Hey guys, here we list the 2016 laptops that we consider as the best gaming laptops for PHP 30,000. If you are looking for a gaming laptop with Php 30,000 budget, then you have come to the right place. We all know that 2016 is a year for Intel Skylake and new graphics card from NVIDIA like the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Don’t expect mobile editions anytime soon. Probably at the third or last quarter of 2016 but not within the first two quarters of 2016.
BossMac’s Notes: As always I’m here to clarify what we define as gaming. While you performance elitists will never look at anything mobile as gaming-class because of your 60FPS obsession, the rest of the world is happy with adjusting their detail settings and resolution to maximize their gaming experience.
With that out of the way, the items on this list have been selected to meet our baseline ACCEPTABLE performance in 720p in today’s common games. While most AAA titles will easily tax these systems, MOBAs, MMORPGs, MMOFPS and other multiplayer online game would easily run on these systems. These systems also have to meet our performance expectation to at least double as a good work or student PC and can at least handle some productivity work.
You can check our older gaming laptop buying guide here for reference on the specs changes.
So for now, we list here the laptops that we find the best for a budget of PHP 30,000 (approx. US$650). The list of selected laptops below are based on the system specification offered, pricing on the market, and availability in the Philippines. Other feature comes in as bonus as we value performance over feature. So here we go…
Top Gaming Laptops for PHP 30,000 for Q2 2016
Nvidia GeForce 940m 2GB DDR3
This is probably the best laptop on our listing as it offers an i5 Skylake processor and a GeForce 940m with dedicated 2GB Video RAM which we find sleek and sexy. We do find the 1TB HDD a downside and 4GB DDR3 instead of a DDR4 but we shouldn’t demand much given the budget especially that we already have an i5 with that.
Although be sure to check the market as the cheapest one we found is from DynaQuestPC at PHP 30,500.
Lenovo (300-15ISK 80Q700ALPH l AMPH)
ATI EXO PRO R5 M330 (2GB)
Our next on the list is coming from Lenovo. The IdeaPad 300. Now if you check the specification between this and the laptop from Asus, you might wonder that they have the same price and almost identical system specification. You might also think that it comes down to graphics card performance. No, it’s not like that. First, we cannot deny that GeForce 940M is powerful than the ATI R5 330M but for those who values energ0y efficiency and power saving, this Lenovo laptop will last longer compared to the Asus on a single battery full charge drain showdown. That’s because the ATI EXO PRO R5 M330 uses less power than the 940M. Furthermore, to compensate for the lack of performance, the R5 330M is more welcoming for overclocking than the 940M. So it comes down to personal preference. Like team IronMan or team Captain America.
HP Notebook 14-ac016tx
ATI R5 M330 (2GB)
500 GB HDD
Now going for a more affordable gaming laptops, we got the HP 14-aco16tx. It’s actually just an HP 14 and you can go look it up on Google because the aco16T stands for the color and the X stands for the performance. Cheapest we found is just for PHP24,500 on Lazada. Not bad despite saving PHP 6,000, you just lose 500GB and downgrade to 5th Gen Intel i3 processor. It still has a 4 GB RAM which is decent for an entry-level performance system and the R5 M330 as your graphics card can put up decent numbers on a number of popular MMO titles.
Dell Inspiron 14 5458
Nvidia GeForce 920M (2GB)
500 GB HDD
For the price of 24,500 from Acer/AMD side, we went on for the Nvidia side. The Dell Inspiron 5458 offers a slightly lower processor of i3-5005U which is around 2% less performance compared to i3-5010U and paired with Nvidia GeForce 920M. Now let’s get things straight, of course synthetic benchmark shows R5 330M is more powerful than the 920M but the scenario here is the same as the first part of this article. It all comes down to preference. 920M definitely is more power efficient and performance slightly better than the R5 330M but as we have mentioned, the R5 330M is more overclocking friendly for that extra juice. What makes this laptop more lovable is that it supports the 5GHz band which is the Wi-Fi band for gamers. Just imagine how crowded is the 2.4GHz band.
Let’s admit it. Manufacturers are focusing less on the laptop industry especially within this kind of budget range. They either offer affordable ones or are shifting to the mobile platform. It will take a while before the market starts introducing laptops with up to date system components within this price range.
Of course, there are laptops out there that are already equipped with up to date components but they are more designed to be a high-end laptop that cost 5 kidsneys or more (normal humans only have 2). Watercooled laptops, dual gpu laptops, laptops with desktop GPUs, or laptops with mechanical keyboards are now the thing in the market and all of them cost PHP 100,000 and above. In which, for a practical guy like me is, impractical to have unless if you are born rich or has a father who loves you enough to buy them for you and can afford them.
Nonetheless, we hope this list helps you out in your journey of finding a good laptop. When looking for a laptop, always make sure that you get more than what you are paying for because in terms of laptops and notebooks, you also pay for the convenience of it. So always check every store and understand what you are looking at. For me, system specification matter the most. Feature comes next. But do weigh your options and consider extras like pre-installed software, free accessories and promos in your buying decision.
But are these laptops better than a console? These video has the answer.