11 Best Gaming Laptops Under $800 of 2021 Reviewed

Within the gaming market, games are constantly evolving, becoming more and more demanding with every increase in gaming quality. Because of this, it would be understandable to presume that you would need to invest a lot of money in a laptop that offers the right, CPU, GPU, and screen for all of your gaming needs. This simply is not the case.

Technology has advanced so far that you can buy portable performance that was once only available from a desktop computer. Prices for decent gaming laptops have been dwindling in recent years. For $800 dollars, you can get a gaming laptop capable of running the latest games in beautiful Full HD.

There is actually a wide variety of options available at this price range. We know it can be hard to figure out the best choice for you. That’s we’ve created this list. Here are the 11 best gaming laptops under $800, 2021 edition.

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Best Overall

Dell G3Dell 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • CPU: Quad-Core i5-8300H 4.0GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD

Best Slim Laptop

Acer Nitro 5Acer Nitro 5
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ 3.5GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Best Touchscreen

Asus TUF FX504Asus TUF FX504
  • CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H 3.9GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Best for Students

MSI 15.6" FHD IPSMSI 15.6″ FHD IPS
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ 4.0GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Best Battery Life

Lenovo Legion Y7000Lenovo Legion Y7000
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz
  • GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Best Overall

ASUS TUF GamingASUS TUF Gaming
  • CPU: Core i5-9300H 2.40GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 512GB SSD

Best Slim Laptop

Acer Nitro 5 15.6"Acer Nitro 5 15.6″
  • CPU: Quad-Core Intel i5-8300H 2.3GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • RAM: 12GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Best Battery Life

HP Pavilion Gaming LaptopHP Pavilion Gaming Laptop
  • CPU: Quad-core Intel i5-8300H 2.3GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • RAM: 12GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 1 TB HDD

Best for Students

MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-615MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-615
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H 2.4GHz
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 512GB SSD

Best Overall

ASUS TUF Gaming 17.3"ASUS TUF Gaming 17.3″
  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H CPU 3.7GHz
  • GPU: AMD Radeon RX560X
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 512GB SSD

Best for Students

ASUS TUF Gaming 15.6"ASUS TUF Gaming 15.6″
  • CPU: Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3GHz
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • STORAGE: 512GB SSD

The 11 Best Gaming Laptops for Less than $800

GizmoFusion has found the top 11 options within this price range which we hope will help you make the right choice. You can read all about these laptops below.

Dell 15.6" FHD IPS

1. Dell 15.6″ FHD IPS ( Editor’s top choice – you won’t find a better option for $800)

CPU: Quad-Core i5-8300H 4.0GHz | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD | Battery: 56Whr | Dimensions: 15 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs

Great screen
Plenty of RAM
Lots of storage
Won’t be able to run AAA games
Lower battery life
Mediocre GPU

The Dell 15.6” FHD IPS is a fantastic model for a very reasonable budget, offering powerful performance without straining your bank account. We choose it as our best gaming laptop for $800 for a number of reasons.

It runs on an Intel Quad-Core i5-8300H processor which is a fantastic processor that offers performance similar to the standard of the i7 while being exceedingly cheaper. It offers excellent bang for buck in a gaming laptop under $800, and will rival the performance of some desktop computers.

This is a fantastic CPU and is paired with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, which means you can expect some brilliant gameplay. The GPU does offer some limitations, you will be able to run some higher-level games, however, you will have to keep the graphics to a minimum and should not expect any additional immersive features.

This GPU would be more suited to those who want to play mid-level games as you won’t really need to limit the quality of your gameplay and you’ll be able to play without worrying about FPS drop.

This laptop also offers an exceptional 16GB of RAM. This is more than enough to run any game on the current market while also offering excellent multitasking potential. This means your laptop will move with the evolving world of gaming and you won’t need to upgrade your laptop’s RAM any time in the near future in order to cater to modern game’s demands.

For such a low-budget laptop you get an amazing amount of storage, even more than what you would expect from many higher costing laptops. You get Hybrid Storage of 2TB HDD and 512GB SSD. This means you will have no issue storing plenty of games while also being able to access them quickly. The 512GB SSD also works nicely with the Windows 10 operating system, allowing fast booting of all your frequently used applications and games.

You get a fantastic 15.6-inch anti-glare screen that offers a resolution of 1920x1080p. A common issue with Dell models is lower quality color saturation and dim brightness, surprisingly this is not the case with this laptop. You get fully immersive coloring and HD view that allows for exceptional viewing quality of your games.

Looks-wise you can’t really go wrong with this laptop. It’s very sleek in appearance and is not overly flashy like many gaming laptops on the market. Its lightweight also makes it perfect to use on the go, making this laptop versatile and perfect for multi-use purposes.

Overall this is an exceptional gaming laptop for its price, offering great quality gaming and vast amounts of storage and memory. It’s arguably the best gaming laptop under 800 dollars.

 

Acer Nitro 5

2. Acer Nitro 5 (The runner up)

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ 3.5GHz | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 15.35 x 10.47 x 1.05 inches | Weight: 5.95 lbs

Great screen
Plenty of RAM
Good storage
Heavy
Won’t comfortably run AAA games

Coming in at a close 2nd place for best gaming laptop under 800 dollars is the Acer Nitro 5. This laptop is another excellent budget model that offers a fantastic gaming opportunity for a reasonable price.

It runs on an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor that offers clock speeds up to 3.5GHz, which is a good speed for completing laptop tasks. This is paired with a GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB Graphics Card which is fairly typical for an $800 gaming laptop. As previously stated, it offers a decent opportunity for some powerful gameplay, but will not be able to handle AAA games or generally high-level games at high settings.

This would be fine for those who play low to mid-level games as you will be able to push the graphics without experiencing FPS drops or interrupted gameplay. For such a low price laptop, it would be reasonable to upgrade the GPU yourself in order to have access to pretty much all games on the market as all of the other components of the laptop would be able to support this.

If you were to do this, the cost would come to less than what you would pay for a laptop that already has a powerful GPU and so may be worth considering.

Where this laptop excels is through the generous amount of RAM that it has to offer. With 16GB of RAM, you will have absolutely no problem running any game up to the laptop’s capabilities.

You will get excellent multitasking, which would be suited for those of you that stream. The storage provided with this laptop is also fantastic. You get a nice 1TB HDD as well as a 256GB SSD. This means that not only will you have plenty of room to house your games, along with other miscellaneous data, but you will also be able to access this data quickly.

This also means faster boot times for not only your games but your laptop too. Overall this amount of RAM and storage is excellent for a budget laptop and should definitely be taken into account when looking through other options.

The 15.6-inch HD screen is also something that Acer does not compromise on. It is backlit and anti-glare which means you will not need to worry about light reflecting onto your screen and ruining your gaming experience.

You get a nice 1920x1080p resolution which is what you should expect from most gaming laptops, no matter the budget. The color saturation is sharp and means you can have some nice gameplay without the screen quality being an issue.

The laptop looks good too, utilizing the common red and black combo that has become prominent in the gaming laptop market. However, it is not overly flamboyant and will still fit in nicely with environments other than gaming.

One issue with the laptop is that it is on the heavy side, this limits its versatility slightly as it will not be easy to just put into your bag on the go and so is limited to in-house use. Despite this, it’s still one of the best gaming laptops under $800.

 

Asus TUF FX504

3. Asus TUF FX504

CPU: 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H 3.9GHz | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 19 x 16 x 4 inches | Weight: 5.1 lbs

Great amount of RAM
Plenty of storage
Good CPU
Bland colors
Can’t run AAA games
Easily marked casing

The Asus TUF Gaming laptop is another brilliant budget gaming option. Offering a powerful CPU, you have an excellent foundation for some serious gameplay.

This laptop operates on an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor that is capable of reaching clock speeds of 3.9GHz. This is a fantastic CPU and has similar power to an i7 processor. This CPU is capable of hyper-threading and so encourages fast access to games as well as fast running speeds.

This is matched with a GeForce GTX 1050 GPU. This GPU is fine for mid-level games, but I would definitely not expect anything more than that in terms of gameplay.

Due to the use of this GPU this laptop will not be able to run AAA games or higher-level games on high graphics settings without encountering issues. You should have absolutely no issue with maxing out the settings on some lower-level games and if mid-level gaming is what you are most interested in, then this shouldn’t be a problem.

However, if you are looking for the ability to play some high-level games such as; GTA, Call of Duty, and Apex Legends there is always the option to upgrade your GPU.

I have previously discussed the financial advantage of upgrading this GPU as opposed to buying a laptop with a more powerful GPU, and with gaming laptops, it is usually straightforward to upgrade this particular component, so this would definitely be something worth looking into if necessary.

You get a nice 16GB of DDR4 RAM which is more than enough to fulfill all of your gaming and multitasking needs. This is especially useful for those of you who intend on streaming your games, as you will be able to run all of the necessary software to do so without your actual gaming being interrupted by FPS drops or lag.

As the current GPU means you’ll only really be able to play mid-level games, you will have no worries with this about of RAM with your games. Even if you were to upgrade, this amount of RAM would still be perfect as most games on the market only really require 8GB.

You are all set in terms of storage too, as this laptop provides a good 1TB HDD paired with 256GB SSD, you will have plenty of room for housing games and other data as well as having quick access to all of that data.

One reported issue with this laptop is that the SSHD hybrid is a little slower than what you would expect it to be in terms of game loading and laptop boot speeds. However, this is still faster than if you just used HDD and so shouldn’t be too much of an issue, it is worth noting though.

Another area that this laptop falls behind slightly in is its screen quality. The actual 1920×1080 resolution is fine when gaming and you get some pretty clear coverage. However, the color display is pretty bland which can take away from the immersion of games slightly, though this won’t be completely detrimental to your gaming experience.

The laptop itself has a nice appearance, using that black and red combination that appears quite frequently in this list. The black casing is prone is finger marking, but once again this will not affect your gameplay at all and is just a cosmetic concern.

MSI 15.6" FHD IPS

4. MSI 15.6″ FHD IPS

CPU: Intel Core i5-7300HQ 4.0GHz | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 4GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 41WHr | Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 5.07 lbs

Great CPU
Fantastic screen
Classic gaming laptop look
Limited GPU
Not a lot of storage
Not very portable

Once again, here we see a brilliant gaming laptop from MSI. Running on an Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor with the capability of hitting clock speeds of 4.0GHz, you get some good speeds for gaming.

This is a fantastic base for some great gaming capabilities, however, it is unfortunately held back by the GPU. This laptop runs on a GeForce GTX 1050 4GB GPU which is capable of providing some solid mid-level gaming at high settings, however, you are not going to be able to run high-level AAA games to an enjoyable standard.

Of course, there is the option to upgrade if you want to be able to run these kinds of games, and doing so would not be detrimental to your bank balance, however, if you are more of a casual gamer that doesn’t really want to play these demanding games, this laptop would be perfect as it is. It offers an excellent balance of performance for a gaming laptop under 800 dollars.

You get 16GB of DDR4 RAM which will enable you to run any game, that the rest of the laptop’s components allow, comfortably, while also being able to multitask without any concern of compromised gameplay. This amount of RAM is perfect for streamers as it means you will be able to have a lot of applications and software without the quality of your streams being compromised.

Somewhere, where this laptop does fall behind slightly in comparison to the previously mentioned laptops on the list, is through storage. The 256GB of storage is absolutely fine if you plan on having some low-level games in rotation, you will be able to do so while having quick access to them.

However, if you were to decide to upgrade your GPU in order to run some AAA games, you would definitely need some external storage in order to keep things such as pictures and movies stored.

The 15.6inch screen is full HD and offers some nice, well-saturated colors that encourage some seriously immersive gameplay. Not only are the colors rich, but this is matched with a 1920×1080 resolution which is perfect for most games on the market and is what you should expect from a gaming laptop.

The screen is bright, which is sometimes an issue for gaming laptops as often models will have a brightness limit in order to preserve battery life. This means you shouldn’t really encounter any screen glare that would interrupt your gameplay.

This laptop has a nice old-school gaming laptop appearance and is comparable to some of the classic Alienware designs. Personally, I think this looks good, with the classic red-backlit keyboard, you really get that gaming laptop look.

One issue with the laptop is that the design is quite thick and heavy, which wouldn’t be fantastic to use portably. It also has been reported to have quite noisy fans so it wouldn’t be great to use if you were to use it on the go, however, this can be expected from most gaming laptops.

If you find that you want to spend less than 800 bucks on a gaming laptop, you should read this report on the very best gaming laptops for less than 600 dollars.

 

Lenovo Legion Y7000

5. Lenovo Legion Y7000

CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H 2.3GHz | GPU: GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch FHD (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 57WHr | Dimensions: 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.2 inches | Weight: 8.55lbs

Great screen
Brilliant design
Good CPU
Great amount of RAM
Mediocre GPU
Not a lot of storage
Weighty

The Lenovo Legion Y7000 gaming laptop has been described by critics as a ‘smart and sophisticated gaming laptop’, offering brilliant gameplay opportunity at an even better price point. It’s a great option for an $800 gaming laptop.

This gaming laptop runs on an Intel Core i5 processor which reaches speeds of up to 2.3GHz, making this laptop capable of a number of things such as, 3D modeling, video editing, and graphics design.

If paired with a good GPU you have some good potential for some great gaming. Unfortunately, this laptop pairs an excellent CPU with a very average GPU. The GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is a slight upgrade from the 1050 but has very similar limitations.

Once again you’ll be unable to comfortably run AAA games, but you will be able to run some higher-level games on low/medium settings. It all depends on your personal preference. For a beginner, this would be absolutely fine but for some of the more hardcore gamers having such limitations on gameplay may ruin the immersion.

As previously stated, this would be absolutely fine for the more casual gamers as mid-level games such as The Sims and Minecraft would run absolutely fine. If this was an issue, there is always the option to upgrade your GPU.

This laptop continues the trend of offering a fantastic amount of RAM, with 16GB DDR4 you are not limited in terms of multitasking and what games you can run (other components permitting).

For such a budget laptop it is excellent that Lenovo is able to offer such a high amount of RAM. It means you’ll be able to stream and also keep up with the ever-changing demands faced with gaming. If you were to upgrade your laptop to allow it to run AAA games, you wouldn’t have to upgrade your RAM at all.

Like the previous model, this laptop has a 256GB SSD, which means you will have fast access to your data. This is fine if you plan on having a few mid-level games on rotation, however, if you were to upgrade your laptop to be able to run more demanding games this would simply not be enough. More than likely this will not be something that you’ll encounter, however, you should definitely keep it in mind.

One thing that can be said is that this laptop looks fantastic, it has a nice sleek design and a high-quality case which just looks good. This laptop also utilizes a red-backlit keyboard but it keeps its gaming look to a minimum and could be used comfortably in an external environment.

The screen also looks fantastic, providing deep and rich colors on a high-resolution screen, you can’t really go wrong with this laptop. As far as gaming laptops under 800 dollars go, it’s a good choice.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming

6. ASUS TUF Gaming

CPU: Core i5-9300H 2.40GHz | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 14.2 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 4.85 lbs

Great CPU
Plenty of storage
Better GPU than most on the list
Bad screen
Lower battery life

For such a low dollar laptop, this is an absolutely fantastic laptop that is comparable to some older high-level gaming laptops. It offers good performance for a cheap price.

It is refreshing to see a GPU that is better than the 1050 or the 1050 Ti. This laptop uses the NVIDIA GeForce 1650 which is a great mid-tier GPU and is capable of hitting 60fps at 1080p at medium to high quality in most games.

It will still struggle with hitting high settings on AAA games, but it will be able to run most of them comfortably. It depends on the individual game and how well it’s optimized. This is once more paired with an Intel Core i5 Processor, with clock speeds of 2.40GHz. As we know, this is a brilliant CPU and will only support the GPU in providing some excellent, fast gameplay.

Once again you get an excellent 16GB of DDR4 RAM, matched with a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, you will be able to run a number of high-level games smoothly.

You will also have no issue in terms of streaming capability, as you will be able to multi-task nicely while running some more demanding games. While doing this you won’t need to worry about your stream or game being interrupted.

You also get a nice 512GB SSD which is more than enough to comfortably house a number of high-level games as well as any other data you may have installed. Not only will you be able to comfortably house a vast amount of data, but you will be able to access this data quickly too, especially applications that you heavily rotate between.

What is refreshing about this gaming laptop is the nice break away from the red backlit keyboard. Though the red-backlit keyboard isn’t a bad thing, it is nice to see ASUS taking a different approach and producing something that looks like a good modern laptop, not just a gaming laptop.

Aside from its sleek appearance, the laptop is also very lightweight. This, paired with its less flashy appearance, makes this laptop highly versatile. It runs on a Windows 10 operating system and you’ll have access to plenty of Microsoft applications.

This would mean that if you were someone like a student who enjoyed gaming, you would not need separate devices to go between work and gaming.

Where this laptop falls slightly short is through its screen quality. It falls victim to what a lot of low-budget laptops do, which is promising an HD quality screen but providing poor colors and a dim screen.

As previously suggested, many low-budget gaming laptops do this in order to preserve a little battery life, but it takes away from a lot of the immersion and is quite disappointing.

ASUS does its best to make one of the best gaming laptops under 800 dollars and delivers. Aside from a few small issues, this is a very impressive gaming laptop for its price.

 

Acer Nitro 5 15.6"

7. Acer Nitro 5 15.6″

CPU: Quad-Core Intel i5-8300H 2.3GHz | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 12GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 7.7 lbs

Great CPU
Good looking screen
Plenty of RAM
Mediocre GPU
Dated appearance
Thick bezels
Heavy

The Acer Nitro 5 is another brilliant gaming laptop for such a low budget. Offering decent gameplay for a far more than decent price.

This laptop runs on an i5 processor with clock speeds of 2.3GHz, a reasonable choice for a gaming laptop under 800 dollars. As we know, this is an excellent gaming CPU that is comparable to the i7 in terms of power, if games were CPU dependent you would have no issue with this component, however, this is unfortunately not the case.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti will be able to comfortably run mid-range games, however, you definitely would not be able to run higher-end AAA games as the GPU simply is not powerful enough. This would be absolutely fine for casual gamers, as most mid-range games would run without any issue. However, if you wanted to run higher-level AAA games, the GPU would need to be upgraded.

With this laptop we see the RAM decreased slightly, going from 16GB to 12GB. This will make absolutely no difference to your gaming capabilities as most games on the market, even higher-level games, will not need more than 8GB of RAM.

You will fall behind slightly if you attempted to stream, as you won’t have as much multitasking potential and your stream and gameplay may be interrupted.

For the current capabilities of the laptop, you get plenty of storage. With 256GB of SSD, you will be able to comfortably keep a few games in rotation, along with miscellaneous data. You will also have plenty of fast access to this data, especially the applications that you keep in rotation. If you were to upgrade the laptops GPU in order to play some higher-level games, you would definitely need to add some external storage.

The look of the laptop leaves a lot to be desired. It’s quite a heavy laptop that resembles a lot of the older models, with an odd casing structure and undesirable matte finish that makes fingerprints appear prominently.

It also has thick bezels that surround a surprisingly good quality screen. The screen is HD and anti-glare, offering saturated and clear colors. Offering a good 1920x1080p resolution and not falling victim to the lack of quality that often comes with budget gaming laptops.

Overall this gaming laptop has a lot of potential to be a fantastic model and in its current state, is perfect for some mid-level gaming.

 

HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

8. HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop

CPU: Quad-core Intel i5-8300H 2.3GHz | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 12GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 1 TB HDD | Battery: 52WHr | Dimensions: 14.4 x 10.01 x 1.00 inches | Weight: 5.18lbs

Optane memory
Looks great
Good CPU
Can’t run AAA games
Can’t upgrade RAM
No SSD Storage

Further down our list of best gaming laptops under 800 dollars is HP’s Pavilion Gaming Laptop. The first thing that you will notice about this laptop is how good it looks. It’s not your usual red backlit gaming laptop, it instead uses a bright green on a nice slim model.

While clearly resembling a gaming laptop, it does not fall for all the aesthetic gimmicks that have become slightly predictable. It also has a unique vent layout that, though it takes up some space, only adds to the modern appearance of the laptop.

The screen is also excellent, offering a nice HD high-resolution screen, with sharp and well-saturated colors. This laptop also uses anti-glare technology, which means you will have uninterrupted gameplay, no matter your location.

Aesthetic aspects aside, how do the internal components that support your gameplay hold up? When it comes to the processor, this gaming laptop has you set. You get a solid i5 processor with clock speeds of 2.3GHz, this is an excellent processor and is powerful enough to run all the games you would need it to, GPU permitting.

The GPU is where you are let down slightly, though it would be fine for the more mid-level gamer, this gaming laptop is not capable of running high-end AAA games on comfortable settings. This may not be an issue as you may not be interested in anything more than casual gaming, but it is certainly something to keep in mind. As I’ve previously stated, there is always ample opportunity to upgrade your GPU in order to run these higher-level games.

You get a great 12GB of DDR4 RAM, this is plenty to run all games on the current market while also not wasting any RAM that you won’t use. This may hold you back slightly if you are a streamer, as the multitasking of software while gaming may be interrupted.

However, if you do not stream this would be fine for general multitasking comfortably. One thing to note is that this is not upgradable and so you won’t have the opportunity to add more RAM if need be.

This laptop also interestingly uses 16GB of Optane memory, which is basically cache memory. This means you’ll have faster access to frequently used files and even faster boot times. In terms of storage, you get a 1TB HDD which will be plenty to store all of the games and other data, but you won’t have quick access to this data.

While it’s not the best gaming laptop under $800, it’s a well-rounded gaming laptop and would nicely suit a mid-range gamer.

MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-615

9. MSI GF63 Thin 9SCX-615

CPU: Intel Core i5-9300H 2.4GHz | GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 51WHr | Dimensions: 14.1 x 10 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 4.2 lbs

Good CPU
Descent storage
Lightweight
Poorer screen quality
Lower amount of RAM
Underwhelming GPU
Unable to stream

Like the rest of the gaming laptops on the list, this laptop runs on an i5 processor, which has clock speeds of 2.4GHz and is an exceptionally good processor at a very good price.

If gameplay depended on the CPU alone, you would be fine. However, this is not the case. This gaming laptop uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti which is an absolutely fine gaming GPU and will deliver some excellent mid-range gameplay.

However, you should not expect to be able to play AAA games in high settings, instead, this laptop sits comfortably with mid-demanding games and will be able to run these without any issues. As always, there is the option to upgrade your GPU if necessary.

You only get 8GB of RAM with this laptop, decent for a gaming laptop under 800 dollars. This has you covered in terms of gaming, you’ll be limited multitasking-wise. If you’re just using your laptop for general browsing this won’t be an issue, but if you plan on gaming while using other software you will see interruptions.

This amount of RAM means you definitely will not be able to stream either. You get a good 512GB of SSD storage which will be plenty to store all of your games along with other data, while also giving you fast boot time. This also supports the Windows 10 OS that comes with this laptop.

The laptop itself looks really good. It is slim and lightweight which means it’ll be easy to pop in your bag and use on the go. It has that classic gaming look, using a backlit red keyboard.

What is good is that it’s not too over the top and could fit easily into any environment without looking odd. The texture pattern on the casing is quite odd when matched with the bright red, but it’s all preference.

The screen is a little disappointing, offering high resolutions but falling behind in terms of color quality and dim brightness, something that isn’t too uncommon with gaming laptops.

Despite these small issues, it earns its place among the best gaming laptops under $800. This is a really good gaming laptop and would be a decent option for some entry-level gamers.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming 17.3"

10. ASUS TUF Gaming 17.3″

CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3550H CPU 3.7GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon RX560X| RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 17.3-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 15.7 x 11 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 6 lbs

Good CPU
Larger screen
Good amount of storage
Could use more RAM
Will struggle with AAA Games
Low-quality screen

This laptop differs from the majority of gaming laptops on this list and uses an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU. This is newer than the i5 and falls behind very slightly in terms of performance, however, it is more power-efficient and will not cause your laptop to heat up as much while gaming.

This is also paired with the AMD Radeon RX560X GPU which will play most modern games at medium graphics.

It’ll struggle to hit more than 45 FPS with some higher-level games which will definitely take away from the immersion of the game, as you should really expect a minimum of 60 FPS. You won’t have this issue with mid-level games and will be able to play comfortably without any drop in gameplay.

This gaming laptop has a slightly bigger screen than the rest on the list, coming in at just over 17 inches. This screen is HD and anti-glare, with a resolution of 1920×1080, this is good for most modern games and you’ll get a nice clear view of what you’re playing.

But what becomes noticeable with such a big screen is the low quality of the colors and the lack of depth in the display. This is disappointing and can often be distracting when playing, however, this will not be detrimental to your gameplay.

What is good about this gaming laptop, is that the increase in screen size does not make the model clunky or unattractive. It looks good, with a sleek case so this laptop would look good in any setting.

This laptop also offers 8GB DDR4 which is plenty of RAM in most modern gaming scenarios, especially games that match this laptop’s capabilities. However, you will be restricted in terms of multi-tasking. If you would like to use your laptop for streaming, this laptop simply won’t meet the requirements so it would definitely be worth looking at another model. For general gaming use, your multitasking will be fine.

You also get plenty of storage, it is doubtful that you will need more than a 512GB SSD drive to house your games and other data. Not only will you have plenty of room for storage, but you will have quick access to applications along with fast boot times for games and your device as SSD is faster than just HDD.

In conclusion, this is a really good entry-level gaming laptop and should be considered for those who are new to gaming or those who want a solid foundation to build a good gaming device. It is the most power-efficient laptop on our list of best gaming laptops under 800 dollars.

 

ASUS TUF Gaming 15.6"

11. ASUS TUF Gaming 15.6″

CPU: Quad-Core AMD Ryzen 7 3750H 2.3GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 4GB | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 48WHr | Dimensions: 14.17 x 10.31 x 1.02 inches | Weight: 4.8 lbs

Good GPU
Good CPU
Simplistic look
Not capable of AAA
Poor screen
Only 8GB of RAM
Not good for streaming

Though this gaming laptop is at the bottom of the list, it is still a great budget laptop. Operating on an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor, hitting clock speeds of 2.3GHz, you get pretty much what you would expect from the i5, just for a lower price. It’s also a power-efficient option for a gaming laptop under 800 dollars.

This is paired with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 which is quite a good GPU, capable of hitting 60 FPS at 1080p in mid to high-level games, this GPU is actually a lot better than what other laptops on the list offer.

However, you once more won’t really be able to hit ultra settings or comfortably play AAA games, but this laptop is excellent for medium-quality games.

This gaming laptop gives you plenty of storage, with 512GB SSD you will not have any issue housing whichever games you decided to install and keep in rotation. You will have quick access to these games, along with any other data you decide to download, such as films and music.

Even if you were to buy an upgrade for your GPU to be able to run higher-level games, this storage would still be fine. You get 8GB of DDR4 RAM which is plenty to run most games on the current market, however, you will be limited in some areas. You won’t be able to stream comfortably and you will struggle as an editor if your software is very RAM demanding. But general multitasking should be absolutely fine.

This gaming laptop is very minimalistic, which I think looks really good. It uses a white backlit keyboard which makes it look clean and simplistic, as opposed to the popular bright red that is common in gaming laptops.

The case also looks good and could easily blend into any setting, increasing the versatility of the laptop. This laptop would be good if you were someone who casually games and doesn’t want a laptop completely dedicated to gaming, as this could be used at school or work comfortably.

Once again, unfortunately, the screen quality falls behind slightly. Though you get full HD, the colors are not rich and the screen is quite dim. As previously predicted, this is often done with gaming laptops in order to preserve a bit of battery, if you were to play while plugged in, the brightness would be fine.

Overall, this is a great gaming laptop for the price and should definitely be considered by casual gamers or those who are new to the gaming community and are looking for some good mid-level gaming.

Conclusion

After research, extensive testing, reviews, and comparison, we feel these 11 choices comprise the best gaming laptops under $800 on the market today.

Our philosophy is that consumers should be able to make an informed purchase. We do our best to provide the best information and resources to help you make the right choice for you.

We hope we’ve helped you on your search for the best gaming laptop under $800. If you want to expand your budget range or look for other budget gaming laptops, we have more plenty of content to offer.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are gaming laptops good for everyday use?

Gaming laptops can be good for everyday use thanks to their stellar performance. For those craving portable performance with few compromises, this is a great solution. However, they can be bulkier and heavier than other more business or work-oriented laptops; and suffer from lower portability due to shorter battery life.

How much RAM do I need for gaming?

4GB of RAM is the absolute bare minimum to run less demanding games. Though, with modern titles becoming ever more demanding, you’re going to want more than just the bare minimum. For newer titles, the minimum recommended amount of RAM is at least 8GB for most games, and 16GB being the sweet spot for smoothness.

What is the best gaming laptop for under 700 dollars?

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