Choosing a cheap gaming laptop is not an easy task to since they are offering the same choices with the same specs again and again. I could find so many of them that coming from different companies, but I am so surprised that they give us the entirely same specs, but with different prices and marketing. That is why we really need to be careful on choosing and you might be like one of my friends who bought a cheap gaming laptop, but it could not run even older games with good performance. He is fall into their fake marketing where the company said that it was good for gaming, but the reality comes into different. If you really want to do some gaming on your laptop, never ever to choose one with Intel HD because you really know how terrible the performance is. They might be coming from I5 or even I7 series, but the performance would be entirely similar since they are considered as an integrated card. The only thing that makes me interested on HP 15-d020nr is because it’s packed with AMD 8330. Its might not the fastest one, but it is good for light gaming. To see it deeper, let’s see how well it performs.
Design And Specs
In term of design I feel it’s pretty rugged and I see that they are placing the good material on it. I guess they are working really well on proving cheap laptop, but with good material. The only thing that I don’t like is the weight. It feels so heavy and it might be not easy to carry it around with your traveler bag. So it might be little wise to only use it indoor unless you want to spend of your extra energy on bringing it because it would be pretty tough. The design itself is pretty nice and I don’t see any complaint for it. The total black design is mixed together to make the products looks premium even though the whole material is made from plastic.
Now let’s talk about the specs. It is always been the battle between AMD and Intel for this case, but for now I am going to choose AMD since they offer better performance with the reasonable price. The laptop itself is packed with AMD A4 quad core with 1.5 GHZ clock. The clock is pretty low and I don’t find any way to overclock it. First, I did not have any problem on gaming, but I don’t want to stick with the lower setting and want to put some effort on overclocking, but once again I cannot do it since everything that I try is not working well. For the GPU itself is pretty beast with the price since we are not getting any integrated card on it. Radeon HD 8330 is quite powerful on running some great games on low or med setting. I even try to compare it with Intel HD 4000 and the performance is even better than what I thought. The rest parts are also good with 1366×768 display and 4GB RAM. You would not get the same price with same specs in other competitor.
This is going to be its drawback since its packed with old Windows 8.1 and you don’t have any chance to upgrade it only if you want to buy new windows. I could still able to stick it for few years, but their update would be cut off in few years. So if you consider to buy this laptop, then you might need to buy new Windows 10 license since it offers better performance and better optimization for gaming.
I already upgrade it Windows 10 and all of the drivers are working well. Make sure you download the latest version from AMD website since the old driver is not good enough for daily driver. One thing that you should know about the update, AMD is always supporting their product longer than what Intel do with their most products. So don’t be worry because they are going to make update as long as they could. This is what makes AMD is better than Intel.
First, don’t expect to run some of games on high setting because they are not going to happen. I tried some of older and newer games to see the performance. The first game that I try is Minecraft since the game is pretty great on taking resource. The result is quite good with almost 40 to 60 FPS performance. I even use the online feature with my friend and it still runs great. Minecraft is great, but what about the other games. To make sure the performance is really that good; I decided to try GTA 5 on it. At first, I did not expect much on it, but I found it is surprisingly good. I set the setting on the lowest and HD resolution and I was getting almost stable 30 FPS in some cases. I only get some frame drops on crowded place and in the center of city, but I could say that the performance is well enough and the game is playable.
If you are getting this laptop for some light gaming on some rarely cases, then you should count it on this one. Some of games such as DOTA 2, CS G0, GTA 5 and Minecraft are playable on the low or mid setting. You have to adjust the game setting a little, but the result would be great.
I don’t have any other recommendation for a cheap gaming laptop beside than this one. It’s pretty interesting to see how HP can bring the decent performance with a cheap price. The product is going to be the answered for many gamers that want a good gaming laptop with a cheap price. You would get some lack points such as old Windows and decent keyboard, but the overall performance and great built are the key that makes it as pretty solid choice. I don’t have much anything to talk about and you really have to test it with your own to see how well it performs. At last, thank you for spending time on reading this article and have a great time on look at it.