Help Me Laptop I Need a Cheap Gaming Laptop for Dad

first_img As soon as Rami Tabari sprung out of the College of Staten Island, he hit the ground running as a Staff Writer for Laptop Mag. He reviews every shape and form of a laptop as well as all sorts of cool tech. You can find him sitting at his desk surrounded by a hoarder’s dream of laptops, and when he navigates his way out to civilization, you can catch him watching really bad anime or playing some kind of painfully difficult game. He’s the best at every game and he just doesn’t lose. That’s why you’ll occasionally catch his byline in Tom’s Guide, taking on the latest Souls-like challenge. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoAdvertisement If your parents are jumping on the Fortnite bandwagon, then they’ll need a relatively reliable gaming laptop to be able to run it at decent frame rates, even on lower settings. A Tom’s Guide forum user asked us to find a cheap gaming laptop for their dad for that specific reason, while still providing enough productivity power to get everyday work done.some_username asked us for a laptop within a €500 ($568; £449) budget that can handle some light gaming. Spec-wise, they want at least a 1080p panel, a 500GB HDD and a CPU capable of handling art software.MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?Apple’s entry-level MacBook Air and Pro look pretty similar, but our testing proved they differ in crucial ways.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Which Cheap Tablet Is Best? Amazon Fire 7 vs Walmart Onn02:45关闭选项Automated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-USAutomated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0003:4603:46 Before we get started, thank you very much for detailing what you need the laptop for. Now, throw out any illusion that you’ll find a competent gaming laptop at that price. While Fortnite isn’t graphically demanding by the looks of it, it’s so poorly optimized that it’s going to take more of a toll on your system than it should. Don’t worry; we won’t stretch your budget too thin.Dell G3 15 Gaming: Best Battery Life and PerformanceThe $849 configuration (€1.099 on Dell’s Belgium website for a similar config) of the Dell G3 15 Gaming that we tested comes with an Intel Core i5-8300H processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 1TB HDD and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM. It nailed 13,227 on the Geekbench 4 overall performance test and 159,006 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited.The budget one you’ll be aiming for costs €799 ($699) and drops you to a GTX 1050 GPU with 4GB of VRAM and a 256GB SSD. It’ll have the same performance, and while it has slightly less graphics power, it’ll be enough to get decent frame rates on Fortnite at Medium settings.The G3 15’s 15.6-inch, 1080p panel doesn’t look that great, however, as it covered 61 percent of the sRGB spectrum and emitted 231 nits of brightness in our tests. However, the G3 15’s battery life is impressive for a gaming notebook, lasting 6 hours and 37 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery Test.MORE: How to Buy a Cheap Gaming Laptop: 7 Essential TipsThe keyboard could be better, as it only offers 1.2 millimeters of travel and bottoms out frequently. We typically prefer key travel in the 1.5 to 2.0 mm range.Asus TUF Gaming FX504: Best Graphics and Keyboard for the MoneyThe TUF Gaming FX504 that we tested costs $829 and is outfitted with a Core i5-8300H CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 1TB HDD and a GTX 1050 GPU with 2GB of VRAM. It clocked in 12,038 on Geekbench 4 and 147,174 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited.However, NewEgg’s Belgium site sells the FX504 with a GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of VRAM and 1TB SSHD (slightly faster than HDD) for just €615, so you’re technically getting more graphics power than the G3 15 Gaming that we recommended, but you’re also sacrificing some CPU performance.Asus’ 15.6-inch, 1080p screen is basically just as bland as the G3 15’s, hitting 66 percent of the sRGB gamut and averaging 220 nits of brightness. While that’s par for the course with gaming laptops, so is its awful 3:57 battery life.With 1.4 millimeters of key travel, the TUF Gaming’s keyboard is a lot punchier to type on than the Dell G3 15’s, despite being a little bouncy.Acer Aspire 5: Meets BudgetThe Aspire 5 that we tested with the closest specs was a 17-inch laptop that ran for $999 (£789) and came with Intel Core i7-8550U, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 1TB HDD and a MX150 GPU with 2GB of VRAM. It hit 12,187 on Geekbench 4 and about 60 fps on Overwatch at Low settings.Its 15.6-inch sibling actually goes for €557 on NewEgg (the closest thing we could find to your budget) and drops you to 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD (still combined with a 1TB HDD). The MX150 GPU should be enough to push past 30 fps on Fortnite at Medium settings.We did test the 15.6-inch display on the Aspire 5 and it produced a measly 65 percent of the sRGB color gamut and 209 nits of brightness. The battery lasted only 4 hours and 43 minutes on a charge, which is pretty bad for a non-gaming laptop.MORE: What to Look for in a Gaming Laptop – Buying Guide for GamersThe Aspire 5’s keyboard provides a similar bottoming-out sensation to the G3 15 Gaming, as it offers only 1.3 millimeters of travel.Bottom LineIn terms of performance for the money, the Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is the way to go. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a laptop with decent specs and a GTX 1050 Ti GPU that close to your budget.However, if you’re absolutely confined to your budget, we’d recommend getting the Acer Aspire 5, considering it’ll be able to handle what you’re dad plays just fine. Unless you absolutely need over 6 hours of battery life and slightly better performance, then it’s probably best to avoid the Dell G3 15 Gaming. It’s overpriced on Dell’s Belgium site compared with other markets.Overall, the TUF Gaming FX504 offers solid performance and graphics packed into a sleek chassis with the best keyboard of the bunch.We hope that this helped. Let us know which you decide to go with!Credit: Laptop MagHere Are the Best Gaming Laptops Under $1,000Help Me, Laptop: What’s the Best Max-Q Gaming Laptop?Best & Worst Gaming Laptop Brands Author Biocenter_img Rami Tabari, Rami Tabari, onlast_img read more