A gaming machine that you can carry around and doesn't take up much space—that's the main advantage of buying a gaming laptop. Also, you don't have to invest thousands of bucks on a gaming monitor either. A gaming laptop has it all.
Stop watching gameplay videos on YouTube all day long and start playing them. We got you covered with ten recommendations and a buying guide to help you choose your dream gaming laptop. Scroll down to explore our top 10 list featuring the best gaming laptops in India from top brands like ASUS, MSI, HP, and more.
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Not entirely sure which one to choose? That's not a big deal. You just need to learn a bit more about the various significant components of a gaming laptop. Read our buying guide below, and you will have enough knowledge to understand the configuration of a laptop and make a choice.
Graphics card is the most important component for gaming. Recent ones will be more powerful and hence provide you higher frame rates for a smoother gaming experience. Graphic cards in gaming laptops are comparatively slower than their desktop counterparts. To find out how many fps you could get, watch laptop graphics card game testing videos on YouTube.
Bonus tip: The majority of the gaming laptops in the market come with a full HD screen. So, even if the graphics card is capable of running games at 2K at acceptable frame rates, you won't be able to experience the higher resolution graphics. Keep this in mind while shopping for gaming laptops. You could save some money.
A processor is the second most important component for gaming. Most gaming laptops come with a processor that is powerful enough to work in tandem with the graphics card to offer you maximum performance. But that's it. If you screen record videos or stream live to Twitch or YouTube, you could see some significant frame drops since these tasks are CPU intensive.
Your best bet is to choose a gaming laptop that comes with the latest generation of Intel or AMD processors. At the time of writing this article, it is the 11th gen for Intel and the 4th gen for AMD. Confused about choosing between the two brands? Understand that AMD processors can offer better performance for the same price point compared to Intel's, which makes the laptop more affordable.
How much RAM do you need for gaming? Almost all AAA titles released so far will run smoothly on a laptop with 8 GB of RAM. And that's all you actually need. But 16 GB is slowly becoming the new norm—a choice that will make your laptop future-proof.
Again, if you will be having several applications running in the background, like a screen recorder, streaming software, antivirus, downloads, etc., 16 GB is a pretty good choice. How about 32 GB of RAM? Most games released so far are not so demanding. It is not a clever way of future-proofing either.
By the time games that require 32 GB of RAM get released, the other components in the laptop will become outdated. Check if the gaming laptop you are planning to buy has empty slots for RAM upgrades. If you ever find the need for more RAM in the future, you can just buy a stick and install it yourself.
Most gaming laptops in the market will feature an IPS LCD screen. It can reproduce colors more accurately with better clarity and crispness compared to an LED screen. The latest trend in the market is definitely LED screens, but the only advantage is that it requires less power. For gamers, that shouldn't be an issue since the laptop will be connected to a power source while gaming.
Make sure to check the refresh rate and response time of the screen. Refresh rates of 120 Hz and 144 Hz are not uncommon for gaming laptop screens. You can experience smoother, tear-free gaming. The response time of the screen should be between 1 ms and 5 ms for getting that competitive edge while playing online multiplayer games.
There are majorly three types of storage: HDD (Hard Drive), SSD (Solid State Drive), and NVMe SSD. Gaming laptops usually come with two of the three types. NVMe SSD is the fastest of all three, followed by SSD and HDD. It is preferable to install games in the SSD since it loads faster than when it is loaded from the HDD.
Your OS will already be loaded in the primary storage, which will be the NVMe SSD or SSD. Some gaming laptops may not have an HDD, but the motherboard will have the provision for one if you ever feel like upgrading your storage. Keep in mind that SSDs only speed up the game loading time. You won't see any noticeable fps increase if you load a game from an SSD.
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TUF Gaming F15
Play Games With Ray Tracing ON With the RTX 3050
TUF Gaming A15
512 GB SSD Storage for OS and Games
A Value for Money Product for Gaming Content Creators
Full HD Screen With 144 Hz Refresh Rate and 3 ms Response Time
IdeaPad Gaming 3
Dual-Action Fans to Keep the Laptop Running Cool During Intense Gaming
Has a Customizable RGB Backlit Keyboard
Affordable Gaming Laptop With a Hexa Core Processor for Running Simultaneous Tasks
Intel Optane Memory Reduces OS and Game Loading Times Even Further
VivoBook Ultra 15
Intel Iris Xe Graphics Makes Quality Gaming Affordable
512 GB SSD With Radeon Vega 8 Mobile Graphics
The "new thing" right now in the gaming world is ray tracing. Turning the feature ON in games can make the game environment look much more realistic since the way light reflects off objects closely resembles how it's in the real world.
Having a graphics card that has dedicated hardware to handle ray tracing makes the effects even better. Sounds exciting? ASUS TUF Gaming F15 FX506HC-HN095T comes with the NVIDIA Geforce RTX 3050, which is just the right hardware you need for playing ray tracing games.
The eight-core Intel Core i7 11th gen and 8 GB of RAM make this more than capable of handling simultaneous tasks like screen recording, live streaming, etc. Also, you get 1 TB of NVMe SSD storage that makes the OS and your games load extremely fast.
Gaming laptops with ray tracing graphic cards can be quite expensive. But we found a budget build by ASUS TUF Gaming A15 FA506IC-HN005T is worth every penny. It comes with an RTX 3050, AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processor, and 8 GB of RAM.
The processor is on par (sometimes better) than its Intel equivalent, which is the Core i7 10th gen. So, Intel enthusiasts need not worry about any performance drops. The full HD IPS display with a 144 Hz refresh rate would be more than enough to run games at high frames per second.
You only get 512 GB of NVMe SSD storage, which is acceptable for this price point. But there is an empty slot for storage upgrade if you ever feel the need for it. RAM upgrade is also possible up to 32 GB.
Most gaming laptops in the market are built just for gaming. If you are running any tasks in the background, you are likely to experience frame rate drops. The eight-cored AMD Ryzen 7 4800H and 16 GB of RAM in the MSI Bravo 15 A4DDR-212IN has enough power to run processor and RAM-intensive tasks with ease.
The AAA titles released so far won't use 16 GB of RAM, but your video editor could use that extra space. It will also allow you live-stream your gameplay and run a screen recording software in the background.
Our opinion is that this laptop is a bit on the pricey side. Both the processor and the graphics card are by AMD, a company known for making quality yet affordable computer components.
We checked the performance of GTX 1650 paired with the 11th gen Intel Core i5. You can run games like Forza Horizon 4, Red Dead Redemption 2, and Rainbow Six Seige in full HD resolution on medium to high settings at frame rates of 80 to 120.
Acer Nitro 5 AN515-56 is a great option for gamers looking for this affordable configuration. The rest of the configuration is standard for this price point—8 GB of RAM and 512 GB SSD.
We recommend this laptop to competitive gamers too. It has a full HD display with 144 Hz refresh rate and 3 ms response time, which is more than enough to get an edge over your opponent. Here is the icing on the cake. You also get an Xbox game pass for PC.
If you have owned a gaming laptop before, you would know how hot it becomes during gaming. It could become uncomfortable to even touch the WASD keys. You don't have to suffer anymore. The IdeaPad Gaming 3 81Y4017UIN from Lenovo features dual vents and dual-action fans to protect the components as well as provide you with comfort.
The graphics card, processor, and RAM configuration is the same as our previous recommendation. The only difference is, it's the 10th gen Intel Core i5, but you don't have to worry about frame rate drops at all. The screen has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, making it optimal for running games that can go up to 120 fps.
For some, laptop aesthetics is as important as performance. The HP OMEN 15-ek0017TX comes with a premium, sophisticated design with a customizable 4-zone backlit keyboard. It has a GTX 1650ti, which is on par with the GTX 1650.
Generally, you won't see any noticeable improvement in frame rates. The 1 TB SSD storage space is of the main features of this gaming laptop. Gamers can use the OMEN command center to boost network speed, control fan speed, etc.
You can upgrade the RAM from 8 GB to 32 GB if you want the laptop for more than just gaming. This gaming laptop also supports up to three external displays or dual 5K monitors for those who want to take their gaming and home theater experience to the next level.
Acer used the affordable yet powerful AMD Ryzen 5 5500U processor in this gaming laptop. The six cores in this processor can handle games and simultaneous background operations with ease. It is paired with the best graphics card for this price range, which is the GTX 1650.
To those who are looking for an Intel gaming laptop, here is something you should know. The Ryzen 5 5500U in this gaming laptop delivers superior multi-core performance, which is required for almost all modern games than the Intel Core i5 11th gen. You get the standard 8 GB of RAM, 512 GB SSD, and a full HD display.
The key feature of this gaming laptop is the 32 GB Intel Optane memory. Intel Optane is a caching technology that remembers the applications that you open frequently and the files you access, thus improving loading times and copying speeds.
This means your OS and games will load much faster compared to a laptop that only has an SSD. Remember that you won't see any noticeable improvement in frame rates; it's just the loading time that improves. Make use of the full HD 144 Hz anti-glare display for an immersive gaming experience.
ASUS VivoBook Ultra 15 X513EA-BQ312TS is the most affordable laptop on our recommendations list. Let's get one thing out of our way—this laptop doesn't have a dedicated graphics card. It comes with Intel Iris Xe onboard graphics.
A laptop with a dedicated GPU is definitely more powerful than one with just onboard graphics. But don't underestimate Iris Xe graphics. It is better than the old Intel UHD graphics and delivers some pretty impressive performance.
You can run games like Fifa 2021, Valorant, GTA V, and Rainbow Six Siege on low settings at 1080p or 720p resolution and get acceptable frame rates. We recommend this laptop to budget gamers looking for a decent machine to play modern AAA games.
Here is another laptop with onboard graphics. Acer Aspire 3 A315-23 comes with the Radeon Vega 8 mobile graphics. We checked how well it could perform, and we were quite impressed. Games like Witcher 3, COD: Black Ops Cold War, and Assassin's Creed Unity ran at 35 fps on 720p low graphics settings.
Although this laptop has a 512 GB SSD, we still think it's a bit expensive. Here is the reason: compared to our previous recommendation (which has the 11th gen Core i5 and Intel Iris Xe graphics), this laptop only has an extra 256 GB of SSD storage space as an advantage. But Radeon Vega graphics can give consistent performance compared to any of Intel's onboard graphics technology.
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Here is everything in a nutshell. Find out the graphics card present in the laptop first because that's the component that does all the heavy lifting. The more recent it is, the better the technology and VRAM size, making it capable of handling high-quality graphics. Depending on the number of simultaneous running operations in the background, you can choose your processor too.
You don't need to stress too much about the RAM size. If it has at least 8 GB, you are sorted to play most AAA games released so far. Now, check the types of storage available. NVMe SSD is the fastest, followed by SSD and HDD. For faster OS and game loading times, we recommend choosing a gaming laptop with enough SSD space to store the OS and your game files.
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