Gaming laptops are by their nature more expensive than ordinary laptops and even more so in South Africa, thanks in no small part to the devaluation of the SA Rand.
Nevertheless, if having the newest and best gaming laptop is not that important to you, you could get your hands on a nice gaming device that is quite capable of playing the latest games at a reasonable price.
So, using rankings compiled by the three authorities in laptops – The Wire Cutter, Computer Shopper, Notebook Check – we have compiled a list of the highest-rated, most budget-friendly laptops available in the South African Market.
- The Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Series (R22,475): This is an excellent gaming computer and is very affordable. It has a 15.6 inch HD screen and an Nvidia GetForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card for amazing visuals. The Dell Inspiron is powered by a powerful Intel i7-6700HQ quad-core processor. It also has 8 gigs of memory and a 1 TB hard drive.
- The Lenovo Ideapad Y700 (R21,999): The Ideapad is another highly-capable gaming laptop that comes at an affordable price. It has a 15.6 inch HD display and also sports the Nvidia GetForce GTX 960M 4GB GDDR5 graphics card. And it is also powered by the popular Intel i7-6700HQ quad-core processor. The Ideapad has 16GB of RAM and a 128GB hard drive.
- The Gigabyte P55W v5 (R26,999): The Gigabyte is a smartly-designed gaming laptop that is very budget-friendly. It has a 15.6 inch HD display and an Nvidia GetForce GTX 970M GDDR5 3GB graphics card. It is powered by the popular and reliable Intel i7-6700HQ quad-core processor. The Gigabyte has 8GB RAM and a 1TB hard drive.
- The Aspire V Nitro Black Edition (R25,735): The Nitro is a beautiful gaming computer whose looks are matched by its affordable price. It comes with a huge 17.3 inch HD display and Nvidia GetForce GTX 960m 4GB graphics card. This machine is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700 HQ processor. It has 16GB RAM and a 256GB SSD hard drive.
- MSI Apache Pro GE72 (R27,709): MSI’s entry is a handsomely-designed gaming computer that features an enormous 17.3 HD display and comes with an Nvidia GetForce GTX 960m 3GB graphics card. The apache is powered by an Intel Core i7-6700 HQ processor with 8GB RAM and a 1TB HDD hard drive.
And there you have it. Five of the best cheap gaming laptops in South Africa.