Best Gaming Laptop Under $800 (2020)

We hunted down the best gaming laptop under 800 dollars, focusing on laptops that we would want to personally own. Our top pick at this budget is the Dell Inspiron 7000 7567 and actually comes in way under 800 bucks (spec depending), at this budget this is an great gaming laptop with excellent battery life.

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Top Pick
Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Laptop: Core i5-7300HQ, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050Ti, 15.6inch Full HD Display
Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6" Full HD, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, AN515-51-55WL
Dell G3 17.3" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB Memory, 128GB SSD+1TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
MSI GV62 8RD-200 15.6" Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop PC i5-8300H, GTX 1050Ti 4G, 8GB RAM, 16GB Intel Optane Memory + 1TB HDD, Win 10 64 bit, Black, Steelseries Red Backlit  Keys
Asus FX504 Thin & Light TUF Gaming Laptop, 15.6” Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 256GB M.2 SSD, Gigabit WiFi, Windows 10 - FX504GE-ES72
Title
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Acer Nitro 5
Dell G3 17
MSI GV62 8RD-200
Asus TUF Gaming FX504
Prime
Screen Size
15.6″
15.6″
17.3″
15.6″
15.6″
CPU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
Intel Core i5-8300H
Intel Core i7-8750H
Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU
GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
GTX 1050 Ti
GTX 1060 6GB
GTX 1050Ti 4G
GTX 1050Ti
RAM
8GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
1080p
1080p
1080p
1080p
Refresh Rate
60Hz
60Hz
120Hz
120Hz
120Hz
Internal Storage
256GB SSD
256GB SSD
128GB SSD+1TB Hard Drive
1TB HDD
256GB M.2 SSD
OS
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home
Top Pick
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Dell Inspiron 15 7567 Laptop: Core i5-7300HQ, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, GTX 1050Ti, 15.6inch Full HD Display
Title
Dell Inspiron 15 7000 7567
Prime
Screen Size
15.6″
CPU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
GPU
GTX 1050 Ti 4GB
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Internal Storage
256GB SSD
OS
Windows 10 Home
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Acer Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop, Intel Core i5-7300HQ, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 15.6" Full HD, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, AN515-51-55WL
Title
Acer Nitro 5
Prime
Screen Size
15.6″
CPU
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
GPU
GTX 1050 Ti
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
60Hz
Internal Storage
256GB SSD
OS
Windows 10 Home
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Dell G3 17.3" Full HD Gaming Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8300H, 8GB Memory, 128GB SSD+1TB Hard Drive, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB, Windows 10
Title
Dell G3 17
Prime
Screen Size
17.3″
CPU
Intel Core i5-8300H
GPU
GTX 1060 6GB
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Internal Storage
128GB SSD+1TB Hard Drive
OS
Windows 10 Home
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MSI GV62 8RD-200 15.6" Full HD Performance Gaming Laptop PC i5-8300H, GTX 1050Ti 4G, 8GB RAM, 16GB Intel Optane Memory + 1TB HDD, Win 10 64 bit, Black, Steelseries Red Backlit  Keys
Title
MSI GV62 8RD-200
Prime
Screen Size
15.6″
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU
GTX 1050Ti 4G
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Internal Storage
1TB HDD
OS
Windows 10 Home
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Asus FX504 Thin & Light TUF Gaming Laptop, 15.6” Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor, GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 8GB DDR4, 256GB M.2 SSD, Gigabit WiFi, Windows 10 - FX504GE-ES72
Title
Asus TUF Gaming FX504
Prime
Screen Size
15.6″
CPU
Intel Core i7-8750H
GPU
GTX 1050Ti
RAM
8GB
Max Resolution
1080p
Refresh Rate
120Hz
Internal Storage
256GB M.2 SSD
OS
Windows 10 Home

Gaming Laptop Under $800

The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 is our top pick for under 800 bucks, offering amazing performance for the price, and battery life that beats a lot of non-gaming laptop.

Pros:
  • Amazing battery life
  • Solid Performance
  • Excellent keyboard
Cons:
  • Gets hot
  • Speaker are not good
  • Display is not the best

The Dell Inspiron 7000 7567 is one of the few machines in this category designed with portability in mind. At under 800 dollars, it represents one of the best entry-level portable gaming machines at an incredibly cheap price. The 7000 also has one of the best performing batteries in the under $800 category.

You might also want to checkout our review of the top 5 best laptops for gaming under 1000 dollars for 2019.

Best Under $700

A great budget gaming laptop for casual gamers only wanting to play older titles, RPG and less resource demanding games, don’t buy the Nitro 5 if you’re looking to play the latest blockbuster AAA games.

Pros:
  • Best looking
  • ​Comfortable and responsive keyboard
  • Will run Overwatch, PUBG, Fortnite, CS GO etc
Cons:
  • Mid tier GPU
  • Display
  • Keyboard (not enough space)

Valued at around (check price  on Amazon), the Acer Nitro 5 promises solid gaming performance. It stands out with its vast array of ports and looks over fast overall performance due to the mid tier graphics card, the display is the only other notable shortcoming on the Acer Nitro 5 (it is not 144Hz).

Best 17" Affordable

Dell have kept the G3 17  is the same as the previous year gaming laptops with fixes and additional horse power and more subtle design.

Pros:
  • Excellent value
  • Good GPU / CPU
  • Subtle design
Cons:
  • Chassis feels cheap / build quality
  • Display
  • Only 8Gb of RAM

The Dell G3 promises decent gaming performance at a reasonable price. Being a cheap laptop, it looks simple, but with a few missing features that you would find in the high-end gaming ultrabooks. Nevertheless, it is still a great product worth any gamer’s investment and is subtle enough that your could use it in the office.

Also See: Our top RTX 2080 laptops for 2019 a round up of the top 5 new Nvidia RTX 2080 powered laptops.

Best Thin & Lightweight

For 800 dollars, the MSI GV62 8RD-200 is a bargain. It comes with an eighth-generation processor and can run many of the latest AAA games. The most outstanding feature is the thin form factor, which is not a common for cheap gaming laptops.

Pros:
  • Thin and lightweight
  • Excellent performance
  • Well designed
Cons:
  • Cover hard to open
  • No SSD
  • No VR support

For 800 dollars, the MSI GV62 8RD-200 is a bargain. It comes with an eighth-generation processor and can run many of the latest AAA games. The most outstanding feature is the thin form factor, which is not a common for cheap gaming laptops.

Check out our review if of the overall best gaming laptops available in 2019.

Best Asus

The Asus TUF Gaming FX504 is a great cheap gaming laptop with decent audio and horse power, but the screen is a little dim and might be an issue in bright surroundings.

Pros:
  • Good performance
  • Decent audio
  • Great design and cooling
Cons:
  • Poor battery performance
  • Dim display
  • Small / slow SSD

The Asus TUF is not one of the best looking machine when it comes to the design. The exterior consists of mainly plastic and faux aluminium blushing and some red highlights from its four outer edges. At the center, you will find the Asus logo also inscribed in red. On the inner side of the lid is a 15.6-inch display with thick bezels. Below it is a deck with the same plastic material with some not-so-impressive lines. It weighs in at 2.3 Kg and comes in the middle of the pack regarding thickness, not being too thick or too thin.

Also see our review of the best laptops for gaming under 1500 bucks.

What Would We Buy?

In Q4 of 2019, it’s now possible to spend as little as 800 bucks and get a usable machine that can play the latest titles and offer pretty respectable battery life to boot. We hope this guide helped you identify the best gaming laptop under 800 dollars that suits your requirements. From the above, the ASUS TUF is the most affordable of all, and the others trade blows, with each being better than the other in different areas. The MSI GV62 is the lightest and thinnest gaming laptop under $800 by far, thanks to its lightweight and overall thin design.

Editor & reviewer of gear from iOS control pad’s to high-end PC gaming hardware. He’s been gaming since the 1980s and mostly plays CS GO & Overwatch.