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The Best Budget Gaming Notebooks

April 2022 update. These notebooks offer the best bang for the buck: maximum performance at a low price. They are thus ideally suited for beginners. Find your next gaming notebook that will balance your expectations with your budget below.
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To make this list, a notebook must meet two requirements first and foremost. First, given that this is a list of affordable notebooks its price shall not exceed 1,500 Euros. Keep in mind that the prices listed in the table below are updated daily and can thus differ from day to day. And second, these laptops must be equipped with a mid-range gaming-capable GPU, such as a GTX 1650 or an RX 5500M, capable of running most recent games in FHD (1920 x 1080) in medium to high details smoothly. More powerful GPUs, such as the GTX 1660 Ti or the RX 5600M, should thus be capable of running most current games smoothly in 1080p and maximum settings. Other gaming top lists:

The Best Budget Gaming Laptops

Position
Total Rating
Date
Image
Model
Height
Weight
Size
Resolution
Screen
185.9 %
06/2021
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HMAsus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
24.9 mm2.3 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
285 %
07/2021
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061TAsus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
24 mm2.3 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
384.3 %
09/2021
HP Victus 16-e0179ngHP Victus 16-e0179ng
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
23.5 mm2.5 kg16.10"1920x1080matte
483.7 %
10/2020
Aorus 5 KBAorus 5 KB
Intel Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
28 mm2.1 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
583.4 %
09/2021
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FLLenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
26 mm2.5 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
683.3 %
02/2021
MSI Alpha 17 A4DEKMSI Alpha 17 A4DEK
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
AMD Radeon RX 5600M
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
28 mm2.6 kg17.30"1920x1080matte
783.2 %
09/2021
Schenker XMG Focus 15Schenker XMG Focus 15
Intel Core i7-11800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
32 GB Memory, 1024 GB SSD
22 mm1.9 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
882.9 %
11/2020
Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-77N5Acer Predator Helios 300 PH315-53-77N5
Intel Core i7-10750H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
22.9 mm2.5 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
982.8 %
01/2021
HP Omen 15-en0375ngHP Omen 15-en0375ng
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Mobile
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
23 mm2.2 kg15.60"1920x1080matte
1082.7 %
10/2021
Dell G15 5515Dell G15 5515
AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU
16 GB Memory, 512 GB SSD
24.9 mm2.4 kg15.60"1920x1080matte

The table above contains an overview over the best budget gaming laptops for less than 1,500 Euros reviewed by Notebookcheck over the course of the past 12 months as well as still relevant and available older products. In cases of identical score the more recent device is listed first. All prices in above table and price comparisons are updated daily and can thus differ.
Link: all devices in this class reviewed

Editors' Comments

Finally, after many months of waiting we have two new entries to our list of affordable gaming notebooks. The HP Omen 16 starts at under $1,400 yet scored an incredible 86 % in our review. Not on this list yet worth a closer look is the Asus TUF Gaming F15, which is currently not yet available in North America. It might perform even better than the Omen 16. We will also have the MSI Katana in review shortly, and the MSI Pulse GL66 missed our list with a rating of just 81 % and a price that was too high to qualify.

1st – HP Omen 16

HP Omen 16
HP Omen 16

The HP Omen 16 features an AMD Ryzen processor yet overall very efficient components. Its Ryzen 7 and RX 6600M perform very well and are very well capable of running current games in high or even maximum details smoothly.

Solid gaming performance, good battery life, and a QHD display for less than $1,400 are good reasons why the HP Omen 16 deserves our endorsement. However, you will need a good set of headphones.

The device is available on Amazon with prices starting at just shy of $1,400.

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2nd – Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM

Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM

The TUF Gaming F15 has almost no bells and whistles but offers a good performance at a low price. Equipped with an Intel Core i7-11800H and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU the TUF FX506HM offers a good price-performance ratio.

High CPU and GPU performance allow the FX506HM to stand out of the mid-range crowd.

The TUF FX506 series is currently not yet available in North America.

3rd – Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR

Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR

Admittedly the TUF Gaming A15 is slightly too expensive for this list but only marginally so. In return, you get a full-fledged RTX 3070. At a price of 1,529 Euros you get a great and powerful gaming laptop at an affordable price point.

The Asus TUF Gaming A15 offers good gaming performance and long battery life.

The TUF Gaming A15 is currently not yet available in North America.

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4th – HP Victus 16

HP Victus 16
HP Victus 16

The HP Victus 16 is a good-looking gaming notebook with 16-inch display and powerful internal hardware, decent input devices, and a good 144 Hz display. Inside, we find a Ryzen 7 5800H paired with a GeForce RTX 3060.

Apart from its extreme noise emissions and its comparatively high temperatures during 3D load the HP Victus 16-e1079ng is a well-made and well-balanced gaming notebook.

Our review unit is currently not available in North America, and availability is rather limited in general. Amazon has a single lesser-equipped SKU listed for sale at slightly under $1,000.

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5th – Lenovo Legion 5 15 G6 AMD

Lenovo Legion 5 15 G6
Lenovo Legion 5 15 G6

No bells and whistles (such as backlit keys) but pure and raw gaming performance in return, thanks to a GeForce RTX 3060 paired with a brand-new AMD Ryzen 5600-series processor and a fast 165 Hz display.

The Legion 5 15 Gen 6 focuses on the most important core abilities of any gaming laptop: high performance and a fast display.

Our review unit is currently not available in North America, and availability is rather limited in general. Amazon has a single lesser-equipped SKU listed for sale at slightly over $1,000.

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6th – XMG Focus 15 (Clevo NP50HK)

Das XMG Focus 15
Das XMG Focus 15

In our review, the catchphrase was “RTX 3050 Ti at its limit”. Schenker clearly targets this device at gamesr on a budget. Case, input devices, and 144 Hz display worked well, and despite a few minor flaws this RTX 3050 Ti-based laptop wiped the floor with similarly equipped competitors.

The RTX 3050’s high TGP is both a pro and con at the same time. However, considering its price we would have expected an RTX 3060 instead.

Schenker devices are not sold in North America.

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7th – Dell G15 5515

Das Dell G15 5515
Das Dell G15 5515

A Ryzen 7 APU paired with GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU ensure smooth gameplay of practically all modern games on the Dell’s matte FHD display. The laptop can be equipped with two NVMe SSDs and offers excellent battery life. The display, in return, was a bit of a disappointment.

At slightly over 1,000 Euros the Dell G15 5515 is a well-equipped entry-level budget gamer.

A slightly better equipped SKU  (Ryzen 7 5800H, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB SSD, RTX 3060) is available on Amazon for $1,400.

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10th – Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15

Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15
Lenovo IdeaPad Gaming 3 15

The IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 is Lenovo’s 6th generation of affordable gaming notebooks. Our review unit came with an Intel Tiger Lake H35 processor as well as a 90 W GeForce RTX 3050 Ti – an ideal combination for FHD gaming.

The IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 is a good budget gaming notebook with an RTX 3050 Ti that should offer more than enough performance for its native 1080p display. If you can afford it we would strongly suggest investing in the optional 165 Hz display.

The Intel SKU of Lenovo’s IdeaPad Gaming 3 15 is currently not available in North America.

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Top 10 in Comparison

Size Comparison

370 mm / 14.6 inch 245 mm / 9.65 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.3 kg4.96 lbs370 mm / 14.6 inch 260 mm / 10.2 inch 23.5 mm / 0.925 inch 2.5 kg5.45 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 261 mm / 10.3 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.5 kg5.44 lbs363 mm / 14.3 inch 258 mm / 10.2 inch 26 mm / 1.024 inch 2.3 kg4.97 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24 mm / 0.945 inch 2.3 kg5.07 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 256 mm / 10.1 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.3 kg5 lbs359.6 mm / 14.2 inch 251.9 mm / 9.92 inch 24.2 mm / 0.953 inch 2 kg4.51 lbs359 mm / 14.1 inch 259 mm / 10.2 inch 23.95 mm / 0.943 inch 2.4 kg5.18 lbs357.26 mm / 14.1 inch 272.11 mm / 10.7 inch 24.9 mm / 0.98 inch 2.4 kg5.36 lbs360 mm / 14.2 inch 238 mm / 9.37 inch 22 mm / 0.866 inch 1.9 kg4.28 lbs

Test Results

HP Omen 16-c0077ng
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
HP Victus 16-e0179ng
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
Schenker XMG Focus 15
Dell G15 5515
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Medion Erazer Deputy P25
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15IHU-82K1002RGE
Display
Display P3 Coverage
68.8
41.9
72.6
65.4
64.6
39.1
65.9
39.7
39.7
sRGB Coverage
96.9
62.9
100
96.3
95.3
56.9
91.6
59.7
59.6
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
71.1
43.3
73.5
67.5
66.5
40.4
67
41.1
41.1
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
13 ?(6, 7)
28.4 ?(15.6, 12.8)
12 ?(6, 6)
9.6 ?(5.2, 4.4)
13.6 ?(6.8, 6.8)
18 ?(9.2, 8.8)
25.2 ?(12.4, 12.8)
5.06 ?(2.5, 2.56)
40.4 ?(18.4, 22)
46.4 ?(21.2, 25.2)
Response Time Black / White *
10 ?(5, 5)
21.6 ?(11.6, 10)
8 ?(4, 4)
14.4 ?(8.4, 6)
9.2 ?(4.4, 4.8)
8.8 ?(3.6, 5.2)
16.8 ?(9.2, 7.6)
7.44 ?(3.76, 3.68)
30.4 ?(16.4, 14)
35.2 ?(18.8, 16.4)
PWM Frequency
1250 ?(20)
200 ?(99)
Screen
Brightness middle
297
268.3
297
361
350
418
278
311
283
307
Brightness
283
257
268
341
350
376
262
325
266
292
Brightness Distribution
91
84
84
88
96
83
83
84
85
88
Black Level *
0.22
0.34
0.22
0.3
0.3
0.41
0.36
0.22
0.2
0.21
Contrast
1350
789
1350
1203
1167
1020
772
1414
1415
1462
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.25
5.05
1.36
2.44
3.9
1.67
5.74
5.06
5.32
5.9
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.33
15.43
3.82
6.37
8.2
3.88
19.63
8.37
17.68
21.6
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
1.11
3.21
1.26
1.6
0.98
4.7
2.62
3.94
4.8
Greyscale dE 2000 *
6.97
5.5
1.88
4.6
5.5
2.9
3.1
4.8
2.9
4.9
Gamma
2.3 96%
2.35 94%
2.48 89%
2.268 97%
2.15 102%
2.26 97%
2.011 109%
2.12 104%
2.062 107%
2.26 97%
CCT
6050 107%
7392 88%
6768 96%
6609 98%
7414 88%
6209 105%
6207 105%
8002 81%
7167 91%
6504 100%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
63
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
99
Noise
off / environment *
25
24.8
26
24
24.2
24
24
25.49
25
23.9
Idle Minimum *
25
24.6
26
24
29
25
25
29.57
27
23.9
Idle Average *
31.2
24.9
26
25
29
30
26
29.57
29
26.8
Idle Maximum *
33.8
24.9
27.4
34
29
43
30
29.57
31
26.8
Load Average *
55.4
27.1
46.6
44
53.5
56
44
48.61
57
43.5
Load Maximum *
56
49
49.3
52
53.5
58
48
57.66
58
53.1
Witcher 3 ultra *
46.4
50
53.5
56
44
59
56
43.5
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *
40.6
46.4
46.7
51
42.6
43
50
44.4
37
43.2
Maximum Bottom *
36
45.4
55.9
52
52.2
46
49
48.6
40
47.9
Idle Upper Side *
31.3
26
37.1
46
24.9
39
26
31.2
27
24.9
Idle Bottom *
36
27.4
38.1
41
25.3
40
26
32.2
29
27
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
660
1043
511
387
807
740
628
H.264
419
259
529
587
460
WiFi v1.3
363
473
685
354
290
235
478
524
404
397
Witcher 3 ultra
83
115
Load
119
145
76
105
54
91
90
64
64
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
12
9.5
10.2
5
7.3
23
5
9.1
8
4.9
Idle Average *
12.8
12.1
12.8
10
10.5
25
9
14.61
11
8.3
Idle Maximum *
18.5
22.5
15
20
15.7
29
20
15.05
16
8.9
Load Average *
190
99.5
130
108
108
106
94
77.8
109
81
Witcher 3 ultra *
194
157
137
145
175
128
123
131
183
119
Load Maximum *
200
173.5
184
189
228
156
172
114.42
211
172

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

3DMark - 1920x1080 Fire Strike Score (sort by value)
HP Omen 16-c0077ng
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
21360 Points ∼53%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
19131 Points ∼48%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
20237 Points ∼50%
HP Victus 16-e0179ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
17711 Points ∼44%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
19980 Points ∼50%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
13179 Points ∼33%
Dell G15 5515
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
13232 Points ∼33%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
19451 Points ∼49%
Medion Erazer Deputy P25
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Phison E12S-512GB-Phison-SSD-BICS4
19392 Points ∼48%
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15IHU-82K1002RGE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i5-11300H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
11894 Points ∼30%
3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
HP Omen 16-c0077ng
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
25021 Points ∼51%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
23461 Points ∼47%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
23459 Points ∼47%
HP Victus 16-e0179ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
22166 Points ∼45%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
23146 Points ∼47%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
19072 Points ∼39%
Dell G15 5515
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
18252 Points ∼37%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
22934 Points ∼46%
Medion Erazer Deputy P25
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Phison E12S-512GB-Phison-SSD-BICS4
22992 Points ∼46%
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15IHU-82K1002RGE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i5-11300H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
15615 Points ∼32%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+) (sort by value)
HP Omen 16-c0077ng
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
84 fps ∼43%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
75.3 (73min - 79max) fps ∼38%
Asus TUF Gaming A15 FA506QR-AZ061T
GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
78 fps ∼40%
HP Victus 16-e0179ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
70.9 (60min) fps ∼36%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
71.5 (68min, 68P1 - 76max) fps ∼36%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
67 (64min, 64P1 - 71max) fps ∼34%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
62.8 (59min, 60P1 - 67max) fps ∼32%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
56 (46min) fps ∼29%
Dell G15 5515
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
56.6 (13.2min, 25.5P0.1, 43.4P1 - 105max) fps ∼29%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
75.4 (64min, 64.6P1 - 81max) fps ∼38%
Medion Erazer Deputy P25
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Phison E12S-512GB-Phison-SSD-BICS4
77.4 (65min) fps ∼39%
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15IHU-82K1002RGE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i5-11300H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
47.1 (45min, 46P1 - 49max) fps ∼24%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off) (sort by value)
HP Omen 16-c0077ng
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Samsung PM981a MZVLB1T0HBLR
135 fps ∼34%
Asus TUF Gaming F15 FX506HM
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, SK Hynix HFM001TD3JX013N
143.9 (136min - 155max) fps ∼37%
HP Victus 16-e0179ng
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, WDC PC SN730 SDBPNTY-1T00
135 (114min) fps ∼34%
Lenovo Legion 5 15ACH-82JU00C6GE-FL
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Micron 2300 512GB MTFDHBA512TDV
146 fps ∼37%
Schenker XMG Focus 15
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-11800H, Samsung SSD 970 EVO Plus 1TB
102 (87min) fps ∼26%
Dell G15 5515
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Samsung PM991a MZ9LQ512HBLU-00BD1
102 (37.7min, 54.3P0.1, 78.6P1 - 216max) fps ∼26%
MSI Alpha 15 B5EEK-008
Radeon RX 6600M, R7 5800H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA1T0QFD
133 (114min, 114P1 - 150max) fps ∼34%
Medion Erazer Deputy P25
GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU, R7 5800H, Phison E12S-512GB-Phison-SSD-BICS4
140 (115min) fps ∼36%
Lenovo Ideapad Gaming 3 15IHU-82K1002RGE
GeForce RTX 3050 Ti Laptop GPU, i5-11300H, Micron 2210 MTFDHBA512QFD
91 fps ∼23%
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