So you want to play games that too on a Laptop. Great you have landed on the right place!!!
In this article, I have compiled everything you need to know so that you can choose the best gaming laptop under 100000.
When we look for gaming options in a laptop we have to pay a heavy price for performance in comparison to a desktop as laptop parts are costly.
I would suggest you to attentively read all the points mentioned for each laptop here as 1 Lakh rupees is a great amount of money. Its a ton of cash.
You must double check the specs, performance, pros and cons of a laptop before making the decision to buy it
I have done a thorough research in the market and compiled only the best gaming laptops for you which are under 1 Lakh in India
Best Gaming Laptops under 100000 in India 2020 (At a Glance)
- Asus TUF FX505DV-AL110T
- Acer Nitro 5 AN515-52
- Lenovo Legion Y540 81SX0041IN
- ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401II-HE022TS
- HP Omen 15-en0001AX
If you later change your budget then you can have a look at these
Best Gaming Laptops
This is the best gaming laptop under the 1 lakh mark. No other device comes close to this device in terms of sheer raw power.
This is the only device in the list presented here which has the new RTX graphics card which has Turing architecture, supports ray tracing and has AI to enhance the performance.
This Asus TUF laptop has an AMD Ryzen 7 3750H processor in it. This is a good processor in terms of power. The H in the processor stands for high performance. It is comparable to the Intel i7 processor.
The Ryzen processor present in it operates in the range of 2.3 to 4GHz frequency. Now don’t go comparing this frequency with other Intel processors. Frequency is not a performance metric that can be compared between different processors as different processors can have different architecture.
Talking about the graphics card it has the new RTX 2060 which is based on Turing architecture. It is far better than the GTX 1050ti.
In the benchmark, it comes 100+ percent better in performance from GTX 1050ti
It features 16GB of RAM and you no longer have to worry about extra RAM in the near future. However, if you feel you need extra, you can upgrade it up to 32GB
You get a 512GB high-speed SSD along with an empty slot for inserting a HDD for having more space on the device.
Design & Display
Like every other Asus TUF series laptop, this laptop is neat and good in terms of design, aesthetics and look.
It is lightweight, portable and has a normal build quality
Being a gaming laptop it is still lightweight and weighs 2.2 kg only making it portable and easy to carry.
Like all major laptops, it has a normal display size of 15.6-inch. Not too big nor too small. However, a big screen is better for gaming. But don’t expect that in a laptop under 1lakh.
The good part of the display is its 144Hz refresh rate which is fine and better than having a 60Hz refresh rate.
Ports & Connectivity
It has Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth for internet connection.
Talking about the ports, it has one USB 2.0 port, two USB 3.0 ports, an audio jack, LAN port, and HDMI port. Here we do not get a Type-C port.
Comes with a 3 Cell Battery which uses a 65 W Adapter. The battery backup can last up to 3-4 hours on normal usage
The keyboard is full size, island-style keyboard with backlighting
Comes with Windows 10 Home Edition as OS.
On our 2nd list is the most bought gaming laptop series in India, the Acer Nitro laptops
Acer does a good job with its nitro gaming laptops, not only are they cheaper than other laptops with the same specs but also have good build quality.
It is not that Acer uses cheap material to bring the price down. The build quality and design are also good in nitro gaming laptops.
The Acer Nitro 5 is powered by Intel i7 8750H which is an 8th generation i7 processor. This is the only laptop I have listed here that has an i7 processor.
Though for gaming performance graphics cards are more important than processors. But still having a better processor will help in performing other heavy tasks too. It will future proof your laptop for some years from upgrading unless you want a better gaming experience.
Coming to the graphics unit we have Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti which is good for playing all types of games at low to moderate fps.
The ‘Ti’ in GTX 1050Ti stands for Titanium and is more powerful than the non-Ti versions. The GTX 1050ti is almost 15% better than GTX 1050 in terms of performance
It has 8GB of DDR4 RAM which can be upgraded up to 32GB. Having a 16GB RAM configuration would be best in a 2 x 8GB Dual-channel mode, this will increase the performance.
It comes with 128GB of SSD along with 1TB of HDD. You may never run out of memory for storing your movies, applications, music. 128GB SSD is a little low, but you can upgrade it to 256GB or 512GB of SSD.
Design & Display
Like all other Acer nitro laptops, this laptop is also good in terms of looks and aesthetics.
The red backlit keyboards with red-colored hinge give you the gaming feel you want from a gaming laptop.
It is portable and weighs 2.7 kg, it may feel little heavy but is fine for a gaming laptop
For thermal conduction and cooling, it has got 2 fans and Acer cool boost for controlling the fans.
The Screen Display is a 15.6-inch IPS panel with full HD resolution, these all will give you the most out of your gaming experience. It will also give you enhanced experience while watching a movie.
There is one setback in this device that is its refresh rate of 60Hz. If you are a pro gamer like me that can see the difference between the fps while gaming then you may look for other laptops with higher refresh rates.
Ports & Connectivity
Has Wi-Fi 801.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 for connectivity.
It has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port, an audio jack, an Ethernet LAN port, an HDMI port. We also get a Type-C port with an all-in-one SD card reader
The battery is a 4 cell lithium battery which according to the company can last up to 7 hours but expect it to last 4 hours on moderate usage and around 1.5 hours while gaming.
Make sure to keep the power on while gaming as it will not put pressure on the battery or degrade your gaming experience.
Listening to music is a charm with Dolby Audio Premium which enhances your listening experience.
Comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home Edition
Another great gaming laptop from Lenovo equally good to the above laptops listed.
The Lenovo Legion is the gaming range of laptops and desktops from Lenovo focused on performance. The company is doing good in its legion series.
The Legion Y540 is powered by Intel i5 9300H quad-core processor which is the 9th generation processor. It is optimized for high performance. The processor operates at the base frequency of 2.4GHz and can go up to 4.1GHz in boost mode.
While the processor gives you boosted performance for tasks other than gaming but for getting good gaming performance let’s see the graphics card performance.
The GTX 1660Ti is the newer generation of graphics that are built on Turing architecture, it is miles ahead in performance in comparison to GTX 1050.
6GB of video ram can store a lot of frames to prevent any lag while gaming.
This laptop can play any high-end game on moderate to high settings without lag.
It has 8GB RAM which can be upgraded to 16GB. You may place an extra 8GB RAM in the 2nd empty RAM slot so that the device works in dual channel mode increasing the performance.
For storing your games and files it has got a 256GB SSD with 1TB HDD under the hood which is a very good storage combination.
Design & Display
You get excellent and strong build quality with a good looking design. Lenovo has tried to give a unique look here. Generally, we don’t see very good designs from Lenovo in laptops but this time it is fine
It is 24 mm thick which is not very thin but fine for a gaming laptop. Also weighs descent with 2.3 kg.
The display is a 15.6-inch IPS panel having full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. It will give optimum viewing experience while gaming and watching movies. Very thin bezels are visible on the side of the screen.
The refresh rate it offers is 144Hz which is good for gaming.
The Thermal design is very good with 4 vents to throw out the hot air. Placing it on a desk while gaming would be better or if you place it on your lap, be prepared as it throws a lot of hot air from its thermal vents.
Comes with the standard Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Bluetooth
We get to see most of the ports at the back. Two USB ports and an audio jack is present on the sides.
It has three USB 3.1 ports, HDMI port, ethernet port.
Having a good keyboard with sturdy keys is a must for playing games which this laptop fulfills. The key travel is 1.7mm.
The keys are backlit with white color which cannot be turned off.
We get the standard Windows 10 Home Edition with lifetime updates.
On our 4th list, we have got World’s most powerful 14-inch laptop.
The ASUS ROG Zephyrus comes in different variants at different prices. The one listed here is the base variant.
In this laptop, Asus has focused on performance. It is Built for gamers and content creators
It comes with the latest variant of Ryzen 5 4600HS which is a Hexa-core processor operating in the range of 3.0-4.0GHz. The HS in the processor stands for ‘high performance’ and ‘low power consuming’. In short, it is a High Performance, low power consuming processor.
With those 6 cores you can perform all types of heavy computing tasks like Autocad, photo and video editing, streaming and of course playing games.
In the graphics department, we got a GTX 1650Ti which is a newer and better-performing graphics card based on AI & Turing architecture. Play CS Go, GTA V on high settings hasslefree.
Comes with 8GB of RAM which is soldered which means it can’t be removed. You get an extra RAM slot to upgrade the memory up to 16GB.
Has 512GB SSD for which gives optimum user experience in not only gaming but also while doing normal tasks like internet surfing.
Design & Display
It is a premium build laptop with aluminum body and chassis
It is unique in terms of design and the world’s 1st 14-inch most powerful gaming laptop
The laptop design can be seen in two color variants – one is white and the other is lunar grey.
The laptop is neither light nor heavy and weighs 1.62kg, it weighs decent for a high-performance laptop.
It has a 14-inch screen having IPS panel with very thin bezels of 6.9mm. This laptop comes with different resolutions in different variants. This variant has a full HD display (1920 x 1080).
The key highlight here is the display is Pantone validated meaning the visuals seen on this laptop’s screen are 100% accurate in terms of color.
It comes with four speakers in total. Two are at the backside while the other two are at the front beside the keyboard.
Wi-Fi 802.11ax Dual Band with Bluetooth 5.0
Has three USB 3.0 ports, two Type-C ports, HDMI port, audio jack.
It has a fingerprint sensor to unlock your system,
The keyboards are good in terms of spacing and are backlit with only white color, no RGB backlit here.
It has an ergonomic hinge which raises the laptop from the bottom by 15mm while the screen is upright that gives it the required space for ventilation and cooling
Comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home edition.
On our last list, we have HP Omen gaming laptop model 15-en0001AX. Omen is the gaming series of laptops by HP.
The specs and its benefits I am going to tell you are remarkable at this price range, but we have one very big con too which I am going to tell in the display part.
The HP Omen laptop is killing it with the Ryzen 5 4600H which is a Hexa-core AMD processor. Its base operating frequency is 3.0Ghz and goes up-to 4.0GHz in boost mode.
Talking about its graphics card we get a GeForce GTX 1650Ti – based on Turing architecture and ray tracing technology. This graphics card gives the best performance in this price range following RTX cards.
Combining both processor and graphics card, we get a powerful device on which you can not only play games but also do other productive works like photo-video editing, Autocad, internet surfing, etc
The RAM under the hood is 8GB which can be upgraded to 16GB. Adding an extra 8GB RAM to the 2nd empty RAM slot would make this device operate in dual channel mode boosting the performance.
For storage, we get a super-fast 512GB SSD
Design & Display
In terms of Design, it looks great with the OMEN logo at the back. Overall it is a nice and sturdy laptop.
It has got a weight of 2.4kh which is slightly heavy but that’s the case with gaming laptops. The form factor is slightly thick and spans 23mm.
The display is 15.6 inches in size with an IPS panel screen having full HD resolution which is a must in this price range for good viewing experience. Very thin bezels can be seen at the sides of the display
However, the biggest single con in this device is its refresh rate of 60Hz. HP could do better in this price range with a 144 or 120Hz refresh rate.
It has a great thermal design with two fans to throw out the heat. Users report no heating issue in this device.
It has an island-style backlit keyboard with good key travel. NO RGB here folks.
Ports & Connectivity
We get the usual Wi-FI 802.11ac and Bluetooth
There are two USB 3.0 ports, one Type-C port, an Ethernet LAN port, a HDMI port, an audio jack
Has a 3-cell 52Wh battery with fast charging. The battery backup can last up to 4-6 hours on moderate usage and 1-2 hour while gaming.
One cool feature HP Omen has is remote gaming, using the Omen Commander Center from google play store on your mobile you can play games using your phone.
Operating System is Windows 10
Gaming Laptop Buying Guide
- GPU is main – GPU is the most important part of a gaming device. Some games are even GPU dependent, meaning they can’t run without a GPU. Look for a better GPU
- Choose full HD or higher – For getting the optimum viewing experience – look for full HD or higher resolution.
- Choose 120Hz or higher refresh rate – Refresh Rate is the frames or images a screen can display per second. We gamers need high fps while gaming. To display these high frames per second, the display needs to have a high refresh rate.
- Get a good keyboard and external mouse – Having a sturdy keyboard with good spaced, backlit keys would be better. You can’t play games with your laptop touchpad, go get an external wireless mouse.
- Battery life would always be bad – Don’t look for a laptop based on the battery backup as no matter what every gaming laptop battery backup would be poor.
GPU is the most important aspect in gaming
Unlike a CPU which is the brain of the computer, a GPU is a specialized processing unit that focuses on producing raping images or frames.
GPU is meant for doing heavy graphics-intensive tasks like gaming, video editing, photo editing, Autocad, etc
While a CPU can also run games but the majority of the games are GPU-bound, meaning that cannot run without a GPU.
The 3 types of GPUs you will see are the integrated ones, the GPUs by AMD and GPUs by Nvidia.
Integrated GPU is not meant for gaming it is designed for casual usage like internet surfing and watching movies. GPU produced by AMD is for basic tasks and entry-level gaming, only Nvidia produces powerful GPUs specialized for gaming
Entry Level Gaming
For entry-level gaming, Radeon graphics produced by AMD or GeForce MX ones produced by Nvidia would be fine.
For moderate gaming, AMD graphic cards would not suffice. You need the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 or similar ones in performance.
High End Gaming
For high-end gaming, you require the latest graphics card based on Turing Architecture that has ray tracing in it. These are GTX 1650ti, RTX 2060 and similar ones.
Display – The 2nd most important aspect of Gaming
It is also an important factor in gaming, a display can either make or break your gaming experience.
Gaming laptops are seen in sizes of 14 inches to 17 inches with 15.6 inches the most common. The Bigger the screen size the better the gaming visuals.
However, if you look for a laptop with a screen size greater than 15.6-inch, you will have to trade portability against it.
Bigger size is better for gaming but decreases the portability
Screen size greater than 15.6-inch can’t be fitted in a normal size backpack. So do make sure of the size you choose.
You can also buy a big size external monitor to play games via connecting your laptop to it.
We can see screen resolution with 720p, 1080p and 4k in laptops.
Higher resolution means better picture quality and sharpness.
1080p is becoming the standard in almost every device while 720p is and will become obsolete with time.
So opting for 1080p Full HD resolution would be better, you can still get HD resolution laptops at a cheaper price. But I don’t recommend it.
This is also the most important aspect in gaming, the higher the refresh rates the better the gaming experience.
In gaming laptops, you will not find displays with very high refresh rates but can find one with good refresh rates. Still looking for 120, 144Hz or more would be better. You will find many with a 60Hz refresh rate.
If you have a good budget then never buy a device with a 60Hz refresh rate display.
There is a difference between refresh rate and fps. Don’t take these terms as the same. Refresh Rate is the display refreshing frames per second while the fps is frames produced by the GPU per second. Both need to be high at the same time for gaming.
The processor is the brain of the computer. It gives instructions to various parts and units for performing certain tasks.
It is not as important as a graphics card in gaming but still getting a good processor will be useful.
If you are on a tight budget and see two laptops – one with a slower processor but a better graphics card and another with better processor but low-end graphics card. Buy the one with a lower processor and better graphics card. Why? As a graphics card is the one that does the heavy lifting in gaming, it is more important than the processor in gaming.
Also when buying a low-end CPU with high-end GPU do check the bottlenecking of the processor with the graphics card present in the laptop you look for.
A low-end processor may not be able to match the speed of high-end GPU and cause CPU bottleneck.
For example, an i5 9300H(low-end processor) with RTX 2060(high-end GPU) will produce a 10% bottleneck
Bottleneck leads to low performance and lag.
Intel vs AMD
In processor, we got two options Intel & AMD.
Both are manufacturing great processors currently. In terms of performance both are comparable.
Earlier Intel was dominating the processor industry, but now AMD is giving serious competition to Intel.
In terms of single-core speed, Intel is performing slightly better. In terms of money, AMD costs cheaper.
If you are on a budget then grabbing a laptop with AMD processor would be a good option as due to its cheaper rate you will get a better graphics card on your laptop.
Thermal Design refers to the design and placement of vents, fans, heatsink in the laptop to allow better heat flow and reduce heating.
Gaming is resource-intensive and produces way more heat than doing normal internet surfing. The high amounts of heat produced need to be thrown out from the laptop or it will damage the internal parts. That’s why gaming laptops wear out faster due to high heat which damages the internals.
A Good Thermal Design can take care of your laptop’s temperature by throwing out the hot air efficiently
Despite having a good thermal design a laptop can still heat up while placed on the desk. As the bottom of the device and the desk is having no space in between for proper ventilation and good heat conduction.
So getting a laptop stand or cooling pad is recommended, it will not only produce space between the bottom of the device but also help in better cooling.
RAM is also crucial for gaming. More the Better.
8GB RAM has become the minimum in laptops even for casual tasks. Windows 10 itself consumes 2.5-3GB of RAM. You are left with nearly 4 GB of RAM to play games.
Many games will suffice with this left RAM but high-end games can take more space than 4GB of RAM.
So look for a laptop in which RAM is not soldered and have two ram slots – one occupied and another empty.
The empty slot can be used in the future to upgrade it to 16GB RAM.
By placing two ram chips of the same size you can achieve Dual Channel Mode which can increase performance and enhance your gaming experience.
Keyboard & mouse
Now that we have discussed the laptop components necessary for performance. We need to consider the other components which will enable you to play games better, that is a keyboard and mouse.
The Keyboard present on the laptop should be strong and sturdy but not bulky. Also, it should have good spacing between the keys.
For a better experience, you can buy an external keyboard.
You would also require to buy an external mouse as you can’t expect to play games using your laptop touchpad.
Generally, the speakers provided in a laptop are loud enough.
But if you want to really enjoy gaming and have an impressive experience then you must invest in a good headphone.
Buy a Good headphone to get better audio quality.
You don’t want to get killed in PUBG just because you failed to hear someone sneaking up on you 🙂
Don’t buy a laptop with fewer ports. Look for at least three ports.
You would most probably be connecting a cooling pad, an external keyboard and mouse with your laptop consuming your two ports. So if your device has 3 ports, you are left with one port that can be used for connecting external storage devices like a pen drive or hard drive.
This was all about the best gaming laptops under 100000. I hope that you find the right gaming laptop for your needs
At last, If you ask me about What is the best gaming laptop? I would reply “Buy a Desktop”.
A gaming laptop can never compete with a desktop build in terms of performance. A 1lakh laptop cannot match even a 60,000 desktop PC.
But yes when it comes to portability a laptop always win.
I hope you found this post informative. If you have any query or stuck in choosing the right laptop, you may ask your query in the comment section
I will try to help.