When it comes to gaming on-the-go, you can’t go wrong with a good entry level gaming laptop. These are the footsoldiers of gaming, getting most jobs done despite being much more affordable than their higher-end counterparts.
ASUS ROG knows this, with their host of entry-level machines that give a truly excellent gaming performance that can compete with some of the most iconic games on the market right now.
From the extra portable ROG Flow X13 to the lightweight ASUS TUF Dash F15 to the AniMe Matrix-powered Zephyrus G14, you’ll be playing the best of games without having to shell out for an expensive graphics card.
Why Go Entry Level?
Games like Resident Evil Village don’t need a massively powerful PC to play, and can look great with any PC sporting an RTX 30-series GPU
To the wide-eyed idealist, it’s easy to question why you should go for an entry level laptop at all. After all, why not shoot for the stars and get the best of the best right off, right?
Like a soft cap in a Souls game though, you could plot the quality of gaming against the quality of your GPU on a graph, and easily realize that once you hit a certain range, you don’t lose out that much on your gaming experience after that. After all, games are made to be mass-appealing, it wouldn’t do publishers any good if their games only ran well on top-of-the-line GPUs, especially as chip shortages make them harder and harder to get.
That’s where entry-level gaming laptops come in- these are designed to hit the minimum standards to have an enjoyable gaming experience. It’s not that they’re not luxurious, far from it- instead they’re just economic and making sure you don’t have more power than you know what to do with.
And the benefit of all this? Savings for you, the consumer. If you’re a student, an entry-level gaming laptop is your best friend. You can save up to play all of your favorite games without living off of an Ais Kosong diet and never getting to see your friends no matter how rough a week you’ve had.
Sporting a convertible design and a GTX 1650 GPU, the ROG Flow X13 is great for anyone who’s going to stick to one game for a long time and needs to be on-the-go. With a GPU strong enough to run evergreen titles like Grand Theft Auto V without breaking a sweat, expect to have a lot of your best moments with this machine, be it while you’re at home or at the coffee shop waiting for a friend.
Considering its more no-frills approach, the ROG Flow X13 is the peak of the economy gaming lifestyle. If you’ve a student in your life (or even if you *are* that student), this is a great gift that won’t break the bank.
ASUS TUF Dash F15 – The Laptop That Has It All
Sporting a light frame and an RTX 3050 GPU, the ASUS TUF Dash F15 seems to be the perfect midpoint of entry level gaming laptops. Its light weight and decent size mean great portability- so you can carry it to presentations or classes without a proper workout routine.
Better yet, it sports an RTX 30-series GPU, meaning you’ll get to enjoy raytracing- the hottest new buzzword to come into gaming, sporting realistic lighting effects and better reflections and shadows. These features have been so sought after that not only are they in the latest titles like Resident Evil: Village, but games that didn’t have them saw them added retroactively with titles like Doom Eternal, just to enjoy the huge visual boost.
ROG Zephyrus G14 – Premium Gaming On A Budget
Easily the most luxurious ROG Entry level gaming laptop, the ROG Zephyrus G14 sports a stylish AniMe matrix, letting you make custom visuals for your laptop to let everyone know you mean business.
Of course, it’s more than just a pretty face- it also sports the RTX 3050 GPU, meaning you’ll also be playing some of the most gorgeous games released this year like a dream thanks to both the GPU and the high end SSD. From games like Watchdogs: Legion to even Halo Infinite, you’ll be living the high life without blowing your bank account with the ROG Zephyrus G14.
Entry Level Joy
If you’re looking to game using an ASUS ROG machine, these machines are sure to meet your needs no matter where they are. Just remember- more power isn’t always better, especially when you’re on a budget- You’ll want to get maximum returns on your machine, and that starts to plateau once you cross major generational lines like the 30 series.
Rather than spending more on diminishing returns, consider instead any great utility features for your laptop- like the convertible design of the Flow X13 or the gorgeous AniMe Matrix of the Zephyrus. You could even go for the lighter frame of the TUF Dash F15 and make getting from point A to B easier with its lighter frame.
Be it portability or power, make sure to choose the machine best suited for you when picking out your ideal machine this holiday season.