Should you find yourself in the market for a gaming laptop it can be hard to choose which one is the best for you. My advice would be to decide on a budget and stick to it.
When looking at buying a gaming laptop you could easily be misled into thinking that the more expensive the laptop the better the gaming experience, but this isn’t the case and there are many laptops out there that provide ample gameplay without the extortionate price tag.
Top Choices Under $600
Laptops on this list may be suited for those of you wanting something simple to play basic games or maybe even a gamer just starting out looking for their first setup. Here are the eleven best gaming laptops under $600 chosen by GizmoFusion.
HP Pavilion Ryzen 5
CPU: 2.1GHz Ryzen 5 2600H | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 3GB | RAM: 12GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 512GB SSD | Battery: 41 Whr | Dimensions: 14.17 x 10.12 x 0.93 inches | Weight: 4.96 lbs
Variety of output ports
Not as powerful when it comes to AAA games
The HP Pavilion may not be that powerful of a gaming laptop but in terms of the price, it promises a good experience. This laptop is perfect for portable gaming and would be suitable for those wanting to get started but don’t want to break the bank buying their first model.
This gaming laptop is the perfect example of a device made for playing games on the road, thanks to the price point and quality of performance its scores favorably on this list.
The internal features of this laptop contribute to it scoring highly, by including the Ryzen 5 processor and the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 GPU the cost is kept low. Now I know what your thinking if the cheaper components are used then surely this, must affect the performance.
This simply isn’t the case and the combination of this CPU and GPU makes for excellent gameplay comparable to that of the some more expensive laptops. You shouldn’t notice any issues when it comes to playing games on this device, however, should you attempt to run the more strenuous AAA games the quality may suffer and this where you should take the price point into consideration.
Unlike a lot of budget gaming laptops, there has been some care put into the design of this product. It’s thin and light for excellent convenience for portable gaming and with a sleek black design, it’s hard to see that this is a cheaper laptop.
When you open it up the laptop includes a decent, backlit keyboard in green and a speaker that really isn’t that bad above it. Although this is a cheaper end device this isn’t reflected in the quality of components as you are getting a decent quality keyboard and speaker.
The display quality is average but gets the job done and there is a wide range of output ports including a USB 3.1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Type-C, HDMI, WLAN, an SD card slot, and a headphone jack, making this laptop an extremely versatile device able to deal with your connectivity requirements.
Overall the HP Pavilion is excellent value for money in terms of the device you are getting and one of the better options for gameplay quality when it comes to looking at budget gaming laptops.
It’s excellent for gaming on the go as its both light and thin the only issue I could see you having is when it comes to playing AAA games, however, they should be able to be played on the lowest settings.
HP Pavilion Ryzen 5 3550H
CPU: AMD 2nd Gen Ryzen 5 2550H 2.1GHz | GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 52.5 Whr | Dimensions: 14.17 x 10.12 x 0.93 inches | Weight: 4.96 lb
Great design aspects
Variety of output options
Noisy dual fans
Low battery performance during gameplay
Performance falters during higher-end gameplay
The HP pavilion gaming laptop may not be as powerful as other gaming laptops on the market but in terms of the price, it provides reliable gaming and is able to handle everyday tasks to a great standard.
Much like the previous HP laptop we looked at this device is both thin and lightweight for excellent portability and the green backlit keyboard makes for a stylish design. The keyboard is comfortable when in use and the touchpad is what you would expect to get in terms of the price.
The display is no worse than other budget laptops out there but don’t expect to receive a full HD quality, you do have to bear in mind the budget. Much like the first model there are a range of output options to ensure connectivity is easy and the speakers on this device are okay but thanks to the combo headphone/audio jack, adding on some external speakers or a good headset is easy, so this isn’t a major issue.
In terms of the gameplay performance, the Pavilion is comparable against similarly priced laptops. Older games can be played on the highest settings to a great standard and quality and the newer games can be played well, should the settings be dropped to medium quality.
Thanks to the inclusion of the dual fans they do their best to keep the system cool to help maintain solid gameplay when playing the more strenuous games, however, this process is a noisy one so if this bothers you, be warned.
The battery life isn’t too bad at all lasting around 5 hours when streaming videos however for gaming it would be advised to carry the charger. This obviously does affect the portability aspect of the laptop but again you do need to keep in mind the lower price.
Overall the HP Pavilion is a simple laptop for simple gameplay, if you are looking to play the less strenuous games and want to get value for money from your purchase then this is the laptop for you.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000
CPU: 8th gen intel quad-core I5-825OU 3.4 GHz | GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 42 Whr | Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.16 x 0.89 inches | Weight: 4.8 lbs
Good gameplay performance
Can handle tasks well without heat issues
Poor quality display
Low battery life
The Dell Inspiron leaves a lot to be desired, just because your buying a laptop on the cheaper side, it doesn’t mean that you should sacrifice the overall quality.
The Inspiron’s 8th generation intel quad-core processor promises a decent performance in terms of gameplay, although how a laptop performs should be considered one of the most important factors when purchasing a laptop, it isn’t backed up by quality when it comes to the rest of the components.
This gaming laptop does not match the quality of others within this price range in many ways. For example the short battery life, basic design, and average screen display.
Although this is a budget laptop and obviously you get what you pay for there are better options available. The design of this laptop is basic to say the least with its lack of RGB lighting or any other unique features, if aesthetics are important to you, you won’t find them with this device.
The display features quite a thick bezel and the screen itself can be blurry and dim. This laptop includes a simple black keyboard that doesn’t exactly feel luxurious but this is subjective and may appeal to some.
However when it comes to the gameplay and performance thanks to the 8th generation intel core processor it does perform to a decent standard when compared to others in its price range.
This laptop can handle most games well however will struggle with the AAA games but this can be expected when looking at laptops of this caliber. When it comes to running more standard tasks like video streaming and editing photos the inclusion of 8GB RAM means that these tasks can be done without experiencing any issues.
The speakers on this device perform well and provide users with clear and loud sound, and whilst in use, the device manages to keep reasonably cool avoiding issues with overheating.
Overall if you are looking for a basic but productive device that can run tasks and provides a decent gameplay experience then this could be suitable for you, however, it’s important to bear in mind that there are some issues when it comes to the aesthetics, display and battery life.
Acer Aspire 5
CPU: 7th Generation dual intel core 2.7 GHz | GPU: Intel HD graphics 620 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 48 Whr | Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.4 x 0.8 inches | Weight: 5.3 lbs
Thin and light
Slow WiFi connection
No backlit keyboard
Fingerprint marks show up easily
The Acer Aspire 5 lives up to the standard set by Acer’s previous models, with it promising value for money when it comes to features and overall performance. Although there are some minor issues with this device such as lack of a backlit keyboard, fingerprint marks appearing easily and a slow WiFi connection, none of these are deal-breakers and the budget has to be considered.
In terms of the design, the laptop is made from a sturdy plastic and the keyboard area includes aluminium accents adding to that premium aesthetic look.
The laptop is thin and lightweight making for excellent portability and gaming on the go. However as the laptop is black in design fingerprint marks can show up easily and there is no inclusion of any kind of lighting, which is standard for laptops in this price range.
This laptop has large air intake cuts to make for optimal cooling and ensure a lack of overheating issues and allow the system to perform to a good standard, and with a variety of output options, you can be sure of great connectivity with this laptop.
The keyboard is accurate and comfortable for daily use and the trackpad is both responsive and speedy. You can see that there has been care put into the functionality of this laptop and in terms of the price point, you do get value for money with this.
With regards to the performance, the CPU is extremely economic, it runs low when doing basic tasks and increases as it is needed. During gameplay, there should be little to no issues when running mid-level games and as would be expected with this standard of laptop there are some flaws when AAA games are run.
The inclusion of fans further aid this laptop in keeping cool and these also add to the economical value as they only run when required, keeping noise to a minimum also.
CPU: AMD Quad-core processor 2.7 GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon R7 Series | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 1TB Hybrid drive | Battery: 37 Whr | Dimensions: 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.76 inches | Weight: 3.7 lb
Lots of bloatware (unwanted pre-installed software)
The ASUS Vivobook proves that you really don’t have to sacrifice quality when you go for a budget laptop with its inclusion of the ErgoLift hinge allowing for a more flexible design and a more comfortable typing experience. It has a good battery life and solid performance quality making it a viable choice within the budget.
This laptops smaller dimensions make it extremely compact and therefore suitable for use on the go. This practical laptop has a good selection of output ports making connectivity easy.
However, when it comes down to the display, this is where the laptop falters slightly, but after all, you can’t expect everything to be perfect when you consider the lower price point. The display can be dull and struggles to show color in the HD fashion that we are all used to, but if you can overlook this then it’s still a pretty great laptop.
A very generous 16GB of DDR4 RAM is included with this laptop. This means that this amount of RAM is way more than enough to handle the type of games that the other components of this device can cope with.
This device’s compact size means that it can only fit medium-sized speakers, but these are still pretty good and can reach higher sound levels with ease whilst maintaining a good quality of sound. But like with pretty much all laptops, if you want amazing sound you will need to buy some additional speakers or headphones.
Furthermore, in terms of the Vivobook’s performance, it is without lag or speed issues and can run mid-level games well, up to AAA standard however this would have to be on medium settings for a smoother performance.
Thanks to the inclusion of the ErgoLift hinge there is exceptional heat control in this laptop ensuring a quality performance as cool temperatures are maintained.
CPU: Intel Core i5-8300H 3.9 GHz | GPU: Geforce GTX 1050 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6-inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 48 Whr | Dimensions: 15.2 x 10.31 x 0.98 inches | Weight: 5.07 lbs
Decent performance rates
Good quality design
Quiet fans and cooling system
Lacks basic output ports
Short battery life
Hard drive on the small side
The Asus FX504GD-NH51 is perfect for the starter gamer with its affordable price which is made so by the reduction of the battery capacity, so if you are looking for a simple device, not so much for gaming on the go and you are prepared to have this device plugged in regularly, then this could be a viable option for you.
This laptop has an aesthetic quality that you wouldn’t normally see in a budget laptop, with its red markings and strong base making for an extremely sharp design.
This laptop comes with a 256GB SSD drive making it one of the smaller ones on this list. Although the Windows boot time and loading of games will be quick due to the solid-state disk drive, there is not enough memory to have many games installed at once. If you only want to play a small number of games on rotation this won’t really be a problem. But for anyone needing more memory can easily add some external storage.
In terms of the connectivity options, there is a lack of both a USB type C and card reader and although this is a budget laptop you would normally expect to see these features, especially when the chassis is so large.
The keyboard and touchpad are average for a laptop of this caliber with comfortable and responsive keys there isn’t much to complain about. When it comes down to the display however, the contrast isn’t up to scratch with this device struggling to portray colors vibrantly and text doesn’t appear as sharp as it could. However, a benefit of the display not being the best, the response times of the laptop are pretty good.
Now when it comes to the performance, this laptop promises to be consistent and users can expect to experience little to no hardware or software issues. This laptop has the capacity to run many games to a high standard but when it comes to the high-end games this is where you may see the gameplay quality falter.
But again like the majority on the laptops within this price range, they will struggle to handle the AAA games, you have to bear in mind that you get what you pay for.
This laptop does come equipped with fans to help keep the system cool and improve overall performance, and they do this well whilst making little noise so as not to be an annoyance to users purchasing this laptop.
Overall, as this is a budget laptop you can expect for this device to not do so well in some areas, the performance is decent for what you pay but there are better options available on the market.
ASUS VivoBook R510IK-LHFX
CPU: AMD FX-9830P 3.0GHz | GPU: Radeon RX 560 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 44 Whr | Dimensions: 15 x 9.9 x 1.1 inches| Weight: 5.4 lbs
Good running quality
ASUS support leaves a lot to be desired
Cannot handle the higher end games well
Heavier than some devices on this list
The ASUS VivoBook R510IK-LHFX is designed for everyday use, multitasking, basic entertainment, and gaming.
The design features including a patterned lid and palm rests add a touch of luxury to this device although it does lack a strong aesthetic appeal due to its lack of any kind of backlighting which is to be expected due to the price point.
It’s a thin and compact device perfect for portability and convenience, but it is on the heavier side compared to many on this list which is something to bear in mind should you choose to purchase this.
In terms of the display, the inclusion of ASUS Splendid technology make for excellent visual quality on the 15.6-inch screen, this laptop features four different display modes (normal, eye- care, vivid and manual) so there is definitely an option that would be suitable for you and your own personal requirements on this already extremely versatile laptop.
The Vivobook comes fully equipped with multiple USB port options so you can be sure connectivity won’t be an issue especially if you are using this device on the move.
Furthermore, in terms of sound quality, there are both software and audio tuning features included to ensure quality sound performance. The professional-grade codec keeps the sound precise by filtering out background noise to make sure the quality is clear and add to the immersion aspect that you will experience when in use.
Now when it comes down to the performance this laptop can handle the essential tasks very well, promising a good experience should you use this device for entertainment or work making it a suitable option for many of you.
In terms of how the ASUS VivoBook can handle games it’s not too different to others on this list, it can handle a lot of modern games and run them on the higher settings, however, when it comes to the more strenuous AAA games this is when the settings would have to be lowered and you would see a difference in the gameplay quality.
However, this shouldn’t be a surprise after all this is a lower-end laptop.
HP ProBook 455R G6
CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 3500U 2.1GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 | RAM: 16GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920×1080) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 45 Whr | Dimensions: 19 x 9.9 x 1.1 inches | Weight: 4.41 lbs
Upgrades have been made compared to its predecessor
Quality and stable chassis
Decent performance for everyday tasks
Fingerprint scanner is a nice touch
Cannot handle more strenuous tasks and gameplay
Difficult to repair
Unable to run AAA games well
The HP ProBook is advertised towards those looking to purchase a laptop on a budget, with its simple design features and mainly plastic and aluminium casing.
It’s thin and light for excellent portability and gaming on the go. Although it is made mainly from plastic it is sturdy so you can be sure the laptop is reliable, and the bezels are relatively thin adding to the overall sleek and modern aesthetic.
The device comes equipped with a variety of output options such as four USB ports and SD card readers, however, it doesn’t support thunderbolt 3 so if this is important to you I would avoid this purchase.
A unique feature of the HP ProBook is the inclusion of security features such as the fingerprint scanner and the infrared camera. Both are compatible with the Windows hello software and work by unlocking the device both quickly and reliably.
The keyboard and trackpad have improved greatly upon the predecessor of this model with the keyboard being both responsive and comfortable, and the trackpad is large and practical.
The display offers users a quality 1080p experience and as this device does not use PWM to regulate brightness levels, it is unlikely that you will go through eye strain or headaches when you use the laptop for longer periods of time, which we can all agree is a positive.
When looking at how this laptop performs, the ProBook is great for all your day to day business requirements handling tasks such as editing and even playing the older or the more casual of games to a great standard.
However exceeding this the GPU isn’t capable of handling the more complex tasks including AAA gaming, so if you are looking for a laptop to carry out the basic day to day tasks and that is able to run the older less strenuous games then this would be a viable option for you.
The processor can be boosted by an external cooling system should you wish to boost this system, however, if you are looking for something that has a bit more power behind it there are definitely better options available to you.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000
CPU: AMD Ryzen 3 2200U 2.5 GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon RX Vega 3 | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1920 x 1080) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 42 Whr | Dimensions: 14.96 x 10.16 x 0.79 inches | Weight: 4.59 lbs
Good aesthetic wise
Decent quality keyboard
Good heat control
Poor gaming performance
Limited wifi connections
The Dell Inspiron may have a simple design, however, its aluminium feel touches add to the aesthetic quality, it’s made from extremely solid materials so it doesn’t exactly feel cheap.
Although the display has a decent resolution the panel that is used is not up to scratch so the viewing angles are poor and colors are shown to be dull, and this isn’t helped by the overly thick bezel that you get on this device.
This laptop is quite thick and a heavier option compared to others within this price bracket making portability harder as it isn’t the most compact of chassis.
Connectivity is good with this laptop including a variety of ports including a DVD drive that you don’t normally see on these kinds of laptops.
With a spacious trackpad and palm rest, this device is extremely user-friendly and although the size may be a turn off it does mean that a full size and comfortable keyboard was able to be included.
In terms of the performance, this laptop isn’t the best, it doesn’t seem to be the most responsive and lag may be an issue. As well as this poor performance quality when this device is running it can run a little on the warm side, this may cause some issues with overheating which may then cause issues with the overall laptop performance.
However, although there are issues with heat these are dealt with quite effectively and the high temperatures are dispersed quickly thanks to the inclusion of vents on this device. The GPU on this device does perform quite well however not to the higher standards set by other gaming laptops on this list.
Overall the Dell Inspiron would be a good laptop for those wanting something simple to deal with the simpler tasks you may wish to do in everyday life, however when it comes down to playing games unless you only wish to play the most basic titles, then this device just doesn’t have the power to provide users with a quality experience on even the older games.
CPU: AMD A12 9720P Quad-Core 2.7 GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon R7 | RAM: 12GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1366×768) | Storage: 1TB HDD | Battery: 30 Whr | Dimensions: 14.9 x 10.2 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.4 lbs
Short battery life
Only able to handle basic games
The Lenovo IdeaPad is a solid choice when looking for an affordable laptop, with its sturdy design and again an inclusion of a DVD drive this is a decent laptop for everyday tasks.
However when it comes down to the performance this laptop really does underperform, you can expect to see issues loading apps, delays switching through tabs and issues with buffering and streaming videos.
In terms of gameplay, your options will be limited to playing windows app store games and even then the running quality isn’t the best. When looking at the graphics the frames per second come up at lower than other laptops within this price range and there are definitely better options available to without spending that much more money.
The battery life isn’t much better and if you are using this laptop on the go I would definitely recommend staying close to a power supply.
Now it isn’t all bad, when in use this laptop does remain relatively cool so at least you can rely on the fact that you won’t have issues with overheating and the performance of this laptop shouldn’t be hindered by high temperatures.
It also comes with 12GB of DDR4 RAM which is one of the higher amounts on this list. But the high RAM amount won’t make much difference gaming-wise as you are only able to play very basic games.
Overall, I would recommend this laptop if you are looking for something extremely basic and even then there are still better options available to you within this budget, that can run the basic tasks well whilst still maintaining some capacity for online gaming exceeding that of the Windows app store.
HP Premium 15.6″ Gaming
CPU: AMD A6- 9225 2.6 GHz | GPU: AMD Radeon R4 Graphics card | RAM: 8GB DDR4 | Screen: 15.6- inch (1366×768) | Storage: 256GB SSD | Battery: 31 Whr | Dimensions: 14.8 x 9.7 x 0.9 inches | Weight: 4.52 lbs
Good quality design
Upgraded windows 10 software
Decent sound system
Unable to handle good gameplay without making upgrades
No real unique features
This HP Laptop is definitely a budget choice and I can definitely say this is at the lower end of the laptops within this price range.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t have the capabilities to run a lot of the popular modern game titles unless they are run on the lowest of settings and this is simply because it doesn’t have the power to do so.
If games have to be run on the lowest quality settings then it wouldn’t be worth recommending this to you especially when there are better models available for around the same price point.
However, I wouldn’t say all hope is lost with this device if you were to make upgrades to the RAM, storage, and processor by purchasing some external devices then the specifications could be boosted to a stage where the games could be played on higher settings.
Although it would be a question of whether you are willing to make these upgrades and whether you should have to after spending your money, making this purchase.
Overall this laptop would be suitable for the basic processes such as internet browsing on a day to day basis and other general functions. However, when it comes to gaming this is where the laptop falters and I would definitely recommend choosing another option on this list.
However, it is worth noting that this basic laptop does include some quality features like the edge web browser, wireless B, G and N, media card reader, Bluetooth, and some decent speakers.
But, if you are in the market for a gaming laptop then I would presume that you want something that can produce quality gameplay without the need to go out and purchase extra devices to make the system acceptable.
Best Overall Buy
Overall the best laptop on this list would have to be the HP Pavilion Ryzen 5, this laptop really does offer value for money in terms of the features and performance that you get for the price point.
Both the GPU and CPU are great for gameplay, running many popular titles to great quality and ability and although it may struggle to run the AAA games to the best standard you do have to bear in mind that this is a budget laptop.
I would say this laptop would be perfect for those wanting to game on the go as this offers practicality thanks to its thin and light chassis. The storage and RAM specifications are great on this device again making it suitable for gaming, particularly for start-up gamers looking to invest in their first setups.
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James Cosgrove has been the lead writer at GizmoFusion since 2019. He has a huge passion for the latest technology and gadgets. He loves to talk and write about this interest. He hopes that visitors to the website will find his reports informative and helpful when it comes to making the best choices for their needs.