Checking out the tons of gaming laptops in the market and not sure what to look for? Currently residing in the Philippines? …and let me guess, you have a Php30,000 budget for a gaming laptop but… you have no idea what to look for… or you don’t even have a slight idea to know what’s the right laptop for your money. Well, we wrote this guide in hopes of aiding you in such circumstances.

Update May 2016 – We have a new updated list of Gaming Laptops for Php30,000

UPDATE: 5 Gaming Laptops for Under Php30,000 – December 2015

I know you PC master racers are going to go off from the whole “gaming laptops” term here so please feel free to provide suggestions (message us in our Facebook page) and let’s just avoid being pedantic.

First things first, we wrote this article to the best of our knowledge, experience and expertise in the computer industry. We did not write this article to force you to buy certain products from a specific brand and this article is NO WAY endorsing any brand. Our selected models are based on the brands’ credibility, specs offered, value for money and availability in the Philippines.

So when looking for a gaming laptop that’s under Php30,000, these are 5 things to look for and they are:

  1. Hardware Specifications.
  2. Feature Offered.
  3. Wise for the Price.
  4. Warranty and Customer Support.
  5. Long term hardware support.

Hardware Specifications

  • Of course, this is self explanatory. You surely want to have the best and the latest technology that manufacturers has to offer for your money. Who wants to buy a brand new laptop that offers the latest hardware of 1999? I mean WTF?

Feature Offered

  • This are feature add-on that you should not overlook. For example, some laptop comes with 3 months of licensed anti-virus, Microsoft office and utility software but once you bought the laptop, checked it out at home, you’ll found out sooner that the bundled free software included are actually offered free over the internet. This is a common marketing strategy to make sales. One should never fall for sales talk. That’s why it is so important that you know your thing or you’ll be fooled.

Wise for the Price

  • Computers are an investment and not just a tool for cool. Gaming laptops are toys for the big boys thus we should know what to look for and how to find one that’s right. Now, if you’re kid who owns a gaming laptop worth Php 100,000 because you have rich parents and all you do is play plant vs zombies, please go away and stream some Dora the Explorer.

Warranty and Customer Support

  • Let’s face it, there are companies that makes their product look the best of all and offers you the best but once you bought the item and something happened, they give you the crappiest customer support ever. Now you regret buying it. Another thing to take note of is the warranty. This is quite simple, just take note of this, a company that offers full product warranty for 5 years or longer is a kind of company that assures you that their products are premium and they have confidence. Compared to a company that only offers 1 year of warranty or less. Don’t also fall for extended warranty sales which sellers offer you additional years of warranty for a price.

Long Term Hardware Support

  • Just like warranty, the only difference on this one is that long term hardware support assures you that you’ll get the latest technology from the manufacturer. Example, latest drivers, on-air update of their hardware support and not just leave you behind with “You get what you buy”. There are companies that offer products as is and you won’t get any updates at all.

Tips on Buying Gaming Laptops… or laptops in general

  • Freebies – some stores may have special ongoing promotions so be sure to ask. Freebies will range from a free laptop bag, a mouse, headset, Starbucks vouchers all the way to a printer.
  • Discounts – if you’re paying cash, be sure to say you’re paying cash basis and you might get a lower price. Also try and haggle if they can lower the price. Don’t be afraid to do so, you’ll be surprised how much some stores will bring down prices, all you have to do is ask.
  • Upgrades – should they give you a discount, you may want to ask if they can convert that savings into an upgrade of sorts like a larger HDD or more RAM
  • Operating System – make sure to ask if they model you want has the operating system (OS) included. If you’re going legit, having it included saves some money.

Without further ado, here’s our 5 recommended laptop for your budget gaming needs that are under Php30,000:

Take note of the distinct model numbers of these laptops as most will fall under a certain model name and will have various configurations and prices. Price references for these laptops are Villman, Gigahertz, Complink, Asianic, etc. where model is available.

HP 14-r220TX

HP V241TX - 5 Gaming Laptops Under Php30,000

Specifications:

Processor: 2.1 GHz Intel Core i3-5010U
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 820M (2 GB DDR3 dedicated)
RAM: 2 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM
Display: 14″ diagonal HD BrightView WLED-backlit (1366 x 768)
Storage: 500 GB 5400 rpm SATA

Price: 27990.00 Php

Available: AccentMicro, Asianic
The HP 14-r220TX features one of the latest Intel Processor for the i3 category which was released during the first quarter of 2015. This laptop is very well equipped for an HD 720p display resolution gaming. Gaming experience on this laptop will be decent. Thanks to NVIDIA GeForce 820 that features 2GB DDR3 of dedicated memory so 2GB RAM will not be a problem.

Lenovo IdeaPad Z4070

Lenovo Z4070 - 5 Gaming Laptops Under Php30,000

Specifications:

Processor: 1.90GHz Intel Core i3-4030U
GPU: 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 840M
RAM: 4GB DDR3
Display: 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 16:9 widescreen
Storage: 500GB HDD

Price: 28990.00 Php

Available: AccentMicro

The Lenovo Z4070 is one of those laptop that offers flexibility of hardware. Look for the one that offers the same specifications stated. This model of Lenovo Z4070 is equipped with 4th generation of i3 and it comes with NVIDIA 840m which is a much more powerful card compared to 820m to accommodate its 1080p resolution offering for smoother gaming.

ASUS X455LJ-WX042H

ASUS X455LJ - 5 Gaming Laptops Under Php30,000

Specifications:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i5 5200U Processor
GPU: NVIDIA® GeForce® 920M with 2GB DDR3 VRAM
RAM: 4GB DDR3L 1600 MHz SDRAM upgradable
Display: 14.0″ 16:9 HD (1366×768)
Storage: 500GB HDD 5400 RPM

PHP29,999.00

Available: elnstore

The Asus X455LJ is probably the best laptop we can recommend out there that’s available. It is equipped with Intel’s latest i5-5200U Broadwell and come with a NVIDIA GeForce 920M. 4GB of RAM will be plenty for gaming while browsing.

MSI CX61-2PC I3045

MSI CX61-2PC - 5 Gaming Laptops Under Php30,000

Specifications:

Processor: Intel® Core™ i3-4000M 2.4Ghz Processor
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 820M 2GB
RAM: 4GB DDR3L ,up to 1600MHz
Display: 15.6″ HD (1366×768) / FHD(1920×1080) LED backlight
Storage: 500GB HDD 5400 RPM

PHP29,990.00

Available: elnstore

MSI actually offers some of the best gaming laptop available out there but the price range of their gaming laptop are above Php30,000. The CX61 support a 15.6-inch (1366×768) LED backlit screen which has undergone atomization treatment to remove all unwanted glare to make reading easier and less tiring on the eyes. I wish MSI provides new gaming grade laptop under Php30,000 soon and not just those high-end ones.

ACER ASPIRE E5-551G-812L

ACER ASPIRE E5-551G-812L - 5 Gaming Laptops Under Php30,000

Specifications:

Processor: A8-7100 3.0Ghz Quad Core
GPU: Radeon R7 M265 2GB DDR3
RAM: 4GB DDR3L SDRAM
Display: 14″ HD (1366 x 768) 16:9 Acer
CineCrystal LED-backlit TFT LCD
Storage: 500GB HDD 5400 RPM

PHP29,890.00

Available: elnstore

Acer might be the only brand that offers the best gaming laptop from the AMD side. The Aspire E5 comes with AMD’s latest Kaveri APU A8-7100 quad core and provides gaming processing unit of R7 265m which is better than 820 in some games.

Regardless of what laptop you pick or if you have brand preferences, all of the laptop listed here are good for gaming. Our 5 recommended gaming laptops are designed to provide acceptable gaming on 720p resolution except for the Lenovo although experience suggests this thing can play Diablo III and other MMOs on decent settings. Asus offers the best among the list but that’s because some manufacturers aren’t releasing their latest laptop under Php30,000 yet. Lenovo offers the best flexibility and Acer represents the best gaming laptop from AMD. HP on the other hand has proven that they are the veteran in laptop manufacturing.

BossMac’s Notes: By definition, if you’re primarily a PC gamer that’s used to at least 60FPS on 1080p you’re options aren’t listed here. Most of the selection here are entry-level by comparison to their desktop counterparts but the point is, these models’ specs are enough to play majority of games at low to medium settings at a modest resolution like their native 1366×768 (or a preferred 720p). Those of you still in school looking to find an affordable model that can serve as your primary notebook in school while also doubling as a gaming laptop in the dorm or at home after class will find many of the models satisfactory especially if you’re into DOTA2 and other competitive gaming titles. If you’re into AAA games you’d have to settle to dialing down on the graphics settings.

If laptops aren’t your choice, you can check out our guide for building a gaming PC on a budget:

Php20,000 Gaming PC Build Guide – June 2015

Php15,000 Gaming PC Build Guide – 2015

If you’re complaining that these are multimedia laptops that can’t run GTA V in low at 60FPS, then you’re already well-educated enough to know the difference between playable, acceptable and optimal in terms of gaming performance and you already know that actual gaming laptops start at around Php40,000. We’ll cover those in a future article but in the mean time we’d like to focus on those fitting the above-listed budget.

  1. Great article! If I may suggest indicating where we can purchase the laptops. This can help us out to check or buy any of the items you’ve suggested. Just my 2 centavos. A lot of local tech sites and blogs fail to mention where to buy the the stuff mentioned in articles. If this was posted 2 months ago I would’ve gone and look for the Asus one. Looking forward to what you guys have next in store for us.

    1. Thanks for pointing that out. I forgot to think about those folks with no preferred store in mind, I was going by the mindset that some folks will go by our references (Villman, Gigahertz, Complink, Asianic) and just go there but yeah, specific stores would be helpful. We’ll work on that in a bit. Thanks for the support! (y)

  2. boss mac ok na ba to for 45k?sorry noob lang 🙂 dualcore xa. 2.4GHz mabilis na ba un?haha sorry:P wala talga kase ko alm sa mga ganyan eh..

    Os:win 10
    Proc: Intel core i7-5500U 2.4GHz ( 4M cache, up to 3.00GHz)
    memory: 8GB DDR3 on 2 soDIMM modules
    Display Screen: 15.6 inch Full HD 1920 x 1080
    Video type : 4GB NVIDIA GeForce 940M of dedicated DDR3 VRAM

    eto pla ung model nya Acer aspire V3-574G-77P6 ..sa lazada ko lng xa nakita. ok na po ba to for 45k? or may mairerecommend pa po kaya na mas ok..tnx in advance,morepower to b2g:)

      1. yup games lng nmn sir.. pero d nmn ako hard gamer.. mga 2013-2014 games lng.. libangan lng sa barko sana sir. namamahalan nga din ako sir. naiisp ko pag bumili ako ng high specs d ko din mamaximize ung gamit sayang lng.. kaya lng wala po talga ko pano tumingin ng babagy sa gusto ko..pag bumili nmn ako ng mura o mid specs.baka nmn mabagl or d ko maenjoy.sayang lng din.. baka may marecommend kayo sir.tnx 🙂

  3. Sir, What can u say sa specs ng laptop na ito..

    Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-591G-77S

    …kaya ba ng specs nito ang mga bagong AAA games at high fps…at ilang year ito makakasabay sa mga imcoming new games…interms sa video card nito..Salamat sa sasagot.

    1. Naku bro maliit 30k sa ganyan tasks pero kung bago ka pa lang siguro focus ka sa i7 or at least i5 na model. Wala dito specifically ung model na best bet ko sa budget pero kung kaya mo stretch to 36k or 40k, merong models na pasok sa gusto mong gawin.

  4. Brad anu rerecomend m n laptop n kaya ang games like, call of duty.bad company etc. Ung kaya sana ung setting n high resolution and graphics..or pwede n yang binigay mo n example..

  5. Brad anu rerecomend m n laptop n kaya ang games like, call of duty.bad company etc. Ung kaya sana ung setting n high resolution and graphics..or pwede n yang binigay mo n example..

  6. hi sir, mag aral po ako ng sql, yunix sa laptop. ano po masusugest niyo sa lima? gusto ko din kase pedeng malaro ang league of legends. thanks in advance.

    1. As far as I know bro walang working PS4 emulator right now. So hindi ko masabi. If emulation lang ang topic, PCSX2 (PS2 emulator) nagamit ko and processor reliant sya mostly but need mo pa rin decent GPU para sa proper graphics rendering. Specs wise any ng anjan sa list will work dun.

      Pero as for PS4 emulation, can’t say bro. If PS4 streaming via remote play kaya naman kahit ano jan.

  7. BossMac sa aking opinyon isa kayung isang experto sa mga laptop.Magtatanung sa lang po akong 13 years old na bata parin parin ang pag-iisip pagdating sa mga games.Gusto ko lang po sana na mag tanong sa 5 na po na laptop na po na iyan ano po diyan ang best panglaro ng minecraft dahil po meron ako kasing pinuntahang computer shop sa amin imbis po na Dota ang nilalaro ng lahat na iyon yung nilalaro po nila Minecraft.Whats the best laptop in the selection that you give to play minecraft pls reply BossMac your awesome.

  8. Sir BOSSMAC,

    Ang tanung “Anu magandang laptop for gaming and for autocad po?” Kindly suggest brand and model with reasonable price…

    Thanks much.

  9. Tanong ko lang po. Ano pong magandang laptop para po sana sa league of legend at dragon nest. Saka mag kano po yung price lowest to highest po sana at kung anong brand. Thank you!
    Wala po kasi akong idea sa mga specs ng laptop e.

    1. Any of these listed sakto lang for DN and LOL pero on moderate settings lang. We’re making an updated guide for this budget pero for now the newer replacement models of these laptops would be fit pa rin sa budget and needs nyo po.

  10. Sir tanong q lng po kun ano laptop n pwde q bilhin. Mag aaral po kc aq ng animation. At the same time gusto q rin pang gaming gaya ng nba 2k16 at call of duty. 20k – 30k lng po budget q.

    1. Max out mo na ung 30k bro, mahihirapan ka sa animation if mejo low-powered na CPU/GPU pairing kunin mo. Ano pinaka-maximum na kaya mo spend para best recommendation provide ko. Personally, kung kaya mo 40k that’s the best price point para sa entry-level performance laptops.

  11. Sa lima boss ano ba pinaka recommended bilhin? Bagohan pa ako sa mga ganito at hindi ako expert magview ng specs lalo na sa gpu hindi ko madifferentiate kung ano ang pinaka the best if possible man sa i5 processor ako

    1. actually if its still an option we definitely recommend kung kaya mo pa push to 40k pero sa mga andito as list yung una recommended namen kasi well rounded specs nya.

  12. Hi Boss. Ano po marerecommend nyong gaming laptop para sa games na GTAV, LOL, Dota or yung mga FPS po na games and pwede din pang programming and malaki din yung storage. Wala po kasi ako masyadong alam sa mga Specs ng laptop. Budget ko po siguro nasa 35k. Thanks Boss.

  13. Sir IT student po ako na nagbabalak bumili ng laptop for school purposes (e.g. Programming and Some School papers ) and syempre kung freetime for gaming na din pero hindi pa ako ganun kagaling pagdating sa pagcompare ng mga specs. Baka pwede sir makahingi ng suggestion kung ano ang best na bilihin under 30k or 35k. Thank You

  14. Hi Sir. Pwede ba makahingi ng suggestion kung anong laptop ang maganda for gaming and programming. ang budget ko po nasa 30k to 25k. Wala po kasi ako masyadong alam sa mga specs ng laptop eh. Thank you Sir.

    1. Anong games nilalaro nyo po? For programming any will do naman, kung learning development pa lang kayo lahat yan is good for programming. For games, I need to know ano muna nilalaro for best recommendation.

          1. 30 – 40k . Ano po bang magandang product ? Pwede po ba makahingi ng exact name ? Para if ever na mapadaan sa mga stores ma check .. thank you po Sir

  15. BossMac good day. I’m planning to buy a laptop po kasi for schoolworks at lalo na pang-games pag nasa dorm at bahay lang. Dota2 ang regular kong nilalaro, pero I’m planning to play Mortal Kombat X, Tekken, Dragonball, Naruto, at One Piece. Ano pong mairerecommend ninyo sa akin na best option pag bibili ng laptop? I’m willing to stretch my budget up to 35 or 36k lang po. Sana matulungan niyo po ako kasi nahihirapan akong unawain ang tungkol sa specs ng mga laptops. Salamat po.

    1. Sa 36k I think may mga MSI models around that price with decent GPUs and CPUs na, i7 +GTX 940 should be ideal enough for your games. Nothing too high, pero just right. I think for a general use laptop best mo is to scout sa mga stores personally para makita mo ung pasok sa budget mo and matry mo hands on ung mga models.

  16. Hi sir! Naghahanap po ako ng laptop na pwede mag Diablo 3. Kahit medium graphics, basta smooth. Meron po ba kayo marerecommend sa 5 na nakalista? Thanks! 🙂

  17. Hello po! I just want to ask kung ano po yung pinaka suggest niyo na laptop for Gaming and pang school po? Ang game na nilalaro ko lang naman po ay L.O.L..

  18. Tanong ko lang po kung legit po ba bumili sa ELN store . plano ko po kasing bumili ng laptop .
    Thank you and Godbless 🙂

    1. really really depends on what’s more important to you. it should play outlast just fine but autocad 2017, its gonna depend on what projects you work on. for basic 2D, everything in this list should handle it

  19. Boss plan ko bili for Dota 2 ask ko nalang din po kung sa 5 options na yan kaya na ba tumakbo 2k16 kahit low res lang basta smooth. Thanks and more power mga boss 🙂

  20. >posts “gaming” laptops
    >gt _20m graphics

    bro
    BRO

    seriously
    ppl can only play browser crap like Farmville with those graphics

    DO YOU ENJOY WATCHING THE WORLD BURN?

    1. If that’s the one with the NVIDIA GTX840M, you could play Phantom Pain at low-med at 720p just fine. But if its the Intel 4th-gen IGP, oh man, im not sure even on lowest settings.

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