Best gaming laptop under 500

Best gaming laptop under £500: The top super-cheap laptops for entry-level gaming

You might be surprised to learn you can find a half-decent gaming laptop for under £500. No, it’s not going to play GTA V in 4K at 60 fps, but it’ll be good enough for the basics.

Here are our picks for the best gaming laptop under £500.


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Acer Aspire 5 A515-43

Probably the best cheap laptop

The Acer Aspire 5 is likely the number one choice for gaming laptop under £500. It features an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor for strong performance, as well as 8 GB RAM which you can upgrade later to 16 GB for more speed. The 256 / 512 GB SSD lets you store all your favourite games, which are displayed beautifully on the 15.6″ full HD screen.

This model is also available with a Ryzen 7 processor for just over £500.

Dell Inspiron 15 3000

A great all-round laptop

The Dell Inspiron 15 3000 is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U processor, which delivers speeds of 2.00 GHz up to 3.60 GHz boosted. Combined with 8 GB RAM, Radeon Vega 8 graphics and a 256 GB SSD, it’s one of the best low-budget machines for playing your favourite non-intensive titles.

HP Pavilion 15.6" Ryzen 3

Gaming plus touchscreen

If you want a laptop that can do basic gaming and touchscreen-based browsing, check out this HP Pavilion 15.6″ notebook. Its AMD Ryzen 3 3300U processor and full HD screen make it great for gaming, while its 256 GB SSD and connectivity options make it great for work and everyday use, too. One of the best-looking options on this list.

ASUS VivoBook 14-X412FL

Intel power on a budget

Another fantastic gaming laptop under £500 is the ASUS VivoBook 14-X412FL. This model is equipped with a 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor capable of a clock speed of 4.2 GHz, which is probably the highest you’ll find for the price. Plus, with 8 GB RAM and 16 GB Intel Optane additional memory, you’ll be able to support a wide range of games.


André Pusey