Our Pick of the Top Gaming Laptops For Under $500


Although top spec gaming machines can run into the thousands, it’s perfectly possible to find a decent laptop with good gaming capabilities for under $500, without too many compromises.

It’s worth considering buying extra peripheries at a later date; extra RAM are readily available, and at budget friendly prices, so if you find your original purchase lacking as your gaming prowess and demands grow, there’s no need to get a whole new machine.

What to look for in a new gaming laptop for under $500?

  • Processor: For under $500, there’s no need to compromise on power, and even though top spec games can be resource-hungry, a processor of 2GHz is perfectly adequate for all but the greediest
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM is the standard offering, and there’s nothing to stop you upping this further down your gaming road
  • Battery Life: For any laptop, this is always going to be an important question, and it depends on how often you plan to be out and about with your machine, away from a power source
  • Screen Size: While bigger is frequently considered better, you can still get a decent game-playing sized screen for under $500
  • Graphics Card: For most gamers, a dedicated card, that produces superior graphics, is preferable; however, if you need to compromise, and go with an integrated one, a dedicated card can be installed later.

We’ve found some great gaming laptops for under the $500 mark; have a look through our featured machines

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

Last updated on August 13, 2020 7:14 am

2) HP Premium Business Laptop

2019 HP 15.6 Inch HD Premium Business Laptop PC, Intel Dual-core i3-7100U, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 1TB HDD, USB 3.1, HDMI, WiFi, Bluetooth, Windows 10, W/ Legendary Computer Backpack & Mouse Pad Bundle

Last updated on August 13, 2020 7:14 am

3) Asus Vivobook 15 Thin and Light Laptop 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

Last updated on August 13, 2020 7:14 am

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