For an out-an-out gamer, there are no optimum screen sizes, but the internal components of the laptop can affect your overall gaming experience.
We are going to give you the breakdown of the best ten such tough gaming contenders of the best below $600 gaming laptop category. Each comes with loads of enough surprises in the form of high-speed RAM, spacious HDD, latest CPU, powerful processors, a smooth and tactile keyboard, sleek designs, responsive and accurate touchpad, etc.
With that said, let’s get to know and see the qualities of our best 10 picks one by one.
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Best Gaming Laptops Under $600
“Powerful Battery Life”
- 8th Generation Intel Core i5-8250U Processor (Up...
- 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) widescreen LED-lit IPS...
- 8GB Dual Channel Memory & 256GB SSD
- Up to 15-hours of battery life.Adapter: 65 W
- Windows 10 Home
Topping the list is the Acer Aspire E 15 2019 – i5-8250U. Acer did a great job on this laptop, and it will continue to be the gold standard among other laptops in its category for the new 2019 edition of the Aspire E15 series. It is loaded with many great features, comes with huge improvements in the overall performance, and it comes with a very reasonable price. It remains our top pick in quality and performance as the best gaming beast under the $600 category with no closer competitor.
Looking at Acer Aspire E15 from the external, it has a bit bulky design because of its 1.19″ thickness. Its body is mostly made of plastic, and it is ideal for daily use, and it doesn’t seem weak like other cheap laptops. It weighs 5.27 lbs. and the body thickness helps to manage noise and heat efficiently.
This machine is shipped with many connectivity options including the 1 x USB 3.1 type C port which offers faster data transfer speeds (up to 5 Gbps) which provides more flexibility, 1 x HDMI with HDCP support, 2 x USB 3.0, 1x USB 2.0 (for your mouse or something quite similar), 1 x Ethernet port in Gigabit speed and SD card port. If you are a DVD lover, it is packed with an 8X DVD Double-Layer Drive RW and a VGA port as well.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
This gaming monster boasts of the latest 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U processor with 4 cores and 8 threads (double cores and threads). It runs at a base speed of 1.6GHz and turbo boost (up to 3.4GHz) compared to the previous models with just 2 cores and 4 threads which still handled much heavy software smoothly without lagging. Its graphics processor is powered by the MX150 and chipset brand- NVIDIA with 2GB GDDR5 memory. When it is set to the low and to the medium setting, it will run many entry-level games smoothly. It also comes with 8GB DDR3L RAM (upgradable to 32GB) which is fantastic for multitasking and good gaming experience.
It is packed with a hard drive of 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive) which is faster than the HDD. Although it has a low storage capacity, the SSD has lots of advantages over the HDD. With the SSD, it will be able to boot the Windows 10 in just 10 seconds.
Besides, this gaming beast comes with an optional kit to allow users to install an additional SD card and 2.5″ hard drive is another option. Thanks to the Lithium-ion battery, this gaming machine can run for up to 15 hours even with its high performance, which is optimum for people who would love to work outside without concerns for a power outlet.
Acer Aspire E15 boasts of a 15.6 full HD widescreen LED-lit (non-glossy) display with a wide color gamut and IPS Technology for better viewing angles. The 1920 x 1080-pixel screen resolution offers clear, bright, sharper text, good contrast that allows seeing more details with media and HD movies.
Keyboard & Touchpad
This gaming beast comes with the standard island keyboard layout full size with numeric keypad, aluminum deck and free from shallowness or flex. It is simple and pretty cool to touch. It is comfortable to use the keyboards as it provides 1.4mm key travel and feels pretty awesome. It is also shipped with attractive keyboard backlight but with a single brightness level. The keys are backlit by white LEDs, and the light shines through the key itself, which is perfect for professional typing experience.
The touchpad provides a smooth surface with dimensions of 4.2 x 3-inch (button-less). It feels a little slippery to touch and provide easy and responsive cursor control. However, using a mouse will come in handy.
“Powerful Gaming Qualities”
- Intel Core i5-7300HQ (2.5 GHz base frequency, up...
- 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA; 12 GB DDR4-2133 SDRAM (1 x 4...
- 15.6" diagonal FHD IPS anti-glare WLED-backlit...
- Intel 802.11b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2...
- Windows 10 Home; 4-cell Lithium ion, up to 10...
Coming second on our list is the new HP Onyx Blizzard laptop. It is an excellent choice for a decent budget gaming laptop. It is a stunning gaming machine which is worth to be on the top gaming laptops under $600 list. It’s a very lovely laptop and can play almost all modern and latest games with acceptable frame rates. It is a powerful machine which offers AMD Radeon graphics rather than Nvidia.
It is designed with a stylish black outer color and has slim edges at 14.9 x 9.93 x 0.95-inch dimensions, good build quality and weighs 4.87 lb. it is packed with several ports to offer plenty of connectivity options of your choice including the 3 x USB 3.1 Gen 1, 1 x USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 x Headphone/Microphone Combo, 1 x RJ-45, 1 x HDMI and Multi-format SD media card reader.
It is also built with a front-facing HP Wide Vision HD Webcam which comes with integrated dual array digital microphones that delivers a stunning sound quality with its dual speakers.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
This gaming beast boasts of the 7th generation Kaby Lake processors, Intel Core i5-7300HQ processor and it runs at 2.5 GHz higher base frequency, up to 3.5 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost Technology with 6 MB cache, 4 cores, 12 GB DDR4 and memory speed of 2133 MHz which gives a stunning performance for high-end games, heavy tasks, and efficient multitasking. It also comes with the 4-cell Lithium-ion battery, which can stay up to 7 hours for your gaming enjoyment.
HP Onyx claims authority with the AMD Radeon RX 550 Graphics coprocessor and with its 2GB GDDR5 memory. The new Radeon RX is designed for gamers in need of more gaming performance and experience at a reasonable price. It also comes with the helpful ecosystem conveniences found in all Radeon RX 500-series so you can expect more exciting games to run and at more frame rate. The 1 TB HDD running at 7200 rpm offers more speed and more data to store.
HP Onyx comes with the average quality display of 15.6″ diagonal FHD anti-glare WLED-backlit screen which runs at 1920 x 1080 with IPS technology so you can expect vivid colors and better viewing angles.
It is packed with a full-size island-style keyboard with properly spaced numerical keys keypad, sturdy base, and good key travel for comfortable typing experience. It also comes with backlit, which is excellent for low light usage.
- An AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-core processor at 2 GHz...
- No need to worry about running out of space with 1...
- AMD Radeon RX 560X graphics with 4GB dedicated...
The AMD version of the Acer Nitro 5 is a super-cheap gaming beast at just below the $600 price tag, but it is severely underpowered compared with its Intel counterpart. Even if you ignore its subpar performance, this Nitro 5’s battery life is a little short, and the speakers leave a lot to be desired. Undoubtedly, it features a comfortable keyboard and a collection of ports, but that’s not enough for us to fully recommend the AMD Nitro 5.
The Acer Nitro 5 cover comes with a sleek faux-aluminum finish over its curved, car-like plastic hood, which carries a black, glossy Acer logo and a red-accented hinge with an engraved Nitro logo. The lid is well flexed and very strong to withstand pressure when rested on. The interior of Acer Nitro 5 confers an awesome gaming outfit. It features red backlighting combined with red keyboard font, a red hinge, and a red-accented touchpad.
It comes with a weight of 5.2 lbs. at 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.1 inches which is the same size as its Intel counterpart but a bit heavier. It also features quite a number of ports. On the left side, there is one USB 3.0 port, a Kensington lock slot, one USB Type-C port, an RJ45 Ethernet port, an SD card slot, and an HDMI 2.0 port while on the right side, the power jack, a headphone jack, and two USB 2.0 ports.
Acer Nitro 5 features a 15.6-inch and 1920 x 1080 displays which provides a relatively bright color for your gaming experience. This gaming beast’s panel covered 61% of the sRGB color gamut when measured against the colorimeter, which falls under a 69% average of the low budget laptop. Its 261-nit of brightness display surpasses the 247-nit category average as well as the Intel Nitro 5 (257-nit), the TUF Gaming FX504 (220-nit) and the G3 15 (231-nit).
The Nitro 5 isn’t built with the most attractive keyboard for a gaming machine, but its red-on-red color palette is manageable. Although the keys do not satisfy the clicking for premium gaming laptops, the keyboard is comfortable to type on. The 4.1 x 3.1-inch touchpad comes in a decent size and offers a soft surface and the Windows 10 gestures like three-finger tabbing and two-finger scrolling work as intended.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
Packed with an AMD Ryzen 5 2500U and 8GB of RAM, this machine slowed down after opening one 1080p YouTube video and 20 Google Chrome tabs while Hitman 2 ran in the background. This gaming monster is armed with an AMD Radeon RX 560X GPU with 4GB of VRAM, which will deliver a great gaming experience as expected. The 17 fps from Acer Nitro 5 made Grand Theft Auto V unplayable at very high, 1080p. It scored nearly half of the budget gaming laptop average (32 fps), and couldn’t make it to the playable frame rates that the Intel Nitro 5 (31 fps) and the G3 15 (33 fps) displayed.
The Acer Nitro 5 1TB HDD copied 4.97GB of data in an exhausting 1 minute and 39 seconds, translating to a measly 51 megabytes per second, which is about three times less than the budget gaming laptop average (163 MBps). The Intel Nitro 5’s counterpart with 256GB SSD nailed 318 MBps. This laptop features a battery life that isn’t bad for a gaming machine. The battery life lasted 4 hours and 7 minutes after it was continuously used to surf the web over Wi-Fi at 150-nit of brightness. Nitro 5 doesn’t produce too much heat under pressure because of its plastic shell. It doesn’t get too hot compared to other gaming laptops in the same price category.
Unlike most budget gaming laptops, the Acer Nitro 5 comes with a gaming utility app, which functions in monitoring your GPU, CPU, and fan speed. It is designed in such a way that you can adjust the fans to auto or max, and you can even customize the speed with a simple slider. It also features a Cool Boost setting, which increases the maximum fan speed. The app also lets you adjust the power plan to either maintain Balance, Power Saver, or High-Performance while it’s in AC or Battery mode.
“Decent Battery Life”
- 15.6" diagonal HD SVA WLED-backlit touch screen...
- Intel Dual Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz (Turbo up to 3.1...
- 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz , 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard...
- 802.11b/g/n, 1 x USB 3.1, 2 x USB 2.0, Built-in SD...
- Windows 10 Home 64 bit, Up to 6 hours battery...
This entry-level gaming laptop features many improvements in terms of looks, performance, design, and can only handle low-end games. This lightweight and high-performance laptop sports a 15.6-inch HD touch screen, decent battery, and a super snappy keyboard.
Coming with a weight of 4.8 lbs. and 0.97 inches thin, it offers a lightweight when compared to other laptops in its category. The exterior is beautifully textured. Its blue aesthetic is stunning by some attractively rounded black edges which house the laptop’s HDMI port, Ethernet port, and USB inputs on the left, as well as an optical drive, an SD card and an additional USB port on the right. The laptop’s touchpad is borderless and has a small indent with its two click buttons to separate it from the rest of the plastic deck. This provides a unique and seamless look for the laptop, including its glossy makeup, which is highly susceptible to fingerprints.
Performance and gaming firepower
This entry gaming laptop is powered by a 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz Up to 3.1GHz 3MB cache, Intel HD Graphics 620 and 8GB DDR4 Memory, 1 TB HDD 5400RPM Hard Drive. It offers a decent performance provided the load on it is not too much. It worked well while working on a Google Doc or while surfing web pages, but while streaming video from YouTube and Twitch and loading dozens of chrome tabs, we experienced an occasional moment of lag.
This machine loads data faster, and it performed a fantastic job of matching 20,000 names to their addresses in Open-Office. The HP 15.6 got the job done in just 7 minutes and 59 seconds, beating out the Satellite (15minutes:04 seconds) and our 9-minute average. It gives a decent battery performance of 5 hours and 24 minutes test (Web surfing over Wi-Fi) outlasting the Satellite (4:47) and the Inspiron (4:46) even though it can’t be used all through the day without you going with your power cable. Also, it doesn’t dispense much heat to make you uncomfortable. Its keyboard, touch, ad and laptop’s underside registered 88, 86 and 85 degrees after streaming HD video for 15 minutes.
The HP 15.6″ HD Touch screen display (1366 x 768), HD TruBrite technology amps up color and clarity which will give you a very bright and sharp gaming experience for your everyday entertainment. The notebook did a fine job handling the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer — while some extra-bright scenes looked blown out, many key details, such as Captain Phasma’s shiny Stormtrooper armor and Finn’s debris-covered face, were preserved well. The screen did come in handy for playing touch-friendly games, such as Cut the Rope.
“A Bit Short Battery Life”
- Powerful Intel Core i5 7200U 2.5GHz (Turbo up to...
- 14.2 Inches wide, 0.8 Inches thin and portable...
- 15.6 inches anti glare Full HD 1920x1080 WideView...
- 8GB DDR4 RAM and 1TB HDD; Ergonomic chiclet...
- Comprehensive connections including USB 3.1 Type C...
The Vivo-Book F510UA boasts a sleek, modern look that belies its budget status. Its gunmetal blue color is unique and attractive. The lid is textured, and it feels like a lenticular lens.
The ASUS Vivo-Book F510UA is a revamped version of the previous Vivo-Book edition launched by the company. This gaming machine is lighter and marginally thinner than its predecessors, and it weighs just about 3.7 pounds and comes with measurements of 14.2 x 9.6 x 0.8 inches. The Vivo-Book F510UA laptop comes with a brushed metal, shiny chassis, in a glittering grey color. The laptop is designed with a thick body at the hinge-edge which gradually gets narrower. The placement of trackpad, ports, and keyboard are very similar to the previous generation of Vivo-Books, and all in all, the laptop feels quite easy to carry around.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
This machine houses the new powerful Intel Core i5-8250U processor which is perfect for heavy users who want to play heavy games, run-heavy software and handle all their multitasks effectively with the help of 8GB of DDR4 memory. And with the 1TB storage, there is plenty of space to save all your large data without needing external storage. The laptop offers decent graphics-based tasks performance. It doesn’t come with a specific dedicated graphics coprocessor so it might not handle hardcore gamers without lagging. However, it can handle small to mediocre demanding games quite well, thanks to the Intel’s integrated UHD 620 graphics.
The Asus Vivo-Book F510UA sports a 15.6-inch IPS LED display which offers a vibrant display. It comes with a Full HD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and its Wide-View makes it look better, and with its larger display, the viewing angles on this machine are perfect. The Vivo-Book F510UA features the ASUS’ proprietary Splendid visual optimization technology, which automatically provides the optimized visuals to the user for almost any kind of content being played. This laptop also comes with custom features as well as pre-installed display modes such as Eye-Care, Vivid, Normal, and Manual, which can be accessed and enabled based on the user’s choice.
The ASUS Tru2Life Video technology helps the user enjoy videos on the screen with the help of its visual treat which enhances gaming movie-watching experience on this laptop. The display comes with an intelligent set of sensors which optimizes the essential visual parameters such as sharpness, contrast, brightness, and hue in every pixel to produce lively and vivid imagery.
“Solid & Attractive Design”
- 6th Generation Intel Core i5-6200U Processor (Up...
- 15.6-inch Full HD Display, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX
- 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD
- Windows 10 Home; Backlit Keyboard
- Up to 12-hours Battery Life; 6-cell Li-Ion (2800...
The 8th-generation Acer Aspire 3 laptop seems to offer quite a more than just its rather slender asking price. It comes with a well-sized 15.6-inch Windows 10 machine, packed with a Full HD display and Intel Core i3 chipset. It doesn’t come with a bad set of specs for a budget notebook. It’s certainly an option worth considering for entry gamers without breaking the bank.
This budget laptop features an attractive gunmetal grey chassis which sports a textured finish, both on the lid and the interior. Its neat finish complements the durable construction nicely. Plenty of prodding and poking leave no weak spots in that frame, though the lid does bend somewhat under duress. It’s not something to worry about though. It is quite portable with a weight of over 2 kg with a generous selection of ports lining the edges. It boasts of 3 USB connections, SD card reader, an HDMI connection and an Ethernet port that flips open on demand.
Performance and gaming Firepower
Running in this machine is the Intel’s Core i5-7200U 2.5 GHz Dual-core Processor, with a 2GHz clock speed which is backed by 6 GB DDR SDRAM. The 256 GB Solid drive and Intel HD Graphics 620 equipped in this device make it load games faster without lagging behind while you multitask. It handles low demanding games perfectly and you’ll enjoy browsing the web, stream HD media from the web, without too much of a struggle. It is also backed up with a 2-cell 4810 mAh Li-ion which powered browsing the web and bashing out documents (all while streaming music in the background) for over seven hours in total.
The 15.6-inch displays a vivid detail from a superb HD display. It comes with a Full HD screen, which means images are at least pleasingly crisp. Peer close enough and you’ll still spot individual pixels, but that 1920 x 1080 resolution means sharp results, whether you’re browsing your photo collection or kicking back with a flick.
“Good Battery Life”
- Up to 8 hours of battery life with quick recharge...
- Comprehensive protection with Windows 10 helps...
- Convenient TrueBlock privacy shutter allows you to...
- The included Active Pen lets you draw or take...
- With a full HD touch display and the AMD Ryzen...
Lenovo Flex 14 Convertible touch screen laptop can help make your ideas happen. It is entirely made out of aluminum, and it looks and feels premium. This multi-mode PC also has a physical Webcam Shutter for better privacy, while its digital pen support (active Pen included) enables you to write or sketch directly onto the full HD 14″ Display.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
This gaming laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 5 processor and has 8GB of RAM for smooth multitasking and heavy gaming capabilities. The storage on the laptop is also very well managed with 256GB of solid-state drive which is faster than the HDD and provides a decent amount of storage space for all your files. The battery is pretty decent and comes with rapid recharging that can restore your battery charge up to 80% in just an hour.
The Lenovo Flex 14 has a 14-inch touch screen display with full HD resolution, and the hinges provided to convert this laptop into different modes are tough enough to give you the confidence of using this laptop in harsh conditions. It has got a standard 720p webcam and also a microphone built-in which makes this convertible laptop very handy for video calling on Skype.
“LED Backlit Display”
- 15.6" Touchscreen True-life LED-Backlit Full HD...
- 8th Gen Intel Quad Core i5-8250U Processor...
- 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 1TB SATA hard drive
- Backlit Keyboard; 802.11 Dual Band Wireless-AC +...
- 2x USB 3.1, 1x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, Stereo Speakers...
Dell has always been a front runner of gaming machines. Their brands emerged victorious when it comes to premium gaming laptops to budget gaming machines. There are many specific features that you’d expect from Dell, like audio speakers quality, battery backup, and multitasking. Although this varies from machine to machine, the Dell Inspiron 15 5000 is a pure Dell machine with a powerful integrated graphics card. It is one of the best durable gaming machines that are packed with powerful hardware specifications at its price.
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 without any single shadow of doubt beats this list and stands heads and shoulder above the other laptops listed. It is a matt black chassis with its red logo on its lid.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
With the packed hardware specifications, it has Intel fastest 7th generation i5-7300HQ Quad-core processor clocked speed up to 3.5GHz. This machine is capable of running average video games as it has Intel UHD Graphics 620 with 8GB of RAM. The massive 1TB storage provides you more than enough space to store all your data, AA series video games, professional and personal files without any storage issue.
This gaming beast comes with a 15.6 inches full HD Anti-Glare Backlist display which makes you watch anything with detailed information and clearest visuals. It sports Windows 10 installed and has almost all necessary ports for your connectivity ease. The battery backup is not too worthy of a gaming laptop and it is not up to the Dell criteria. It features a battery that can only bear 3-5 hours of the normal day-to-day task before injecting the charger. The laptop looks too good for a gaming machine and you’d enjoy a stunning gaming experience playing your favourite video games, plus multitasking which is impressive. The only negative point to this machine would be its battery and its absence of a dedicated graphics card.
- 15.6” HD 1366 x 768 Energy-efficient LED...
- 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8130U mobile processor,...
- 2 x USB 3.0 Type A Ports, 1 x USB 3.0 Type C...
- Wireless-AC WLAN, 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Bluetooth,...
- Windows 10, 14.9 x 0.9 x 10.2" , 4.85 lbs
This Lenovo flagship gaming budget machine has something unique to offer. Lenovo Company has put in lots of effort into Lenovo IdeaPad 330S and Lenovo IdeaPad 330. They both have the same design but different configuration. If you are a budget-conscious gamer and you’d love to roll your hands on a perfect average video game playing the machine, Lenovo IdeaPad 330 is your best bet.
From first glance, you would love this smart, sleek, and stylish designed gaming laptop. The machine is relatively light in weight and does not weigh more than 3.2 KG. So, it is not going to pose any harm on your shoulder. The machine offers a very sensitive touchpad and with just a light press, the job is done. You might have to take some time to get used to the touchpad because sometimes you will find it unnecessarily difficult opening some files when you do not need them.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
This machine features the Intel Core i5-8200U processor and 8GB DDR4 RAM with clock speed 3.40GHz. Although the machine is not packed with a dedicated graphics card, the UHD 620 integrated graphics card offers you a better FPS rate and smooth visual displaying.
The 15.6 inches full HD backlit display offers you an amazing experience while you play video games and watch movies with utter smoothness. The speakers’ quality is not outstanding, and it does not even fill an average size room when in full volume. You’d have to get headphones to enjoy the audio quality of your movies.
“Cool Core Temperatures”
- 15.6-Inch IPS Touchscreen FHD (1920x1080)
- 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5-8250U
- 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
- 1 TB 5400 rpm SATA HDD
- Windows 10 Home 64-bit
This model comes with the signature-style chassis and silver-coloured matte lid which looks like machined aluminium in first glance. It is packed with sturdy hinges which keeps the screen in place and using the display touch screen with increased pressure doesn’t cause the screen to sway. The large track-pad also responded to gestures beautifully thus helping out in performing Windows 10 operations such as two-finger scrolling and three-finger flicking in an easy manner. The bottom cover is designed with dual vent openings and silicone legs for extra airflow.
Performance and Gaming Firepower
In spite of being an entry-level model, the Pavilion 15 sports some solid punch for the gaming addicts. It boasts of 8th Generation Intel Quad-Core i5-8250U with its 8 GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM powered by Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620, you’d definitely have delightful gaming experience. Equipped with one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, one 3.5mm audio in/out jack, one HDMI out port, and one RJ-45 Ethernet port, the Pavilion 15 brings along complete connectivity on the go so that you can connect your system with external peripherals to experience the ultimate gaming bliss.
Its 15.6 inch HD screen has a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 with its backlit display with touch screen features. Perfect for gaming buffs who don’t like to miss on even the minutest of details, the HP model will surely not leave many areas for complaints.
Finally, these are our top 10 gaming laptops under $600 that will give you amazing gaming experience and performance without breaking the bank. Not all of the above gaming machines will handle hardcore games without lagging but they will run entry games without any issue.
We hope that with this gaming laptop buying guide, you will be able to find one laptop that you’d go for. Please, feel free to ask any questions through the comment box below. We would love to answer your questions and respond to your comments.