space

3. Asus K501UW-AB78 – Great Price, Great Spec Gaming Laptop

The Asus K501UW-AB78 laptop is an excellent balance of cost, power, and an attractive design. The CPU is better than the Asus ZX53VW and Acer Aspire VX15.

There is also a lot more storage on the SSD compared to the Acer Aspire VX15 which will allow you to store so many more games without an alternative solution.

Even though there is a boost in power, the laptop is the lightest in weight improving the ease of mobility.

If you are looking for a machine that has the second best power yet the best storage space for a little bit higher of a price than the previous two, this one is for you.

Asus K501UW-AB78 Specs

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M discrete graphics
CPU: Intel Core i7 processor
RAM: 8GB memory
Storage: 512GB Solid State Storage
Weight: 4.4 Pounds
Display: 15.6” Full HD anti-glare display
  • Anti-glare display
  • Lightest in weight
  • Fast CPU
  • Short Battery Life

4. Acer Aspire VX 15 VX5-591G-75RM – Best Budget Gaming Laptop (most powerful)

The upgraded version of the Aspire VX15 is the best laptop when it comes to the specs as it has a significant amount of power over the rest for only a little bit more in cost.

The laptop is the same as the core version of the VX15 that we looked at earlier except it boosts the performance with more RAM (16gb total) and upgraded Core i7-7700HQ 7th Generation Intel processor – WOAH! It also comes with better graphics as well opting for the powerful 1050 Ti version of the Nividia GeForce GTX video memory.

The Nividia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti gives super smooth graphics on many integrated laptops and it makes the Aspire VX15 a very powerful gaming laptop for a very reasonable price.

Out of all the laptops we have looked at, this one is the HULK, but just like the stripped down version of it, it lacks in storage capacity, so if you have many games then you may want to look into upgrading the drive space.

Asus Aspire VX5-591G-75RM Specs

Graphics Card: 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GDDR5 VRAM
CPU: 7th Generation Intel Core i7-7700HQ Processor (Up to 3.8GHz)
RAM: 16GB DDR4 Memory
Storage: 256GB SSD
Weight: 5.51 Pounds
Display: Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen IPS display



  • Loaded with memory and processing power
  • Lightweight
  • Cost effective
  • Short battery life
  • Minimal storage capacity
  • Screen is not the best quality

Final Thoughts

The bottom line with these 4 gaming laptops is that they’re all a great choice if you aren’t a hardcore gamer but are looking for something sufficient enough for moderate gameplay. Something else we haven’t mentioned is that these are also fantastic laptops for general use. If you’re in need for a super efficient laptop to browse the internet, watch videos you own or on sites such as YouTube or Netflix, catch up with friends on social media and play games, the laptops in this list are a perfect choice.

Let us know which laptop in this list is your favorite or if there’s others you think we should add.