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So you want a gaming laptop but got a very tight budget. Honestly, it’s hard to find a good gaming rig under a thousand bucks – even in 2023. Still, if you are picky enough, you may find a good suit.

In this post, we carefully selected 5 gaming laptops that deliver a decent gaming experience and cost less than 850 bucks.

Let’s jump in.

Budget gaming laptops were bad

Traditionally, budget gaming rigs have often failed to deliver what they promised: a decent gaming experience under budget. Most featured entry-level GPUs, and cheap low-quality displays. And the manufacturers often used cheaper build materials in order to cut costs. Combined, a budget gaming laptop couldn’t really satisfy an average gamer.

And honestly, we used to recommend against budget laptops. But things are different and today, maybe we can.

Cheap gaming laptops have gotten better

Thanks to the lower production costs and design improvementsbudget gaming laptops are now commendable in terms of performance and build quality. Most budget gaming laptops nowadays feature a decent GPU and display. Plus, the build quality has also gotten much better. Especially since last year, we have seen many well-designed gaming laptops costing no more than 1000 dollars.

Two reasons for this. One, production cost has gotten much lower. Two, the market is much more saturated as more companies are making gaming laptops. Higher competition among the companies leads to lower price tags.

What to expect in a Gaming laptop under 850?

You can’t expect the performance and looks of a premium gaming laptop from a budget model. But at the very least, you want to have these specs for a decent gaming experience:

  1. CPU: Intel Core i5 / Amd Ryzen 4 (or higher)
  2. GPU: GTX 1650 / RTX 3050 (or higher)
  3. Ram: 8GB or higher
  4. Display resolution: FHD or higher
  5. Display refresh rate: 144Hz or higher

Note that not all laptops on our list will satisfy these recommendations, you’ll need to pick one that suits you best.

Consider a used laptop

Used laptops are excellent choices to cut costs. This is because electronics tend to quickly lose value over time. You can get a used laptop with higher configurations at a much lower cost. And under 850, the performance you’ll get from a brand new laptop won’t likely even surpass a used, older, high-performance laptop.

Best gaming laptops under 850

So here’s our list of gaming laptops under 850. Note that the list is in no specific order, all of them are excellent budget machines.

1. Acer Nitro 5

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen: 15.6″ HD IPS 144Hz
  • Storage: 256GB NVMe SSD
  • Battery: 11 Hours
  • Weight: 5.1 lbs
Image from Jarrod’s Tech



  • The display could have been brghter.
  • A little Heavy and bulky.

Product Description

  • Dominate the Game: With the 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H processor, your Nitro 5 is packed with incredible power for all your games.
  • RTX, It’s On: The latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 (4GB dedicated GDDR6 VRAM) is powered by award-winning architecture with new Ray Tracing Cores, Tensor Cores, and streaming multiprocessors support DirectX 12 Ultimate for the ultimate gaming performance.
  • Visual Intensity: Explore game worlds in Full HD detail on the 15.6″ widescreen LED-backlit IPS display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate and 80% screen-to-body, 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • Internal Specifications: 8GB DDR4 2933MHz Memory (2 DDR4 Slots Total, Maximum 32GB)
  • 256GB NVMe SSD (2 x PCIe M.2 Slots, 1 x 2.5″ Hard Drive Bay Available).
  • Prioritize Your Gameplay: Killer Ethernet E2600 and Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 gives you an edge online by taking control of your network and prioritizing your gameplay.
  • Stay Cool Under Pressure: When heavy use requires an added boost, Acer CoolBoost technology increases fan speed by 10% and CPU, GPU cooling by 9% compared to auto mode, overall increasing thermal performance by 25% for better gaming comfort.
  • Take Control of Your Gaming Laptop: The NitroSense UI can be called up with the dedicated keyboard button so you can instantly visualize your PC’s component temperature, fan speed, loading performance, power plan, and more.
  • With Alexa Show Mode, you can use your PC as a full-screen interactive experience that features rich visuals and lets you talk to Alexa from across the room.
  • Ports For All Your Accessories: USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Power-off Charging), HDMI 2.0 with HDCP support, Headphone, Speaker, Line-out Jack, Ethernet (RJ-45), DC-in for AC adapter.
  • The Right Fit: 14.31″ W x 10.04″ D x 0.94″ H; 5.07 lbs; One-Year International Travelers Limited Warranty (ITW).
  • Up to 11 hours of Battery Life.

Ever since its release, The Acer Nitro 5 has been one of the best budget laptops for gaming. A brand-new Nitro 5 will cost you a few bucks over 750, but we’ll argue that it’ll be worth it. Plus, if you buy a used one, you won’t even have to spend 750 bucks.

The Nitro 5 features an H-series Core i5 processor and the latest RTX 3050 GPU. The duo is capable of producing three-digit framerates in many modern titles if you’re willing to cut down on visuals.

It comes with an 8GB DDR4 Ram, which we think is a bit low for optimal gaming. So we recommend you install 8GB more. And for storage, you have a 256 GB high-speed SSD, and an extra 2.5 inch hard bay in case you want to add more drives.

The laptop has a fairly bright, 15.6-inch FHD IPS display with excellent color accuracy. And with a refresh rate of 144Hz, you can expect excellent clarity and details in games. The chassis is made of plastic but still looks and feels good considering the price.

The Acer Nitro 5 also offers great battery life. In a video playback test, it ran for a whopping 11 hours.

Nearly 5 pounds in weight, the Nitro 5 isn’t the most portable laptop on this list. But if you’re looking for a low-cost option with decent gaming performance, this is it.

2. HP Pavilion Gaming 15

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H (Beats i7-9750H)
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD IPS Anti-Glare 144Hz
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Battery: 8 Hours
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs


  • Decent build quality.
  • Excellent performance for the budget.
  • Strong six-core Ryzen processor.
  • Decent Battery Life.


  • Average Display and audio.
  • Unimpressive GPU performance.

Product Description

  • Fast and easy multitasking: experience high-grade Graphics and processing power that meets your gaming and multitasking needs for the latest games including Fortnight, PUBG, and Overwatch.
  • Advanced thermal Management: optimized thermal design and IR sensor keeps your laptop cool to the touch, without affecting acoustics.
  • Fast Processor: The latest AMD Ryzen 5 5600H processor, 6 cores, 3.3 Ghz.
  • Realistic graphics: Nvidia Geforce GTX 1650 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated). enjoy new levels of gaming realism and performance with real-time ray-tracing technologies.
  • Superfast screen: 15.6-Inch diagonal FHD IPS Anti-Glare micro-edge WLED-backlit Display with 144Hz refresh rate.
  • Memory and storage: 8GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM (upgradable with 2 accessible Memory Slots) and Fast boot-up, file transfer and a snappier experience with the internal 512GB M.2 Solid State Drive.
  • Bios recovery and protection: automatically checks the health of your PC, protects against unauthorized access, secures local storage and recovers itself from boot-up issues.
  • Ports: USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C, 3 USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A, RJ-45, HDMI, headphone-microphone combo.
  • Battery life: up to 8 hours and 15 minutes (mixed usage); up to 6 hours and 45 minutes (video playback); up to 5 hours and 30 minutes (wireless streaming).
  • Thin and light (unpackaged): Just 4.4 pounds excluding the power adapter.
  • Operating System and Warranty: Windows 10 Home and 1-Year Limited hardware warranty with 24-hour, 7 days a week Web support.

The Pavilion Gaming 15 is an excellent gaming laptop from HP. It features the latest 6-core AMD Ryzen 5 processor and a GTX 1650 GPU. Though the CPU performance is top-notch, the same cannot be said about the GPU. Especially since we’ve seen better performing GTX 1650 units in other models.

The factory version comes with 8GB of RAM, and a 512GB SSD for storage.

The laptop has a decent gaming outlook, with a green backlit keyboard and an edged design. The display is a 15.6 inch IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate. The screen isn’t too bright and crisp though, but it’s decent considering the price.

At 4.4 pounds, the Pavilion Gaming 15 is a fairly portable option. The battery backup is commendable too, with up to 8 hours of backup under normal use.

Under 750, it’s an excellent laptop for both gaming and work.

3. Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3

  • CPU: AMD Ryzen 5 5600H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen: 15.6″ FHD IPS 120Hz
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Battery: 6 Hours
  • Weight: 5 lbs
Image from Jarrod’s Tech



  • Average GPU performance.
  • On the heavy side.
  • Average battery backup.

Product Description

  • Uncompromised performance: Fueled by the revolutionary AMD Ryzen 5000 H-Series mobile processor, this IdeaPad gaming laptop delivers the wins. With 6 ultra-responsive cores, it’s the new standard for gaming performance in innovative, thin, and light laptops.
  • Fast Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU to supercharge your favorite games. Slingshot your gaming visuals with 120Hz refresh rate for tear-free gaming.
  • 8GB 3200 MHz DDR4 RAM memory and 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD storage.
  • Connectivity: RJ45 Ethernet, 2×2 WiFi 802.11 ax, Bluetooth 5.0; 720p HD webcam and microphone array with privacy shutter; HDMI, USB-C.
  • 2 x 2W speakers with Nahimic Audio for Gamers; spacious gaming keyboard with white backlight.

The Ideapad Gaming 3 is a low-cost, entry-level gaming laptop from Lenovo. Under 700 dollars, it’s one of the best budget gaming laptops right now.

It features a superfast Ryzen 5 processor with 6 ultra-responsive cores. The GTX 1650 under the hood isn’t the fastest in this price range, but it should be able to play most modern titles smoothly at low settings.

The 15.6-inch thin-bezel display looks decent in games, but the brightness tops out at just 250 nits. It also has a fast refresh rate of 120 Hz, though the GPU may not be able to produce that many fps most games that far. The stereo speakers are also better than most laptops at this price.

At 5 pounds, its weight can be a problem if you need to travel often. And the battery backup isn’t great too. Expect an average of 6 hours of screen-on time at a single charge.

4. MSI GF63 Thin

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Screen: 15.6″ HD IPS 60Hz
  • Storage: 1TB NVMe SSD
  • Battery: 6 Hours
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs


  • Solid CPU.
  • Decent Graphics performance.
  • Attractive design.
  • Silent GPU.


  • 60 Hz display.
  • Average Battery.

Product Description

  • High Processing Power: 10th Gen Intel Core i5-10300H Processor @ 2.50GHz (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 8M Cache, up to 4.50) with the upmost computing power to bring you an unparalleled gaming experience.
  • Stunning Visuals: 15.6″ FHD IPS-Level 60Hz 45% NTSC Thin Bezel Display.
  • Fluid Gaming: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 graphics designed for gamers with style.
  • Memory: 16GB DDR4 2666 MHz SDRAM Memory for full-power multitasking.
  • Storage: 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD.
  • Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2×2) + Bluetooth 5.1; 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet (RTL8111HS-CG) LAN; 1x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C, 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1, 1x HDMI-Out, 1x Mic-In/Headphone-Out Jack.
  • Bundled with 500GB External Hard Drive. Windows 10 Home; Single Backlight with Anti-Ghosting Key + Silver Lining.

The MSI GF63 offers similar specs to the other listings, with an i5-10300H CPU and GTX 1650 GPU. But we found that its GPU performs much better than the other GTX1650 in the list. And thanks to the non-gaming design, it’s excellent for gaming as well as for other tasks like college, office, etc.

The 15.6-inch display is also similar to other budget gaming laptops. with decent color accuracy and the highest brightness of 260 nits.

The factory version comes with an 8GB RAM stick, with an option to add more. For storage, you have a fast 1TB NVMe SSD.

The GF63 is the lightest laptop on our list. At 4.1 lbs, it’s lighter than most budget gaming rigs on the market. Despite the fact, it may not be a great choice for outdoor use because the battery backup isn’t very good. You can expect an average of 5-6 hours of backup when not gaming.

5. Evoo Gaming 15

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-10300H
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Screen: 15.6″ HD IPS 60Hz
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Battery: ?? Hours
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs


  • Non-Gaming design.
  • Decent look for office-use.
  • Less Noisy, Max-Q GPU.
  • Excellent audio quality.


  • Low battery backup.

Product Description

  • 10th Gen Intel Core mobile processors optimize built-in intelligent performance features.
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q 4GB GDDR5 graphics designed for gamers with style.
  • Memory: 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD.
  • THX Spatial Audio enhances stereo and surround sound to deliver next generation audio that intensifies 3D soundscapes in all types of entertainment. You’ll be immersed in sound where your movies, TV shows, video games and music happen all around you, not just in front of you.
  • Xbox Game Pass for PC: Unlimited access to over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10. With games added all the time, you’ll always have something new to play.

Walmart’s EVO Gaming 15 is designed for gamers and professionals alike. We really liked how neutral it looks despite being a gaming machine. It offers the combo of i5-10300H and GTX 1650 Max-Q, much like the rest of the laptops on the list.

The 15.6-inch FHD display is decent for a budget rig, but its low, 60Hz refresh rate isn’t. But we loved the speakers and the audio quality in the headphones – the THX Spatial Audio tech does make a difference in games and movies.

The laptop comes with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD.

The laptop is quite portable, with a weight of just 4.2 pounds. but the battery backup isn’t very commendable, you should get an average of 4-5 hours of backup under normal use.

By Jessica T

Hi I'm Jessica and I'm one of the authors on SmashGadget. I love all things tech and gaming. Hope you like my reads.

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