What the heck is “dedicated graphics”?
Calling all Gamers & Multi-Taskers!!!…..How’s your current laptop coping with the ever increasing demands that you put on it?
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 in a moment.
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 top 5 cheapest laptops with dedicated graphics cards. These babies will ensure that your HARDWARE keeps up with your SOFTWARE!
Lenovo 320-15 – 15.6 Inch – AMD A12-9720P Laptop
The Lenovo 320-15 is the Ape’s choice for the cheapest laptop with dedicated graphics. For the money, this laptop is incredible value for 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 multi-tasking features thanks to its AMD processor and 8 GB 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 16GB. The laptop comes with a built-in 1TB 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 under $400 (at time of writing) that comes with Lenovo’s 1 year warranty.
2016 HP Premium – 15.6 Inch – Touchscreen Laptop – 4GB
Another amazing laptop with dedicated graphics under $400 is the HP15 with a 4GB DDR3L SD RAM and a 1 TB 5400rpm ATA hard-drive.
This economical laptop has a vibrant 15.6” HD Brightness screen and is fitted with a very capable AMD Radeon R4 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 multi-tasking, and an immersive entertainment experience.
HP 15-BA040nr – 15.6-Inch – AMD A10 Laptop – 8GB
For approx. another 100bucks, you could own the HP15 with a tasty 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.
Acer Aspire E15 E5-575G-57D4 – 15.6-Inch – Full HD Laptop
For a little bit more dough, the Acer Aspire E15 is a fantastic laptop with dedicated graphics that shines in every situation.
This sucker features the 7th gen Intel Core i5 processor that provides more power, extended battery life, and effortless multi-tasking 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 its also proving to be a 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 are 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.
Dell Inspiron Full HD Gaming Laptop – 15.6 Inch – 7th Gen Intel Quad Core i5
OK! This one can’t be called cheap but it just had to go in the list as it is our favorite laptop with dedicated graphics in the laptop-o-sphere!
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.
“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.
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!!!”