The Best Budget Gaming Laptop PERIOD


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online store, or website, make it with Squarespace. Hey guys, this is Austin. Recently, I did a video on this guy. A six-hundred and fifty
dollar gaming laptop entirely powered by AMD Ryzen. That got me thinking how would it stack up to
an Intel and Nvidia option. That’s where this comes in. This is the Acer Aspire Five. Not only does it have Core i5
processor and MX150 graphics, but impressively, it comes
in with an even cheaper 600 dollar price tag. On paper this guy looks
very similar to the HP Envy. So we’re getting a 15.6 inch display and it’s actually reasonably thin considering it is a gaming laptop. I will say at first
glance, the build quality does not match up to that HP. It’s all plastic. While it doesn’t look bad, it sort of lacks that
premium feel of the Envy. However, what it lacks in feel it makes up for in actual functionality. Not only are we getting a
full-sized ethernet jack, but we also get USB-C, HDMI, a USB 3.0 port, as well
as an SD card reader, and on the other side we’re
also getting two more USB ports. You’re getting a
full-sized keyboard layout in addition to the number row. And even though most of
the laptop is plastic, it does have this metal
shell on the inside which does feel pretty
nice as a palm rest. Inside this guy has
eighth gen Core i5-8250U so it’s going to be one of
the new quad core chips. You’re getting those
Nvidia MX150 graphics, 8 gigabytes of dual channel DVR 4, as well as a 256 gygabyte SSD. However, all it takes is for
you to fire up the Aspire Five before you realize that there
is one major thing missing: a decent looking screen. So on paper, it’s not bad. We’re getting a 15.6 inch
panel with a 1080p resolution. The issue is… it is a very very unimpressive looking TN panel; Color is okay, but the contrast
is straight up terrible. And specially with the viewing angles, the screen just doesn’t look that great. I get it. Acer wanted to cut some costs to be able to get this much performance in such a cheap laptop, but the screen is a little
bit tough to deal with. Thankfully though, it’s not all bad. So they keyboard is classic Acer. It’s not the most tactile
thing in the world but specially for gaming you’re
going to be totally fine. And thankfully this guy also is using a Windows precision touch pad. I love to see these, as
they are pretty much always not only track more accurately, but specially have those
multi-touch gestures. When you put the Acer
side-by-side with the HP Envy you’re going to see that this
guy has a much nicer display. Sure, it might not be quite
as bright as I would like, but compared to the TN panel
over here, it is night and day. Plus, this guy is going
to be a touch screen, it’s convertible, and built quality-wise not only is this side going to be thinner but also just feels a lot more premium. One thing the Acer
definitely has going for it is upgrade-ability. So underneath a couple
of flaps on the bottom you’ll see not only do you
have access to your memory if you wanna upgrade that, but over here if you
pop up this little cover you’re going to see that we have full two and a half inch drive
bay that’s completely empty. So if you want you can upgrade
with a bigger hard drive. We can even throw in a
second SSD in this guy. When it comes to performance, the Aspire is just in a different league. So sure, the Envy does
have that nicer screen and better build quality, but in return, you’re getting not only an
SSD but you’re also getting just a potent combination with the Core i5 and dedicated graphics. The i5 8250U delivers good
quad core performance. It’s right up there with a lot
of higher end gaming laptops and a fair bit above the
Ryzen inside the Envy. The graphics is where
things really take off. So with an Nvidia MX150
GPU, while it might not be the most powerful graphics
card in the world, you’re getting enough performance to play some pretty decent 1080p games
as you guys will soon see. And when you compare it to
the Ryzen chip inside the HP, the vague graphics are just not
going to be able to compete. However, the real test is, of course, what it’s like to play
in real-world games. First off, we have CS GO. Now as a game that even though it might be a couple years old, it is still incredibly popular this is one of my favorite
ways to test PC’s. And here on 1080p settings at high We’re getting near 80 to
a 100 frames per second. Super super playable. (Happy music) What’s not playable is
my shotgun right now. Oh, did I get it?! Did I get it?! Ohhh! The game I just got my
goal in is Rocket League. So, just like CS GO, it’s not
really difficult thing to run so we’re getting between
40 to 50 frames per second on high settings at 1080. And again, this is
another great example… Well that’s not a good idea. Another good example of a
game that is (laughs)… it’s kind of perfect
for a 600 dollar laptop. It’s nice that we’re getting
this kind of performance out of something that is
relatively affordable. Next up, for something a
little bit newer we have PUBG. Now, obviously we’re
just in the opening area but on 1080 low we’re getting
like 35 frames per second. Man, this game has come a long
way now that they don’t have 300 thousand people spawning in one area. I will say one thing. Even though the screen isn’t
that bad on this laptop just having to angle it down a little bit to get a better camera angle means that it looks a little
bit washed out right now. I really wish that they had spent just a little bit more
money on a nicer paneling. Man, this thing would be perfect. So yeah, 1080p low is
definitely very playable here. So we are averaging around
30 to 35 frames per second. If you wanted to really
optimize those frames you could probably go down to 720p. But with a game like PUBG I feel like on a 600 dollar laptop I’m not really complaining
about low settings. To really put this to the test, we have Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Now this is not only a
much nicer looking game, but also a more technically demanding one. And here at 1080p on low
settings we’re getting right around 30 frames per second. So if it’s going to be me,
I’m probably going to turn on the dynamic resolution to get that frame rate up just a little bit. But again, a very playable game. So as you guys can see, the
gaming performance is not bad. Specially given this
600 dollar price point. Something else I like is the standard SSD. Now sure, it’s easy
enough to add another SSD or another hard drive if
you want some extra space but having Windows and
everything fully ready on an SSD out of the box is nice. I can’t tell you how many
hours of my life I’ve wasted waiting for slow old laptops with normal hard drives to update. This makes everything so much faster. The Aspire Five is a seriously
killer little gaming laptop. Now this is very rare for me to say, but I don’t really have
a lot to complain about. They made a lot of really smart
decisions on the components. There is a ton of
performance for 600 dollars. Really, the only thing I can
complain about is the screen. Now, no, it’s not a deal breaker, but it would’ve been nice if they had put just a little bit of a
better display in here. However, besides that,
this is a close to perfect gaming laptop considering the budget. And you know what else is perfect? The wonderful sponsor for
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100 thoughts on “The Best Budget Gaming Laptop PERIOD

  1. Whether its a crappy design or a crappy screen , i only care about performance and specs at a cheap price ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  2. (i’m being serious, this is not a joke)

    can it run the latest version of minecraft with a fair amount of mods (including optifine) at a nice fps

  3. I'm getting a laptop with rtx 2070 with an i7-8750H and 16 gb ddr4 ram. I'll buy it on black Friday when it's cheaper. I'm not going for a crappy laptop that plays on low, lol.

  4. Acer Aspire 3 has better specs also it has nividia GeForce MX230 also 8GB ram and 256ssd also it has intel core i7 8th gen

  5. It's really strange for you not to cover the thermal solutions. It's a great value, but if it runs hot that contributes to component durability.

  6. Can it run my roblox with my minecraft while i do schoolwork and then when i take it to school it can run coolmathgames
    please answer or else I will not purchase this trash product.

  7. Omg.. This laptop is giving me sleepless nights.. Its quite complex and doesn't react well to these ridiculous annoying windows updates.. They just mess it up. I've had to format it many times. It has one fan.. Wtf.. It has one ram slot… Wtf.. Battery is 4hrs max (not gaming). The bios hides a lot of info and gives you very little control. Just use in in developer mode. I believe you actually have to be a bit tech savvy to get the best out of this one guys. Good luck. I love mine thou

  8. What’s the highest the ram can go? I’m new to pc so just need to understand how this works and I can get an additional ssd since there are two slots?

  9. You should check out the Acer Aspire 3. It's an extremely cheap budget laptop but plays a lot of games REALLY well. Plus you can play Fortnite and it's playable.

  10. Austin can you do a updated review on the acer aspire 5 please because lots more versions which makes it very confusing for me and probably others too

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