Best Gaming Laptop under 80000 in India

What is the best gaming laptop under 80000 Rupees in the Indian market?

Gaming, a seriously growing genre of Entertainment, and some of them are trying their best to churn out their incomes while It’s happening.

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PC and Console gaming is quietly becoming the next big deal in the coming days and some are even making a profession out of it.

For now, we are going to focus on gaming laptops.

Overview of a Gaming Laptop

Gaming Laptops are top-level beasts, with their colorful design, premium prices, and powerful components. It can also act as your Programming Laptop if portability is not your primary priority, and want to repurpose your laptop.

They differ a lot from their typical mainstream notebook counterparts. It is mainly because they are used for a different purpose.

A gaming laptop requires a high-end component to provide you with a smooth gameplay experience on high frame rates.

If you want to play games like Witcher 3, wild hunt, Grand Theft Auto V, Battlefield, Dark Souls III, Forza Horizon 3 and other similar performance demanding games, you need to be ready to loosen your pockets a little.

Buyer’s Guide

First of all, because they are different from traditional laptops, you need to know the specs to look for in a good budget gaming laptop.

The first thing you should pay your attention to is portability. Generally the more powerful the laptop, the less portable It is.

Portability

17-18 inch laptops are the least portable ones. Buy these laptops only if you are obsessed with high-end gaming and don’t plan to carry it around. These laptops have enough room for their heat-generating components. You also can’t leave them Unplugged for long as these beasts are too power-hungry to use for long in a single charge.

13 –  15.6 Inch laptops are the best in portability. They tend to have longer battery life. However, you may not get the most powerful CPU and graphic memory because it doesn’t have enough space to make room for high-end components and dissipate the heat generated while using them. You can expect to have a mediocre level of gaming performance on these.

Graphics Card Explained

The next and most important component that you need to look for in a gaming laptop is graphics. 

The graphic card or GPU plays an important role in your gaming experience. Most of you are already familiar with the importance of a good graphic card in gaming.

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GPU is responsible for rendering images on your display by processing raw data and transmitting it to the monitor. This process can be very stressful while running games. 

To overcome this situation you need something called VRAM ( Video Memory ), It is a discrete GPU with its dedicated memory.

Although it seems that “The more, the merrier” works with these kinds of set up. But 4GB of VRAM should take care of all the needs of an average gaming enthusiast. 

Most of the gaming laptops come with Nvidia GPUs.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 cards should be your priority if you are looking for the best performance at 1920 x 1080 pixels without tweaking a lot in your budget.

Display to consider

The minimum resolution for a gaming laptop is 1920 x 1080 pixels, anything less than this would return you in a bad gameplay experience with muddy graphics.

Avoid touch screen laptops. They are more expensive and power-consuming.

My suggestion would be to avoid buying a touch screen laptop unless you are planning to play angry birds or candy crush on them.

CPU and RAM

If we go by the analogy that GPU is the heart of gaming laptops the CPU and RAM are the brains.

The processor handles all the tasks except the ones requiring graphics such as analyzing and processing all the maths and physics calculations involved in gameplay. 

It also is responsible for the performance of other non-gaming apps like your Browser, Operating System, and other productivity apps. While selecting the processor and Ram keep this thing in mind.

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Use only Intel Processors. They are the best in what they do. There’s also a less chance of buying anything other than Intel as you’ll probably have a hard time finding an AMD CPU.

Opt for at least 6th generation processors, all the 6th generation chips have IDs that begin with a 6 (ex: Core i5-6400U). As far as the core is concerned, go for at least quad-core i5 chips. You can also opt for dual-core if the budget is tight but quad-core would be ideal.

Higher the Clock speed, better the performance and speed. A 3.5-GHz core i5 processor is a lot faster than the same chip with 2.4-GHz clock speed.

8GB DDR4 RAM is a bare minimum and enough for all your gaming needs. Pushing it further with 16GB is a positive but It ain’t as important as graphic and CPU.

Prefer SSD over HDD

SSD stands for Solid State Drive. SSDs are a lot faster than traditional Hard drives. It results in faster game load times, saving you from that annoying pause when your hard disk can’t load assets fast enough. SSDs are also preferred in programming laptops.

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SSDs are also more expensive and if you need more storage and your budget is tight then go for at least 1 TB hard drive (HDD) with a 7,200-rpm speed.

Ideally, you can buy those having both SSD and HDD, this way you can load your games fast enough on SSDs and still have plenty of room for storage left on your HDD. In this case, I would prefer a 256GB SSD with 1 TB HDD.

Top 3 Best Gaming Laptop Under 80000

Well, this wraps up the performance guide to look for in a gaming laptop, Now let’s see the top 3 best gaming laptop under 80000 while buying one for yourself.

Before that, Let me tell you that you should keep your expectations in check as for this price range, you can have a pretty good entry-level gaming laptop. But you might get disappointed If you are looking for smooth gameplay with some of the top games like Metro Exodus, Far cry 5, and Deus Ex.

1. ASUS TUF GAMING FX505GT

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ProcessorIntel® Core™ i5 9300H Processor, 2.4 GHz
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Memory8 GB, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion
Display15.6-inch led-backlit FHD, 120Hz Anti-Glare Panel
GraphicGTX 1650, with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM
Storage512GB PCIe® Gen3 x2 SSD M.2
KeyboardIlluminated chiclet keyboard
Battery3 -Cell 48 Wh Battery
Dimensions360.4 x 262 x 25.0 ~26.0 mm (WxDxH)

As far as the gaming laptops go, Asus TUF fx505gt is arguably the top contender. It has a nice blend of features and design. The trade-off for its superior performance is build-quality and portability.

Some compromises are necessary to make this beast fall on your budget. It comes packed with both AMD and Intel options for processing.

It features an all-plastic body, with an aluminum lid cover. It is significantly sturdier than other cheaper alternatives. But its build quality is not as durable as other premium options.

You won’t get any surprises on the design side as the looks are average but the cut-corners and trapezoid cut lid give it a more bold and aggressive look.

Performance and Processing Power

It is fitted with a 9th generation Intel Core i7 – 9750H processor. It has six cores with 12 MB cache. Clock speed is 2.60 GHz which can go up to 4.50 GHz in turbo mode. If you ask me, that’s a lot of processing power for a laptop in this price range.

It has a thermal design power of 45 watts. The downside of having this much processing is the heat generated is very high and this drains battery faster when in turbo mode.

It has 8 gigs of DDR4-2666 MHz RAM. For regular devices, this much memory is quite good. But If you plan on to play more recent games then the more, the merrier. If your budget allows it, consider upgrading it to 16 Gigabytes.

It has a free memory slot where you can add up to 8 GB. Although It supports 32 GB memory size. 16 Ram would be enough for smooth gameplay.


Graphics Card

It comes fitted with 4GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 video card, which is far superior to others in the same price range.

You’ll get pretty good frame rates in these graphics. For example, you’d get about 60+ FPS in GTA 5, Minecraft, CS: GO and Fortnite.

And If you upgrade your RAM to 16 GB, you’d be able to play more demanding games like Forza Horizon 4 and Call of Duty WWII at 40 FPS and Far Cry 5 at 50 FPS.

If you plan to move further with games like Battlefield 5 and Metro Exodus then you’ll get an average of 25-30 FPS.

Which is not so good and control can even get unplayable with this config. But let’s be realistic this is the best you can get in the price range of 80k. You’ll need to go beyond your budget to have better gameplay for these super demanding games.

Some Other Misc. Specs

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It stands out with its competitors with a 15.6″ IPS FHD Slim bezel 120 Hz display. The higher refresh rate allows sharp images with less latency and better game responsiveness.

It has a 512 GB PCIe Gen3 Solid-state drive or SSD for faster game loads and performance. If you find it’s storage a little less then you can always upgrade by adding an extra SATA compatible drive in its 2.5″ slot.

Its battery life and portability are not that good as its previous features. It weighs around 2.2 Kg. The battery is also a little mediocre with a 3-cell 48Whr Li-Polymer battery.

To conclude, I’ll recommend this laptop to someone who’s looking for a top performance budget gaming laptop for home.

If you are the kind of guy who travels a lot then You might be disappointed as the battery drains pretty quickly.

2. Lenovo Legion Y540

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ProcessorIntel Core i5-9300H Processor, with Turbo Boost
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Memory8.0GB PC4-21300 DDR4 SODIMM SODIMM
Display15.6-inch FHD, IPS, 250nits, Anti-glare, 60Hz,
GraphicNVIDIA® GEFORCE® GTX 1650 (4GB GDDR5)
Storage1TB 5400+256GB SSD PCIe
KeyboardLED Backlit Black English
Battery3Cell 52.5Wh

Next up on our list of the top recommended best gaming laptops under 80000 is Lenovo Legion y540. It offers a top-notch gaming performance in a nicely packed design.

If the budget is not that of an issue, you can opt for a little expensive version of this laptop equipped with NVIDIA RTX 2060 graphics card, 9th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, and 32 gigs RAM.

But for the sake of this article, let’s talk about the budget-friendly version which is also packed with NVIDIA GTX 1650, a core i5 processor, 512 GB PCIe SSD storage and 8 GB DDR4 RAM.

Performance and Processing Power


Its 9th Generation core i5-9300H can handle your gaming needs. The core includes a 45W Hexa-core CPU with 12 threads.

Like the previous one, It also drains a lot of battery. But as you can expect by now, Gaming is all about performance and It comes at a price.

It is packed with 8 Gigabytes of DDR4 2666 MHz RAM. Also, you can spec It out to 32 gigabytes as per your need. But as I said earlier 8 Gb would suffice for medium-level games and 16 GB for advanced gaming.

I don’t see any good reason to upgrade it further to 32 GB unless you have something specific in mind.

Graphics Card

The Nvidia GTX 1650 graphics card (you can opt for 1660 Ti) works its magic pretty well. You can play demanding games at full HD resolution for hours and won’t find any drop in frame rates.

Playing games like Youngblood at moderate to high settings and 60 FPS can be surprisingly fun and smooth without any drop in performance.

Thermal performance while playing games can be an issue for most of the gaming laptops but Lenovo legion Y540 steals the crown in this case too.

Its Vantage software suite lets you see detailed stats about powered performance and allows for performance tune-up and clock speed optimizations.

Some Other Misc. Specs

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Legion Y540 has not a very flashy design as others in this genre usually have. This makes it a perfect fit if you want to carry it around and use it in your workplace.

Although battery life is no exception, It has sub-par battery life. It comes with a 57Wh Li-ion battery and claims of up to 5 hours of battery life.

But usually, you’ll need to plug it in every 4 hours. But this is to be expected with a powerful gaming laptop as you can either have power or battery life, but not both.

Lenovo legion Y540 is equipped with a lot of ports. There’s a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C port, a Mini DisplayPort 1.4, Ethernet, a USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A port, a power port, and a Kensington lock in the rear side.

Sound is satisfactory as It is equipped with Harman speakers with Dolby Atmos. It has dual fans grate on both sides of back corners. They did it this way so that fans can ventilate and pump hot air out of both sides.

It is a little heavy with a weight of 2.58 Kg or 5.07 pounds. This makes it average in terms of portability.

It features a 15.6-inch 1080p display with 300 nits and a 144 Hz refresh rate. Lenovo also has a 17-inch variant having 60Hz and 144Hz versions at 300 nits.

The webcam is below the screen with narrow bezels on the remaining 3 sides. the position of the webcam can be a bit of a weird position for some people if you plan on using it.

To sum it up, the audio/display combo with a high refresh rate and good sound ( although I am more of a headset person anyway), good graphics and powerful processors give a great gaming experience.

3. MSI GF63 Thin 9SC

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ProcessorUp to 9th Gen. Intel® Core™ i7 Processor
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Memory8 GB, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion
Display15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080), IPS-Level
GraphicGTX 1650 With Max-Q Design, 4GB GDDR5
KeyboardBacklight Keyboard (Single-Color, Red)
Battery3 -Cell, Li-Polymer, 51Wh
Dimensions359 x 254 x 21.7 mm

This one is the lights, most portable gaming laptop weighing just 1.8 kg. This laptop is not for hardcore gamers, occasional gamers can have more fun on it with an immersive gameplay experience.

Build quality and design are the way MSI laptops are known for like black housing, bright red keyboard, sharp edges, and bright red highlights.

It competes with the likes of Dell G5 15 5590, Acer Aspire Nitro 5 AN515, Hp Omen 15, and Lenovo Ideapad L340-15lRH.

Performance and Processing power


It comes equipped with Core i5-9300H, which is one of the most successful processors available, especially for multimedia and gaming laptops.

The clock speed of 4.1 GHz and 8 MB of L3 cache is very promising and reliable in terms of performance. Its quad-core chip takes it to the next level with hyperthreading that can work up to eight threads at a time.

Its chip is from Intel’s Coffee Lake generation with TDP of 45 watts delivers blazing-fast performance while playing games in turbo mode.

It is equipped with Nvidia’s Optimus technology helps it to save battery while idle or during less performance demanding tasks like streaming or browsing. It switches between Processor’s graphic chip with the Geforce GPU.

Performance-wise, It is better than most of its competitors with only Acer Nitro 5 in exception.

Graphics

MSI GF63 9SC is equipped with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650, It is a power-efficient GPU as It can run on lower clock rates. The base clock rate of GF63 9SC is 1020 MHz instead of the usual 1395 MHz.

The cooling system is also very efficient as It can reach 1440 MHz in turbo mode with steady frame rates for long hours. GTX 1650 comes with a 128-bit Interface with 4 GB GDDR5 VRAM.

You can enjoy smooth gameplay on low to medium graphic demanding games but you might face some issues while playing highly demanding games like Metro Exodus and Borderlands 3.

Some Other Misc. Specs

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It features a full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels matte IPS display with a 60 Hz refresh rate. Brightness is not optimal for working outdoors, you can use indoor spaces pretty conveniently though.

You can expect 5 hours of runtime at medium brightness with a 51 Wh battery, which is pretty good for a gaming laptop. MIS Gf63 9SC is optimized for battery life with features like graphic switching.

It is the most portable out of the other two gaming laptops discussed above. This lightweight gaming laptop has all the ports that you need daily, like 1x Type-C USB 3.2 Gen 1 port, an RJ45 Ethernet Port, and 3x Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 ports.

The steel series keyboard is just brilliant and gamer-friendly because of excellent feedback and key travel with less noise and sturdy build.

You’ll get 512 GB PCIe SSD storage and 8 GB of RAM with this device for faster game loads and performance.

To conclude I think MSI 9SC is a pretty decent budget gaming laptop with great performance, portability and battery life.

Conclusion

Buying a normal laptop requires you to look for one that suits your needs but when you are out there to buy a budget gaming laptop then It is a whole different story.

You need to make compromises and tradeoffs like average display or battery with performance. here we have tried to find you the best gaming laptop under 80000 with minimum compromises, without impacting your gaming experience.

Comment below, If you have something better in your mind.

About Ravi Ranjan Kaushik

Ravi Ranjan Kaushik is a health and tech enthusiast. He is the founding Face behind the "Look Your Best" blog. Inherently curious tech geek by night and health addict by day. He loves to travel and enjoys unique and thrilling experiences.

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