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Top 2 Gaming Laptops under Rs. 40,000

I recall those days when my school finals would get over exactly during these months and all I used to do was gaming! I was one gaming-addict and given a chance today, would soon get back my addiction. Probably for those good ol’ days, I would better talk about the best gaming laptops available in the market today. Let’s not go high with the budget more than ₹ 40000.

However, if you want a gaming laptop under 40000 rupees, do keep in mind that it won’t be able to play all the high-end games, but mostly low-end to mid-end games and very few high-end games on low or medium settings.

In the 40k price range, there aren’t too many options as far as gaming laptops are concerned. We picked 2 of these:

HP Pavilion 15-ab035AX Notebook

The reason we picked the AMD laptop from HP as the laptop of our choice is because it has a faster GPU, 8GB RAM (so you don’t need to buy additional RAM / memory), quad core processor, Full HD display and the notebook is also lighter in weight. So even though you have to spend a little more than 40000, you get a better overall laptop than the Intel i5 powered Acer Notebook.

PRICE: ₹ 39,990/-

HP Pavilion 15-ab035AX Notebook

POSITIVES

  • Excellent specifications: The HP 15-ab035AX is powered packed. You don’t get 8GB RAM, Full HD display and all the other specs in this price range.
  • Display: 15.6 inch display, viewing angles and brightness is decent. Full HD resolution is great for document viewing, office work etc. Reduce the resolution when gaming.
  • Operating System: Comes pre-installed with Windows 8.1. Upgrade to Windows 10 is free.
  • Processor: Quad core AMD processor, runs fast and performed most tasks efficiently. You can easily multitask too i.e open multiple applications.
  • Graphics: Currently, the best dedicated graphics card under ₹ 40000. The Radeon R7 Series M360 with 2GB memory is an excellent performer in this price range
  • Storage: 1TB Hard Disk Drive is enough space for games, music and videos.
  • RAM: Comes with 8GB RAM which is sufficient for gaming as well as performing other tasks (MS Office, Photoshop, Browsing etc)
  • Sound Quality: Audio was loud and clear
  • Keyboard: It’s comfortable to type, but a sucker for dust due to the gap between keys. You should invest on a keyboard cover to protect the keys.
  • Connectivity: The notebook comes with 3 USB slots. One is USB 2.0 and two are USB 3.0. Supports HDMI and Bluetooth too.
  • Price: Excellent value for money, you can’t find a better laptop in this price range for gaming
  • Decent build quality
  • Light Weight (2.21 Kgs)
  • Comes with DVD drive

NEGATIVES

  • The laptop does heat up quite a bit when playing games for a long period of time.
  • The trackpad isn’t great, we highly recommend purchasing a USB mouse.
  • Battery life is average, about 3 – 3.5 hours. Heavy gaming always drains the battery fast, which is normal for laptops.

 

Acer Aspire E5-574G-50XN Notebook

The Acer Aspire E5-574G-50XN is the best available Intel processor choice in this price bracket. It has the 6th generation Intel i5 processor, 4GB RAM, Nvidia 920M GPU and HD resolution display. It’s slightly on the heavier side, at 2.4 kgs.

If Intel is your preferred choice for processor, then you can purchase this laptop, but we highly recommend that you upgrade the RAM to 8GB. The laptop comes with two RAM slots and one 4GB RAM. To upgrade it to 8GB, we highly recommend the Kingston DDR3 Value RAM.

PRICE: ₹ 37,990/-

POSITIVES

  • Display: 15.6 inch display, viewing angles are not the greatest, but if you’re looking straight at it, the display is bright and produces good colour. Display resolution (1366 x 765 pixels) is good enough for gaming.
  • Processor: The 6th generation i5 processor is good for both gaming and performing other tasks. We didn’t face any heating issues with the laptop.
  • Graphics: Nvidia 920M graphics with 2GB memory. Tried and tested low-end GPU. Low to mid-end gaming isn’t a problem.
  • Storage: 1TB Hard Disk Drive is enough space for games, music and videos.
  • RAM: Comes with 4GB RAM, we recommend upgrading to 8GB.
  • Sound Quality: Audio quality from the loudspeaker was decent
  • Keyboard: Comfortable to type, wellspaced out.
  • Connectivity: The notebook comes with 3 USB slots. One is USB 2.0 and two are USB 3.0. Supports HDMI and Bluetooth too.
  • Comes with DVD drive

NEGATIVES

  • Operating System: Comes with Linux, so you need to purchase Windows 10 separately. The advantage is, you can install Windows 7, which is stable and mostly bug free.
  • The trackpad isn’t great, you should consider purchasing a USB mouse.
  • Battery life is average, about 3 – 4 hours. Heavy gaming always drains the battery fast, which is normal for laptops.
  • Build quality isn’t great.

WORDS OF WISDOM

₹ 40,000 can get you a laptop that can handle your moderate gaming needs, implying, you would be able to play older games comfortably, but might struggle with latest ones, unless played at the lowest settings. And the culprit is the GPU instead of RAM or the CPU.

If you can get a laptop with 940M get it. Period. Otherwise, 930M is the best card under ₹ 40,000 that can offer decent gaming experience, while the M360, M440, M430 and the likes offer entry level gaming performance. These cards should also be able to run games like Dota and Counter Strike without breaking a sweat.

That doesn’t mean that these laptops aren’t any good for office or other needs and these are the most powerful laptops available under ₹ 40,000. So they’re as good for college students and working professionals.

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