Best Gaming Laptops Under 30000
Which are the Best Gaming Laptops?
|Lenovo Ideapad S145||3.5/5|
|Dell Vostro 3480||3.4/5|
|HP 14 Core||3.3/5|
|Acer Aspire 3 A315-41||3.1/5|
|Lenovo Ideapad 330S||3.2/5|
|Dell Inspiron 3565||3.0/5|
|ASUS VivoBook 15 X509||3.7/5|
|Acer Aspire E15 NX.GEQSI.002||3.8/5|
Gaming laptops come with different configurations, price-points, and specifications. In this article, we will present a list of laptops under the price range of Rs. 30000 that can be used for playing the most popular games.
It is highly imaginative to expect top-notch performance from these devices. However, by choosing the right configuration and minor tweaking, we can get competitive performance within a limited budget.
To keep our review fair, we have only tested games that have the most reasonable system requirements and are equally popular in the online gaming community such as CS GO, Dota 2, Minecraft, Fortnite, Skyrim, Call of Duty Modern Warfare and Left 4 Dead 2.
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Best Gaming Laptop Under Rs. 30000
The Lenovo Ideapad comes with an Intel i3-8145U processor, which is the 8th generation processor in the Intel i3 series. The processor has a base speed of 2.1 GHz, with a maximum speed of 3.9 GHz along with a 4 Mb smart cache memory.
The laptop includes a 4 GB RAM with 1 TB HDD to store your data. It comes with pre-installed DOS, which means you will have to manually install a copy of Windows 10. Lenovo provides comprehensive driver support for Windows 10 for the Ideapad S145 on its official website.
The RAM can be extended up to 16 GB and there’s an additional SSD slot to install an SSD to improve the performance of your laptop.
The display is a 15.6-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. Considering the screen size, the resolution is a bit on the lower side. However, the screen is built with anti-glare technology to ensure long usage without any side effects on your eyes.
Ports and connectivity options include 1 HDMI, 2 x USB 3.0, and a USB 2.0 ports. It also has a 4-in-1 card reader.
Coming to the graphics performance, the laptop smoothly runs games like Minecraft, Left 4 Dead 2, and Skyrim at medium settings generating 60-65 fps. While both CS GO and Fortnite only run on low settings getting around 40 fps.
The Dell Vostro also comes with an 8th generation i3-8145U Processor with 4 GB RAM. It comes with a pre-installed version of Windows 10 with lifetime validity.
Coming to the display, the screen is a 14-inch anti-glare display with a maximum resolution of 1366 x 768. The display quality of the laptop is average with poor brightness and contrast levels. Still, the Vostro 3480 manages to make a solid impression during outdoor use. The viewing angles are satisfactory, with the picture being stable for the entire horizontal angle.
The RAM can be extended up to 16 GB but there’s no SSD slot which can be a big factor if you’re looking to improve the booting time of the laptop. Ports and connectivity options are standard with an additional combination audio port.
Coming to its gaming performance, the laptop makes good use of its integrated Intel HD Graphics 620 to run most modern games at low settings. Games like CS GO and Fortnite get around 40 fps running on low settings, while Minecraft and Left 4 Dead 2 will get you around 60-65 fps running at medium settings.
The HP 14 Core is powered by a 7 th generation Intel i3 Processor (7020U), with a base processing speed of 2.3 GHz. It has 4 GB DDR4 RAM with a 1 TB HDD. The RAM can be upgraded up to 12 GB. There’s an additional slot for attaching an SSD drive if you want to increase the performance of the laptop.
The display features a 14-inch screen with a 1366 x 768 resolution. The color reproduction is decent with good brightness and contrast levels. However, the laptop has poor viewing angles and lacks anti-glare technology.
Coming to the graphics performance, the laptop uses integrated Intel HD 620 graphics. Games like Dota 2, Skyrim, and Left 4 Dead 2 run smoothly at low settings getting around 40-50 fps. However, if you want to play CS GO, GTA V, and Fortnite, we will recommend you upgrade the RAM to 8 GB.
The Acer Aspire 3 is the only laptop in this price range that comes with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor. The processor has four cores with a 4 MB cache memory. The GPU is AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics, which is one of the best mid range integrated GPUs in the market.
The processor is clocked at 2.2 GHz and the company has locked the BIOS which prohibits you from overclocking the system. This limitation impacts the performance of the device, which could have been even better with overclocking.
The laptop has 4 GB DDR4 RAM, which can be extended up to 16 GB. It has a storage capacity of 1 TB, with an additional slot for SSD.
The laptop comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 home edition, with complete support for future updates.
Coming to the display, you get a 15.6-inch LED-backlit panel, with a maximum resolution of 1080p. The brightness and contrast levels are decent in both indoor and outdoor lighting conditions. However, the viewing angles could have been better, and there’s no anti-glare screen which means you will notice lots of artifacts while using the laptop in the natural light.
The Acer Aspire 3 delivers one of the best gaming performances in this range. The AMD Radeon Vega 8 Graphics is really powerful which allows you to get 40-50 fps on many graphics-intensive games. Games like CS GO and Fortnite run like a charm at low settings, and you can get around 50 fps easily. While running GTA V and Skyrim at medium settings, the laptop clocked 40-50 fps.
Acer has also worked on the air ventilation of this device. The air vents are ergonomically located and even after 2-3 hours of heavy gaming, there was no considerable rise in the system temperature.
The Lenovo Ideapad 330S is powered by an AMD Ryzen 3 2200U processor with 4 GB RAM and 4 MB cache memory. The processor has a base speed of 2.5 GHz, which gets boosted up to a maximum of 3.4 GHz. The GPU is the integrated AMD Vega 3 Graphics, which is comparable to the Intel HD 620 Graphics.
The laptop comes with a pre-installed Windows 10 Home Edition with lifetime validity. The display features a 15.6-inch screen with full HD resolution. The Ideapad 330S has superb viewing angles, coupled with anti-glare technology and adaptive brightness controls that allow you to use it under any kind of lighting conditions.
It comes with a 1 TB HDD with no separate SSD slot. It is also equipped with a backlit keyboard which is essentially useful when you are using your laptop in a dark environment.
Coming to the gaming performance, you are able to run CS GO and Fortnite on low settings, getting around 30-35 fps. There’s an fps drop after playing for an hour due to overheating. The air ventilation is poor which causes the laptop to throttle, causing stuttering. We will recommend using a laptop cooling pad to enhance your gaming experience.
Otherwise, in games like Minecraft, the laptop provides 60 fps without any heating issues.
The Dell Inspiron 3565 is powered by a 7th generation AMD A6 Dual-Core processor. The A6-9220C is an entry-level processor belonging to the Stoney-Ridge APU series. It has a base speed of 2 GHz which gets to a maximum of 2.9 GHz.
The system has a 4 GB RAM and comes with a pre-installed version of Windows 10. The display is a 15.6-inch screen with an HD-ready resolution (1366 x 768). It is an anti-glare screen with decent viewing angles. The brightness and contrast levels are also quite average.
The laptop is equipped with a 1 TB HDD that runs on an RPM of 5400, which means it will take some time to transfer large files from one partition to another. Plus, you also don’t get a slot to install an SSD.
Coming to the graphics performance, the AMD A6 performs considerably well as compared to the i3 processor, and even better at some games.
Initially, we tested it with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in low settings. The integrated GPU clocks around 45-50 fps in the multiplayer mode, which is quite decent considering the low-end specs of the laptop.
We also tested CS GO, which was able to run on 40 fps at low settings. However, games like Fortnite and GTA V didn’t run properly suffering from frequent stuttering.
The Asus VivoBook 15 X509 is one of the best laptops in this category. It is powered by the 7th generation i3 dual-core processor with 3 MB cache memory. The base speed of the processor is 2.3 GHz and gets to a maximum of 3.2 GHz.
It has 4 GB RAM with a 256 GB SSD. The RAM is upgradable to 12 GB, and there’s room to attach another HDD to expand your storage. With the primary SSD, you get a boot time of about 10 seconds, which is really decent.
The laptop comes with a pre-installed Windows 10. The display features a 15.6-inch screen with full HD resolution and anti-glare technology. The Vivobook 15 offers a 178-degree wide view angle and elegant brightness and contrast levels. The display works perfectly both in indoor and outdoor conditions.
There’s also a unique color mode to adjust between – eye care, normal, vivid, and manual color options. To enhance your multimedia and gaming experience, Asus has used Tru2Life video enhancing the technology that tweaks every video signal on the screen, making it look elegant to the eyes. As per the company claims, technology improves color contrast by almost 150%.
To check the graphics performance of the laptop, we ran Counter-Strike: GO, Minecraft, and GTA V. While CS GO was able to run on 45-50 fps on low settings, Minecraft was extremely smooth on medium settings with 65-70 fps. The laptop was equally impressive with GTA V, generating 40-50 fps at low settings.
The Acer Aspire E15 is one of the rarest laptops in this category having a dedicated graphics memory. The laptop is powered by an AMD A10 9600P Quad-core processor which is clocked at 2.4 GHz. The APU comprises of 4 CPU cores with 6 graphics core.
The laptop is equipped with 4G DDR3 RAM along with a 1 TB 5400 rpm HDD. Going by the standards of the current market scenario, the DDR3 technology is already obsolete, so you can expect some applications to run slower on this laptop.
The Acer Aspire E15 also features AMD Dual Graphics technology comprising of AMD Radeon R5 + AMD R8 445DX combination (2GB). To get the best of this combination, you will need to install AMD Crimson graphics driver and DirectX 12.
Coming to the display, the laptop has a 15.6-inch Active Matrix TFT LCD LED Display which has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The viewing angles are average and the laptop lacks anti-glare technology. The contrast and brightness levels are not up to the mark, which means you will struggle to use the laptop under bright sunlight conditions.
The gaming performance of this laptop is really its standout feature. Thanks to a dedicated graphics card, it is fully capable to run most modern games at low or medium settings. CS GO and Fortnite run without any stuttering or lag on low settings at 60 fps. Similarly, GTA V was totally smooth at low settings generated 55 fps. While Minecraft, Skyrim, and Left 4 Dead 2 generated more than 65 fps at medium settings.
All the laptops in this price range have certain limitations in the form of RAM, graphics memory and processing power. You can consider upgrading the RAM to at least 8 GB by spending a few extra bucks that can be a big factor in improving the performance.
Other than that, installing an SSD will also increase the booting time and overall speed of your system.
For users interested in getting the most out of their devices, you can also use a plethora of freely available game emulators to enjoy old console game classics.