While winning level after level is the goal of any games you play on a computer, gaming on a laptop involves much more than that. Your laptop needs to perform at a higher level and cater to the latest games for you to experience the power and magic of modern games.
While most gaming laptops are priced higher than normal, there are a few budget gaming laptops that give you top-class performance when it comes to games. Here are the top 5 gaming laptops of 2022.
Acer Nitro 5
First up, is the Acer Nitro 5 – the best ultra-cheap budget gaming laptop on the market in 2022. While RTX 3080 laptop offers solid performance, they’re often bulky and can get pretty hot, but delivers a more balanced performance. With the GeForce RTX 3050, Nitro 5 offers a relatively high level of performance with reasonable energy consumption. The angular design, the red accent around the trackpad, and the red plastic inserts are considered modern in the world of gaming laptops.
The device features a Kensington security slot, Gigabit Ethernet port, two USB Type-A ports, a combined headphone and microphone port on the left, as well as one USB Type C Port 1 and an HDMI 2.0 output on the right.
While Nitro 5 does not achieve spectacular speeds in the Wi-Fi test, it is still fast enough for all usage scenarios. It has a 15.6-inch screen with an original resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a refresh rate of 144 Hz. The brightness is at a very good level compared to the competition. The device comes with 8 gigabits of DDR4 as well as a 256-gigabit SSD. The device comes with a mid-range CPU and high-quality GPU and can handle all modern titles at 1080p at high settings.
Last but not least, the Acer Nitro 5 AN515-55 comes with two speakers which don’t produce much bass but the sound is still acceptable.
Up next, is the Dell G15 – the best value budget gaming laptop on the 2022 market. The entire laptop is made of plastic. While the lower frame is chunky, the upper frame is noticeably thinner and features an HD webcam. On the left are the LAN port and audio port and on the right, you have two USB type-A ports. You can access the inside of this laptop by unscrewing the eight screws and then gently separating the bottom plate with a plastic tool and pulling it out. Fortunately, memory and storage can be upgraded via two RAM slots and two SSD slots. The battery provides 9 hours and 15 minutes of web browsing or 6 hours and 30 minutes of video playback.
This model comes with an Intel Core i5 11400h, 8 gigabytes of RAM as well a 512-gigabyte SSD which is quite enough for most regular players.
Price-wise, the G15 delivers quite a competitive performance. The temperatures are slightly higher but the frequency is also quite high in the end. Noise is not really a problem but the fans are not quiet at all. On the other hand, the hotspot of the keyboard is only 36 degrees Celsius.
If your objective is to get a relatively affordable gaming laptop, then the G15 is a great choice. It offers great performance, even with the RTX 3050 Ti.
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro
Lenovo Legion 5 Pro, with the excellent build quality, great performance, and good value for money, is by far the best performance budget gaming laptop on the market in 2022.
This model sports a great screen good for both gaming and productivity. The lid and the underside are made of aluminum with plastic around the keyboard with a soft finish. The 16-inch matte IPS LCD panel has a width-to-height ratio of 3 to 2. While the 16-to-9 wide screen is normal for gaming laptops, the 3-to-2 aspect maximizes the screen area relative to the width of the base. The resolution, refresh rate, and brightness is the winners of this model.
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro screen has a panel of 2560 x 1600 pixels, a higher resolution than full HD and Alienware M15 R5. The high number of pixels is also great for normal operation and the 1600p panel makes the text much smoother than it would be on a 15.6-inch 1080p screen. Also, the maximum brightness of over 500 nits is great for a laptop at this price.
Legion 5 Pro also has a panel with a refresh rate of 165 Hz. The quick refresh allows you to decently display frame rates of up to 165 frames per second. According to the Nvidia control panel, this device can give you up to 140 volts of power, which allows it to push more hardware than the thinner Razer Blade 15. Combine that power with a 1600p screen and Nvidia’s DLS function and you can play titles like Control with all the maximum settings including air tracking and still see frame rates close to 60 FPS.
The measured battery life is 3 hours and 10 minutes with a video playback protocol, a relatively low number for a model equipped with a quality battery but you can act fast charge mode in Lenovo Vantage software to charge in just over an hour.
Acer Predator Helios 300
Now comes the Acer Predator Helios 300. The key features of this device are an 8-core processor from Intel, the 11th generation model in Nvidia RTX 3060. This combination is promising both for players and content creators.
Acer also offers this laptop with configurations that include faster graphics hardware such as the Nvidia RTX 3070 and higher screen resolution and is a good choice for 1080p games. The Acer Predator Helios 300 can handle modern games with ease. Players who want to play most of the popular games like Grand Theft Auto 5, Call of Duty, etc. will enjoy a smooth experience in the highest settings.
Also, Intel’s new Core i7 11800h is faster than the previous 10th generation hardware. The performance of the Helios 300 is one of the best results we’ve seen on the latest intel laptops. And what impressed us the most is it’s the cheapest model compared to its competitors.
The Helios 300 is a fast gaming laptop and a solid workstation for content creators, developers, and digital artists. It’s equipped with four USB ports, one of which is USB Type C in addition to HDMI, mini display port, ethernet, and audio port. Games look bright and colorful due to the high maximum brightness and full coverage of the SRGB color gamut but due to the limited contrast ratio, dark scenes can look washed out. Still, this is a pretty solid screen for a gaming laptop.
Although the battery is not as large as in other gaming laptops and has shown average battery performance in tests, this is still a quality gaming laptop to consider.
ASUS TUF Dash F15
Last but not the least, ASUS TUF Dash F15 is the best overall budget gaming laptop for 2022. This is another ultra-slim gaming laptop with some serious specifications in a compact, lightweight and portable package.
The chassis, which passed the usual military standard endurance tests, seems solid and well-built. Super-narrow bezels also provide maximum screen size and minimal interference. Under that framework is hidden powerful technology with options including some of the best from Nvidia and Intel, which makes the TUF Dash F15 a capable gaming machine that’s able to take advantage of air tracking and DLSS while maximizing performance with dynamic boost and maintaining quiet operation with whisper mode.
The specifications of this gaming laptop mean that it can stimulate visual effects to the maximum but it still gets a high enough frame rate to take full advantage of the 240 Hz screen. The Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 is more than capable of running this 15.6-inch full HD screen and delivers a smooth gaming experience with a satisfying visual display.
With the addition of an RJ45 connection, you can also stream on social media and you’ll have a solid connection while doing that. The viewing angles on this screen are also satisfactory as are the colors. The panel is also very well synchronized with the GPU due to the Adaptive-Sync Technology, resulting in ultra-smooth visuals.
The TUF Dash F15 allows you to use Armoury Crate to adjust images. This model sports a decent number of ports and connectivity options. For the serious gamers who want to stream or play on a solid connection, there is an ethernet port but the machine also supports Wi-Fi 6.
Finally, in terms of autonomy, the lithium-ion battery is top-notch. You could work, browse and watch Netflix for hours before the machine runs out of power. On a gaming-specific laptop, this is a remarkable achievement.
Overall, this device offers premium performance at the best possible price-quality ratio.
And there you have it, the top 5 best budget gaming laptops of 2022.