While we’d all love to set up an RGB-lit, liquid Nitrogen cooled, overclocked desktop – it’s not the most practical solution. Most of us need to multitask. Nothing beats a laptop at quick workflow switching and portability. Here are the best budget gaming laptop in India as of December of 2019. When we say a budget gaming laptop – we mean one under INR 60,000 – that’s about the minimum you need to spend to have decent gameplay experience.

Best Budget Gaming Laptop in India: HP Pavilion 15-BC513TX

HP Pavilion 15-BC513TX for best budget gaming laptop in India

Price: INR 56,990

ProcessorIntel Core i5 9300H
2.4 Ghz Base Clock
4.1 Ghz Boost Clock
8MB L3 Cache
RAM8GB DDR4 2666 Mhz
GraphicsGeforce GTX 1650
4GB GDDR5
Display15.6", 16:9
1920 x 1080 Full HD
60 Hz Refresh Rate
Storage512 GB NVMe SSD
Network802.11 b/g/n/ac
Gigabit LAN
Interfaces1 x 3.5mm audio jack (mic+output)
1 x Type-A USB2.0
2 x Type-A USB 3.1
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
1 x HDMI 2.0 Port
Expansion Slots1 x Extra SODIMM RAM Slot, Max 32GB supported
1 x 2.5" SATA3 Bay
Battery63 Wh 4-cell Li-Ion

The HP Pavilion 15-BC513TX is our choice for the best budget gaming laptop in India as of December 2019. The laptop has been fitted with upgraded parts, and is build upon 2018’s laptop.

The laptop’s brains is Intel’s Core i5 9300H. One of the best processors in its class, it tops the benchmarks among budget mobile CPUs. Intel’s 9th generation of CPUs sees major upgrades in architecture, manufacturing process, and thermals – though, it still lacks behind AMD’s Ryzen in terms of throttling.

The HP also packs a GTX 1650 under the hood – the best graphics card in this bunch by a country mile. The GTX 1650 is over 30% faster than the GTX 1050 included in some other gaming budget laptops. This will mean much higher frame rates for 1080p gaming. The GTX 1650 is also considerably newer, thus will have much better thermal performance.

Storage options are all good with this laptop, as well. The laptop comes with a 512 GB NVMe SSD installed – this should be more than plenty for a Windows installation and a decent sized Steam library. If you do find yourself in need of even more storage, though, there’s an empty 2.5″ drive bay where you can add another SSD or an HDD.

This laptop also provides a variety of hardware interface options. It comes with 2 USB 3.1 ports, 1 USB 2.0 port, an HDMI out, a 3.5 mm microphone cum speaker jack, and gigabit LAN port for low-latency gaming.

The build quality on this is spectacular for its price point. The plastic body feels premium to the touch, and is sufficiently fingerprint resistant. The bezel size is quite beefy, though, and gives the machine a slightly dated look. We aren’t complaining, though – the green lit keyboard makes for good eye candy. All of this adds up to make HP’s Pavilion 15-BC513TX our best budget gaming laptop in India.

Runner Up: ASUS TUF Gaming FX505DT

ASUS TUF FX505DT for best budget gaming laptop in India

Price: INR 51,990

Key Specifications

ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 3550H
2.1 Ghz Base Clock
3.7 Ghz Boost Clock
6MB L3 Cache
RAM8GB DDR4 2400Mhz
GraphicsGeforce GTX 1650
4GB GDDR5
Display15.6", 16:9
1920 x 1080 Full HD
120Hz Refresh Rate
Storage512 GB NVMe SSD
(OR)
256 GB NVMe SSD + 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD
Network802.11 b/g/n/ac
Gigabit LAN
Interfaces1 x 3.5mm audio jack (mic+output)
1 x Type-A USB2.0
2 x Type-A USB 3.1
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
1 x HDMI 2.0 Port
Expansion Slots1 x Extra SODIMM RAM Slot, Max 32GB supported

1 x 2.5" SATA3 Bay in SSD-only version
Expansion Slots48 Wh
4-Cell Li-Ion

Asus’s TUF Gaming 505DT is another decent buy in the budget gaming laptop space. The laptop packs latest-gen parts and provides exceptional bang for the buck.

The Ryzen 5 3550H is actually the weakest processor here when compared to Intel’s i5 8300H and 9300H. Even so, it makes up for with the Ryzen 3rd generation’s speed and thermal optimisations that help it make some ground upto the Intel processors. The i5 8300H is about 12% faster than the 3550H. But as is well-known, benchmark performance numbers only tell half the story.

Ryzen 3rd generation processors have better heat efficiency and better boost performance. This means that the Ryzen can hold its boost clock for longer, and while heating up less, than the Intel chips here. Intel chips will throttle faster under heavy loads such as gaming, and thus result in dropped frames. Like the HP, this laptop also comes fitted with a GTX 1650 GPU.

In terms of storage, the FX505DT has two options:
1. 512 GB NVMe SSD
2. 256 GB NVMe SSD + 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD

We would recommend the first variant, as a 1 TB HDD can easily be procured later to fit in the empty 2.5″ bay if the need for extra data storage arises. It also has a free SODIMM RAM slot available for upgrades – and supports dual channel with a maximum of 32 GB of RAM.

Asus hasn’t skipped on hardware interfaces here, either. Cutting edge USB 3.1 and gigabit LAN capabilities are the highlights here. The laptop also has a 3.5 mm audio in/out port and an HDMI out port.

While the build is all plastic, it has a sturdy feel to it with minimal travel among parts. The back-lit keyboard is a nice feature and is customizable, to some degree. The screen bezels are small and provide decent immersion. While nobody would be mistaking it for an Alienware anytime soon, the laptop does stand on its own two legs in terms of build quality and overall feel.

Podium: Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52

Price: INR 53,990

ProcessorIntel Core i5 8300H
2.3 Ghz Base Clock
4.0 Ghz Boost Clock
8MB L3 Cache
RAM8GB DDR4 2666 Mhz
GraphicsGeforce GTX 1050
4GB GDDR5
Display15.6", 16:9
1920 x 1080 Full HD
60 Hz Refresh Rate
Storage256 GB NVMe SSD
+
1 TB 5400 RPM HDD
Network802.11 b/g/n/ac
Gigabit LAN
Interfaces1 x 3.5mm audio jack (mic+output)
1 x Type-A USB2.0
2 x Type-A USB 3.1
1 x RJ45 LAN Jack
1 x HDMI 2.0 Port
Expansion Slots1 x Extra SODIMM RAM Slot, Max 32GB supported
1 x 2.5" SATA3 Bay
Battery37 Wh
4-cell Li-Ion

While the Acer Nitro 5 is a decent budget gaming laptop buy in India, it does have its shortfalls. Hence, it picks up only the 3rd spot in our list. It is also aging at this point.

The Nitro 5 packs a Intel i5 8300H chip. The 8300H slots in between the 9300H and the 3550H in terms of absolute performance. But looking beyond raw performance, the gaps seem to muddle a little. The 8300H has a higher TDP than the Ryzen 3550H (45W vs 35W) and is also built on the 14nm process, versus the Ryzen’s 12nm. Given performance gains over Ryzen of only 5-7%, the 8300H is plum last among these 3 processors.

The scenario doesn’t get any brighter for the Acer in the GPU department, either. Our HP and Asus models pack a latest-gen GTX 1650 while the Acer carries a GTX 1050 Ti. The 1650 has about a 12% performance lead on the 1050 Ti.

The storage on this machine is decent – it comes with a 256 GB M.2 NVMe SSD along with a 1 TB 5400 RPM HDD. These are pretty good starting points, and in fact, will be enough for most users. An upgrade to a 512 GB SSD is suggested, though.

Acer does well in terms of hardware interfaces, as well, and matches the other two exactly. It also has a well-lit keyboard. In terms of design, the Acer can polarise. The red accents and lighting will seem gaudy to some, and beautiful to others. What isn’t subjective, though, is how bad the bezels are. The very noticeably thick bezels don’t flatter the laptop’s looks.

Ranking Table

Best Budget Gaming Laptop in India: Verdict

The 3 best budget gaming laptops in India currently are close in some aspects, and far apart in others. The HP and ASUS machines carry the latest generation parts and have established service networks in the country, while Acer’s is known to be spotty. Overall, we would say the Top 2 are quite close here and the choice will be down to the user between these two.

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