The cheapest laptops with dedicated graphics for gamers on a budget

Before we get around to the cheapest gaming laptops with dedicated graphics, we must explain that there are two types of graphics cards.

The first in an integrated graphics card, which is perfectly adequate for browsing the web, watching online videos, or watching Blu-Ray movies.

The second is a dedicated graphics card which is explained below.

Cheap laptops with dedicated graphics cards

What the heck is “dedicated graphics”?

The integrated graphics card does not have its own RAM (random access memory) so it uses the system/laptop’s memory. These kinds of laptops are cheaper but are also much slower, which isn’t a worry if you are not a designer or online-gamer.

The second kind of graphics card is a dedicated graphics card (sometimes called a discrete graphics card). This kind has its own source of video memory which doesn’t drain your system/laptop’s RAM.

Dedicated graphics card laptops are more expensive, but are an essential bit of kit for serious multi-taskers, graphic-designers, and hardcore gamers that do not accept performance issues while playing the latest cutting-edge games.

The Ape has scoured the net to compile a list of the cheapest laptops with dedicated graphics cards. These babies will ensure that your HARDWARE keeps up with your SOFTWARE!

Dedicated graphics card laptops technical specifications

Make and ModelGraphics CardRAMProc SpeedHard DrivePrice
LENOVO 320-15AMD Radeon R78 GB3.6 GHz1 TB$$
2016 HP PREMIUMAMD Radeon R54 GB2.2 GHz1 TB$$$
HP 15-BA040NRAMD Radeon R24 GB1.8 GHz500 GB$$$
ACER ASPIRE E15NVIDIA GeForce MX1508 GB1.6 GHz256 GB$$$$$
ACER ASPIRE R 15 2-in-1NVIDIA GeForce 940MX12 GB2.7 GHz256GB$$$$$

The cheapest laptops with dedicated graphics (updated Aug 2018)

Lenovo 320-15 – 15.6 Inch – AMD A12-9720P Laptop

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The Lenovo 320-15 is our choice for the best half-decent cheapest laptop with dedicated graphics. For the money, this laptop is incredible value for multitaskers or gamers on a budget!

This cheap but powerful machine features an AMD Radion R7 graphics card which gives great performance and visual realism while playing your favorite games.

The Lenovo easily plays the latest games from Minecraft to Bioshock and provides powerful multitasking features thanks to its AMD processor and 8GB of DDR RAM. This all makes video editing, graphic design, or gaming a breeze. If you are in need of even more power, however, you can extend the RAM to 16 GB. The laptop comes with a built-in 1 TB hard drive for ample storage.

This Lenovo Ideapad only weighs in at 4.85 lbs. and it’s only 0.9 in thick. This machine is perfectly designed for people “on-the-go” that need info at their fingertips.

Among the many features are Bluetooth 4.1 which allows you to wirelessly transfer music, videos, or any other media between your computer and your Bluetooth enabled devices such as a smart-phone or MP3.

All in all, a smashing laptop for the money which comes with Lenovo’s 1-year warranty.

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2016 HP Premium – 15.6 Inch – Touchscreen Laptop – 4GB

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No list of the cheapest laptops with dedicated graphics would be complete without the HP15 with a 4GB DDR3L SDRAM and a 1 TB 5400 rpm ATA hard-drive.

This economical laptop has a vibrant 15.6” HD Brightness screen and is fitted with a very capable AMD Radeon R5 graphics card which has a graphics memory of 2276MB.

The nifty HP15 comes with Windows 10, an advanced HD camera, and a rewritable DVD drive. On this machine, you can just watch movies or even make your own media.

Battery life is 5.5 hours and the dimensions are 15.12 x 10.02 x 0.95 inches.

We really love the speed of the HP15. While playing games like Gears of War, GTA, or Halo, there is no visible lag. Faultless processing is thanks to the AMD Quad-Core A6 APU which runs alongside the AMD Radeon graphics card to balance the load, enabling top quality gaming functions, speedy multitasking, and an immersive entertainment experience.

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HP 15-BA040nr – 15.6-Inch – AMD A10 Laptop – 8GB

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The HP15 comes with 8GB of RAM and an awesome AMD Quad-Core 2.4 GHz processor.

The AMD processors are very impressive indeed and make working, playing, designing, and multi-tasking a fast and fluid experience.

The very crisp HD display is top-notch for everything from enjoying your selfies to studying web pages in detail.

The HP15 is also equipped with awesome audio capabilities. The built-in DTS Studio Sound creates an immersive experience while watching movies or gaming.

Dimensions are 15.12 x 10.02 x 0.9 inches and the unit weighs 4.73 pounds.

This brilliant gaming laptop comes with the Windows 10 operating system which accompanied by the speedy processor allows you to tackle your daily tasks with the least amount of wasted time.

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Dell Inspiron Full HD Gaming Laptop – 15.6 Inch – 7th Gen Intel Quad Core i5

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For a few more bucks you can get this awesome laptop from laptop giant Dell.

“Stay Cool!!” – This baby features dual cooling-fans, three exhausts, and large vents fitted with 186 thermal fins so that your laptop stays as cool as you do!

A built-in subwoofer immerses you in sound and the backlit keyboard adds speed and convenience to your gaming experience. This top-of-the-line laptop features an FHD 1920 X 1080 anti-glare screen so you can see every move your gaming character makes.

The Dell has fast long-range 3165 Wi-Fi and is fitted with USB 3.0, which transfers files 10X faster than USB 2.0 ports, making transferring data between your laptop and your hard-drives / network, a speedy task.

This laptop is a true gaming rig, powered by NVIDIA Pascal, which is the most advanced GPU ever created. If you are looking for the best of the best, the Dell is fitted with all of the latest technologies to let every gamer experience the latest state-of-the-art games in “ALL THEIR GLORY!!!”

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Acer Aspire E15 E5-575G-57D4 – 15.6-Inch – Full HD Laptop

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Next in our list, the Acer Aspire E15 is a fantastic laptop with dedicated graphics that shines in every situation.

This sweet offering from Acer features the 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor that provides more power, extended battery life, and effortless multitasking capabilities while “on-the-go”.

The Acer has a whopping 12-hour battery life and is equipped with the most recent 802.11ac wireless technology.

An NVIDIA GeForce 940MX graphics card makes light work of online gaming and it’s also proving to be the first choice with many graphic designers that need a more powerful machine without “breaking the bank”.

The USB port supports ultra-fast data transfers & charging. The port can even continue to charge your devices when the laptop is switched off.

Acer is very proud to be Certified for Skype for Business with this machine. This means that the microphone, speakers, and webcam are guaranteed to work seamlessly with Skype for business web-chats.

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Acer Aspire R 15 – 2-in-1 – 15.6 Inch – 8GB

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The Acer Aspire R 15 convertible-hybrid laptop is an awesome machine with many great features including powerful performance, a funky design, and a clear 1080p screen. It is a significant upgrade over last year’s model with better connectivity options and longer battery life.

With a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, a dedicated graphics card and speedy dual-band Wi-Fi, the Acer Aspire R15 is our favorite of the mid-budget convertible-hybrid laptops. It measures 0.79 H by 14.59W by 10.09 D inches and weighs 4.74 pounds.

The aluminum covered top gives the Aspire a premium feel and the keyboard is well-ordered and comfortable to use. It has a convertible design with a few different modes You can use it as a regular laptop, as a tablet and you can stand it upside-down to watch movies in the tent mode.

The 15-inch IPS touchscreen with 1920 X 1080 resolution delivers sharp, clear images even when viewed from other angles. The R15 has a backlit, chiclet-style keyboard which feels intuitive and there’s a fingerprint reader on the touchpad.

A nice addition to this new model is a USB-C port for use with external hard drives and solid state drives. There’s also an HDMI port, a Kensington port, two USB 3.0 ports, one USB 2.0 port, and an SD card slot.
Wi-Fi is delivered by a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which is much better than the former models 2.4GHz Wi-Fi only. Performance is excellent thanks to the 3.5GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor with a Nvidia GeForce 940MX dedicated graphics card.

This combo of a 7th gen processor and a dedicated graphics card makes this machine a good choice for gamers or for those that need a slick and fast machine for everything from multi-tasking to multimedia editing work.

One of the best features of this laptop is the battery life which is increased from last year’s model to a whopping 9 hours 17 minutes. It also has a larger screen and longer battery life than the majority of 13-inch convertible hybrid laptops that cost a lot more than the R15.

The Aspire R15 is a powerful, yet affordable, 2-in-1 hybrid, that makes a perfect choice for those looking for a cheap-ish laptop with a dedicated graphics card.

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