Gaming Laptops Around Rs. 50,00028 Sep 2011
Gaming Laptops Around Rs. 50,000
It was not too long ago that even I too had to buy a budget gaming laptop - and there were numerous options available from manufacturers like Acer, MSI, Dell, Lenovo. While I intended to use this laptop for completing college related work, I also had plans for playing games - at respectable frame rates - as well. Now I had to go through a lot of websites, visit a number of forums, and trouble a lot of folks with a lot of, at times unnecessary, questions - bless all those helpful souls - to be finally able to make an informed decision on the laptop that I would buy. So I know how much of an effort one has to make when buying a gaming laptop - especially one that wouldn't put you back that far behind in the finances department.
In this list, we are going to be looking at laptops intended for a budget gamer - one that preferably finds a viable balance between its price and hardware configuration. So with this article, at the very least, we hope to get you off to a good start in choosing your laptop by narrowing down the choices that are available in the laptop market.
I have gone though some of the offers available for mid -range gaming laptops in and around the Rs. 50,000 category and based my list around various interconnected factors - hardware configuration, price, customizability and so on and so forth. So here's the list of laptops that will let you get your game on.
Asus K Series K53SV-SX267D
The Asus unit's laptop's hardware specification reads as follows: second Generation Intel Core i7 (2630QM at 2GHz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 15.6-inch screen (with a native resolution of 1366x768), NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (2GB DDR3), 750 GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet and comes with Free DOS - in other words you will have to install an OS by yourself. Now you will be forgiven for thinking that this configuration couldn't possibly come under the 50k category and instead that we were pulling a fast one on you. But rest assured that this Asus laptop does come, for a mouth-watering, price of Rs. 45,992. Considering just the configuration, you shouldn’t be left wanting in any computing department whether it is gaming, working on productivity apps or multimedia tasks. The GT 540M is a mid level graphics card and you should be able to play most contemporary games on low to medium settings - this should suffice for a budget gaming laptop. Do check our review of the Acer 5755G to get an idea of how the GT 540M card performs.
Acer Aspire Timeline 5830TG
The Acer Aspire Timeline 5830TG is not only one of the more unique designs we have seen - the comparatively slim-form factor and the blue-silver-black colour combination make for a very appealing design choice - but one that comes at an equally attractive price of Rs 36,241. The model in question boasts a second Generation Intel Core i3 (2330M at 2.2GHz), 3GB DDR3 memory, 15.6-inch screen (with a native resolution of 1366x768), NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (1GB DDR3), 500 GB hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 ports and comes with Windows 7 Home Basic. Now, Acer claims that the TimelineX series offers an extended battery life over other mainstream laptops: if this claim holds true, this would prove to be an invaluable feature for users, like students, who need to balance out the needs of having a laptop last for a relatively long duration but at the same time packing enough of a punch to get you through your daily computing chores. We will be reviewing this unit shortly so keep watching this space for updates and for a final tally on the 5830TG's performance. For those interested, there is a model in the 5830TG series that comes with a second Generation Intel Core i5 (2410M at 2.3GHz with Turbo Boost upto 2.9 GHz), with all the other features remaining the same, and costs around Rs. 42,229 + taxes.
You could similarly go for the Acer Aspire 5755G as well (a unit which I reviewed and which gave a very good account of itself) which also comes in at around the same price - keep in mind that looking purely from the tech specs angle, the only visible difference is the "extended battery life" of the 5830TG, as claimed by Acer.
HP Pavilion DV7 Series DV7-6010TX Laptop
This HP laptop costs Rs. 45,941 has a 17.3-inch (with a native resolution of 1600 x 900) display which is the biggest screen among all the laptops mentioned in the listing. This laptop has a second Generation Intel Core i3 (2310M at 2.1GHz), 4GB DDR3 memory, AMD Radeon HD 6490M (1GB DDR5), 640 GB hard drive, USB 3.0 ports and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit). The AMD Radeon HD 6490M graphics card is a lower mid range card that should get you through playing most contemporary games in low-medium settings.
Dell XPS 15
This Dell unit costs Rs. 49, 105 and comes with a second Generation Intel Core i3 (2330M at 2.2GHz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 15.6-inch screen (with a native resolution of 1366x768), NVIDIA GeForce GT 540M (2GB DDR3), 500 GB (7200 RPM) hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet port, and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (64-bit). The ability to customize Dell's products is a distinct advantage and you will be able to get a configuration that should most likely meet you exact requirements - we have not added any extra features to this unit, such as say a full HD screen as that would increase the unit cost well beyond the Rs. 50,000 limit.
Sony Vaio VPCCB15FG
If you are a gamer as well as a style enthusiast, this is a good laptop to have - I have reviewed this Sony unit and can vouch for its performance value and build quality. Featuring a second Generation Intel Core i5 (2410M at 2.3GHz), 4GB DDR3 memory, 15.5-inch screen (with a native resolution of 1920x1080), AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card (1GB DDR3), 500 GB (7200 RPM) hard drive, Gigabit Ethernet port, USB 3.0 ports and comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. As with most of the other cards mentioned in this listing, the The AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics card is a mid range card that will get you through playing most contemporary games in low-medium settings. While this unit does cost Rs. 52,695, it is the only model with a full HD screen that could come close to our 50k limit - for comparisons sake, consider that when the Full-HD option is chosen during customization for the above mentioned Dell XPS 15 unit, the total price of that unit shoots up to Rs 55,000. This Sony laptop comes in a number of "vibrant" colours - green, orange, black (this would seem to be the safest bet) - so choose your laptop's colour scheme wisely.
An important point to remember when going for a budget gaming laptop is not to get awed in by various specs like "Core i7", "8GB RAM" and over "2GB VRAM" and other such features as we can upgrade many of the hardware components, such as memory modules, by ourselves and relatively inexpensively. I say this because gamers generally tend to want the best of the best, but that can at times unnecessarily limit the number of viable budget gaming laptops candidates that can be considered. At the end of the day, go for what works so that both your performance and budget requirements are met.
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