Best Cheap Gaming Laptops For Fortnite Under $1200

Best Cheap Gaming Laptops For Fortnite Under 00

With only a few days left in the current season of Fortnite, players are rushing to claim leftover rewards and XP.

With a new season just around the corner, expect a huge influx of new players into the game over the next few weeks. With so many players in the game, players need to perform at their best, and the first step in doing so is making sure you have a capable gaming machine.

This article will list some of the best mid-range gaming laptops from various brands, suitable for Battle Royale games like Fortnite.


Factors to consider when buying laptops for Fortnite

1) CPU-GPU combination

The bare minimum you should get in Q2 2022 is an 11th Gen i5 (or better, a Ryzen 5000 series CPU) and preferably any RTX GPU (or AMD equivalent like the RX5600M). Even the lower-end RTX 3050/3050ti is good enough for multiplayer titles like Fortnite. While most laptops come with 8GB of RAM, you can always add an additional 8GB drive for a total of 16GB of RAM which will dramatically improve the user experience.

2) Screen

Many users often overlook the importance of a good screen. However, it should be given top priority as it is literally the window into our system. A gaming laptop should definitely have a high refresh rate panel (120Hz or higher) and at least a Full HD (1920×1080) display with preferably 300+ nits (cd/m^2) of brightness.

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The other factors users should consider are decent color accuracy (~50% NTSC is pretty good for gaming) and minimal response time, anything less than 5ms GTG is enough for 120Hz.

3) Cooling and build quality

Many users value specs over good cooling and build quality, especially when it comes to budget offerings. However, improper cooling coupled with thermal throttling will eventually reduce performance and damage components over time.

Buying a laptop with solid build quality is also essential, as you will be physically interacting with your laptop day in and day out.


5 Great Laptop Options for Fortnite in 2022

5) HP Victus 16 ($868.00)

The HP Victus 16 is one of the most affordable RTX laptops.  (Image via HP)
The HP Victus 16 is one of the most affordable RTX laptops. (Image via HP)

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This is a brilliant option for those on a tight budget. The HP Victus 16 is one of the most affordable RTX laptops. The beast has a dull black chassis and excellent specs inside.

Its only disappointment is the 60Hz panel, although higher priced versions offer 144Hz panels.

This laptop can easily beat the 60Hz screen refresh rate on Ultra settings in Fortnite.

Specs:

  • Processor: Ryzen 5 5600H
  • GPU: RTX 3050 4GB
  • RAM: 8GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 16.1″ 1920×1080, 60Hz
  • Others: Win 10, 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg)

4) Lenovo Legion 5 15 ($989.99)

Lenovo Vantage software is a great tool for tuning your laptop's performance (Image via Lenovo)
Lenovo Vantage software is a great tool for tuning your laptop’s performance (Image via Lenovo)

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Lenovo’s Legion series has some of the most popular gaming laptops right now. It has a ton of positive reviews, with almost all tech YouTubers praising it.

One of the standout features of this beast is its excellent thermal management (called coolfront by Lenovo). The built-in Lenovo Vantage software is a great tool for fine-tuning your laptop for the most optimal gaming performance.

In competitive settings in Fortnite, this laptop can easily exceed 120 FPS.

Specs:

  • Processor: Ryzen 7 5800H
  • GPU: RTX 3050ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ 1920×1080, 120hz
  • Others: 4-zone RGB keyboard, Coodfront 3.0, 2.4 kg (5.29 lbs)

3) Acer Nitro 5 AN5-17 ($1,049.99)

The Acer Nitro 5 AN5-17 #039's large screen makes it easy to spot loot and enemies in-game (Image via Amazon)
The Acer Nitro 5 AN5-17’s large screen makes it easy to spot loot and enemies in-game (Image via Amazon)

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The 17.3” screen of the Acer Nitro 5 AN5-17 is a boon for users who want more screen real estate. The larger screen makes it easier for players to spot loot and enemies in battle royale games like Fortnite.

With an RTX 3050ti and the 11th Gen Core i7, this laptop can easily get over 144 FPS in games like Fortnite in competitive settings.

Specs:

  • Processor: i7 11800H
  • GPU: RTX 3050ti 4GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Screen: 17.3″ 1920×1080, 144hz
  • Others: Win 10, 5.95 pounds (2.7 kg)

2)MSI Stealth 15M ($1,099.99)

The MSI Stealth 15M is a great thin and light laptop (Image via Wallpaper Access)
The MSI Stealth 15M is a great thin and light laptop (Image via Wallpaper Access)

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MSI’s Stealth 15M is an excellent thin and light laptop. Weighing just 1.7kg, it far exceeds its weight.

The machine looks and feels premium with a dark silver exterior, RGB keyboard, and beehive vents.

This is a great option for business and creative professionals who are also gamers. The RTX 3060 (albeit a lower TGP version) is enough to get frame rates above the 144Hz screen refresh rate (even at epic settings).

Specs:

  • Processor: i7 11375H
  • GPU: RTX 3060 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ 1920×1080, 144hz
  • Others: Win 10, 3.73 pounds (1.7 kg)

1) Acer Predator Helios 300 ($1,193.83)

The Acer Predator Helios 300 is pretty much the best value for money option (Image via Acer/Amazon)
The Acer Predator Helios 300 is pretty much the best value for money option (Image via Acer/Amazon)

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Predator’s Helios 300, which is one of the most recognizable laptop lines, is a beast through and through.

Its excellent cooling and robust build quality make this a great value for money option. Although one can go for the beefier RTX 3080 version, the RTX 3060 is more than enough to play games like Fortnite even with RTX enabled.

Specs:

  • Processor: i7 11800H
  • GPU: RTX 3060 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB DDR4
  • Storage: 51 x 2GB SSD
  • Screen: 15.6″ 1920×1080, 144hz
  • Others: Win 10, 5.07 pounds (2.3 kg)

Note: This list reflects the views of the author and is ordered by performance from lowest to highest.


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