How to Buy a Cheap Gaming Laptop: 7 Essential Tips


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HTC Vive or Oculus Rift on a gaming laptop that’s under $1,000.


Quick Tips

  1. Know what you want to play.
  2. Get a 15-inch system.
  3. Don’t settle for a low-res display.
  4. All they do is hike up the price.
  5. Thanks to the Oculus’ Asynchronous Spacewarp technology, you can theoretically play in VR with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. However, Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets work well with integrated and entry-level GPUs.
  6. Get an SSD.


Size: Power vs. Portability

Most powerful, least portable (17-18 inches)

Moderately powerful & portable (15 inches)

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Least powerful, most portable (13-14 inches)

Graphics

Non-Gaming Laptops

Entry-Level Gaming

  • AMD Radeon RX 500X Series

VR on a Budget

Display

Resolution

a pitiful

1366 x 768

Touch Screens

Acer Nitro 5 Spin

Matte or Glossy

Audio

the Pavilion Power

the Legion

Y520 as well as some Acers, like the Nitro 5 Spin.

Keyboards

CPU and RAM

Intel processors

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  • Stick with Intel
  • Go for a Core i5
  • Keep 7th-Gen cores in mind
  • Dell G3 15 Gaming
  • Look at the clock speed
  • Don’t go below 8GB

Storage

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Dell G3 15

Affordable Brands

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Credit: Laptop Mag