If you are running a somewhat tight budget but want to play some video games on your laptop, then you should definitely check out this list of gaming under 500 dollars. By buying a laptop that costs less than $500, it only can play LIGHT games e.g. Minecraft, Runescape, World of Warcraft, Shaiya, and those types of lower-end games, If you want to play some heavy games, you won’t be getting the same kind of high quality graphics in your gaming that you can expect form some higher end laptops. You simply cannot expect to have a good gaming experience with an Intel Core i3 or i5 processor with a built-in GPU. If you consider play playing more intense games like crysis or battlefield to be one of your main priorities, then please choose a professional gaming laptop, you can buy a laptop with an a core i7 and Nvidia GeForce 980M video card.
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-574G-52QU is an entertainment PC launched by Acer recently, its price is higher than $500, but it is well worth recommending to the users who are willing to increase a small amount of the budget because of its excellent performance-cost ratio.
It almost adopts the same design as the former E5-572G, except that the upper of V3-572PG’s base unit is using metal instead of plastic and the overall color is changed from black to charcoal gray.
Acer Aspire E5-574G-52QU is equipped with dual-core Intel Core i5-6200U. Compared to 4 core AMD A10-7300 it has more better performance, and thanks to better 14nm Manufacturing Technology, it has a lower power consumption, the TDP is 15w, while the A10-7300’s TDP is 19w.
In terms of storage, Acer E5-574G-52QU is equipped with a 1000GB 5400 rpm hard drive, only a 1000 GB hard drive seems a bit stingy at the times when hard drives are so cheap, it is proposed to add an SSD to enhance the overall performance dramatically and increase the storage space as well.
In addition, Acer E5-574G-52QU is equipped with GTX940M with 4GB VRAM discrete graphics, according benchmark results, the 940M shows around 10% performance leap over GeForce 840M, together with the speedy Core i5 processor, it can run most games smoothly at the native resolution and medium to high quality settings, for some very demanding games such as Mordor or Ryse: Son of Rome, you need to set a lower resolution and setting to ensure smooth running.
Generally speaking, Acer E5-574G-52QU is the best in configuration in the current laptops of 500$, with high performance-cost ratio, it is worth buying.
Lenovo selected AMD APU’s Kaveri models to use with its new Z50 series. This suggests that Lenovo wants to provide inexpensive options in the $500 price range for its gaming customers. As a result, you will find AMD APUs and GPUs as a part of the new Z50 series. The platform is great for gaming.The AMD A10-7300, released in June 2014, is a mobile quad core processor that is based on Kaveri architecture and uses a 28 nm technology. It has four cores, clocked at 1.9 GHz and can turbo up to 3.2 GHz– not as high as the A10-5757M which clocks at 2.5GHz to 3.5Ghz and is based on Richland architecture. So, its performance is slightly inferior to the A10-5757M.
In addition, because of its use of 28nm technology, A10-7300 has a very distinct advantage in terms of power efficiency. Its power consumption is only 19W. In contrast, the TDP of A10-5757M is 35W. The A10-7300 is efficient even when unplugged as it will function for a longer period on battery only, in comparison to the A10-5757M .
The Lenovo Z50 features the graphics Radeon R6 (Kaveri) that is integrated in the CPU of AMD A10-7300. It is clocked at up to 533 MHz. The performance is similar to the GeForce GT 720M, but slightly decreased when compared to the Radeon HD 8650G that is clocked at 600 – 720 MHz. Even so, it is enough to play many of the 2014 games smoothly at low or medium settings at resolutions of 1366 x 768 or 1024 x 768.
HP – ENVY m6
If you think the Lenovo Z50 performance does not meet your needs and want to get a touchscreen laptop, the HP – ENVY m6 will be an ideal choice.
It equipped with AMD A10-5750M that based on Richland technology and Radeon HD 8650G integrated graphics.
Since the processor has a higher clock speed, the performance of the A10-5750m is better than the A10-7300. It should perform just as well as a Core i3-2330m (Sandy Bridge). Basically, it does well with its existing games and applications. Its HD 8650G GPU, based upon the clock rate of the 515-720 MHz, should perform 20 percent above the Radeon HD 7660g.
The following table is the comparison of the top 5 best gaming laptops under 500 of 2016, we will updated the rank every month:
|Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3||Acer E5-575G-53VG||ASUS X550ZA-WH1||Lenovo Z50||Dell Inspiron 15- 5545
|Display Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1366 x 768 pixels||1366 x 768 pixels||1366 x 768 pixels|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-6200U 2.2 GHz||Intel Core i5-6200U 2.2 GHz||A10-7400P 2.5 GHz||A10-7300 1.9 GHz||AMD A10-5745M 2.1 GHz|
|Hard driver||1000 GB 5400RPM||256GB SSD||1000GB 5400 RPM||1000GB 5400 RPM||1000 GB 5400 RPM|
|Ram||8GB DDR3||8GB DDR4||8GB DDR3||6 GB DDR3||8 GB DDR3|
|GPU||GTX 940M 4GB DDR3||Radeon R6 Kaveri||Radeon R6 Kaveri||Radeon R6 Kaveri||Radeon HD 8650G
|Operating System||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 10||Windows 8.1||Windows 8.1|
|Input/Output||2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
2 x USB3.0
|2 x USB3.0
1 x USB2.0
|2 x USB2.0
1 x USB3.0
2 x USB3.0
|Battery||4-cell||6-cell||Up to 5 hours||Up to 5 hours||3-cell|
|Operating System||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon||Reviews on Amazon|
Note: Some Laptops’ price may little more than $500
Of these five laptops, Acer Aspire E5-573G-59C3 is the one that I most wish to recommend due to its better configuration and higher performance-cost ratio, but it needs some additional budget. (See current price on Amazon)
Lenovo Z50 is a model recently launched by Lenovo, which is provided with a power efficient ULV (Ultra Low Voltage) quad-core processor A10-7300 that using 28nm production technique. Although its performance is no match for that of AMD A10-5750M, it has a markedly reduced power consumption, with only a rated power of 19 Watts, while that of A10-5750M is as high as 35w; a smaller power consumption will lead to smaller amount of heat and can better avoid the occurrence of slow operation and breakdown of the laptops. This point is of tremendous importance to the gaming laptops. The AMD A10-7300 integrates Radeon R6 GPU, whose performance is similar to that of 720M, and it can smoothly operate most of the current games. However, the 8650G’s gaming performance is relatively higher that that of Radeon R6. I think under the circumstance that a laptop’s performance can meet your gaming needs, the selection of laptop with a smaller power consumption is more suitable; and in contrast to the pursuit of the excessive performance, the stability of performance is of a greater importance.
Dell Inspiron 15- 5545 also have a Certified Refurbished version, its its price is very attractive. See more information on Amazon.